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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on July 10, 2019 2418 Los Angeles

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Disneyland 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.

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 2019 and 2020 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference are the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those locals are annual passholders who think of The Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass isn't blocked out.

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 - Ticket Pricing

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, such as the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. We expect there will be elevated crowds for at least the remainder of the year (and we've adjusted our Crowd Calendar levels accordingly). Even with the additional space this new land will bring to Disneyland Park, we feel certain there will still be way more people who plan to visit for the out-of-this galaxy experience.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 22, 2019
  • D23 Expo - Aug. 23-25, 2019
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

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

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Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee! Keep in mind that we still expect these "best times" to be more crowded after Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens. So while they are still good times to visit, they will busier than in years past.

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't forget 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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Dec 26, 2018 at 5:18 a.m. Emilie Thomas Says...

Going January 31st- feb 3rd 2019.

Crowds? Advice?

Been to WDW over 20 times and worked there, never been to Disneyland

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Dec 27, 2018 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emilie,

Check out our Crowd Calendar — this should be a great time to go!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 24, 2018 at 4:04 a.m. Albert Says...

Planning on going in March 2019 for spring break. How crowded will it be and how is the weather?

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Dec 21, 2018 at 4:40 a.m. Ev Says...

Will tomorrow be absolutely horrendous at Disneyland.? Won't it be the least crowdwd date of the next 2 weeks? Alot of people still have to work. Won't the next two weeks be much worse?

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Dec 18, 2018 at 8:01 p.m. Angela Says...

So, we have a trip booked for the first week in May. My kids are still in school, but it's near the end of the year and the crowds look okay. However, we've had some sick kids and were thinking of adjusting our dates to the second week in June so they don't miss any more school. What are the odds that Star Wars Land will be open then? We really don't want to be there when the crowds pour in, so we're trying to avoid that. I know June will be busier than May, just wondering if it'll be a huge difference in crowd size.

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Dec 19, 2018 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

We totally understand. Unfortunately, it's tough to estimate when exactly Star Wars Land will be opening, but we promise to update this post as soon as we know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 6, 2018 at 8:28 a.m. Jeanine Says...

Hoping for some expert advice! We have been planning a Disneyland vacation for mid August, around the time school starts again. My son is a Star Wars enthusiast, so we have been looking forward to the new land. However, the new spring ticket prices are so good, we've been considering going in early May instead. Also not sure if the August weather will be too hot for two young kids or if the Galaxy's Edge lines will still be super long. (One hour wait is OK, three hours not so much.) What do you think?

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Dec 6, 2018 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine!

With Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge coming "summer 2019", it's safe to say lines will still be pretty crazy in August. MaxPass may help with this, but it's tough to say quite yet. Weather in August is warm, but super enjoyable! Unless your son is a die-hard fan, we recommend hopping on those spring ticket prices and saving Star Wars for a later trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 2, 2018 at 5:47 a.m. Deitra Pawley Says...

I would love to go to Disneyland for my birthday February 4th how are the weekends and does weather affect crowds. This is just a wish,

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Dec 3, 2018 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deitra!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts this is a great time to visit with only moderate crowds!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2018 at 6:53 p.m. Kristy Says...

Hello! we’ve been to Disney World several times but we’re going to California for the first time. Unfortunately, we will only have 1 day for Disneyland but there is some flexibility in our dates during the last week of May. I’ve seen that weekdays are good but also that Grad Nights pack the park (weeknights). Which dates would you recommend between 5/25-5/31? How much should grad night deter us?

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Nov 28, 2018 at 12:03 a.m. Alli Says...

We went early May this past spring and there were crazy amounts of school groups and grad night... it was absolutely brutal. The one Friday it was elbow to elbow everywhere, we had a hopper pass and literally got on probably 6 rides the entire darn day. To note, we are seasoned Disney-goers and this really felt unsafe and chaotic. My opinion :)

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Nov 27, 2018 at 3:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristy!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like the 27-29 are great options :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 16, 2018 at 4:02 p.m. Amanda Says...

What are the crowds like the week after Thanksgiving. Looking at Nov 24-Nov 30 2019.

