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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2017 & 2018

by Leap on August 23, 2017 1034 Los Angeles

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 Disney World, there are times where it’s better to visit than others. With the months flying off the calendar, there is still prime time to visit the Disneyland Resort in 2017. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2018 dates and tips will help out as well.

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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.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2017 & 2018 - Undercover Tourist Los Angeles Crowd CalendarWalt Disney’s vision for Disneyland was a place where families could spend time together. His guiding spirit is felt in attractions such as Peter Pan's Flight, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Pirates of the Caribbean and the World Famous Jungle Cruise. These gems perfectly pair with modern classics such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and The Indiana Jones Adventure. Across the way, the spectacular Cars Land and attractions such as California Screamin', Toy Story Midway Mania, Soarin' Around the World and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission — BREAKOUT!  have made Disney California Adventure just as popular as Disneyland Park! Don’t fret. Even during the busiest times, there are tips and park plans you can follow, like using our Disneyland Crowd Calendar, 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 2017 & 2018!

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, know that there are some differences with crowds. The best time to visit Disneyland in 2017 and 2018 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!

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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 BIG 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 brief return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to Disneyland and the addition of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout to Disney California Adventure. We will also see an uptick in guests during the RunDisney races. This is yet another reason to review the Disneyland crowd calendar, because we have all of the runs listed!

Disneyland's introduction of tiered pricing on one-day tickets 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 getting the value pricing. 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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Worst Time to Visit Disneyland in 2017 & 2018

  • Around Christmas through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 13-15, 2018
  • President's Day - Feb. 16-19, 2018
  • Spring Break and Easter - March 10 - April 6, 2018
  • June 9-Aug. 11, 2018
  • Thanksgiving week - Nov. 17-25, 2018
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

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Other Dates That Might 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. 21-31, 2017 - marked as value, but passholders are back in after summer blackouts
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend - Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2017
  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2017; Sept. 3, 2018
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 9, 2017; Oct. 8, 2018
  • Utah Education Association Convention - Oct. 19-20, 2017; Oct. 18-19, 2018
  • Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend Nov. 9-12, 2017; TBD 2018
  • Veteran's Day - Nov. 11
  • Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend - Jan. 12-15, 2018
  • Memorial Day - May 28, 2018
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2018

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2017 & 2018 - Small World Exterior

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2017 & 2018:

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day, the days around MLK Day and the days of Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend - Jan. 12-15, 2018)
  • 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
  • Mondays through Thursdays the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September (except the days of Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend through Labor Day, Aug 31-Sept. 4, 2017); Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October.
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the weekend of Avengers Super Hero Half-Marathon Nov. 10-13, 2017, and the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December 2017 and 2018

Tah dah! There it is—the best time to visit Disneyland in 2017 and 2018. 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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Dec 12, 2017 at 2:05 a.m. Sandy Carter Says...

I am planning on visiting Disneyland on Christmas Day. I am concerned about renting a wheelchair. Can I reserve one or is it first come first served?

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Dec 12, 2017 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy,

Wheelchairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis at Disneyland. If you're concerned about now being able to rent one at the park, you can always reserve one from a local company.

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Dec 11, 2017 at 5:46 p.m. Erin Says...

I am looking at going during Memorial day week. If I avoid that Monday, would the rest of the week be as crowded? Thanks!

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Dec 11, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

Our Crowd Calendar forecasts the rest of the week to not be as busy as Memorial Day weekend. However, moderate crowds are still predicted!

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Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 a.m. Stacey Says...

My family and I are thinking of visiting May 14th thru 17th of 2018. I will have my four year old grandson with me. Do you think this is going to be a good time? What are some places we should visit and a good hotel?

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Dec 12, 2017 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

That should be a good time, as many schools have not been yet let out for the summer vacation. Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood would be great places for you to visit. It depends on where you would like to stay, as far as a good hotel to stay in. Hop over to our discounted Los Angeles hotels to check out some our favorites!

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Dec 7, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. Neva Says...

We're planning to visit DL November 12-15, 2018. How will that be?

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Dec 12, 2017 at 1:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neva,

It should be moderate with not super light crowds, but not heavy ones either. Check out our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar for crowd forecasts!

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Dec 5, 2017 at 3:36 a.m. Alex Says...

Hi!

We're planning a trip September 19-26, 2018. I heard that September of 2017 was much busier than anyone anticipated due to all the Halloween decor and parties. How busy should we expect it to be?

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Dec 5, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

According to our crowd calendar, those are pretty good dates to be at the park as far as crowds go. Most of those days are light to moderately crowded days.

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Dec 1, 2017 at 8:56 p.m. Ralph Says...

Thinking of first time trip to Disneyland with 2 adults and 2 kids (8 &15), during 5/29/18 to 6/2/18, basically the week right after memorial day (5/28/18) Any idea how crowds might be? I read that SoCal schools are not yet out for summer?

Thanks

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Dec 6, 2017 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ralph,

According to our crowd calendar, you can expect moderate to heavy crowds, depending on the days you are in the parks. Some schools aren't quite out for the summer, so during the week you might not experience too heavy of crowds. But expect wait times to go up during the weekend.

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Dec 1, 2017 at 1:36 a.m. Tina Says...

We are thinking of planning a family trip toward the end of January. What do you think? Will it be busy?

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Dec 5, 2017 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

The parks shouldn't be very busy. The majority of kids and parents are back at school and work. You can check out the predicted crowds on our crowd calendar!

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Nov 29, 2017 at 7:53 p.m. Amy M. Says...

My family is planning to be in SoCal the week after Xmas and we want to go to Disneyland on Fri. 12/29 & Sat. 12/30. Are we crazy? Are the crowds crazy bad? Is it worth it. We have a 10 & 9 yr old.

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Nov 25, 2017 at 5:24 a.m. Jen Says...

Listed as one of the worst times to go in 2018 is mar 10-April 6, but when I look at the crowd predictor it has week of mar 26 as low crowds but week of April 9th as high, we are trying to decide between March 26-29 or April 9-12. Th ask for your help

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Nov 23, 2017 at 11:13 p.m. Aj Says...

We are planning to go to the park from Feb 26-Feb 28, 2018. Does any one know when the park hours will be? and If the Firework show will be happening during the weekday?

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Nov 23, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. cojudy Says...

We are looking to spend 3 days at Disneyland/California Adventure during the week of January 8-12. Would Monday the 8th still be a busier day?

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Nov 21, 2017 at 8:55 p.m. Amanda Says...

My family (5 adults) will be visiting both Disneyland and California Adventure the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29th-Dec. 1st).. How crowded should we expect it to be? What wait times are average for the week after Thanksgiving? Any tips for making the most out of our trip with possible crowds during this week?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 9:05 p.m. Rae-Lynne Spila Says...

Is Splash Mountain always closed during February? That is the best month for my family to visit DL but we have been a couple of times and both times Splash Mountain was closed...we'd really like to go on that ride!

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Nov 18, 2017 at 10:01 p.m. Bettszy Says...

We are planning a trip this week for my son's birthday. How true are the crowd predictors??

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Dec 13, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We work pretty hard to keep our Crowd Calendar as accurate as possible!

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Nov 17, 2017 at 1:41 a.m. Angi Says...

How bad is the week of Thanksgiving? Is it intolerable? Is there one day during that week that is better?

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Nov 12, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. Donna Nash Says...

We are visiting December 10 and 11 I have a 7 yr old please tell me what is the best to see and how will be the crowds?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

According to our crowd calendar, those are both yellow days, so crowds will be moderate. As far as what it is best to see, it depends on the interests of everyone in your party. Take a look at our park plans for Disneyland!

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Nov 11, 2017 at 3:41 a.m. shannon Says...

Hi we are going for my daughters 5th birthday Jan. 22-24, will there be no fireworks or fantasmic as these are weekdays? Is world of color on weekdays?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

The fireworks and Fantasmic shows will both still be available.

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Nov 10, 2017 at 4:26 a.m. Hailz Says...

Mondays are the new Saturdays for Disneyland. Saturdays and Thursdays are typically the slowest days.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 6:36 a.m. Haley Says...

We are going to Disney Dec 3-7 and I'm looking at the Disneyland Calendar on the Disney website and it looks like the park has pretty long hours even during the week. Does this mean it's going to be busy? Is there a something you know of going on that week? The crazy thing is the week before christmas the week day hours are way less so now I'm worried. Also do you think Sundays or Fridays are busier during that time. We are trying to decide how to work it. Thanks so much for all the helpful info.

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Nov 15, 2017 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haley,

According to our crowd calendar, those dates are yellow, which means it'll be moderately busy. This is probably due to the holiday season being upon us. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is in full swing by that week, as well as Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure. Fridays are usually busier than Sundays.

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Nov 7, 2017 at 7:33 a.m. Phil Says...

Hi, we are travelling from New Zealand and our LA dates are 1 July - 7 July. We are planning 2 days at the Disney parks - can you help suggest which two days we should go for, preferably concurrent days.

A tough choice for us but little choice.

Thanks

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting heavy crowds Jul. 1-7. Fourth of July week is hectic. We recommend avoiding the parks Jul. 3-5. Make your visit Jul. 1-2 or 2-7.

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Nov 7, 2017 at 5:07 a.m. Kara Says...

We are looking at visiting Disneyland April 16th-18th 2018 just wondering what the crowds would be like. I am going to be with my 2 year old son and my husband who has never been. Also if my son is under 3 he doesn’t need a ticket right?

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds Apr. 16-18. Children under three do not need a ticket.

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Nov 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Celia Says...

I am planning to visit around such dates too (second or third week of April 2018), but I have heard that new Toy Story area is opening around that date, is it going to have an impact on the crowds?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 12:24 p.m. Leeanne Says...

Hi. I am planon finally visitng for the christmas decorations next year. I will have a young child and mother. When would you suggest the best/quietes time? First 2 weeks of nov or the 2 weeks after thanksgiving? Thanks

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeane,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds both of those weeks. Pick the one that works with your plans.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 5:15 a.m. Christina Says...

Hi, why do you say up until March 4th?

I am coming over with my children from Australia and planning on going to Disneyland on March 5th, 6th and 7th 2018.

Is the park open at night during those days? As i would like to be there during the evening when all the lights are on.

Thanks

Christina.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds during your visit. After those days, Spring Break starts. We've updated the post to reflect those dates.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 3:11 p.m. durangojv Says...

Any idea when the California Food & wine Festival for 2018 will be?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We do not have dates for the DCA Food and Wine Festival for 2018 yet. We'll post information in our Friday roundup when we find out.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 1:51 a.m. John Says...

I have had two different opinions about Christmas Day, one said extremely busy the other said it’s not. Is this a good day to go

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting Christmas Day to be very busy.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 1:47 a.m. Stacy Says...

Hi , so I just read your post and turns out we will be there during the weekend of Veterans Day. How bad should we anticipate? Are we talking 3 hr wait times?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds during the weekend. While it may not be 3-hour waits, it will be busy.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds during the weekend. While it may not be 3-hour waits, it will be busy.

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Nov 1, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. Michael Trujillo Says...

Planning on visiting Disneyland for my bday. The only bad things is it lands on feb 23rd. So thinking of going feb 22-23rd. Could there be any kind of window, we would miss the insane President:'s day crowd? Would we be better off going the week before? even tho that would mean facing shorter park hours?

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Nov 1, 2017 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

First, Happy (early) Birthday!

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds that weekend. If visiting on your day isn't important, we'd go with one of the days listed as Average Crowds.

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Oct 28, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. Yan Says...

We find that park hours can vary quite a bit during the offseason. For example, sometimes DCA is opened until 11 PM and sometimes only until 8 PM.

We are thinking of going to Disneyland February 11 to 13 (Sunday thru Tuesday). Any thoughts about what the park hours would be on those days? Thanks in advance!

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Oct 30, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yan,

We would expect weekday park closing times to be between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. during February.

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Oct 27, 2017 at 1:25 a.m. Yulia Says...

We are thinking about going to Disneyland on Monday, November 13th. Will it be crowded because of the weekend of Avengers Super Hero Half-Marathon?

Would it be a better choice to go on Tuesday, November 14th?

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Oct 27, 2017 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yiulia,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Nov. 13 and 14. Either day is a good day to go!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 7:17 p.m. Kev Says...

Hi. I am booked Sat 11/4-Wed 11/8. Planning on being in the park Sat night, skipping Sunday and then back to the parks Mon, Tue and Wed. Given this is the week between Halloween and Christmas celebrations the crowds should be pretty light, wouldn't you think? Thanks!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kev,

Looking at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds for that week. Have fun!

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Oct 18, 2017 at 5:57 a.m. kristy Says...

Hi

we are looking at going from 0ct 14th which is a Sunday for five days...so last day will be Thursday 18th.

Should we avoid the Sunday all together? I really wanted a weekend though as I understand the fireworks and Fantasmic are not on weekdays in October. Is this correct?

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Oct 18, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy,

Yes, generally fireworks and Fantasmic! are weekends-only in the fall. If you really want to see Fantasmic! then choose one weekend day. It will be busy, but you'll see the show!

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Oct 9, 2017 at 12:49 a.m. Janelle T Says...

Hello! We are planning on visiting from Sunday, 10/7/2018 through Saturday 10/13/2018...does Columbus day usually draw in bigger crowds? If so, do the crowds usually linger for an extra day or 2 (versus if Monday wasn't Columbus day) thank you for your help!

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Oct 15, 2017 at 5:03 a.m. Jessica A Says...

We were just there October 9-13th, and Columbus day drew in HUGE crowds. If you can, push it out another week. Everyone seemed to be on some sort of fall break!

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Oct 23, 2017 at 2:43 p.m. Kyler Says...

True story

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Oct 12, 2017 at 4:03 a.m. DESIA YAMESE CLEMENTS LEWIS Says...

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Oct 8, 2017 at 9:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janelle,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy and average crowds throughout the week.

Hoppy planning!

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Oct 6, 2017 at 3:04 a.m. AK Says...

Modify my question:

Hi Leap, thank you for answering all our questions. We want to plan a 3-day trip to DL in the beginning of Dec 2017. Looking at the crowd calendar, looks like Dec. 5-7 is a (4/10), Dec 12,13 is (3/10), but Dec. 14 is (5/10). How accurate is the crowd calendar? Is 3/10 a lot less crowded than 4/10? Do you suggest we visit from Dec. 5-7 at 4/10, or Dec. 12-14, where one of those dates is 5/10? Additionally, California Adventure Parks is prob less crowded than DL, so we could do that park on Dec. 15 when it has a 5/10 crowd rating. Thank you for your assistance!

ADD -ON question:

Looks like DL park hours for Dec 2017 is not published on the website. We would like to be there when the park has the longest 'opened hours'. Is this only on the weekends?

From my question above (1) when should we visit depending on the crowds and (2) longest park hours (we want to make the most time out of our trip), all that considered, from your expertise, when should we plan a visit for Dec. 2017?

Thank you so much!

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Oct 6, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AK,

We attempt to make the Crowd Calendar forecasts as accurate as possible. There isn't much difference between a 3 and a 5. As for park hours, the parks are open later when there are more crowds, so Friday-Sunday.

Overall, early December is a great time to visit. Any time before Dec 21 will give you a great experience.

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Oct 1, 2017 at 8:11 p.m. Emily Says...

Trying to plan a trip to Disneyland March 5-9, 2018. Your crowd calendar shows average crowds those days, but it appears most of the hotels directly across the street are already sold out. We've stayed at a number of those hotels in years past and haven't had a problem with availability this far out. Is there an event or convention you know of that week that may be causing this?

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Oct 1, 2017 at 8:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We're not aware of any events or convention, but there could be a large event in the area. Also, with Spring Break starting on the 10th, it could be vacationers getting a jump on the busy season.

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Sep 27, 2017 at 1:58 a.m. Angie Williams Says...

We are going to be at Disneyland Feb 10-13th, and was wondering if we will catch any of the Chinese New Year celebration or the Mardi Gras one?

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

It's possible. Disneyland has not released the 2018 schedule for those events yet. Keep checking! We'll post when we know them.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 9:32 p.m. JA Says...

You say that Mondays-Thursdays in the first half of November are a good time to visit except the weekend of the Super Heroes Half Marathon. We plan to be at the parks on the 7th and 8th of November before that weekend. Do you think those days will be busy or should we be early enough in the week to miss the crowds that come with the race?

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Sep 21, 2017 at 5:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JA,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on the 7th and 8th. You should be fine on those days.

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Sep 18, 2017 at 7:49 p.m. Erica Cox Says...

Can you further explain why the park will be busier (and has higher ticket pricing) during the week of October 9th? Columbus Day falls on the 9th but nobody in California observes this holiday. Utah doesn't have their fall break until the 19th. We plan to visit Disneyland on October 12th (Thursday). Thank you.

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Dec 1, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Amanda Driskill Says...

I’ve been to DL 3x around sep-October trying to find the sweet spot and that week is shoulder to shoulder busy in both parks

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

Families from outside of California often visit Disneyland during that holiday weekend. Also, Gay Day does bring in a crowd.

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Sep 18, 2017 at 6:05 p.m. Jennifer Says...

I've booked my hotel for Dec. 8th - 11th. Im taking my family. Including my 2 year old. (Almost 3). What's the weather like during this month? Should I modify my dates or the time is perfect?

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

December in California can be chilly. Our Crowd Calendar has projected temperatures listed. The monthly average is 69° (high) / 52° (low).

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Sep 15, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. Gina Says...

Which would be better? May 29-31 or June 4-6? Would that one week even make a difference?

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Sep 18, 2017 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gina,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average to busy crowds during your May dates. We'd go with those days.

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Aug 24, 2017 at 5:52 p.m. Mary Says...

Thank you for your blog! We are visiting Cali the week of January 28 and we're planning to do three days at Disney and one at Universal. Are there days of the week that are better than others to do each park?

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Aug 25, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, the parks will see average to low crowds. Weekdays are always better than weekends.

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Aug 21, 2017 at 12:58 a.m. Ben Says...

We are going to be in the Anaheim area over Labor Day weekend, and we are going to do either Disneyland or California Adventure the day after Labor Day. Should crowds die down from the weekend? Would one park be less busy than the other?

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Aug 21, 2017 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds at both parks during the weekend, with average crowds on September 4th. We'd expect Disneyland to be more crowded, due to fireworks and the just-returned Fantasmic!

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Aug 19, 2017 at 9:12 p.m. Jeremy Says...

I've already got my hotel booked for 24th - 29th of dec. taking my 4 kids and wife. Is it really that bad during that time? Disney 25-27 Universal 28. Will we be able to see everything with 3 days in the Disney parks at those times?

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Aug 20, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy,

The weeks around Christmas are some of the busiest days of the year at the Orlando theme parks. Be sure to book your Fastpass+ reservations early and use our Park Plans to see everything you want to experience.

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Aug 4, 2017 at 6:24 p.m. SammyC Says...

First, thank you so much for all of your research and help in making our trips to WDW & DL the best possible!! I wanted to ask what you thought about the better place, weather wise, would be in early January...7th thru 14th. Thank you!

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Aug 7, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sammy,

During that time, rain can be common in Los Angeles, with highs in the 80's. Orlando will be "chilly" with highs around 69 degrees. Check the Crowd Calendars for Los Angeles and Orlando for more info.

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Jul 30, 2017 at 9:40 p.m. Steven Says...

Were thinking about the first half of Thanksgiving week in 210 (approx Nov 19-22). Are the crowds really bad that first part of the week?

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven,

Yes, you can expect it to be pretty crowded at the park during all of Thanksgiving week. It will be a tad lighter during the first half of the week, but still expect heavy crowds.

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Jul 29, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. Carlos Says...

Well, I really like your site, it is very helpful, now my question, the only time available would be during the first week of 2018, possibly even the spending new years eve in LA. given that fact, is there any recomendation to take the best of this trip around both disney parks and universal?

I will be very happy for hearing any hint you can provide... we are 2 families with a total of 4 adults and 5 childs ranging 12, 11, 9, 8, 6 yo kids.

Thank you for your inputs and keep going with this great service

Carlos

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlos,

The first week of January is very busy. We recommend purchasing Front of the Line passes for Universal Studios Hollywood for minimal waits. However, if that isn't possible, then get to the park before opening, so you can be some of the first in, and head to the most popular attractions (like those in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Studio Tour). Check out our touring plans for Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland Resort. Plan out what attractions are a must for everyone, so you can prioritize and make a plan that works for all. Most importantly, have fun!

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Jul 26, 2017 at 4:44 p.m. Patrick Says...

The only times we may able to visit are during three peak times, so I am wondering what you're opinion is on which would be "best." I have the specific dates in parenthesis.

Labor Day (8/30 - 9/4)

Thanksgiving (11/23-11/28)

Spring Break (3/15-3/20)

Thank you!!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick,

Thanksgiving week is definitely one of the busiest times of year, so avoid that if you can. Labor Day weekend won't be as crowded as Spring Break, but you'll still encounter more crowds than a non-peak time because of the holiday and the Disneyland Half Marathon. Take a look at our Crowd Calendar!

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Jul 22, 2017 at 11:18 p.m. Ali Says...

great site, thank you! Only chance to take my son to Disneyland this year is August 10-13. Looking at the crowd calendar you show August 13th as the best bet crowdwise...that is a Sunday. I figure Sunday would be one of the busiest. Thoughts on best day? Friday the 11th would be better for my schedule but if Sunday is really less crowded Ill make it work. Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2017 at 11:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ali,

It looks like Friday is a 7 and Sunday is a 6 (in terms of the crowd level); there probably isn't a huge difference between the crowds on the two days. Go with what works best for you so you can really enjoy the day!

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Jul 17, 2017 at 5:51 p.m. Angie St Jean Says...

Hi! My family and I are currently in the makes of planning a trip to Disneyland in mid-January of 2018. Do you know if many rides are typically closed for seasonal refurbishment during this time?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Most of the attractions that have holiday overlays (Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, it's a small world and Space Mountain) are closed at some point during January to remove the overlay. You can check out our Disneyland refurbishments post to take a look at seasonal closures, and keep an eye on any upcoming refurbishments. Do keep in mind, though, that Disney refurbishments can change with very little to no notice at all!

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Oct 25, 2017 at 1:36 a.m. Jo Says...

When rides are closed for refurbishing ... what is their time frames of closure? Days, weeks, months?

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Oct 25, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo,

Our Disney World Refurbishments page has all the currently scheduled refurbishments and dates.

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Oct 25, 2017 at 1:35 a.m. Jo Says...

We're planning a trip Jan 13-23, 2018 into both Disney's. I assumed it would be slower than the last time we were there which was the week of Dec 7, 2015. That trip was very pleasant with crowds. Now after seeing the calendar, I'm concerned I messed up! I've bought our airfare already, so that time in January is set in stone. I saw the MLK holiday and a marathon during that time. Surely the crowds can't be any worse than our last visit Dec 7-10, 2015?? January overall would be equivalent or better than December??? I hope so!

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Jul 16, 2017 at 11:43 a.m. John Says...

Hi,

I will be travelling to Disney land with my son who is 3 yrs old and my daughter who is 1 yr and 5 months. Would they still have a good time at the park? Also what is the weather like usually during September?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Yes, there are many rides, shows and attractions for toddlers that they would enjoy. The weather during the month of September is usually sunny and has an average high temperature of 84 degrees and a low of 69 degrees.

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Jul 6, 2017 at 5:57 a.m. Neil Says...

Hello there,

My friends and I will be transferring our flight in L.A. on Sep 5, but I assume that we won't arrive at park until 2 or 2:30 pm, our flight leaves at midnight and I know the park closes at 9pm in Sep, so I'd love to know if we'll still have enough time to enjoy a bit in this case?

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Jul 6, 2017 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil,

As long as you go in with a plan and prioritize, you should be able to get a good feel for Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep in mind that LA traffic is unpredictable, even at 9 pm.

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Jun 30, 2017 at 12:07 a.m. Jenna Says...

We are planning on bringing our kids when they're off of school for Mardi Gras break next year (Feb. 9 - 15). How do you expect crowds to be during this time? We've never been to Disneyland before, we usually go to Disney World instead ,but are looking to experience something new to us. :) Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2017 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds for most of those days. Have fun!

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Jun 29, 2017 at 12:35 p.m. Issa Says...

• June 10-August 12, 2017 - we are planning to visit Disneyland on this period, is it that really crowded? these dates were marked as worst time to visit Disneland. i assume this is not a peak season since the schooling in ON? pls advise

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Jun 29, 2017 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Issa,

June 10-Aug 12 is when school is OFF and many families visit Disneyland Resort. Check out our Crowd Calendar to search for days when the parks will be less busy.

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Jun 19, 2017 at 4:47 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hi. We are arriving the 31st August to Anaheim, and staying until the 10th. Do people in the US usually have the friday before labour day weekend off? I notice the 1st Sep is also a day where the disneyland half marathon is on. Should we avoid this date? Ideally we want to go the 2nd Sep , as it is my moms birhtday and she wants to celebrate in the park, which will be better you think the 1st or 2nd?

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Jun 19, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

The Friday before Labor Day is not a holiday, but some people do take it off. There are two races on Sept 2 & 3, while the 1st only features one race. We would recommend going Friday the 1st. Check out our crowd calendar for more info.

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Jun 13, 2017 at 6:43 p.m. Erika Says...

I plan on going November 4th and 5th. I was curious about the crowds, and if it will be decorated for Halloween or Christmas time around then? Thanks!!

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Jun 13, 2017 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting average crowd during that week. There should be some Christmas decorations up by then.

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Jun 12, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. Lopaka Powell Says...

My family and I will be in California Jan8th-16th, 2018. wondering if you know how the park is during that time and if there will be any christmas festivities still going on. I've seen that dates for christmas 2016/17 ended on Jan 8th. The 9th would be the soonest we could visit the park. Is it over night that they switch the park back to normal? Thanks for any info and tips.

Lopaka

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Jun 12, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lopaka,

At that time of the year, the Christmas festivities have wrapped up. It's not a bad time to go. Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting low to average crowds on many of those days.

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Jun 5, 2017 at 6:59 p.m. Scott Says...

We would like to visit Disneyland this Monday, 12 June. I know it's supposed to be the busy season, but... schools are out the week after, it's not a Grad night, and it's Monday.

How crowded do you expect it to be, that day?

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Jun 7, 2017 at 9:18 p.m. Sal Says...

Hi, What's the best date & time to visit Disneyland in October 2017? I'm looking for dates that are LESS crowded:)

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Jun 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sal,

Check out our Crowd Calendar. Plenty of average crowd days sprinkled throughout October!

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Jun 5, 2017 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

June is the beginning of the busy summer season. We're forecasting Heavy Crowds on June 12th.

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May 27, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. Victoria Says...

Hi! I just booked a vacation from August 14-August 18. I did not see the date listed as a best time or worst time to be at Disneyland. I wonder if it is a good time to visit? I have an Infant, 4 yo and 6yo.

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May 30, 2017 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during that week in August.

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Jun 5, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. Heidy Says...

Hi, how does this Sat (6/10) & Sun (6/11) look like? :(

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Jun 5, 2017 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidy,

It's the busy summer season. We're forecasting Heavy Crowds this weekend.

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Jun 6, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. Abby Says...

Hi I will be going this Thursday, June 8th! Will that be a busy day?

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Jun 6, 2017 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abby,

Yes, we're forecasting heavy crowds on that day. Check out our crowd calendar for more info!

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Jun 1, 2017 at 5:41 p.m. Gio Says...

Hi ! Jus booked a vacation from sept 9 to sept 12 2017. What hours should we expect the park to be running and what rides should we expect to be closed down ?

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Jun 1, 2017 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gio,

Park hours will vary on the day. Expect openings between 8-10 a.m. and closings from 10 p.m. to Midnight. Refurbishments are always scheduled to change without notice. Haunted Mansion is likely to be closed for its holiday overlay.

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Jun 1, 2017 at 8:25 p.m. gio Says...

Awesome thank you for your insight. Any idea if Spacemountain will be up and running ? That out main attraction!

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Jun 2, 2017 at 5:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gio,

You're welcome. We're glad you like our blog. The Refurbishment Schedule may change at any time.

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May 25, 2017 at 8:06 p.m. Vicky Says...

We're planning to be at Disneyland/DCA the week after Labor Day. Will Haunted Mansion & Space Mountain be closed to get ready for Halloween?I hope not!

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May 25, 2017 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicky,

While the refurbishment schedule is always subject to change, we recall Haunted Mansion closing around Labor Day last year.

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May 24, 2017 at 9:46 p.m. Jane Smith Says...

Hi. We wanted to go this Friday for one day ticket. Do you think it will be too busy?

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May 24, 2017 at 7:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane,

Yes. We're forecasting heavy crowds on Friday and through the weekend.

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May 26, 2017 at 1:45 a.m. Chris Says...

We were thinking about visiting on Tuesday May 30th. Hopefully the park will be back to a more normal weekday crowd??

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May 26, 2017 at 6:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

Yes, we're forecasting average crowds on May 30 and 31.

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May 22, 2017 at 9:15 p.m. Steve Cannon Says...

Hi! My girlfriend and I will be visiting the parks this coming weekend, which of course is memorial day weekend. I understand that Disneyland park at capacity last Saturday. Do you think that it is likely to repeat? Also, I have a question regarding ticketing. If the crowds are high, and there is a possibility of one or both parks hidden capacity, do you think that a park hopper is worthwhile, or should we get the basic ticket? I have an annual pass, but will need to purchase a park ticket for my girlfriend, and I want to make sure I get a good value for that.

Any insight you can offer will be appreciated. Thank you very much!

Steve

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May 23, 2017 at 6:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

Many Annual Passholders are blocked during this weekend, so the closure is unlikely. However, a Disneyland closure would affect the lines at DCA. If you arrive before the gates open and don't leave, then you should be fine with a one=park ticket. Know that it will be busy!

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May 16, 2017 at 3:18 p.m. Mike Says...

For our trip in 2018, trying to decide between the last week in April or the first week in May. I'm trying to figure out which week has the longest part hours, but having a hard time finding that info. Any tips on which way to go?

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May 16, 2017 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

April will have the longer hours, but this is due to the spring break crowds. Early May won't be as packed, but park hours are shorter.

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May 11, 2017 at 4:24 p.m. Myrna Says...

Hi! We are planning a vacation for next year (2018) in September. We were wondering what dates are better? We want to go before they do the Halloween decorations and after Labor day but are unsure what dates are the best to go. We are a very large group (13 total - 7 adults & 6 children ages 3-14) and want to avoid long wait times on rides. We would be doing one park a day for four days total. Thanks in advance!

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May 11, 2017 at 11:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mryna,

While we won't have September 2018 forecasts until after September of this year, you can use our 2017 projections as a guide. You'll find low to medium attendance throughout the month. Know that there may be Halloween decorations up during that time.

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May 12, 2017 at 4:55 p.m. Myrna Says...

Thanks for the fast response! What about the month of March? What dates would you recommend? We're trying to plan as early as possible since we are having family coming in from out of the country. Thank you.

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May 12, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Myria,

March is spring break season. We recommend visiting during the first two weeks.

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Apr 27, 2017 at 7:14 a.m. Erik Zee Says...

Hi, y wife and I want to bring our 8 year old daughter to Disneyland. We are in Australia , and intend to spend a month in the US. So midweek does not bother us. we prefer cool ( Not Cold ) weather. Looking at April 2018. How many days should we stay to get the complete Disney experience for an 8 year old. Don't want to spend all day waiting in line for rides.

