2016 Calendar of Events & School Breaks and DLR

figment_jii

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In 2014, Disboard poster Geemo started a thread that listed the major conventions, events, and school breaks at or near DLR. Dis'ers seemed to find the thread helpful, so a 2015 version was created. This is a continuation of that thread, but for 2016!

This is NOT an official Calendar, for reference only. This is also not an all inclusive list, but I will do my best to keep it up to date. Please let me know if you hear of anything to add to the list.

Post #1: Events, Activities, and Holidays At/Around/Near Disneyland Resort
Post #2: School Breaks/Recesses
Post #3: Other Dates

Last updated: October 10, 2016

Events, Activities, and Holidays At/Around/Near Disneyland Resort

Global 2016 Check-In Thread

January 2016
(Check-In)
Jan 1 (Fri): Rose Parade and Rose Bowl
Jan 2 (Sat): Last Day of Signature and Deluxe AP HolidayTime Blockout
Jan 2-6 (Sat-Wed): Three Kings Day Celebration (Dia de los Reyes) in DCA
Jan 3 (Sun): Last Day of SoCal and SoCal Select AP HolidayTime Blockout
Jan 6 (Wed): Last Day of the Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort (Including Olaf's Snow Fest, Viva Navidad, A Christmas Fantasy Parade)
Jan 9-12 (Sat-Tue: Craft & Hobby Association Winter Convention & Trade Show (Anaheim Convention Center)
Jan 10 (Sun): Last Day for Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular at the Hyperion Theater (to be replaced by a Frozen show in the summer of 2016), Big Thunder Mountain BBQ, Big Thunder Ranch (Permanent), and Rivers of America (Tom Sawyers Island, Mark Twain, Columbia, and Canoes) and Fantasmic! (Year+ Closure)
Jan 10 (Sun): Last Day for Haunted Mansion Holiday (re-open on 1/22) and Jingle Cruise (re-opened on 5/5)
Jan 11 (Mon): Paint the Night Dining Packages Start (Blue Bayou and Aladdin-On-The-Go)
Jan 14-17 (Thu-Sun): Star Wars Half Marathon (Disboard Thread)
Jan 15 (Fri): Tangled Returns to Royal Theater (along with Frozen)
Jan 18 (Mon): Martin Luther King Junior Day
Jan 19-31 (Tue-Sun): WoC Refurbishment
Jan 21-24 (Thu-Sun): NAMM Conference (Anaheim Convention Center)
Jan 24 (Sun): Last Day for It's A Small World Holiday (re-opened on 2/5)
Jan 31 (Sun): Intel International Sales & Marketing Conference (Anaheim Convention Center)

February 2016 (Check-In)
Feb 1 (Mon): WoC Refurbishment
Feb 1-3 (Mon-Wed): Intel International Sales & Marketing Conference (Anaheim Convention Center)
Feb 2 (Tue): Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante Begins Serving Breakfast
Feb 5 (Fri): Last Day (by 6:59 am) to Enter the Second Diamond Days Sweepstakes (Disboard Thread)/First Day (starting at 7:00 am) to Enter the Third Diamond Days Sweepstakes
Feb 5-8 (Fri-Mon): Lunar New Year Celebration in DCA
Feb 7 (Sun): Superbowl (Report from 2014)
Feb 8 (Mon): DCA's 15th Anniversary
Feb 8 (Mon): Lunar New Year
Feb 8 (Mon): "Going to Disneyland" (Super Bowl) Parade
Feb 9 (Tue): Mardi Gras (DTD Dining Options)
Feb 9-11 (Tue-Thu): Medical Design & Manufacturing West Conference (Anaheim Convention Center)
Feb 10 (Wed): River Belle Terrace Starts as a TS Location
Feb 13 (Sat): Celebrate Gospel in DCA
Feb 13-14 (Sat-Sun): West Coast [Cheer] Championships (Anaheim Convention Center)
Feb 14 (Sun): Valentine's Day (Dining Information, DTD Information)
Feb 15 (Mon): Presidents' Day
Feb 18-20 (Thu-Sat): American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center)
Feb 24-28 (Wed-Sun): DIS Divas
Feb 25-28 (Thu-Sun): Religious Education Congress (Anaheim Convention Center)
Feb 27-28 (Sat-Sun): Jr. Spirit [Cheer] Nationals (Knott's Berry Farm)
Feb 28 (Sun): AP Preview of Zootopia (DTD, Event Full)
All Month: Disneyland AP Days
..Week 1 (2/1-2/8): Main Street to Mickey (Jiminy Cricket)
..Week 2 (2/9-2/14): Live the Adventure (Baloo & King Louie)
..Week 3 (2/15-2/21): Fantasy and Fun (Roger Rabbit)
..Week 4 (2/22-2/28): A World of Tomorrows (Baymax)

