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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on March 8, 2024 2974 Los Angeles

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It’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "Whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time. But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are some things to consider as you plan your trip to Disneyland. In this post, we're sharing highlights and considerations by season, plus our favorite times to visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Before we jump in, it's worth repeating that no matter the season or the reason, you can have a magical trip to Disneyland. At Undercover Tourist, we've been honored to be a part of helping families plan their vacations for over 20 years. And 20 years adds up to a lot of Disneyland trips for the frogs! Within that time, we've learned the hows and whys of crowds and have paired that insight with our historical Crowd Calendar data to create our recommendations on when to visit Disneyland each year. In the past few years, we've seen that more and more visitors are planning their Disneyland trips around seasons and special events rather than just crowd levels — so we've adjusted this post accordingly to showcase highlights and considerations by season.

Maybe you've always wanted to see Sleeping Beauty Castle alight during the magic of the holidays. Or perhaps hopping around the parks during Halloween Time — collecting frightfully fun foodie finds or watching Jack Skellington take over the nighttime spectacular — is on your bucket list. Maybe you're like me and love taking your mom to Food and Wine Festival in the spring. Or, maybe you and the fam are heading over for a few days during summer break and want to know more about what to expect. No matter the whys or whens, we are here to help!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up

Oh, and one more big reminder! We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the theme park reservation system at Disneyland. Since 2021, Disneyland has operated with a reservation system — that means, in addition to purchasing your ticket, you also need to make a theme park reservation. It's easy to do, but of course, certain dates will fill up in advance, including popular holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. So once you pick your Disneyland dates, don't froget to also make your reservation — the sooner, the better, for the best availability.

2023 was a BIG year for Disneyland, with the opening of the reimagined Mickey's Toontown, Adventureland Treehouse and the all-new Tiana's Palace restaurant. And 2024 is also shaping up to be a big year with Star Wars Season of the Force debuting, Pixar Fest returning and Tiana's Bayou Adventure opening . (Tiana's Bayou Adventure opens in late 2024, which means guests visiting before then should be prepared for the ride to be undergoing a refurbishment. Speaking of refurbishments, Haunted Mansion is also undergoing a refurbishment as of Jan. 22, 2024, and does not have a set reopening date.) Plus, Magic Happens parade returns as of Feb. 2, 2024!

Factors in Determining the Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Moana Magic Happens float

Much like at Disney World, busy times at Disneyland often align with school schedules and major U.S. holidays. If tadpoles are out of school, the odds are that they want to hop to Disney! And not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona and Utah schools have fall breaks in October. The spring breaks at major universities in California also influence crowd levels. Over on the West Coast, some unique groups impact crowd levels at Disneyland including annual passholders, conventioneers, runners and special ticket holders (which we get into more detail below!).

First and foremost, with a smaller (in scale, not pixie dust) footprint on the West Coast, it takes less of a crowd bump to for things to feel more crowded than on the East Coast. That means that locals — who may visit more for opening festival days and weekends, or pop in for a casual dinner — have a distinct impact on crowd levels. Blackout dates for passholders have an impact on crowds, as well.

The same can be said for conventioneers. If you're heading to a nearby convention, of course you'd want to pop into Disneyland for a day or two. Most of the impact here is minimal, with one notable exception: D23. The annual Disney fan event hops between the West and East coasts each year, and in 2024, it's Disneyland's turn to host from Aug. 9-11. The 2024 event will also host the first-ever D23 Day at Disneyland Resort Aug. 8.

Returning in 2024 are also runDisney events, which will bring runners back to Disneyland to participate in two marathon weekends each year: Jan. 11-15 and Sept. 5-8 in 2024, and Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2025 (2025 fall date still TBD).

Disneyland also offers some incredible ticket deals for Southern California residents, California residents and sometimes the entire U.S. With those ticket deals come use-by dates. For those offers in particular, you may see dates fill up as those usage windows approach (gotta go before it expires!). One-day tickets may also impact crowd levels — particularly on the lower tier days. Since these are cheaper days to visit Disneyland, you may find that more people choose those tickets and attend those days.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Oogie Boogie Bash Overlay on Disney California Adventure Park Entrance

One other thing to be aware of is any separately ticketed events that may be scheduled even during the best times to visit. Sometimes a park or an area of a park closes early for private events. That's why you always want to look at the Disneyland hours for the dates you want to visit so you don't encounter any surprises. We'll detail these in each season below, as well as share which dates for 1-day tickets are the cheapest (note that prices are flat for multi-day tickets and do not change based on dates like they do at Disney World.) You can also find a calendar of 1-day ticket tiers on our ticketing page for easy reference.

There are more Disneyland After Dark event dates in 2024 than ever before! These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual, which means even if you aren't attending, you'll want to plan accordingly.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Infographic

Just looking for the quick version? Check out the infographic above for a cheat sheet of the least crowded dates at Disneyland in 2024. Let's get hoppin'!

