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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.

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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.

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Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 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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Feb 6, 2018 at 7:39 a.m. Wendy Says...

Planning to go to Disneyland during this summer break with my daughter, it's her first time. When would you recommend to go for less crowds and with most of the rides still open?

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Feb 6, 2018 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Generally, the whole summer break is pretty busy with school being out. Early June and late May are better than July, and if you can swing it, mid to late August is also less crowded since kids are getting back in school. Check out our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to see crowd predictions!

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Feb 3, 2018 at 6:40 p.m. Loralie Says...

We are planning a trip during May 21-23,2018. I heard that Grad Nites takes place during those times and make it the absolute worst time to visit. Is this true? Thanks so much for your help! Planning a vacation to Disneyland and booking soon.

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Feb 6, 2018 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Loralie,

It looks like Grad Nite 2018 only takes place one night during your vacation (May 22). Other than that day, your vacation is during a relatively good time of year!

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Feb 3, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. Ben H Says...

What does your crystal ball say about super bowl sunday?

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Feb 5, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben!

You can always check our Crowd Calendar, but Super Bowl Sunday (and any other holiday or "big event" days) is expected to be quite crowded at the parks.

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Feb 2, 2018 at 9:56 p.m. Lara Says...

We are looking at a family vacation to Disneyland in late May 2018 - I see you don't suggest the park on weekends, is it just a busier time? The official Disneyland website only has a calendar up to March 2018 - is the fireworks display on during weekday evenings? How many days would you recommend for a family of four with two girls age 6 and 7?

Thanks!

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Feb 2, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lara!

Sounds like it will be a blast. Weekends in May are quite crowded, so we usually encourage weekdays. Fireworks aren't currently taking place at Disneyland, but shows should be back up and running by your May trip! Fantasmic takes place every night as well.

If your whole trip is dedicated to Disneyland, we would recommend about 4 days there. This allows you to have an enjoyable pace, and your girls will have a blast!

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Feb 2, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. Blaire S Says...

Hello! Planning my son’s first visit (he’ll be 4) and daughters second visit (6) we want to be in the park September 4,5, & 6 2018with a Park hopper. What are the chances that popular rides such as Haunted Mansion will be shut down for Halloween decorating? Also given that is immediately after Labor Day, how busy will it be?

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Feb 2, 2018 at 4:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blaire!

Unfortunately, there is a good chance that the Haunted Mansion will be closed for the holiday overlay during those dates. It usually shuts down for three weeks beginning in late August. Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate business on those days for the exact reason you stated - holiday weeks tend to draw in many families.

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Feb 2, 2018 at 9:18 p.m. Skelly Says...

I was thinking of going to Disneyland on February 21, 22, or 23. The crowd tracker maps give those days a 5 or 6, but the text in the article says that the entire week after President's Day is not a good time to go. What do you think?

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Feb 2, 2018 at 4:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi!

our Crowd Calendar predicts crowds will be moderate during this week, and worse on the weekends. Because it is the week of a holiday, families are more likely to visit. It's not a bad time to visit, but we would recommend another week if you're flexible!

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Feb 1, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. Kristi Christensen Says...

Hi! My family is planning a trip for this November, but we are still debating on which week to go. We are either thinking the week of the 5th through the 8th, although we would most likely not go on the 8th since it is Veterans Day Weekend. Or we were thinking about going the 12th through the 16th, but probably skipping the 12th since that is when Veterans Day is observed. I would really love to see the holiday overlay/decor, which I'm assuming will be up the week of the 12th - but one of my brothers thinks it'll be too busy that week because of Veterans Day and wants to go the week prior. I'm just wondering generally what the crowds are like around then and which week you think would be better? Thanks! :)

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Feb 2, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi!

The holiday decor starts going up right after Halloween. We predict it will officially begin November 9, but this past season it was fully decorated with holiday music playing a few days before the official start. But holiday rides and entertainment will all start on a Friday about a week and a half after Halloween :) We hope this helps you make your decision - and be sure to check our Crowd Calendar, too!

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Feb 1, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Robet Says...

So weekends in May are the Very best AND very worst time to visit Disneyland?

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Feb 2, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

Weekends in May are the very worst; weekdays are some of the very best!

