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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 1, 2021 2633 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 2021 and 2022. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest unknown the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is COVID-19. With the parks closed longer than they have ever been, we're now in new territory in terms of predicting crowds. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play, including how long the parks are closed, the virus, the economy, unemployment and continued travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many locals, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we know crowds will return to Disneyland after its reopening. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times ... and because of this huge local following, Disneyland actually canceled their annual pass program, as there was no way to safely welcome everyone back at will. That means even Legacy passholders are having to learn a whole new system before returning to the magic. Even so, Californians were the first ones back through those gates!

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

Disneyland reopened April 30, 2021, to California residents. Based on pent-up demand for all things Disneyland, including how people have reacted to the reopening of Downtown Disney and the limited-time Touch of Disney event, we expect Disneyland parks will be steadily busy for some time. As of June 15, 2021, out-of-state residents are welcome back to Disneyland (and can book their trips now!). Lower capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time, and that will curb crowds, but it will also make getting into the parks more challenging.

While capacity is lower in the parks, capacity is also lower on rides, in restaurants and in shops — so while overall capacity is low, it may feel higher than it actually is. And let us tell you from our experience on the opposite coast at the Most Magical Place on Earth: Those spaced out lines can make things seem waaaay longer than they actually are, and they can make for some traffic jams that only add to things feeling crowded, especially in areas that are tight already. All of this to say: All of the precautions in place may add to a feeling of things being busier than they actually are, and we've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back, because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Avengers Campus

Because Disneyland reopened just before summer break, we are expecting things to stay pretty consistently busy through the summer, especially once summer break hits. With Avengers Campus making its epic debut June 4, 2021, and out-of-state residents able to visit once again as of June 15, we are not expecting things to slow down any time soon.

Is It Packed at Disneyland During Normal Times? Here's the Easiest Way to Tell

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

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

If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks, and not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona schools have breaks in the first half of October. Utah schools also have a fall break in mid-October.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! (During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers such as FASTPASS, MaxPass and Magic Morning are temporarily unavailable.) Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 60 days in advance.

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 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference is 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 Disneyland locals were annual passholders.

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. That means that during the Disneyland reopening period, all guests will have to purchase tickets. That may change the way even locals visit the parks. For some time, the annual passholders have thought of the Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they would 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 wasn't blocked out. They'd hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

Disneyland will eventually release a new type of membership offering, so eventually these guests will once again affect the crowds. In the past, 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 provided a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because those were the times when most passholders were not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California Select and Deluxe passholders were typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there would be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availablity Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be busiest. Keep hopping back for updates on the annual passholder situation, because knowing their patterns can help you plan your trip.

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 playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo has been postponed until September 2022.

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Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2021 and 2022 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back!)

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, as you probably guessed, there are some variables.

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Most of May
  • June 3 to Aug. 11, 2021
  • Oct. 1-16, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021, to Jan. 4, 2022

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-27, 2022
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13 to April 17, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

*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 2022, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then.

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 the comments below.

  • Labor Day - Sept. 6, 2021, and Sept. 5, 2022
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Sept. 16, 2021, and Oct. 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 11, 2021, and Oct. 10, 2022
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2021, and Nov. 11, 2022
  • Memorial Day - May 31, 2021, and May 30, 2022
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2021, and July 17, 2022

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

While these are traditionally the best times to visit, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks will be open!

  • May 10-13
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents' Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's MaxPass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Keep hopping!

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Feb 21, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. Jeff Lahti Says...

The NCAA tournament regional finals are March 26 in Anaheim. Do you see that affecting Disneyland attendance at all?

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Mar 20, 2016 at 9:16 p.m. marty Says...

heck yea! the crowd calendar will be "forget about it" d land and dca will be twice as packed!! :0(

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Feb 20, 2016 at 2:44 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

We were planning to go to Disneyland on Thursday (May 5) and Disney California Adventure on Friday (May 6) but I saw that it's when the Tinkerbell marathon begins. Would this be a bad time to go? Is it best to go on Tuesday and Wednesday of that same week or would it be just as crowded? Please let me know ASAP as I need to book flights and hotels ASAP. Thank you!!!!

