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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023

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

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

Planning the Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

For the foreseeable future, capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time; while it helps to limit capacity, it also makes getting into the parks more challenging. We've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Avengers Campus HQ

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

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers, such as Magic Morning, are temporarily unavailable, but expected to return in summer 2022. FASTPASS and MaxPass have been officially retired and replaced with the paid Genie+ system. Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 120 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders).

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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

If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland isn't the same as at Disney World.

The biggest difference is the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those Disneyland locals were annual passholders (now Magic Key holders).

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. The Magic Key passholder program has debuted, though Magic Key holders still need to make a park reservation to enter the parks, and their availability calendar is also limited. Depending on the type of pass they have, Magic Key holders might find themselves blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays.

The Disneyland blockout calendar provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year because those are the times when most Magic Key holders (especially for the more affordable passes such as Imagine and Enchant Keys) are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, certain Key holders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Train Station

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

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

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availability Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be busiest.

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World is the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo is planned for Sept. 9 to 11, 2022.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Halloween Time

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2022 and 2023 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back! Our Crowd Calendars also offer a look at the weather at Disneyland so you can pack accordingly for that May Gray and June Gloom :) )

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

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

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-17, 2022
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 12 to April 18, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 4 to Aug. 21, 2022
  • Oct. 1-15, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

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

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

  • Labor Day - Sept. 5, 2022 and Sept. 4, 2023
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Oct. 5, 2022 and Sept. 24, 2023
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 10, 2022 and Oct. 9, 2023
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2022 and 2023
  • Memorial Day - May 30, 2022 and May 29, 2023
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2022 and 2023

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

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

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

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 5, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites)
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first week of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the second half of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2023)
  • April 21-28, 2023
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Avoiding Early Park Closures Due to After-Hours Parties

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

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

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

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

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Nov 25, 2017 at 5:24 a.m. Jen Says...

Listed as one of the worst times to go in 2018 is mar 10-April 6, but when I look at the crowd predictor it has week of mar 26 as low crowds but week of April 9th as high, we are trying to decide between March 26-29 or April 9-12. Th ask for your help

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Nov 23, 2017 at 11:13 p.m. Aj Says...

We are planning to go to the park from Feb 26-Feb 28, 2018. Does any one know when the park hours will be? and If the Firework show will be happening during the weekday?

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Nov 23, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. cojudy Says...

We are looking to spend 3 days at Disneyland/California Adventure during the week of January 8-12. Would Monday the 8th still be a busier day?

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Nov 21, 2017 at 8:55 p.m. Amanda Says...

My family (5 adults) will be visiting both Disneyland and California Adventure the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29th-Dec. 1st).. How crowded should we expect it to be? What wait times are average for the week after Thanksgiving? Any tips for making the most out of our trip with possible crowds during this week?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 9:05 p.m. Rae-Lynne Spila Says...

Is Splash Mountain always closed during February? That is the best month for my family to visit DL but we have been a couple of times and both times Splash Mountain was closed...we'd really like to go on that ride!

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Nov 18, 2017 at 10:01 p.m. Bettszy Says...

We are planning a trip this week for my son's birthday. How true are the crowd predictors??

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Dec 13, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We work pretty hard to keep our Crowd Calendar as accurate as possible!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 17, 2017 at 1:41 a.m. Angi Says...

How bad is the week of Thanksgiving? Is it intolerable? Is there one day during that week that is better?

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Nov 12, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. Donna Nash Says...

We are visiting December 10 and 11 I have a 7 yr old please tell me what is the best to see and how will be the crowds?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

According to our crowd calendar, those are both yellow days, so crowds will be moderate. As far as what it is best to see, it depends on the interests of everyone in your party. Take a look at our park plans for Disneyland!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 11, 2017 at 3:41 a.m. shannon Says...

Hi we are going for my daughters 5th birthday Jan. 22-24, will there be no fireworks or fantasmic as these are weekdays? Is world of color on weekdays?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

The fireworks and Fantasmic shows will both still be available.

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Nov 10, 2017 at 4:26 a.m. Hailz Says...

Mondays are the new Saturdays for Disneyland. Saturdays and Thursdays are typically the slowest days.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 6:36 a.m. Haley Says...

