Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2450 Los Angeles

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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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.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - 1-Day Tiered Tickets

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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Oct 5, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. Keith Says...

We are taking my son to Disneyland on Friday October 9th. Are the crowds large or pretty moderate on a Friday in October??

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Oct 8, 2015 at 4:18 a.m. Doug Says...

Temp is forecasted at 100 degrees. So that might help keep clouds away, but then again it will melt you as you sit in lines exposed to the sun...

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Oct 5, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. Teresa Says...

We will be in the area for a wedding and are wondering if it is a possibility at all to see much of the park on New Year's Day. We have small children who have not been to DL (only Disneyworld) but I do not want them to be so disappointed due to excessive crowds.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 2:23 a.m. Casey Says...

We will be there February 12-14, 2016. Which would be better.... Disneyland on Friday since it is a weekday or Saturday and take advantage of the magic hours for staying on property??? I am worried Saturday is going to be busier. The other day we would do DCA.

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Oct 13, 2015 at 5:32 p.m. Amy Says...

It always seems busier at the park with Magic Morning hours. We choose to go to the park WITHOUT MM hours since everyone goes early to the other park. Hasn't failed us yet!

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Oct 4, 2015 at 5:06 a.m. Huyen Says...

We wanted to visit Disneyland on Sunday, Nov 15, 2015, but the calendar on the Disneyland website does not give you the option to purchase tickets past Nov 14th. Does anyone know why? Will it be crowded that weekend because of the marathon?

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Huyen,

Regular admission tickets are not date-specific, so even though, the calendar with park hours has not been made available, you are free to purchase your tickets.

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Oct 4, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. Josh Says...

Is the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 19-21) likely to be very crowded? Wouldn't people be coming the following long weekend?

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Oct 3, 2015 at 1:49 a.m. Nick Says...

How many days would you recommend for taking my 8 year old daughter to disneyland for the first time.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick,

It depends a lot on when you're going. If it's a really busy time, you need more days. I would recommend a minimum of three for a first-time visit.

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Sep 30, 2015 at 11:24 a.m. Phoebe Says...

Hi, I am planning to go in January 7 and 8, 2016. Do you think 2 days is enough (15 and 17 yr old children) and will this be an alright time to visit? I am visiting from overseas and only have 10 days to spend in LA.

Thanks!

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Oct 2, 2015 at 4:01 a.m. Bianca Says...

I believe two days should be enough to ride and see all the popular attractions at Disneyland. I definitely recommend going on the 7th and 8th of January since they are weekdays; it is always more crowded on the weekends. It might be a little crowded, but I'm sure it will be nothing compared to the summer break crowds. Also, the weather should be nice at that time of the year. If the weather is on the warmer side, I highly recommend getting some ice cream either at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor for some old-fashioned ice cream or the Dole Whip pineapple soft serve ice cream nearby the Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Sep 27, 2015 at 9:16 p.m. Adam Says...

I'm not sure where you guys got your information about New Years Day being busy but you couldn't be more wrong if you tried. Everyone who knows anything about Disneyland knows that's the single best day of the year to go. Even all the cast members constantly tell people this, often to guests who look at them in disbelief, but it's true. My wife and I discovered this fact a few years ago when we decided to go on New Years Day on a whim and we were astounded at how dead it was. Disneyland was like a ghost town for the first two hours of operation and there were times when we would walk through large areas of the park and not even see one other person in the area. We literally hit every single ride we wanted to in the entire park before 10 a.m. including Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Peter Pan, Thunder Mountain Railroad, and all the other major attractions that usually require fast passes or long wait times. Truly, anyone who tells you that New Years Day is busy has never been there on that day, I guarantee it.

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Dec 23, 2015 at 10:40 a.m. Jonathan Says...

Two years ago we went on New Years Eve - never experienced a more packed crowd.

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Oct 13, 2015 at 8:49 p.m. Cristina Says...

With everything i read online about NYE and New Years day I am reconsidering our family trip dates since i have small children. A co-worker told me that New years was the best time to go so i booked my trip months ago. Everything online says otherwise. :( So will i still be safe to go on New years?

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Sep 27, 2015 at 1:21 a.m. keri Says...

We are planning a really last minute trip for October 18 for a few days. None of the disney hotels have availability...does this mean the park will be crazy?

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Sep 30, 2015 at 4:50 a.m. Ty Says...

