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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on March 8, 2024 2972 Los Angeles

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It’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "Whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time. But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are some things to consider as you plan your trip to Disneyland. In this post, we're sharing highlights and considerations by season, plus our favorite times to visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025.

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up

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

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

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

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

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

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

The same can be said for conventioneers. If you're heading to a nearby convention, of course you'd want to pop into Disneyland for a day or two. Most of the impact here is minimal, with one notable exception: D23. The annual Disney fan event hops between the West and East coasts each year, and in 2024, it's Disneyland's turn to host from Aug. 9-11. The 2024 event will also host the first-ever D23 Day at Disneyland Resort Aug. 8.

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

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

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Infographic

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

Spring — February, March, April

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

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

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park takes place Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024
  • Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park takes place March 5 & 7, 2024
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Spring break — elevated crowds from March 9 - April 7, 2024

The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. This is the case in 2024 — Easter is on March 31. When Easter falls later — like in 2025, when it falls on April 20 — the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break the last two weeks of March, which can affect crowds then.

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

Summer — May, June, July

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

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - World of Color

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

Fall — August, September, October

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

  • D23 Event - Aug. 8-11, 2024
  • Labor Day
    • Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2024
    • Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2025
  • runDisney race weekend - Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • October 2024
  • Elevated crowds Sept. 22 to Oct. 31, 2025

Cheapest

  • TBD

Winter — November, December, January

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

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

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

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

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Avengers Campus

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! Take advantage of the paid Genie+ system to skip the standby lines and use the Lightning Lane for select attractions. Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 180 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders). You'll get the best price on Genie+ if you purchase it with your tickets as the price can fluctuate for day-of-use purchases. Be sure to check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know about planning in advance, all in one place!

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

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer!

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

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

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

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

Hi Christine!

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

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

Hi!

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Karen!

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

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

Good Evening,

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

Thanks in advance!

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

Hi Vini!

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

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Jan 9, 2023 at 10:31 p.m. Natalie D Says...

Hi, We're planning a short trip to Disneyland April 21-22 for my daughter's 8th birthday. We live in Texas. What's the best way to make it magical on her birthday? Any other tips?

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Jan 13, 2023 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

We’re hoppy you asked! Since your trip will be on the shorter side, we recommend checking out this post to maximize your limited time in the parks. To make the trip as memorable as possible for your little one, check out our post detailing the best tips on how to find characters and princesses throughout the Disneyland Resort. You can also pick up a complimentary, birthday button for her special day, which can be found at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park or at Guest Services in Disney California Adventure Park. To top it all off, you can pay a visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique which offers magical makeover services to royalty-in-training from 3-12 years old, all at the wave of a wand. This experience is really popular among the tadpoles, so you can reserve an appointment time 60 days in advance through the Disneyland website.

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Jan 9, 2023 at 6:12 a.m. Josh Says...

Hi, we’re planning a trip on jan 23rd/24th. I noticed those days were shown as less crowded but all other days around it look pretty crowded. Was just wondering what are the factors causing these two days to be less crowded. Thanks for the advice!

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Jan 13, 2023 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josh!

There are a few reasons the parks are expected to be more crowded during those dates. Because the holidays are still hoppening at the start of January, the parks attract guests looking to get ahold of some last-minute holiday cheer! After the holidays are officially over, passholders can enter the parks again, which results in larger crowds than usual. Holidays, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, fall in the middle of the month, bringing more families to the parks as well. In addition, there are many frogtastic events going on at the Disneyland Resort this month! Starting on Jan. 20, Lunar New Year will start at Disney California Adventure, and the Disney100 celebration will kick off on Jan. 27. These magical events naturally attract larger crowds on (and around) those dates.

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Jan 7, 2023 at 4:49 a.m. Christina Says...

We were planning to visit March 8-9. Hotels are almost fully sold out. I thought this wasn't supposed to be a super busy time? Is there something happening those dates that would make it busier than normal?