March 2016 (Check-In)
Mar 2-27 (Wed-Sun): Egg-Stravaganza in DLR (Disboard Thread)
Mar 4 (Fri): AP Preview Day for Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters in DCA
Mar 6-12 (Sun-Sat): Orange Country Restaurant Week
Mar 7 (Mon): Opening Day for Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters in DCA
Mar 11-13 (Fri-Sun): Natural Products Expo West 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center)
Mar 12-13 (Sat-Sun): All Star Championships [Cheer] (Los Angeles Convention Center)
Mar 17 (Thu): St. Patrick's Day (DTD Offerings)
Mar 17 (Thu): World of Color Dessert Party Starts
Mar 18-20 (Fri-Sun): United Spirit Association [HS Cheer] Competition (Anaheim Convention Center)
Mar 19 (Sat): First Day of SoCal and SoCal Select AP Spring Break Blockout
Mar 19 (Sat): Mini-Gay Days
Mar 19-20 (Sat-Sun): United Spirit Association [Collegiate Cheer] Championships (Anaheim Convention Center)
Mar 22-24 (Tue-Thu): Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exhibit 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center)
Mar 24 (Thu): NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional (Honda Center)
Mar 25-27 (Fri-Sun): WonderCon (Los Angeles Convention Center)
Mar 26 (Sat): NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional (Honda Center)
Mar 27 (Sun): Easter (Dining Info)
Mar 30 (Wed): Last Night for Mad T Party

April 2016 (Check-In)
Apr 2 (Sat): Last Day of SoCal AP Spring Break Blockout
Apr 2 (Sat): Last Day for Marvel Super Hero HQ
Apr 3 (Sun): Last Day of SoCal Select AP Spring Break Blockout
Apr 4-5 (Mon-Tue): 2016 AORN Conference (Anaheim Convention Center)
Apr 10 (Sun): MouseAdventure
Apr 14-16 (Thu-Sat): Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2016 Conference (Anaheim Convention Center)
Apr 17 (Sun): Last Day for Frozen Sing-Along in DCA
Apr 29-30 (Fri-Sat): Bats Day in the Park (Report from 2014)
All Month (Weekends Only): DCA Food & Wine Festival (Disboard Thread) (Parks Blog Guide)

May 2016 (Check-In)
May 1 (Sun): Bats Day in the Park and Spring Dapper Days (Disboard Thread)
May 4 (Wed): May the 4th Be With You Celebration in DL
May 5 (Thu): Cinco De Mayo
May 5-8 (Thu-Sun): Tinker Bell Half Marathon (Disboard Thread)
May 8 (Sun): Mother's Day (Dining Info)
May 14 (Sat): MiceChat Gumball Rally
May 27 (Fri): Frozen at the Hyperion Theater Opens in DCA (Disboard Thread)
May 30 (Mon): Memorial Day
May 31 (Tue): Last Night for House of Blues in DTD
*Grad Nights: May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, and 31

June 2016 (Check-In)
Jun 10 (Fri): Start of SoCal Select AP Summer Blockout Period
Jul 11 (Sat): Speak Like a Whale Day
Jun 14-16 (Tue-Thu): E3 Expo (Los Angeles Convention Center)
Jun 15 (Wed): Last Day for Soarin' Over California in DCA
Jun 16 (Thu): DCA Celebration of the Opening of Shanghai Disney Resort
Jun 16 (Thu): Frist Day of the All-American College Band at Disneyland
Jun 17 (Fri): Debut of Soarin' Around the World in DCA
Jun 19 (Sun): Father's Day (Reports from 2015)
Jun 23-25 (Thu-Sat): VidCon 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center)
Jun 23-26 (Thu-Sun): Western Foot and Ankle Conference (Disneyland Hotel)
Jun 29 (Wed): Frozen Dining Packages Start
*Grad Night: June 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, and 17

July 2016 (Check-In)
Jul 1 (Fri): Start of SoCal AP Summer Blockout Period
Jul 4 (Mon): Independence Day (DLR Activities)
Jul 17 (Sun): Disneyland's 61st Anniversary

August 2016 (Check-In)
Aug 11 (Thu): Taste of Downtown Disney (CHOC Event)
Aug 19 (Fri): Photopass Day at Disney Parks
Aug 21 (Sun): Last Day of SoCal/SoCal Select AP Summer Blockout
Aug 27-29 (Tue-Thu): CAMX 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center)

