Disneyland Events

Disneyland Events

NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change

Major Events at the Disneyland Resort

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February

 

Season of the Force

November 16, 2015 - Summer 2016

Season of the Force, a new Star Wars-themed seasonal event immerses guests in both the classic and the upcoming Star Wars films.

Star Wars Launch Bay (inside theTomorrowland Expo)

Meet characters, including Kyle Ren & Chewbacca, and check out props and models from the Star Wars saga, plus play the latest Star Wars video games.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

This update to the Jedi Training Academy features characters, including a new villain, from the Star Wars Rebels television series.

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

A new scene has been added inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hyperspace Mountain

Space Mountain is reimagined as an X-wing fighter battle.

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Check out your favorite scenes from the classic Star Wars films in "Star Wars: Path of the Jedi" at the Tomorrowland Theatre.

Galactic Grill

Season of the Force takes over the Tomorrowland Terrace, serving a Star Wars themed menu, including Cheese-3PO Burgers and Jedi Order Grilled Chicken Sandwiches.


Artist Showcase with Nidhi Chanani, Eunjung June Kim & Jarrod Maruyama

February 6, 2016

These three popular artists will be on hand at the WonderGround Gallery from 11am to 1pm.


Artist Showcase with Noah

February 6, 2016

Disney Artist Noah will be on hand from 12pm to 5pm at Off the Page in California Adventure with some of his latest artwork featuring Alice in Wonderland and Mickey Mouse.


WonderGround Gallery Artist in Residence

February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2016

Meet artist Gabby Zapata at the WonderGround Gallery each weekend in February from 5pm to 9pm.


Artist Showcase with Nidhi Chanani

February 6, 7, 27 and 28, 2016

Meet artist Nidhi Chanani at the WonderGround Gallery from 2pm to 5pm each day.


Lunar New Year

February 5 - 8 , 2016

The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration in Disney California Adventure is a tribute to the time-honored traditions, festivities and ceremonies of this multi-cultural occasion.  The Paradise Gardens area will come to life with a live performers, musicians and local artists. You'll be able to meet your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Chip 'n' Dale, Mulan and Mushu.


Artist Showcase with Linda Rick

February 5-7, 2016

Meet Precious Moments Doll artist Linda Rick at the China Closet in Disneyland Park from 12pm to 10pm each day.


Laguna Beach Music Festival

February 10 - 14, 2016

This yearly event in scenic Laguna Beach, showcases prominent and promising musicians.  Mainstage concerts are held at the Laguna Playhouse. Informal concerts and other music-based activities are held at hotels, museums and restaurants throughout the city.


Celebrate Gospel

February 13, 2016

The Disneyland Resort welcomes local gospel choirs from around Southern California in this annual concert.  Performances will be held throughout the day in Hollywood Land.

The schedule includes:

10am-1pm

Lorenzo Johnson & Praizum (Los Angeles)

Harambee Prep Children's Choir (Pasadena)

New Generation Choir (Santa Ana)

Covered Choir (Corona)

Ty Snow & Xtreme Purpose (Pasadena)

Divine Deliverance Mass Choir (Inglewood)

2pm-6pm

Amazing Grace Conservatory (Los Angeles)

Voices of Praise Mass Choir (Temecula)

West Angeles Angelic Children's Choir (Los Angeles)

Spiritual Truth (Yorba Linda)

Greater LA Cathedral Choir (Los Angeles)

LA Inner City Mass Choir (Los Angeles)

Destiny 24 (Compton)


Valentine's Day

February 14, 2016

Restaurants around the Disneyland Resort will offer special menus for Valentine's Day and throughout the Parks, special Valentine's Day cotton candy will be available.

Valentine's Day (and weekend) dining highlights include:

-Carthay Circle Restaurant is offering a three-course Sweetheart Dinner for Two that features Steak Florentine for two.

-Blue Bayou has a Sweetheart Duet that includes a bacon-wrapped filet mignon and halibut.  Guests can also enjoy a Sweetheart Toast...sparkling cider served in Blue Bayou souvenir champagne flutes.

