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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023

by Leap on December 1, 2021 2718 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest changes that the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is limited capacity and the new theme park reservation system. Every day does sell out, but even so, there are more crowded days than others. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play that put us in new territory when making our predictions. The good news is that there are many encouraging signs that things are heading back to "normal" in the parks, including the return of World of Color, Fantasmic! and the Main Street Electrical Parade in 2022. Hooray! As those return dates are announced, we will update our best time to visit Disneyland.

With so many locals at Disneyland, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we knew crowds would return to Disneyland after its reopening — and boy, did they ever! Couple those locals with pent-up travel demand across the world, and Disneyland is set up for a hoppin' 2022 and beyond. (We will talk more below about Magic Key holders and how they influence crowds below.)

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

For the foreseeable future, capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time; while it helps to limit capacity, it also makes getting into the parks more challenging. We've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

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Avengers Campus made its epic debut June 4, 2021. Disneyland had a busy summer and fall in 2021. Winter 2021 is proving to be another busy time, with limited park passes available, but as we look into 2022 and 2023, there will be some sweet spots to time your visit if you're looking for the least busy time to hop into the parks.

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers, such as Magic Morning, are temporarily unavailable. FASTPASS and MaxPass have been officially retired and replaced with the paid Genie+ system, which will debut before 2021 ends. Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 120 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders).

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Family in front of Disney California Adventure

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

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. The Magic Key passholder program has debuted, though Magic Key holders still need to make a park reservation to enter the parks, and their availability calendar is also limited. Depending on the type of pass they have, Magic Key holders might find themselves blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays.

The Disneyland blockout calendar provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year because those are the times when most Magic Key holders (especially for the more affordable passes such as Imagine and Enchant Keys) are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, certain Key holders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

Even if the park capacity is the same each day, Magic Key holders influence the park crowds. During school days and work days, Magic Key Holders might visit the park for just the morning or just the evening, making the park seem less crowded than a Saturday or holiday, when many more people arrive early and stay all day long, making the park feel more crowded.

Outside of the Magic Key holders, other limited-time local promotions can influence crowds for certain periods of time. When Disneyland offers special ticketing promos for California residents or Southern California residents, more locals flock to the parks. That can make it hard to predict crowd levels as it attracts more guests during typically quieter times. As the promo end dates draw near, everyone rushes in to use the tickets before they expire. Undercover Tourist typically offers these same promo tickets for an even steeper discount than the parks, so our Disneyland ticketing page can offer insight as to promo dates when available.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availability Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be busiest.

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World is the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo is planned for Sept. 9-11, 2022.

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Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2022 and 2023 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back!)

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

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-17, 2022
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 12 to April 18, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 4 to Aug. 21, 2022
  • Oct. 1-15, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

  • Jan. 1-8, 2023
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 13-16, 2023
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 17-20, 2023
  • Spring break and Easter - March 10 to April 16, 2023 (elevated crowds March 4 to April 21, 2023)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2023
  • Oct. 1-14, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-26, 2023
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

  • Labor Day - Sept. 5, 2022 and Sept. 4, 2023
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Oct. 5, 2022 and Sept. 24, 2023
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 10, 2022 and Oct. 9, 2023
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2022 and 2023
  • Memorial Day - May 30, 2022 and May 29, 2023
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2022 and 2023

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disneyland, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks are open and each day sells out! Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter park hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, weekdays are less crowded, but only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration as well.

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 5, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites)
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 3, 2023)
  • April 21-28, 2023
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Avoiding Early Park Closures Due to After-Hours Parties

One other thing to be aware of is any separately ticketed events that may be scheduled even during the best time to visit. Here are the most common causes of early park closure:

These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual. If you look forward to an evening at Disneyland with all the nighttime entertainment, then avoid visiting these days unless you have a party ticket. Otherwise, your fun may be cut short, and you may not get the most out of your visit for your money. Since park hours are generally released only up to six weeks in advance, keep an eye out for news of parties and note any upcoming dates to avoid (or to buy a ticket for). You can look to our linked posts for upcoming events or for guidance on predicting the next season's shenanigans.

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Jan 21, 2022 at 5:10 p.m. Arim Says...

If we have a 1-day ticket can we re-enter the park for the evening shows

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Jan 21, 2022 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arim!

