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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023

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It’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time. But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Planning the Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022

We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest changes coming out of 2020 — and that the new theme park reservation system, which comes with some capacity limitations.

Many days sell out, but even so, there are more crowded days than others. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play that put us in new territory when making our predictions. The good news is that there are many encouraging signs that things are heading back to "normal" in the parks, including the return of World of Color, Fantasmic! and the Main Street Electrical Parade. And guess what else? Traditional character meet and greets have returned as of April 18. Hooray for hugs!

With so many locals at Disneyland, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we knew crowds would return to Disneyland after its reopening — and boy, did they ever! Couple those locals with pent-up travel demand across the world, and Disneyland is set up for a hoppin' 2022 and beyond. (We will talk more below about Magic Key holders and how they influence crowds.)

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

For the foreseeable future, capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time; while it helps to limit capacity, it also makes getting into the parks more challenging. 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!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Avengers Campus HQ

Avengers Campus made its epic debut June 4, 2021, which played a part in Disneyland's busy summer, fall and winter in 2021. But as we look into 2022 and 2023, there will be some sweet spots to time your visit if you're looking for the least busy time to hop into the parks.

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, 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. The spring breaks at major universities in California also influence crowd levels, making the second half of March the peak of spring break.

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 you don't see your particular dates discussed below, leap down to the comments. We frogs — and some of the 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 Magic Morning, are temporarily unavailable, but expected to return in summer 2022. FASTPASS and MaxPass have been officially retired and replaced with the paid Genie+ system. 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 120 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders).

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Family in front of Disney California Adventure

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 (now Magic Key holders).

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. The Magic Key passholder program has debuted, though Magic Key holders still need to make a park reservation to enter the parks, and their availability calendar is also limited. Depending on the type of pass they have, Magic Key holders might find themselves 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 those are the times when most Magic Key holders (especially for the more affordable passes such as Imagine and Enchant Keys) are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, certain Key holders 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 in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Train Station

Even if the park capacity is the same each day, Magic Key holders influence the park crowds. During school days and workdays, Magic Key Holders might visit the park for just the morning or just the evening, making the park seem less crowded than a Saturday or holiday, when many more people arrive early and stay all day long, making the park feel more crowded.

Outside of the Magic Key holders, other limited-time local promotions can influence crowds for certain periods of time. When Disneyland offers special ticketing promos for California residents or Southern California residents, more locals flock to the parks. That can make it hard to predict crowd levels as it attracts more guests during typically quieter times. As the promo end dates draw near, everyone rushes in to use the tickets before they expire. Undercover Tourist typically offers these same promo tickets for an even steeper discount than the parks, so our Disneyland ticketing page can offer insight as to promo dates when available.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availability 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.

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World is 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 is planned for Sept. 9 to 11, 2022.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Halloween Time

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 2022 and 2023 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back! Our Crowd Calendars also offer a look at the weather at Disneyland so you can pack accordingly for that May Gray and June Gloom :) )

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.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

Here are the days we expect to be the busiest at Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-17, 2022
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 12 to April 18, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 4 to Aug. 21, 2022
  • Oct. 1-15, 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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

  • Jan. 1-8, 2023
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 13-16, 2023
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 17-20, 2023
  • Spring break and Easter - March 10 to April 16, 2023 (elevated crowds March 4 to April 21, 2023)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2023
  • Oct. 1-14, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-26, 2023
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. 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. 5, 2022 and Sept. 4, 2023
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Oct. 5, 2022 and Sept. 24, 2023
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 10, 2022 and Oct. 9, 2023
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2022 and 2023
  • Memorial Day - May 30, 2022 and May 29, 2023
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2022 and 2023

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022 - Small World Exterior

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disneyland, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks are open and each day sells out!

Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter Disneyland hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, weekdays are less crowded, but only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration as well.

  • 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 5, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites)
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first week of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the second half 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 2023

  • 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, 2023)
  • April 21-28, 2023
  • 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

Avoiding Early Park Closures Due to After-Hours Parties

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Oogie Boogie Bash Overlay on Disney California Adventure Park Entrance

One other thing to be aware of is any separately ticketed events that may be scheduled even during the best time to visit. Here are the most common causes of early park closure:

These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual. If you look forward to an evening at Disneyland with all the nighttime entertainment, then avoid visiting these days unless you have a party ticket. Otherwise, your fun may be cut short, and you may not get the most out of your visit for your money. Since Disneyland hours are generally released only up to six weeks in advance, keep an eye out for news of parties and note any upcoming dates to avoid (or to buy a ticket for). You can look to our linked posts for upcoming events or for guidance on predicting the next season's shenanigans.

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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May 15, 2018 at 1:42 a.m. Amy E Says...

Thanks for all of the great info!

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May 15, 2018 at 1:30 a.m. Joni Metcalf Says...