September 2016 (Check-In)
Sep 1-4 (Thu-Sun): Disneyland Half Marathon (Disboard Thread)
Sep 5 (Mon): Labor Day
Sep 5 (Mon): Last Day of Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Celebration (including Disneyland: Forever, WoC: Celebrate, and Paint the Night)
Sep 6-30 (Tue-Fri): AP Days in DCA
Sep 9 (Fri): Last Day (by 6:59 am) to Enter the Third Diamond Days Sweepstakes (Disboard Thread)
Sep 9 (Fri): Start of HalloweenTime (Disboard Thread, Costume Thread)
Sep 9 (Fri): Start of Late Check-Out for Tower of Terror in DCA
Sep 19-21 (Mon-Wed): AAPC Regional Conference (DLH)
Sep 23 (Fri): First Mickey's Halloween Party (see Post #3 for dates and prices)
Sep 24-25 (Sat-Sun): MINECON Convention (Anaheim Convention Center)
Sep 30 (Fri): Gay Days

October 2016 (Check-In)
Oct 1-2 (Sat-Sun): Gay Days, Cont.
Oct 1-2 (Sat-Sun): AP Days in DCA, Cont.
Oct 10 (Mon): Columbus day
Oct 16 (Sun): MouseAdventure Villains in DCA (Mouseplanet Event)
Oct 20-21 (Thu-Fri): UEA Convention (Utah schools out of session)
Oct 22 & 23 (Sat & Sun): Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Haunted Gingerbread House Workshops
Oct 28 (Fri): Nevada Day (a lot of Nevada schools out of session)
Oct 30 (Sun): CHOC Children's Walk
Oct 31 (Mon): Halloween (End of HalloweenTime)

November 2016 (Check-In)
Nov 4-5 (Fri-Sat): BlizzCon (Anaheim Convention Center)
Nov 4-6 (Fri-Sun): Dance the Magic Holiday Spectacular
Nov 6 (Sun): Dapper Day Fall Soiree
Nov 9-11 (Wed-Fri): American Academy of Optometry 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center)
Nov 10-13 (Thu-Sun): Super Heroes Weekend (Half Marathon)
Nov 10 (Thu): Start of Christmas/Holiday Season (A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Believe...In Holiday Magic Fireworks, Jingle Cruise, IaSWH, WoC: Seasons of Light, Festival of Holidays)
Nov 11 (Fri): Veteran's Day
Nov 14-16 (Mon-Wed): PRIM&R Convention (Anaheim Convention Center)
Nov 16 (Wed): Disneyland Holiday Parade Taping
Nov 24 (Thu): Thanksgiving (Dining Information)
*Holiday Parade Filming

December 2016 (Check-In)
Dec 3-4 (Sat-Sun): Candlelight Processional (Gennifer Goodwin)
Dec 3-4 (Sat-Sun): Raver Days
Dec 3-4 (Sat-Sun): United Spirit Holiday Classic (Anaheim Convention Center)
Dec 9-11 (Fri-Sun): Dance the Magic Merry Holiday Parade
Dec 10 (Sat): Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops
Dec 11 (Sun): CityRace Disneyland
Dec 16 (Fri): First Day of SoCal/SoCal Select AP Holiday Blockout Period
Dec 17 (Sat): First Day of Deluxe AP Holiday Blockout Period
Dec 17 & 18 (Sat & Sun): Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops
Dec 17 (Sat): TubaChristmas in DTD
Dec 19 (Mon): First Day of Signature AP Holiday Blockout Period
Dec 24 (Sat): First Day of Hanukkah
Dec 25 (Sun): Christmas
Dec 26 (Mon): First Day of Kwanzaa
Dec 27 (Tue): Rose Bowl Teams Visit DLR
Dec 31 (Sat): New Year's Eve

2017
For information about 2017, please see the 2017 Calendar of Events & School Breaks and DLR thread.

Notes
This list does not include all of the conventions/events scheduled at the Anaheim Convention Center. It is only a partial listing. A full listing is available on the Anaheim Convention Center Calendar.
http://www.anaheim.net/1871/Calendar-of-Events
In terms of the conventions, for the most part, it doesn't seem like the conventions necessarily increase crowds in the parks. Large conventions are more likely to impacts availability at area hotels/motels and crowds in DTD (primarily in the evenings). There maybe some impacts of the days immediately before or after the conventions, but only a few conventions seem to actually result in Dis'ers reporting higher than expected crowds in the parks themselves. So, while large (or at least ones that look large on the calendar) conventions are listed in the calendar above, it does not mean that the parks will be busier than expected.

