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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2593 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 2020 and 2021. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest unknown the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is COVID-19. With the parks closed longer than they have ever been, we're now in new territory in terms of predicting crowds. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play, including how long the parks are closed, the virus, the economy, unemployment and potential travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many local passholders, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World,  we know crowds will return to Disneyland once it reopens. But the good news for park-goers is we think the rest of this year will overall see lighter crowds. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times.

Let's first state that we don't know when the Disneyland parks will reopen. When the Disneyland parks do reopen, though, the majority of the visitors will be locals or those visiting from within a few hours' drive. If you can visit during the first few days and weeks of reopening, we think you will find much lower crowds as people resume "normal" life.

As of now, Disneyland has blocked the majority of its passholders from visiting the parks in June and July (and the first half of August). Typically, Disneyland does not change this, and if this holds true for this year, we'd expect this June,  July and August to overall have lighter crowds (assuming the parks are open).

Late August and September have always been some of the better times to visit Disneyland, and we expect they would stay that way this year. While October is thought of off-season, because of many Arizona schools' fall breaks, Gay Days, Columbus Day weekend and Halloween Time, the first two weeks have become increasingly busier in years' past, and we think that would still be the case this year. November and December would likely see a return to typical crowd levels, and overall these are still good times to visit (aside from the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve). Weekends are busier for all of these months, so if you can schedule a visit mid-week, you will generally find fewer crowds (Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, is one notable exception).

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles 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. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks such as when many Arizona schools have breaks about the first half of October.

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 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. They hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

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 Select and Deluxe 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.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Mickey in Red Car Trolley

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. We expect D23 Expo 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. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Main Street USA

Disneyland's tiered pricing for one-day tickets also has some impact on crowds since more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do to Disney World. Now each day is has a different price based on expected crowd level. During the off-seasons, Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally value priced. Saturdays and holiday periods have the highest peak prices. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar, which gives you a hint of how busy the parks may be! Generally, the higher the price, the higher the expected crowds!

Disneyland 1-Day Pricing Tells You the Busiest Days at Disneyland

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.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • Opening of Rise of the Resistance - Jan. 17, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Magic Happens Parade opening and start of Food & Wine Festival - Feb 28, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 14-April 13, 2020 (elevated crowds March 7-April 20, 2020)
  • Weekends and Grad Nites dates 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. 20, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Jan. 1-5, 2021
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 16-24, 2021
  • President's Day - Feb. 13-21, 2021
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13-April 4, 2021 (elevated crowds March 6-April 11, 2021)
  • Weekends and Grad Nites in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021-Jan. 4, 2022

*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. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - GotG: Mission - Breakout

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. 17-20 and 24-28, 2020 - Many annual passholders are back in after summer blackouts
  • Labor Day - Sept. 7, 2020
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a week day) - Sept. 28, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 12, 2020 (expect crowds Oct. 3-12, 2020)
  • Utah Fall Breaks about mid-Oct.*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - 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 about mid-Oct.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Small World Exterior

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; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half 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 2021

  • Weekdays in January starting Jan. 6 (minus the the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 6, 2021)
  • April 12-30
  • 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; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of 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 2020 and 2021! 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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Sep 20, 2016 at 7:42 a.m. Carol Says...

All of the weekends I'm available to go to Disneyland and DCP have local events scheduled. Which of the following weekends do you think would be the least crowded?

Oct 1-2 Gay Day

Nov 5-6 Dapper Day

Nov 12-13 Avengers half marathon

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Sep 15, 2016 at 3:23 a.m. Megan Says...

We are trying to plan a visit between Dec. 17th and the 25th for a couple of days. I am wondering if we wold be better off to go starting Mon. 19th or the weekend of the 17th. in terms of crowds?

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Sep 20, 2016 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

We would expect crowds for both of those days, but the 19th might be just a little better, since many passholders will still be visiting on the 17th ahead of blockout dates.

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Oct 8, 2016 at 9:19 p.m. Alaine Says...

I meant to say first or second week of December....

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Oct 8, 2016 at 9:18 p.m. Alaine Says...

