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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on March 8, 2024 2974 Los Angeles

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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 some things to consider as you plan your trip to Disneyland. In this post, we're sharing highlights and considerations by season, plus our favorite times to visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Before we jump in, it's worth repeating that no matter the season or the reason, you can have a magical trip to Disneyland. At Undercover Tourist, we've been honored to be a part of helping families plan their vacations for over 20 years. And 20 years adds up to a lot of Disneyland trips for the frogs! Within that time, we've learned the hows and whys of crowds and have paired that insight with our historical Crowd Calendar data to create our recommendations on when to visit Disneyland each year. In the past few years, we've seen that more and more visitors are planning their Disneyland trips around seasons and special events rather than just crowd levels — so we've adjusted this post accordingly to showcase highlights and considerations by season.

Maybe you've always wanted to see Sleeping Beauty Castle alight during the magic of the holidays. Or perhaps hopping around the parks during Halloween Time — collecting frightfully fun foodie finds or watching Jack Skellington take over the nighttime spectacular — is on your bucket list. Maybe you're like me and love taking your mom to Food and Wine Festival in the spring. Or, maybe you and the fam are heading over for a few days during summer break and want to know more about what to expect. No matter the whys or whens, we are here to help!

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up

Oh, and one more big reminder! We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the theme park reservation system at Disneyland. Since 2021, Disneyland has operated with a reservation system — that means, in addition to purchasing your ticket, you also need to make a theme park reservation. It's easy to do, but of course, certain dates will fill up in advance, including popular holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. So once you pick your Disneyland dates, don't froget to also make your reservation — the sooner, the better, for the best availability.

2023 was a BIG year for Disneyland, with the opening of the reimagined Mickey's Toontown, Adventureland Treehouse and the all-new Tiana's Palace restaurant. And 2024 is also shaping up to be a big year with Star Wars Season of the Force debuting, Pixar Fest returning and Tiana's Bayou Adventure opening . (Tiana's Bayou Adventure opens in late 2024, which means guests visiting before then should be prepared for the ride to be undergoing a refurbishment. Speaking of refurbishments, Haunted Mansion is also undergoing a refurbishment as of Jan. 22, 2024, and does not have a set reopening date.) Plus, Magic Happens parade returns as of Feb. 2, 2024!

Factors in Determining the Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Moana Magic Happens float

Much like at Disney World, busy times at Disneyland often align with school schedules and major U.S. holidays. If tadpoles are out of school, the odds are that they want to hop to Disney! And not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona and Utah schools have fall breaks in October. The spring breaks at major universities in California also influence crowd levels. Over on the West Coast, some unique groups impact crowd levels at Disneyland including annual passholders, conventioneers, runners and special ticket holders (which we get into more detail below!).

First and foremost, with a smaller (in scale, not pixie dust) footprint on the West Coast, it takes less of a crowd bump to for things to feel more crowded than on the East Coast. That means that locals — who may visit more for opening festival days and weekends, or pop in for a casual dinner — have a distinct impact on crowd levels. Blackout dates for passholders have an impact on crowds, as well.

The same can be said for conventioneers. If you're heading to a nearby convention, of course you'd want to pop into Disneyland for a day or two. Most of the impact here is minimal, with one notable exception: D23. The annual Disney fan event hops between the West and East coasts each year, and in 2024, it's Disneyland's turn to host from Aug. 9-11. The 2024 event will also host the first-ever D23 Day at Disneyland Resort Aug. 8.

Returning in 2024 are also runDisney events, which will bring runners back to Disneyland to participate in two marathon weekends each year: Jan. 11-15 and Sept. 5-8 in 2024, and Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2025 (2025 fall date still TBD).

Disneyland also offers some incredible ticket deals for Southern California residents, California residents and sometimes the entire U.S. With those ticket deals come use-by dates. For those offers in particular, you may see dates fill up as those usage windows approach (gotta go before it expires!). One-day tickets may also impact crowd levels — particularly on the lower tier days. Since these are cheaper days to visit Disneyland, you may find that more people choose those tickets and attend those days.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - 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 times to visit. Sometimes a park or an area of a park closes early for private events. That's why you always want to look at the Disneyland hours for the dates you want to visit so you don't encounter any surprises. We'll detail these in each season below, as well as share which dates for 1-day tickets are the cheapest (note that prices are flat for multi-day tickets and do not change based on dates like they do at Disney World.) You can also find a calendar of 1-day ticket tiers on our ticketing page for easy reference.