Spring — February, March, April

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Food and Wine Sip and Savor with food and beverages

Are you ready for some extra special ... special events? We sure are! In addition to the expected springtime happenings — Disney California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival and spring breakers — some of our favorite entertainment, including Magic Happens, Wondrous Journeys and World of Color will all return from a brief hiatus this spring. Plus, a brand-new event, Season of the Force, will celebrate all things Star Wars, and Pixar Fest will return after several years. Plus, during springtime, the park is particularly beautiful with spring flowers and the pink Tabebuia trees in bloom. With so much fun hoppening this spring, we are predicting a busy season. We can't wait!

Highlights

  • Magic Happens parade returns Feb. 2, 2024
  • Celebrate Gospel brings additional entertainment and food to Disneyland Park Feb. 17 and 24
  • Anaheim Ducks Day in Disney California Adventure Feb. 22-23, 2024
  • Food and Wine Festival takes place from March 1 - April 22, 2024
  • World of Color returns from refurbishment March 1 (closed from Jan. 8 - Feb. 29, 2024)
  • "Wondrous Journeys" nighttime spectacular is back at Disneyland for a special presentation March 22 - April 14, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pixar Fest is April 26 - Aug. 4, 2024

Things to Consider

Disneyland After Dark Parties take place several nights these months, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. on select nights, as well:

  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park takes place Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024
  • Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park takes place March 5 & 7, 2024
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Spring break — elevated crowds from March 9 - April 7, 2024

The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. This is the case in 2024 — Easter is on March 31. When Easter falls later — like in 2025, when it falls on April 20 — the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break the last two weeks of March, which can affect crowds then.

Our Overall Pick: Where do we begin! When it comes to springtime visits, if you aren't constrained by dates, we have a few suggestions to fit it all in. Come for the Food and Wine Festival in early March or mid-April if you also want to experience Season of the Force. Crowds are higher for peak spring break, but Wondrous Journeys fireworks may make it worth it to visit March 22 to April 14. Usually, fireworks are only on the weekends, so include a weekend day in your visit to see and do it all. Or, visit in late April to experience both Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in February (minus the Super Bowl and days around Presidents Day)
    • Feb. 20-29, 2024
    • Feb. 4-7, 18-28, 2025
  • The first few days in March
    • March 2-8, 2024
    • March 1-6, 2025

Busiest

  • Presidents Day Weekend
    • Feb. 16-19, 2024
    • Feb. 10-17, 2025
  • Spring Break
    • March 9 - April 7, 2024
    • March 7 - April 6, 2025; April 18-20, 2025 (Easter)

Cheapest

  • Feb. 1, 6, 7, 2024 (Tier 0)
  • March 4-7, 2024 (Tier 2)
  • April 16-17, 2024 (Tier 1)

Summer — May, June, July

Summer break kicks off for most school districts in mid-June when you'll see an uptick in crowds — but in our opinion, it's pretty manageable over an extended period, with longer park hours and LOTS of entertainment! Summer is actually one of our very favorite times to visit. Exceptions to those long hours are Disneyland After Dark parties, which take place on select dates in May and June, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. During this timeframe in 2024, Fantasmic! will return, as will Pride Nite, and the aforementioned Season of the Force and Pixar Fest will also run into summertime.

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - World of Color

Highlights

  • Fantasmic! returns May 24, 2024
  • Disneyland's birthday is July 17, 2024, bringing additional celebrations to Disneyland Park
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place: April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pride Nite at Disneyland Park takes place June 18 & 20, 2024

Things to Consider

In summer, the thing to keep in mind is the weather. "June Gloom" offers some respite from the heat, though those temperatures do rise throughout the remainder of summer. July is manageable and less crowded than you'd think, especially on the weekends! Here are those Disneyland After Dark dates we mentioned:

  • Grad Nites take place May 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 28, 31 and June 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14, 2024, at Disney California Adventure Park
  • Book your May and early June reservations early as SoCal Resident tickets expire June 2, 2024

Our Overall Pick: Proof that crowds are only part of the equation when picking the best time to go to Disneyland, we love the second half of July for the nightly fireworks, Pixar Fest and the newly returned Fantasmic!. Or, hop in on a weekday in May if you want Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites and Memorial Day)
  • The first half of June (except for Grad Nites)

Busiest

  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May, plus Memorial Day
    • May 25-27, 2024
    • May 23-26, 2025
  • Summer breaks

Cheapest

  • May 8, 2024 (Tier 1)
  • Early June and mid-May have some of the lowest tiers

Fall — August, September, October

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Mickey Main Street Jack o Lantern

Enjoy the tail end of summer entertainment in early August, or, following that, take in the beautiful decorations, pumpkins and characters in costumes of Halloween Time throughout late August, September and October. Halloween Time is a popular time to visit, with the giant Mickey pumpkin on Main Street U.S.A., the decorated Cars Land and ride overlays including the Nightmare Before Christmas takeover that is Haunted Mansion Holiday.