We are going to Disney Dec 3-7 and I'm looking at the Disneyland Calendar on the Disney website and it looks like the park has pretty long hours even during the week. Does this mean it's going to be busy? Is there a something you know of going on that week? The crazy thing is the week before christmas the week day hours are way less so now I'm worried. Also do you think Sundays or Fridays are busier during that time. We are trying to decide how to work it. Thanks so much for all the helpful info.

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Nov 15, 2017 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haley,

According to our crowd calendar, those dates are yellow, which means it'll be moderately busy. This is probably due to the holiday season being upon us. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is in full swing by that week, as well as Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure. Fridays are usually busier than Sundays.

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Nov 7, 2017 at 7:33 a.m. Phil Says...

Hi, we are travelling from New Zealand and our LA dates are 1 July - 7 July. We are planning 2 days at the Disney parks - can you help suggest which two days we should go for, preferably concurrent days.

A tough choice for us but little choice.

Thanks

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting heavy crowds Jul. 1-7. Fourth of July week is hectic. We recommend avoiding the parks Jul. 3-5. Make your visit Jul. 1-2 or 2-7.

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Nov 7, 2017 at 5:07 a.m. Kara Says...

We are looking at visiting Disneyland April 16th-18th 2018 just wondering what the crowds would be like. I am going to be with my 2 year old son and my husband who has never been. Also if my son is under 3 he doesn’t need a ticket right?

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds Apr. 16-18. Children under three do not need a ticket.

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Nov 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Celia Says...

I am planning to visit around such dates too (second or third week of April 2018), but I have heard that new Toy Story area is opening around that date, is it going to have an impact on the crowds?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 12:24 p.m. Leeanne Says...

Hi. I am planon finally visitng for the christmas decorations next year. I will have a young child and mother. When would you suggest the best/quietes time? First 2 weeks of nov or the 2 weeks after thanksgiving? Thanks

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeane,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds both of those weeks. Pick the one that works with your plans.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 5:15 a.m. Christina Says...

Hi, why do you say up until March 4th?

I am coming over with my children from Australia and planning on going to Disneyland on March 5th, 6th and 7th 2018.

Is the park open at night during those days? As i would like to be there during the evening when all the lights are on.

Thanks

Christina.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds during your visit. After those days, Spring Break starts. We've updated the post to reflect those dates.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 3:11 p.m. durangojv Says...

Any idea when the California Food & wine Festival for 2018 will be?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We do not have dates for the DCA Food and Wine Festival for 2018 yet. We'll post information in our Friday roundup when we find out.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 1:51 a.m. John Says...

I have had two different opinions about Christmas Day, one said extremely busy the other said it’s not. Is this a good day to go

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting Christmas Day to be very busy.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 1:47 a.m. Stacy Says...

Hi , so I just read your post and turns out we will be there during the weekend of Veterans Day. How bad should we anticipate? Are we talking 3 hr wait times?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds during the weekend. While it may not be 3-hour waits, it will be busy.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds during the weekend. While it may not be 3-hour waits, it will be busy.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 1, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. Michael Trujillo Says...

Planning on visiting Disneyland for my bday. The only bad things is it lands on feb 23rd. So thinking of going feb 22-23rd. Could there be any kind of window, we would miss the insane President:'s day crowd? Would we be better off going the week before? even tho that would mean facing shorter park hours?

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Nov 1, 2017 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

First, Happy (early) Birthday!

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds that weekend. If visiting on your day isn't important, we'd go with one of the days listed as Average Crowds.

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Oct 28, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. Yan Says...

We find that park hours can vary quite a bit during the offseason. For example, sometimes DCA is opened until 11 PM and sometimes only until 8 PM.

We are thinking of going to Disneyland February 11 to 13 (Sunday thru Tuesday). Any thoughts about what the park hours would be on those days? Thanks in advance!

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Oct 30, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yan,

We would expect weekday park closing times to be between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. during February.

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Oct 27, 2017 at 1:25 a.m. Yulia Says...

We are thinking about going to Disneyland on Monday, November 13th. Will it be crowded because of the weekend of Avengers Super Hero Half-Marathon?

Would it be a better choice to go on Tuesday, November 14th?

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Oct 27, 2017 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yiulia,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Nov. 13 and 14. Either day is a good day to go!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 7:17 p.m. Kev Says...

