Rodeo Break is a popular time for Tucson families to hit the road for a Disneyland vacation.
Since Rodeo Break is strictly a Tucson “holiday,” it makes sense to book a vacation when crowds may be slimmer at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Here’s what’s new and what to expect at Disneyland and California Adventure over Rodeo Break 2017.
PARK HOURS DURING RODEO BREAK 2017
If you’ll be visiting Disneyland during the 2017 Rodeo Break, below are the hours for each park.
- Wed, Feb 22 – 9:00am-9:00pm Disneyland, 10:00am-8:00pm California Adventure
- Thurs, Feb 23 – 9:00am-9:00pm Disneyland, 9:00am-8:00pm California Adventure
- Fri, Feb 24 – 8:00am-midnight Disneyland, 9:00am-10:00pm California Adventure
- Sat, Feb 25 – 8:00am-midnight Disneyland, 8:00am-9:00pm California Adventure
- Sun, Feb 26 – 8:00am-11:00pm Disneyland, 9:00am-9:00pm California Adventure
- Mon, Feb 27 – 10:00am-9:00pm Disneyland, 10:00am-8:00pm California Adventure
If you stay at one of the three property hotels, you will also be able to experience “Magic Morning” – where you are able to enter one of theme parks an hour early on each morning of your stay. BIG perk!
RIDE CLOSURES DURING RODEO BREAK 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean, Matterhorn, Grizzly’s River Run, and Mickey’s Fun Wheel are currently closed for refurbishment.
The Rivers of America attractions (Mark Twain Riverboat, Pirate’s Lair at Tom Sawyer’s Island, and Sailing Ship Columbia) are also closed and will re-open at various times later this summer.
Also – note that Tower of Terror closed down permanently in January. The building is under renovation and will be transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!, which will open summer 2017. That attraction will have randomized ride experiences (a new feature) and thrilling “drops” that guests will experience as they help Rocket on his mission to free his fellow Guardians.
Rest assured though – there are plenty of other rides for laughing, screaming, and memory-making!
NEW SHOWS & ATTRACTIONS
If you haven’t been to Disneyland in awhile, here are some new items that may be of interest.
RETURN of the super magical Main Street Electrical Street Parade in Disneyland! The Main Street Electrical Parade, one of the most popular of all Disney parades, is now running at Disneyland Park…with all the lights, sounds, music, and fun that have made it a beloved icon. With nightly performances through June 18, guests will have a limited time to enjoy the parade’s encore performance.
Hyperspace Mountain in Disneyland. This ride has all of the same elements as the original Space Mountain – except now it’s Star Wars themed. It’s a classic for a reason! Such fun to speed through the starry skies on an indoor roller coaster.
Season of Force in Disneyland. Walk around the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland to see costumes on display and play a variety of interactive games. Watch out – we even caught sight of some Storm Troopers in the vicinity!
Frozen Live at Hyperion Theater in Disney’s California Adventure. There are typically three Frozen Live performance times each day at the Hyperion Theater in California Adventure: 12:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm. You can check the Disneyland app for up-to-date times.
World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure. This incredible water and light show is breathtaking to behold. A spectacular feat of engineering and music.
Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure. Not exactly new-new, but super cool if you haven’t seen it! Cars Land opened in 2012 and it is truly like walking right inside the film. You will want to ride Radiator Springs Racers, but be sure to get fast passes first thing in the morning or opt for the “single rider” line.
Soarin’ Around the World in Disney’s California Adventure. Previously Soarin’ Over California, this new attraction takes you on a flying adventure over many of the world’s most magnificent spots – Mount Kilimanjaro, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and more. Visually thrilling!
WHERE TO STAY
There are three property hotels – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (average $413/night), Disneyland Hotel (average $360/night), and Paradise Pier Hotel (average $269/night). They are all conveniently located and offer the Magic Morning perk listed above.
If you are looking for a more economical option, there are PLENTIFUL hotels within walking distance of the park entrance. Some of them are actually even closer than the property hotels! Room rates typically range between $150-$200/night.
Three ideas for your consideration:
- Candy Cane Inn – outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi, fridge in-room, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast buffet, free parking, complimentary wi-fi , military discounts, kid’s wading pool, ceramic tile in rooms instead of carpet
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort Convention Center – spacious suites with full kitchens, complimentary WiFi, bunkbeds available, hot full breakfast, complimentary evening social and drinks (M-TH), heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, hot tub, kiddie pool, fire pit, water jets, game room, putting green, sports court, barbeque area
- Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort Convention Center – suites, bunk bed rooms, complimentary breakfast, 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool, wi-fi, full kitchens
If possible, visit the parks on weekdays. Since most Tucson schools are off on both Thursday and Friday, those would be ideal days to visit Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Head out of town on Wednesday and you can easily pull off a 2 or 3-day vacation at the parks.
Another reason to choose weekdays: park tickets are typically less expensive! Feb 22 (Wednesday), Feb 23 (Thursday), and Feb 27 (Monday) are VALUE days, where tickets are $10-15 cheaper than on REGULAR or PEAK days. Feb 24 (Friday), Feb 25 (Sat), and Feb 26 (Sun) are REGULAR days.
Regardless of whether you go on weekdays or weekends, be sure to arrive at the parks at least 30 minutes early.
The first two hours are, hands-down, the best for riding thrill rides without a long wait. On our recent visit, we rode Big Thunder Mountain 4 times, Splash Mountain 2 times, Space Mountain 2 times, Indiana Jones 1 time, and Star Tours 1 time – all before 11am! Sleeping in will mean longer wait times so it’s worth it to go to bed early the night before in order to get a fresh start.
GET THE DISNEYLAND APP
Download the FREE Disneyland app prior to your vacation days. The app will tell you everything you need to know for the days of your visit – including ride closures, showtimes, wait times for rides, park hours, baby care center locations, and more.