The Honda Center may also host events that could impact crowds at Disneyland.
http://www.hondacenter.com/Schedule.aspx

Tom Bell maintains a list of Disneyland Events on wdwinfo.
http://www.wdwinfo.com/disneyland/events.html

There are a number of unofficial park days that happen throughout the year. Some are fairly large and can impact park crowds (e.g., Gay Days), while others (most) are fairly small and most guests won't notice that they are occurring.
http://unofficialparkdays.com/calendar/

*Starred events have historically began/occurred in that month, but the dates for 2016 have not yet been announced.
 
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figment_jii

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School Breaks/Recesses
This is a listing of the major school breaks for various districts as reported by fellow Dis'ers. For the most part, there are a lot of school districts in each state and most districts have their calendars. I've tried to include the districts mentioned by Dis'ers in this thread and the larger/largest districts in each state.

January 2016

Jan 3: Last Day of Winter Break for Some Southern CA (San Diego, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Capistrano, Garden Grove), Northern CA (West Contra Costa, Marin County, Sacramento, Elk Grove, SF, San Mateo, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento), Arizona (Mesa, Tucson, Gilbert, Peoria, Deer Valley, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Dysart), Nevada (Clark County), Utah (Alpine, Davis, Granite, Jordan, Salt Lake City), Oregon (Portland, Salem-Keizer, Beaverton), Washington (Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Hillsboro), and British Columbia (Surrey, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Central Okanagan, Richmond, Langley, Greater Victoria) School Districts
Jan 4: Last Day of Winter Recess for Some Northern CA (Santa Clara), Arizona (Chandler) School Districts
Jan 8: Last Day of Winter Recess for Some Southern CA (LAUSD, Orange, San Bernardino), Northern CA (Fresno), Nevada (Washoe) School Districts
Jan 18: MLK (Most School Districts)

February 2016
Feb 8: Lincoln's Birthday (San Diego)
Feb 15: President's Day (Most School Districts)
Feb 15-19: Mid-Winter Recess for Some Northern CA (West Contra Costa, Marin County, San Jose, Santa Clara), Washington (Seattle) School Districts

March 2016
The majority of the reported spring breaks occur between mid-March and early-April.
Mar 7-11: Spring Break for Some Arizona (Scottsdale) School Districts
Mar 7-18: Spring Break for Some Arizona (Chandler) School Districts
Mar 11-28: Spring Break for Some British Columbia (Surrey, Richmond) School Districts
Mar 14-18: Spring Break for Some Arizona (Mesa, Gilbert, Peoria, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Dysart) School Districts
Mar 14-28: Spring Break for Some British Columbia (Coquitlam, Burnaby, Central Okanagan, Langley, Greater Victoria) School Districts
Mar 21-Apr 1: Spring Break for Some Southern CA (San Bernardino), Nevada (Washoe) School Districts
Mar 21-25: Spring Break for Some Southern CA (LAUSD), Northern CA (Sacramento, Elk Grove, Fresno), Arizona (Tucson, Deer Valley), Nevada (Clark County), Utah (Salt Lake City), Oregon (Portland, Salem-Keizer), Washington (Hillsboro) School Districts
Mar 21-28: Spring Break for Some Oregon (Beaverton) School District
Mar 24-28: Spring Break for Some Utah (Jordan) School Districts
Mar 25-Apr 8: Spring Break for Some Northern CA (San Mateo) School Districts
Mar 25-Apr 1: Spring Break for Some Northern CA (Oakland), Utah (Davis) School District
Mar 28-Apr 1: Spring Break for Some Southern CA (San Diego, Long Beach, Irvine), Northern CA (SF) School Districts
Mar 28: Cesar Chavez (observed): LAUSD

April 2016
Apr 1: Spring Break for Some Southern CA (San Diego, San Bernardino) School Districts
Apr 1-8: Spring Break for Some Northern CA (San Mateo) School Districts
Apr 4-8: Spring Break for Some Southern CA (Orange, Santa Ana, Capistrano), Northern CA (West Contra Costa), Utah (Alpine), Washington (Spokane, Tacoma), British Columbia (Vancouver) School Districts
Apr 11-15: Spring Break for Some Southern CA (Garden Grove), Northern CA (Marin County, San Jose, Santa Clara), Washington (Seattle) School Districts