I have a trip planned with my family for the week of Nov 6-11. I find planning a trip to Disneyland frustrating as the Disney website doesn't post the entertainment schedule until about 6 weeks beforehand, but I like to have my travel plans sorted well in advance. Well as it turns out this year there's almost nothing in the way of entertainment that week, no fireworks, no parades.... the only thing going is the World of Color. We like the rides, and lighter crowds are a major bonus, but for us a trip to Disneyland is also about the parades, fireworks etc. I'm considering re-scheduling our holiday for the first or second week of Christmas (assuming there will be more entertainment?), so we can get a more well-rounded Disney experience. Unfortunately, I won't know what their entertainment schedule will be like for several weeks. Do you know what kind of entertainment schedule/hours of operation we could expect in the first couple weeks of December? We would probably spend more weekday time there, as opposed to weekend time. Any thoughts you may have would be much appreciated.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alaine,

The first or second week of December will have entertainment every night. The Holiday season officially begins Nov. 10. Even though there are no fireworks or holiday parades on the schedule for that week in November yet (World of Color is scheduled each night), most likely there will be fireworks on the 6th and parades and fireworks on the 10th and 11th. They just have not released the details yet. Paint the Night is set to come back for the holiday season as well. It is up to you if you want to change your trip. That week in November may not be fully ready for the holidays, but it is usually a great (quiet) week to visit. We like early December too! You can't go wrong either way.

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Oct 13, 2016 at 4:37 a.m. Alaine Says...

Thank you so much. Really appreciate your advice:)

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Sep 13, 2016 at 5:40 p.m. kay cee Says...

We're planning our 2017 trip. We will not go until the star wars is complete because we enjoy the Railroad ride. we're seniors. :) It is hard to plan since we don't know when the SW will be finished. Any ideas?

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Sep 18, 2016 at 4:58 a.m. Faith Says...

Star Wars is rumored to be finished early 2017

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Sep 11, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. Opal Says...

Bonjour! Our family of 5 (kids ages 10, 7, and 1) is planning our first trip to DL this year. Weʻd love to go during their holiday celebration but can manage to get away only during the busiest times of the year (Nov 24 – 27, Dec 22 – 29, Jan 1 – 6). In your opinion, which is the least worst time to go? Thanks!

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Opal,

We think the best of those three times would be Jan 1-6. The other two times will probably be equally as busy, Christmastime being the most busy. There will be a lot of entertainment in the parks this year, so it is bound to be a very fun holiday season no matter when you go.

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Sep 8, 2016 at 10:23 p.m. Megan Says...

My husband and I (no kids yet) are planning a one-day trip down to SoCal to go to the California Adventure Park ONLY. We’re coming back next year for my niece’s FIRST Disneyland trip, so this trip is really just to go on Tower of Terror before it’s gone because I have NEVER BEEN ON IT! *gasp* I have only been to CA Adventure once on a one-day park hopper pass, so I am sure we have plenty more to see.

Ideally, we’d like to go in October. We want to maximize our time by avoiding busy days/times, Halloween parade overflow and to go on a day without Magic Hours. Unfortunately we work Mondays-Fridays, so we will need to take some time off to avoid the busy weekends. We are going to take 2 days off, either Thurs-Fri or Mon-Tues, and we’ll go on the 1st day, leaving the 2nd for travel back home.

Is it better to go on a Monday or a Thursday? Also, any advice on when in October is the best day to go?

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

We recommend going on Thursday, Oct 6. You will avoid Arizona and Utah school holidays. There is no Magic Morning in DCA and no Halloween party overflow. Be sure to go on Tower of Terror during the day to get the full experience, and if that leaves you wanting more than go on it for Late Checkout after twilight! Have fun!

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Oct 9, 2016 at 8:32 p.m. AZ hopper Says...

Just a FYI - most AZ schold have their fall break the first week of Oct. This year, it was the week of the 3rd. We went to Disney (along with half of Phx) and it was crowded. There were a lot of families from Utah there as well, so they may also have fall break during that first week. Because of the Halloween party and the school break, we will no longer be doing our Disney trips during Oct

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Sep 8, 2016 at 5:56 p.m. BrianV Says...

