Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on February 8, 2024 2964 Los Angeles

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It’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 some things to consider as you plan your trip to Disneyland. In this post, we're sharing highlights and considerations by season, plus our favorite times to visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Before we jump in, it's worth repeating that no matter the season or the reason, you can have a magical trip to Disneyland. At Undercover Tourist, we've been honored to be a part of helping families plan their vacations for over 20 years. And 20 years adds up to a lot of Disneyland trips for the frogs! Within that time, we've learned the hows and whys of crowds and have paired that insight with our historical Crowd Calendar data to create our recommendations on when to visit Disneyland each year. In the past few years, we've seen that more and more visitors are planning their Disneyland trips around seasons and special events rather than just crowd levels — so we've adjusted this post accordingly to showcase highlights and considerations by season.

Maybe you've always wanted to see Sleeping Beauty Castle alight during the magic of the holidays. Or perhaps hopping around the parks during Halloween Time — collecting frightfully fun foodie finds or watching Jack Skellington take over the nighttime spectacular — is on your bucket list. Maybe you're like me and love taking your mom to Food and Wine Festival in the spring. Or, maybe you and the fam are heading over for a few days during summer break and want to know more about what to expect. No matter the whys or whens, we are here to help!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up

Oh, and one more big reminder! We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the theme park reservation system at Disneyland. Since 2021, Disneyland has operated with a reservation system — that means, in addition to purchasing your ticket, you also need to make a theme park reservation. It's easy to do, but of course, certain dates will fill up in advance, including popular holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. So once you pick your Disneyland dates, don't froget to also make your reservation — the sooner, the better, for the best availability.

2023 was a BIG year for Disneyland, with the opening of the reimagined Mickey's Toontown, Adventureland Treehouse and the all-new Tiana's Palace restaurant. And 2024 is also shaping up to be a big year with Star Wars Season of the Force debuting, Pixar Fest returning and Tiana's Bayou Adventure opening . (Tiana's Bayou Adventure opens in late 2024, which means guests visiting before then should be prepared for the ride to be undergoing a refurbishment. Speaking of refurbishments, Haunted Mansion is also undergoing a refurbishment as of Jan. 22, 2024, and does not have a set reopening date.) Plus, Magic Happens parade returns as of Feb. 2, 2024!

Factors in Determining the Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Moana Magic Happens float

Much like at Disney World, busy times at Disneyland often align with school schedules and major U.S. holidays. If tadpoles are out of school, the odds are that they want to hop to Disney! And not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona and Utah schools have fall breaks in October. The spring breaks at major universities in California also influence crowd levels. Over on the West Coast, some unique groups impact crowd levels at Disneyland including annual passholders, conventioneers, runners and special ticket holders (which we get into more detail below!).

First and foremost, with a smaller (in scale, not pixie dust) footprint on the West Coast, it takes less of a crowd bump to for things to feel more crowded than on the East Coast. That means that locals — who may visit more for opening festival days and weekends, or pop in for a casual dinner — have a distinct impact on crowd levels. Blackout dates for passholders have an impact on crowds, as well.

The same can be said for conventioneers. If you're heading to a nearby convention, of course you'd want to pop into Disneyland for a day or two. Most of the impact here is minimal, with one notable exception: D23. The annual Disney fan event hops between the West and East coasts each year, and in 2024, it's Disneyland's turn to host from Aug. 9-11.

Returning in 2024 are also runDisney events, which will bring runners back to Disneyland to participate in two marathon weekends each year: Jan. 11-15 and Sept. 5-8 in 2024, and Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2025 (2025 fall date still TBD).

Disneyland also offers some incredible ticket deals for Southern California residents, California residents and sometimes the entire U.S. With those ticket deals come use-by dates. For those offers in particular, you may see dates fill up as those usage windows approach (gotta go before it expires!). One-day tickets may also impact crowd levels — particularly on the lower tier days. Since these are cheaper days to visit Disneyland, you may find that more people choose those tickets and attend those days.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Oogie Boogie Bash Overlay on Disney California Adventure Park Entrance

One other thing to be aware of is any separately ticketed events that may be scheduled even during the best times to visit. Sometimes a park or an area of a park closes early for private events. That's why you always want to look at the Disneyland hours for the dates you want to visit so you don't encounter any surprises. We'll detail these in each season below, as well as share which dates for 1-day tickets are the cheapest (note that prices are flat for multi-day tickets and do not change based on dates like they do at Disney World.) You can also find a calendar of 1-day ticket tiers on our ticketing page for easy reference.

There are more Disneyland After Dark event dates in 2024 than ever before! These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual, which means even if you aren't attending, you'll want to plan accordingly.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Infographic

Just looking for the quick version? Check out the infographic above for a cheat sheet of the least crowded dates at Disneyland in 2024. Let's get hoppin'!

Spring — February, March, April

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Food and Wine Sip and Savor with food and beverages

Are you ready for some extra special ... special events? We sure are! In addition to the expected springtime happenings — Disney California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival and spring breakers — some of our favorite entertainment, including Magic Happens, Wondrous Journeys and World of Color will all return from a brief hiatus this spring. Plus, a brand-new event, Season of the Force, will celebrate all things Star Wars, and Pixar Fest will return after several years. Plus, during springtime, the park is particularly beautiful with spring flowers and the pink Tabebuia trees in bloom. With so much fun hoppening this spring, we are predicting a busy season. We can't wait!

Highlights

  • Magic Happens parade returns Feb. 2, 2024
  • Celebrate Gospel brings additional entertainment and food to Disneyland Park Feb. 17 and 24
  • Anaheim Ducks Day in Disney California Adventure Feb. 22-23, 2024
  • Food and Wine Festival takes place from March 1 - April 22, 2024
  • World of Color returns from refurbishment March 1 (closed from Jan. 8 - Feb. 29, 2024)
  • "Wondrous Journeys" nighttime spectacular is back at Disneyland for a special presentation March 22 - April 14, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pixar Fest is April 26 - Aug. 4, 2024

Things to Consider

Disneyland After Dark Parties take place several nights these months, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. on select nights, as well:

  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park takes place Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024
  • Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park takes place March 5 & 7, 2024
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Spring break — elevated crowds from March 9 - April 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. This is the case in 2024 — Easter is on March 31. When Easter falls later — like in 2025, when it falls on April 20 — the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break the last two weeks of March, which can affect crowds then.

