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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 1, 2021 2669 Los Angeles

Best Time to Visit DisneylandIt’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time.

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest unknown the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is COVID-19. With the parks closed longer than they have ever been, we're now in new territory in terms of predicting crowds. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play, including how long the parks are closed, the virus, the economy, unemployment and continued travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many locals, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we know crowds will return to Disneyland after its reopening. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times ... and because of this huge local following, Disneyland actually canceled their annual pass program, as there was no way to safely welcome everyone back at will. That means even Legacy passholders are having to learn a whole new system before returning to the magic. Even so, Californians were the first ones back through those gates!

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Disneyland reopened April 30, 2021, to California residents. Based on pent-up demand for all things Disneyland, including how people have reacted to the reopening of Downtown Disney and the limited-time Touch of Disney event, we expect Disneyland parks will be steadily busy for some time. As of June 15, 2021, out-of-state residents are welcome back to Disneyland (and can book their trips now!). Lower capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time, and that will curb crowds, but it will also make getting into the parks more challenging.

While capacity is lower in the parks, capacity is also lower on rides, in restaurants and in shops — so while overall capacity is low, it may feel higher than it actually is. And let us tell you from our experience on the opposite coast at the Most Magical Place on Earth: Those spaced out lines can make things seem waaaay longer than they actually are, and they can make for some traffic jams that only add to things feeling crowded, especially in areas that are tight already. All of this to say: All of the precautions in place may add to a feeling of things being busier than they actually are, and we've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back, because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

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Because Disneyland reopened just before summer break, we are expecting things to stay pretty consistently busy through the summer, especially once summer break hits. With Avengers Campus making its epic debut June 4, 2021, and out-of-state residents able to visit once again as of June 15, we are not expecting things to slow down any time soon.

Is It Packed at Disneyland During Normal Times? Here's the Easiest Way to Tell

This post is going to dive into all the nitty-gritty details, and the whys and hows of crowds, but let's just cut to the chase. The easiest way to know if it will be crowded at Disneyland is to ask yourself:

  • Is it a major U.S. holiday?
  • Are most kids out of school?

If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks, and not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona schools have breaks in the first half of October. Utah schools also have a fall break in mid-October.

Want to Know for Sure?

  • Hop straight to our Disneyland Crowd Calendar. You can view the busiest times on the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the day, month or year.
  • If you're planning a visit, but don't see your particular dates discussed below, leap down to the comments. We frogs — and some of the hardcore Disneyland community — are hoppy to share answers.

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! (During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers such as FASTPASS, MaxPass and Magic Morning are temporarily unavailable.) Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 60 days in advance.

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference is the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those Disneyland locals were annual passholders.

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. That means that during the Disneyland reopening period, all guests will have to purchase tickets. That may change the way even locals visit the parks. For some time, the annual passholders have thought of the Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they would pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass wasn't blocked out. They'd hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

Disneyland will eventually release a new type of membership offering, so eventually these guests will once again affect the crowds. In the past, depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays. The Disneyland blockout calendar provided a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because those were the times when most passholders were not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California Select and Deluxe passholders were typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there would be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availablity Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be busiest. Keep hopping back for updates on the annual passholder situation, because knowing their patterns can help you plan your trip.

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo has been postponed until September 2022.

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Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2021 and 2022 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back!)

Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But, as you probably guessed, there are some variables.

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Most of May
  • June 3 to Aug. 11, 2021
  • Oct. 1-16, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021, to Jan. 4, 2022

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-17, 2022
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13 to April 17, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. When Easter falls later, as it does in 2022, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then.

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

Here are other days that see higher crowds, but not as high as the absolute worst days. Some of the dates listed are isolated, with the days around them generally fine, but they do bring in more locals. July 17 is the exception to this, as it is already a busy time. Know of other dates that are popular with locals? Share in the comments below.

  • Labor Day - Sept. 6, 2021, and Sept. 5, 2022
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Sept. 16, 2021, and Oct. 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 11, 2021, and Oct. 10, 2022
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2021, and Nov. 11, 2022
  • Memorial Day - May 31, 2021, and May 30, 2022
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2021, and July 17, 2022

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

While these are traditionally the best times to visit, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks will be open!

