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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023

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It’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time. But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Planning the Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022

We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest changes coming out of 2020 — and that the new theme park reservation system, which comes with some capacity limitations.

Many days sell out, but even so, there are more crowded days than others. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play that put us in new territory when making our predictions. The good news is that there are many encouraging signs that things are heading back to "normal" in the parks, including the return of World of Color, Fantasmic! and the Main Street Electrical Parade. And guess what else? Traditional character meet and greets have returned as of April 18. Hooray for hugs!

With so many locals at Disneyland, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we knew crowds would return to Disneyland after its reopening — and boy, did they ever! Couple those locals with pent-up travel demand across the world, and Disneyland is set up for a hoppin' 2022 and beyond. (We will talk more below about Magic Key holders and how they influence crowds.)

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

For the foreseeable future, capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time; while it helps to limit capacity, it also makes getting into the parks more challenging. 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 Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Avengers Campus HQ

Avengers Campus made its epic debut June 4, 2021, which played a part in Disneyland's busy summer, fall and winter in 2021. But as we look into 2022 and 2023, there will be some sweet spots to time your visit if you're looking for the least busy time to hop into the parks.

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, 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. The spring breaks at major universities in California also influence crowd levels, making the second half of March the peak of spring break.

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 you don't see your particular dates discussed below, leap down to the comments. We frogs — and some of the 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 Magic Morning, are temporarily unavailable, but expected to return in summer 2022. FASTPASS and MaxPass have been officially retired and replaced with the paid Genie+ system. 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 120 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders).

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Family in front of Disney California Adventure

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 (now Magic Key holders).

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. The Magic Key passholder program has debuted, though Magic Key holders still need to make a park reservation to enter the parks, and their availability calendar is also limited. Depending on the type of pass they have, Magic Key holders might find themselves 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 those are the times when most Magic Key holders (especially for the more affordable passes such as Imagine and Enchant Keys) are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, certain Key holders 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 in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Train Station

Even if the park capacity is the same each day, Magic Key holders influence the park crowds. During school days and workdays, Magic Key Holders might visit the park for just the morning or just the evening, making the park seem less crowded than a Saturday or holiday, when many more people arrive early and stay all day long, making the park feel more crowded.

Outside of the Magic Key holders, other limited-time local promotions can influence crowds for certain periods of time. When Disneyland offers special ticketing promos for California residents or Southern California residents, more locals flock to the parks. That can make it hard to predict crowd levels as it attracts more guests during typically quieter times. As the promo end dates draw near, everyone rushes in to use the tickets before they expire. Undercover Tourist typically offers these same promo tickets for an even steeper discount than the parks, so our Disneyland ticketing page can offer insight as to promo dates when available.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availability 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.

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World is 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 is planned for Sept. 9 to 11, 2022.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Halloween Time

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 2022 and 2023 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back! Our Crowd Calendars also offer a look at the weather at Disneyland so you can pack accordingly for that May Gray and June Gloom :) )

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.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

Here are the days we expect to be the busiest at Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-17, 2022
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 12 to April 18, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 4 to Aug. 21, 2022
  • Oct. 1-15, 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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

  • Jan. 1-8, 2023
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 13-16, 2023
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 17-20, 2023
  • Spring break and Easter - March 10 to April 16, 2023 (elevated crowds March 4 to April 21, 2023)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2023
  • Oct. 1-14, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-26, 2023
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. 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. 5, 2022 and Sept. 4, 2023
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Oct. 5, 2022 and Sept. 24, 2023
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 10, 2022 and Oct. 9, 2023
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2022 and 2023
  • Memorial Day - May 30, 2022 and May 29, 2023
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2022 and 2023

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022 - Small World Exterior

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disneyland, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks are open and each day sells out!

Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter Disneyland hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, weekdays are less crowded, but only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration as well.

