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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2595 Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

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

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Keep hopping!

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Apr 23, 2018 at 5:51 p.m. Yuli Says...

Hi, we are planning to bring our 5.5 years old daughter to go to Disneyland this year. Do you think it will make big difference between the week of Aug 12-18 and the week of Oct 5 - 12?

Thank you!

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Apr 23, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yuli!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that August will be a bit less busy!

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Apr 22, 2018 at 1:15 a.m. jazmin Esparza Says...

i plan to take my 2 year old amd a 7 year old is june 1 to 8 good dates to go?

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Apr 23, 2018 at 8:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jazmin!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that it will be busy, but not too crazy for the summer months. Enjoy!

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Apr 20, 2018 at 4:58 a.m. Emily Says...

Hi, I am looking to spend 2 days at Disneyland in May. The for sure day will be Monday, May 21st. As for the second day, do you think I should go with Sunday the 20th or Tuesday the 22nd? I know weekends in May are said to be the "worst days" to visit, but I believe Tuesday is a Grad Night and I'm not sure how much that influences the crowd level. Thanks!

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Apr 20, 2018 at 1:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that Tuesday the 22nd would be the better choice, since it's a weekday!

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Apr 19, 2018 at 11:51 p.m. Shannon Says...

We are planning a trip either the 2nd week of October (fall break). Do you know if local schools have fall break as well? Is this crowd worse than a typical week during summer months?

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Apr 20, 2018 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

No way! Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds on most weekdays in October, much less busy than a typical summer week. No worries at all.

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Apr 19, 2018 at 2:23 p.m. Casey Says...

Hi there! I was just curious about the 2019 dates- it says one of the worst times to go in 2019 are "Weekdays in May" but that is also one of the options for one of the best times to go in 2019. Is it just a toss up in May for whether it will be crazy or not?

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Apr 19, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Casey!

Oops - we meant to say that WEEKENDS in May are one of the worst times to visit. Weekdays are still one of the best, but yes, May is a toss-up! Great catch, and thanks for letting us know!

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Apr 18, 2018 at 2:36 p.m. Ana Martha Zepeda Says...

Hi! I love your website! I just wanted to see if it would be a good idea to visit DisneyLand with my fiance June 2nd or the 3rd but we fear it may be too crowded. Or should we not go?

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Apr 18, 2018 at 11:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts these dates to be fairly busy, but we don't think that should hold you back from a trip! Check out our tips on maximizing your time at Disneyland and enjoy your visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:25 p.m. Susie Says...

Planning August 11-14. Will the crowd be awful?

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susie!

You can check our Crowd Calendar for details, but we predict moderate crowds during most of this week.

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:03 p.m. David Says...

Visiting in June which day would be better to visit? A Friday or aSaturday?

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

Our Crowd Calendar expects most Fridays and Saturdays in June to be similarly crowded, with certain Fridays possibly being slightly less busy. Hope this helps!

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Apr 16, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. JoAnne Says...

How does May 24, 2018 look this year?

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Apr 16, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JoAnne!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds on this day.

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Apr 15, 2018 at 5:33 a.m. Julie Says...

We are going April 24-26 hopper passes. Would like to see paint the night preferable stress free? Any tips on food dinning must rides etc. We have not been to Disneyland in very long Time. Oldest is 7 twins are 5. Thank you

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Apr 17, 2018 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Hop over to see our guide to Pixar Fest for some tips and recommendations! You should also take a look at our Disneyland Park Plans for ride/attraction and FASTPASS recommendations. Have a wonderful trip!

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Apr 15, 2018 at 3:12 a.m. Peter Says...

Planning on visit to Disneyland Sunday afternoon April 22nd and Monday 23 ,Tues 24th April and interested in your view on crowds.

Thanks

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Apr 15, 2018 at 10:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peter!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts pretty moderate crowds on these days. A great time to visit!

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Apr 12, 2018 at 7:48 p.m. karla Says...

Hi, very flexible on times to go, we want the less crowed, but thinking the week if may 14th, is that a good time to go?

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Apr 15, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds and great weather that week. We think it'd be an awesome time to go!

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 10, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. Candace Says...

Hi!

Looking to visit October 2018! Looking at October 26 & 27! Would this be a busier time to go?