  • May 10-13
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents' Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's MaxPass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Sep 23, 2021 at 7:04 p.m. Southside Girl Says...

I'm looking at the calendar and it says that Jan 5-7 should not be that crowded, but the ticket price is like $50 higher than the following week. Any idea why it's so high if it's a less-busy time?

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Sep 23, 2021 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Holiday Time will run a bit longer than usual this year, as it's hoppening until Jan. 9. It should be less crowded than the week before but might be busier than the following week due to people getting their last holiday thrills in. With kids back in school though, it should not be too crowded. The prices are higher since it includes all of the holiday entertainment.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 23, 2021 at 2:24 p.m. Susan Snyder Says...

Hi! Planning a January 2022 trip and I see that you mention MLK day as a busy time but it says Jan 14-27? Did you mean Jan 14-17? Just curious if the holiday causes it to be busy for so long. Thank you!

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Sep 23, 2021 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

Yes, it's supposed to be Jan. 14-17, 2022. Thanks for catching that! It's fixed now.

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Sep 23, 2021 at 2:42 a.m. Lee Says...

Why is October 1-16, 2021 forecasted to be busy? Is it a break time for kids or are there special events there? Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2021 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lee!

Some schools in Arizona and Utah have fall breaks during early/mid October.

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Sep 20, 2021 at 2 a.m. MelB Says...

I already have a trip booked for Dec. 6-10. I just heard that 2 of those days will have the Merriest Nites event. I do not plan to go to those events. Is it better to go to Disneyland the day of the these events or California Adventure?

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Sep 20, 2021 at 5:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel!

Disneyland closes early on party days at 8 p.m. If you are park hopping, you can start in Disneyland Park and hop any time after 1 p.m. But if you have 1-park per day tickets, you’ll get the most out of your day if you are visiting Disney California Adventure on party days.

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Sep 19, 2021 at 7:52 p.m. Caitlin Says...

Hi Leap Crew!

I understand March- April is spring break season, but something looks super questionable that I might need your help looking into. A lot of the off-property hotels near Disneyland are completely booked out March 9th & 10th (a Wednesday and Thursday) and if they do have availability is super up-charged. The rest of March looks relatively normal. Is there something going on those specific dates?! It's very strange!

Thank you!

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Sep 20, 2021 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlin!

It appears that Expo West (an industry event) will take place from March 8-12, 2022, at the Anaheim Convention Center which is located across from Disneyland. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 18, 2021 at 12:42 a.m. Breeana Says...

Debating on the visiting the parks November 2nd - 4th or November 16th -18th. First time going and would like fewer crowds. Would Christmas decorations be worth the deciding factor between the two dates?

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Sep 20, 2021 at 5:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Breeana!

In both cases, you're looking at weekdays which are generally better than weekends. If Christmas decorations and entertainment are important to you, then we'd think it's worth going later. Holiday Time is one of our favorite times of the year and you'll get more Disney holiday magic then, but also keep in mind that Disneyland Park closes early on the 16th for the Disney Merriest Nites party. November 2nd-4th will be slightly less crowded and you may still see some holiday decorations going up (but it's not guaranteed).

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Sep 13, 2021 at 8:29 p.m. Justin Lewis Says...

Hi! I'm hoping to do a park hopper pass with two friends on Friday, September 24th for my birthday. Do you predict it will be crazy busy that day? How long do you think the lines will be?

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Sep 14, 2021 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin!

We haven’t experienced large crowds or long wait times for rides since Disneyland has reopened and implemented a reservation system that limits capacity. On Fridays, the crowds come later at night after work to see fireworks, so expect the evening to be more crowded than the daytime but still manageable.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 13, 2021 at 6:41 a.m. Marlowe Says...

Hello! I have reservations for October 19-21, but I'm thinking about rescheduling. I noticed on a few different crowd trackers that week is rather busy, but on yours it is predicting less busy. I'm bringing my 1 year old and want to avoid crowds so we can social distance and we can't afford to go again so I'm thinking cut my losses and reschedule for February? I would love some advice! How busy are we talking? Shoulder to shoulder?

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Sep 13, 2021 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marlowe!

The park capacity is still limited by theme park reservations, so the parks aren't as busy as they could be and haven't been close to being shoulder-to-shoulder. The Utah fall break falls around that time for some schools but not all. We'd suggest sticking with the October visit.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 11, 2021 at 10:47 p.m. Annie Says...