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Jan 31, 2018 at 1:08 p.m. Lynnette Fragua Says...

Hello I was planning a trip out in the end of February 26-28. Will there be some closures in the rides and places to see or is everything open? What about fireworks?

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Jan 31, 2018 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynnette!

Disneyland is undergoing quite a makeover right now! You can learn more about what attractions may be closed during your visit on our Refurbishment Schedule post. Fantasmic! looks like it will be the only fireworks show taking place during your visit. Be sure to grab a FastPass!

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Jan 30, 2018 at 6:55 p.m. Mimsers Says...

We are going Feb. 12, 14 and 16, 2018. We were planning to do 3 days in the parks and then the in between days do other things. Then we realized that Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. Is Valentine’s Day packed?

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Jan 30, 2018 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Valentine's Day isn't historically a very busy day. According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, that day is a moderately crowded day. You should definitely expect it to pick up some on Feb. 16, though, since it's President's Day weekend!

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Jan 29, 2018 at 11 p.m. airell ferreras Says...

Hi,

We are picking between going mid April or early August 2019 to go to Disney in Florida. Are these good times to go?

Thanks,

Af

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Jan 29, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Airell!

Check out our Disney World post for details on best times to visit the Florida parks. :)

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Jan 27, 2018 at 11:18 p.m. Irma Arredondo Says...

What are the crowds like March 31st & April 1st?

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Jan 29, 2018 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Irma!

Crowds are always quite crazy around the holidays - lots of families will be visiting for spring break around Easter. Our Crowd Calendar predicts it will be quite busy. Be sure to plan those FastPass experiences and book dining reservations early!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 27, 2018 at 11:11 p.m. Irma Arredondo Says...

Hi! I would like to go March 24-26 to Disney. Do you think there will be too many people? What would the weather be like?

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Jan 29, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Irma!

Our Crowd Calendar does predict it will be fairly busy due to spring break crowds. But the weather will be beautiful in the upper 60's!

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 25, 2018 at 9:06 p.m. Carrie Says...

I am planning a Birthday trip for my 55th! I am looking at 2OCT to 8OCT 2018. What can I expect for crowd and line delay?

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Jan 26, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

Awesome! Looks like these days will have moderate crowds ... check out our Crowd Calendar for details :)

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Jan 25, 2018 at 2:17 p.m. Bobby Says...

What are your thoughts for Feb 3 and 4

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Jan 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bobby,

With the 4th being Super Bowl Sunday (trust us, ANY big event brings big crowds to Disney ... even the Super Bowl!) you can expect moderate crowds. Check out our Crowd Calendar for details.

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Jan 24, 2018 at 3:59 p.m. Kris Says...

Hi, My friends and I are thinking of going to Disneyland on March 13, should we but our tickets early and if so how early?

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Jan 24, 2018 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris,

We like purchasing our tickets online to save time at the parks...we're always so anxious to get in! We would recommend hopping on that as soon as you'd like. :)

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Jan 24, 2018 at 5:01 a.m. Mike Says...

My wife and I are planning on taking our 2 year old and 4 year old April 23 to 27 2018, are these good days to go. Thank you

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Jan 23, 2018 at 11:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds. The weather should be beautiful, so we'd say this is a great time to visit!

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Jan 24, 2018 at 3:14 a.m. Kaycee Says...

I am looking to go around the 10th through the 13th of September what do ya think?

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Jan 23, 2018 at 11:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaycee,

Our Crowd Calendar says that's a great time to visit. Low-moderate crowds are expected. Have fun and send us a postcard!

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Jan 22, 2018 at 8:11 a.m. Karen Says...

Hi there is the 11th, 12th, 13rd and 14th Dec 2018 looking ok? I remember hearing about a ? Cheerleader champs in dec but can’t seem to find it for 2018, thanks for your help

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that December 11-14 is a great time to visit! Have fun.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 21, 2018 at 7:57 p.m. Tim Says...

We were planning on visiting Disneyland the week after thanksgiving, wondering if that’s a good time (weather, crowd, and rides being opened)? Also will there be Christmas decorations up already? Thank you!

