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Full ~Frogtastic~ Guide to Disneyland Events in 2024

Guide to Disneyland Events in 2024 - PinterestPlanning a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth? You may want to consider picking your dates based on specific Disneyland events! While the parks are delights unto themselves and reasons enough to visit, the Disneyland Resort offers a ton of fun annual and one-time events that may just be the cherry on top! Our Frog Family gets an extra leap of excitement during these special events. It's also good to know which events are hoppening when you visit because they can influence Disneyland crowd levels. In this guide to the Disneyland schedule, we've also included a few of the more popular "unofficial" events, since they can also impact crowd levels.

Disneyland has confirmed the dates for all major events in 2024 — which is perfect for your planning purposes. (Plus, we added approximate dates for other events that normally occur but have not yet been announced.) Use this guide to events at Disneyland and the Disneyland schedule when you're checking out the best times to visit Disneyland or planning your Los Angeles visit.

Disneyland Schedule of Events in 2024

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runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend — Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2025 (registration opens June 18, 2024)  

The West Coast saw the return of runDisney races with the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in January 2024. Enjoy yoga in front of the castle, kids races, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon or complete the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge (10K and Half Marathon). General registration for the 2025 event opens June 18, 2024.

Opening of Pixar Place Hotel — Jan. 30, 2024 

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Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel has a new theme, as of Jan. 30, 2024! Pixar Place Hotel weaves Pixar touches all throughout the property: Check out the new room designs with touches from Pixar films! Headboards, bedding and pillows are themed after Pixar and its films.

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Hop over to our Pixar Place Hotel post to learn more and see more photos!

Lunar New Year — Jan. 23 to Feb. 18, 2024

The Lunar New Year Celebration is a multi-cultural event that includes food, authentic performances and your favorite Disney characters. This event takes place at Paradise Gardens inside Disney California Adventure. Colorful lanterns and other red decorations welcome you while hanging banners written in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese wish you a Happy Lunar New Year. You can join the time-honored tradition of writing wishes of good fortune and happiness for your friends and family, receive customized Chinese calligraphy and brush art, color, do free crafts and purchase some traditional Lunar New Year treats. There are also delectable Asian meals to taste at Paradise Garden Grill, as well as samplings of Asian cuisine from the Lunar New Year festival marketplace kiosks and other participating restaurants.

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Lunar New Year is a well-attended event. You can meet characters (such as Mickey, Minnie, The Three Little Pigs, Mulan or Mushu) dressed in their Lunar New Year’s best. Hosted by Mulan and Mushu, Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession celebrates the Lunar New Year with colorfully costumed dancers, a dragon and drummers. In 2024, we celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

Magic Happens Parade — Returns Feb. 2, 2024 

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Calling all dreamers! This magical daytime parade returns in 2024. Featuring floats and characters from many classic and modern Disney and Pixar stories, "Magic Happens" is a parade you do not want to miss. There are over 90 performers in the parade. The dancers are in colorful costumes, and their enthusiasm is magically mood-lifting! To learn more about it and see more photos, hop over to our Magic Happens Parade post.

Super Bowl Winners' Celebration — Feb. 12, 2024 

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Most years, Super Bowl Sunday tends to be a significantly more crowded day. Depending on the location of the Super Bowl and the team that wins, there can be a Super Bowl Cavalcade the day after the Super Bowl (sometimes it hoppens at Disney World). Since 2022, Super Bowl celebrations (with the winning team) have taken place at Disneyland the day after the Super Bowl game. If you are in town the day after the Super Bowl, you might want to take these factors into consideration when planning your itinerary.

The 2024 Super Bowl was played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV on Feb. 11. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Fransisco 49ers competed in the Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs won the game in overtime, so we saw Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs at the celebration at Disneyland on Feb. 12, 2024! The cavalcade travels from "it's a small world" toward Main Street U.S.A at 2 p.m. New Orleans will host the 2025 Super Bowl, so we'd expect the celebration to occur at Disney World (unless the winning team is local). The 2026 and 2027 host cities will be San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively, so we could see it return for those two years as well.

Valentine’s Day Celebrations — First Half of February (Including Feb. 14) 2024

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Love is definitely in the air at Disneyland! The parks are serving up delicious heart-shaped baked goods and love-themed delicacies this February. In the first half of February, you can expect these special food and beverage offerings all around the resort, including the Downtown Disney district. Hop over to our post on romantic things to do at Disneyland for the whole lineup.

Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts' Nite — Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024

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Sweethearts' Nite returns in 2024. The popular Sweethearts' Nite makes Disneyland the most romantic place on earth for eight romantic nights! Plan a date night with your sweetheart at Disneyland! This separately ticketed event inside Disneyland Park takes place after the park closes, with access to the park starting at 6 p.m. (no park reservation required).

You can typically expect the following:

  • A Royal Cavalcade ending in a Royal Ball
  • Projection effects on Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street, U.S.A.
  • A jazz ensemble aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and more live entertainment
  • Selfies with some of your favorite Disney couples
  • Opportunities to meet darling Disney couples, including Cinderella and Prince Charming, Aladdin and Jasmine and, of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
  • Romantic photo-ops themed after sweet scenes from iconic Disney films, plus unlimited digital PhotoPass downloads
  • Valentine's-inspired décor, food and beverage offerings

Celebrate Gospel for Black History Month — Feb. 17 & 24, 2024

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Disneyland celebrates Black History Month with musical acts, art and more. The 2024 events include "Celebrate Gospel" at the Fantasyland Theater in Disneyland Park on Feb. 17, headlined by Martin Sapp, and Feb. 24, 2024, headlined by Tasha Cobbs Leonard (usually from 2:30 – 7 p.m.). On both days, musicians and local community choirs also perform.

The following took place for Black History Month 2023 and some of these celebrations may continue in 2024. Hop back for the 2024 details.

  • Troubadour Tavern sells African-inspired food and beverages year-round but adds special items to the menu on "Celebrate Gospel" days.
  • At Downtown Disney, nightly outdoor concerts feature R&B, Gospel, reggae, funk, Motown, doo-wop and jazz music throughout February. The groups include Forward Motion, The Rhythm & Blues Brothas, LALA Brass and more. On select weekend days, Sacred Groove and the Singers of Soul kick off the afternoon with gospel music performances.
  • During February, Downtown Disney offers family crafts inspired by Black heritage, live music and special offerings in honor of Black History Month.
  • Black-owned food truck, Wings ‘N Waffles, will serve up sandwiches, plates and more near Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney.
  • At Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Mood Indigo Group plays live jazz in the lobby each evening.
  • Overnight guests at the Disneyland Hotel can paint an animation cel using artwork depicting Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog.” (It's on Tuesday afternoons only.)
  • Artists Ryan Riller and Larissa Marantz are featured in artist showcases and signings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Disneyana in Disneyland Park on Feb. 25. They are at the WonderGround Gallery pop-up location in Downtown Disney on Feb. 26.
  • Lovepop features two cards designed in collaboration with artist Anthony Conley for Black History Month.

