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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 1, 2021 2633 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 2021 and 2022. 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 continued travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many locals, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we know crowds will return to Disneyland after its reopening. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times ... and because of this huge local following, Disneyland actually canceled their annual pass program, as there was no way to safely welcome everyone back at will. That means even Legacy passholders are having to learn a whole new system before returning to the magic. Even so, Californians were the first ones back through those gates!

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Disneyland reopened April 30, 2021, to California residents. Based on pent-up demand for all things Disneyland, including how people have reacted to the reopening of Downtown Disney and the limited-time Touch of Disney event, we expect Disneyland parks will be steadily busy for some time. As of June 15, 2021, out-of-state residents are welcome back to Disneyland (and can book their trips now!). Lower capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time, and that will curb crowds, but it will also make getting into the parks more challenging.

While capacity is lower in the parks, capacity is also lower on rides, in restaurants and in shops — so while overall capacity is low, it may feel higher than it actually is. And let us tell you from our experience on the opposite coast at the Most Magical Place on Earth: Those spaced out lines can make things seem waaaay longer than they actually are, and they can make for some traffic jams that only add to things feeling crowded, especially in areas that are tight already. All of this to say: All of the precautions in place may add to a feeling of things being busier than they actually are, and we've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back, because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

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Because Disneyland reopened just before summer break, we are expecting things to stay pretty consistently busy through the summer, especially once summer break hits. With Avengers Campus making its epic debut June 4, 2021, and out-of-state residents able to visit once again as of June 15, we are not expecting things to slow down any time soon.

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

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

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

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

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! (During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers such as FASTPASS, MaxPass and Magic Morning are temporarily unavailable.) 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 60 days in advance.

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 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference is the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those Disneyland locals were annual passholders.

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. That means that during the Disneyland reopening period, all guests will have to purchase tickets. That may change the way even locals visit the parks. For some time, the annual passholders have thought of the Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they would 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 wasn't blocked out. They'd hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

Disneyland will eventually release a new type of membership offering, so eventually these guests will once again affect the crowds. In the past, 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 provided a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because those were the times when most passholders were not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California Select and Deluxe passholders were typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there would be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availablity Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be busiest. Keep hopping back for updates on the annual passholder situation, because knowing their patterns can help you plan your trip.

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 playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo has been postponed until September 2022.

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Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2021 and 2022 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back!)

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

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Most of May
  • June 3 to Aug. 11, 2021
  • Oct. 1-16, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021, to Jan. 4, 2022

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-27, 2022
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13 to April 17, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

  • Labor Day - Sept. 6, 2021, and Sept. 5, 2022
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Sept. 16, 2021, and Oct. 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 11, 2021, and Oct. 10, 2022
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2021, and Nov. 11, 2022
  • Memorial Day - May 31, 2021, and May 30, 2022
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2021, and July 17, 2022

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

While these are traditionally the best times to visit, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks will be open!

  • May 10-13
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents' Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's MaxPass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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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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Oct 30, 2019 at 6:22 a.m. Mia Says...

Hello my family is planning to be at Disneyland December 24,2019 will there be a higher crowned

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Oct 30, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mia!

Christmas Eve at Disneyland is projected to be a 9/10 in terms of crowds. If you can, we'd suggest springing for MaxPass and getting there early!

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Oct 24, 2019 at 6:38 p.m. Sarah Says...

We're planning to visit the park for 4 days in February 2020. Our ideal dates are Feb 12-15; would there be enough of a difference in crowds to merit changing plans to Feb 5-8?

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Oct 25, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

If you have the flexibility, we definitely would switch to Feb. 5-8! The weekend in particular will be much busier due to the long weekend for Presidents Day.

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Oct 13, 2019 at 2:24 a.m. Kourtney Says...

Hi I’m planning to go to Disneyland for the first time August 30, 2020-September 3, 2020 do you think Halloween events will start by then like Disney World? And do you expect ride closures/refurbishments. Thanks in advance.

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Oct 15, 2019 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kourtney!

