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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2018 and 2019

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It’s one of the most popular questions we get. I’ve even had people recognize me in the coffee shop line and ask ... "So, when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer? "Whenever you can!"

It’s the truth. Whenever you can spend time with friends and family at The Happiest Place On Earth, then that is the best time. Of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2018. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2019 dates and tips will help out as well. Keep in mind that crowds will likely be elevated for all of the second half of 2019 with the anticipated opening of Star Wars Land in summer 2019. Frankly, if you are going to Disneyland after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens, we would tell you to expect crowds.

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If you're planning a visit, but don't see your particular dates listed here, jump down to the comments below. We frogs — and the hardcore Disneyland community — will be hoppy to provide answers. Also, our Disneyland Crowd Calendar is a helpful tool to help you get an idea of expected crowds. You can view the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the day, month or year.

Walt's vision for Disneyland was a place where families could spend time together. His guiding spirit lives on in beloved attractions such as Peter Pan's Flight, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain and The Indiana Jones Adventure. Across the way, the spectacular Radiator Springs Racers, Incredicoaster, Soarin' Around the World and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission — BREAKOUT!  have made Disney California Adventure just as popular as Disneyland Park! Even during the busiest times, there are tips and park plans you can follow to reduce waits and make it a blast for the whole family!

With That in mind, Let's Look at the Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2018 and 2019!

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2018 and 2019 - Undercover Tourist Los Angeles Crowd CalendarIf you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland in 2018 and 2019 isn't necessarily the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference are the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County regional area. Many of those locals are annual passholders, who think of the Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. They 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. Life is good in the OC.

Dropping in on Main Street U.S.A. for a quick bite sounds cool, but it's not always possible for local passholders. 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. Looking at the Disneyland blockout calendar gives you a fairly good idea of when the very busiest dates of the year are because these are the times when most of the passholders are not allowed to enter the parks. During the summer, for most of June through mid-August, the Southern California passholders are blocked from entering the park entirely, a sure sign that there will be tourists! Keep in mind that crowds are higher right after major blockout periods such as summer when the locals can get back in.

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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 not necessary to rearrange a vacation based on a convention — with 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 to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo will take place in 2019. 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 this year.

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Keep in mind that what's going on in the parks when you visit also influences crowds. This year saw the return of the Paint the Night Parade — to Disney California Adventure. This is yet another reason to review the Disneyland crowd calendar — we've got key events and show times!

Disneyland's introduction of tiered pricing for one-day tickets several years ago has more of an impact on crowds than at Disney World. Think about it — more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do at Disney World. With tiered pricing, each day is categorized as either value, regular or peak pricing. During the off seasons, generally Mondays through Thursdays or Tuesdays through Thursdays are value priced. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar — which is yet another indicator of the best and worst days to visit.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2018 and 2019

The very worst times to visit Disneyland in 2018 are ...

  • Jan. 1-7
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 13-15
  • President's Day - Feb. 16-25
  • Spring break and Easter - March 12-April 15
  • Weekends in May
  • June 9-Aug. 11
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 17-25, 2018
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

The very worst times to visit Disneyland in 2019 are ...

  • Jan. 1-6
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 17-21
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24
  • Spring break and Easter - March 21-April 7, April 20-27 (elevated crowds March 16-April 27)*
  • Weekends in May
  • The opening of Star Wars Land (expected in summer 2019)
  • Mid-June through Aug. 12
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 16-24, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019 - Jan. 5 , 2020

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 busy spring break season. When Easter falls later as it does in 2019, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season.

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Other Dates That 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 comments below.

  • Aug. 20-23 and 27-30, 2018 - marked as value, but passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 19-22 and 26-29, 2019)
  • Labor Day - Sept. 3, 2018; Sept. 2, 2019
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 8, 2018; Oct. 14, 2019
  • Utah Education Association Convention - Oct. 18-19, 2018; Oct. 17-18, 2019
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) - Nov. 12, 2018; Nov. 11, 2019
  • Memorial Day - May 28, 2018; May 27, 2019
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2018; July 17, 2019

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2018

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee!

