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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!
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 is the big new attraction for 2018 at the Disneyland Resort. It's open but not totally finished yet as the resort attempts to include more Pixar-themed entertainment into its mis. Cars Land is a stunning themed area that debuted several years ago...and it has been a smash hit ever since opening day. 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 yearDisneyland 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. Even so, you can count on certain consistencies in the park's schedule.
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 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 Summer, 2018
July & August hours of operation
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Are you heading to Disneyland Park this summer? If so, then you're in luck! This summer, Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration continues! You'll find long hours, a full schedule of entertainment, unique 60th anniversary items in the gift shops, and even special-occasion foods to enjoy.
Summer weather in Anaheim is typically quite warm. Temperatures in Anaheim vary throughout the day. Mornings are generally pleasant---and a good time to start your day at Disneyland. At the park's 8 am opening time, you'll 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 several days each year at Disneyland Park.)
After dark, the thermometer plunges, 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---especially since California's drought condition continues to hold sway.
The operating hours at Disneyland for summer 2018
Summary of operating schedules: During June and July, 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. In August, the schedule becomes more erratic. Hours begin to be cut back as young guests head back to school.
OPENING & CLOSING TIMES---END OF JULY: From July 19th thru 31st, there are 2 schedules: either 8 am to 12 Midnight; or 9 am to Midnight.
---8 am to Midnight dates: July 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31. All of these dates are Sundays and weekdays.
---9 am to Midnight dates: July Fri 20, Sat 21, Sat 28
OPENING & CLOSING TIMES---AUGUST: Between Wednesday, August 1st and Sunday, August 12th, peak summer hours remain in effect. Then, as guests start heading back to school, opening times get later and closing times get earlier. These schedules are listed in the order that they will appear during the month.
---8 am to Midnight dates: August W1, Th2, Sat4, Sun5, M6, Tu7, W8, Th9, F10, Sun12, M20, Sat25
---9 am to Midnight dates: August F3, Sat11
---9 am to 11 pm dates: August M13, Tu14, W15, Th16, F17, W22, Th23, F24
---8 am to 11 pm dates: August Sat18, Sun19, Tu21,
---10 am to Midnight dates: Sun26
---9 am to 10 pm dates: M27, Tu28, W29, Th30
Pixar Fest Celebration thru Labor Day, 2018!
What can you expect this summer at Disneyland?
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Sadly, no, Disneyland's new Star Wars themed area is NOT opening this year. But there isn't TOO much longer to wait (considering how long the wait has been already.) The exciting new themed area will open in 2019.
This summer, the biggest action will be at the Disney California Adventure Park. The Paradise Pier area of D.C.A. has been refurbished, re-themed and re-named---to Pixar Pier. The fresh new look opened in mid-June. Despite having opened, the project isn't actually finished yet, and you will still see areas of Pixar Pier that are blocked by construction barriers. Will you like the new look? Reviews have been mixed, but it will certainly be worth checking out in order to form your own opinion. While keeping the "beachside pier" theme, the rides in this area have been re-named and repainted to give guests more of a feeling of immersion into the Pixar world of characters. Even though this project has been overshadowed by the anticipation of the Star Wars themed area, you SHOULD expect crowds.
At Disneyland Park, Pixar Fest will also be the highlight of the summer. The Pixar-themed entertainment runs thru Labor Day (September 3, 2018.) Mickey's Soundsational Parade (pictured above) is on hiatus, and the cute Pixar Play Parade has moved over to Disneyland (from Disney's California Adventure.) It's a well-themed & vivacious spectacle, and was a big hit at D.C.A. while it was running there. Children and Pixar fans generally adore it!
Meanwhile, Disneyland's summer Pixar-themed fireworks extravaganza is set to woo your heart with special effects. It's called "Together Forever---a Pixar Nighttime Spectacular," and it will have one showtime daily. This will be at 9:30 pm, weather permitting.
Unlike former fireworks shows from several years ago (that were highly dependent upon your getting a good viewing spot on Main Street,) this 2018 fireworks show addresses the problem that not everyone who'd like to view the fireworks will be able to fit into the traditional "best viewing" area. So, when planning the new Pixar show, much thought was put into the crowds who will also be watching from other areas of the park.
In Fantasyland, vibrantly-colored laser projections will appear on the facade of the Small World ride and at the Matterhorn. In Frontierland's waterfront area, the fireworks display will also be timed to projections on the water screens of the Rivers of America. And, or course, if you DO decide to end up watching on Main Street, you can enjoy watching neonesque colors dancing across the Sleeping Beauty Castle and the storefronts lining the thoroughfare. So, now you will face a difficult choice of several very good viewing areas. In fact, you may even wish to re-visit the fireworks show several different times in order to enjoy the spectacle from each different vantage point!
Entertainment options will be at their maximum this summer. In particular, the opportunities for guests to hear live music in all the various "lands" of the park have been beefed up for this summer. 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!