Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2458 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 2019. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2020 dates and tips will help out as well. The surprise early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on May 31, 2019 (and staggered opening of its rides), has made this year a little bit of a challenge in predicting crowds. While crowd levels this summer and fall have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into the holidays and winter.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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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.

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!

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 in 2019 and 2020 isn't 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 area. Many of those locals are annual passholders who think of The Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, 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 — assuming their pass isn't blocked out.

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 provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because these are the times when most passholders are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California passholders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind: 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 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 to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo took place in August 2019. We would expect it to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

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. For example, we expect this October to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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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. Now each day is categorized as either value, regular or peak pricing. During the off-seasons, Mondays through Thursdays or Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally 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.

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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 there are variables. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 22, 2019
  • D23 Expo - Aug. 23-25, 2019
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 7-April 20, 2020
  • Weekends in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

*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 2019, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season.

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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 comments below.

  • Aug. 19-23 and 25-30, 2019 - passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 17-21 and 23-28, 2020)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019; Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) -  Oct. 14, 2019; Oct. 12, 2020
  • Utah Education Association Convention -  Oct. 17-18, 2019*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2019; Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2019; July 17, 2020

*The Utah Education Association Board will no longer hold its annual convention, although Utah school districts may elect to hold a fall recess.

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

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, 2019)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders back in)
  • Mondays through Thursdays starting Sept. 9 through the end 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 2020

  • 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 7, 2020)
  • April 20-30; May 1, 2020
  • 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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't froget 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! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Sep 18, 2019 at 5:48 p.m. Tori Steele Says...

hi there

i'm tori i will be going to disneyland soon in two weeks in october.

i'm not sure i will be happy there or not?

i'm going with nury and cecil friends from home.

is it expensive or cheap there?

let me know please thanks

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Sep 18, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tori!

We think you'll be happy - it's such a fun place! We've got some tips to help you save some extra green while you're there, and we're sure others in the Frog Pond can weigh in, as well. Have a wonderful time!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 9:07 p.m. Vince Says...

Looking for a week in Disney world the last week of April. Will this be a good time for crowds??

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Sep 18, 2019 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vince!

The last week of April looks to be a great time to go, according to our Crowd Calendar (mostly 4s and 5s, with Saturday as the exception). Enjoy!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 6:37 p.m. Don Says...

Hi! My family and I are planning to head over to Disneyland on Nov. 8. Will most of the rides that undergo Holiday overlays be up and running by then - i.e. Jungle Cruise and Space Mountain (removing overlay, I suppose)? Also, any news on when the Matterhorn will reopen after closing at the end of Oct.?

Thanks!

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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Don!

All the rides with overlays will be open Nov. 8. The Matterhorn reopening date is not yet available, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 6:19 p.m. Tara Says...

We are planning to head from Laguna Beach the morning of Sunday, 11/3. So far we are planning on Park days on Monday, 11/4 and Tuesday 11/5. I am planning on doing the MaxPass. So then my question is:

Do we just do a 2 day park hopper with MaxPass for that Monday, 11/4 and Tuesday 11/5 or do:

3 day - 1 park per day with Max Pass.

If we do 3 days, then I am debating between doing Sunday afternoon sometime (11/3) but it will be Dapper Days so I assume very crazy and may get things off to a rocky start with the family's experience.

The other option is to just do a few hours on Wednesday, 11/6 as we fly out of John Wayne at 3:00 but that also has it's own challenges.

Our kids are 6 and 9 and it is there first time at Disneyland. Our style is usually to do the park from rope drop to close. We are staying a 5 minute walk from the main gate. Any tips are appreciated as the 2 day park hopper with MaxPass is comparable in price to the 3 day one park per day with MaxPass.