That week is fall break for the state of Utah. Also included in that time is Mickey's Halloween party. Which is great! We just attended twice this weekend. It runs a few times per week from Septber, through the end of October. Due to these two factors, you should expect larger crowds.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri,

Check out the Crowd Calendar. We are predicting higher crowds that weekend.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 11:58 a.m. Yvonne Says...

I'm researching to travel to Disneyland on Dec 25 to Dec 30, 2015. or Jan 1 -5th, 2016. We have never been to Disneyland. Family of three. 2 adults & a teenager. We would love to experience the whole Christmas theme at Disneyland. Any recommendations at that time of travel and for a trip tailored for an older child.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. Mel Says...

We went last year in 2014 on Christmas Day, huge mistake. The crowds were horrible with little to no room to move. They also had to close the entrance due to overcrowding. Plus, we just missed the measles outbreak during that time in the park. There needs to be better crowd control, sorry.

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Sep 26, 2015 at 9:32 a.m. Ayla Says...

i went December 9-13, 2013 and it was PERFECT. Days were warm, evenings you needed a jacket and got that Christmas feel. Crowds were hardly an issue at all.

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Sep 25, 2015 at 12:31 a.m. Kate Says...

It will be packed. School holidays tend to bring high volume of visitors.

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Sep 23, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. Dominic Says...

Grand Californian Hotel is amazing at Christmas. The giant lobby is cozy and inviting from morning to night. Cars land is also great for the any age. My advice, take in a as many disney movies as you can before your trip and when you're there, it will increase the nostalgia factor! Enjoy

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Sep 22, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. Shari Says...

I've heard mid-October is bad as the western states have Fall Break? We were planning a trip Oct 15-18, but might re-consider

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Sep 25, 2015 at 4:47 p.m. Amy Says...

Those are the exact dates of Utah's Fall Break. I would avoid Disneyland at that time!

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Sep 24, 2015 at 2:04 a.m. Stephany Says...

All Phoenix area schools have fall break starting the first full week of October, some are that week some are the next week and some have both weeks off!

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Sep 22, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. CeeCee Says...

Im looking to go to Disneyland around December 11-13 are those good dates and will it be considered Christmas

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:23 p.m. BenB Says...

Something doesn't add up here. We're looking to travel first week of November 2015, and there are ZERO hotel rooms available - not a single room at Disneyland or surrounding hotels. Yet on Thanksgiving 2015, there are plenty of hotel options, all week.

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Sep 26, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. DianaD Says...

Check schedule for Anaheim Convention Center. When there is big convention in town, hotels are at a minimum. I know....I live a mile.5 from Dland. Check for rooms thru AirBnB.com Last time I researched it out of curiousity...there were over 2000 private rentals in town. Good luck!

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Sep 24, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. sbalison Says...

Disney will be filming the Christmas Parade that weekend.

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Sep 26, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. Susy Says...

So does that mean nov. 2-nov.7 will be busier?

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Sep 18, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Amy M. Says...

We are going 12/4 & 12/5 (Friday and Saturday). Do you think it will be nuts at the parks?? My children have never seen the park decorated for the holidays, so it was very important to us to book during Christmastime!

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Sep 17, 2015 at 4:35 a.m. Theresa Says...

How is the 1st weekend in Nov?

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Sep 17, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. beth Says...

We are planning a trip for after Thanksgiving but before Christmas 2015. If you had to pick 7 days to visit WDW, which 7 day block would you choose?

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Sep 17, 2015 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

If you are looking for help deciding when to go to Disney World as opposed to Disneyland, you can check out our crowd calendar:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

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Sep 15, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. Tia Says...

I plan on taking my family during Feb 22, 2016 to Feb 25, 2016. I'm concern about the weather and if it will be raining. Do the rides close when it's raining? Do they still have fireworks and parades during the weekdays?

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Sep 14, 2015 at 11 p.m. David Says...

Do you know when the crowd calendar for Los Angeles will be released and will it also include Knotts berry farm?

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Sep 15, 2015 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

We hope to have it soon! Stay tuned!

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Sep 13, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. Carie Says...

Do you know when the secret meet and greet character days are?

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Sep 11, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. Dorraine Says...

I was thinking about taking my age 7 and 10 year old granddaughters to Disneyland in mid-May 2016. Maybe flying in on Sunday and spend Monday - Thursday at the parks and flying home on Friday. Do you think that is a good time to go and any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 7:53 p.m. Donna Says...

