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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on March 8, 2024 2974 Los Angeles

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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 some things to consider as you plan your trip to Disneyland. In this post, we're sharing highlights and considerations by season, plus our favorite times to visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Before we jump in, it's worth repeating that no matter the season or the reason, you can have a magical trip to Disneyland. At Undercover Tourist, we've been honored to be a part of helping families plan their vacations for over 20 years. And 20 years adds up to a lot of Disneyland trips for the frogs! Within that time, we've learned the hows and whys of crowds and have paired that insight with our historical Crowd Calendar data to create our recommendations on when to visit Disneyland each year. In the past few years, we've seen that more and more visitors are planning their Disneyland trips around seasons and special events rather than just crowd levels — so we've adjusted this post accordingly to showcase highlights and considerations by season.

Maybe you've always wanted to see Sleeping Beauty Castle alight during the magic of the holidays. Or perhaps hopping around the parks during Halloween Time — collecting frightfully fun foodie finds or watching Jack Skellington take over the nighttime spectacular — is on your bucket list. Maybe you're like me and love taking your mom to Food and Wine Festival in the spring. Or, maybe you and the fam are heading over for a few days during summer break and want to know more about what to expect. No matter the whys or whens, we are here to help!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up

Oh, and one more big reminder! We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the theme park reservation system at Disneyland. Since 2021, Disneyland has operated with a reservation system — that means, in addition to purchasing your ticket, you also need to make a theme park reservation. It's easy to do, but of course, certain dates will fill up in advance, including popular holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. So once you pick your Disneyland dates, don't froget to also make your reservation — the sooner, the better, for the best availability.

2023 was a BIG year for Disneyland, with the opening of the reimagined Mickey's Toontown, Adventureland Treehouse and the all-new Tiana's Palace restaurant. And 2024 is also shaping up to be a big year with Star Wars Season of the Force debuting, Pixar Fest returning and Tiana's Bayou Adventure opening . (Tiana's Bayou Adventure opens in late 2024, which means guests visiting before then should be prepared for the ride to be undergoing a refurbishment. Speaking of refurbishments, Haunted Mansion is also undergoing a refurbishment as of Jan. 22, 2024, and does not have a set reopening date.) Plus, Magic Happens parade returns as of Feb. 2, 2024!

Factors in Determining the Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Moana Magic Happens float

Much like at Disney World, busy times at Disneyland often align with school schedules and major U.S. holidays. If tadpoles are out of school, the odds are that they want to hop to Disney! And not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona and Utah schools have fall breaks in October. The spring breaks at major universities in California also influence crowd levels. Over on the West Coast, some unique groups impact crowd levels at Disneyland including annual passholders, conventioneers, runners and special ticket holders (which we get into more detail below!).

First and foremost, with a smaller (in scale, not pixie dust) footprint on the West Coast, it takes less of a crowd bump to for things to feel more crowded than on the East Coast. That means that locals — who may visit more for opening festival days and weekends, or pop in for a casual dinner — have a distinct impact on crowd levels. Blackout dates for passholders have an impact on crowds, as well.

The same can be said for conventioneers. If you're heading to a nearby convention, of course you'd want to pop into Disneyland for a day or two. Most of the impact here is minimal, with one notable exception: D23. The annual Disney fan event hops between the West and East coasts each year, and in 2024, it's Disneyland's turn to host from Aug. 9-11. The 2024 event will also host the first-ever D23 Day at Disneyland Resort Aug. 8.

Returning in 2024 are also runDisney events, which will bring runners back to Disneyland to participate in two marathon weekends each year: Jan. 11-15 and Sept. 5-8 in 2024, and Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2025 (2025 fall date still TBD).

Disneyland also offers some incredible ticket deals for Southern California residents, California residents and sometimes the entire U.S. With those ticket deals come use-by dates. For those offers in particular, you may see dates fill up as those usage windows approach (gotta go before it expires!). One-day tickets may also impact crowd levels — particularly on the lower tier days. Since these are cheaper days to visit Disneyland, you may find that more people choose those tickets and attend those days.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - 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 times to visit. Sometimes a park or an area of a park closes early for private events. That's why you always want to look at the Disneyland hours for the dates you want to visit so you don't encounter any surprises. We'll detail these in each season below, as well as share which dates for 1-day tickets are the cheapest (note that prices are flat for multi-day tickets and do not change based on dates like they do at Disney World.) You can also find a calendar of 1-day ticket tiers on our ticketing page for easy reference.

