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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on July 10, 2019 2418 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, so far this summer, have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into fall and winter.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Disneyland 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.

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 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 sure 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 will take place in 2019.

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 fall to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure — plus the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. 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.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 - Ticket Pricing

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, such as the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. We expect there will be elevated crowds for at least the remainder of the year (and we've adjusted our Crowd Calendar levels accordingly). Even with the additional space this new land will bring to Disneyland Park, we feel certain there will still be way more people who plan to visit for the out-of-this galaxy experience.

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
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 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)
  • 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.

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

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! Keep in mind that we still expect these "best times" to be more crowded after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens. So while they are still good times to visit, they will busier than in years past.

  • 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 forget 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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Feb 17, 2017 at 4:27 a.m. Will Says...

Is March 16th ~ 22rd, 2017 really going to be that bad? My girlfriend has a conference that weekend. I'm really torn if I should go with her and we can visit Disney World. But I really don't want to go if we are just going to wait in lines all day... Some expert advice is highly appreciated.

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Feb 17, 2017 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Will,

March 16-22 is Spring Break, so the crowds will be high during that week. Use Fastpass and our Park Plans to make the most of your visit if you make it!

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Feb 22, 2017 at 10:45 p.m. Joefish Says...

who is on spring break just looked up california schools are not vacation till April

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Feb 23, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joefish,

Many California school districts, like Pasadena ISD and San Francisco ISD are off in March!

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Feb 16, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. Cathy Says...

We booked our trip 4/12 through 4/19 because the travel agent told me Easter "wouln't be bad". After researching and finding out it is historically bad, tried to change it but the airline prices had increased too much. SO, did some additional research and found that most major school districts in the US will have their Spring Break in March and won't be overlapping with Easter. Will this help our crowd levels any?

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Feb 16, 2017 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cathy,

We're projecting that Southern California theme parks will see high crowds during your visit. While it will be busy, you can make the best of it by using Fastpass and following our Park Plans.

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Feb 14, 2017 at 11:51 p.m. marlena Says...

Easter is on Sun, April 16 this year.. My bday is 2 weekends before that, April 2Will it be less crowded before Easter? I want to go for my birthday

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Feb 15, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marlena,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting high crowds on April 2 and 16th. It's the busy Spring Break season!

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Feb 9, 2017 at 8 p.m. stephanie Says...

Hi, i'm thinking of going either on

Monday 2/13/17 or 2/14/17 (Valentines day) . What day do you recommend going? Less crowds? I heard some kids are off monday for lincons? What do you think. Please help.

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Feb 9, 2017 at 9:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

While we're forecasting average crowds on Feb 13/14, we are expecting heavy crowds on Feb 20 due to many area school districts off on President's Day. Here's our Crowd Calendar for the month.

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Feb 9, 2017 at 3:45 a.m. Sara Meghann Says...

Are there some special events going on April 24-April 28, 2017? Hotels seems to be very expensive that week..?

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Feb 9, 2017 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

We're not aware of any Disney Special Events going on inside the park that time. The hotels regularly host meetings so it may be why the rooms are at those prices.

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Mar 10, 2017 at 6:53 p.m. Shannon Says...

We're going the same week, low crowds expected at Disney, but the hotels are sold out. I tried to book a second room for my sister and there is NOTHING available (unless I want to spend a fortune at the Grand Californian). No idea what's going on, but I'm hoping they don't all decide to head to Disney!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:16 p.m. Kevin Says...

If you could only visit Disneyland in either summer 2017, or summer 2018, which year would be better from an attraction, construction and crowd standpoint? Any suggestions?

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Feb 5, 2017 at 12:24 a.m. Tyson Says...

Visited January 27 - 31, 2017. It was extremely crowded each and everyday, which totally sucked because it had been nearly 10 years since I was there. Chinese New Year and the good weather did it, combined with the discounted tickets offered to Southern California residents.

