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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2593 Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

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

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

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

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

Hi Andy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Desiree,

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

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

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

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

Ki Katie,

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

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

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

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

Hi Dayana,

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

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

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

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

Hi Michaele,

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

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Teresa,

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

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

Bummer! It could be worse, I suppose.

Thank you!

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

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

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

Hi Rosita,

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

Hi Helen,

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

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

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

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

Hi Shana,

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

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

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

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

Hi Angela,

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

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

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

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

Hi Laela,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jared,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kyle,

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

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

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

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

Hi Elizabeth,

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

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

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

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

Hi Thom,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jesus,

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

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

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

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

Hi Rocco,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Robin,

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

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

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

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

Hi Marie,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Heather,

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

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

Hi Julie,

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips!

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

Hi happy holidays!

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

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

Hi Addie,

Happy Holidays to you as well!

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

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

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

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

JZ,

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

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

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

Thank you

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

Hi Steph,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very crowded today. Tuesday DEC 13th

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

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

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

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

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

Very crowded during the week of thanksgiving ????

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

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

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

Hi Jaime,

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

Keep hopping!

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

Good morning,

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

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

Hi Jessica,

Yes, we expect it will be very busy.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Lorne,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Heather,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Reyna,

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

Keep hopping!

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

Will Thanksgiving day 2016 be sold out?

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

Hi Mona,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Nikko,

You should expect higher crowds the whole week.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Ashley,

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

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

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

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

Hi Catlin,

Yes! Among the very busiest dates of the year.

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

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

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

Hi Mandy,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct 20, 2016 at 11:55 p.m. Stacy Says...

Hello, we're trying to plan our trip for next year it will be our sons first time, will it just be crazy packed apr.10-14 ? Planning on buying a hotel and ticket package for the week. Thanks :)

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Nov 1, 2016 at 9 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Heading there 2/19-2/25 because kids have week off from school, aside from prez day will it be busy?

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Oct 31, 2016 at 2:52 a.m. Lilminnie Says...

Hi Leap, great article! Very helpful. My daughter us turning 5 on January 2nd, 2017. We are planning to take her there. Should we wait a bit after her birthday? WOULD they still sing to her and all? We are traveling with a 2 yrs old too. So how many day pass should we do? Where to stay?

Thank you

Minh

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

If you can wait a week, the crowd levels will be a lot lower, but then Christmas decorations will be going down Jan. 8. Park hours will also become shorter after Jan. 8, so you'll have to time your visit based on how important those things are to you. We like staying within walking distance of the park to avoid the hassle and added expense of parking. There are a number of hotels on Harbor Blvd that have easy walking access, plus there are some hotels have have their own Disneyland shuttle. Staying on-site is always fun too! We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard on Harbor Boulevard with extended family last summer and found that the two queens with a twin bunk bed and extra half bath worked well for us. They had a kid pool water park area, and you can request a fireworks view to catch the Disneyland fireworks if you can't stay in the park that late. We recommend a 2- or 3-day pass (3-day pass comes with one Magic Morning entry to Disneyland). You can order a birthday cake to select table service restaurants, where you can sing Happy Birthday. Be sure to get her a complimentary birthday button so everyone knows it is her special day!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 23, 2016 at 3:21 a.m. Disney Freak Says...

Yes because it is considered spring break and that will be pretty packed.

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Oct 19, 2016 at 12:10 a.m. Kerry Says...

We're going Nov 29 - Dec 1 (Tues - Thurs), checking in to the Hilton on Monday. Should I do the Magic Morning on Tues or Thurs? Not sure if there will be a difference in the crowd on those days. Thanks!

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

The crowds will probably be similar, but Tuesday tend to have a slightly a smaller crowd.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 18, 2016 at 6:28 p.m. Moni Says...

Would you say it's worth it going on a Sunday? We plan on going on Oct 23, only Disneyland. Worried since we'll be only going to one park, and one day only that we won't be able to do everything on a Sunday.

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Oct 21, 2016 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Moni,

It's certainly doable and worth doing! Get there before the park opens for lowest crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 14, 2016 at 11:06 p.m. Danny Says...

Hi - hope you can help. Looking to visit Disneyland with my child late June 2017. Looks like this is busy time. I can fine tune the days but not the 'late June 2017'. Can you offer thoughts on best days and also best tickets to provide 'fastrack' inside Parks? Many thanks.

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danny,

FastPass is free to all guests. The best advice we can offer is to arrive early each day, take a break midday, and come back for the evening and stay late. Visit Disneyland Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Visit California Adventure Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 12, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. Tabby Says...

My 8-year-old and I will be visiting Mon, Nov. 14 and Tues., Nov. 15. I'm hoping that will be a low crowd time. What are our options for being able to view WofC without spending a hour or two in line ahead of time? During non-peak, do we have to arrive as early? Or would we be better off just enjoying the rides if we aren't willing to wait in line all evening?

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Oct 19, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Amanda Says...

You can try grabbing a fast pass in the morning for the show :)

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Oct 13, 2016 at 4:48 p.m. Brian Says...

If your going for two days, I would recommend skipping the World of Color show on one day and getting on some of the better rides when the lines are much shorter. When you do watch the show, there are plenty of places outside of the roped off area to stand and see the show. The water show goes quite high so you will be able to see a large part of it even if you don't have a front row seat.

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Oct 6, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. Ecfinn Says...