  • 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 5, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites)
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first week of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the second half 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 2023

  • 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, 2023)
  • April 21-28, 2023
  • 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

Avoiding Early Park Closures Due to After-Hours Parties

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Oogie Boogie Bash Overlay on Disney California Adventure Park Entrance

One other thing to be aware of is any separately ticketed events that may be scheduled even during the best time to visit. Here are the most common causes of early park closure:

These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual. If you look forward to an evening at Disneyland with all the nighttime entertainment, then avoid visiting these days unless you have a party ticket. Otherwise, your fun may be cut short, and you may not get the most out of your visit for your money. Since Disneyland hours are generally released only up to six weeks in advance, keep an eye out for news of parties and note any upcoming dates to avoid (or to buy a ticket for). You can look to our linked posts for upcoming events or for guidance on predicting the next season's shenanigans.

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

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Jul 29, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. Italo Sasso Says...

I'm planning a trip to LA in Jan/2017 and looking at coming to the park sometime between the 23th-26th for 3 days. what do you think?

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Jul 27, 2016 at 11:10 p.m. Hannah Says...

Best time to visit during the holiday season? And it has to be a weekend! Looking for any input on the matter…

I love DLR and Christmas. My boyfriend has agreed to tag along for my very first Disneyland Christmas experience! Yay! The thing is he is a teacher… He has agreed to take off one day in addition to a weekend (so, a Monday or Friday) for our trip. We will likely flying in the night before our DLR adventures – so be staying in the hotel for 4 nights (Thurs-Sun OR Friday-Monday) and visiting the parks 3 of those days. The last day we will probably have to leave the park around 4pm to head to the airport. We will not be going on his winter break (Dec 18-Jan 1) as I understand it to be a horribly busy time, plus we want to spend that time with family. So I guess my question is:

Since we have to visit on a weekend during Christmas, I understand it’s going to be packed. But is there any weekends to definitely avoid / any weekends that tend to be a least not jam packed with people?

Thank you for any input!!

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Jul 24, 2016 at 8:39 p.m. Megan Says...

How busy is the park the first week of October?

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Jul 19, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Alie Says...

We are going to DL in late Sept... Originally we had planned to go on Friday Sept 26, but now that it is a Halloween Party day, I'm wondering if it would be better to go on Sunday the 28th, so that we can stay for and enjoy the full day. Which do you think is the better day?

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Jul 19, 2016 at 6:25 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hi! we are planning a trip to Disneyland for my sons 5th birthday in January. I'm hoping to go inbetween the crowds from New Years and the Half marathon/MLK weekend. We have to options so far and was wondering which dates you thought would be better to miss the crowds for both of those events. The 5th-10th or the 7th-12th.

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Jul 6, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Amanda Says...

Hi! We are planning a Southern Cali trip Sept 20th-27th. I am trying to decide if we should do 3 or 4 days at Disneyland, if we don3 it would be Wednesday 21st-Friday 23rd but if it isn't going to be super busy we will do 4 days and stay for Saturday 24th (we are a family of 6, our oldest is 6 so we need extra time to head back and nap during the day so I figured we need more days) thank you for your help!

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Jul 22, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. Caitlyn Says...

That's so exciting! I wish I could have gone this year to see the diamond celebration. It's definitely better to attend the parks during the beginning of the week... Thursdays to Sundays are usually busiest but if that's your only option you just have to work with it. Make sure and use the fast pass booths at both parks. It makes a huge difference! Sometimes some of the rides are closed in September due to getting them ready for Halloween decorations but it's usually better towards the end of the month. You may not have a problem at all.. I hope you have fun. I'm trying to plan a trip for next year!

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Jul 14, 2016 at 9 p.m. Michelle Says...

One thing our family forgot to take into consideration during our visit to Disneyland, around that same time last year, is the Disneyland Halloween party. Disneyland closed early on two of the days we were there for the party. (You have to buy tickets to the party, which is an additional cost to your passports and its around $35 extra per family member! Ouch!)

We tried to make the best of it by visiting California Adventure during those times but everyone else had the same idea so CA was crowded! I mean CROWDED! I've never seen anything like it and we've been to Disneyland tons of times! You litterally couldn't walk sometimes. We love Disneyland but I have to admit to feeling angry about this situation. Anyway, You can find out the dates for the party on the Disneyland website. The parties usually start the weekends in September and then include the weekends and a day during the week closer to the end of September into October. Just a quick heads up! You guys are going to have a blast!