Anaheim Ducks Day — Feb. 22-23, 2024

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Each year, the local NHL hockey team flocks to Disney California Adventure. Score! It is a day filled with activities, including a special cavalcade, meet-and-greets with Ducks players, photo ops, special treats, merchandise and more. This is a popular event, so get your reservations early and wear your Ducks jersey.

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Here's what to expect in 2024:

  • Enjoy a cavalcade with current players on Feb. 22 and a Legacy Celebration cavalcade with Ducks alumni on Feb. 23.
  • Get hyped at the Fan Zone in Hyperion Courtyard — filled with interactive photo ops, games and pictures with Wild Wing.
  • Meet and greet some of the players from the Anaheim Ducks at Hollywood Backlot Stage. (Wristbands are distributed once the park opens in the Hollywood Backlot, and they go quickly.)
  • Listen to music with performances by Anaheim Ducks DJs.
  • See the Iconic Stanley Cup and take a picture with it at Paradise Park (World of Color viewing area) on Feb. 23.
  • Learn how to draw some favorite Disney "Ducks" at Animation Academy and keep your art as a souvenir.
  • Participate in a fun park-wide activity known as Seek & Find, which highlights key moments in the Anaheim Ducks' history.
  • Taste treats such as a cake pop at Trolley Treats, as well as green and purple cotton candy and Brewery X Ducks Beer, Blonde Ale at outdoor vending locations throughout the park. Enjoy other special drinks and foods at Hollywood Lounge and Studio Catering Co.
  • Purchase special Anaheim Ducks Days merchandise, including T-shirts, spirit jerseys, headwear, accessories, commemorative pucks, pins and more! (Purchasing limits apply and no discounts are allowed. You can join the virtual queue in Hollywood Land.)
  • Pick up free gifts for Magic Key holders. In 2024, it was a rally towel.

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If you are a Ducks fan, snag great deals on Anaheim Ducks tickets (and other live events) through Undercover Tourist!

Villains Day: Stalk Around the Park — Feb. 4, 2024

This unofficial fashion theme day is one in which fans of villains show off their villain-themed attire (all following the Disneyland guidelines for costumes and attire, of course). So polish your apple and sharpen your horns to join their flock for group photos, rides and other dark fun. This is not an official event hosted by Disney but by other parkgoers.

Mini Gay Day — March 2, 2024

Gay Days at Disneyland are traditionally held in the fall (now around mid-September), but there is a casual mini Gay Day meet-up in March. This is not an official Disney event, but it can affect crowds, and you’ll see several rainbow-colored Disneyland treats. Expect to see folks wearing red shirts in celebration!

Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park — March 5 & 7, 2024

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This new Disneyland After Dark event will take you back to your favorite childhood shows on the Disney Channel.

The cost is $139 for each night. The ticket includes music, memorable characters, high-energy parties, unique photo opportunities and more, including:

  • The “High School Musical” pep rally with songs from the beloved “High School Musical” franchise
  • The “Phineas and Ferb” DJ dance party in Tomorrowland
  • “Camp Rock” Karaoke
  • Ultimate Disney Channel Trivia Challenge at the Golden Horseshoe
  • “Descendants” aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia with music from “Descendants” 1, 2 and 3 over the misty waters
  • Photo backdrops represent favorite Disney Channel shows and movies, including "Camp Rock," “Lizzie McGuire,” “The Cheetah Girls,” “Teen Beach Movie,” "Halloweentown," Zenon," the Disney Channel Logo and more
  • A "glowing wand" photo opportunity. Step behind the glass, raise your wand and appear to “paint” glowing colors in the air around you!
  • Themed foods and specialty dining packages
  • Character experiences with iconic Disney characters
  • PhotoPass downloads

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival — March 1 to April 22, 2024

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This is a California foodie's paradise and one of the top Disneyland events! Taking place each year during March and April, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival offers guests the chance to partake in delicious food and wine offerings every day, plus special seminars, tastings and experiences on the weekends. Look for expanded bookable activities for this event via the Disneyland app or website.

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Tad and Lily love meeting Chef Goofy and decorating free cupcakes at the all-new Confection Purrfection with the SuperKitties show, featuring Minnie Mouse. Soarin' Over California returns for the festival, taking over Soarin' Around the World during that time.

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Guests can visit Festival Marketplaces themed around different tastes and drinks of California and reserve their seats at a Winemaker's Reception. You’ll also encounter musical entertainment and special character meet-and-greets, including opportunities to meet some rarely-seen characters. You can even do some shopping, as there is a new line of festival-themed headwear, apparel, décor and cooking gadgets every year!

Wondrous Journeys (Special Presentation) — March 22 to April 14, 2024

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Just in time for spring break, the "Wondrous Journeys" fireworks show, which debuted in 2023 for the Disney 100 Years of Wonder Celebration, returns for a limited time. This show features all 60 Walt Disney Animation Studios films to date. The pyrotechnic and projection show is filled with artistry, music, storytelling and lots of heart. Projections turn Main Street, U.S.A., Sleeping Beauty Castle, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the Rivers of America into an artist’s canvas. “Wondrous Journeys” also features a new song titled, “It’s Wondrous.” Keep your eyes on the skies above Sleeping Beauty Castle to see the Blue Fairy and Baymax fly by! This show is on fire (literally)!

Eggstravaganza — March 11 to April 9, 2024

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Hop over to the Disneyland Resort for the biggest Easter egg hunt around! In 2024, it's hoppening in three locations — with a different map for each location. You can participate at Downtown Disney, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Eggstravaganza is a fun (but low-key) scavenger hunt that sends guests scurrying around the Disneyland Resort to find huge, hidden eggs during April. The location of the hunt may vary each year.

Guests can purchase a game board map and stickers ($9.99 plus tax) and record their finds by placing the corresponding egg sticker on their map to represent that location. Returning your map to a redemption location is a rewarding experience. (You get a Disney character egg, whether you complete the map or not.) Keep your eye out for Easter Bunny meet-and-greets in the park during this season, as well as springtime balloons and treats!

Season of the Force — April 5 to June 2, 2024

The May the Fourth celebrations, and Star Wars Month, expand into a longer celebration in 2024 with Season of the Force at Disneyland! Highlights include the Hyperspace Mountain overlay and specially themed food, beverages and merchandise.