On select nights, Mr. Oogie Boogie takes over Disney California Adventure for a separately ticketed Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash. The park closes early most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday nights for partygoers to trick or treat and enjoy special entertainment.

Highlights

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Car-tumes in Cars Land

  • Halloween Time starts early this year — Aug. 23 - Oct. 31, 2024
  • Gay Days take place Sept. 13-15, 2024 (be sure to make your reservation early!)
  • Tiana's Bayou Adventure is expected to open in late 2024!

Things to Consider

  • Pixar Fest wraps up Aug. 4, 2024
  • D23 takes place Aug. 9-11, 2024 (with an in-park day Aug. 8)
  • The Disneyland Halloween Party — The Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure  took place select days Sept. 5 to Oct. 31, 2023 (closing early Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Halloween). Dates are TBD for 2024
  • Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend takes place Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • Fall breaks increase crowds in October

Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter Disneyland hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, September weekdays are less crowded. However, only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration, as well. We find Sundays to be less crowded than Saturdays. Weather can still be warm (hot, actually) but chillier at night.

Our Overall Pick: Around the pond, we love visiting Disneyland in August for lower crowds as tadpoles head back to school, and the potential for nightly fireworks. This year's hot take? We think the opening weekend of Halloween Time may be your best bet if you're in it for the seasonal festivities!

Least Busy

  • The month of August (minus D23 event)
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays in September (minus Sept. 5 race day)

Busiest

  • D23 Event - Aug. 8-11, 2024
  • Labor Day
    • Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2024
    • Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2025
  • runDisney race weekend - Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • October 2024
  • Elevated crowds Sept. 22 to Oct. 31, 2025

Cheapest

  • TBD

Winter — November, December, January

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

January generally has low crowds and beautiful weather (if not a little chilly), but it can get a little wet as it's the rainy season. The holidays and new year bring special entertainment, foodie finds and more  — and this year, we've got a new hotel opening to commemorate, too! Of course, during holiday breaks, you can expect more people enjoying the parks — but it's also a time full of holiday cheer, with festive lighting and decor, a special fireworks show and parade and more across the resort. (Did we mention hand-pulled candy canes and fan-favorite gingerbread? Oh, and SANTA!)

Highlights

  • Holiday Time brings daily entertainment (including nightly fireworks as weather permits) and festive décor to both parks from Nov. 15, 2024, through the first week of January
  • Mickey's and Minnie's birthday is Nov. 18, and that means a special cavalcade and there are often free buttons for guests
  • Lunar New Year brings Festival Food Booths, rare characters and a procession to Disney California Adventure from Jan. 23 through Feb. 18, 2024
  • Pixar Place Hotel opens Jan. 30, 2024
  • The Tier 0 weekdays bring affordability to weekdays in early November and mid-January weekdays

Things to Consider

  • The parks do offer scaled-back entertainment and shorter hours in January after the holidays end
  • runDisney will host races Jan. 11-15, 2024, and Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2025
  • The $50 kids ticket offer is valid every day from Jan. 8 to March 10, 2024
  • The SoCal Resident tickets are valid from Jan. 2 through June 2, 2024
  • World of Color is closed from Jan. 8 through Feb. 29, 2024
  • You may encounter ride closures in January, including Haunted Mansion and "it's a small world." Haunted Mansion is undergoing an extended refurbishment this winter to expand its queue and add a gift shop
  • Sweethearts' Night falls on nights in January and February, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. these nights: Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024

Our Overall Pick: If you don't want to visit during Holiday Time, Mondays through Thursdays in the first two weeks of November will be your best bet. If you'd like to visit for Holiday Time, we recommend the week after Thanksgiving or early December.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day, when runDisney events return to the resort)
    • Jan. 17-18, 22, 2024
    • Jan. 7-15, 21-28, 2025
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Busiest

  • Week of New Year's and MLK Jr. Day Weekend
    • Jan. 1-16, 2024
    • Jan. 1-6, 17-20, 2025; Jan. 29 - Feb. 3, 2025
  • Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Week
    • Nov. 8-11; Nov. 22 - Dec. 1, 2024
    • Nov. 11; Nov. 22-30, 2025
  • Week of Christmas and New Year's
    • Dec. 20-31, 2024 (note: Dec. 7-8 will also be busy for Candlelight Processional)
    • Dec. 20, 2024 - Jan. 4, 2025

Cheapest

  • Jan. 9-11, 16-18, 22-25, 29-31, 2024 (Tier 0, but watch out for early closures)
  • Early and Mid-November weekdays
  • Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 2024 (Tier 3)

Going to Disneyland During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Avengers Campus

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! Take advantage of the paid Genie+ system to skip the standby lines and use the Lightning Lane for select attractions. Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 180 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders). You'll get the best price on Genie+ if you purchase it with your tickets as the price can fluctuate for day-of-use purchases. Be sure to check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know about planning in advance, all in one place!