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Jan 13, 2023 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

March is a hoppening time at the Disneyland Resort this year! There are multiple special events taking place in both Disney California Adventure and Disneyland during the beginning of the month. On March 3, the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival begins. From March 7-9, Disneyland Park will host two Disneyland After Dark Princess Nites. Additionally, the grand reopening of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland falls on March 8. These special events can cause overlap between crowds and may have prompted more guests to book a hotel stay nearby for that weekend. From March 8-11, a National Products Expo West 2023 event will be happening at the Anaheim Convention Center. Because of its proximity to the parks, events held at the convention center can also cause hotels in the area to be more occupied than usual. We'd suggest potentially rescheduling your visit if you want to avoid those crowds, or check out our guide to the DCA Food and Wine Festival if you decide to stick with your original plans.

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Jan 7, 2023 at 4:47 a.m. Laura Says...

Hello

My family and I would like to visit Disneyland late November/December 2023. We are looking at Tuesday 28th through to Thursday 30th November 2023. Do you think it would be very busy around this time or should we leave it for a week later?

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Jan 11, 2023 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Usually starting after the Sunday following Thanksgiving, Disneyland crowds decrease significantly, so those dates sound good to us! It typically doesn't get busier until about mid-December, so either week would be great options overall.

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Jan 6, 2023 at 3:22 a.m. Tyleah M Says...

Hi!

Thanks for all the great content!

We planned a trip for mid-February as it sounded like it is usually one of the less busy times. Do you know what factors are causing February to have some of the busiest days in 2023?

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Jan 6, 2023 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyleah!

Thanks for hopping by! We're expecting February to be busier than usual because of the Disney 100 Years of Wonder Celebration, which kicks off Jan. 27. There will be new entertainment, a brand-new ride (Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway) and lots of food and merch offerings. Also, the Magic Happens parade, which debuted for a short time in 2020, is returning Feb. 24! Presidents Day weekend usually brings in crowds during mid-February as well. We still think it would be a frogciting time to visit (though new offerings bring crowds).

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Jan 3, 2023 at 3:57 a.m. Minnie Says...

Hello, what dates will Disneyland be decorated for Christmas in 2023? Thanks!

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Jan 3, 2023 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Minnie!

We don't know exact 2023 dates yet, but the holiday season typically runs from about mid-November to the first week of January (for instance, the 2022 holiday season started Nov. 11 and will continue until Jan. 8).

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Jan 2, 2023 at 9:30 p.m. Silvio Says...

Hi, I'm planning a 5-day trip to the parks in Los Angeles area and struggling to find the best week to get the most out of the parks, since Magic Mountain is no longer opening from Tuesdays to Thursdays and I'm not familiar to US holidays and season breaks... =/

My plan is going to both Disney parks plus Magic Mountain plus Knott's Berry Farm in April-May or August-September. Would you point some particular week in 2023 with long hours / less crowds so I would enjoy the most out of them?

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Jan 3, 2023 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Silvio!

Your two options — we'd specifically go for late April/early May or late August/early September — are both good times to visit and are free from most holidays (though Sept. 4 is Labor Day, which can draw crowds during that weekend). If weather is important, late April/early May would be significantly less hot than late summer. But also keep in mind that for entertainment, the Disneyland fireworks show is more likely to happen nightly in August through Sept. 4, but likely only on weekends in April and May. Hope this helps, but let us know if you have any more questions!

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Dec 9, 2022 at 11:18 p.m. Mike Says...

I'm just curious if there are any specific reasons why Wednesday January 25, 2023 looks like a busier than normal day?

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Dec 14, 2022 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

It’s a short-hour day and not expected to be a crowded day, but both parks close at 8 p.m. so that is something to keep in mind.

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Dec 9, 2022 at 4:17 p.m. Leslie Says...

Can you tell me if there is a certain event occurring on Jan 25, 2023? I noticed on several other crowd calendars it is a "red" day, but on yours it is not. Thanks!

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Dec 14, 2022 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

It's a short-hour day and not expected to be a crowded day, but both parks close at 8 p.m. so that is something to keep in mind.

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Dec 6, 2022 at 10:07 a.m. Johanna Serda Says...