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9, 2018)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2018
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders back in)
  • The first half of September; Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and 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 2019

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 13, 2019)
  • The last week of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders expected to be back in)*
  • The first half of September; Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October*
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)*
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December*

*As mentioned above, it's safe to say that for the remainder of 2019 after Star Wars Land opens, there will be elevated crowds at both parks. We would still recommend targeting one of these "best days," but expect that both parks will be busy with this highly anticipated opening.

Tah dah! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2018 and 2019. Don't forget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Sep 20, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. Robin Says...

We are looking to do a quick dash ... Nov 29-Dec 2, 2018. After the Thanksgiving week ... should we be ok? What is the likelihood of later operating hours by then? Looking to maximize that short visit. Thanks !

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

You will most likely have longer hours on the weekend (9am-12am) and maybe not as long (9am-9pm or 10pm?) during the week. It’s a great time to visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 9:12 p.m. Tara Says...

Does Disneyland have any events the weekend before Easter?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

We aren't familiar with any special festivities just for Easter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:07 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

So I just booked rooms (which are refundable) from Oct. 25-28 at Disneyland. We have always gone in Feb., because I hate crowds. I also did not know about the Halloween Party, we are not planning on attending plus tickets are sold out already. Is it going to be crazy busy and I know the park will close for the party. Will it be 6 or 7 and we will still be allowed in California Adventure, is this correct? Just trying to be prepared and I have wanted to take my kids so they can see the decorations.

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Sep 12, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Disneyland closes for regular guests at 6 p.m. on party nights. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details on crowd levels each day. If you have a park hopper ticket, you WILL still be able to visit California Adventure after Disneyland Park closes for the party :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Charlie Says...

Thinking about the months following the opening of Star Wars Land (say, November 2019, not thanksgiving week), would you expect crowds to be more concentrated in the Star Wars areas and lesser in the rest of DL and DCA? I have a feeling that all bets are off after the Star Wars addition opens, but looking for a glimmer of hope that I won’t be waiting 210 minutes for Peter Pan’s Flight or Radiatoe Springs Racers ????.

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlie!

As long as you aren't visiting Thanksgiving week (and are taking advantage of MaxPass) you should be able to have a perfectly enjoyable time, although Star Wars Land will remain quite busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. Charlie Says...

Thanks! MaxPass all the way!

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Sep 6, 2018 at 4:43 p.m. lorraine Says...

We will be at Disneyland on 10/31 , 11/1 and 11/2 my question is on the 31 are we still able to park hop to Disney adventure park if we did not get tickets for mickey Halloween party , I also was reading on your sight that there are treats given out through out the park as well is that true.

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorraine!

If you purchased park hopper tickets, you will be able to hop between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure at your leisure, with the exception of during the party. The treats handed out are for party guests. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 6:41 p.m. MouseEars23 Says...

We're planning a trip Disneyland/DCA on January 7 and January 8. Will those dates be busy since those are the first dates pass holders can use their passes?

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like one day will be rather busy while the other is moderate.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. Julie Says...

We want to go to Disneyland Feb 18 th my birthday through feb 21 st or 22 Nd to celebrate our 20 th wedding anniversary feb 20 th. Everything I read said it’s high crowds due to Presidents’ Day. We are frequent visitors of Disney World but we have never been to Disney Land. Will it really be jam packed in February? Also what is weather like there in February. Thanks

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

Weather is usually in the upper 60's in February. Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderately busy crowds for this week.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 2:04 p.m. Dan Says...

How do the shorter days where the park opens late (10a) and closes early (8p) affect crowds? Is it still worth going on days like that?

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

Crowds aren't affected too much, and oftentimes the parks are less busy during these times. Definitely still worth visiting!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:02 p.m. Maria Says...

We’re headed to Disneyland September 6-10. I know the first day of Halloween is Friday the 7th. I’ve seen huge variations in crowd calendars ranging from moderate to “forget about it” packed. I’m just trying to prepare myself for huge crowds. Any insight? Thank you

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Aug 28, 2018 at 5:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Luckily, the Halloween Party is a limited capacity, separately ticketed event. Even on a sold out night, crowds shouldn't be too scary ;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:43 p.m. Maria Says...

