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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2595 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest unknown the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is COVID-19. With the parks closed longer than they have ever been, we're now in new territory in terms of predicting crowds. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play, including how long the parks are closed, the virus, the economy, unemployment and potential travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many local passholders, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World,  we know crowds will return to Disneyland once it reopens. But the good news for park-goers is we think the rest of this year will overall see lighter crowds. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times.

Let's first state that we don't know when the Disneyland parks will reopen. When the Disneyland parks do reopen, though, the majority of the visitors will be locals or those visiting from within a few hours' drive. If you can visit during the first few days and weeks of reopening, we think you will find much lower crowds as people resume "normal" life.

As of now, Disneyland has blocked the majority of its passholders from visiting the parks in June and July (and the first half of August). Typically, Disneyland does not change this, and if this holds true for this year, we'd expect this June,  July and August to overall have lighter crowds (assuming the parks are open).

Late August and September have always been some of the better times to visit Disneyland, and we expect they would stay that way this year. While October is thought of off-season, because of many Arizona schools' fall breaks, Gay Days, Columbus Day weekend and Halloween Time, the first two weeks have become increasingly busier in years' past, and we think that would still be the case this year. November and December would likely see a return to typical crowd levels, and overall these are still good times to visit (aside from the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve). Weekends are busier for all of these months, so if you can schedule a visit mid-week, you will generally find fewer crowds (Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, is one notable exception).

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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 such as when many Arizona schools have breaks about the first half of October.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Mickey in Red Car Trolley

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. We expect D23 Expo to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

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!

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Main Street USA

Disneyland's tiered pricing for one-day tickets also has some impact on crowds since more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do to Disney World. Now each day is has a different price based on expected crowd level. During the off-seasons, Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally value priced. Saturdays and holiday periods have the highest peak prices. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar, which gives you a hint of how busy the parks may be! Generally, the higher the price, the higher the expected crowds!

Disneyland 1-Day Pricing Tells You the Busiest Days at Disneyland

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • Opening of Rise of the Resistance - Jan. 17, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Magic Happens Parade opening and start of Food & Wine Festival - Feb 28, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 14-April 13, 2020 (elevated crowds March 7-April 20, 2020)
  • Weekends and Grad Nites dates in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 20, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Jan. 1-5, 2021
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 16-24, 2021
  • President's Day - Feb. 13-21, 2021
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13-April 4, 2021 (elevated crowds March 6-April 11, 2021)
  • Weekends and Grad Nites in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021-Jan. 4, 2022

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

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Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

  • Aug. 17-20 and 24-28, 2020 - Many annual passholders are back in after summer blackouts
  • Labor Day - Sept. 7, 2020
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a week day) - Sept. 28, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 12, 2020 (expect crowds Oct. 3-12, 2020)
  • Utah Fall Breaks about mid-Oct.*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2020

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

  • Weekdays in January starting Jan. 6 (minus the the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 6, 2021)
  • April 12-30
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders expected to be back in)
  • The first half of September; 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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021! Don't froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Oct 19, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. Samantha Says...

Hi! On your calendar that has the crowd levels, would you say a 4 or 5 are pretty good? I have a big family and I hate crowds since it is hard to stick together comfortably in large crowds. Just doing a little imaginary planning until Disneyland opens back up :)

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Oct 20, 2020 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha!

Yes, 4s, 5s and even 6s are manageable in our eyes! When you get to about a 7, you'll feel things have picked up a bit in terms of crowds and may want to spring for FASTPASS :) Keep hopping back as we hear more news about Disneyland, as we'll keep our Crowd Calendar updated! Hoppy daydreaming!

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Mar 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Tracy Says...

How crowded are the Disneyland parks the first week of July? Do they get as insane as Disney World for July 3 and 4?

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Mar 24, 2020 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

Holidays definitely see increased crowds, including July 4, but this varies from year to year. Since the holiday falls on a weekend this year, we would expect higher crowds than a year that it falls on a weekday. However, this is kind of an unusual year, making crowds for this summer hard to predict right now. We'd go expecting crowds, but enjoy the surprise if that's not the case this year :)

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Mar 14, 2020 at 5:28 p.m. Kim Says...