Best time to visit DW Orlando is during December. The magical winter scenes & Holiday decorations are phenomenal.

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Dec 6, 2022 at 12:37 a.m. Shawn Baer Says...

Thank you for the news and information really helpful

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Dec 5, 2022 at 10:18 p.m. Karly VanConant Says...

Thank you for all the great info! As always!

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Dec 5, 2022 at 10:04 p.m. Owen Spickard Says...

Great information. Thank you!

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Dec 5, 2022 at 8:57 p.m. Priscilla Morales Says...

I have kids ages 4 and 6. The 4 year old is 38 ish inches. Would that be a little small to get on the good stuff ?

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Dec 6, 2022 at 2:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla!

You can find more information about Disneyland height requirements and Rider Switch here!

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Dec 5, 2022 at 4:19 a.m. Sara Says...

Planning an Adult trip April 17-20th.. first time going.. any tips to make it an amazing time? Thank you

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Dec 5, 2022 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

Toadally! Hop over to our post about tips for an adults trip to Disneyland, as well as our 1-Day Tour Guide for Adults!

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Dec 5, 2022 at 2:02 a.m. Phil Says...

Hello!

Single father of 4 here, and I finally booked our tickets for our theme park extravaganza Feb 2023! (the tickets are serving as my kids' Christmas gifts lol)

We will be in Southern California from Feb 24th - March 11th.

I'm seeking advice on the best time to squeeze in our 3-day time at Disney.

We plan to fill in the other days with

Universal, Legoland, Knotts, etc.

Happy Holidays and thank you in advance!

Phil

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Dec 7, 2022 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil!

It's going to be an exciting time to visit! The Disney 100 Celebration will be underway, the Magic Happens Parade returns to Disneyland on Feb. 24, and Mickey's Toontown is set to reopen March 8 (it's been under refurbishment for one year). DCA's Food and Wine Festival also begins March 3. These dates may influence your decision, so if you wish to be there when everything is hoppening, we'd suggest March 9-11 (the first day of Toontown will likely be very crowded). However, if you're trying to avoid crowds, we'd suggest that you avoid these dates and go right around Feb. 28-March 2 (which is during the week, several days after the debut of Magic Happens and right before Food and Wine).

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Dec 2, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Bob Chappell Says...

Hi, visiting Orlando 06 - 19 Oct 2023, will be visiting Disney parks for a few days - Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and one or both Water Parks. Our son is a 31-year-old Autistic young man, will we be able to skip ques? Is so, what's the procedures?

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Dec 5, 2022 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bob!

You'll want to hop over to our guide about Disney World's DAS (Disability Access Service) Program, which will tell you all about the qualifications and procedures. DAS is given out on a case-by-case basis, though it is intended for guests who have difficulty tolerating extended waits in a conventional queue environment due to a disability. It does not provide immediate access to a ride, but instead it gives the guest and their party (up to 6 people) a return time for a specific experience that is comparable to the current standby wait. This allows the guest using DAS to enjoy other experiences in the park instead of physically waiting in the standby line.

To register for DAS, you can do so in two different ways: 1) Pre-register via live video chat 2 to 30 days before your first day, or 2) on-site at Guest Relations at any of the four theme parks. Let us know if you have any additional questions!

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Nov 23, 2022 at 7:11 a.m. Christina Says...

We have reservations for this upcoming week but may have to reschedule because of sickness and the greater risk of RSV and flu right now. If we reschedule for March 6-10 (meaning we would not be in the park Friday evening) what are hours usually like during that time and does world of color, fireworks or fantastic run during the week around then? This is our first time going with our kids age 3.5 and 8 months

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Nov 28, 2022 at 10:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

Hours and show schedules do not come out until at least six weeks in advance, so it’s hard to say for sure. We expect fairly normal hours as the 100 Years of Wonder Celebration will be underway, Food and Wine starts March 3 and Toontown officially opens Mar. 8. In a normal year, World of Color is nightly, but fireworks and Fantasmic! occur Friday through Sunday. That said, because it's a large celebration year, it’s possible that the new fireworks and World of Color will be nightly. We're not toadally sure how often Fantasmic! will run during that time.

