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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on July 10, 2019 2418 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2019. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2020 dates and tips will help out as well. The surprise early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on May 31, 2019 (and staggered opening of its rides), has made this year a little bit of a challenge in predicting crowds. While crowd levels, so far this summer, have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into fall and winter.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Disneyland Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

If the answer is yes, to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference are the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those locals are annual passholders who think of The Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass isn't blocked out.

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

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Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo will take place in 2019.

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. For example, we expect this fall to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure — plus the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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Disneyland's introduction of tiered pricing for one-day tickets several years ago has more of an impact on crowds than at Disney World. Think about it — more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do at Disney World. Now each day is categorized as either value, regular or peak pricing. During the off-seasons, Mondays through Thursdays or Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally value priced. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar — which is yet another indicator of the best and worst days to visit.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 - Ticket Pricing

Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But there are variables, such as the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. We expect there will be elevated crowds for at least the remainder of the year (and we've adjusted our Crowd Calendar levels accordingly). Even with the additional space this new land will bring to Disneyland Park, we feel certain there will still be way more people who plan to visit for the out-of-this galaxy experience.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 22, 2019
  • D23 Expo - Aug. 23-25, 2019
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 7-April 20, 2020
  • Weekends in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

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

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Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

  • Aug. 19-23 and 25-30, 2019 - passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 17-21 and 23-28, 2020)
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019; Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) -  Oct. 14, 2019; Oct. 12, 2020
  • Utah Education Association Convention -  Oct. 17-18, 2019*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2019; Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2019; July 17, 2020

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

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee! Keep in mind that we still expect these "best times" to be more crowded after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens. So while they are still good times to visit, they will busier than in years past.

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9, 2019)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders back in)
  • Mondays through Thursdays starting Sept. 9 through the end of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't forget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Jun 15, 2016 at 11:20 p.m. Vancouver Family Says...

We are planning to visit Disneyland in California during the first 2 weeks of July. Any saving tips for that time period? Do you know of any sites that offers discount or coupons for Disneyland?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Check out this post:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-saving-money-disneyland/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 11, 2016 at 7:21 p.m. Sydney Sullivan Says...

Hi, my daughter's birthday is on October 30th and she wants to take a trip to Disneyland and California Adventure to celebrate. She is in high school so it would have to be a weekend trip. She doesn't want to go on the actual weekend of her birthday, but we are open to any of the surrounding weeks within about a two week radius. Halloween is one of her favorite holidays, I know she would like to be able to see the decorations and maybe go to the party, but we are still 100% open to going in early November, especially if it will be much less crowded. What would you recommend?

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Sep 17, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Audrianna Says...

Sydney,

In my experience, you'd be better off going in November. We have gone for my daughter's birthday around November 7th and it was pretty dead. Of course, I'm used to Disneyland crowds so it may have been busier than I remember, but I distinctly remember my daughter playing on a relatively empty and calm Main Street while we waited for Grammy and Grampy to catch up. Whereas, I've been to Disneyland at the end of October and it was really crowded, and Mickey's Halloween Party fell very short of my expectations - very crowded and seemed very disorganized IMO. Just my 2¢ worth!

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Jun 9, 2016 at 12:33 p.m. Carol Ward Says...

Hi, I will be visiting Disneyland California for two days on Sunday 2nd October and Monday 3rd October with three grandchildren. We are going to buy a two day - one park per day ticket. Realising that the Sunday will be busier but will be open longer, would you suggest Disneyland Park or California Adventure on the Sunday. On the Monday, we would have to leave the park at 7pm as we are flying out that evening for Australia. Thank you

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

We recommend visiting Disneyland on Sunday so you can take advantage of seeing the fireworks and the Paint the Night parade if it is still running. The best plan is to arrive before park opening because Sunday mornings are quiet with short lines for the first hour or two. Then visit California Adventure on Monday.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 7, 2016 at 5:55 a.m. 702dul Says...

Hi! Thinking to go on 4th of July weekend, but We've heard that is super crazy!!. Would that be much difference crowd wise if we go the prior weekend? (June 25th).

For a strange reason hotels are pretty booked and/or more expensive on the weekend of the 25th of June than there are on 4th of July weekend... I'm confused...! Debating what to do...! Please help!!!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay, and hope you've made a decision. The week of July 4th would be busier, but not significantly so.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 7, 2016 at 10:09 p.m. AjZ Says...