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Jul 4, 2016 at 6:07 a.m. Eunice Says...

Hi, 3 of us (2 senior parents and I) will be planning to visit Disneyland park in Anaheim, this will be our first visit to USA. We are considering weekdays between 25 to 29 Sep 2016, which "day" is the least crowded day to go but without the early closure/park maintenance day/no fireworks day that will shorten our stay? If monday is the least crowded we'll just follow. And better just choose Disneyland only instead of park hopper with Disney California as it will be very tiring for first timer and end up not maximising the time in Disneyland? Do we still need to purchase fast past on that quiet week? And which rides worth to purchase fast past? Thank you so much for your advise! -excited-ultimate childhood dream- :)

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eunice,

If you are only going to Disneyland one day, then you might do just one park because there is a lot to see in one day. You do not need to purchase FastPass because they are free to all guests. You use your park ticket to get the FastPasses. The system is supposed to change sometime this year, but at this point they have kiosks near the ride where you get a FastPass to return later. We recommend Fastpasses for Hyperspace Mountain and Indiana Jones, then Star Tours and Thunder Mountain. Disneyland releases the hours and entertainment schedules about six weeks in advance, so it is too early to say for sure if there will be nights without fireworks. This past year, they have had them every night that weather allowed. Sunday is your best bet for being open the latest. The less crowded days could be Monday and Wednesday. If you wait until August monthyou will be able to find out the park hours and entertainment schedule so you can make more specific plans.

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Jul 4, 2016 at 3:45 a.m. Rachel Says...

I'm planning a trip to LA next April and looking at coming to the park sometime between the 6th-14th for 3 days. judging from your review this is an extremely busy time, correct?!

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

Yes, we expect this to be a busy time.

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Jul 3, 2016 at 10:24 a.m. Noora Says...

Hi, we're planning a trip to Disneyland in July 2017 and I'm just wondering if you knew when they opened up bookings for that time? The website only goes to December 2016 at this time.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noora,

These reservations should become available in August or September.

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Jun 29, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi there! I am debating between the weekdays after Labor Day 9/6-9/9 and the weekdays in the second week of September 9/12-9/16. There are a couple of one-day conferences at the ACC the first week, does that play into it? Any advice is greatly appreciated!! :)

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Jun 29, 2016 at 4:28 a.m. Uni student Says...

I'm thinking of going to Disneyland in february 2017. However, is the weekend of feb 18-19 too close to President's day? Thank you!

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Jun 27, 2016 at 5:55 p.m. Thania Says...

I've been to Disneyland every year at least 3 times since I was a child. I know have a 2 year old who becomes very impatient if I keep him in a certain area too long ???? I'm planning a 2 day stay on August 1st through 2nd (which would be a Monday and Tuesday) would you recommend postponing my trip for the end of August due to the possibility of heavy traffic and long lines on the first week? Getting nervous thinking about my son trying to run around big crowds and staying in 1 hour + wait lines.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 3:58 a.m. Vicky Says...

The only time we can all come is the week of August 15-19. how crowded do you think it would be and what days would be best. thanks!

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Jun 22, 2016 at 6:24 p.m. Natalie Yancey Says...

We are thinking of going Jan 26-30 but are worried on if it's a small world and haunted mansion will be closed any guess on when they will have them reopened we are trying to miss the Christmas crowds

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

You may want to wait until early February; those attractions usually close soon after the holidays to remove the overlay, then reopen a couple weeks after. As soon as we know the exact refurbishment dates, we’ll post them.

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Jun 22, 2016 at 1:49 p.m. Julie Chinery Says...

What about July 4, 2016. I hear the 4th is a great day from one of my coworkers that frequents Disneyland at least 3 times a year.

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Jun 22, 2016 at 5:10 a.m. John Says...