-Steakhouse 55 is offering a three-course dinner highlighted by a broiled filet mignon with morel mushroom fettuccine and asparagus.

-Napa Rose is serving a Four-Course Country Valentine's Day Dinner.

-Storytellers Cafe has a bacon-wrapped filet mignon with a Cabernet reduction and lobster-sun-dried tomato risotto.

-Catal Restaurant is offering a three-course menu, with appetizer options including oysters on the half shell and entree options including a petite filet, paella or asparagus risotto.

-Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen's specials include a French cut chicken breast, citrus crusted salmon or pink peppercorn crusted filet mignon.

-Tortilla Jo's is serving a three-course menu that includes fruta del mar entree with lobster, scallops, rockfish shrimp and mussels.

Reservations are recommended.

Special events for Valentine's weekend include:

-AMC Theatres is showing "Romeo + Juliet", starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, at 9pm each night.

-Horse & carriage rides will be offered Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 9pm.


The Queen Mary Scots Festival

February 13 - 14, 2016

Celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Queen Mary at this unique Long Beach event.  Entertainment includes piping and dancing competitions, Highland games, sheep herding demonstrations and parades, plus merchandise, food and spirits.


Disneyana Collectible Expo

February 14, 2016

The Disneyana Fan Club hosts their Collectible Expo at theWyndham Anaheim in Garden Grove featuring collectibles and products, old and new. The event will be held from 10am to 5pm and costs $6 to attend.  Discounted admisison coupons are available on their website.

March

Egg-stravaganza

March 2 - 27, 2016

For 2016, the Egg-stravaganza expands to Downtown Disney!

Purchase a special map & stickers for $5.95 at various stores throughout the Disneyland Resort, then search for hidden "eggs" themed to Disney characters and record them on the map.  One you're done with your hunt, return to a redemption location for a special suprise.

This year, there are three different maps: Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney.


Maps can be purchased at the following locations:

Disneyland Park

Purchase - Disneyana, Disney Showcase, it's a small world Toy Shop, Little Green Men Store Command, Pieces of Eight, Pioneer Mercantile, Stromboli's

Redeem - Disney Showcase

Disney California Adventure

Purchase - Elias & Co., Humphrey's Service & Supplies, Off the Page, Oswald's, Sarge's Surplus Hut, Treasures in Paradise

Redeem - Elias & Co

Downtown Disney

Purchase - Anna & Elsa's Boutique, D Street, Disney Pin Traders, WonderGround Gallery, World of Disney

Redeem - World of Disney

Maps can also be purchased at the resort hotel gift shops.


Orange County Restaurant Week

March 6 - 12, 2016

More than 100 restaurants in Orange County will participate in this annual event, inlcuding several in the Anaheim area.

Look for special menus at: Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney, Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel and Fire + Ice at Anaheim GardenWalk.


Festival of the Whales at Dana Point

March 3 - 12, 2016

It's the time of the year that the whales make their annual trip down south. Don't miss the Annual Street Fair, which is part of the Whale Festival with a weekend of fun, food, entertainment.


St. Patrick's Day at Downtown Disney

March 17, 2016

Several of the restaurants in Downtown Disney will have special items for St. Patrick's Day!


Knott's Boysenberry Festival

March 19 - April 3, 2016

The Boysenberry Festival features boysenberry inspired products and games, plus a recreation of Knott's original roadside boysenberry stand.


Easter at the Disneyland Resort

March 27, 2016

Disneyland Resort Hotel restaurants offer special Easter dinners

April

Knott's Boysenberry Festival

March 19 - April 3, 2016

The Boysenberry Festival features boysenberry inspired products and games, plus a recreation of Knott's original roadside boysenberry stand.


Bats Day in the Fun Park

April 29 - May 1, 2016

An annual Goolish "Goth" Gathering at Disneyland.


Dapper Day

April 30 - May 1, 2016

This annual unofficial event is a day for guests to wear their Sunday-best to Disneyland.  According to organizers, Dapper Day is about experiencing the upscale escape of Disneyland filled with fashionable guests ready for fun.  There is also an evening-only event held in the Fall.