Yes! If you plan to leave during the day, you may re-enter on that same day.

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Jan 18, 2022 at 3:59 p.m. Jose Says...

Forget the last comment! Found the answer further back! Thank you anyhow!

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

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Jan 18, 2022 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

No problem, Jose! Thank you for hopping by!

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Jan 18, 2022 at 3:55 p.m. Jose Says...

What an awesome site and increible you get back to all the comments! Thank you!

Ypu point out the following in the post in the Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023 section: Weekends during the last two weeks of August.

Is this really so? Better than Mon to Fri days???

Your answers to comments around week days / weekend queestions generally say the other way round...

Thanks so much!!!

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Jan 15, 2022 at 9:29 p.m. Alana Says...

Heading to DL and DCA for the first time with my grandgirls in Sept 22, we are coming from Canada. When do they announce Oogie Boogie Bash events? CANT WAIT to be there ????

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Jan 18, 2022 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alana!

For the first year of Oogie Boogie Bash in 2019, Disney announced dates and ticket details in mid-April. It didn't hoppen in 2020, but last year, dates and ticket details were announced in early July. We'd expect anytime between April and July for this year's event. Sorry we can't pin down a more specific time, but stay tuned — we'll definitely share the announcement once it's confirmed!

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Jan 15, 2022 at 8:10 a.m. Gail Says...

Looking forward to spending our 30th wedding anniversary there, February 1st.

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Jan 15, 2022 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hoppy Anniversary, Gail! Enjoy your trip! :)

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Jan 1, 2022 at 10:59 p.m. Jenny Says...

We are in the area from Saturday January 8th until

Saturday January 15th 2022. We will get to the hotel about 3 on Saturday. We have 5 day passes. We were thinking about going to Disney Saturday night to get an extra evening with holiday events and then using Thursday as a day to explore the area. Would this be a waste of a day in Disneyland. We will alternate parks on the consecutive days. Or should we just explore the area Saturday night and use the ticket for Thursday? First time and want to get the best experience possible.

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Jan 3, 2022 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

It sounds like you already have a good plan! On Saturday, Disneyland is open until 11 p.m., so you can get a lot done from late afternoon until closing and catch all of the nighttime holiday entertainment before it ends after Sunday. A five-day ticket gives you plenty of time in both parks, even with a half-day at Disneyland on Saturday, especially since fireworks take place only on Saturday & Sunday and the parks close earlier during the week. You'll also want to hit Splash Mountain and Haunted Mansion Holiday before they close Jan. 10. "it's a small world" Holiday will stick around longer though, so you can save that for later in the week (but still see it at night and catch the holiday projection show that takes place every half-hour at night on Saturday). And there's so much else to see in So Cal that you could definitely take a day on Thursday to explore. Hope this all helps!

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Dec 30, 2021 at 5:41 p.m. Ann Says...

Have a trip planned for Jan 31-Feb 4th 2022 - COVID has me worried! Is it easy to change park tickets and are people wearing their masks as required?

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Dec 31, 2021 at 6:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann!

Some Disneyland tickets are valid through 2024 (you can see exact details on each ticket's details page), and we offer a 365-day refund policy. Let us know if we can help with any other questions! :)

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Dec 29, 2021 at 9:25 p.m. Brian Says...

How busy do you think it'll be next week (Tues to Friday, 1/4 to 1/7)?

Thanks,

Brian

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Dec 29, 2021 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian!

As holiday trips wind down and kids go back to school, we expect things to be pretty manageable. Have fun!

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Dec 26, 2021 at 11:20 p.m. Lorri Says...

Our Daughter bought us tickets for Disneyland on 01/19/22. Since she purchased the tickets will we be able to upgrade to a park hopper ticket. If so how much more will it be.

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Dec 29, 2021 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorri!

The difference in price is usually about $60. Unfortunately, you can only upgrade tickets at the ticket booth and only if a park hopper is still available for your date. Check the availability calendar to see specific dates. If you live locally, we would suggest hopping by the booths sooner rather than later to upgrade and make your reservations :) Have fun!

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Dec 26, 2021 at 5:02 p.m. Keena Says...

Is there any week during June that is somewhat slow?