Hi - we are travelling to LA from Australia between 18 February and 2 March. Will be spending multiple days at Disneyland. I think President's Day is Monday 20 February 2017? Are the crowds busy for the rest of that week? Does the weather start to improve by the end of February?

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Jun 21, 2016 at 7:28 p.m. Lia Says...

How about the week of 18-21 in July? I don't see anything for July.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 8:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

It's going to be busy!

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Jun 21, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. Ramona Says...

Hi-

we will be in LA ( 13. - 23. May ) next year.

As we would like to visit Disney but heard it can be quite crowded, when would be the best time / day to go? To avoid standing in line for hours.

Many thanks from Germany

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Jun 19, 2016 at 6:15 a.m. Nikki Vanorman Says...

Hello,

We are planning on visiting October 12-16 and was wondering if that is a busy time? Also, do you know when they will release the mickeys not do scary Halloween party tickets or the dates?? Thanks for your help!

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Jul 19, 2016 at 5:09 a.m. Beth Says...

July 28

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/mickeys-halloween-party/

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Jun 17, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. Brendon Says...

We're thinking of visiting around the 12th - 16th February 2017 but you've got it listed as President's day. I know the actual day is on the 20th February will it be busy the week before or the week after?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brendon,

You are correct. It's the 17th through the 20th that will see the busiest days.

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Oct 5, 2016 at 1:50 a.m. Michelle Says...

Wondering about how busy the rest of President's Day week is? Is it typically just Mon/Fri that will be busy, or the full week of the 20th-24th?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Friday through Monday will definitely be the busiest, but the rest of the week will have some medium crowds.

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Jun 15, 2016 at 11:20 p.m. Vancouver Family Says...

We are planning to visit Disneyland in California during the first 2 weeks of July. Any saving tips for that time period? Do you know of any sites that offers discount or coupons for Disneyland?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Check out this post:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-saving-money-disneyland/

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Jun 11, 2016 at 7:21 p.m. Sydney Sullivan Says...

Hi, my daughter's birthday is on October 30th and she wants to take a trip to Disneyland and California Adventure to celebrate. She is in high school so it would have to be a weekend trip. She doesn't want to go on the actual weekend of her birthday, but we are open to any of the surrounding weeks within about a two week radius. Halloween is one of her favorite holidays, I know she would like to be able to see the decorations and maybe go to the party, but we are still 100% open to going in early November, especially if it will be much less crowded. What would you recommend?

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Sep 17, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. Audrianna Says...

Sydney,

In my experience, you'd be better off going in November. We have gone for my daughter's birthday around November 7th and it was pretty dead. Of course, I'm used to Disneyland crowds so it may have been busier than I remember, but I distinctly remember my daughter playing on a relatively empty and calm Main Street while we waited for Grammy and Grampy to catch up. Whereas, I've been to Disneyland at the end of October and it was really crowded, and Mickey's Halloween Party fell very short of my expectations - very crowded and seemed very disorganized IMO. Just my 2¢ worth!

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Jun 9, 2016 at 12:33 p.m. Carol Ward Says...

Hi, I will be visiting Disneyland California for two days on Sunday 2nd October and Monday 3rd October with three grandchildren. We are going to buy a two day - one park per day ticket. Realising that the Sunday will be busier but will be open longer, would you suggest Disneyland Park or California Adventure on the Sunday. On the Monday, we would have to leave the park at 7pm as we are flying out that evening for Australia. Thank you

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

We recommend visiting Disneyland on Sunday so you can take advantage of seeing the fireworks and the Paint the Night parade if it is still running. The best plan is to arrive before park opening because Sunday mornings are quiet with short lines for the first hour or two. Then visit California Adventure on Monday.

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Jun 7, 2016 at 5:55 a.m. 702dul Says...

Hi! Thinking to go on 4th of July weekend, but We've heard that is super crazy!!. Would that be much difference crowd wise if we go the prior weekend? (June 25th).

For a strange reason hotels are pretty booked and/or more expensive on the weekend of the 25th of June than there are on 4th of July weekend... I'm confused...! Debating what to do...! Please help!!!