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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

You can go either way. This is usually a very quiet time at Disneyland, so it should be a hoppin’ good time however you do it. The entertainment calendar for that week should be out 6 weeks in advance (just a few days away as of this writing). If there are fireworks or Fantasmic! shows, they are most likely to be Sunday night but not during the week, so Sunday night has that appeal. I would go for the 3-day with MaxPass. Even though it is Dapper Day, there may be a lot of people walking around, but they aren’t necessarily on all the rides. Nobody wants roller coaster hair when trying to look pretty! They are there to see and be seen. You’ll see some fun outfits! On the other hand, Wednesday mornings are also usually quite lovely as one of the least crowded days of the week. We would divide the time as one full day at DCA and the other day and a half at Disneyland.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 2:06 a.m. DaNaye Says...

We are planning on going to Disneyland January 24th-27th. I'm worried about rides being down for maintenance. Any idea on if that'll be a factor? I really want to maximize our time. So would January be the best time to go?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DaNaye!

January can be a great time to visit! However, there may be rides or area in the park under refurbishment. It’s a good time for Disney to make improvements in the parks, although many improvements (curbs/castle) we just done last winter. The one ride that comes to mind is the temporary closure of “it’s a small world” to take down the holiday layover. The good news is that the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride will be open during your trip. We are so excited for it! Expect most rides to be open at that time. Have a great time!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. Ash Says...

We are looking at Halloween day itself this year. Thursday Oct 31st. Or Friday Nov 1st. I know the weekends in October are bad, but curious about Halloween day. Any thoughts?!!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ash!

According to our Crowd Calendar, Halloween will be a 7/10 in terms of crowds. (There's also an Oogie Boogie Bash going on that night, so make sure to plan for the early closing of California Adventure that night if you aren't attending the party!)

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Sep 11, 2019 at 6:53 a.m. Rachel Says...

Hi everyone! We are planning a trip to Disneyland for November 14th-21st in 2020. We will have a 5 day park hopper pass to use during that week. My husband wants to make sure we are there when it is decorated for Christmas. Based on past years, do you think it is safe to assume it will be decorated then? Also, if we go during the week at that time, would shows like Fantasmic, World of Color, and the parade be going on? Thank you! I appreciate any feedback.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begin Nov. 8, so decorations should be up for your trip. Shows should be operating as normal during that time, too - enjoy!

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Sep 10, 2019 at 6:56 p.m. Lulu Says...

Hi! Planning a trip to Disneyland Feb. 18-21... will the President’s Day crowds still be around? Thanks!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lulu!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those days will be a 6/10.

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Aug 30, 2019 at 10:25 p.m. Andrea Feist Says...

I am planning on going on 9/16 and 9/17 how do the crowds look on those dates

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Sep 3, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

Those dates are forecast to be a 6 and 5 respectively, according to our Crowd Calendar. Enjoy!

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Aug 27, 2019 at 2:25 a.m. Ali Says...

Any thoughts on the last week of May since Memorial Day is earlier this year? I'm thinking of May 25-30 and Memorial day is the 25th.

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Aug 28, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ali!

That week shouldn't be very heavy in terms of crowds, especially the weekdays after the holiday - enjoy!

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Aug 24, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. Natalie O Says...

I’m planning on taking my son this weekend for his birthday which day is better Sat August 31 2019

Sun September 1 or Labor Day September 2 please help me we’re a party of 5 want to make sure ☺️Thank you

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

It’s a tough call. Those days may be similar but more annual passholders have access on Monday, so we would choose Sunday if you can arrive before opening.

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Aug 22, 2019 at 3:56 a.m. Vincent Says...

Hi, should I go to Disneyland on September 5 (Thursday) or September 6 (Friday)? I see that on Friday Select Annual Passholders aren't allowed so would that be better?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vincent!

We actually expect crowds to be slightly lower on Thursday, as Friday is the official start of Halloween Time at Disneyland - but it's only a 5/10 vs. a 6/10, so if you're into Halloween decorations, we'd say go for Friday! Otherwise, Thursday will be your best bet.

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Aug 21, 2019 at 3:19 p.m. Haileys Says...