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Jan 23, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim,

In the past, Christmas decorations start appearing immediately following Thanksgiving...and the weather is great! Our Crowd Calendar tells us that it will be moderately busy. Sounds like a great time to visit!

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Jan 18, 2018 at 11:35 p.m. Amanda Says...

We are planning on going next month Feb 15 & 16th. the Disneyland crown calendar says its slow during that time but the calendar here says its busy busy. Do you predict the 16th being over hour long wait times?

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Jan 23, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Crowd levels are anticipated to be high, but wait times depend on a variety of additional factors. With that being said, we can't make any promises on wait times...it especially depends on the ride! We recommend using your Fast Pass selections wisely to make the most of your time!

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Jan 18, 2018 at 5:55 p.m. Tiffany Says...

Thanks for this! Any tips on going to Disneyland on Superbowl weekend? (First weekend of Feb 2018).

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Jan 23, 2018 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany,

Any special events or holidays (even the Super Bowl!) means increased crowds. But have no fear! Disneyland will still be as magical and fun as ever. We recommend using your Fast Pass selections wisely to make the most of your time!

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Jan 18, 2018 at 4:10 p.m. Clare Says...

I'm planning on heading down for a day between 12th-20th May. From what I see, weekends are out. Would a Monday be better than a Wednesday, or vice-versa?

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Jan 18, 2018 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clare,

It probably won't make a huge difference visiting a Monday versus a Wednesday, but it looks like Wednesday will be slightly less crowded than Monday during that timeframe. However, since it's not much of a difference, pick the day that works best for your schedule!

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Jan 14, 2018 at 7:59 a.m. Dayna Says...

Something to keep an eye on is the timing of the last few days before the lower-tier APs are blocked for the summer. We had a trip that coincided with that a few years ago, and it was pretty crazy — as in, pedestrian traffic through Tomorrowland was almost at a standstill. I'll never forget the deer-in-the-headlights looks of what I assume were new cast members hired for the summer. From what I gathered talking to CMs, it was far more crowded than management had anticipated.

Another one that caught us by surprise was Dapper Day in fall 2015. I thought second weekend of September wouldn’t be too bad, but Disneyland actually reached capacity as all the locals poured in to the park for a Friday night date in their fancy clothes.

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Jan 12, 2018 at 12:40 a.m. lrduce Says...

Is there a big difference in crowd (annual passholders) August 28-30 versus September 18-20? It sounds like from what I've read, August might be the busier of the two. We're aiming for the least busiest but if they're about the same we'd go with August since the kids won't miss any school. But if there's a big crowd difference between the two dates we'd rather go September.

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Jan 11, 2018 at 10:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Irduce,

It looks like both of those times would be great to head to Disneyland! Low crowd levels are expected on those days in particular for both August and September. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details :)

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Jan 11, 2018 at 7:19 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Which day would be less-crowded.....Saturday of Presidents weekend or a Monday in mid-July?

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Jan 11, 2018 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

According to our Crowd Calendar, they'll both be pretty crowded at about a level 8 or 9. When it comes down to it, choose the date that works best for you, as both of those dates will be crowded!

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Jan 11, 2018 at 6:09 p.m. Emily Smith Says...

HI! My family is planning on a reunion to go to Disneyland in September. We originally had planned the last week in September but am wondering if earlier in the month would be better?? Thanks!!

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Jan 11, 2018 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

That week looks like it won't be too crowded or busy, according to our Crowd Calendar! The only dates that look slightly better (crowd wise) would be towards the middle of September (18-20). But still, the last week looks solid! Do keep in mind, the Halloween festivities will be taking place!

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Jan 10, 2018 at 5:44 p.m. Dana Says...

We are thinking about taking our 7 year old son on his first trip to Disneyland this year. With our school and work schedules, we have to go in the summer. With the high crowd levels, will it even be worth it?? Thanks!

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Jan 10, 2018 at 11:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

While we of course recommend going during the off season, going to Disneyland during the summer is still much better than not going at all! Check out these tips to maximize your time in the parks, and check our Crowd Calendar for the best times to visit. We're certain you'll have a great time no matter the crowds!

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Jan 2, 2018 at 8:22 a.m. Maddi Says...