Disneyland's Halloween festivities tend to start a little later than Disney World's. While we don't have next year's dates just yet, Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort began on Sept. 6, 2019, and the first Oogie Boogie Bash took place on Sept. 17, 2019.

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Oct 12, 2019 at 11:13 p.m. Valarie Says...

If we HAVE to go in either June, July, or early August of 2020, when would you suggest going? We could go on different dates, but then Disney is all we would be able to do as our trip would have to be shorter and we are looking at visiting a few other places while we are in California. Thanks!

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Oct 15, 2019 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Valarie!

From late June until mid-August, many annual passes are blocked out of Disneyland park, making that park not as packed as it could be. Many schools start mid-August. Late June is a popular time to visit, but the weather might be a little cooler and more comfortable (due to June gloom) than sunny and hotter July and August. They are all good times to visit, though, with long park hours and great summer entertainment. So many things can affect crowds such as when areas head back to school, weather, ticket prices and park entertainment schedule. We do not have enough information to make a specific prediction yet, but we do know there will be a new parade next summer! Summer 2019 was very quiet, but we would expect 2020 to be closer to normal.

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Oct 12, 2019 at 4:40 p.m. Kris Says...

We have utilized the crowd calendars on multiple trips and have found them to be very helpful in planning

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Oct 11, 2019 at 11:43 p.m. Crystal Says...

We will be visiting in February. I've heard there will be a lot of construction going on for the new Marvel land in California Adventure. Is there any way to find out what attractions will be open?

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Oct 15, 2019 at 3:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal!

You can see a complete list of the rides that are under refurbishment here. Be sure to check back as your trip gets closer - we'll continue to update as new details are released!

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Oct 10, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. Tessa Says...

Hi! We will be visiting from monday 12/2 to wednesday 12/4 with a 3-Day Park Hopper Pass. According to the Crowd Calendar there will be average crowds (6/10 and 5/10). Do you think it will be necessary to get a MaxPass? :-)

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Oct 10, 2019 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tessa!

We don't think so with crowds so low - however, if you are looking to download photos, it may be worth it for one person in your party to get it just for the PhotoPass downloads :)

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Oct 10, 2019 at 4:01 a.m. Lizz Says...

I’m going December 16 & 17 2019 will it be super busy

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Oct 9, 2019 at 4:49 a.m. Sarah Says...

Ok, Disney is packed so far this week. I saw wait times on the app. I heard something about a fall break for kids? Jeez, how many breaks do American kids get! I never heard of a fall break in all my years living in the USA. I can't believe how packed it was for a Tuesday in October! Want to go on January 14 and 15 and thought it would be ok but who knows. Any help welcome!

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Oct 9, 2019 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

Halloween time in October is a popular time to visit Disneyland. Tuesday is a an Oogie Boogie Bash party day, so that brings partygoers as well as the daytime guests.

Arizona has fall break the week of Columbus Day, and Utah has a break the following week. Plus, many school districts are off for Yom Kippur this week. Those times in January should be just fine! They are projected to be a 3 and 4 out of 10 in terms of crowds, according to our Crowd Calendar, and with Rise of the Resistance opening shortly after your visit, we expect things to be pretty calm. Enjoy!

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Oct 9, 2019 at 11:33 p.m. sarah Says...

What rides do you think will be down? I have heard Haunted House to take down overlay and Small World? Any others you think? What hours you think are they open? thanks

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Oct 10, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

We've got an up-to-date list of ride closures that you can find here. We'd recommend continuing to hop back as your trip gets closer in case something new pops up! Haunted Mansion’s holiday overlay removal happened from Jan. 7-17 in 2019 and “It’s a Small World” was closed until about Feb. 1, so there's a chance both will be closed during your upcoming trip if the removal process happens over the same timeframe this year.

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Oct 9, 2019 at 11:31 p.m. sarah Says...

God, I hope so. Today is ever worse, and since 10 am too! 90 minutes for Haunted House!

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Oct 2, 2019 at 3:18 a.m. Marty Says...