Hi! I’m going November 8th for my 16th birthday and last year it was pretty crowded, and I was wondering what do you think about that day? Thanks for your help:)

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Aug 21, 2019 at 11:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haileys!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day looks to be an 8/10. If you're concerned about crowds, MaxPass may be a good investment ... and be sure to take advantage of the free FASTPASS system!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. Amy Says...

What will be the crowd impact of Rise of the Resistance opening at Disneyland in January 2020? If I want to avoid major crowds, should I go the week before it opens, or wait a few weeks?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Rise of the Resistance will impact crowds, but most of that will be felt at Hollywood Studios. Early January will still be pretty busy because of the holidays, but later in the month is generally a pretty sweet spot in terms of crowds. If you aren't planning on heading to Galaxy's Edge, we'd say late January would still be a safe bet for you :)

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Aug 16, 2019 at 9:57 p.m. Jen Says...

Hello, my Husband and soon to be 1 year old will be going October 20-22. How do you think the crowds will be?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

According to our Crowd Calendars, that Sunday will be fairly busy (8/10), but Monday and Tuesday should be manageable in terms of crowds (5/10).

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Aug 14, 2019 at 7:52 p.m. Chloe Says...

Hello, I see that September 3-5 2019 is on the busiest days list but on the Crowd Calendar it has a 5/10 for all 3 days. Will it be very busy?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chloe,

Good catch! We do believe these dates will be busier than normal since it will be the dates when most SoCal passholders are able to experience Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge for the first time. That said, we generally still think it will be a level 5.

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Aug 10, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. Belle Says...

Hello, would the crowd/wait time be any different if we plan to go this coming week, Aug 12 - 16 or Sept 23 - 25? What days would you recommend? Thank you!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Belle!

September 23-25 looks to be much less crowded (6/10 vs. 9/10) according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd suggest visiting then. Have a frogtastic time!

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Aug 4, 2019 at 10:20 p.m. Jessica Bain Says...

I will be visiting October 18th 2019 with my daughter and husband any hope for us that the crowds wont be so bad

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Aug 5, 2019 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

According to our Crowd Calendars, Oct. 18 is expected to be a 7/10, so things should be fairly manageable. You may consider investing in MaxPass if you head in and decide you want to skip the lines!

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Jul 25, 2019 at 5:30 a.m. Summer Says...

I am curious as to why the week of August 12 is predicted as busy since the kids are back in school and there are no holidays.

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Jul 25, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Summer!

Not all kiddos are back in school just yet (some start as late as August 27!), so we're still expecting summer crowds at that time.

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Jul 11, 2019 at 6:22 p.m. Chelsea Says...

Will you be updating the crowd calendar or dates to avoid now that Disney announced the new Star Wars ride will open January 17th? We keep moving our trip with our soon-to-be 3 year old around to avoid crowds and settled on the last week of January, but now rethinking to go the first week of December if the new ride will draw extra crowds.

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Jul 25, 2019 at 7:18 a.m. Bella123 Says...

I am not a star wars fan. So which theme park in disneyland should i not go to? Cause i know they have disneyland california adventure. Can you guys let me know? Thanks

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Jul 25, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bella!

Galaxy's Edge is in Disneyland Park, though it's in its own land, set back from the rest of the park's attractions. California Adventure has attractions such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Incredicoaster and Radiator Springs Racers.

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Jul 12, 2019 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea,

Yes, we have adjusted crowd levels based on the new opening dates. We would recommend early December, although because this ride was originally expected to open in 2019, many people have probably booked trips for the holidays expecting it would have been open.

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Jul 10, 2019 at 2:16 a.m. Alyssa Says...

What is Oogie Boogie Bash on October 22nd? The explanation on the website is very vague! Should we avoid DCA on that day? We are going the 22nd and 23rd, so we were thinking Tuesday the 22nd at DCA and Wednesday the 23rd at DL, or should we switch those? TIA!

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Jul 10, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa!