Our Overall Pick: Where do we begin! When it comes to springtime visits, if you aren't constrained by dates, we have a few suggestions to fit it all in. Come for the Food and Wine Festival in early March or mid-April if you also want to experience Season of the Force. Crowds are higher for peak spring break, but Wondrous Journeys fireworks may make it worth it to visit March 22 to April 14. Usually, fireworks are only on the weekends, so include a weekend day in your visit to see and do it all. Or, visit in late April to experience both Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in February (minus the Super Bowl and days around Presidents Day)
    • Feb. 20-29, 2024
    • Feb. 4-7, 18-28, 2025
  • The first few days in March
    • March 2-8, 2024
    • March 1-6, 2025

Busiest

  • Presidents Day Weekend
    • Feb. 16-19, 2024
    • Feb. 10-17, 2025
  • Spring Break
    • March 9 - April 7, 2024
    • March 7 - April 6, 2025; April 18-20, 2025 (Easter)

Cheapest

  • Feb. 1, 6, 7, 2024 (Tier 0)
  • March 4-7, 2024 (Tier 2)
  • April 16-17, 2024 (Tier 1)

Summer — May, June, July

Summer break kicks off for most school districts in mid-June when you'll see an uptick in crowds — but in our opinion, it's pretty manageable over an extended period, with longer park hours and LOTS of entertainment! Summer is actually one of our very favorite times to visit. Exceptions to those long hours are Disneyland After Dark parties, which take place on select dates in May and June, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. During this timeframe in 2024, Fantasmic! will return, as will Pride Nite, and the aforementioned Season of the Force and Pixar Fest will also run into summertime.

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - World of Color

Highlights

  • Fantasmic! returns May 24, 2024
  • Disneyland's birthday is July 17, 2024, bringing additional celebrations to Disneyland Park
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place: April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pride Nite at Disneyland Park takes place June 18 & 20, 2024

Things to Consider

In summer, the thing to keep in mind is the weather. "June Gloom" offers some respite from the heat, though those temperatures do rise throughout the remainder of summer. July is manageable and less crowded than you'd think, especially on the weekends! Here are those Disneyland After Dark dates we mentioned:

  • Grad Nites take place May 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 28, 31 and June 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14, 2024, at Disney California Adventure Park
  • Book your May and early June reservations early as SoCal Resident tickets expire June 2, 2024

Our Overall Pick: Proof that crowds are only part of the equation when picking the best time to go to Disneyland, we love the second half of July for the nightly fireworks, Pixar Fest and the newly returned Fantasmic!. Or, hop in on a weekday in May if you want Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites and Memorial Day)
  • The first half of June (except for Grad Nites)

Busiest

  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May, plus Memorial Day
    • May 25-27, 2024
    • May 23-26, 2025
  • Summer breaks

Cheapest

  • May 8, 2024 (Tier 1)
  • Early June and mid-May have some of the lowest tiers

Fall — August, September, October

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Mickey Main Street Jack o Lantern

Enjoy the tail end of summer entertainment in early August, or, following that, take in the beautiful decorations, pumpkins and characters in costumes of Halloween Time throughout late August, September and October. Halloween Time is a popular time to visit, with the giant Mickey pumpkin on Main Street U.S.A., the decorated Cars Land and ride overlays including the Nightmare Before Christmas takeover that is Haunted Mansion Holiday.

On select nights, Mr. Oogie Boogie takes over Disney California Adventure for a separately ticketed Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash. The park closes early most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday nights for partygoers to trick or treat and enjoy special entertainment.

Highlights

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Car-tumes in Cars Land

  • Halloween Time starts early this year — Aug. 23 - Oct. 31, 2024
  • Gay Days take place Sept. 13-15, 2024 (be sure to make your reservation early!)
  • Tiana's Bayou Adventure is expected to open in late 2024!

Things to Consider

  • Pixar Fest wraps up Aug. 4, 2024
  • D23 takes place Aug. 9-11, 2024
  • The Disneyland Halloween Party — The Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure  took place select days Sept. 5 to Oct. 31, 2023 (closing early Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Halloween). Dates are TBD for 2024
  • Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend takes place Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • Fall breaks increase crowds in October

Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter Disneyland hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, September weekdays are less crowded. However, only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration, as well. We find Sundays to be less crowded than Saturdays. Weather can still be warm (hot, actually) but chillier at night.

Our Overall Pick: Around the pond, we love visiting Disneyland in August for lower crowds as tadpoles head back to school, and the potential for nightly fireworks. This year's hot take? We think the opening weekend of Halloween Time may be your best bet if you're in it for the seasonal festivities!

Least Busy

  • The month of August (minus D23 event)
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays in September (minus Sept. 5 race day)

Busiest

  • D23 Event - Aug. 7-12, 2024
  • Labor Day
    • Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2024
    • Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2025
  • runDisney race weekend - Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • October 2024
  • Elevated crowds Sept. 22 to Oct. 31, 2025

Cheapest

  • TBD

Winter — November, December, January

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

January generally has low crowds and beautiful weather (if not a little chilly), but it can get a little wet as it's the rainy season. The holidays and new year bring special entertainment, foodie finds and more  — and this year, we've got a new hotel opening to commemorate, too! Of course, during holiday breaks, you can expect more people enjoying the parks — but it's also a time full of holiday cheer, with festive lighting and decor, a special fireworks show and parade and more across the resort. (Did we mention hand-pulled candy canes and fan-favorite gingerbread? Oh, and SANTA!)

