Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2458 Los Angeles

Best Time to Visit DisneylandIt’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time.

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2019. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2020 dates and tips will help out as well. The surprise early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on May 31, 2019 (and staggered opening of its rides), has made this year a little bit of a challenge in predicting crowds. While crowd levels this summer and fall have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into the holidays and winter.

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This post is going to dive into all the nitty gritty details, and the whys and hows of crowds, but let's just cut to the chase. The easiest way to know if it will be crowded at Disneyland is to ask yourself:

  • Is it a major U.S. holiday?
  • Are most kids out of school?

If the answer is yes, to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds.

Want to Know for Sure?

  • Hop straight to our Disneyland Crowd Calendar. You can view the busiest times on the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the day, month or year.
  • If you're planning a visit, but don't see your particular dates discussed below, leap down to the comments. We frogs — and some of the hardcore Disneyland community — are hoppy to share answers.

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits!

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference are the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those locals are annual passholders who think of The Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass isn't blocked out.

Depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays. The Disneyland blockout calendar provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because these are the times when most passholders are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California passholders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods such as summer when the locals can get back in.

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Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo took place in August 2019. We would expect it to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

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

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Disneyland's introduction of tiered pricing for one-day tickets several years ago has more of an impact on crowds than at Disney World. Think about it — more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do at Disney World. Now each day is categorized as either value, regular or peak pricing. During the off-seasons, Mondays through Thursdays or Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally value priced. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar — which is yet another indicator of the best and worst days to visit.

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Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But there are variables. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 22, 2019
  • D23 Expo - Aug. 23-25, 2019
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 7-April 20, 2020
  • Weekends in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. When Easter falls later, as it does in 2019, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season.

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Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

Here are other days that see higher crowds, but not as high as the absolute worst days. Some of the dates listed are isolated, with the days around them generally fine, but they do bring in more locals. July 17 is the exception to this, as it is already a busy time. Know of other dates that are popular with locals? Share in comments below.

  • Aug. 19-23 and 25-30, 2019 - passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 17-21 and 23-28, 2020)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019; Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) -  Oct. 14, 2019; Oct. 12, 2020
  • Utah Education Association Convention -  Oct. 17-18, 2019*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2019; Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2019; July 17, 2020

*The Utah Education Association Board will no longer hold its annual convention, although Utah school districts may elect to hold a fall recess.

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee!

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9, 2019)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders back in)
  • Mondays through Thursdays starting Sept. 9 through the end of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 7, 2020)
  • April 20-30; May 1, 2020
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders expected to be back in)
  • The first half of September; Mondays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

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

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

Hi Chad,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sabrina,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Tori,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

Thanks.

B

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

Hi Brent,

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

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

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

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

Hi Charlie,

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

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

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

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

Hi Chris,

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

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

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

Anyone?

Thank you

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

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

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

Definitely Wednesday and Thursday! Fridays are always busier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi (:

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

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

Hi Jane,

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

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

Hello there

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

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

Hi Emma,

You can see all of our Disneyland refurbishments here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great trip.

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Rachel,

This is the beginning of the spring break season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to you!

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

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

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Jan 2, 2016 at 8:09 p.m. jc Says...

Hi i was also thinking of going to Disneyland on Jan 7th

Are the crowds bad around that time?

Also are there still Christmas decorations ?

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Jan 4, 2016 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JC,

The crowds will be dying down, but you can still catch some Christmas decorations and the holiday overlays on Jingle Cruise, "it's a small world" and Haunted Mansion. Enjoy your visit!

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Jan 2, 2016 at 7:59 p.m. Molly Says...

Hello (: I am thinking of taking my parents to disneyland california on thursday Jan 7

Will the christmas decorations be up? And is there anything else that i should know? thankyou!

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Jan 4, 2016 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly,

You will still see some signs of the holiday, but many of them will be coming down by then. If you hop over to Disneyland Park, you can catch the seasonal overlays on "it's a small world," Haunted Mansion and Jingle Cruise.