Would love to travel during Fall season.

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May 15, 2018 at 1:29 a.m. Vennesa K Says...

Looks like fun

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May 15, 2018 at 1:15 a.m. Carla W. Says...

Thank you SO much for this info. We took our daughter WAY back when she turned 4 and it was so packed we could not get around hardly. Now I have grandsons I want to take and these tips are very helpful on when to take them and when not to take them.

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May 15, 2018 at 1:03 a.m. Tiffany Small Says...

Cant wait to go again!

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May 15, 2018 at 12:52 a.m. emilijalouise24 Says...

Cannot wait to visit Disneyland someday!

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May 15, 2018 at 12:21 a.m. Allyson Says...

My husband and I just moved back home from living in Kissimmee, Florida (about 15 minutes away from Disney World) for a year and are reaaaally looking into Disneyland since we spent so much time in Disney World. Looking into November when it's Christmas and we can see Haunted Mansion and Small World all decked out! Flights seem to be pricey. What's the best airport to fly into for Disneyland?

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May 16, 2018 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allyson,

The closest airport to Disneyland Resort is John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA). It's only 14 miles from the park! The other big airport option is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). You might also check out some of the smaller airports including Long Beach Airport (LGB), LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR). They might offer more competitive prices, but you'll have to see which ones you can fly into from where you're coming from.

Keep hopping!

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May 14, 2018 at 11:50 p.m. Ryan Alexander Says...

Would love to visit Disneyland

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May 14, 2018 at 11:48 p.m. Stephanie C. Says...

Can't wait to go to Disneyland!

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May 14, 2018 at 11:47 p.m. Angie Says...

Awesome

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May 14, 2018 at 11:40 p.m. Jennifer L T Says...

Thanks for all the awesome tips and deals

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May 14, 2018 at 11:14 p.m. Carol Says...

Still in the planning stages but your site is so helpful!

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May 14, 2018 at 10:21 p.m. Jessica Says...

Just wanted to thank you for all the tips and blog pos tr s! Definitkey helps plan out the trips!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:40 p.m. Rik Says...

Just been to Orlando. Can't wait to go back.

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May 15, 2018 at 3:04 p.m. Tiffaney Lindsey Says...

Disneyland looks like so much fun!!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

We're so HOPPY to hear it!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 10:06 p.m. Tracy Eau Claire Says...

I'm going to bookmark this post! We went in 2017 during the week after Columbus Day and it was packed. Like you could not take a single step without navigating the space all around you. Couldn't get into stores, cause you might have to cross the sidewalk to do that. It was like real life Frogger! :) So glad we had the MaxPass to make the trip a success.

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May 14, 2018 at 5:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

MaxPass is AMAZING! Be sure to check out our Crowd Calendar as well to help plan your trip. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 9:55 p.m. Stephanie Jobe Moore Says...

Your crowd calendar is a life saver!!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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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May 14, 2018 at 5:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ted!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 7:47 p.m. Liam Elias Says...

I always plan my vacations with Undercover Tourists. Im such a happy frog

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May 15, 2018 at 3:32 p.m. Adam Mikalauskas Says...

I love undercover tourist

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May 14, 2018 at 5:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liam!

Yay! That makes us very hoppy frogs as well!

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May 14, 2018 at 7:27 p.m. Tony Cruz Says...

Great App. !!!

Lots of helpful functions & easy to navigate.

Can't wait to try app in our visit to San Francisco!!!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony!

Let us know how you enjoy your trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Excellent helpful advice!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Birdita!

Hoppy to help! Let us know if you have any questions.

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May 14, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. jason whitaker Says...

I want to go but have no plans at the moment...

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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 6:54 p.m. Isabel J Torres Says...

I ♥️Disney!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isabel!

Same here!

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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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May 14, 2018 at 6:40 p.m. Mandie C Says...

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

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May 14, 2018 at 6:23 p.m. robin s. Says...

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 6:21 p.m. Cindy Says...

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May 14, 2018 at 5:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

Aw, thanks! We frogs <3 you too!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 6:17 p.m. Barbara Says...

What an easy way to get the perfect help when planning a vacation!

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May 14, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. Humberto Says...

I love this article because it shows you the crown calendar, this helps you to plan better your vacations, it also talks about the best dates to go, and when not to go.

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May 14, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. Christie W Says...

Thanks for the help. I love being able to come and see the best ties to plan for our trips!

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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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May 14, 2018 at 5:34 p.m. Keri andrews Says...

We are WDW frequenters, and are getting ready to plan our first trip to Disneyland for our anniversary next year!

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May 14, 2018 at 5:21 p.m. Iris Says...

I dont have plans yet but we would love to visit there one day

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May 14, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. K Disney Fan Says...

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 4:51 p.m. Madeline Says...

Will be using this article to plan my trip!

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