Disneyland is enjoying what’s left of its brief off-season between the end of summer and the start of the popular Halloween Time season. Guests should dial back their Halloween Time expectations this year as the on-going 60th Anniversary celebration will take priority with the Diamond Celebration decorations and entertainment running instead of traditional Halloween decorations and shows. Still, popular offerings including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and the Mickey Jack-O-Lantern in Town Square will all return by the upcoming start of Halloween Time.

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We’ve got a quick off-season update for you today, so let’s get to it.

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Recent high temperatures in Orange County helped thin out off-season crowds even more than usual over the weekend. With temperatures climbing into the mid-90s with high humidity, it’s even more important than usual to stay hydrated and know your limits when visiting the parks during the hot summer months.

Temperatures are expected to drop to the low-80s later this week but if you plan on visiting this weekend, be sure to come prepared for heat and stay safe.

Some views around a very hot Disney California Adventure on Friday…

Creeping In…

Halloween Time continued to creep in last week as Disneyland prepares to officially kick off the Halloween season on Friday, September 11.

Pre-packaged Halloween treats are now available…

In New Orleans Square, Jack Skellington is moving in at the Haunted Mansion for his annual stay. Haunted Mansion Holiday will officially open on Sept. 11 with the rest of the Halloween Time offerings.

In Tomorrowland, Space Mountain will be closed Sept. 7-10 to install the annual Ghost Galaxy overlay.

Refurbishment Round-up

A look at refurbishment projects underway in both parks…

Construction Kingdom

Work continues on the walkway between Fantasy Faire and Frontierland.

Some work underway in New Orleans Square

Nearby, the Le Bat en Rouge shop reopens on Friday following a brief refurbishment.

Pirates of the Caribbean will close September 14-29 for refurbishment

Preparing for Launch (Bay)

In Tomorrowland, work continues on the upcoming Star Wars Launch Bay and Super Hero HQ in the former Innoventions building.


Some work walls are up on Paradise Pier…

Work on Paradise Pier includes replacing all of the existing boardwalk with new wood. Looks great so far and is being done with minimal impact to guests.

Old boardwalk

New boardwalk

In Paradise Park, some work is underway on some of the lights in the area…

Shame this interactive fountain was installed and is never used.


Still not much progress to be seen at the upcoming Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters

This & That

On Main Street, the 20th Century Music Shop is carrying a re-issue of the classic “A Day at Disneyland” LP.

Yes, you can once again buy a classic Disneyland vinyl record inside the park! It’s a great title and worth picking up and dusting off your turntable for!

Also worth noting, the new edition of Jason Surrell’s Haunted Mansion book is available here as well

And the new “All Aboard!” book on Disney trains was available here a few days early. The book comes out tomorrow and you can get it on Amazon for over 30% off – a better deal than the best AP discount.

Back in Tomorrowland, a new themed popcorn cart has debuted and it looks great.

On Friday, the Rocketeer was still turning the popcorn…

…but by Sunday, a spacewoman had reportedly taken over. Below, a Tweet from our friend Guy Selga showing the new spacewoman.

We really love all of these themed popcorn carts Disneyland has been rolling out recently. They look great and help enhance their respective lands. Kudos to all of the folks behind this!

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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
August 31 – September 6, 2015
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]California Adventure[/B]
Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 9 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 12 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 12 am
Mon.-Thu.: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • Haunted Mansion: Closed to install holiday overlay. Reopens Sept. 11.
  • Le Bat en Rouge: Closed for refurbishement. Reopens Sept. 4
  • Space Mountain: Closed Sept. 7-10 to install Ghost Galaxy overlay.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia: Closed Sept. 8-10 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Closed Sept. 14-29 for refurbishment.
  • Innoventions: Expected to reopen Fall 2015 with new Star Wars Launch Bay and Super Hero HQ.
  • Starcade: Closed indefintely.
  • Tomorrowland Theatre: Closed indefintely.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!: Closed Sept. 7-17 for refurbishment.
  • Ariel’s Grotto Restaurant: Closed Sept. 15-17 for refurbishment.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires: Closed for re-Imagineering into new attraction. Reopening expected in early 2016.
  • [B]Blue Sky Cellar:[/B] Closed indefinitely.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
Tomorrowplan Crowd Estimates for Disneyland Resort from Mouseaddict

August 31 – September 6


  • Summer is winding up, but the heat isn’t – we expect hot temps to continue this week, so stay cool and drink plenty of water.
  • Some light rain in the middle of the week may bring some relief but it won’t really have any effect on crowds.
  • HalloweenTime is, believe it or not, only a week away. Be sure to check out our Tomorrowplan feature to get projections through the end of October; and our Wait Watcher to help you make the most of your time in the parks.

The free Mouseaddict app for iPhone and iPad features more than five dozen categories of searchable resort information, weather forecasts, park and show schedules, the latest news and articles from MiceChat, and more. Download free on the App Store or at mouseaddict.com.

[center]Headline Roundup
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
  • Disney announces Star Wars “Force Friday” merchandise event coming September 4. (Disney Parks Blog)
  • A fight between homeless men on Harbor Blvd. outside of Disneyland ended in a stabbing. (LA Times)
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