Tanks

Erik

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May 9, 2017 at 12:44 a.m. Jennifer Kelly Says...

I need to know what is the buisiest time, can you help? BTW this was helpful too

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May 9, 2017 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

The busiest times of year are Spring Break, Summer months, Thanksgiving Week, and Christmas Time. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more information.

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Apr 27, 2017 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erik,

Three days should give you enough time to experience Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

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Apr 22, 2017 at 11:11 p.m. Audra Karlinsey Says...

How does the end of May to the first of June look? Avoiding memorial day weekend?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Audra,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, you'll see that we're forecasting average crowds for most days, with Memorial Day being very busy.

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Apr 13, 2017 at 5:18 p.m. Frantastic Says...

What is a good time to visit 2018, we are looking around the month of April 2018 but our dates are flexible, possibly a long weekend trip.

Thank you!

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Apr 13, 2017 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Most of April is filled with families visiting during spring break. Consider weekdays in May, which generally see fewer guests. All of the best times to visit are listed in the post above!

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Apr 12, 2017 at 8:39 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Any thoughts on going in summer for the electrical parade or in Sept/Oct for Halloween? I can't decide which I'd rather see. We will need to go over a weekend for either and have 2 small children (6 and 4). If you think summer for the parade, any guidance on month/time of month?

Thanks!

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Apr 13, 2017 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linday,

It's all about what matters to you, Do you want the nostalgia of the Main Street Electrical Parade or rather see the park in its fall splendor?

As of now, the Main Street Electrical Parade is scheduled to end its run at Disneyland August 20. We're forecasting average crowds the week before it ends.

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Apr 10, 2017 at 6:39 p.m. Maria Huerta Says...

I was wondering how busy it's on mother's day. We are planning on going the Sunday how is it?

Thanks,

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Apr 10, 2017 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

We're forecasting High Crowds on Mother's Day. It's the same weekend as the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.

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Apr 12, 2017 at 5:25 p.m. chris Says...

Are the summer months of June and July busier than Christmas or Easter weeks?

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Apr 12, 2017 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

Generally, it's busier during Easter and Christmas because you have more people visiting during a shorter amount of time. Summer is more spread out since people arrive/depart at different times.

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Mar 27, 2017 at 8:49 p.m. Chantel Says...

We're planning the first weekend in May and noticed that it's also the same time as "Grad Night". Can you tell me about that? Is the park overly crowded? Any information would be appreciated.

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Mar 28, 2017 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantel,

Grad Nights are days were graduating seniors and their schoolmates visit the parks, with a special event held at Disney's California Adventure at 10 p.m., when the park is closed for regular guests. Since students can spend the whole day at the parks, it can increase attendance.

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Apr 6, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. Chantel Says...

Great, thank you!

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Apr 4, 2017 at 4:31 a.m. Geechild Says...

What about July 4th. Didn't see it on the list of worst times. Also this will be our first time w/ 6,4, and 2 year olds. Which is the best park to attend for this age?

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Apr 8, 2017 at 1:36 a.m. Laura Says...

We have been at the park the week of 4th of July the past 2 years and crowds have been very very good. As it got closer to the 4th, crowds got lighter. Cast members said it's due to passholder blackouts and restrictions on employee family member attendance.

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Apr 4, 2017 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Disneyland would be the best park for your tadpoles. We do not recommend visiting from June 10-August 12, which includes the 4th of July holiday.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 9:35 p.m. Shauna Zapp Says...

Hello!

I really enjoyed this article!! I am a Disney lover and am grateful to be able to visit Disneyland every year. My husband attends the Engredea Narural Foods Expo annually in March (typically the 2nd week) for work and we tag along to visit Disney. We can't arrive any earlier than Wednesday because that's when my husband flies out each year for the expo. Last year (2016) was a dream on Thursday, (husband joined) Friday and Saturday and there were no lines at all. I assumed this was because the expo goers were booking up all the hotels for that week making it difficult for tourists to visit then. I sure took that for granted because this year it was okay on Thursday But, Friday and Saturday was instanly crowded because of spring break starting that day and locals flooding to the parks. We saved Fantasyland for Saturday because my husband already saw that part last year and that was our day without him. We ended up not getting on any of those rides besides standing in line for Peter Pan for 40 minutes before we cut our losses and just went back to the hotel because the kids and I were both melting down.

Next year the expo is right smack on the middle of the worst days to visit for Spring Break. My strategy for next year is to not go to the parks on Saturday at all. And eat the money for my son and myself (my husband qualifies for a Twilight ticket since he will be in convention goer) to visit one of the Park's Wednesday afternoon/eve after we arrive. Then again on Thursday and Friday. I prefer to do single park passes and do two days in Disneyland in one day in California Adventure because it's not really worth taking advantage of the hopper when we have to take a nap every afternoon. I thought about the strategy of skipping the magic morning and just going into the opposite park each day. What do you suggest? Any advice on how to maximize our trip then? We will have a 3 year old and an 18 month old (who are usuly toast after one day at the parks). We tend to miss magic morning after the first day. We also leave the park from 1-4 ish for a nap. We are also not too concerned about Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Matterhorn, Radiator Springs Racers etc. because the kids cannot go on them yet.

Thanks!!!!

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Mar 21, 2017 at 8:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Shauna,

Skipping the magic morning and heading into the opposite park is a great strategy. Have fun!

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Mar 14, 2017 at 6:58 p.m. Carrie Says...

Will Easter Sunday be a good or a bad day to attend? :) Thanks!

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Mar 14, 2017 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

While there's never a "bad" day to visit Disneyland, there will be heavy crowds at the park on Easter Sunday. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more info.

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Mar 23, 2017 at 3:35 p.m. Han Le Says...

Oh no, I was hoping that Easter would be less crowded because people have to go to church. So this is historically not the case?

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Mar 23, 2017 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Han,

People use the Easter holiday for Disneyland trips and vacations. It will be busy.

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Mar 31, 2017 at 8:33 p.m. Carla Says...

I went to Disneyland on Easter 3 years ago and we expected it to be very crowded but to our surprise it was one of the best days we've ever had at the park. Lines where about 10 mins for most rides. It was probably a fluke but who knows your might get lucky.

Have fun on your trip and enjoy!

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Mar 8, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. Hailey Says...

Hi!

We are considering coming from Aug 31-Sept 5 OR Oct 5-Oct 10. which will have a smaller crowd?

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Mar 8, 2017 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hailey,

We're forecasting average to high crowds during both those dates. Check out our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to see more!

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Mar 4, 2017 at 4:31 p.m. Jessie Says...

We will be doing Disney December 13th-20th, 2017...

is this an overly busy time? Has anyone experienced Disney with an infant?

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Mar 4, 2017 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessie,

We're forecasting low to average crowds during that time. We have a post all about taking a baby to Disneyland right here!

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May 30, 2017 at 9:09 p.m. Michelle Says...

We are looking at going this same time. Do you know where I can find info on fireworks, Fantasmic and World of Color schedules? Will it be every night or just F/Sa/Sun?

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May 30, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Disneyland usually publishes park hours and entertainment schedules two months out on their official website.

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Mar 2, 2017 at 8:49 p.m. Jeff Johnson Says...

Just chiming in to war everyone that Halloween crowds are insane, in case you are planning an October trip. The Wife and I have been visiting for Halloween the last few years, and the closer you get to Halloween itself, the crazier it gets, with Christmas-level crowding the week of Halloween. There were times it was standing room only through Adventureland all the way to Mansion, and wait times were absurd. It's still a very fun time and we have loved our spooky Disneyland vacations, but just be forewarned that the word is out about Disneyland's Halloween, and the crazy holiday crowds now being in October, not late November.

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Mar 5, 2017 at 3:07 a.m. Courtney L Says...

We are planning on going from October 9- 16th, is it quiet then? Do they still do fireworks at night and parades daily or is that strictly a weekend thing?

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May 1, 2017 at 2:31 a.m. Jacklyn Says...

What Jeff previously replied is no joke! My boyfriend and I went last year on October 17th and 18th. It was super busy especially Monday and I was miserable and cranky most of the morning. We got there early but still had to park far away in the Toy Story parking lot and take a bus to the park. I thought it wouldn't be too bad going in mid October but I didn't realize that was also the week most local schools are out on "October break." We also attended the Halloween party Monday night and the crowds seemed to just get worse. They way oversell that event, IMO. It was so crowded we couldn't find a place to stand for the first parade and there was nowhere to stand to see the fireworks well. We got a good place for the second parade, however. And the nights they have the Halloween party the nighttime parade and the fireworks are only available to those that attend the party. So, if you don't intend on going to the Halloween party (which is a separate ticket event) then you probably won't get fireworks. The Halloween party was held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday last year. All that said, we are going to go late September to early October instead. The park is already decorated for Halloween by then so hopefully we can enjoy that with lesser crowds this year.

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Mar 6, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

Historically, entertainment and fireworks are Fri-Sat-Sun during October. As for attendance, we're forecasting average to high crowds during that week. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more info.

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Feb 28, 2017 at 11 p.m. Corey Says...

Hi there,

I'm looking at going on a trip to Disneyland for the first time, taking family. 3adults 1 kid,

Whats the perfect time to go so we can fully enjoy the park?

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Feb 28, 2017 at 7:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Corey,

The best times are all listed in the blog post you commented on! Summer is the busiest, but that's when the parks are open late, and you have fireworks, Fantasmic and World of Color at night!

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Feb 23, 2017 at 11:31 p.m. Trent Says...

My family and I are from Canada and plan to visit Disneyland for the third time from March 27 to April 3, 2017. Any projections on how crowds will be given spring break etc. Thanks!

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Feb 23, 2017 at 6:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trent,

We're forecasting heavy crowds at Disneyland due to spring break. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more details.

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Feb 22, 2017 at 7:19 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hi! I love your site! We are going to Disneyland for our first time with our 2 kids from 2/28-3/2. I just noticed there are a bunch of rides on refurbishment--the ones I am most sad about are POC and Matterhorn. Will we still have a good time with the rides that are still open? Thought I had picked a great week crowd-wise but now worried I didn't research this enough! Thanks!

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Feb 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. JB Says...

We've been at Disneyland Feb24, 25 and now today the 26. It has been absolutely PACKED like sardines everyday. So miserable and disappointing.... Annual Pass Holder days are going on till mid March so locals are out in droves! I haven't seen it this packed in a long time!!!

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Feb 22, 2017 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

There are still plenty of fun things to do during your visit. Big Thunder, Haunted Mansion, Star Tours, Soarin' Around The World, Radiator Springs Racers... all scheduled to be open!

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Feb 20, 2017 at 11:43 p.m. Bobbi Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland August 1 through 4, 2017. Is it going to be horrific? I was hoping since it was all weekdays we might escape the crushing crowds. Do you anticipate less crowds this summer (2017)? I had pondered that people might put off Disneyland vacations to wait for Star Wars Land to open. Also, according to an article I read Disney itself is anticipating lower attendance this year and next. Is that inaccurate?

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Feb 20, 2017 at 5:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bobbi,

While a crystal ball would be helpful, we've updated our Crowd Calendar with this year's projected attendance for August.

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Feb 17, 2017 at 11:47 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hello!

Do you have any information on the crowd levels during the week of May 15-19? It looks like there is a Tinkerbell Run event over the previous weekend, will those crowds spill into the following week? Thanks!

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Feb 18, 2017 at 7:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

We're forecasting average crowds at the Disneyland Resort during the week of May 15-19, but it's hard to predict if people in the marathon will get their park visits in before or after their race day.

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Feb 17, 2017 at 4:27 a.m. Will Says...

Is March 16th ~ 22rd, 2017 really going to be that bad? My girlfriend has a conference that weekend. I'm really torn if I should go with her and we can visit Disney World. But I really don't want to go if we are just going to wait in lines all day... Some expert advice is highly appreciated.

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Feb 17, 2017 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Will,

March 16-22 is Spring Break, so the crowds will be high during that week. Use Fastpass and our Park Plans to make the most of your visit if you make it!

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Feb 22, 2017 at 10:45 p.m. Joefish Says...

who is on spring break just looked up california schools are not vacation till April

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Feb 23, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joefish,

Many California school districts, like Pasadena ISD and San Francisco ISD are off in March!

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Feb 16, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. Cathy Says...

We booked our trip 4/12 through 4/19 because the travel agent told me Easter "wouln't be bad". After researching and finding out it is historically bad, tried to change it but the airline prices had increased too much. SO, did some additional research and found that most major school districts in the US will have their Spring Break in March and won't be overlapping with Easter. Will this help our crowd levels any?

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Feb 16, 2017 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy,

We're projecting that Southern California theme parks will see high crowds during your visit. While it will be busy, you can make the best of it by using Fastpass and following our Park Plans.

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Feb 14, 2017 at 11:51 p.m. marlena Says...

Easter is on Sun, April 16 this year.. My bday is 2 weekends before that, April 2Will it be less crowded before Easter? I want to go for my birthday

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Feb 15, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marlena,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting high crowds on April 2 and 16th. It's the busy Spring Break season!

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Feb 9, 2017 at 8 p.m. stephanie Says...

Hi, i'm thinking of going either on

Monday 2/13/17 or 2/14/17 (Valentines day) . What day do you recommend going? Less crowds? I heard some kids are off monday for lincons? What do you think. Please help.

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Feb 9, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

While we're forecasting average crowds on Feb 13/14, we are expecting heavy crowds on Feb 20 due to many area school districts off on President's Day. Here's our Crowd Calendar for the month.

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Feb 9, 2017 at 3:45 a.m. Sara Meghann Says...

Are there some special events going on April 24-April 28, 2017? Hotels seems to be very expensive that week..?

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Feb 9, 2017 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

We're not aware of any Disney Special Events going on inside the park that time. The hotels regularly host meetings so it may be why the rooms are at those prices.

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Mar 10, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. Shannon Says...

We're going the same week, low crowds expected at Disney, but the hotels are sold out. I tried to book a second room for my sister and there is NOTHING available (unless I want to spend a fortune at the Grand Californian). No idea what's going on, but I'm hoping they don't all decide to head to Disney!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:16 p.m. Kevin Says...

If you could only visit Disneyland in either summer 2017, or summer 2018, which year would be better from an attraction, construction and crowd standpoint? Any suggestions?

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Feb 5, 2017 at 12:24 a.m. Tyson Says...

Visited January 27 - 31, 2017. It was extremely crowded each and everyday, which totally sucked because it had been nearly 10 years since I was there. Chinese New Year and the good weather did it, combined with the discounted tickets offered to Southern California residents.

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Feb 1, 2017 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

We don't have any word of major new attractions, shows or construction projects arriving at the Disneyland Resort in 2018. If you haven't visited since Cars Land opened, then it may be worth heading to the resort this summer!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 6 p.m. April Rodriquez Says...

We are planning our 2nd trip. We went in the very beginning of summer this past year and it was very crowded. We are planning this time for either Monday April 16-Sunday April 22nd or Monday April 23rd-Sunay April 29th, 2018. What are your thoughts on those dates? We are trying to go before the big summer crowds and hotter weather.

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Feb 1, 2017 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April,

We're forecasting the majority of those days to have average crowds in 2017. Unless school spring break calendars change, they should remain consistent from 2017 to 2018.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 4:01 p.m. Megan Says...

I am visiting the area April 28th to May 2nd is it better to visit the park on a Saturday or Sunday? Also, how do the crowds look on Monday's? We are thinking of going to the park on Sunday and Monday to hopefully avoid some of the crowds.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

On our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during those days. Your best days would be Sunday and Monday since many passholders are back to work on Monday.

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Jan 28, 2017 at 9:40 p.m. Arthur S. Says...

Hello!

Thank you for the helpful post. I am visiting the parks on Feb 16, 2017 while I am in town for a conference. I can only do one-day at the parks :/. I am debating between getting a one park ticket for Disneyland or the Park Hopper. Which would you recommend? I will be with my girlfriend who has never been to the parks!

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Jan 29, 2017 at 5:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arthur,

If you can afford the one-day park hopper, go with that. You'll get a good glimpse of both parks.

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. Victoria Says...

Easter Sunday...I know falls during a "NO GO" week but the day itself??? Thoughts?

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

We've listed Easter Sunday as a 10, meaning we expect very high crowds. Like any holiday, many families schedule trips to the Disneyland Resort that weekend.

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Jan 29, 2017 at 9:09 p.m. Rachel Enderby Says...

Hi does Columbus Day on 9 October usually mean the days after that date are still really busy? We're looking at visiting 10-12October with the kids? Thank you

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Jan 29, 2017 at 5:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

We're forecasting that Oct 10-12 will have average to a high crowd day on the 12th. Here's our Crowd Calendar.

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Jan 24, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. Darcy Says...

Do you know why March 5-11, 2017 is so busy? Your list says spring break shouldn't start until the following week but then says this week is especially busy. Why is that?

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Jan 25, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darcy,

We look at statical data and resources such as school vacation calendars from districts outside of the LA/OC area to come up with forecasts for that month.

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Jan 22, 2017 at 9:50 p.m. Jill Says...

We are looking at coming for a week, oct 11-18. I don't see any special events or holidays that will make the park extra busy (aside from early closures for Halloween party), just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything! Average crowds at this time you'd say!?

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Jan 23, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill,

Outside of weekends and a few random days, October is a good month to visit. If there are any changes will update the October LA Calendar as soon as we know.

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Jan 21, 2017 at 7:59 a.m. Natalie Says...

Hi! Thank you for all this info! We're planning on being in the park Janiary 25-26, 3017 (just a few more days!) Were hoping to beat the crowds. Do you think those days will be alright even with the Main Street electrical parade being back just a few days before?

Thank you,

Natalie

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Jan 23, 2017 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

It's possible that local passholders will be back to see the Main Street Electrical Parade, and it could affect crowds, but that's less likely during a weekday. Make sure to pick a spot for parade viewing early!

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Jan 26, 2017 at 5:47 a.m. Dom Says...

Will Splash Mountain be open Feb 21-23?

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Jan 26, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dom,

As of now, Splash Mountain is scheduled to be open on those days.

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Jan 18, 2017 at 1:41 a.m. Christye Says...

Hey I want to take my four year old in May but my finals don't end until the 24th, so we will be going the 25th - 27th. And I see that grad nights are planned for that week plus memorial day is that coming Monday. How busy will it be? What happens during grad nights that will effect her time at the park? Will we be kicked out before the fireworks?

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Jan 18, 2017 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christie,

Grad Nights are normally private events that happen at Disney California Adventure starting at 10 PM. It won't affect any Disneyland shows, and possibly not a World of Color show if one is scheduled that day at Disney California Adventure. There can be more people in the park, but not like a packed summer day. This is how things normally work, but we'll post an article if we hear of Grad Nights changing.

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Jan 17, 2017 at 3 a.m. Andy Says...

How big are the crowds at Disneyland on valentine's day? Is there a significant increase in crowd volune?

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Jan 17, 2017 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy,

We don't see significant crowds during Valentine's Day at Disneyland. We're forecasting average size crowds that day.

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Jan 14, 2017 at 7:10 a.m. Desiree Says...

I was hoping to bring my family on Feb. 21, but I noticed your calendar said high crowds that entire week. I would expect that over the weekend and President's Day, but wondered about the forecast for the entire week. Thanks!

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Jan 16, 2017 at 6:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Desiree,

Outside of the weekends and President's day, we're forecasting average crowds on our Crowd Calendar for that week.

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Jan 12, 2017 at 4:10 p.m. Katie Says...

Any idea what is going on at Disneyland March 7-10, 2017? I can't seem to find a hotel!

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Jan 12, 2017 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Ki Katie,

Hmmm. We're forecasting average crowds for most of that week. There is a convention at the ACC that weekend so it may be attendees getting in some Disney-fun before their convention.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 3:07 a.m. Dayana Says...

Hi what are the best days in may 2017 ?? It's my sons birthday month and I want to surprise him.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dayana,

Take a look at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar and see what works around your son's birthday. GREAT SURPRISE.

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Jan 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. michaele preston Says...

In your post you say that the first week in June is a good time to visit but on the crowd calendar, it lists high crowds all week. Has something changed?

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Jan 11, 2017 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michaele,

In terms of summer, the first week in June is pretty good and certainly better than July. But with most passholders blocked out from June 9 through Aug. 20, many will add in trips before then.

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Jan 12, 2017 at 12:23 p.m. Teresa Says...

What do you think about March 6-8? We're going to be at Disneyland for those three days and I don't know what to expect of the crowd and I'm praying it doesn't rain! Are their massive crowds during that time?

Thank you!

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Jan 12, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa,

On our Crowd Calendar we're forecasting those days to have average crowds.

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Jan 20, 2017 at 12:06 p.m. Teresa Says...

Bummer! It could be worse, I suppose.

Thank you!

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Jan 9, 2017 at 10:32 p.m. Rosita Says...

Hello! I love your articles, always so insightful! I was hopping (see you got me doing it now) that you can help me with a little snafu I have run into. I planned on buying the MSEP dining package for BB but I know POC will be down for refurbishment. My question: have you eaten there when POC was down, is the ambiance affected? Do you think it is still worth it without POC? Thank you!

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Jan 13, 2017 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rosita,

While we haven't dined at the Blue Bayou while Pirates of the Caribbean was down, it's possible one of our readers can speak to that. We're big Blue Bayou fans, and think any time that we can get a table is a great time to dine there.

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Jan 7, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. Helen Says...

Hi! I'm thinking about taking the kids for the February break (week of 2/20) after the President's Day holiday. Looks like crowds are "average" then -- what does that mean in terms of ride waits? Is it a better time than spring break (week of 4/10 for us)? Thank you!

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Jan 10, 2017 at 8:48 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi,

We are interested in going to Disneyand on Memorial Day through Friday, June 2. How busy do you think it will be?

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Jan 11, 2017 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

We're forecasting the parks to have high to average crowds that week. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more info.

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Jan 9, 2017 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

The February break week is much better crowd-wise for your trip. Your best bet to manage ride times is to use our park planning tools and wait time app!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 9:49 p.m. Shana Says...

Planning to arrive early evening Monday Oct 9 2017 and spend Tues-Thurs (Oct 10-12th 2017) in the parks. Can we confidently expect lesser than normal crowds? We are taking our school aged children out of school in hopes of being at the park when its less busy. Our biggest concern before booking an October trip is getting booted out early for Mickeys Halloween Party :(

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Jan 6, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shana,

We're forecasting average crowds that week. Take a closer look at our crowd calendar. Our tips would be to visit another park on the day that Magic Kingdom closes early for Mickey's Halloween Party. The dates for the party are usually released in the spring.

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Jan 4, 2017 at 8:46 p.m. Angela Says...

We're from Canada and were thinking of going Aug 20-26 before our kids go back to school. Would we possibly be better crowd wise to go Aug 13-19 while the pass holders are still blocked out? Have lots of schools in the US gone back to school that week (13-19) already? Thanks!!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

We're forecasting that Aug 13-31 will have Average Crowds at Disneyland. There are some Annual Passholders that can get in during Aug 13-19. The 21st is when remaining AP's get visit the park.

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Jan 4, 2017 at 6:51 a.m. Laela Says...

Planning a trip for Disneyland/California for feb 27- March 3rd. Should those be busy days? Thank you!

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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laela,

Those look like average crowd days. Check out our Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 11:08 p.m. Jared Kurtzberg Says...

I am trying to decide for Disneyland only between Sunday January 22, 2107 when the park is open from 9am until midnight or the next day, with cheaper tickets, when the park is open much shorter hours from 10am-8pm. Is the 10 hours enough time? Are the crowds that much smaller on Monday? Thanks so much!!

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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jared,

Yes, weekends are generally busier on Sunday than Monday. As for your 10-hour time frame, YES. As long as you have a plan, prioritize what you want to do nay take a peek at our touring plans, you should be able to get in a good amount of attractions in that time. Check the showtimes of the Main Street Electrical Parade too. If that's important for you to see, then consider that it may not run every day.

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Jan 3, 2017 at 6:28 p.m. Angie Schneider Says...

Hi there! Just thought I would let you know...Oregon's Spring Break is a week later this year! March 27-31 is our break instead of the week before. I saw a comment wanting to know how busy March 20-25 would be. Hope that helps others to plan, I will be there...pushing my way through the crowds! LOL!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 4:31 a.m. Kyle Patterson Says...

Hello I am planning to go to Disneyland March 20-25 2017 and would like to know if that is a not so busy time to go. Thank you

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Jan 13, 2017 at 8:15 p.m. Lori Says...

Not only is it spring break but there is also a cheerleading competition going on. This will be my third year going during this time and if my daughter wasn't competing I would stay away.

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Jan 3, 2017 at 7:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyle,

Yes, that will be an extremely busy time to visit Disneyland. It's Spring Break!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 11:52 p.m. elizabeth Dillard Says...

We have a trip to Disneyland planned March 3rd- 5th.. How are the crowds. Last year we went at spring break, crazy.. However , we may have to visit Dland the week March 7th thru 9th. Due to unexpected change in plans. If we have to, how are the crowds then?

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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

Take a look at our Crowd Calendar. Those days look pretty good. Have fun!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 2:56 a.m. Thom Says...

Im planning to take the family to Disney land from April 2 to the 6th how is the park then

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Jan 3, 2017 at 7:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thom,

You can expect heavy to average crowds during that week. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more info.

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Jan 1, 2017 at 9:09 p.m. Jesus Valenzuela Says...

Hi! I am planning to go to Disney California Adventure and I was wondering if it would be a good time to go on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of January 2017. Thank you.

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Jan 1, 2017 at 6:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesus,

We're forecasting average crowds on all of those days. Have fun!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 1:22 a.m. Rocco Says...

I'm going Jan 16,17,18 2017 how would the crowds be for those dates ? Would it be a super long wait "up to an hour" or should I reschedule ?

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Jan 3, 2017 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rocco,

You're visiting Disneyland on the tail end of a 3-day weekend for many people. You're going to have High, Average and Low crowds during those days. Check out our Crowd Calendar.

It's hard to say how long wait times will be. If you use Fastpass, you can definitely avoid those big lines.

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Dec 29, 2016 at 1:22 a.m. Robin Says...

We are planning to go in February (probably the 8th through the 10th). I'd like to go on a Friday because of the longer hours, but will it be worth it if crowds are generally bigger on Fridays, or would we be better off going Tuesday through Thursday?

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Dec 28, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin,

It's a trade off. Tues-Thurs will have smaller crowds, but you may miss a parade or the fireworks display that could only happen on a Fri-Sun. Peek at Disneyland's site for their show schedule.

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Dec 28, 2016 at 12:31 p.m. Marie Says...

We are planning on visiting January 6-7, 2017. I think Orange County will be back in school. Will that make much difference or will it be miserably busy?

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Dec 28, 2016 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie,

On our Crowd Calendar we're forecasting those days to be moderately busy. Parks are open late, so that should give you time to experience lots of attractions.

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Dec 14, 2016 at 5:59 p.m. Julie in DC Says...

I just got back from Disneyland. We went December 6,7,8. It was a three day pass for the Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. We stayed on site so we could go to the parks early. I have to say, it was very crowded. . I was shocked to see it packed mid week during school hours early December. I would personally recommend going in January or February instead. Of course we had a good time, but the crowds were much larger than what we had anticipated. We spent day one and day three at Disneyland because that was where the early magic morning hours were, and then the middle day was California adventure. This was just about right. We did not get to see everything however due to the crowds. Hope this helps others make wise decisions in the future! Keep in mind we did pull the kids out of school and I'm very glad we did. If it was like this mid week early December what is it like over Christmas!?! One last piece of wisdom/advice: we made lunch and dinner reservations at various restaurants and thank God we did. Otherwise we might not have eaten. You have to call 60 days prior to do this. Got right in with our reservations, and treated very well and got good tables. Keep that in mind.

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Dec 22, 2016 at 11:42 a.m. Renee Says...

We went last year in December during the kids winter break. WRONG!WRONG! WRONG! That was the worst trip to Disneyland I had ever had. Cast members were pretty much non-attentive as most were seasonsl hires and were being trained on the 1st day of the vacation period. My brother turned around and went back to the hotel because it took almost 2 hours just to get to security at 8am. I ended up taking older kids back at night time and there were no lines because it was pouring rain and really cold for Anaheim standards.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 11:11 p.m. Heather Says...

I second this. We went Dec 7-11 and were blown away by how crowded it was. We always go in December and we even usually go a little bit later in the month with much smaller crowds. I'm not sure why there were so many people this year but it was insane. You could barely walk through the crowds a lot of the time. Combine that with constant parade reroutes/closures and the back entrance from Frontierland to Fantasyland being blocked off (thank you, Star Wars land) and you're left with squished, disorganized travel around the park. There were a lot of ride breakdowns/closures too which made the ride lines even longer than usual. Even fast pass returns were long lines. And speaking of fast passes, if anyone wants to ride the Radiator Springs Racers I suggest heading over to the fast pass distribution as soon as the park opens because those are gone for the day early in the morning.

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Jan 1, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. Julie Says...

One of the most important things to look at when planning a Disneyland vacation is the local annual pass holder calendar. There are so many SoCal pass holders who swarm the parks during the weekdays that it can be miserable. In December, they are blocked out halfway through, so they visit in droves during the first two weeks of December. Since the introduction of the payment plans to pay for your SoCal Disneyland pass, there really isn't an off season anymore. Your best bet for reasonable crowds would be Jan, Feb or the first week of November.

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Great advice on getting those Radiator Springs Racers Fastpasses first thing.

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips!

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Dec 22, 2016 at 1:47 a.m. Addie Says...

Hi happy holidays!

I'm thinking of going to Disneyland the 25th and the 26th which is Christmas and the day after Christmas would those days be super busy?

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Addie,

Happy Holidays to you as well!

Woo. Yes, Dec 25 and 26 will be super busy at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Lots of families spend their holidays at the resort.

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Dec 12, 2016 at 3:28 a.m. JZ Says...

I think at this point, it's safe to move the first two weeks of December to the "Expect it to be busy" side of the aisle. we were there Wed, Thur, and Fri and both Thur and Fri rival or exceed any weekday visit I've done in the middle of summer. Wednesday was busy too with Califoria Adventure adding a slight reprieve on Wed only.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

JZ,

Thanks for the in-park updates. Hope you were able to have fun!

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Dec 9, 2016 at 11:29 p.m. Steph Says...

We were looking at jan 1 and 2 2017, are those some of the busiest days of the year (like capacity type) or just the usual seasonal busy type of day?

Thank you

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Yes, these are some of the very busiest days of the whole year.

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Dec 8, 2016 at 7:39 a.m. Eric Says...

You've said crowds will be larger the week after President's Day. We are planning to visit 2/21 through 2/24 - how bad should we expect it to be? We've never been to Disneyland. Are we talking hour long lines, everywhere? We're staying in the park. So, will take advantage of the early entrance but we're wary of hour long lines the rest of the time. Any prediction for that week after President's Day?

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Dec 18, 2016 at 2:23 a.m. Pam Says...

We've gone many times in February and it's been our best trips. Even better if it's raining.

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Dec 1, 2016 at 12:20 a.m. Nikki Says...

My family and I are planning a trip to Disneyland around the middle of October. Is it really crowed around 1-2 weeks before Halloween? We really would like to go when it's not as crowed to try and see/ride as much as we can. Also how is the weather in October? So I can pack accordingly. Any recommendations?