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Nov 22, 2022 at 5:58 p.m. Karen Says...

This is all so helpful! Question - we are planning to go last week of October 2023. On the planning boards, locals are telling me not to go in October, it is too busy, even the last week. But here, and on other crowd calendars, I see it is 'light'? Any thoughts? We live near Toronto, so this might be our only trip to Disneyland and would prefer minimal crowds. Thanks!

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Nov 28, 2022 at 10:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Late October is a little better than early October. Those AZ and UT school breaks really affect the crowd levels the first three weeks of October. The thing to watch out for would be the Oogie Boogie Bash parties. There was an extra Saturday party the weekend before Halloween in 2022. DCA closes early on party nights so you can start in that park on party days and then hop to Disneyland if you have a park hopper. If you want to attend the party, purchase ASAP when tickets go on sale in the summer. They sold out in just a few days in 2022!

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Nov 18, 2022 at 10:32 a.m. Robyn Says...

Hi,I read that DL will be having some nights where you can camp in Main Street, but have only seen it in one place. Do you think this will happen , or is someone making this up?

Many thanks

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Nov 18, 2022 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robyn!

This is not hoppening (but frogs can dream, right?).

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Nov 16, 2022 at 5:54 a.m. Dana Says...

Other blogs have said end of April is a best time to go, and that has been the case precious years. Why are you expecting it to be one of the busiest now? Why busier than weekdays in May?

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Nov 16, 2022 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana!

In the past, late April was not always too crowded, but last year, we were there most days of late April and reservations were full due to returning nighttime entertainment and a SoCal resident ticket deal. Since we'll be seeing the return of Toontown and the Magic Happens parade, as well as the Disney 100 Celebration, in the springtime, there will be a lot of fun hoppenings that will likely drive people to the parks. Food & Wine Festival often wraps up in April so that also keeps people coming in so they can use up their Sip and Savor tabs. While we do not know if there will be any SoCal resident ticket deals, many Magic Key holders are blocked out all summer starting in June, so they tend to head to the parks during their last few weeks of use. You could still toadally experience a quiet day, but we think this will be a busier spring than usual so it's best to get your park tickets and reservations early!

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Nov 13, 2022 at 9:25 p.m. Michelle S Says...

Hello! We are coming to the Disneyland parks for two days on Tuesday March 28, 2023 & Wednesday March 29, 2023.

We have two days of park tickets with Genie+ and park hopper. We are two adults and 4 kids, and intend on being at the parks all day when they're open.

For reservations, which Park do you recommend starting with? Should we start first day (Tuesday during spring break) at Disneyland and 2nd day at California adventure, or vice versa? My husband wants to make sure to go on Star wars Rise of the Resistance. I Just want to be prepared when reservations open.

Thanks!

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Nov 16, 2022 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Since you have Genie+ and park hoppers and will be visiting midweek, the specific park doesn't matter as much, but we definitely recommend starting in one park and then switching to the other park to start the second day. Overall, we think your plan sounds like a good one!

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Nov 7, 2022 at 9:07 p.m. Jean Says...

Curious what's happening at Disneyland feb 2-6th 2023? That doesn't seem to be a normally busy time.

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Nov 8, 2022 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean!

You're right - that's not usually a busy time, but that will be the second weekend that the Disney 100 celebration will be taking place, so expecting some additional visitors this year :) Hope this helps!

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Oct 31, 2022 at 2:41 a.m. Lori Says...

Would love some advice.. looking to plan a trip out to Cali to do Disneyland and a couple other parks… which would you recommend as being the better option crowdwise? Days leading up to Holiday weekend in Jan or Feb, or over the summer when all schools are out?

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Nov 1, 2022 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

January and February may be better crowd-wise (it also won't be as hot as summer), but keep in mind that there may be limited entertainment and shorter hours in January. You also have some potential for rainy weather. In February and over the summer, the 100th celebration will be hoppening, which may affect crowd levels. Other theme parks are usually less crowded in winter and more crowded in summer, though summer crowds at Disneyland aren't as overwhelming as you may think!