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Dec 31, 2015 at 7:44 p.m. Sammy Says...

We have a trip planned to Disneyland for January 13-15 but I didn't realize the half-marathon was that weekend! How crazy do you think it will be? We've been to Disneyland around Labor Day and during Christmas time, so we definitely know what a busy day looks like, but it's our first trip with kids (1 and 3) and the thought of pushing a stroller through huge crowds stresses me out! LOL

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Jan 9, 2016 at 3:24 p.m. Grayson Says...

I am going 13-16 too! I really hope it wont be too crowded :/

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Dec 30, 2015 at 4:18 p.m. Val Says...

We're looking to go either January 6th or 7th? just for a day.. what day do you think will be better? will the last day of holiday decorations be busy?

thanks!

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Dec 30, 2015 at 5:48 a.m. Karen Says...

Wanted to see the holiday lights, parade, and the lighting of it's a small world for Christmas this coming January 7. Will the decorations still be up ? Four years ago the decorations were up until the end of January .

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Jan 4, 2016 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Most of the holiday time decorations and events end on January 6. But the 'it's a small world holiday' will run until January 24 this year.

It takes some time to remove all of the decorations around the park so you still might see some holiday decorations up but the lights and other events will not be operating except for it's a small world. Good news: the Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday will run through January 10, so be sure to check them out as well.

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Dec 30, 2015 at 5:45 a.m. Karen Says...

I am taking my daughter for her birthday on January 7 and eight. I thought that the holiday decorations and parades and other events such as the lighting of it's a small world

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Jan 5, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Most of the holiday time decorations and events end on Jan. 6. But the 'it's a small world holiday' will run until Jan. 24 this year.

It takes some time to remove all of the decorations around the park so you still might see some holiday decorations up but the lights and other events will not be operating except for it's a small world. Good news: the Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion Holiday will run through Jan. 10, so be sure to check them out as well.

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Dec 29, 2015 at 8:16 p.m. Bianca Says...

I am planning to go on Jan 2, do you think it will be too crowded since it's after New Years?

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Jan 4, 2016 at 9:50 p.m. Karen Says...

It will definitely be crazy busy. I went last year on January 3rd and we had to wait like 2 hours per ride! Worth it though!

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Jan 1, 2016 at 9:20 p.m. Brittany Says...

We're going that day as well. Cross our fingers it won't be busy!

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Dec 31, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Brad Says...

It will be just as busy, crazy busy!

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Dec 31, 2015 at 1:27 a.m. Tiffany Says...

We have been at the park the past three days Dec (28-30) and the park has reached capacity all three days.

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Dec 29, 2015 at 9:35 p.m. Gina Says...

Chances are good that it will be crowded. For most it's a 3-day weekend right before winter break ends and it's a Saturday!

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Dec 28, 2015 at 9:21 p.m. Shelley Says...

Halloween falls on a Monday in 2016. When do you think they will begin the holiday overlays? We like to see the change from Halloween to Christmas, but we don't want to miss It's a Small World....

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Dec 29, 2015 at 6 p.m. Stan Says...

I've tried to beat the crowds for years, yet Disney always has the last laugh. When you have the park to yourself expecting a heavenly ride hopping day, many of the rides are closed for "maintenance" leaving you looking at the cake but not eating it.

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Feb 6, 2016 at 12:35 p.m. Mickey Says...

Hello Stan. Maybe you should try searching the website and the different parks and seeing what rides are closed. I suppose they generally would close the rides for refurbishment at off-peak times so they gain more money. Try going at medium times and your problem should be solved.

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Dec 28, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. Mike Says...

How are the crowds post Easter week? We're thinking of going either the week of April 10th or 17th.

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Dec 29, 2015 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

Both weeks are pretty good, but the week of the 17th should be better.

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Jan 3, 2016 at 3:06 p.m. Godfirst414 Says...

I just booked my rental house for the week of April 6th...now after this I should've pushed back another week :'(

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Dec 29, 2015 at 7:55 p.m. Danielamsr Says...