Hi! I've been planning a trip to Disneyland for ages and ive been wondering if Jan 5-8 was a poor time to choose. Will the New Year crowds still be there or will it be clearer than im anticipating? Thanks!

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Jan 2, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maddi,

It looks like there still will be holiday crowds during that time, according to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar. Be prepared!

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Dec 31, 2017 at 8:31 p.m. DQ Dilly Says...

Thanks so the insight! We are heading for our first trip to Disneyland in a few days! DQ expo at the convention centre first then hitting the parks!

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Dec 31, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. Meena Says...

Hi,

How many days do you recommend for Disneyland? It will be our first trip, we have 3 kids ages 5,7,8.

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meena,

It depends on the time of year you'll be going to the parks, but we recommend at least 2 to 3 days. That way everyone can experience what they'd like to and see everything possible!

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Dec 30, 2017 at 8:21 p.m. Eden Says...

My family and I are planning on going this week sometime. Possibly the middle of the week, 3rd or 4th. What’s the crowd like?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eden,

Our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar shows it'll still be pretty busy at the parks! This is probably due to many kids still being out of school.

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Dec 29, 2017 at 3:26 p.m. Says...

if a park is listed as a busy day on a day it has extra magic hours, is it better to go to a reccomended park even without EMH.

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Dec 29, 2017 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

I am guessing you are talking about Disney World. We have a whole post devoted to when to use EMH.

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Dec 29, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. Luke Says...

Hello!

My wife and I are planning a trip to Disneyland on March 6th, 2018. Do you think it will be crowded around that time? Thanks for your insight!

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luke,

That seems to be the least busiest week in March, according to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar. You'll probably experience moderate crowds!

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Dec 27, 2017 at 11:19 p.m. Natasha Says...

Hey there, my family and I will be at Disneyland from January 12-14. Its my son's first birthday and we love Disney so much that we named our son after Walt Disney, with the exception of the spelling since my son's name is Waltt Diznee, just to give you an understanding of how important this trip is. Also, my husband ALWAYS looks forward to the firework shows @ DL but on their website it says no fireworks and parades is this true for the dates that we will be there?

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Jan 2, 2018 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

As of now, it looks like Fantasmic! (at Disneyland) and World of Color (Disney California Adventure Park) are the only scheduled fireworks/nighttime spectacular shows. While we don't see the regular Disneyland fireworks show scheduled, these two shows are also beautiful and fun to see!

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Dec 26, 2017 at 9:29 p.m. Karla Says...

Hi we have plans to visit disneyland Sept.30th and Oct.1st Sunday and a Monday 2018. 12 of us are going and 5 are kids ages 8-13yr old. Where and when should I buy are tickets? 1 day park tickets for 2 days of fun. Grandma

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Jan 10, 2018 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla,

We recommend purchasing tickets straight through the Disneyland site so you can customize them to fit your needs.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 26, 2017 at 1:56 a.m. Brayden Says...

I can go when the haunted mansion is open but small world is closed or when small world is open but haunted mansion is closed I'm looking for a Tuesday in January, thanks and have a magical day

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Dec 29, 2017 at 11:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brayden,

In terms of going when crowds are lowest, our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar predicts the end of January to be less crowded than the beginning. If you're looking to go on a Tuesday, January 23 or 30 look like great days to venture to the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 22, 2017 at 2:10 a.m. Alex Says...

Hi! We're looking at going to Disneyland 2 June - 6 June 2018. Will it be super crowded? Anything we need to avoid?

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Dec 28, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

This is a pretty good time to go! Crowds will be high but not super high as you should be beating the coming summer crowds. We highly recommend you arrive at least an hour ahead of the parks' openings, especially if you are parking.

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Dec 20, 2017 at 10:14 p.m. Vickie Says...

We will be in DL Jan. 27, 28, 29- 2018. How long of a wait time would you estimate that the most popular rides will have?

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Dec 20, 2017 at 4:35 a.m. Ro_From_Cali Says...

Was in DL from 12/2-12/7/2017 and it was insanely crowded. We stayed at the Grand Calif to get early entrance into park. It didn't matter at all. Got in line at 6:05 a.m. and was still only able to get on two rides between 7-8 a.m. Lines everywhere for everything. Dorks talking selfies all over the place. Hotel lobby was packed. Three hour waits at the restaurants in Downtown Disney. Really unpleasant experience.