My family and I are thinking of going to Disneyland on Sep. 15, 23, or 29. Which of those days is the best to go?

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Sep 13, 2021 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie!

All of those dates are good options! If you're also planning to hop over to Disney California Adventure, just keep in mind that on the 23rd, the park will close early for Oogie Boogie Bash, which takes place that night.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 11, 2021 at 10:18 p.m. Brooke Says...

Our family of 5 (ages 13-18) is planning a trip on Tuesday and Monday for late January 2022 during lunar new year, is this a smart choice?

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Sep 13, 2021 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brooke!

Lunar New Year does not typically affect crowds, and it is usually a great time to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 4, 2021 at 3:31 p.m. Joseph Says...

My wife and I are going November 1 and 2, and I've been trying to get reservations for things such as Carthay's and Savi's Lightsaber experience... but it seems like nothing in November (as of 9/4/2021) is open to reserve even though I'm looking within the 60 day limit. Am I missing something? We are hoping for weekdays after a Holiday to be pretty slow relatively speaking.

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Sep 7, 2021 at 11:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph!

Restaurants and other experiences can release them up to 60 days, but some locations open reservations after the 60-day mark. There is no announcement for this, so we just encourage you to keep checking, as more spaces could be released later or open up due to cancellations. They could also be waiting until they confirm park or location hours before releasing reservations. (For instance, it's a transitional time between Halloween and Christmas, so they could be waiting to see if park hours will change.) It's one of our favorite and least-crowded times to visit, so there's also a chance for walk-up availability (but not guaranteed) if you do not snag a reservation.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 28, 2021 at 11:37 a.m. Phil Leddy II Says...

Crazy single father alert:::

I have a squad of four, and they range from 14 - 5, so a ton of my vacation planning is based around their school breaks (I know worst times typically)

Am I absolutely crazy to look at Dec 20th - Jan 1st?! It is worth noting that we will be traveling from the Pacific island of Guam, so a Disneyland Christmas is my kids' dream vacation.

Please slap some sense into me or kill me with kindness :)

Appreciate your article and blog :)

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Aug 30, 2021 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil!

No, you're not crazy! But you should pack some patience if you visit during that time, as it's the busiest time of the year. If you take several days to enjoy the parks, you'll be in good shape. Arrive early in the morning, maybe take a break midday and return for evening entertainment, so you can be there during the least crowded hours. If we can’t leave the park, we use midday to dine, visit characters and watch any entertainment to avoid long ride lines. However, Disneyland controls capacity with a reservation system now, so this year could be less crowded than past years. Also there will be a new Genie+ paid way to skip the lines that we do not know much about yet. Purchase your tickets in advance early and avoid Dec. 27/28 and Dec. 31. For some reason in past years, the parks always hit capacity on Dec. 27, as well as New Years Eve. (And get your dining reservations 60 days in advance!)

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Aug 26, 2021 at 7:39 a.m. Kierra Bingham Says...

Hello! My husband and I are finally going on our late honeymoon to Disneyland September 18th through the 23rd. September isn’t too busy I hear?

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Aug 26, 2021 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kierra!

September, especially weekdays, is generally a great time to visit. Congratulations, and have fun! :)

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Aug 23, 2021 at 7:37 a.m. Cherry Says...

Hello there,

I am planning to visit disneyland for one day only on the first week of January 2022 but I need an advise, which is better monday or tuesday or January 3 or 4

Thank you, I really appreciate the reponse.

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Aug 23, 2021 at 2:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cherry!

Tuesdays in general are less crowded than Mondays, so we prefer Tuesday. Plus it is one day further away from the holiday weekend. Many people extend the holiday to Monday, so Tuesday should be lighter. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 22, 2021 at 8:19 p.m. Kandice Says...

We plan on going November 1st-5th this year. My logic on less crowds is most families will be planning their trips for their Thanksgiving breaks, thus less crowds. Fingers crossed ????????

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Aug 20, 2021 at 1:26 a.m. Ally Says...

My daughters and I are coming to DCA on Sept 10 and DL on Sept 11. I was so optimistic looking at wait times over the last week that we would have similarly low wait times. But now I have learned that Oogie Boogie bash starts that weekend and annual pass holders will have recently been allowed to start coming. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that it’s not too bad!!!