Hi. I am booked Sat 11/4-Wed 11/8. Planning on being in the park Sat night, skipping Sunday and then back to the parks Mon, Tue and Wed. Given this is the week between Halloween and Christmas celebrations the crowds should be pretty light, wouldn't you think? Thanks!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kev,

Looking at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds for that week. Have fun!

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Oct 18, 2017 at 5:57 a.m. kristy Says...

Hi

we are looking at going from 0ct 14th which is a Sunday for five days...so last day will be Thursday 18th.

Should we avoid the Sunday all together? I really wanted a weekend though as I understand the fireworks and Fantasmic are not on weekdays in October. Is this correct?

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Oct 18, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy,

Yes, generally fireworks and Fantasmic! are weekends-only in the fall. If you really want to see Fantasmic! then choose one weekend day. It will be busy, but you'll see the show!

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Oct 9, 2017 at 12:49 a.m. Janelle T Says...

Hello! We are planning on visiting from Sunday, 10/7/2018 through Saturday 10/13/2018...does Columbus day usually draw in bigger crowds? If so, do the crowds usually linger for an extra day or 2 (versus if Monday wasn't Columbus day) thank you for your help!

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Oct 15, 2017 at 5:03 a.m. Jessica A Says...

We were just there October 9-13th, and Columbus day drew in HUGE crowds. If you can, push it out another week. Everyone seemed to be on some sort of fall break!

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Oct 23, 2017 at 2:43 p.m. Kyler Says...

True story

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Oct 12, 2017 at 4:03 a.m. DESIA YAMESE CLEMENTS LEWIS Says...

Should all Disney Theme Parks start providing Xmarx™ Digital Lost & Found Watch Rentals for free with an option to buy as souvenir to all families with children, elderly/ special needs guest?

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Oct 8, 2017 at 9:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janelle,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy and average crowds throughout the week.

Hoppy planning!

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Oct 6, 2017 at 3:04 a.m. AK Says...

Modify my question:

Hi Leap, thank you for answering all our questions. We want to plan a 3-day trip to DL in the beginning of Dec 2017. Looking at the crowd calendar, looks like Dec. 5-7 is a (4/10), Dec 12,13 is (3/10), but Dec. 14 is (5/10). How accurate is the crowd calendar? Is 3/10 a lot less crowded than 4/10? Do you suggest we visit from Dec. 5-7 at 4/10, or Dec. 12-14, where one of those dates is 5/10? Additionally, California Adventure Parks is prob less crowded than DL, so we could do that park on Dec. 15 when it has a 5/10 crowd rating. Thank you for your assistance!

ADD -ON question:

Looks like DL park hours for Dec 2017 is not published on the website. We would like to be there when the park has the longest 'opened hours'. Is this only on the weekends?

From my question above (1) when should we visit depending on the crowds and (2) longest park hours (we want to make the most time out of our trip), all that considered, from your expertise, when should we plan a visit for Dec. 2017?

Thank you so much!

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Oct 6, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AK,

We attempt to make the Crowd Calendar forecasts as accurate as possible. There isn't much difference between a 3 and a 5. As for park hours, the parks are open later when there are more crowds, so Friday-Sunday.

Overall, early December is a great time to visit. Any time before Dec 21 will give you a great experience.

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Oct 1, 2017 at 8:11 p.m. Emily Says...

Trying to plan a trip to Disneyland March 5-9, 2018. Your crowd calendar shows average crowds those days, but it appears most of the hotels directly across the street are already sold out. We've stayed at a number of those hotels in years past and haven't had a problem with availability this far out. Is there an event or convention you know of that week that may be causing this?

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Oct 1, 2017 at 8:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We're not aware of any events or convention, but there could be a large event in the area. Also, with Spring Break starting on the 10th, it could be vacationers getting a jump on the busy season.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 27, 2017 at 1:58 a.m. Angie Williams Says...

We are going to be at Disneyland Feb 10-13th, and was wondering if we will catch any of the Chinese New Year celebration or the Mardi Gras one?

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

It's possible. Disneyland has not released the 2018 schedule for those events yet. Keep checking! We'll post when we know them.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 9:32 p.m. JA Says...

