Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2458 Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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

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

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Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo took place in August 2019. We would expect it to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. For example, we expect this October to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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

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Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But there are variables. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

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

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Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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May 4, 2019 at 4:35 a.m. Ginny Says...

We are headed to California theme parks next week May 6,7 8. We are doing 2 days at Disney. We keep going back and forth about going to Disney on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Thursday. Do you think Mondays are that much busier than Tuesdays? Do magic morning hours make tueadays extra busy anyways? We are so torn what day to go

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May 6, 2019 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ginny!

Tuesdays and Thursday are the better days to visit Disneyland. While there can be exceptions, Tuesdays always seem to be much less crowded than Mondays. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 2, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. Kristina Says...

You have weekends in May as both best and worst times to visit. How do you feel about Memorial Day weekend as Star Wars land opens the following weekend...

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May 6, 2019 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina!

We expect weekends to be busier than usual up until May 23, when the local and promo 3-day passes expire. Holiday weekends are usually more busy, but the blockouts may help. There may be people trying to get into the parks before the chaos begins. This year is hard to predict! If you visit then, arrive early, use MaxPass and follow tips to maximize time, and you’ll have a great time even if it is crowded.

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May 1, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. Tiffany P Says...

Hello! This will be our first visit to Disneyland (went to world last summer) and we will be visiting the parks on 10/29 and 10/31. For 10/31 I bought the special event ticket for the Oogie Boogie bash which will let us in to the park at 2:00, but the event is from 6-11. We plan on going to DL on 10/29...would it be worth it to buy a park hopper pass for that day or do you think it will take the entire day to get through that park? We will be traveling with two young children (3 and 4 years old). Since we can't get into California Adventure until 2:00 on 10/31 my though was to try to do both of them on 10/29 so we can at least make up for the few hours we'll be missing on 10/31.

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May 2, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

It’s a tough call. The Oogie Boogie Bash is new to everyone, so we don’t have much experience to draw from. The ride lines should be very short during the party, but there is a lot happening at the Halloween Party, so it’s hard to fit in all the entertainment and rides in that 5 hours.

With your children’s ages, Disneyland is the better park with more to do, and it can take at least a day or two to get through it. You are probably fine with a full day of Disneyland and the half day on the party date at Disney California Adventure. Cars Land, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc and perhaps the Frozen show (if your kids are very into Frozen) will be your best attractions and areas for that age group at DCA. Have a great time!

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May 6, 2019 at 9:38 p.m. Theresa Says...

We are hoping to visit the same time frame in October and planning to attend the 10/31 party. How busy will that party day be?

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May 6, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

We expect that date to sell out, but then most of the party dates do.

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Apr 26, 2019 at 6:21 a.m. Ralph Says...

I noticed that no one sells beyond 10 days at Disney. How much extra is it for those that want to stay a bit longer (11-12 days)? Thanks

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Apr 26, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ralph!

At this time, the longest ticket Disneyland offers is for 5 days; Disney World does offer 10 day tickets. You can either add your admission tickets together (two 5-day tickets and a 2-day ticket) or can also look into the cost of an Annual Pass. Sometimes, opting for the Annual pass actually winds up saving you some money (plus discounts on food and merchandise!).

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Apr 25, 2019 at 3:53 a.m. Chelsea Says...

Hi we’re looking for some advice on what day to go to Disneyland, we were planning on going either Sunday April 28th or Monday April 29th. There are two issues impending our decision, crowd levels and the hours Disney is open. We always do a rope drop to closing and we’re planning to do so this time. If we go on Sunday they’re open 8am-Midnight but crowds will probably be higher. If we go Monday they’re open 9am-11pm so we’ll have less time but may be able to do more because of lower crowd levels. Do you have a suggestion on which day would be better? Thanks!

FYI: we’re planning on doing maxpass either way if that’s a factor

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea,

We would go with Monday, and since you have Maxpass, you should be toadally set for a great visit. If you haven't checked it out, we've got a whole post on Maxpass and some tips!

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Apr 23, 2019 at 2:51 a.m. Elena Says...

I want to visit Disney on May 31, I'm worried about the opening of the attraction of Star Wars. what do you think ?? Will it be terrible that day?

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Apr 23, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elena!

Yes, we think opening day is going to be very busy.

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Apr 23, 2019 at 1:14 a.m. Cristy B. Says...