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Mar 3, 2016 at 4:35 a.m. bre Says...

This article mentions nothing about the Tinkerbell half marathon. I'm trying to book and it's sold out. You would think they would do more research regarding best and worst times to visit. Not helpful.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 4:34 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hello! Is there a schedule for regular refurbishments/seasonal decorating on the rides at Disneyland? I'm trying to plan a trip in the off season, but don't want to go and see my favorite rides are closed down.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

Here is a link to Disneyland refurbishments:

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 18, 2016 at 4:18 a.m. Laela Says...

We are planing to visit Disneyland April 25-29 2016 Will this be a low crowd time? Anything going on this week that will make it have higher crowds?

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Feb 16, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Matilde Bekker Says...

Hi

We are going there from 6 (sunday) november - 9. (Wednesday) november. Just before the super hero run. We thought this was a good time because there is no Holiday. But now i see that there is mickeys bonfire on the 7.

Do you Think it Will be very Busy on this period?

Best regards

Matilde

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Feb 15, 2016 at 1:20 a.m. George Says...

Hello. We will be visiting Disneyland on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th. Would it be better to visit Disney California Adventure on Monday and Disneyland on Tuesday or vice versa? We are only visiting for two days and I want to avoid the crowds if possible so we can make the most of our time. Thank you.

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Feb 26, 2016 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

Generally we'd suggest Disneyland on Monday and Disney California Adventure on Tuesday for the lowest crowds in each park, but keep in mind that many people hop between the parks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 14, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. Ottawa Mom Says...

To confirm, Presidents Day in 2017 is Feb 20, 2017.... Does this change your comment above "President's Day - Feb. 12-15, 2017" as a Worst time to visit Disneyland...?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Yes, thanks for the catch, I've adjusted those dates.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 14, 2016 at 2:39 a.m. SPierce Says...

Traveling from NC for my daughters 2nd birthday. Wr want to visit with her cousins in LA sometime between thursday, july 7 and July 9, any recommendations

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Feb 13, 2016 at 1:39 a.m. Akua Says...

Hi There! First, thanks for listing all this great information - very helpful. My birthday is coming up this Tuesday February 16th and I'm wondering what kind of crowds to expect on this day. My fiancé and I were hoping to go on my birthday but we have flexibility to go any day. It is the Tuesday after President's Day but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there might be a light crowd since it is Tuesday and most people will hopefully be at work/school. What do you think? Would you recommend avoiding this Tuesday or do you think we'll find Tuesday is smooth sailing? Also, we have 1 day park hopper tickets so we'll need to be able to pack in as much as possible (mostly rides).

Thanks so much for your help and insight!

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Feb 12, 2016 at 5:51 p.m. DisneyVisitor Says...

You forgot to mention super bowl as one of the WORST times to visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My trip just got ruined by Peyton Manning who I could not care less about, and especially now that he ruined the Monday that was supposed to be low crowds at the park! I specifically chose "the weekdays in February, BUT NOT AROUND PRESIDENT'S DAY" to spend a lot of money to travel from the Midwest to visit the park, which I have not got to do for 15 years because of the cost. Saturday and Sunday I expected to be busy, but Monday we had the Peyton Manning incident, and Tuesday I was throwing up. So basically my trip SUCKED. I will not return until they do something about the crowds!!!! I don't need tips on "How to beat crowds". They need to FIX THE SITUATION.

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Feb 25, 2016 at 6 p.m. emiseekayeewhy Says...

What exactly do you suggest they do? Not let anybody in? Shut down the park? Give you special treatment and let you have the whole park to yourself for the day?

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Feb 12, 2016 at 10:29 a.m. Morgan Says...

So we are here in Cali for presidents day weekend. Tossing around the idea of going to Disney for a day. I notice you say it's not a good weekend to go but how busy are we talking?