We had planned to visit Disneyland at the end of March but the park is closed. Is the end of August (Aug 30-Sept 5) a good time to visit?

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Mar 19, 2020 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

This is typically a good time to visit the parks.

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Feb 28, 2020 at 3:39 p.m. Emily Barnhart Says...

We’re going to be going on March 1st just for the day! I’ve seen conflicting opinions on how crowded the park will be, but I’m assuming since it is the beginning of March, and a black out date for most pass holders, that it should be a good day! Hoping for low crowds!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Since it's a weekend with Food and Wine hoppening, and Rise of the Resistance still bringing in lots of recruits, we'd expect crowds. Have a great visit!

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Feb 27, 2020 at 3:42 a.m. Lesley S Says...

Hi there! I love all the great tips on your blog :)

We've been to Disneyland a few times, but I kind of want to visit when the holiday decor is up this time. Looking at the week before Thanksgiving, but can you please tell me - do you know if Fantasmic usually runs in November, and if so, would it just be weekends? (Is Sunday night considered a weekend in this case?)

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Feb 28, 2020 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesley!

Thanks so much - we're hoppy you stopped by! Fantasmic! showtimes vary based on the week during that season, but you can usually count on Friday Saturday and Sunday night for sure.

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Feb 28, 2020 at 6:28 p.m. Lesley Says...

Thank you so much! I was thinking probably Sunday night is a good bet for it to run. Fingers crossed :)

I wish they could release the entertainment sched earlier so people can plan trips in advance!!

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Feb 28, 2020 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Lesley! Crossing our fingers for you too :)

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Feb 24, 2020 at 6:53 a.m. Joon Says...

Hello,

I will be going to LA on April 11-17, and I am planning to go to Disney for 2 days.

Based on your crowd calendar, I should be going during the weekdays, but other crowd calendars I found tell me it's actually not busy on Easter Sunday.

I know it would depend on when Easter Sunday falls on April as it decides spring breaks for many schools.

What's your opinion regarding when to go? Please advise! Thank you so much for your resourceful website!

Thank you

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Feb 26, 2020 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joon!

We expect elevated crowds on Easter Sunday, although not as busy as when Easter falls earlier in the spring. Thanks for taking the time to hop by!

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Feb 18, 2020 at 4:11 p.m. Tara Says...

Hi! We have a trip booked on October 12-16 (Park tickets for October 13-15). Is it going to be insane?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

Many of the school breaks end Oct. 12 this year, so it should not be insane. It looks like you are coming just after the busy week - enjoy!

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Feb 18, 2020 at 4:50 a.m. Hayley Says...

Hello, My family and I are looking to go to Disneyland for 1 day only on 10/15/2020, will the park be closing early due to it being a Halloween month? We are also looking to schedule the Biddidi Bobbidi Boo Boutique do you have any suggestions?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hayley!

Disneyland park will not close early due to Halloween Time now that the party has moved to DCA. If there is an Oogie Boogie Bash that night at DCA, that park could close early. Party dates for 2020 are not yet announced, but we've got our eyes and ears open! Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is so much fun but it does fill up fast - be sure to reserve 60-days in advance of your visit to try to snag an appointment! Have a great trip!

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Feb 15, 2020 at 6:16 a.m. Cindy Says...

Planning to visit May 1 what would the crowd look like?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 12:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

May 1 is forecast to be a 6/10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

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Feb 15, 2020 at 2:51 a.m. Sandra Says...

My husband insists on going this summer. What would be the best dates?

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Feb 18, 2020 at 12:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra!

The very best time would be September (post Labor Day), but things ease up in terms of crowds quite a bit mid- to late-August. You can see a complete forecast to better plan your trip here!

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Feb 12, 2020 at 7:26 p.m. Kimberly Says...

We are going to Disneyland the last week of May. I notice that your crowd calendar predicts a busier day on May 28 than May 27th even though the 27th is a grad night. Can you tell me why? We are just trying to decide which day to go to the beach instead of the park and I had thought the 28th would be a good park day because there is no grad night. But, maybe my assumptions are wrong.

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Feb 14, 2020 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

Magic Morning at Disneyland on the 28th may draw in more people, but the days should be pretty similar in terms of crowds. We'd go with whichever day works best with your schedule!