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Apr 10, 2018 at 11:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candace!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that Friday will have moderate crowds, and Saturday will be a little bit on the busier side.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 10, 2018 at 4:46 a.m. Melanie Nichols Says...

Hi Leap!

Trying to figure out the best time to go in Jan 2019. When is the marathon and pro-bowl dates?

I imagine we would want to avoid those dates.

Thank you,

Melanie

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Apr 10, 2018 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend takes place Jan. 9-13, 2019. The Pro Bowl will be on January 27, 2019. Have a great trip!

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Apr 11, 2018 at 3:07 a.m. Melanie Nichols Says...

Thanks for the reply Leap!

I appreciate your feedback!

Yet Jan 27th and a few of the marathon festivity days are still on the “best time to visit ” list - shouldn’t they be on the “worst time” list?

Thank you for your time, Leap!

:-) Melanie

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Apr 10, 2018 at 4:12 a.m. Gaby Says...

Hello, we are planning to go to Disneyland in august 2018, we haven’t decided if we go on aug. 3 through aug. 8 or from aug. 13 to aug. 19.

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Apr 9, 2018 at 11:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gaby!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that Aug. 13 - 19 will be the better choice!

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Apr 8, 2018 at 5:32 p.m. Teresa Ebenal Says...

Hello there my family is going Sept 14th thru Sep 17th I’m a little worried about the crowds due to this being the time all the Halloween Fun begins. Are the crowds as bad as I’m imagining?

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Apr 8, 2018 at 11:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa!

Good news - our Crowd Calendar actually predicts that this is a GREAT time to visit.

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Apr 5, 2018 at 10:57 p.m. Anne Says...

Hi!

Planning a 3 day trip at the end of August. I'm looking at either Aug 27-29 or 26-28. Would Sunday be a lot busier than a weekday? I'm assuming the Pixar fireworks will be everyday, but Fantasmic only on Sunday? Thanks!

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Apr 5, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for deets, but it looks like those days will be similar in terms of crowds. The entertainment schedule hasn't yet been announced for August, so check back! We believe Fantasmic should run mostly every night as well.

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Apr 4, 2018 at 9:58 p.m. MICHAEL Says...

Hello,

My family is going to Disneyland April 23 rd to the 27th, my wifes birthday is on the 26th anything special that we can do at the park for her birthday? also are those times decent times to go as far as crowds go? We are also staying off site at a neighbor hotel around next to the garden walk. any tips to help along the way?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts this will be a great time to visit, with gorgeous weather and moderate crowds. We recommend doing a fun meal like Goofy's Kitchen for your wife's birthday! As for staying at a neighbor hotel, be sure to check out your transportation options (see if complimentary shuttles are available) and give yourselves plenty of time to get to the park!

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Apr 4, 2018 at 6:16 a.m. Bundy Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland and CA Adventure on 05/03 and 05/04. How are the crowd levels from opening to 9pm (park closes early for the Star Wars After Dark party)? How about 05/04 “May the 4th be with you” ... nothing on the crowd calendars show the levels to be higher.

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Apr 6, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bundy!

Since Disneyland is hosting the special after-hours event in honor of "Star Wars Day", we don't expect normal crowd levels to be impacted.

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Apr 2, 2018 at 11:23 p.m. MICHAEL Says...

Hello, My Wife , son 4 and daughter age 2 and my self are planning on going April 23rd to the 28th going Tuesday weds Thursday and Friday, are these good times to go? think the crowds will not be too bad? its my wife's birthday on the 26th and what special things would be suggested that we do for her birthday? We just bought the cheap socal passes for the year but have not gone yet.

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that this will be a great time to go, with great weather and moderate crowds. We recommend booking a fun, yummy dining reservation for your wife's birthday. Goofy's Kitchen is our go-to!

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Mar 30, 2018 at 11:38 p.m. Kristin Says...

My husband and I are trying to plan a first time Disneyland vacation for our family. Our kids are currently 3, almost 6 and 9. I am a preschool owner and teacher and need to write the schedule for next year. The best month for us to go to Disneyland based on your predictions and our availabilty seems to be April 2019. My question is whether it would be best to go Mid April(which week specifically) or wait until the last week of April/ first part of May? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

Once May hits, check out our Crowd Calendar to see what to expect in April 2019. Because Easter falls on April 21 next year, mid-April will likely be pretty busy. We’d guess April 29-May 1 to be your best bet.