Oogie Boogie Bash is the replacement for Mickey's Halloween Party this year, taking place in California Adventure. You'll see the crowd levels pick up in late afternoon as party-goers enter, so if your plans are still flexible, switching which day you head to Disneyland and which you had to California Adventure may be a good idea (especially because the park may close a few hours early to non-party goers!)

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:39 p.m. Jess Says...

Hi! I was considering a trip either the last week of January or first week of February next year but have read on some other sites that some rides are closed regularly at this time to remove holiday overlays/decorations. Unfortunately, they aren't the kinds of rides I'm willing to miss out on (e.g. Haunted Mansion). Do you have any insight on how likely this is?

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Jul 9, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess!

The Haunted Mansion should be back from its overlay removal by then. It was closed from Jan. 7-17 in 2019. “It’s a Small World” is more likely to be closed until about Feb. 1.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. Michele ransom Says...

Thanks. This is just what I needed to plan

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Jul 6, 2019 at 8:31 p.m. Sd Says...

We’re hoping to visit Disneyland in February 2020, instead of April to avoid crowds. Will all the parades and fireworks be on as normal if they are quieter days? I don’t want to go and then miss out on all that amazing stuff!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Parades and fireworks will go on as usual, even though things are a little quieter :) As your travel dates get closer, be sure to check the Entertainment Schedule for more details, as the parks generally close a little earlier (and the nightly entertainment happens a little earlier, as well). Have a hoppin' good time!

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Jul 5, 2019 at 9:49 p.m. Jennifer Anderson Says...

Hello i am wanting to do a one day visit to disney August 5th, what is my best way to ensure that i can check out the new star wars land and go on the ride? I am a little confused on the best way to make sure? Thanks!

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Jul 9, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

You should not have any problem accessing the land and going on the ride. Disneyland has not needed to issue boarding passes since June 24. Arrive early, and if it is your priority, head straight there. But if you aren’t able to go first thing in the morning, we happen to like visiting in the late afternoon and early evening when the sun is not as strong.

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Jul 5, 2019 at 9:01 p.m. cyndi slagle Says...

Is Valentines day a busyholiday at WDW?

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Jul 8, 2019 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cyndi!

This depends on the day of the week that it falls on, but in general February is a good month to head to Walt Disney World. This year, since Valentine's Day is on a Friday, you may see slightly higher crowds, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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Jul 5, 2019 at 5:58 a.m. Sandra Says...

This is the first time I have seen this information. Thank you so much for making this available!

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Jul 2, 2019 at 2:21 a.m. LeeAnn Jacket Says...

Last week of May?

I see week days in May aren't busy.

My kids get out a week earlier for Summer.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LeeAnn!

That timeframe can vary from a level 6 to a 9, depending on the day. The last week of May in 2020 is Memorial Day, which means crowds will be a little heavier than usual, as well. We think Wednesday of that week (5/27) would be your best bet in terms of crowds.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 2:02 a.m. Dane Borromei Says...

Hi, I have having a look at the week the 5th to the 9th April 2020. In the passholder block out calendar, most of the passholders are blocked out. Is there a reason why this week is so busy? is it just becuase of easter starting on the 10th?

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dane!

That's correct; many schools have Good Friday (5/10) off, so a lot of families make a trip of Easter week.

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Jun 29, 2019 at 5:52 p.m. Florstine Bledsoe Says...

Oh My God I'm so Excited but I cant afford to take my grandchildren so i pray i win the Sweepstake for help

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Jun 26, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. J. Rogers Says...

My 16-year-old son and I have one-day tickets for July 9. Our dates to choose were limited to that week, so I chose Tuesday because I thought, after the Fourth of July crowd settled down, it might be the best day to go. Now I'm not so sure. Any feedback?

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Jun 28, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Things are slated to be pretty busy all summer, and unfortunately, that day is no exception, according to our Crowd Calendar. If you can, spring for MaxPass and get there at park opening!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. Sage Rockbridge Says...