We will be there April 3-5 2017. (M-W) This is the week before Easter week. From some other places it looks like this week might be the calm before the storm. Passes arent even blocked out that week. But you have most of March all the way through April 21 as a crowded time. Any thoughts?

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

The whole spring break season sees elevated crowds as school breaks vary, but we would expect medium crowds at that time.

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Sep 7, 2016 at 3:12 a.m. Melanie Says...

Traveling from Australia, what is the best to time to visit Disneyland with less crowds

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Sep 17, 2016 at 7:33 a.m. Fiona Says...

It looks like your question is answered in the article Melanie. We are also heading to Disneyland from Australia in 2 weeks, hopeful taking advantage of 'slow' days in early Oct :-) yay!!

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Aug 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. Matt Says...

With Star Wars Land opening early next year, will late January be crazy busy? Should we wait until Feb or early March?

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Sep 1, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

There was been no date announced for the opening of Star Wars Land, but we do not expect it to be early 2017.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 7:55 p.m. Jay Says...

Thinking of going this time too. Any one have experience going around President's Day? Expectations for President's Day 2017?

President's Day (Feb 20th)

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Sep 1, 2016 at 9:11 p.m. Mike Says...

Hey,

Headed into the park this weekend how crazy is it with the half-marathon going on?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

You can expect crowd levels to be higher than usual!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. Gary Says...

How bad is it during President's week...is it unbearable? I've gone between Christmas and New Years and at some points on Main St, it was literally wall to wall people.

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Sep 18, 2016 at 5 a.m. Faith Says...

Presidents week will be higher crowds. We've gone every year during President week, and the last few years have been crazy crowded. We've decided to go the week before this year.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 6:47 p.m. Stephanie Watkins Says...

I also must disagree about weekdays in the first week of June. They are Grad Nite days, except Monday. It was INSANELY busy this June. And hot.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Stephanie Watkins Says...

You sure about Thanksgiving? I heard all over the boards that July 4th was the lowest crowds in history for that date. So I may take my chances with Thanksgiving weekend, since Deluxe and under are blocked.

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Aug 31, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. Luna Says...

Stephanie, I go to Disneyland several times a year and one year made the mistake of going the day after Thanksgiving. It was the worst experience ever! Super crowded!! I even complained to customer service (several rides closed) and was told it was the busiest day of the year for Disneyland. I will never do it again. I wouldnt chance it of I were you.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:11 p.m. Ana Says...

How about the day of Thanksgiving do you think will be crowded ? thank you

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Aug 26, 2016 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

It is sometimes hard to predict what exactly drives crowds on any specific day at Disneyland. Holidays are typically busy because so many people are off work and school. One year a holiday can be packed and the next year less busy, according to cast members who work in the park. Going when there are blockout dates can be a smart move because a lot of locals have passes, however, those dates are blocked out because they expect higher than usual crowds.

Disneyland's tiered ticket pricing may be changing when people visit, since holidays are more expensive that off-peak times. Keep in mind that what one person thinks is crowded may be another person's light day. If you go during Thanksgiving, do not be disappointed if it is more crowded than you had hoped for, but be sure to let us know how it goes. The best part about visiting on a holiday is that the parks have longer hours, and there tend to be more shows, parades and fireworks, which you might not get on a quiet off-peak day. We've heard that Paint the Night will be returning for select days during the holiday season, and that is definitely worth seeing!

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Aug 20, 2016 at 1:51 p.m. YU JUN LEW Says...

Hi, anyone knows if there'll still be fireworks after 5 Sep 2016? I'll be there on 13 Sept.

Also, can I walk in to Blu Bayou for dinner? It's fully booked ):

Thanks.

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Aug 28, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. Cindy Says...

My friend is a travel agent and she said that Blue Bayou takes reservations 2 months in advance. So if you are going to be there on September 13th, you would've had to have booked back in July. :(

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Sep 20, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It looks like your date has passed, but you can sign up for reservations as early as 60 days. There are usually reservations available much closer to your date. Even if you do not get exactly what you want, book it and see if you can change it in park. They do take walk-ins sometimes, but people with reservations who want to change may be given priority.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Fantasy in the Sky will be shown Fridays through Sundays after Sept. 5, and yes, you can try to get a walk-up reservation for Blue Bayou.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 5:53 p.m. Jaguilar Says...