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Mar 30, 2018 at 3:52 a.m. JoniBaby Says...

I want to plan another vacation to visit Disneyland in 2020.

We would like to come after Star Wars is complete. I read it’s supposed to be done in 2020. We were thinking of the last week of March or even mid April. Just not sure when Star Wars is going to be done. Could you help with an idea?? We are planning a 5 day pass park pass and staying in one the resort hotels. Thank you :)

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Apr 6, 2018 at 12:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joni!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is estimated to be completed in 2019. As long as this timing stays on track, you're good to visit anytime in 2020! Since Easter falls mid-April 2020, we would recommend coming late March instead. Let us know if you have any other questions - it sounds like you have fun plans ahead!

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Mar 29, 2018 at 11:18 p.m. Kristin D Says...

We are planning our first trip to Disneyland with our 3 kids. We are hoping to go in April 2019 for around 3 days. When would be the best time to go? Mid April? April 29-May 1st? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin!

Once May hits, check out our Crowd Calendar to see what to expect in April 2019. Because Easter falls on April 21 next year, mid-April will likely be pretty busy. We'd guess April 29-May 1 to be your best bet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 27, 2018 at 4:03 p.m. Peter Says...

Looking at going On April 22-25. We are large family of 6 kids 2 adults. With ages from 12-6mon. Any idea on crowds and options and hotels :-)

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Apr 5, 2018 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peter,

It looks like those dates will be moderately busy. Crowds shouldn't be bad! Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to check it out and for hotels, make sure you look at our discount Los Angeles hotels!

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Mar 27, 2018 at 5:06 a.m. Erica Says...

We are looking to go to Universal and Disney in August, after school gets back in session. Is there really a big difference between the weeks in the 2nd half of August? Also, how bad is Labor Day weekend? Trying to pick the best 7 day window for our trip. Thanks!

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Apr 5, 2018 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, there isn't a huge difference between the last two weeks. Although, during the week at the end of August, crowds seem to really lighten up. You'll definitely see more crowds during the weekend days of Labor Day Weekend!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 22, 2018 at 3:44 a.m. lizW Says...

Me and my mom are planning a trip to Disneyland (just the two of us), due to our work schedules, we have two days which we can pick from. Thursday April 12 and Saturday April 21st. We want to go the day it will be the most mellow, we don't care if we miss a certain parade or something of that nature, we just want the least hectic date.

April 12 is the last day of the food and wine festival, and its close to spring break.

April 21 is a Saturday and Dapper day... which would you recommend? any advice is greatly appreciated! :)

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Mar 21, 2018 at 10:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best guesses on crowds! Looks like April 21 will be a little less busy.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 21, 2018 at 10:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best guesses on crowds! Looks like April 21 will be a little less busy.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 21, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. LizW Says...

My mom and I are planning to take a mother daughter Disneyland trip. We have to go before the end of April. With both our working schedules we are in between two dates, Thursday April 12 Or Saturday April 21st. We rather go the most mellow day, we wont be sad if we miss a show or parade,

Which would you suggest would be the least crowded date?

April 12th: closer to spring break, last day of food and wine festival.

April 21st: its a Saturday! and Dapper Day

Thank you for your advice :)

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz,

According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, it looks like Saturday, April 21 will be the least crowded day out of the two options. However, there isn't a huge difference between the two, so we suggest going on the date you want to go! Have a wonderful trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 20, 2018 at 5:24 p.m. Courtney Says...

We're going to DL over Memorial for a short trip; 27-30. We did WDW for 9 days starting on New Years Eve a few years ago. What's the crowd level going to be like Memorial Sun-Tue in DL compared to WDW at NYE time? We were at MK and they closed entry for a few hours about mid day.

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Mar 27, 2018 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

The crowds shouldn't be quite what they were like during NYE at Disney World, but you should be prepared for heavier crowds. Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar for crowd predictions!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 18, 2018 at 9:28 p.m. Lisa Says...

The only time we will be able to go is March 24th thru the 30th. How bad will it be?

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the parks will be pretty busy during these dates. We recommend purchasing MaxPass to make the most of your time!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 18, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. Anna Says...

My sister and I are thinking of visiting for the first time from around the 5th-8th May 2019. We are trying to avoid Easter and Spring break! Do you think this is a good time to go? Thank you!