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Historically, the week after Thanksgiving hasn't been too bad. However, next year, we may need to take into consideration the opening of Star Wars Land. Check out our Crowd Calendar in a couple days for our November 2019 predictions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 15, 2018 at 6:54 a.m. Amber Thomas Says...

Hi there! We are going to Disneyland on February 4rd 2019 thru February 7th 2019. I didn't realize that the Lunar New Year festival would be going on during that time. Will this festival make the parks crowded? We specifically chose this week because in the past it wasn't crowded during that time but I don't remember the festival going on either. Thank you!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

No worries! Our Crowd Calendar still predicts moderate crowds, so it should be super enjoyable!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 13, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Lesley Says...

I’m confused with the week of Thanksgiving. The peak days say Nov 16-24, but Thanksgiving is on the 28th next year. Will the week of the 18th still be peak?

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Dec 3, 2018 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesley!

Thanks for catching that! We're adjusting now :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 13, 2018 at 9:09 a.m. Andrew Says...

Im visiting Disneyland about late april with my family. I was wondering how busy it will be. Our first time to the US.

We are Aussies and dont know what to expect.

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Nov 13, 2018 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew!

You can always check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like that's a great time to visit! The parks shouldn't be too crowded at all.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 11, 2018 at 6:10 a.m. Keltie B Says...

Hi there,

What are your thoughts on a quick two day visit December 20th and December 21st? Will we miss the Christmas rush?

Thanks!

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Nov 12, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keltie!

Great question. Our Crowd Calendar predicts a 7/10 in terms of crowds, which is busy, but before the major Christmas rush with 10/10 crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 6, 2018 at 5:40 a.m. Kel Says...

I love the information you provide! What are your thoughts on visiting Disneyland February 26-28, 2019? Will we miss the Presidents Day crowds? Thank you!!

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Nov 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kel!

You're in luck - our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds these days. Looks like you'll miss the holiday weekend craziness!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 3, 2018 at 7:52 p.m. Paula Says...

When will tickets go on sale for 2019?

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Nov 4, 2018 at 9:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paula!

Very soon! Keep an eye out, and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. Mackenzie Says...

What do you think the crowds will be like in April and May prior to Star Wars Land opening? We are planning our trip for week before Easter and we are hoping people will be holding out their trips until Star Wars Land opens.

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Nov 4, 2018 at 9:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mackenzie!

We'll be updating this post with our best strategies and recommendations once the opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has been confirmed. If Star Wars isn't a priority for you, visiting before the new area opens is a GREAT idea to avoid crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2018 at 8:09 p.m. Mackenzie Says...

How do you think the parks crowds will be impacted April and May before the opening of Star Wars Land? We're going to be visiting in the middle of April and we are hoping a lot of people will be waiting to make their trip until June.

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Nov 4, 2018 at 9:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mackenzie!

We'll be updating this post with our best strategy once the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening date has been confirmed :) Planning on visiting prior to the opening is a great idea to avoid crowds if Star Wars doesn't interest you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. Kate Says...

My brother, sister and I are planning a Disneyland trip (3-4 days) December 1-5, but hotels are a nightmare if you don’t want to spend 300 a night. Seems Dec 3-4 is a part of that. Hanukkah is Dec 3, so maybe more people because of that, but the crowd calendar says 6/10. Wondering if something else is impacting hotels?

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts an average crowd level of 5/10 during these dates, likely due to guests wanting to check out all of the holiday celebrations! Try checking out our discounted hotel options for good deals :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2018 at 3:18 a.m. Kay Says...

Hello DisneyLovers!

I am visiting Friday November 2nd, 2018. The crowd tracker says “Hey, It’s Alright” but how alright? :) haha

Thank you!!

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Oct 25, 2018 at 5:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kay!

As our Crowd Calendar shows, Nov. 2 will have moderate crowds, meaning things should be only slightly busy with average waits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2018 at 5:26 a.m. Lupe Says...

were wanting to go Dec 15-19 last time we went it was standing in line 1 hour. I told my grandchildren disney land was teaching us to be patient. However my husband can not stand for long periods of standing . so whats the anticipation of the park??