I guess I need to fully read the comment before I respond. I thought it said for going on the 5th I see it says for the 13th ????

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Aug 25, 2016 at 5:50 p.m. Jaguilar Says...

Doesn't the diamond celebration go through September 5th? It would still be the Disneyland Forever fireworks that night. I bet the park will be packed for the last day, that might be why The Blue Bayou is already completely booked for reservations.

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Aug 15, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. Michael Says...

We are just starting to plan our trip for 2017.

We have 2 possible travel periods at the moment 30th March to 13th April or 29th June to 13th July. (Australian school holidays)

Which of these 2 periods would be better for visiting Disneyland and are there any preferable days during these periods.

Thankyou.

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Aug 21, 2016 at 4:57 p.m. Elaine Says...

Michael- Definitely end of March-April! June-July will be a lot more crowded-and it will be hot!

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

For Disneyland, we recommend visiting in April. it is our local spring break time in the U.S., so there will still be plenty of people, but it will be less crowded than in late June. Weekdays at the park that does not hold the Magic Morning hours are usually the best bet.

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Aug 18, 2016 at 3:47 a.m. Michael Says...

Thanks for the reply Leap.

We are still working on our dates, but we may have to go in our June/July school holidays.

Other than weekends, are than any other dates in this period that we should really avoid.

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Aug 26, 2016 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

It is hard to predict since there are so many factors that can affect crowds, but schools in Southern California tend to get out early to mid-June. Annual passes start getting blocked out mid-June, which does keep some of the locals out of the parks. If you do not have Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours, start your day in the park that is not offering the early opening, and be there at park opening. Hit Fantasyland or areas to the left (Frontierland, Adventureland and Critter Country) first (everyone else seems to head to Tomorrowland first) and you will get a lot accomplished with no waits in a short period of time. Using FastPasses will also help you to manage your day.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 6, 2016 at 7:46 a.m. Louise Says...

This info is awesome! Thank you. We plan to take the kids next year and this post has given us a lot to think about regarding when to take time off and where to go. Thanks again. Louise - Australia xo

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Aug 4, 2016 at 4:59 a.m. Jadon Says...

can you buy mickeys halloween party tickets with 2017 good neighbor hotel vacation package for late september to early october 2017

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Aug 2, 2016 at 5:28 a.m. tashieana Says...

we(3 children & 2 adults) are visiting the park 10/7-10/10/2016 we will not be attending the halloween party though the party is on the 7th and the 10th will disney land be over crowded during the days we will actually be in both parks which are 10/8 & 10/09 ?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, most likely you would see higher crowds at Disneyland on the days that the parties are not being held.

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Jul 29, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. Italo Sasso Says...

I'm planning a trip to LA in Jan/2017 and looking at coming to the park sometime between the 23th-26th for 3 days. what do you think?

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Jul 27, 2016 at 11:10 p.m. Hannah Says...

Best time to visit during the holiday season? And it has to be a weekend! Looking for any input on the matter…

I love DLR and Christmas. My boyfriend has agreed to tag along for my very first Disneyland Christmas experience! Yay! The thing is he is a teacher… He has agreed to take off one day in addition to a weekend (so, a Monday or Friday) for our trip. We will likely flying in the night before our DLR adventures – so be staying in the hotel for 4 nights (Thurs-Sun OR Friday-Monday) and visiting the parks 3 of those days. The last day we will probably have to leave the park around 4pm to head to the airport. We will not be going on his winter break (Dec 18-Jan 1) as I understand it to be a horribly busy time, plus we want to spend that time with family. So I guess my question is:

Since we have to visit on a weekend during Christmas, I understand it’s going to be packed. But is there any weekends to definitely avoid / any weekends that tend to be a least not jam packed with people?

Thank you for any input!!

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Jul 24, 2016 at 8:39 p.m. Megan Says...