Surprisingly the 4th had light crowds

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. Angie Says...

Hello we are planning of going to Disneyland around November, We really want to see the park as Christmas but we were wondering is there any way we can see the park as Christmas and Halloween?? like if we go the first week of November would you recommend that or just all together wait until everything is Christmas decorated?? Thank You!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

They usually start taking Halloween down right after Halloween and start putting Christmas up. So in that first week of November you may see some Halloween and some Christmas, but not full decorations of both. The Haunted Mansion Holiday is decorated through both seasons. That first week in November is usually a very uncrowded time. while it will not be fully decorated either way, it is still a great time to visit. The first week of Christmas decorations should be nice too.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 4, 2016 at 4:23 a.m. Keri Frandsen Says...

We are going October 21St thru the 23rd. I know it's a weekend but with Halloween time is it super busy?

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Jun 28, 2016 at 7:14 p.m. Susie Marin Says...

We went last year during the Halloween party and I have to say I don't think I have ever seen Disneyland so packed!! We have had Annual Passes for 4 years and this was the worse I have seen. We went at 11:30pm to catch a few rides and lines were still an hour long. I would not go during that time. Sorry.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 10:10 p.m. Tia Says...

My family is looking at going in October as well. I have an aunt there and she said to check with the park regarding Halloween activities. The park closes early during these activities (you still pay the same price for admission) and the actual Halloween activities are extra.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 5:31 a.m. Angela Says...

Well, weekends are traditionally busier anyway... the biggest problem you'll have is party nights and if you don't have tickets for that night (probably the Friday), you get booted out of DL at like 7 p.m.You COULD combat that by hitting CA on that Friday instead. Friday during the day wasn't too bad, but it got busier and busier up until party time (if you can, do the party, lots of fun!)

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Jun 22, 2016 at 7:52 a.m. Jay west Says...

The whole month of October is Halloween Disney. It is busy but ok during the early weekdays.

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Jun 21, 2016 at 2:19 a.m. Mariam Says...

It will be very busy.

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Jun 20, 2016 at 5:28 p.m. Megan Says...

Yes, that weekend is going to be CRAZY busy. Every school in Utah has that time off of school, and so everybody goes to Disneyland that weekend thinking it won't be crowded because of calendars like these. Last year the park reached capacity that weekend. I'd avoid it if possible.

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Jun 1, 2016 at 3:52 p.m. Eda Gur Says...

Hi there, we are thinking to visit disneyland on 12 sept, monday. I can't see the available dates and opening and closing time for september, do you have any idea? That monday will be less crowded I hope :)

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Jun 8, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi Leap,

We will be in the LA area July 16-21st. What is the best day to visit Disneyland Park?

Thank you!

Lisa

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eda,

That Monday should be a great time to visit. The park should be quiet. They usually post park hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 1, 2016 at 12:26 a.m. Prescott Says...

Hi!

I will be going to Disneyland on Aug. 15. Will that be a busy day? I am trying to do all of the big rides in Disneyland and California Adventure.

Thanks

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Jun 11, 2016 at 6:57 a.m. Michelle M Says...

Hello! I am planning my trip for August 15-19 (going in 16-18) Do you think these days will be very busy? I expect there to be a lot of people but is it high peak time, where Ill be in line for hours?? Any information will help!!! Thank you in advanced your post is amazing!

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Jun 1, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. carla f Says...

It shouldn't be to busy but I believe summer is still out till the end of Aug.

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May 27, 2016 at 4 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hi! I am planning to go the monday/tuesday after Nov 11th and before Thanksgiving! So I'm hoping it will not be crowded. We also hope to see the holiday lights up by then. What do you think for Nov 14 and 15th?

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Jun 21, 2016 at 2:26 a.m. Mariam Says...

They have started putting up Christmas decorations during the end of Halloween season....New Orleans square was fully decorated during Halloween season last year.

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

There is a good chance the holiday lights will be up and that should be a great time to visit.

Keep hopping!

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May 25, 2016 at 3:12 a.m. Victor Says...

Im going on June 2nd for the grad nite it would be much crowd that day?

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Jun 6, 2016 at 9:08 p.m. Al Says...

i went to Grad Nite when I graduated and its not as packed as during the day. Graduates get the park all to themselves and its the over night hours from like 9:00pm-5:00am. So no one else is in the park but all High School graduates. Wait times for rides shouldn't be too bad. No fast passes needed. :)

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May 24, 2016 at 11:22 p.m. Aaron Says...