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Aug 18, 2021 at 8:23 a.m. Jill Says...

Thinking of taking a spontaneous last minute trip to Disneyland Aug 31 - Sept 3 since it looks like crowds should be low and hotels are cheap! But now that the park is back to full capacity, are the rides running at full capacity too or still slower? Without FastPasses, I'm worried we'll hit long, packed lines even on these potentially slower days. Any thoughts?

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Aug 18, 2021 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill!

Rides have returned to operating at full capacity, and even since the parks reopened, lengthy wait times have been pretty rare (we personally have not waited in too many long lines). We do anticipate that some crowds may return once the Magic Key program starts Aug. 25. But it's still generally a good time of year to go since schools are back in session (plus you'll be visiting on weekdays).

Keep hopping!

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Aug 17, 2021 at 2:02 a.m. Reg sterling Says...

Hi from canada thinking of going to disneyland august 13-20 2022 how will crowd levels be and line ups. Thanks

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Aug 17, 2021 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reg!

Generally, mid- to late-August is a good time to go with schools going back in session.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 15, 2021 at 1:19 a.m. Lynn Harbison Says...

We would like to visit Disneyland in April 2022, do you by any chance know approximately when Disneyland will open this time up so that we can make our reservations. Appreciate any info. Thank you, Bob & Lynn Harbison

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Aug 16, 2021 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn!

Hotel rates & availability for 2022 should become available soon, but there is not an exact date for when it’ll happen just yet. Our best suggestion is to check back once a week in the meantime. Additionally, you can only reserve theme park reservations 120 days in advance.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 29, 2021 at 9:42 a.m. Emma Says...

Hello! My family and I are going to Disneyland on September 22. Is that day a good day to go?

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Jul 29, 2021 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

Crowds are a bit harder to predict this year with the ever-changing health situation, but typically yes, it's a good time to visit. And it will not fall on an Oogie Boogie Bash Party night, so you won't have to worry about Disney California Adventure closing early.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 14, 2021 at 6:21 p.m. Garry Says...

We're so excited the Disneyland is open again.. We're from Canada and thinking about coming down over Christmas.. but looking over the new reservation system we are wondering if it would be worth it.. What are the chances we get our park tickets and reservations and not be able to get in?

Should we forget about coming down this year?

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Jul 14, 2021 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Garry!

It's hard to predict how busy it will be during the holidays this year and what the parks' capacity will be like by then. But if you have park tickets and reservations, you shouldn't worry too much about not getting in (based on what we know now). Currently, capacity is still very limited, but even on the "sold-out" days, crowds have been manageable and wait times have been fairly low. We have yet to run into any issues with not getting into the parks due to capacity limits.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 13, 2021 at 3:11 p.m. Karen Says...

Planning a visit Oct 11-16 during my daughter’s fall break. We really want to see the Halloween decor and will be mixing our visit with other SoCal activities. How busy will the parks be on non Oogie Boogie Bash days?

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Jul 13, 2021 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

We don't know for sure what the capacity will be like in October, but that week, being fall break for a number of schools, is usually a popular time.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 2, 2021 at 9:03 p.m. Kevin Says...

I see that you have predicted busy times for summer this year ending August 11th? Is there a reason for that specific date? Was looking at a trip to LA August 7-14, would that be a good time all things considered or should we wait until end of March 2022. We have left over tickets.

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Jul 8, 2021 at 7:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin!

It's harder to predict Disneyland crowds this year, but many schools go back mid-August so the demand generally goes down. We've made a bunch of trips since the parks have reopened, including sold-out days, and so far, we still have not encountered very large crowds or long lines. At this point, the heat may be a downside and some experiences may be unavailable, but things are returning quickly.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 23, 2021 at 2:48 a.m. Megan Says...

Hi there, we’re thinking of visiting Disneyland January 3rd, 4th, and 5th. We expect it’ll still be busy but how busy?

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Jun 23, 2021 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

There are still some things left up in the air — we don't know holiday dates or the Annual Passholder status just yet. But in general, it's likely you'll catch the tail-end of the holiday season, which could make it busy but likely nothing too extreme.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 22, 2021 at 4:10 a.m. Karla Says...