The anaheim convention center is apparently having a star wars celebration. Will that have any impact on the crowds? April 16-19

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Dec 29, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

This event took place last year in Anaheim and is in Europe this year, but the larger Anaheim conventions do have an impact on crowds.

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Dec 26, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Christie Says...

looking at booking a trip for the week of March 26-April 2 2016...what are crowds usually like during this time of year? It is the week after spring break in orange county...

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Dec 28, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

This is a very busy time to visit since it's the week of Easter, and you still have spring break to contend with.

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Dec 22, 2015 at 7:19 p.m. Ramona Says...

Please advise if we plan to go to Disneyland on New Year (Jan 1). Will they open all rides and attractions? Thanks.

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Dec 22, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ramona,

Yes, the rides and attractions will all be open, with the exception of refurbishments.

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Dec 31, 2015 at 1:26 a.m. christine Says...

Will disneyland be packed tomorrow. Do you think they will close the park if way to many people go has that ever happen on new years eve

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Dec 22, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. Helynn Says...

We will be Visiting January 9th-12th, anyone know how those days will be?

Thanks!

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Dec 29, 2015 at 4:58 p.m. Cassandra Says...

A lot of things will be closing after the 10th, due to refurbishment and Star Wars so might be a little crowded

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Dec 23, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

This should be a great time to visit. Enjoy.

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Dec 21, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. magali Says...

Taking our kids to Disneyland for the 1st time on Feb 11th 2016. Its a Thursday, so I am hoping its not that bad (my school district does ski week the week before) Will it be super busy? anyone gone around that date before? thank you in advance!

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Dec 21, 2015 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It's leading up to a holiday (President's Day), so crowds will be up, but it won't be as bad as the weekend.

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Dec 3, 2015 at 4:36 p.m. Brenda G Says...

We are planning a trip for next week and will be there December 11 and December 12.. are the crowds really bad around that time?

What is the weather like around those dates?

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Dec 14, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. Jesus Hector Says...

I was there last Sunday 11th 2015 and it was extremely crowded and it rained.

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Dec 12, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. Dylan Says...

We are here now 12/11 and 12. Researched that it would be the slowest week....WRONG!!!! Packed wall to wall pepole and crazy wait times. Stay away.

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Jan 4, 2016 at 10:28 p.m. Allie Says...

I have been there at different times of the year---always Mon-Weds....ALWAYS crowded! I wish they would have one week of stroller free Disneyland. I got nailed by more baby carriages this last visit.

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Dec 20, 2015 at 5:35 a.m. dustin Says...

thats friday and saturday its gonna be busy weekdays are usually mondays - thursdays

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Dec 9, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. Britnie Says...

Hi Brenda! We are at Disneyland now, and it is INSANE. We totally wish we would have come at a different time. It hs been so packed, it is hard to move. Instead of the usual amount of special events, there are loads added for the holiday- and each time one of these is going on, many of the rides close and you have to take very annoying detours- even some that lead you directly through SMOKING AREAS which I find highly offensive. We have found ourselves wandering around not able to do anything. It has been our very worst Disney trip so far:(. We have gone 3 other times in December, and this one is by far the most crowded.

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Nov 25, 2015 at 7:03 p.m. Brae Says...

Ugh. I've been planning a trip for a year, scouring the internet for best and worst dates. We're giving our 5 kids a trip to Disneyland for Christmas, and will be there January 5,6,7. I have found TONS of conflicting information.

MOST sites say that it's a good time to go after schools are back in after the new year- which would be the week we're going. We didn't want to go during the busy MLK days and the Star Wars days in January, but we didn't want to wait too long for our kids to get their christmas present. (It's the ONLY thing they're getting.)

But reading this totally dampens my spirits. I hope it's not super crowded and crazy. I could just cry.

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Dec 26, 2015 at 9:05 p.m. Thomas Says...

