Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2450 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 this summer and fall have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into the holidays and winter.

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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 strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods such as summer when the locals can get back in.

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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 took place in August 2019. We would expect it to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. For example, we expect this October to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. 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.

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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. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

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
  • 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)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • 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!

  • 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 froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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!

Leap

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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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