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to go to Disneyland in 2024 and 2025! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! For more planning essentials, check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know, all in one place. Ribbit!

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Nov 25, 2017 at 5:24 a.m. Jen Says...

Listed as one of the worst times to go in 2018 is mar 10-April 6, but when I look at the crowd predictor it has week of mar 26 as low crowds but week of April 9th as high, we are trying to decide between March 26-29 or April 9-12. Th ask for your help

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Nov 23, 2017 at 11:13 p.m. Aj Says...

We are planning to go to the park from Feb 26-Feb 28, 2018. Does any one know when the park hours will be? and If the Firework show will be happening during the weekday?

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Nov 23, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. cojudy Says...

We are looking to spend 3 days at Disneyland/California Adventure during the week of January 8-12. Would Monday the 8th still be a busier day?

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Nov 21, 2017 at 8:55 p.m. Amanda Says...

My family (5 adults) will be visiting both Disneyland and California Adventure the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29th-Dec. 1st).. How crowded should we expect it to be? What wait times are average for the week after Thanksgiving? Any tips for making the most out of our trip with possible crowds during this week?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 9:05 p.m. Rae-Lynne Spila Says...

Is Splash Mountain always closed during February? That is the best month for my family to visit DL but we have been a couple of times and both times Splash Mountain was closed...we'd really like to go on that ride!

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Nov 18, 2017 at 10:01 p.m. Bettszy Says...

We are planning a trip this week for my son's birthday. How true are the crowd predictors??

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Dec 13, 2017 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We work pretty hard to keep our Crowd Calendar as accurate as possible!

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Nov 17, 2017 at 1:41 a.m. Angi Says...

How bad is the week of Thanksgiving? Is it intolerable? Is there one day during that week that is better?

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Nov 12, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. Donna Nash Says...

We are visiting December 10 and 11 I have a 7 yr old please tell me what is the best to see and how will be the crowds?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

According to our crowd calendar, those are both yellow days, so crowds will be moderate. As far as what it is best to see, it depends on the interests of everyone in your party. Take a look at our park plans for Disneyland!

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Nov 11, 2017 at 3:41 a.m. shannon Says...

Hi we are going for my daughters 5th birthday Jan. 22-24, will there be no fireworks or fantasmic as these are weekdays? Is world of color on weekdays?

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Nov 17, 2017 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon,

The fireworks and Fantasmic shows will both still be available.

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Nov 10, 2017 at 4:26 a.m. Hailz Says...

Mondays are the new Saturdays for Disneyland. Saturdays and Thursdays are typically the slowest days.

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Nov 9, 2017 at 6:36 a.m. Haley Says...

We are going to Disney Dec 3-7 and I'm looking at the Disneyland Calendar on the Disney website and it looks like the park has pretty long hours even during the week. Does this mean it's going to be busy? Is there a something you know of going on that week? The crazy thing is the week before christmas the week day hours are way less so now I'm worried. Also do you think Sundays or Fridays are busier during that time. We are trying to decide how to work it. Thanks so much for all the helpful info.

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Nov 15, 2017 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Haley,

According to our crowd calendar, those dates are yellow, which means it'll be moderately busy. This is probably due to the holiday season being upon us. Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is in full swing by that week, as well as Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure. Fridays are usually busier than Sundays.

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Nov 7, 2017 at 7:33 a.m. Phil Says...

Hi, we are travelling from New Zealand and our LA dates are 1 July - 7 July. We are planning 2 days at the Disney parks - can you help suggest which two days we should go for, preferably concurrent days.

A tough choice for us but little choice.

Thanks

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting heavy crowds Jul. 1-7. Fourth of July week is hectic. We recommend avoiding the parks Jul. 3-5. Make your visit Jul. 1-2 or 2-7.

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Nov 7, 2017 at 5:07 a.m. Kara Says...

We are looking at visiting Disneyland April 16th-18th 2018 just wondering what the crowds would be like. I am going to be with my 2 year old son and my husband who has never been. Also if my son is under 3 he doesn’t need a ticket right?

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Nov 7, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds Apr. 16-18. Children under three do not need a ticket.

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Nov 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Celia Says...

I am planning to visit around such dates too (second or third week of April 2018), but I have heard that new Toy Story area is opening around that date, is it going to have an impact on the crowds?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 12:24 p.m. Leeanne Says...

Hi. I am planon finally visitng for the christmas decorations next year. I will have a young child and mother. When would you suggest the best/quietes time? First 2 weeks of nov or the 2 weeks after thanksgiving? Thanks

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeane,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds both of those weeks. Pick the one that works with your plans.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 5:15 a.m. Christina Says...

Hi, why do you say up until March 4th?

I am coming over with my children from Australia and planning on going to Disneyland on March 5th, 6th and 7th 2018.