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Dec 15, 2016 at 6:47 a.m. Heather Says...

My favorite times to go are October and March, mid week. I'm getting ready to try January. Will probably be cold and possibly raining, but that means shorter lines.

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Nov 21, 2016 at 8:04 p.m. Cherie Says...

We are planning on going to disneyland between Dec. 11 - Dec. 14. What will the crowds be like?

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Nov 29, 2016 at 3:51 a.m. Steve Says...

We will be there that week too...most likely from the 13 to the 15th of December. I hope the crowds are not too bad.

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Dec 14, 2016 at midnight D Mirage Says...

Very crowded today. Tuesday DEC 13th

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Nov 17, 2016 at 3:32 a.m. Jimi Says...

Thinking of going Nov 21-23 ( I know not the BEST time to go) and have two tykes age 5 and 7. Going to buy park hoppers, any suggestions on how plan/split the parks over the three days to maximize our time there? (First time w/ kids, go'n to be an adventure!!)

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Nov 16, 2016 at 8:44 p.m. Beth Says...

How do you think the crowds look the week after Thanksgiving?

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Nov 26, 2016 at 8:29 a.m. Cynthia Says...

Very crowded during the week of thanksgiving ????

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Nov 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Jaime Says...

How about the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend? Do you think all the crowds will be gone? Thinking may they are going home at that time?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaime,

Crowds will still likely be higher but not as high as Thanksgiving week.

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Nov 23, 2016 at 4:37 p.m. jessica palos Says...

Good morning,

Do you think you'll be anything busy Sunday November 27th like it was on Veteran's Day? We went and it was extremely busy. We'd like to go back.

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Nov 24, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Yes, we expect it will be very busy.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 4:50 p.m. Lorne Says...

Looking to go to Disneyland either November 18-19 or December 9-10. Do you recommend one over the other?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorne,

Both times should be fine, but December 8-9 might be slightly less crowded.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 5:56 a.m. Heather Says...

Any idea which will be more crowded, the Tuesday or Friday after President's Day?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Tuesday may be more crowded, since Monday is the holiday, but some people do get the whole week off so we would expect a higher than usual crowd either day.

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Dec 4, 2016 at 9:22 p.m. Beth Says...

How about the Wednesday and Thursday after? I have heard the crowds are mostly in- state guests? Any insight in that?

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Nov 12, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. Reyna Says...

I have a question. My moms friend is driving all the way from idaho and there coming this thanksgiving week. We have plans on going to Disneyland the day of thanksgiving. Would you recommend it?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reyna,

This is a very busy day to visit. We always say the best day to visit is whenever you can, but you should go in with the expectation that it will be really, really crowded.

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Nov 21, 2016 at 5:39 a.m. mona Says...

Will Thanksgiving day 2016 be sold out?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona,

We can't say for sure, but would expect it to reach capacity at some point on this day and the Friday after it as well.

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Nov 12, 2016 at 7:09 p.m. Nikko Says...

Is the whole week of thanksgiving horrible? We were thinking about going just Monday and Tuesday.

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikko,

You should expect higher crowds the whole week.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 8:20 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hello. We are booked at Paradise Pier March 27th-April 1st. Been to WDW 8 times but this is our first trip to DL. We are only doing each park one day because we want to explore California and have some chill time. It will be ny grandma, my 9 yr old daughter and 1 yr old son and myself. Any advice on which days of the week to do what parks? We will be available to do park days on tuesday, wednesday and thursday. Thank you

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

Sounds like a great trip! Since you are staying on property, you have two ways of doing this. Disneyland usually has early entry with Extra Magic Hour for hotels guests one hour before park opening on Tuesday/Thursday, and California Adventure has early entry on Wednesday. If you are early risers and can take full advantage of the early entry by being in the park an hour before opening, then visit the park holding Extra Magic Hour. If you do not plan to use the early entry, then definitely visit the park that does NOT offer the Extra Magic Hour for lower crowds throughout the day.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 6:43 p.m. Catlin Says...

I'm planning to take my wife and two kids under the age of 5 on April 14th, to April 18th. Will this be a very busy time ?

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catlin,

Yes! Among the very busiest dates of the year.

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Oct 31, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. Mandy Says...

With some rides that close in the "off peak times", when are the best times then to go, and not miss out on rides? I don't want to go all that way and not be able to go on the rides, as they are closed for maintenance? Thanx

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Nov 22, 2016 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy,

Based on past history, it seems like you’ll find most of the closures in early spring. Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain always close off and on September through January to add and remove their seasonal overlays! Disney refurbishments are also always unpredictable, so any refurbs can easily change at any given moment. Be sure to check out our seasonal closures section on this post!

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Oct 30, 2016 at 4:21 a.m. Weng Ian Says...

Hi, I am planning to go to Disneyland California in February. I will be coming from France and once I am a Cast Member I am afraid concening the blockouts? And I saw just right now that the President's week in exactly in the week that I will be there, so is more that certain that will be blockout of the Cast Member, right?

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Oct 29, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. Marlyn Says...

Hello, thank you for the information. My family is planning to go on Sunday Dec. 11, do you think we will be able to enjoy Disneyland that day?

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Oct 28, 2016 at 11:15 p.m. Rob Says...

We are looking to go to DL either Feb. 8-11, Feb. 12-15, or March 1-4, 2017. Which window is most likely to be less crowded? This will be our first trip with our 3 young kids (oh boy). Thanks!

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Oct 28, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Mary Says...

Need some advice. We are looking at going to Disneyland the first week of June 2017. However, I see that there are a few grad nights that week. How much does that affect crowds? Would it be better to go the last week of March?

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Oct 20, 2016 at 11:55 p.m. Stacy Says...

Hello, we're trying to plan our trip for next year it will be our sons first time, will it just be crazy packed apr.10-14 ? Planning on buying a hotel and ticket package for the week. Thanks :)

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Nov 1, 2016 at 9 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Heading there 2/19-2/25 because kids have week off from school, aside from prez day will it be busy?

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Oct 31, 2016 at 2:52 a.m. Lilminnie Says...

Hi Leap, great article! Very helpful. My daughter us turning 5 on January 2nd, 2017. We are planning to take her there. Should we wait a bit after her birthday? WOULD they still sing to her and all? We are traveling with a 2 yrs old too. So how many day pass should we do? Where to stay?

Thank you

Minh

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

If you can wait a week, the crowd levels will be a lot lower, but then Christmas decorations will be going down Jan. 8. Park hours will also become shorter after Jan. 8, so you'll have to time your visit based on how important those things are to you. We like staying within walking distance of the park to avoid the hassle and added expense of parking. There are a number of hotels on Harbor Blvd that have easy walking access, plus there are some hotels have have their own Disneyland shuttle. Staying on-site is always fun too! We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard on Harbor Boulevard with extended family last summer and found that the two queens with a twin bunk bed and extra half bath worked well for us. They had a kid pool water park area, and you can request a fireworks view to catch the Disneyland fireworks if you can't stay in the park that late. We recommend a 2- or 3-day pass (3-day pass comes with one Magic Morning entry to Disneyland). You can order a birthday cake to select table service restaurants, where you can sing Happy Birthday. Be sure to get her a complimentary birthday button so everyone knows it is her special day!

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Oct 23, 2016 at 3:21 a.m. Disney Freak Says...

Yes because it is considered spring break and that will be pretty packed.

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Oct 19, 2016 at 12:10 a.m. Kerry Says...

We're going Nov 29 - Dec 1 (Tues - Thurs), checking in to the Hilton on Monday. Should I do the Magic Morning on Tues or Thurs? Not sure if there will be a difference in the crowd on those days. Thanks!

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

The crowds will probably be similar, but Tuesday tend to have a slightly a smaller crowd.

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Oct 18, 2016 at 6:28 p.m. Moni Says...

Would you say it's worth it going on a Sunday? We plan on going on Oct 23, only Disneyland. Worried since we'll be only going to one park, and one day only that we won't be able to do everything on a Sunday.

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Oct 21, 2016 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Moni,

It's certainly doable and worth doing! Get there before the park opens for lowest crowds.

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Oct 14, 2016 at 11:06 p.m. Danny Says...

Hi - hope you can help. Looking to visit Disneyland with my child late June 2017. Looks like this is busy time. I can fine tune the days but not the 'late June 2017'. Can you offer thoughts on best days and also best tickets to provide 'fastrack' inside Parks? Many thanks.

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danny,

FastPass is free to all guests. The best advice we can offer is to arrive early each day, take a break midday, and come back for the evening and stay late. Visit Disneyland Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Visit California Adventure Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. Tabby Says...

My 8-year-old and I will be visiting Mon, Nov. 14 and Tues., Nov. 15. I'm hoping that will be a low crowd time. What are our options for being able to view WofC without spending a hour or two in line ahead of time? During non-peak, do we have to arrive as early? Or would we be better off just enjoying the rides if we aren't willing to wait in line all evening?

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Oct 19, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Amanda Says...

You can try grabbing a fast pass in the morning for the show :)

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Oct 13, 2016 at 4:48 p.m. Brian Says...

If your going for two days, I would recommend skipping the World of Color show on one day and getting on some of the better rides when the lines are much shorter. When you do watch the show, there are plenty of places outside of the roped off area to stand and see the show. The water show goes quite high so you will be able to see a large part of it even if you don't have a front row seat.

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Oct 6, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. Ecfinn Says...

First, thanks for this excellent post. Very informative. We are thinking of going to both Disneyland and CA Adventure on Oct. 12 (2 adults, LA residents). It is Yom Kippur and a Halloween Party day, so it closes early. I know LAUSD is closed for the holiday, but I think OCC is not closed. Do you think the Halloween Party and/or the Jewish holiday will mean a crowded day? Because it's closing so early, we want to make sure it's worth it. Thanks in advance for any tips/input.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay. It was likely somewhat crowded because Arizona schools are off all week. LAUSD being off can affect that as well. Since both parks closed early, it would be challenging to get it all done. What did you decide?

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Oct 22, 2016 at 7:31 p.m. Jennifer Campbell Says...

We went on the 13th of october. It was the one of the busiest times we had ever seen. All toddlers and college kids from Arizona.

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Oct 16, 2016 at 4:23 p.m. Dana Says...

We just got home from 11th-15th at DL & DCA and it was absolutely packed. Busier than I have ever seen it including holiday season, summer and last year at the same exact time. All other guests seemed to be shocked of how busy it was for October as well! Most fast passes completely gone by early afternoon and a 2 1/2 hour wait for Radiator springs racers for large majority of the day. Still worth it as the Halloween party is one of the most fun experiences ever and we look forward to it every year

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Oct 18, 2016 at 4:59 p.m. Cory Says...

Us, too! We were really shocked at how busy it was. We usually try to go at the very end of Sept/very beginning of Oct, which is traditionally not that crowded. We didn't take into account Columbus Day this time and we weren't aware of the AZ break. Those two things really did impact the crowds. My wife also believes that the new monthly pay option for CA pass holders is driving the crowds up, too. Time will tell, I guess? We still had fun but could not do all of the rides we wanted because three days wasn't enough!? I should also mention that The Little Mermaid ride was broken the entire time, Indiana Jones broke down twice and Big Thunder broke down once. :)

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Oct 4, 2016 at 2:52 a.m. Maria Says...

Hello! We are looking at going to Disneyland in February. I've read to stay away from Presidents day (feb 20), Does that typically mean that whole week will be busy? What about the week of Feb 13? Should we just try for Feb 27th week instead? Thanks so much for your help!

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Nov 8, 2016 at 6:28 p.m. Utah Mom Says...

We were at DL & DCA the week leading up to Presidents Day in 2013 and it wasn't bad at all. We always go from Sunday - Friday. Our trip fell over Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day & Chinese New Year that year and it was SO much fun! The crowds were really only increased on Feb 14th. The rest of the days were A-ok! Radiator Springs always has a huge wait though if you don't get a fast pass.

I'm really shocked to hear eveyone saying October has been so crowded, we did that in 2009 and it was pretty dead there. And there was a Halloween party during our visit then even. I guess word got out!

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie,

The week of Feb 13 and Feb 27 should both be lighter than President's week.

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Sep 30, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Archies Says...

HI , I am planning to visit Disney Land ,LA in December 15,16 2016.Will it be open ?? is it a good time to visit ?? I am going with a 11 months old infant.Can I purchase tickets of rides online??

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Archies,

Disneyland will be open and you can purchase tickets online. It is right before the holiday crowds arrive.

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Sep 29, 2016 at 10:07 a.m. Theresa Says...

My friend and I are going Oct. 21st. Does the Utah convention bring in a big Disney crowd? Also, we only have one day for Disney, should we do the park hopper pass?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

We have heard that the Utah convention does affect crowds, but it should not be too bad. We enjoy park hopping!

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Sep 28, 2016 at 11:53 p.m. LILY Says...

HELLO I WANTED TO KNOW IF NOV 14-15 2016 WILL BE BUSY AT DISNEYLAND?

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Sep 28, 2016 at 10:25 p.m. Grace Barraza Says...

my family and I are planning on going this year in December 9 and 10th both parks one each day. how do you think crowds will be those days.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. UTAH Disney fans Says...

We have a two-week window between Dec 26th and Jan 7th...if we were to pick two days during that span to go to Disneyland, what would you recommend?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 3:38 a.m. Brady Beach Says...

My friends and I are planning to go on October 1st, which is a Saturday and were wondering what you thought about those days? I know from previous experience Saturday's are a busy day, yet we thought that since it was earlier in the month before decoration time and isn't a trick or treating day that it should be fine. Thanks, and please let us know what you think.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brady,

October 1st would not normally be a terribly busy day, but that is the weekend of Gay Days Anaheim. Saturday is the day that Gay Day participants will be at Disneyland Park, and Sunday they will be at California Adventure. It is a popular event, but it is hard to say just how much crowds will be affected. We are trying to attend on Sunday this year to check it out ourselves! If you end up going, let us know how it is. The participants all wear red shirts. Maybe get a Park Hopper so you have your options open for escaping crowds.

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Sep 30, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Karen Says...

We were there at Gay Days last year 2015. It was very crowded, plus you had Disneyland closing early for Mickey's trick or treat. Every line in California Adventure was over 60 minute wait. I waited 30 minutes for popcorn

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Sep 27, 2016 at 4:30 a.m. DAA Says...

We went to Disneyland several years ago on the Gay Days weekend and there were definitely a lot of people there wearing red shirts. I f you're trying to avoid big crowds, I would not suggest going that weekend.

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Sep 20, 2016 at 4:01 p.m. Rachael Czerniak Says...

Trying to figure out the best time to take our daughter around her school schedule during a time when it isn't crazy busy or really hot. The only loos like it is her spring break which is March 27-31 2017. Otherwise it would be the last 2 weeks of august. What would you recommend

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Sep 20, 2016 at 7:42 a.m. Carol Says...

All of the weekends I'm available to go to Disneyland and DCP have local events scheduled. Which of the following weekends do you think would be the least crowded?

Oct 1-2 Gay Day

Nov 5-6 Dapper Day

Nov 12-13 Avengers half marathon

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Sep 15, 2016 at 3:23 a.m. Megan Says...

We are trying to plan a visit between Dec. 17th and the 25th for a couple of days. I am wondering if we wold be better off to go starting Mon. 19th or the weekend of the 17th. in terms of crowds?

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Sep 20, 2016 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

We would expect crowds for both of those days, but the 19th might be just a little better, since many passholders will still be visiting on the 17th ahead of blockout dates.

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Oct 8, 2016 at 9:19 p.m. Alaine Says...

I meant to say first or second week of December....

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Oct 8, 2016 at 9:18 p.m. Alaine Says...

I have a trip planned with my family for the week of Nov 6-11. I find planning a trip to Disneyland frustrating as the Disney website doesn't post the entertainment schedule until about 6 weeks beforehand, but I like to have my travel plans sorted well in advance. Well as it turns out this year there's almost nothing in the way of entertainment that week, no fireworks, no parades.... the only thing going is the World of Color. We like the rides, and lighter crowds are a major bonus, but for us a trip to Disneyland is also about the parades, fireworks etc. I'm considering re-scheduling our holiday for the first or second week of Christmas (assuming there will be more entertainment?), so we can get a more well-rounded Disney experience. Unfortunately, I won't know what their entertainment schedule will be like for several weeks. Do you know what kind of entertainment schedule/hours of operation we could expect in the first couple weeks of December? We would probably spend more weekday time there, as opposed to weekend time. Any thoughts you may have would be much appreciated.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alaine,

The first or second week of December will have entertainment every night. The Holiday season officially begins Nov. 10. Even though there are no fireworks or holiday parades on the schedule for that week in November yet (World of Color is scheduled each night), most likely there will be fireworks on the 6th and parades and fireworks on the 10th and 11th. They just have not released the details yet. Paint the Night is set to come back for the holiday season as well. It is up to you if you want to change your trip. That week in November may not be fully ready for the holidays, but it is usually a great (quiet) week to visit. We like early December too! You can't go wrong either way.

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Oct 13, 2016 at 4:37 a.m. Alaine Says...

Thank you so much. Really appreciate your advice:)

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Sep 13, 2016 at 5:40 p.m. kay cee Says...

We're planning our 2017 trip. We will not go until the star wars is complete because we enjoy the Railroad ride. we're seniors. :) It is hard to plan since we don't know when the SW will be finished. Any ideas?

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Sep 18, 2016 at 4:58 a.m. Faith Says...

Star Wars is rumored to be finished early 2017

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Sep 11, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. Opal Says...

Bonjour! Our family of 5 (kids ages 10, 7, and 1) is planning our first trip to DL this year. Weʻd love to go during their holiday celebration but can manage to get away only during the busiest times of the year (Nov 24 – 27, Dec 22 – 29, Jan 1 – 6). In your opinion, which is the least worst time to go? Thanks!

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Opal,

We think the best of those three times would be Jan 1-6. The other two times will probably be equally as busy, Christmastime being the most busy. There will be a lot of entertainment in the parks this year, so it is bound to be a very fun holiday season no matter when you go.

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Sep 8, 2016 at 10:23 p.m. Megan Says...

My husband and I (no kids yet) are planning a one-day trip down to SoCal to go to the California Adventure Park ONLY. We’re coming back next year for my niece’s FIRST Disneyland trip, so this trip is really just to go on Tower of Terror before it’s gone because I have NEVER BEEN ON IT! *gasp* I have only been to CA Adventure once on a one-day park hopper pass, so I am sure we have plenty more to see.

Ideally, we’d like to go in October. We want to maximize our time by avoiding busy days/times, Halloween parade overflow and to go on a day without Magic Hours. Unfortunately we work Mondays-Fridays, so we will need to take some time off to avoid the busy weekends. We are going to take 2 days off, either Thurs-Fri or Mon-Tues, and we’ll go on the 1st day, leaving the 2nd for travel back home.

Is it better to go on a Monday or a Thursday? Also, any advice on when in October is the best day to go?

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

We recommend going on Thursday, Oct 6. You will avoid Arizona and Utah school holidays. There is no Magic Morning in DCA and no Halloween party overflow. Be sure to go on Tower of Terror during the day to get the full experience, and if that leaves you wanting more than go on it for Late Checkout after twilight! Have fun!

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Oct 9, 2016 at 8:32 p.m. AZ hopper Says...

Just a FYI - most AZ schold have their fall break the first week of Oct. This year, it was the week of the 3rd. We went to Disney (along with half of Phx) and it was crowded. There were a lot of families from Utah there as well, so they may also have fall break during that first week. Because of the Halloween party and the school break, we will no longer be doing our Disney trips during Oct

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Sep 8, 2016 at 5:56 p.m. BrianV Says...

We will be there April 3-5 2017. (M-W) This is the week before Easter week. From some other places it looks like this week might be the calm before the storm. Passes arent even blocked out that week. But you have most of March all the way through April 21 as a crowded time. Any thoughts?

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

The whole spring break season sees elevated crowds as school breaks vary, but we would expect medium crowds at that time.

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Sep 7, 2016 at 3:12 a.m. Melanie Says...

Traveling from Australia, what is the best to time to visit Disneyland with less crowds

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Sep 17, 2016 at 7:33 a.m. Fiona Says...

It looks like your question is answered in the article Melanie. We are also heading to Disneyland from Australia in 2 weeks, hopeful taking advantage of 'slow' days in early Oct :-) yay!!

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Aug 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. Matt Says...

With Star Wars Land opening early next year, will late January be crazy busy? Should we wait until Feb or early March?

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Sep 1, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

There was been no date announced for the opening of Star Wars Land, but we do not expect it to be early 2017.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 7:55 p.m. Jay Says...

Thinking of going this time too. Any one have experience going around President's Day? Expectations for President's Day 2017?

President's Day (Feb 20th)

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Sep 1, 2016 at 9:11 p.m. Mike Says...

Hey,

Headed into the park this weekend how crazy is it with the half-marathon going on?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

You can expect crowd levels to be higher than usual!

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Aug 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. Gary Says...

How bad is it during President's week...is it unbearable? I've gone between Christmas and New Years and at some points on Main St, it was literally wall to wall people.

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Sep 18, 2016 at 5 a.m. Faith Says...

Presidents week will be higher crowds. We've gone every year during President week, and the last few years have been crazy crowded. We've decided to go the week before this year.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 6:47 p.m. Stephanie Watkins Says...

I also must disagree about weekdays in the first week of June. They are Grad Nite days, except Monday. It was INSANELY busy this June. And hot.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Stephanie Watkins Says...

You sure about Thanksgiving? I heard all over the boards that July 4th was the lowest crowds in history for that date. So I may take my chances with Thanksgiving weekend, since Deluxe and under are blocked.

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Aug 31, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. Luna Says...

Stephanie, I go to Disneyland several times a year and one year made the mistake of going the day after Thanksgiving. It was the worst experience ever! Super crowded!! I even complained to customer service (several rides closed) and was told it was the busiest day of the year for Disneyland. I will never do it again. I wouldnt chance it of I were you.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:11 p.m. Ana Says...

How about the day of Thanksgiving do you think will be crowded ? thank you

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Aug 26, 2016 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

It is sometimes hard to predict what exactly drives crowds on any specific day at Disneyland. Holidays are typically busy because so many people are off work and school. One year a holiday can be packed and the next year less busy, according to cast members who work in the park. Going when there are blockout dates can be a smart move because a lot of locals have passes, however, those dates are blocked out because they expect higher than usual crowds.

Disneyland's tiered ticket pricing may be changing when people visit, since holidays are more expensive that off-peak times. Keep in mind that what one person thinks is crowded may be another person's light day. If you go during Thanksgiving, do not be disappointed if it is more crowded than you had hoped for, but be sure to let us know how it goes. The best part about visiting on a holiday is that the parks have longer hours, and there tend to be more shows, parades and fireworks, which you might not get on a quiet off-peak day. We've heard that Paint the Night will be returning for select days during the holiday season, and that is definitely worth seeing!

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Aug 20, 2016 at 1:51 p.m. YU JUN LEW Says...

Hi, anyone knows if there'll still be fireworks after 5 Sep 2016? I'll be there on 13 Sept.

Also, can I walk in to Blu Bayou for dinner? It's fully booked ):

Thanks.

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Aug 28, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. Cindy Says...

My friend is a travel agent and she said that Blue Bayou takes reservations 2 months in advance. So if you are going to be there on September 13th, you would've had to have booked back in July. :(

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Sep 20, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It looks like your date has passed, but you can sign up for reservations as early as 60 days. There are usually reservations available much closer to your date. Even if you do not get exactly what you want, book it and see if you can change it in park. They do take walk-ins sometimes, but people with reservations who want to change may be given priority.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Fantasy in the Sky will be shown Fridays through Sundays after Sept. 5, and yes, you can try to get a walk-up reservation for Blue Bayou.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 5:53 p.m. Jaguilar Says...

I guess I need to fully read the comment before I respond. I thought it said for going on the 5th I see it says for the 13th ????

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Aug 25, 2016 at 5:50 p.m. Jaguilar Says...

Doesn't the diamond celebration go through September 5th? It would still be the Disneyland Forever fireworks that night. I bet the park will be packed for the last day, that might be why The Blue Bayou is already completely booked for reservations.

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Aug 15, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. Michael Says...

We are just starting to plan our trip for 2017.

We have 2 possible travel periods at the moment 30th March to 13th April or 29th June to 13th July. (Australian school holidays)

Which of these 2 periods would be better for visiting Disneyland and are there any preferable days during these periods.

Thankyou.

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Aug 21, 2016 at 4:57 p.m. Elaine Says...

Michael- Definitely end of March-April! June-July will be a lot more crowded-and it will be hot!

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

For Disneyland, we recommend visiting in April. it is our local spring break time in the U.S., so there will still be plenty of people, but it will be less crowded than in late June. Weekdays at the park that does not hold the Magic Morning hours are usually the best bet.

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Aug 18, 2016 at 3:47 a.m. Michael Says...

Thanks for the reply Leap.

We are still working on our dates, but we may have to go in our June/July school holidays.

Other than weekends, are than any other dates in this period that we should really avoid.

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Aug 26, 2016 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

It is hard to predict since there are so many factors that can affect crowds, but schools in Southern California tend to get out early to mid-June. Annual passes start getting blocked out mid-June, which does keep some of the locals out of the parks. If you do not have Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours, start your day in the park that is not offering the early opening, and be there at park opening. Hit Fantasyland or areas to the left (Frontierland, Adventureland and Critter Country) first (everyone else seems to head to Tomorrowland first) and you will get a lot accomplished with no waits in a short period of time. Using FastPasses will also help you to manage your day.

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Aug 6, 2016 at 7:46 a.m. Louise Says...

This info is awesome! Thank you. We plan to take the kids next year and this post has given us a lot to think about regarding when to take time off and where to go. Thanks again. Louise - Australia xo

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Aug 4, 2016 at 4:59 a.m. Jadon Says...

can you buy mickeys halloween party tickets with 2017 good neighbor hotel vacation package for late september to early october 2017

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Aug 2, 2016 at 5:28 a.m. tashieana Says...

we(3 children & 2 adults) are visiting the park 10/7-10/10/2016 we will not be attending the halloween party though the party is on the 7th and the 10th will disney land be over crowded during the days we will actually be in both parks which are 10/8 & 10/09 ?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, most likely you would see higher crowds at Disneyland on the days that the parties are not being held.

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Jul 29, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. Italo Sasso Says...

I'm planning a trip to LA in Jan/2017 and looking at coming to the park sometime between the 23th-26th for 3 days. what do you think?

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Jul 27, 2016 at 11:10 p.m. Hannah Says...

Best time to visit during the holiday season? And it has to be a weekend! Looking for any input on the matter…

I love DLR and Christmas. My boyfriend has agreed to tag along for my very first Disneyland Christmas experience! Yay! The thing is he is a teacher… He has agreed to take off one day in addition to a weekend (so, a Monday or Friday) for our trip. We will likely flying in the night before our DLR adventures – so be staying in the hotel for 4 nights (Thurs-Sun OR Friday-Monday) and visiting the parks 3 of those days. The last day we will probably have to leave the park around 4pm to head to the airport. We will not be going on his winter break (Dec 18-Jan 1) as I understand it to be a horribly busy time, plus we want to spend that time with family. So I guess my question is:

Since we have to visit on a weekend during Christmas, I understand it’s going to be packed. But is there any weekends to definitely avoid / any weekends that tend to be a least not jam packed with people?

Thank you for any input!!

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Jul 24, 2016 at 8:39 p.m. Megan Says...

How busy is the park the first week of October?

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Jul 19, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Alie Says...

We are going to DL in late Sept... Originally we had planned to go on Friday Sept 26, but now that it is a Halloween Party day, I'm wondering if it would be better to go on Sunday the 28th, so that we can stay for and enjoy the full day. Which do you think is the better day?

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Jul 19, 2016 at 6:25 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hi! we are planning a trip to Disneyland for my sons 5th birthday in January. I'm hoping to go inbetween the crowds from New Years and the Half marathon/MLK weekend. We have to options so far and was wondering which dates you thought would be better to miss the crowds for both of those events. The 5th-10th or the 7th-12th.

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Jul 6, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Amanda Says...

Hi! We are planning a Southern Cali trip Sept 20th-27th. I am trying to decide if we should do 3 or 4 days at Disneyland, if we don3 it would be Wednesday 21st-Friday 23rd but if it isn't going to be super busy we will do 4 days and stay for Saturday 24th (we are a family of 6, our oldest is 6 so we need extra time to head back and nap during the day so I figured we need more days) thank you for your help!

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Jul 22, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. Caitlyn Says...

That's so exciting! I wish I could have gone this year to see the diamond celebration. It's definitely better to attend the parks during the beginning of the week... Thursdays to Sundays are usually busiest but if that's your only option you just have to work with it. Make sure and use the fast pass booths at both parks. It makes a huge difference! Sometimes some of the rides are closed in September due to getting them ready for Halloween decorations but it's usually better towards the end of the month. You may not have a problem at all.. I hope you have fun. I'm trying to plan a trip for next year!

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Jul 14, 2016 at 9 p.m. Michelle Says...

One thing our family forgot to take into consideration during our visit to Disneyland, around that same time last year, is the Disneyland Halloween party. Disneyland closed early on two of the days we were there for the party. (You have to buy tickets to the party, which is an additional cost to your passports and its around $35 extra per family member! Ouch!)

We tried to make the best of it by visiting California Adventure during those times but everyone else had the same idea so CA was crowded! I mean CROWDED! I've never seen anything like it and we've been to Disneyland tons of times! You litterally couldn't walk sometimes. We love Disneyland but I have to admit to feeling angry about this situation. Anyway, You can find out the dates for the party on the Disneyland website. The parties usually start the weekends in September and then include the weekends and a day during the week closer to the end of September into October. Just a quick heads up! You guys are going to have a blast!

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Jul 4, 2016 at 6:07 a.m. Eunice Says...

Hi, 3 of us (2 senior parents and I) will be planning to visit Disneyland park in Anaheim, this will be our first visit to USA. We are considering weekdays between 25 to 29 Sep 2016, which "day" is the least crowded day to go but without the early closure/park maintenance day/no fireworks day that will shorten our stay? If monday is the least crowded we'll just follow. And better just choose Disneyland only instead of park hopper with Disney California as it will be very tiring for first timer and end up not maximising the time in Disneyland? Do we still need to purchase fast past on that quiet week? And which rides worth to purchase fast past? Thank you so much for your advise! -excited-ultimate childhood dream- :)

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eunice,

If you are only going to Disneyland one day, then you might do just one park because there is a lot to see in one day. You do not need to purchase FastPass because they are free to all guests. You use your park ticket to get the FastPasses. The system is supposed to change sometime this year, but at this point they have kiosks near the ride where you get a FastPass to return later. We recommend Fastpasses for Hyperspace Mountain and Indiana Jones, then Star Tours and Thunder Mountain. Disneyland releases the hours and entertainment schedules about six weeks in advance, so it is too early to say for sure if there will be nights without fireworks. This past year, they have had them every night that weather allowed. Sunday is your best bet for being open the latest. The less crowded days could be Monday and Wednesday. If you wait until August monthyou will be able to find out the park hours and entertainment schedule so you can make more specific plans.

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Jul 4, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Rachel Says...

I'm planning a trip to LA next April and looking at coming to the park sometime between the 6th-14th for 3 days. judging from your review this is an extremely busy time, correct?!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

Yes, we expect this to be a busy time.