Going to the area from June 17-22. Knowing that is a busy time is there a day (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) that is a little bit better, or are all weekdays pretty much the same in that situation?

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May 31, 2016 at 5:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron,

Mondays through Thursdays are generally some of the better days to attend. During the time you will be visiting, the parks will still be crowded.

Keep hopping!

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May 24, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. Jameisha Says...

I'm planning a trip for Monday, November 28,2016. This is after the Thanksgiving holiday, will it be crowded? How will the weather be? I'm in San Diego and not sure how to judge on the weather thats just a few hours away..

Thanks!

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May 24, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hello, my family is planning on visiting Disneyland either Thursday, May 26th or Tuesday, May 31st. Do you know which day would be better crowd wise? I wasn't sure with it being Memorial weekend, kids getting out of school for summer and also grad

nights. Thank you!

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May 21, 2016 at 10:52 p.m. Wayne Tower Says...

I have time off at the start of August and realize that it would be busy, but how busy is busy? Is it crazy busy where my family would not get the most out of a Disneyland Vacation? We have never been to California before so would probably be touring other areas as well.

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May 31, 2016 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wayne,

We always say the best time to visit Disney is any time you can :) If August works for you, we say go for August! It's really just about setting expectations for everyone and having a plan. Here is a post that offers some additional tips: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/maximize-your-time-disneyland/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 13, 2016 at 4:22 p.m. Erika Says...

My family and I are planning a disneyland trip for the June 6th-8th. Is that a busy time or how will the crowds be?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

Several local schools are still in session, so it may not be as busy that week as the following weeks. You might expect to see a lot of grad night seniors in the park, but we would expect medium crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 24, 2016 at 3:09 a.m. Done Says...

Our family went to Disney land on Monday, May 23rd. Absolutely so crowded! A million grads!

Felt like a weekend!

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May 22, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. AnneMaree Says...

Am contemplating a 3 day stay in either late April or early May in 2017 - judging by your article, this would be a good time to go crowd wise - but is this generally a good time to go with regards to refurbishments? (Aside from the current 'Star Wars' refurb happening) thanks

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May 31, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AnneMaree,

Generally refurbishments are starting to wind down in late April and May—the majority happen during slower times of the year. Here is a link to Disneyland refurbishments: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

Keep hopping!

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May 13, 2016 at 7:39 a.m. Gabriela Says...

Hi, I'm planning to go to Disneyland on May 26 which lands on a Thursday. Do you think that's a good day to go & do you think it will be crowded?

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May 17, 2016 at 11:21 p.m. Cindy Says...

Might be extremely crowded. Gradnites are that week, try the week before

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May 13, 2016 at 7:29 a.m. Gabby Says...

Hello. I am planning a trip to Disneyland on Monday May 30th. Do you think it will be crowded?

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May 28, 2016 at 3:50 a.m. Bob Says...

It's Memorial Day, so yes, it will be crowded. The lowest priced annual passes are blocked on that day, a sure sign that Disney is expecting crowds (probably not TERRIBLE ones, in this case, but it's likely to be more crowded than any other Monday in May).

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May 27, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. Ann Says...

Hi do u have a ticket already? We are here at hongkong now and we got ticket for 8 person, but we go here only for two so we have extra ticket here if you want to buy this we give you discount,, just to despose out extra ticket for disneyland,

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May 11, 2016 at 4:19 p.m. Carrie Says...

We were hoping not to plan a trip in August, but it looks like it will be the first week in August the 2nd - 8th. Is it really crowded? We were there for the first week of the 60th Celebration last year, I am hoping it is not like that. Also, what days are usually best for lighter crowds if that is even possible during this time. It is just a quick trip so we are only going to get one or two days at the parks.

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May 20, 2016 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

You can expect normal summer crowds at the that time, and Disneyland will be the more crowded park. We have heard that California Adventure is less crowded is summer because the locals are blocked out. That could be changing as that park gains popularity. Here is our plan for summer crowds: Arrive early before park opening and go to the park that does not offer a Magic Morning or Early Entry. That park will be less crowded throughout the day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 9, 2016 at 5:24 p.m. Stacy Glazebrook Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip to Disneyland in November. Our plan is to purchase 3 day hopper passes for Sunday November 20th - Tuesday November 22nd. What are your thoughts on this? There are 2 adults and 3 children ages 10,12,and 15. Thank you for your help!!