We will be at Disney May 27th-29th........Do you predict less people since Star Wars Land will be opening the 31st? I wasn't sure if people would wait to attend when the Star Wars part of the park opens up. This is our first trip to Disneyland and California so we are not sure what to predict. We have been to Disney World twice so we are planning on big crowds just hoping that me may get lucky once.

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Apr 24, 2019 at 5:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristy!

May 28 and 29 are Grad Nite dates, which bring a lot of people into the parks. It’s also the last week some of the Annual Passholders can access Disneyland Park before summer blockouts, so more people than usual might be flowing into the parks, especially later in the day. But many local schools are still in session, so it’s hard to predict. Our advice is to arrive early, use MaxPass, schedule a lot of rides, dining reservations and shows for the afternoons or early evenings and to follow our tips for summer crowds. That will put you ahead of the crowds. You can now book shows like World of Color and Fantasmic! through MaxPass!

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Apr 21, 2019 at 5:30 a.m. Disney Goer Says...

Thinking of going August 26th - September 5th 2020.

Would this be a pretty good time to be there?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Disney Goer!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those dates are a mix of 5/10 - 8/10 in terms of crowds, so it'll be a mixed bag.

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Apr 19, 2019 at 3:51 a.m. Cash Says...

Do you predict the crowds to be higher May 15-16 2019 in Disneyland due to the fact it’s basically the last week of the limited time offer for tickets?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cash,

That could be a factor, but we do think it will be a good time to visit.

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Apr 14, 2019 at 9:47 a.m. Matt Says...

We are planning to travel to Disneyland in midlate Jan, OUr trip will included MLK day, however we plan to be at Disney either before this 13-17th of Jan or just after 21-24th. Will these times be low crowds? Would one of the other be better?

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Apr 12, 2019 at 7:21 p.m. Travis Says...

Hi there!

My girlfriend and I have our trip booked for May 7-14 of this year. I’ve noticed that the Friday and Saturday of that week are grad nights. What should we expect? Are Disneyland’s hours effected by this?

Thanks!

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Apr 8, 2019 at 1:14 a.m. Alissa Leenher Says...

I was planning on going to CA Adventure on May 1st but see that there is an event after hours. Should that effect crowds greatly?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alissa!

Party goers can start mixing in at 6:00 p.m. so the evening will be very crowded. The park will close to the public at 9 p.m. Arrive early and do as much as you can in the morning, saving the evening for shows and dining and rides for which you’ve acquired FASTPASS.

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Apr 7, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. JoBeth Says...

My family and I will be there the first week and a half of July. I have read that July 4th and 5th are a little less crowded. Is that true? What day would you suggest? We are revisiting due to a very unmagical first visit. Park was at 98% capacity and my children were miserable due to multiple hours long waits. We are hoping to have a more magical time this time and choosing to see California Adventure instead of actual Disneyland. Any advice is helpful.

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JoBeth!

It’s a tough call, because we’ve heard some years that it is packed, and other years people report that it is not that bad. Being that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will have just opened, and that some annual passholders will have access to DCA but not DL this summer for the first time, we think both parks may have more people than other years throughout the entire summer. The 4th of July fireworks are supposed to be amazing though and much louder than the usual fireworks!

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Apr 10, 2019 at 11:01 p.m. Bailey Says...

The least crowded day I've ever had in the summer was July 1st which was the Sunday before a mid-week 4th. I think it has everything to do with the day of the week the 4th falls on. However, because of Star Wars Land opening we are planning on going the second or third week of August (after school starts to go back but before annual pass blackouts end). We've had good luck at that time before.

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Apr 7, 2019 at 7:54 p.m. Emily Says...

We're thinking of going to Disneyland in either September or November 2019. We'd avoid Thanksgiving but do you think the second ride at Star Wars land will by open by then? Will we be dealing with huge crowds still? Would a Thursday-Sunday or Saturday-Tuesday be better?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Thursday to Sunday is probably the best best, and they have not given any details about the second ride opening besides later in 2019! You probably won’t miss the announcement because it will be big news. Be sure to plan around Mickey’s Halloween Party in September, which may occur on Friday and Monday nights. Details should be released by late spring, early summer. You may want to avoid Veteran’s Day in November. Good luck!

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Apr 3, 2019 at 3:44 a.m. Hester Lolt Says...