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Jul 3, 2016 at 10:24 a.m. Noora Says...

Hi, we're planning a trip to Disneyland in July 2017 and I'm just wondering if you knew when they opened up bookings for that time? The website only goes to December 2016 at this time.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noora,

These reservations should become available in August or September.

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Jun 29, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi there! I am debating between the weekdays after Labor Day 9/6-9/9 and the weekdays in the second week of September 9/12-9/16. There are a couple of one-day conferences at the ACC the first week, does that play into it? Any advice is greatly appreciated!! :)

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Jun 29, 2016 at 4:28 a.m. Uni student Says...

I'm thinking of going to Disneyland in february 2017. However, is the weekend of feb 18-19 too close to President's day? Thank you!

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Jun 27, 2016 at 5:55 p.m. Thania Says...

I've been to Disneyland every year at least 3 times since I was a child. I know have a 2 year old who becomes very impatient if I keep him in a certain area too long ???? I'm planning a 2 day stay on August 1st through 2nd (which would be a Monday and Tuesday) would you recommend postponing my trip for the end of August due to the possibility of heavy traffic and long lines on the first week? Getting nervous thinking about my son trying to run around big crowds and staying in 1 hour + wait lines.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 3:58 a.m. Vicky Says...

The only time we can all come is the week of August 15-19. how crowded do you think it would be and what days would be best. thanks!

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Jun 22, 2016 at 6:24 p.m. Natalie Yancey Says...

We are thinking of going Jan 26-30 but are worried on if it's a small world and haunted mansion will be closed any guess on when they will have them reopened we are trying to miss the Christmas crowds

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

You may want to wait until early February; those attractions usually close soon after the holidays to remove the overlay, then reopen a couple weeks after. As soon as we know the exact refurbishment dates, we’ll post them.

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Jun 22, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. Julie Chinery Says...

What about July 4, 2016. I hear the 4th is a great day from one of my coworkers that frequents Disneyland at least 3 times a year.

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Jun 22, 2016 at 5:10 a.m. John Says...

Hi - we are travelling to LA from Australia between 18 February and 2 March. Will be spending multiple days at Disneyland. I think President's Day is Monday 20 February 2017? Are the crowds busy for the rest of that week? Does the weather start to improve by the end of February?

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Jun 21, 2016 at 7:28 p.m. Lia Says...

How about the week of 18-21 in July? I don't see anything for July.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

It's going to be busy!

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Jun 21, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. Ramona Says...

Hi-

we will be in LA ( 13. - 23. May ) next year.

As we would like to visit Disney but heard it can be quite crowded, when would be the best time / day to go? To avoid standing in line for hours.

Many thanks from Germany

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Jun 19, 2016 at 6:15 a.m. Nikki Vanorman Says...

Hello,

We are planning on visiting October 12-16 and was wondering if that is a busy time? Also, do you know when they will release the mickeys not do scary Halloween party tickets or the dates?? Thanks for your help!

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Jul 19, 2016 at 5:09 a.m. Beth Says...

July 28

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/mickeys-halloween-party/

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Jun 17, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. Brendon Says...

We're thinking of visiting around the 12th - 16th February 2017 but you've got it listed as President's day. I know the actual day is on the 20th February will it be busy the week before or the week after?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brendon,

You are correct. It's the 17th through the 20th that will see the busiest days.

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Oct 5, 2016 at 1:50 a.m. Michelle Says...

Wondering about how busy the rest of President's Day week is? Is it typically just Mon/Fri that will be busy, or the full week of the 20th-24th?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Friday through Monday will definitely be the busiest, but the rest of the week will have some medium crowds.

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Jun 15, 2016 at 11:20 p.m. Vancouver Family Says...

We are planning to visit Disneyland in California during the first 2 weeks of July. Any saving tips for that time period? Do you know of any sites that offers discount or coupons for Disneyland?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Check out this post:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-saving-money-disneyland/

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Jun 11, 2016 at 7:21 p.m. Sydney Sullivan Says...

Hi, my daughter's birthday is on October 30th and she wants to take a trip to Disneyland and California Adventure to celebrate. She is in high school so it would have to be a weekend trip. She doesn't want to go on the actual weekend of her birthday, but we are open to any of the surrounding weeks within about a two week radius. Halloween is one of her favorite holidays, I know she would like to be able to see the decorations and maybe go to the party, but we are still 100% open to going in early November, especially if it will be much less crowded. What would you recommend?

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Sep 17, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Audrianna Says...

Sydney,

In my experience, you'd be better off going in November. We have gone for my daughter's birthday around November 7th and it was pretty dead. Of course, I'm used to Disneyland crowds so it may have been busier than I remember, but I distinctly remember my daughter playing on a relatively empty and calm Main Street while we waited for Grammy and Grampy to catch up. Whereas, I've been to Disneyland at the end of October and it was really crowded, and Mickey's Halloween Party fell very short of my expectations - very crowded and seemed very disorganized IMO. Just my 2¢ worth!

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Jun 9, 2016 at 12:33 p.m. Carol Ward Says...

Hi, I will be visiting Disneyland California for two days on Sunday 2nd October and Monday 3rd October with three grandchildren. We are going to buy a two day - one park per day ticket. Realising that the Sunday will be busier but will be open longer, would you suggest Disneyland Park or California Adventure on the Sunday. On the Monday, we would have to leave the park at 7pm as we are flying out that evening for Australia. Thank you

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

We recommend visiting Disneyland on Sunday so you can take advantage of seeing the fireworks and the Paint the Night parade if it is still running. The best plan is to arrive before park opening because Sunday mornings are quiet with short lines for the first hour or two. Then visit California Adventure on Monday.

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Jun 7, 2016 at 5:55 a.m. 702dul Says...

Hi! Thinking to go on 4th of July weekend, but We've heard that is super crazy!!. Would that be much difference crowd wise if we go the prior weekend? (June 25th).

For a strange reason hotels are pretty booked and/or more expensive on the weekend of the 25th of June than there are on 4th of July weekend... I'm confused...! Debating what to do...! Please help!!!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay, and hope you've made a decision. The week of July 4th would be busier, but not significantly so.

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Jul 7, 2016 at 10:09 p.m. AjZ Says...

Surprisingly the 4th had light crowds

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. Angie Says...

Hello we are planning of going to Disneyland around November, We really want to see the park as Christmas but we were wondering is there any way we can see the park as Christmas and Halloween?? like if we go the first week of November would you recommend that or just all together wait until everything is Christmas decorated?? Thank You!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

They usually start taking Halloween down right after Halloween and start putting Christmas up. So in that first week of November you may see some Halloween and some Christmas, but not full decorations of both. The Haunted Mansion Holiday is decorated through both seasons. That first week in November is usually a very uncrowded time. while it will not be fully decorated either way, it is still a great time to visit. The first week of Christmas decorations should be nice too.

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Jun 4, 2016 at 4:23 a.m. Keri Frandsen Says...

We are going October 21St thru the 23rd. I know it's a weekend but with Halloween time is it super busy?

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Jun 28, 2016 at 7:14 p.m. Susie Marin Says...

We went last year during the Halloween party and I have to say I don't think I have ever seen Disneyland so packed!! We have had Annual Passes for 4 years and this was the worse I have seen. We went at 11:30pm to catch a few rides and lines were still an hour long. I would not go during that time. Sorry.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 10:10 p.m. Tia Says...

My family is looking at going in October as well. I have an aunt there and she said to check with the park regarding Halloween activities. The park closes early during these activities (you still pay the same price for admission) and the actual Halloween activities are extra.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 5:31 a.m. Angela Says...

Well, weekends are traditionally busier anyway... the biggest problem you'll have is party nights and if you don't have tickets for that night (probably the Friday), you get booted out of DL at like 7 p.m.You COULD combat that by hitting CA on that Friday instead. Friday during the day wasn't too bad, but it got busier and busier up until party time (if you can, do the party, lots of fun!)

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Jun 22, 2016 at 7:52 a.m. Jay west Says...

The whole month of October is Halloween Disney. It is busy but ok during the early weekdays.

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Jun 21, 2016 at 2:19 a.m. Mariam Says...

It will be very busy.

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Jun 20, 2016 at 5:28 p.m. Megan Says...

Yes, that weekend is going to be CRAZY busy. Every school in Utah has that time off of school, and so everybody goes to Disneyland that weekend thinking it won't be crowded because of calendars like these. Last year the park reached capacity that weekend. I'd avoid it if possible.

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Jun 1, 2016 at 3:52 p.m. Eda Gur Says...

Hi there, we are thinking to visit disneyland on 12 sept, monday. I can't see the available dates and opening and closing time for september, do you have any idea? That monday will be less crowded I hope :)

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Jun 8, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi Leap,

We will be in the LA area July 16-21st. What is the best day to visit Disneyland Park?

Thank you!

Lisa

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eda,

That Monday should be a great time to visit. The park should be quiet. They usually post park hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

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Jun 1, 2016 at 12:26 a.m. Prescott Says...

Hi!

I will be going to Disneyland on Aug. 15. Will that be a busy day? I am trying to do all of the big rides in Disneyland and California Adventure.

Thanks

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Jun 11, 2016 at 6:57 a.m. Michelle M Says...

Hello! I am planning my trip for August 15-19 (going in 16-18) Do you think these days will be very busy? I expect there to be a lot of people but is it high peak time, where Ill be in line for hours?? Any information will help!!! Thank you in advanced your post is amazing!

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Jun 1, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. carla f Says...

It shouldn't be to busy but I believe summer is still out till the end of Aug.

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May 27, 2016 at 4 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hi! I am planning to go the monday/tuesday after Nov 11th and before Thanksgiving! So I'm hoping it will not be crowded. We also hope to see the holiday lights up by then. What do you think for Nov 14 and 15th?

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Jun 21, 2016 at 2:26 a.m. Mariam Says...

They have started putting up Christmas decorations during the end of Halloween season....New Orleans square was fully decorated during Halloween season last year.

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

There is a good chance the holiday lights will be up and that should be a great time to visit.

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May 25, 2016 at 3:12 a.m. Victor Says...

Im going on June 2nd for the grad nite it would be much crowd that day?

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Jun 6, 2016 at 9:08 p.m. Al Says...

i went to Grad Nite when I graduated and its not as packed as during the day. Graduates get the park all to themselves and its the over night hours from like 9:00pm-5:00am. So no one else is in the park but all High School graduates. Wait times for rides shouldn't be too bad. No fast passes needed. :)

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May 24, 2016 at 11:22 p.m. Aaron Says...

Going to the area from June 17-22. Knowing that is a busy time is there a day (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) that is a little bit better, or are all weekdays pretty much the same in that situation?

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May 31, 2016 at 5:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron,

Mondays through Thursdays are generally some of the better days to attend. During the time you will be visiting, the parks will still be crowded.

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May 24, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. Jameisha Says...

I'm planning a trip for Monday, November 28,2016. This is after the Thanksgiving holiday, will it be crowded? How will the weather be? I'm in San Diego and not sure how to judge on the weather thats just a few hours away..

Thanks!

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May 24, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hello, my family is planning on visiting Disneyland either Thursday, May 26th or Tuesday, May 31st. Do you know which day would be better crowd wise? I wasn't sure with it being Memorial weekend, kids getting out of school for summer and also grad

nights. Thank you!

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May 21, 2016 at 10:52 p.m. Wayne Tower Says...

I have time off at the start of August and realize that it would be busy, but how busy is busy? Is it crazy busy where my family would not get the most out of a Disneyland Vacation? We have never been to California before so would probably be touring other areas as well.

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May 31, 2016 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wayne,

We always say the best time to visit Disney is any time you can :) If August works for you, we say go for August! It's really just about setting expectations for everyone and having a plan. Here is a post that offers some additional tips: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/maximize-your-time-disneyland/

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May 13, 2016 at 4:22 p.m. Erika Says...

My family and I are planning a disneyland trip for the June 6th-8th. Is that a busy time or how will the crowds be?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

Several local schools are still in session, so it may not be as busy that week as the following weeks. You might expect to see a lot of grad night seniors in the park, but we would expect medium crowds.

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May 24, 2016 at 3:09 a.m. Done Says...

Our family went to Disney land on Monday, May 23rd. Absolutely so crowded! A million grads!

Felt like a weekend!

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May 22, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. AnneMaree Says...

Am contemplating a 3 day stay in either late April or early May in 2017 - judging by your article, this would be a good time to go crowd wise - but is this generally a good time to go with regards to refurbishments? (Aside from the current 'Star Wars' refurb happening) thanks

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May 31, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AnneMaree,

Generally refurbishments are starting to wind down in late April and May—the majority happen during slower times of the year. Here is a link to Disneyland refurbishments: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

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May 13, 2016 at 7:39 a.m. Gabriela Says...

Hi, I'm planning to go to Disneyland on May 26 which lands on a Thursday. Do you think that's a good day to go & do you think it will be crowded?

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May 17, 2016 at 11:21 p.m. Cindy Says...

Might be extremely crowded. Gradnites are that week, try the week before

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May 13, 2016 at 7:29 a.m. Gabby Says...

Hello. I am planning a trip to Disneyland on Monday May 30th. Do you think it will be crowded?

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May 28, 2016 at 3:50 a.m. Bob Says...

It's Memorial Day, so yes, it will be crowded. The lowest priced annual passes are blocked on that day, a sure sign that Disney is expecting crowds (probably not TERRIBLE ones, in this case, but it's likely to be more crowded than any other Monday in May).

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May 27, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. Ann Says...

Hi do u have a ticket already? We are here at hongkong now and we got ticket for 8 person, but we go here only for two so we have extra ticket here if you want to buy this we give you discount,, just to despose out extra ticket for disneyland,

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May 11, 2016 at 4:19 p.m. Carrie Says...

We were hoping not to plan a trip in August, but it looks like it will be the first week in August the 2nd - 8th. Is it really crowded? We were there for the first week of the 60th Celebration last year, I am hoping it is not like that. Also, what days are usually best for lighter crowds if that is even possible during this time. It is just a quick trip so we are only going to get one or two days at the parks.

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May 20, 2016 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

You can expect normal summer crowds at the that time, and Disneyland will be the more crowded park. We have heard that California Adventure is less crowded is summer because the locals are blocked out. That could be changing as that park gains popularity. Here is our plan for summer crowds: Arrive early before park opening and go to the park that does not offer a Magic Morning or Early Entry. That park will be less crowded throughout the day.

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May 9, 2016 at 5:24 p.m. Stacy Glazebrook Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip to Disneyland in November. Our plan is to purchase 3 day hopper passes for Sunday November 20th - Tuesday November 22nd. What are your thoughts on this? There are 2 adults and 3 children ages 10,12,and 15. Thank you for your help!!

Stacy

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May 20, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

That is Thanksgiving week, so expects crowds, but with the Park Hopper you should be able to mange them well. We advise you to use the FastPass system (it is possible the new FastPass+ system could be activated by then).

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May 9, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. Cynthia Says...

Hello, I am a senior in high school that will be graduating on the 9th of June, a Thursday. I plan to celebrate the next day at Disneyland. I am worried about the date due to the Grad Nights going on. Going to Disneyland or expensive places is very rare so I don't want it to be a waste with the park packed and everything. Should I reconsider the date?

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May 28, 2016 at 4:11 a.m. Bob Says...

It's not quite the perfect storm, but it's close.

1. There's a Grad Night event that night, which is a double whammy: not only does that tend to make the park more crowded, it also means it will be closing earlier than usual for the season. If you are doing the Grad Night also that doesn't matter as much, but if you aren't, you're basically getting kicked out three hours early.

2. It's a Friday, and all else being equal Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays tend to be more crowded than Monday-Thursday.

3. It may not be full-on summer yet, but it's getting there. June is the beginning of the summer season.

Monday the 13th will likely be better (still crowded, but probably not as much so). Also, Disneyland will be open until 11 PM that night (that's three extra hours compared to Friday).

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May 8, 2016 at 2:07 a.m. John L. Says...

My daughter and granddaughter will be in California September 10th-24th 2016.

Do you have a guesstimate waht the park will be like, maybe certain days they may want to advoid the park?

Thank you.

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May 9, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

The earlier in September you can go, the less crowded it will be. As the park gets decorated for Halloween (and locals get into their back-to-school routines), the crowds start to pick up. They have not yet released the Halloween party dates, but we are predicting that the first party will fall about Sept. 23, so that day will close early and be very crowded in the afternoon. Weekdays are usually less crowded than weekends.

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May 7, 2016 at 1:04 a.m. Karen Says...

Two of us will be going to DLR the first full week of December. What are the best days for early admission to avoid overcrowding then?

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May 29, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Mondays through Thursdays are generally the better days to visit at this time.

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May 6, 2016 at 5:02 a.m. Karuna Says...

Hi we just booked Flights for the first week of Nov. It was totally rushed so I didn't have time to research. I have just read that Christmas doesn't start officially until Mid Nov. How much of the decorating would typically be done by Nov 7? I was really hoping to experience Christmas at Disney! We have done Halloween already. This may sound crazy but I had this idea in my head that it would be totally transformed overnight.

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May 9, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karuna,

It actually takes about 10 days to transform the park from Halloween to Christmas. Last year, we visited several days in between Halloween and Christmas, and every day we saw more and more Christmas decorations going up. You are sure to see some Christmas, but they have not yet released the dates of when the Christmas season will officially start, but we know that it will be officially decorated by the start date. If we had to guess, we would say it will start on Nov. 11, but you never know ... The great news is that this transition period between halloween and Christmas is often very uncrowded. You are sure to have a great time no matter what.

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May 9, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Tina Wright Says...

If we were to go this January (2017), from the 7-14th, would the Park still be decorated for Christmas and have all the Christmas shows going on?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

Christmas celebrations will probably be over, but in 2016 they did leave "It's a small world" decorated until the end of January. They usually release exact holiday dates in later summer/early fall. But that will be an excellent time to visit as crowds will be low.

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May 5, 2016 at 8:18 p.m. Jaimie Rindfleisch Says...

Hi we are going to

Disneyland in October and wanting to purchase tickets for the Halloween party. Which day would have less crowds the 30th or 31st? Normally I would shy away from the 31st, but since its a Monday I wondered if crowds would be lighter than the weekends????

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May 9, 2016 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaimie,

Hi Nicole,

Every night of the Halloween Party is likely to sell out, so party crowds will probably be equal. If you are attending during the day as well, the 31st will probably be the less crowded day during the day. They have not released this 2016 party dates yet. Usually they release them in July. They are certain days in September and October.

Hoppy planning!

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May 5, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Arielle Carcione Says...

How is Memorial Day Weekend looking this year (2016)? I am interested in going on Sunday, May 29th and staying overnight until Monday. I didn't see anything about Memorial Day Weekend and I was surprised!

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May 16, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arielle,

We expect it will be busy!

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May 4, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Kassie Says...

We are getting a jump start for vacation next year. April 24th-28th 2017? Is that a good time?

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May 12, 2016 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kassie,

Things could change depending on events, new rides etc., but for now, we expect this to be a pretty good time.

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May 4, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Debra Says...

I would like to visit in May the week of 16th. What day during the week is usually less crowded?

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May 16, 2016 at 5:24 a.m. Daisy Says...

usually mondays, wednesday & thursday are less crowded!!!! i will be there tomorrow :)

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May 21, 2016 at 11:05 p.m. Angela Brown Says...

We were just there and Tuesday-Thursday were the best days. Monday wasn't particularly crowded BUT getting in the park took FOREVER because they've started taking everyone's photo when you enter on your first day of a multi-day ticket. Apparently most people start their trips on Monday so it clogged the lines up with that extra step. (Once you have it taken though, you don't have to the rest of the trip...)

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May 12, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debra,

Check our Crowd Calendar for best days!

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May 3, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Not sure if this will reach you before May 6th, but I was thinking about going to Disneyland or California Adventure on May 6th. Which park will be the least busiest? Thoughts? Thank you :)

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May 2, 2016 at 7:32 p.m. Melanie Oveson Says...

We were thinking of going the days after Labor Day how are the crowds during that time??

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May 3, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

This is a great time to visit.

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May 20, 2016 at 4:12 a.m. triplab Says...

We're headed down June 1-3 and I am very concerned after reading about the Grad Night events. They actually added days due to 'overwhelming' demand. I am reading live crowd frackers this week and it sounds miserable. It's still D-land, but adding Grad Night dates after we booked is just wrong.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. Candy Says...

If I have a choice of visiting Disneyland Oct. 26-29 or Nov. 30-Dec. 3 which would be the best choice for crowds and weather.

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May 2, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candy,

I think Nov. 30-Dec. 3 would be a better time in terms of crowds, although rain chances are much higher then.

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May 28, 2016 at 4:24 a.m. Bob Says...

I wouldn't be scared off by weather. One of the best days I've ever had at Disneyland was in the rain. Locals react to what people from most places in the country would think of as a gentle shower as if the sky were literally falling, so it tends to dramatically reduce the crowds, and there are quite a few rides entirely inside buildings that aren't really affected by it at all. Some of the outdoor rides and coasters might be shut down during the worst of it, but all the dark rides (and Space Mountain) will probably be operating normally all day.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 10:27 p.m. Chantelle Says...

We are doing a family trip to Disney May 8th, 9th, and 10th. I realize that the 8th is Mother's Day and the marathon, so do you recommend doing Disney on the 8th and then CA Adventure on the 9th and then Disney again in the 10th? Or doing CA Adventure on the 8th and Disney the 9th-10th?

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantelle,

That is hard to say. Disneyland Resort is usually crowded on holidays like Mother's Day, and races really affect the crowds too. I would do Disneyland on Sunday and Monday and California Adventure on Tuesday because those days are the opposite of Early Entry, which means those will be the least crowded all day on those days. We recommend being at the gate 30 minutes at least before they open if you can and taking advantage of the least crowded morning hours before the park fills in. Sunday mornings are usually quietest in Disneyland Park for the first hour or two.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. Chantelle Says...

Thanks for the advice! We have an early morning entry for Disneyland on Tuesday, so do you think we should skip the early morning and still do Disney on Sun and Mon? Or would it be favorable to do the early morning entry for Disneyland on Tuesday?

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May 9, 2016 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantelle,

It is up to you. We find that getting to Disneyland when it opens on Sunday and Monday mornings to be magic for at least an hour or two to us!

Make sure to get there before it opens!

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Apr 22, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. Christi Says...

We are looking at coming the week of oct 31- nov 4 because the kids are out of school on the 31st. Wondering if Halloween day is busy at Disneyland and the days following Halloween. Also thinking of hitting universal studios on halloween day and then doing disneyland tues - thurs. Or would the 2nd week of November be a better choice except it does look like marathon crowds will start on thurs the 10th, Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christi,

Halloween can be busy and Disneyland Park may close early for Mickey's Halloween Party (dates are usually announced late July) so keep that in mind, but the days after Halloween will be quiet and a really great time to visit. You may even see Christmas decorations start to go up as Halloween goes down.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:17 a.m. Emma Says...

Thank you so much for this great information! My friend and I were planning on going the first week on June, but there are Grad Nights going on. Do you think it will be especially crowded due to the students? Do you still think it will be one of the relatively less busy times? Thanks for all the tips!!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

These events do bring more people into the parks, but typically the crowds are larger later in the day vs. morning.

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Apr 11, 2016 at 2:54 p.m. Carla Says...

Hi,

Maybe you can help me with this question. I'm visiting this May 3rd with my mother (who is senior and will be probably moving on a scooter). I believe there are separate lines for people with scooters, (if so am I able to go with her, we're only the 2 of us) or do I still have to get Fastpasses?

Thanks!

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May 2, 2016 at 12:44 a.m. Mary Says...

I don't know if this will reach you before your trip, but a few things to know for special assitance.

1. DCA is wheelchair accessible. So you will wait in line like all other guests and will be diverted to special loading zones when you reach the front of the line. Use fast pass.

2. For Disneyland, since many attraction lines accessible, what they now do is this... Speak to a cast member at the attraction, for many attractions, they will scan everyone in your party's addmission ticket. They will then tell you to come back at a time that is @ equal to the current wait time for the ride. Usually you'll return to the ride's exit to board the ride.

Because of these new rules there is no "priority boarding" that many were use to before.

Plus you can only have 1 wait time at a time. So if you have your tickets scanned to wait for splash mt. You'll have to wait till you ride splash before you can get a wait time for big thunder mt.

You will want to still use the fast pass system, as it is not connected to the special assistance system. You'll be directed directly to the special assistance entrance at your fast pass time instead of having to coming back later.

I go to Disneyland often, so if you have any questions just ask and I will do my best to answer. Hope this helps you in planning a fun trip.

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Apr 26, 2016 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carla,

Yes, many attractions have separate lines for those with wheelchairs/ECVs. You’ll be able to get in the line with her, as you’ll need to assist her boarding the attractions (cast members are not allowed to do so).

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Apr 8, 2016 at 11:44 p.m. John Says...

Hello! My family and I are planning to fly out from New York to visit the parks somewhere between 9/24 and 10/1. How is this time in terms of crowds and ride refurbishments?

Thanks! :)

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Apr 7, 2016 at 5:26 a.m. Kristen Says...

I am desperate for some advice on when to visit. I'm graduating college on May 19th, so I was planning on going on May 20th while the momentum is up, however, there's Grad Nite that day as well as that Saturday. Should I go that Sunday instead? Which day do you think would be less crowded?

Thanks for your help!!

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Apr 24, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. Andrew Says...

I, too, would like to know the actual impact of Grad Nites on the crowds during the day. I get that it might be crazy after the school day is over, but how is it during the day when the kids are still in school? Do the schools take them during the school day or do they wait until after school is over?

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May 8, 2016 at 9:17 p.m. Victoria Says...

We went on a grad night two years ago. Never. Ever. Again. It was madness. Crazy kids everywhere. Huge lines. Hot. Crowded. We left at 7 and I'm one to never leave before close. It seriously ruined the day.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

The grad nights are all day and during the school day. They do make the park a bit more crowded than usual, but more medium crowds. The grads leave Disneyland park by 9 p.m. for a private party at California Adventure, so you might see the crowds thin out for the fireworks and evening.

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May 15, 2016 at 8:07 p.m. Emmertee Says...

We are just leaving from our four day trip to Disney and there were grad nights on Friday and Saturday. I did it notice a thinning of crowds after 9:00. There were screaming kids everywhere and the nights were the absolute worst. I've been to Disneyland many times and have never seen the lines as ad as they were during the grad nights.

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:22 a.m. Megan Says...

That day would probably be fine. Mid-May isn't so busy and grad nighters won't effect the crowds because most schools require the students to take a bus as a group to go. They would arrive until 7 or 8 at night

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May 15, 2016 at 8:11 p.m. Emmertee Says...

No! They are everywhere all day and night. There was a huge difference between grad day crowds and non grad day. If you can avoid the grad days, I highly recommend it! We just experienced two of our four days as grad days. Not good!

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Apr 1, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. Alexia Says...

Hate to be a bother but I could really use some advice! So we go to WDW every year & would like to switch it up and use our DVC membership to go to DL & maybe even fly down to San Francisco afterwards and spend some time there. We're not really committed to any particular week but would like to go when its still cold in NJ. How are the crowds end of Feb & early March? Is it still cold there? Can we swim? I'm a master WDW planner (even got married there) but I have no idea what DL is like. I'm lost!....now I know how 1st timers in WDW feel : (

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Apr 5, 2016 at 11:54 p.m. Nikki Says...

As far as visiting San Francisco in Feb/March: Maybe I'm a wimpy Californian but I would never swim in SF. It's really cold, if you are looking for a good beach to get a good California experience, stay south. Newport, Pismo, and Santa Cruz are all very movie-esque.

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Apr 13, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Dianasaur Says...

I agree the Pacific Ocean is too cold to swim in during winter without a wetsuit, but as far as dates go, just make sure you avoid the weekend of presidents day Feb 20th, and before spring break gets rolling here in mid march. Early Feb is great!

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Ethan Says...

You're definitely not wimpy, the ocean currents bring water down from Alaska, making the west coast ocean temperature VERY cold!

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Mar 23, 2016 at 5:01 a.m. Alisha Says...

Hi Team,

Thanks for all your updates, they are great. We are coming over from Australia to check out Disneyland in May just as a couple with no kids.

I tried to ring to book into Blue Bayou during our visit – for my birthday :( – and they advised that Blue Bayou would be closed from 9th to 13th of May (the whole time we are there). Would it be safe to assume Pirates would be close during this period as well? Just wondering whether it would be worth it to shuffle the trip a day earlier to arrive, as we bought 5 day tickets anyway, just in case we wanted to go on the morning we left, but we could arrive a night early and just do dinner and the Pirates Ride. Any thoughts on whether this would be worth it? Thanks! Alisha

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Mar 30, 2016 at 9:48 p.m. Tracey Says...

I would, Alisha! Pirates is a classic and you don't want to miss out on a monte cristo at Blue Bayou ???? But that's just my feeling on it ????

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Mar 30, 2016 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alisha,

It does look like Pirates of the Caribbean ride will be closed for refurbishment starting May 9. It's up to you if you want to change your trip. If riding on Pirates and eating at Blue Bayou is a priority to you then, coming a day sooner will allow you to do that. Here are all of our Disneyland refurbishments.

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Mar 20, 2016 at 5:44 p.m. Stephanie Says...

My husband and I would like take our 2 boys ages 5 and 7 to Disneyland in 2017. I'm a teacher so we're limited on when we can go. We can go March 15-19 (spring break), June-mid August, Thanksgiving week, anytime from Christmas-New Year's. Which of these dates do you recommend? Thanks!

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Summer and then spring break would be the best dates, although it will still be busy.

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Mar 17, 2016 at 6:58 a.m. Keiran Says...

Hi - hoping to book a stay at Disneyland Resort in January 2017 but the website won't let me make reservations yet... any idea when they open up for 2017 reservations?

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Mar 21, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keiran,

Reservations are available through Jan. 6, 2017. Other January dates should be available in July or August.

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Mar 11, 2016 at 12:50 a.m. Christine Says...

Any advice for planning a trip to Disneyland Sept. Tues. 19- 22Thus. 2016. Hope it's not too busy because Halloween festivities.

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Apr 6, 2016 at 6:04 a.m. jeff Says...

We went last year during 1st week of october and i hadn't seen a crowd that large in 20 years. Staff @ disneyland said unusually busy during the halloween season during that time, but do to the fact of ride changes, some kind of student break during the college year, and the whole halloween theme, best rides were all 1.5 hours or more the whole day. But remember, disneyland always has those "surprise days" where a lot of people just have your same plans. Even if it was a wednesday.

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Mar 17, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. Tim Says...

We went in 2014 mid Sept aTues-Thursday and it was very festive for Halloween but was a 20 min wait tops for the major attractions.

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Mar 13, 2016 at 9:17 a.m. Reamsa Says...

Those are the days we are planning on going too and 3 hotels are sold out or are not allowing booking on those days as of right now!!! I am wondering if that's a bad time to go or what is going on during that week?!?!

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Mar 9, 2016 at 9:40 p.m. Suzie Says...

What do you think the April 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios might do to the late April crowds at Disneyland? We'd love to hear your opinion. :)

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May 26, 2016 at 11:06 a.m. V Says...

I will be in LA for 3 days during the Memorial weekends: from Saturday May 27, Sunday May 28 and Monday May 30 (Memorial Day). I am wondering which day would be best to visit Disneyland? Would it be Monday (the holiday)?