There are more Disneyland After Dark event dates in 2024 than ever before! These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual, which means even if you aren't attending, you'll want to plan accordingly.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Infographic

Just looking for the quick version? Check out the infographic above for a cheat sheet of the least crowded dates at Disneyland in 2024. Let's get hoppin'!

Spring — February, March, April

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Food and Wine Sip and Savor with food and beverages

Are you ready for some extra special ... special events? We sure are! In addition to the expected springtime happenings — Disney California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival and spring breakers — some of our favorite entertainment, including Magic Happens, Wondrous Journeys and World of Color will all return from a brief hiatus this spring. Plus, a brand-new event, Season of the Force, will celebrate all things Star Wars, and Pixar Fest will return after several years. Plus, during springtime, the park is particularly beautiful with spring flowers and the pink Tabebuia trees in bloom. With so much fun hoppening this spring, we are predicting a busy season. We can't wait!

Highlights

  • Magic Happens parade returns Feb. 2, 2024
  • Celebrate Gospel brings additional entertainment and food to Disneyland Park Feb. 17 and 24
  • Anaheim Ducks Day in Disney California Adventure Feb. 22-23, 2024
  • Food and Wine Festival takes place from March 1 - April 22, 2024
  • World of Color returns from refurbishment March 1 (closed from Jan. 8 - Feb. 29, 2024)
  • "Wondrous Journeys" nighttime spectacular is back at Disneyland for a special presentation March 22 - April 14, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pixar Fest is April 26 - Aug. 4, 2024

Things to Consider

Disneyland After Dark Parties take place several nights these months, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. on select nights, as well:

  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park takes place Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024
  • Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park takes place March 5 & 7, 2024
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Spring break — elevated crowds from March 9 - April 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. This is the case in 2024 — Easter is on March 31. When Easter falls later — like in 2025, when it falls on April 20 — the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break the last two weeks of March, which can affect crowds then.

Our Overall Pick: Where do we begin! When it comes to springtime visits, if you aren't constrained by dates, we have a few suggestions to fit it all in. Come for the Food and Wine Festival in early March or mid-April if you also want to experience Season of the Force. Crowds are higher for peak spring break, but Wondrous Journeys fireworks may make it worth it to visit March 22 to April 14. Usually, fireworks are only on the weekends, so include a weekend day in your visit to see and do it all. Or, visit in late April to experience both Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in February (minus the Super Bowl and days around Presidents Day)
    • Feb. 20-29, 2024
    • Feb. 4-7, 18-28, 2025
  • The first few days in March
    • March 2-8, 2024
    • March 1-6, 2025

Busiest

  • Presidents Day Weekend
    • Feb. 16-19, 2024
    • Feb. 10-17, 2025
  • Spring Break
    • March 9 - April 7, 2024
    • March 7 - April 6, 2025; April 18-20, 2025 (Easter)

Cheapest

  • Feb. 1, 6, 7, 2024 (Tier 0)
  • March 4-7, 2024 (Tier 2)
  • April 16-17, 2024 (Tier 1)

Summer — May, June, July

Summer break kicks off for most school districts in mid-June when you'll see an uptick in crowds — but in our opinion, it's pretty manageable over an extended period, with longer park hours and LOTS of entertainment! Summer is actually one of our very favorite times to visit. Exceptions to those long hours are Disneyland After Dark parties, which take place on select dates in May and June, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. During this timeframe in 2024, Fantasmic! will return, as will Pride Nite, and the aforementioned Season of the Force and Pixar Fest will also run into summertime.

