• On Nov 14, 2017
    Shari from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Might b🐝in CA 1/4-1/12. Hope 3-5 days at the parks. Crowds and operating hours for final weekend of Holiday and the days after? Want to surprise teen daughter to experience DL Holiday Vs after Holiday hours & ride closures. What can we expect?

    Hi, Shari! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thanks for your question. I love your idea of experiencing the Disneyland Resort during the Holidays and after the Holidays all in one trip!

    As you are aware, the Holidays will officially end on January 7, 2018, and the parks will start to transition that night. While it will take several days for all the holiday decorations to come down, you will see a noticeable difference over the course of your trip. Make sure to experience "it's a small world" Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday before January 8th as those attractions will close after the Holidays in order to remove their special overlays. In addition, a few attractions and restaurants in Disney California Adventure Park will close to prepare for the transition to the new Pixar Pier. California Screamin', Mickey's Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, Cove Bar, and Ariel's Grotto will also close for refurbishment on January 8th and will remain closed until next summer.

    Operating hours for January 2018 haven't quite been released yet, but continue to check the calendar as your travel dates approach. As far as crowds, it can be a bit unpredictable. My guess would be that the parks would remain quite busy through the end of the Holidays, but during the latter part of your trip, you might see less crowds. But no matter what, you and your daughter are sure to have a magical time at the Happiest Place on Earth!

    -Linda M. 
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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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