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New adventures aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, debut during the celebration. Look for new characters such as Ahsoka Tano, Cassian Andor and Din Djarin and Grogu as of April 5! Plus, there are new characters in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, such as Sabine Wren from "Ahsoka" and the cutest walking BD-X droids!

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Plus, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge enhances the fireworks above Disneyland Park, with galactic music sweeping through the spires! Whaaat!? We are toadally frogcited about that! The celebration ushers in the return of Star Wars Nite Disneyland After Dark parties (on select dates) as well.

Star Wars Nite at Disneyland — April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024 

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Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park offers up a galactically good time! In 2024, there are eight nights of Star Wars Nite in April and May! That's more dates than ever before. The parties fall during the Season of the Force.

In 2024, Star Wars Nite tickets go on sale to the public Feb. 23, 2024, no earlier than 9 a.m. PT. A select amount of pre-sale tickets are available for Inspire Magic Key holders on Feb. 20, and then for other Magic Key holders on Feb. 21 and 22. A new "Notify Me" feature for purchasing Star Wars Nite tickets lets you leave your computer while you wait, as long as you still have a mobile device with you. For more information on how that works, check out our Disneyland After Dark events post.

Our Star Wars Nite post has all the details. Fans can usually celebrate with:

  • Special "Star Wars"–themed fireworks
  • Character encounters
  • "Star Wars"-themed attractions such as Star Tours, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Enhanced décor and event collectible merchandise
  • Unlimited PhotoPass downloads
  • Lightsaber Training
  • Lightsaber Resistance Show of Unity
  • March of the First Order in Tomorrowland
  • Photo Ops
  • Projections on the castle, Main Street and "it's a small world"

Dapper Day — April 7, 2024 Full ~Frogtastic~ Guide to Disneyland Events in 2024 - Dapper Day

Dapper Day is one of the most popular, and certainly the most fashionable, "unofficial” days at Disneyland. Guests get dressed up in their Sunday best to pay homage to the attendees when Disneyland first opened in 1955. There are two Disneyland Dapper Days each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. On Disneyland Dapper Day, many guests wear vintage clothes from the 1950s or other eras. Others choose to step out in style while showing off the latest fashion of today. The Dapper Day Expo at the Disneyland Hotel takes place April 6-7, 2024.

Even though the Sunday of Dapper Day weekend is usually the main Dapper Day, you may see people dressed in their best on both days of the weekend.

Pixar Fest — April 26 to Aug. 4, 2024

Pixar Fest returns to the Disneyland Resort from spring to summer with a new parade and a returning fireworks show! Pixar Fest is a celebration of friendship and beyond! Enjoy colorful palettes and themed menu items, as well as commemorative merchandise. The whole Disneyland Resort, from the theme parks to hotels, will have a Pixar twist of friendly fun.

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This festival of friendship paints Pixar stories in a most positive and uplifting light! An all-new daytime parade, “Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!”, debuts at Disney California Adventure Park! At Disneyland Park, the emotional “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” returns with some all-new scenes. During the celebration, meet new characters such as Ember and Wade from “Elemental,” Red Panda Mei from “Turning Red” and more.

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Other fun activities in the parks include Club Pixar in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. Take photos in front of Pixar-themed backdrops, play games and pose with characters. Come nighttime, Club Pixar takes over for a party with an interactive DJ, live performances, games, photo-ops, themed food and beverages and more.

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While there are offerings all around the resort, as of May 10, there are six Pixar-themed marketplaces at Disney California Adventure Park that will remain through the end of the festival. Each location includes foods inspired by a Pixar film.

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At Disneyland Park, you can dance with characters at the Pixar Pals Playtime Party at Fantasyland Theatre. Enjoy this high-energy show, interactive games, photo locations, activities and iconic Pixar shorts at this family-friendly party. Stay tuned for more details to come!

Bats Day in the Fun Park — May 5, 2024

You can expect to see guests dressed in goth, steampunk, Halloween, rockabilly attire and more for Bats Day. Bats Day, like Dapper Day, is independently organized and usually takes place in May. This event always makes me long for my frog goth days. There have been rumors that Bats Day organizers may be ending Bats Day, but it's still hoppening in the park this year. (The events that occur outside the park are canceled). You bet this frog squad will show up all in black!

Grad Nites — May and June 2024

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Throughout May and June, you may see daytime crowds surge with high school seniors in both parks for local high school Grad Nite celebrations. After 9 p.m., the parties move to a location in Disney California Adventure Park, but Grad Nite celebrators may be in either park during the morning and throughout the day. You can check the Disneyland calendar up to six weeks in advance to confirm which days Grad Nites will occur in 2024.

Grad Nite dates for 2024 are:

  • May 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 28 and 31
  • June 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14

Pride Nite During Pride Month — June 18 & 20, 2024

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In 2024, Disneyland Park will once again host a Disneyland After Dark event, Pride Nite! At this after-hours event, guests can enjoy unique, themed experiences, exclusive photo opportunities, event merchandise and much more! Pride Nite specifically celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies.

Guests can arrive three hours early at 6 p.m. Then, the private party begins at 9 p.m., ending at 1 a.m. Hop over to our Pride Nite post for all the details. Tickets are on sale as of sale April 11 (no earlier than 9 a.m. PT) and April 9 for Magic Key holders.

Pride Month — TBD for June 2024

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Get ready to taste the rainbow with special rainbow-colored foods and beverages across Disney Theme Parks and Downtown Disney. Disney Pride merchandise is available for purchase around the Disneyland Resort (as well as at Walt Disney World in Florida). Hop over to our Pride Month foodie guide for all the yummy details.

Black Music Month — TBD for June 2024

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Enjoy daily live entertainment and specialty food offerings, art and more at Disneyland Resort all month long. Disney California Adventure Park features daily live music that celebrates Black music genres from Doo-Wop to Motown. Five & Dime also sings tunes from the '20s and '30s all year long! In the evening, the Hollywood Backlot hosts a special block party, featuring nightly, live musical acts.

At Downtown Disney, do some family-friendly crafts near the Star Wars Trading Post. You can also enjoy nightly live music and a DJ on Saturday afternoons. Attend artist events on select dates. Hop over to our Celebrate Soulfully post for all the event details.

Fourth of July — 2024

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Disneyland Park celebrates America's independence on July 4 with red, white and blue decorations, treats and drinks. The celebration features its signature Independence Day show, "Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky." Keep in mind that this can be one of the busiest days of the year! Disney California Adventure also usually presents fireworks in a patriotic salute before World of Color.

Disneyland’s Birthday — July 17, 2024

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"To all who come to this happy place; welcome." Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Every year on this anniversary, the park celebrates Disneyland’s birthday. We are celebrating 69 years of Disneyland in 2024!