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - World of Color

Highlights

  • Fantasmic! returns May 24, 2024
  • Disneyland's birthday is July 17, 2024, bringing additional celebrations to Disneyland Park
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place: April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Season of the Force is April 5 - June 2, 2024
  • Pride Nite at Disneyland Park takes place June 18 & 20, 2024

Things to Consider

In summer, the thing to keep in mind is the weather. "June Gloom" offers some respite from the heat, though those temperatures do rise throughout the remainder of summer. July is manageable and less crowded than you'd think, especially on the weekends! Here are those Disneyland After Dark dates we mentioned:

  • Grad Nites take place May 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 28, 31 and June 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14, 2024, at Disney California Adventure Park
  • Book your May and early June reservations early as SoCal Resident tickets expire June 2, 2024

Our Overall Pick: Proof that crowds are only part of the equation when picking the best time to go to Disneyland, we love the second half of July for the nightly fireworks, Pixar Fest and the newly returned Fantasmic!. Or, hop in on a weekday in May if you want Pixar Fest and Season of the Force.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites and Memorial Day)
  • The first half of June (except for Grad Nites)

Busiest

  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May, plus Memorial Day
    • May 25-27, 2024
    • May 23-26, 2025
  • Summer breaks

Cheapest

  • May 8, 2024 (Tier 1)
  • Early June and mid-May have some of the lowest tiers

Fall — August, September, October

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Mickey Main Street Jack o Lantern

Enjoy the tail end of summer entertainment in early August, or, following that, take in the beautiful decorations, pumpkins and characters in costumes of Halloween Time throughout late August, September and October. Halloween Time is a popular time to visit, with the giant Mickey pumpkin on Main Street U.S.A., the decorated Cars Land and ride overlays including the Nightmare Before Christmas takeover that is Haunted Mansion Holiday.

On select nights, Mr. Oogie Boogie takes over Disney California Adventure for a separately ticketed Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash. The park closes early most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday nights for partygoers to trick or treat and enjoy special entertainment.

Highlights

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Car-tumes in Cars Land

  • Halloween Time starts early this year — Aug. 23 - Oct. 31, 2024
  • Gay Days take place Sept. 13-15, 2024 (be sure to make your reservation early!)
  • Tiana's Bayou Adventure is expected to open in late 2024!

Things to Consider

  • Pixar Fest wraps up Aug. 4, 2024
  • D23 takes place Aug. 9-11, 2024 (with an in-park day Aug. 8)
  • The Disneyland Halloween Party — The Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure  took place select days Sept. 5 to Oct. 31, 2023 (closing early Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Halloween). Dates are TBD for 2024
  • Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend takes place Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • Fall breaks increase crowds in October

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, September weekdays are less crowded. However, only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration, as well. We find Sundays to be less crowded than Saturdays. Weather can still be warm (hot, actually) but chillier at night.

Our Overall Pick: Around the pond, we love visiting Disneyland in August for lower crowds as tadpoles head back to school, and the potential for nightly fireworks. This year's hot take? We think the opening weekend of Halloween Time may be your best bet if you're in it for the seasonal festivities!

Least Busy

  • The month of August (minus D23 event)
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays in September (minus Sept. 5 race day)

Busiest

  • D23 Event - Aug. 8-11, 2024
  • Labor Day
    • Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2024
    • Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2025
  • runDisney race weekend - Sept. 5-8, 2024
  • October 2024
  • Elevated crowds Sept. 22 to Oct. 31, 2025

Cheapest

  • TBD

Winter — November, December, January

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

January generally has low crowds and beautiful weather (if not a little chilly), but it can get a little wet as it's the rainy season. The holidays and new year bring special entertainment, foodie finds and more  — and this year, we've got a new hotel opening to commemorate, too! Of course, during holiday breaks, you can expect more people enjoying the parks — but it's also a time full of holiday cheer, with festive lighting and decor, a special fireworks show and parade and more across the resort. (Did we mention hand-pulled candy canes and fan-favorite gingerbread? Oh, and SANTA!)

Highlights

  • Holiday Time brings daily entertainment (including nightly fireworks as weather permits) and festive décor to both parks from Nov. 15, 2024, through the first week of January
  • Mickey's and Minnie's birthday is Nov. 18, and that means a special cavalcade and there are often free buttons for guests
  • Lunar New Year brings Festival Food Booths, rare characters and a procession to Disney California Adventure from Jan. 23 through Feb. 18, 2024
  • Pixar Place Hotel opens Jan. 30, 2024
  • The Tier 0 weekdays bring affordability to weekdays in early November and mid-January weekdays