These dates are subjective. There is no worst time. You just have to know how to cope. If it's hot have a game plan. If it's crowded have a game plan. I like a lot of people at DLR makes it more fun.

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Apr 2, 2019 at 10 p.m. Yvonne Says...

Hi, visiting Disneyland 29 Sept-5 Oct 2019, how impacted do you think these dates will be due to the opening of Star Wars Land? Are they usually ok dates otherwise? Our last visit was right after Hurricane Irma hit Florida+Disneyland crowds seemed inflated due to many people switching from WDW to DL. I was hoping it would be less hectic this time as we are coming from the UK so it's not easy for us to visit! The phased opening has me worried it will push larger crowds towards our dates!

Thanks in advance!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvonne!

It is hard to predict how Star Wars Land will affect crowds. That week looks pretty good to us as it is not near fall breaks in school, falls just before Gay Days gets underway (Oct 5-6) and is not near Oct 12-19, which can get very busy due to school breaks. Don’t let Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge keep you away!

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May 3, 2019 at 4:07 a.m. Chris Says...

Hello. Which school districts have a fall break in October? When in October are they typically? And how long is the break?

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May 3, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

There are a few, including Arizona, though we know other states have similar schedules. Some districts on a have a two week break (i.e., Chandler Unified on a modified year-round schedule), while others have a four day weekend (Mesa) or even a week (Gilbert). The length and when this falls generally varies, though most are back in school by Halloween week. Hope this helps!

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Apr 1, 2019 at 8:08 p.m. Callie Says...

Now that we know Star Wars is opening at the end of May, is this calendar still accurate? If not, are you able to update at all?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Callie,

We have adjusted our Crowd Calendar in anticipation of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!

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Mar 31, 2019 at 12:10 a.m. Kari Says...

Hi. For 2020 it says the worst time to visit is the week of Thanksgiving but the dates go into the week following Thanksgiving. Is this correct? I was thinking of visiting starting the Monday after Thanksgiving but don't want to if it's one of the worst times. I just wanted to clarify. Thanks!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

The following week will be better, but you might still see slightly elevated crowds on that Monday.

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Mar 29, 2019 at 4 p.m. Sean Says...

Looking to go to Disneyland for 1 day next week (4/3-4/5). The calendar shows Friday as being the best choice? Can that be true?!

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Mar 29, 2019 at 12:22 a.m. Lori G Says...

2 Couples all Senior Citizens will be in Orlando 4/27/19 to 5/1/19 can you give us some info on traveling in each park and from 1 to another. If we rent a wheelchair should we bring a lock device to put on it while on a ride to prevent theft? Your articles are very helpful. Thanks

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Mar 29, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

There are a variety of options to get you from one Disney World park to another. Among the complimentary options provided by Disney are bus, monorail, and for select locations, boat or Skyliner (coming in the fall). You can also take advantage of paid options such as taxi, Uber, or Lyft. You can read more here about complimentary transportation at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Because things can be a little complicated around which to take where, you'll find that Cast Members are your best resource while you're in the parks if you have any questions! Likewise, we don't think you'll need to bring a lock device for the wheelchair to prevent theft. If it's a possibility, a scooter is also a great option.

Have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 27, 2019 at 7:12 p.m. Mimitrue Says...

So we are considering the following dates:

3-5 Dec 2019

10-12 Dec 2019

14-16 Jan 2020

21-23 Jan 2020

28-30 Jan 2020

In your opinion, which one of these would be the lightest crowds/best time to visit? TIA!

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Mar 28, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mimitrue!

January 28-30 look to be the best dates according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Mar 26, 2019 at 9:22 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi, love the website. I am trying to decide between Veteran's Day weekend Nov. 9th - 13th (which your crowd calendar states 9/10, 8/10, 7/10, 6/10 & 6/10) or MLK Day weekend Jan. 18th - 22nd (crowd calendar 7/10, 7/10, 8/10, 3/10 & 4/10)? And if you knew what Disneyland hours are like during these times?

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Mar 27, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Thanks so much! We're hoppy you're here. MLK Day weekend should be the less-crowded option of the two, especially given Galaxy's Edge opening - though crowds will likely be a bit elevated throughout the year because of it, as well. Disneyland releases their schedule and hours for about two months in advance at a time, so while the hours for that time aren't released just yet, you can keep an eye out for updates here.