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Feb 6, 2020 at 5:35 a.m. Gary robertson Says...

How late is Disneyland open on April 26 2020 please help

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Feb 6, 2020 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gary!

Disneyland only releases its hours (and schedule of events) about 6 weeks ahead of time, so stay tuned for 2020's details! What we can tell you, though, is that Disneyland was open from 8 a.m. - 12 a.m. (and DCA was open 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.) on April 26, 2019.

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Feb 3, 2020 at 6:14 p.m. Martha Says...

Hi, we’re planning a trip to Disneyland either the last week of July or first week of August. Are weekends more crowded than weekdays then?

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Feb 4, 2020 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martha!

All of those days are peak days in terms of ticket sales and kids are out of school, so the crowds may be more evenly dispersed than other times. But as a general rule, weekends tend to be a little busier than weekdays because more people have off work on Saturdays and Sundays. Hope this helps!

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Feb 3, 2020 at 9:27 a.m. amber Says...

Hi! Me and my boyfriend will be in L.A. from the 15-18 and really want to go to DisneyLand! I’ve never been there before but have always wanted to go. Any ideas what the crowds will be like or which day would be best? Thank you!

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Feb 3, 2020 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

Crowds will be elevated that weekend due to the holiday (you can see a crowd forecast here), so we'd say your best bet for crowds would be Tuesday the 18th :) Have so much fun!

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Jan 30, 2020 at 1:36 p.m. Jeanine Brisbois Says...

Trying to rethink our Disneyland dates. Right now we have refundable hotel reservations May 4-9-- planning to go to Disney May 5-8, before my daughter turns 3 and we have to buy her a ticket. However, the Disney people say Snow White will probably be up at the end of May, and my son really wants to do that ride. So which of the last two weeks of May would be better crowd wise on Tuesday through Firday? Is it worse ramping up to Memorial Day, or having more weekday Grad Nites after Memorial Day? Or should we just keep our early May reservation (includes a Friday Grad Nite) and save money?

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Jan 31, 2020 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine!

As you mention, there are a lot of factors that can affect crowds in May. Let’s hop through together to help you avoid them. Grad Nites in May fall 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 26, 27, 29 and 30. Those are all-day events that bring a lot of high schoolers into the parks, so they can affect crowds. But if you have smaller children who do not like thrill rides, these kids may have different interests and may not affect your day as much. Then, there's a SoCal deal that is ending May 21. Locals have three days between now and May 21 to use these tickets. The last week these tickets are valid, we tend to see a rise in parkgoers trying to use their last days before they expire. Annual passes start getting blocked in June, so passholders are also trying to get in their last days before they are blocked. These things do affect crowds. Then you have Memorial Day weekend May 23 to 25! So being aware of all of this, we expect crowds the last two weeks of May. We recommend the first half of May. The earlier Grad Nite might not be as crowded as ones that fall later in the month. Your existing plan sounds like a good one to us!Have a great trip!

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Jan 29, 2020 at 1:38 a.m. Carly Says...

Hi, we were planning to go March 9-13 and see that you have moderate crowds in your calendar. A few other sites show 10/10 crowd levels. Should we be worried? Thanks!

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Jan 29, 2020 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carly!

Some spring breaks can start then, but don’t worry about it. We are not expecting 10/10 crowds, especially since you are visiting on weekdays. Weekends tend to be busier than weekdays now through May. Go and have a great time!

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Jan 26, 2020 at 10:28 p.m. Makayla Says...

Is there a reason why the crowd calendar shows raised crowds the last week of February? A few weeks ago I was looking at the same calendar and they were green, not yellow. Is there something new going on that week?

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Jan 30, 2020 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Makayla!

We haven't heard of anything new going on - that should still be a great time to visit, but expect things to pick up on the weekends!

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Feb 18, 2020 at 4:25 a.m. Arithmancy4me Says...

Is that when the Food & Wine Festival takes place at CA Adventure?

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Jan 25, 2020 at 4:58 a.m. Brittz Says...

Why is it that March 30-April 5 is gonna be a [forget about it ]day at Disneyland? It’s not a holiday or anything besides spring break what else is going on ?

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Jan 27, 2020 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittz!

Since it's spring break season (and the breaks that kiddos get vary across the country), we usually expect higher than usual crowds throughout the month of March and into April, until just after Easter. Hope this helps!