Is the park open at night during those days? As i would like to be there during the evening when all the lights are on.

Thanks

Christina.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds during your visit. After those days, Spring Break starts. We've updated the post to reflect those dates.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 3:11 p.m. durangojv Says...

Any idea when the California Food & wine Festival for 2018 will be?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

We do not have dates for the DCA Food and Wine Festival for 2018 yet. We'll post information in our Friday roundup when we find out.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 1:51 a.m. John Says...

I have had two different opinions about Christmas Day, one said extremely busy the other said it’s not. Is this a good day to go

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting Christmas Day to be very busy.

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Nov 4, 2017 at 1:47 a.m. Stacy Says...

Hi , so I just read your post and turns out we will be there during the weekend of Veterans Day. How bad should we anticipate? Are we talking 3 hr wait times?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds during the weekend. While it may not be 3-hour waits, it will be busy.

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds during the weekend. While it may not be 3-hour waits, it will be busy.

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Nov 1, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. Michael Trujillo Says...

Planning on visiting Disneyland for my bday. The only bad things is it lands on feb 23rd. So thinking of going feb 22-23rd. Could there be any kind of window, we would miss the insane President:'s day crowd? Would we be better off going the week before? even tho that would mean facing shorter park hours?

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Nov 1, 2017 at 3:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

First, Happy (early) Birthday!

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds that weekend. If visiting on your day isn't important, we'd go with one of the days listed as Average Crowds.

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Oct 28, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. Yan Says...

We find that park hours can vary quite a bit during the offseason. For example, sometimes DCA is opened until 11 PM and sometimes only until 8 PM.

We are thinking of going to Disneyland February 11 to 13 (Sunday thru Tuesday). Any thoughts about what the park hours would be on those days? Thanks in advance!

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Oct 30, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yan,

We would expect weekday park closing times to be between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. during February.

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Oct 27, 2017 at 1:25 a.m. Yulia Says...

We are thinking about going to Disneyland on Monday, November 13th. Will it be crowded because of the weekend of Avengers Super Hero Half-Marathon?

Would it be a better choice to go on Tuesday, November 14th?

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Oct 27, 2017 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yiulia,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Nov. 13 and 14. Either day is a good day to go!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 7:17 p.m. Kev Says...

Hi. I am booked Sat 11/4-Wed 11/8. Planning on being in the park Sat night, skipping Sunday and then back to the parks Mon, Tue and Wed. Given this is the week between Halloween and Christmas celebrations the crowds should be pretty light, wouldn't you think? Thanks!

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Oct 20, 2017 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kev,

Looking at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds for that week. Have fun!

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Oct 18, 2017 at 5:57 a.m. kristy Says...

Hi

we are looking at going from 0ct 14th which is a Sunday for five days...so last day will be Thursday 18th.

Should we avoid the Sunday all together? I really wanted a weekend though as I understand the fireworks and Fantasmic are not on weekdays in October. Is this correct?

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Oct 18, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy,

Yes, generally fireworks and Fantasmic! are weekends-only in the fall. If you really want to see Fantasmic! then choose one weekend day. It will be busy, but you'll see the show!

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Oct 9, 2017 at 12:49 a.m. Janelle T Says...

Hello! We are planning on visiting from Sunday, 10/7/2018 through Saturday 10/13/2018...does Columbus day usually draw in bigger crowds? If so, do the crowds usually linger for an extra day or 2 (versus if Monday wasn't Columbus day) thank you for your help!

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Oct 15, 2017 at 5:03 a.m. Jessica A Says...

We were just there October 9-13th, and Columbus day drew in HUGE crowds. If you can, push it out another week. Everyone seemed to be on some sort of fall break!

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Oct 23, 2017 at 2:43 p.m. Kyler Says...

True story

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Oct 12, 2017 at 4:03 a.m. DESIA YAMESE CLEMENTS LEWIS Says...

Should all Disney Theme Parks start providing Xmarx™ Digital Lost & Found Watch Rentals for free with an option to buy as souvenir to all families with children, elderly/ special needs guest?

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Oct 8, 2017 at 9:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janelle,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy and average crowds throughout the week.

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Oct 6, 2017 at 3:04 a.m. AK Says...

Modify my question:

Hi Leap, thank you for answering all our questions. We want to plan a 3-day trip to DL in the beginning of Dec 2017. Looking at the crowd calendar, looks like Dec. 5-7 is a (4/10), Dec 12,13 is (3/10), but Dec. 14 is (5/10). How accurate is the crowd calendar? Is 3/10 a lot less crowded than 4/10? Do you suggest we visit from Dec. 5-7 at 4/10, or Dec. 12-14, where one of those dates is 5/10? Additionally, California Adventure Parks is prob less crowded than DL, so we could do that park on Dec. 15 when it has a 5/10 crowd rating. Thank you for your assistance!