Stacy

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May 20, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

That is Thanksgiving week, so expects crowds, but with the Park Hopper you should be able to mange them well. We advise you to use the FastPass system (it is possible the new FastPass+ system could be activated by then).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 9, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. Cynthia Says...

Hello, I am a senior in high school that will be graduating on the 9th of June, a Thursday. I plan to celebrate the next day at Disneyland. I am worried about the date due to the Grad Nights going on. Going to Disneyland or expensive places is very rare so I don't want it to be a waste with the park packed and everything. Should I reconsider the date?

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May 28, 2016 at 4:11 a.m. Bob Says...

It's not quite the perfect storm, but it's close.

1. There's a Grad Night event that night, which is a double whammy: not only does that tend to make the park more crowded, it also means it will be closing earlier than usual for the season. If you are doing the Grad Night also that doesn't matter as much, but if you aren't, you're basically getting kicked out three hours early.

2. It's a Friday, and all else being equal Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays tend to be more crowded than Monday-Thursday.

3. It may not be full-on summer yet, but it's getting there. June is the beginning of the summer season.

Monday the 13th will likely be better (still crowded, but probably not as much so). Also, Disneyland will be open until 11 PM that night (that's three extra hours compared to Friday).

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May 8, 2016 at 2:07 a.m. John L. Says...

My daughter and granddaughter will be in California September 10th-24th 2016.

Do you have a guesstimate waht the park will be like, maybe certain days they may want to advoid the park?

Thank you.

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May 9, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

The earlier in September you can go, the less crowded it will be. As the park gets decorated for Halloween (and locals get into their back-to-school routines), the crowds start to pick up. They have not yet released the Halloween party dates, but we are predicting that the first party will fall about Sept. 23, so that day will close early and be very crowded in the afternoon. Weekdays are usually less crowded than weekends.

Keep hopping!

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May 7, 2016 at 1:04 a.m. Karen Says...

Two of us will be going to DLR the first full week of December. What are the best days for early admission to avoid overcrowding then?

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May 29, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Mondays through Thursdays are generally the better days to visit at this time.

Keep hopping!

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May 6, 2016 at 5:02 a.m. Karuna Says...

Hi we just booked Flights for the first week of Nov. It was totally rushed so I didn't have time to research. I have just read that Christmas doesn't start officially until Mid Nov. How much of the decorating would typically be done by Nov 7? I was really hoping to experience Christmas at Disney! We have done Halloween already. This may sound crazy but I had this idea in my head that it would be totally transformed overnight.

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May 9, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karuna,

It actually takes about 10 days to transform the park from Halloween to Christmas. Last year, we visited several days in between Halloween and Christmas, and every day we saw more and more Christmas decorations going up. You are sure to see some Christmas, but they have not yet released the dates of when the Christmas season will officially start, but we know that it will be officially decorated by the start date. If we had to guess, we would say it will start on Nov. 11, but you never know ... The great news is that this transition period between halloween and Christmas is often very uncrowded. You are sure to have a great time no matter what.

Keep hopping!

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May 9, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Tina Wright Says...

If we were to go this January (2017), from the 7-14th, would the Park still be decorated for Christmas and have all the Christmas shows going on?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

Christmas celebrations will probably be over, but in 2016 they did leave "It's a small world" decorated until the end of January. They usually release exact holiday dates in later summer/early fall. But that will be an excellent time to visit as crowds will be low.

Keep hopping!

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May 5, 2016 at 8:18 p.m. Jaimie Rindfleisch Says...

Hi we are going to

Disneyland in October and wanting to purchase tickets for the Halloween party. Which day would have less crowds the 30th or 31st? Normally I would shy away from the 31st, but since its a Monday I wondered if crowds would be lighter than the weekends????

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May 9, 2016 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaimie,

Hi Nicole,

Every night of the Halloween Party is likely to sell out, so party crowds will probably be equal. If you are attending during the day as well, the 31st will probably be the less crowded day during the day. They have not released this 2016 party dates yet. Usually they release them in July. They are certain days in September and October.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Arielle Carcione Says...

How is Memorial Day Weekend looking this year (2016)? I am interested in going on Sunday, May 29th and staying overnight until Monday. I didn't see anything about Memorial Day Weekend and I was surprised!