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Feb 1, 2017 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

We don't have any word of major new attractions, shows or construction projects arriving at the Disneyland Resort in 2018. If you haven't visited since Cars Land opened, then it may be worth heading to the resort this summer!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 6 p.m. April Rodriquez Says...

We are planning our 2nd trip. We went in the very beginning of summer this past year and it was very crowded. We are planning this time for either Monday April 16-Sunday April 22nd or Monday April 23rd-Sunay April 29th, 2018. What are your thoughts on those dates? We are trying to go before the big summer crowds and hotter weather.

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Feb 1, 2017 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April,

We're forecasting the majority of those days to have average crowds in 2017. Unless school spring break calendars change, they should remain consistent from 2017 to 2018.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 4:01 p.m. Megan Says...

I am visiting the area April 28th to May 2nd is it better to visit the park on a Saturday or Sunday? Also, how do the crowds look on Monday's? We are thinking of going to the park on Sunday and Monday to hopefully avoid some of the crowds.

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Jan 31, 2017 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

On our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during those days. Your best days would be Sunday and Monday since many passholders are back to work on Monday.

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Jan 28, 2017 at 9:40 p.m. Arthur S. Says...

Hello!

Thank you for the helpful post. I am visiting the parks on Feb 16, 2017 while I am in town for a conference. I can only do one-day at the parks :/. I am debating between getting a one park ticket for Disneyland or the Park Hopper. Which would you recommend? I will be with my girlfriend who has never been to the parks!

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Jan 29, 2017 at 5:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arthur,

If you can afford the one-day park hopper, go with that. You'll get a good glimpse of both parks.

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:33 p.m. Victoria Says...

Easter Sunday...I know falls during a "NO GO" week but the day itself??? Thoughts?

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Jan 27, 2017 at 5:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

We've listed Easter Sunday as a 10, meaning we expect very high crowds. Like any holiday, many families schedule trips to the Disneyland Resort that weekend.

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Jan 29, 2017 at 9:09 p.m. Rachel Enderby Says...

Hi does Columbus Day on 9 October usually mean the days after that date are still really busy? We're looking at visiting 10-12October with the kids? Thank you

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Jan 29, 2017 at 5:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

We're forecasting that Oct 10-12 will have average to a high crowd day on the 12th. Here's our Crowd Calendar.

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Jan 24, 2017 at 6:51 p.m. Darcy Says...

Do you know why March 5-11, 2017 is so busy? Your list says spring break shouldn't start until the following week but then says this week is especially busy. Why is that?

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Jan 25, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darcy,

We look at statical data and resources such as school vacation calendars from districts outside of the LA/OC area to come up with forecasts for that month.

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Jan 22, 2017 at 9:50 p.m. Jill Says...

We are looking at coming for a week, oct 11-18. I don't see any special events or holidays that will make the park extra busy (aside from early closures for Halloween party), just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything! Average crowds at this time you'd say!?

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Jan 23, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill,

Outside of weekends and a few random days, October is a good month to visit. If there are any changes will update the October LA Calendar as soon as we know.

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Jan 21, 2017 at 7:59 a.m. Natalie Says...

Hi! Thank you for all this info! We're planning on being in the park Janiary 25-26, 3017 (just a few more days!) Were hoping to beat the crowds. Do you think those days will be alright even with the Main Street electrical parade being back just a few days before?

Thank you,

Natalie

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Jan 23, 2017 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

It's possible that local passholders will be back to see the Main Street Electrical Parade, and it could affect crowds, but that's less likely during a weekday. Make sure to pick a spot for parade viewing early!

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Jan 26, 2017 at 5:47 a.m. Dom Says...

Will Splash Mountain be open Feb 21-23?

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Jan 26, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dom,

As of now, Splash Mountain is scheduled to be open on those days.

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Jan 18, 2017 at 1:41 a.m. Christye Says...