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Oct 23, 2022 at 2:36 a.m. Ken Says...

Hi from Australia

We have been watching crowds at Disneyland for a few years, long story involving cancelled trips due to some virus that was going around??? Anyway, we have finally rebooked for first week of September 2023 including Labor day.

However, noted that this year the park seems to have been relatively busy on weekdays throughout September and Labor Day itself was listed on at least one crowd calendar as very quite? Finally to the Question: Do you think this is just a 2022 thing or do you think COVID has changed things for good?

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Oct 24, 2022 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ken!

Since it has only been a couple years after the height of the pandemic, it's still hard to say if things have changed for good, though we expect that we'll continue to see crowds in 2023 due to Disney 100 Years of Wonder. We saw that more and more families became more comfortable with traveling in 2021 and 2022, which in turn has made the parks busier year-round due to this high demand. That said, September is still good time to visit compared to busier times such as spring break and the holidays. Some things continue to return to normal (such as entertainment and characters) while other things are here to stay for the time being (park reservations).

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Nov 6, 2022 at 12:56 a.m. Ken Says...

Many thanks, keep up the great work!

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Oct 21, 2022 at 6:04 p.m. minaz Says...

what is the best month to visit weatherize

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Oct 21, 2022 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Minaz!

We have an entire month-to-month guide about the weather at Disneyland! March is one of the most beautiful times to visit (temperatures are pleasant and pink flowers on tabebuia trees are blooming), though it is a popular spring break time. We enjoy visiting in January too — it's one of our favorite months.

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Oct 21, 2022 at 9:31 a.m. Natalie Says...

HI We are a family from New Zealand planning to visit Dinseyland, Anaheim in anytime from Sep 8th until 6th October 2023. LIkely the last week of September. Is this a good time visit (not too busy etc). Thanks

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Oct 21, 2022 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

Yes, September is generally a great month to visit! You'll want to avoid the last weekend of September and the first full week of October (some schools have fall breaks). But otherwise, the crowds will be low to average (check out our crowd calendar here!).

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Oct 6, 2022 at 3:29 p.m. Davidhhh Says...

I have some weirdly specific questions about my upcoming trip, and would really appreciate some advice. Long time reader, and I already bought my tickets from you!

I haven't been to Disneyland in 20 years. So, I want to maximize my time and minimize my wait times (who doesn't, really?)

I'm visiting on Tuesday-Thursday, November 15-17. My original plan was to hit Disneyland on Tuesday, DCA on Wednesday, and Universal Hollywood on Thursday. I've been delaying making reservations until the official hours were posted. I was also paying attention to any after-hours events, since I know that Merriest Nites fell on one of these days last year. I was happy to read that they weren't doing Merriest Nites this year, since that could mess with my plans.

However, DIsneyland just updated their hours for Wednesday on their website. For DCA, they originally were going to be open 8AM to 10PM all three days, when they first put up the hours. But now they've changed the hours at DCA on Wednesday to 8AM to 5PM.

Any idea why? Have they reversed course on Merriest Nites? Is there any other sort of after hours event or park buyout that night? I'd consider buying a ticket, but I know that last year's event was quite expensive!

With the park closing early, I definitely don't want to go there on that day, since I can't afford to lose the 5 hours of park time. But I also know that the earlier closing will make Disneyland busier, as others do the same.

Would it make sense to totally rearrange the trip do hit Disneyland on Tuesday, Universal on Wednesday and DCA on Thursday?

Any other suggestions?

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Oct 6, 2022 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Davidhhh!

We don't know why DCA would be closing early on Nov. 16 — though when this hoppens, it's most likely a private event. You could rearrange the trip to put the Universal visit on Wednesday if you want to, or just flip flop the Disneyland and DCA visits (others may do the same, but there is still a reservation system in place — we'd book ASAP in case that day fills up more quickly than usual). Another suggestion would be to upgrade to a Park Hopper ticket, so you could stick with your original plan and just hop over to Disneyland so you're not missing out on park hours.