Highlights

  • Holiday Time brings daily entertainment (including nightly fireworks as weather permits) and festive décor to both parks from Nov. 15, 2024, through the first week of January
  • Mickey's and Minnie's birthday is Nov. 18, and that means a special cavalcade and there are often free buttons for guests
  • Lunar New Year brings Festival Food Booths, rare characters and a procession to Disney California Adventure from Jan. 23 through Feb. 18, 2024
  • Pixar Place Hotel opens Jan. 30, 2024
  • The Tier 0 weekdays bring affordability to weekdays in early November and mid-January weekdays

Things to Consider

  • The parks do offer scaled-back entertainment and shorter hours in January after the holidays end
  • runDisney will host races Jan. 11-15, 2024, and Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2025
  • The $50 kids ticket offer is valid every day from Jan. 8 to March 10, 2024
  • The SoCal Resident tickets are valid from Jan. 2 through June 2, 2024
  • World of Color is closed from Jan. 8 through Feb. 29, 2024
  • You may encounter ride closures in January, including Haunted Mansion and "it's a small world." Haunted Mansion is undergoing an extended refurbishment this winter to expand its queue and add a gift shop
  • Sweethearts' Night falls on nights in January and February, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. these nights: Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024

Our Overall Pick: If you don't want to visit during Holiday Time, Mondays through Thursdays in the first two weeks of November will be your best bet. If you'd like to visit for Holiday Time, we recommend the week after Thanksgiving or early December.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day, when runDisney events return to the resort)
    • Jan. 17-18, 22, 2024
    • Jan. 7-15, 21-28, 2025
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Busiest

  • Week of New Year's and MLK Jr. Day Weekend
    • Jan. 1-16, 2024
    • Jan. 1-6, 17-20, 2025; Jan. 29 - Feb. 3, 2025
  • Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Week
    • Nov. 8-11; Nov. 22 - Dec. 1, 2024
    • Nov. 11; Nov. 22-30, 2025
  • Week of Christmas and New Year's
    • Dec. 20-31, 2024 (note: Dec. 7-8 will also be busy for Candlelight Processional)
    • Dec. 20, 2024 - Jan. 4, 2025

Cheapest

  • Jan. 9-11, 16-18, 22-25, 29-31, 2024 (Tier 0, but watch out for early closures)
  • Early and Mid-November weekdays
  • Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 2024 (Tier 3)

Going to Disneyland During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Avengers Campus

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! Take advantage of the paid Genie+ system to skip the standby lines and use the Lightning Lane for select attractions. 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 180 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders). You'll get the best price on Genie+ if you purchase it with your tickets as the price can fluctuate for day-of-use purchases. Be sure to check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know about planning in advance, all in one place!

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to go to Disneyland in 2024 and 2025! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! For more planning essentials, check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know, all in one place. Ribbit!

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Feb 27, 2024 at 8:33 p.m. Alexia Says...

Hi there! Planning a trip with friends on Sept 25-29 or Nov 20-24, but don't know which would be less crowded and cheaper.. Just want to go 1 day to Disneyland (Thursday) and 1 to Universal Studios (Friday), not visiting California Adventures! Also, going to Disney any of those days, would we see fireworks? Thanks :)

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Feb 29, 2024 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexia!

If seeing fireworks is a priority, we would recommend Nov. 20-24. Fireworks are nightly during the holiday season, but during September, it's the projection show during the week with fireworks only on weekends. Crowds are fairly similar (you can check our Crowd Calendar to see expected crowd levels by day), and we don't know exact pricing yet as it's only available until the end of August right now.

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Feb 26, 2024 at 8:50 p.m. Kayla Says...

Because Easter is on March 31 this year, does that leave the last 2 weeks in April better than the first 2?

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Feb 29, 2024 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla!

In terms of schools' schedules, most spring breaks should start to slow down in the following weeks after Easter, so the second half may see fewer crowds due to kids being out of school. However, we still may see a consistent flow of crowds throughout the month due to Season of the Force starting at the beginning, Food & Wine ending April 22 and Pixar Fest starting a few days later (April 26). Those days in between Food & Wine and Pixar Fest may have some of the lightest crowds.

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Feb 21, 2024 at 3:42 p.m. Omar Says...

Thanks so much for all this information, really helpful! We will be visiting May 14-17 (4 days total) but 3 fall in grad nights! Will it be really crowded, should we consider just rescheduling to some other time or will it not be that crazy?

Also, for grad nights days, which park would you recommend to start first? Thanks!!

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Feb 29, 2024 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Omar!

On Grad Night days, crowds can vary because some schools choose to purchase day passes for both parks and some just arrive in the evening for the after-hours event. Your early morning rope drop time will be good in either park as the kids arrive mid-morning and afternoon, with crowds building until they have to hop over to DCA by 9 p.m. The evening will be clear in Disneyland Park by then for the rest of the night. Many Grad Night hoppers will spend some time in Disneyland during the day since they have DCA at night. We recommend starting in DCA some days and Disneyland Park some days. If you have Park Hopper tickets, you can switch parks at 11 a.m., which we'd recommend so you have that flexibility.

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Feb 19, 2024 at 5:29 p.m. alyssa Says...

we are looking into Nov. 18-22 or Dec. 2-6th we are wanting to go when there are less crowds but also we don't want to miss out on entrainment. Will Fireworks be happening only on weekends during the holiday season, and will park close hours be till midnight during the holidays as well? Thank you :)

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Feb 21, 2024 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa!

Yes and yes! Fireworks usually happen nightly during the holiday season, and Disneyland Park is typically open until midnight (though sometimes there could be a special event during the first week of December that causes one of the parks to close early).

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Feb 16, 2024 at 7:19 p.m. Benny Says...

We are headed to Disneyland April 5th - 12th of this year. Which 3 days would you recommend going to the 2 parks (weekend or weekdays). We do have the hopper package for all 3 days. Thanks!

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Feb 20, 2024 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Benny!

If you are not staying on-site and do not have Early Entry access, we'd recommend starting at Disneyland on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday and DCA on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (pick the opposite days based on when each park offers Early Entry). Wondrous Journeys (the fireworks show) will still be taking place nightly during that time, so you do not have to worry about picking a weekend date just to see it. We'd suggest starting at Disneyland for two days and DCA for one day. Hop over to our Crowd Calendar to see expected crowd levels.

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Feb 5, 2024 at 8:58 p.m. Anna Says...

Thank you so much for this calendar! So glad a looked before making my park reservation! Last year we were at DCA on a grad night and it was SO crazy! So many teens with bad behavior and bad language. Glad I checked here and swapped my original plans. Thank you!

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Jan 29, 2024 at 5:38 p.m. Nicole Neovard Says...

Hello, planning a trip for early Oct. Thinking of doing Disneyland Oct 6-8. If they have Oogie Boogie Bash on the Tuesday and we get tickets, if we get in early before show starts is that enough time to see most things in that park? Debating if need to park hop on one day or just do two days at Disneyland and see what we can on the Oogie Boogie Day.

