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Disneyland Hours of Operation
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Disneyland Hours Overview
What time does Disneyland open and close? Find out Disneyland's opening hours here!
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge's "grand opening period" is May 31st thru June 23rd! But it won't be possible to get inside the new land during this time period unless you'll be staying at a Disneyland Park hotel. (Open access begins June 24th.) For more info about this interesting new themed area, please see the "What's New at the Park" section at the end of this page.
New smoking policy: Just a head's up---there will no longer be smoking withing the gates of Disneyland and DCA. This has to do with the increased crowds in both parks. Sidewalks have been widened to make room for more guests and better stroller parking. Something had to go, and it was the smoking areas. If you step outside the gates to light up, don't forget to ask for a hand stamp when leaving, and have your tickets or annual pass ready to show when you re-enter.
How to maximize your time at DisneylandHow can you enter Disneyland Park as early as possible? Be there early! Disneyland opens its theme park gates at the announced opening time for that date. BUT, the parking lot and the ticket booths DO open earlier. If you have parked your car, ridden the tram from the parking lot, and purchased your tickets all before opening time, then you'll be able to enter the park much sooner than someone who arrives at the parking lot at opening time!
Since it can EASILY take an hour or more to park your car, pass through the security inspection line and purchase tickets, you'll be adding hours to your day at Disneyland if you take care of those chores before opening time. Purchasing your tickets online ahead of time is a good way of avoiding the ticket line, which will not only save time, but also some wear & tear on your family's nerves. It's not so fun to stand in line when there's no ride waiting at the end!
How can you stay as late as possible at Disneyland Park? The Disneyland closing times are actually the times at which the park's rides and attractions close. However, these closing times are NOT in effect for Main Street! Main Street stores & snack shops remain open later than the rest of the theme park so that visitors may buy souvenirs and eat a bite before heading home! If you're running short on time, save visiting Main Street for the end of the day...when you'll get in some after-hours "extra time" as you shop and grab a snack.
When the park closes, you WILL be able to board if you're already standing in line for a ride. Some families extend their time in the park by making sure they're in line for one of their favorite rides at Disneyland's closing time. Then, they continue to wait for the ride while the rest of the park empties out!
NOTE: CARS LAND AND THE NEW PIXAR PIER ARE AT THE DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK, NOT DISNEYLAND! Pixar Pier was the big new attraction for 2018 at the Disneyland Resort. In 2019, it's finally (mostly) finished, as Jessie's Carousel has now begun operating. The resort has been including more Pixar-themed entertainment in its mix, and although Pixar Pier still looks extremely similar to the older "Paradise Pier" themed area that it replaced, most guests seem to be more or less pleased with it. Cars Land, however, remains a whopping, Grade A hit among guests, and will continue to compete well against Disneyland's new Galaxy's Edge land, we think (especially among families with young children. Cars Land is a knock-your-socks-off, visually stunning themed area that debuted several years ago...and it has been a smash hit ever since opening day. Any "Cars" movie fans will feel absolutely right at home there...and would probably enjoy even sitting on a park bench just drinking in the architecture---even if they never stepped foot on a ride. However, don't expect to find Cars Land or Pixar Pier inside of Disneyland Park. These attractions are at Disneyland's "sister" theme park, the Disney California Adventure Park...which is only a few steps away from Disneyland's turnstiles, but has a separate entry gate all of its own. The Disney California Adventure Park has hours of operation that are completely different than Disneyland's schedule. To discover those hours, please visit our page covering the Disney California Adventure Park hours of operation. And, if you'd like to view pictures of the beautiful Cars Land themed area, please visit our Cars Land Pictures page!
Do you still need Disneyland tickets? Our site lists some of the ways you can get the best value for your money when buying them. Please see either our Disneyland Discounts for Local Residents or our Disneyland Tickets for Out of Town Guests pages to plan out your money-saving strategy.