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Oct 6, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. CustomerBills Says...

If we had the option to visit Disneyland next year in Oct (10/6-13) or Nov (11/24-1), which do you think is less crowded? Thanks!

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Oct 6, 2022 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Between those two choices, we would go with Nov. 24-Dec. 1. The first half of October is consistently busy due to Fall Breaks for schools in Utah and Arizona. Nov. 24 and 25 will likely see high crowds as well, but the following weekdays won't be as busy.

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Sep 26, 2022 at 11:34 p.m. Bubbles Says...

Hi, planning on coming to Disneyland soon and wondering if we have to order food on app or if we can order in lines like it used prior to Covid. Please advise. Thanks.

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Sep 30, 2022 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bubbles!

Most restaurants have returned to both in-person and mobile ordering. The only ones that may be Mobile Order-only are the Cozy Cone Motel and sometimes the Tiki Juice Bar.

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Sep 14, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. Leslie Says...

Hi, we are coming from Canada and are WDW vets....this will be our 2nd time to DL (first time being in 2008 - so it's been awhile). We are looking at either the last week of February into March, or the second or last week of August 2023. Can you provide any insight as to which would be better for lower crowds (not sure when Presidents day is, as we don't observe that in Canada).

We will be travelling with two 4 year olds, a 8 year old, two adults and a senior.

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Sep 14, 2022 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

While the end of February/March will be much more comfortable in terms of weather & heat, crowds may be similar. Exciting things are kicking off with the Disney 100 Years of Wonder Celebration and the return of Magic Happens parade, which is expected sometime in spring 2023 and could bring in crowds. February/March is also usually when Food & Wine kicks off, so that would be another plus for spring.

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Sep 14, 2022 at 12:37 a.m. Ben Says...

Hi. I will have one day to spend at Disneyland during the first week of August 2023 (Aug 2-4). Which of those days would be best? Thank you!

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Sep 14, 2022 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben!

We'd expect them to be the same (crowd-level wise), so whichever works best with your schedule!

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Sep 12, 2022 at 5:50 a.m. Ally Says...

Hi we are travelling from Australia and looking to visit Disneyland in Nov 2023 when the park is Christmas themed with a 5 day hopper pass. When would be the best week to visit with possibly lesser crowds?

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Sep 12, 2022 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ally!

Nov. 12-18 and Nov. 27-30 will be the least crowded weeks in November.

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Sep 4, 2022 at 10:27 a.m. Jane Says...

Hi there - we're considering a trip to California for our family of five in August 2023 and including days at Disney. Your site is so useful!

Under 'best times to visit' above, you recommend weekends during the last two weeks of August. However, on your crowd calendar, week days look no more crowded than weekends during the second half of August. So I'm just wondering if there is likely to be a difference in terms of crowds, or if you were recommending weekends over week days for some other reason (eg there are more likely to be fireworks or something)? Hope that makes sense! Many thanks

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Sep 6, 2022 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

During most of June through mid-August, certain Magic Key holders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, so once the blockout dates are lifted, many locals will take advantage of their ability to return. (In fact, crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.)

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Aug 23, 2022 at 9:45 p.m. Erika Says...

Hi, I left a few questions a week or so ago and was wondering why it hasn't been published? It said it was pending approval. Thank you.

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Aug 24, 2022 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika!

Would you mind resending? Don't know why but I'm unable to find your previous comment. We'd be hoppy to help you out!

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Aug 23, 2022 at 8:18 p.m. Trisha Says...

Hi! We are planning to go in January the last week of January but now I’m worried coz I see a lot of comments about it raining a lot and lots of rides under refurbishment and will there be no fireworks and world of colour and parades and characters out for pictures then?

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Aug 24, 2022 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trisha!