How busy is the park the first week of October?

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Jul 19, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Alie Says...

We are going to DL in late Sept... Originally we had planned to go on Friday Sept 26, but now that it is a Halloween Party day, I'm wondering if it would be better to go on Sunday the 28th, so that we can stay for and enjoy the full day. Which do you think is the better day?

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Jul 19, 2016 at 6:25 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hi! we are planning a trip to Disneyland for my sons 5th birthday in January. I'm hoping to go inbetween the crowds from New Years and the Half marathon/MLK weekend. We have to options so far and was wondering which dates you thought would be better to miss the crowds for both of those events. The 5th-10th or the 7th-12th.

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Jul 6, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Amanda Says...

Hi! We are planning a Southern Cali trip Sept 20th-27th. I am trying to decide if we should do 3 or 4 days at Disneyland, if we don3 it would be Wednesday 21st-Friday 23rd but if it isn't going to be super busy we will do 4 days and stay for Saturday 24th (we are a family of 6, our oldest is 6 so we need extra time to head back and nap during the day so I figured we need more days) thank you for your help!

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Jul 22, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. Caitlyn Says...

That's so exciting! I wish I could have gone this year to see the diamond celebration. It's definitely better to attend the parks during the beginning of the week... Thursdays to Sundays are usually busiest but if that's your only option you just have to work with it. Make sure and use the fast pass booths at both parks. It makes a huge difference! Sometimes some of the rides are closed in September due to getting them ready for Halloween decorations but it's usually better towards the end of the month. You may not have a problem at all.. I hope you have fun. I'm trying to plan a trip for next year!

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Jul 14, 2016 at 9 p.m. Michelle Says...

One thing our family forgot to take into consideration during our visit to Disneyland, around that same time last year, is the Disneyland Halloween party. Disneyland closed early on two of the days we were there for the party. (You have to buy tickets to the party, which is an additional cost to your passports and its around $35 extra per family member! Ouch!)

We tried to make the best of it by visiting California Adventure during those times but everyone else had the same idea so CA was crowded! I mean CROWDED! I've never seen anything like it and we've been to Disneyland tons of times! You litterally couldn't walk sometimes. We love Disneyland but I have to admit to feeling angry about this situation. Anyway, You can find out the dates for the party on the Disneyland website. The parties usually start the weekends in September and then include the weekends and a day during the week closer to the end of September into October. Just a quick heads up! You guys are going to have a blast!

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Jul 4, 2016 at 6:07 a.m. Eunice Says...

Hi, 3 of us (2 senior parents and I) will be planning to visit Disneyland park in Anaheim, this will be our first visit to USA. We are considering weekdays between 25 to 29 Sep 2016, which "day" is the least crowded day to go but without the early closure/park maintenance day/no fireworks day that will shorten our stay? If monday is the least crowded we'll just follow. And better just choose Disneyland only instead of park hopper with Disney California as it will be very tiring for first timer and end up not maximising the time in Disneyland? Do we still need to purchase fast past on that quiet week? And which rides worth to purchase fast past? Thank you so much for your advise! -excited-ultimate childhood dream- :)

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eunice,

If you are only going to Disneyland one day, then you might do just one park because there is a lot to see in one day. You do not need to purchase FastPass because they are free to all guests. You use your park ticket to get the FastPasses. The system is supposed to change sometime this year, but at this point they have kiosks near the ride where you get a FastPass to return later. We recommend Fastpasses for Hyperspace Mountain and Indiana Jones, then Star Tours and Thunder Mountain. Disneyland releases the hours and entertainment schedules about six weeks in advance, so it is too early to say for sure if there will be nights without fireworks. This past year, they have had them every night that weather allowed. Sunday is your best bet for being open the latest. The less crowded days could be Monday and Wednesday. If you wait until August monthyou will be able to find out the park hours and entertainment schedule so you can make more specific plans.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 4, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Rachel Says...

I'm planning a trip to LA next April and looking at coming to the park sometime between the 6th-14th for 3 days. judging from your review this is an extremely busy time, correct?!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

Yes, we expect this to be a busy time.