ADD -ON question:

Looks like DL park hours for Dec 2017 is not published on the website. We would like to be there when the park has the longest 'opened hours'. Is this only on the weekends?

From my question above (1) when should we visit depending on the crowds and (2) longest park hours (we want to make the most time out of our trip), all that considered, from your expertise, when should we plan a visit for Dec. 2017?

Thank you so much!

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Oct 6, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AK,

We attempt to make the Crowd Calendar forecasts as accurate as possible. There isn't much difference between a 3 and a 5. As for park hours, the parks are open later when there are more crowds, so Friday-Sunday.

Overall, early December is a great time to visit. Any time before Dec 21 will give you a great experience.

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Oct 1, 2017 at 8:11 p.m. Emily Says...

Trying to plan a trip to Disneyland March 5-9, 2018. Your crowd calendar shows average crowds those days, but it appears most of the hotels directly across the street are already sold out. We've stayed at a number of those hotels in years past and haven't had a problem with availability this far out. Is there an event or convention you know of that week that may be causing this?

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Oct 1, 2017 at 8:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We're not aware of any events or convention, but there could be a large event in the area. Also, with Spring Break starting on the 10th, it could be vacationers getting a jump on the busy season.

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Sep 27, 2017 at 1:58 a.m. Angie Williams Says...

We are going to be at Disneyland Feb 10-13th, and was wondering if we will catch any of the Chinese New Year celebration or the Mardi Gras one?

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

It's possible. Disneyland has not released the 2018 schedule for those events yet. Keep checking! We'll post when we know them.

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Sep 21, 2017 at 9:32 p.m. JA Says...

You say that Mondays-Thursdays in the first half of November are a good time to visit except the weekend of the Super Heroes Half Marathon. We plan to be at the parks on the 7th and 8th of November before that weekend. Do you think those days will be busy or should we be early enough in the week to miss the crowds that come with the race?

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Sep 21, 2017 at 5:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JA,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on the 7th and 8th. You should be fine on those days.

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Sep 18, 2017 at 7:49 p.m. Erica Cox Says...

Can you further explain why the park will be busier (and has higher ticket pricing) during the week of October 9th? Columbus Day falls on the 9th but nobody in California observes this holiday. Utah doesn't have their fall break until the 19th. We plan to visit Disneyland on October 12th (Thursday). Thank you.

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Dec 1, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Amanda Driskill Says...

I’ve been to DL 3x around sep-October trying to find the sweet spot and that week is shoulder to shoulder busy in both parks

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica,

Families from outside of California often visit Disneyland during that holiday weekend. Also, Gay Day does bring in a crowd.

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Sep 18, 2017 at 6:05 p.m. Jennifer Says...

I've booked my hotel for Dec. 8th - 11th. Im taking my family. Including my 2 year old. (Almost 3). What's the weather like during this month? Should I modify my dates or the time is perfect?

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

December in California can be chilly. Our Crowd Calendar has projected temperatures listed. The monthly average is 69° (high) / 52° (low).

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Sep 15, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. Gina Says...

Which would be better? May 29-31 or June 4-6? Would that one week even make a difference?

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Sep 18, 2017 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gina,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average to busy crowds during your May dates. We'd go with those days.

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Aug 24, 2017 at 5:52 p.m. Mary Says...

Thank you for your blog! We are visiting Cali the week of January 28 and we're planning to do three days at Disney and one at Universal. Are there days of the week that are better than others to do each park?

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Aug 25, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, the parks will see average to low crowds. Weekdays are always better than weekends.

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Aug 21, 2017 at 12:58 a.m. Ben Says...

We are going to be in the Anaheim area over Labor Day weekend, and we are going to do either Disneyland or California Adventure the day after Labor Day. Should crowds die down from the weekend? Would one park be less busy than the other?

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Aug 21, 2017 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds at both parks during the weekend, with average crowds on September 4th. We'd expect Disneyland to be more crowded, due to fireworks and the just-returned Fantasmic!

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Aug 19, 2017 at 9:12 p.m. Jeremy Says...

I've already got my hotel booked for 24th - 29th of dec. taking my 4 kids and wife. Is it really that bad during that time? Disney 25-27 Universal 28. Will we be able to see everything with 3 days in the Disney parks at those times?

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Aug 20, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy,

The weeks around Christmas are some of the busiest days of the year at the Orlando theme parks. Be sure to book your Fastpass+ reservations early and use our Park Plans to see everything you want to experience.

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Aug 4, 2017 at 6:24 p.m. SammyC Says...

First, thank you so much for all of your research and help in making our trips to WDW & DL the best possible!! I wanted to ask what you thought about the better place, weather wise, would be in early January...7th thru 14th. Thank you!

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Aug 7, 2017 at 7:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sammy,

During that time, rain can be common in Los Angeles, with highs in the 80's. Orlando will be "chilly" with highs around 69 degrees. Check the Crowd Calendars for Los Angeles and Orlando for more info.