Schools get out in California the third week of may.

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Sep 5, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. George Says...

Do you suggest buying tickets in advance or just pop in at the desk?

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Sep 8, 2015 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We always recommend buying in advance. While discounts are harder to come by at Disneyland, the sooner you buy, the more you can save. The tickets never expire, but they do increase - typically once a year.

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Sep 2, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. Yanssel Says...

We are planning a New Years trip from 12/30-01/03. We were thinking on hitting California Adventure on 12/31 to get the New Year experience there (hopefully not as crowded as Disneyland. Then going to Disneyland on 01/02 (hopefully less crowded). Any suggestions? I know these are the worst dates to go but we decided to do something different this year =)

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Sep 10, 2015 at 12:27 a.m. Tina Says...

With the holidays plus the DL 60th Anniversary events going on all year it's doubtful that DCA will be any less busy than Disneyland Park. DCA has had many wonderful improvements in the last few years so it's more popular than it used to be--especially Carsland. We went to DL in 2013 near Xmas and once years ago after Xmas and including New Year's and the crowds were insane everywhere at the resort. Good Luck!

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Sep 2, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. David Says...

Hello.

Crowds, lines and queues forecast in Disneyland Paris: http://meteosensible.free.fr/disneylandparis.html Influx crowds dépends on weather in Paris.

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Aug 29, 2015 at 3:24 p.m. Amy Says...

We are looking at going to DL in November 2015. Do you think there will be much difference between Monday Nov 9 and Tuesday Nov 10? Also, will the hours likely be significantly shorter? We only have one day so we want as much time as possible.

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Sep 14, 2015 at 9:32 p.m. Lee kucera Says...

Our family went to DL one year during 2nd weekend in November. Crowds were low, but small world was closed for installation of Christmas decor and the castle was shrouded in black because of filming of the Christmas parade.

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Aug 28, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. Bingo Says...

My family and I are visiting late afternoon 9/19, all day 9/20 and 9/21. Will that weekend be crazy?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. Lauren Says...

How busy is the half marathon weekend? We were thinking of going (Sept. 3 & 4 only).

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Sep 1, 2015 at 12:54 a.m. Becky Says...

Oops! I'm sorry, I was thinking of the Tinkerbell Half marathon in May. Ignore me.

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Sep 1, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. Becky Says...

I was leaving Disneyland just as the half-marathon was starting this year. It was crazy busy. There are thousands and thousands of people whose families are going to Disneyland all day that week while they are running. Our last day at the park was the day before the marathon, and lines were already twice as long as they had been the day before.

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Aug 28, 2015 at 3:35 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hi I was wondering which date will be better Wed Dec 30, 2015; Fri Jan 1, 2016 or Sat Jan 2. I know all of these days are going to be crowded, but we're going for my son's 6th bday. And these are the only days that work for us. If there is no difference between the days...well I guess that's the way it goes. Thanks!

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Aug 28, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. Rebecca Says...

I'm a SoCal resident, but not a pass holder. Do you have a sense of what weekdays are best to go, even during the off season? We're trying to decide between Sept. 15 and 16, or Sept. 16 and 17. I feel like Thursdays would be slightly busier than Tuesdays, but I don't know that this is actually true. Also, my daughter's birthday is the 16th - any tips or perks for birthday celebrators at the park?

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Aug 27, 2015 at 3:23 p.m. Frenchell Says...

We are planning to take our 3 kids for the first time Nov 7th - 9th of 2015. Is this a good time? Someone told me that a lot of rides are closed because of holiday decorating, I don't want this to be a bum trip for them. Are the dates I listed good dates or should we look at trying a different time?

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. Chuck Says...

Haunted Mansion is the main closure during this time I think. It closes for about three weeks until mid-September. I don't think anything else receives nearly as much overhaul for X-Mas.

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Aug 31, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frenchell,

These are good dates to visit. You may find a few rides under refurbishment, but most are not. You can view all of Disneyland's refurbishments here: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

I would keep checking them closer to your visit.

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Aug 27, 2015 at 1:32 a.m. Jackie Says...

I am planning on going 6/30/16 - 7/5/16. I know they will be a lot of people. I just like to know how the weather might be around this time. I will have my two kids with me and my youngest will be 2 yrs.

