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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023

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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 better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Planning the Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022

We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest changes coming out of 2020 — and that the new theme park reservation system, which comes with some capacity limitations.

Many days sell out, but even so, there are more crowded days than others. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play that put us in new territory when making our predictions. The good news is that there are many encouraging signs that things are heading back to "normal" in the parks, including the return of World of Color, Fantasmic! and the Main Street Electrical Parade. And guess what else? Traditional character meet and greets have returned as of April 18. Hooray for hugs!

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Avengers Campus HQ

Avengers Campus made its epic debut June 4, 2021, which played a part in Disneyland's busy summer, fall and winter in 2021. But as we look into 2022 and 2023, there will be some sweet spots to time your visit if you're looking for the least busy time to hop into the parks.

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers, such as Magic Morning, are temporarily unavailable, but expected to return in summer 2022. FASTPASS and MaxPass have been officially retired and replaced with the paid Genie+ system. Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 120 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders).

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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

If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland isn't the same as at Disney World.

The biggest difference is the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those Disneyland locals were annual passholders (now Magic Key holders).

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Train Station

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Halloween Time

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

Here are the days we expect to be the busiest at Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

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

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022 - Small World Exterior

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disneyland, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks are open and each day sells out!

Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter Disneyland hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, weekdays are less crowded, but only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration as well.

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2023)
  • April 21-28, 2023
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Avoiding Early Park Closures Due to After-Hours Parties

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - 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 time to visit. Here are the most common causes of early park closure:

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

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

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May 23, 2022 at 7:38 p.m. Chantelle Says...

Hi

I am looking to bring my 4 year old daughter possibly 8th September-11th she is obsessed with Minnie/mouse can you tell

Me if there’s a best day/dates that I can try get her to meet them I have never been before so not sure how it works

Thanks

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May 23, 2022 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantelle!

Minnie is out every day at Disneyland. You can find her in Town Square. Her location can change but she is usually near The Mad Hatter and that general region. She is usually out in the morning and when there is not a Mickey and friends Cavalcade. She’s in the Cavalcade, often at the top of the Omnibus, so you can wave to her there. At DCA she is on Buena Vista Street. Your Minnie fan is going to have so much fun! :)

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May 17, 2022 at 3:56 a.m. John Says...

Thanks for all your hard work and knowledge. We are looking at trying to come out either September 6-9 or November 14-17. It will be 4 adults and 4 kids (8, 6, 5, and almost 3 year old.)

I’m trying to weigh the pros and cons between those dates. It seems like September might be less crowded and maybe longer hours? But, November will be beginning of Christmas season but without huge Christmas crowds? Any insight and advice you can give would be greatly appreciated and thanks again!

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May 19, 2022 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

September 6-9 will be right around the start of the Halloween season, which is a ton of fun and usually not as crowded, but there will be a D23 convention from Sept. 9-11 this year, which could draw crowds and increase the demand for hotel rooms & park reservations so book early! November 14-17 is also a great week to visit with full holiday entertainment usually hoppening by then. Both of those times rank high on our favorite times to visit. If fireworks are important to you, it would likely just be Friday through Sunday in September versus nightly in November.

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May 19, 2022 at 6:16 p.m. John Says...

Thanks so much for your response! I realized after my first comment that D23 was that next weekend, so we are leaning more towards the November dates. Are there nightly fireworks in November? If so, that would be amazing! We were there back in OCT 2019 during the week, so missed the fireworks and I would love the kids to experience them. Thanks again!

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May 23, 2022 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

You're toadally welcome :) Holiday fireworks, which typically run from mid-November through December (depending on exact dates, it may include the first few days of January as well), are indeed nightly!

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May 15, 2022 at 2:32 p.m. Hannibal Says...

We will be in LA on holiday from July 16th to Aug 2nd. We will spend 2 seperate days in Disneyland and 1 in Disney Adventure. Which dates do you recomend to plan our visits ?

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May 16, 2022 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannibal!

Crowd levels are pretty even and consistent throughout July since it's in the middle of summer break. Weekends are typically busier than weekdays, so we'd recommend planning your trip midweek.