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Jan 31, 2024 at 5:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

If you plan to have a daytime ticket and an Oogie Boogie ticket, you can do all of DCA in one day! But if attending Oogie Boogie and you plan to arrive during the pre-party time, then you'll need to prioritize, whether you're focusing on rides or Oogie Boogie party activities (or a mix of both, but not everything). There's a lot of special entertainment and activities during the party such as the parade and character greetings, and five hours will go quickly. Overall, we would recommend park hopping one day if you're not planning to spend the morning of Oogie Boogie in DCA.

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Jan 10, 2024 at 8:37 p.m. Reena Says...

Going October 24-29 2024. family of 10 with 2 teens and 2 6 year olds. Going to both parks. Just not sure which days between Friday Saturday and Sunday to go to which. Not stay on property. Thoughts? Also hoping to snag Oogie tickets.

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Jan 24, 2024 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reena!

Since you're not staying on property, we'd recommend Disneyland Park on Sunday or Friday and start in DCA on Saturday to avoid the early entry guests and get the most empty park at opening (though we would double-check the calendar as it gets much closer to confirm early entry hours). Oogie Boogie, if it follows last year’s schedule, will likely be Oct 24, 27 and 29 during that timeframe. Buy as soon as they go on sale (we don’t know the sale date yet) because they sold out very quickly the last two years.

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Jan 10, 2024 at 2:59 p.m. Sal Says...

Taking 6 and 8 year old grandkids on Feb 8. Will haunted mansion be available? Does sweetheart night mean no fireworks for kids to see? Advice?

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Jan 10, 2024 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sal!

Haunted Mansion is undergoing refurbishment starting Jan. 22, and at this time, Disney has not indicated an official return date. However, Disney has announced there will be an expansion of the grounds and a new gift shop, so we would not expect it to be open on Feb. 8.

On Feb. 8, the Mickey's Mix Magic show with projections is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. before Sweethearts' Nite. Usually, during the off-season in February, fireworks only happen with Mickey's Mix Magic on the weekends or holidays.

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Jan 5, 2024 at 7:29 p.m. Jenn Says...

super helpful, thanks! but I'm confused about early June. It's projected to be a best bet in terms of crowds, but there are lots of grad nites those weeks!?

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Jan 16, 2024 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

Yes, we mentioned Grad Nites as an exception in May, and they are an exception in June as well.

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Jan 4, 2024 at 6:23 a.m. Nisha Says...

Hi there,

I’m taking my two kids 8/9 for their first time feb 9-12 2024. Would you recommend this is a good time to go? Also what can you tell me about photo ops with the characters? Thank you!

I haven’t been back in 20 years!

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Jan 11, 2024 at 6:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nisha!

Feb. 9 to 12 is expected to have some crowds due to Super Bowl Weekend, especially if the winning team goes to Disneyland (vs. Disney World), which is likely since the Super Bowl is taking place in Las Vegas. If that's the case, we'd recommend going to Disney California Adventure on Monday the 12th (but if you're football fans, then you may want to visit Disneyland Park that day and watch the celebration parade!). Sweethearts' Nite will also take place at Disneyland Park on the 12th, so if you want to maximize park hours since Disneyland Park closes early, head to Disney California Adventure. Hop over to our character guide for everything you need to know about meeting them! At Disneyland, there are certain places & times where you can expect and line up to meet a character, but Disneyland also has spontaneous character sightings throughout the park.

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Dec 29, 2023 at 9:45 a.m. Christina Wiglesworth Says...

Hi! I was debating on either going to Disneyland & CA Adventure over Superbowl weekend Feb 11th and 12th or the weekend before on February 4th and 5th?

I’m just wondering which is better Superbowl Sunday & Sweetheart Event is going on the 12th?

Or

Feb 4th and 5th and I believe a new parade is coming out Feb 2nd? So would that create crowds on Feb 4th/5th?

Thank you so much!

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Jan 5, 2024 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

We still think Feb. 4-5 would see lower crowds than Feb. 11-12. Despite the Magic Happens parade returning on Feb. 2, it is not a brand-new parade so the biggest crowds for its return would be on Feb. 2. Feb. 11-12 would be busier due to the Super Bowl and Sweethearts' Nite.

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Dec 15, 2023 at 5:13 a.m. Rebecca O Says...

We have reservations for Disneyland on Jan 23 2024. They just announced that is Sweethearts night with the park closing at 8:00pm. On these special occasion nights how are daytime crowds? I wonder if I should flip our Disneyland and DCA days to have longer at the park. But if crowds are low then shorter lines I would be happy with that.

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Dec 18, 2023 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

Generally, we've found that the nights that are hosting an After Dark event are less crowded during the day. At about 6 p.m. crowds will increase since party guests can enter. Meanwhile, DCA will become a lot more crowded particularly in the last two hours, because people will hop from Disneyland to DCA once Disneyland closes.

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Nov 15, 2023 at 3:44 a.m. Justin Says...

Hello!

My family and I are planning to go to Disneyland on Jan. 17, 2024. Would are crowds heavy that day?

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Nov 17, 2023 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin!

We'd expect moderate crowds for that day — on our Crowd Calendar, we have Jan. 17 listed as a level 5 (from 1-10).

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Nov 8, 2023 at 1:29 a.m. Stacy Says...

I'm hoping we chose a good week going the last week of February, Tuesday-Thursday next year! ???????? I noticed there was a big difference in your "busiest days" for February between 2023 and 2024. Why is that? Is that going to be a crappy week for us to go?

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Nov 22, 2023 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy!

The last week of February will be a good time to go!

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Nov 7, 2023 at 5:46 p.m. Josh Says...

Hello!

Dad of two here (currently 5 and almost 2) and we are beginning to plan a Disneyland trip for either October or November of 2024, before my daughter turns 3. We've been to Orlando three times, but never to Anaheim. We are currently planning to do one day in each park with Genie+, and we are hoping to hit the majority if not all rides. My questions are:

1. Is it possible to hit most if not all rides if we are planning to do one park from open to close each day (likely a Sunday and a Monday)?

2. Is there a significant difference in crowds between the last week of October or the first week of November? We would love to see the Halloween stuff the last week of October, but will sacrifice this for lesser crowds.