May 2016

May 18: Last Day of School (Pheonix)
May 19: Last Day of School (Gilbert)
May 24: Last Day of School (Chandler, Peoria, Dysart)
May 25: Last Day of School (Tucson)
May 26: Last Day of School (Elk Grove, SF, Mesa, Deer Valley, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale)
May 27: Last Day of School (Alpine)
May 30: Memorial Day (Most School Districts)

June 2016
Jun 1: Last Day of School (Clark County)
Jun 2: Last Day of School (San Jose, San Bernardino)
Jun 3: Last Day of School (Salt Lake City, Jordan)
Jun 7: Last Day of School (Portland)
Jun 8: Last Day of School (West Contra Costa)
Jun 9: Last Day of School (Fresno, Oakland, Washoe, Capistrano, Irvine)
Jun 10: Last Day of School (Santa Clara)
Jun 10: Last Day of School (LAUSD)
Jun 14/15: Last Day of School (Salem-Keizer, Vancouver)
Jun 15: Last Day of School (San Mateo, Spokane)
Jun 16: Last Day of School (Long Beach, Santa Ana, Sacramento, Orange, Hillsboro)
Jun 17: Last Day of School (Beaverton, Tacoma)
Jun 21: Last Day of School (San Diego)
Jun 22: Last Day of School (Garden Grove)
Jun 23: Last Day of School (Seattle, Greater Victoria)
Jun 24: Last Day of School (Surrey)
Jun 28: Last Day of School (Langley)
Jun 29: Last Day of School (Coquitlam, Burnaby, Central Okanagan, Richmond)

July 2016
Jul 25: First Day of School (Chandler)

August 2016
Aug 1: First Day of School (San Bernardino, Hawaii)
Aug 3: First Day of School (Gilbert, Dysart)
Aug 4: First Day of School (Tucson)
Aug 8: First Day of School (Washoe, Phoenix, Scottsdale)
Aug 9: First Day of School (Paradise Valley)
Aug 10: First Day of School (Mesa, Peoria, Deer Valley)
Aug 11: First Day of School (Elk Grove)
Aug 15: First Day of School (Capistrano, Fresno, San Francisco)
Aug 16: First Day of School (LAUSD)
Aug 17: First Day of School (Granite, San Jose, Santa Clara, San Mateo)
Aug 22: First Day of School (Alpine, Jordan, Salt Lake City, West Contra Costa, Oakland, Alpine)
Aug 24: First Day of School (Orange, Irvine, Santa Ana)
Aug 29: First Day of School (San Diego, Clark County, Portland)
Aug 30: First Day of School (Spokane)
Aug 31: First Day of School (Long Beach, Vancouver)

September 2016
Sep 1: First Day of School (Garden Grove, Sacramento)
Sep 5: Labor Day (Most School Districts)
Sep 6: First Day of School (Beaverton, Surrey, Richmond, Langley, Hillsboro, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Central Okanagan, Greater Victoria)
Sep 7: First Day of School (Seattle, Tacoma)

October 2016
Oct 3-7: Fall Break for Some Nevada (Washoe) School Districts
Oct 3-14: Fall Break for Some Arizona (Chandler) School Districts
Oct 10: Thanksgiving (British Columbia School Districts)
Oct 10-14: Fall Break for Some Arizona (Mesa, Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale) and Hawaii School Districts
Oct 10-17: Fall Break for Some Arizona (Gilbert) School Districts
Oct 17-21: Fall Break for Some Arizona (Dysart) School Districts
Oct 20-21: UEA Convention (Utah schools out of session)
Oct 20-24: Fall Break for Some Utah (Alpine) School Districts
Oct 24-28: Fall Break for Some Northern CA (San Mateo) School Districts
Oct 28: Nevada Day for Some Nevada (Washoe, Clark County) Schools Districts

November 2016
Nov 9-11: Fall Break for Some Oregon (Portland) School Districts
Nov 11: Veteran's Day (Most School Districts)
Nov 21-25: Fall Break for Some Southern CA (San Diego, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Orange, Capistrano, Garden Grove, Santa Ana), Northern CA (Elk Grove, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland), Arizona (Peoria), Oregon (Salem-Keizer) School Districts
Nov 23-25: Fall Break for Some Arizona (Gilbert, Deer Valley, Dysart), Utah (Jordan), Oregon (Portland), Washington (Spokane, Tacoma), British Columbia (Vancouver) School Districts
Nov 24-25: Thanksgiving Break (Most School Districts)

