Visiting Disneyland in August | Magic in the Planning

Visiting Disneyland in August 2024: Pixar Fest, Plaza de la Familia, and more!

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The summer season, characterized by pleasant weather and school holidays, presents an ideal opportunity to explore the Disneyland Resort. However, it is important to note that visiting Disneyland in August may bring about considerable crowds. Given that schools nationwide are on summer break, both weekdays and weekends are expected to be busy. Nevertheless, with proper preparation and strategic planning, August can still be an enjoyable time to experience the happiest place on earth!

 


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon, the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and more! (You can also find our 2023 guide here!)


 

August At-a-Glance

  • August temperatures are still hot, and the days are longer. Both heat and humidity come into play during this time of year. But the good news is that with the longer days, there will be more daylight hours to enjoy the Disneyland Resort!
  • Be prepared for summer crowds. August is a popular month to visit with summer vacation in full swing across the country. Weekdays and weekends alike will most likely be busy during the first half of the month.
  • The crowds will lessen as school starts across the country. The second half of August will likely see a decrease in crowds. But be prepared for Disney to adjust their park hours a bit to reflect the change in attendance.
  • You may see more locals during the second half of August. Magic Key holders (those with annual passes) will see a decrease in block-out dates as August crowds lessen. If you are a Magic Key holder, this is great news as you will have more opportunities to visit the parks! It could also mean a slight increase in crowds, however, as those with passes will want to take advantage of this time.

 

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August Events

While there are no formal events scheduled yet for the month of August, summer will still be in full swing… and summer break does mean summer crowds.

The end of the month may see some weekday crowd relief, however, as school starts back up across the nation.

The highly anticipated Pixar Fest is making a comeback at the Disneyland Resort April 26-August 4! Prepare to be immersed in a world of vibrant decorations, special menus, and unique merchandise, as the theme parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney District embrace the magic of Pixar for a limited time. This celebration of friendship will feature heartwarming entertainment centered around beloved Pixar stories.

Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park will be taking place August 23-November 2. Experience a celebration of family and Mexican traditions during Día de los Muertos with the enchanting storytelling and captivating music of Pixar’s “Coco.” Immerse yourself in this cultural event that pays homage to the enduring bonds of family.

Halloween arrives August 23 at the Disneyland Resort and continues through October 31. During the autumn season, the entire resort at Disneyland undergoes a delightful transformation. Guests are treated to an array of Halloween-themed attractions and decor, along with characters adorned in spooky costumes. Notable highlights at Disneyland include the Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween Screams nighttime spectacular, the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, and a variety of festive snacks.

 

August Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for August 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Disneyland Park

  • Adventureland Treehouse is now open!
  • Splash Mountain closed on March 31, 2023, for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat closed on September 17, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Astro Orbitor closed on November 27, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Fantasmic! has been closed since April 23, 2023, and is scheduled to debut once again on May 24, 2024.
  • Tale of the Lion King closes permanently on January 7, 2024.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant will be closed from January 7-19, 2024
  • “it’s a small world” will close on January 8, 2024, to remove its holiday overlay and reopen on January 19.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia will close on January 8, 2024. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • Haunted Mansion closes on January 22, 2024, for the expansion of the Haunted Mansion area. No opening date has been announced.
  • Wondrous Journeys Fireworks is currently suspended for the holidays, but the show will hopefully return in early January 2024.

 

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California Adventure Park

  • Rogers: The Musical completed its seasonal run on August 31, 2023, but many are hopeful for a return in 2024.
  • Beast’s Library in the Disney Animation Building will close permanently on December 11, 2023.
  • Paint the Night Parade is currently suspended with no return date announced.
  • World of Color – ONE will be closed from January 8 to February 29, 2024.
  • Grizzly River Run will close on January 8, 2024. An opening date has yet to be announced.

 

August Weather

Overall, Disneyland in August can be quite hot. The average high is 86 degrees and the low is typically around 66 degrees. The heat will feel hotter as well due to the crowds and the concrete throughout the parks. Be prepared to hydrate! That being said, the daytime hours are longer in the summer giving you more daylight to enjoy the parks.

 

August Disneyland Crowds

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Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, that they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. Unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

The beginning of August is definitely considered a “peak” time at the Disneyland Resort. Many will take advantage of this time at the end of summer to take a vacation prior to school beginning again for fall. The second half of the month will see fewer crowds as schools start across the country. But keep in mind that Disney will most likely adjust their park hours during this time giving you a bit less time in the parks.

 

Ready to Start Planning Your Visit to Disneyland in August?

Here are some resources to help you get started!

Disneyland Dining Guides:

 

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Planning your first Disneyland vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to get started!

 

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