I’m taking my 2 year old son for his first visit, he’ll be turning 3 yrs on July 18th, and was planning on going the 17th of July but realized it’s the anniversary of Disneyland that day. Can you recommend the best day to visit between now and the 17th of July? Thank you

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Jun 26, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sage!

This year is challenging to predict. So far the summer crowds have been lighter than usual. We have hopped over for Disneyland’s birthday the past two years in a row, and we really couldn’t tell the difference in crowd level from another typical summer day. However, on big anniversary years where there is a big celebration (such as Disneyland’s 60th), the park may be very crowded. If you do decide to visit July 17, don’t miss the birthday cavalcade if they have one. It may not appear on the entertainment calendar until closer to that date.

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Jun 22, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. Heather Says...

We have booked Florida from 13th to 27th Feb. Specifically told it was quiet. I now find Monday 17th to 24th is presidents day holiday. How many hours are we likely to queue per ride. Im furious as the holiday company have ruined our holiday before we have even got there. We have 2 with medical conditions so long queues are a real problem. My children are going to be 13, 10 and 9.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Wait times will vary by ride, but we would highly recommend you consider purchasing MaxPass. It's also possible that with your children's medical issues, you qualify for the DAS. I'm sorry for your disappointment, but you can still have a great time!

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Jun 16, 2019 at 4:24 a.m. D Says...

We're going Sept 25 to 30 should I get a max pass? I have 3 kids under 6.

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Jun 19, 2019 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi D,

That's a great time to visit! We love MaxPass, but to see if it will be great for your family, see how your tadpoles measure up in terms of Disneyland Height Requirements and Disneyland FASTPASS rides to see how many of those rides you might actually ride. It's definitely worth getting at least one MaxPass for the PhotoPass photos.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 16, 2019 at 1:52 a.m. soph Says...

planing a solo disneyland trip for next month (mid july) and tips and tricks i should know? :)

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Jun 19, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Soph,

You're going to have such a great time! Be sure to use MaxPass and take advantage of single rider lines or buddy pass lines. Find more tips on our Disneyland for Adults post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2019 at 2:46 a.m. CiCi Says...

Can you use Disneyland tickets purchased from undercover tourist any day of the year before it expires?

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Jun 18, 2019 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cici,

Please check the specific terms on the detail page of the ticket you are interested in. If you have more questions, our customer service team will be hoppy to help!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 13, 2019 at 2:45 a.m. Adriana Facio Colon Says...

Hello! Is thanksgiving horribly crowded and is there places that offer thanksgiving dinner?

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Jun 18, 2019 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana,

It is crowded! There are places that offer Thanksgiving dinner. Disneyland doesn't usually reveal all the details about dinner so early, but we don't expect much to change from last year's post. We hope you'll check it out!

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Jun 11, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. Mandy Says...

We are planning for 1 day June 18th-22nd, 2019... we are taking our 2 year old daughter for the first time and want to pick a day that won't be crazy crowded. We can go any day; can you a recommend a day that is best?

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Jun 12, 2019 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy!

We would aim for Wednesday, June 19 as your best bet in terms of crowds. Keep in mind that with the opening of Galaxy's Edge, crowds will likely be elevated.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 1, 2019 at 12:34 a.m. Michelle Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip to Disneyland on June 7&8. We don’t have reservations to Star Wars, which is fine. I’m wondering if we will have any problems getting into the park. We’ll arrive early, so I’m guessing that won’t be a problem, but what if we leave to take a break - will we be able to get back in for the evening activities? Thanks for your advice!

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Jun 3, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Unfortunately, there is no predicting crowds these days. Opening weekend of Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland was very quiet. We do not anticipate you have any trouble getting in and out of the parks. Expect crowds to grow throughout the day on Friday due to the return of Disneyland Forever fireworks at night. There is a new Lion King celebration launching at DCA on Friday, as well. But so far, everything appears to be very well under control at Disneyland during this period. The many annual passholder and cast member blockouts are keeping the crowds down. We'd say the odds are in your favor!

Keep hopping!