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

What do you need us frogs for when you already have such a great game plan? We're always happy to hear when our pals are able to visit outside of the chaos of spring and summer breaks. The dates you've chosen sound awesome!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 18, 2018 at 12:53 a.m. Sarah Says...

My husband and I are planning a kid free trip to Disneyland for our 10th anniversary next year! Fortunately we'll have the freedom to choose anytime of the year to go, (planning on two day park hoppers) and were thinking sometime during September. Early September is lasted as a great time, but I'm wondering if there will be any major rides that will be closed at that time to get ready for Halloween? Or would it be smarter to go later in September when maybe all the rides will be open, but then how will crowds be?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain usually close late August for their holiday overlay installations and reopen sometime in early September. We'll update this post when we know the exact dates - keep checking! All of September is fairly mild so choose when it's best for you! Check out our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to see predicted crowd levels. Have a hoppy trip!

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Mar 17, 2018 at 4:52 a.m. Boymom Chris Says...

We are looking at a trip for late May. We had planned to visit Disneyland the week of May 29- June 1st. Another blog suggested we were better to visit over Memorial Day weekend May 25th - 28th. Any thoughts?

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Mar 27, 2018 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Memorial Day Weekend is usually pretty busy since most people have a 3-day weekend! If you were to go May 29-June 1, people are back at work and in school, so crowds are most likely going to be lighter. Check out our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar for crowd predictions!

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Mar 13, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Eric Says...

My fiance and I will be planning a visit to Disneyland for one day some time between April 1st-3rd. Looking through the Crowd Calendar, the 3rd might be the best option. But I viewed another similar website advising that we should go on April 1st. Any advice on which days may work best for us?

Thank you!

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Mar 16, 2018 at 1:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

Our Crowd Calendar shows that historically, holidays are the worst of the worst when it comes to crowds. Lots of local families and vacationers (with kids off school for Easter) will likely be in the parks. We would recommend one of the following weekdays.

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Mar 12, 2018 at 11:13 p.m. Jane Says...

We are planning a family holiday January 2019 are thinking the the 4th to the 12 or the 7th to the 15th. Which would be the least crowded but still have lots of attractions open?

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Mar 16, 2018 at 1:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that crowd levels will be similar during both of those date ranges, and ride closures will likely be the same as well. Choose whichever works best for you!

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Mar 11, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. Eric Whitaker Says...

How do you feel about June 2-6

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Mar 15, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts these days will be fairly crowded. Have you considered the MaxPass? This will really help you make the most of your time.

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Mar 9, 2018 at 3:26 a.m. Brittany Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland for next spring (2019) we are debating whether it's better to go in February, the week following President's Day, or in April during WA's spring break. Does this crowd calendar take into account the opening of Star Wars Land? Thank you for all of the helpful information!

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Mar 20, 2018 at 12:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

It depends when you're going in April, but it looks like historically, late April has lighter crowds than if you were to go in the beginning of the month. The week following President's Day also has light to moderate crowds. Since we don't know the exact opening date for Star Wars Land, we can't really take it much into consideration yet!

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Mar 8, 2018 at 7:58 a.m. Jessica Says...

Going to disneyland the first week in oct

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Mar 8, 2018 at 3:55 a.m. Michele Says...

What a nice website! Our daughter got her wish fulfilled through the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a Disneyland trip. They are sending us the week of April 23rd. Reading this article set my mind at ease that it is a great week to be there! Thank you!

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Mar 8, 2018 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Have a wonderful trip!

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Mar 7, 2018 at 7:47 p.m. Catherine Ide Says...

We are staying in Anaheim from 15th -25th November. We booked it because of the WWE survivor series being in L A. We plan to visit Disney during those dates. Being from the U.K we didn't realise Thanksgiving day was during our 10 days. and there doesn't seem to be a good day to do Disney. Any recommendations on what days to go please.

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Mar 8, 2018 at 2:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine,

If you could experience Disneyland somewhere between Nov. 15-18, then you should be okay, especially if you can make it to the park on Friday the 16th. Schools won't be released for Thanksgiving break yet, so you'll miss the rush of Thanksgiving crowds. The weekend and then the next week (19-23) will definitely be very busy. Hope you have a wonderful trip!

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Mar 2, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. Mad Says...