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay, and hope you've made a decision. The week of July 4th would be busier, but not significantly so.

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Jul 7, 2016 at 10:09 p.m. AjZ Says...

Surprisingly the 4th had light crowds

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Jun 6, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. Angie Says...

Hello we are planning of going to Disneyland around November, We really want to see the park as Christmas but we were wondering is there any way we can see the park as Christmas and Halloween?? like if we go the first week of November would you recommend that or just all together wait until everything is Christmas decorated?? Thank You!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie,

They usually start taking Halloween down right after Halloween and start putting Christmas up. So in that first week of November you may see some Halloween and some Christmas, but not full decorations of both. The Haunted Mansion Holiday is decorated through both seasons. That first week in November is usually a very uncrowded time. while it will not be fully decorated either way, it is still a great time to visit. The first week of Christmas decorations should be nice too.

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Jun 4, 2016 at 4:23 a.m. Keri Frandsen Says...

We are going October 21St thru the 23rd. I know it's a weekend but with Halloween time is it super busy?

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Jun 28, 2016 at 7:14 p.m. Susie Marin Says...

We went last year during the Halloween party and I have to say I don't think I have ever seen Disneyland so packed!! We have had Annual Passes for 4 years and this was the worse I have seen. We went at 11:30pm to catch a few rides and lines were still an hour long. I would not go during that time. Sorry.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 10:10 p.m. Tia Says...

My family is looking at going in October as well. I have an aunt there and she said to check with the park regarding Halloween activities. The park closes early during these activities (you still pay the same price for admission) and the actual Halloween activities are extra.

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Jun 25, 2016 at 5:31 a.m. Angela Says...

Well, weekends are traditionally busier anyway... the biggest problem you'll have is party nights and if you don't have tickets for that night (probably the Friday), you get booted out of DL at like 7 p.m.You COULD combat that by hitting CA on that Friday instead. Friday during the day wasn't too bad, but it got busier and busier up until party time (if you can, do the party, lots of fun!)

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Jun 22, 2016 at 7:52 a.m. Jay west Says...

The whole month of October is Halloween Disney. It is busy but ok during the early weekdays.

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Jun 21, 2016 at 2:19 a.m. Mariam Says...

It will be very busy.

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Jun 20, 2016 at 5:28 p.m. Megan Says...

Yes, that weekend is going to be CRAZY busy. Every school in Utah has that time off of school, and so everybody goes to Disneyland that weekend thinking it won't be crowded because of calendars like these. Last year the park reached capacity that weekend. I'd avoid it if possible.

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Jun 1, 2016 at 3:52 p.m. Eda Gur Says...

Hi there, we are thinking to visit disneyland on 12 sept, monday. I can't see the available dates and opening and closing time for september, do you have any idea? That monday will be less crowded I hope :)

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Jun 8, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi Leap,

We will be in the LA area July 16-21st. What is the best day to visit Disneyland Park?

Thank you!

Lisa

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eda,

That Monday should be a great time to visit. The park should be quiet. They usually post park hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 1, 2016 at 12:26 a.m. Prescott Says...

Hi!

I will be going to Disneyland on Aug. 15. Will that be a busy day? I am trying to do all of the big rides in Disneyland and California Adventure.

Thanks

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Jun 11, 2016 at 6:57 a.m. Michelle M Says...

Hello! I am planning my trip for August 15-19 (going in 16-18) Do you think these days will be very busy? I expect there to be a lot of people but is it high peak time, where Ill be in line for hours?? Any information will help!!! Thank you in advanced your post is amazing!

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Jun 1, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. carla f Says...

It shouldn't be to busy but I believe summer is still out till the end of Aug.

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May 27, 2016 at 4 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hi! I am planning to go the monday/tuesday after Nov 11th and before Thanksgiving! So I'm hoping it will not be crowded. We also hope to see the holiday lights up by then. What do you think for Nov 14 and 15th?

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Jun 21, 2016 at 2:26 a.m. Mariam Says...