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There are usually special souvenirs available on that day (such as pins) or special foods, and some people choose to dress dapper for the occasion. You may expect a birthday cavalcade or other form of entertainment with many Disney characters at points throughout the day. You may be able to take pictures holding birthday signs on some years. Some people try to attend every year despite the crowds. Even though Disneyland does not actively promote this day (except on large anniversary years), everyone seems to be hopping in droves to the park to join this birthday party. If you plan to attend this day, arrive early and expect typical summer crowds.

Hop over to our post on the Disneyland birthday celebration for tips on celebrating and a peek at the birthday merchandise.

CHOC Walk — July 21, 2024

The CHOC walk is a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange County. The walk takes place inside the theme parks before they open. If you want to fundraise for kids at CHOC, you can learn more here. Walkers with wristbands get free parking and can walk through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure early Sunday morning. The walk is filled with surprise entertainment and fun experiences — and it's all for a good cause. Because many walkers will purchase tickets and stay for the day, this day will be more crowded than usual, especially in the morning. If you plan to visit then, purchase Disneyland tickets and reserve early. Expect to take more time to park your car and enter the park with so many more people than you would expect on a Sunday morning. It's possible the walk can affect Early Entry hours that day, so be sure to check the calendar.

D23 Day — Aug. 8, 2024

The day before D23 starts is the first-ever D23 Day at Disneyland Resort. Both theme parks welcome ticketed D23 fans during the park hours. All visitors must buy a theme park ticket and make a park reservation that day. The event includes unique offerings, such as:

  • Custom Cavalcade
  • Dance Party
  • Photo Ops
  • Disney Junior music-filled celebration at Disney California Adventure

Additionally, Aug. 4-11, 2024, Downtown Disney guests can take advantage of special offers, decor and magical moments.

2024 Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend — Sept. 5-8, 2024

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What's this? What's this? A new race takes place during Halloween Time in 2024. The Disneyland Resort treats participants with four days of Halloween-themed events, including yoga, kids races, 5K, 10K, half marathon and challenge. Club runDisney registration was Feb. 6, 2024, and general registration was Feb. 13, 2024. The races sold out in under an hour. Learn more about this and upcoming runDisney events in our runDisney Disneyland events post.

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort — Aug. 23 to Oct. 31, 2024

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Halloween comes earlier than ever before in 2024! Halloween is a big-time affair at Disneyland Park, with plenty of decorations, entertainment and other goodies through Oct. 31. During this time, Main Street, U.S.A. is turned into a pumpkin festival with hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins on display. You can gather with some of Disney's biggest villains, along with other favorite Disney characters, for meet-and-greets — in costumes, of course! Jack Skellington and Sally are popular in New Orleans Square. After they leave for the day, you can meet characters from the Haunted Mansion. Cruella de Vil and the Queen of Hearts stalk about Main Street and near the park entrance. We've spotted Maleficent and the Evil Queen near the castle too.

Guests can enjoy seasonal entertainment, plus special eats and drinks. There are also seasonal overlays to some of the resort's very best rides, including the Haunted Mansion Holiday hosted by Jack Skellington. The Halloween Screams show is now a projection and special effects show that will light up Disneyland Park most nights of the Halloween season. The show is enhanced with fireworks on select nights (typically weekends).

Disney California Adventure Park gets into the spirit, too! Haul-O-Ween in Cars Land has the residents of Radiator Springs dressing in silly costumes and decorating their homes and shops. Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree are two ride overlays in Cars Land. For the first time, Guido will sport a "car-stume" as he welcomes guests to Casa Della Tires. Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission Breakout! also gets a Halloween overlay, becoming Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark after 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on party days).

Disneyland Halloween Time festivities are included with regular park admission! We've got a full guide to Halloween Time, so be sure to check it out!

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Oogie Boogie Bash — Select nights usually in September and October 2024

On select nights during Halloween Time, Disney California Adventure plays host to a major Halloween Party — Oogie Boogie Bash. The whole family is invited to dress up in costumes and trick or treat throughout the park. Some of the treat trails are themed after villains and have a live villain to entertain you as you gather candy. The magical Villains Grove is a delight. The party takes place on select nights, usually in September and October — mainly Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Will we see August dates in 2024? Hop back later for the official dates and details!

You'll enjoy character encounters with Disney Villains and photo-ops with rare Disney characters and Pixar pals. Catch the Frightfully Fun Parade as it passes through the park with Jack Skellington, Mickey, Minnie and a gang of villains. Hop over to our post on Oogie Boogie Bash for more screaming details.

Plaza de la Familia — Aug. 23 to Nov. 2, 2024

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Plaza de la Familia celebrates the Disney-Pixar film “Coco” and the bonds of family at Disney California Adventure. Taking place at Paradise Gardens, this celebration offers Mariachi music, delicious Mexican foods, a Tree of Life interactive photo exhibit, wing photo walls, free coloring and crafts and the chance to meet Miguel. The highlight of this Dia De Los Muertos celebration is “A Musical Celebration of Coco” — a show that features dancing, storytellers and original songs from “Coco,” along with an amazing puppet performance from Miguel and some dancing skeletons.

Gay Days — Sept. 13-15, 2024

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Gay Days is an independently organized, three-day event that typically takes place in the fall. There are off-site events and parties associated with Gay Days in Anaheim, but there are also days when attendees hit the parks dressed in red shirts. In 2024, the official Gay Days are Saturday, Sept. 14 at Disneyland Park and Sunday, Sept. 15 at Disney California Adventure Park. This event can affect park reservation availability. You can read all about Gay Days here.

Dapper Day Fall Outing — TBD November 2024

Full ~Frogtastic~ Guide to Disneyland Events in 2024 - Fall Dapper Day

The second Dapper Day event of the year usually takes place early to mid-November. In 2023, the weekend-long event fell on Nov. 11 and 12. The Saturday event includes an Expo at the Disneyland Hotel, where you can find all your dapper duds. The actual Dapper Day in the park is usually on Sunday.

Mickey's and Minnie's Birthday — Nov. 18, 2024

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have the same birthday. While this is not a planned event that you'll find on any schedule, if you hoppen to visit Disneyland on this day, you might get treated to some birthday surprises to celebrate these special characters. Disneyland has been known to hand out free special birthday buttons. There is also a special birthday cavalcade. Mickey and Minnie might even put on their birthday celebration outfits!