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Jul 30, 2017 at 9:40 p.m. Steven Says...

Were thinking about the first half of Thanksgiving week in 210 (approx Nov 19-22). Are the crowds really bad that first part of the week?

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steven,

Yes, you can expect it to be pretty crowded at the park during all of Thanksgiving week. It will be a tad lighter during the first half of the week, but still expect heavy crowds.

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Jul 29, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. Carlos Says...

Well, I really like your site, it is very helpful, now my question, the only time available would be during the first week of 2018, possibly even the spending new years eve in LA. given that fact, is there any recomendation to take the best of this trip around both disney parks and universal?

I will be very happy for hearing any hint you can provide... we are 2 families with a total of 4 adults and 5 childs ranging 12, 11, 9, 8, 6 yo kids.

Thank you for your inputs and keep going with this great service

Carlos

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Aug 1, 2017 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlos,

The first week of January is very busy. We recommend purchasing Front of the Line passes for Universal Studios Hollywood for minimal waits. However, if that isn't possible, then get to the park before opening, so you can be some of the first in, and head to the most popular attractions (like those in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Studio Tour). Check out our touring plans for Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland Resort. Plan out what attractions are a must for everyone, so you can prioritize and make a plan that works for all. Most importantly, have fun!

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Jul 26, 2017 at 4:44 p.m. Patrick Says...

The only times we may able to visit are during three peak times, so I am wondering what you're opinion is on which would be "best." I have the specific dates in parenthesis.

Labor Day (8/30 - 9/4)

Thanksgiving (11/23-11/28)

Spring Break (3/15-3/20)

Thank you!!

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Jul 27, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patrick,

Thanksgiving week is definitely one of the busiest times of year, so avoid that if you can. Labor Day weekend won't be as crowded as Spring Break, but you'll still encounter more crowds than a non-peak time because of the holiday and the Disneyland Half Marathon. Take a look at our Crowd Calendar!

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Jul 22, 2017 at 11:18 p.m. Ali Says...

great site, thank you! Only chance to take my son to Disneyland this year is August 10-13. Looking at the crowd calendar you show August 13th as the best bet crowdwise...that is a Sunday. I figure Sunday would be one of the busiest. Thoughts on best day? Friday the 11th would be better for my schedule but if Sunday is really less crowded Ill make it work. Thanks!

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Jul 25, 2017 at 11:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ali,

It looks like Friday is a 7 and Sunday is a 6 (in terms of the crowd level); there probably isn't a huge difference between the crowds on the two days. Go with what works best for you so you can really enjoy the day!

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Jul 17, 2017 at 5:51 p.m. Angie St Jean Says...

Hi! My family and I are currently in the makes of planning a trip to Disneyland in mid-January of 2018. Do you know if many rides are typically closed for seasonal refurbishment during this time?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Most of the attractions that have holiday overlays (Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, it's a small world and Space Mountain) are closed at some point during January to remove the overlay. You can check out our Disneyland refurbishments post to take a look at seasonal closures, and keep an eye on any upcoming refurbishments. Do keep in mind, though, that Disney refurbishments can change with very little to no notice at all!

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Oct 25, 2017 at 1:36 a.m. Jo Says...

When rides are closed for refurbishing ... what is their time frames of closure? Days, weeks, months?

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Oct 25, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jo,

Our Disney World Refurbishments page has all the currently scheduled refurbishments and dates.

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Oct 25, 2017 at 1:35 a.m. Jo Says...

We're planning a trip Jan 13-23, 2018 into both Disney's. I assumed it would be slower than the last time we were there which was the week of Dec 7, 2015. That trip was very pleasant with crowds. Now after seeing the calendar, I'm concerned I messed up! I've bought our airfare already, so that time in January is set in stone. I saw the MLK holiday and a marathon during that time. Surely the crowds can't be any worse than our last visit Dec 7-10, 2015?? January overall would be equivalent or better than December??? I hope so!

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Jul 16, 2017 at 11:43 a.m. John Says...

Hi,

I will be travelling to Disney land with my son who is 3 yrs old and my daughter who is 1 yr and 5 months. Would they still have a good time at the park? Also what is the weather like usually during September?

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Jul 17, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Yes, there are many rides, shows and attractions for toddlers that they would enjoy. The weather during the month of September is usually sunny and has an average high temperature of 84 degrees and a low of 69 degrees.

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Jul 6, 2017 at 5:57 a.m. Neil Says...

Hello there,

My friends and I will be transferring our flight in L.A. on Sep 5, but I assume that we won't arrive at park until 2 or 2:30 pm, our flight leaves at midnight and I know the park closes at 9pm in Sep, so I'd love to know if we'll still have enough time to enjoy a bit in this case?

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Jul 6, 2017 at 7:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil,

As long as you go in with a plan and prioritize, you should be able to get a good feel for Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep in mind that LA traffic is unpredictable, even at 9 pm.