Hey I want to take my four year old in May but my finals don't end until the 24th, so we will be going the 25th - 27th. And I see that grad nights are planned for that week plus memorial day is that coming Monday. How busy will it be? What happens during grad nights that will effect her time at the park? Will we be kicked out before the fireworks?

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Jan 18, 2017 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christie,

Grad Nights are normally private events that happen at Disney California Adventure starting at 10 PM. It won't affect any Disneyland shows, and possibly not a World of Color show if one is scheduled that day at Disney California Adventure. There can be more people in the park, but not like a packed summer day. This is how things normally work, but we'll post an article if we hear of Grad Nights changing.

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Jan 17, 2017 at 3 a.m. Andy Says...

How big are the crowds at Disneyland on valentine's day? Is there a significant increase in crowd volune?

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Jan 17, 2017 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy,

We don't see significant crowds during Valentine's Day at Disneyland. We're forecasting average size crowds that day.

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Jan 14, 2017 at 7:10 a.m. Desiree Says...

I was hoping to bring my family on Feb. 21, but I noticed your calendar said high crowds that entire week. I would expect that over the weekend and President's Day, but wondered about the forecast for the entire week. Thanks!

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Jan 16, 2017 at 6:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Desiree,

Outside of the weekends and President's day, we're forecasting average crowds on our Crowd Calendar for that week.

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Jan 12, 2017 at 4:10 p.m. Katie Says...

Any idea what is going on at Disneyland March 7-10, 2017? I can't seem to find a hotel!

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Jan 12, 2017 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Ki Katie,

Hmmm. We're forecasting average crowds for most of that week. There is a convention at the ACC that weekend so it may be attendees getting in some Disney-fun before their convention.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 3:07 a.m. Dayana Says...

Hi what are the best days in may 2017 ?? It's my sons birthday month and I want to surprise him.

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Jan 13, 2017 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dayana,

Take a look at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar and see what works around your son's birthday. GREAT SURPRISE.

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Jan 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. michaele preston Says...

In your post you say that the first week in June is a good time to visit but on the crowd calendar, it lists high crowds all week. Has something changed?

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Jan 11, 2017 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michaele,

In terms of summer, the first week in June is pretty good and certainly better than July. But with most passholders blocked out from June 9 through Aug. 20, many will add in trips before then.

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Jan 12, 2017 at 12:23 p.m. Teresa Says...

What do you think about March 6-8? We're going to be at Disneyland for those three days and I don't know what to expect of the crowd and I'm praying it doesn't rain! Are their massive crowds during that time?

Thank you!

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Jan 12, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa,

On our Crowd Calendar we're forecasting those days to have average crowds.

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Jan 20, 2017 at 12:06 p.m. Teresa Says...

Bummer! It could be worse, I suppose.

Thank you!

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Jan 9, 2017 at 10:32 p.m. Rosita Says...

Hello! I love your articles, always so insightful! I was hopping (see you got me doing it now) that you can help me with a little snafu I have run into. I planned on buying the MSEP dining package for BB but I know POC will be down for refurbishment. My question: have you eaten there when POC was down, is the ambiance affected? Do you think it is still worth it without POC? Thank you!

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Jan 13, 2017 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rosita,

While we haven't dined at the Blue Bayou while Pirates of the Caribbean was down, it's possible one of our readers can speak to that. We're big Blue Bayou fans, and think any time that we can get a table is a great time to dine there.

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Jan 7, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. Helen Says...

Hi! I'm thinking about taking the kids for the February break (week of 2/20) after the President's Day holiday. Looks like crowds are "average" then -- what does that mean in terms of ride waits? Is it a better time than spring break (week of 4/10 for us)? Thank you!

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Jan 10, 2017 at 8:48 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi,

We are interested in going to Disneyand on Memorial Day through Friday, June 2. How busy do you think it will be?

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Jan 11, 2017 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

We're forecasting the parks to have high to average crowds that week. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more info.