3. We are considering adding a third day with parkhopping to ensure we get everything done. I heard somewhere that single day tickets are sometimes better than purchasing for all three days. If we are only planning to park hop one day, is it cheaper to do two day base tickets for our trip and then get single day park hoppers for the final day?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Nov 21, 2023 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josh!

Hoppy to help!

1) You'll definitely be able to hit a lot of rides, but maybe not all (particularly ones that the tadpoles aren't tall enough for, though you can always utilize Rider Switch). Open to close is ambitious with tadpoles those ages, so just make sure you give them plenty of rest time throughout the day! You can definitely see DCA all in one day, though Disneyland Park will have more, especially for rides they can go on so we'd consider adding a third day and/or park hopping.

2) The last week of October is less crowded than the first three weeks of the month. It also may have longer park hours than the first week of November. If you especially want to see Halloween Time, we'd recommend this last week of Oct. Just watch out for early closures for DCA due to Oogie Boogie nights and plan around them. The first week of November has traditionally been a low crowd time, but there are some unknowns that can pop up such as early closures or large groups that hold unofficial events in the parks. It's more so a time of transition from Halloween to the holidays, so there are fewer entertainment options.

3) Disneyland prices vary by day, so it really depends (is the potential third day/single-day ticket a Tier 0 weekday or a higher tiered weekend ticket?). You can look at the calendar to see how much the day you want to add on is. And then compare pricing of our discounted 3-day ticket vs. 2-day ticket and a 1-day park hopper ticket (though note that if you want to purchase more than 180 days in advance, the calendar may not be available to compare). Multi-day tickets are good any day without blockout dates. Then when it comes to park hopping, the park hopping add-on costs $65 for a 1-day ticket, but costs the same $65 total for a 2-day ticket and $70 total for a 3-day ticket.

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Oct 21, 2023 at 6:16 p.m. Bella Says...

Planning on a Disneyland, CA trip last week in February of first week in March 2024. Which would be better.

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Oct 26, 2023 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bella!

In terms of crowds, these two weeks are pretty similar. First week of March has historically been a quiet time to visit, making it a good time to go. Also, dates have not been released yet, but the DCA Food & Wine Festival often starts around the beginning of March, so you might get lucky and have more entertainment than the week before, if you choose this week.

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Oct 18, 2023 at 1:12 p.m. Beita Says...

We are planning our first trip to Disneyland, we have visited Orlando several times but it will be our first time in California parks. Our plan is to go 3 days to the parks with Genie+ and we want to see the fireworks.

The date options are the second half of January or February (we courld arrive earliest at 3th). Could you help me choose the best date in terms of crowds and possibility of seeing the fireworks?

We will be travelling from abroad and air ticket could be cheaper in Feb. but maybe superbowl (Feb 11th) and President Day weekend are crowded? I just read carsland was closed in January last year, its a must see for us because we are big fan

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Oct 20, 2023 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beita!

I would avoid MLK weekend, which has a race. Fireworks generally are Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, so include those days into your visit. We particularly love Sundays as the least crowded weekend day ... except for Superbowl Sunday and Presidents weekend. Friday mornings are not that crowded, with bigger crowds coming after work and school. We do not yet know what rides will undergo a refurbishment, although Haunted Mansion is going down for an extended refurbishment in January after the holiday season ends. Late January and early February are generally not crowded times. Keep in mind that in February and even late January, Sweethearts' Nite can cause Disneyland to close early at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All of Cars Land will not close, but it's always possible a ride could go under refurbishment. Lunar New Year is a fun festival at DCA that takes place late January to mid-Feb. It brings additional entertainment and food to try, so we would aim for Late January to mid February, including some weekend days to get fireworks. World of Color is usually every day. And either get park hoppers to avoid the early closures and have options on party nights, or plan around the parties. The days with parties might be quieter in Disneyland those morning and early afternoons, so they are not bad days to visit, but the park day does end early. A park hopper allows you to continue nighttime fun in the other park.

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Aug 29, 2023 at 7:01 p.m. Jennifer Breuker Says...

Are your ticket prices in US dollars

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Aug 29, 2023 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Yes! See here for other FAQs. Prices are based on the exchange rate for that day. Any purchases you make will be converted from US $ to your currency on your credit card statement. In most cases your credit card company will add an additional fee (anywhere from .5 to 5% of the purchase).

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Aug 3, 2023 at 8:10 p.m. Aileen Says...

Hey, we are looking to stay 5 days anytime December/January to see the Christmas decorations. Any advice on quietest dates? Thanks ????

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Aug 4, 2023 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aileen!

During that timeframe, we would recommend the first two weeks in December. This is usually one of the quietest times during the holiday season since it's right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Check out our Crowd Calendar for expected crowd levels.

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Jul 8, 2023 at 2:46 a.m. Megan Says...

Hey!!! Trying to decide between Aug 24-24? Or Sept 5-6th? Any recommendations or preference for either of those dates?? Thanks!!

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Jul 10, 2023 at 5:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

Both timeframes are good times to visit in terms of crowds, so you can't go wrong with either! The biggest consideration is if you'd rather have Halloween festivities (Sept. 5-6), or get the chance to see Wondrous Journeys (the Disney 100 fireworks show) or the Rogers: The Musical show (both are scheduled to run through Aug. 31).

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Jun 22, 2023 at 12:06 p.m. Jo Says...

We’re in LA 10-15 aug. Planning to go to Disney on mon 14 aug. This is the day Enchant key holders are unblocked yet calendar suggests it’s less busy that Monday than the 10/11/12/13 aug when they are blocked. We could flex and visit one of the other days so would appreciate any thoughts on why 14th is less crowded before we book ? Thanks

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Jun 26, 2023 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo!

That's the week that a lot of schools start, so even if it's unblocked for passholders, it's balanced out with schools back in session. Chances are the days will have similar crowds.

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Jun 2, 2023 at 6:48 p.m. Sal Says...

How about November 10 - 13?

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Jun 5, 2023 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sal!

You can check out crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar. With those specific dates in mind, it will be Veterans Day. And as with any holiday weekend, you may likely see higher crowds.

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May 12, 2023 at 4:30 a.m. Adam Says...

Based on my research and this wonderful information, mid September seems like a great time to visit, nice temperatures, only labour day at the beginning of the month and based on your predictions low crowds, most people in the comments aren't suggesting september though? Other than the possible oogie boogie bash is there something I'm missing??? Or is this a great time to go?