First, thanks for this excellent post. Very informative. We are thinking of going to both Disneyland and CA Adventure on Oct. 12 (2 adults, LA residents). It is Yom Kippur and a Halloween Party day, so it closes early. I know LAUSD is closed for the holiday, but I think OCC is not closed. Do you think the Halloween Party and/or the Jewish holiday will mean a crowded day? Because it's closing so early, we want to make sure it's worth it. Thanks in advance for any tips/input.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay. It was likely somewhat crowded because Arizona schools are off all week. LAUSD being off can affect that as well. Since both parks closed early, it would be challenging to get it all done. What did you decide?

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Oct 22, 2016 at 7:31 p.m. Jennifer Campbell Says...

We went on the 13th of october. It was the one of the busiest times we had ever seen. All toddlers and college kids from Arizona.

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Oct 16, 2016 at 4:23 p.m. Dana Says...

We just got home from 11th-15th at DL & DCA and it was absolutely packed. Busier than I have ever seen it including holiday season, summer and last year at the same exact time. All other guests seemed to be shocked of how busy it was for October as well! Most fast passes completely gone by early afternoon and a 2 1/2 hour wait for Radiator springs racers for large majority of the day. Still worth it as the Halloween party is one of the most fun experiences ever and we look forward to it every year

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Oct 18, 2016 at 4:59 p.m. Cory Says...

Us, too! We were really shocked at how busy it was. We usually try to go at the very end of Sept/very beginning of Oct, which is traditionally not that crowded. We didn't take into account Columbus Day this time and we weren't aware of the AZ break. Those two things really did impact the crowds. My wife also believes that the new monthly pay option for CA pass holders is driving the crowds up, too. Time will tell, I guess? We still had fun but could not do all of the rides we wanted because three days wasn't enough!? I should also mention that The Little Mermaid ride was broken the entire time, Indiana Jones broke down twice and Big Thunder broke down once. :)

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Oct 4, 2016 at 2:52 a.m. Maria Says...

Hello! We are looking at going to Disneyland in February. I've read to stay away from Presidents day (feb 20), Does that typically mean that whole week will be busy? What about the week of Feb 13? Should we just try for Feb 27th week instead? Thanks so much for your help!

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Nov 8, 2016 at 6:28 p.m. Utah Mom Says...

We were at DL & DCA the week leading up to Presidents Day in 2013 and it wasn't bad at all. We always go from Sunday - Friday. Our trip fell over Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day & Chinese New Year that year and it was SO much fun! The crowds were really only increased on Feb 14th. The rest of the days were A-ok! Radiator Springs always has a huge wait though if you don't get a fast pass.

I'm really shocked to hear eveyone saying October has been so crowded, we did that in 2009 and it was pretty dead there. And there was a Halloween party during our visit then even. I guess word got out!

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie,

The week of Feb 13 and Feb 27 should both be lighter than President's week.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 30, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Archies Says...

HI , I am planning to visit Disney Land ,LA in December 15,16 2016.Will it be open ?? is it a good time to visit ?? I am going with a 11 months old infant.Can I purchase tickets of rides online??

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Archies,

Disneyland will be open and you can purchase tickets online. It is right before the holiday crowds arrive.

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Sep 29, 2016 at 10:07 a.m. Theresa Says...

My friend and I are going Oct. 21st. Does the Utah convention bring in a big Disney crowd? Also, we only have one day for Disney, should we do the park hopper pass?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

We have heard that the Utah convention does affect crowds, but it should not be too bad. We enjoy park hopping!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 28, 2016 at 11:53 p.m. LILY Says...

HELLO I WANTED TO KNOW IF NOV 14-15 2016 WILL BE BUSY AT DISNEYLAND?

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Sep 28, 2016 at 10:25 p.m. Grace Barraza Says...

my family and I are planning on going this year in December 9 and 10th both parks one each day. how do you think crowds will be those days.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. UTAH Disney fans Says...

We have a two-week window between Dec 26th and Jan 7th...if we were to pick two days during that span to go to Disneyland, what would you recommend?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 3:38 a.m. Brady Beach Says...

My friends and I are planning to go on October 1st, which is a Saturday and were wondering what you thought about those days? I know from previous experience Saturday's are a busy day, yet we thought that since it was earlier in the month before decoration time and isn't a trick or treating day that it should be fine. Thanks, and please let us know what you think.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brady,

October 1st would not normally be a terribly busy day, but that is the weekend of Gay Days Anaheim. Saturday is the day that Gay Day participants will be at Disneyland Park, and Sunday they will be at California Adventure. It is a popular event, but it is hard to say just how much crowds will be affected. We are trying to attend on Sunday this year to check it out ourselves! If you end up going, let us know how it is. The participants all wear red shirts. Maybe get a Park Hopper so you have your options open for escaping crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 30, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Karen Says...

We were there at Gay Days last year 2015. It was very crowded, plus you had Disneyland closing early for Mickey's trick or treat. Every line in California Adventure was over 60 minute wait. I waited 30 minutes for popcorn

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Sep 27, 2016 at 4:30 a.m. DAA Says...

We went to Disneyland several years ago on the Gay Days weekend and there were definitely a lot of people there wearing red shirts. I f you're trying to avoid big crowds, I would not suggest going that weekend.

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Sep 20, 2016 at 4:01 p.m. Rachael Czerniak Says...

Trying to figure out the best time to take our daughter around her school schedule during a time when it isn't crazy busy or really hot. The only loos like it is her spring break which is March 27-31 2017. Otherwise it would be the last 2 weeks of august. What would you recommend

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