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Jun 30, 2017 at 12:07 a.m. Jenna Says...

We are planning on bringing our kids when they're off of school for Mardi Gras break next year (Feb. 9 - 15). How do you expect crowds to be during this time? We've never been to Disneyland before, we usually go to Disney World instead ,but are looking to experience something new to us. :) Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2017 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we are forecasting average crowds for most of those days. Have fun!

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Jun 29, 2017 at 12:35 p.m. Issa Says...

• June 10-August 12, 2017 - we are planning to visit Disneyland on this period, is it that really crowded? these dates were marked as worst time to visit Disneland. i assume this is not a peak season since the schooling in ON? pls advise

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Jun 29, 2017 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Issa,

June 10-Aug 12 is when school is OFF and many families visit Disneyland Resort. Check out our Crowd Calendar to search for days when the parks will be less busy.

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Jun 19, 2017 at 4:47 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hi. We are arriving the 31st August to Anaheim, and staying until the 10th. Do people in the US usually have the friday before labour day weekend off? I notice the 1st Sep is also a day where the disneyland half marathon is on. Should we avoid this date? Ideally we want to go the 2nd Sep , as it is my moms birhtday and she wants to celebrate in the park, which will be better you think the 1st or 2nd?

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Jun 19, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

The Friday before Labor Day is not a holiday, but some people do take it off. There are two races on Sept 2 & 3, while the 1st only features one race. We would recommend going Friday the 1st. Check out our crowd calendar for more info.

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Jun 13, 2017 at 6:43 p.m. Erika Says...

I plan on going November 4th and 5th. I was curious about the crowds, and if it will be decorated for Halloween or Christmas time around then? Thanks!!

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Jun 13, 2017 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting average crowd during that week. There should be some Christmas decorations up by then.

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Jun 12, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. Lopaka Powell Says...

My family and I will be in California Jan8th-16th, 2018. wondering if you know how the park is during that time and if there will be any christmas festivities still going on. I've seen that dates for christmas 2016/17 ended on Jan 8th. The 9th would be the soonest we could visit the park. Is it over night that they switch the park back to normal? Thanks for any info and tips.

Lopaka

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Jun 12, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lopaka,

At that time of the year, the Christmas festivities have wrapped up. It's not a bad time to go. Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting low to average crowds on many of those days.

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Jun 5, 2017 at 6:59 p.m. Scott Says...

We would like to visit Disneyland this Monday, 12 June. I know it's supposed to be the busy season, but... schools are out the week after, it's not a Grad night, and it's Monday.

How crowded do you expect it to be, that day?

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Jun 7, 2017 at 9:18 p.m. Sal Says...

Hi, What's the best date & time to visit Disneyland in October 2017? I'm looking for dates that are LESS crowded:)

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Jun 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sal,

Check out our Crowd Calendar. Plenty of average crowd days sprinkled throughout October!

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Jun 5, 2017 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott,

June is the beginning of the busy summer season. We're forecasting Heavy Crowds on June 12th.

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May 27, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. Victoria Says...

Hi! I just booked a vacation from August 14-August 18. I did not see the date listed as a best time or worst time to be at Disneyland. I wonder if it is a good time to visit? I have an Infant, 4 yo and 6yo.

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May 30, 2017 at 10:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

Looking at our crowd calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during that week in August.

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Jun 5, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. Heidy Says...

Hi, how does this Sat (6/10) & Sun (6/11) look like? :(

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Jun 5, 2017 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heidy,

It's the busy summer season. We're forecasting Heavy Crowds this weekend.

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Jun 6, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. Abby Says...

Hi I will be going this Thursday, June 8th! Will that be a busy day?

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Jun 6, 2017 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abby,

Yes, we're forecasting heavy crowds on that day. Check out our crowd calendar for more info!

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Jun 1, 2017 at 5:41 p.m. Gio Says...

Hi ! Jus booked a vacation from sept 9 to sept 12 2017. What hours should we expect the park to be running and what rides should we expect to be closed down ?

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Jun 1, 2017 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gio,

Park hours will vary on the day. Expect openings between 8-10 a.m. and closings from 10 p.m. to Midnight. Refurbishments are always scheduled to change without notice. Haunted Mansion is likely to be closed for its holiday overlay.

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Jun 1, 2017 at 8:25 p.m. gio Says...

Awesome thank you for your insight. Any idea if Spacemountain will be up and running ? That out main attraction!

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Jun 2, 2017 at 5:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gio,

You're welcome. We're glad you like our blog. The Refurbishment Schedule may change at any time.

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May 25, 2017 at 8:06 p.m. Vicky Says...

We're planning to be at Disneyland/DCA the week after Labor Day. Will Haunted Mansion & Space Mountain be closed to get ready for Halloween?I hope not!

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May 25, 2017 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicky,

While the refurbishment schedule is always subject to change, we recall Haunted Mansion closing around Labor Day last year.

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