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Jan 9, 2017 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

The February break week is much better crowd-wise for your trip. Your best bet to manage ride times is to use our park planning tools and wait time app!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 9:49 p.m. Shana Says...

Planning to arrive early evening Monday Oct 9 2017 and spend Tues-Thurs (Oct 10-12th 2017) in the parks. Can we confidently expect lesser than normal crowds? We are taking our school aged children out of school in hopes of being at the park when its less busy. Our biggest concern before booking an October trip is getting booted out early for Mickeys Halloween Party :(

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Jan 6, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shana,

We're forecasting average crowds that week. Take a closer look at our crowd calendar. Our tips would be to visit another park on the day that Magic Kingdom closes early for Mickey's Halloween Party. The dates for the party are usually released in the spring.

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Jan 4, 2017 at 8:46 p.m. Angela Says...

We're from Canada and were thinking of going Aug 20-26 before our kids go back to school. Would we possibly be better crowd wise to go Aug 13-19 while the pass holders are still blocked out? Have lots of schools in the US gone back to school that week (13-19) already? Thanks!!

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Jan 5, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

We're forecasting that Aug 13-31 will have Average Crowds at Disneyland. There are some Annual Passholders that can get in during Aug 13-19. The 21st is when remaining AP's get visit the park.

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Jan 4, 2017 at 6:51 a.m. Laela Says...

Planning a trip for Disneyland/California for feb 27- March 3rd. Should those be busy days? Thank you!

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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laela,

Those look like average crowd days. Check out our Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 11:08 p.m. Jared Kurtzberg Says...

I am trying to decide for Disneyland only between Sunday January 22, 2107 when the park is open from 9am until midnight or the next day, with cheaper tickets, when the park is open much shorter hours from 10am-8pm. Is the 10 hours enough time? Are the crowds that much smaller on Monday? Thanks so much!!

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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jared,

Yes, weekends are generally busier on Sunday than Monday. As for your 10-hour time frame, YES. As long as you have a plan, prioritize what you want to do nay take a peek at our touring plans, you should be able to get in a good amount of attractions in that time. Check the showtimes of the Main Street Electrical Parade too. If that's important for you to see, then consider that it may not run every day.

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Jan 3, 2017 at 6:28 p.m. Angie Schneider Says...

Hi there! Just thought I would let you know...Oregon's Spring Break is a week later this year! March 27-31 is our break instead of the week before. I saw a comment wanting to know how busy March 20-25 would be. Hope that helps others to plan, I will be there...pushing my way through the crowds! LOL!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 4:31 a.m. Kyle Patterson Says...

Hello I am planning to go to Disneyland March 20-25 2017 and would like to know if that is a not so busy time to go. Thank you

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Jan 13, 2017 at 8:15 p.m. Lori Says...

Not only is it spring break but there is also a cheerleading competition going on. This will be my third year going during this time and if my daughter wasn't competing I would stay away.

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Jan 3, 2017 at 7:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyle,

Yes, that will be an extremely busy time to visit Disneyland. It's Spring Break!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 11:52 p.m. elizabeth Dillard Says...

We have a trip to Disneyland planned March 3rd- 5th.. How are the crowds. Last year we went at spring break, crazy.. However , we may have to visit Dland the week March 7th thru 9th. Due to unexpected change in plans. If we have to, how are the crowds then?

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Jan 4, 2017 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

Take a look at our Crowd Calendar. Those days look pretty good. Have fun!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 2:56 a.m. Thom Says...

Im planning to take the family to Disney land from April 2 to the 6th how is the park then

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Jan 3, 2017 at 7:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Thom,

You can expect heavy to average crowds during that week. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more info.

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Jan 1, 2017 at 9:09 p.m. Jesus Valenzuela Says...

Hi! I am planning to go to Disney California Adventure and I was wondering if it would be a good time to go on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of January 2017. Thank you.

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Jan 1, 2017 at 6:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesus,

We're forecasting average crowds on all of those days. Have fun!