Hi! Thanks for all the information! Planning to visit Disneyland the week after Thanksgiving, we have 2 day tickets and we’re deciding between going on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday… which option you recommended more? Also, is it a good plan to go on separate days or would you go on consecutive days? Thank you!

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Jun 22, 2021 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

The week after Thanksgiving is a great time to visit! Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday tend to be the quietest days since they're in the middle of the week. We think it's a good idea to break up your park visits if you can, particularly if you want to rest in between. There is a lot of walking and standing involved, so back-to-back days can be harder on your back and feet.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 16, 2021 at 3:47 a.m. Tony Says...

Planning to visit October 5-6, 2021. Busy busy or just busy? Thanks.

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Jun 16, 2021 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

The first half of October can bring in crowds (especially over the weekends) due to some school districts in Utah and Arizona having fall breaks. Weekdays may still be busy due to these fall breaks, as we expect a crowd level 6.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 15, 2021 at 7:50 p.m. Mary Zarzecki Says...

Hi! We are deciding on which week to go this fall. Either Sunday November 14-18th or

Sunday December 12-17th. Which week would you recommend? Thanks so much!!

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Jun 15, 2021 at 3:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Both of your proposed timeframes are great times to visit! The park should have holiday decor and entertainment either way you choose. All things being equal, we'd suggest November for slightly warmer temperatures and a little bit longer daylight hours. It could also be slightly less crowded before crowds start to build as it gets closer to the holidays.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 13, 2021 at 10:13 p.m. Jeanine Says...

Hi, is the end of January or end of February better for crowds and weather? What rides are closed? Thank you!!

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Jun 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine,

Usually, it's a very comfortable time for walking around. However, there is the chance of rain. The end of January might be slightly less crowded than February due to Presidents Day falling during the last week of February in 2022, but neither are terribly crowded (except for Presidents Day weekend). Some rides may undergo refurbishments at that time, but they have not been announced yet. Grizzly River Run is a good bet, and sometimes the removal of the “it’s a small world” holiday overlay occurs at the end of January. But in 2019, it was the removal of the Haunted Mansion Holiday, so it may vary.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 13, 2021 at 1:01 p.m. Marcia Says...

We are hoping to visit Disneyland Hotel late June 2022 from NY! When will they open up reservations for 2022? At least online, the hotel reservation calendar only goes as far as December 2021.

Thanks!

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Jun 16, 2021 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcia,

Usually, Disneyland Hotel doesn't start booking hotel stays for the next calendar year until the end of summer, so we'd suggest checking the reservation calendar around August.

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Jun 5, 2021 at 5:48 p.m. Patty Says...

Back in Mid-May, we purchased tickets and made reservations for June 22nd. That day sold out early due to the low capacity (25%) at the time. Even though Disneyland says it is opening up fully after June 15th, I have not seen any new reservations available on our selected day. Is that good news that they are not allowing any additional people so far? I assume you will still need to make reservations even if you plan to go after June 15th. Is that a correct assumption? Thanks!

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Jun 7, 2021 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty,

Availability is subject to change, so Disney could potentially add reservations at any time. But yes, reservations will still be required beyond June 15.

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Jun 1, 2021 at 8:47 p.m. Melody Says...

We live in Alberta Canada and are planning a trip to Disneyland maybe October 24 25 26 2022 I heard they shut down its a small world to decorate for xmas .How do I find out when ,so I don't book then.

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Jun 1, 2021 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melody,

We have a post all about Disneyland ride refurbishments here. Usually, "it's a small world" closes mid to late October for the holiday overlay installation and reopens November; then, it closes mid-January for the holiday overlay removal and reopens late January/early February. Hope this helps!

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Jun 1, 2021 at 4:48 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Why are weekends in the last two weeks of August recommended rather than middle of the week in the end of August? (I would expect weekdays are always less busy the weekend). We are planning to go Monday August 30th through the 1st of September but would we be better off going Saturday and Sunday August 28th and 29th?

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Jun 1, 2021 at 2:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

Weekends are generally more crowded than weekdays, even now with every day selling out. In the past, annual passholder blackouts were lifted on those weekdays in August, so many local guests would visit on the weekdays near the end of the month. But this year, with no annual passes to worry about and a lot of kids back in school by late August, your dates are a good time to visit.