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Dec 29, 2021 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keena!

The first week of June through June 9 is generally slower than the rest of the month (but not by a lot!). Tuesday through Friday is quieter than weekends through Monday. Hope this helps!

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Dec 16, 2021 at 4:26 p.m. Jenn Luce Says...

We are looking at March 8-15th 2022. You mentioned going before March 5th. I can’t seem to find a reason? I feel like most Cali spring breaks I could see were after the 15th. So do you think that’s a crappy time to go?? Help! First time taking our family and want a good experience

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Dec 16, 2021 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

We consider March 5 through April 24 as the general spring break season, with potentially elevated crowds starting March 5, since spring breaks across the country vary. As you point out though, spring break for most local schools seem to fall later in the month, so we'd expect March 12-20 to be the busiest.

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Dec 15, 2021 at 12:51 a.m. Doreen O Says...

How do you get a restaurant reservation? Tried to book on line for February as soon as the date was available - booking app says full!!

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Dec 15, 2021 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doreen!

We encourage you to keep checking throughout the day and as time goes on! While reservations can open up to 60 days in advance, not all locations may book that far in advance (for instance, one reason might be that they don't release reservations until park hours are confirmed). We've also seen reservations released even a few days later. You can check out our guide for more dining reservation info and tips.

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Dec 13, 2021 at 6:20 p.m. Gam Says...

It there firework still going on at night at Disneyland?

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Dec 13, 2021 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gam!

Currently, with the holiday season, the "Believe ... In Holiday Magic" fireworks spectacular is hoppening nightly until Jan. 9, 2022. We also know that "Disneyland Forever" will be returning sometime in 2022 (no exact date yet!).

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Nov 20, 2021 at 8:28 p.m. Marie Says...

Hi, we have booked WDW for the first 2 weeks in April 2022. Can anybody tell me the MK, AK, HS and Epcot opening and closing times for this period at all please? Thanks

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Nov 22, 2021 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

Confirmed theme park hours are usually posted only a few weeks at a time in advance. The first two weeks of April will still fall during the spring break season, so we'd expect that the parks would be open until about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. at least, depending on the park.

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Nov 12, 2021 at 9:48 a.m. Louie Says...

We plan to be in Disneyland 2nd week of February 2022. Is it open to foreigners? Reason I'm asking is that it says here that it was opened to out of state June 15, 2021 so not sure if out of country are allowed. Thanks

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Nov 12, 2021 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louie!

The US ban on international travel has just been lifted for travelers visiting from 33 countries - you can see all of the details here. Disneyland is open to foreign travelers, as well!

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Nov 10, 2021 at 2:21 a.m. Elizabeth DeHaye Says...

What causes an increase in crowds March 5th?

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Nov 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Crowds will start to elevate March 5 due to the spring break season.

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Nov 9, 2021 at 3:37 a.m. Emily Says...

Planning a trip with 4 kids the week of Jan 2-8 using a 3 day hopper pass. Which days would you recommend in the park? I heard fireworks are only on the weekends and sometimes on Mondays. Should we include Monday as one of our days so we can see fireworks or just go mid-week?

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Because Holiday Time extends to Jan. 9 this year, there should be nightly fireworks (depending on the weather) through the 9th. The entertainment schedule only goes six weeks out in advance, but you should still see fireworks. Midweek tends to be less crowded than weekends — while every day has been selling out, weekdays have shorter lines since many people do not stay all day long due to school and work.

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Nov 7, 2021 at 10:37 p.m. Ashley hackett Says...

Hi. We’re travelling from the UK, to visit April 2nd-12th and want to do 5 days at the 2 parks. Which dates would you recommend?

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

It is spring break season so some schools will be off at that time, but April 3-8 would be your best bet.

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Nov 7, 2021 at 7:13 p.m. Julie Says...

Do you think it’ll be busy January 9th the last day of Christmas decor? Debating between that day and November 28th Sunday.

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

It's a tough call, as we think both dates would likely be equally busy. The 28th could be busy due to Thanksgiving crowds while the 9th could be busy since it's the last official day of Holiday Time. We'd suggest whichever date works better for your schedule (though Nov. 28 would be a great start to the holiday season!).

