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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2595 Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

If the answer is yes, to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks such as when many Arizona schools have breaks about the first half of October.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

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

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

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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

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

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

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - GotG: Mission - Breakout

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Oct 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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Aug 16, 2019 at 9:57 p.m. Jen Says...

Hello, my Husband and soon to be 1 year old will be going October 20-22. How do you think the crowds will be?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 7:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

According to our Crowd Calendars, that Sunday will be fairly busy (8/10), but Monday and Tuesday should be manageable in terms of crowds (5/10).

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Aug 14, 2019 at 7:52 p.m. Chloe Says...

Hello, I see that September 3-5 2019 is on the busiest days list but on the Crowd Calendar it has a 5/10 for all 3 days. Will it be very busy?

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Aug 20, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chloe,

Good catch! We do believe these dates will be busier than normal since it will be the dates when most SoCal passholders are able to experience Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge for the first time. That said, we generally still think it will be a level 5.

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Aug 10, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. Belle Says...

Hello, would the crowd/wait time be any different if we plan to go this coming week, Aug 12 - 16 or Sept 23 - 25? What days would you recommend? Thank you!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Belle!

September 23-25 looks to be much less crowded (6/10 vs. 9/10) according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd suggest visiting then. Have a frogtastic time!

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Aug 4, 2019 at 10:20 p.m. Jessica Bain Says...

I will be visiting October 18th 2019 with my daughter and husband any hope for us that the crowds wont be so bad

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Aug 5, 2019 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

According to our Crowd Calendars, Oct. 18 is expected to be a 7/10, so things should be fairly manageable. You may consider investing in MaxPass if you head in and decide you want to skip the lines!

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Jul 25, 2019 at 5:30 a.m. Summer Says...

I am curious as to why the week of August 12 is predicted as busy since the kids are back in school and there are no holidays.

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Jul 25, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Summer!

Not all kiddos are back in school just yet (some start as late as August 27!), so we're still expecting summer crowds at that time.

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Jul 11, 2019 at 6:22 p.m. Chelsea Says...

Will you be updating the crowd calendar or dates to avoid now that Disney announced the new Star Wars ride will open January 17th? We keep moving our trip with our soon-to-be 3 year old around to avoid crowds and settled on the last week of January, but now rethinking to go the first week of December if the new ride will draw extra crowds.

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Jul 25, 2019 at 7:18 a.m. Bella123 Says...

I am not a star wars fan. So which theme park in disneyland should i not go to? Cause i know they have disneyland california adventure. Can you guys let me know? Thanks

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Jul 25, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bella!

Galaxy's Edge is in Disneyland Park, though it's in its own land, set back from the rest of the park's attractions. California Adventure has attractions such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Incredicoaster and Radiator Springs Racers.

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Jul 12, 2019 at 7:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea,

Yes, we have adjusted crowd levels based on the new opening dates. We would recommend early December, although because this ride was originally expected to open in 2019, many people have probably booked trips for the holidays expecting it would have been open.

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Jul 10, 2019 at 2:16 a.m. Alyssa Says...

What is Oogie Boogie Bash on October 22nd? The explanation on the website is very vague! Should we avoid DCA on that day? We are going the 22nd and 23rd, so we were thinking Tuesday the 22nd at DCA and Wednesday the 23rd at DL, or should we switch those? TIA!

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Jul 10, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa!

Oogie Boogie Bash is the replacement for Mickey's Halloween Party this year, taking place in California Adventure. You'll see the crowd levels pick up in late afternoon as party-goers enter, so if your plans are still flexible, switching which day you head to Disneyland and which you had to California Adventure may be a good idea (especially because the park may close a few hours early to non-party goers!)

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Jul 7, 2019 at 10:39 p.m. Jess Says...

Hi! I was considering a trip either the last week of January or first week of February next year but have read on some other sites that some rides are closed regularly at this time to remove holiday overlays/decorations. Unfortunately, they aren't the kinds of rides I'm willing to miss out on (e.g. Haunted Mansion). Do you have any insight on how likely this is?

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Jul 9, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess!

The Haunted Mansion should be back from its overlay removal by then. It was closed from Jan. 7-17 in 2019. “It’s a Small World” is more likely to be closed until about Feb. 1.

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Jul 7, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. Michele ransom Says...