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Feb 28, 2016 at 12:53 a.m. Michelle A Says...

I was curious since I am getting married in July and the bachelor and bachelorette party is going to be combined and it's usually somewhat before the wedding when do you think we should go our wedding date is July 16,2016 so we deal with the crowds but on the calmer side.

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Mar 8, 2016 at 4:25 p.m. Jasmin Says...

Will it be busy April 4-5? It's a Monday and Tuesday. Should we go to Disneyland or Disney adventure first?

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Feb 27, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Kim Says...

Hi!

I am planning a Disney vacation May 8th to the 13th. I noticed that is the week following the kids half marathon. Do you think that will be a busy time and should I push off the vacation to the following week?

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Mar 18, 2016 at 11:38 p.m. Missy Says...

The 8th will be busy because of Mother's day and that is the Marathon day. The 9th will still be a tad crowded because people from the races will usually stay an extra day if they came from out of state especially. But the 10th, 11th, and 12th should be fairly good and not as crowded. Then the 13th will be crowded again because its grad night for local high school students.

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Mar 5, 2016 at 4:43 p.m. Dani Says...

It is VERY busy if you go over the run! It also costs more for hotels & cars, even more than Thanksgiving. Plus with them celebrating their 60th birthday since last year they have had record numbers! Plus they start doing graduation nights during May & close early and get more crowded. Lot of SoCal Select AP holders also go during May because their passes get blocked in June for the summer. They don't sell that AP anymore but you can still renew it, so there are still people utilizing it! They also do brunches & stuff for mother's day which makes it even more crowded. I have done the runs, gone to the park 100+ times, have an AP, I can tell you from personal experience it will be busy!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. Chantelle Says...

I will be there the 8th-10th and an having a hard time deciding whether or not we should do Disney on the 8th and battle the crowds so that we can do CA Adventure on the 9th with less crowds and then Disney again on the 10th. Or, should we just avoid Disney on that Sunday (the 9th) and do CA Adventure on the 9th and Disney on the 10th-11th?

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It's a pretty good time to go!!

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

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Feb 23, 2016 at 6:33 p.m. AJ Says...

Hi there,

My friend and I are planning on going to Disneyland today but were unsure how packed the park really is, is it true we have to wait up to an hour or two to get on a ride? We're just here for the day so we aren't sure if we are better off spending our money at the beach since the Canadian dollar is so low it would be $140 us to go to the park

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Feb 21, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. Jeff Lahti Says...

The NCAA tournament regional finals are March 26 in Anaheim. Do you see that affecting Disneyland attendance at all?

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Mar 20, 2016 at 9:16 p.m. marty Says...

heck yea! the crowd calendar will be "forget about it" d land and dca will be twice as packed!! :0(

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Feb 20, 2016 at 2:44 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

We were planning to go to Disneyland on Thursday (May 5) and Disney California Adventure on Friday (May 6) but I saw that it's when the Tinkerbell marathon begins. Would this be a bad time to go? Is it best to go on Tuesday and Wednesday of that same week or would it be just as crowded? Please let me know ASAP as I need to book flights and hotels ASAP. Thank you!!!!

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Mar 3, 2016 at 4:35 a.m. bre Says...

This article mentions nothing about the Tinkerbell half marathon. I'm trying to book and it's sold out. You would think they would do more research regarding best and worst times to visit. Not helpful.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 4:34 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello! Is there a schedule for regular refurbishments/seasonal decorating on the rides at Disneyland? I'm trying to plan a trip in the off season, but don't want to go and see my favorite rides are closed down.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Here is a link to Disneyland refurbishments:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

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Feb 18, 2016 at 4:18 a.m. Laela Says...

We are planing to visit Disneyland April 25-29 2016 Will this be a low crowd time? Anything going on this week that will make it have higher crowds?

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Feb 16, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Matilde Bekker Says...

Hi

We are going there from 6 (sunday) november - 9. (Wednesday) november. Just before the super hero run. We thought this was a good time because there is no Holiday. But now i see that there is mickeys bonfire on the 7.

Do you Think it Will be very Busy on this period?

Best regards

Matilde

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Feb 15, 2016 at 1:20 a.m. George Says...

Hello. We will be visiting Disneyland on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th. Would it be better to visit Disney California Adventure on Monday and Disneyland on Tuesday or vice versa? We are only visiting for two days and I want to avoid the crowds if possible so we can make the most of our time. Thank you.

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Feb 26, 2016 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

Generally we'd suggest Disneyland on Monday and Disney California Adventure on Tuesday for the lowest crowds in each park, but keep in mind that many people hop between the parks.

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Feb 14, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. Ottawa Mom Says...

To confirm, Presidents Day in 2017 is Feb 20, 2017.... Does this change your comment above "President's Day - Feb. 12-15, 2017" as a Worst time to visit Disneyland...?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes, thanks for the catch, I've adjusted those dates.

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Feb 14, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. SPierce Says...

Traveling from NC for my daughters 2nd birthday. Wr want to visit with her cousins in LA sometime between thursday, july 7 and July 9, any recommendations

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Feb 13, 2016 at 1:39 a.m. Akua Says...

Hi There! First, thanks for listing all this great information - very helpful. My birthday is coming up this Tuesday February 16th and I'm wondering what kind of crowds to expect on this day. My fiancé and I were hoping to go on my birthday but we have flexibility to go any day. It is the Tuesday after President's Day but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there might be a light crowd since it is Tuesday and most people will hopefully be at work/school. What do you think? Would you recommend avoiding this Tuesday or do you think we'll find Tuesday is smooth sailing? Also, we have 1 day park hopper tickets so we'll need to be able to pack in as much as possible (mostly rides).

Thanks so much for your help and insight!

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Feb 12, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. DisneyVisitor Says...

You forgot to mention super bowl as one of the WORST times to visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My trip just got ruined by Peyton Manning who I could not care less about, and especially now that he ruined the Monday that was supposed to be low crowds at the park! I specifically chose "the weekdays in February, BUT NOT AROUND PRESIDENT'S DAY" to spend a lot of money to travel from the Midwest to visit the park, which I have not got to do for 15 years because of the cost. Saturday and Sunday I expected to be busy, but Monday we had the Peyton Manning incident, and Tuesday I was throwing up. So basically my trip SUCKED. I will not return until they do something about the crowds!!!! I don't need tips on "How to beat crowds". They need to FIX THE SITUATION.

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Feb 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. emiseekayeewhy Says...

What exactly do you suggest they do? Not let anybody in? Shut down the park? Give you special treatment and let you have the whole park to yourself for the day?

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Feb 12, 2016 at 10:29 a.m. Morgan Says...

So we are here in Cali for presidents day weekend. Tossing around the idea of going to Disney for a day. I notice you say it's not a good weekend to go but how busy are we talking?

I mean, I came with my daughter last summer, unknowingly the same day as the D23 convention. I was blown away by the amount of people there. It was seriously like shuffling through a herd of zombies trying to walk around. (It was also during that heat wave and it was 106 that day which made it even more awful!)

Anyway, we survived that day. So When you say Presidents' Day is busy...is it the same busy as summer or Christmas etc? I just assumed February would be at least a little better of a month to go:/

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Feb 18, 2016 at 7:17 p.m. Venus Says...

Basically, any holiday is going to be busy at Disneyland. I think because most people with an annual pass are going to be there. That includes local families whose kids are out of school for the day.

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Feb 18, 2016 at 4:59 a.m. Peggy Says...

2/17/16 We were at Disneyland today & it was packed. Apparently Presidents Day has been extended. Trying Ca Adventure tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

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Feb 12, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan,

I think you will find it as busy as the D23 convention day and maybe even more so.

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Feb 11, 2016 at 4:51 p.m. DisneyGeek Says...

We just went February 5-10th, Which is supposed to be low crowd. what a joke!!! it was like a mosh pit the whole time. I am seriously considering not coming back until they do something about it.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 6:56 a.m. Kelly Says...

We were the Feb 3-10 and found it to be great. Monday the 8th was crazy, thanks Payton Manning, but the rest of the time we had no trouble getting on the rides and it was enjoyable. Maybe you need to utilize your fast passes better next time.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 6:25 a.m. Karime Says...

Im planning a trip to disneyland what will be the best time to visit in august

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Feb 9, 2016 at 8:03 p.m. Stephanie Says...

We are from South Africa and planning to go to Disney world between July the 7th and the 18th - will this be a good time? I have 3 kids ages 7, 14 and 17.

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Mar 6, 2016 at 10:14 p.m. Diane Says...

Honestly, summer is not a great time to visit Walt Disney World in Florida because of high crowds and high temperatures. Of course, if that is the only time you can go because of your visit to the USA, then go, but be prepared to take afternoon breaks by returning to your resort pool with the kids.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

This is a busy time:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/july-2016/#calendar

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Feb 8, 2016 at 1:23 a.m. Shannon Says...

We're heading to Disneyland the first week of June. Do you think it would make a difference if we were there Monday (6/6)/Tuesday (6/7) vs Thur (6/9)/Fri (6/10) of that week? I expect Mon and Fri are the busiest week days, but curious if one was better than the other.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 9:06 p.m. Flor Says...

I'm on the same boat. We're taking our chances with June 7th and 8th.

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Feb 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Beth Says...

This year, due to anniversary celebration, everyday is more crowded than predicted. But I was there fom Jan. 25-29 and Monday was definitely less crowded than Friday.

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Feb 6, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. mikey Says...

Will late november to mid december 2016 be a good time to visit or will there be crowds miles long? Thanks in advance. Mikey

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Feb 6, 2016 at 5:24 a.m. Brandi Says...

I am thinking of taking the kids for mothers day weekend May 7th, 8th and 9th. Is mothers day and fathers day usually pretty busy?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi,

These dates are expected to be pretty busy, although not as busy as most other holidays. Mother's Day Weekend coincides with the Tinker Belle Half Marathon, and the end of June is just a busy time in general. Because passholders are blocked out in June, this looks like a slightly better time.

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Feb 5, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. NIkki Says...

Hi I am looking for the best time to take my 2 toddlers to disney for a 5 day park hopper. Is October a good month? also would it be more cost efficient to get an annual pass vs a 5 day park hopper. As well as the fast pass band?

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Feb 5, 2016 at 11:36 a.m. Flavia Says...

Hi!!! The first time I went to Dsneyland me and my husband got there early in the morning, and by 4 pm we left because we were really tired.

This time we want to see the night fire works. So, what is the best time to go to the park, walk around and see the fire works?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Flavia,

We still think arriving early is a good idea, so you take advantage of lower crowds, but instead of leaving at 4, take a break and return to your hotel. Then come back that evening for the fireworks.

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Feb 4, 2016 at 11:25 p.m. Sylvia Says...

I had to reschedule our family Disney vacation to March 9, 10, and 11. It was a nightmare finding a hotel as everything was booked! one of the desk employees of one of the hotels across the street from the main entrance had mentioned that I was arriving during the "Natural Products Expo" which is why everything is booked. he mentioned that it's a huge deal there, vendors line the street with booths to give out product samples. He also said the street would be very very busy and crowded but Disney parks would likely be a little empty because of this. Is this true? If so, I hit the jackpot on vacation days! Is it true the Natural Product Expo seems to draw the crowd from Disneyland?

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Feb 23, 2016 at 9:22 a.m. Zac R Says...

Depends. Sometimes it has the opposite effect depending on the guests at expo. Expo seems a lot smaller this year than usual so I can't see it having much effect. Quite surprised you had an issue with hotels though. I'm still seeing full availability on all the Disney partners hotels for that week.

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Feb 22, 2016 at 4:53 a.m. Monica Says...

Hi, I attend the Expo every year and it's busy. Restaurants are also normally booked up with reservations. The park depending on the day might be light but it's also the start of spring break for many districts so you may run into that at the parks. Just plan on getting to the parks right as they open and make use of the slower time. By noon is when it's the busiest. Have fun! We just took the family the second week in December and had a blast!

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Feb 3, 2016 at 12:07 a.m. Karley Says...

How is Super Bowl Sunday is it super busy?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 10:04 p.m. Amanda Jones Says...

Hi, I was thinking of going Super Bowl Sunday this year! Do you think it will be packed?

Thank you!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:42 p.m. Jesse Says...

We're flying to California to visit family and we're planing to go to Disney on Sunday Feb 14th (Valentines Day). Thoughts?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:20 a.m. Ashley Says...

Why does the park get busy on March 5th-11th as stated in your suggestions above?

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Feb 16, 2016 at 8:47 p.m. Laura Says...

I think it's because Harry Potter land is opening at Universal Studios that week so a lot of people will be going to both.

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Feb 1, 2016 at 1:17 a.m. Tesia Says...

Hi there I'm thinking about visiting Disneyland Memorial Day weekend and I notice it isn't on your list of terrible days, do you think Friday Saturday or Saturday Sunday would be best?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tesia,

These are usually very busy days because Disney typically hosts a 24 hour day on the Friday before. Sunday would likely be the best of those days, but I would expect is to be busy.

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Apr 20, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. Lynn Says...

I noticed they cancelled their 24 hr party for the Memorial Day weekend - do you think that will make it any less busy at all?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn,

If there is no 24-hour event, that would definitely help crowds over past years, but with it being a holiday weekend, it will still be crowded.

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Jan 30, 2016 at 6:35 a.m. Pam Says...

Hi, my son and I will be in the parks Feb 17-19... I know it's crowded on Presidents Day (15th) but do you think it will be less crowded W-F of that week? Hoping so!

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Jan 28, 2016 at 9:02 p.m. Shauna Says...

We will be at the park Feb 29th- March 4th and when I went to book a hotel a lot of the hotels were booked already. Is there something going on that week? I booked this week because it is usually considered to be slow time but now I am scared it is going to be packed.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 5:01 p.m. Trina Says...

I just checked the Disneyland special events and Anaheim Convention schedules. There are no planned events. If you are trying to book a park hotel, then yes, they are usually full ahead of time. If you are trying for an off site hotel, you should have no issues. Only thing I can imagine is the east coasters coming for their spring breaks.

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Jan 28, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. Eric Says...

I don't think there is any day you can go that it isn't swamped. We just went on Monday January 25th...a regular school day, no holidays, no special celebrations and the park was PACKED...a complete cluster. While wait times for rides in the morning weren't horrible (under 30 min), simply walking around we felt like we were in a sea of people..no open areas...no where to breathe. We won't be going back to Disneyland again.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. Erin Says...

My birthday is in early October which is normally a very slow time for Disneyland (I only ever go on mid-weekdays). My dad decided to go with me last year and I was super excited! It. Was. Packed. I think it has been busier since the 60th Diamond Anniversary started. I have been a pass holder for a couple years now and noticed it has been noticeably more crowded since June. I think it will die down a little when the event is over. I mean there will always be something going on, but I think there are just a lot of people who wanted to be a part of the anniversary celebration. Don't give up on Disneyland forever!

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Feb 3, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Quinn Says...

Eric - was there on that day as well and totally agree with you. Disneyland was busy and long waits during the day, the whole week was busy there in fact. California Adventure wasn't as bad but was busier than usual for that time of the year. I think the 60th celebrations were a part of it as well as the Star Wars interest with the release of the movie. Tomorrow Land was always packed with people. I will go back (love the place too much) but will plan for a less busy time (2017).

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Jan 27, 2016 at 3:52 a.m. Pete Says...

We are not locked-in for May so if you have any tips for when the shortest lines for the major rides would be it'd be appreciated.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 3:26 a.m. Mary Lou Says...

Oooops Pete......I meant NOT very crowded! Mid May was great!

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Feb 7, 2016 at 3:25 a.m. Mary Lou Says...

Hi Pete, stay away from Memorial weekend. We went mid May a few years ago and it was beautiful and very crowded. I would definitely go that time of year again! Rides are ready for summer and weather was so nice. Have fun!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 5:39 a.m. June Says...

Get a fast pass at the busiest ride then get in line (if it's not busy yet) ride it and come back later with fast pass to ride again

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Jan 27, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. Pete Says...

Hi Leap, Thanks for the tips! We are coming from Australia to pay a second visit to Disneyland. May seems like a good month to come and I assume that mid-week is best. We were there in April of 2013 for a dance concert at the park that my daughter was in so we had no choice, but during Spring Break the lines were up to 1.5 hours (3.5) if you were mad enough to wait for radiator springs! Would you be able to estimate waiting times in May of this year for say, Space Mountain? Thanks in advance, Pete.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 6:02 p.m. Melanie Says...

Hi! I'm going tomorrow (1/27) for my birthday. Will that be a pretty good day to go?

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

Yes, should be a great day to visit!

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Jan 24, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hello! My family and I are planning on visiting Disneyland for the first time either late this year or next year. We were thinking of visiting in September, when would be the best good time to visit for fewer crowds? Also my kids are 8 and 2, how many park days do you think we need to have a nice relaxed vacation but also get to experience all the rides? Thanks!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Weekdays the first couple of weeks in September should be nice. I would recommend three days, and you might consider a fourth.

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Jan 23, 2016 at 11:44 a.m. Sam Says...

Hi, we will be looking to be at disneyland around Nov. 16-19. How long would wait time be around then on a normal ticket? And are there tickets or ways to jump to the front of the line, or jump queues with permission? Just don't want to be spending hours in line

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Jan 21, 2016 at 10 p.m. Errol G. Says...

Hello, Walt Disney World Veteran here... Visiting Disneyland, CA for the first time Friday, February 5th. Wondering if Friday is considered the "weekend" as they do have the extended hours. Just trying to gauge crowd levels. Going to attempt both DL & DCA in one day. Auy!

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Jan 21, 2016 at 8:07 p.m. Jeff Says...

Planning on being at Disneyland September 12th-14th

is that a good time going with 3 kids ages 5,7,9

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Jan 21, 2016 at 1:58 a.m. RG Says...

Thinking of 1st ever Disney trip with the whole family (6 adults, 11 kids) during Thanksgiving 2016. Sounds like it might be a bad idea? Heard it wasn't so bad. Tips? Better days that week to visit. Kid ages 1-17.

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Feb 8, 2016 at 3:24 p.m. Shirley Says...

My birthday is the week of Thanksgiving, sometimes on Thanksgiving, with that said I went for years during this week but now each year is getting worse :-(. There are ssoooo many people this time of year you'd think it was Christmas. Now I wait till after but just before Christmas and hardly have to wait (about 20-40 min).

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Jan 20, 2016 at 10:53 p.m. ChadV Says...

Curious as to why March 5-11 is a busy week? I was making plans for that week thinking it would be "slower". Is it Spring Break in Cali during that time? Would the week prior to that, or after that be better?? Thanks!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chad,

This is when spring break season kicks off, although the heaviest crowds don't begin until the 19th. If you could visit the week before, I think you will find smaller crowds.

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Jan 20, 2016 at 8:38 p.m. Sabrina Says...

Hi there! My little one's bday falls on Easter Sunday this year. I would love to take her to Disneyland for her special day. We would only be going on rides suitable for a toddler. What should I expect? Any info is greatly appreciated!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabrina,

I would expect serious crowds during this time. Pack your patience and expect longer-than-normal waits. You may find more helpful tips in our post on taking a baby to Disneyland.

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Jan 20, 2016 at 7:32 p.m. Drea Says...

Hello, We are planning a trip to Disneyland in April. We will arrive Weds night the 13 and have Thurs Friday and Saturday there. We head home Sunday. I was thinking of doing one park for 2 days and 1 for one day. My kids have never been so this will be there 1st time!

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Jan 19, 2016 at 3:39 p.m. Doug Says...

Planning a trip for spring break knowing it is a busy time. We have 2 teenagers and a 4 year and they really want to bring him. So, any ideas best timeouts come. We could come March 11th Friday for over weekend or should we wait til Monday or Tuesday. Thinking 2 or 3 days in park. Any suggestions appreciated. If we fly in March 11, we could be at park by 12:00.

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Jan 18, 2016 at 9:01 p.m. Sylvia Says...

I've been wanting to avoid crowded days. Therefore, I have not planned on attending during Spring Break, Fall Break, or Christmas Break, most of which are blockout dates anyways with the military discount. I'd like to avoid summer. Fortunately I've noticed on my daughter's school calendar that they have a 4 day weekend in February. Woohoo! apparently rodeo days in Tucson are a big deal lol. We will be in the parks February 25-28. Are those dates usually pretty busy or mellow?

Sorry for all the unnecessary details leading up to my question. I'm just super excited for our first family vacation!

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Jan 17, 2016 at 2:53 a.m. Tori Says...

Hi so I'm planning a 1-day park hopper trip for either Jan. 19th or Feb. 16th... Which day do you think would be better? Or would a random weekend be better than the Tuesday after a three day weekend?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tori,

Jan. 19 would be much better than Feb. 16. Weekdays are generally better than weekends.

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Jan 16, 2016 at 11:37 p.m. joe Says...

Going Aug 21-24 how bad will the crowds be.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 6:31 p.m. Lauren Says...

During 'slow' times, which weekday do you think holds the least crowds?

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Jan 15, 2016 at 5:01 p.m. Brent Says...

Hi,

does anyone know the exact date the Christmas celebrations start in 2016? We are hoping to go in November but want to miss the thanksgiving week.

Thanks.

B

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brent,

These dates typically aren't released this early, but would likely follow the same schedule as 2015 and debut in mid-November.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 12:05 a.m. charlie Says...

Not sure if someone else covered this as I didn't read the other comments, but this article contradicts it self a few times. First week in march is best time yet March 4th through 11th are "worst". :-(

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlie,

Thanks for the comment. There was an overlap there for 2017 that has been corrected. The first week is good to go until March 5.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. Chris Says...

What happens March 5th through the 11th? why is that busy?

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

This is the start of spring break season, although it gets busier in the weeks after that.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 11:18 p.m. Liz Says...

I am planning on making a trip last week of April or first week of May would WED&THURS or THURS&FRI work better?

Anyone?

Thank you

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Jan 25, 2016 at 12:53 a.m. kena Says...

wednesday and friday would be ALOT better!! :)))) have fun

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Jan 19, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Abigail Says...

Definitely Wednesday and Thursday! Fridays are always busier.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 5:08 p.m. Jim Says...

Wed/Thursday will be much better for you because you avoid the short weekender tourist who takes 1 day off of work and does fri,sat,sun.... less people means more rides for your family.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 7:37 a.m. Jake Says...

Dedicatedly Wednesday and Thursday. People often have a three day weekend starting on Friday.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 3:58 a.m. Roberta Says...

We are coming April 22-29. How are the clouds and the weather during that time?

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Jan 12, 2016 at 12:03 p.m. Dalila Says...

Im planning to go on any of the last 2 weekends of September '16, is that a good date or is it bad? Please feel free to give me advice I'm taking my 5 yr old for her bday and I want her to have a great experience. Or should I wait for the first week of October? Thank you in advance.

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:19 a.m. jane Says...

Hi (:

Will disneyland be crowded this week because of the half marathon?

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane,

Yes, the marathon will bring in more crowds later in the week.

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Jan 10, 2016 at 8:14 a.m. Emma Says...

Hello there

Are there any days this month that rides will be closed ?

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

You can see all of our Disneyland refurbishments here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

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Jan 8, 2016 at 8:58 a.m. Danielle Says...

I plan on going to Disneyland April 2nd-4th for my sister and my birthdays. How busy should I expect it to be?

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Jan 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Mary Hall Says...

Hi Danielle, as a former cast member of disneyland and current AP holder, I have to say expect it to be at bit busy. The 2 weeks of "spring break" has always been a busy time at the resort. But a good note is some Passholders are blocked, and So-Cal residents that are take advantage of the resident discounted tickets are also blocked from those 2 weeks.

Try to plan ahead for things. Make reservations if you want to eat at a sit-down restaurant as soon as you can. If you go quick service, if possible eat during off prime times. Before 12noon or between 2-4pm or after 8pm. Plan out watching shows, and parades. The last showing of Paint the Night parade as well as World of Color has less of a crowd. Use fast pass. And be sure to look at bottom of your fast pass, you can get another fast pass when it expires or 3hrs after you got it which ever comes first. Majority of guests arrive at 10am, you can get a few rides done between 8-10am. And if you have early entry... Use it.

Another tip is single rider and major attractions. If everyone is over 7 years and you don't mind going by yourself it's a great way to cut you wait Time.

As long as your mentally prepared for the crowds you guys should be ok.

Have a great trip.

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Jan 7, 2016 at 8:04 p.m. Jeff Says...

We are trying to plan our first trip to disneyland how is the 3rd week in june look like?

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:42 a.m. Rachel Says...

We are going the beginning of March. What's going on the 5-11 that will make it extra busy? I hope we beat the crowds! We will be there just a few days before.

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Jan 5, 2016 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

This is the beginning of the spring break season.

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Jan 7, 2016 at 12:06 a.m. Ashley Says...

Sorry for hijacking a post, I'm new here and I'm not sure how to post my own. I'm going May 1st-7th but I'll only be in the parks on the weekdays.. Will it be busy?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. Melinda Says...

Ashley, that weekend will be the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend. Means it will be busy. I just did the Star Wars marathon weekend and the shortest wait we had for rides was 40 minutes and that was at 10am. If you are going earlier in the week you should be okay. Bib pickup for the run is Thursday so I am sure that day will begin the busy time.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 6:39 p.m. Angela Says...

We're debating between going the first or second week in May, and right in the middle of the week. Do you think it's better to go before or after the Tinkerbell Half Marathon?

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Jan 3, 2016 at 7 a.m. Iris Says...

I'm looking at bringing my daughter for her birthday around Halloween - was thinking Oct 25-28; however, it seems like a lot of hotels are sold out or starting to sell out. Is it busy at this time of the year?

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Jan 6, 2016 at 4:24 a.m. Juju Says...

Yes it is busy during Halloween- they also do the Halloween nights which makes it crazy over there. I went a week before Halloween and it was horrible.

Good luck to you!

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Jan 5, 2016 at 4:57 p.m. Liz Says...

The park will be decorated for Halloween, and on certain nights there are Disney Halloween Parties, where they close the park early (5 or 6) for the party (for which you can obtain tickets for an extra price). I've noticed fewer people in the park on party days because they can't stay late. I've never been to the Halloween Party but am planning to next year. It looks like fun.

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Jan 2, 2016 at 8:09 p.m. jc Says...

Hi i was also thinking of going to Disneyland on Jan 7th

Are the crowds bad around that time?

Also are there still Christmas decorations ?

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Jan 4, 2016 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JC,

The crowds will be dying down, but you can still catch some Christmas decorations and the holiday overlays on Jingle Cruise, "it's a small world" and Haunted Mansion. Enjoy your visit!

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Jan 2, 2016 at 7:59 p.m. Molly Says...

Hello (: I am thinking of taking my parents to disneyland california on thursday Jan 7

Will the christmas decorations be up? And is there anything else that i should know? thankyou!

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Jan 4, 2016 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly,

You will still see some signs of the holiday, but many of them will be coming down by then. If you hop over to Disneyland Park, you can catch the seasonal overlays on "it's a small world," Haunted Mansion and Jingle Cruise.

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Dec 31, 2015 at 7:44 p.m. Sammy Says...

We have a trip planned to Disneyland for January 13-15 but I didn't realize the half-marathon was that weekend! How crazy do you think it will be? We've been to Disneyland around Labor Day and during Christmas time, so we definitely know what a busy day looks like, but it's our first trip with kids (1 and 3) and the thought of pushing a stroller through huge crowds stresses me out! LOL

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Jan 9, 2016 at 3:24 p.m. Grayson Says...

I am going 13-16 too! I really hope it wont be too crowded :/

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Dec 30, 2015 at 4:18 p.m. Val Says...

We're looking to go either January 6th or 7th? just for a day.. what day do you think will be better? will the last day of holiday decorations be busy?

thanks!

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Dec 30, 2015 at 5:48 a.m. Karen Says...

Wanted to see the holiday lights, parade, and the lighting of it's a small world for Christmas this coming January 7. Will the decorations still be up ? Four years ago the decorations were up until the end of January .

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Jan 4, 2016 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Most of the holiday time decorations and events end on January 6. But the 'it's a small world holiday' will run until January 24 this year.

It takes some time to remove all of the decorations around the park so you still might see some holiday decorations up but the lights and other events will not be operating except for it's a small world. Good news: the Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday will run through January 10, so be sure to check them out as well.

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Dec 30, 2015 at 5:45 a.m. Karen Says...

I am taking my daughter for her birthday on January 7 and eight. I thought that the holiday decorations and parades and other events such as the lighting of it's a small world

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Jan 5, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Most of the holiday time decorations and events end on Jan. 6. But the 'it's a small world holiday' will run until Jan. 24 this year.

It takes some time to remove all of the decorations around the park so you still might see some holiday decorations up but the lights and other events will not be operating except for it's a small world. Good news: the Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday will run through Jan. 10, so be sure to check them out as well.

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Dec 29, 2015 at 8:16 p.m. Bianca Says...

I am planning to go on Jan 2, do you think it will be too crowded since it's after New Years?

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Jan 4, 2016 at 9:50 p.m. Karen Says...

It will definitely be crazy busy. I went last year on January 3rd and we had to wait like 2 hours per ride! Worth it though!

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Jan 1, 2016 at 9:20 p.m. Brittany Says...

We're going that day as well. Cross our fingers it won't be busy!

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Dec 31, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Brad Says...

It will be just as busy, crazy busy!

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Dec 31, 2015 at 1:27 a.m. Tiffany Says...

We have been at the park the past three days Dec (28-30) and the park has reached capacity all three days.

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Dec 29, 2015 at 9:35 p.m. Gina Says...

Chances are good that it will be crowded. For most it's a 3-day weekend right before winter break ends and it's a Saturday!

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Dec 28, 2015 at 9:21 p.m. Shelley Says...

Halloween falls on a Monday in 2016. When do you think they will begin the holiday overlays? We like to see the change from Halloween to Christmas, but we don't want to miss It's a Small World....

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Dec 29, 2015 at 6 p.m. Stan Says...

I've tried to beat the crowds for years, yet Disney always has the last laugh. When you have the park to yourself expecting a heavenly ride hopping day, many of the rides are closed for "maintenance" leaving you looking at the cake but not eating it.

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Feb 6, 2016 at 12:35 p.m. Mickey Says...

Hello Stan. Maybe you should try searching the website and the different parks and seeing what rides are closed. I suppose they generally would close the rides for refurbishment at off-peak times so they gain more money. Try going at medium times and your problem should be solved.

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Dec 28, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. Mike Says...

How are the crowds post Easter week? We're thinking of going either the week of April 10th or 17th.

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Dec 29, 2015 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Both weeks are pretty good, but the week of the 17th should be better.

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Jan 3, 2016 at 3:06 p.m. Godfirst414 Says...

I just booked my rental house for the week of April 6th...now after this I should've pushed back another week :'(

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Dec 29, 2015 at 7:55 p.m. Danielamsr Says...

The anaheim convention center is apparently having a star wars celebration. Will that have any impact on the crowds? April 16-19

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Dec 29, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

This event took place last year in Anaheim and is in Europe this year, but the larger Anaheim conventions do have an impact on crowds.

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Dec 26, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Christie Says...

looking at booking a trip for the week of March 26-April 2 2016...what are crowds usually like during this time of year? It is the week after spring break in orange county...

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Dec 28, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

This is a very busy time to visit since it's the week of Easter, and you still have spring break to contend with.

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Dec 22, 2015 at 7:19 p.m. Ramona Says...