Quick overview of Disneyland Hours this year
Generally speaking, you'll find that...Disneyland doesn't release their schedule of operating hours very far in advance. It's not unusual for people to plan their vacations 3 or 4 months ahead of time...and yet, Disneyland Park will NOT have their list of hours ready that far in advance. The official operating schedule is never released for more than 6 weeks in advance. Even then, the park reserves the right to change its hours up until the last moment, if necessary. What's a family trying to plan out their vacation to do? (And, no, calling the park won't get you any more information about Disneyland's upcoming hours that aren't posted on its official schedule!) Well, you might take into mind certain rules of thumb (that we've noticed from watching Disneyland's schedule year after year.) You can count on certain consistencies in the park's calendar to use as a rough guide:
1.) Disneyland's slow-season schedule on weekdays is generally 10 am to 7 or 8 pm. That's 9 or 10 hours of fun you may count on, at minimum. The only exception is when Disneyland has a private after-hours event. Most of the year, these aren't very frequent...although in the Fall there are a number of special extra-fee parties. On special event nights, the theme park may close at 6 pm. Disneyland makes sure these events don't ruin the vacations of their out-of-town guests in 3 ways: (1) They open Disneyland earlier than 10 am; (2) They leave Disney's California Adventure Park open at bit later; and (3) They don't run special events back-to-back for several nights. Even if your vacation includes a date on which the park closes early, you can be sure that it will close at its normal time on the next night. When is Disneyland's slow season? You'll generally find slow-season hours on many weekdays in January, February, March, April, September, October and November.
2.) Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays have long Disneyland hours all year-round. 8 am to 12 Midnight is Disneyland's maximum schedule of hours. (Only on one day of the year---December 31st, New Year's Eve---will you find longer hours; those are usually 8 am until 2 am New Year's morning.) Other schedules you may find on weekends could be 8 am to 11 pm; 9 am to 11 pm; or 9 am to 12 Midnight.
3.) Extra-long hours are always planned for Spring Break, Summer Vacation season, and the Christmas/New Years holiday period. During these times, you'll find weekend-type hours in effect on every day of the week...eg, opening time 8 am or 9 am, with closing times of 11 pm or 12 Midnight. Selected other holidays throughout the year also have longer operating hours...for example MLK Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran's Day. There are several months during which you may expect longer hours of operation for most of the month: June, July, August, the latter half of December. July generally has the longest hours of all...usually a schedule of 8 am until 12 Midnight every single day of the month!
4.) Disneyland opens every day...including RAINY days. There is rarely extreme weather in Anaheim---no snow, no tornadoes, no Arizona-style dust storms. Rain is not frequent, but when it happens, it may drizzle or pour all-day. Disneyland IS open in the rain, but a number of attractions may be closed. The park offers inexpensive ponchos for sale, but does not give refunds nor rain checks. If you hate rain, then an indoor attraction, such as the Discovery Science Center about 5 miles from the park, might make a good alternate activity for a family with kids. The world-class South Coast Plaza Mall in Costa Mesa might make be a good indoor substitute for a party of adults. You may always save a pre-purchased ticket for another day...but you can't get it back if you enter the park, then find yourself wet and miserable. (Note: some people LIKE visiting in the rain for the shorter lines and fewer crowds. But bear in mind, there's lots of walking outdoors between the park's attractions...and most walkways are in uncovered, open-air areas.)
Disneyland Hours for Spring, 2019
May & June hours of operation
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Are you heading to Disneyland Park soon? If so, then you're in luck! For late-spring and summer, you'll find long hours, a full schedule of entertainment, newly refurbished sidewalks and stroller parking, and even special-occasion foods to enjoy.
Late Spring weather in Anaheim is typically variable. Temperatures in Anaheim change from day to day...and also throughout each day. Mornings are generally cool---and perhaps even chilly. At the park's 8 or 9 am opening time, you'll probably experience temperatures in the 60's. By afternoon, it will probably reach into the 70 or 80 degree range (Fahrenheit.) But nothing is certain. On a cloudy day, temps may remain in the 60's all day. Or, getting close to summer, high temperatures may already begin to reach the 90's (especially inside Disneyland Park itself, which doesn't get as much of a breeze as the surrounding area.)