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Apr 27, 2022 at 3:27 a.m. Jeremy Says...

I am looking at dates the week of June 27 through July 1, 2022 for only a single day at Disneyland Park. This seems to be a busy week. Would one day be better than another? We would like to be able to do Rise of the Resistance. If we get there by opening do you think we will have a good chance to do that ride without a super long wait? Is it possible to do that ride without paying extra for the lightning options? Thanks!

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May 2, 2022 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy!

We have a whole post devoted to this popular subject. You can ride Rise without paying extra. We prefer the evening method, but the risk is that it could break down at the end and you have no more chances to ride. You can head there at Rope Drop but you will not be alone and people move quickly, so we suggest getting into the park 30 minutes early and power walking if you go that route. May the Force be with you! All of those days will be pretty similar in crowd level and entertainment. June 27-30 may be slightly less crowded than the weekend days because people tend to stay longer in the park on weekends. Have a great time!

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Apr 24, 2022 at 8:34 p.m. Betty Says...

I always thought Fridays and weekends would be the busiest days, but according to the calendar, Friday's are usually less crowded. Is this accurate? I'm trying to find the best day possible.

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Apr 26, 2022 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty!

During the day, Fridays are not too bad (mainly because Disneyland is more of a locals' park so people are at work), but Friday nights have currently been packed, especially now that nighttime entertainment is back and in high demand (we anticipate it will be like this until fireworks become nightly). Also, right now, there's a 3-day SoCal Resident ticket expiring at the end of May and since Fridays are the only nights on the ticket with fireworks, they have been booking up.

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Apr 19, 2022 at 4:39 p.m. Carmen Says...

We are contemplating between early October (5-10) or early November (4-8). I understand October will likely be very crowded (though it would be fun to experience the Halloween events!). For early November, though, will the parks be decked out for Christmas by then? (this would be before Veterans Day) Would love to experience either Halloween or Christmas there but trying to weigh the crowds too! :)

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Apr 19, 2022 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carmen!

Holiday decor can start going up in October, even before Halloween. The snow on Sleeping Beauty Castle is usually the first thing that hoppens. And then as soon as Halloween ends, a flurry of Christmas decorations begins to appear, day by day, so you'll likely see some decor if you visit in November! Last year, the Christmas tree at Disney California Adventure went up by Nov. 6 and the one at Disneyland went up by Nov. 9. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Apr 13, 2022 at 12:37 a.m. Barbara Says...

Planning a trip to Disneyland Tues October 11th and 12th

What are Park hours and

Will there be fireworks. Also was wondering if you could see Spider-Man at Disneyland we were not planning on going to California adventure?

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Apr 13, 2022 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara!

We won't know confirmed park hours and the entertainment schedule until about several weeks in advance (today, we can only see as far as May 25). However, based on past years, the first two weeks of October can be busy due to fall breaks in Arizona and Utah, so the park hours could potentially stay open later. Usually, fireworks only happen daily during spring break, summer and the holidays, so we would prepare for a projections-only show. But because it's around Columbus Day (a three-day weekend) combined with the fall breaks, we wouldn't count out fireworks entirely. Again, we won't know for sure until it gets closer. Spider-Man can only be seen at Disney California Adventure. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Mar 27, 2022 at 12:03 a.m. Justin Ontiveros Says...

Hello was planning a Disneyland trip with myself and a few others the frist week of September 3rd through the 6th and 4th being my birthday will it be to crowded? And do they do anything special for your birthday? Anything helps please and thank you

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Mar 28, 2022 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin!

Labor Day weekend can draw in some crowds (like any other holiday weekend), but in the past, it's been manageable. Most of the summer crowds are gone, and last year, it was the beginning of the Halloween season. We toadally recommend getting a free birthday button! You can order a cake when you make dining reservations, and make a note of special occasions when you check in at the restaurant. Overall, you shouldn't expect anything special, but cast members can sprinkle some extra pixie dust (some have taken me to the front of the line, while many others wish me a happy birthday).

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Mar 25, 2022 at 10:42 p.m. fab Says...