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Oct 25, 2018 at 8:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lupe!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds for this week. Wait times shouldn't be too bad!

Keep hopping!

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Oct 18, 2018 at 4:31 a.m. Miya Says...

Hi can you tell me what the crowd would be like Oct 19th it's a friday but I see it's the Utah convention? What does that mean?

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Oct 18, 2018 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miya!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts the parks will be moderately busy this day. The Utah Convention is just an event that brings in more people, but don't worry! This has been factored into our crowd predictions :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 17, 2018 at 4:08 a.m. Vanessa Says...

Hi!

Will be visiting Nov 14&15 - one day each at DL and DCA. Which park for which day is best? Or does it matter much?!

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Oct 17, 2018 at 9:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

It shouldn't make too much of a difference, but you can check out our Crowd Calendar for the best hours and how busy each park will be :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 16, 2018 at 6:08 a.m. KDelacour Says...

Thanksgiving in 2019 will be the week of the 25th-29th, Thanksgiving day on the 28th.

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Oct 15, 2018 at 8:31 p.m. Britni Says...

Do you know if the NAMM conference that is happening at the end of January will impact park attendance?

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Oct 15, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Britni!

We factor any events like this into our Crowd Calendar predictions :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 12, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. steve Says...

Any predictions on how the opening of star wars land will effect passholders and good dates to go?

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Oct 12, 2018 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

If you have a pass with blockout dates, we predict you may be blocked out (of Disneyland Park, at least) for a bit when Star Wars Land opens. We'll keep you posted on our predicted best days to visit once a specific opening date is announced.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 9, 2018 at 7:43 p.m. Stacey Says...

So one of the worst times to go to Disneyland in 2019 is April 20-27 and one of the best weeks to go to Disneyland is the last week in April?? I'm so confused

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Oct 12, 2018 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey!

Thanks for the catch! The week days after Easter are expected to be a good time to visit, but the actual holiday (April 21) is likely to be busy.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 9, 2018 at 7:18 p.m. ANA Says...

Hi thank you so much for your great info. I tumbled on your page before buying tickets for our family. coz its gonna be our first time in Disney Anaheim i just wanna make sure if November 2 friday is an okay day to go? and just incase do you have an idea if the theme is already for Christmas? i really wish you could help me.. thank you in advance..

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Oct 9, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds on Nov. 2. Some Christmas decorations will have started to go up, but all of it may not be in place quite yet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. Krystie Says...

This is all great info, thank you! I just found out I won a 3 day trip to Disneyland! In your opinion, when do you think would be the best time to go? I am having a hard time deciding between Halloween and Christmas. I've always wanted to see the park during the Christmas holidays. I just don't know which 3 days to go in December. Thank you!

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Oct 9, 2018 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystie!

OMG - LUCKY! That's amazing. We looooove Disneyland at Christmastime and toadally recommend it. Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the second week of November (weekdays) would be your best bet :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 4, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. Leeann Pham Says...

What about the crowds on Monday 1/21? I know that falls around the MLK Jr. day but it’s the last day and on a school night for locals. And I would assume people from out of town would leave town that day. Or am i just doing some hopeful wishing? Lol.

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeann!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we still expect the park to be pretty busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 1:53 a.m. Manuel Says...

Hi there. I plan to visit Disneyland or DCAP this coming Friday, October 5... I will be visiting with a 7-year old... unfortunately, I won't have the luxury of an early arrival to either park and may only be there between 11am and 7pm... is there one park (over the other) that you recommend or may be a better choice? Thank you.

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Manuel!

We've found that Disneyland (versus Disney California Adventure) has more lil' tadpole-friendly rides. We think you'll have a blast there! Have fun :)

Keep hopping!

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Oct 1, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Heather Says...

We are planning to visit Oct 22-24 on 2day, 1 park per day passes. Since Mickey's party is 23, we were going to visit DCA that day. My concern (question) is, will DCA be more crowded since DL won't be open the entire day?

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

We wouldn't fret too much - the party shouldn't change attendance levels too drastically.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2018 at 12:03 a.m. kenneth michael Says...