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May 16, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arielle,

We expect it will be busy!

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May 4, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Kassie Says...

We are getting a jump start for vacation next year. April 24th-28th 2017? Is that a good time?

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May 12, 2016 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kassie,

Things could change depending on events, new rides etc., but for now, we expect this to be a pretty good time.

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May 4, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Debra Says...

I would like to visit in May the week of 16th. What day during the week is usually less crowded?

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May 16, 2016 at 5:24 a.m. Daisy Says...

usually mondays, wednesday & thursday are less crowded!!!! i will be there tomorrow :)

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May 21, 2016 at 11:05 p.m. Angela Brown Says...

We were just there and Tuesday-Thursday were the best days. Monday wasn't particularly crowded BUT getting in the park took FOREVER because they've started taking everyone's photo when you enter on your first day of a multi-day ticket. Apparently most people start their trips on Monday so it clogged the lines up with that extra step. (Once you have it taken though, you don't have to the rest of the trip...)

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May 12, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debra,

Check our Crowd Calendar for best days!

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May 3, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Not sure if this will reach you before May 6th, but I was thinking about going to Disneyland or California Adventure on May 6th. Which park will be the least busiest? Thoughts? Thank you :)

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May 2, 2016 at 7:32 p.m. Melanie Oveson Says...

We were thinking of going the days after Labor Day how are the crowds during that time??

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May 3, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

This is a great time to visit.

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May 20, 2016 at 4:12 a.m. triplab Says...

We're headed down June 1-3 and I am very concerned after reading about the Grad Night events. They actually added days due to 'overwhelming' demand. I am reading live crowd frackers this week and it sounds miserable. It's still D-land, but adding Grad Night dates after we booked is just wrong.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. Candy Says...

If I have a choice of visiting Disneyland Oct. 26-29 or Nov. 30-Dec. 3 which would be the best choice for crowds and weather.

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May 2, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candy,

I think Nov. 30-Dec. 3 would be a better time in terms of crowds, although rain chances are much higher then.

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May 28, 2016 at 4:24 a.m. Bob Says...

I wouldn't be scared off by weather. One of the best days I've ever had at Disneyland was in the rain. Locals react to what people from most places in the country would think of as a gentle shower as if the sky were literally falling, so it tends to dramatically reduce the crowds, and there are quite a few rides entirely inside buildings that aren't really affected by it at all. Some of the outdoor rides and coasters might be shut down during the worst of it, but all the dark rides (and Space Mountain) will probably be operating normally all day.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 10:27 p.m. Chantelle Says...

We are doing a family trip to Disney May 8th, 9th, and 10th. I realize that the 8th is Mother's Day and the marathon, so do you recommend doing Disney on the 8th and then CA Adventure on the 9th and then Disney again in the 10th? Or doing CA Adventure on the 8th and Disney the 9th-10th?

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantelle,

That is hard to say. Disneyland Resort is usually crowded on holidays like Mother's Day, and races really affect the crowds too. I would do Disneyland on Sunday and Monday and California Adventure on Tuesday because those days are the opposite of Early Entry, which means those will be the least crowded all day on those days. We recommend being at the gate 30 minutes at least before they open if you can and taking advantage of the least crowded morning hours before the park fills in. Sunday mornings are usually quietest in Disneyland Park for the first hour or two.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. Chantelle Says...

Thanks for the advice! We have an early morning entry for Disneyland on Tuesday, so do you think we should skip the early morning and still do Disney on Sun and Mon? Or would it be favorable to do the early morning entry for Disneyland on Tuesday?

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May 9, 2016 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantelle,

It is up to you. We find that getting to Disneyland when it opens on Sunday and Monday mornings to be magic for at least an hour or two to us!

Make sure to get there before it opens!

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Apr 22, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. Christi Says...

We are looking at coming the week of oct 31- nov 4 because the kids are out of school on the 31st. Wondering if Halloween day is busy at Disneyland and the days following Halloween. Also thinking of hitting universal studios on halloween day and then doing disneyland tues - thurs. Or would the 2nd week of November be a better choice except it does look like marathon crowds will start on thurs the 10th, Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christi,

Halloween can be busy and Disneyland Park may close early for Mickey's Halloween Party (dates are usually announced late July) so keep that in mind, but the days after Halloween will be quiet and a really great time to visit. You may even see Christmas decorations start to go up as Halloween goes down.