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Jan 24, 2020 at 11:25 p.m. Frank Says...

Hi will it be busy in March 10-13 2020

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Jan 27, 2020 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frank!

Those days are forecast to be 6s and 7s, according to our Crowd Calendar, so expect to see moderate crowds. If you haven't already, it may be a good investment to spring for MaxPass!

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Jan 16, 2020 at 10:35 p.m. Iveth Says...

Is it busy May 11-14. We will be going this year for our anniversary.

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Jan 22, 2020 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Iveth!

Hoppy anniversary! Crowds look great at that time, according to our Crowd Calendar - enjoy!

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Jan 15, 2020 at 10:34 p.m. Taylor Glidewell Says...

Hi! I'm looking to go to Disneyland February 24th to february 26th a monday through Wednesday, should the crowds be moderate then?

Thanks!

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Jan 16, 2020 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Taylor!

Exactly - those dates should see moderate crowds, with Wednesday as the least busy day, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have a great time!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. Laci Says...

Looking to see which time will be the least busy.

March 27-April 4th

May 20-27th

thanks

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laci!

May looks much better, according to our Crowd Calendar, though keep in mind that you're still likely to see elevated crowds due to the holiday. Have fun!

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Jan 12, 2020 at 4:57 p.m. Melody Cook Says...

We will be there 2/3 thru the 7th. The kids are 6 and 10 what should we except??

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Jan 13, 2020 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melody!

Those dates look to be pretty low in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar, so enjoy! Be sure to check out Lunar New Year while you're there!

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Jan 10, 2020 at 5:05 p.m. Jen Says...

We went to Disneyland during Columbus Day week as our sons school was on fall break recently. It was insanely busy the whole time. Halloween is the new Christmas. Like you mentioned, if kids are on break, it is going to be packed. There is no way around it. The annual pass holders seem to make up a large bulk of guests attending. It can be disappointing for travelers like myself coming from far away to not be able to do many attractions due to the crowds.

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Jan 10, 2020 at 2:43 p.m. Ryan Says...

Hi,

As part of a West Coast road trip, I'd love to spend 2 days at Disneyland either at the start or finish of my trip. I can go either on the 23rd / 24th July or 1st / 2nd August. The crowd calculator shows all of these dates as red. Would either of them be better than the other? Or am I expecting the same level of crowds so should do whatever fits my schedule better?

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Jan 10, 2020 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan!

Crowds should be similar on those dates, so we'd go with whatever works best for you.

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Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33 p.m. Jessica Says...

Hi we are visiting 25th - 28th February. What are the expected crowd levels please?

Thankyou

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Jan 9, 2020 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

Those look to be great days to visit! Tuesday will be the busiest, at a 6, but crowds wane from there. You can see a day by day breakdown on our Crowd Calendar here.

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Jan 8, 2020 at 4:32 a.m. Alysha H. Says...

Hi! Looking to visit 2/18-2/19 (Tue-Wed), but worried it'll still be crazy because of president's day and rise of the resistance... Is the week after president's still crazy? Thank you in advance!

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Jan 9, 2020 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alysha!

We think Wednesday especially should be pretty manageable. Both days are currently listed on our Crowd Calendar as a 6/10, so we'd recommend getting there early and springing for MaxPass if you haven't already!

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Jan 6, 2020 at 4:23 a.m. Hayden Says...

Will saturday 11 2020 be busy?

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Jan 6, 2020 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hayden!

1/11 looks to be an 8/10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Jan 6, 2020 at 2:17 a.m. Callie Says...

Hi! Our family is planning a trip the last week of January 2020. We will be in the park Tuesday through Thursday. The crowd calendar is showing green on those day. I did notice Disney is having an 80’s night that Wednesday. Would an event like this bring in larger crowds in the day? Thanks!

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Jan 7, 2020 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Callie!

Our experience is that the After Dark Parties do not seem to draw a large crowd during the day. Because the park closes early, it may deter some guests from visiting that day. The mix-in time will likely be the most crowded part of the day. Enjoy!

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Jan 5, 2020 at 7:47 p.m. Justine Says...

Planning a trip to Disney Land the week following Memorial Day what would average ticket prices be? Would that be considered peak time?