Hello!

My family and I plan on visiting Disneyland the fourth of July week. Will this week be very busy? Thank you!

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Mar 27, 2022 at 7:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fab!

Holidays are generally busy but this week is pretty typical for summer crowds, which are elevated compared to times the kids are in school but not necessarily as busy as Christmas week. Just make sure to reserve early, arrive early, stay late, consider getting Genie+ (we'd recommend) and enjoy all the wonderful entertainment available this summer.

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Mar 20, 2022 at 9 a.m. Lauren Says...

Hi! We’re planning a Disneyland trip in mid to late January! We went a couple years ago in January and we realized it’s the greatest time to go!! Is there a specific week in January you’d recommend that typically has shorter wait times and overall less busy? Are there other months (not in the summer) you’d recommend for the lowest wait times and overall less busy??

Thank you!!

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Mar 21, 2022 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

January has been one of the best months to go. If you go then, we'd recommend waiting until after the first week (in case people are lingering after the holidays) and MLK Jr. Day weekend - so it sounds like you're right on target with mid to late January. September (especially after Labor Day weekend) is also a great time since kids are going back to school. The first couple of weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas have also been a good time since many families save their trips for Thanksgiving week and the second half of December. You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see expected crowd levels!

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Mar 15, 2022 at 3:07 a.m. Stephen Says...

We're planning a trip for early November. We would want to have a least one evening (maybe two) for nightime shows such as the electric parade and fireworks. Are there specific dates we should aim for, so that we could hit at least one evening for nightime shows? Thanks for your help!

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Mar 15, 2022 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephen!

Generally, you can count on nighttime entertainment (such as fireworks) hoppening on weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun). During busier periods, there can be nightly fireworks, but during off-peak times, fireworks may be limited to those weekend nights. As for the Main Street Electrical Parade specifically, we know that it will be back for a limited time, but we're not sure exactly how long that limited time will last.

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Mar 11, 2022 at 5:16 p.m. Kristi Says...

I have 2 choices to choose from and.. I would love any advice... May with a more rushed trip in my personal life or June with summer crowds??

Mid May 14th-17 with hoppers. Saturday would be a 1/2 day after we arrive and it's a grad night. Then we would have Sunday, Monday, Tuesday full days in the park then rush home Wednesday for kids to finish out the school week. Or Sunday, June 12th-16th (sun 1/2day, full days Mon, Tues, Wed.)

I'm concerned about all the things unknown in May such as ride closures, hours, and nighttime shows. In June, I wonder about crowd levels and temperature. What would you do??

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Mar 12, 2022 at 3:23 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hey Kristi not sure if this helps but I was also looking at planning a trip in May... fireworks are weekends and world of color will be back every night starting apr 22. The electrical parage also starts back up apr 22. Fantasmic isnt back till end of may tho. Found this out using the disneyland chat service

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Mar 11, 2022 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi!

If nighttime entertainment and later hours are important to you, then you're more likely to experience nightly fireworks/shows and later hours in June. While there will be summer crowds, May might even be similar in crowd levels (so far this year, crowds in general have been higher compared to previous years due to more and more families traveling), but as you mentioned, there are a few unknowns. If June would be personally less stressful, we'd go with that time period as it fits your schedule best.

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Mar 9, 2022 at 9:19 p.m. Lauren Finley Says...

Looking to go sometime end of September - early November. Flexible dates! Any suggestions on good dates during that time? Thank you!

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Mar 11, 2022 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

We love Halloween Time at Disneyland! September and late October are great times to visit. Avoid the first half of October (schools in Utah and Arizona usually have fall breaks then). Early November has low crowds but it transitions from Halloween to Christmas, so there is less entertainment and shorter hours. Holiday Time is also a great time to visit because the parks are beautiful and there is so much entertainment (and longer hours). We do not yet know the exact dates of the Oogie Boogie Bash (the after-hours party that closes DCA early) or the start of Holiday Time yet, but these posts can give you can idea of dates from 2021 to help with planning in 2022.

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Mar 9, 2022 at 11:38 a.m. Nyasha Says...