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May 15, 2023 at 4:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam!

September can get hot, but it can also be pleasant. It is generally much less crowded than October. The only downside is that full entertainment, such as fireworks, may be weekends only and you have to keep in mind when Oogie Boogie Bash nights are (DCA closes early). It's one of our favorite times to visit, especially if you love Halloween and Nightmare Before Christmas!

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Apr 30, 2023 at 2:35 a.m. Andrew Says...

Hi from Australia! What will the park be like week of July 10 to July 14 2023? Is it summer vacation for the whole month in July? Does the park expect to close at 9pm or midnight and will Fantasmic/World of Color/Fireworks usually planned to be on every night in July 2023? Thank you!

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May 1, 2023 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew!

Yes, summer vacations continue through the entire month of July. You can check out crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar (the week of July 10 is expected to be level 7 or 8). The official park hours and entertainment schedule for your trip won't be posted until about six weeks before (so definitely hop back as it gets closer to confirm). But in general, summer usually has longer park hours and everyday entertainment.

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Apr 21, 2023 at 12:02 a.m. Jenni Says...

We are looking at coming to Disneyland from Australia. Our big school holidays are in January. Will there still be fireworks in January with the scaled back entertainment?

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Apr 24, 2023 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenni!

We don't have details on fireworks schedules just yet - stay tuned!

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Apr 10, 2023 at 4:16 a.m. Melissa Says...

It says best time first 2 weeks of June… but aren’t all the schools out by then? We are thinking June 3, 5,6, and 7th (I know that’s a grad day/night, but we will have genie plus, so hoping that will help)… but if all the schools are out won’t it be crazy busy??

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Apr 10, 2023 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

School calendars depend on each individual school district, so summer breaks vary greatly across the country (and even in the greater LA area). Most local school districts will have their last day of school somewhere between May 25 through June 15, so some but not all local schools will be out by then.

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Apr 9, 2023 at 11:50 a.m. Harold Says...

We plan on Aug 20-25. Do you think we can expect lower crowds?

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Apr 11, 2023 at 12:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Harold!

Usually by mid-August, kids are starting to go back to school so crowd levels tend to get lower during the second half of August. While overall it should not be as crowded as peak summer days, you may, however, see an influx of Magic Key holders, who can finally enter after blockout dates have been lifted, and sometimes there can be SoCal resident ticket deals that could be valid during these dates.

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Apr 4, 2023 at 12:11 a.m. Jodie Says...

I’m debating between the week of Dec 10th or a week in the later half of January 2024. What’s your opinion? We are looking for lower crowds, cooler weather, and lower prices.

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Apr 7, 2023 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie!

Both periods will have cool weather. January will have the lowest prices, but that can also mean less entertainment, more likelihood for ride refurbishments and shorter park hours. December will have higher prices, but will have all of the holiday entertainment and longer hours.

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Apr 3, 2023 at 7:29 p.m. Jerica Says...

Hi! Thank you for all the great info. We plan on visiting May 16th-18th. I didn’t think about Grad night! With Grad night being in California Adventure, do you think Disneyland will be crowded as well? I’m debating to switch our Wednesday Disneyland day (grad night) to Monday. Monday can also have higher crowds. Any thoughts or input? Thank you!!

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Apr 5, 2023 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jerica!

Since both days fall during a generally slower period and on weekdays, we think you should be fine either way. Students can enjoy both parks during the day, so if you'd rather avoid larger student groups, go with Monday. But if you wouldn't mind it, Grad Nites that are earlier in the season such as May 17 are usually (not always) less crowded than June and weekend dates.

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Mar 31, 2023 at 3:24 p.m. Ellebe Says...

We are going May 15-18 (Monday-Thursday). We know about grad night on the 17th. We have park hoppers. My question is what are our chances of the Disneyland being at capacity in the afternoon on the 17th if we decide to start the day in DCA?

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Apr 4, 2023 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellebe!

Disneyland hasn't closed due to capacity in a long time, so while it may be busy, we think the chances of actually reaching capacity are low.

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Mar 22, 2023 at 6:44 a.m. Amy Says...

We are going to Disneyland for the first time with our kids May 8th through the 12th that’s a Monday through a Friday. There will be two Star Wars after night parties. They start at nine, and receive early attendees at six. When I called Disneyland about this they said what you said in an article, that the park actually can be slower those days because people want to take advantage of late nights and so they avoid those nights. We are going to do rope drop, and we’ll have Geni plus, and our kids are little, ages 3, 8 and 11, so I think they’re gonna be pretty tired when it comes to night anyway. Would you let the fact that there will be two night parties that week deter you from going? Also Friday is a grad night. It’s the first one of the year. Would you suggest just not going at all Friday? Or is it worth going the fifth day? It’s going to cost us so much money I just don’t want to waste our money!!! Would you keep all 5 days or skip the 5th (grad night).

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Mar 23, 2023 at 11:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Since you are arriving early and are not interested in staying late at night, you should be fine with keeping Friday. Grad Nite means there may be some high school seniors in the park during the day, but they will all be heading to Disney California Adventure for their 9 p.m. party, which goes into the night. We'd suggest planning your late night in Disneyland to see either Fantasmic or fireworks (or both) that night.

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Mar 16, 2023 at 7:17 a.m. Corinne Says...

My husband and I were thinking of going this Saturday, the 18th since we may have the opportunity and before weather starts heating up. Thoughts on crowds? I know a lot of schools have the 17th off.

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Mar 16, 2023 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Corinne!

We've officially hit spring break season, so crowds will likely be high, especially in Disneyland on Sunday since Mickey's Toontown is reopening.

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Mar 7, 2023 at 11:14 p.m. Jaime Says...

I am debating between two dates in November 8-10th or November 15-17. With Veterans Day and Thanksgiving being in November, in your opinion which date would be less crowded.

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Mar 9, 2023 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaime!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for expected crowd levels — those two ranges of dates will be about the same, so we'd go with whichever fits your schedule better.

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Feb 28, 2023 at 5:41 p.m. Liz Says...

I understand that weekdays are generally less crowded than weekends. However I also hear sometimes that Sundays are quieter, and that Monday and Friday may be a little busier. Generally speaking, which is busier, Sundays or Mondays. We will be there next week, from Sunday March 5th through Friday the 10th but we'll have one off day and want to avoid the busiest day, weather permitting

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Mar 1, 2023 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

Mondays can sometimes feel busier than Sundays for us, as well. Friday mornings are generally quieter but the crowds can build after school and work hours.