Things to Consider

  • The parks do offer scaled-back entertainment and shorter hours in January after the holidays end
  • runDisney will host races Jan. 11-15, 2024, and Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2025
  • The $50 kids ticket offer is valid every day from Jan. 8 to March 10, 2024
  • The SoCal Resident tickets are valid from Jan. 2 through June 2, 2024
  • World of Color is closed from Jan. 8 through Feb. 29, 2024
  • You may encounter ride closures in January, including Haunted Mansion and "it's a small world." Haunted Mansion is undergoing an extended refurbishment this winter to expand its queue and add a gift shop
  • Sweethearts' Night falls on nights in January and February, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. these nights: Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024

Our Overall Pick: If you don't want to visit during Holiday Time, Mondays through Thursdays in the first two weeks of November will be your best bet. If you'd like to visit for Holiday Time, we recommend the week after Thanksgiving or early December.

Least Busy

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day, when runDisney events return to the resort)
    • Jan. 17-18, 22, 2024
    • Jan. 7-15, 21-28, 2025
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus Veterans Day and the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Busiest

  • Week of New Year's and MLK Jr. Day Weekend
    • Jan. 1-16, 2024
    • Jan. 1-6, 17-20, 2025; Jan. 29 - Feb. 3, 2025
  • Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Week
    • Nov. 8-11; Nov. 22 - Dec. 1, 2024
    • Nov. 11; Nov. 22-30, 2025
  • Week of Christmas and New Year's
    • Dec. 20-31, 2024 (note: Dec. 7-8 will also be busy for Candlelight Processional)
    • Dec. 20, 2024 - Jan. 4, 2025

Cheapest

  • Jan. 9-11, 16-18, 22-25, 29-31, 2024 (Tier 0, but watch out for early closures)
  • Early and Mid-November weekdays
  • Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 2024 (Tier 3)

Going to Disneyland During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Avengers Campus

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! Take advantage of the paid Genie+ system to skip the standby lines and use the Lightning Lane for select attractions. 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 180 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders). You'll get the best price on Genie+ if you purchase it with your tickets as the price can fluctuate for day-of-use purchases. Be sure to check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know about planning in advance, all in one place!

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to go to Disneyland in 2024 and 2025! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! For more planning essentials, check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know, all in one place. Ribbit!

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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May 23, 2022 at 7:38 p.m. Chantelle Says...

Hi

I am looking to bring my 4 year old daughter possibly 8th September-11th she is obsessed with Minnie/mouse can you tell

Me if there’s a best day/dates that I can try get her to meet them I have never been before so not sure how it works

Thanks

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May 23, 2022 at 4:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantelle!

Minnie is out every day at Disneyland. You can find her in Town Square. Her location can change but she is usually near The Mad Hatter and that general region. She is usually out in the morning and when there is not a Mickey and friends Cavalcade. She’s in the Cavalcade, often at the top of the Omnibus, so you can wave to her there. At DCA she is on Buena Vista Street. Your Minnie fan is going to have so much fun! :)

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May 17, 2022 at 3:56 a.m. John Says...

Thanks for all your hard work and knowledge. We are looking at trying to come out either September 6-9 or November 14-17. It will be 4 adults and 4 kids (8, 6, 5, and almost 3 year old.)

I’m trying to weigh the pros and cons between those dates. It seems like September might be less crowded and maybe longer hours? But, November will be beginning of Christmas season but without huge Christmas crowds? Any insight and advice you can give would be greatly appreciated and thanks again!

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May 19, 2022 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

September 6-9 will be right around the start of the Halloween season, which is a ton of fun and usually not as crowded, but there will be a D23 convention from Sept. 9-11 this year, which could draw crowds and increase the demand for hotel rooms & park reservations so book early! November 14-17 is also a great week to visit with full holiday entertainment usually hoppening by then. Both of those times rank high on our favorite times to visit. If fireworks are important to you, it would likely just be Friday through Sunday in September versus nightly in November.

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May 19, 2022 at 6:16 p.m. John Says...

Thanks so much for your response! I realized after my first comment that D23 was that next weekend, so we are leaning more towards the November dates. Are there nightly fireworks in November? If so, that would be amazing! We were there back in OCT 2019 during the week, so missed the fireworks and I would love the kids to experience them. Thanks again!

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May 23, 2022 at 8:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

You're toadally welcome :) Holiday fireworks, which typically run from mid-November through December (depending on exact dates, it may include the first few days of January as well), are indeed nightly!