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May 31, 2021 at 2:37 p.m. Mr. B Says...

My family just secured a stay at Grand Californian from Feb 14 through 18. Do you foresee this being a decent time to visit Disneyland?

This will be my kid’s first trip to the west coast and I want it to be awesome!

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Jun 1, 2021 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mr. B!

Since it's the week before the President's Day holiday, it should be a great time to visit. Sometimes there are even character couples and decorations out for Valentine's Day. There can be rain in February, so just be sure to check the weather forecast to be prepared before your visit.

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May 26, 2021 at 7:32 p.m. Bronwyn Says...

My friend and I are deciding between the week before Halloween or sometimes in late Jan. What do you think is best? I know the Halloween decorations may lure people but you have 2nd half of Oct as a good time!

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May 27, 2021 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bronwyn,

You honestly can't go wrong with either time! While this year, we're still unsure exactly what Halloween will bring in terms of decor and/or parties, we love Halloween time. It can still be warm during that time of year. Meanwhile, late January is a comfortable time to visit and usually is not crowded, but there is always a chance of rain. The days are also a bit shorter with the parks getting dark earlier. Hope this helps!

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May 25, 2021 at 2:23 a.m. Bronwyn Says...

Why would the second half of october be better (less busy) than the first half? I thought it would get busier closer to Halloween. Thanks!

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May 25, 2021 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bronwyn!

There are several states that have fall breaks that fall in the first half of October, including Utah and Arizona, which bring in more crowds. Hope this helps!

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May 5, 2021 at 10:53 p.m. Terri Zadorozny Says...

When will Disneyland be open to out of state guests?

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May 6, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terri!

No update on out-of-state guests has been issued at this time, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

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Mar 28, 2021 at 8:39 a.m. Lindsay Duncan Says...

Great site! In May 2022 do you have an idea when will be a time to avoid?

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Mar 29, 2021 at 3:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

Thank you so much! :) We'd recommend avoiding weekends and the last week and a half or so of the month due to Memorial Day crowds generally. However, this year is a little different! We aren't quite sure what to expect just yet, but as soon as the gates open and we get a feel for crowds, we'll be sure to update accordingly! :)

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Jan 10, 2021 at 8:54 p.m. Nyana J Leonard Says...

I'm planning a family vacation in July 2021 and plan to visit the park during the week of 4th. We have a party of 22 people. How is the crowd during the work week and price for the one day pass.

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Jan 11, 2021 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nyana!

Ticket sales for Disneyland are temporarily paused until the parks reopen. In 2020, a one-day peak ticket ranged from about $104 to $154 per person, Summer tends to be a busy time at the parks since kiddos are out of school, especially around holidays such as the Fourth. Disneyland will open with more limited capacity, though, so this year may be manageable. We'll know more once the parks reopen, so stay tuned! :)

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Oct 19, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. Samantha Says...

Hi! On your calendar that has the crowd levels, would you say a 4 or 5 are pretty good? I have a big family and I hate crowds since it is hard to stick together comfortably in large crowds. Just doing a little imaginary planning until Disneyland opens back up :)

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Oct 20, 2020 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha!

Yes, 4s, 5s and even 6s are manageable in our eyes! When you get to about a 7, you'll feel things have picked up a bit in terms of crowds and may want to spring for FASTPASS :) Keep hopping back as we hear more news about Disneyland, as we'll keep our Crowd Calendar updated! Hoppy daydreaming!

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Mar 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Tracy Says...

How crowded are the Disneyland parks the first week of July? Do they get as insane as Disney World for July 3 and 4?

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Mar 24, 2020 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

Holidays definitely see increased crowds, including July 4, but this varies from year to year. Since the holiday falls on a weekend this year, we would expect higher crowds than a year that it falls on a weekday. However, this is kind of an unusual year, making crowds for this summer hard to predict right now. We'd go expecting crowds, but enjoy the surprise if that's not the case this year :)

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Mar 14, 2020 at 5:28 p.m. Kim Says...

We had planned to visit Disneyland at the end of March but the park is closed. Is the end of August (Aug 30-Sept 5) a good time to visit?

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Mar 19, 2020 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

This is typically a good time to visit the parks.

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Feb 28, 2020 at 3:39 p.m. Emily Barnhart Says...