They have started putting up Christmas decorations during the end of Halloween season....New Orleans square was fully decorated during Halloween season last year.

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Jun 3, 2016 at 3:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

There is a good chance the holiday lights will be up and that should be a great time to visit.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 25, 2016 at 3:12 a.m. Victor Says...

Im going on June 2nd for the grad nite it would be much crowd that day?

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Jun 6, 2016 at 9:08 p.m. Al Says...

i went to Grad Nite when I graduated and its not as packed as during the day. Graduates get the park all to themselves and its the over night hours from like 9:00pm-5:00am. So no one else is in the park but all High School graduates. Wait times for rides shouldn't be too bad. No fast passes needed. :)

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May 24, 2016 at 11:22 p.m. Aaron Says...

Going to the area from June 17-22. Knowing that is a busy time is there a day (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) that is a little bit better, or are all weekdays pretty much the same in that situation?

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May 31, 2016 at 5:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron,

Mondays through Thursdays are generally some of the better days to attend. During the time you will be visiting, the parks will still be crowded.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 24, 2016 at 7:01 p.m. Jameisha Says...

I'm planning a trip for Monday, November 28,2016. This is after the Thanksgiving holiday, will it be crowded? How will the weather be? I'm in San Diego and not sure how to judge on the weather thats just a few hours away..

Thanks!

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May 24, 2016 at 2:20 p.m. Daniel Says...

Hello, my family is planning on visiting Disneyland either Thursday, May 26th or Tuesday, May 31st. Do you know which day would be better crowd wise? I wasn't sure with it being Memorial weekend, kids getting out of school for summer and also grad

nights. Thank you!

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May 21, 2016 at 10:52 p.m. Wayne Tower Says...

I have time off at the start of August and realize that it would be busy, but how busy is busy? Is it crazy busy where my family would not get the most out of a Disneyland Vacation? We have never been to California before so would probably be touring other areas as well.

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May 31, 2016 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wayne,

We always say the best time to visit Disney is any time you can :) If August works for you, we say go for August! It's really just about setting expectations for everyone and having a plan. Here is a post that offers some additional tips: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/maximize-your-time-disneyland/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 13, 2016 at 4:22 p.m. Erika Says...

My family and I are planning a disneyland trip for the June 6th-8th. Is that a busy time or how will the crowds be?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

Several local schools are still in session, so it may not be as busy that week as the following weeks. You might expect to see a lot of grad night seniors in the park, but we would expect medium crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 24, 2016 at 3:09 a.m. Done Says...

Our family went to Disney land on Monday, May 23rd. Absolutely so crowded! A million grads!

Felt like a weekend!

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May 22, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. AnneMaree Says...

Am contemplating a 3 day stay in either late April or early May in 2017 - judging by your article, this would be a good time to go crowd wise - but is this generally a good time to go with regards to refurbishments? (Aside from the current 'Star Wars' refurb happening) thanks

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May 31, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AnneMaree,

Generally refurbishments are starting to wind down in late April and May—the majority happen during slower times of the year. Here is a link to Disneyland refurbishments: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 13, 2016 at 7:39 a.m. Gabriela Says...

Hi, I'm planning to go to Disneyland on May 26 which lands on a Thursday. Do you think that's a good day to go & do you think it will be crowded?

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May 17, 2016 at 11:21 p.m. Cindy Says...

Might be extremely crowded. Gradnites are that week, try the week before

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May 13, 2016 at 7:29 a.m. Gabby Says...

Hello. I am planning a trip to Disneyland on Monday May 30th. Do you think it will be crowded?

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May 28, 2016 at 3:50 a.m. Bob Says...

It's Memorial Day, so yes, it will be crowded. The lowest priced annual passes are blocked on that day, a sure sign that Disney is expecting crowds (probably not TERRIBLE ones, in this case, but it's likely to be more crowded than any other Monday in May).

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May 27, 2016 at 10:50 a.m. Ann Says...

