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Planning to Disney in 2019 Guide( part 1)

Planning to Disney in 2019 Guide( part 1)

  Our Disneyland and Disney California Adventure vacation planning guide covers the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge ,offers tips and tricks for dining, saving money on tickets, best hotels, experiencing Christmas & Halloween, and more. We also cover what’s happening in 2019, and what to expect if you visit post-Star Wars land. 

We are Annual Pass holders who visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure regularly to tweak and refine this guide (and our other Disneyland posts) to provide you the best info and strategies. A lot is happening–and changing–at Disneyland right now as the resort continues its “Project Stardust” initiative ahead of the highly anticipated debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Summer 2019.

We update this post regularly with what you can expect, but we also recommend signing up for our free newletters  if you’re planning a visit so you can stay abreast of all the latest changes, construction updates, events, and more info on the parks. Suffice to say, a ton is changing in the lead-up to Star Wars land…

Spring festivities are now underway, with “Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie 90th Anniversary Celebration” underway in Disneyland and the Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure. These are relatively minor, and primarily aimed at offering new entertainment, food, and merchandise to drive attendance from locals.

The bigger good news is that World of Color has returned, after being absent from Disney California Adventure’s entertainment schedule for nearly a year! We are huge fans of World of Color, and its return is huge, making Disney California Adventure once again a great way to end an evening at Disneyland Resort.

The bad news is that this time of year also brings with it Disneyland’s annual refurbishment season, which is now starting to wind down as spring approaches. The parks use this period to schedule a lot of maintenance. You can read what’s currently down in 2019 Disney Refurbishment Calendar post. Also, be aware that currently walls are up around Sleeping Beauty Castle, making it far less photogenic.

More minor events will occur between now and the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we’re expecting the beginning of the year through late May 2019 to be a relatively quiet time at Disneyland. If the ongoing ticket promotions are any indication, Disneyland management is clearly expecting the same. Suffice to say, if you want to experience Disneyland without intense crowds and congestion and don’t mind missing Star Wars land, visit prior to Memorial Day Weekend 2019.