Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on July 10, 2019 2418 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2019. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2020 dates and tips will help out as well. The surprise early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on May 31, 2019 (and staggered opening of its rides), has made this year a little bit of a challenge in predicting crowds. While crowd levels, so far this summer, have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into fall and winter.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Disneyland Crowd Calendar

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

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

If the answer is yes, to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits!

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference are the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those locals are annual passholders who think of The Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass isn't blocked out.

Depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays. The Disneyland blockout calendar provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because these are the times when most passholders are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California passholders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a sure sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods such as summer when the locals can get back in.

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Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo will take place in 2019.

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. For example, we expect this fall to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure — plus the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 - Ticket Pricing

Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But there are variables, such as the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. We expect there will be elevated crowds for at least the remainder of the year (and we've adjusted our Crowd Calendar levels accordingly). Even with the additional space this new land will bring to Disneyland Park, we feel certain there will still be way more people who plan to visit for the out-of-this galaxy experience.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 22, 2019
  • D23 Expo - Aug. 23-25, 2019
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. When Easter falls later, as it does in 2019, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - GotG: Mission - Breakout

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Small World Exterior

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee! Keep in mind that we still expect these "best times" to be more crowded after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens. So while they are still good times to visit, they will busier than in years past.

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9, 2019)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders back in)
  • Mondays through Thursdays starting Sept. 9 through the end of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 7, 2020)
  • April 20-30; May 1, 2020
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders expected to be back in)
  • The first half of September; Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

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

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

Hi Chelsea,

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

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

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

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

Hi Alyssa!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jess!

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

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

Thanks. This is just what I needed to plan

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer!

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

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

Is Valentines day a busyholiday at WDW?

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

Hi Cyndi!

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

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

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

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

Last week of May?

I see week days in May aren't busy.

My kids get out a week earlier for Summer.

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

Hi LeeAnn!

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

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

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

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

Hi Dane!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

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

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

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

Hi Sage!

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

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

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

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

Hi Heather,

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

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

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

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

Hi D,

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

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

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

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

Hi Soph,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Cici,

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

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

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

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

Hi Adriana,

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

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

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

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

Hi Mandy!

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle!

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

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

I must be the one of the LUCKIEST people

on Earth!!!

I went to Disneyland this past Groundhog

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

and the weather was AWFUL (it was cold,

windy, and rainy ALL DAY LONG)...

However...

The park was TOTALLY DEAD and I mostly

WALKED onto every ride (the only lines I

even waited in were for the "Matterhorn"

and the "Indiana Jones" rides, and even

those waits were less than 10 minutes)!!!

I am SO GLAD that I was able to go there

BEFORE "Star Wars land" opens because

the whole place is going to be a ZOO for

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

one of those MANY UNLUCKY folks stuck

in all of that mess!!!

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

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

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

Except for the AWFUL weather, I actually DID enjoy

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

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

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

were just a handful that were either closed for their

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

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

that one almost never runs unless the weather is

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

countless visits to Disney, that was probably the

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

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

to let you know that it really IS possible to have

such a GREAT day at Disney when the weather

is SO bad!!!

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

That is awesome, Ron! :)

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

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

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

Hi Edee!

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

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

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

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

Hi Gabriela!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Karen!

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

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

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

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

Hi Julie!

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

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

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

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

Hi Brittany!

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

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

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

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

Hi Mary!

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

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

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

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

Hi Ronna!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Eric!

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

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

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

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May 4, 2019 at 4:35 a.m. Ginny Says...

We are headed to California theme parks next week May 6,7 8. We are doing 2 days at Disney. We keep going back and forth about going to Disney on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Thursday. Do you think Mondays are that much busier than Tuesdays? Do magic morning hours make tueadays extra busy anyways? We are so torn what day to go

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May 6, 2019 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ginny!

Tuesdays and Thursday are the better days to visit Disneyland. While there can be exceptions, Tuesdays always seem to be much less crowded than Mondays. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 2, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. Kristina Says...

You have weekends in May as both best and worst times to visit. How do you feel about Memorial Day weekend as Star Wars land opens the following weekend...

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May 6, 2019 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina!

We expect weekends to be busier than usual up until May 23, when the local and promo 3-day passes expire. Holiday weekends are usually more busy, but the blockouts may help. There may be people trying to get into the parks before the chaos begins. This year is hard to predict! If you visit then, arrive early, use MaxPass and follow tips to maximize time, and you’ll have a great time even if it is crowded.

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May 1, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. Tiffany P Says...