Why would the last week of January 2020 have the smallest crowds? Won’t the second Star Wars ride opening on January 17 make that scenario unlikely? I was also wondering if you think Disney will offer 20%-25% off of room rates in January and February as they’ve done in the past?

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Oct 4, 2019 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marty!

The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has shown everyone that it’s challenging to predict crowds. That is a period of time in between holidays that is traditionally low in crowds. While people are excited to ride this long-awaited ride, we do not expect high crowds at that time of year. Plus, the new land is large and increases the size of the park so much, so that even if there are more people there, the park does not feel crowded. We hope this helps!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 2:41 p.m. Jeannie Says...

We are heading to Disneyland for Halloween time 2019!

Question: how is the crowd at Disneyland park on days the Oogie Boogie Party is on at California Adventure?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeannie!

You may see a slight surge in crowds when guests have to hop from California Adventure over to Disneyland Park (as well as a line to get in the entrance), but on weekdays, crowd levels have not been bad. Weekends are a little more crowded. You can see crowd projections for specific dates here.

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Sep 30, 2019 at 9:38 a.m. Amy Says...

Do you know when in September the Halloween decorations are likely to go up in 2020? Also, are the characters all in Halloween costumes etc from then onwards or is it still normal costumes for most of Sept? My little one will be keen to see the characters in normal outfits rather than Halloween costumes. Thanks so much!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

We will not have those dates until late spring or early summer, but based on past years, we expect Halloween Time to officially begin Sept 11. You will see some decorations going up before that, but that is likely when you will see it completed with characters in costume. Only Mickey and his close friends and the Cars in Cars Land wear costumes throughout Halloween. Other characters do not. Before Halloween Time, characters will be in their normal outfits.

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Sep 27, 2019 at 3:19 p.m. Cindy Nielsen Says...

Hi there! We're planning a trip to Disneyland and were thinking about the first week in February when crowds are low. But, Splash Mtn is one of our most favorite rides and I've read it might be under maintenance during sometime between Jan & Fab. I don't think the refurbishment schedule is out yet, but I'm hoping you might be able to provide info on closure dates for the past year or so. Thanks much!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

As you mentioned, this schedule isn't out just yet, but in past years, Splash Mountain has been closed sometime between January and February (some years, this has been from Jan. 22 - Feb. 14 or so; this past year, it took place during the first two weeks of February.) We've got our eyes and ears open and will be sure to update as soon as we know more!

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Sep 26, 2019 at 3:38 a.m. greg Says...

Hi planning just a 2 night stay in October 2020 just to see the new star wars. Will be flying in and out quick. so will have 1.5 days to see it. Thinking arriving tuesday 1200 hrs and leaving Thursday morning. Could you advise the best week to do that re avoiding crowds as much as possible

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Sep 26, 2019 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Greg!

Most weekdays during October are great times to go - in particular, all but the very last week of the month have good W/Th options, according to our Crowd Calendar. Enjoy!

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Sep 25, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. Lindy Says...

Would it be better to go Nov. 16-20 (week before T-day) or Dec. 3-7 (week after T-day)

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Sep 25, 2019 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindy!

According to our Crowd Calendar, both are pretty comparable, with the week after Thanksgiving having 5s and 7s (on the weekend), and the week before Thanksgiving having all 6s (so slightly higher crowds on some days, but consistent, whereas the week after has lower crowds on the weekdays but sees spikes on the weekend). That said, we'd personally opt for the week before, but since both are so similar, we'd say do whatever works best with your schedule!

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Sep 25, 2019 at 1:19 a.m. Jodie Says...

Hi there!!!! Just wondering do you have any indication of when the Halloween Party dates will be in 2020, going by 2019 its mid Sept? Also do you think they may offer the 4 days for price of 2 next year? Thank you!!!

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Sep 25, 2019 at 12:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodie!