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Jan 3, 2017 at 1:22 a.m. Rocco Says...

I'm going Jan 16,17,18 2017 how would the crowds be for those dates ? Would it be a super long wait "up to an hour" or should I reschedule ?

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Jan 3, 2017 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rocco,

You're visiting Disneyland on the tail end of a 3-day weekend for many people. You're going to have High, Average and Low crowds during those days. Check out our Crowd Calendar.

It's hard to say how long wait times will be. If you use Fastpass, you can definitely avoid those big lines.

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Dec 29, 2016 at 1:22 a.m. Robin Says...

We are planning to go in February (probably the 8th through the 10th). I'd like to go on a Friday because of the longer hours, but will it be worth it if crowds are generally bigger on Fridays, or would we be better off going Tuesday through Thursday?

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Dec 28, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin,

It's a trade off. Tues-Thurs will have smaller crowds, but you may miss a parade or the fireworks display that could only happen on a Fri-Sun. Peek at Disneyland's site for their show schedule.

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Dec 28, 2016 at 12:31 p.m. Marie Says...

We are planning on visiting January 6-7, 2017. I think Orange County will be back in school. Will that make much difference or will it be miserably busy?

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Dec 28, 2016 at 8:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie,

On our Crowd Calendar we're forecasting those days to be moderately busy. Parks are open late, so that should give you time to experience lots of attractions.

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Dec 14, 2016 at 5:59 p.m. Julie in DC Says...

I just got back from Disneyland. We went December 6,7,8. It was a three day pass for the Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. We stayed on site so we could go to the parks early. I have to say, it was very crowded. . I was shocked to see it packed mid week during school hours early December. I would personally recommend going in January or February instead. Of course we had a good time, but the crowds were much larger than what we had anticipated. We spent day one and day three at Disneyland because that was where the early magic morning hours were, and then the middle day was California adventure. This was just about right. We did not get to see everything however due to the crowds. Hope this helps others make wise decisions in the future! Keep in mind we did pull the kids out of school and I'm very glad we did. If it was like this mid week early December what is it like over Christmas!?! One last piece of wisdom/advice: we made lunch and dinner reservations at various restaurants and thank God we did. Otherwise we might not have eaten. You have to call 60 days prior to do this. Got right in with our reservations, and treated very well and got good tables. Keep that in mind.

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Dec 22, 2016 at 11:42 a.m. Renee Says...

We went last year in December during the kids winter break. WRONG!WRONG! WRONG! That was the worst trip to Disneyland I had ever had. Cast members were pretty much non-attentive as most were seasonsl hires and were being trained on the 1st day of the vacation period. My brother turned around and went back to the hotel because it took almost 2 hours just to get to security at 8am. I ended up taking older kids back at night time and there were no lines because it was pouring rain and really cold for Anaheim standards.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 11:11 p.m. Heather Says...

I second this. We went Dec 7-11 and were blown away by how crowded it was. We always go in December and we even usually go a little bit later in the month with much smaller crowds. I'm not sure why there were so many people this year but it was insane. You could barely walk through the crowds a lot of the time. Combine that with constant parade reroutes/closures and the back entrance from Frontierland to Fantasyland being blocked off (thank you, Star Wars land) and you're left with squished, disorganized travel around the park. There were a lot of ride breakdowns/closures too which made the ride lines even longer than usual. Even fast pass returns were long lines. And speaking of fast passes, if anyone wants to ride the Radiator Springs Racers I suggest heading over to the fast pass distribution as soon as the park opens because those are gone for the day early in the morning.

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Jan 1, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. Julie Says...

One of the most important things to look at when planning a Disneyland vacation is the local annual pass holder calendar. There are so many SoCal pass holders who swarm the parks during the weekdays that it can be miserable. In December, they are blocked out halfway through, so they visit in droves during the first two weeks of December. Since the introduction of the payment plans to pay for your SoCal Disneyland pass, there really isn't an off season anymore. Your best bet for reasonable crowds would be Jan, Feb or the first week of November.