Planning on going October 30th or October 31st. Not doing Mickey's Halloween Party. However, are these good dates to go?

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kenneth!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like the parks will be moderately busy. Nothing too crazy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 4:35 a.m. Shelly Says...

Planning to visit early February. Is it worth it to wait to book until Disneyland offers discounts on rooms for that time period (likely not until December) or might we be risking sold out standard rooms?

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Sep 26, 2018 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

You should book right away if you want to stay at an official Disneyland Resort hotel. These book fast.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 21, 2018 at 2:57 a.m. Jenny Says...

We’re going to DL in early December (currently looking at tues-fri dec 4-7) but hotels are largely booked compared to the 14 days surrounding that date, and hotel prices are significantly higher. Any idea if something is going on in the area that I haven’t caught? I can’t figure out why the week after thanksgiving and the second week of December aren’t booked/high prices but the first week (which is traditionally slower) is... Thanks for the help!

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

A variety of factors, including park events, school breaks, holidays, weather, refurbishments and more impact the crowds. Hope this helps :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. Robin Says...

We are looking to do a quick dash ... Nov 29-Dec 2, 2018. After the Thanksgiving week ... should we be ok? What is the likelihood of later operating hours by then? Looking to maximize that short visit. Thanks !

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

You will most likely have longer hours on the weekend (9am-12am) and maybe not as long (9am-9pm or 10pm?) during the week. It’s a great time to visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 9:12 p.m. Tara Says...

Does Disneyland have any events the weekend before Easter?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

We aren't familiar with any special festivities just for Easter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:07 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

So I just booked rooms (which are refundable) from Oct. 25-28 at Disneyland. We have always gone in Feb., because I hate crowds. I also did not know about the Halloween Party, we are not planning on attending plus tickets are sold out already. Is it going to be crazy busy and I know the park will close for the party. Will it be 6 or 7 and we will still be allowed in California Adventure, is this correct? Just trying to be prepared and I have wanted to take my kids so they can see the decorations.

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Sep 12, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Disneyland closes for regular guests at 6 p.m. on party nights. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details on crowd levels each day. If you have a park hopper ticket, you WILL still be able to visit California Adventure after Disneyland Park closes for the party :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Charlie Says...

Thinking about the months following the opening of Star Wars Land (say, November 2019, not thanksgiving week), would you expect crowds to be more concentrated in the Star Wars areas and lesser in the rest of DL and DCA? I have a feeling that all bets are off after the Star Wars addition opens, but looking for a glimmer of hope that I won’t be waiting 210 minutes for Peter Pan’s Flight or Radiatoe Springs Racers ????.

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlie!

As long as you aren't visiting Thanksgiving week (and are taking advantage of MaxPass) you should be able to have a perfectly enjoyable time, although Star Wars Land will remain quite busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. Charlie Says...

Thanks! MaxPass all the way!

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Sep 6, 2018 at 4:43 p.m. lorraine Says...

We will be at Disneyland on 10/31 , 11/1 and 11/2 my question is on the 31 are we still able to park hop to Disney adventure park if we did not get tickets for mickey Halloween party , I also was reading on your sight that there are treats given out through out the park as well is that true.

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorraine!

If you purchased park hopper tickets, you will be able to hop between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure at your leisure, with the exception of during the party. The treats handed out are for party guests. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 6:41 p.m. MouseEars23 Says...

We're planning a trip Disneyland/DCA on January 7 and January 8. Will those dates be busy since those are the first dates pass holders can use their passes?

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like one day will be rather busy while the other is moderate.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. Julie Says...

We want to go to Disneyland Feb 18 th my birthday through feb 21 st or 22 Nd to celebrate our 20 th wedding anniversary feb 20 th. Everything I read said it’s high crowds due to Presidents’ Day. We are frequent visitors of Disney World but we have never been to Disney Land. Will it really be jam packed in February? Also what is weather like there in February. Thanks

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

Weather is usually in the upper 60's in February. Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderately busy crowds for this week.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 2:04 p.m. Dan Says...

