Disneyland Events

Disneyland Events

NOTE: All event dates/entertainment are subject to change

Major Events at the Disneyland Resort

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July

Summer at the Disneyland Resort

May through September

The fun begins in May and continues all summer long.


Sawdust Art Festival
June 26 - August 30, 2015
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.


Artist in Residence Jeff Granito

July 3-4, 17-18, 24-25, 31 and August 1, 2015

Artist Jeff Granito will will be at the WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney from 6:00pm to 10:00pm each day to chat with guests and sign his work.


Artist Showcase with Linda Rick

July 3 - 5, 2015

Precious Moments doll designer Linda Rick will be celebrating the release of her Patriotic Collection with appearances and signings at China Closet in Disneyland Park from 12:00pm to 10:00pm each day.


Independence Day at Disneyland!

July 4, 2015

Due to the popularity of the new "Disneyland Forever" fireworks, the regular Fourth of July fireworks won't be presented this year, however a patriotic finale will follow "Disneyland Forever" on July 4th..

At California Adventure, a special pyrotechic water display will be presented before each performance of "World of Color-Celebrate" on July 4th.

In addition, several military acts will be performing around the Resort during the Independence Day Weekend:

United States Air Force Honor Guard from Washington, D.C.
July 2-5, 2015
11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm - Paradise Park at California Adventure
3:15pm - Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park
4:05pm - Parade route at Disneyland Park
July 4, 2015
5:15pm - Town Square at Disneyland Park (Flag Retreat Ceremony)
6:45pm - Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park

United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from Miramar, CA
July 4, 2015
11:30am - Main Stage at Downtown Disney
4:10pm - Parade route at Disneyland Park
5:15pm - Town Square at Disneyland Park (Flag Retreat Ceremony)
7:00pm - Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree at Disneyland Park

United States AIr Force Band of the Golden West from San Francisco, CA
July 5-6, 2015
6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm - Main Stage at Downtown Disney

“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.


Book Signing with Tim O'Day & Kevin Kidney

July 13, 2015

Authors Kevin Kidney and Tim O'Day will be on hand to sign their new book "A Celebration of New Magic and Fond Memories of the Disneyland Resort" from 9am to 11am at the Disneyana shop in Disneyland Park.


Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

July 17, 2015

The Disneyland Resort is encouraging guests to dress in 1955-inspired clothing to celebrate Disneyland's diamond anniversary.


Orange County Fair/Costa Mesa
July 17 - August 16, 2015
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.


Artist Showcase with Jim Shore

July 25, 2015

Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore will be on hand to celebrate the release of his newest piece themed to Princess Aurora.  Shore will appear at the China Closet in Disneyland Park from 9:00am to 11:00am and at World of Disney in Downtown Disney from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.


Artist Showcase with Shag

July 25, 2015

Disney artist Shag will be on hand to celebrate his newest piece inspired by the world famous Jungle Cruise from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney.

 

 

August


D23 Expo

August 14 - 16, 2015

Tickets for the 2015 D23 Expo are now on sale!

Regular Pricing
07/01/15-08/16/15
D23 Member Adult 1-Day $65
D23 Member Child 1-Day $48
D23 Member Adult 3-Day $188
D23 Member Child 3-Day $139
Non-Member Adult 1-Day $74
Non-Member Child 1-Day $54
Non-Member Adult 3-Day $216
Non-Member Child 3-Day $156

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.

Just announced...Celebrating Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club - 60 Magical yEARS!  Join author Lorraine Santoli and several of the orginal Mouseketeers in a one-of-a-kind performance filled with memories, music and magic.  Scheduled to appear are Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O'Brien and Doreen Tracey, plus actors Tim Considine and David Stollery.

The presentation is scheduled for Sunday, August 16th at 5pm in Stage 23.

 

UPDATE: D23 has created a new 7,500-seat venue located in Hall D of the Convention Center that will host some of the larger presentations.

Schedule so far in Hall D23:

Friday 8/14 (3:00pm): Every Story is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

Friday 8/14: Disney Legends Awards Ceremony

Friday 8/14: The Walt Disney Studios (Animation)

Saturday 8/15: The Walt Disney Studios (Live Action)

Saturday 8/15: Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Sunday 8/16 (3:00pm): Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration!

Schedule so far in Stage 23

Sunday 8/16 (5:00pm): Celebrating Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club-60 Magical yEARS

Schedule so far in Stage 28:

Friday 8/14 (10:00am): Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show

Friday 8/14 (4:30pm): Disneyland Home Moviews

Friday 8/14 (6:00pm): A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion

Saturday 8/15 (11am & 2pm): Disney on Broadway's "The Originals"

Saturday 8/15 (1:30pm): Welcome to Zootopia!