Summer weather in Anaheim is typically quite warm. Temperatures in Anaheim vary throughout the day. Mornings are generally pleasant---and it's a good time to start your day at Disneyland. At the park's 8 am opening time, you'll usually enjoy temperatures in the 70's. However, by afternoon, you'll probably be breaking a sweat when you're outdoors in unshaded areas. High temperatures are generally in the 80's or 90's (although they can sneak up into the 100's range on a number of days each year at Disneyland Park.) Some people do not enjoy the park in the heat. Others enjoy the (slightly) less crowded conditions---since local pass holders tend to avoid the hottest days...leaving them for the out of town guests who are stuck into their pre-planned hotel reservations.
But even in summer, the thermometer plunges after dark, and you'll find that evening temps are generally quite pleasant. Temperatures will fall backwards into the 80's & 70's...and possibly even down into the 60's if you'll be staying until closing time at midnight. What about rain? It's possible, but the forecast will generally be sunny during the summertime.
The operating hours at Disneyland for Late Spring 2019
Summary of operating schedules: During May and June, Disneyland operates at its peak hours of 8 am to 12 midnight...or close to it. The opening and closing times never vary by more than one hour. The biggest exception this year is on June 2nd, when Disneyland closes extra-early (6 pm) for a special event.
OPENING & CLOSING TIMES---MAY: Between Friday, May 3rd and Friday, May 31st, peak and near-peak hours will be in effect. There will be NO opening times later than 9 am this month, nor closing times earlier than 11 pm. (Plus, many shops and eateries on Main Street will stay open for an hour after "closing" time.)
---8 am to 12 Midnight dates: Saturday, May 4; Sunday, May 5; Thursday, May 9; Friday, May 10; Saturday, May 11; Sunday, May 12; Monday, May 13; Thursday, May 16; Saturday, May 18, Sunday, May 19; Monday, May 20; Tuesday, May 21; Wednesday, May 22; Thursday, May 23; Friday, May 24; Saturday, May 25; Sunday, May 26; Monday, May 27 (which is Memorial Day); Thursday, May 30th; Friday, May 31st.
---9 am to 11 pm dates: Monday, May 6; Tuesday, May 7; Wednesday, May 8; Tuesday, May 14; Wednesday, May 15;
---8 am to 11 pm dates: Friday, May 3rd; Friday, May 17; Wednesday, May 28th; Thursday, May 29th.
OPENING & CLOSING TIMES---JUNE: From June 1st thru 28th, there are 2 schedules: either 8 am to 12 Midnight; or 8 am to 6 pm. (At the time of this update, the rest of June's operating calendar hasn't yet been released. We are expecting Disneyland to use the 8 am until 12 Midnight schedule near-exclusively, since that's what the park generally does every June.)
---8 am to Midnight dates: June 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28.
---8 am to 6 pm date: June 2nd
What's new this summer at Disneyland?
Star Wars Land (Galaxy's Edge) opens in stages during 2019!
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Finally it's here! Disneyland's new Star Wars themed area is opening this year on May 31st. But, sadly, the exciting new themed area won't be available to guests without pre-arranged reservations (until June 24th, that is. On and after June 24th, you will no longer need reservations to get into the new themed area.) Here are the details---
This summer, the biggest action will be at the new Galaxy's Edge addition. From May 31st thru June 23rd, you'll need advance reservations to enter this new "land." Unfortunately, all of the time slots open to the general public were gobbled up eagerly as soon as the reservation period was opened. On the date of this update, May 3rd, Disneyland has announced that there are still reservation times available for guests who have made PAID RESERVATIONS TO STAY OVERNIGHT AT ONE OF DISNEYLAND'S ON-SITE HOTELS. These hotels are not cheap, but if you simply can't wait to see the new Star Wars land, at least there's a New Hope! You are advised by the park to call the following phone number to see if time slots are still available on the date that you wish to reserve your room: (714) 956-6425. Note: if you DO manage to wrangle a reservation time for Galaxy's Edge via the hotel, then you will be unable to cancel your hotel room booking. If you do, the park will cancel your Star Wars reservation and make it available to someone else.