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort — Nov. 15, 2024, to early January 2025

Full ~Frogtastic~ Guide to Disneyland Events in 2024 - Castle at Holiday Time

Like Halloween, Disneyland goes all out during Christmas. The parks transform into a winter wonderland from mid-November until early January. This is one of the biggest Disneyland events of the year! Sleeping Beauty Castle is alight in sparkling icicles and thousands of shimmering lights. Snow falls nightly. Beautiful Main Street, U.S.A. is decked out in fabulous holiday décor. Jack Skellington's takeover continues at Haunted Mansion Holiday. The "it's a small world" overlay is the merriest cruise that ever set sail. Once the sun goes down, the façade turns into one of the most stunning holiday light displays you'll ever see … be sure to catch the ceremonial lighting and projection show each evening!

You'll definitely want to stay for A Christmas Fantasy Parade and the Believe … In Holiday Magic fireworks show too! Enjoy the stunning water spectacular, World of Color — Season of Light, at California Adventure. Santa Claus greets guests in both parks. You can find more details in our guide to Holidays at Disneyland.

Across the way at Disney California Adventure Park, Buena Vista Street and Cars Land are decorated for Disney's Festival of Holidays, which offers many festival booths with tasty treats, as well as musical selections representing several cultures.

Full ~Frogtastic~ Guide to Disneyland Events in 2024 - Viva Navidad

There is a nightly Christmas tree lighting on Buena Vista Street, as well as a special holiday edition of World of Color. You’ll want to join Mickey, Minnie and the Three Caballeros at the Disney Viva Navidad! Street Party. Two Cars Land rides receive holiday overlays: Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl both have exciting holiday songs. Three Kings' Day, in early January, commemorates the close of the holiday season by paying homage to the Three Wise Men’s visit to the nativity.

Candlelight Ceremony — TBD but usually the first weekend in December

Full ~Frogtastic~ Guide to Disneyland Events in 2024 - Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland

The Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony usually takes place the first weekend in December. The ceremony has two shows per night on Saturday and Sunday. It is a religious ceremony but offers an inclusive message to all who watch. It is set up in Town Square and can affect entertainment times that day for the parade and fireworks. Chairs are set up for invited guests, and other parkgoers can stand around the outside and watch. If there are empty seats, cast members may invite others to fill them in before the show starts. The later showing is less crowded.

Every year, the ceremony features a famous narrator (shown here is Sterling K. Brown in 2021), choirs, and musicians. Viola Davis was the narrator in 2022 and Brie Larson took over in 2023. For the first showing, the choir proceeds down the parade route from "it's a small world" to Town Square. For the second ceremony of the night, they walk from the Hub to Town Square. No matter which religious celebration you may or may not observe, it is a beautiful sight to see.

Thanks for reading our guide to events at Disneyland! It's always a great time to visit the parks, especially with so many terrific Disneyland events. Have you visited during any of these events? Share your memories in the comments below. Have a question about any of the events? Ask away!

Related: Best Time To Visit Disneyland

Related: 10 Best Disneyland Snacks and Where to Find Them

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 1, 2024 at 5:44 p.m. Scott Says...

When do Disneyland special ticketed events get announced for the second half of this year? I only see through June on Disney’s site. Thank you.

Apr 3, 2024 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Disneyland confirmed timelines for 2024 special events this past December, so the only special ticketed event past June would be Oogie Boogie Bash, which has been confirmed to return but we still don't know exact dates. Last year, Oogie Boogie Bash dates were confirmed on May 31 and tickets went on sale at the end of June. So we would expect a similar timeline for this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 14, 2023 at 4:12 p.m. Helena Jacob Says...

When will Disney land sell the Southern California residents annual pass?

Dec 18, 2023 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helena!

We do not know when Magic Key passes will go on sale again. Since first introduced in 2021, Magic Key passes have been sold on an inconsistent on-again, off-again basis.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 12, 2023 at 6:13 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Are grad nights like the other after hours events, where the park closes early if you aren’t attending the event?

Dec 12, 2023 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

DCA does typically close an hour earlier for guests who are not attending Grad Bash. Disneyland Park hours are not affected.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 26, 2023 at 1:55 a.m. Ardelle Says...

Could you please give me the name of the band that played on May20, 3023 at the Paradise Garden Bandstand at around California Adventure Disney Park? They were incredibly good, and we missed their band name.

Thank you!

May 26, 2023 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ardelle!

Since multiple performers play at the Paradise Gardens Bandstand on a rotating or irregular basis, I'm afraid we're not much of a help. But leaving it open — perhaps someone else in the Frog Pond may know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 15, 2023 at 3:25 p.m. Kate Says...

We are from UK visiting. Years ago you could book breakfast and got early admission. Is this still in place, taking 2 year old grandson to Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Animal Kingdom (on different days) plus possibly Epcot. If it is available how do I book. Thank you

Apr 17, 2023 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Select restaurants may offer early breakfast reservations, which would allow you to enter the parks early, but they can be hard to get. You would just make advance dining reservations as normal, so if you see an early time pop up, grab it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 20, 2023 at 7:26 p.m. Victoria Says...

You forgot to add nurses day! April 27 ????

Feb 11, 2023 at 1:59 a.m. Leeann Jacket Says...

Do the nightly (Summer) fireworks start on Memorial Day?

One of my DCA days will fall on grad' night, so I'm thinking about switching to DL if there's fireworks.

Many thanks.


Feb 15, 2023 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeann!

It's possible, but we won't know for sure until the entertainment schedule is officially posted, which hoppens about six weeks in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 14, 2022 at 9:12 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hi there! What's hoppen-ing? Ha!

We are hoping to view the fireworks and World of Color during our visit the the week of October 16th- 22nd. We typically like to avoid the weekend crowds; but we are wondering it World of Color will be running during the week at all? Hoping we could go the 18,19,20,21 and hit both shows! I tried calling, and the schedule hasn't been released. Wondering if anyone would have some words of wisdom here. :)

Aug 15, 2022 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

We don't know for sure since the schedule has not been released yet. But based on previous years, World of Color is usually nightly but may be down to one show per night (and you'd need to avoid Oogie Boogie Bash party nights). Meanwhile, Fantasmic! and fireworks transition to weekends only. Keep hopping back for confirmed entertainment schedules - we'll update as soon as we know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 17, 2022 at 7:35 p.m. Lori Says...

I never went to food and wine so I’m curious about in 2023 or this year not sure yet the reason is that I’ve always wanted to go I need to get out from here and enjoying at Disneyland I miss it haven’t been there probably 20 years ago. Anyway I would like to kmow about food and wine festival

Thank you

May 17, 2022 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival already hoppened in 2022, but it should be back in 2023! To prepare for next year's, we have a full post dedicated to the event that you can check out here. Let us know if you have any other questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 24, 2022 at 4:15 p.m. Dirk Says...

Anything special going on August 21 in either DIsneyland or California Adventure?

Apr 26, 2022 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dirk!