That’s good to know. I don’t think the parties start until later in the month so no parties when we’re there. I guess I’m just concerned about the Halloween themes bringing in big crowds because it’s opening weekend of Halloween.

It’ll be fun no matter what!

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Aug 23, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. Brandi Says...

Hello!

We were thinking about visiting Disneyland sometime during the last 2 weeks of August in 2019. I was wondering two thing: Does the Haunted Mansion close for refurb/holiday install at the same time every year and how the opening of Star Wars land will affect this time of year which is usually slower than the other weeks during the summer? Your insight would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!!

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Aug 25, 2018 at 2:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi!

Great questions. Yes, the Haunted Mansion always closes for its holiday overlay installation at the end of August, and we imagine it will again in 2019. Star Wars Land will of course bring additional crowds, but the end of August is when things should start to die down with back-to-school season.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 19, 2018 at 6:27 a.m. James Says...

Hello, we are planning DL in November. I notice the parks close at 8. Does that mean no World of Color or Fantasmic or Fireworks or any of the night time shows during the weekday?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

The entertainment schedule for November won't be released for a bit, so we can't be sure. During slower seasons, sometimes the nighttime spectaculars only take place on select nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. Travis Says...

Thanks for all the wonderful information. I have a question about to Easter Week 2019. I am well aware that the weeks before and after Easter are usually very busy .

I am wondering about if that stays true when is Easter is very late in the season like it is in 2019 on April 21st.

We have frequently gone this week in the past and have thought the crowds were very manageable. We booked our time share for April 20th to April 27th 2019, before realizing it was Easter.

I checked a few other crowed calendars and some show it is light and other say its packed.

Hoping that you can provide me some advice!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 1:29 a.m. Tiffany Says...

Hi there!

My husband and I are looking to book a Monday through Friday trip to Disneyland the first week of February 2019 or last week in Jan 2019. Do you think either of those times will be alright? I was wondering if I could find out what the ride refurbishments would be during that time but I cannot find that info. Is that available?

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

You can find all confirmed refurbishments scheduled thus far in our post. Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the last week of January will be low crowds and a great time to visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 6, 2018 at 2:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Travis!

Great question. Luckily, our Crowd Calendar factors in holidays, timing, school breaks and more when predicting how busy the parks will be. It looks like they won't be quite as busy as a "typical" Easter Sunday ... in fact, it's only predicted to be a 6/10 rating in terms of crowds. Not bad at all. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Mark Says...

Looking for the best day or two to go out of Aug 19-24. Thank you!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

It looks like the parks will be similarly busy throughout these dates, but you can check out our Crowd Calendar for details.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 29, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Emily Says...

This was super helpful THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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Jul 28, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Rob Says...

We have set our trip from Jan 25-31... Is it crowded those days?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like that last week of January will be a great time to visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2018 at 6:01 a.m. Jeana Says...

I've always wanted to see Disneyland at Christmas. Does anyone know just how busy Friday December 7th to Sunday the 10th would be? Or if it would still be enjoyable.

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeana!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but early December is a great time to visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2018 at 2:07 a.m. Jackie Says...

We are trying to decide between going to Disneyland either October 1-3 (Mon-Wed) or October 9-11 (Tues-Thurs). Will the days after Columbus Day be considerably more crowded than the week before? Thanks!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts these two sets of dates being extremely similar in terms of crowds, so we recommend picking whichever dates work best for you!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 25, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Looking at May 16-20, 2019. Any ideas about that weekend?

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Jul 26, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the parks will be a 5/10 or 6/10 in terms of crowds during those days. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 19, 2018 at 5:57 p.m. Reece Says...

I'm stuck picking between Sunday Sept 2 - Tuesday Sept 4. Would Tuesday or Sunday be a better bet? considering the Monday in between happens to be Labor Day. Just trying to take my mom to a Disney park for the first time in her life while she's in town.