There are more Disneyland After Dark event dates in 2024 than ever before! These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual, which means even if you aren't attending, you'll want to plan accordingly.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Infographic

Just looking for the quick version? Check out the infographic above for a cheat sheet of the least crowded dates at Disneyland in 2024. Let's get hoppin'!

Spring — February, March, April

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Food and Wine Sip and Savor with food and beverages

Are you ready for some extra special ... special events? We sure are! In addition to the expected springtime happenings — Disney California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival and spring breakers — some of our favorite entertainment, including Magic Happens, Wondrous Journeys and World of Color will all return from a brief hiatus this spring. Plus, a brand-new event, Season of the Force, will celebrate all things Star Wars, and Pixar Fest will return after several years. Plus, during springtime, the park is particularly beautiful with spring flowers and the pink Tabebuia trees in bloom. With so much fun hoppening this spring, we are predicting a busy season. We can't wait!

Highlights

  • Magic Happens parade returns Feb. 2, 2024
  • Celebrate Gospel brings additional entertainment and food to Disneyland Park Feb. 17 and 24
  • Anaheim Ducks Day in Disney California Adventure Feb. 22-23, 2024
  • Food and Wine Festival takes place from March 1 - April 22, 2024
  • World of Color returns from refurbishment March 1 (closed from Jan. 8 - Feb. 29, 2024)
  • "Wondrous Journeys" nighttime spectacular is back at Disneyland for a special presentation March 22 - April 14, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pixar Fest is April 26 - Aug. 4, 2024

Things to Consider

Disneyland After Dark Parties take place several nights these months, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. on select nights, as well:

  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park takes place Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024
  • Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park takes place March 5 & 7, 2024
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Spring break — elevated crowds from March 9 - April 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. This is the case in 2024 — Easter is on March 31. When Easter falls later — like in 2025, when it falls on April 20 — the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break the last two weeks of March, which can affect crowds then.

Our Overall Pick: Where do we begin! When it comes to springtime visits, if you aren't constrained by dates, we have a few suggestions to fit it all in. Come for the Food and Wine Festival in early March or mid-April if you also want to experience Season of the Force. Crowds are higher for peak spring break, but Wondrous Journeys fireworks may make it worth it to visit March 22 to April 14. Usually, fireworks are only on the weekends, so include a weekend day in your visit to see and do it all. Or, visit in late April to experience both Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in February (minus the Super Bowl and days around Presidents Day)
    • Feb. 20-29, 2024
    • Feb. 4-7, 18-28, 2025
  • The first few days in March
    • March 2-8, 2024
    • March 1-6, 2025

Busiest

  • Presidents Day Weekend
    • Feb. 16-19, 2024
    • Feb. 10-17, 2025
  • Spring Break
    • March 9 - April 7, 2024
    • March 7 - April 6, 2025; April 18-20, 2025 (Easter)

Cheapest

  • Feb. 1, 6, 7, 2024 (Tier 0)
  • March 4-7, 2024 (Tier 2)
  • April 16-17, 2024 (Tier 1)

Summer — May, June, July

Summer break kicks off for most school districts in mid-June when you'll see an uptick in crowds — but in our opinion, it's pretty manageable over an extended period, with longer park hours and LOTS of entertainment! Summer is actually one of our very favorite times to visit. Exceptions to those long hours are Disneyland After Dark parties, which take place on select dates in May and June, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. During this timeframe in 2024, Fantasmic! will return, as will Pride Nite, and the aforementioned Season of the Force and Pixar Fest will also run into summertime.

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - World of Color

Highlights

  • Fantasmic! returns May 24, 2024
  • Disneyland's birthday is July 17, 2024, bringing additional celebrations to Disneyland Park
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place: April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pride Nite at Disneyland Park takes place June 18 & 20, 2024

Things to Consider

In summer, the thing to keep in mind is the weather. "June Gloom" offers some respite from the heat, though those temperatures do rise throughout the remainder of summer. July is manageable and less crowded than you'd think, especially on the weekends! Here are those Disneyland After Dark dates we mentioned:

  • Grad Nites take place May 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 28, 31 and June 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14, 2024, at Disney California Adventure Park
  • Book your May and early June reservations early as SoCal Resident tickets expire June 2, 2024

