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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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland in 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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Feb 15, 2016 at 1:20 a.m. George Says...

Hello. We will be visiting Disneyland on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th. Would it be better to visit Disney California Adventure on Monday and Disneyland on Tuesday or vice versa? We are only visiting for two days and I want to avoid the crowds if possible so we can make the most of our time. Thank you.

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Feb 26, 2016 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

Generally we'd suggest Disneyland on Monday and Disney California Adventure on Tuesday for the lowest crowds in each park, but keep in mind that many people hop between the parks.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 14, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. Ottawa Mom Says...

To confirm, Presidents Day in 2017 is Feb 20, 2017.... Does this change your comment above "President's Day - Feb. 12-15, 2017" as a Worst time to visit Disneyland...?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes, thanks for the catch, I've adjusted those dates.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 14, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. SPierce Says...

Traveling from NC for my daughters 2nd birthday. Wr want to visit with her cousins in LA sometime between thursday, july 7 and July 9, any recommendations

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Feb 13, 2016 at 1:39 a.m. Akua Says...

Hi There! First, thanks for listing all this great information - very helpful. My birthday is coming up this Tuesday February 16th and I'm wondering what kind of crowds to expect on this day. My fiancé and I were hoping to go on my birthday but we have flexibility to go any day. It is the Tuesday after President's Day but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there might be a light crowd since it is Tuesday and most people will hopefully be at work/school. What do you think? Would you recommend avoiding this Tuesday or do you think we'll find Tuesday is smooth sailing? Also, we have 1 day park hopper tickets so we'll need to be able to pack in as much as possible (mostly rides).

Thanks so much for your help and insight!

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Feb 12, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. DisneyVisitor Says...

You forgot to mention super bowl as one of the WORST times to visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My trip just got ruined by Peyton Manning who I could not care less about, and especially now that he ruined the Monday that was supposed to be low crowds at the park! I specifically chose "the weekdays in February, BUT NOT AROUND PRESIDENT'S DAY" to spend a lot of money to travel from the Midwest to visit the park, which I have not got to do for 15 years because of the cost. Saturday and Sunday I expected to be busy, but Monday we had the Peyton Manning incident, and Tuesday I was throwing up. So basically my trip SUCKED. I will not return until they do something about the crowds!!!! I don't need tips on "How to beat crowds". They need to FIX THE SITUATION.

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Feb 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. emiseekayeewhy Says...

What exactly do you suggest they do? Not let anybody in? Shut down the park? Give you special treatment and let you have the whole park to yourself for the day?

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Feb 12, 2016 at 10:29 a.m. Morgan Says...

So we are here in Cali for presidents day weekend. Tossing around the idea of going to Disney for a day. I notice you say it's not a good weekend to go but how busy are we talking?

I mean, I came with my daughter last summer, unknowingly the same day as the D23 convention. I was blown away by the amount of people there. It was seriously like shuffling through a herd of zombies trying to walk around. (It was also during that heat wave and it was 106 that day which made it even more awful!)

Anyway, we survived that day. So When you say Presidents' Day is busy...is it the same busy as summer or Christmas etc? I just assumed February would be at least a little better of a month to go:/

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Feb 18, 2016 at 7:17 p.m. Venus Says...

Basically, any holiday is going to be busy at Disneyland. I think because most people with an annual pass are going to be there. That includes local families whose kids are out of school for the day.

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Feb 18, 2016 at 4:59 a.m. Peggy Says...

2/17/16 We were at Disneyland today & it was packed. Apparently Presidents Day has been extended. Trying Ca Adventure tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

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Feb 12, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan,

I think you will find it as busy as the D23 convention day and maybe even more so.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 11, 2016 at 4:51 p.m. DisneyGeek Says...

We just went February 5-10th, Which is supposed to be low crowd. what a joke!!! it was like a mosh pit the whole time. I am seriously considering not coming back until they do something about it.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 6:56 a.m. Kelly Says...

We were the Feb 3-10 and found it to be great. Monday the 8th was crazy, thanks Payton Manning, but the rest of the time we had no trouble getting on the rides and it was enjoyable. Maybe you need to utilize your fast passes better next time.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 6:25 a.m. Karime Says...

Im planning a trip to disneyland what will be the best time to visit in august

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Feb 9, 2016 at 8:03 p.m. Stephanie Says...

We are from South Africa and planning to go to Disney world between July the 7th and the 18th - will this be a good time? I have 3 kids ages 7, 14 and 17.

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Mar 6, 2016 at 10:14 p.m. Diane Says...