Weekdays in May is listed as both the worst and best time to visit. I assume one of those is a typo...

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Weekdays in May are a best time to visit; weekends in May are a worst time.

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Mar 1, 2018 at 3:06 p.m. Willy Says...

I'll be going weekdays during the week of March 12 which everybody seems to agree is a "packed" week because of spring break season. However, after a little digging, I couldn't find one school system that has a break that week- they all seem to be the weeks after. Can anyone with kids chime in on that? Thanks!

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Mar 1, 2018 at 3:48 a.m. Mary Says...

Any advice on visiting in April? Trying to plan a last-minute trip. I’m a first-time annual passholder but I live six hours away. I know a lot of schools have time off I was just wondering if anybody had any input. Thanks !

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best guess at how busy the parks will be. April will bring Pixar Fest to Disney's California Adventure, so it should be a fun time to visit!

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Feb 28, 2018 at 6:54 p.m. Laela Says...

Hello:)

We are planing on going April 16-20 2018 how does that week look?

I know some out of state schools have spring break that week should it be really crazy?

Thank you!

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laela!

Our Crowd Calendar actually only predicts moderate crowds during this time. Enjoy!

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Feb 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Yvette Says...

We have purchased 2 day park hopper tickets for Disneyland and planning to go to the parks between May 29th-May 31st with one of these days in between to Universal, which days do you recommend would be the best and less crowded to visit each park ? considering the Grad visits? Thanks!

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Feb 27, 2018 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvette,

Grad Nite will be on May 29, so we'd recommend going to Universal Studios that day and then hopping over to Disneyland for the 30th-31st! Have a great trip!

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Feb 21, 2018 at 5:26 p.m. Donna Says...

We are planning a trip to Arizona and I am hoping to convince the husband to take the 6 hour drive over to Disneyland. We are there June 8-16. I wanted to get up early Monday June 11 to go, but would it be better to go Sunday night?

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Feb 21, 2018 at 10:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts this will be a pretty busy time at Disneyland. We would recommend arriving in Anaheim on Sunday night so you can get to Disneyland at park open and hop on some rides before crowds get too hectic!

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Feb 20, 2018 at 4:18 p.m. Fotogal Says...

Planning on one day in Disney next month! Which is the best day? March 10, 11, 12 or 13. We are also doing Universal for one day as well! Thank you!

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Feb 21, 2018 at 11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best crowd predictions at the parks.

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Feb 19, 2018 at 7:23 p.m. Scott Says...

We are looking at May 17-19. How much does Grad Nite days (18+19) affect the crowd? (According to the crowd calendar the crowds look ok.) Thanks!

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Feb 21, 2018 at 11:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Our Crowd Calendar factors in all events, including Grad Nites, so you should be okay. Grad Nites take place after normal park hours and shouldn't affect your trip.

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Feb 19, 2018 at 6:18 p.m. Michelle Baker Says...

Going to Disneyland May 13-20 2018. 4 people 5day hopper passes. Was looking to see if you can beat 1,350 ? Tickets only please???? Thanks

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Feb 22, 2018 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

We don't yet sell Disneyland tickets, unfortunately!

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Feb 18, 2018 at 12:16 p.m. Barry Says...

Hi, this website is very helpful. We are looking to visit Disney California for a few days at the start of our honeymoon, on Feb 12th and Feb 13th, before jumping onto our next spot. I note its just before a public holiday there, do you think as its before and indeed weekdays, the park should be less crowded? In addition, would you recommend staying at one of the Disney onsite hotels? One final question, for these dates, when does sales open to book entry tickets? Thanks for any kind advice you can offer!

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Mar 5, 2018 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barry!

We absolutely recommend staying at one of the Disneyland hotels ... they are amazing! Our Crowd Calendar predicts the parks will just be moderately busy these days, so it's a great time to visit. You can go ahead and purchase your tickets today.

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Feb 18, 2018 at 7:56 a.m. Mona Hull Says...

Do you know the date for the Halloween after hours party? I have a young lady who's going to be 16 and she wants to attend Mickey's Halloween Party as part of her 16th birthday so I was wondering if you knew when that was going to happen so we may be able to make plans. Thank you very much for your help.

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Feb 20, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona,

Dates for 2018 haven't yet been announced! As soon as they are announced, we'll be updating our guide to Disneyland Halloween Time.

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