Not anything that we know of! Summer is winding down at that point and Halloween is looming, but nothing's on the schedule at this time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 21, 2022 at 6:36 p.m. Diana Says...

What will be nights for Sweetheart's Day 2023?

Feb 22, 2022 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana!

Dates for Disneyland After Dark events in 2023 have not yet been announced. Bookmark this page, and keep hopping back! We'll be sure to update as soon as we know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 7, 2021 at 5:25 p.m. Roger Says...

Do you offer single day Disneyland ticket discounts?

Dec 8, 2021 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roger!

No, we don't offer single-day Disneyland tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 9, 2021 at 4:06 a.m. Ryan Says...

Thanks for the helpful article. Do you know when they will announce information on 2022 sweethearts’ nite?

Nov 9, 2021 at 7:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan!

Thanks for hopping by! We haven't heard anything yet, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we do :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 1, 2021 at 7:41 p.m. Tawnya Says...

What goes on at Disney land in between Halloween and Christmas? We are scheduled to go on November 8th and 9th

Sep 1, 2021 at 3:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tawnya,

Aside from the holiday decor transitioning from Halloween to Christmas, the Haunted Mansion overlay will remain. This is when you might spot Halloween decorations in one part of the park and Christmas decorations in another, or when you may see Christmas decorations pop up overnight. While official holiday festivities won't start until Nov. 12, it is still a great time to visit in terms of crowds and weather!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 14, 2021 at 7:25 p.m. Angela Says...

When is the next Disney fan fest ??

May 14, 2021 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

Nothing is on the schedule just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 25, 2020 at 4:54 p.m. Luke Says...

Will they still have villains night at California adventure on April 30

Apr 6, 2020 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luke!

Villains Nite is being rescheduled for a later date; we'll be sure to update as soon as that's released! Guests who currently hold a ticket for Villains Nite can automatically use their ticket for the rescheduled event. Guests who no longer wish to hold their current ticket may call (714) 781-4636 for assistance. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 10, 2020 at 10:18 a.m. Sue Osborne Says...

We are visiting Wed 16 & Thu 17 September.

Are there fireworks every night at this time of the year?

Mar 16, 2020 at 4:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

There usually are not fireworks every night. In 2019, the Halloween Screams projection show played every night with fireworks adding to the show Friday through Sunday. We will have more detailed information come summer, so stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 4, 2020 at 5:11 a.m. Meghan Says...

Does The World of Color show change around Halloween time or does it stay the same? One time I went around Christmas time and the show was totally different from the summer time. My husband and I will be visiting Disneyland in mid September.

Mar 4, 2020 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan!

At last year’s Oogie Boogie Bash Halloween Party, party guests could take in a Halloween-themed “World of Color” called “Villainous!. This was exclusive to party guests, but all guests at Disneyland could enjoy the special Halloween-themed fireworks. On non-party nights, the normal World of Color takes place. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 23, 2020 at 4:06 a.m. Kylie Says...

In the past has DL stopped it's parade between Halloween and Christmas? We're thinking of going first week in November but I really want there to be a parade when we go.

Feb 24, 2020 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kylie!

This year is hard to say because there is a brand-new parade, which will bring a lot more viewers than an older parade did! Check the schedule six weeks before your visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 5, 2020 at 6:50 p.m. Lo Says...

CHOCWalk is September 13th!!!! Announced this morning!!! :-D <3

Feb 5, 2020 at 4:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

YAY! Thanks so much, Lo - we've adjusted to add this year's date :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 18, 2020 at 11:02 p.m. JH Says...

Do you know when the transition between fall decor and Christmas is scheduled for 2020? We have been there before when it switches overnight. Best of both to visit at that time!

Jan 21, 2020 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JH!

We don't have that information for 2020 just yet, but in 2019, Halloween Time ran from Sept. 6 - Oct. 31, while Christmas began on Nov. 8. As soon as we have details for 2020, we'll be sure to update!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 3, 2020 at 6:21 p.m. Nate Leonardini Says...

i like disneyland

Feb 3, 2020 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We do too, Nate! :) Thanks for hopping by!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 17, 2020 at 2:25 p.m. Callie Says...

Hello! With the new parade in Disneyland debuting on January 28th, would that bring in a higher day crowd on opening day? I see Disneyland has changed the 28th from a valued day to regular day. Just wondering if we should visit Disneyland Wednesday or Thursday of that week verses Tuesday (when the parade debuts). Thoughts? Thank you!!

Jan 21, 2020 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Callie!

January 28 looks to be a really great day to visit, with low crowds. Magic Happens is debuting on February 28, which is a Friday - we expect higher crowds that day and would opt for Monday or Tuesday of the following week if you were visiting at that time. Otherwise, Tuesday, Jan. 28 should be great!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 8, 2020 at 1:03 a.m. Tirzah Myers Says...

We are thinking of going the first week of December this year, 2020. Based on past occurrence, will there be anything to effect (affect?) the normal early Christmas crowds (like conventions or something?). Thank you! This will be my first time back in almost a decade and my first trip as mom of two small kids. Very excited!

Jan 9, 2020 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tirzah!

The first two weeks of December are usually a great time to visit! We do not know of any large conventions that affect the park then. It can get busier after Dec. 14 for the holidays.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 13, 2019 at 9:24 p.m. Traci Says...

Hi! Mardi gras and Ash Wednesday both fall on the last week of Feb for 2020. Will this affect crowds that week?

Dec 16, 2019 at 4:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Traci!

We don't think so - enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 28, 2019 at 1:53 a.m. CJ Says...

My fiancee and I will be spending part of our honeymoon in Disneyland on Dec 9-10 2019. I just checked the schedule for Fantasmic! and it looks like there aren't any showings past Dec this right? Would you happen to have any additional info as to why it's not showing the rest of December 2019??

Oct 28, 2019 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CJ!

Disneyland only releases dates on their calendar of events about a month in advance, so it's just a little too early to tell for your exact trip dates :) If you check back in the coming weeks, it should populate with all of the information you're looking for. Enjoy your honeymoon!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 24, 2019 at 4:12 p.m. crystal Says...

Planning on doing Disneyland September 2020 around the 22 /23 to 28th. Do they only do special shows only on the weekends? Do they do fire works ? First time planner thank you

Oct 25, 2019 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

Every year is different. In Sept. 2019, the Halloween Screams fireworks were Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (same with Fantasmic!). The rest of the Halloween Screams show (projection, special effects, music) went off Monday through Thursday without the fireworks. We'll update as soon as we know more about next year's events!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 21, 2019 at 9:14 p.m. tracy Says...


What is the best way to be in the know of special events? Like the Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary that happened August 8th and 9th?