We will not know any Halloween party dates until they announce them next year. They announced this year’s dates in the spring. None of the days were the same as 2018 dates except for Halloween, so we cannot predict next year’s dates, unfortunately. We aren't familiar with the 4 days for the price of 2 deal, but there is usually a 3-day deal for So Cal residents only from January until May. Last year there was also a good deal on a 3-day ticket that went on sale for all guests in December (Undercover Tourist had had the best deal!), so keep your eyes on that to see if it returns.

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Sep 19, 2019 at 7:06 a.m. Tyler Says...

Hello, I am going to Disneyland October 12th 2019-Just curious to know if Disneyland is still experiencing low crowd volumes as they have the past months

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Sep 23, 2019 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tyler!

Disneyland has had a lower crowd volume most days lately, but not all. October 12 is Columbus Day, and being a holiday, I would go in expecting larger than usual crowds. The Arizona schools are on break that week, so that week tends to be busier than surrounding weeks. If you happen to encounter lower crowds than expected, then you can be pleasantly surprised.

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Sep 18, 2019 at 5:48 p.m. Tori Steele Says...

hi there

i'm tori i will be going to disneyland soon in two weeks in october.

i'm not sure i will be happy there or not?

i'm going with nury and cecil friends from home.

is it expensive or cheap there?

let me know please thanks

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Sep 18, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tori!

We think you'll be happy - it's such a fun place! We've got some tips to help you save some extra green while you're there, and we're sure others in the Frog Pond can weigh in, as well. Have a wonderful time!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 9:07 p.m. Vince Says...

Looking for a week in Disney world the last week of April. Will this be a good time for crowds??

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Sep 18, 2019 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vince!

The last week of April looks to be a great time to go, according to our Crowd Calendar (mostly 4s and 5s, with Saturday as the exception). Enjoy!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 6:37 p.m. Don Says...

Hi! My family and I are planning to head over to Disneyland on Nov. 8. Will most of the rides that undergo Holiday overlays be up and running by then - i.e. Jungle Cruise and Space Mountain (removing overlay, I suppose)? Also, any news on when the Matterhorn will reopen after closing at the end of Oct.?

Thanks!

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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Don!

All the rides with overlays will be open Nov. 8. The Matterhorn reopening date is not yet available, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

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Sep 17, 2019 at 6:19 p.m. Tara Says...

We are planning to head from Laguna Beach the morning of Sunday, 11/3. So far we are planning on Park days on Monday, 11/4 and Tuesday 11/5. I am planning on doing the MaxPass. So then my question is:

Do we just do a 2 day park hopper with MaxPass for that Monday, 11/4 and Tuesday 11/5 or do:

3 day - 1 park per day with Max Pass.

If we do 3 days, then I am debating between doing Sunday afternoon sometime (11/3) but it will be Dapper Days so I assume very crazy and may get things off to a rocky start with the family's experience.

The other option is to just do a few hours on Wednesday, 11/6 as we fly out of John Wayne at 3:00 but that also has it's own challenges.

Our kids are 6 and 9 and it is there first time at Disneyland. Our style is usually to do the park from rope drop to close. We are staying a 5 minute walk from the main gate. Any tips are appreciated as the 2 day park hopper with MaxPass is comparable in price to the 3 day one park per day with MaxPass.

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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

You can go either way. This is usually a very quiet time at Disneyland, so it should be a hoppin’ good time however you do it. The entertainment calendar for that week should be out 6 weeks in advance (just a few days away as of this writing). If there are fireworks or Fantasmic! shows, they are most likely to be Sunday night but not during the week, so Sunday night has that appeal. I would go for the 3-day with MaxPass. Even though it is Dapper Day, there may be a lot of people walking around, but they aren’t necessarily on all the rides. Nobody wants roller coaster hair when trying to look pretty! They are there to see and be seen. You’ll see some fun outfits! On the other hand, Wednesday mornings are also usually quite lovely as one of the least crowded days of the week. We would divide the time as one full day at DCA and the other day and a half at Disneyland.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 2:06 a.m. DaNaye Says...

We are planning on going to Disneyland January 24th-27th. I'm worried about rides being down for maintenance. Any idea on if that'll be a factor? I really want to maximize our time. So would January be the best time to go?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DaNaye!