You say that Mondays-Thursdays in the first half of November are a good time to visit except the weekend of the Super Heroes Half Marathon. We plan to be at the parks on the 7th and 8th of November before that weekend. Do you think those days will be busy or should we be early enough in the week to miss the crowds that come with the race?

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Sep 21, 2017 at 5:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JA,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on the 7th and 8th. You should be fine on those days.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 18, 2017 at 7:49 p.m. Erica Cox Says...

Can you further explain why the park will be busier (and has higher ticket pricing) during the week of October 9th? Columbus Day falls on the 9th but nobody in California observes this holiday. Utah doesn't have their fall break until the 19th. We plan to visit Disneyland on October 12th (Thursday). Thank you.

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Dec 1, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Amanda Driskill Says...

I’ve been to DL 3x around sep-October trying to find the sweet spot and that week is shoulder to shoulder busy in both parks

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

Families from outside of California often visit Disneyland during that holiday weekend. Also, Gay Day does bring in a crowd.

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Sep 18, 2017 at 6:05 p.m. Jennifer Says...

I've booked my hotel for Dec. 8th - 11th. Im taking my family. Including my 2 year old. (Almost 3). What's the weather like during this month? Should I modify my dates or the time is perfect?

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

December in California can be chilly. Our Crowd Calendar has projected temperatures listed. The monthly average is 69° (high) / 52° (low).

Keep hopping!

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Sep 15, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. Gina Says...

Which would be better? May 29-31 or June 4-6? Would that one week even make a difference?

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Sep 18, 2017 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gina,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average to busy crowds during your May dates. We'd go with those days.

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Aug 24, 2017 at 5:52 p.m. Mary Says...

Thank you for your blog! We are visiting Cali the week of January 28 and we're planning to do three days at Disney and one at Universal. Are there days of the week that are better than others to do each park?

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Aug 25, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, the parks will see average to low crowds. Weekdays are always better than weekends.

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Aug 21, 2017 at 12:58 a.m. Ben Says...

We are going to be in the Anaheim area over Labor Day weekend, and we are going to do either Disneyland or California Adventure the day after Labor Day. Should crowds die down from the weekend? Would one park be less busy than the other?

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Aug 21, 2017 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds at both parks during the weekend, with average crowds on September 4th. We'd expect Disneyland to be more crowded, due to fireworks and the just-returned Fantasmic!

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Aug 19, 2017 at 9:12 p.m. Jeremy Says...

I've already got my hotel booked for 24th - 29th of dec. taking my 4 kids and wife. Is it really that bad during that time? Disney 25-27 Universal 28. Will we be able to see everything with 3 days in the Disney parks at those times?

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Aug 20, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy,

The weeks around Christmas are some of the busiest days of the year at the Orlando theme parks. Be sure to book your Fastpass+ reservations early and use our Park Plans to see everything you want to experience.

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Aug 4, 2017 at 6:24 p.m. SammyC Says...

First, thank you so much for all of your research and help in making our trips to WDW & DL the best possible!! I wanted to ask what you thought about the better place, weather wise, would be in early January...7th thru 14th. Thank you!

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Aug 7, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sammy,

During that time, rain can be common in Los Angeles, with highs in the 80's. Orlando will be "chilly" with highs around 69 degrees. Check the Crowd Calendars for Los Angeles and Orlando for more info.

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Jul 30, 2017 at 9:40 p.m. Steven Says...

Were thinking about the first half of Thanksgiving week in 210 (approx Nov 19-22). Are the crowds really bad that first part of the week?

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven,

Yes, you can expect it to be pretty crowded at the park during all of Thanksgiving week. It will be a tad lighter during the first half of the week, but still expect heavy crowds.

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Jul 29, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. Carlos Says...

Well, I really like your site, it is very helpful, now my question, the only time available would be during the first week of 2018, possibly even the spending new years eve in LA. given that fact, is there any recomendation to take the best of this trip around both disney parks and universal?

I will be very happy for hearing any hint you can provide... we are 2 families with a total of 4 adults and 5 childs ranging 12, 11, 9, 8, 6 yo kids.

Thank you for your inputs and keep going with this great service

Carlos

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlos,

The first week of January is very busy. We recommend purchasing Front of the Line passes for Universal Studios Hollywood for minimal waits. However, if that isn't possible, then get to the park before opening, so you can be some of the first in, and head to the most popular attractions (like those in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Studio Tour). Check out our touring plans for Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland Resort. Plan out what attractions are a must for everyone, so you can prioritize and make a plan that works for all. Most importantly, have fun!

