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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 1, 2021 2633 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest unknown the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is COVID-19. With the parks closed longer than they have ever been, we're now in new territory in terms of predicting crowds. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play, including how long the parks are closed, the virus, the economy, unemployment and continued travel restrictions (international and domestic).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! (During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers such as FASTPASS, MaxPass and Magic Morning are temporarily unavailable.) Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 60 days in advance.

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference is the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those Disneyland locals were annual passholders.

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. That means that during the Disneyland reopening period, all guests will have to purchase tickets. That may change the way even locals visit the parks. For some time, the annual passholders have thought of the Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they would pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass wasn't blocked out. They'd hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

Disneyland will eventually release a new type of membership offering, so eventually these guests will once again affect the crowds. In the past, depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays. The Disneyland blockout calendar provided a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because those were the times when most passholders were not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California Select and Deluxe passholders were typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there would be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

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

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo has been postponed until September 2022.

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

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

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

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

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's MaxPass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Keep hopping!

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May 14, 2018 at 9:42 p.m. Rachel Keith Says...

Is there any possibility that the Pixar Fest would be extended into Halloween celebrations? Or do you think they will definitely shut it down to get ready for Halloween?

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May 14, 2018 at 5:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

Ooooh - that's a tough question! We'll keep you posted if anything changes, but our best guess is that Pixar Fest will come to a close to make way for Halloween celebrations.

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May 14, 2018 at 9:38 p.m. Mandy Maloo Says...

This is super helpful! I grew up only about an hour from Walt Disney World in Florida, so that’s typically where we go. But we’ve been talking lately about taking our 4 year old to Disneyland to see where it all began. This is incredibly helpful since we knew there would be several differences between the two parks, but not really sure what they would be and how they’d impact travel.

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May 14, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Aimee Munoz Says...

Great info!

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May 14, 2018 at 9:29 p.m. Deborah McClure Says...

The best times seem similar to DisneyWorld. Looks like best time to go is when kids are in school.

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May 14, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. raymond kimmell Says...

we are going to Universal some time in July

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May 14, 2018 at 8:57 p.m. Terry Stebbins Says...

I love the Electric Parade!!!

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May 14, 2018 at 8:54 p.m. anna mitchell Says...

id love to go to Disney land with my son! neither of us have ever been. he's almost two.

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May 14, 2018 at 8:48 p.m. Terrance Carroll Says...

Thanks!

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May 14, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. Brittany Says...

Christmas and Halloween are our family favorites. Midweek trip all the way

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May 14, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. Janice Brady Says...

I would love to get back to Disneyland. This information is a great help for planning.

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May 14, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. Tina M Says...

We would love to take our family to Disneyland (first time for all of us!) in August. Will it be super busy? ????

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May 14, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

It just depends on when exactly you visit in August - check out our Crowd Calendar for a better idea of what we expect!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. Keri Lynn Says...

I was just looking for a calendar for the best days to stay to get some relief from Midwestern cabin fever during the beginning of 2019. Love that I can refer back to here for those great dates.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri!

Awesome! We're so HOPPY to help. Be sure to keep an eye on our Crowd Calendar for planning help as well!

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May 14, 2018 at 8:04 p.m. shannon fowler Says...

This is so helpful! We live right by disney world, so we are those season pass holders who pop in at least once a week. However, we really want to go to disneyland. This will definitely help us plan a trip at a time it can be more enjoyable.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

Awesome! We're so HOPPY to help. Be sure to keep an eye on our Crowd Calendar for planning help as well!

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May 14, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. Tammy Studt Says...

Thanks for all the info

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May 14, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. Jeffrey Franco Says...

It's always nice to see that Undercover Tourists is always providing nice insights for the Disney community

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May 14, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeffrey!

We're always HOPPY to help. Be sure to keep an eye on our Crowd Calendar for planning help as well!

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May 14, 2018 at 7:53 p.m. Jan Myers Says...

Hello! We are visiting Disneyland in June. Are there discounts for one day tickets? We are not from the SoCal area or military.

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May 14, 2018 at 7:50 p.m. Ted E Says...

thanks for the contest and the blog post. I've bought my Disneyland and universal Orlando tickets through you guys. i plan on buying my Disneyworld tickets when i can take my daughter

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Hi Ted!

Great! We have tons of great Disney World tickets to choose from. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

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May 14, 2018 at 7:20 p.m. Birdita Says...

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May 14, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. Deborah Beyer Says...

I would love to visit Disneyland again. I haven't been there since I was a child a long time ago. It would be great to hook up with family over there as well.

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May 14, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Katie Says...

This is perfect! We are planning a spring 2019 trip and are just starting to look at dates. Thank you!

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This is awesome! We'll be taking our kiddo next year (finger's crossed).

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This is such a great guideline to help pick out the best dates to plan a vacation to Disney. This has always been my burning question as to when is the best time to visit. Thanks so much for this great information.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:53 p.m. TheFrenchCorder Says...

Great article, thank you! One question I have is regarding Dapper Day events, if you are familiar with them. I know there is one in the spring and one in the fall - which do you feel would be the least crowded and best to attend? We have never been to Disneyland, but attended Dapper Day in Disney World on my son's wish trip last year. We were told that the events are even better at Disneyland. Thank you in advance!

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We are looking at going to Disneyland the first week of June (1st-5th) 2018. Will is be crowded? Worried about the days that Grad Night occurs on.

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May 14, 2018 at 4:39 p.m. Adam Davi Says...

September is by far the best time to visit Disneyland. I've visited in September multiple times and the crowds are always light, especially if you go on a weekday.

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May 14, 2018 at 4 p.m. Elizabeth Trayner Says...

WOAH! I was thinking of going for my birthday 11/18 and 5th anniversary 11/23 but that's on the list for worst times to go haha Good to know! I'll have to look at going during the week before Thanksgiving :)

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May 14, 2018 at 3:52 p.m. Barbara Says...

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May 14, 2018 at 3:34 p.m. johns Says...

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