We have different posts about weather and refurbishments that you can check out for further info! Overall, January is one of our favorite times to go — yes, it's during the rainy season (average rainy days = about 5 days), but a good portion of the month has clear, sunny days. Refurbs are a bit more common since it's a slower period, but if you check the schedule, you can try to plan around them (for instance, Haunted Mansion removes its holiday overlay in early January and reopens mid-month, and it's a small world closes mid-January until late January/early February). Character greetings are back so no need to worry about missing them. During slower times, entertainment schedules can change, but typically this just means fireworks take place on weekends (rather than daily - though mid-week there's still the projections show) and some shows (such as World of Color/Fantasmic!) may reduce from two showtimes to one.

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Aug 23, 2022 at 6:09 p.m. Nix Says...

Im planned to go nov 11-16 and am doing 5 days one park per day. Since i have to choosw what park im going to when i buy tickets, what happens if they announce a merriest nights party on one the days i have disneyland booked? Im not interested in the party. Will they let me switch to Dca? Or will i have to completely cancel the reservation and book them all again?

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Aug 24, 2022 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nix!

You'd need to change the reservation date or starting park by canceling the reservation and rebooking (so always double check that there's availability before you cancel!).

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Aug 23, 2022 at 1:08 a.m. Heather Says...

With toontown currently closed for renovations when do you think would be the best time to go so that we can see it open but avoid crowds? It says it will open early 2023 but not sure what that means and we would prefer to go earlier in the year.

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Aug 23, 2022 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

Disney hasn't announced a reopening date for Toontown just yet (other than early 2023), so we're not toadally sure exactly when it will open! With the exceptions of MLK Jr. Day and Presidents Day weekends, most of January and February would be a great time to visit with low crowds. We will definitely update our blog as soon as we hear any news about Toontown!

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Jul 16, 2022 at 5:08 a.m. Lily Says...

Hi there! My friends and I have booked a trip to LA area from July 27th - August 2 and are looking to go to Disneyland at least twice and DCA once during our time. What days would be best to visit the park?

Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2022 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lily!

Any of those days would be good! Fireworks are still taking place every night until Labor Day weekend. We'd expect similar crowd levels with Friday and Saturday night being the busiest. The only other thing to keep in mind is that the Tale of the Lion King does not have any performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Jul 3, 2022 at 8:57 p.m. Anna Says...

Hi, Thanks so much for all this amazingly useful information for our large family!!

Can you tell me if there are discounts/ coupons for foster families/ kids with disabilities?

Also, if we plan on the Merriest nights party, are we still able to visit the park that day, and obtain our paid ticket and just stay in the park instead of having to leave and then reenter for the party?

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Jul 5, 2022 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

There aren't any discounted tickets specifically for those groups that we know of, though you can get discounted Disneyland tickets from Undercover Tourist! The Merriest Nights party ticket can get you in as early as 5 p.m. If you want to arrive earlier than that, you would need regular admission tickets in addition to party tickets. But if you arrive at 5 p.m., then you only need a party ticket - you'll receive a wristband and credential that will allow you to stay in the park for the party. (Also, Merriest Nites has not been officially announced for 2022 — while we're expecting its return, it has not been confirmed just yet.)

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Jun 28, 2022 at 3:56 p.m. Ruby Says...

We are planning to come to Disney at the end of September. Curious about the weather around that time. I'm guessing it'll be cooler and less crowds. Would the fireworks still be happening or only on the weekends?

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Jun 29, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruby!

In September, the average high is 83 degrees and the average low is 67 degrees, so it can still be quite hot (read more in our Disneyland weather guide!). Fireworks will be hoppening on select nights (typically weekends) while the projection show runs nightly.

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Jun 27, 2022 at 2 a.m. Bernard Says...

Hi! Thanks so so much for this. Just wondering if, busyness and what is on wise, there are better days to be at Disneyland vs California? We are there 1 October to 7 October (we thought we were smart booking those dates, but obviously got that wrong!)

Thanks so much

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Jul 6, 2022 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bernard!

Both parks will be busy due to fall breaks, but fireworks will be the main deciding factor! If you wish to see the fireworks show (which we think is worth seeing!), then we'd recommend going to Disneyland on Oct. 1, 2 or 7 since fireworks only hoppen on the weekends at this time (otherwise, the projection show plays during the week).

