Disneyland Preview — Week of January 6, 2018

The new year is here, and with it comes much lower crowds and chillier weather. Read on to find out more in this week’s Disneyland preview!

Special Events and Notes

Disneyland MonorailThe busy holiday season comes to a close at Disneyland Resort this week, and with the end of that season comes the far less busy refurbishment season.  Yes, several popular attractions are going offline starting this week.  Some, like Haunted Mansion, Dumbo, Grizzly River Run, and Splash Mountain are undergoing brief downtime for scheduled maintenance or to remove holiday overlays.  Others, like California Screamin’, are gone for good, at least in their current forms.

Crowds

Crowds are all over the map this week, ranging from quite high this weekend as winter break wraps up, to very low towards the end of the week once most kids are back to school.  Wednesday and Thursday notably have level 2 crowds, which are about as low as you’re likely to see all year.

 

 

Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.

Weather

Here’s something I don’t get to say very often, and haven’t said for a long time: you can expect some rain this week.  Temperatures ranging from pretty cold by Southern California standards (highs in the low 60s) to mild (mid-70s), and a significant chance of rain on Tuesday.  It will get quite chilly in the evenings, so make sure you dress accordingly.

 

As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.

Shows

You have a couple more opportunities to see Disney’s holiday shows this weekend.  After that, it’s Fantasmic! and World of Color running abbreviated schedules for the rest of the week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller productions like Storytelling at Royal Theatre, can be found here.

Show Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Fantasmic! 2 2 1 1 1 1 2
A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Believe … In Holiday Magic 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
World of Color 2 2 1 1 1 1 2

Admission and Hours

Passholder blockouts phase out for the season this week:  Southern California Passholders are blocked out Saturday, and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out Saturday and Sunday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak cost ($124/$118) Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value ($97/$91) the remainder of the week.

Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week:

Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Disneyland 8-12 8-12 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-12
California Adventure 8-10 8-12 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-9 9-11

As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.

Refurbishments

As noted above, there are significant refurbishments starting this week, including headliner attractions like Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and the permanent closure of California Screamin’. Ariel’s Grotto and the Cove Bar will likewise close at this time. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.

That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments.

James Rosemergy

When not planning for or traveling to Walt Disney World with his beautiful wife and impossibly adorable daughter, James practices law in St. Louis. He also really likes cheese -- and loathes kale. He can be found on twitter at @jrtoastyman.