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Jun 8, 2022 at 3:17 a.m. John Says...

What do crowd levels normally look like the week before Thanksgiving on weekdays (Nov 14-17)? I know it’s hard to predict, but we have a little flexibility with our travel and wanted to try and go when crowds were lower. Thanks for any additional advice!

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Jun 8, 2022 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

You're toadally right that it's hard to predict, particularly this year since people are traveling more. However, historically the week before Thanksgiving typically isn't too crowded, though you may still see moderate crowds. We have most of the week as crowd levels 5 and 6 on our Crowd Calendar. It's certainly not as busy as the following holiday week.

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May 15, 2022 at 2:32 p.m. Hannibal Says...

We will be in LA on holiday from July 16th to Aug 2nd. We will spend 2 seperate days in Disneyland and 1 in Disney Adventure. Which dates do you recomend to plan our visits ?

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May 16, 2022 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannibal!

Crowd levels are pretty even and consistent throughout July since it's in the middle of summer break. Weekends are typically busier than weekdays, so we'd recommend planning your trip midweek.

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Apr 27, 2022 at 3:27 a.m. Jeremy Says...

I am looking at dates the week of June 27 through July 1, 2022 for only a single day at Disneyland Park. This seems to be a busy week. Would one day be better than another? We would like to be able to do Rise of the Resistance. If we get there by opening do you think we will have a good chance to do that ride without a super long wait? Is it possible to do that ride without paying extra for the lightning options? Thanks!

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May 2, 2022 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy!

We have a whole post devoted to this popular subject. You can ride Rise without paying extra. We prefer the evening method, but the risk is that it could break down at the end and you have no more chances to ride. You can head there at Rope Drop but you will not be alone and people move quickly, so we suggest getting into the park 30 minutes early and power walking if you go that route. May the Force be with you! All of those days will be pretty similar in crowd level and entertainment. June 27-30 may be slightly less crowded than the weekend days because people tend to stay longer in the park on weekends. Have a great time!

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Apr 24, 2022 at 8:34 p.m. Betty Says...

I always thought Fridays and weekends would be the busiest days, but according to the calendar, Friday's are usually less crowded. Is this accurate? I'm trying to find the best day possible.

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Apr 26, 2022 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty!

During the day, Fridays are not too bad (mainly because Disneyland is more of a locals' park so people are at work), but Friday nights have currently been packed, especially now that nighttime entertainment is back and in high demand (we anticipate it will be like this until fireworks become nightly). Also, right now, there's a 3-day SoCal Resident ticket expiring at the end of May and since Fridays are the only nights on the ticket with fireworks, they have been booking up.

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Apr 19, 2022 at 4:39 p.m. Carmen Says...

We are contemplating between early October (5-10) or early November (4-8). I understand October will likely be very crowded (though it would be fun to experience the Halloween events!). For early November, though, will the parks be decked out for Christmas by then? (this would be before Veterans Day) Would love to experience either Halloween or Christmas there but trying to weigh the crowds too! :)

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Apr 19, 2022 at 2:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carmen!

Holiday decor can start going up in October, even before Halloween. The snow on Sleeping Beauty Castle is usually the first thing that hoppens. And then as soon as Halloween ends, a flurry of Christmas decorations begins to appear, day by day, so you'll likely see some decor if you visit in November! Last year, the Christmas tree at Disney California Adventure went up by Nov. 6 and the one at Disneyland went up by Nov. 9. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Apr 13, 2022 at 12:37 a.m. Barbara Says...

Planning a trip to Disneyland Tues October 11th and 12th

What are Park hours and

Will there be fireworks. Also was wondering if you could see Spider-Man at Disneyland we were not planning on going to California adventure?

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Apr 13, 2022 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara!

We won't know confirmed park hours and the entertainment schedule until about several weeks in advance (today, we can only see as far as May 25). However, based on past years, the first two weeks of October can be busy due to fall breaks in Arizona and Utah, so the park hours could potentially stay open later. Usually, fireworks only happen daily during spring break, summer and the holidays, so we would prepare for a projections-only show. But because it's around Columbus Day (a three-day weekend) combined with the fall breaks, we wouldn't count out fireworks entirely. Again, we won't know for sure until it gets closer. Spider-Man can only be seen at Disney California Adventure. Let us know if you have any more questions!