Oct 23, 2019 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

Great question! We update our special events page as soon as we learn about events, so hop back often. The Disney Parks blog is a great way to stay on top of things. However, the Haunted Mansion event was a somewhat private event put on by a group outside of Disney that took place after hours, so it was not well advertised and not available on Disneyland sites.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 13, 2019 at 11:24 p.m. Cathie Says...

Does anyone have any idea as to when Disneyland will change from Halloween to Christmas next year (2020) as we are already making plans to go but want to ensure we are booking off the correct dates. Thankyou.

Oct 15, 2019 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathie!

Next year it will definitely be Christmas time by Nov. 13, but it could be possible for it to start Nov. 6. That’s a pretty quick turnaround after Halloween, so we can’t say for sure. Christmas time traditionally starts on a Friday, although in 2016, it began on Thursday Nov. 10.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 27, 2020 at 8:55 p.m. Dana Says...

We have booked a trip November 12-15 2020, if that turns out to be the first weekend of the Holiday Season what are the crowds typically like? If it’s going to get crazy crowded we may change the dates! Def want to go during the Christmas time there though. Thank you!

Jan 29, 2020 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana!

The crowds should be low, and that is an excellent time to visit. You get all the Christmas entertainment and decorations without the holiday crowds! Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 9, 2019 at 11:41 a.m. TN Says...

Hey Guys, as part of an exchange program from Australia to the USA in January 2020 I will be visiting Disneyland on the 7th of January, I was wondering what I’ll miss out on due to the removal of the holiday overlay which I have heard comes down on the 6th of January. It’s pretty unfortunate that we go the day after the holiday season ends because haunted mansion was the ride I was most excited to go on now I’m just hoping I won’t miss the iconic fireworks or miss out on taking a castle photo (it sounds cheesy but this will probably be the only day I’ll ever go to Disneyland in my life so I’ve got to make it count!)

Oct 9, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

How exciting! So the good news is that you will be visiting at a quiet time just after the busy holiday season. You can have short lines and an uncrowded experience—great for getting that perfect castle photo! The bad news is that Haunted Mansion will likely be closed and there probably will not be fireworks. While that part is sad, there is still so much to do in your one day in the park. It will still be very magical and full. Tuesday is one of our favorite days to visit because you can do so much! Check the entertainment calendar before you visit so you’ll know what shows to expect. If fireworks and Fantasmic! are not “hoppening” get a Park Hopper ticket and see World of Color. It’s amazing! “it’s a small world” holiday usually sticks around awhile after the holidays so you may get to experience that. Have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 8, 2019 at 10:28 p.m. Joshua Says...

Will Star Wars Land be decked out in a holiday theme as well? Probably not Christmas or Halloween per se, but something similar?

Aug 9, 2019 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joshua!

We haven't heard of anything just yet to this effect, but we'll let you know if we do!

Keep hopping!


Jul 13, 2019 at 9:22 p.m. Mason Frye Says...

Anyone have any idea what date the Haunted Mansion will be back from the holiday overlay?

Jul 15, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mason!

The Haunted Mansion should be back from its overlay removal sometime in mid-January. It was closed from Jan. 7-17 in 2019.

Keep hopping!


Jul 9, 2019 at 6:53 p.m. Lisa Says...

Just wondering if you have a list of race weekends? The last time we were at Disneyland we unknowingly booked it on a race through the park weekend and it was significantly more crowded, especially during the coveted early morning entry.

Jul 9, 2019 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

As of right now, there are no races scheduled for the Disneyland Resort; all races now take place at Disney World. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!


Jun 27, 2019 at 5:56 p.m. Dan Says...

What day in November will the park open this year?

Jun 6, 2019 at 11:32 p.m. Mario Says...

Do you know if theres a special ticket for December 31? Or can i buy it right now for that dates... Thanks

Jun 7, 2019 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mario,

There is no special ticket for that date. You can buy it now!

Keep hopping!


Apr 28, 2019 at 12:10 a.m. Keely newton Says...

Is there any word on if there will be any form of celebration for the Haunted Mansions 50th anniversary?

Jul 5, 2019 at 12:23 a.m. Dakota Munden Says...

Not sure if you read the part where there is an after hours even about the haunted mansion. Author should have posted that out. idk why it wasn't done.

Apr 29, 2019 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keely!

Nothing has been announced yet, but in the past, Disneyland has celebrated anniversaries with special merchandise, photo props and buttons. We’ll be watching to see if any anniversary spirits materialize!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 26, 2019 at 4:43 p.m. Lauren Says...

We are going May 17-19. The Frozen Live at the Hyperion date STILL have not come out for the show or the dining packages. Do you know if this show is continuing? Thanks!

Mar 26, 2019 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

We have not heard anything about the show being discontinued, but we'll keep our eyes and ears open! Disneyland tends to release the showtimes incrementally, so we recommend continuing to check back with the entertainment schedule.

Keep hopping!


Mar 15, 2019 at 9:39 a.m. Courtney Says...

Hello, we are going to Disneyland April 29th to May 3rd. I see now that there are two days that Disneyland California Adventure is having a special superhero event after hours. We are not interested in attending this event but wondering how this may affect the daytime crowds in Disneyland and California Adventures.

Mar 18, 2019 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

This after hours event shouldn't have a huge impact on crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 19, 2019 at 8:39 p.m. Edna Schroeder Says...

When is Easter eggs at Disneyland 2019

Mar 19, 2019 at 4:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edna!

They haven't released this year's dates, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 1, 2019 at 12:13 p.m. Hayley Says...

Hello :-)

I have booked to visit disneyland on 29th April to 1st May.

I note Fantasmic is booked to return in March, however is it true they only be showing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday? is this not a busy time of year.

Many thanks for your advice

Mar 1, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hayley!

You are correct - it looks as if Fantasmic! is just scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when it returns in March (though this may change - we'll keep our eyes and ears open!)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 29, 2019 at 10:59 p.m. Krystal Says...

Actually, there doing it every night now. My husband and were there Monday thru Thursday this week. There were 2 shows every night we were there. Also, one of the cast members confirmed that it will be every night. I’m guessing it’s for the increasing crowd sizes.

Feb 18, 2019 at 6:13 p.m. Billy Says...

Do you know what rides/attractions will be closed September 3-7?

Feb 19, 2019 at 11:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Billy!

No news on refurbishments for September at this time, but we do update our schedule of refurbishments as soon as we hear anything.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 24, 2019 at 7:18 p.m. Leighann Says...

Lived in SoCal for 20 years and always went Labor crowds and still summer hours and attractions. Now living in the Midwest and trying to make a trade show in Vegas in September coincide with a Disneyland side trip, but not being a "local" anymore, am unsure of September hours and events, specifically Fantasmic. Looking at the week of September 9-13. I know it's too soon to make any guarantees, but any idea when (if) Fantasmic will still be showing and what days of the week?