Thank you so much for your time!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

Highs are usually in the low 90s with lows in the mid 60s.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 7:16 p.m. Theresa Says...

We will be there Thanksgiving week, I saw where you posted this will be a horrible time to come but its unavoidable. Would it be better to go Wed before Thanksgiving or on Black Friday?

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Aug 27, 2015 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

How horrible it is really depends on your mind-set. We think it's always a great time to visit Disneyland, even if it's crowded. You just have to understand that it is going to be crowded and waits are going to be longer. You just have to adjust your expectations going in. You can still have a great time! That said, Wednesday before Thanksgiving is likely slightly better than Black Friday.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. Alicia Iokepa Says...

We are planning on going to Disneyland on Tues 10/06/15 and Tues 10/13/15 which is the day after Columbus Day, how will the crowd be then?

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Aug 24, 2015 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia,

Aside from Columbus Day itself, this is a pretty good time to visit. Weekends will be more crowded, but it should be a pleasant time.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. christina Says...

Hi,me and my sister are planning for Disneyland Jan 25th-28th 2016 is that a good time to go

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

So sorry! I misread your original comment and thought it was for the end of December. Your January dates should be good to go!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 8:44 a.m. Christina Says...

Hi,u said Jan 24th-28th will be very busy at Disneyland what about the first week in Feb. Mon-Wens!?! Thank you!!!!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

It should be a good time.

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Sep 4, 2015 at 2:56 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi there! I will also be there Jan 22-27. I'm wondering why you predict it will be very busy during that timeframe?

thanks!!!!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

I don't see that we are predicting Jan. 22-27 to be a bad time :( It is a good time as far as crowds go :)

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Sep 2, 2015 at 4:44 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I'm curious why Jan 25-28 2016 is predicted as a very busy time? I will be there that week and want to be prepared! Heh.

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

We're not expecting this to be a busy time.

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Nov 10, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. Sandi Mackintosh Says...

Will they be closing any of the rides or attractions during the week of Jan 23rd - Jan 30th?

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Nov 19, 2015 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi,

You can see all closings on our Disneyland refurbs page, but do note that Disneyland is sometimes slow to release them.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. Elaine Says...

We are thinking of going September 29-30 2015. I know the Halloween decorations are up and the party is going on the 30th. Do you think there will be less crowds then?

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Aug 23, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. anna Says...

Im planning a trip for mid September and I will be spending one day in Disneyland. Which day do you think will be better Sept 14th where the park is open from 9AM-10PM or Sept 15th where it might be quieter but the park is open for two hours less from 10AM-9PM?

Thanks

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Aug 26, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Sept. 15 is likely the better choice because of the reduced hours.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. Brittney Says...

I'm thinking of going in November. I'm trying to go at the least busy time possible. Thinking the 2nd-6th or the 17th-21st. Would those be decent times when the park is less crowded?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:33 a.m. Yvonne Says...

Your first dates (1rst week of Nov) would be before Veterans day...so it's really good during the week. We chose to visit last year the week before Thanksgiving week, (your 2nd choice) because that's when Christmas décor is all over the park and some rides, not to mention the yummy pumpkin beignets. We're happy to start the holidays early, but if it's weird for you, go earlier. The week before Thanksgiving was not packed (weekdays) but the idea is catching on so it's getting busier by the year. Typically, the Christmas décor is up the weekend just after Veterans day, and again>weekdays are best. We enjoyed seeing that our usual hotel choice (Embassy suites Orange) was much less crowded at that time, so we're going to split our visit between that Hotel and 2 days at the Californian, as a Christmas splurge. If you choose the 1rst week of Nov, check the Disneyland site for ride closures because a few may be closed while they decorate. If you are all thrilled at the idea of going for Christmas, you will be going at a great time. Friends have reported that the week after Thanksgiving is now more crowded than ever, as visitor tips spread quickly.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 5:57 p.m. Carrie Says...

We usually vacation in the park in the middle of the summer when crowds are at a peak - but in 2016 we will be traveling in February - 4th - 8th to be exact (so well before president's day). We plan on being there over a weekend. Since we are used to July / August crowds, will the February weekend be busy like a summer week day? Or will we see it much slower?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

It should be less crowded, but as you probably know, the parks are never empty.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. Esther Says...