Please advise if we plan to go to Disneyland on New Year (Jan 1). Will they open all rides and attractions? Thanks.

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Dec 22, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ramona,

Yes, the rides and attractions will all be open, with the exception of refurbishments.

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Dec 31, 2015 at 1:26 a.m. christine Says...

Will disneyland be packed tomorrow. Do you think they will close the park if way to many people go has that ever happen on new years eve

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Dec 22, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. Helynn Says...

We will be Visiting January 9th-12th, anyone know how those days will be?

Thanks!

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Dec 29, 2015 at 4:58 p.m. Cassandra Says...

A lot of things will be closing after the 10th, due to refurbishment and Star Wars so might be a little crowded

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Dec 23, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

This should be a great time to visit. Enjoy.

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Dec 21, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. magali Says...

Taking our kids to Disneyland for the 1st time on Feb 11th 2016. Its a Thursday, so I am hoping its not that bad (my school district does ski week the week before) Will it be super busy? anyone gone around that date before? thank you in advance!

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Dec 21, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It's leading up to a holiday (President's Day), so crowds will be up, but it won't be as bad as the weekend.

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Dec 3, 2015 at 4:36 p.m. Brenda G Says...

We are planning a trip for next week and will be there December 11 and December 12.. are the crowds really bad around that time?

What is the weather like around those dates?

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Dec 14, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. Jesus Hector Says...

I was there last Sunday 11th 2015 and it was extremely crowded and it rained.

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Dec 12, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. Dylan Says...

We are here now 12/11 and 12. Researched that it would be the slowest week....WRONG!!!! Packed wall to wall pepole and crazy wait times. Stay away.

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Jan 4, 2016 at 10:28 p.m. Allie Says...

I have been there at different times of the year---always Mon-Weds....ALWAYS crowded! I wish they would have one week of stroller free Disneyland. I got nailed by more baby carriages this last visit.

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Dec 20, 2015 at 5:35 a.m. dustin Says...

thats friday and saturday its gonna be busy weekdays are usually mondays - thursdays

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Dec 9, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. Britnie Says...

Hi Brenda! We are at Disneyland now, and it is INSANE. We totally wish we would have come at a different time. It hs been so packed, it is hard to move. Instead of the usual amount of special events, there are loads added for the holiday- and each time one of these is going on, many of the rides close and you have to take very annoying detours- even some that lead you directly through SMOKING AREAS which I find highly offensive. We have found ourselves wandering around not able to do anything. It has been our very worst Disney trip so far:(. We have gone 3 other times in December, and this one is by far the most crowded.

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Nov 25, 2015 at 7:03 p.m. Brae Says...

Ugh. I've been planning a trip for a year, scouring the internet for best and worst dates. We're giving our 5 kids a trip to Disneyland for Christmas, and will be there January 5,6,7. I have found TONS of conflicting information.

MOST sites say that it's a good time to go after schools are back in after the new year- which would be the week we're going. We didn't want to go during the busy MLK days and the Star Wars days in January, but we didn't want to wait too long for our kids to get their christmas present. (It's the ONLY thing they're getting.)

But reading this totally dampens my spirits. I hope it's not super crowded and crazy. I could just cry.

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Dec 26, 2015 at 9:05 p.m. Thomas Says...

Hi! I've gone around this time before and it's perfect. There will always be crowds, but the crowds around that week are much less than the weeks prior. Definitely get fast passes as fast as you can for the best/most popular rides - Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Cars Land, California Screamin', Soaring Over California, etc. There are also multiple rides that do single riders, so if your kids are old enough, definitely take advantage of that! My youngest is 9 and we did that for some rides (Cars and the Matterhorn). It worked out really well and I was even able to go with my son on one ride. The line is much shorter but still so fun. I would also advise to make a plan when you get there. What rides, attractions, shows, etc. are a must? What food would you like to try and where is it located? What times would we like to eat? Where are good places for a break? Don't forget that they offer free cups of water - this is always a life saver.

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Dec 15, 2015 at 10 p.m. Rachel Says...

You should be fine. Tuesday-Thursday will be relatively dead normally. The only thing that might change that is if schools are not back in session yet. I don't have children, so I have no idea when school starts again, but if it's that Monday then you should be fine. If your kids aren't interested in seeing the parade, I would hit Fantasyland during the parade. That's when the lines there will be the shortest.

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Dec 7, 2015 at 9:23 p.m. THawk Says...

My family (2 adults, 1 child) went mid October. It was a slow time but we did pick up some tricks that will help us the next time we go. The key is LEARN THE FAST PASS SYSTEM!!! I cannot emphasize this enough! Get to the park before it opens. You will be allowed into the main area but not towards any of the lands or rides. Designate one person to get to the pass for the favorite ride (for us it was Cars in Cars land). Send one person with all of the ticket to get fast passes as soon as rope drop. The rest of the group can explore or even hop right on a less sought after ride. You are allowed to get a new fast pass as soon as your current pass is active or ever 2 hours, whichever is sooner. ... Also, get the photo pass plus. If you buy it 2 weeks prior it is only around $70. It is totally worth it and it is a good way to spend time between fast passes looking for photo ops. If you are looking to save money, you can bring snacks in (nothing in glass). We saw conflicting things about being able to bring food in but we had no issue (they even check all bags coming in and it was not a problem). Another money saving tip, bring your own water bottle in and just ask at any food place for a glass of ice water. It is free and very needed on hot days. I hope you and your family have a magical trip!!

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Dec 28, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. Sharynn Moore Says...

We are thinking of going in May - we were going in January but I have to have surgery- anyway What about the hours of operation? I can't see any do they close at 8 pm? We are thinking of going the 9th through the 15th and to Universal what days are best for Disneyland? Any other tips? We haven't been in 14 years.

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Dec 28, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Sharynn Moore Says...

They did away with the early purchase of the photo pass plus - you can still get the photo pass just no early purchase deals.

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Dec 7, 2015 at 3:27 a.m. Brit Says...

Brae

Any answers yet? We are planning the same timeframe. Seems like first week would be great time cause everyone's back in school work, etc. Would love to know what you've found out. Also seems like what makes sense is never what happens!

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Dec 7, 2015 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brae & Brit,

These days are going to be fine. Most of the area schools will be back in session. The only thing that will impact crowds is that many of the SoCal passholders will be allowed back in on Jan. 4 after a holiday blockout. You would see crowds picking up in the afternoons/evenings, and of course heavier crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Nov 25, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. Mari Mar Says...

Christmas Day? Should we skip and go another time? We are interested in the festivities but not sure if it's the best day to go if crowds are insane. Thnx!

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Dec 22, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. Gia Says...

I had the same idea to go at Christmas. Then I heard a friend of my daughters that went last Christmas and due to the crowds was only able to get on 1 ride. I ended up going yesterday and it was very crowded.

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Dec 14, 2015 at 4:09 a.m. Jen Says...

I WOULD NOT go on Christmas Day! My friend tried last year and park had reached capacity and was closed. Even if it doesn't reach capacity this Christmas, it will guaranteed be pretty close! If you did get in you would be fighting terrible crowds and see the longest wait times for rides of the year.

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Dec 20, 2015 at 4:32 a.m. Michelle Says...

I concur DO NOT GO!!! Did it one Christmas thinking everyone would be home opening gifts with family, nope. It was busier than a summer day.

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Nov 20, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. Queenie Says...

Hi! My husband,60 y/o and I,57 y/o will be having an easy 4 day driving from San Diego to Orlando .

We're going to doing our Universal 5 days package Nov 26th - Nov 30th. Then the 5 days 4 parks package Dec 1st - Dec 5th @ Disney world. We also booked the MVMC on Tues Dec 2nd.

Would you please recommend a plan for the park visit for us.

We're old and needs a good rest. But we love the cruel rides,no worries! ????

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Nov 24, 2015 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime ;) We offer touring plans for each of the parks that you could use. You can view them online or better yet download our planning app, and you can customize our pre-set plans for Disney and Universal to your liking.

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Nov 20, 2015 at 4:09 p.m. Lex Says...

Will like to check if it will be crowded on this 30th Nov and 1st Dec?

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Nov 19, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. Skye H. Says...

Hi! We were thinking of going the 19th and 20th of December this year. Do you think it will be crowded due to christmas? I know Annual pass holders won't be there cause of the blackout dates.

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Nov 18, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Maria Says...

Hi, we are going February 12. Its a Friday. I know that weekend might be busy, but since its a Friday and kids will be in school and parents at work. Do you think we will be OK?

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Jan 15, 2016 at 6:11 p.m. Limide Says...

It's the Friday before a 3 day weekend. Yes, it will be crowded.

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Nov 13, 2015 at 7:39 p.m. DisneySam Says...

Hi! I know the article said the worst days to visit is around Thanksgiving break, but exactly how bad is it? My dad is planning on taking me to Disneyland on the day of thanksgiving and after. Thank you!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 4:25 a.m. Darcy Says...

Hi, we were at Disneyland for Thanksgiving in 2014 and it wasn't as bad as we were led to believe. Thanksgiving day was pretty light and we spent the day after at Universal. It wasn't bad either. By Sunday of that weekend, the crowds had thinned quite a bit, but the rain on Sunday helped. We're Oregonians, so we didn't mind! Good luck!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 4:08 a.m. WizChick Says...

It's pretty crowded but not too bad, I went last year and I'm going again this year the day after Thanksgiving.

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Nov 8, 2015 at 3:22 p.m. sw Says...

We are planning to go on Dec 14th, which is a Sunday, I am hoping that the crowds are not as bad on a Sunday vs. a Saturday. Any thoughts to this thinking? I know it will be busy, but just hoping we are picking a less busy day, to create memories! Any input is appreciated!

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Nov 13, 2015 at 11:22 p.m. Mollie Says...

Surprisingly, Sunday's are busier than Saturday's due to Sunday not being a black out day for most pass holders. If you are going December 14th, that is actually a Monday.

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Nov 2, 2015 at 6:59 a.m. Tina Says...

hoping to bring my 4&1 yr old kids between Valentine's Day and month end. When would be the best arrival day??

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Nov 12, 2015 at 7:50 p.m. Drew Says...

23rd or 24th

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Nov 11, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. Lisa Says...

Definitely NOT valentines day or presidents day weekend

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Nov 4, 2015 at 6:32 a.m. Amanda Says...

You would want to plan on visiting the park on Tues-Thurs. Never on the weekend. and out of the weekdays, Monday and Fridays are usually the busiest.

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Oct 31, 2015 at 8:02 p.m. Clint Says...

We will be staying at DLH January 3-9 and have a 5 day pass for the parks. Which days are best? My thinking is that the parks should get quieter as the week goes on, but I've never been at this time of year. Are we in for total mayhem?

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Nov 4, 2015 at 6:35 a.m. Amanda Says...

Well if you have a 5 day pass, your days are kind of limited. LOL. Go MON-FRI. sat & sun are going to be the busiest out of all the days.

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Oct 28, 2015 at 5:13 a.m. Aussie Family Says...

We are looking to go to Disneyland California in May (14th - 19th) 2016. I have read something about Graduation parties at Disneyland during May . . .

Can anyone please tell me if this would be a problem? extra noisy, extra busy, time to avoid???

Thank you

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Nov 18, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. lauren Says...

I went 2 days after my college got out for break in May of 2015, and as far as the closures it wasn't totally awful. The crowd had grads of all ages(middle school-college). They did tend to rule the park but it wasn't the worst I have experienced there. That being said they had no fireworks or parades due to it being days before the 60th anniversary event kicked off.

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Nov 9, 2015 at 8:59 p.m. Cheyenne Says...

Yes! We went in May last year (either the weekend you are planning on going, or the one after- I can't remember) thinking it would be quiet since school hadn't let out, and there were graduates EVERYWHERE! The parks closed early to prep for their special midnight opening for the grads (and whoever else wants to join in on the craziness). It was pretty insane, with the exception of the very small kid rides. I wouldn't do it again. Too many "big kids" ruling the park.

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Nov 9, 2015 at 2:32 a.m. Todd Says...

Grad night is now at DCA. We were there last year around that time, and it did not seem to impact the crowds. Grad night starts at DCA when it would otherwise close to the public.

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Nov 5, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. DisneyMom Says...

HUGE problem. We went during grad time last year and it was a SCENE. I would never go back that time.

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Oct 26, 2015 at 5:55 a.m. Mommie Dearest Says...

I don't know if anyone posted this but hubby n I have annual passes for Disneyland. We learned a great day is on Super Bowl Sunday. So f you are not a huge sports fan go. We had 10 to15 minute wait times. The bigger more popular were around 40 to 1 hour wait. Most 40 minutes. We had a blast on Super bowl Sunday last year, and yes it is true when you are local and have annual passes, we tend to go to just take in a ride or two. Sometimes just to walk around or have dinner especially being we have no block out dates. I'll have to keep in mind to go more on the annual pass holders block out dates.

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Nov 3, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. Jen Says...

We went on a Super Bowl Sunday one year thinking it would be less crowded and the place was a madhouse! Won't do that again!

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Nov 1, 2015 at 8:14 p.m. Marjiscott Says...

I have a neighbor who is an annual passholder and goes weekly. She told me that one too!

Go on Super Bowl Sunday!

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Oct 25, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. Jhana Says...

Hi-we are thinking of going to either park (but just one) Nov 12, 13, or 14 (wed, thurs, fri). Any suggestions for which day? Any thoughts on which park vs. the other? Also, I know DW uses the bracelets now for FP way ahead of time, but does DL also, or is it still the paper tickets only on day-of? thx.

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Oct 21, 2015 at 8:35 p.m. Tina Says...

Why is March 5-11 2016 bad?

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

This is the start of spring break season. It won't be the busiest weeks of the season, but crowds will be elevated.

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Oct 21, 2015 at 5:57 p.m. Kim Says...

My daughter(who is 19) and I plan on going Dec 30 - Jan 4 for our first trip to Disneyland, we go to Walt Disney World alot because we live in Ohio but we have never been to Disneyland, any advise on this time frame? how busy will it be? we want to be there for new years eve, any advise would be great in helping us with our first trip :)

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Nov 20, 2015 at 4:29 a.m. Nastassja Says...

I went 2 years ago for dec 24,25..and on 30th and 31....absolutely crazy!!!...the only day that wasn't was the 24th...literally elbow to elbow...i said excuse me a bigillion times...never again...New Years eve was the worst....

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Nov 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. Jay Says...

New Year's Eve is the second busiest day of the year. They will close the gates at some point in the day

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Oct 13, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. Kasandra Kinder Says...

Hi, me & my husband are planning on taking our 2 & 9 year old daughters to Disneyland for the 1st time & are planning on going Dec. 16-Dec. 19.

Is that a good time to go, will there be a big crowd those days. Also, any recommendations to help make this the most memorable trip as possible for us. Thanks

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Oct 20, 2015 at 3:04 p.m. Ray Says...

My wife and I take out family every Christmas . Last year we were there 17-21 and the first two days were magical . The second two were slammed but let me tell you a secret, it seems that everyone goes home in the afternoon or gives up. Take this opportunity to nap your kids and rest for fireworks and the paint the night parade .

Back to the first two days , in the first we did magic morning , it was a Wednesday and we literally did every single ride in fantasyland by 9am. Food and drinks had no lines at all and even by the time we finished in fantasyland and started New Orleans square there still was not much of a crowd .

Long story short , you have picked perfect days and maybe we will see you there ! Ours this year are 16-19 as well

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Dec 13, 2015 at 6:41 p.m. Robert grizzell Says...

I would like to thank you for that response to that comment. Sorry to disturb but i'm going on December 16, 2015 as well. I'm bringing 2 of my brothers with me. One who has never been to Disneyland and the other who has not been to Disneyland since 3 years old. For being able to spend very little time at the parks, what do you recommend are important things to show my brothers for their lack of Disneyland visitation?

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Oct 20, 2015 at 5:19 a.m. Jody Says...

I recommend spending the first day seeing the princesses etc. and not worrying about hurrying through everything. We just took our granddaughter, 5 years old, and she loves scary rides, Halloween, etc. but the first day at around 2:00 she asked us where the princesses were? That was Disneyland to her! So be sure and make the first day special and find out what Disneyland is to them and do that first! Also, check out the wait time on the phone number provided on the flyers when you enter the park. Use your early entry to get into California Adventures - it's a total waste of time using it at Disneyland, and go get a fast pass for Cars and for the light show right away. The light show does not count as a regular fast pass.

When the fast passes run out and the kids get tired maybe take an hour or two to go back to the hotel for a nap and come back for fireworks. And whatever you do, don't try to do 2 shows in one night! It is impossible to get around! Space them out for one each night! Save the other shows for late afternoon or evening when the lines get long. See the princesses (and other characters) in the morning.

Have a great time!

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Oct 18, 2015 at 4:54 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

The Disneyland Christmas season begins right after Thanksgiving. The entire month of December is pretty busy but very festive, beautifully decorated, and with some neat Christmas related activities for kids. If you r willing to just go with the crowd flow it will likely be enchanting for your kids. Down load the Mouse Wait app for ride wait times.

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Oct 17, 2015 at 10:44 p.m. Jessica Says...

I have been a pass holder for a few years now and I can assure you it will be packed!! But you should still have a great time! I suggest the show at night since they have "snow". The castle is absolutely beautiful as well. Take snacks/drinks for the wait in the lines and comfy clothes is a must. Be there right when they open so you can go on the rides that usually get packed. Have a great trip!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. Alexandra Says...

I read your comment and as a Disneyland fangirl, I would like to give some suggestions. First of all try not stress. Stress leads to yelling, which leads to crying, which leads to no fun. Second, plans are good; however, try to leave lee-way for exploring and genuine diddle daddling. Third, make sure to get a picture with Mickey! It will be a great staple of the trip. Lastly, the parade may drive you to tears, thats okay. Let your inner Disney Kid enjoy itself. It will make the trip more fun for your kids and you! :)

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Oct 14, 2015 at 9:39 p.m. Alexandra Says...

I read your comment and as a Disneyland fangirl, I would like to give some suggestions.

First of all try not stress. Stress leads to yelling, which leads to crying, which leads to no fun.

Second, plans are good; however, try to leave lee-way for exploring and genuine diddle daddling.

Third, make sure to get a picture with Mickey! It will be a great staple of the trip.

Lastly, the parade may drive you to tears, thats okay. Let your inner Disney Kid enjoy itself. It will make the trip more fun for your kids and you! :)

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Oct 13, 2015 at 4:33 a.m. Melissa Says...

We are thinking of going December 7-9 what do you think of these dates? Yay or Nay?

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Oct 22, 2015 at 7:17 p.m. jen Says...

We are going then too! I did my homework and it seems it won't be that bad, albeit is a weekend. We'll be there the 6th and 7th. can't wait!

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Oct 9, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. Kathy Says...

Can you tell me what is going on March 5-11,2016 to put it on your possible busy times next year? We want to be there on the 5th for a special birthday and are flexible for before or after. Do you have a list of conventions at the Disneyland resort hotels that might influence crowds? Thank you!!!

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Oct 8, 2015 at 9:39 p.m. Brittany Says...

So we are visiting Disneyland 5th 6th and 7th of this November. The crowd calendar says the 5th should be a ghost town! But I did some researching and apparently there will be a huge convention that weekend. (Blizz con?) I know they do that convention every year but I just want to know if the people going to blizz con effect the crowd levels at Disneyland? Thanks!

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Oct 6, 2015 at 3:02 a.m. Jonas Says...

we are going on Columbus Day, does anyone know if it is busy that day?

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Oct 11, 2015 at 2:12 a.m. Michelle Says...

Yes, we did tried this one year and it was very busy as people take advantage of the 3-day weekend. Most schools take Columbus Day as a school holiday (although they haven't always in years past). It is also Trick or Treat night at the park so that will add to the crowd numbers. We still had a good time though but didn't make it onto many rides. And, unless you already purchased tickets for the Halloween party, you have to leave the park early that day.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 5:47 p.m. Harmon Says...

we will be going to anaheim 0ct. 7-11 we are going to disneyland on thursday oct.8. we are trying to decide when would be good for our second day, friday oct. 9 (same day as the mickey party) or saturday oct. 10. Any tips?

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Oct 11, 2015 at 1:46 p.m. Brittany Says...

we'll be there same time as well

Usually November isn't bad at all

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Oct 8, 2015 at 6:13 a.m. Katie B Says...

We just were there on Monday for CA Avdventure the Disneyland on Tuesday the 6th and it was soooooo busy. Today we did Mickey's Halloween Party and the crowds were much better and lines were better. We could only get in at 3pm but it was a world of difference from the previous day. Have Fun!

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Oct 8, 2015 at 3:10 a.m. PJ Says...

I meant to say the Disneyland was unbearably crowded on Tuesday October 6th 2015. Not sure why but I think it's because of the Mickey's Halloween party the night before.

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Oct 8, 2015 at 3:08 a.m. PJ Says...

Every other day there is a Mickey's Halloween party. The Disneyland side will close early at 6 o'clock and you have to pay an additional amount of money to stay in the park. It's approximately $69 per person. Kids can trick or treat throughout Main Street. I have it on good authority that most parents have their kids home in the afternoon or early evening having them rest so they can stay up late into the night so that might be a good day to go. The next Halloween party is on the night and it alternates. Check the calendar. California Adventure has been less crowded. I just spent a few days there and Tuesday October 6th was unbearably crowded. It's dangerous to have that many people in the park. When they close off areas for fireworks and parades, it is hard to move around to other areas of the park. In California Adventure for the world of color they closed down Radiator Springs in Cars Land very early. So try to hit that one earlier in the day.

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Feb 16, 2016 at 8:40 p.m. Marianne Says...

We went during October 12-16, 2015 and it was a complete nightmare. We are annual pass holders and usually go in February and October. We could not believe the crowds. The park had to of been at full capacity… You couldn't move. The worst part were all the parades. They roped off all these areas and it was just gridlock. Normally we would be able to go to Pirates of the Caribbean or other areas of the park that werent affected by the parade but this time it did not work. I'm not against parades but I really feel like Disneyland needs to revisit their parade schedule and figure it out. We saw cast members forcibly shoving elderly visitors underneath the ropes because they needed to keep the sidewalk clear. I seriously wish I videotaped it because it was that bad.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. Keith Says...

We are taking my son to Disneyland on Friday October 9th. Are the crowds large or pretty moderate on a Friday in October??

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Oct 8, 2015 at 4:18 a.m. Doug Says...

Temp is forecasted at 100 degrees. So that might help keep clouds away, but then again it will melt you as you sit in lines exposed to the sun...

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Oct 5, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. Teresa Says...

We will be in the area for a wedding and are wondering if it is a possibility at all to see much of the park on New Year's Day. We have small children who have not been to DL (only Disneyworld) but I do not want them to be so disappointed due to excessive crowds.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 2:23 a.m. Casey Says...

We will be there February 12-14, 2016. Which would be better.... Disneyland on Friday since it is a weekday or Saturday and take advantage of the magic hours for staying on property??? I am worried Saturday is going to be busier. The other day we would do DCA.

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Oct 13, 2015 at 5:32 p.m. Amy Says...

It always seems busier at the park with Magic Morning hours. We choose to go to the park WITHOUT MM hours since everyone goes early to the other park. Hasn't failed us yet!

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Oct 4, 2015 at 5:06 a.m. Huyen Says...

We wanted to visit Disneyland on Sunday, Nov 15, 2015, but the calendar on the Disneyland website does not give you the option to purchase tickets past Nov 14th. Does anyone know why? Will it be crowded that weekend because of the marathon?

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Huyen,

Regular admission tickets are not date-specific, so even though, the calendar with park hours has not been made available, you are free to purchase your tickets.

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Oct 4, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. Josh Says...

Is the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 19-21) likely to be very crowded? Wouldn't people be coming the following long weekend?

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Oct 3, 2015 at 1:49 a.m. Nick Says...

How many days would you recommend for taking my 8 year old daughter to disneyland for the first time.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick,

It depends a lot on when you're going. If it's a really busy time, you need more days. I would recommend a minimum of three for a first-time visit.

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Sep 30, 2015 at 11:24 a.m. Phoebe Says...

Hi, I am planning to go in January 7 and 8, 2016. Do you think 2 days is enough (15 and 17 yr old children) and will this be an alright time to visit? I am visiting from overseas and only have 10 days to spend in LA.

Thanks!

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Oct 2, 2015 at 4:01 a.m. Bianca Says...

I believe two days should be enough to ride and see all the popular attractions at Disneyland. I definitely recommend going on the 7th and 8th of January since they are weekdays; it is always more crowded on the weekends. It might be a little crowded, but I'm sure it will be nothing compared to the summer break crowds. Also, the weather should be nice at that time of the year. If the weather is on the warmer side, I highly recommend getting some ice cream either at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor for some old-fashioned ice cream or the Dole Whip pineapple soft serve ice cream nearby the Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Sep 27, 2015 at 9:16 p.m. Adam Says...

I'm not sure where you guys got your information about New Years Day being busy but you couldn't be more wrong if you tried. Everyone who knows anything about Disneyland knows that's the single best day of the year to go. Even all the cast members constantly tell people this, often to guests who look at them in disbelief, but it's true. My wife and I discovered this fact a few years ago when we decided to go on New Years Day on a whim and we were astounded at how dead it was. Disneyland was like a ghost town for the first two hours of operation and there were times when we would walk through large areas of the park and not even see one other person in the area. We literally hit every single ride we wanted to in the entire park before 10 a.m. including Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Peter Pan, Thunder Mountain Railroad, and all the other major attractions that usually require fast passes or long wait times. Truly, anyone who tells you that New Years Day is busy has never been there on that day, I guarantee it.

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Dec 23, 2015 at 10:40 a.m. Jonathan Says...

Two years ago we went on New Years Eve - never experienced a more packed crowd.

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Oct 13, 2015 at 8:49 p.m. Cristina Says...

With everything i read online about NYE and New Years day I am reconsidering our family trip dates since i have small children. A co-worker told me that New years was the best time to go so i booked my trip months ago. Everything online says otherwise. :( So will i still be safe to go on New years?

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Sep 27, 2015 at 1:21 a.m. keri Says...

We are planning a really last minute trip for October 18 for a few days. None of the disney hotels have availability...does this mean the park will be crazy?

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Sep 30, 2015 at 4:50 a.m. Ty Says...

That week is fall break for the state of Utah. Also included in that time is Mickey's Halloween party. Which is great! We just attended twice this weekend. It runs a few times per week from Septber, through the end of October. Due to these two factors, you should expect larger crowds.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri,

Check out the Crowd Calendar. We are predicting higher crowds that weekend.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:58 a.m. Yvonne Says...

I'm researching to travel to Disneyland on Dec 25 to Dec 30, 2015. or Jan 1 -5th, 2016. We have never been to Disneyland. Family of three. 2 adults & a teenager. We would love to experience the whole Christmas theme at Disneyland. Any recommendations at that time of travel and for a trip tailored for an older child.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. Mel Says...

We went last year in 2014 on Christmas Day, huge mistake. The crowds were horrible with little to no room to move. They also had to close the entrance due to overcrowding. Plus, we just missed the measles outbreak during that time in the park. There needs to be better crowd control, sorry.

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Sep 26, 2015 at 9:32 a.m. Ayla Says...

i went December 9-13, 2013 and it was PERFECT. Days were warm, evenings you needed a jacket and got that Christmas feel. Crowds were hardly an issue at all.

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Sep 25, 2015 at 12:31 a.m. Kate Says...

It will be packed. School holidays tend to bring high volume of visitors.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. Dominic Says...

Grand Californian Hotel is amazing at Christmas. The giant lobby is cozy and inviting from morning to night. Cars land is also great for the any age. My advice, take in a as many disney movies as you can before your trip and when you're there, it will increase the nostalgia factor! Enjoy

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Sep 22, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. Shari Says...

I've heard mid-October is bad as the western states have Fall Break? We were planning a trip Oct 15-18, but might re-consider

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Sep 25, 2015 at 4:47 p.m. Amy Says...

Those are the exact dates of Utah's Fall Break. I would avoid Disneyland at that time!

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Sep 24, 2015 at 2:04 a.m. Stephany Says...

All Phoenix area schools have fall break starting the first full week of October, some are that week some are the next week and some have both weeks off!

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Sep 22, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. CeeCee Says...

Im looking to go to Disneyland around December 11-13 are those good dates and will it be considered Christmas

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:23 p.m. BenB Says...

Something doesn't add up here. We're looking to travel first week of November 2015, and there are ZERO hotel rooms available - not a single room at Disneyland or surrounding hotels. Yet on Thanksgiving 2015, there are plenty of hotel options, all week.

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Sep 26, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. DianaD Says...

Check schedule for Anaheim Convention Center. When there is big convention in town, hotels are at a minimum. I know....I live a mile.5 from Dland. Check for rooms thru AirBnB.com Last time I researched it out of curiousity...there were over 2000 private rentals in town. Good luck!

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Sep 24, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. sbalison Says...

Disney will be filming the Christmas Parade that weekend.

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Sep 26, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. Susy Says...

So does that mean nov. 2-nov.7 will be busier?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Amy M. Says...

We are going 12/4 & 12/5 (Friday and Saturday). Do you think it will be nuts at the parks?? My children have never seen the park decorated for the holidays, so it was very important to us to book during Christmastime!

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Sep 17, 2015 at 4:35 a.m. Theresa Says...

How is the 1st weekend in Nov?

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Sep 17, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. beth Says...

We are planning a trip for after Thanksgiving but before Christmas 2015. If you had to pick 7 days to visit WDW, which 7 day block would you choose?

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Sep 17, 2015 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

If you are looking for help deciding when to go to Disney World as opposed to Disneyland, you can check out our crowd calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

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Sep 15, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. Tia Says...

I plan on taking my family during Feb 22, 2016 to Feb 25, 2016. I'm concern about the weather and if it will be raining. Do the rides close when it's raining? Do they still have fireworks and parades during the weekdays?

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Sep 14, 2015 at 11 p.m. David Says...

Do you know when the crowd calendar for Los Angeles will be released and will it also include Knotts berry farm?

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Sep 15, 2015 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

We hope to have it soon! Stay tuned!

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Sep 13, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. Carie Says...

Do you know when the secret meet and greet character days are?

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Sep 11, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. Dorraine Says...

I was thinking about taking my age 7 and 10 year old granddaughters to Disneyland in mid-May 2016. Maybe flying in on Sunday and spend Monday - Thursday at the parks and flying home on Friday. Do you think that is a good time to go and any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 7:53 p.m. Donna Says...

Schools get out in California the third week of may.

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Sep 5, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. George Says...

Do you suggest buying tickets in advance or just pop in at the desk?

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Sep 8, 2015 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We always recommend buying in advance. While discounts are harder to come by at Disneyland, the sooner you buy, the more you can save. The tickets never expire, but they do increase - typically once a year.

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Sep 2, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. Yanssel Says...

We are planning a New Years trip from 12/30-01/03. We were thinking on hitting California Adventure on 12/31 to get the New Year experience there (hopefully not as crowded as Disneyland. Then going to Disneyland on 01/02 (hopefully less crowded). Any suggestions? I know these are the worst dates to go but we decided to do something different this year =)

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Sep 10, 2015 at 12:27 a.m. Tina Says...