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Mar 27, 2022 at 12:03 a.m. Justin Ontiveros Says...

Hello was planning a Disneyland trip with myself and a few others the frist week of September 3rd through the 6th and 4th being my birthday will it be to crowded? And do they do anything special for your birthday? Anything helps please and thank you

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Mar 28, 2022 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin!

Labor Day weekend can draw in some crowds (like any other holiday weekend), but in the past, it's been manageable. Most of the summer crowds are gone, and last year, it was the beginning of the Halloween season. We toadally recommend getting a free birthday button! You can order a cake when you make dining reservations, and make a note of special occasions when you check in at the restaurant. Overall, you shouldn't expect anything special, but cast members can sprinkle some extra pixie dust (some have taken me to the front of the line, while many others wish me a happy birthday).

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Mar 25, 2022 at 10:42 p.m. fab Says...

Hello!

My family and I plan on visiting Disneyland the fourth of July week. Will this week be very busy? Thank you!

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Mar 27, 2022 at 7:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fab!

Holidays are generally busy but this week is pretty typical for summer crowds, which are elevated compared to times the kids are in school but not necessarily as busy as Christmas week. Just make sure to reserve early, arrive early, stay late, consider getting Genie+ (we'd recommend) and enjoy all the wonderful entertainment available this summer.

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Mar 20, 2022 at 9 a.m. Lauren Says...

Hi! We’re planning a Disneyland trip in mid to late January! We went a couple years ago in January and we realized it’s the greatest time to go!! Is there a specific week in January you’d recommend that typically has shorter wait times and overall less busy? Are there other months (not in the summer) you’d recommend for the lowest wait times and overall less busy??

Thank you!!

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Mar 21, 2022 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

January has been one of the best months to go. If you go then, we'd recommend waiting until after the first week (in case people are lingering after the holidays) and MLK Jr. Day weekend - so it sounds like you're right on target with mid to late January. September (especially after Labor Day weekend) is also a great time since kids are going back to school. The first couple of weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas have also been a good time since many families save their trips for Thanksgiving week and the second half of December. You can check out our Crowd Calendar to see expected crowd levels!

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Mar 15, 2022 at 3:07 a.m. Stephen Says...

We're planning a trip for early November. We would want to have a least one evening (maybe two) for nightime shows such as the electric parade and fireworks. Are there specific dates we should aim for, so that we could hit at least one evening for nightime shows? Thanks for your help!

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Mar 15, 2022 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephen!

Generally, you can count on nighttime entertainment (such as fireworks) hoppening on weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun). During busier periods, there can be nightly fireworks, but during off-peak times, fireworks may be limited to those weekend nights. As for the Main Street Electrical Parade specifically, we know that it will be back for a limited time, but we're not sure exactly how long that limited time will last.

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Mar 11, 2022 at 5:16 p.m. Kristi Says...

I have 2 choices to choose from and.. I would love any advice... May with a more rushed trip in my personal life or June with summer crowds??

Mid May 14th-17 with hoppers. Saturday would be a 1/2 day after we arrive and it's a grad night. Then we would have Sunday, Monday, Tuesday full days in the park then rush home Wednesday for kids to finish out the school week. Or Sunday, June 12th-16th (sun 1/2day, full days Mon, Tues, Wed.)

I'm concerned about all the things unknown in May such as ride closures, hours, and nighttime shows. In June, I wonder about crowd levels and temperature. What would you do??

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Mar 12, 2022 at 3:23 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hey Kristi not sure if this helps but I was also looking at planning a trip in May... fireworks are weekends and world of color will be back every night starting apr 22. The electrical parage also starts back up apr 22. Fantasmic isnt back till end of may tho. Found this out using the disneyland chat service

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Mar 11, 2022 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi!

If nighttime entertainment and later hours are important to you, then you're more likely to experience nightly fireworks/shows and later hours in June. While there will be summer crowds, May might even be similar in crowd levels (so far this year, crowds in general have been higher compared to previous years due to more and more families traveling), but as you mentioned, there are a few unknowns. If June would be personally less stressful, we'd go with that time period as it fits your schedule best.

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Mar 9, 2022 at 9:19 p.m. Lauren Finley Says...