At Disneyland Park, Galaxy's Edge will indeed be the highlight of the summer. The entire resort has been getting ready for an expected onslaught of visitors and record crowd levels. A new parking structure---named Pixar Pals---is being built next to the existing Mickey & Friends parking building. 5,000 new parking spaces will become available once it's opened. In addition, the entire Disneyland Resort has undergone extensive refurbishments and renovations, as well. Smoking areas are now gone from both parks, and smokers must exit the gates of Disneyland and DCA in order to light up. This change makes room for wider pedestrian walkways and larger stroller parking areas. Curbs have been eliminated in many areas to facilitate the movement of strollers, wheel chairs, etc. Wagons are now banned from the parks, and stroller size-limits have been put into place. At present, these limits are extremely generous, and even double strollers will fit the bill. Even the size of many flower planters has been reduced in order to facilitate the orderly and safe movement of guests.
What can you do inside Galaxy's Edge? Only one ride will be opening (until a 2nd one is completed later this year.) The ride available on opening day promises to be a smash hit. Called "Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run," this adventure will offer thrills such as trying to out-run various bad guys and dodging space obstacles. Like Star Tours, a different ride experience can be expected every time. If you have a reservation slot during the soft opening period, then you are reassured that there will be room for you to experience the Millennium Falcon attraction during your "allowed" time period. In addition to the ride, there are shops and eateries you may visit. In addition to traditional souvenir stores, there are 2 "make your own customized stuff" experiences that await you. For the price of your purchase, you may choose to hand-make a light saber the official Jedi way; or put together your own customized droid. Or both! On the other hand, if you're watching your wallet, then merely feasting your eyes on the buildings of Galaxy's Edge is a treat that's free for all guests to enjoy. Every attention has been paid to detail...and it's all pure eye candy!
At Disney's California Adventure Park, you'll discover that still more additions have been made to the "new" Pixar Pier themed area (which is the former Paradise Pier area of D.C.A.) While keeping the "beachside pier" theme of this "land," the rides have been re-named and repainted to give guests more of a feeling of immersion into the Pixar world of characters. What's new in 2019 is that the children's carousel has re-opened. Instead of featuring sea creatures and King Triton (who, of course, is the Little Mermaid's father,) you'll find Toy Story theming. Also, World of Color, the nighttime laser, light and water show, has reopened. If your last visit to DCA was during the show's extensively-long hiatus, you'll undoubtedly be glad to see that it's up & running once again. Fast Passes for the World of Color show may be obtained from special kiosks that are located near The Little Mermaid ride. (If you have paid extra for a ticket that includes the MaxPass feature, than you may also reserve a Fast Pass from the Disneyland app of your smartphone.) The show time is always late; generally extending after the park's closing time. Your Fast Pass will give you reservations to either the Blue or the Yellow viewing areas. Walk-up observers are still welcome, but will not be able to enter the Blue or Yellow observation areas. If you're like us (and hate waiting at all whatsoever,) you may wish to view the World of Color show from across the lagoon...perhaps from near the Toy Story ride area. You can't see the show as well from the rear as you can from the front. On the other hand, you can see a heck of a lot better from the rear than you can from the front IF you have a bad spot in the front.
Entertainment options in both parks will be at their maximum during late-spring and summer. In particular, the opportunities for guests to hear live music in all the various "lands" of the parks have been beefed up. Since record crowds are expected once Galaxy's Edge opens, the parks wish to keep guests do AREN'T inside the new area well-amused and happy. You'll need to pick up a "daily entertainment schedule" as you pass through the turnstiles in order to keep up with all the various scheduled performances!