Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2450 Los Angeles

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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

Depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays. The Disneyland blockout calendar provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because these are the times when most passholders are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California passholders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a 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.

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Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo took place in August 2019. We would expect it 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. For example, we expect this October to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - 1-Day Tiered Tickets

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. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

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

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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. 19-23 and 25-30, 2019 - passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 17-21 and 23-28, 2020)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019; Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) -  Oct. 14, 2019; Oct. 12, 2020
  • Utah Education Association Convention -  Oct. 17-18, 2019*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2019; Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2019; July 17, 2020

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

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee!

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't 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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May 15, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. Sean Overton Says...

I can vouch for the Christmas holidays being horrible. We made that mistake in 2017. January is my birthday and we have gone middle to end of the month and not had lines.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. Dan C Says...

So glad I discovered Undercover Tourist. The only place to buy WDW tickets!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. Rachel Lytle Says...

I've never been to Disneyland, but my husband and I are talking about doing that for our 15th wedding anniversary!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. Ashlee Says...

Thank you for all of the information on how busy parks are during certain times of the year.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. A Swinson Says...

We adore the FL parks, but have not made it to the CA ones, yet. Thanks for the information. It will help us to plan.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. Tiffany Hix Says...

Great info in this post! I can’t wait to go back to Disneyland! I’ll be using this info in my trip planning!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. sulu Says...

can't wait to spend a few days in Disneyland

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. Stephanie R Says...

Great article! We travelled to both Disney world and Disneyland at all times of year and the crowds have been manageable! The only times we make sure not to go is over Christmas break and Easter break! Haha

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. Marsha Says...

I’ve never been to Disneyland! How many days would you need to stay to get the most out of your visit?

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May 16, 2018 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marsha,

We recommend at least 2 days! It also depends on the time of year you'll be going.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. April H Says...

Thanks for the tips! Good information!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. Tracie Says...

Love all the great tips!!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. Geoff Deleplanque Says...

Great resource for Disney!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. Sheena McKibben Says...

I cannot wait to visit Disneyland. Only been to WDW!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. Paul Spence Says...

Easter holidays in the UK next year is April 6th for 2 weeks - that didn't appear to be the period for the expected highest volumes of visitors so I'm going then!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. Sharon Says...

I would love to go whenever....

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May 15, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. AllyB Says...

Good info! Would love to visit Disneyland

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May 15, 2018 at 3:25 p.m. Irene Says...

I have been receiving your newsletter for a few years and it has helped me immensely in planning our visits. Always great info. Keep up the great work.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:25 p.m. Russ Says...

The crowd calendar is super useful, we have been to orlando loads, but this is our first time at LA - thanks!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:25 p.m. Nicole Ench Says...

Thanks for this ❤️

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May 15, 2018 at 3:25 p.m. Sailer Family Says...

This is so much great information! We are planning a trip to Disneyland for the first time ever for our family of 6. 5 adults and 1 child, age 7 when we go. We'd like to go when its not so hot and avoid the rainy season if there is one. Best time to go?

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May 15, 2018 at 3:25 p.m. Erica Hodges Says...

Thanks for the information!! Very helpful!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. CG Says...

This is so helpful. For us midwesterners, we're finding it harder to plan a DL trip than our normal WDW trips. Different experience! But this helps a lot. Thanks! :)

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May 15, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Samantha V Saunders Says...

It's hard to figure out travel days now that I have a child starting school. I like going during slower times!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. MOONRAYVIN Says...

Anytime would be good for me lol ???? I live on the East Coast and have never been to California - some day I will though and I can't wait to use the info I've learned here ????

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May 15, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Tiffany A Says...

Hoping to make my first trip to Disneyland in 2019. Can’t wait!!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. Erin B Says...

Love all your tips and info - have saved me a lot of time and frustration over the years!!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. kidsfirst81 Says...

We always went the weekend after Thanksgiving and it wasn't as crowded growing up. I personally find it a little hard to predict. One year we went for Columbus Day weekend and it was crowded and the next year it wasn't as bad. We go this weekend because of school vacations and work schedules and know that it's going to be more crowded than other weeks we could pick

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May 15, 2018 at 3:22 p.m. sbgorman Says...

Thank you for the great info!!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:22 p.m. Neha Vanscoy Says...

I have gone to Walt Disney World my whole life. I think it's time to take a trip to where it all began!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:22 p.m. Sierra Veitenheimer Says...

So helpful! Me and my husband visited Disney World in Florida last year for our honeymoon in December. It was gorgeous, and we loved the Christmas time at the park, but man was it crowded!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:21 p.m. Alexandra Kalber Says...

Hopefully planning a trip next Spring!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:20 p.m. Ann Says...

The struggle is finding a balance between wanting decent crowds but also wanting all the entertainment to be available! We went during a week day in November and the crowds were fantastic but several shows weren’t running and there were some refurbs.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:20 p.m. GVL Says...

The best time that we visited Disneyland was in March a week before schools got their Spring Break. Great weather, no lines, didn't feel rushed or stressed.

Having said that, anytime is a good time, we always enjoy our visits to the parks. We've been to Disneyland, Disney World and Shanghai Disney.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. Marlana Says...

Love all your tips, especially the CROWD CALENDAR! Headed to WDW this fall, and hopefully DL next year!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. Karen Says...

I love Disney World but have never been to Disneyland! This needs to be corrected!! ;)

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May 15, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. Samantha Says...

Hello!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. Jordan Slagle Says...

So ready to go in September!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. Julie Mastrogiacomo Says...

We went the end of April and I wasn't expecting it to be as crowded as it was, from what I've heard November is the best time to go!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. ssh68 Says...

Used crowd dates to plan my Disney vacay and it worked out great! We had great weather, moderate crowds, and the best time ever!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Jeremy Welch Says...

Looks like a lot of fun.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. LynnL Says...

Thanks for the great pointers. Looking at a trip for 2019 as a graduation gift so need all the help we can get picking the right time to go!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Ilene Says...

Great tips, glad I read it before our next trip!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Amanda Says...

Thank you for all you do to keep us informed on all of the latest tips and guides!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Desiree Says...

This is exactly what I needed to make my decision on when to go this year! Thanks for all you do!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Anne E Says...

This is super helpful, thanks!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. CQ Says...

Thank you for all the information you provide. It is very helpful in planning a great family vacation.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. Laurie Pennington Says...

We would love to go this summer! Nothing like Disneyland!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. Stephanie Says...

This is such great information, looking forward to our time to go to Disneyland and glad it’s not one of the busiest.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. Ctagg Says...

Man I wish I didn't have to abide by a school calendar! Someday!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 3:17 p.m. Brittany Rumgay Says...

Great article!!

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