I mean, I came with my daughter last summer, unknowingly the same day as the D23 convention. I was blown away by the amount of people there. It was seriously like shuffling through a herd of zombies trying to walk around. (It was also during that heat wave and it was 106 that day which made it even more awful!)

Anyway, we survived that day. So When you say Presidents' Day is busy...is it the same busy as summer or Christmas etc? I just assumed February would be at least a little better of a month to go:/

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Feb 18, 2016 at 7:17 p.m. Venus Says...

Basically, any holiday is going to be busy at Disneyland. I think because most people with an annual pass are going to be there. That includes local families whose kids are out of school for the day.

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Feb 18, 2016 at 4:59 a.m. Peggy Says...

2/17/16 We were at Disneyland today & it was packed. Apparently Presidents Day has been extended. Trying Ca Adventure tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

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Feb 12, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan,

I think you will find it as busy as the D23 convention day and maybe even more so.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 11, 2016 at 4:51 p.m. DisneyGeek Says...

We just went February 5-10th, Which is supposed to be low crowd. what a joke!!! it was like a mosh pit the whole time. I am seriously considering not coming back until they do something about it.

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Feb 19, 2016 at 6:56 a.m. Kelly Says...

We were the Feb 3-10 and found it to be great. Monday the 8th was crazy, thanks Payton Manning, but the rest of the time we had no trouble getting on the rides and it was enjoyable. Maybe you need to utilize your fast passes better next time.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 6:25 a.m. Karime Says...

Im planning a trip to disneyland what will be the best time to visit in august

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Feb 9, 2016 at 8:03 p.m. Stephanie Says...

We are from South Africa and planning to go to Disney world between July the 7th and the 18th - will this be a good time? I have 3 kids ages 7, 14 and 17.

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Mar 6, 2016 at 10:14 p.m. Diane Says...

Honestly, summer is not a great time to visit Walt Disney World in Florida because of high crowds and high temperatures. Of course, if that is the only time you can go because of your visit to the USA, then go, but be prepared to take afternoon breaks by returning to your resort pool with the kids.

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

This is a busy time:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/july-2016/#calendar

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 8, 2016 at 1:23 a.m. Shannon Says...

We're heading to Disneyland the first week of June. Do you think it would make a difference if we were there Monday (6/6)/Tuesday (6/7) vs Thur (6/9)/Fri (6/10) of that week? I expect Mon and Fri are the busiest week days, but curious if one was better than the other.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 9:06 p.m. Flor Says...

I'm on the same boat. We're taking our chances with June 7th and 8th.

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Feb 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Beth Says...

This year, due to anniversary celebration, everyday is more crowded than predicted. But I was there fom Jan. 25-29 and Monday was definitely less crowded than Friday.

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Feb 6, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. mikey Says...

Will late november to mid december 2016 be a good time to visit or will there be crowds miles long? Thanks in advance. Mikey

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Feb 6, 2016 at 5:24 a.m. Brandi Says...

I am thinking of taking the kids for mothers day weekend May 7th, 8th and 9th. Is mothers day and fathers day usually pretty busy?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi,

These dates are expected to be pretty busy, although not as busy as most other holidays. Mother's Day Weekend coincides with the Tinker Belle Half Marathon, and the end of June is just a busy time in general. Because passholders are blocked out in June, this looks like a slightly better time.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 5, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. NIkki Says...

Hi I am looking for the best time to take my 2 toddlers to disney for a 5 day park hopper. Is October a good month? also would it be more cost efficient to get an annual pass vs a 5 day park hopper. As well as the fast pass band?

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Feb 5, 2016 at 11:36 a.m. Flavia Says...

Hi!!! The first time I went to Dsneyland me and my husband got there early in the morning, and by 4 pm we left because we were really tired.

This time we want to see the night fire works. So, what is the best time to go to the park, walk around and see the fire works?

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Flavia,

We still think arriving early is a good idea, so you take advantage of lower crowds, but instead of leaving at 4, take a break and return to your hotel. Then come back that evening for the fireworks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 4, 2016 at 11:25 p.m. Sylvia Says...