How do the shorter days where the park opens late (10a) and closes early (8p) affect crowds? Is it still worth going on days like that?

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

Crowds aren't affected too much, and oftentimes the parks are less busy during these times. Definitely still worth visiting!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:02 p.m. Maria Says...

We’re headed to Disneyland September 6-10. I know the first day of Halloween is Friday the 7th. I’ve seen huge variations in crowd calendars ranging from moderate to “forget about it” packed. I’m just trying to prepare myself for huge crowds. Any insight? Thank you

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Aug 28, 2018 at 5:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Luckily, the Halloween Party is a limited capacity, separately ticketed event. Even on a sold out night, crowds shouldn't be too scary ;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:43 p.m. Maria Says...

That’s good to know. I don’t think the parties start until later in the month so no parties when we’re there. I guess I’m just concerned about the Halloween themes bringing in big crowds because it’s opening weekend of Halloween.

It’ll be fun no matter what!

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Aug 23, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. Brandi Says...

Hello!

We were thinking about visiting Disneyland sometime during the last 2 weeks of August in 2019. I was wondering two thing: Does the Haunted Mansion close for refurb/holiday install at the same time every year and how the opening of Star Wars land will affect this time of year which is usually slower than the other weeks during the summer? Your insight would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!!

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Aug 25, 2018 at 2:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi!

Great questions. Yes, the Haunted Mansion always closes for its holiday overlay installation at the end of August, and we imagine it will again in 2019. Star Wars Land will of course bring additional crowds, but the end of August is when things should start to die down with back-to-school season.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 19, 2018 at 6:27 a.m. James Says...

Hello, we are planning DL in November. I notice the parks close at 8. Does that mean no World of Color or Fantasmic or Fireworks or any of the night time shows during the weekday?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

The entertainment schedule for November won't be released for a bit, so we can't be sure. During slower seasons, sometimes the nighttime spectaculars only take place on select nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. Travis Says...

Thanks for all the wonderful information. I have a question about to Easter Week 2019. I am well aware that the weeks before and after Easter are usually very busy .

I am wondering about if that stays true when is Easter is very late in the season like it is in 2019 on April 21st.

We have frequently gone this week in the past and have thought the crowds were very manageable. We booked our time share for April 20th to April 27th 2019, before realizing it was Easter.

I checked a few other crowed calendars and some show it is light and other say its packed.

Hoping that you can provide me some advice!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 1:29 a.m. Tiffany Says...

Hi there!

My husband and I are looking to book a Monday through Friday trip to Disneyland the first week of February 2019 or last week in Jan 2019. Do you think either of those times will be alright? I was wondering if I could find out what the ride refurbishments would be during that time but I cannot find that info. Is that available?

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

You can find all confirmed refurbishments scheduled thus far in our post. Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the last week of January will be low crowds and a great time to visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 6, 2018 at 2:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Travis!

Great question. Luckily, our Crowd Calendar factors in holidays, timing, school breaks and more when predicting how busy the parks will be. It looks like they won't be quite as busy as a "typical" Easter Sunday ... in fact, it's only predicted to be a 6/10 rating in terms of crowds. Not bad at all. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Mark Says...

Looking for the best day or two to go out of Aug 19-24. Thank you!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

It looks like the parks will be similarly busy throughout these dates, but you can check out our Crowd Calendar for details.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 29, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Emily Says...

This was super helpful THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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Jul 28, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Rob Says...

We have set our trip from Jan 25-31... Is it crowded those days?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like that last week of January will be a great time to visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2018 at 6:01 a.m. Jeana Says...

I've always wanted to see Disneyland at Christmas. Does anyone know just how busy Friday December 7th to Sunday the 10th would be? Or if it would still be enjoyable.

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeana!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but early December is a great time to visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2018 at 2:07 a.m. Jackie Says...

We are trying to decide between going to Disneyland either October 1-3 (Mon-Wed) or October 9-11 (Tues-Thurs). Will the days after Columbus Day be considerably more crowded than the week before? Thanks!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts these two sets of dates being extremely similar in terms of crowds, so we recommend picking whichever dates work best for you!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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