Hi do u have a ticket already? We are here at hongkong now and we got ticket for 8 person, but we go here only for two so we have extra ticket here if you want to buy this we give you discount,, just to despose out extra ticket for disneyland,

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May 11, 2016 at 4:19 p.m. Carrie Says...

We were hoping not to plan a trip in August, but it looks like it will be the first week in August the 2nd - 8th. Is it really crowded? We were there for the first week of the 60th Celebration last year, I am hoping it is not like that. Also, what days are usually best for lighter crowds if that is even possible during this time. It is just a quick trip so we are only going to get one or two days at the parks.

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May 20, 2016 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

You can expect normal summer crowds at the that time, and Disneyland will be the more crowded park. We have heard that California Adventure is less crowded is summer because the locals are blocked out. That could be changing as that park gains popularity. Here is our plan for summer crowds: Arrive early before park opening and go to the park that does not offer a Magic Morning or Early Entry. That park will be less crowded throughout the day.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 9, 2016 at 5:24 p.m. Stacy Glazebrook Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip to Disneyland in November. Our plan is to purchase 3 day hopper passes for Sunday November 20th - Tuesday November 22nd. What are your thoughts on this? There are 2 adults and 3 children ages 10,12,and 15. Thank you for your help!!

Stacy

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May 20, 2016 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy,

That is Thanksgiving week, so expects crowds, but with the Park Hopper you should be able to mange them well. We advise you to use the FastPass system (it is possible the new FastPass+ system could be activated by then).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 9, 2016 at 4:16 p.m. Cynthia Says...

Hello, I am a senior in high school that will be graduating on the 9th of June, a Thursday. I plan to celebrate the next day at Disneyland. I am worried about the date due to the Grad Nights going on. Going to Disneyland or expensive places is very rare so I don't want it to be a waste with the park packed and everything. Should I reconsider the date?

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May 28, 2016 at 4:11 a.m. Bob Says...

It's not quite the perfect storm, but it's close.

1. There's a Grad Night event that night, which is a double whammy: not only does that tend to make the park more crowded, it also means it will be closing earlier than usual for the season. If you are doing the Grad Night also that doesn't matter as much, but if you aren't, you're basically getting kicked out three hours early.

2. It's a Friday, and all else being equal Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays tend to be more crowded than Monday-Thursday.

3. It may not be full-on summer yet, but it's getting there. June is the beginning of the summer season.

Monday the 13th will likely be better (still crowded, but probably not as much so). Also, Disneyland will be open until 11 PM that night (that's three extra hours compared to Friday).

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May 8, 2016 at 2:07 a.m. John L. Says...

My daughter and granddaughter will be in California September 10th-24th 2016.

Do you have a guesstimate waht the park will be like, maybe certain days they may want to advoid the park?

Thank you.

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May 9, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

The earlier in September you can go, the less crowded it will be. As the park gets decorated for Halloween (and locals get into their back-to-school routines), the crowds start to pick up. They have not yet released the Halloween party dates, but we are predicting that the first party will fall about Sept. 23, so that day will close early and be very crowded in the afternoon. Weekdays are usually less crowded than weekends.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 7, 2016 at 1:04 a.m. Karen Says...

Two of us will be going to DLR the first full week of December. What are the best days for early admission to avoid overcrowding then?

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May 29, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

Mondays through Thursdays are generally the better days to visit at this time.

Keep hopping!

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May 6, 2016 at 5:02 a.m. Karuna Says...

Hi we just booked Flights for the first week of Nov. It was totally rushed so I didn't have time to research. I have just read that Christmas doesn't start officially until Mid Nov. How much of the decorating would typically be done by Nov 7? I was really hoping to experience Christmas at Disney! We have done Halloween already. This may sound crazy but I had this idea in my head that it would be totally transformed overnight.

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May 9, 2016 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karuna,

It actually takes about 10 days to transform the park from Halloween to Christmas. Last year, we visited several days in between Halloween and Christmas, and every day we saw more and more Christmas decorations going up. You are sure to see some Christmas, but they have not yet released the dates of when the Christmas season will officially start, but we know that it will be officially decorated by the start date. If we had to guess, we would say it will start on Nov. 11, but you never know ... The great news is that this transition period between halloween and Christmas is often very uncrowded. You are sure to have a great time no matter what.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 9, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Tina Wright Says...