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:17 a.m. Emma Says...

Thank you so much for this great information! My friend and I were planning on going the first week on June, but there are Grad Nights going on. Do you think it will be especially crowded due to the students? Do you still think it will be one of the relatively less busy times? Thanks for all the tips!!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 1:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

These events do bring more people into the parks, but typically the crowds are larger later in the day vs. morning.

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Apr 11, 2016 at 2:54 p.m. Carla Says...

Hi,

Maybe you can help me with this question. I'm visiting this May 3rd with my mother (who is senior and will be probably moving on a scooter). I believe there are separate lines for people with scooters, (if so am I able to go with her, we're only the 2 of us) or do I still have to get Fastpasses?

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May 2, 2016 at 12:44 a.m. Mary Says...

I don't know if this will reach you before your trip, but a few things to know for special assitance.

1. DCA is wheelchair accessible. So you will wait in line like all other guests and will be diverted to special loading zones when you reach the front of the line. Use fast pass.

2. For Disneyland, since many attraction lines accessible, what they now do is this... Speak to a cast member at the attraction, for many attractions, they will scan everyone in your party's addmission ticket. They will then tell you to come back at a time that is @ equal to the current wait time for the ride. Usually you'll return to the ride's exit to board the ride.

Because of these new rules there is no "priority boarding" that many were use to before.

Plus you can only have 1 wait time at a time. So if you have your tickets scanned to wait for splash mt. You'll have to wait till you ride splash before you can get a wait time for big thunder mt.

You will want to still use the fast pass system, as it is not connected to the special assistance system. You'll be directed directly to the special assistance entrance at your fast pass time instead of having to coming back later.

I go to Disneyland often, so if you have any questions just ask and I will do my best to answer. Hope this helps you in planning a fun trip.

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Apr 26, 2016 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carla,

Yes, many attractions have separate lines for those with wheelchairs/ECVs. You’ll be able to get in the line with her, as you’ll need to assist her boarding the attractions (cast members are not allowed to do so).

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Apr 8, 2016 at 11:44 p.m. John Says...

Hello! My family and I are planning to fly out from New York to visit the parks somewhere between 9/24 and 10/1. How is this time in terms of crowds and ride refurbishments?

Thanks! :)

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Apr 7, 2016 at 5:26 a.m. Kristen Says...

I am desperate for some advice on when to visit. I'm graduating college on May 19th, so I was planning on going on May 20th while the momentum is up, however, there's Grad Nite that day as well as that Saturday. Should I go that Sunday instead? Which day do you think would be less crowded?

Thanks for your help!!

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Apr 24, 2016 at 4:45 p.m. Andrew Says...

I, too, would like to know the actual impact of Grad Nites on the crowds during the day. I get that it might be crazy after the school day is over, but how is it during the day when the kids are still in school? Do the schools take them during the school day or do they wait until after school is over?

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May 8, 2016 at 9:17 p.m. Victoria Says...

We went on a grad night two years ago. Never. Ever. Again. It was madness. Crazy kids everywhere. Huge lines. Hot. Crowded. We left at 7 and I'm one to never leave before close. It seriously ruined the day.

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Apr 27, 2016 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

The grad nights are all day and during the school day. They do make the park a bit more crowded than usual, but more medium crowds. The grads leave Disneyland park by 9 p.m. for a private party at California Adventure, so you might see the crowds thin out for the fireworks and evening.

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May 15, 2016 at 8:07 p.m. Emmertee Says...

We are just leaving from our four day trip to Disney and there were grad nights on Friday and Saturday. I did it notice a thinning of crowds after 9:00. There were screaming kids everywhere and the nights were the absolute worst. I've been to Disneyland many times and have never seen the lines as ad as they were during the grad nights.

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:22 a.m. Megan Says...

That day would probably be fine. Mid-May isn't so busy and grad nighters won't effect the crowds because most schools require the students to take a bus as a group to go. They would arrive until 7 or 8 at night

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May 15, 2016 at 8:11 p.m. Emmertee Says...

No! They are everywhere all day and night. There was a huge difference between grad day crowds and non grad day. If you can avoid the grad days, I highly recommend it! We just experienced two of our four days as grad days. Not good!

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Apr 1, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. Alexia Says...