January can be a great time to visit! However, there may be rides or area in the park under refurbishment. It’s a good time for Disney to make improvements in the parks, although many improvements (curbs/castle) we just done last winter. The one ride that comes to mind is the temporary closure of “it’s a small world” to take down the holiday layover. The good news is that the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride will be open during your trip. We are so excited for it! Expect most rides to be open at that time. Have a great time!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. Ash Says...

We are looking at Halloween day itself this year. Thursday Oct 31st. Or Friday Nov 1st. I know the weekends in October are bad, but curious about Halloween day. Any thoughts?!!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ash!

According to our Crowd Calendar, Halloween will be a 7/10 in terms of crowds. (There's also an Oogie Boogie Bash going on that night, so make sure to plan for the early closing of California Adventure that night if you aren't attending the party!)

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Sep 11, 2019 at 6:53 a.m. Rachel Says...

Hi everyone! We are planning a trip to Disneyland for November 14th-21st in 2020. We will have a 5 day park hopper pass to use during that week. My husband wants to make sure we are there when it is decorated for Christmas. Based on past years, do you think it is safe to assume it will be decorated then? Also, if we go during the week at that time, would shows like Fantasmic, World of Color, and the parade be going on? Thank you! I appreciate any feedback.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begin Nov. 8, so decorations should be up for your trip. Shows should be operating as normal during that time, too - enjoy!

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Sep 10, 2019 at 6:56 p.m. Lulu Says...

Hi! Planning a trip to Disneyland Feb. 18-21... will the President’s Day crowds still be around? Thanks!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lulu!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those days will be a 6/10.

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Aug 30, 2019 at 10:25 p.m. Andrea Feist Says...

I am planning on going on 9/16 and 9/17 how do the crowds look on those dates

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Sep 3, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

Those dates are forecast to be a 6 and 5 respectively, according to our Crowd Calendar. Enjoy!

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Aug 27, 2019 at 2:25 a.m. Ali Says...

Any thoughts on the last week of May since Memorial Day is earlier this year? I'm thinking of May 25-30 and Memorial day is the 25th.

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Aug 28, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ali!

That week shouldn't be very heavy in terms of crowds, especially the weekdays after the holiday - enjoy!

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Aug 24, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. Natalie O Says...

I’m planning on taking my son this weekend for his birthday which day is better Sat August 31 2019

Sun September 1 or Labor Day September 2 please help me we’re a party of 5 want to make sure ☺️Thank you

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

It’s a tough call. Those days may be similar but more annual passholders have access on Monday, so we would choose Sunday if you can arrive before opening.

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Aug 22, 2019 at 3:56 a.m. Vincent Says...

Hi, should I go to Disneyland on September 5 (Thursday) or September 6 (Friday)? I see that on Friday Select Annual Passholders aren't allowed so would that be better?

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Aug 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vincent!

We actually expect crowds to be slightly lower on Thursday, as Friday is the official start of Halloween Time at Disneyland - but it's only a 5/10 vs. a 6/10, so if you're into Halloween decorations, we'd say go for Friday! Otherwise, Thursday will be your best bet.

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Aug 21, 2019 at 3:19 p.m. Haileys Says...

Hi! I’m going November 8th for my 16th birthday and last year it was pretty crowded, and I was wondering what do you think about that day? Thanks for your help:)

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Aug 21, 2019 at 11:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haileys!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day looks to be an 8/10. If you're concerned about crowds, MaxPass may be a good investment ... and be sure to take advantage of the free FASTPASS system!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. Amy Says...

What will be the crowd impact of Rise of the Resistance opening at Disneyland in January 2020? If I want to avoid major crowds, should I go the week before it opens, or wait a few weeks?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Rise of the Resistance will impact crowds, but most of that will be felt at Hollywood Studios. Early January will still be pretty busy because of the holidays, but later in the month is generally a pretty sweet spot in terms of crowds. If you aren't planning on heading to Galaxy's Edge, we'd say late January would still be a safe bet for you :)

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