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Nov 5, 2021 at 5:29 p.m. Tiffany Says...

my son turns 5 on April 17. The crowd calendar shows anything after 19th pretty low, but your advice says that it will be crowded until 25th. Would 25th be a better bet than 19th?

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Nov 9, 2021 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

Many different factors can affect crowds, and we don't know all of them quite yet (such as what capacity levels will be like by April). That said, Easter falls on April 17 so some late spring breaks could run until April 24. But as of recently, we generally find that Tuesdays are a little less crowded than Mondays. We probably won't see a huge difference between these two dates so we'd recommend that you pick the best one that suits your schedule.

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Nov 3, 2021 at 2:24 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi! We want to surprise our kids and take the day off of school and work with a day at Disneyland. We are looking at Wed. Nov. 17th or Wed. Dec. 8th. Do you think the crowds will be about the

Same on both of those days? Any other factors we should consider? Thanks so much!

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Nov 3, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

In terms of crowds, most days have been selling out so crowd levels have been consistent (though we still find them to be manageable with limited capacity in place!). Both days have long hours and all of the entertainment in place, so either would be good!

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Oct 31, 2021 at 10:29 p.m. Margie Says...

We would like to visit the park on December 7 or 8. December 7 is a Merriest Nites evening which we won't be attending. Which day would be less crowds....a Merriest Nites day or a non-Merriest Nites day? We know the park closes early on the Merriest Nites day and that's OK with us if it means a lighter crowd during the day. Would love some insight! Thanks!

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Nov 1, 2021 at 12:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margie!

Crowds have been pretty consistent lately. Since Merriest Nites is a new event, we don't know exactly how it will affect crowds, but because it will have limited attendance, we wouldn't expect a huge difference between party nights and non-party nights. We'd go with the 8th since the park closes early on the 7th, so you can catch the fireworks and evening entertainment.

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Oct 27, 2021 at 10:10 p.m. Lex Says...

Hi there!

I saw your crowd calendar said that the Disney Festival of Holidays starts on November 12. What does that mean? Will the park be decorated with Christmas decorations already? I was going to be in LA from November 6 to November 13, so I was wondering which days I should go that wouldn't be the busiest, but would still have that holiday magic.

Thank you!

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Oct 28, 2021 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lex!

Yes! Holiday Time at Disneyland Resort begins Nov. 12 (and the Disney Festival of Holidays is specifically at Disney California Adventure). Check out our guide for all the details on the holiday hoppenings. Both parks would be fully decorated. If you were to go before the 12th, you may still see some decorations popping up, but all of the other festivities (such as treats, "it's a small world" Holiday, etc.) wouldn't be available until the 12th.

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Oct 22, 2021 at 9:32 a.m. Adam Says...

Hi everyone! We've booked for a trip to Disneyland on Sept 11th to Sept 16th 2022.

I only just saw that D23 ends on the 11th, do you think the parks will be extremely busy the week we've booked as a result of D23?

I booked September as it's a relatively 'quiet' month (I'm autistic so lower crowds/wait times is better for me) but not sure if I've made a mistake!

Thank you!

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Oct 26, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam!

Mid-September is generally a great time to visit! You might see more people on that Sunday, but the weekdays shouldn't be too crowded. While the reservation system has been spreading guests out more (historically very low days have seen a rise in crowds since it's a day that the Tier 1 tickets would be valid), we still think crowds overall would be relatively low to average.

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Oct 5, 2021 at 7:27 p.m. Elysa Says...

I’ve been wanting to plan a Disney trip and I’m thinking 2nd week of February. Possibly visit the park February 8-10

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

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

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

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

Hi Susan!

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

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

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

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

Hi Lee!

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

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

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

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

Hi Mel!

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

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

Hi Leap Crew!

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Caitlin!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Breeana!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Justin!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Marlowe!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Annie!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Brooke!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Joseph!

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

Keep hopping!

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

Crazy single father alert:::

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

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

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

Appreciate your article and blog :)

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

Hi Phil!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Kierra!

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

Keep hopping!

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

Hello there,

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

Thank you, I really appreciate the reponse.

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

Hi Cherry!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jill!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Reg!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Lynn!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Emma!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

Should we forget about coming down this year?

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

Hi Garry!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Karen!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Kevin!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Megan!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Karla!

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

Keep hopping!

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