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Feb 27, 2023 at 3:26 a.m. Christine Says...

We are planning to go to Disneyland either May 3rd or 4th with our 2 and 5 year old. Planning to rope drop & leave around dinner time. With Star Wars Nite, which day do you think would be less crowded?

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Feb 27, 2023 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

It's hard to say for certain, but we think both days could very well be crowded (and there really might not be much of a big difference between the two). Here's our thinking: May 3 does not have a Star Wars Nite party so more people (especially ones who are not attending) may want to go to Disneyland on this date because the park won't close early and they can take advantage of the longer hours, so it could be generally crowded all day. On May 4, Star Wars Nite attendees can enter as early as 6 p.m. and people who aren't attending may decide to go to DCA that day and avoid Disneyland Park since it will close early for the party, so theoretically, it could be less crowded during the day. However, since May 4 is the official Star Wars Day, Star Wars fans may just decide to go, regardless of attending Star Wars Nite or not, and celebrate all day.

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Feb 23, 2023 at 7:10 p.m. Mr. B Says...

At the school district I teach at (in Texas) we usually have our Winter Break the week of Valentine's and that is when we schedule our Disneyland trips. This year winter break will be the week of Presidents' Day. Our other options are essentially Spring Break at the beginning of April or Summer. Which of these do you think would provide us with the best dates?

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Mar 1, 2023 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mr. B!

Spring Break can be a great time in terms of entertainment and weather. There's a lower chance of rain compared to Feb. but still cooler than the summer.

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Feb 20, 2023 at 2:07 a.m. Cassandra Mervyn Says...

Hi! We are wondering how much busier end of July is - as opposed to Mid Aug. we have a chance to see our face baseball team play the dodgers around the 24 of July but had originally planned for end of Aug because that seemed like a better time to go crowd wise. Will it make much difference?

Thanks so much

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Feb 22, 2023 at 9:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassandra!

End of July will be busier than mid-August, but likely not too big of a difference. The weather may be a little less hot than in August, as well, if that's an important factor. We think you'd still have a great time, either way!

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Feb 19, 2023 at 4:05 p.m. Brian B. Says...

Hello, we are planning to be in Anaheim June 1st - June 6th and we are planning to get a 4-day park ticket (not sure if we should get a 4-day 1-park ticket or park hopper. Would rather not have to buy the extra park hopper if not needed). Reading about grad nites, i can't figure out if the daytime crowds are less at DCA because of that and since they close early or if they will be more busy. Also, do they do World of Color on Grad Nites before they close? We are trying to figure out which of the four days from 06/01 - 06/06 we should visit which parks. Since Disney doesn't publish the calendar or entertainment schedule out very far any longer, i don't know what days they will have Fantasmic or Fireworks at DLP. So my questions: should we get park hopper tickets, or just one park per day tickets? Is it a good idea to visit DCA on the day of Grad Nites, and will they still have World of Color, or does that go away since they close early? Any other suggestions for less busy days to visit which parks on which days?

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Feb 22, 2023 at 9:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian!

The Grad Nite parties will take place June 2 and 4 while you're there, beginning at 9 p.m. inside a closed California Adventure. But during the day, those kids may be in either park, mixed in with the normal crowds. You can save money by skipping park hoppers. World of Color is usually nightly, and Disney California Adventure will likely have World of Color each night. Fireworks and Fantasmic! could still be only Friday through Sunday, so definitely plan some weekend nights at Disneyland just in case (but double-check the entertainment schedule six weeks in advance of your trip to confirm showtimes). Believe it or not, the weeknights Monday through Thursday may be the most crowded because the single-day tickets are only $104 compared to $169 on Saturday and $159 Friday and Sunday. You don’t have to worry about those prices with a multi-day ticket, but it will shift the crowds from what you’d expect. We'd recommend Disney California Adventure on a night without a Grad Nite so you have the most options to see World of Color. There are usually 2 shows per night but may only have one show on Grad Nites.

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Feb 18, 2023 at 12:19 a.m. Jana Says...

If you could pick between the last week January /first week February, or last week of April for 2024 which would you do? We’ve done Disney world but never Disneyland. Will a lot of rides be down early in the year? Is the weather and crowds worth it for April? We would bring out 4 kids for a week trip!

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Mar 1, 2023 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jana!

The end of January and early February could have a higher chance of rain. This was a rainy year (but last year was drier). January and February could be better in terms of crowds but will have a higher likelihood of shorter hours and ride refurbs. The end of April would likely have more rides open and should be pleasant in terms of weather. So it depends on what you want to prioritize more — crowds or weather/rides!

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Feb 16, 2023 at 9:20 p.m. Jules Says...

Will be going Monday March 13th! Im guessing there will be somewhat of a crowd but Im curious if the Wine & Food festival would impact anything or if there's anything we should keep in mind?

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Feb 21, 2023 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jules!

Yes, the Food & Wine Festival can bring in crowds. It's also the beginning of the spring break season, so you'll also want to keep that in mind as well!

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Feb 14, 2023 at 5:58 a.m. Jane Says...

With the delay of the reopening of Toontown, do you think crowd levels will be less than you previously expected (8/10) on March 8th?

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Feb 14, 2023 at 11:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

Yes, it's likely that overall crowd levels will be lower than expected due to the delay, though Disney California Adventure may still draw in some crowds with the DCA Food & Wine Festival, which begins March 3.

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Feb 14, 2023 at 6:28 p.m. Jane Says...

So helpful! Thank you!

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Feb 13, 2023 at 9:21 a.m. Ron Says...

