- Apr 22, 2006
Updated the links for the 2018 Halloween and Holiday Superthreads.
Yes, according to the information that DLR has released, HalloweenTime is slated to start on 9/7. That means things like HMH, SMGG, Carsland overlays, and the decor should be in place (there is always the chance that things will be delayed, but it doesn't seem to happen very often). The only thing that won't have started yet for certain is MHP. So, if you go on 9/13-14, HalloweenTime should have started by then. It's a lot of fun!So is sept. 7 officially the first day of halloweentime? I’m thinking of a trip for sept. 13-14?
So I'm planning a trip for someone who's never been to Disneyland who's INSISTING no crowds. Though I am reminding her to lower her expectations, I'm assuming this would be an ok time to go? Or would the crowds increase due to it being the 1st/2nd week of Halloweentime?Yes, according to the information that DLR has released, HalloweenTime is slated to start on 9/7. That means things like HMH, SMGG, Carsland overlays, and the decor should be in place (there is always the chance that things will be delayed, but it doesn't seem to happen very often). The only thing that won't have started yet for certain is MHP. So, if you go on 9/13-14, HalloweenTime should have started by then. It's a lot of fun!
Whoaaaa Nelly.... "INSISTING no crowds"So I'm planning a trip for someone who's never been to Disneyland who's INSISTING no crowds. Though I am reminding her to lower her expectations, I'm assuming this would be an ok time to go? Or would the crowds increase due to it being the 1st/2nd week of Halloweentime?
Whoaaaa Nelly.... "INSISTING no crowds"
Crowd levels are next to impossible to predict now!!
The consensus is, the parks are busy most days. There are NO more slow days.
With the park crowds growing as the day goes on.
Hahaha thanks for your input! I’m a frequent visitor and former AP holder to Disneyland so I’m aware and don’t care about crowds (like you said, perspective). Unfortunately, a good many people that I work with (live in Utah now) just don’t see the appeal when all they hear is long lines and crowded places. So I want to show her why so many people come but I keep reminding her to not expect no crowds or low crowds and that if you have an educated plan and a good perspective, Disneyland is magical regardless of crowd levelsCrowd levels are a matter of perspective, but as Geemo said, there really aren't any "no crowd" days anymore. My instinctive guess is that the Thursday crowd levels will be okay/manageable for the most part, but Friday crowds, especially towards evening, will be fairly substantial. This will be the last Friday evening when local AP holders can go to see the nighttime entertainment in DL (e.g., F!, fireworks) until after HalloweenTime ends (once MHP starts, those are held every Friday evening, which means DL will close at 7:00 pm to non-party guests and there is no nighttime entertainment in DL). There will also be crowds due to locals that wanted to avoid the kick-off weekend for HalloweenTime. I would advise your friend to get to the parks at rope drop to make the most of the time when crowds are likely to be the lowest and don't expect crowds to taper off that much towards closing, especially at the attractions with overlays. It's still an okay time to go, it's just that HalloweenTime is very popular, so go expecting crowds.
Disney's website has MHP Friday October 5th Sold Out now.Holiday Overlay Removal Closures, 2018
01/08-01/18 (Mon-Thu): Haunted Mansion Holiday Closed for Removal of Holiday Overlay
mm/dd-mm/dd (): Jingle Cruise Closed for Removal of Holiday Overlay- Overlay Did Not Occur in 2017
01/22-02/01 (Mon-Thu): It's a Small World Closed for Removal of Holiday Overlay
Holiday Overlay Installation Closures, 2018
mm/dd-mm/dd (): Space Mountain Closed to Install Ghost Galaxy Overlay
mm/dd-mm/dd (): Haunted Mansion Closed to Install Holiday Overlay
mm/dd-mm/dd (): Jungle Cruise Closed to Install Holiday Overlay
mm/dd-mm/dd (): It's a Small World Closed to Install Holiday Overlay
Mickey's Halloween Party, 2018
Party dates were announced on Thursday, May 17 via the Disney Parks Blog. Tickets go on sale to DLR Annual Passholders, DVC, and Disney Rewards Visa Card Holders (phone only) on Tuesday, June 5 and to the general public on Tuesday, June 12. The dates when the MHP tickets sold out in past were tracked in these posts for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Pricing is listed as (Discount/Regular) Price.
Sep 19 (Wed) ($95/$105)
Sep 21 (Fri) ($115/$115)
Sep 24 (Mon) ($95/$105)
Sep 26 (Wed) ($95/$105)
Sep 28 (Fri) ($115/$115)
Oct 2 (Tue) ($115/$115)
Oct 5 (Fri) ($115/$115)
Oct 9 (Tue) ($115/$115)
Oct 12 (Fri) (t$115/$115) - Sold Out Online Tuesday, July 10
Oct 16 (Tue) ($115/$115)
Oct 19 (Fri) ($130/$130)
Oct 23 (Tue) ($115/$115)
Oct 26 (Fri) ($130/$130)
Oct 29 (Mon) ($130/$130)
Oct 31 (Wed) ($130/$130)
Note that costume guidelines 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 2018). 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.
Sneak Peaks at DCA (Bug's Life Theater) and DL (Tomorrowland Theater), 2018
DLR uses the Tomorrowland Theater (DL) and Bug's Life Theater (DCA-BLT) or Sunset Showcase Theater (DCA-SST) to preview upcoming movies.
Feb 9 (Fri) - Mar 6 (Tue): A Wrinkle in Time (DCA-SST) [Move Opening: Mar 9] (AP Preview: Feb 8)
May 18 (Fri) - ??? (???): Incredibles 2 (DCA-SST) [Move Opening: Jun 15] (AP Preview: May 17)
June 8 (Fri) – Jul 1 (Sun): Ant-Man and the Wasp (DL) [Movie Opening: Jul 6] (AP Preview: ???)
Disney Cruise Line Sailings Out of San Diego
The Disney Cruise Line has offerings that sail out of San Diego. Some of these cruises may include (optional) excursions to Disneyland before or after the cruise. The date listed is the date of departure (when it leaves San Diego). All cruises return to San Diego unless noted.
4/22 (5-Night Cruise)
4/28 (2-Night Cruise)
4/29 (5-Night Cruise)
5/4 (2-Night Cruise)
5/6 (5-Night Cruise)
5/16 (5-Night Cruise) - Ends in Vancouver, Canada
5/11 (2-Night Cruise)
5/13 (3-Night Cruise)
9/10 (4-Night Cruise) - Starts in Vancouver, Canada & Ends in San Diego
9/14 (5-Night Cruise)
9/18 (4-Night Cruise)
9/23 (5-Night Cruise)
9/28 (2-Night Cruise)
9/30 (5-Night Cruise)
10/5 (2-Night Cruise)
10/7 (7-Night Cruise)
10/14 (5-Night Cruise)
10/19 (14-Night Cruise) - Ends in Galveston, Texas