Looking to go sometime end of September - early November. Flexible dates! Any suggestions on good dates during that time? Thank you!

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Mar 11, 2022 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

We love Halloween Time at Disneyland! September and late October are great times to visit. Avoid the first half of October (schools in Utah and Arizona usually have fall breaks then). Early November has low crowds but it transitions from Halloween to Christmas, so there is less entertainment and shorter hours. Holiday Time is also a great time to visit because the parks are beautiful and there is so much entertainment (and longer hours). We do not yet know the exact dates of the Oogie Boogie Bash (the after-hours party that closes DCA early) or the start of Holiday Time yet, but these posts can give you can idea of dates from 2021 to help with planning in 2022.

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Mar 9, 2022 at 11:38 a.m. Nyasha Says...

Looking to come last week of August 2022 from abroad with our 8 year and 19 year old. We'll be celebrating our anniversary aswell. Any recommendations of the least busiest day on that week so we can fully maximize on our time there? Any recommendations on nearby reasonable accommodation aswell would be great

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Mar 9, 2022 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nyasha!

We have lots of tips on how to maximize your time at Disneyland! The end of August is usually a great time to visit as kids start going back to school. For lowest crowds, we suggest going midweek, as weekdays are generally less crowded than on weekends. You can check out expected crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar (though keep in mind that it may be busier than usual throughout the year due to more and more families traveling). As for off-site hotels, we have a post that lists many nearby options that you can check out.

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Mar 7, 2022 at 11:35 p.m. Bin Says...

Hi we used your site to visit Disneyworld a couple of years ago and it was such a fantastic resource so thank you!

We are going to be in LA on April 4/5/6 and wondering which of those days do you think would be the best/quietest to visit?

Thanks you again!

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Mar 8, 2022 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bin!

Those days will be fairly equal, and you should make park reservations ASAP because reservations are disappearing quickly! Park hoppers have sold out for those days, and Monday is sold out completely. Tuesday and Thursday only have Disneyland Park available, at the time of this writing.

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Mar 7, 2022 at 6:34 a.m. Kelly Says...

We are looking to take our kids for their first time in a few weeks. They are 2, 6, and 8 years old, and I’ll be 30 weeks pregnant. Would it be doable to do two days in the park within the timeframe of 3/28-4/1? My husband and I haven’t been since we were little so it will be a new experience for us too.

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Mar 8, 2022 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

Two days will be doable in Disneyland Park, though you should reserve ASAP! Reservations are starting to run out for that week.

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Feb 26, 2022 at 8:43 p.m. Drea Says...

Planing a visit soon what would be better March 27th& 30th or the first wkd of April, Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd??? Thanks so much I prefer wkds because I don’t want to Miss to much School but Would LoVe Your opinion????

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Feb 28, 2022 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Drea!

We prefer Sundays and Wednesdays for lower crowds but you usually only get fireworks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so you might take that into consideration. Park hours are the same for all of those days, so that usually means Disneyland is expecting similar crowds for those days. Friday mornings are not that busy but the evenings can get busy as people arrive after school and work. Saturday will be the busiest day, so we advise arriving early to get a good start on the day if you choose April 1 & 2.

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Feb 26, 2022 at 12:17 a.m. Kathy Says...

We're visiting the end of May. While I know this isn't an ideal time, which would be better: Monday, Memorial Day, or the next day (May 31) which is a Grad Nite?

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Feb 28, 2022 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

Holidays are usually busy but they offer great entertainment and are still doable if you arrive early. Grad Nite usually means there will be more high school seniors in the parks during the day, but their actual Grad Nite festivities will be in DCA after that park closes and won’t affect your visit, especially if you plan to stay late at Disneyland (they’ll be out of that park by 9 p.m.) The entertainment calendars are not out yet for those dates so it’s hard to say if the day after will have fireworks yet. Fantasmic! returns Saturday the 28th so you can guarantee fireworks and Fantasmic! Memorial Day night but it’s still unknown about Tuesday night. All we know is that fireworks and Fantasmic! return nightly “late Spring.” So if nighttime entertainment is important, go on Memorial Day to guarantee it. If not, avoid the holiday. Being that the one-day ticket for Memorial Day is $149 and it’s $119 for the 31st, Disneyland is expecting much lower crowd interest. It’s the last week of school for many local schools, and except for those seniors, families are busy with finals and the last-day festivities, making that week the calm before the summer storm of crowds. Keep in mind that Genie+ can help you find shorter wait times, especially on Tuesday as many kids won’t be paying for it.