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Mar 21, 2019 at 4:56 p.m. Alyssa Says...

Hi There, thank you for such a wonderful site. I noticed that California schools tend to go back in session mid August. Does that impact crowd levels? We have a conference the 9-12 and are looking to tack on a few extra days at the end to take our kiddos to Disney the 13-16. I'm hoping crowds might be a bit better with school back in session but not sure if that is wishful thinking!

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa!

Weekdays in August tend to be a pretty good time to head to the parks, since school districts, as you noted, begin starting back up for the year. However, with the opening of Galaxy's Edge in late May, we expect that crowds will be elevated all summer. Be sure to take advantage of MaxPass!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. Leslie Says...

This is truly helpful as a friend of mine wants to visit Disneyland this early part of the year. April and May sound really good on weekdays. Also the temps will be cooler. Thanks for the info!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Our pleasure, Leslie! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 6:20 a.m. Eskay Seah Says...

Hello there! Thanks for all the valuable information. My family and I (3 people in total) will be visiting the US from 1st-18th August. I noticed that those are the peak periods and I was wondering when the best time would be to visit Disneyland & California Adventure without it being super super crowded. Hope to hear from you soon!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eskay!

We recommend visiting mid-week. Disneyland crowds tend to be best on Wednesdays and Disney California Adventure crowds are best on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but any of those days will be the best days to visit either park. Avoid Mondays. Sunday mornings can be good, but then the park fills in later. If you can take a break mid-day, you can go back in refreshed to enjoy the nighttime entertainment. Have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 19, 2019 at 11:24 p.m. Bradley Says...

Hi, please help! Havent been to DL in about 8 years. Planning on going on Memorial Day, May 27th 2019. According to your crowd calendar " its okay" but when I called DL they said crowds are elevated and it's very busy. I just dont want to wait 2 hours for a ride with kids. Would the 28th or 29th be better? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated

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Mar 20, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bradley!

The 28th and 29th will likely be much better than Memorial Day. But, we have a lot of tips to avoid long lines. Arrive before park opening for the shortest lines of the day for rides without FASTPASS, and get MaxPass to reserve FASTPASS from your phone. When lines peak in the afternoon, see shows or parades and eat meals while continuing to collect FASTPASSES for later in the day. Have a frogtastic time!

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Mar 19, 2019 at 10:15 p.m. Tracie Says...

Hi! We’re thibking November 13-16, I’m nervous with Star Wars opening? Do you think it will be okay?

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracie!

Crowds will likely be elevated all year due to Galaxy's Edge opening.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 9:56 p.m. Grace Says...

Hi!

We’re planning our visit to Disneyland this winter. We’re looking for the least crowded date we can get since we’re going with 3 toddlers. Should we book our vacation on the week before or after thanksgiving in order to get less crowds?

Thanks in advanced!

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

The week before Thanksgiving would be our pick for lower crowds.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 2:32 a.m. Gienna Says...

Hi! looking to go in April 20-27 what can we expect? We went 2 years ago and Easter the parks were empty! walked on all the rides all day. It was crazy.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gienna!

That IS crazy, as Easter tends to be a pretty busy time to visit! We are showing 7s and 8s during that timeframe on our Crowd Calendar, so you should still experience a fair amount of crowds. Others in the Frog Pond may be able to share their recent experiences, as well! Fingers crossed for you!

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Mar 10, 2019 at 2:35 a.m. Lindsey Says...

Hello!

My boyfriend is beyond excited about the opening of Galaxy’s Edge this summer and I want to take him. He starts up school again the second week of august so we have to go before then. I’m thinking that we should try to go the first week of August to avoid the main summer crowd, even though I’m sure it will still be crowded. I am guessing that a Tuesday and Wednesday would be the best days to go because hopefully the crowds aren’t quite as frightening as they are on weekends. What do you think?

Thank you!

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:12 a.m. sally Says...

I know MLK Weekend is always busy. How are the days following it? Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri? Thanks

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sally,

These dates are also elevated, although not as much.

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Mar 8, 2019 at 8:23 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hello... Looking to visit Disneyland in 2020. My kids are not school aged yet. So, we get to go on vacay whenever we'd like. What week would be the absolute least crowded day in 2020?

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

This is what our Crowd Calendar is so good for! Here is the year view for 2020 with expected crowd levels. The best times are noted in green.