Honestly, summer is not a great time to visit Walt Disney World in Florida because of high crowds and high temperatures. Of course, if that is the only time you can go because of your visit to the USA, then go, but be prepared to take afternoon breaks by returning to your resort pool with the kids.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

This is a busy time:

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

Keep hopping!

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Feb 8, 2016 at 1:23 a.m. Shannon Says...

We're heading to Disneyland the first week of June. Do you think it would make a difference if we were there Monday (6/6)/Tuesday (6/7) vs Thur (6/9)/Fri (6/10) of that week? I expect Mon and Fri are the busiest week days, but curious if one was better than the other.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 9:06 p.m. Flor Says...

I'm on the same boat. We're taking our chances with June 7th and 8th.

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Feb 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Beth Says...

This year, due to anniversary celebration, everyday is more crowded than predicted. But I was there fom Jan. 25-29 and Monday was definitely less crowded than Friday.

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Feb 6, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. mikey Says...

Will late november to mid december 2016 be a good time to visit or will there be crowds miles long? Thanks in advance. Mikey

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Feb 6, 2016 at 5:24 a.m. Brandi Says...

I am thinking of taking the kids for mothers day weekend May 7th, 8th and 9th. Is mothers day and fathers day usually pretty busy?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi,

These dates are expected to be pretty busy, although not as busy as most other holidays. Mother's Day Weekend coincides with the Tinker Belle Half Marathon, and the end of June is just a busy time in general. Because passholders are blocked out in June, this looks like a slightly better time.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 5, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. NIkki Says...

Hi I am looking for the best time to take my 2 toddlers to disney for a 5 day park hopper. Is October a good month? also would it be more cost efficient to get an annual pass vs a 5 day park hopper. As well as the fast pass band?

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Feb 5, 2016 at 11:36 a.m. Flavia Says...

Hi!!! The first time I went to Dsneyland me and my husband got there early in the morning, and by 4 pm we left because we were really tired.

This time we want to see the night fire works. So, what is the best time to go to the park, walk around and see the fire works?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Flavia,

We still think arriving early is a good idea, so you take advantage of lower crowds, but instead of leaving at 4, take a break and return to your hotel. Then come back that evening for the fireworks.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 4, 2016 at 11:25 p.m. Sylvia Says...

I had to reschedule our family Disney vacation to March 9, 10, and 11. It was a nightmare finding a hotel as everything was booked! one of the desk employees of one of the hotels across the street from the main entrance had mentioned that I was arriving during the "Natural Products Expo" which is why everything is booked. he mentioned that it's a huge deal there, vendors line the street with booths to give out product samples. He also said the street would be very very busy and crowded but Disney parks would likely be a little empty because of this. Is this true? If so, I hit the jackpot on vacation days! Is it true the Natural Product Expo seems to draw the crowd from Disneyland?

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Feb 23, 2016 at 9:22 a.m. Zac R Says...

Depends. Sometimes it has the opposite effect depending on the guests at expo. Expo seems a lot smaller this year than usual so I can't see it having much effect. Quite surprised you had an issue with hotels though. I'm still seeing full availability on all the Disney partners hotels for that week.

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Feb 22, 2016 at 4:53 a.m. Monica Says...

Hi, I attend the Expo every year and it's busy. Restaurants are also normally booked up with reservations. The park depending on the day might be light but it's also the start of spring break for many districts so you may run into that at the parks. Just plan on getting to the parks right as they open and make use of the slower time. By noon is when it's the busiest. Have fun! We just took the family the second week in December and had a blast!

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Feb 3, 2016 at 12:07 a.m. Karley Says...

How is Super Bowl Sunday is it super busy?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 10:04 p.m. Amanda Jones Says...

Hi, I was thinking of going Super Bowl Sunday this year! Do you think it will be packed?

Thank you!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:42 p.m. Jesse Says...

We're flying to California to visit family and we're planing to go to Disney on Sunday Feb 14th (Valentines Day). Thoughts?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:20 a.m. Ashley Says...

Why does the park get busy on March 5th-11th as stated in your suggestions above?

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Feb 16, 2016 at 8:47 p.m. Laura Says...

I think it's because Harry Potter land is opening at Universal Studios that week so a lot of people will be going to both.

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Feb 1, 2016 at 1:17 a.m. Tesia Says...

Hi there I'm thinking about visiting Disneyland Memorial Day weekend and I notice it isn't on your list of terrible days, do you think Friday Saturday or Saturday Sunday would be best?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tesia,

These are usually very busy days because Disney typically hosts a 24 hour day on the Friday before. Sunday would likely be the best of those days, but I would expect is to be busy.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 20, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. Lynn Says...