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Jul 26, 2017 at 4:44 p.m. Patrick Says...

The only times we may able to visit are during three peak times, so I am wondering what you're opinion is on which would be "best." I have the specific dates in parenthesis.

Labor Day (8/30 - 9/4)

Thanksgiving (11/23-11/28)

Spring Break (3/15-3/20)

Thank you!!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick,

Thanksgiving week is definitely one of the busiest times of year, so avoid that if you can. Labor Day weekend won't be as crowded as Spring Break, but you'll still encounter more crowds than a non-peak time because of the holiday and the Disneyland Half Marathon. Take a look at our Crowd Calendar!

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Jul 22, 2017 at 11:18 p.m. Ali Says...

great site, thank you! Only chance to take my son to Disneyland this year is August 10-13. Looking at the crowd calendar you show August 13th as the best bet crowdwise...that is a Sunday. I figure Sunday would be one of the busiest. Thoughts on best day? Friday the 11th would be better for my schedule but if Sunday is really less crowded Ill make it work. Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2017 at 11:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ali,

It looks like Friday is a 7 and Sunday is a 6 (in terms of the crowd level); there probably isn't a huge difference between the crowds on the two days. Go with what works best for you so you can really enjoy the day!

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Jul 17, 2017 at 5:51 p.m. Angie St Jean Says...

Hi! My family and I are currently in the makes of planning a trip to Disneyland in mid-January of 2018. Do you know if many rides are typically closed for seasonal refurbishment during this time?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Most of the attractions that have holiday overlays (Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, it's a small world and Space Mountain) are closed at some point during January to remove the overlay. You can check out our Disneyland refurbishments post to take a look at seasonal closures, and keep an eye on any upcoming refurbishments. Do keep in mind, though, that Disney refurbishments can change with very little to no notice at all!

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Oct 25, 2017 at 1:36 a.m. Jo Says...

When rides are closed for refurbishing ... what is their time frames of closure? Days, weeks, months?

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Oct 25, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo,

Our Disney World Refurbishments page has all the currently scheduled refurbishments and dates.

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Oct 25, 2017 at 1:35 a.m. Jo Says...

We're planning a trip Jan 13-23, 2018 into both Disney's. I assumed it would be slower than the last time we were there which was the week of Dec 7, 2015. That trip was very pleasant with crowds. Now after seeing the calendar, I'm concerned I messed up! I've bought our airfare already, so that time in January is set in stone. I saw the MLK holiday and a marathon during that time. Surely the crowds can't be any worse than our last visit Dec 7-10, 2015?? January overall would be equivalent or better than December??? I hope so!

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Jul 16, 2017 at 11:43 a.m. John Says...

Hi,

I will be travelling to Disney land with my son who is 3 yrs old and my daughter who is 1 yr and 5 months. Would they still have a good time at the park? Also what is the weather like usually during September?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Yes, there are many rides, shows and attractions for toddlers that they would enjoy. The weather during the month of September is usually sunny and has an average high temperature of 84 degrees and a low of 69 degrees.

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Jul 6, 2017 at 5:57 a.m. Neil Says...

Hello there,

My friends and I will be transferring our flight in L.A. on Sep 5, but I assume that we won't arrive at park until 2 or 2:30 pm, our flight leaves at midnight and I know the park closes at 9pm in Sep, so I'd love to know if we'll still have enough time to enjoy a bit in this case?

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Jul 6, 2017 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil,

As long as you go in with a plan and prioritize, you should be able to get a good feel for Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep in mind that LA traffic is unpredictable, even at 9 pm.

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Jun 30, 2017 at 12:07 a.m. Jenna Says...

We are planning on bringing our kids when they're off of school for Mardi Gras break next year (Feb. 9 - 15). How do you expect crowds to be during this time? We've never been to Disneyland before, we usually go to Disney World instead ,but are looking to experience something new to us. :) Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2017 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds for most of those days. Have fun!

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Jun 29, 2017 at 12:35 p.m. Issa Says...