May

Dapper Day

April 30 - May 1, 2016

This annual unofficial event is a day for guests to wear their Sunday-best to Disneyland.  According to organizers, Dapper Day is about experiencing the upscale escape of Disneyland filled with fashionable guests ready for fun.  There is also an evening-only event held in the Fall.


Bats Day in the Fun Park

April 29 - May 1, 2016

An annual Goolish "Goth" Gathering at Disneyland.


Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2016

Celebrate Cince de Mayo with special menus at Tortilla Jo's and House of Blues in Downtown Disney.


Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

May 5 - 8, 2016

This half marathon focused on women will take you through the Disneyland Resort and the streets of Anaheim, California. Each finisher receives an exclusive Tinker Bell-inspired medal, long-sleeve tech shirt, goody bag, and more! Other events during the weekend include the Never Land Family Fun Run 5K, the Tinker Bell 10K, kids races and an Expo.


Mother’s Day at the Disneyland Resort

May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day can be a special day that the Disneyland Resort. Along with flowers for all Moms, Disney also offers special Mother’s Day dining options.


Disneyland Grad Nite

May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 31, June 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15 & 17, 2016

Seniors will again have access to both Parks during the day.  At night, the party moves over to Disney California Advenure with a customized Grad Nite Good Nite water and light show, access to Cars Land and a dance party.


Summer Kick-Off 24-Hour Event

2016 dates to be announced

Kick off summer with a 24-hour party at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.


Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
May 27 - 30, 2016

The festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city's strawberry-growing history. 

June

Summer at the Disneyland Resort

May through September

The fun begins in May and continues all summer long.


Disneyland Grad Nite

May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 31, June 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15 & 17, 2016

For 2015, Seniors will again have access to both Parks during the day.  At night, the party moves over to Disney California Advenure with a customized Grad Nite Good Nite Show and access to Cars Land.

July

Summer at the Disneyland Resort

May through September

The fun begins in May and continues all summer long.


Sawdust Art Festival
June 24 - August 28, 2016
See more than 200 Laguna Beach artists exhibit and sell their original artwork including jewelry, ceramics and textiles. See artist's demonstrations; attend complimentary art classes and children's art activities. There are three stages for entertainment, cafes and a saloon.


Independence Day at Disneyland!

July 4, 2016

“Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will be featured July 1st through July 4th at Disneyland, plus on the 4th there's a patriotic Independence Day pre-show for World of Color over at Disney California Adventure featuring video, water effects, lighting and fireworks!


Summer Jazz Series - Hyatt Newport Beach
(All summer through early October)
Hyatt Newport Beach Amphitheater, on the Golf Course
Hosted by The Wave 94.7, this event features the smooth sounds of jazz artists.


Orange County Fair/Costa Mesa
July 15 - August 14, 2016
The annual Orange County Fair is the premier family attraction in Southern California offering a wide variety of exhibits, foods, entertainment, rides and hands-on activities.

 

August


D23 Expo

2017 dates to be announced

Celebrate all things Disney as the D23 Expo once again takes over the Anaheim Convention Center.  As always, the event will feature the Disney Legend Awards, the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit, panels, presentations and celebrity appearances.

Visit our D23 Expo page for coverage of the 2015 event!

 


Summer at the Disneyland Resort

The fun begins in May continues all summer long.

September

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
September 1 - 4, 2016

Be a part of the Happiest Races on Earth at the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, including the Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K and Family Fun Run 5K.  Participants may also combine the Half Marathon and 10K and receive a Dumbo Double Dare medal.


Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
September 10 - 11, 2016

The Tall Ships Festival is the largest annual gathering of tall ships on the West Coast. The festival will feature a spectacular array of family fun activities including live music, art & craft shows, exciting living-history demonstrations plus a variety of tasty food options on Saturday and Sunday, following the evening parade of ships on Friday night.


Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
Mid-September - Halloween


Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park!

2016 dates to be announced

This ‘private’ party at Disneyland Park is open only to special ticket holders and features exclusive viewings of Halloween Screams fireworks, but the great part is anyone can purchase tickets. 

Familiar attractions, live music, treat stations for the little ones and creepy crafts are just a few activities available during the party. You never know who you’ll run into on these special nights.

