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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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Feb 6, 2018 at 7:39 a.m. Wendy Says...

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

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

Hi Wendy,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Loralie,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

What does your crystal ball say about super bowl sunday?

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

Hi Ben!

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi Lara!

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

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Blaire!

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

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

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

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

Hi!

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Kristi!

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Rob!

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Lynnette!

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Keep hopping!

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

Hi,

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

Thanks,

Af

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

Hi Airell!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Irma!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Irma!

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

Keep hopping!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Carrie!

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

Keep hopping!

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

What are your thoughts for Feb 3 and 4

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

Hi Bobby,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Kris,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Mike,

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

Stay hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Kaycee,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

Hi Karen,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Tim,

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

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

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

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

Hi Amanda,

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

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

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

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

Hi Tiffany,

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

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

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

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

Hi Clare,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Irduce,

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

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

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

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

Hi Rebecca,

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

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

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

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

Hi Emily,

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

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

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

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

Hi Dana,

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

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

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

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

Hi Maddi,

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi Meena,

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

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

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

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

Hi Eden,

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

Hello!

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

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

Hi Luke,

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

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

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

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

Hi Natasha,

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

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

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

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

Hi Karla,

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Brayden,

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

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

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

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

Hi Alex,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kat,

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

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

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

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

Hi Scott,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sandy,

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

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

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

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

Hi Erin,

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

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

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

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

Hi Stacey,

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

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

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

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

Hi Neva,

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

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

Hi!

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

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

Hi Alex,

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

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

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

Thanks

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

Hi Ralph,

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

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

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

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

Hi Tina,

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

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

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

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