We’re going to be going on March 1st just for the day! I’ve seen conflicting opinions on how crowded the park will be, but I’m assuming since it is the beginning of March, and a black out date for most pass holders, that it should be a good day! Hoping for low crowds!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Since it's a weekend with Food and Wine hoppening, and Rise of the Resistance still bringing in lots of recruits, we'd expect crowds. Have a great visit!

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Feb 27, 2020 at 3:42 a.m. Lesley S Says...

Hi there! I love all the great tips on your blog :)

We've been to Disneyland a few times, but I kind of want to visit when the holiday decor is up this time. Looking at the week before Thanksgiving, but can you please tell me - do you know if Fantasmic usually runs in November, and if so, would it just be weekends? (Is Sunday night considered a weekend in this case?)

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Feb 28, 2020 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesley!

Thanks so much - we're hoppy you stopped by! Fantasmic! showtimes vary based on the week during that season, but you can usually count on Friday Saturday and Sunday night for sure.

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Feb 28, 2020 at 6:28 p.m. Lesley Says...

Thank you so much! I was thinking probably Sunday night is a good bet for it to run. Fingers crossed :)

I wish they could release the entertainment sched earlier so people can plan trips in advance!!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Lesley! Crossing our fingers for you too :)

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Feb 24, 2020 at 6:53 a.m. Joon Says...

Hello,

I will be going to LA on April 11-17, and I am planning to go to Disney for 2 days.

Based on your crowd calendar, I should be going during the weekdays, but other crowd calendars I found tell me it's actually not busy on Easter Sunday.

I know it would depend on when Easter Sunday falls on April as it decides spring breaks for many schools.

What's your opinion regarding when to go? Please advise! Thank you so much for your resourceful website!

Thank you

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Feb 26, 2020 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joon!

We expect elevated crowds on Easter Sunday, although not as busy as when Easter falls earlier in the spring. Thanks for taking the time to hop by!

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Feb 18, 2020 at 4:11 p.m. Tara Says...

Hi! We have a trip booked on October 12-16 (Park tickets for October 13-15). Is it going to be insane?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

Many of the school breaks end Oct. 12 this year, so it should not be insane. It looks like you are coming just after the busy week - enjoy!

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Feb 18, 2020 at 4:50 a.m. Hayley Says...

Hello, My family and I are looking to go to Disneyland for 1 day only on 10/15/2020, will the park be closing early due to it being a Halloween month? We are also looking to schedule the Biddidi Bobbidi Boo Boutique do you have any suggestions?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hayley!

Disneyland park will not close early due to Halloween Time now that the party has moved to DCA. If there is an Oogie Boogie Bash that night at DCA, that park could close early. Party dates for 2020 are not yet announced, but we've got our eyes and ears open! Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is so much fun but it does fill up fast - be sure to reserve 60-days in advance of your visit to try to snag an appointment! Have a great trip!

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Feb 15, 2020 at 6:16 a.m. Cindy Says...

Planning to visit May 1 what would the crowd look like?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 12:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

May 1 is forecast to be a 6/10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

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Feb 15, 2020 at 2:51 a.m. Sandra Says...

My husband insists on going this summer. What would be the best dates?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

The very best time would be September (post Labor Day), but things ease up in terms of crowds quite a bit mid- to late-August. You can see a complete forecast to better plan your trip here!

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Feb 12, 2020 at 7:26 p.m. Kimberly Says...

We are going to Disneyland the last week of May. I notice that your crowd calendar predicts a busier day on May 28 than May 27th even though the 27th is a grad night. Can you tell me why? We are just trying to decide which day to go to the beach instead of the park and I had thought the 28th would be a good park day because there is no grad night. But, maybe my assumptions are wrong.

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Feb 14, 2020 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

Magic Morning at Disneyland on the 28th may draw in more people, but the days should be pretty similar in terms of crowds. We'd go with whichever day works best with your schedule!

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Feb 6, 2020 at 5:35 a.m. Gary robertson Says...

How late is Disneyland open on April 26 2020 please help

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

Disneyland only releases its hours (and schedule of events) about 6 weeks ahead of time, so stay tuned for 2020's details! What we can tell you, though, is that Disneyland was open from 8 a.m. - 12 a.m. (and DCA was open 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.) on April 26, 2019.

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