I had to reschedule our family Disney vacation to March 9, 10, and 11. It was a nightmare finding a hotel as everything was booked! one of the desk employees of one of the hotels across the street from the main entrance had mentioned that I was arriving during the "Natural Products Expo" which is why everything is booked. he mentioned that it's a huge deal there, vendors line the street with booths to give out product samples. He also said the street would be very very busy and crowded but Disney parks would likely be a little empty because of this. Is this true? If so, I hit the jackpot on vacation days! Is it true the Natural Product Expo seems to draw the crowd from Disneyland?

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Feb 23, 2016 at 9:22 a.m. Zac R Says...

Depends. Sometimes it has the opposite effect depending on the guests at expo. Expo seems a lot smaller this year than usual so I can't see it having much effect. Quite surprised you had an issue with hotels though. I'm still seeing full availability on all the Disney partners hotels for that week.

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Feb 22, 2016 at 4:53 a.m. Monica Says...

Hi, I attend the Expo every year and it's busy. Restaurants are also normally booked up with reservations. The park depending on the day might be light but it's also the start of spring break for many districts so you may run into that at the parks. Just plan on getting to the parks right as they open and make use of the slower time. By noon is when it's the busiest. Have fun! We just took the family the second week in December and had a blast!

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Feb 3, 2016 at 12:07 a.m. Karley Says...

How is Super Bowl Sunday is it super busy?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 10:04 p.m. Amanda Jones Says...

Hi, I was thinking of going Super Bowl Sunday this year! Do you think it will be packed?

Thank you!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:42 p.m. Jesse Says...

We're flying to California to visit family and we're planing to go to Disney on Sunday Feb 14th (Valentines Day). Thoughts?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 7:20 a.m. Ashley Says...

Why does the park get busy on March 5th-11th as stated in your suggestions above?

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Feb 16, 2016 at 8:47 p.m. Laura Says...

I think it's because Harry Potter land is opening at Universal Studios that week so a lot of people will be going to both.

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Feb 1, 2016 at 1:17 a.m. Tesia Says...

Hi there I'm thinking about visiting Disneyland Memorial Day weekend and I notice it isn't on your list of terrible days, do you think Friday Saturday or Saturday Sunday would be best?

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tesia,

These are usually very busy days because Disney typically hosts a 24 hour day on the Friday before. Sunday would likely be the best of those days, but I would expect is to be busy.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 20, 2016 at 12:41 p.m. Lynn Says...

I noticed they cancelled their 24 hr party for the Memorial Day weekend - do you think that will make it any less busy at all?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynn,

If there is no 24-hour event, that would definitely help crowds over past years, but with it being a holiday weekend, it will still be crowded.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 30, 2016 at 6:35 a.m. Pam Says...

Hi, my son and I will be in the parks Feb 17-19... I know it's crowded on Presidents Day (15th) but do you think it will be less crowded W-F of that week? Hoping so!

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Jan 28, 2016 at 9:02 p.m. Shauna Says...

We will be at the park Feb 29th- March 4th and when I went to book a hotel a lot of the hotels were booked already. Is there something going on that week? I booked this week because it is usually considered to be slow time but now I am scared it is going to be packed.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 5:01 p.m. Trina Says...

I just checked the Disneyland special events and Anaheim Convention schedules. There are no planned events. If you are trying to book a park hotel, then yes, they are usually full ahead of time. If you are trying for an off site hotel, you should have no issues. Only thing I can imagine is the east coasters coming for their spring breaks.

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Jan 28, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. Eric Says...

I don't think there is any day you can go that it isn't swamped. We just went on Monday January 25th...a regular school day, no holidays, no special celebrations and the park was PACKED...a complete cluster. While wait times for rides in the morning weren't horrible (under 30 min), simply walking around we felt like we were in a sea of people..no open areas...no where to breathe. We won't be going back to Disneyland again.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. Erin Says...