Hello! This will be our first visit to Disneyland (went to world last summer) and we will be visiting the parks on 10/29 and 10/31. For 10/31 I bought the special event ticket for the Oogie Boogie bash which will let us in to the park at 2:00, but the event is from 6-11. We plan on going to DL on 10/29...would it be worth it to buy a park hopper pass for that day or do you think it will take the entire day to get through that park? We will be traveling with two young children (3 and 4 years old). Since we can't get into California Adventure until 2:00 on 10/31 my though was to try to do both of them on 10/29 so we can at least make up for the few hours we'll be missing on 10/31.

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May 2, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

It’s a tough call. The Oogie Boogie Bash is new to everyone, so we don’t have much experience to draw from. The ride lines should be very short during the party, but there is a lot happening at the Halloween Party, so it’s hard to fit in all the entertainment and rides in that 5 hours.

With your children’s ages, Disneyland is the better park with more to do, and it can take at least a day or two to get through it. You are probably fine with a full day of Disneyland and the half day on the party date at Disney California Adventure. Cars Land, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc and perhaps the Frozen show (if your kids are very into Frozen) will be your best attractions and areas for that age group at DCA. Have a great time!

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May 6, 2019 at 9:38 p.m. Theresa Says...

We are hoping to visit the same time frame in October and planning to attend the 10/31 party. How busy will that party day be?

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May 6, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

We expect that date to sell out, but then most of the party dates do.

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Apr 26, 2019 at 6:21 a.m. Ralph Says...

I noticed that no one sells beyond 10 days at Disney. How much extra is it for those that want to stay a bit longer (11-12 days)? Thanks

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Apr 26, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ralph!

At this time, the longest ticket Disneyland offers is for 5 days; Disney World does offer 10 day tickets. You can either add your admission tickets together (two 5-day tickets and a 2-day ticket) or can also look into the cost of an Annual Pass. Sometimes, opting for the Annual pass actually winds up saving you some money (plus discounts on food and merchandise!).

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Apr 25, 2019 at 3:53 a.m. Chelsea Says...

Hi we’re looking for some advice on what day to go to Disneyland, we were planning on going either Sunday April 28th or Monday April 29th. There are two issues impending our decision, crowd levels and the hours Disney is open. We always do a rope drop to closing and we’re planning to do so this time. If we go on Sunday they’re open 8am-Midnight but crowds will probably be higher. If we go Monday they’re open 9am-11pm so we’ll have less time but may be able to do more because of lower crowd levels. Do you have a suggestion on which day would be better? Thanks!

FYI: we’re planning on doing maxpass either way if that’s a factor

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea,

We would go with Monday, and since you have Maxpass, you should be toadally set for a great visit. If you haven't checked it out, we've got a whole post on Maxpass and some tips!

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Apr 23, 2019 at 2:51 a.m. Elena Says...

I want to visit Disney on May 31, I'm worried about the opening of the attraction of Star Wars. what do you think ?? Will it be terrible that day?

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Apr 23, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elena!

Yes, we think opening day is going to be very busy.

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Apr 23, 2019 at 1:14 a.m. Cristy B. Says...

We will be at Disney May 27th-29th........Do you predict less people since Star Wars Land will be opening the 31st? I wasn't sure if people would wait to attend when the Star Wars part of the park opens up. This is our first trip to Disneyland and California so we are not sure what to predict. We have been to Disney World twice so we are planning on big crowds just hoping that me may get lucky once.

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Apr 24, 2019 at 5:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristy!

May 28 and 29 are Grad Nite dates, which bring a lot of people into the parks. It’s also the last week some of the Annual Passholders can access Disneyland Park before summer blockouts, so more people than usual might be flowing into the parks, especially later in the day. But many local schools are still in session, so it’s hard to predict. Our advice is to arrive early, use MaxPass, schedule a lot of rides, dining reservations and shows for the afternoons or early evenings and to follow our tips for summer crowds. That will put you ahead of the crowds. You can now book shows like World of Color and Fantasmic! through MaxPass!

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Apr 21, 2019 at 5:30 a.m. Disney Goer Says...

Thinking of going August 26th - September 5th 2020.

Would this be a pretty good time to be there?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Disney Goer!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those dates are a mix of 5/10 - 8/10 in terms of crowds, so it'll be a mixed bag.

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Apr 19, 2019 at 3:51 a.m. Cash Says...

Do you predict the crowds to be higher May 15-16 2019 in Disneyland due to the fact it’s basically the last week of the limited time offer for tickets?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cash,

That could be a factor, but we do think it will be a good time to visit.

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Apr 14, 2019 at 9:47 a.m. Matt Says...

We are planning to travel to Disneyland in midlate Jan, OUr trip will included MLK day, however we plan to be at Disney either before this 13-17th of Jan or just after 21-24th. Will these times be low crowds? Would one of the other be better?

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Apr 12, 2019 at 7:21 p.m. Travis Says...

Hi there!