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Jul 19, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reece!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that Tuesday, Sept. 4 will be quite less busy. This should be a super enjoyable day for your mom!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 4:08 a.m. Jerica Says...

Curious to know what is going on Monday, February 25th for crowds to be in the red?

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Jul 18, 2018 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

Our Crowd Calendar factors in many variables including holidays, school breaks, events and more. Our best guess is that February 25, 2019 will be crowded due to the remaining President's Day crowds from the previous Monday.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 16, 2018 at 6:36 a.m. Tom Says...

Which week is better, the week after thanksgiving, or the first week of December?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like these weeks will be very similar in terms of crowds!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 14, 2018 at 7:13 p.m. Rose Says...

Hi, looking to visit Nov of 2019 (Disney/Universal). We have gone to Disney the week before Thanksgiving in the past and it was decent with regards to crowds;however. I noticed on your calendar that it shows the week before red and the actual two days preceding Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving itself not as busy. Is this correct? And what is making it different?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 6:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose!

We have not yet released our Crowd Calendar for November 2019. Keep an eye out later this year!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2018 at 5:48 p.m. Kistie Says...

Anyone have any experience going on the Tuesday/Wednesday after MLK Day? I know that weekend is probably bad, but has it died down by the couple days after MLK?

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Jul 13, 2018 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kistie!

You can always check out our Crowd Calendar for how busy we anticipate the parks being. It looks like the Tuesday and Wednesday following MLK Jr. Day should be pretty mild in terms of crowds!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 13, 2018 at 5:53 a.m. Aiden Buluran Says...

Hello my family and I are going to Disneyland and staying in the Grand Californian is the extra magic hour better for July 21-23. My family does not want a devastating crowd for the smallest rides.

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Jul 13, 2018 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aiden!

You can check out the Disneyland schedule for when and where Extra Magic Hours are taking place. It looks like it will be from 8-9 a.m. on July 21 at Disneyland Park, and 7-8 a.m. on July 22 and 23 at Disney's California Adventure.

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Leap

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Jul 10, 2018 at 9:08 p.m. Michelle m Says...

Hello, I am looking to go October 1-3! (monday-wednesday) with the Halloween party on Tuesday! do you think these dates will be very crowded as it is Halloween season!? I'm a little worried I picked busy dates!

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Jul 11, 2018 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

No worries! Crowd levels are anticipated to be pretty mild during these dates. Check out our Crowd Calendar for details!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 10, 2018 at 4:21 p.m. Eduardo Morales Says...

How about the first half of June is that a better time to visit the park. Are the lesser crowds?

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Jul 10, 2018 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eduardo!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like June of 2019 will be similarly busy throughout the month. Be sure to check out our tips for maximizing your time at Disneyland here.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 9, 2018 at 1:30 a.m. Ashley Says...

We were thinking of booking a weekend trip for the first weekend in November but I have seen that Dapper Day is that Sunday. On your calendar it's showing that day at a 4 out of 10. Is there not typically much of an increase in crowds for it?

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Jul 10, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

No worries, there is only a mild increase in crowds for Dapper Day. Most of these people are here to simply gather together and take cute photos, and shouldn't impact the wait times much.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 7, 2018 at 1:18 a.m. Simon Says...

Was wondering what you guys thought about crowd levels immediately preceding the Star Wars land opening. I’m looking to visit with younger kids in May and none of our group are big Star Wars fans. I hoped we might catch some lighter crowds as people wait for Star Wars land to open. Thoughts appreciated! Thanks

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Jul 9, 2018 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Simon!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we think you have a good approach! It won't change crowds too drastically, but it's safe to say some guests will wait to visit for the late fall 2019 opening of Star Wars Land. If you aren't interested in Star Wars, we definitely recommend visiting earlier in the year!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 6, 2018 at 12:26 p.m. Kevin Says...

Hey guys, looking at going to Disneyland the week after Halloween. Will it be busy and what would be the status of the haunted mansion? Do they shut it down and change the ride over to Christmas decorations right after Halloween?