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Jan 6, 2020 at 1:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justine!

You can see a full list of ticket options (and their cost) here.

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Jan 5, 2020 at 7:15 p.m. Sara Says...

Hoping to attend Pixar Fest March 5th. All hotels are sold out close to the park. I suppose the Natural Food convention could be the reason. In your experience do the large conventions lower or raise attendance at the parks since regular park goers can’t stay nearby?

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Jan 7, 2020 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

Conventions can bring a mixed bag, unfortunately, so it can be difficult to predict. Crowds can really vary based on the convention. Sometimes the evenings are more crowded because convention goers visit Disneyland after their events end for the day. However, the After Dark Events are generally not crowded. We say go for it!

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Jan 1, 2020 at 7:15 p.m. Allison Says...

Thinking of Disney for Sept 2020. Is the week leading up to labour day a good time? Maybe we could fly home on labour day if that's considered busy? Or wait til mid month?

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Jan 2, 2020 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison!

The week leading up to Labor Day looks good, according to our Crowd Calendar, though crowds may ramp up closer to the holiday. Mid-month would be the safest bet, as all of the tadpoles will officially be back in school. You can check out a day-by-day crowd forecast here.

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Dec 31, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. Kim Says...

Looking at a November 2020 trip - with Veteran's Day falling on a Wednesday, do you think it's better the days before or after?

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Dec 31, 2019 at 4:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

It’s hard to say this early because we do not yet have the start of Christmas dates in the park. Holiday Time could begin Nov. 6 or 13 in 2020. If holiday festivities are important to you, we'd hop into the parks go a few days after Veterans Day. If you go before, most of the decor will be likely be up anyway and it’s possible the holidays could also be in full swing. But early Nov., especially the time between Halloween and the start of the holidays is usually a great time to visit!

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Dec 30, 2019 at 7:14 p.m. Kathleen Says...

Hello! I see Jan 28-30 listed as low crowds, but the Disney hotels are sold out on those dates. I noticed there are all kinds of rooms available on the weekend of Jan 24-25. Would that mean the weekend should be less crowded? Do you know what even might have booked all the hotel rooms? Thank you!

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Dec 31, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen!

Great question! There could be conventions that book up rooms in Anaheim and that may not necessarily mean more people will be in the parks. When Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opened with reservations, the Disneyland hotels were sold out, but the park was not crowded. These things are hard to predict and we base our guesses on past crowd levels for those dates and what we know is going on. Rise of the Resistance opens Jan. 18, and Lunar New Year begins at Disney California Adventure that day, so that can bring more guests than usual in during the following weeks.

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Dec 23, 2019 at 7:54 a.m. Wendy Says...

We are planning a trip for early December 2020. Do they do fireworks/Fantasmic/World of Color on weekdays, or only the weekends those weeks? We want to be able to see them all, and will be there 4 days. We are flexible on the days; what do you suggest as best days?

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Dec 26, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

In early Dec., fireworks and World of Color are generally nightly. Fantastic! will likely be Friday through Sunday. If Fantasmic! is a must-see for you, first on a Friday of Sunday. Friday mornings and day are usually not too crowded, but nights can get busy. Sunday may have large daytime crowds but the nights will thin out. Weekdays are less crowded in general except for the last two days before So Cal passes get blocked for the season (Dec. 12-13) so consulting the blockout calendar can help. But the first week of December is toadally awesome!

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Jan 15, 2020 at 7:13 p.m. Gordon Says...

We are coming from Canada & planning on ...

Universal: Tues Dec 1st

Knotts Berry: Wed Dec 2nd

Disneyland: Thur Dec 3rd

Disneyland: Fri Dec 4th

Disneyland: Sat Dec 5th

Downtown Disney: Sun Dec 6th

Do you think this would be a good time to visit. Regarding the weather, the crowds, the fireworks & the rides that are open?

Thanks.

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Jan 16, 2020 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gordon!

It’s a great time to visit with usually lower crowds. All rides should be in operation and you get all the holiday fun. I wish we could predict the weather that far out, but hope for sunshine! Disneyland has nightly fireworks (weather permitting). And Fantasmic! is probably only Friday night (but not during the week). We hope this helps - have a great trip!