Thanks. This is just what I needed to plan

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Jul 6, 2019 at 8:31 p.m. Sd Says...

We’re hoping to visit Disneyland in February 2020, instead of April to avoid crowds. Will all the parades and fireworks be on as normal if they are quieter days? I don’t want to go and then miss out on all that amazing stuff!

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Jul 8, 2019 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Parades and fireworks will go on as usual, even though things are a little quieter :) As your travel dates get closer, be sure to check the Entertainment Schedule for more details, as the parks generally close a little earlier (and the nightly entertainment happens a little earlier, as well). Have a hoppin' good time!

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Jul 5, 2019 at 9:49 p.m. Jennifer Anderson Says...

Hello i am wanting to do a one day visit to disney August 5th, what is my best way to ensure that i can check out the new star wars land and go on the ride? I am a little confused on the best way to make sure? Thanks!

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Jul 9, 2019 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

You should not have any problem accessing the land and going on the ride. Disneyland has not needed to issue boarding passes since June 24. Arrive early, and if it is your priority, head straight there. But if you aren’t able to go first thing in the morning, we happen to like visiting in the late afternoon and early evening when the sun is not as strong.

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Jul 5, 2019 at 9:01 p.m. cyndi slagle Says...

Is Valentines day a busyholiday at WDW?

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Jul 8, 2019 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cyndi!

This depends on the day of the week that it falls on, but in general February is a good month to head to Walt Disney World. This year, since Valentine's Day is on a Friday, you may see slightly higher crowds, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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Jul 5, 2019 at 5:58 a.m. Sandra Says...

This is the first time I have seen this information. Thank you so much for making this available!

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Jul 2, 2019 at 2:21 a.m. LeeAnn Jacket Says...

Last week of May?

I see week days in May aren't busy.

My kids get out a week earlier for Summer.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LeeAnn!

That timeframe can vary from a level 6 to a 9, depending on the day. The last week of May in 2020 is Memorial Day, which means crowds will be a little heavier than usual, as well. We think Wednesday of that week (5/27) would be your best bet in terms of crowds.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 2:02 a.m. Dane Borromei Says...

Hi, I have having a look at the week the 5th to the 9th April 2020. In the passholder block out calendar, most of the passholders are blocked out. Is there a reason why this week is so busy? is it just becuase of easter starting on the 10th?

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dane!

That's correct; many schools have Good Friday (5/10) off, so a lot of families make a trip of Easter week.

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Jun 29, 2019 at 5:52 p.m. Florstine Bledsoe Says...

Oh My God I'm so Excited but I cant afford to take my grandchildren so i pray i win the Sweepstake for help

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Jun 26, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. J. Rogers Says...

My 16-year-old son and I have one-day tickets for July 9. Our dates to choose were limited to that week, so I chose Tuesday because I thought, after the Fourth of July crowd settled down, it might be the best day to go. Now I'm not so sure. Any feedback?

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Jun 28, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Things are slated to be pretty busy all summer, and unfortunately, that day is no exception, according to our Crowd Calendar. If you can, spring for MaxPass and get there at park opening!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. Sage Rockbridge Says...

I’m taking my 2 year old son for his first visit, he’ll be turning 3 yrs on July 18th, and was planning on going the 17th of July but realized it’s the anniversary of Disneyland that day. Can you recommend the best day to visit between now and the 17th of July? Thank you

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Jun 26, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sage!

This year is challenging to predict. So far the summer crowds have been lighter than usual. We have hopped over for Disneyland’s birthday the past two years in a row, and we really couldn’t tell the difference in crowd level from another typical summer day. However, on big anniversary years where there is a big celebration (such as Disneyland’s 60th), the park may be very crowded. If you do decide to visit July 17, don’t miss the birthday cavalcade if they have one. It may not appear on the entertainment calendar until closer to that date.

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Jun 22, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. Heather Says...

We have booked Florida from 13th to 27th Feb. Specifically told it was quiet. I now find Monday 17th to 24th is presidents day holiday. How many hours are we likely to queue per ride. Im furious as the holiday company have ruined our holiday before we have even got there. We have 2 with medical conditions so long queues are a real problem. My children are going to be 13, 10 and 9.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Wait times will vary by ride, but we would highly recommend you consider purchasing MaxPass. It's also possible that with your children's medical issues, you qualify for the DAS. I'm sorry for your disappointment, but you can still have a great time!

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