With the holidays plus the DL 60th Anniversary events going on all year it's doubtful that DCA will be any less busy than Disneyland Park. DCA has had many wonderful improvements in the last few years so it's more popular than it used to be--especially Carsland. We went to DL in 2013 near Xmas and once years ago after Xmas and including New Year's and the crowds were insane everywhere at the resort. Good Luck!

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Sep 2, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. David Says...

Hello.

Crowds, lines and queues forecast in Disneyland Paris: http://meteosensible.free.fr/disneylandparis.html Influx crowds dépends on weather in Paris.

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Aug 29, 2015 at 3:24 p.m. Amy Says...

We are looking at going to DL in November 2015. Do you think there will be much difference between Monday Nov 9 and Tuesday Nov 10? Also, will the hours likely be significantly shorter? We only have one day so we want as much time as possible.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:32 p.m. Lee kucera Says...

Our family went to DL one year during 2nd weekend in November. Crowds were low, but small world was closed for installation of Christmas decor and the castle was shrouded in black because of filming of the Christmas parade.

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Aug 28, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. Bingo Says...

My family and I are visiting late afternoon 9/19, all day 9/20 and 9/21. Will that weekend be crazy?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. Lauren Says...

How busy is the half marathon weekend? We were thinking of going (Sept. 3 & 4 only).

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Sep 1, 2015 at 12:54 a.m. Becky Says...

Oops! I'm sorry, I was thinking of the Tinkerbell Half marathon in May. Ignore me.

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Sep 1, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. Becky Says...

I was leaving Disneyland just as the half-marathon was starting this year. It was crazy busy. There are thousands and thousands of people whose families are going to Disneyland all day that week while they are running. Our last day at the park was the day before the marathon, and lines were already twice as long as they had been the day before.

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Aug 28, 2015 at 3:35 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hi I was wondering which date will be better Wed Dec 30, 2015; Fri Jan 1, 2016 or Sat Jan 2. I know all of these days are going to be crowded, but we're going for my son's 6th bday. And these are the only days that work for us. If there is no difference between the days...well I guess that's the way it goes. Thanks!

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Aug 28, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. Rebecca Says...

I'm a SoCal resident, but not a pass holder. Do you have a sense of what weekdays are best to go, even during the off season? We're trying to decide between Sept. 15 and 16, or Sept. 16 and 17. I feel like Thursdays would be slightly busier than Tuesdays, but I don't know that this is actually true. Also, my daughter's birthday is the 16th - any tips or perks for birthday celebrators at the park?

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Aug 27, 2015 at 3:23 p.m. Frenchell Says...

We are planning to take our 3 kids for the first time Nov 7th - 9th of 2015. Is this a good time? Someone told me that a lot of rides are closed because of holiday decorating, I don't want this to be a bum trip for them. Are the dates I listed good dates or should we look at trying a different time?

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. Chuck Says...

Haunted Mansion is the main closure during this time I think. It closes for about three weeks until mid-September. I don't think anything else receives nearly as much overhaul for X-Mas.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frenchell,

These are good dates to visit. You may find a few rides under refurbishment, but most are not. You can view all of Disneyland's refurbishments here: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

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Aug 27, 2015 at 1:32 a.m. Jackie Says...

I am planning on going 6/30/16 - 7/5/16. I know they will be a lot of people. I just like to know how the weather might be around this time. I will have my two kids with me and my youngest will be 2 yrs.

Thank you so much for your time!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

Highs are usually in the low 90s with lows in the mid 60s.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 7:16 p.m. Theresa Says...

We will be there Thanksgiving week, I saw where you posted this will be a horrible time to come but its unavoidable. Would it be better to go Wed before Thanksgiving or on Black Friday?

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Aug 27, 2015 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

How horrible it is really depends on your mind-set. We think it's always a great time to visit Disneyland, even if it's crowded. You just have to understand that it is going to be crowded and waits are going to be longer. You just have to adjust your expectations going in. You can still have a great time! That said, Wednesday before Thanksgiving is likely slightly better than Black Friday.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. Alicia Iokepa Says...

We are planning on going to Disneyland on Tues 10/06/15 and Tues 10/13/15 which is the day after Columbus Day, how will the crowd be then?

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Aug 24, 2015 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia,

Aside from Columbus Day itself, this is a pretty good time to visit. Weekends will be more crowded, but it should be a pleasant time.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. christina Says...

Hi,me and my sister are planning for Disneyland Jan 25th-28th 2016 is that a good time to go

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

So sorry! I misread your original comment and thought it was for the end of December. Your January dates should be good to go!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 8:44 a.m. Christina Says...

Hi,u said Jan 24th-28th will be very busy at Disneyland what about the first week in Feb. Mon-Wens!?! Thank you!!!!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

It should be a good time.

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Sep 4, 2015 at 2:56 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi there! I will also be there Jan 22-27. I'm wondering why you predict it will be very busy during that timeframe?

thanks!!!!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

I don't see that we are predicting Jan. 22-27 to be a bad time :( It is a good time as far as crowds go :)

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Sep 2, 2015 at 4:44 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I'm curious why Jan 25-28 2016 is predicted as a very busy time? I will be there that week and want to be prepared! Heh.

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

We're not expecting this to be a busy time.

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Nov 10, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. Sandi Mackintosh Says...

Will they be closing any of the rides or attractions during the week of Jan 23rd - Jan 30th?

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Nov 19, 2015 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi,

You can see all closings on our Disneyland refurbs page, but do note that Disneyland is sometimes slow to release them.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. Elaine Says...

We are thinking of going September 29-30 2015. I know the Halloween decorations are up and the party is going on the 30th. Do you think there will be less crowds then?

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Aug 23, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. anna Says...

Im planning a trip for mid September and I will be spending one day in Disneyland. Which day do you think will be better Sept 14th where the park is open from 9AM-10PM or Sept 15th where it might be quieter but the park is open for two hours less from 10AM-9PM?

Thanks

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Aug 26, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Sept. 15 is likely the better choice because of the reduced hours.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. Brittney Says...

I'm thinking of going in November. I'm trying to go at the least busy time possible. Thinking the 2nd-6th or the 17th-21st. Would those be decent times when the park is less crowded?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:33 a.m. Yvonne Says...

Your first dates (1rst week of Nov) would be before Veterans day...so it's really good during the week. We chose to visit last year the week before Thanksgiving week, (your 2nd choice) because that's when Christmas décor is all over the park and some rides, not to mention the yummy pumpkin beignets. We're happy to start the holidays early, but if it's weird for you, go earlier. The week before Thanksgiving was not packed (weekdays) but the idea is catching on so it's getting busier by the year. Typically, the Christmas décor is up the weekend just after Veterans day, and again>weekdays are best. We enjoyed seeing that our usual hotel choice (Embassy suites Orange) was much less crowded at that time, so we're going to split our visit between that Hotel and 2 days at the Californian, as a Christmas splurge. If you choose the 1rst week of Nov, check the Disneyland site for ride closures because a few may be closed while they decorate. If you are all thrilled at the idea of going for Christmas, you will be going at a great time. Friends have reported that the week after Thanksgiving is now more crowded than ever, as visitor tips spread quickly.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 5:57 p.m. Carrie Says...

We usually vacation in the park in the middle of the summer when crowds are at a peak - but in 2016 we will be traveling in February - 4th - 8th to be exact (so well before president's day). We plan on being there over a weekend. Since we are used to July / August crowds, will the February weekend be busy like a summer week day? Or will we see it much slower?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

It should be less crowded, but as you probably know, the parks are never empty.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. Esther Says...

We are planning on taking 3 children under 6 so wait times are kind of a big deal for us. I was thinking that January 4-7 would be pretty safe because it was after the new year and winter break. You mentioned this as a bad time, but then said weekdays in January are good. What are your thoughts?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esther,

There are some local schools that will not be back in session until the following week, and then you have some passholders that will have been blocked out until this time, so they will be coming in before their kids go back to school. It won't be as busy as the week before, but I would expect it to still be busy.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. Wendy Says...

When would be a better day to visit Disneyland? Monday, August 31st or Tuesday, September 1st?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 6:34 p.m. Kristine Says...

I would go with Sept. 1st. There is an AP Anniversary Event on the 31st that would draw more AP to the park on a day with already reduced hours. Hope that helps!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 3:39 a.m. rosie Says...

We are planning our trip with our kids for the first and we love Halloween time. I've heard it's a great time to go. We are planning on going Oct 21 thru the 23, but I've heard that it might be a really busy time and am thinking possibly mid Nov??? Any thoughts or suggestions would be AWESOME!!!!!! thank you!

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Aug 19, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. Mike P. Says...

Hi,

I want to go to DL Monday August 31st. From everything I've read, it seems like a good day to go even though it is before Labor Day. Is Orange County back to school at that time? Are most of the tourists gone by then? I would wait until mid Sept. But I have to take my niece before she goes back home for school. Any comments would be helpful! Thanks

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Aug 19, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Emmy Says...

We are planning a trip in February 2016. We will get 5 day hoppers. Our park day options are: Fri 19th, Sat 20th, Sun 21, Mon 22, Tues 23, Wed 24, Thurs 25, Fri 26th. Which 5 days are our best bet? Thanks!

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:42 p.m. Char Says...

AP local here. Anytime tuesday-thursday would be best if you wanna beat the crowds. Another tip: if you're willing to spring for another 30 bucks, it's better to do 1 day 1 park, if you wanna make the most of your trip. It'll keep you from going back and forth all day.

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Aug 19, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. Wendy Says...

Hi,

I'm planning on visiting Disneyland with my kids on either Monday, August 31st or Tuesday, Sept 1st. What day do you think would be best to go? Also, we haven't been in a few years. Any must see attractions?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:37 a.m. Yvonne Says...

We couldn't believe how easy it was to maneuver around the park during the first week of September! During the week, their students were in school before labor day and we had a wonderful time in super short lines. Once my son graduates (next year) that will probably be a regular go-to date for us. Have fun!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Both of those days should be good! Here are our recommended not-to-miss attractions!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. Yanni Says...

Hi there, amazing guide! We'll can visit any day from the 29th of August up to the 2nd of September. Is their one particular day that would be better to visit

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yanni,

This is a good time to visit, but the early days in the week will be best as far as crowds go, so Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 2.

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Aug 18, 2015 at 4:33 a.m. Tia Says...

How do you think this Wednesday Aug. 19 will be? Versus Tuesday Aug 18 or Thursday Aug 20.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 10:45 p.m. Heather H Says...

Hi there,

I was planning a visit for my Birthday in Jan 2016. We are thinking jan 20-25th- is it pretty calm during that time ? Thanks :)

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

It should be a good time to go, and will be less busy toward the end of your visit.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Emily Says...

You don't mention Memorial Day at all. Can you give any recommendations on the week of May 30 - June 3 2016? Thanks!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Memorial Day will see very high crowds, but it's still early in the vacation season, and many kids are still in school, so it's likely the rest of the week will be elevated but not horrible crowds.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. michelle Says...

I'm planning a trip to Disneyland for the x-mas holidays, I don't know which dates are better nov 13th - nov 15 (since veteran's day is nov 11 on a wednesday) or dec 4th -dec 6th, any recommendations?

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Aug 25, 2015 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Both are good. Veteran's Day should not carry over to the weekend as most people will only have the one day off.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 4:32 p.m. Jonathan Says...

Hi, Im planning to go to Disneyland in next Sept 4th (friday) it is a good day then? Im asking because its Labor day weekend so Im kind of worry!!! :S

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonathan,

It will be busy, but not as busy as you might think since many families are focused on returning to school.

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Aug 16, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Natasha Says...

Hi, if choosing between Friday (Sept 4) or Sunday (Sept 6) before Labor day, which do you think would have slimmer crowds? Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

I would go with Friday simply because there are fewer folks with that day off.

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Aug 16, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. Paty Says...

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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Aug 16, 2015 at 10:47 a.m. oscar Says...

hi me and my son are going to disneyland and california adventure. we have a choice to go to disneyland on the 17th of september and california adventure on the 8th of october. or disneyland on the 7th of octber and california adventure on the 8th of october. which one shoult we do because i hate waiting in line?

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Aug 14, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. Michelle Says...

We are thinking of going to Disneyland on Friday, sept 4. Which would be the Friday of Labor Day weekend. What are your thoughts on how crowded it would be?

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

That Friday will likely see medium crowds.

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Aug 5, 2015 at 7:09 p.m. Jacob Says...

I am planning a short notice wedding for me and my soon-to-be husband, and I love the idea of going out there for our honeymoon. We have reservations in San Diego for August 23-30 and planned to drive up to Anaheim for a day to do Disneyland. Which day would be best to go that week and did you have any other tips for maximizing our time there? Any help is appreciated!!!

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Aug 12, 2015 at 5:44 a.m. Meg Says...

Sundays are always pretty slow. During week Wed isn't too bad either. Cars ride, thunder mountain, popular rides like that are the busiest during day. Hit those rides up right at opening or after 10pm. There is an app called disneyland wait times. Download it now so u can get an idea of what rides/ attractions not to do during day. Or rather what rides /attractions to do during day!

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Aug 14, 2015 at 3:19 p.m. Kristy Says...

Thank you!! Going at the end of this month!! Have 3 small girls ☺️

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Aug 5, 2015 at 3:03 p.m. Jason Says...

Are these dates generally the same heading into 2016?

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Aug 7, 2015 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Jason,

Generally, yes. There are some exceptions, mostly around spring break, because the day Easter falls on influences spring break season. We'll have an update next week on this post with 2016 dates!

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Jul 31, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. Jennifer Olsen Says...

What day would be better Friday August 7th or Monday the 10th??

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Aug 1, 2015 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

WE would choose Monday the 10th. As we get further into the month, more kids will be returning to school and the parents of kids not in school are starting to plan for that instead of vacation.

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Jul 29, 2015 at 6:34 p.m. Santos Says...

I have been there for Thanksgiving and its not that bad, the worst time I have been there is Fourth of July. I have been there during Spring Break (March) and the first weekend in December and its not that crazy...truthfully if you go to the park as soon as it opens ride the big rides first, that's the true secret. Once the crowd starts poring in you have done all the big rides and may just have shows and repeat some rides. :)

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Jul 28, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. Michelle Says...

I am planning a trip October 1-4. It is going to be "gay days". Thoughts on crowd levels? I'm going with just my sisters (all adults) so I'm hoping it won't affect us too terribly much if it's a little busier than normal :-/

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Aug 20, 2015 at 2:16 a.m. Justin Says...

hi. I went for gay days last year and it was average. Even on the weekend. I will say that grown adults supporting the lgbt community are organized and orderly. Basically they make everything flow faster. Not as many screaming 4 year olds who decided Peter Pan was too scary right before he goes on.

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Aug 3, 2015 at 6:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, your visit will overlap with Gay Days. While it will bring some additional folks to the parks, it shouldn't be as crowded as the busiest days. Do keep in mind that Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be the busier days.

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Jul 19, 2015 at 5:37 p.m. Jordan Says...

i have a 17 month old and want to bring her to Disneyland and want to know what ride she can ride and it's ok to bring her and if in September is good to go or if i should go sooner

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Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan,

You will have plenty of options for bringing her Disneyland. Here is a related post on that topic! If you can wait until September, I think it will generally be better, especially if you go on a weekday.

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Jul 18, 2015 at 4:54 p.m. Big Poppa Says...

The ABSOLUTE WORST DAY to visit Disneyland is July 17 - that is the annual celebration of the opening of the park. Make note of not attending on milestone dates, i.e., 50th, 60th anniversary.

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Jul 26, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. Kris Says...

ya, showed up on the July 17th and had NO idea this was going to be the busiest day of the busiest season! To top it off, July 18th was record rainfall and most of the rides were not running. So disappointing. The line at city hall for a rain check ticket to come back was probably 4 hours long.....

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Jul 24, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. moni Says...

Hi..Ive been in 2006 last week of July during 50th celebrations..it was really busy but we still really enjoyed it a lot.Question...how long does the 60th celebrations go till and if you go in September are there still any parades or fireworks?

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Jul 15, 2015 at 6:57 p.m. Alondra Says...

Hello, we will be going to Disneyland December 3-5 Thu-Fri-Sat. I am wondering how the crowds will be those days and if I should do Wed-Thu-Fri instead? We will have a 4 year old and 5 yeard old with us, Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Laura Says...

Going on week days are so much better then weekends.

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Jul 16, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. Lu Says...

Friday and Saturday tend to be Disneyland's busy days off season. But it shouldn't be anywhere close to the crowds during summer or the holidays. I think you should be fine. fyi...you could take in bottle water/drinks in plastic container and food for the kids

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Jul 12, 2015 at 6:36 a.m. Bob Says...

I think it's worth pointing out that while the Worst Time to Visit includes 'June 5-August 16,' August 17-23 is likely to be worse than the week before it. August 17 is when the long summer blockout for SoCal AP holders ends, and usually brings a huge influx of locals. It's still summer, and most of the surrounding schools haven't started classes on the 17th.

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Jul 16, 2015 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bob,

Agree and good catch :)

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Jul 18, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. Mark Says...

When are SoCal schools back in session?

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Jul 22, 2015 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

The dates vary by school district, and private schools can be on different schedules, but the end of August and beginning of September are great times to visit the park because locals are either starting school or focused on going back to school.

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Jul 11, 2015 at 4:03 a.m. Jessica Says...

Trying to plan a trip before Thanksgiving. Any insight on when Holiday in the Park officially starts?

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Jul 22, 2015 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

This year's dates have not been released yet, but last year it started Nov. 13 and we have sometimes seen it sooner. About the second weekend in November is a good bet.

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Jun 26, 2015 at 9:02 p.m. Rachel Says...

I hear BlizzCon (Blizz Convention) will be there November 5-7, 2015. Think it will make Disneyland crazy?

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Jun 21, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. Kelli Says...

We are thinking about taking our family to DL between June 28 thru July 5. Just wondering if anyone might have an idea of how busy it will be. If too crazy we will wait until fall. Thank you!

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Jul 18, 2015 at 12:25 a.m. Laura Says...

Fall is a lot better time to go. Summer time is hot and crowded.

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Jul 13, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Paul Says...

My wife and I have season passes and go all the time. July5 is a great day. People staying home after their4th if July partying

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Jul 1, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. Shawn Says...

we just took our vacation to Disneyland from June 26 to the June 30th it was so busyan hour wait for the rides and the streets were so crowded and everyone bumping into you push and shove is the only way you're getting through but other than that it is a magical place and the kids will have a great time

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Jun 24, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelli,

It's going to be busy, but perhaps not as busy as it could be since most of the Southern California annual passholders will be blocked out at this time. The new Disneyland anniversary shows are bringing in more people, though, so we definitely recommend you look at our top tips for Disneyland in summer. The fall is generally better, but does have some busy times, especially on weekends during Halloween Time, so try to time it for weekdays. If visiting during Halloween Time isn't priority, I would try to time it for early September.

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Jun 20, 2015 at 3:46 a.m. Jo-Anne Says...

Hi planning a trip to Disney California from Australia in January 2016 . Does anyone know what date The Haunted Mansion usually re opens as my older children are desperate to go on this

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Jul 3, 2015 at 7:21 p.m. Jill Says...

I don't know a solid date but according to Mouse Planet, it was closed Jan 12-22, 2015 to remove the overlay, so I would assume a similar schedule for Jan 2016. We are also planning our trip around the hat box ghost LOL

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Jun 18, 2015 at 9:06 p.m. Tami Says...

Hubby & I are visiting this year Oct. 2-3 (Fri & Sat). Unfortunately, we do not have flexibility on these dates since he is in town for business and we are trying to squeeze in a couple of DL days. We have only visited during July and still found that manageable even though it was busy. I have read that this particular weekend is an unofficial event "Gay Days" and there is also Mickey's Halloween party on Friday night. How crazy will this really get this time of year/weekend? We are very familiar with both parks and the Fastpass system, so we're hoping that will help. Thanks in advance!

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Aug 13, 2015 at 6:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tami,

I think it being Gay Days, Friday and Saturday, and the Halloween party, I think it will be busier than during an earlier weekday, although not as busy as the crowds you'd find during peak season. Since you're familiar with the parks and FASTPASS, you should have no trouble navigating :)

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Jul 28, 2015 at 7:41 p.m. Michelle Says...

I am going the same weekend and am wondering the same thing! Have you gotten any good answers or advice yet?

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Jun 17, 2015 at 1:56 a.m. Jeremy Says...

I found this site after visiting DL June 12-15, 2015. There is a commonality of "busy" times. We got to the park between 8 and 9 everyday and found it to be tolerable on Saturday, excellent on Sunday, and horrible on Monday. The REALLY busy time kicked in around noon. If you don't do well in shoulder to shoulder foot traffic, I recommend going back to your hotel, grab a cocktail, and sit by the pool for 3 or 4 hours.

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Jun 10, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. Marx Says...

I want to plan a trip the first week of March, my boyfriend has never been and i want him to experience it, DL was a huge part of my childhood and i loved every minute spent there. How busy is it at the beginning of March, would it be better to try and go in February?

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Jul 26, 2015 at 8:06 p.m. squeakermama Says...

Hi Marx. I would suggest going in Feb since you might get a lot of spring breakers in March and it could be crowded unless you go the first week on March. We went last Feb and it was unusually crowded for that time of year (?) but still better than spring break time If you want to avoid crowds.

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Jun 15, 2015 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marx,

If you go after President's Day but before the second week of March, you should be fine.

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Jun 8, 2015 at 8:34 p.m. krystalyn Says...

Hi .. I'm planning a DL trip for my husband and two kids .. It will be our first time going!

When is a good time to go that's not extremely hot, as well as wait times aren't so bad?

Looking towards September or October or December.

Also what is a recommended activities to do.. I am a huge Disney fan so I would love to do as much as I possibly can (no rides though)

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May 28, 2015 at 7:29 p.m. shawn Says...

We are visiting a few parks such as california adventure,seaworld and californias hollywood studios in late october will they be packed?

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May 28, 2015 at 1:33 p.m. Hollikee Says...

Hi all.....

How were the crowd levels on Mother's Day this year?

I know the Tinkerbell 1/2 marathon was scheduled for that weekend this year. I am planning on going next year, but was wondering about how busy it will be......

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May 24, 2015 at 8:58 a.m. joe Says...

Hello! Between a Tuesday which is the first /not/ blocked out SoCal Select date after the kickoff of the Diamond Anniversary celebration, and a Friday which is SoCal Select blocked out, which date is likely to be less crowded? Also, would SoCal Select or Grad Nite have a greater impact on crowds?

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May 26, 2015 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe,

This whole week may be bad due to the new shows and the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, so I don’t know that it will follow a typical pattern. Grad Nights would likely have a greater impact on crowd levels, especially in the evenings, but it would be ideal to go on a night without Grad Night and with SoCal Select blackouts. That isn't going to be possible this week, but Thursday may be your best bet as it doesn't have Grad Night.

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May 23, 2015 at 8:41 p.m. shawnmack Says...

We a family of 5 will be visiting california adventure park,seaworld as well as hollywood studios will these parks be very crowded we will b arriving late october 22nd thru 28th?

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Jul 26, 2015 at 8:10 p.m. squeakermama Says...

No, you should be fine. Great time to visit after school starts back up after labor day.

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May 20, 2015 at 5:58 p.m. Kenny Says...

Because of my wife's job, we are going to Disneyland in MID JULY! I know its going to be insane. any tips? which days of the week to avoid? anything...ANYTHING to make this just a little easier is appreciated!

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May 21, 2015 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kenny,

Yes, it will be busy, but maybe not as bad as you think with most of the passholders blocked out during this time. We've got some tips for surviving Disneyland in summer that you should check out:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-disneyland-summer/

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Apr 30, 2015 at 7:32 a.m. Cathy Says...

Oh dear, we are flying from Australia to visit Disneyland on the 24 November 2015. We didn't realise it was thanksgiving as its not a holiday we celebrate in Australia. I am now feeling extremely disappointed after hearing how crowded it will be.....any tips? I have 2 teenage children. The last time we visited was 10 years ago and they don't remember it.

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Jun 29, 2015 at 7:07 p.m. anna Says...

FAST PASSES! use them wisely on the popular rides!

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May 7, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. Rick Says...

We went to Disneyland a year ago during the busiest time of year, just after Christmas until after New Year's Day. It was super busy, but the parks were open early and stayed open until late. I would suggest getting to the park 30-45 minutes before opening. Within that first few hours you can ride as many rides as you can the rest of the day. Make sure you have a plan and download an app that shows the wait times. We had a blast even though the crowds were insane. Also, use FastPass to the best of your ability. FastPass is your friend! Have fun!

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Apr 28, 2015 at 1:24 a.m. Danielle Says...

Columbus Day weekend in October????? Help needed! I work in a school and keep trying to figure a good time to go to Disneyland (our first trip). How CRAZY is that weekend? TIA

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Aug 13, 2015 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

Columbus Day is one of the few holidays that has less impact on crowds. It won't be completely dead, but it's definitely worth doing.

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Apr 25, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. Luke Says...

I cant recommend going at Christmas time enough. I don't know if it still happens the same but when I went they have an amazing Christmas theme fireworks display and they made the main street appear to snow as everyone headed out the gates. I may have been lucky but didn't once even think about crowds and wait times. Day just flowed nicely.

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Apr 6, 2015 at 8:44 p.m. Shelly Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland May 30 to June 3. I understand there will be grad parties 2 of the nights and I am trying to work out what days to go to both California Adventure vs Disneyland to avoid crowds as much as possible

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:56 a.m. We had one grad night on ours, too Says...

We accidentally ended up in the park on a grad day and the only advice we have is to go early and plan other things for later. The students really packed in after about 2p.m. They were all nice and some were playing scavenger games (find this person) from ride to ride, but there were just so many, and they tend to have smartphone addictions. Even after kindly turning off the phone during Pirates of the Caribbean when asked, they turned them back on while still in the ride because they just couldn't resist for a full 3 minutes. They really tried! We see adults do the same thing, so we remained patient and found other things to do instead; visiting a restaurant we missed last time, wait for a show and just chat, or go to attractions they aren't drawn to such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!

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Mar 31, 2015 at 7:58 p.m. Alisa Says...

We have decided to take our three boys Aug 31 2015-Sept 3rd. Our first time going, (Although I'd like it to be as cheap as possible so that we have more spending money; any suggestions on hotel? For 5? 3 kids ages 5, 6 and 7. and 2adults.) we are driving down from Oregon so I'm not sure what the CA school schedule is; I am kinda of hoping California has school in session. Oregon doesn't start until after Labor day. And I am hoping that first WEEK (not weekend) of September is alright. Any suggestions? Tips to beat lines? Anything is helpful!!

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Apr 8, 2015 at 6:54 p.m. Darlene Says...

We have been several times with our 4 kids and absolutely recommend Hilton's Homewood Suites. You have to take a shuttle but you have a 1 bedroom suite, get a full breakfast and dinner during the week and also have a full kitchen in the unit. Perfect for kid and families. The prices are reasonable.

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Apr 18, 2015 at 7:43 a.m. Debbie Says...

Hi, I saw your post about going to Disneyland several times. We have 4 kids also& have never been, 2 teens, 2 toddlers. We are trying to work it out to go during the week in May. You mentioned a hotel that serves breakfast anddinner? I've heard of this, this would really help us alot. we Are on tight budget, trying top get a unforgettable family time in before our oldest graduates hijack next year does this hotel always do the free breast and dinner? Thanks so much! Debbie from Washington

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Mar 29, 2015 at 5:55 p.m. cforrey23 Says...

Our family will be in the parks September 29th - October 2nd. We planned for weekdays to avoid crowds and lines but now after reading some articles I'm concerned we will miss out on Fireworks, Fantasmic, and Parades because of the Halloween parties. This would be a major bummer for us as my husband is a part time pyrotechnician and seeing the fireworks is a HUGE deal to him. Also now wondering if they will be doing the Halloween themed fireworks and parades instead of the 60th anniversary ones which we were really excited about. We aren't really into the Halloween thing so really hoping not to miss out on the anniversary stuff!

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Mar 27, 2015 at 5:14 a.m. amanda Says...

So I have never been to disneyland before and I am trying to plan our first family vacation! I was thinking of going sometime between January and March 2016. I have an 8 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. I keep hearing about ride closures during those months but am wondering If it will truly affect our vacation. My kiddos are still young and I want them to enjoy the trip but also get the most out of it without insane line waits and crazy lines for character meet n greets. Any advise as to when is a good time to go?

Thanks in advance!

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Aug 13, 2015 at 6:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

You generally see more refurbs in January and February, but even then, there will still be plenty of attractions to visit. I wouldn't worry about it too much. There are good days within these months. You want to avoid the start of January, the days around MLK Day, the days around President's Day. In March, the first week will be best.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 5:51 p.m. Katrina Says...

Hi , my family and I are planning on Disneyland on February 21, would you say this is an OK day to go? I was trying to avoid presidents day on the 20th.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrina,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Feb 21.

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Mar 23, 2015 at 8:21 p.m. Annie Says...

Hi! I am looking to visit family in California during thanksgiving. Would it still be very busy to go to the parks November 30 and December 1st? I have an active three year old and probably won't be able to handle crazy lines. TIA!!

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Mar 11, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. Miriam Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland but due to work schedules we had to plan to go the Second week of November 2015. We would be in the park on Mon. november 9th to wednesday november 11th. Do you think this is going to be a crazy busy time to go?? thanks for the help.

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Mar 20, 2015 at 8:40 p.m. Robert Says...

November 11th is Veteran's Day. Since it is a school out holiday, you can expect pretty heavy crowds. We went one year where the 11th was our last day (of 5) - park was at capacity and CRAZY busy. Luckily, the days previous were great, so we didn't care...left after the morning and went to the beach instead.

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Mar 9, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. Ariana Says...

Question: When the park of Disneyland will put the calendar of activities for the month of October 2015? I think to travel for that date and I want to plan well the trip. Thanks!

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Mar 9, 2015 at 8:33 p.m. Linda Says...

Will there be a difference if I go the week of Aug 17 vs Aug 24?

Thanks.

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Mar 8, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. Rick Says...

I will be visiting Sept 13-18, 2015. Will Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain be open at that time?

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Mar 6, 2015 at 2:54 a.m. Family Trip Says...

We are considering a trip to Disneyland and have had good success in June but now I'm reading forums that Grad Nights are horrible since the students now get a park hopper to use during the daytime as well. Anyone wish to comment?

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Mar 19, 2015 at 9:20 p.m. Kevin Says...

We are wondering the same thing. How busy will Grad Nite private celebrations make the parks?

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Mar 23, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Grad nights include park hopper access to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during the day and a private party Grad at 10 p.m. at Disney California Adventure. These events have a moderate impact on crowds, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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Mar 5, 2015 at 12:13 p.m. Bruce Says...

We visited Disneyworld from Fri Feb 20 to Sundat Feb 22d, staying at the contemporary. I figured room prices would have dropped from the previous Valentine's Day weejpkend, which was true.

However I did not realise it was the Princess half marathon on Sunday and that crowds would be larger as a result.

For one thing, this reduced the chances of getting an upgrade to the A frame (wed booked the Garden Wiing). On the past several visits we'd received an upgrade - once without asking! (The greeter realised we were a gay male couple and took us to a gay check in clerk - who upgraded us and followed up with a phone call checking that everything was satisfactory.)