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Mar 6, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. Josh Says...

Hello. My wife and i are going march 14-16. How busy do you think it will be. I know saturday will probably be the worst but thats the day when we will go back to ride the ones we enjoyed from thurs thru friday. Thanks for the response

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Mar 5, 2019 at 4:04 a.m. Lisa Says...

We were planning our first ever trip for the middle of September… We wanted to take the kids (5, 7, 10, 13) out of school so that we could go at a time when it is less crowded… However, with the opening of Star Wars is it going to make the middle of the week in September just as miserable as going in the summer? I don’t want to take the kids out of school for it to just be a nightmare crowds and I just had no idea what kind of impact the Star Wars world would have… We are not necessarily interested in Star Wars, just don’t want the rest of the park to be packed. Also is Mickey’s Halloween party worth it? This is all so new for us and it has taken years and years of saving up in order to be able to take this kind of trip so we just want to make the most of our opportunity! Thank you!!!!

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Mar 5, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

We toadally understand - these trips can be a big investment! We are in the same boat as you are with not knowing exactly how Star Wars opening is going to impact the crowd levels, but the general consensus is that levels will be pretty inflated for a while. Disney is doing all they can to mitigate the crowds by widening sidewalks, among other improvements, but even if you aren't visiting the new area, the rest of Disneyland will still be seeing a large crowd surge, most likely.

Where you may see a break, as you mentioned, is during Mickey's Halloween Party. Lines tend to be much more manageable (as our crowds) as only ticketed party goers can be in the park for the party. There's a special fireworks show, and of course, trick-or-treating in Disneyland is pretty neat :) Some of the rides are also set up differently for the season, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Space Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion. It's a neat experience, and we tend to offset the cost by only going into the parks for the party that day (rather than essentially paying for a day in admission and then the party ticket on top of it). They have not announced which park the party will be taking place in this year, though historically this has been at Disneyland. Again, this is kind of new territory with the opening of Galaxy's Edge, so we aren't quite sure what to expect just yet.

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Mar 3, 2019 at 8:02 p.m. Stefanie Says...

Hi! :) We will be in LA between Juni 2nd and June 5th, and want to do both - is there a recommendation if Universal/Disney is both equally busy on the Sunday for example? Or does it not matter what we do on what day? The calendar sort of makes it look as if it will be more or less the same..

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Mar 4, 2019 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stefanie,

We would recommend visiting these parks Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday if you can for lowest crowds on these dates, which park largely depends on you.

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Mar 3, 2019 at 3:40 a.m. Marcia Says...

We are planning to visit Disney for a week anytime between between 3/27 and 4/15, I am aware that there will be moderate to high volume. Which week would you suggest?

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Mar 4, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcia,

The weeks of the 1st and 7th look better as far as crowd levels, although they are still expected to be elevated.

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Feb 25, 2019 at 6:21 p.m. Kristal J Says...

Hi! I know you said weekends would be crazy busy in May but me and friend are visiting LA for the first time and wanted to do at least one day in Anaheim to visit Disneyland/California Adventures. We will be there from Friday 24 -Monday 27(memorial day). Should we not visit at all because of the crowds? Or can we go on the 26th (the sunday)?

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristal,

We always the best time to visit is whenever you can go. While that weekend is typically busy, we would not let it stop us.

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Feb 24, 2019 at 9:53 p.m. Yolanda Says...

Hi! My family and I will be going to Disneyland and Univerals for the first time ever! I'm so excited! Based on your calendar we're thinking of going 4/28 - 5/3 since it's after spring break season but before summer kicks off. Do you think we should be ok? Thanks!

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Feb 25, 2019 at 2:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yolanda,

Have such a frogtastic time! According to our Crowd Calendar, that looks to be a pretty moderate time to go in terms of crowds. Enjoy!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 11:29 a.m. Lee Says...

I am looking to go in April. Apparently, California schools are on vacation the week of the 15th but you say it won't be crazy. I want to go in April but I am confused. I can't figure whether to go week of 7th or 14th.

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Feb 19, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. Desiree S. Says...

Finally making it back to Disneyland next month and I`m feeling slightly worried about the Spring Break crowds. I usually aim for mid-February but I have someone coming in from another country and we thought Disneyland would be fun. We are thinking Thursday, March 14th. What are your thoughts? Thank you!