If we were to go this January (2017), from the 7-14th, would the Park still be decorated for Christmas and have all the Christmas shows going on?

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May 20, 2016 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

Christmas celebrations will probably be over, but in 2016 they did leave "It's a small world" decorated until the end of January. They usually release exact holiday dates in later summer/early fall. But that will be an excellent time to visit as crowds will be low.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 5, 2016 at 8:18 p.m. Jaimie Rindfleisch Says...

Hi we are going to

Disneyland in October and wanting to purchase tickets for the Halloween party. Which day would have less crowds the 30th or 31st? Normally I would shy away from the 31st, but since its a Monday I wondered if crowds would be lighter than the weekends????

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May 9, 2016 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaimie,

Hi Nicole,

Every night of the Halloween Party is likely to sell out, so party crowds will probably be equal. If you are attending during the day as well, the 31st will probably be the less crowded day during the day. They have not released this 2016 party dates yet. Usually they release them in July. They are certain days in September and October.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Arielle Carcione Says...

How is Memorial Day Weekend looking this year (2016)? I am interested in going on Sunday, May 29th and staying overnight until Monday. I didn't see anything about Memorial Day Weekend and I was surprised!

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May 16, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arielle,

We expect it will be busy!

Keep hopping!

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May 4, 2016 at 5:42 p.m. Kassie Says...

We are getting a jump start for vacation next year. April 24th-28th 2017? Is that a good time?

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May 12, 2016 at 4:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kassie,

Things could change depending on events, new rides etc., but for now, we expect this to be a pretty good time.

Keep hopping!

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May 4, 2016 at 4:53 p.m. Debra Says...

I would like to visit in May the week of 16th. What day during the week is usually less crowded?

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May 16, 2016 at 5:24 a.m. Daisy Says...

usually mondays, wednesday & thursday are less crowded!!!! i will be there tomorrow :)

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May 21, 2016 at 11:05 p.m. Angela Brown Says...

We were just there and Tuesday-Thursday were the best days. Monday wasn't particularly crowded BUT getting in the park took FOREVER because they've started taking everyone's photo when you enter on your first day of a multi-day ticket. Apparently most people start their trips on Monday so it clogged the lines up with that extra step. (Once you have it taken though, you don't have to the rest of the trip...)

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May 12, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debra,

Check our Crowd Calendar for best days!

Keep hopping!

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May 3, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Not sure if this will reach you before May 6th, but I was thinking about going to Disneyland or California Adventure on May 6th. Which park will be the least busiest? Thoughts? Thank you :)

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May 2, 2016 at 7:32 p.m. Melanie Oveson Says...

We were thinking of going the days after Labor Day how are the crowds during that time??

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May 3, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

This is a great time to visit.

Keep hopping!

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May 20, 2016 at 4:12 a.m. triplab Says...

We're headed down June 1-3 and I am very concerned after reading about the Grad Night events. They actually added days due to 'overwhelming' demand. I am reading live crowd frackers this week and it sounds miserable. It's still D-land, but adding Grad Night dates after we booked is just wrong.

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Apr 29, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. Candy Says...

If I have a choice of visiting Disneyland Oct. 26-29 or Nov. 30-Dec. 3 which would be the best choice for crowds and weather.

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May 2, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candy,

I think Nov. 30-Dec. 3 would be a better time in terms of crowds, although rain chances are much higher then.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 28, 2016 at 4:24 a.m. Bob Says...

I wouldn't be scared off by weather. One of the best days I've ever had at Disneyland was in the rain. Locals react to what people from most places in the country would think of as a gentle shower as if the sky were literally falling, so it tends to dramatically reduce the crowds, and there are quite a few rides entirely inside buildings that aren't really affected by it at all. Some of the outdoor rides and coasters might be shut down during the worst of it, but all the dark rides (and Space Mountain) will probably be operating normally all day.

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