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Dec 22, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. Tina Says...

What can we expect with crowds on Dec 30 at ca adventure park and dec 31 at Disneyland park? Never have visited parks during New Years.

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Dec 23, 2019 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

Both days will be very busy (10/10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar), so be sure to pack your patience and spring for MaxPass if you can! We have an entire post dedicated to visiting on New Year's Eve, which you can see here. Hoppy New Year!

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Dec 21, 2019 at 2:07 p.m. Meagan Kozfkay Says...

Hello,

When will you have the 2021 crowd level calendar created?

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Dec 24, 2019 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meagan!

Thanks for checking in! This will be up at the beginning of the year, so be sure to hop back!

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Dec 14, 2019 at 6:16 a.m. Deanne Says...

We planned or trip a year ago for January 28-31 to avoid crowds and now find that rise of the resistance will be just opened and 80s night is on January 29. We do not have park Hoppers. I'm wondering what park we should go to on the 29th. I wanted to be in Disneyland that day since it's our anniversary but maybe that should be our DCA day?

Should we get park Hoppers? I spent the money on max pass to get the most of our time but maybe it's best to be able to switch parks when things get busy at Disneyland

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Dec 16, 2019 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deanne!

You can visit Disneyland on Jan. 29 and upgrade that day for a park hopper to hop over to DCA once the 80s party gets underway. Or instead get an 80s night ticket for extra fun! Look at the Disney California Adventure hours on the calendar up to 6 weeks in advance to see if a park hopper would even worth it, because that park closes earlier than Disneyland every night anyway, especially during the week, so there may not be very late hours. Another thought is to do Disneyland all day and then go have a nice dinner at Napa Rose or Steakhouse 55 when you leave Disneyland. There are definitely options for you - we hope you have a great time!

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Dec 11, 2019 at 2:45 a.m. Alice Paretti Says...

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Nov 25, 2019 at 8:27 p.m. Jamie Says...

I see that one of the "Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020" is listed as: Spring break and Easter - March 7-April 20, 2020. But your Crowd Calendar is showing April 14th-17th as a reasonable 5/10 (not bad so close to Easter). Do you think the Crowd Calendar is acurate for that week (5/10)? Perhaps most of the kids are back in school by then.

Thanks for the tips. Great website - love it!

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Dec 9, 2019 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

We think that April 14-17 will be the tail end of the spring break crowds (since it's past Easter), so those dates should be manageable.

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Nov 23, 2019 at 5:24 p.m. Jessica Says...

For 2020, do you have a prediction on how will the new starwars ride (Jan 17) will affect the January and February best dates?

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Nov 26, 2019 at 2:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

Crowds have been so difficult to predict this year! We still expect that the best dates here in January and February will be good to go; we expect that most folks will hop to the parks on holidays and weekends (which are already listed as busy days here). Outside of opening week, we think things will be pretty manageable, as the park has done a good job of absorbing the crowds :)

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Nov 22, 2019 at 9:57 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hey Stacia, me and my wife plan to go to Disneyland the the 27-31 of January. because of the release of the new star wars ride do you think it will crazy packed?

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Nov 25, 2019 at 4:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel!

It's hard to predict these Galaxy's Edge crowds! However, since your visit is after grand opening and during the week vs. the weekend, we don't think things will be too crazy for you. Enjoy!

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Nov 5, 2019 at 11:48 p.m. Stacia Calvillo Says...

We are going to be there May 18th-22nd. How bad are the crowds that time of year?

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Nov 6, 2019 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacia!

The beginning of the week should be easy peasy - it'll be the weekend (since it's a holiday) where things get much busier, going from a 5 to a 9 according to our Crowd Calendar. It may be worth looking into MaxPass for the weekend!

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Nov 5, 2019 at 8:47 p.m. Says...

We are planning to visit on Dec 16-19 2019, is it going to be busy?

And, how crazy will it be if we decided to visit one more time during the Christmas week?

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Nov 6, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The beginning of the week should be pretty manageable, with crowds picking up significantly towards the weekend for the holidays. You can see details for each day of your trip on our Crowd Calendar. It definitely gets busy! If you plan on hopping back during the week of Christmas, we would highly recommend MaxPass. Have fun!

