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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2595 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest unknown the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is COVID-19. With the parks closed longer than they have ever been, we're now in new territory in terms of predicting crowds. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play, including how long the parks are closed, the virus, the economy, unemployment and potential travel restrictions (international and domestic).

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

If the answer is yes, to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks such as when many Arizona schools have breaks about the first half of October.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

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

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

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events!

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

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

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

Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But there are variables.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • Opening of Rise of the Resistance - Jan. 17, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Magic Happens Parade opening and start of Food & Wine Festival - Feb 28, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 14-April 13, 2020 (elevated crowds March 7-April 20, 2020)
  • Weekends and Grad Nites dates in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 20, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

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

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

  • Weekdays in January starting Jan. 6 (minus the the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 6, 2021)
  • April 12-30
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders expected to be back in)
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021! Don't froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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!

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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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