My birthday is in early October which is normally a very slow time for Disneyland (I only ever go on mid-weekdays). My dad decided to go with me last year and I was super excited! It. Was. Packed. I think it has been busier since the 60th Diamond Anniversary started. I have been a pass holder for a couple years now and noticed it has been noticeably more crowded since June. I think it will die down a little when the event is over. I mean there will always be something going on, but I think there are just a lot of people who wanted to be a part of the anniversary celebration. Don't give up on Disneyland forever!

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Feb 3, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Quinn Says...

Eric - was there on that day as well and totally agree with you. Disneyland was busy and long waits during the day, the whole week was busy there in fact. California Adventure wasn't as bad but was busier than usual for that time of the year. I think the 60th celebrations were a part of it as well as the Star Wars interest with the release of the movie. Tomorrow Land was always packed with people. I will go back (love the place too much) but will plan for a less busy time (2017).

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Jan 27, 2016 at 3:52 a.m. Pete Says...

We are not locked-in for May so if you have any tips for when the shortest lines for the major rides would be it'd be appreciated.

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Feb 7, 2016 at 3:26 a.m. Mary Lou Says...

Oooops Pete......I meant NOT very crowded! Mid May was great!

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Feb 7, 2016 at 3:25 a.m. Mary Lou Says...

Hi Pete, stay away from Memorial weekend. We went mid May a few years ago and it was beautiful and very crowded. I would definitely go that time of year again! Rides are ready for summer and weather was so nice. Have fun!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 5:39 a.m. June Says...

Get a fast pass at the busiest ride then get in line (if it's not busy yet) ride it and come back later with fast pass to ride again

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Jan 27, 2016 at 3:36 a.m. Pete Says...

Hi Leap, Thanks for the tips! We are coming from Australia to pay a second visit to Disneyland. May seems like a good month to come and I assume that mid-week is best. We were there in April of 2013 for a dance concert at the park that my daughter was in so we had no choice, but during Spring Break the lines were up to 1.5 hours (3.5) if you were mad enough to wait for radiator springs! Would you be able to estimate waiting times in May of this year for say, Space Mountain? Thanks in advance, Pete.

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Jan 26, 2016 at 6:02 p.m. Melanie Says...

Hi! I'm going tomorrow (1/27) for my birthday. Will that be a pretty good day to go?

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

Yes, should be a great day to visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 24, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hello! My family and I are planning on visiting Disneyland for the first time either late this year or next year. We were thinking of visiting in September, when would be the best good time to visit for fewer crowds? Also my kids are 8 and 2, how many park days do you think we need to have a nice relaxed vacation but also get to experience all the rides? Thanks!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Weekdays the first couple of weeks in September should be nice. I would recommend three days, and you might consider a fourth.

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Jan 23, 2016 at 11:44 a.m. Sam Says...

Hi, we will be looking to be at disneyland around Nov. 16-19. How long would wait time be around then on a normal ticket? And are there tickets or ways to jump to the front of the line, or jump queues with permission? Just don't want to be spending hours in line

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Jan 21, 2016 at 10 p.m. Errol G. Says...

Hello, Walt Disney World Veteran here... Visiting Disneyland, CA for the first time Friday, February 5th. Wondering if Friday is considered the "weekend" as they do have the extended hours. Just trying to gauge crowd levels. Going to attempt both DL & DCA in one day. Auy!

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Jan 21, 2016 at 8:07 p.m. Jeff Says...

Planning on being at Disneyland September 12th-14th

is that a good time going with 3 kids ages 5,7,9

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Jan 21, 2016 at 1:58 a.m. RG Says...

Thinking of 1st ever Disney trip with the whole family (6 adults, 11 kids) during Thanksgiving 2016. Sounds like it might be a bad idea? Heard it wasn't so bad. Tips? Better days that week to visit. Kid ages 1-17.

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Feb 8, 2016 at 3:24 p.m. Shirley Says...

My birthday is the week of Thanksgiving, sometimes on Thanksgiving, with that said I went for years during this week but now each year is getting worse :-(. There are ssoooo many people this time of year you'd think it was Christmas. Now I wait till after but just before Christmas and hardly have to wait (about 20-40 min).

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

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

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

Hi Chad,

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

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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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