Hate to be a bother but I could really use some advice! So we go to WDW every year & would like to switch it up and use our DVC membership to go to DL & maybe even fly down to San Francisco afterwards and spend some time there. We're not really committed to any particular week but would like to go when its still cold in NJ. How are the crowds end of Feb & early March? Is it still cold there? Can we swim? I'm a master WDW planner (even got married there) but I have no idea what DL is like. I'm lost!....now I know how 1st timers in WDW feel : (

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Apr 5, 2016 at 11:54 p.m. Nikki Says...

As far as visiting San Francisco in Feb/March: Maybe I'm a wimpy Californian but I would never swim in SF. It's really cold, if you are looking for a good beach to get a good California experience, stay south. Newport, Pismo, and Santa Cruz are all very movie-esque.

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Apr 13, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Dianasaur Says...

I agree the Pacific Ocean is too cold to swim in during winter without a wetsuit, but as far as dates go, just make sure you avoid the weekend of presidents day Feb 20th, and before spring break gets rolling here in mid march. Early Feb is great!

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Apr 10, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Ethan Says...

You're definitely not wimpy, the ocean currents bring water down from Alaska, making the west coast ocean temperature VERY cold!

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Mar 23, 2016 at 5:01 a.m. Alisha Says...

Hi Team,

Thanks for all your updates, they are great. We are coming over from Australia to check out Disneyland in May just as a couple with no kids.

I tried to ring to book into Blue Bayou during our visit – for my birthday :( – and they advised that Blue Bayou would be closed from 9th to 13th of May (the whole time we are there). Would it be safe to assume Pirates would be close during this period as well? Just wondering whether it would be worth it to shuffle the trip a day earlier to arrive, as we bought 5 day tickets anyway, just in case we wanted to go on the morning we left, but we could arrive a night early and just do dinner and the Pirates Ride. Any thoughts on whether this would be worth it? Thanks! Alisha

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Mar 30, 2016 at 9:48 p.m. Tracey Says...

I would, Alisha! Pirates is a classic and you don't want to miss out on a monte cristo at Blue Bayou ???? But that's just my feeling on it ????

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Mar 30, 2016 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alisha,

It does look like Pirates of the Caribbean ride will be closed for refurbishment starting May 9. It's up to you if you want to change your trip. If riding on Pirates and eating at Blue Bayou is a priority to you then, coming a day sooner will allow you to do that. Here are all of our Disneyland refurbishments.

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Mar 20, 2016 at 5:44 p.m. Stephanie Says...

My husband and I would like take our 2 boys ages 5 and 7 to Disneyland in 2017. I'm a teacher so we're limited on when we can go. We can go March 15-19 (spring break), June-mid August, Thanksgiving week, anytime from Christmas-New Year's. Which of these dates do you recommend? Thanks!

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Mar 28, 2016 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Summer and then spring break would be the best dates, although it will still be busy.

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Mar 17, 2016 at 6:58 a.m. Keiran Says...

Hi - hoping to book a stay at Disneyland Resort in January 2017 but the website won't let me make reservations yet... any idea when they open up for 2017 reservations?

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Mar 21, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keiran,

Reservations are available through Jan. 6, 2017. Other January dates should be available in July or August.

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Mar 11, 2016 at 12:50 a.m. Christine Says...

Any advice for planning a trip to Disneyland Sept. Tues. 19- 22Thus. 2016. Hope it's not too busy because Halloween festivities.

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Apr 6, 2016 at 6:04 a.m. jeff Says...

We went last year during 1st week of october and i hadn't seen a crowd that large in 20 years. Staff @ disneyland said unusually busy during the halloween season during that time, but do to the fact of ride changes, some kind of student break during the college year, and the whole halloween theme, best rides were all 1.5 hours or more the whole day. But remember, disneyland always has those "surprise days" where a lot of people just have your same plans. Even if it was a wednesday.

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Mar 17, 2016 at 3:17 p.m. Tim Says...

We went in 2014 mid Sept aTues-Thursday and it was very festive for Halloween but was a 20 min wait tops for the major attractions.

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Mar 13, 2016 at 9:17 a.m. Reamsa Says...

Those are the days we are planning on going too and 3 hotels are sold out or are not allowing booking on those days as of right now!!! I am wondering if that's a bad time to go or what is going on during that week?!?!

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Mar 9, 2016 at 9:40 p.m. Suzie Says...

What do you think the April 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios might do to the late April crowds at Disneyland? We'd love to hear your opinion. :)

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May 26, 2016 at 11:06 a.m. V Says...