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Great advice on getting those Radiator Springs Racers Fastpasses first thing.

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips!

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Dec 22, 2016 at 1:47 a.m. Addie Says...

Hi happy holidays!

I'm thinking of going to Disneyland the 25th and the 26th which is Christmas and the day after Christmas would those days be super busy?

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Addie,

Happy Holidays to you as well!

Woo. Yes, Dec 25 and 26 will be super busy at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Lots of families spend their holidays at the resort.

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Dec 12, 2016 at 3:28 a.m. JZ Says...

I think at this point, it's safe to move the first two weeks of December to the "Expect it to be busy" side of the aisle. we were there Wed, Thur, and Fri and both Thur and Fri rival or exceed any weekday visit I've done in the middle of summer. Wednesday was busy too with Califoria Adventure adding a slight reprieve on Wed only.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

JZ,

Thanks for the in-park updates. Hope you were able to have fun!

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Dec 9, 2016 at 11:29 p.m. Steph Says...

We were looking at jan 1 and 2 2017, are those some of the busiest days of the year (like capacity type) or just the usual seasonal busy type of day?

Thank you

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Yes, these are some of the very busiest days of the whole year.

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Dec 8, 2016 at 7:39 a.m. Eric Says...

You've said crowds will be larger the week after President's Day. We are planning to visit 2/21 through 2/24 - how bad should we expect it to be? We've never been to Disneyland. Are we talking hour long lines, everywhere? We're staying in the park. So, will take advantage of the early entrance but we're wary of hour long lines the rest of the time. Any prediction for that week after President's Day?

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Dec 18, 2016 at 2:23 a.m. Pam Says...

We've gone many times in February and it's been our best trips. Even better if it's raining.

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Dec 1, 2016 at 12:20 a.m. Nikki Says...

My family and I are planning a trip to Disneyland around the middle of October. Is it really crowed around 1-2 weeks before Halloween? We really would like to go when it's not as crowed to try and see/ride as much as we can. Also how is the weather in October? So I can pack accordingly. Any recommendations?

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Dec 15, 2016 at 6:47 a.m. Heather Says...

My favorite times to go are October and March, mid week. I'm getting ready to try January. Will probably be cold and possibly raining, but that means shorter lines.

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Nov 21, 2016 at 8:04 p.m. Cherie Says...

We are planning on going to disneyland between Dec. 11 - Dec. 14. What will the crowds be like?

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Nov 29, 2016 at 3:51 a.m. Steve Says...

We will be there that week too...most likely from the 13 to the 15th of December. I hope the crowds are not too bad.

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Dec 14, 2016 at midnight D Mirage Says...

Very crowded today. Tuesday DEC 13th

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Nov 17, 2016 at 3:32 a.m. Jimi Says...

Thinking of going Nov 21-23 ( I know not the BEST time to go) and have two tykes age 5 and 7. Going to buy park hoppers, any suggestions on how plan/split the parks over the three days to maximize our time there? (First time w/ kids, go'n to be an adventure!!)

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Nov 16, 2016 at 8:44 p.m. Beth Says...

How do you think the crowds look the week after Thanksgiving?

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Nov 26, 2016 at 8:29 a.m. Cynthia Says...

Very crowded during the week of thanksgiving ????

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Nov 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Jaime Says...

How about the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend? Do you think all the crowds will be gone? Thinking may they are going home at that time?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaime,

Crowds will still likely be higher but not as high as Thanksgiving week.

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Nov 23, 2016 at 4:37 p.m. jessica palos Says...

Good morning,

Do you think you'll be anything busy Sunday November 27th like it was on Veteran's Day? We went and it was extremely busy. We'd like to go back.

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Nov 24, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Yes, we expect it will be very busy.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 4:50 p.m. Lorne Says...