Our Overall Pick: Proof that crowds are only part of the equation when picking the best time to go to Disneyland, we love the second half of July for the nightly fireworks, Pixar Fest and the newly returned Fantasmic!. Or, hop in on a weekday in May if you want Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites and Memorial Day)
  • The first half of June (except for Grad Nites)

Busiest

  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May, plus Memorial Day
    • May 25-27, 2024
    • May 23-26, 2025
  • Summer breaks

Cheapest

  • May 8, 2024 (Tier 1)
  • Early June and mid-May have some of the lowest tiers

Fall — August, September, October

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Mickey Main Street Jack o Lantern

Enjoy the tail end of summer entertainment in early August, or, following that, take in the beautiful decorations, pumpkins and characters in costumes of Halloween Time throughout late August, September and October. Halloween Time is a popular time to visit, with the giant Mickey pumpkin on Main Street U.S.A., the decorated Cars Land and ride overlays including the Nightmare Before Christmas takeover that is Haunted Mansion Holiday.

On select nights, Mr. Oogie Boogie takes over Disney California Adventure for a separately ticketed Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash. The park closes early most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday nights for partygoers to trick or treat and enjoy special entertainment.

Highlights

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Car-tumes in Cars Land

  • Halloween Time starts early this year — Aug. 23 - Oct. 31, 2024
  • Gay Days take place Sept. 13-15, 2024 (be sure to make your reservation early!)
  • Tiana's Bayou Adventure is expected to open in late 2024!

Things to Consider

  • Pixar Fest wraps up Aug. 4, 2024
  • D23 takes place Aug. 9-11, 2024 (with an in-park day Aug. 8)
  • The Disneyland Halloween Party — The Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure  took place select days Sept. 5 to Oct. 31, 2023 (closing early Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Halloween). Dates are TBD for 2024
  • Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend takes place Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • Fall breaks increase crowds in October

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, September weekdays are less crowded. However, only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration, as well. We find Sundays to be less crowded than Saturdays. Weather can still be warm (hot, actually) but chillier at night.

Our Overall Pick: Around the pond, we love visiting Disneyland in August for lower crowds as tadpoles head back to school, and the potential for nightly fireworks. This year's hot take? We think the opening weekend of Halloween Time may be your best bet if you're in it for the seasonal festivities!

Least Busy

  • The month of August (minus D23 event)
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays in September (minus Sept. 5 race day)

Busiest

  • D23 Event - Aug. 8-11, 2024
  • Labor Day
    • Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2024
    • Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2025
  • runDisney race weekend - Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • October 2024
  • Elevated crowds Sept. 22 to Oct. 31, 2025

Cheapest

  • TBD

Winter — November, December, January

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

January generally has low crowds and beautiful weather (if not a little chilly), but it can get a little wet as it's the rainy season. The holidays and new year bring special entertainment, foodie finds and more  — and this year, we've got a new hotel opening to commemorate, too! Of course, during holiday breaks, you can expect more people enjoying the parks — but it's also a time full of holiday cheer, with festive lighting and decor, a special fireworks show and parade and more across the resort. (Did we mention hand-pulled candy canes and fan-favorite gingerbread? Oh, and SANTA!)

Highlights

  • Holiday Time brings daily entertainment (including nightly fireworks as weather permits) and festive décor to both parks from Nov. 15, 2024, through the first week of January
  • Mickey's and Minnie's birthday is Nov. 18, and that means a special cavalcade and there are often free buttons for guests
  • Lunar New Year brings Festival Food Booths, rare characters and a procession to Disney California Adventure from Jan. 23 through Feb. 18, 2024
  • Pixar Place Hotel opens Jan. 30, 2024
  • The Tier 0 weekdays bring affordability to weekdays in early November and mid-January weekdays

Things to Consider

  • The parks do offer scaled-back entertainment and shorter hours in January after the holidays end
  • runDisney will host races Jan. 11-15, 2024, and Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2025
  • The $50 kids ticket offer is valid every day from Jan. 8 to March 10, 2024
  • The SoCal Resident tickets are valid from Jan. 2 through June 2, 2024
  • World of Color is closed from Jan. 8 through Feb. 29, 2024
  • You may encounter ride closures in January, including Haunted Mansion and "it's a small world." Haunted Mansion is undergoing an extended refurbishment this winter to expand its queue and add a gift shop
  • Sweethearts' Night falls on nights in January and February, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. these nights: Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024