Hi! I've gone around this time before and it's perfect. There will always be crowds, but the crowds around that week are much less than the weeks prior. Definitely get fast passes as fast as you can for the best/most popular rides - Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Cars Land, California Screamin', Soaring Over California, etc. There are also multiple rides that do single riders, so if your kids are old enough, definitely take advantage of that! My youngest is 9 and we did that for some rides (Cars and the Matterhorn). It worked out really well and I was even able to go with my son on one ride. The line is much shorter but still so fun. I would also advise to make a plan when you get there. What rides, attractions, shows, etc. are a must? What food would you like to try and where is it located? What times would we like to eat? Where are good places for a break? Don't forget that they offer free cups of water - this is always a life saver.

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Dec 15, 2015 at 10 p.m. Rachel Says...

You should be fine. Tuesday-Thursday will be relatively dead normally. The only thing that might change that is if schools are not back in session yet. I don't have children, so I have no idea when school starts again, but if it's that Monday then you should be fine. If your kids aren't interested in seeing the parade, I would hit Fantasyland during the parade. That's when the lines there will be the shortest.

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Dec 7, 2015 at 9:23 p.m. THawk Says...

My family (2 adults, 1 child) went mid October. It was a slow time but we did pick up some tricks that will help us the next time we go. The key is LEARN THE FAST PASS SYSTEM!!! I cannot emphasize this enough! Get to the park before it opens. You will be allowed into the main area but not towards any of the lands or rides. Designate one person to get to the pass for the favorite ride (for us it was Cars in Cars land). Send one person with all of the ticket to get fast passes as soon as rope drop. The rest of the group can explore or even hop right on a less sought after ride. You are allowed to get a new fast pass as soon as your current pass is active or ever 2 hours, whichever is sooner. ... Also, get the photo pass plus. If you buy it 2 weeks prior it is only around $70. It is totally worth it and it is a good way to spend time between fast passes looking for photo ops. If you are looking to save money, you can bring snacks in (nothing in glass). We saw conflicting things about being able to bring food in but we had no issue (they even check all bags coming in and it was not a problem). Another money saving tip, bring your own water bottle in and just ask at any food place for a glass of ice water. It is free and very needed on hot days. I hope you and your family have a magical trip!!

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Dec 28, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. Sharynn Moore Says...

We are thinking of going in May - we were going in January but I have to have surgery- anyway What about the hours of operation? I can't see any do they close at 8 pm? We are thinking of going the 9th through the 15th and to Universal what days are best for Disneyland? Any other tips? We haven't been in 14 years.

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Dec 28, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Sharynn Moore Says...

They did away with the early purchase of the photo pass plus - you can still get the photo pass just no early purchase deals.

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Dec 7, 2015 at 3:27 a.m. Brit Says...

Brae

Any answers yet? We are planning the same timeframe. Seems like first week would be great time cause everyone's back in school work, etc. Would love to know what you've found out. Also seems like what makes sense is never what happens!

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Dec 7, 2015 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brae & Brit,

These days are going to be fine. Most of the area schools will be back in session. The only thing that will impact crowds is that many of the SoCal passholders will be allowed back in on Jan. 4 after a holiday blockout. You would see crowds picking up in the afternoons/evenings, and of course heavier crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 25, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. Mari Mar Says...

Christmas Day? Should we skip and go another time? We are interested in the festivities but not sure if it's the best day to go if crowds are insane. Thnx!

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Dec 22, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. Gia Says...

I had the same idea to go at Christmas. Then I heard a friend of my daughters that went last Christmas and due to the crowds was only able to get on 1 ride. I ended up going yesterday and it was very crowded.

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Dec 14, 2015 at 4:09 a.m. Jen Says...

I WOULD NOT go on Christmas Day! My friend tried last year and park had reached capacity and was closed. Even if it doesn't reach capacity this Christmas, it will guaranteed be pretty close! If you did get in you would be fighting terrible crowds and see the longest wait times for rides of the year.

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Dec 20, 2015 at 4:32 a.m. Michelle Says...

I concur DO NOT GO!!! Did it one Christmas thinking everyone would be home opening gifts with family, nope. It was busier than a summer day.