Looking to come last week of August 2022 from abroad with our 8 year and 19 year old. We'll be celebrating our anniversary aswell. Any recommendations of the least busiest day on that week so we can fully maximize on our time there? Any recommendations on nearby reasonable accommodation aswell would be great

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Mar 9, 2022 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nyasha!

We have lots of tips on how to maximize your time at Disneyland! The end of August is usually a great time to visit as kids start going back to school. For lowest crowds, we suggest going midweek, as weekdays are generally less crowded than on weekends. You can check out expected crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar (though keep in mind that it may be busier than usual throughout the year due to more and more families traveling). As for off-site hotels, we have a post that lists many nearby options that you can check out.

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Mar 7, 2022 at 11:35 p.m. Bin Says...

Hi we used your site to visit Disneyworld a couple of years ago and it was such a fantastic resource so thank you!

We are going to be in LA on April 4/5/6 and wondering which of those days do you think would be the best/quietest to visit?

Thanks you again!

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Mar 8, 2022 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bin!

Those days will be fairly equal, and you should make park reservations ASAP because reservations are disappearing quickly! Park hoppers have sold out for those days, and Monday is sold out completely. Tuesday and Thursday only have Disneyland Park available, at the time of this writing.

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Mar 7, 2022 at 6:34 a.m. Kelly Says...

We are looking to take our kids for their first time in a few weeks. They are 2, 6, and 8 years old, and I’ll be 30 weeks pregnant. Would it be doable to do two days in the park within the timeframe of 3/28-4/1? My husband and I haven’t been since we were little so it will be a new experience for us too.

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Mar 8, 2022 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Two days will be doable in Disneyland Park, though you should reserve ASAP! Reservations are starting to run out for that week.

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Feb 26, 2022 at 8:43 p.m. Drea Says...

Planing a visit soon what would be better March 27th& 30th or the first wkd of April, Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd??? Thanks so much I prefer wkds because I don’t want to Miss to much School but Would LoVe Your opinion????

Thanks so much

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Feb 28, 2022 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Drea!

We prefer Sundays and Wednesdays for lower crowds but you usually only get fireworks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so you might take that into consideration. Park hours are the same for all of those days, so that usually means Disneyland is expecting similar crowds for those days. Friday mornings are not that busy but the evenings can get busy as people arrive after school and work. Saturday will be the busiest day, so we advise arriving early to get a good start on the day if you choose April 1 & 2.

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Feb 26, 2022 at 12:17 a.m. Kathy Says...

We're visiting the end of May. While I know this isn't an ideal time, which would be better: Monday, Memorial Day, or the next day (May 31) which is a Grad Nite?

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Feb 28, 2022 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

Holidays are usually busy but they offer great entertainment and are still doable if you arrive early. Grad Nite usually means there will be more high school seniors in the parks during the day, but their actual Grad Nite festivities will be in DCA after that park closes and won’t affect your visit, especially if you plan to stay late at Disneyland (they’ll be out of that park by 9 p.m.) The entertainment calendars are not out yet for those dates so it’s hard to say if the day after will have fireworks yet. Fantasmic! returns Saturday the 28th so you can guarantee fireworks and Fantasmic! Memorial Day night but it’s still unknown about Tuesday night. All we know is that fireworks and Fantasmic! return nightly “late Spring.” So if nighttime entertainment is important, go on Memorial Day to guarantee it. If not, avoid the holiday. Being that the one-day ticket for Memorial Day is $149 and it’s $119 for the 31st, Disneyland is expecting much lower crowd interest. It’s the last week of school for many local schools, and except for those seniors, families are busy with finals and the last-day festivities, making that week the calm before the summer storm of crowds. Keep in mind that Genie+ can help you find shorter wait times, especially on Tuesday as many kids won’t be paying for it.

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Feb 23, 2022 at 1:03 p.m. Mark Says...

Planning an August 21-27, 2022 trip to DL… looks like crowds won’t be at their worst, which is great! However, is this typically the time of year that Haunted Mansion is closed for its Christmas overlay? It’s everyone’s favorite ride at WDW, so we’d be upset if we couldn’t experience DL HM!