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Aug 5, 2022 at 12:37 a.m. Bernard Says...

Thanks so so much for this. So much! Three other quick questions if you don't mind:

1. Do you know if you can change your park hopper first park closer to the time?

2. Do you still get a magic morning for a 3 day ticket?

3. Do you know if Goofy's diner (or other) still includes early park access (I think it used to the 10 years ago we last visited!!!).

Thanks so much for your help - booking from Australia with 4 kids is a nightmare!

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Aug 8, 2022 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bernard!

We are so hoppy to help - it's our pleasure!

1. If there is availability, there is flexibility to change your park (though an important note: this will require you to cancel your existing reservation and book a new one).

2. Magic Morning is no longer available for 3 day (or longer) tickets. However, Early Entry is debuting this week for guests of the Disneyland hotels.

3. Unfortunately no dining experiences include early park access at this time.

When's your big trip?! We hope you have a magical time!

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Aug 21, 2022 at 11:30 p.m. Bernard Says...

Thanks Leap, you are the best!

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Aug 22, 2022 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Aww, shucks! You're toadally welcome, Bernard :) We hope you have a frogtastic trip, and let us know if you have any other questions!

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Jun 25, 2022 at 9:39 p.m. Christen Carter Says...

Hi there...how bad will July 4th be this year. I booked airfare so we could be at the park for the 3rd and the 4th. Unfortunately, I saw your website and calendar after I booked flights : (. Should I try to reschedule for the 5th and 6th at the park? How much of an impact will the 4th have on crowds. Thank you!!

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Jun 29, 2022 at 9:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christen!

We expect typical summer crowds. With the reservation system, many days are pretty consistent for crowds this year compared to past years. Since it is a holiday, people may stay longer and later in the park, which makes it feel more crowded than days when people hop in for a shorter time and leave earlier. Fireworks will definitely be more crowded if you want to watch by the castle. We suggest watching at Rivers of America or the end of Main Street near the magic shop or closer by Penny Arcade rather than trying to get in near the castle. Just hop on Main Street after the first Main Street Electrical Parade ends and you’ll be in good shape for the fireworks.

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Jun 13, 2022 at 1:06 p.m. Kelsey Says...

Hello, thanks for your great information! My family is considering going to Disneyland end of June or mid August. June works better for us but I’m worried it will be too busy to have a good time. August looks better but our dates would be right when many Magic key holders can return. We plan on mostly going to the parks in the morning as we have young kids. Would June be unpleasant with terrible lines?

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Jun 13, 2022 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey!

With Magic Key Holders returning during your dates in August, we think both times would be about the same. June would have better weather as well, as it's slightly hotter in August.

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Jun 15, 2022 at 7:12 p.m. Kelsey Says...

Thanks so much! Is there any way to know when opening hours will be mid August or what they’ve been in the past? I read they move to 10 am often around this time, is that true?

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Jun 17, 2022 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey!

Disneyland has not opened at 10 a.m. since the reopening, so we wouldn't worry about that too much for this year. There's only been a few times when Disneyland has opened at 9 a.m., and that was back in January, a slower time period. Park hours should be posted about six weeks in advance, so hop back in a couple of weeks to confirm.

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Jun 3, 2022 at 4:38 a.m. NM Family Says...

Hello! Our family is planning to be in LA Aug27-Sep3. We have never been to Disney and were thinking of going 2 weekdays while we are there, like Wednesday and Thursday to avoid larger weekend crowds.However we would hate to miss all the entertainment (fireworks, parades, shows etc.). What days of the week would you recommend for the week we will be there?

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Jun 3, 2022 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi NM Family!

Like you've mentioned, we'd suggest the weekend if experiencing the nighttime entertainment, including fireworks, is a top priority for you. Ticket offers for California residents can also influence crowds around this time. Right now, this is a current summer deal for 3-Day tickets that California residents can redeem either on the weekends (for a higher price) or Monday through Thursday (for a lower price), now until September 15. So, with the lower weekday ticket price, crowds during the weekdays could be just as elevated as well.

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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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