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Nov 20, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. Queenie Says...

Hi! My husband,60 y/o and I,57 y/o will be having an easy 4 day driving from San Diego to Orlando .

We're going to doing our Universal 5 days package Nov 26th - Nov 30th. Then the 5 days 4 parks package Dec 1st - Dec 5th @ Disney world. We also booked the MVMC on Tues Dec 2nd.

Would you please recommend a plan for the park visit for us.

We're old and needs a good rest. But we love the cruel rides,no worries! ????

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Nov 24, 2015 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime ;) We offer touring plans for each of the parks that you could use. You can view them online or better yet download our planning app, and you can customize our pre-set plans for Disney and Universal to your liking.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 20, 2015 at 4:09 p.m. Lex Says...

Will like to check if it will be crowded on this 30th Nov and 1st Dec?

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Nov 19, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. Skye H. Says...

Hi! We were thinking of going the 19th and 20th of December this year. Do you think it will be crowded due to christmas? I know Annual pass holders won't be there cause of the blackout dates.

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Nov 18, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Maria Says...

Hi, we are going February 12. Its a Friday. I know that weekend might be busy, but since its a Friday and kids will be in school and parents at work. Do you think we will be OK?

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Jan 15, 2016 at 6:11 p.m. Limide Says...

It's the Friday before a 3 day weekend. Yes, it will be crowded.

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Nov 13, 2015 at 7:39 p.m. DisneySam Says...

Hi! I know the article said the worst days to visit is around Thanksgiving break, but exactly how bad is it? My dad is planning on taking me to Disneyland on the day of thanksgiving and after. Thank you!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 4:25 a.m. Darcy Says...

Hi, we were at Disneyland for Thanksgiving in 2014 and it wasn't as bad as we were led to believe. Thanksgiving day was pretty light and we spent the day after at Universal. It wasn't bad either. By Sunday of that weekend, the crowds had thinned quite a bit, but the rain on Sunday helped. We're Oregonians, so we didn't mind! Good luck!

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Nov 16, 2015 at 4:08 a.m. WizChick Says...

It's pretty crowded but not too bad, I went last year and I'm going again this year the day after Thanksgiving.

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Nov 8, 2015 at 3:22 p.m. sw Says...

We are planning to go on Dec 14th, which is a Sunday, I am hoping that the crowds are not as bad on a Sunday vs. a Saturday. Any thoughts to this thinking? I know it will be busy, but just hoping we are picking a less busy day, to create memories! Any input is appreciated!

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Nov 13, 2015 at 11:22 p.m. Mollie Says...

Surprisingly, Sunday's are busier than Saturday's due to Sunday not being a black out day for most pass holders. If you are going December 14th, that is actually a Monday.

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Nov 2, 2015 at 6:59 a.m. Tina Says...

hoping to bring my 4&1 yr old kids between Valentine's Day and month end. When would be the best arrival day??

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Nov 12, 2015 at 7:50 p.m. Drew Says...

23rd or 24th

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Nov 11, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. Lisa Says...

Definitely NOT valentines day or presidents day weekend

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Nov 4, 2015 at 6:32 a.m. Amanda Says...

You would want to plan on visiting the park on Tues-Thurs. Never on the weekend. and out of the weekdays, Monday and Fridays are usually the busiest.

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Oct 31, 2015 at 8:02 p.m. Clint Says...

We will be staying at DLH January 3-9 and have a 5 day pass for the parks. Which days are best? My thinking is that the parks should get quieter as the week goes on, but I've never been at this time of year. Are we in for total mayhem?

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Nov 4, 2015 at 6:35 a.m. Amanda Says...

Well if you have a 5 day pass, your days are kind of limited. LOL. Go MON-FRI. sat & sun are going to be the busiest out of all the days.

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Oct 28, 2015 at 5:13 a.m. Aussie Family Says...

We are looking to go to Disneyland California in May (14th - 19th) 2016. I have read something about Graduation parties at Disneyland during May . . .