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Jul 3, 2016 at 10:24 a.m. Noora Says...

Hi, we're planning a trip to Disneyland in July 2017 and I'm just wondering if you knew when they opened up bookings for that time? The website only goes to December 2016 at this time.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noora,

These reservations should become available in August or September.

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Jun 29, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi there! I am debating between the weekdays after Labor Day 9/6-9/9 and the weekdays in the second week of September 9/12-9/16. There are a couple of one-day conferences at the ACC the first week, does that play into it? Any advice is greatly appreciated!! :)

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Jun 29, 2016 at 4:28 a.m. Uni student Says...

I'm thinking of going to Disneyland in february 2017. However, is the weekend of feb 18-19 too close to President's day? Thank you!

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Jun 27, 2016 at 5:55 p.m. Thania Says...

I've been to Disneyland every year at least 3 times since I was a child. I know have a 2 year old who becomes very impatient if I keep him in a certain area too long ???? I'm planning a 2 day stay on August 1st through 2nd (which would be a Monday and Tuesday) would you recommend postponing my trip for the end of August due to the possibility of heavy traffic and long lines on the first week? Getting nervous thinking about my son trying to run around big crowds and staying in 1 hour + wait lines.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 3:58 a.m. Vicky Says...

The only time we can all come is the week of August 15-19. how crowded do you think it would be and what days would be best. thanks!

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Jun 22, 2016 at 6:24 p.m. Natalie Yancey Says...

We are thinking of going Jan 26-30 but are worried on if it's a small world and haunted mansion will be closed any guess on when they will have them reopened we are trying to miss the Christmas crowds

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

You may want to wait until early February; those attractions usually close soon after the holidays to remove the overlay, then reopen a couple weeks after. As soon as we know the exact refurbishment dates, we’ll post them.

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Jun 22, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. Julie Chinery Says...

What about July 4, 2016. I hear the 4th is a great day from one of my coworkers that frequents Disneyland at least 3 times a year.

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Jun 22, 2016 at 5:10 a.m. John Says...

Hi - we are travelling to LA from Australia between 18 February and 2 March. Will be spending multiple days at Disneyland. I think President's Day is Monday 20 February 2017? Are the crowds busy for the rest of that week? Does the weather start to improve by the end of February?

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Jun 21, 2016 at 7:28 p.m. Lia Says...

How about the week of 18-21 in July? I don't see anything for July.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

It's going to be busy!

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Jun 21, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. Ramona Says...

Hi-

we will be in LA ( 13. - 23. May ) next year.

As we would like to visit Disney but heard it can be quite crowded, when would be the best time / day to go? To avoid standing in line for hours.

Many thanks from Germany

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Jun 19, 2016 at 6:15 a.m. Nikki Vanorman Says...

Hello,

We are planning on visiting October 12-16 and was wondering if that is a busy time? Also, do you know when they will release the mickeys not do scary Halloween party tickets or the dates?? Thanks for your help!

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Jul 19, 2016 at 5:09 a.m. Beth Says...

July 28

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/mickeys-halloween-party/

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Jun 17, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. Brendon Says...

We're thinking of visiting around the 12th - 16th February 2017 but you've got it listed as President's day. I know the actual day is on the 20th February will it be busy the week before or the week after?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brendon,

You are correct. It's the 17th through the 20th that will see the busiest days.

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Oct 5, 2016 at 1:50 a.m. Michelle Says...

Wondering about how busy the rest of President's Day week is? Is it typically just Mon/Fri that will be busy, or the full week of the 20th-24th?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Friday through Monday will definitely be the busiest, but the rest of the week will have some medium crowds.

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

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

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

Hi there,

Check out this post:

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

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

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

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

Sydney,

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

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

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

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

Hi Carol,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

Surprisingly the 4th had light crowds

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

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

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

Hi Angie,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will be very busy.

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Leap,

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

Thank you!

Lisa

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

Hi Eda,

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

Keep hopping!

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

Hi!

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

Thanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Ashley,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Aaron,

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

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

nights. Thank you!

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

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

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

Hi Wayne,

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

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