Looking to go to Disneyland either November 18-19 or December 9-10. Do you recommend one over the other?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorne,

Both times should be fine, but December 8-9 might be slightly less crowded.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 5:56 a.m. Heather Says...

Any idea which will be more crowded, the Tuesday or Friday after President's Day?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Tuesday may be more crowded, since Monday is the holiday, but some people do get the whole week off so we would expect a higher than usual crowd either day.

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Dec 4, 2016 at 9:22 p.m. Beth Says...

How about the Wednesday and Thursday after? I have heard the crowds are mostly in- state guests? Any insight in that?

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Nov 12, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. Reyna Says...

I have a question. My moms friend is driving all the way from idaho and there coming this thanksgiving week. We have plans on going to Disneyland the day of thanksgiving. Would you recommend it?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reyna,

This is a very busy day to visit. We always say the best day to visit is whenever you can, but you should go in with the expectation that it will be really, really crowded.

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Nov 21, 2016 at 5:39 a.m. mona Says...

Will Thanksgiving day 2016 be sold out?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona,

We can't say for sure, but would expect it to reach capacity at some point on this day and the Friday after it as well.

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Nov 12, 2016 at 7:09 p.m. Nikko Says...

Is the whole week of thanksgiving horrible? We were thinking about going just Monday and Tuesday.

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikko,

You should expect higher crowds the whole week.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 8:20 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hello. We are booked at Paradise Pier March 27th-April 1st. Been to WDW 8 times but this is our first trip to DL. We are only doing each park one day because we want to explore California and have some chill time. It will be ny grandma, my 9 yr old daughter and 1 yr old son and myself. Any advice on which days of the week to do what parks? We will be available to do park days on tuesday, wednesday and thursday. Thank you

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

Sounds like a great trip! Since you are staying on property, you have two ways of doing this. Disneyland usually has early entry with Extra Magic Hour for hotels guests one hour before park opening on Tuesday/Thursday, and California Adventure has early entry on Wednesday. If you are early risers and can take full advantage of the early entry by being in the park an hour before opening, then visit the park holding Extra Magic Hour. If you do not plan to use the early entry, then definitely visit the park that does NOT offer the Extra Magic Hour for lower crowds throughout the day.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 6:43 p.m. Catlin Says...

I'm planning to take my wife and two kids under the age of 5 on April 14th, to April 18th. Will this be a very busy time ?

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catlin,

Yes! Among the very busiest dates of the year.

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Oct 31, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. Mandy Says...

With some rides that close in the "off peak times", when are the best times then to go, and not miss out on rides? I don't want to go all that way and not be able to go on the rides, as they are closed for maintenance? Thanx

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Nov 22, 2016 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy,

Based on past history, it seems like you’ll find most of the closures in early spring. Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain always close off and on September through January to add and remove their seasonal overlays! Disney refurbishments are also always unpredictable, so any refurbs can easily change at any given moment. Be sure to check out our seasonal closures section on this post!

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Oct 30, 2016 at 4:21 a.m. Weng Ian Says...

Hi, I am planning to go to Disneyland California in February. I will be coming from France and once I am a Cast Member I am afraid concening the blockouts? And I saw just right now that the President's week in exactly in the week that I will be there, so is more that certain that will be blockout of the Cast Member, right?

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Oct 29, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. Marlyn Says...

Hello, thank you for the information. My family is planning to go on Sunday Dec. 11, do you think we will be able to enjoy Disneyland that day?

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Oct 28, 2016 at 11:15 p.m. Rob Says...

We are looking to go to DL either Feb. 8-11, Feb. 12-15, or March 1-4, 2017. Which window is most likely to be less crowded? This will be our first trip with our 3 young kids (oh boy). Thanks!

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Oct 28, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Mary Says...

Need some advice. We are looking at going to Disneyland the first week of June 2017. However, I see that there are a few grad nights that week. How much does that affect crowds? Would it be better to go the last week of March?

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