I noticed they cancelled their 24 hr party for the Memorial Day weekend - do you think that will make it any less busy at all?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn,

If there is no 24-hour event, that would definitely help crowds over past years, but with it being a holiday weekend, it will still be crowded.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 30, 2016 at 6:35 a.m. Pam Says...

Hi, my son and I will be in the parks Feb 17-19... I know it's crowded on Presidents Day (15th) but do you think it will be less crowded W-F of that week? Hoping so!

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Jan 28, 2016 at 9:02 p.m. Shauna Says...

We will be at the park Feb 29th- March 4th and when I went to book a hotel a lot of the hotels were booked already. Is there something going on that week? I booked this week because it is usually considered to be slow time but now I am scared it is going to be packed.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 5:01 p.m. Trina Says...

I just checked the Disneyland special events and Anaheim Convention schedules. There are no planned events. If you are trying to book a park hotel, then yes, they are usually full ahead of time. If you are trying for an off site hotel, you should have no issues. Only thing I can imagine is the east coasters coming for their spring breaks.

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Jan 28, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. Eric Says...

I don't think there is any day you can go that it isn't swamped. We just went on Monday January 25th...a regular school day, no holidays, no special celebrations and the park was PACKED...a complete cluster. While wait times for rides in the morning weren't horrible (under 30 min), simply walking around we felt like we were in a sea of people..no open areas...no where to breathe. We won't be going back to Disneyland again.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. Erin Says...

My birthday is in early October which is normally a very slow time for Disneyland (I only ever go on mid-weekdays). My dad decided to go with me last year and I was super excited! It. Was. Packed. I think it has been busier since the 60th Diamond Anniversary started. I have been a pass holder for a couple years now and noticed it has been noticeably more crowded since June. I think it will die down a little when the event is over. I mean there will always be something going on, but I think there are just a lot of people who wanted to be a part of the anniversary celebration. Don't give up on Disneyland forever!

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Feb 3, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Quinn Says...

Eric - was there on that day as well and totally agree with you. Disneyland was busy and long waits during the day, the whole week was busy there in fact. California Adventure wasn't as bad but was busier than usual for that time of the year. I think the 60th celebrations were a part of it as well as the Star Wars interest with the release of the movie. Tomorrow Land was always packed with people. I will go back (love the place too much) but will plan for a less busy time (2017).

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Jan 27, 2016 at 3:52 a.m. Pete Says...

We are not locked-in for May so if you have any tips for when the shortest lines for the major rides would be it'd be appreciated.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 3:26 a.m. Mary Lou Says...

Oooops Pete......I meant NOT very crowded! Mid May was great!

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Feb 7, 2016 at 3:25 a.m. Mary Lou Says...

Hi Pete, stay away from Memorial weekend. We went mid May a few years ago and it was beautiful and very crowded. I would definitely go that time of year again! Rides are ready for summer and weather was so nice. Have fun!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 5:39 a.m. June Says...

Get a fast pass at the busiest ride then get in line (if it's not busy yet) ride it and come back later with fast pass to ride again

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Jan 27, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. Pete Says...

Hi Leap, Thanks for the tips! We are coming from Australia to pay a second visit to Disneyland. May seems like a good month to come and I assume that mid-week is best. We were there in April of 2013 for a dance concert at the park that my daughter was in so we had no choice, but during Spring Break the lines were up to 1.5 hours (3.5) if you were mad enough to wait for radiator springs! Would you be able to estimate waiting times in May of this year for say, Space Mountain? Thanks in advance, Pete.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 6:02 p.m. Melanie Says...

Hi! I'm going tomorrow (1/27) for my birthday. Will that be a pretty good day to go?

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

Yes, should be a great day to visit!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 24, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hello! My family and I are planning on visiting Disneyland for the first time either late this year or next year. We were thinking of visiting in September, when would be the best good time to visit for fewer crowds? Also my kids are 8 and 2, how many park days do you think we need to have a nice relaxed vacation but also get to experience all the rides? Thanks!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Weekdays the first couple of weeks in September should be nice. I would recommend three days, and you might consider a fourth.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 23, 2016 at 11:44 a.m. Sam Says...

Hi, we will be looking to be at disneyland around Nov. 16-19. How long would wait time be around then on a normal ticket? And are there tickets or ways to jump to the front of the line, or jump queues with permission? Just don't want to be spending hours in line

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Jan 21, 2016 at 10 p.m. Errol G. Says...

Hello, Walt Disney World Veteran here... Visiting Disneyland, CA for the first time Friday, February 5th. Wondering if Friday is considered the "weekend" as they do have the extended hours. Just trying to gauge crowd levels. Going to attempt both DL & DCA in one day. Auy!