Jan 24, 2019 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leighann!

Unfortunately, the only information we have at this time is that Fantasmic will be reopening in early March. If this is indeed the case, you should be in luck for your September trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 15, 2019 at 5:29 p.m. Leighann Says...

Thanks! Based on past years, when do they go off summer hours and fireworks, etc. go to weekends only? Been too long since I lived there and don't remember.

Jan 24, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. Jeanine Says...

Do you have any idea if there will be any special Star Wars Celebrations at Disneyland around May 4 this year? I haven't seen any announcement of it, but I know they did it in previous years. I am hoping not to have any extra ticketed events during our stay. (We still don't have our dates lined up yet-- trying to make all the schedules match!)

Jan 24, 2019 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine!

We also haven't seen anything on the calendar just yet for this year, but we've got our eyes and ears open :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 18, 2019 at 6:39 p.m. Gaston's New Belle Says...

So... I'm seeing that from January to "Spring 2019" the Castle is being refurbished, which I'm assuming means no fireworks or parades on main street. Also that Fantasmic! is down for refurb during the same time.

What exactly do they mean by "Spring"? Because we are going for the week of Spring break (March 17 - 23) and I just cant bring myself to believe that Disney would have ALL THREE of their biggest events (Fireworks, Parades, Fantasmic!) CLOSED during Spring Break - one of the BUSIEST times of the year?? ESPECIALLY when the Food & Wine festival is going on during that time too .

Is that TRUE??

Because if it is please let me know NOW so I can cancel my vacation package. I've been to Dl many times with my own kids but this time I am brining my mom with us and she hasnt been since the 80's when she took us as kids. We just lost my dad last year so I want her to go back to her favorite and nostalgic place ( Their honeymoon was in Disneyworld). I didn't want to put our trip of until Summer because of the heat and the crowds will be even worse especially with Galaxy's Edge rumored to open in the Summer instead of the fall. But there's no point in spending all that money to go and re-introduce my mom to 21rst century Disneyland that I'm always talking up to her and telling her she needs to see, and then not see any parades or fireworks or even the Castle. Sheesh. I could suffer through doing without one or even two of those things (Like I did last year when we went while the Main Street tracks were being refurbed) but not ALL three.

Jan 25, 2019 at 7:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi New Belle,

Fantasmic's closure is expected to last through early March, so we would hope that it would be back up by your visit. For the castle, we would expect work to continue longer since it says through spring, although it maybe that the major refurb is done by spring break. We just don't know! There is a new show that just debuted, Mickey's Mix Magic, and it's happening with fireworks on weekends (without fireworks on other days). Here is the video Tad shot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 30, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. Mark @ Says...

My wife, Heidi and I are looking forward to the Mickey and Minnie Celebration. We are planning to go in February for Valentines Day.

Do you know if their will be any special Mouse Ears for the Celebration? My wife loves collecting the Mouse Ears, especially the Minnie ears.

Dec 31, 2018 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

We'd expect there will be special mouse ears since there will be special merch! We'll have to wait and see!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 27, 2018 at 9:18 p.m. Charlotte Says...

Do you have any knowledge of the Christmas season dates for 2019? We are trying to plan a trip during the week they are switching from Halloween to Christmas. I know the season began on Nov. 9th 2018 for this year, but not sure if it is generally the same each year?

Dec 30, 2018 at 7:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlotte,

While nothing is yet confirmed, I would expect that the Holidays would begin Nov. 8.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 14, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. Sherry Boyle Says...

WE will be in Disneyland Jan 17-24 2019. I am having a hard time finding out of there are any parades or fireworks besides Fantasmic. I am trying to plan our days for dining reservations and when to go off the park, but don't want to end up leaving if some special event is happening. Can you help me?

PS We are travelling with our handicapped son so I am looking at buying the dining plan with Fantasmic to try to ensure better position for viewing--is that a good idea?

Dec 27, 2018 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry,

There is a new nighttime projection show, Mickey's Mix Magic, and Mickey's Soundsational Parade returns Jan. 18. While those two entertainment offerings aren't yet listed on the Disneyland schedule, we expect they will run daily!

The dining packages definitely offer the most central and closest viewing with the shortest time investment. Plus you can sit rather than stand. If your son uses a wheelchair, you will be seated behind the people sitting on the ground, but it will still be a nice close viewing area.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 19, 2018 at 12:53 a.m. Marce Says...

Do you guys have any information about Villains day?

Nov 28, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marce!

There is an official Disneyland Villaintines day on February 13, for those who are in love with the bad boys and girls of Disney. But There is also a Facebook group for another Villains Day: Stalk Around the Park, which is an unofficial Villains Fashion Theme Day that will fall on Feb. 10, 2019. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!


Sep 25, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. Roxanne Says...

hello!! we are planning to spend Christmas Eve at Disneyland, is a Monday, do they close the park at 12 midnight ? or at 9pm like regular Monday? I think its gonna be sad to go bak to the hotel at 9 on Christmas eve :( hahaha, I tried to look over the internet to look for an answer but didn't find anything.

thank you, "hopping" you have an answer!

thank you!


Sep 27, 2018 at 5:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roxanne!

That is peak time at Disneyland, so we expect the park to be operating at maximum hours. It is likely to be 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. but they do not release the hours and entertainment calendar until 6 weeks in advance, so check back in November. There are usually Extra Magic Hours in both parks that week.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 6, 2018 at 1:24 p.m. Fernando Says...

I noticed that no fireworks are currently listed for Sep 27th ( ) . Since it's not a halloween party day, i would expect to have FW going on that day ... but the non existing schedule kinda leaves a big question. Does anyone know ?

Aug 22, 2018 at 9:24 a.m. Amanda Says...


We are heading out on vacation this weekend (August 24th-August 26th) to visit both the Disneyland Parks and Universal Studios. My family originally wanted to go to Disneyland Park on Sunday but I just noticed the CHOC Walk the Park event will be held that day. My question is does Disneyland get crowded for the CHOC event? and if so should we head to Universal Studies on that day instead?

Aug 22, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

The CHOC event does bring in additional crowds to the park. It may be a good idea to visit Universal on this day instead!

Keep hopping!


Jul 18, 2018 at 5:44 p.m. Cara M Says...

Hi there,

We're planning a trip in early September 2018 and I'm wondering if you know the approximate time DL puts out their September schedule? At this point I can only find July and August on their website.

Thank you!

Jul 19, 2018 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cara!

Great question. The Disneyland typically shows operational hours and showtimes up to six weeks out. We recommend checking back in a couple more weeks for hours during your early September trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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