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Feb 24, 2022 at 1:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

That is an excellent call - in 2021, Haunted Mansion closed August 16, and in 2019, it closed on Aug. 26 in 2019 for its overlay. This year, it'll all depend on when Halloween Time starts! We're crossing our froggy fingers for you! We'lll be sure to update our refurbishments post as soon as we know more, so stay tuned :)

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Feb 18, 2022 at 7:19 p.m. Ed Says...

How much is a one day adult ticket for a SoCal resident on 2/24/22

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Feb 18, 2022 at 4:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ed!

Currently, our SoCal Resident offer is only valid on weekdays (Monday through Friday) for a 3-Day Ticket (either 3-Day Base/1-Park per Day, or 3-Day Park Hopper - plus the ability to add Disney Genie+ to either option). If you're looking to purchase a 1-Day ticket only, then you should double-check the Disneyland Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar to see if tickets are still available for Feb. 24.

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Feb 14, 2022 at 5:57 a.m. Liz Says...

Hi! I'm planning a trip to Disney sometime from March 20-30, do you recommend a time then when it won't be as crowded? I'm already uneasy thinking of the spring break crowds. Thanks!

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Feb 14, 2022 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

If you're looking for the least crowded time between March 20-30, then we'd recommend you stick with weekdays over weekends. It is toadally possible that there will be spring break crowds, so you may not be able to avoid crowds completely then, but generally, weekdays are less busy than weekends.

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

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

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

Hi Arim!

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

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

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

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

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

No problem, Jose! Thank you for hopping by!

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks so much!!!

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

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

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

Hi Alana!

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

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

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

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

Hoppy Anniversary, Gail! Enjoy your trip! :)

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

We are in the area from Saturday January 8th until

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

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Feb 14, 2022 at 9:08 p.m. Carrie Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip out. According to your dates March 1st ,2 he or 3rd are the best days ! Curious out f the 3 tues we’d or Thursday which is best? We are flexible! Thanks

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Feb 14, 2022 at 8:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

All three days will be pretty much equal, so we'd go with whichever day works best for you! If your schedule is flexible enough to consider Friday, March 4, then we just want to point out that Disneyland will have later park hours (Disneyland closes at 9 p.m. on Tues./Wed./Thurs. and midnight on Fri.). Plus Friday would have fireworks and marks the beginning of Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. For shorter lines, we'd stick with Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, but if you want more entertainment and longer hours, we'd suggest considering Friday, if you can.

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

Hi Jenny!

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

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

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

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

Hi Ann!

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

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

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

Thanks,

Brian

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

Hi Brian!

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

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May 3, 2022 at 11:06 p.m. Kelly Says...

Can you tell me what the park hours and nighttime show schedules are like on the weekdays of the first week of January. Trying to choose between less crowds and longer hours/more shows, if that applies. Thanks.

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May 4, 2022 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

So, based off last year, the holiday festivities lasted through Jan. 9 (this was a later date compared to previous years). This meant that all of the holiday decor, food, entertainment, etc. and later park hours stayed put until then. We don't know the dates for the 2022-2023 holiday season just yet, so at this time, we're not sure if the first week will be included, like last year, or if the festivities stop shortly after the New Year.

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

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

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

Hi Lorri!

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

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

Is there any week during June that is somewhat slow?

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

Hi Keena!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jenn!

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

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

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

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

Hi Doreen!

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

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

It there firework still going on at night at Disneyland?

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

Hi Gam!

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

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

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

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

Hi Marie!

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

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

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

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

Hi Louie!

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

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

What causes an increase in crowds March 5th?

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

Hi Elizabeth!

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

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

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

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

Hi Emily!

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

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

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

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

Hi Ashley!

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

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

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

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

Hi Julie!

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

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

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

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

Hi Tiffany!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Stephanie!

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

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

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

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

Hi Margie!

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

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

Hi there!

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Lex!

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Adam!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

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

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

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

Hi Susan!

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

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

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

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

Hi Lee!

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

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

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

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

Hi Mel!

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

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