There were longer waits for np meals - at Coral Reef in Epcot, California Grille, and at Brown Derby. This interfered with our FastPass+ For Little Mermaid - where we encountered the only rudeness in 6/7 trips to Disney since 2009. (I have cancer and difficulty standing and used a scooter and "disability access pass" - to great effect - on this trip. But as I "scooted" towards the entrance of Little Mermaid a female cast member "barked" at me: "You can't bring that in here." When I staggered into the waiting area the first thing we saw was a man sitting on his cooter! I mentioned this to another cast member, who basically shrugged his shoulders and didn't, e.g., find a place for me to sit - as I was pale and sweating at this point.)

We encountered one other incident that made us feel,"less than." In the past - that is, before gay marriage was legal in Florida - Disney helped us celebrate the "anniversary" of our meeting.

This time, gay marriage had become legal between the time of our booking and our dinner reservation at California grille.

As we went to check in on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary for our ealier dinner reservations, we heard the cast member ask the opposite-sec couple in front of us, "Are you celebrating anything special?"

My partner and I caucused and decided to respond to a similar question by saying, "Yes we are celebrating our recent marriage."

But the sour-passed cast member just said, "Name?" And did not ask if we were celebrating anything special. Thus left a sour taste in our mouths and detracted from our enjoyment of the meal.

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Sunday - race day- was chaotic. We waited for a bus to take us. Then we were told we had to take the monorail - with our clunky scooter - to the transportation centre. Then we were told to get off at Polynesian resort and take a bus (perhaps the same one we'd tried to take at the Contemporary) to Disney Hollywood.

Finally, the quality of photographers has declined. Previously we took (and bought) pictures we subsequently framed and/or put on e.g., coffee mugs.

All this - surly staff, confused directions, delayed dining reservations - while prices have increased 30-50%.

I love Disney - and own stock - but lament the decline in standards. In future we will consider alternatives such as Universal and, e.g., cheap and cheerful cruises. (For the cost of our weekend at Disney I could have taken a 5 night Caribbean cruise on Carnival.)

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Mar 5, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Sam Says...

HI

We're travelling from Australia for first time visit to DL in Dec 2015! We'll be there from Monday 7th - Weds 9th December. I've read that this should be an ok time to visit crowd wise but it would be good to get some first hand knowledge of these times! Any day going to be the best crowd wise? Thanks!

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Mar 3, 2015 at 12:10 a.m. Candi Says...

We are frequent Disneyland visitors. We have always gone to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World during the summertime but this year are wanting to switch it up and take the family to Disneyland and California Adventure during Christmas time to see all the amazing decorations and the rides that have been made over with holiday cheer. I know it says Thanksgiving week is a very busy time to visit but my question is how does the very end of November and going into the first week of December usually rate for crowds? We would be traveling on the weekend ending Thanksgiving break but wouldn't be heading into the parks till that Sunday on the 29th of November through December 1st. Also we are purchasing each of us 3-day tickets. Is heading to Magic Morning one of those mornings actually worth it? Any advice and information on how it would be will be great. Thank you.

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Jul 21, 2015 at 4:16 a.m. melanie Says...

beginning of dec is the best time to visit, imo. Hours are great, crowds are low, temp is not so hot, and everything is christmas and beautiful.

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Mar 4, 2015 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candi,

You should be good to go the week after Thanksgiving. We definitely think it's worth making use of the Magic Morning if you can. Just make sure to get there at least 30 minutes ahead of the opening for the shortest waits.

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Mar 1, 2015 at 4:09 p.m. Sommer Says...

We want to go to Disneyland in June 2015 But we are concerned about graduation night early closures and suggestions or ideas on how to find out what nights graduation party's are happening Thanks

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Feb 19, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. Tina Says...

We are going April 15 - April 19. Is this a good time? I read that from March 6 - April 12 is not a good time. Have anybody been in Disneyland around this time here, and can tell me how it is? Is there anything happening this date?

Thanks for answering me! It's Our first time :)

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Feb 18, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. Adriana Says...

Best day to go on a weekend, Saturday or sunday?

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Feb 13, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. Jesse Mette Says...

I'm wondering if February 17th would be an ok dy to go to disneyland? I know it's pretty close to president's day but I have the day off from work.

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Feb 6, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. Tina Says...

What do you think the diamond celebration is going to do to the crowd levels? It is scheduled to start May 22 and we were already planning May 23-27, think that first weekend will be crazy busy?

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Feb 12, 2015 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

Some passholders will be blocked out during these dates, so that will help a bit, but I think it will definitely increase overall crowd levels. The new shows and parade will definitely be a major draw to guests this year, and I would expect lots of people will want to see them when they open.

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Feb 6, 2015 at 8:36 p.m. steph Says...

My husband and I are taking my son to DL for the first time right in the beginning of Sept for his 8th birthday. We will have our (will be) one year old with us too.

We are coming from BC Canada and hoping we have chosen the right time. Sept 7th (mon) to the 10th (thursday). Would it be worth changing dates a bit to get a weekend day in there. I ask because I read a comment above stating that sometimes Fantasia and other things only happen during weekends. Any thoughts or advice? TIA!

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Jan 30, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. Jo Anne Says...

Our family, myself, husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson (who will be 4 when we go) are going to Disneyland late October 2015 - any special advise or tips you can give us. It will my grandsons first time and we are all very excited and want him to have the best time possible.

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Jan 26, 2015 at 2:01 a.m. Erin Says...

How is the crowds over Labor Day weekend??

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Jan 24, 2015 at 12:47 p.m. Jacquie Says...

We ( Family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 and 13) are visiting Disneyland for the first time from Australia from August 30 through to September 4 2015. Will the parks be closing earlier as Summer has just finished? We are getting a 4 day hopper pass. Any hints greatly appreciated.

Cheers

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Jun 6, 2015 at 5:32 a.m. Tracy Says...

That is the exact time we are going as well!! I was wondering the same thing. we usually go in the spring or early June, so I really am not sure about this particular week.

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Jan 23, 2015 at 12:29 p.m. margare t traynor Says...

we will be visiting Disneyland from february 10 to february 17 2014. for our 40th visit to the park, will the diamond anniversary celebrations be on at this time, thank you

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Jan 23, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margaret,

I am guessing you mean 2015 :) Unfortunately, the anniversary celebration is not expected to begin until the spring. You can see there are quite a few refurbishments going on right now that are likely ahead of the celebration.

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Jan 22, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. Sam Says...

I was at Disney's California Adventure Saturday afternoon. If you're curious about on and off season? Well, best I could give is Radiator Springs Racers. While the parks are busier during their vacation season, RSR's is expected to be 120+ minute wait. Now that its off season, I waited no more than an hour and twenty minutes for the ride... ON A SATURDAY!

The average weekday ride waits at Disneyland, that I've seen is about 30 minutes. DCA is averaging out about the same. The average ride wait during the weekend for both parks is about 45 minutes.

Keep in mind, this is the time where the park takes advantage of the smaller crowds and close popular rides for refurbishment. Right now, all of Critter Country is closed, Matterhorn, and I believe a couple Fantasyland rides are down. Small World and Haunted Mansion are expected to reopen this week after the holiday clean up.

Take advantage of smaller crowds and cooler temps with your family. ESPECIALLY for the kiddos. :)

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Jan 20, 2015 at 9:37 p.m. Julia Says...

Did anyone visit either EPCOT or MAGIC KINGDOM during the weekend of MAY 16th-18th in 2014? I was there during that week but I'm planning to visit during the weekend this year and wanted to get a more personal idea of how crowded it is.

Thanks!

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Jan 20, 2015 at 10:12 a.m. Jessie Says...

One thing to be aware of - lots of popular attractions are closed right now. So, yes, if you want avoid crowds, now is a good time BUT if there is a certain ride or attraction you are dying to go on/see, please check the list of closures of Disneyland's official website BEFORE you choose a date to avoid DISAPPOINTMENT! :)

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Jan 19, 2015 at 1:49 p.m. Joanne Says...

Will be Travelling from Australia arrive 25 October till 11 November. Party of 5 - 3 adults and 2 kidlets. Is the last week in October crazy busy..is the first 2 weeks in November better / worse? Thanks for advise. Cheers jo

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Jan 16, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. Danielle Says...

I just watched a video from Walt Disneyworld called Living with the Land, and I think that ride should be built at California adventure. I think as west coasters we need to learn how to be better gardeners as well and how to be better at our economy too.

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Jan 14, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. Pat Says...

Going fri jan 16 to the 20 wife and 6 year old and I , love to meet a couple with a child so the kids can share excitement and new friends for us Rock also

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Jan 14, 2015 at 10:12 p.m. Allie Says...

I have been to Disneyland many times over the last 40+ years. The only time I have ever seen it anywhere near "empty" was during our Grad night in 1980! There were several schools, with about 2500 people in the park---during the night. But, the times since then, we've gone and it is always crowded. Even when the lines aren't that long, there are people absolutely everywhere. If you have never been at Christmas, put it on your bucket list. It's wonderfully magical. We are planning another "girls trip" in December of 2015 and hope it doesn't rain on us this time! Of course, I can use my Disney Resort umbrella I had to buy a couple years ago. Good luck and enjoy!

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Jan 14, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. Melanie Says...

Hello

Were planning on going in September 2015. Ive been looking everywhere to find out what dates they have plans for set up of the Halloween decorations but can't find it anywhere. And also to find out when the Haunted Mansion opens back up in The Nightmare before Christmas. Any ideas? Thank You!

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Jul 4, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. joanne Ryan Says...

HI there. We are Aussies and we are taking our daughter this October (mid), 2015. We just learn't that Halloween will be in full swing, Starting September till the End of October. We are a bit bummed about it as we really wanted to be there for the Diamond celebrations, but that will more than likely be finished at Halloween. Anyway, we will still have a good time. Just hope we are not grossed out by all the slashed throats :-?

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Jul 7, 2015 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

The Diamond Celebration will continue through the end of the year, so you should still be able to enjoy most if not all of the special shows and events!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:12 p.m. Lady18 Says...

We just got back from DL AND DCA. It was great! We went on the last day of the winter holiday celebration, Jan 6. Which I don't recommend. It wasn't awful but still tough for kids to wait through. We should have gone the two days after, 7th and 8th. It was totally dead. I'm wondering if on the weekdays following major celebrations is a good time to go? Any So. Cal. Annual pass holders know?

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Jan 6, 2015 at 6:27 p.m. Disney Mom Says...

Looking to visit week of march 23rd. Is that a busy time to visit. What is the weather like at that time? Would like to visit the beach too if it'll be warn enough

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Jan 3, 2015 at 5:10 a.m. Raquel Says...

Was the second week of December packed?

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Jan 2, 2015 at 2:53 a.m. Susan A Says...

I just took a look at the Disneyland website because my family is trying to plan a summer vacation. It appears the rules for annual pass holder blackout days have changed. There are two levels of annual passes - one has no restrictions at all, and the other has VERY FEW blackout days. So good luck using that as a planning guide. (I was very disappointed to read this.)

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Jan 1, 2015 at 8:29 p.m. Melissa Says...

This all very helpful info!! Thank you! We are planning a trip to disneyland in 2016. Thinking November.... beginning or middle. Would love to have less crowds than when we went in May of 2014.

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Jan 6, 2015 at 1:50 a.m. Rick Says...

Melisa, what part of May did you visit and was it primarily over the weekend? I was planning a weekday trip (arrive on Sunday) and I've heard that mid-May during the week is a good time to go.

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Dec 30, 2014 at 4:03 p.m. nickolas Says...

Thinking if it even makes a difference between January 1 thrusday or the 2nd Friday

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Dec 29, 2014 at 10:17 p.m. Angie Maltese Says...

My Husband and I were planning on taking a trip to Disneyland on Friday January 2nd through Monday the 5th, will it be supper crazy at that time like it is today?

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Dec 27, 2014 at 3:31 p.m. Anas khan Says...

Hi I am planning to visit dinsey land Florida between 9 to 20 jan 2015 is it good time to visit?

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Dec 29, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anas,

Check out our Crowd Calendar for the best times to visit Disney World in 2015. Overall, this is a good time to visit.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 20, 2014 at 4:20 p.m. Cherish Says...

My family and I will be going February 6-8 2015 staying at Disney Grand Hotel 3 day park hopper very excited. Just worried about the weather did this trip once before about 4 years ago didn't experience everything so want to do more this time especially the early morning madness entry. This time go round I have two more kids total 4 so I really hope we can all enjoy because it is definitely pricey $$$$ but well worth it for the kiddos.

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Dec 20, 2014 at 8:53 a.m. AG Says...

I am thinking of a last minute surprise gift for my daughters to Disneyland for the last week of December 2014. Is that a bad idea?

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Dec 22, 2014 at 7:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

AG,

Bad is very subjective. There are certainly better times to visit in terms of crowds, but the parks are quite beautiful during the holidays. Just go in knowing it will be very crowded and prepare accordingly. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time at Disneyland. Let us know what you decide!

Leap

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Dec 19, 2014 at 2:09 a.m. Scott A. McDonald Says...

We have have been going for years at the time between week of Veterans Day week and just before the week for Thanks giving. Monday to Thursday even with parks closing early it's always a great time.

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Dec 18, 2014 at 9:56 p.m. Sandra Says...

Hi

Would end of September have less wait times in Disneyland than beginning of October ?

Thanks

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Dec 18, 2014 at 1:46 p.m. Kourtney Says...

We are planning a trip for 2015 and trying to decide if the week of August 24 or September 14 would be better. When do CA schools start?

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Feb 3, 2015 at 8:03 p.m. Jackie Says...

We have been both in September and the last week of August. We had NO waits the last week of August and all rides were still open except the haunted mansion.....

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Dec 21, 2014 at 1:26 a.m. Carly Says...

Some start around August 21ish, but most around the Disneyland area start after Labor Day.

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Dec 14, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. Cortney Says...

Hi, we've been trying to figure out a less crowded time to go to Disneyland and want to go in Jan/Feb 2015. I didn't see "ski week" listed on the blockouts or worst times to go. Am I assuming right that it will be a busy time to go since kids are out of school in Southern CA?

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Dec 14, 2014 at 1:44 p.m. Just Asking Says...

Is the middle of April a good time to visit Disneyland with low crowds??? And the middle of September???

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Dec 12, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. Kami Says...

We go every year in the first week of December and do pretty well. This year, there was LOTS of rain but we arrived Wednesday and didn't get into the park until Thursday & Friday (beautiful days and no rain!). Thursday was a much slower day and we got onto all of the rides pretty quickly. California Adventure Friday was a nightmare. Racers were down a lot of the day and we really lucked out and ended up

in line when it reopened. The best days to go are weekdays. We've been at Halloween a few times and only went to the Halloween party (cheaper) and you get in from 4pm -12am, get to ride rides, and get a good pound or more of candy and healthy snacks as well. I think it's probably the best value out there for Disney. We are So. Cal. Annual Passholders and cannot go on what we consider the busiest days (weekends, holidays, and summer).

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Dec 11, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. Stephanie Says...

My family and I will be going January 9-11. I'm not to sure if this is really busy or not since it's the second weekend after the new year. Also this is a suprised Christmas/birthday gift for my mom and she's handicap. One of the rides I know she will want to go on is haunted mansion but everything I've read says the mansion will close down the weekend after the first and can re-open anywhere from 5 to 14 days after it closes to take down the Christmas overlay. Does anyone know how long it usually takes for the haunted to open back up and if this is going to be a busy time to go?

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Dec 8, 2014 at 6:04 p.m. Jimmi Says...

We were there Dec1-6th and I can't believe the people that were in the park on the rainy days. We skipped out and went elsewhere till the weather improved. Ponchos and umbrellas help but they were soaked, I can't imagine a short wait time is worth being wet all day, and have some rides closed, Anyhoo even though it was a low attendance period neither of Fantasmic nor the World of color shows WOWed me, just too many people to get a good spot unless you blew $hrs holding a prime spot and we had a fastpass for World of color. The rides on the other had were tolerable except for Radiator Springs Racers. The fastpass help there but it was a challange just to get that. It was more time worthy just to take the single rider lane unless you ha small children and no other choice.

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Dec 8, 2014 at 2:46 p.m. Martha P Says...

We went on December 22 to celebrate my 50th birthday. We knew to expect heavy rains and went well prepared. We did not have more than a 5 minute wait for each ride and went on our favorites multiple times! We only went for that day. The next day that it didn't rain, there were so many people trying to get in that they had to turn them away! It's worth going on a rainy day!

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Dec 7, 2014 at 9:14 p.m. elizabeth Says...

its alright but the lines thoooooo, that has got to go

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Dec 7, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. Karen Says...

I am planning on visiting Disneyland, Ca. On April 13th thru 21, 2015,. Will that be a good time with less crowds,. I am trying to visit after everyone has had thier spring break and has gone back to school. I visited last time In July 2012, and it was pure crazy, I could hardly ride anything, it was a real let down, and was not fun at all, I really really hated this visit, and I DO NOT want to do that again, it is a lot of money, but especially if I cannot enjoy my time there. So can you please let me know if this a good time??? Thanks Karen

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Mar 3, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. Wendy Says...

This year's Touring Plans numbers look good for April 13-21. Last year there were high crowds during that date range, but the two years before ('13 and '12) were low. Going back to '11, they were high.

But it's good to know low numbers are projected for this year. I hope it stays that way!

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Mar 6, 2015 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Easter is the variable here. When it falls in March, it creates a shorter period of higher crowds. When it is in April, it tends to spread out the spring break period, with slightly lower crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 8, 2014 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

You will have just missed the busiest time during your visit, although I would expect you to see medium crowds.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 9, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. Karen Says...

Thank you Leap, for the info. I don't mind mild to medium crowds, it's when its crazy insane, I don't want to just be able to ride like 6 rides like last time, and stand in lines for hours or have to pass on the rides, cause the ride lines are like 5 to 8 hours to get on, and fast passes being all gone before parks open to the public, cause the people who stay in the 3 Disneyland Hotels get in before the parks open to the public, so they take all fast passes, that is what I faced last time I was there, it was a real let down, that is not what I want to face again.

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Nov 30, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. katester Says...

I'm planning on taking my 3-1/2 y.o. grandaughter for a day at disneyland while I'm visiting to give her mom with new infant a day of quiet. If I had to pick one day between Dec 5th and Jan 7th, does anyone have a suggestion which might be less busy (perhaps before schools let out on holiday?)

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Dec 10, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. Tiffany Says...

I am going with my family on Friday Dec 12th. Although rain is expected, it is only a 30% of rain all day. Therefore, crowds will be smaller. Also, DCA is always less busy than DL. If you're willing to take on the rain, i'd suggest that day, and also suggest a backpack and/or rent a locker, and stuff them full of extra clothes, in case you get super wet, (especially socks). Have fun!

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Nov 27, 2014 at 9:32 p.m. Annette Says...

I'm married to a teacher, so we can only go during the "worst" times. I'm wanting to take my boys for Spring Break 2015 (they will be 6 & 9), but I'm dreading the line ups and being limited on what we'll be able to see and do. I'd appreciate any tips.

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Jan 13, 2015 at 5:12 p.m. Elphie1 Says...

May I suggest going the last week of August? Our schools in Oregon start the week after Labor Day, but California schools start in mid August! I know a few people who have gone the last week of August and they say that it is better than going in March or April! You'll have fun regardless :-)

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Feb 3, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Jackie Says...

I agree, Last week of August was the best time we have ever gone, and we have been in April, May and Sept.

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Jan 3, 2015 at 4:05 a.m. Debbie Says...

I have been 3 times during Spring Break and i didnt find it too crazy. If u get two weeks, try to go the first week. The earlier in March the better, and plan got more days during the week.

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Dec 12, 2014 at 9:03 p.m. Rock Says...

I almost don't want to put this out there, but I went on Super Bowl Sunday and Mother's day and wait times were a breeze!

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Feb 17, 2015 at 2:03 a.m. Kim Van Patten Says...

They have scheduled the Tinkerbell Half Marathon for Mother's Day weekend for 2015 so I bet it will be a whole lot busier this year. It is a woman centered race so I think they will probably bring the kids too.

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Dec 27, 2014 at 10:36 a.m. Ann Says...

I went on Easter Sunday and it was a 2out of 10 crowd level for me. Walked on all the rides (no wait times), very short wait for food at peak hours for lunch n dinner, great places still available to sit n watch the parade 5 min before it started, and it was bright n sunny out!

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Dec 1, 2014 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette,

Because spring break fluctuates across the nation, it is not the absolute worst time to visit, but it will still be crowded! The single best tip for handling crowds is to arrive ahead of park opening and ride the most in-demand rides first. Follow our suggested touring plans here.

Best,

Leap

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Nov 26, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. Lauren Pizano Says...

Me and my family went to Disneyland yesterday November 24 and it was pure craziness! Never again will we go around this time! I know it's the most desirable place to visit but come one...an hour wait for rides and broken down rides was a major let down! :(

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Nov 25, 2014 at 10:22 p.m. mandee Says...

Are the crowds really that bad at Disneyland/CA during the week of Thanksgiving? We're planning a big family trip next year for Thanksgiving and I'm seriously considering moving it to the first week in December.

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Apr 18, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. stephanie Says...

Thanksgiving week is horrible. Went That week In 2014 and it was the worst experience ever and my almost 3 year old wasn't abe to enjoy at all. Between the crowd and heat, it was far from a magical experience. We will be trying again in early December 2015.

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Nov 28, 2014 at 9:33 p.m. Sara Says...

I was just telling my family let's never come back to DL during Thanksgiving. Haha. We're in the park right now and have done DL during Thanksgiving for several years now. Wed & Thursday weren't terrible but Friday has been busy busy so far. And I expect tomorrow to be worse.

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Dec 6, 2014 at 8:36 p.m. Jennifer Says...

It was awful this year during Thanksgiving. We did DL on Wed&Thur, CA on Friday. Wed was great in the morning. It was a regular admission time (no magic morning) and we walked right on to Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Splash, and Winnie the Pooh. 10min wait for Thunder, and Fantasyland was crazy. It was about 9:30am by this time. Waited 20min for Toad and then beelined for Small World. Waited there 20min and then made our way to Toon Town. Now we're at about 10:30. Walked onto the coaster, grabbed some crappy turkey sandwiches at 11:00 and that's when all h%@! broke loose! 12pm. Walking out of toon town and into the swarm of people was like Armageddon. And it was almost 90 degrees. Waited for jungle cruise for 60min (not worth the wait) and by 1:30 decided to head back to the condo for a rest. So I reiterate, Wed morning before 12pm was awesome! The rest of the trip was a blur. Wed evening was crazy. Thursday's Magic morning was insane. In fact, Thursday was miserable all the way around. Shoulder to shoulder crowds ALL day. Friday at CA was ok. Fast passes all day made the crowds bearable although, even the lines for fast passes were crazy long. 12pm seems to be the witching hour. But by about 3pm the crowds died down. FYI-we stayed at "Walts Place" across the street from Downtown Disney and the Tomorrowland monorail. VERY convenient. Find them on VRBO. And for a beach day, try San Pedro Marine Aquarium and park. Quiet beach, hardly any people. Great interactive research aquarium. Beats the crowds and admission prices of Long Beach!

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Nov 20, 2014 at 6:34 a.m. Araceli Seftel Says...

I just went to disneyland in mid October Thursday and Friday. Thursday was not busy at all we got to walk right up to the peter pan ride we didnt spend much time in lines and met a lot of characters it was a great time. The only super long line was the fast pass line to meet and greet with the cast from frozen that took up most of our Friday morning but it was so worth it.

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Nov 10, 2014 at 7:27 p.m. Sara Says...

Hopefully it isnt too packed when i go in January. Thanks for the heads up about MLK day. My birthday is the week after MLK day and thats when im going, hopefully we get there and it isnt too packed!

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Nov 5, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. Jill Says...

Does anyone about when the haunted mansion will be open at disneyland,ca for halloween in 2015

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Jan 21, 2015 at 7:05 a.m. Heather Says...

Historically it's about the middle of September with the first Halloween party on the last Friday in September. It's a great time to visit!

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Oct 18, 2014 at 3:36 a.m. jen Says...

Just got back a couple weeks ago from my first trip to DL. I went the last week of september into the first few days of October. I only visited the parks during the week. Three times I was first in line (once DL, twice CA) at the gate, one time I got to help open the park (CA). It got crazy busy Friday late afternoon into the evening especially at CA cause DL had the Halloween party. Other than that, it was a GREAT time to visit! Very few waits (single rider was my friend except for Racers Friday night when everyone got in the single rider line), the Haunted Mansion overly was so worth going this time of year (Ghost Galaxy was OK though I wish I could've seen the 'regular' space mountain), the weather was pretty warm but it wasn't horrible, and the cast members were as wonderful as WDW. Racers broke down while I was on it (we had two cars staring at us which was unnerving because their projection eyes didn't blink) and when we got back to the loading area, they let us ride again without getting out of the cars! Once my glasses for Star Tours didn't work and of course I had a large group of obnoxious teens on it. I thought for sure my last Star Tours in DL was going to be just horrible but the cast member took me right over to the other 'dock' and got me right on. I closed out an elevator on Tower of Terror my last night there! It was great! If you can swing it, GO! I stayed off-site (just me, not worth it to stay on as it is $$$) though I will probably stay at a closer hotel next time. My biggest recommendation, DON'T go to whatever park has the magic morning. That extra hour wasn't worth it to me when there were soooo many people trying to get in. The day I helped open California Adventure, the line for DL was almost to the CA gate! I never used my magic morning and I really don't think I missed out.

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Nov 8, 2014 at 6:48 a.m. Kevin Says...

Jen, glad you had a great time. The magic morning thing is slightly different when you do stay onsite because only hotel stayers get to go in DCA early on those particular days. It's a much lower crowd for that 1st hour than what happens in DL since off site visitors can take advantage of the DL magic hour. Something to perhaps consider next time.

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Oct 8, 2014 at 9:26 p.m. wendy smith Says...

what is a good android app to use for ride wait times in Disneyland? The My Disney Experience app is only good in Florida and the Disney mobile magic app no longer works on my Samsung galaxy s4

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Sep 16, 2014 at 5:23 p.m. Linda Says...

After years of visits to Orlando and raising one Disney obsessed teenage daughter, I am in the beginning stages of planning a surprise trip for the 2015 holiday season. This will allow me to celebrate her 18th birthday, the Christmas holidays and her High School graduation all at once. This will be a first trip to DL for both of us so I am looking forward to making extra-special memories! Good to see my dates are in the "best" and not "worst" times to go! We will be arriving the Sunday after Thanksgiving and staying thru the following Saturday.

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Sep 9, 2014 at 9:15 p.m. Stephani Says...

Does anyone know the exact dates of Chritsmastime in the park? Last year was Nov 12-Jan 6. Im sure it will be similar. Ive also been told they start the Christmas decorations the very first days of November.

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Sep 10, 2014 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephani,

You're in luck! The dates are Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2015. Let us know if you go!

Best,

Leap

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Sep 3, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. Akajako Says...

We are also hitting Disneyland soon (end of September). Another benefit for going at this time is that the number of rides/attractions under refurbishment are low because of the "halloween" bump. So you go during the week days to get your ride fix in, and do one weekend (we are doing a Sunday) to get the fireworks fix.

Lauren - hope you saw they extended the Frontierland game thingy until the end of September...

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Sep 4, 2014 at 3:29 a.m. Noe Says...

Of note for those of you going to Disneyland at the end of September and going on a week day; 9/26 and 9/30 are Mickey's Halloween Party days and the park closes at 6pm.

You may want to avoid those days if you want to be there in the evening or if you wish to enjoy California Adventure as the crowds move from Disneyland to California Adventure and that park becomes overwhelming.

Other Mickey's Halloween Party days are:

10/3, 10/6, 10/8, 10/10, 10/14, 10/17, 10/20, 10/22, 10/24, 10/27, 10/29, and 10/31.

Hope you enjoy your visits!

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Sep 4, 2014 at 2:04 a.m. Lauren Says...

Cool, actually no I did not hear that. Thanks for the tip!

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Sep 3, 2014 at 3:18 p.m. Lauren Says...

I am visiting Disneyland for the first time in 19 days(!!!), after many visits to WDW, so here's what I've learned in planning this trip.

Sometimes during the slowest times, like September, the hours are much shorter than you might be used to at WDW. Weekdays in September can be 10am to 8pm for both DL and DCA, so you might want a day longer than you planned to make up for those hours. Also, the fireworks and Fantasmic tend to only run weekends during slower periods as well so if either of those are important, you might want to brave the crowd for 1 weekend day.

Also, I chose the end of September instead of the beginning because I know haunted mansion and space mountain get their holiday overlays before Halloweentime, so I would rather get to see them with the overlays since we don't have that on the east coast.

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Jan 16, 2015 at 8:54 p.m. phil nav Says...

Your first time in 19 days!!? You go a lot.

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Mar 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. kay lah Says...

He meant he's going in 19 days. Not he's going back in 19 days.

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Sep 3, 2014 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great tips! Thank you for sharing, Lauren.

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Sep 3, 2014 at 1:54 p.m. Danny Hollinger Says...

We are going for our first Disneyland trip during the first week of November, and did a lot of research concerning the best time to go. There is a rumor that the Disneyland portion of the Holiday parade may be shot while we are there, but other than that it should be pretty empty!

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Nov 10, 2014 at 8:45 p.m. somedude Says...

We just got back from disneyland ca. And California adventure ca. We went the first weekdays of November and lines were still crazy 40-90 minutes on major rides. Tons of closures due to malfunctions. And to top it all off park is only open on weekdays from 10-8 which is almost 5 hours difference from weekend times so if ride times are averaging 60 min a pop you can only squeeze 10 rides in a day. And that's if your hauling butt, skipping shopping, no pictures and skipping eating we got 5 rides in at ca. Adv. Before closure. Rad racers and soarin over ca. Spent almost 4 hours waiting just on those...what a drag.

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May 26, 2015 at 3:14 p.m. Rebecca Says...

We were there November 15-18 (Sat-Tues), 2014, and it was packed. Even Tuesday. It wasn't so much that the lines were long. Fastpasses helped with that. It was that the crowds were so thick, it was hard to walk. The DL lines for early entry filled the whole turnstile area, ending across the way to the entrance to CA. The early entry line for CA in the Grand Californian took 45 minutes. Lots of SoCal moms with strollers and packed lunches just whiling away the hours.

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Dec 17, 2014 at 5:17 p.m. Ruby Says...

did you go on a weekend or weekdays

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Nov 12, 2014 at 8:16 a.m. Mom Says...

We were just in Disneyland Nov. 2 to 9. We had quite a different experience. The longest wait we experienced was for Peter Pan's Flight, which was about 30 minutes. We got fast passes for every ride where they were available (e.g. Radiator Springs Racers), so we didn't wait long for any of the most popular rides.

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Nov 11, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. Roger Says...

Try to use the Fastpass for the major rides like Racers or Soaring that will cut the wait time. You can ride the other rides while waiting for your fastpass scheduled time

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Oct 12, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. Heidi Says...

We have been there during a parade taping. It wasn't as bad as you would think. STAY OFF MAIN STREET! Don't waste your time at the taping. Go ride the rides. The times were less. Know the schedule of the parade so you can plan accordingly. Using the train helps cut some of the the time out of trying to get down Main Street.

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Feb 16, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. Terrie Tackett Says...

A trick I've used for decades. In the morning, position yourself inside the park to catch the parade at its end. Seeing the parade at night, position yourself close to the exit gate at the end of the parade. You will beat the crush from the front gate in the morning, and the crush out late in the day!

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