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Jul 6, 2018 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowd levels during this week, so it won't be too busy! The Haunted Mansion will undergo its holiday transformation at the end of August or early September, so it should be up and running for your trip.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 5, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. Lara Says...

We are looking at being at Disneyland March 10-15, 2019. Would this be a bad time to visit?

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Jul 5, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lara,

Keep in mind, this is spring break season, so there will be elevated crowds at the parks! Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to get an idea of crowd levels.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 5, 2018 at 1:55 a.m. Renée Says...

Going for my birthday on 9/11!!! So excited!!

I grew up going and miss it. I’m so happy that the haunted mansion will have the nightmare before Christmas up and running!!

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Jul 4, 2018 at 8:55 a.m. Micah Says...

Hi! We're hoping to drop in on the 18&19th of August! Are we crazy?! Curious about the passholder's bring a friend deal that's running right now. It seems like there are some passholder's block out dates that have been opened up. Those days look decent on your calendar, (thanks btw) but will this change the estimated crowds? Also on a 5-6/10 day, I didn't come across a key that says average wait times for the big attractions (radiator springs racers, mission breakout, space mountain), how do those times look on average? thanks for any info!!!

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Jul 6, 2018 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Micah!

We can't estimate your wait times, because those depend on a variety of unpredictable factors. However, it's safe to assume that those bring-a-friend passholder dates will cause the parks to be busier.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 1, 2018 at 12:45 a.m. Kristin Says...

We are trying to decide between the week of August 13 or August 20. We are looking for the less crowded of the 2. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Jul 3, 2018 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin,

According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, it looks like those two weeks will be about the same in terms of crowd. However, most families will be back at school and work from summer vacation during the week of August 20, so you might encounter even less crowds then!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 27, 2018 at 6:21 p.m. Amy Lembke Says...

We went the last week of March. While it was busy, the fast pass was fantastic and a huge help. Had a blast!

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Jun 26, 2018 at 5:34 a.m. Adam Hyndman Says...

Going Thanksgiving week. Which day is the least crowded

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Jun 25, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. Betty Says...

Hi, I’m planning on going September 5th and 6th. Would it be too crowded then? Also will a lot of rides be closed do to Halloween time starting on the 7th?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty,

It shouldn't be too crowded then. Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain will reopen on Sept. 7 with their holiday overlays. Keep checking this post as your trip gets closer to see which attractions will be closed!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 24, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Becca Says...

We were planning on going to Disneyland August 28-30. Now I'm wondering if I should reschedule the trip to mid September. I really want to avoid heavy crowds and am worried the Pixar fest and bring a friend will increase crowds significantly. Should I reschedule to mid September?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becca,

Aug. 28-30 is actually predicted to be a fairly less busy time! Depending on when in mid-September, it'll also be less crowded, as well. Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to see predicted crowd levels!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 7:53 p.m. Alexis Says...

Hi there! Planning on visiting Disneyland only on January 9th or 10th of 2019... would that be considered a "safe" time? The week after new years?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis,

Keep in mind that the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend takes place Jan. 9-13, so you'll need to be strategic in order to beat the crowds this event brings!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 22, 2018 at 12:57 a.m. Ruben Says...

We'll be going to DL and CA August 15th and 16th, which is a Wednesday and a Thursday this year. I know it's the week before passholders are let back in, as well as the week LA County schools are back in session. With the Bring a Friend promotion going on, do you see heavier than normal crowds for these dates? Great site by the way!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruben!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our insight on how busy we anticipate the parks being.

Hoppy planning!

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Jun 21, 2018 at 7:12 a.m. Mag Says...

I would like to watch the Fantasmic fireworks @ Disneyland Anaheim but read that it is scheduled on Fri, Sat, Sun & PH evening during off-peak season. Is 8 Nov 2018 (Thu) considered off-peak. Or should I visit on 4 Nov 2018 (Sun)?

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Jun 21, 2018 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mag,

It's a tough call! Holiday time is likely to start Nov. 9, but it could possibly start on the 8th. Sunday is the sure bet that it will be operating.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. Staci CA Says...

Very helpful article.