I know that I am probably TOTALLY crazy for asking for your advice about a "potential visit" FOUR YEARS from now (during the summer of 2027, to be exact), but I have not been to Disneyland during the summer since 2002 and I figure crowd patterns have changed a lot out there in the past decade or so. I have been countless times before, so if I do actually go in 2027 (it would most likely be the ABSOLUTE LAST time I see Disneyland because of my declining health), ALL that I even care about are seeing the "2010/2014 updates" to the "Alice in Wonderland" ride -AND- seeing the "restored" portrait of "Miss April-December" over at the "Haunted Mansion" ride. It will take me untiil around April of 2027 to save up enough money to even return to California (I have had a lot of money problems since I moved to Florida), and I can only go during the summer of that particular year. I know August is probably "out" because they start doing that "holiday overlay" WAY before Labor Day nowadays (and besides, most of August is probably chock full of local passholders). I was thinking about May or early June until I read your post regarding "Grad Nites" and some other recent posts about the summer months in general (but that stuff only seemed to apply for 2023 and 2024).. So, I guess it will either be late June or early July for me to choose from: which weekend in 2027 during that timeframe do you think would be my "best bet" and should I go on Saturday or on Sunday?

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Feb 15, 2023 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ron!

We frogs think it's never too early to start planning ahead :) That said, a lot could certainly change between now and then, so it's toadally possible our advice may not hold up, but we'll give it our best shot (and you can always hop back as it gets closer)! If you want to avoid Grad Nites, then we'd suggest late June or mid-late July, avoiding Fourth of July (in 2027, it falls on a Sunday). Both days of the week are generally busy and may only have a slight difference, but we'd go with Sunday over Saturday.

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Feb 10, 2023 at 3:03 p.m. Alex Says...

My wife and I are planning Disney vacation May 15-18. I hope Grad Nites on the 14th and 17th won't affect the crowd too much.

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Feb 11, 2023 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex!

The Grad Nite parties generally take place when the park closes at Disney California Adventure at 9 p.m. so that part does not affects crowds. Some schools also choose to purchase daytime tickets, so you may see more high school seniors in the parks during the day as well. It should not affect crowds too badly. Arrive at rope drop for the lowest crowds, use Genie+ and book table-service dining in the afternoon and see shows in the afternoon to avoid the crowds those days.

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Feb 7, 2023 at 1:50 a.m. Linda Says...

My family and I will be hopefully booking a trip to Disney California sometime in October during the Halloween week or November during Thanksgiving week. I know weather can vary but usually these times of months are they typically good weather or are they usually hot or cold during this time?

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Feb 7, 2023 at 10:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Yes, the weather can vary, but for the most part, the temperatures are pleasant during the day, and particularly in November, may get chilly in the evenings. You can find more info in our month-to-month Disneyland weather guide!

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Jan 30, 2023 at 9:02 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

We are looking at coming to the parks May 6th through 10th but see that the 8th might be extra busy due to the reopening of Toontown. Would it be better to skip the 8th completely or do you think California Adventure would have normal crowds and we could just avoid Disneyland itself? Would we be better off skipping Disney completely on that Wednesday and going to parks on Sunday the 5th or Saturday the 11th instead?

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Jan 30, 2023 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

We think you mean March 6-10 since you refer to Sunday the 5th and Saturday the 11th, but if by chance, you're going May 6-10, then disregard everything below!

We do anticipate that Disneyland will be busy on March 8 due to the reopening of Mickey's Toontown, though the crowds at DCA likely won't be as bad. If you want to skip Wednesday entirely though, we'd recommend sticking to Disneyland Park if opting to on the 5th or DCA if opting to go on the 11th (because the DCA Food & Wine Festival starts March 3, so the 5th will be part of opening weekend — and the 11th will likely be busier at Disneyland since it'll be the first weekend that Toontown is fully open). Do keep in mind that some nighttime entertainment may only be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, such as fireworks (but Wondrous Journeys will run with projections only during the week).

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Jan 30, 2023 at 10:12 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Yes, I meant March! Which do you guess will be more crowded - Disneyland on Sunday the 5th or DCA on Wednesday the 8th? Would Friday the 10th likely be more or less busy than either of these two days?

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Feb 2, 2023 at 3:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

We don't think there would be a major difference between those dates, so it's up to you! If we had to pick out one, it may be less crowded earlier in the week, not only because of Toontown but also spring break season starting - though weekends are generally more crowded than weekdays.

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Jan 29, 2023 at 7:55 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Thanks for all the great info! We're planning to visit in mid-late August (anniversary trip, no kids!) and have four days in the parks. Our first day was going to be August 21 since it looks like local schools will be back in session- but this is also the first non-blackout week, so will it be more crowded than usual from Aug 21-14? Will there still be fireworks at night or should we shift our days to include a weekend, but then will the weekend be even more crowded? Thanks for any advice you can share!

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Jan 30, 2023 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

When blockout dates are lifted, the parks can get pretty busy with passholders who had been blocked out, so it could become more crowded than usual. During the summer, fireworks are usually nightly (*though always dependent on weather) through the end of August, but it's definitely best to double-check the entertainment schedule six weeks in advance (which is typically when times get posted) in case you need to shift to a weekend visit.

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Jan 29, 2023 at 3:11 p.m. Christine Says...

We are planning on a one day visit to Disneyland on Feb 24 but wondering due to the parade opening that day will it be super crowded. The only other option would be Presidents’ Day for us- help us choose!

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Jan 30, 2023 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine!

We definitely think it's likely Disneyland could be busy on Feb. 24. The first day of D100 was one of the crowdest days we've ever seen at Disneyland — while it probably wouldn't be as crowded as that day, it could still be very busy with people wanting to see the parade's return. Presidents' Day can also be busy though, due to the long weekend, so we'd prepare for heavy crowds either day.

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Jan 22, 2023 at 11:55 p.m. Karen Says...

Hi!

We’ll be visiting disneyland Feb 6-11, it shows Feb2-6 expected to be busier and Feb 9-13, what is the reason for that?

Thank you!

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Jan 24, 2023 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Overall, we're anticipating a busier February due to the Disney 100 Years of Wonder Celebration going on and weekdays are generally less crowded.

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Jan 18, 2023 at 8 p.m. Vini Says...

Good Evening,

We are planning to go to Disneyland ( 4 days Park Hopper) from Sept 5th - 12th. Will Fantasmic be on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday? We really don`t want to miss it! And do you think is better to go to Universal Studios Hollywood on Monday 11th?

Thanks in advance!

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Feb 1, 2023 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vini!

The Fantasmic! schedule depends on the season. Usually during slower seasons such as September (post Labor Day weekend), it may only run on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The entertainment schedule is generally released six weeks in advance, so we'd confirm at that time, just to make sure you don't miss it. Going to Universal on Monday sounds good (it just may have shorter hours than on the weekend).

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