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May 31, 2019 at 1:53 a.m. Ron Says...

I must be the one of the LUCKIEST people

on Earth!!!

I went to Disneyland this past Groundhog

Day (which WAS a Saturday, by the way),

and the weather was AWFUL (it was cold,

windy, and rainy ALL DAY LONG)...

However...

The park was TOTALLY DEAD and I mostly

WALKED onto every ride (the only lines I

even waited in were for the "Matterhorn"

and the "Indiana Jones" rides, and even

those waits were less than 10 minutes)!!!

I am SO GLAD that I was able to go there

BEFORE "Star Wars land" opens because

the whole place is going to be a ZOO for

YEARS to come...thankfully, I will NOT be

one of those MANY UNLUCKY folks stuck

in all of that mess!!!

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May 31, 2019 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We are so jealous, Ron! You must have enjoyed every second :) Thanks for sharing with us!

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Jun 1, 2019 at 10:53 a.m. Ron Says...

Except for the AWFUL weather, I actually DID enjoy

every second!!! I spent about 6 hours there and I

rode about 40 rides in total (I even got to ride a few

rides more than once)...the only rides I could not do

were just a handful that were either closed for their

"normal repairs" or had to be shut down due to the

weather (and I even got to ride the "Alice" ride -

that one almost never runs unless the weather is

absolutely perfect)...Regardless, out of all of my

countless visits to Disney, that was probably the

BEST one of them all!!! And for the record, I was

not trying to make you jealous...I was just trying

to let you know that it really IS possible to have

such a GREAT day at Disney when the weather

is SO bad!!!

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Jun 3, 2019 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That is awesome, Ron! :)

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May 28, 2019 at 8:06 p.m. Edee Ulrich Says...

We are trying to plan a much anticipated trip to Disneyland and California Adventure and are nervous when will be the best time to go. We were thinking of going the end of June right before Independence Day but would end of August/beginning of September be less busy? I know its looking crowded all year but am finding mixed answers when looking at these dates! Thanks!

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May 29, 2019 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edee!

Yes, like you mentioned, we are expecting all of summer (and the year, really) to be super crowded with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge next week. All things considered, the crowds may be slightly better at the end of August as kids head back to school, but we'd still expect it to be pretty busy. Have a frogtastic time!

Keep hopping!

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May 26, 2019 at 1:51 a.m. Gabriela Says...

We have booked a last-minute trip to LA for the week of June 17, and we would love to visit Disneyland. We wouldn’t mind skipping Star Wars land for know since we are travelling with very young children. Does anyone know if we can still visit the park, or do we need a reservation?

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May 28, 2019 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gabriela!

You'll only need a reservation for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You'll still be able to enter Disneyland without a reservation at that time.

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May 23, 2019 at 9:04 p.m. Kathy Says...

I was just at Disneyland/California Adventure, May 9 - 13. They no longer publish the daily calendar months in advance, as they used to, so had no idea when I scheduled that some of the days were "Grad Nite." Completely overwhelming number of students, many of whom were out of control, running, swearing, jumping into Fast Pass lines, etc. Keep an eye out for the early hours on the calendar - unless you click on them for more info, you won't know that the California Adventure early hours are exclusive to ONLY those staying at a Disney Hotel.

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May 18, 2019 at 3:02 p.m. Karen Says...

We (2 female friends in 30s, no kids) are coming from Europe in August 2020 to do SFO/LAX/DL and then WDW in about 2,5 weeks. 2 days SFO, 2 days LAX, 4 days DL and 5 days WDW, plus travel days. We are flexible for the entire month, you write busiest time in the summer at DL will be till August 11, and AP holders will get back from August 19. So best estimated guess to go to DL is between 11-19?

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May 24, 2019 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

The blockout calendar only shows one year in advance, but Aug 11-19 is generally still in a blockout period for many passes so is a good time to go. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!

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May 16, 2019 at 12:48 a.m. Julie Says...