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Jun 10, 2018 at 3:11 p.m. Jessica Says...

I'm seeking some clarification. Under the worst times to go to disney for 2019 you have easter listed, but on the crowd calendar it's marked at yellow. I'm trying to figure out a sane disney trip for spring 2019. I was hoping to fly in on Easter Sunday and spend the week, but i cant tell if that's a super crazy time or not. thank you!!!

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Jul 3, 2018 at 5:23 p.m. Stacey Says...

I just booked the same trip :)

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Jun 12, 2018 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Easter break can bring in crowds because of the time off from school and work. If you're flying in on Easter Sunday and spending the week after at the parks, then you should be okay! Our crowd levels are predicted around a 4, which isn't too crowded.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 29, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. Yadira Says...

My husband and I will be visiting Disneyland in October 11 & 12. Can you give us an estimate of the crowds during those days? The 12th we will hopefully attend to the Mickey's Halloween Party, how crowded does this event get?

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May 30, 2018 at 9:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yadira!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best idea of how busy the parks will be. Mickey's Halloween is a separately (and limited) ticketed event, so it shouldn't get too crowded. Lines are typically pretty short!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2018 at 10:46 p.m. Alyssa Says...

I am looking at going to Disneyland in September 2019 after the opening of Star Wars Land. I also don’t want to miss out on my favorite rides!! Do you think the week after Labor Day or the last week in September would be best?

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May 29, 2018 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa,

A couple of rides (Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain) are usually closed for their holiday overlay installation during a part of September. They reopen for the start of Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort (starting Sept. 7), so if you want to be able to experience those rides, then we suggest planning to visit then!

Keep hopping!

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May 27, 2018 at 5:13 a.m. Jamie Says...

We are going to Disneyland in CA November 11-14 which is a Sunday through Wednesday. I know it’s really crazy the week of Thanksgiving but this will be the week before. Can you give me an estimate of how crowded it will be and the wait times for rides? Did we pick a good time or bad time to go?

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May 29, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

You'll be visiting the week before Thanksgiving, so you'll beat most of the holiday crowds. You should enjoy moderate crowds according to our Crowd Calendar!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 22, 2018 at 5:35 p.m. Mika Says...

We are also planning to visit DL and DCA Nov 11-14/18. We're expecting Veterans Day to be very crowded, but what about Monday, Nov 12? That's the day that Veterans Day is observed, making it a 3 day weekend. The Crowd calendar indicates that it will be a 6/10, but should we expect it to be a little busier? I have read that Disneyland could reach capacity on these days, but I have also read that it is a great time to visit.

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Jul 23, 2018 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mika!

Don't worry, our Crowd Calendar factors in holidays, events, school breaks and more. The 6/10 rating is our best estimate, even considering it is the day after Veterans Day. Disneyland typically only reaches capacity on bigger holidays such as 4th of July, Christmas etc.

Keep hopping!

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May 23, 2018 at 3:40 a.m. Hobbes Says...

We have found July 5th and the next several days are surprisingly slow (avg 30 min waits). We are looking at going July 5th- 9th next year.

Is it looking like Star Wars: Galaxy Edge will be open by then? I am afraid what that might do this historical slower time.

Any predictions? Insights?

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May 23, 2018 at 3 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hobbes!

That's a great question. We haven't quite gotten to July 2019 on our Crowd Calendar (check back soon!) but it was just announced that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be opening next summer, so it will likely increase crowds.

Keep hopping!

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May 22, 2018 at 2:53 a.m. Grayson Says...

Does any one have a rough guesstimate of how much Disneyland will be in March 2019

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May 22, 2018 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grayson,

It's too early to tell right now. Stay tuned!

Keep hopping!

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May 17, 2018 at 5:11 a.m. Megan Clark Says...

Very interesting on how these two parks differ in crowd fluctuations- TSM

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May 16, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Angela Says...

So grateful for the crowd calendar... and we'll never consider going into the parks on a red day again!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:14 a.m. Stacey Says...

Disney parks are the very best way to share magic with family and friends! Undercover tourist helps to make all the magic possible!

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