December 2016
Dec 12-Jan 8: Winter Break for Some Southern CA (San Bernardino) School Districts
Dec 16-Jan 2: Winter Break for Some British Columbia (Surrey) School Districts
Dec 16-Jan 8: Winter Break for Some Nevada (Washoe) School Districts
Dec 19-Jan 2: Winter Break for Some Northern CA (San Francisco, West Contra Costa), Southern CA (San Diego, Garden Grove, Irvine), Arizona (Scottsdale), Utah (Beaverton), Oregon (Portland, Salem-Keizer), Washington (Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Hillsboro) and British Columbia (Richmond, Langley, Vancouver, Central Okanagan, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Greater Victoria) School Districts
Dec 19-Jan 3: Winter Break for Some Nevada (Clark County) School Districts
Dec 19-Jan 6: Winter Break for Some Southern CA (LAUSD) and Northern CA (Fresno) School Districts
Dec 19-Jan 8: Winter Break for Some Southern CA (Orange), Northern CA (San Mateo, Oakland) School Districts
Dec 21-Jan 3: Winter Break for Some Arizona (Mesa) School Districts
Dec 22-Jan 2: Winter Break for Some Northern CA (Elk Grove) and Utah (Davis, Jordan) School Districts
Dec 22-Jan 4: Winter Break for Some Arizona (Gilbert) School Districts
Dec 22-Jan 8: Winter Break for Some Northern CA (Santa Clara), Arizona (Phoenix), and Hawaii School Districts
Dec 23-Jan 2: Winter Break for Some Utah (Alpine, Granite) School Districts
Dec 23-Jan 8: Winter Break for Some Southern CA (Capistrano), Arizona (Peoria, Tucson), Alaska School Districts
Dec 23-Jan 9: Winter Break for Some Arizona (Chandler) School Districts
Dec 24-Jan 8: Winter Break for Some Southern CA (Long Beach), Northern CA (Sacramento), Arizona (Paradise Valley, Dysart), Utah (Salt Lake City) School Districts
Dec 26-Jan 9: Winter Break for Some Northern CA (San Jose), Arizona (Deer Valley) School Districts
Dec 26-Jan 16: Winter Break for Some Southern CA (Santa Ana)

School District Calendars by District and State
California

Arizona
Nevada
Utah
Oregon
Washington
British Columbia
Hawaii
Alaska
 
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Holiday Overlay Removal Closures, 2016
1/11-1/21 (Mon-Thu): Haunted Mansion Holiday Closed for Removal of Holiday Overlay
1/11-5/5 (Mon-Thu): Jingle Cruise Closed for Removal of Holiday Overlay (the Jungle Cruise also is undergo a length refurbishment at this same time, so the length of closure is year should not be used to estimate closures in the future for the removal of the holiday overlay)
1/25-2/4 (Mon-Thu): It's a Small World Closed for Removal of Holiday Overlay
11/1-11/2 (Tue-Wed): Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy Closed for Removal of Halloween Overlay (Re-Opens as HyperSpace Mountain)

Holiday Overlay Installation Closures, 2016
8/22-9/8 (Mon-Thu): Haunted Mansion Closed to Install Holiday Overlay
9/6-9/8 (Tue-Thu): Space Mountain Closed to Install Ghost Galaxy Overlay
10/24-11/9 (Mon-Wed): It's a Small World Closed to Install It's a Small World Holiday Overlay
11/1-11/9 (Tue-Wed): Jungle Cruised Closed to Install Jingle Cruise Overlay

Mickey's Halloween Party, 2016
Party dates were announced on July 13, 2016 via the Disney Parks Blog. Tickets go on sale to DLR Annual Passholders, Disney Visa Card holders, and DVC members on July 21, 2016 and to the general public on July 28, 2016. The dates when the MHP tickets sold out in 2014 were tracked in this post. The dates when the MHP tickets sold out in 2015 were tracked in the 2015 Calendar of Events and School Breaks & DLR.

Pricing is listed as Advance Ticket Price/Annual Passholder Advance Ticket Price/Date-of-Event Ticket Price.

Note that costume guidelines have changed for 2016. The new guidelines can be viewed on the MHP page of the Disneyland.com website.

Disclaimer: Even if the date is listed as sold out online, it is possible that tickets may still be available via the phone or in person at the ticket booths (this occurred in the past, but it is not known if it'll happen again in 2016). A limited number of tickets may also be available for "day of" purchase for onsite hotel guests, but it is not known if that will be the case again this year. It also looks like they stop selling tickets to MHP online on the day of the event. So if you want to purchase tickets online, be sure to buy them at least one day in advance.