My girlfriend and I have our trip booked for May 7-14 of this year. I’ve noticed that the Friday and Saturday of that week are grad nights. What should we expect? Are Disneyland’s hours effected by this?

Thanks!

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Apr 8, 2019 at 1:14 a.m. Alissa Leenher Says...

I was planning on going to CA Adventure on May 1st but see that there is an event after hours. Should that effect crowds greatly?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alissa!

Party goers can start mixing in at 6:00 p.m. so the evening will be very crowded. The park will close to the public at 9 p.m. Arrive early and do as much as you can in the morning, saving the evening for shows and dining and rides for which you’ve acquired FASTPASS.

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Apr 7, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. JoBeth Says...

My family and I will be there the first week and a half of July. I have read that July 4th and 5th are a little less crowded. Is that true? What day would you suggest? We are revisiting due to a very unmagical first visit. Park was at 98% capacity and my children were miserable due to multiple hours long waits. We are hoping to have a more magical time this time and choosing to see California Adventure instead of actual Disneyland. Any advice is helpful.

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JoBeth!

It’s a tough call, because we’ve heard some years that it is packed, and other years people report that it is not that bad. Being that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will have just opened, and that some annual passholders will have access to DCA but not DL this summer for the first time, we think both parks may have more people than other years throughout the entire summer. The 4th of July fireworks are supposed to be amazing though and much louder than the usual fireworks!

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Apr 10, 2019 at 11:01 p.m. Bailey Says...

The least crowded day I've ever had in the summer was July 1st which was the Sunday before a mid-week 4th. I think it has everything to do with the day of the week the 4th falls on. However, because of Star Wars Land opening we are planning on going the second or third week of August (after school starts to go back but before annual pass blackouts end). We've had good luck at that time before.

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Apr 7, 2019 at 7:54 p.m. Emily Says...

We're thinking of going to Disneyland in either September or November 2019. We'd avoid Thanksgiving but do you think the second ride at Star Wars land will by open by then? Will we be dealing with huge crowds still? Would a Thursday-Sunday or Saturday-Tuesday be better?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Thursday to Sunday is probably the best best, and they have not given any details about the second ride opening besides later in 2019! You probably won’t miss the announcement because it will be big news. Be sure to plan around Mickey’s Halloween Party in September, which may occur on Friday and Monday nights. Details should be released by late spring, early summer. You may want to avoid Veteran’s Day in November. Good luck!

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Apr 3, 2019 at 3:44 a.m. Hester Lolt Says...

These dates are subjective. There is no worst time. You just have to know how to cope. If it's hot have a game plan. If it's crowded have a game plan. I like a lot of people at DLR makes it more fun.

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Apr 2, 2019 at 10 p.m. Yvonne Says...

Hi, visiting Disneyland 29 Sept-5 Oct 2019, how impacted do you think these dates will be due to the opening of Star Wars Land? Are they usually ok dates otherwise? Our last visit was right after Hurricane Irma hit Florida+Disneyland crowds seemed inflated due to many people switching from WDW to DL. I was hoping it would be less hectic this time as we are coming from the UK so it's not easy for us to visit! The phased opening has me worried it will push larger crowds towards our dates!

Thanks in advance!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvonne!

It is hard to predict how Star Wars Land will affect crowds. That week looks pretty good to us as it is not near fall breaks in school, falls just before Gay Days gets underway (Oct 5-6) and is not near Oct 12-19, which can get very busy due to school breaks. Don’t let Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge keep you away!

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May 3, 2019 at 4:07 a.m. Chris Says...

Hello. Which school districts have a fall break in October? When in October are they typically? And how long is the break?

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May 3, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

There are a few, including Arizona, though we know other states have similar schedules. Some districts on a have a two week break (i.e., Chandler Unified on a modified year-round schedule), while others have a four day weekend (Mesa) or even a week (Gilbert). The length and when this falls generally varies, though most are back in school by Halloween week. Hope this helps!

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Apr 1, 2019 at 8:08 p.m. Callie Says...

Now that we know Star Wars is opening at the end of May, is this calendar still accurate? If not, are you able to update at all?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Callie,

We have adjusted our Crowd Calendar in anticipation of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!

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Mar 31, 2019 at 12:10 a.m. Kari Says...

Hi. For 2020 it says the worst time to visit is the week of Thanksgiving but the dates go into the week following Thanksgiving. Is this correct? I was thinking of visiting starting the Monday after Thanksgiving but don't want to if it's one of the worst times. I just wanted to clarify. Thanks!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

The following week will be better, but you might still see slightly elevated crowds on that Monday.

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Mar 29, 2019 at 4 p.m. Sean Says...

Looking to go to Disneyland for 1 day next week (4/3-4/5). The calendar shows Friday as being the best choice? Can that be true?!

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