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Jan 21, 2016 at 8:07 p.m. Jeff Says...

Planning on being at Disneyland September 12th-14th

is that a good time going with 3 kids ages 5,7,9

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Jan 21, 2016 at 1:58 a.m. RG Says...

Thinking of 1st ever Disney trip with the whole family (6 adults, 11 kids) during Thanksgiving 2016. Sounds like it might be a bad idea? Heard it wasn't so bad. Tips? Better days that week to visit. Kid ages 1-17.

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Feb 8, 2016 at 3:24 p.m. Shirley Says...

My birthday is the week of Thanksgiving, sometimes on Thanksgiving, with that said I went for years during this week but now each year is getting worse :-(. There are ssoooo many people this time of year you'd think it was Christmas. Now I wait till after but just before Christmas and hardly have to wait (about 20-40 min).

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Jan 20, 2016 at 10:53 p.m. ChadV Says...

Curious as to why March 5-11 is a busy week? I was making plans for that week thinking it would be "slower". Is it Spring Break in Cali during that time? Would the week prior to that, or after that be better?? Thanks!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chad,

This is when spring break season kicks off, although the heaviest crowds don't begin until the 19th. If you could visit the week before, I think you will find smaller crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 20, 2016 at 8:38 p.m. Sabrina Says...

Hi there! My little one's bday falls on Easter Sunday this year. I would love to take her to Disneyland for her special day. We would only be going on rides suitable for a toddler. What should I expect? Any info is greatly appreciated!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sabrina,

I would expect serious crowds during this time. Pack your patience and expect longer-than-normal waits. You may find more helpful tips in our post on taking a baby to Disneyland.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 20, 2016 at 7:32 p.m. Drea Says...

Hello, We are planning a trip to Disneyland in April. We will arrive Weds night the 13 and have Thurs Friday and Saturday there. We head home Sunday. I was thinking of doing one park for 2 days and 1 for one day. My kids have never been so this will be there 1st time!

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Jan 19, 2016 at 3:39 p.m. Doug Says...

Planning a trip for spring break knowing it is a busy time. We have 2 teenagers and a 4 year and they really want to bring him. So, any ideas best timeouts come. We could come March 11th Friday for over weekend or should we wait til Monday or Tuesday. Thinking 2 or 3 days in park. Any suggestions appreciated. If we fly in March 11, we could be at park by 12:00.

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Jan 18, 2016 at 9:01 p.m. Sylvia Says...

I've been wanting to avoid crowded days. Therefore, I have not planned on attending during Spring Break, Fall Break, or Christmas Break, most of which are blockout dates anyways with the military discount. I'd like to avoid summer. Fortunately I've noticed on my daughter's school calendar that they have a 4 day weekend in February. Woohoo! apparently rodeo days in Tucson are a big deal lol. We will be in the parks February 25-28. Are those dates usually pretty busy or mellow?

Sorry for all the unnecessary details leading up to my question. I'm just super excited for our first family vacation!

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Jan 17, 2016 at 2:53 a.m. Tori Says...

Hi so I'm planning a 1-day park hopper trip for either Jan. 19th or Feb. 16th... Which day do you think would be better? Or would a random weekend be better than the Tuesday after a three day weekend?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tori,

Jan. 19 would be much better than Feb. 16. Weekdays are generally better than weekends.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 16, 2016 at 11:37 p.m. joe Says...

Going Aug 21-24 how bad will the crowds be.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 6:31 p.m. Lauren Says...

During 'slow' times, which weekday do you think holds the least crowds?

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Jan 15, 2016 at 5:01 p.m. Brent Says...

Hi,

does anyone know the exact date the Christmas celebrations start in 2016? We are hoping to go in November but want to miss the thanksgiving week.

Thanks.

B

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brent,

These dates typically aren't released this early, but would likely follow the same schedule as 2015 and debut in mid-November.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 12:05 a.m. charlie Says...

Not sure if someone else covered this as I didn't read the other comments, but this article contradicts it self a few times. First week in march is best time yet March 4th through 11th are "worst". :-(

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlie,

Thanks for the comment. There was an overlap there for 2017 that has been corrected. The first week is good to go until March 5.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. Chris Says...

What happens March 5th through the 11th? why is that busy?

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

This is the start of spring break season, although it gets busier in the weeks after that.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 13, 2016 at 11:18 p.m. Liz Says...

I am planning on making a trip last week of April or first week of May would WED&THURS or THURS&FRI work better?

Anyone?