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Feb 19, 2019 at 2:32 a.m. Geoff Says...

Hi there - we are torn between dates to visit, looking at March 10-14 or April 28-May1, any suggestions....

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geoff,

We'd go with April 28...

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Feb 17, 2019 at 9:22 p.m. Natalie Says...

We are planning on going March 11-15th for three days. Out of Monday the 11th or Thursday the 14th, do you know which would typically be busier? Thanks!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

We think Thursday would be busier, although not hugely different.

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Feb 16, 2019 at 8:20 a.m. Says...

I’m coming March 6-9th. We then found out a massive convention will be taking place with up to 90,000 people. The hotels are sold out or astronomical. I’m really worried it will affect the crowd level. What do you think?

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Feb 13, 2019 at 3:50 p.m. Zita Says...

What day of the week during non peak days is it best to go.

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zita,

I'd love to hear what others have to say, but generally we think Monday through Thursdays are best.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 2:52 a.m. Erika Ponce Says...

Hi me and my family are planning a trip to Disneyland for Christmas. I was thinking November 12th thru November 15th. Is that a good time to go and would all the decorations be up by then?

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Feb 19, 2019 at 7:31 p.m. Kelly Says...

Is March 9 or 16 better? I want the least busy day to go but was wondering how busy it may be also.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that will be a pretty good time to go in terms of crowds! Disneyland has not officially announced its holiday dates for 2019, but last year, the park decorations were up in the first week of November -- so we'd say odds are good!

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Feb 12, 2019 at 1:12 a.m. Lauren Bell Says...

Is the spring break time that you mentioned equally busy that entire time? I was looking at going to Disneyland March 11-12 but if it is crazy busy, I will skip.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

The 11th is forecast to be slightly less busy than the 12th (6 vs. 7), so those may be some good moderate days to visit (especially before things get crazy with Galaxy's Edge!) If you get there and things are busier than you'd anticipated, you may also consider grabbing MaxPass to cut down on wait times for popular rides.

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Feb 6, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Fresno Dad Says...

How does this upcoming weekend look? We have 2-days one park per day. Thinking Sunday and Monday. Any suggestion about which park to do Sunday and which Monday as far as attractions and crowds? Thanks!

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Feb 7, 2019 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fresno Dad!

Both Sunday and Monday look like good days to go, with Sunday at a 6 and Monday at a 4 according to our Crowd Calendar. California Adventure will still have its Lunar New Year celebration going on, while Disneyland has Mickey's Mix Magic, so I'd check the Entertainment Schedule to see what's going on each day at each park to determine which to visit (as some shows/entertainment only take place on certain days of the week).

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Feb 5, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. trina Says...

Hi there, first time visitor to your blog, so happy to have found it. The information i have found so far has been super helpful for planning! I'm sure you have blogged about my question, so apologies in advance! ;) Do you have 'go to' itinerary for a 3 day visit to both parks?

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Feb 5, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

We're so hoppy to have you here -- welcome! We sure do have some park plans that you might find helpful. You can find those here.

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Jan 31, 2019 at 1:17 a.m. Tabitha Says...

Hi,

We will be at Disneyland next weeks, February 3rd-the 8th. We are super excited and want to thank you for all of your great advice!

I just went on a few websites and noticed most hotels, including all the Disney resorts are booked. Is there something big going on those days? Super nervous about big crowds! Thanks!

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Jan 31, 2019 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tabitha!

Our crowd calendars show that things should still be manageable in terms of crowds at Disneyland next week. The hotel availability may just be because it's close to trip time! We are showing lots of rooms still available in Anaheim on our site. Have a frogtastic trip!

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Jan 31, 2019 at 9:15 p.m. Tabitha Says...

Thank you! I will be 32 weeks pregnant and am pretty slow right now, haha. I am crossing my fingers for low crowds since we probably won’t be able to do many rides as is.

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Jan 31, 2019 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Congratulations on your soon-to-be-tadpole! :) You are very welcome.

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Jan 30, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. Al Says...

Thank you for the great info!

We plan on visiting last week of March 2019, during spring break. We noticed most LA schools have spring breaks in April. Does this mean the crowds may be smaller?

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Jan 30, 2019 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Al,

Hoppy to do so! March is still during "spring break season" throughout the country, and Easter falls towards the end of the month as well, so crowds may still be elevated during that time.

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