October

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Mid-September - Halloween

Halloween Time features Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, plus holiday decorations throughout the parks!

Disneyland Halloween


Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park!

2016 dates to be announced

This ‘private’ party at Disneyland Park is open only to special ticket holders and features exclusive viewings of Halloween Screams fireworks, but the great part is anyone can purchase tickets. 

Familiar attractions, live music, treat stations for the little ones and creepy crafts are just a few activities available during the party. You never know who you’ll run into on these special nights.


The Unofficial Gay Days at Disneyland

September 30 - October 2, 2016
The ‘Unofficial’ Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort.


CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park - 5K Walk
2016 date to be announced
The annual CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) 5K walk to raise money for CHOC will give walkers unique opportunity to walk through Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure before they officially open for the day. After the Walk, festivities will be underway in Downtown Disney District, where shops, restaurants and booths will offer more fun for everyone! In addition, the Disneyland Resort will offer to walkers with wristbands a specially priced 1-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper ticket to return to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.


MahaloWeen at Trader Sam's

2016 dates to be announced

Enjoy appetizers, drinks and entertainment, featuring Tahitian Fire Dancers, in this special event held at the Disneyland Hotel. Besides appetizers and 2 drinks, guests will also receive a commemorative Kukui nut lei, a tiki-themed print and a special edition tiki glass. The event will be held at 6:00pm and 8:00pm each night and the cost is $150 per person.


Haunted House Building Workshop

2016 date to be announced

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen Chef Darren Finkel will lead an interactive (gingerbread) Haunted House building demonstration followed by guided assembly and decorating. The workshop starts at noon and the cost (for two guests) is $48 and includes house, candy decor and unlimited sodas.  Reservations for the event can be made on the Jazz Kitchen Facebook page.

DIS Unplugged Blog by Nancy Johnson

Disneyland Halloween


Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade

2016 date to be announced

An annual community-wide event that recognizes the harvest season and brings children and families together to educate and celebrate the history and cultural diversity of Anaheim and the surrounding cities.

November

Dapper Day - An Evening Affair

November 6, 2016

This annual unofficial event is a time for guests to wear their Sunday-best to Disneyland.  According to organizers, Dapper Day is about experiencing the upscale escape of Disneyland filled with fashionable guests ready for fun.  The Fall event is held from 6:00pm until Midnight.  There is also an full-day event held in the Spring.


Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 11, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (tentative dates)

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort from mid-November through the New Year.


Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend

November 10 - 13, 2016

This Marvel themed race feature a half marathon, 5K and kids races.


Disneyland Thanksgiving Day Dining
The Disneyland Resort offers a variety of dining on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016.

December

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 11, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (tentative dates)

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort from mid-November through the New Year.


TUBACHRISTMAS at Downtown Disney

2016 date to be announced

Hundreds of tuba and euphonium players will gather to perform holiday music in this annual event.  A performance is scheduled to take place near ESPN Zone at Noon.


New Year's Eve at the Disneyland Resort

December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve celebrations take place at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure with extended hours and extra entertainment.

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

January

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 11, 2016 - January 1, 2017 (tentative dates)

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort from mid-November through the New Year.


Three Kings' Day

2017 dates to be announced

The Disneyland Resort celebrates Three Kings' Day with special decor and entertainment showcasing Western and Mexican heritage.  Highlights include characters in their fiesta finest, plus performances by the Mariachi Divas and the Ballet Folklorico Dancers.

The event is held in Paradise Gardens at Disney California Adventure as part of Viva Navidad.


Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

2017 dates to be announced

This new race weekend will feature a half marathon, 10K, 5K, kids races, Wookiee Welcome Party, an Expo, plus the Rebel Challenge for racers of both the Half Marathon and 10K.


Grand National Roadster Show/Pomona

2017 dates to be announced

This annual event held at the Fairplex in Pomona features over 500 show vehicles competing for awards, plus several hundred more "hobby" cars.


Cambria Annual Art & Wine Festival

2017 dates to be announced

Wine tastings featuring over 30 local wineries plus an art show and silent auction highlight this annual event.