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Dec 19, 2017 at 12:40 p.m. Kat Says...

Hi. I'm looking to visit in 2018 in what is probably going to be my only trip (travelling from the UK is not cheap!). I am a massive NBC fan so want to see the haunted mansion overlay. As such I was thinking last week in spetember/first week of October in an attempt to miss the larger crowds closer to Halloween. You say the best time is Monday through Thursday but I've heard that the nighttime shows aren't always on during the week. Is this likely to be the case? The fireworks were our favourite part of our trip to Disneyland Paris so I wouldn't want to miss them! Thanks

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Dec 21, 2017 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kat,

The nighttime shows should be playing during the week. Be sure to check Disneyland's calendar to know ahead of time!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 19, 2017 at 12:01 p.m. Scott Essman Says...

I've heard that Christmas Day itself is NOT busy in the Magic Kingdom, but your site says it will be busy - is that true?

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Dec 19, 2017 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

In our experience, Christmas Day is one of the busiest days of the year.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 12, 2017 at 2:05 a.m. Sandy Carter Says...

I am planning on visiting Disneyland on Christmas Day. I am concerned about renting a wheelchair. Can I reserve one or is it first come first served?

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Dec 12, 2017 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy,

Wheelchairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis at Disneyland. If you're concerned about now being able to rent one at the park, you can always reserve one from a local company.

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Dec 11, 2017 at 5:46 p.m. Erin Says...

I am looking at going during Memorial day week. If I avoid that Monday, would the rest of the week be as crowded? Thanks!

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Dec 11, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

Our Crowd Calendar forecasts the rest of the week to not be as busy as Memorial Day weekend. However, moderate crowds are still predicted!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 10, 2017 at 2:53 a.m. Stacey Says...

My family and I are thinking of visiting May 14th thru 17th of 2018. I will have my four year old grandson with me. Do you think this is going to be a good time? What are some places we should visit and a good hotel?

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Dec 12, 2017 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

That should be a good time, as many schools have not been yet let out for the summer vacation. Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood would be great places for you to visit. It depends on where you would like to stay, as far as a good hotel to stay in. Hop over to our discounted Los Angeles hotels to check out some our favorites!

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Dec 7, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. Neva Says...

We're planning to visit DL November 12-15, 2018. How will that be?

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Dec 12, 2017 at 1:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neva,

It should be moderate with not super light crowds, but not heavy ones either. Check out our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar for crowd forecasts!

Keep hopping!

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Dec 5, 2017 at 3:36 a.m. Alex Says...

Hi!

We're planning a trip September 19-26, 2018. I heard that September of 2017 was much busier than anyone anticipated due to all the Halloween decor and parties. How busy should we expect it to be?

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Dec 5, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

According to our crowd calendar, those are pretty good dates to be at the park as far as crowds go. Most of those days are light to moderately crowded days.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 1, 2017 at 8:56 p.m. Ralph Says...

Thinking of first time trip to Disneyland with 2 adults and 2 kids (8 &15), during 5/29/18 to 6/2/18, basically the week right after memorial day (5/28/18) Any idea how crowds might be? I read that SoCal schools are not yet out for summer?

Thanks

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Dec 6, 2017 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ralph,

According to our crowd calendar, you can expect moderate to heavy crowds, depending on the days you are in the parks. Some schools aren't quite out for the summer, so during the week you might not experience too heavy of crowds. But expect wait times to go up during the weekend.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 1, 2017 at 1:36 a.m. Tina Says...

We are thinking of planning a family trip toward the end of January. What do you think? Will it be busy?

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Dec 5, 2017 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

The parks shouldn't be very busy. The majority of kids and parents are back at school and work. You can check out the predicted crowds on our crowd calendar!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 29, 2017 at 7:53 p.m. Amy M. Says...

My family is planning to be in SoCal the week after Xmas and we want to go to Disneyland on Fri. 12/29 & Sat. 12/30. Are we crazy? Are the crowds crazy bad? Is it worth it. We have a 10 & 9 yr old.

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