Saturday 8/15 (4:30pm): The Making of American Experience: Walt Disney

Saturday 8/15 (6:00pm): Aladdin - The Making of a Classic

Sunday 8/16 (11am & 2pm): Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration
Sunday 8/16 (11:30am): The Shorts of Walt Disney Animation Studios: from Paperman to Prep & Landing, Feast to Frozen Fever

Sunday 8/16 (4:30pm): Best of Destination D
Sunday 8/16 (6:00pm): The Tunes Behind the Toons: Screening/Q&A


Summer at the Disneyland Resort

The fun begins in May continues all summer long.

 

September

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
September 3 - 6, 2015

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.

DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition Podcast
Disneyland Half Marathon 2012

DIS Unplugged Blog
Disneyland Half Marathon 2010


Dapper Day - An Evening Affair

September 18, 2015

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.


Toshiba Tall Ships Festival
2015 date to be announced

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 - October 31, 2015


Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park!

2015 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. Oh and don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes so you can join Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade!

October

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

September 11 - October 31, 2015

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!

2015 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. Oh and don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes so you can join Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade!


The Unofficial Gay Days at Disneyland

October 2 - 4, 2015
The ‘Unofficial’ Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort.


CHOC/Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park - 5K Walk
2015 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.


Haunted House Building Workshop

2015 dates 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

2015 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

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016

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


Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend

November 12 - 15, 2015

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 26, 2015.

December

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016

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

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort


TUBACHRISTMAS at Downtown Disney

2015 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 1:00pm.


New Year's Eve at the Disneyland Resort

December 31, 2015

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

 

January

Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016

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


Three Kings' Day

January 1 - 6, 2016

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

January 14 - 17, 2016

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

2016 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

2016 dates to be announced

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


Lunar New Year

2016 dates to be announced

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 Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers, Vietnamese dance groups and Korean dance groups. You'll be able to meet your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Chip 'n' Dale, Mulan and Mushu.  Guests will also have the chance to make their own paper lanterns, discover their Zodiac animals and write wishes of good fortune to their family and friends.

February

Laguna Beach Music Festival

2016 dates to be announced

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.


Valentine's Day

February 14, 2016

Restaurants around the Disneyland Resort will offer special menus for Valentine's Day.


Celebrate Gospel

2016 date to be announced

The Disneyland Resort welcomes local gospel choirs from around Southern California in this annual concert.  Performances will be held throughout the day at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree stage.


Queen Mary Scottish Festival

2016 dates to be announced

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

2016 date to be announced

The Disneyana Fan Club hosts their Collectible Expo at the Crowne Plaza Resort 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.


Lunar New Year

February 19 - 22, 2015

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 Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers, Vietnamese dance groups and Korean dance groups. You'll be able to meet your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Chip 'n' Dale, Mulan and Mushu.


Dapper Day

2016 dates to be announced

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.

Blog from the 2012 Event

March

Orange County Restaurant Week

2016 dates to be announced

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, Naples Ristaurante, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, Steakhouse 55 and Tortilla Jo's.

Fire + Ice over at Anaheim GardenWalk also participates.


Festival of the Whales at Dana Point

2016 dates to be announced

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!

Springtime Roundup

2016 dates to be announced

The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will be decked out in flowers for the Springtime Roundup.  Guests will be able to meet some of their favorite Disney characters, including the Easter Bunny (and other famous Disney rabbits). 


Easter at the Disneyland Resort

March 27, 2016

In addition to the Springtime Roundup, some Disneyland Resort Hotels may be offering special Easter dinners

April

Springtime Roundup

2016 dates to be announced

The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will be decked out in flowers for the Springtime Roundup.  Guests will be able to meet some of their favorite Disney characters, including the Easter Bunny (and oher famous Disney rabbits). 


Knott's Bosenberry Festival

2016 dates to be announced

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

May

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

2016 dates to be announced

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.


Bats Day in the Fun Park

2016 dates to be announced

An annual Goolish "Goth" Gathering at Disneyland.


Disneyland Grad Nite

2016 dates to be announced

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
2016 dates to be announced

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

2016 dates to be announced

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.


Star Wars Unofficial Fan Day

2015 date to be announced

No 2015 event planned, but will return in 2016.
What started out as a protest about the lack of Star Wars Weekends at Disneyland is now in its 9th year.  Fans will be meeting for lunch at Pizza Port, attending Jedi Training Academy, then meeting at 2pm for a group photo in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.  Costumes are not allowed, but Star Wars shirts are encouraged.  Event t-shirts are also available on the Fan Day website with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.