Sep 23 (Fri) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online September 17, 2016
Sep 26 (Mon) ($79/$72/$89)
Sep 28 (Wed) ($79/$72/$89) - Sold Out Online September 28, 2016
Sep 30 (Fri) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online September 11, 2016
Oct 3 (Mon) ($79/$72/$89) - Sold Out Online September 19, 2016
Oct 5 (Wed) ($79/$72/$89) - Sold Out Online September 19, 2016
Oct 7 (Fri) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online September 3, 2016
Oct 10 (Mon) ($79/$72/$89) - Sold Out Online September 12, 2016
Oct 12 (Wed) ($79/$72/$89) - Sold Out Online September 10, 2016
Oct 14 (Fri) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online August 29, 2016
Oct 17 (Mon) ($79/$72/$89) - Sold Out Online September 12, 2016
Oct 19 (Wed) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online September 29, 2016
Oct 21 (Fri) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online August 22, 2016
Oct 24 (Mon) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online September 28, 2016
Oct 26 (Wed) ($89/$89/$89) - Sold Out Online September 29, 2016
Oct 29 (Sat) ($99/$99/$99) - Sold Out Online August 18, 2016
Oct 31 (Mon) ($99/$99/$99) - Sold Out Online September 11, 2016

Sneak Peaks at DCA (Bug's Life Theater) and DL (Tomorrowland Theater), 2016
DLR uses the Tomorrowland Theater (DL) and Bug's Life Theater (DCA-BLT) or Sunset Showcase Theater (DCA-SST) to preview upcoming movies.
Jan 21 to Mar 6: Zootopia (DCA-BLT) [Movie Opening: Mar 4]
Mar 18: The Jungle Book (DCA-BLT) [Movie Opening: Apr 15] (AP Preview: Mar 17)
May 6 to Jun 12: Alice Through the Looking Glass (DCA-SST) [Movie Opening: May 27] (AP Preview: May 5)
Jul 1: Pete's Dragon (DCA-SST) [Movie Opening: Aug 12] (AP Preview: Jun 30)
Oct 7 to Nov 13: Doctor Strange (DCA-SST) [Movie Opening: Nov 4] (AP Preview: Oct 6)
Oct 14 - Nov 27: Moana (DCA-BLT) [Movie Opening: Nov 23] (AP Preview: Oct 13)

Handmade Candy Cane Dates
The candy makers of the Disneyland Resort make a limited number of handmade candy canes on select days during the holiday season. Guests must have a wristband to purchase one of the special candy canes. The locations are the Candy Palace in DL and Trolley Treats in DCA. The dates were released via the Disney Parks Blog on November 8, 2016.

Nov 25 (Fri): DL
Nov 26 (Sat): DCA
Nov 29 (Tue): DCA
Nov 30 (Wed): DL
Dec 2 (Fri): DL
Dec 3 (Sat): DCA
Dec 5 (Mon): DL
Dec 6 (Tue): DCA
Dec 7 (Wed): DL
Dec 8 (Thu): DCA
Dec 9 (Fri): DL
Dec 10 (Sat): DCA
Dec 12 (Mon): DL
Dec 13 (Tue): DCA
Dec 14 (Wed): DL
Dec 15 (Thu): DCA
Dec 16 (Fri): DL
Dec 17 (Sat): DCA
Dec 19 (Mon): DL
Dec 20 (Tue): DCA
Dec 24 (Sat): DL*
Dec 25 (Sun): DCA*
* - mornings when that park is/usually has MM and/or EMH.
 
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  • alisigns

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    We are planning to arrive March 11, 2016. With Cheer competitions in LA for those first couple of days, how do you think that will that affect crowds? Will they be more likely to go after the competition is over or during it? Thanks for this calendar - it's fantastic!!
     

    sweethannah

    Rebel Spy, 3 times in a row!
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    Thank you for all your hard work. This will be very helpful for all the people planning a 2016 ( and beyond ) vacation.
     

    figment_jii

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    Apr 22, 2006
    We are planning to arrive March 11, 2016. With Cheer competitions in LA for those first couple of days, how do you think that will that affect crowds? Will they be more likely to go after the competition is over or during it? Thanks for this calendar - it's fantastic!!
    In the March 11th time frame, I think the bigger event to impact that parks is actually the Natural Product Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. It's a huge event and folks have indicated that the parks are noticeable busier during this period. In terms of the cheerleaders, I don't know that they're going to have as big of an impact this year because the competition did move to the LA Convention Center (it used to be at the Anaheim Convention Center), so it's not as easy/fast to get to DLR.