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Nov 5, 2019 at 6:03 a.m. Becky Says...

Hi! We were planning on driving down to Disneyland on Monday the 25th of Nov.. the first day of thanksgiving week.. after a bit of research I’m getting pretty nervous on crowd size. How bad do you think that Monday will be? Bad enough to skip and just head to legoland? Thanks :)

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Nov 5, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

While there are some school breaks at that time, we would not let fear of crowds scare you away. It’s a beautiful time to visit with all the holiday decorations and entertainment. The biggest crowds will likely be the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Just arrive early, get MaxPass and follow our tips to Maximize Time at Disneyland. Have fun!

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Nov 4, 2019 at 5:22 a.m. Disneymama Says...

Hello, we just booked our first trip ever for Disneyland we are staying at the disneyland hotel arriving Saturday april 25th and leaving Thursday April 30th. We have 5 day 1 park per day tickets with a 5yr old and a 3yr old we didn't think maxpass was needed (we are hoping 5 days is not to little time or to much at the park) let me know if that assumption was wrong! Also I booked these dates after doing research and assuming the crowds wouldn't be to bad this week but know we are getting mixed opinions I really hope it's not the horrible spring break crowds some are talking about this late in the month. Any thoughts? Also any chance superhero land could be open by the end of april? Thanks in advance

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Nov 5, 2019 at 3:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Disney Mama!

You are set for a great trip. It’s really hard to predict crowds this year. Easter and Passover are done, so hopefully those crowds and breaks will be over. In any case, with the ages of your kids, 5 days is perfect because you can have a leisurely, low-stress visit and maybe take time for splashing in the pool in the afternoons. The great thing about MaxPass is that if you decide you need it, you can add it to your tickets in the park for the days you want to use it. There is no discount for buying in bulk or in advance, so if there is a day you want to focus on thrill rides, then you can purchase it for the adults and 5-year-old once you enter the park and get rider switch for the 3-year old. It does make reserving Fantasmic! and World of Color easier, but you can still use free FASTPASS for those shows and other rides. We haven't heard any whispers of when the new Marvel land is set to open, but we'll be updating our posts as more details are released, so be sure to hop back! Have a great visit!

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Oct 31, 2019 at 3:44 p.m. Zach Says...

Hello! Is it unusual that Disneyland and California Adventure have not posted hours for December 9-12, 2019? I thought it was pretty standard for them to post hours 6 weeks out to the date, but those days still aren't showing up on the website or the app. Thanks!

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Nov 4, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zach!

These past few months, Disneyland has been posting hours and show times a bit later than usual. In 2018, Disneyland was open from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. those days and Disney California Adventure was open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks were nightly at 9:30 p.m.. Fantasmic! had two shows at 9 and 10:30. The Christmas Fantasy Parade was at 3:30 and 6 p.m. Expect a nightly World of Color. Last year it was under refurb, so we have no prediction for times this year. While these times are subject to change, they can give you a good idea of what you can expect this year. Hope this helps!

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Oct 30, 2019 at 9:21 p.m. Lana Buttke Says...

Hello...we are planning on visiting Disneyland in August (due to the hope of decreased crowds). Would you recommend 8/23 week or 8/30 week. We are very flexible so can do any days during the week. Thank You!

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Nov 4, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lana!

Both look to be good times to go, since kids will mostly be back in school, but we'd suggest the week of 8/30 just to be sure. Expect that the weekend will be busier than the weekdays.

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Oct 30, 2019 at 8:56 p.m. Christina Says...

Hello! Does Disneyland have parades and firewood in February? Also, do you think it will rain a lot?

Thank you!

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Nov 4, 2019 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

There is a new parade coming in Spring time 2020, but no dates are announced yet. In the meantime, Disneyland has been running a Band-tastic Cavalcade during times without parades. It is short but sweet with a lot of characters. We do not yet know if that will be effect until the new parade starts. Fireworks may depend on expected crowds. During periods with lower crowds, fireworks are often limited to weekends and holidays. Disneyland has not announced which fireworks show will be playing then, or if there will be a projection show on nights without fireworks. Keep hopping back for the details! February can get rain, but it’s hard to predict. Some years there is very little rain, and some years get more, so keep an eye out on the weather app and bring a poncho or umbrella just in case!

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