Can anyone please tell me if this would be a problem? extra noisy, extra busy, time to avoid???

Thank you

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Nov 18, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. lauren Says...

I went 2 days after my college got out for break in May of 2015, and as far as the closures it wasn't totally awful. The crowd had grads of all ages(middle school-college). They did tend to rule the park but it wasn't the worst I have experienced there. That being said they had no fireworks or parades due to it being days before the 60th anniversary event kicked off.

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Nov 9, 2015 at 8:59 p.m. Cheyenne Says...

Yes! We went in May last year (either the weekend you are planning on going, or the one after- I can't remember) thinking it would be quiet since school hadn't let out, and there were graduates EVERYWHERE! The parks closed early to prep for their special midnight opening for the grads (and whoever else wants to join in on the craziness). It was pretty insane, with the exception of the very small kid rides. I wouldn't do it again. Too many "big kids" ruling the park.

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Nov 9, 2015 at 2:32 a.m. Todd Says...

Grad night is now at DCA. We were there last year around that time, and it did not seem to impact the crowds. Grad night starts at DCA when it would otherwise close to the public.

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Nov 5, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. DisneyMom Says...

HUGE problem. We went during grad time last year and it was a SCENE. I would never go back that time.

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Oct 26, 2015 at 5:55 a.m. Mommie Dearest Says...

I don't know if anyone posted this but hubby n I have annual passes for Disneyland. We learned a great day is on Super Bowl Sunday. So f you are not a huge sports fan go. We had 10 to15 minute wait times. The bigger more popular were around 40 to 1 hour wait. Most 40 minutes. We had a blast on Super bowl Sunday last year, and yes it is true when you are local and have annual passes, we tend to go to just take in a ride or two. Sometimes just to walk around or have dinner especially being we have no block out dates. I'll have to keep in mind to go more on the annual pass holders block out dates.

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Nov 3, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. Jen Says...

We went on a Super Bowl Sunday one year thinking it would be less crowded and the place was a madhouse! Won't do that again!

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Nov 1, 2015 at 8:14 p.m. Marjiscott Says...

I have a neighbor who is an annual passholder and goes weekly. She told me that one too!

Go on Super Bowl Sunday!

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Oct 25, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. Jhana Says...

Hi-we are thinking of going to either park (but just one) Nov 12, 13, or 14 (wed, thurs, fri). Any suggestions for which day? Any thoughts on which park vs. the other? Also, I know DW uses the bracelets now for FP way ahead of time, but does DL also, or is it still the paper tickets only on day-of? thx.

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Oct 21, 2015 at 8:35 p.m. Tina Says...

Why is March 5-11 2016 bad?

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Oct 30, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

This is the start of spring break season. It won't be the busiest weeks of the season, but crowds will be elevated.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 21, 2015 at 5:57 p.m. Kim Says...

My daughter(who is 19) and I plan on going Dec 30 - Jan 4 for our first trip to Disneyland, we go to Walt Disney World alot because we live in Ohio but we have never been to Disneyland, any advise on this time frame? how busy will it be? we want to be there for new years eve, any advise would be great in helping us with our first trip :)

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Nov 20, 2015 at 4:29 a.m. Nastassja Says...

I went 2 years ago for dec 24,25..and on 30th and 31....absolutely crazy!!!...the only day that wasn't was the 24th...literally elbow to elbow...i said excuse me a bigillion times...never again...New Years eve was the worst....

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Nov 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. Jay Says...

New Year's Eve is the second busiest day of the year. They will close the gates at some point in the day

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Oct 13, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. Kasandra Kinder Says...

Hi, me & my husband are planning on taking our 2 & 9 year old daughters to Disneyland for the 1st time & are planning on going Dec. 16-Dec. 19.

Is that a good time to go, will there be a big crowd those days. Also, any recommendations to help make this the most memorable trip as possible for us. Thanks

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Oct 20, 2015 at 3:04 p.m. Ray Says...