• June 10-August 12, 2017 - we are planning to visit Disneyland on this period, is it that really crowded? these dates were marked as worst time to visit Disneland. i assume this is not a peak season since the schooling in ON? pls advise

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Jun 29, 2017 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Issa,

June 10-Aug 12 is when school is OFF and many families visit Disneyland Resort. Check out our Crowd Calendar to search for days when the parks will be less busy.

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Jun 19, 2017 at 4:47 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hi. We are arriving the 31st August to Anaheim, and staying until the 10th. Do people in the US usually have the friday before labour day weekend off? I notice the 1st Sep is also a day where the disneyland half marathon is on. Should we avoid this date? Ideally we want to go the 2nd Sep , as it is my moms birhtday and she wants to celebrate in the park, which will be better you think the 1st or 2nd?

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Jun 19, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

The Friday before Labor Day is not a holiday, but some people do take it off. There are two races on Sept 2 & 3, while the 1st only features one race. We would recommend going Friday the 1st. Check out our crowd calendar for more info.

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Jun 13, 2017 at 6:43 p.m. Erika Says...

I plan on going November 4th and 5th. I was curious about the crowds, and if it will be decorated for Halloween or Christmas time around then? Thanks!!

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Jun 13, 2017 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting average crowd during that week. There should be some Christmas decorations up by then.

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Jun 12, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. Lopaka Powell Says...

My family and I will be in California Jan8th-16th, 2018. wondering if you know how the park is during that time and if there will be any christmas festivities still going on. I've seen that dates for christmas 2016/17 ended on Jan 8th. The 9th would be the soonest we could visit the park. Is it over night that they switch the park back to normal? Thanks for any info and tips.

Lopaka

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Jun 12, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lopaka,

At that time of the year, the Christmas festivities have wrapped up. It's not a bad time to go. Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting low to average crowds on many of those days.

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Jun 5, 2017 at 6:59 p.m. Scott Says...

We would like to visit Disneyland this Monday, 12 June. I know it's supposed to be the busy season, but... schools are out the week after, it's not a Grad night, and it's Monday.

How crowded do you expect it to be, that day?

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Jun 7, 2017 at 9:18 p.m. Sal Says...

Hi, What's the best date & time to visit Disneyland in October 2017? I'm looking for dates that are LESS crowded:)

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Jun 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sal,

Check out our Crowd Calendar. Plenty of average crowd days sprinkled throughout October!

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Jun 5, 2017 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

June is the beginning of the busy summer season. We're forecasting Heavy Crowds on June 12th.

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May 27, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. Victoria Says...

Hi! I just booked a vacation from August 14-August 18. I did not see the date listed as a best time or worst time to be at Disneyland. I wonder if it is a good time to visit? I have an Infant, 4 yo and 6yo.

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May 30, 2017 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during that week in August.

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Jun 5, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. Heidy Says...

Hi, how does this Sat (6/10) & Sun (6/11) look like? :(

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Jun 5, 2017 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidy,

It's the busy summer season. We're forecasting Heavy Crowds this weekend.

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Jun 6, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. Abby Says...

Hi I will be going this Thursday, June 8th! Will that be a busy day?

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Jun 6, 2017 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abby,

Yes, we're forecasting heavy crowds on that day. Check out our crowd calendar for more info!

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Jun 1, 2017 at 5:41 p.m. Gio Says...

Hi ! Jus booked a vacation from sept 9 to sept 12 2017. What hours should we expect the park to be running and what rides should we expect to be closed down ?

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Jun 1, 2017 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gio,

Park hours will vary on the day. Expect openings between 8-10 a.m. and closings from 10 p.m. to Midnight. Refurbishments are always scheduled to change without notice. Haunted Mansion is likely to be closed for its holiday overlay.

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Jun 1, 2017 at 8:25 p.m. gio Says...

Awesome thank you for your insight. Any idea if Spacemountain will be up and running ? That out main attraction!

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Jun 2, 2017 at 5:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gio,

You're welcome. We're glad you like our blog. The Refurbishment Schedule may change at any time.

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May 25, 2017 at 8:06 p.m. Vicky Says...

We're planning to be at Disneyland/DCA the week after Labor Day. Will Haunted Mansion & Space Mountain be closed to get ready for Halloween?I hope not!

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May 25, 2017 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicky,

While the refurbishment schedule is always subject to change, we recall Haunted Mansion closing around Labor Day last year.

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