Thank you

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Jan 25, 2016 at 12:53 a.m. kena Says...

wednesday and friday would be ALOT better!! :)))) have fun

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Jan 19, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Abigail Says...

Definitely Wednesday and Thursday! Fridays are always busier.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 5:08 p.m. Jim Says...

Wed/Thursday will be much better for you because you avoid the short weekender tourist who takes 1 day off of work and does fri,sat,sun.... less people means more rides for your family.

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Jan 15, 2016 at 7:37 a.m. Jake Says...

Dedicatedly Wednesday and Thursday. People often have a three day weekend starting on Friday.

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Jan 13, 2016 at 3:58 a.m. Roberta Says...

We are coming April 22-29. How are the clouds and the weather during that time?

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Jan 12, 2016 at 12:03 p.m. Dalila Says...

Im planning to go on any of the last 2 weekends of September '16, is that a good date or is it bad? Please feel free to give me advice I'm taking my 5 yr old for her bday and I want her to have a great experience. Or should I wait for the first week of October? Thank you in advance.

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:19 a.m. jane Says...

Hi (:

Will disneyland be crowded this week because of the half marathon?

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane,

Yes, the marathon will bring in more crowds later in the week.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 10, 2016 at 8:14 a.m. Emma Says...

Hello there

Are there any days this month that rides will be closed ?

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma,

You can see all of our Disneyland refurbishments here:

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

Keep hopping!

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Jan 8, 2016 at 8:58 a.m. Danielle Says...

I plan on going to Disneyland April 2nd-4th for my sister and my birthdays. How busy should I expect it to be?

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Jan 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Mary Hall Says...

Hi Danielle, as a former cast member of disneyland and current AP holder, I have to say expect it to be at bit busy. The 2 weeks of "spring break" has always been a busy time at the resort. But a good note is some Passholders are blocked, and So-Cal residents that are take advantage of the resident discounted tickets are also blocked from those 2 weeks.

Try to plan ahead for things. Make reservations if you want to eat at a sit-down restaurant as soon as you can. If you go quick service, if possible eat during off prime times. Before 12noon or between 2-4pm or after 8pm. Plan out watching shows, and parades. The last showing of Paint the Night parade as well as World of Color has less of a crowd. Use fast pass. And be sure to look at bottom of your fast pass, you can get another fast pass when it expires or 3hrs after you got it which ever comes first. Majority of guests arrive at 10am, you can get a few rides done between 8-10am. And if you have early entry... Use it.

Another tip is single rider and major attractions. If everyone is over 7 years and you don't mind going by yourself it's a great way to cut you wait Time.

As long as your mentally prepared for the crowds you guys should be ok.

Have a great trip.

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Jan 7, 2016 at 8:04 p.m. Jeff Says...

We are trying to plan our first trip to disneyland how is the 3rd week in june look like?

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Jan 5, 2016 at 5:42 a.m. Rachel Says...

We are going the beginning of March. What's going on the 5-11 that will make it extra busy? I hope we beat the crowds! We will be there just a few days before.

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Jan 5, 2016 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

This is the beginning of the spring break season.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 7, 2016 at 12:06 a.m. Ashley Says...

Sorry for hijacking a post, I'm new here and I'm not sure how to post my own. I'm going May 1st-7th but I'll only be in the parks on the weekdays.. Will it be busy?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. Melinda Says...

Ashley, that weekend will be the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend. Means it will be busy. I just did the Star Wars marathon weekend and the shortest wait we had for rides was 40 minutes and that was at 10am. If you are going earlier in the week you should be okay. Bib pickup for the run is Thursday so I am sure that day will begin the busy time.

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Jan 24, 2016 at 6:39 p.m. Angela Says...

We're debating between going the first or second week in May, and right in the middle of the week. Do you think it's better to go before or after the Tinkerbell Half Marathon?

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Jan 3, 2016 at 7 a.m. Iris Says...

I'm looking at bringing my daughter for her birthday around Halloween - was thinking Oct 25-28; however, it seems like a lot of hotels are sold out or starting to sell out. Is it busy at this time of the year?

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Jan 6, 2016 at 4:24 a.m. Juju Says...

Yes it is busy during Halloween- they also do the Halloween nights which makes it crazy over there. I went a week before Halloween and it was horrible.

Good luck to you!

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Jan 5, 2016 at 4:57 p.m. Liz Says...

The park will be decorated for Halloween, and on certain nights there are Disney Halloween Parties, where they close the park early (5 or 6) for the party (for which you can obtain tickets for an extra price). I've noticed fewer people in the park on party days because they can't stay late. I've never been to the Halloween Party but am planning to next year. It looks like fun.

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