My wife and I take out family every Christmas . Last year we were there 17-21 and the first two days were magical . The second two were slammed but let me tell you a secret, it seems that everyone goes home in the afternoon or gives up. Take this opportunity to nap your kids and rest for fireworks and the paint the night parade .

Back to the first two days , in the first we did magic morning , it was a Wednesday and we literally did every single ride in fantasyland by 9am. Food and drinks had no lines at all and even by the time we finished in fantasyland and started New Orleans square there still was not much of a crowd .

Long story short , you have picked perfect days and maybe we will see you there ! Ours this year are 16-19 as well

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Dec 13, 2015 at 6:41 p.m. Robert grizzell Says...

I would like to thank you for that response to that comment. Sorry to disturb but i'm going on December 16, 2015 as well. I'm bringing 2 of my brothers with me. One who has never been to Disneyland and the other who has not been to Disneyland since 3 years old. For being able to spend very little time at the parks, what do you recommend are important things to show my brothers for their lack of Disneyland visitation?

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Oct 20, 2015 at 5:19 a.m. Jody Says...

I recommend spending the first day seeing the princesses etc. and not worrying about hurrying through everything. We just took our granddaughter, 5 years old, and she loves scary rides, Halloween, etc. but the first day at around 2:00 she asked us where the princesses were? That was Disneyland to her! So be sure and make the first day special and find out what Disneyland is to them and do that first! Also, check out the wait time on the phone number provided on the flyers when you enter the park. Use your early entry to get into California Adventures - it's a total waste of time using it at Disneyland, and go get a fast pass for Cars and for the light show right away. The light show does not count as a regular fast pass.

When the fast passes run out and the kids get tired maybe take an hour or two to go back to the hotel for a nap and come back for fireworks. And whatever you do, don't try to do 2 shows in one night! It is impossible to get around! Space them out for one each night! Save the other shows for late afternoon or evening when the lines get long. See the princesses (and other characters) in the morning.

Have a great time!

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Oct 18, 2015 at 4:54 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

The Disneyland Christmas season begins right after Thanksgiving. The entire month of December is pretty busy but very festive, beautifully decorated, and with some neat Christmas related activities for kids. If you r willing to just go with the crowd flow it will likely be enchanting for your kids. Down load the Mouse Wait app for ride wait times.

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Oct 17, 2015 at 10:44 p.m. Jessica Says...

I have been a pass holder for a few years now and I can assure you it will be packed!! But you should still have a great time! I suggest the show at night since they have "snow". The castle is absolutely beautiful as well. Take snacks/drinks for the wait in the lines and comfy clothes is a must. Be there right when they open so you can go on the rides that usually get packed. Have a great trip!

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Oct 14, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. Alexandra Says...

I read your comment and as a Disneyland fangirl, I would like to give some suggestions. First of all try not stress. Stress leads to yelling, which leads to crying, which leads to no fun. Second, plans are good; however, try to leave lee-way for exploring and genuine diddle daddling. Third, make sure to get a picture with Mickey! It will be a great staple of the trip. Lastly, the parade may drive you to tears, thats okay. Let your inner Disney Kid enjoy itself. It will make the trip more fun for your kids and you! :)

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Oct 14, 2015 at 9:39 p.m. Alexandra Says...

I read your comment and as a Disneyland fangirl, I would like to give some suggestions.

First of all try not stress. Stress leads to yelling, which leads to crying, which leads to no fun.

Second, plans are good; however, try to leave lee-way for exploring and genuine diddle daddling.

Third, make sure to get a picture with Mickey! It will be a great staple of the trip.

Lastly, the parade may drive you to tears, thats okay. Let your inner Disney Kid enjoy itself. It will make the trip more fun for your kids and you! :)

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Oct 13, 2015 at 4:33 a.m. Melissa Says...

We are thinking of going December 7-9 what do you think of these dates? Yay or Nay?

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Oct 22, 2015 at 7:17 p.m. jen Says...

We are going then too! I did my homework and it seems it won't be that bad, albeit is a weekend. We'll be there the 6th and 7th. can't wait!

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