I will be in LA for 3 days during the Memorial weekends: from Saturday May 27, Sunday May 28 and Monday May 30 (Memorial Day). I am wondering which day would be best to visit Disneyland? Would it be Monday (the holiday)?

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Feb 28, 2016 at 12:53 a.m. Michelle A Says...

I was curious since I am getting married in July and the bachelor and bachelorette party is going to be combined and it's usually somewhat before the wedding when do you think we should go our wedding date is July 16,2016 so we deal with the crowds but on the calmer side.

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Mar 8, 2016 at 4:25 p.m. Jasmin Says...

Will it be busy April 4-5? It's a Monday and Tuesday. Should we go to Disneyland or Disney adventure first?

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Feb 27, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Kim Says...

Hi!

I am planning a Disney vacation May 8th to the 13th. I noticed that is the week following the kids half marathon. Do you think that will be a busy time and should I push off the vacation to the following week?

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Mar 18, 2016 at 11:38 p.m. Missy Says...

The 8th will be busy because of Mother's day and that is the Marathon day. The 9th will still be a tad crowded because people from the races will usually stay an extra day if they came from out of state especially. But the 10th, 11th, and 12th should be fairly good and not as crowded. Then the 13th will be crowded again because its grad night for local high school students.

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Mar 5, 2016 at 4:43 p.m. Dani Says...

It is VERY busy if you go over the run! It also costs more for hotels & cars, even more than Thanksgiving. Plus with them celebrating their 60th birthday since last year they have had record numbers! Plus they start doing graduation nights during May & close early and get more crowded. Lot of SoCal Select AP holders also go during May because their passes get blocked in June for the summer. They don't sell that AP anymore but you can still renew it, so there are still people utilizing it! They also do brunches & stuff for mother's day which makes it even more crowded. I have done the runs, gone to the park 100+ times, have an AP, I can tell you from personal experience it will be busy!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. Chantelle Says...

I will be there the 8th-10th and an having a hard time deciding whether or not we should do Disney on the 8th and battle the crowds so that we can do CA Adventure on the 9th with less crowds and then Disney again on the 10th. Or, should we just avoid Disney on that Sunday (the 9th) and do CA Adventure on the 9th and Disney on the 10th-11th?

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Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It's a pretty good time to go!!

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/may-2016/#calendar

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Feb 23, 2016 at 6:33 p.m. AJ Says...

Hi there,

My friend and I are planning on going to Disneyland today but were unsure how packed the park really is, is it true we have to wait up to an hour or two to get on a ride? We're just here for the day so we aren't sure if we are better off spending our money at the beach since the Canadian dollar is so low it would be $140 us to go to the park

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Feb 21, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. Jeff Lahti Says...

The NCAA tournament regional finals are March 26 in Anaheim. Do you see that affecting Disneyland attendance at all?

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Mar 20, 2016 at 9:16 p.m. marty Says...

heck yea! the crowd calendar will be "forget about it" d land and dca will be twice as packed!! :0(

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Feb 20, 2016 at 2:44 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

We were planning to go to Disneyland on Thursday (May 5) and Disney California Adventure on Friday (May 6) but I saw that it's when the Tinkerbell marathon begins. Would this be a bad time to go? Is it best to go on Tuesday and Wednesday of that same week or would it be just as crowded? Please let me know ASAP as I need to book flights and hotels ASAP. Thank you!!!!

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Mar 3, 2016 at 4:35 a.m. bre Says...

This article mentions nothing about the Tinkerbell half marathon. I'm trying to book and it's sold out. You would think they would do more research regarding best and worst times to visit. Not helpful.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 4:34 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello! Is there a schedule for regular refurbishments/seasonal decorating on the rides at Disneyland? I'm trying to plan a trip in the off season, but don't want to go and see my favorite rides are closed down.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Here is a link to Disneyland refurbishments:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

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Feb 18, 2016 at 4:18 a.m. Laela Says...

We are planing to visit Disneyland April 25-29 2016 Will this be a low crowd time? Anything going on this week that will make it have higher crowds?

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Feb 16, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Matilde Bekker Says...

Hi

We are going there from 6 (sunday) november - 9. (Wednesday) november. Just before the super hero run. We thought this was a good time because there is no Holiday. But now i see that there is mickeys bonfire on the 7.

Do you Think it Will be very Busy on this period?

Best regards

Matilde

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