I'm thinking of going the week of Jan 27, 2020. I've heard there are marathons, wine and cheese festivals, etc in Jan/Feb. How can I see if one of those seasonal events is scheduled for that time?

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May 17, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

There are no Run Disney races currently scheduled or planned for the future in California. The Food and Wine Festival at DCA usually runs in March and April. Disneyland releases its calendar of events a few months in advance, so be sure to check back for news about January happenings come November to get a better idea of entertainment or special foods that may be offered at that time!

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May 15, 2019 at 12:35 p.m. Brittany Garera-Stapleton Says...

I am looking at planning a trip for my family to Disneyland and California Adventure. We are somewhat flexible with the date, but we will need to attend late June - First week in August. I am looking for suggestions. We would plan on visiting week days (2 days at Disneyland and 2 at California Adventure). I have read so many different reports on when to go, some say July before the 17th, some say late July Weekdays, some say it is the least busy over the 4th of July and I have even seen early July Weekends were the best. I am a crazy planner, so I don't mind working really hard to plan everything out but if I can help find a time where the crowd are even a little more manageable that would be fantastic! Thanks in advance for your help!

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May 24, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

This year is very hard to predict due to Star Wars and changing blockout dates for passholders. Plan to visit Tuesday through Friday if you can and shoot for early July, but know that this whole summer may be more crowded than usual. Our plan on crowded days is to arrive before rope drop and maybe even take a break midday at peak crowds. With an early arrival and smart use of MaxPass, we often don’t notice the crowds. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!

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May 15, 2019 at 6:24 a.m. Mary Says...

We're heading to So Cal from WA for a memorial service and celebration of life. As a surprise, we're planning a trip to DL on May 31st (the ONLY day we can go). I'm just realizing that it's THE day that the new Star Wars land opens. However, it's not showing as a 'premium' day on the DL website when I'm looking to buy tix. I'm hopeful that the draw of Star Wars will mean the rest of the park is slightly less crowded. Thoughts or suggestions?

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May 24, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the last day some annual passes can access the parks before summer and a Grad Nite, expect some crowds. Arrive early, perhaps park hop in case you want to escape to Disney California Adventure and use your FASTPASSes/MaxPass. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

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May 9, 2019 at 12:41 a.m. Ronna Says...

I'm in a panic. Just realized that the day my daughter and I were planning on going in Memorial Day (we are in for limited time attending conference) How bad is Memorial Day really?

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May 13, 2019 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronna!

This varies from year to year, but expect that crowds will be a little heavier than usual. Be sure to take advantage of FASTPASS and MaxPass if you're able, and you'll be just fine!

Keep hopping!

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May 8, 2019 at 10:26 p.m. Eric Says...

Hi- We were looking to go to Disneyland/California Adventure on Friday May 24th. From what I can tell the Southern California multi day passes and So Cal annual passes are expired/blocked for this day so I'm thinking it might be a good day to go. Thoughts?

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May 13, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

It is a holiday weekend, however, the blackouts and the fact that 3-day promotion tickets expire on May 23 may mean the crowds should be somewhat reduced from what they could be. Arrive early, use MaxPass and follow our tips to maximize your time to get the best experience and any crowds should not affect you. We find that Friday crowds start out light and tend to grow as the day goes on, as people come after work and school. So start out early, and line up FASTPASSes to use and shows or meals to enjoy during the late afternoon and evening. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

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May 5, 2019 at 10:36 p.m. Alisha Says...

We were just in the park may 1-3, which were predicted “ghost town” days. Not the case. The park was just as crowded as it is in the summer with no end in sight. Seems like with the growing population of the world, more attractions, and the never ending sea of deluxe sized strollers, there is no way to avoid crowds. All you can do is expect to get run over by strollers, and swim through a sea of people - and rely on your MaxPass (meaning be on your phone every second) to grab last minute Maxpasses or go single rider. The magic of Disney lives on, but they need to do something about maximum crowd limits as well as number of and size of strollers in the park.

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