Our Overall Pick: If you don't want to visit during Holiday Time, Mondays through Thursdays in the first two weeks of November will be your best bet. If you'd like to visit for Holiday Time, we recommend the week after Thanksgiving or early December.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day, when runDisney events return to the resort)
    • Jan. 17-18, 22, 2024
    • Jan. 7-15, 21-28, 2025
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Busiest

  • Week of New Year's and MLK Jr. Day Weekend
    • Jan. 1-16, 2024
    • Jan. 1-6, 17-20, 2025; Jan. 29 - Feb. 3, 2025
  • Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Week
    • Nov. 8-11; Nov. 22 - Dec. 1, 2024
    • Nov. 11; Nov. 22-30, 2025
  • Week of Christmas and New Year's
    • Dec. 20-31, 2024 (note: Dec. 7-8 will also be busy for Candlelight Processional)
    • Dec. 20, 2024 - Jan. 4, 2025

Cheapest

  • Jan. 9-11, 16-18, 22-25, 29-31, 2024 (Tier 0, but watch out for early closures)
  • Early and Mid-November weekdays
  • Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 2024 (Tier 3)

Going to Disneyland During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Avengers Campus

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! Take advantage of the paid Genie+ system to skip the standby lines and use the Lightning Lane for select attractions. 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 180 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders). You'll get the best price on Genie+ if you purchase it with your tickets as the price can fluctuate for day-of-use purchases. Be sure to check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know about planning in advance, all in one place!

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to go to Disneyland in 2024 and 2025! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! For more planning essentials, check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know, all in one place. Ribbit!

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

Hi!

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

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

Hi Anne!

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

Keep hopping!

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

Hello,

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

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

Hi Michael!

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

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

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

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

Hi Bundy!

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

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

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

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

Hi Michael!

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

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

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

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

Hi Kristin!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Joni!

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

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

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

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

Hi Kristin!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Peter,

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

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

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

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

Hi Erica,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Liz!

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

Keep hopping!

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

Hi Liz!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

Which would you suggest would be the least crowded date?

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

April 21st: its a Saturday! and Dapper Day

Thank you for your advice :)

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

Hi Liz,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Courtney,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Lisa!

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

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

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

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

Hi Anna!

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

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

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

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

Hi Sarah,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Eric!

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

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

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

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

Hi Jane!

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

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

How do you feel about June 2-6

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

Hi Eric!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Brittany,

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

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

Going to disneyland the first week in oct

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

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

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

Have a wonderful trip!

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

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

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

Hi Catherine,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Mary!

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

Keep hopping!

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

Hello:)

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

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

Thank you!

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

Hi Laela!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Yvette,

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

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

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

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

Hi Donna!

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

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

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

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

Hi!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Scott!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

We don't yet sell Disneyland tickets, unfortunately!

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

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

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

Hi Barry!

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

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

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

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

Hi Mona,

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

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Feb 17, 2018 at 6:08 a.m. Marie Says...

Hi, we're visiting during the week of April 2nd. No chance for a different time. It's Nerf or nothing haha. What do you recommend. We want at least 4 or 5 days of Disney World and a day of universal studios. We have considered Disneyland instead but it's busy too. We would be doing the citypass in socal or regular tix in Orlando. Thanks and know your site has helped me cut through a lot of information.

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Feb 22, 2018 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie,

We recommend doing at least four days at Disney and two days at Universal! Our Crowd Calendar predicts that week to be a pretty busy time, so you'll want plenty of time to experience everything. You could also do 5 days at Disney and one day at Universal if Disney is more of the priority. It's whatever you're most interested in and looking forward to! Hope you have a wonderful trip!

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Feb 16, 2018 at 12:03 a.m. Lynell Tiller Says...

Hi, do you know the month the new Star Wars area will be open? I know it's 2019 but trying to plan for next year so we see it.

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynell!

That's a great question. Unfortunately, we have no confirmation (or even speculation) on this. Usually, big openings like this take place late spring/early summer, so that's what we're expecting ... but no way to be sure until Disney confirms!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. WS Says...

We have a 3 day pass and will be visiting on April 12, 15, 16. Are these good days to visit? Thanks!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, April 12 and 15 are red days, which means the parks are predicted to be crowded! April 16 is a Monday and is a yellow day, so it should be less busy. Hope you have a great trip!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 10:11 a.m. Carly Says...