    Thank you for all your hard work. This will be very helpful for all the people planning a 2016 ( and beyond ) vacation.
    You're welcome! I'm glad to hear it's helpful. :goodvibes
     

    Jaina

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    Thanks for this! Dreaming about a trip next fall, (maybe the first week of November) and I was wondering if there was anything (yet) I wasn't taking into account. I will keep my eyes out. :) Is there a good place to look for what the hours -might- be on any given week during the year?
     
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    Added the last day of the Holiday Season at Disneyland Resort (January 6). Based on the Audition information, it seems likely that this will be the last day for A Christmas Fantasy parade. They have not yet announced the dates when the overlay attractions will close to have the overlays removed.
     

    Sherry E

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    Don't forget to add in - January 10, 2016: Last day of the big Thunder Ranch BBQ and the Ranch in DL, and final day ever for Aladdin in DCA.
     

    figment_jii

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    Don't forget to add in - January 10, 2016: Last day of the big Thunder Ranch BBQ and the Ranch in DL, and final day ever for Aladdin in DCA.
    Found the Parks Blog piece on Frozen/Aladdin. I know there have been a lot of rumors and CMs saying BTMBBQ is closing, but has Disney official announced it yet? I'd like to include the link if they have.

    Is there a D23 expo in August 2016? I thought D23 was every other year?
    D23 does seems to usually run every other year, but at this point there hasn't been any word about whether there will be one in 2016 or not. I figure it's better to list it as a possibility, and then remove it when it becomes clear that it won't happen. I'll note that it might not happen this year.
     

    Indiana Scott

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    Wonderful thread.
    Folks can also keep in mind that Mickey's Halloween Party closes DL at 6:00 PM M/W/F of the last week in Sept through the end of Oct. (at least for this year) It also occurs on the occasional Sat& Sun - check schedule for details.
     
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    figment_jii

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    Wonderful thread.
    Can we get a schedule or at least an idea of when MHP days are in Oct?
    This thread is for 2016, so the MHP aren't likely to be released until next summer. There's been too much inconsistency between years in the past to really be able to predict when MHP will happen, other than it seems like it's been pretty consistently on Fridays and not Saturdays (except 10/31/15) or Sundays (except 10/31/10 and 10/25/15).
     

    Indiana Scott

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    This thread is for 2016, so the MHP aren't likely to be released until next summer. There's been too much inconsistency between years in the past to really be able to predict when MHP will happen, other than it seems like it's been pretty consistently on Fridays and not Saturdays (except 10/31/15) or Sundays (except 10/31/10 and 10/25/15).
    Thanks Figment.
    I edited my post to be a bit more helpful.

    Scott
     

    figment_jii

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    Wonderful thread.
    Folks can also keep in mind that Mickey's Halloween Party closes DL at 6:00 PM M/W/F of the last week in Sept through the end of Oct. (at least for this year) It also occurs on the occasional Sat& Sun - check schedule for details.
    See the 2015 Calendar Thread for the dates of the 2015 MHP. MHP is presented on Mon, Wed, and Fri nights from 9/25/15 through 10/19/15 (mid-October) and the schedule becomes more erratic for the last two weeks of October. MHPs that occur on Sun through Thu start at 6:00 pm, while parties on Fri and Sat start at 7:00 pm (in 2015). Just keep in mind, all this information is for 2015, so we do not yet know what the schedule will be for 2016.
     
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    Sherry E

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    Found the Parks Blog piece on Frozen/Aladdin. I know there have been a lot of rumors and CMs saying BTMBBQ is closing, but has Disney official announced it yet? I'd like to include the link if they have.


    D23 does seems to usually run every other year, but at this point there hasn't been any word about whether there will be one in 2016 or not. I figure it's better to list it as a possibility, and then remove it when it becomes clear that it won't happen. I'll note that it might not happen this year.
    Well, you know (as I do) that Disney has not announced that BTRBBQ is closing, so you know there is not a link. Not every bit of info is going to be delivered via an announcement to the public, and quite frankly -- depending on where the info is posted/located -- I don't think that everything should be linked. I have purposely avoided linking some things for various reasons. Some things are discovered and official but not announced. They also did not announce that the Star Wars Launch Bay would start on October 11th, but I found that on my own -- no announcement needed -- though it could always change.

    Not only have CMs commented on Facebook to say that the BBQ and Ranch's last day is 1/10/16 (and I would never link to a CM's comments on Facebook), but someone (or maybe more than one someone??) mentioned in one thread or another on this board that when they recently talked to a CM at the BBQ, the CM confirmed that they are closing in January.
     

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