We are planning on taking 3 children under 6 so wait times are kind of a big deal for us. I was thinking that January 4-7 would be pretty safe because it was after the new year and winter break. You mentioned this as a bad time, but then said weekdays in January are good. What are your thoughts?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esther,

There are some local schools that will not be back in session until the following week, and then you have some passholders that will have been blocked out until this time, so they will be coming in before their kids go back to school. It won't be as busy as the week before, but I would expect it to still be busy.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 21, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. Wendy Says...

When would be a better day to visit Disneyland? Monday, August 31st or Tuesday, September 1st?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 6:34 p.m. Kristine Says...

I would go with Sept. 1st. There is an AP Anniversary Event on the 31st that would draw more AP to the park on a day with already reduced hours. Hope that helps!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 3:39 a.m. rosie Says...

We are planning our trip with our kids for the first and we love Halloween time. I've heard it's a great time to go. We are planning on going Oct 21 thru the 23, but I've heard that it might be a really busy time and am thinking possibly mid Nov??? Any thoughts or suggestions would be AWESOME!!!!!! thank you!

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Aug 19, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. Mike P. Says...

Hi,

I want to go to DL Monday August 31st. From everything I've read, it seems like a good day to go even though it is before Labor Day. Is Orange County back to school at that time? Are most of the tourists gone by then? I would wait until mid Sept. But I have to take my niece before she goes back home for school. Any comments would be helpful! Thanks

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Aug 19, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Emmy Says...

We are planning a trip in February 2016. We will get 5 day hoppers. Our park day options are: Fri 19th, Sat 20th, Sun 21, Mon 22, Tues 23, Wed 24, Thurs 25, Fri 26th. Which 5 days are our best bet? Thanks!

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:42 p.m. Char Says...

AP local here. Anytime tuesday-thursday would be best if you wanna beat the crowds. Another tip: if you're willing to spring for another 30 bucks, it's better to do 1 day 1 park, if you wanna make the most of your trip. It'll keep you from going back and forth all day.

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Aug 19, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. Wendy Says...

Hi,

I'm planning on visiting Disneyland with my kids on either Monday, August 31st or Tuesday, Sept 1st. What day do you think would be best to go? Also, we haven't been in a few years. Any must see attractions?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:37 a.m. Yvonne Says...

We couldn't believe how easy it was to maneuver around the park during the first week of September! During the week, their students were in school before labor day and we had a wonderful time in super short lines. Once my son graduates (next year) that will probably be a regular go-to date for us. Have fun!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Both of those days should be good! Here are our recommended not-to-miss attractions!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. Yanni Says...

Hi there, amazing guide! We'll can visit any day from the 29th of August up to the 2nd of September. Is their one particular day that would be better to visit

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yanni,

This is a good time to visit, but the early days in the week will be best as far as crowds go, so Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 2.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 4:33 a.m. Tia Says...

How do you think this Wednesday Aug. 19 will be? Versus Tuesday Aug 18 or Thursday Aug 20.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 10:45 p.m. Heather H Says...

Hi there,

I was planning a visit for my Birthday in Jan 2016. We are thinking jan 20-25th- is it pretty calm during that time ? Thanks :)

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

It should be a good time to go, and will be less busy toward the end of your visit.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Emily Says...

You don't mention Memorial Day at all. Can you give any recommendations on the week of May 30 - June 3 2016? Thanks!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Memorial Day will see very high crowds, but it's still early in the vacation season, and many kids are still in school, so it's likely the rest of the week will be elevated but not horrible crowds.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 17, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. michelle Says...

I'm planning a trip to Disneyland for the x-mas holidays, I don't know which dates are better nov 13th - nov 15 (since veteran's day is nov 11 on a wednesday) or dec 4th -dec 6th, any recommendations?

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Aug 25, 2015 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Both are good. Veteran's Day should not carry over to the weekend as most people will only have the one day off.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 17, 2015 at 4:32 p.m. Jonathan Says...

Hi, Im planning to go to Disneyland in next Sept 4th (friday) it is a good day then? Im asking because its Labor day weekend so Im kind of worry!!! :S

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonathan,

It will be busy, but not as busy as you might think since many families are focused on returning to school.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 16, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Natasha Says...

Hi, if choosing between Friday (Sept 4) or Sunday (Sept 6) before Labor day, which do you think would have slimmer crowds? Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

I would go with Friday simply because there are fewer folks with that day off.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 16, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. Paty Says...

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paty,

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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