We are traveling from Australia in June, with small children (ages 2, 4 and 6). Our days in Disneyland are 28-1 July (staying 3 nights). I feel this might be bang on busiest time? I check the calendar but it is showing Memorial Day on 28 June which I think is incorrect? Assistance on best pass option too would be helpful given the prices have just jumped a lot!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carly!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that crowds will be heavy during this time, but weather will be beautiful! We recommend getting the park hopper tickets for your family as well as MaxPass to get the most out of your visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 14, 2018 at 11:11 p.m. Frannie Says...

Hi! We have a Family reunion in SoCal and we're looking at dates July 2 & 3rd 2018. That's a Monday and Tuesday, the day before the 4th of July. Is that just crazy to go during that time?? Will the lines just be too long?? Thanks!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frannie!

Our Crowd Calendar shows that crowds will be at their peak. July is a super busy month, and any holidays (especially the 4th of July) bring in tons of families. If you choose to tackle Disneyland, we recommend getting the MaxPass to make the most of your time.

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Feb 14, 2018 at 4:36 a.m. Karla Says...

Thinking of going on Presidents' Day which is Monday. Is that a very crowded day or should we wait until Tuesday?

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Feb 14, 2018 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

Waiting until Tuesday sounds like a great idea :) Lots of families will be there on Monday with their tadpoles out of school.

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Feb 13, 2018 at 7:43 p.m. cassie Says...

hello, we are planning a visit between September 20-26. what would be the best dates to plan to be at DL?

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Feb 15, 2018 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassie,

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the 20, 24 and 26 will be the least busy :)

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Feb 12, 2018 at 7:14 p.m. Steve Says...

I have currently booked a 3 day park hopper for our first time with the three kiddos. We are going April 18th,19th and the 20th. Will this be a good time to go? On a scale of 1-10, one being the worst time and 10 being the best time to go, where does these dates fall?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts this will be a 5/10 in terms of crowd levels. The weather will be gorgeous, so we think this is a great time to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 11, 2018 at 3:57 p.m. Aopheikens Says...

How does the week of April 16-20 look crowd and weather wise for Disneyland?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds and gorgeous weather the week of April 16-20.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 10, 2018 at 3:05 p.m. Liz Baker Says...

From Perth Western Australia coming in 2nd week in May monday-thursday2019 is this a good time and is weather good. Any hints??? And tips want to see as much as we can. Staying at Disney pier hotel . Liz

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

May is usually moderate in crowds and has beautiful weather. This is an awesome time to visit! Our top tip is to take advantage of Disneyland's MaxPass to make the post of your time. Enjoy your trip, and let us know if you have any other planning questions!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 10, 2018 at 2:35 p.m. Kelly Flath Says...

How does April 17&18th look this year?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts these are pretty great days to visit!

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Feb 9, 2018 at 7:36 p.m. Kelly flath Says...

How does April 17th & 18th look?

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Feb 13, 2018 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that these are good days to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 5:35 a.m. Iris Says...

How is April 23-27 looking?

Will it be a busy time?

Also what are the hours that time of year?

Thank you for any info!

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Feb 11, 2018 at 7:40 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Iris, that is when we are going to! we have heard and read everywhere that it is an excellent time to go!

See Ya There!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Iris!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds and beautiful weather that week, so it should be an excellent time to visit. Park hours have not yet been announced, but we would predict for Disneyland to be open until midnight, and California Adventure to be open until around 10 p.m.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 8, 2018 at 1:07 a.m. Jerry Says...

Hi!

I'm planning a visit to Disney to go to the parks from April 1st to April 5th this year. In an escale from 1 to 10 in which 1 is a very low crowd, and 10 is the very highest crowd, what number would you give to those days?

Thanks.-

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Feb 8, 2018 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jerry!

According to our Crowd Calendar, the parks will be at a 7-10, crowd-wise. This is due to Easter falling on that Sunday ... holiday weeks are always hectic!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 7, 2018 at 2:50 a.m. Amanda Says...

We are going the week of July 17th, I know that's a crazy time but its my daughters 13th birthday and we love Disney but have never been to Disneyland. Any tips to maximize our time there?

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Feb 7, 2018 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Don't worry about the timing ... you're sure to have a great time no matter what! Our top tip would be to take advantage of MaxPass to make the most of your time. This gives you unlimited FastPasses through the app without having to hop around the park for the paper versions - a huge time saver!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 6, 2018 at 6:40 p.m. Noel Says...

Hi

Planned a trip in April ????

8-14

Why is it a crowded time at Disneyland?

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Feb 6, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noel,

This could be partly due to the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival taking place!

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