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Feb 23, 2022 at 1:03 p.m. Mark Says...

Planning an August 21-27, 2022 trip to DL… looks like crowds won’t be at their worst, which is great! However, is this typically the time of year that Haunted Mansion is closed for its Christmas overlay? It’s everyone’s favorite ride at WDW, so we’d be upset if we couldn’t experience DL HM!

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Feb 24, 2022 at 1:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

That is an excellent call - in 2021, Haunted Mansion closed August 16, and in 2019, it closed on Aug. 26 in 2019 for its overlay. This year, it'll all depend on when Halloween Time starts! We're crossing our froggy fingers for you! We'lll be sure to update our refurbishments post as soon as we know more, so stay tuned :)

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Feb 18, 2022 at 7:19 p.m. Ed Says...

How much is a one day adult ticket for a SoCal resident on 2/24/22

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Feb 18, 2022 at 4:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ed!

Currently, our SoCal Resident offer is only valid on weekdays (Monday through Friday) for a 3-Day Ticket (either 3-Day Base/1-Park per Day, or 3-Day Park Hopper - plus the ability to add Disney Genie+ to either option). If you're looking to purchase a 1-Day ticket only, then you should double-check the Disneyland Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar to see if tickets are still available for Feb. 24.

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Feb 14, 2022 at 5:57 a.m. Liz Says...

Hi! I'm planning a trip to Disney sometime from March 20-30, do you recommend a time then when it won't be as crowded? I'm already uneasy thinking of the spring break crowds. Thanks!

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Feb 14, 2022 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

If you're looking for the least crowded time between March 20-30, then we'd recommend you stick with weekdays over weekends. It is toadally possible that there will be spring break crowds, so you may not be able to avoid crowds completely then, but generally, weekdays are less busy than weekends.

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Jan 21, 2022 at 5:10 p.m. Arim Says...

If we have a 1-day ticket can we re-enter the park for the evening shows

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Jan 21, 2022 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Arim!

Yes! If you plan to leave during the day, you may re-enter on that same day.

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Jan 18, 2022 at 3:59 p.m. Jose Says...

Forget the last comment! Found the answer further back! Thank you anyhow!

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Weekends are generally more crowded than weekdays, even now with every day selling out. In the past, annual passholder blackouts were lifted on those weekdays in August, so many local guests would visit on the weekdays near the end of the month. But this year, with no annual passes to worry about and a lot of kids back in school by late August, your dates are a good time to visit.

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Jan 18, 2022 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

No problem, Jose! Thank you for hopping by!

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Jan 18, 2022 at 3:55 p.m. Jose Says...

What an awesome site and increible you get back to all the comments! Thank you!

Ypu point out the following in the post in the Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023 section: Weekends during the last two weeks of August.

Is this really so? Better than Mon to Fri days???

Your answers to comments around week days / weekend queestions generally say the other way round...

Thanks so much!!!

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Jan 15, 2022 at 9:29 p.m. Alana Says...

Heading to DL and DCA for the first time with my grandgirls in Sept 22, we are coming from Canada. When do they announce Oogie Boogie Bash events? CANT WAIT to be there ????

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Jan 18, 2022 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alana!

For the first year of Oogie Boogie Bash in 2019, Disney announced dates and ticket details in mid-April. It didn't hoppen in 2020, but last year, dates and ticket details were announced in early July. We'd expect anytime between April and July for this year's event. Sorry we can't pin down a more specific time, but stay tuned — we'll definitely share the announcement once it's confirmed!

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Jan 15, 2022 at 8:10 a.m. Gail Says...

Looking forward to spending our 30th wedding anniversary there, February 1st.

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Jan 15, 2022 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hoppy Anniversary, Gail! Enjoy your trip! :)

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Jan 1, 2022 at 10:59 p.m. Jenny Says...

We are in the area from Saturday January 8th until

Saturday January 15th 2022. We will get to the hotel about 3 on Saturday. We have 5 day passes. We were thinking about going to Disney Saturday night to get an extra evening with holiday events and then using Thursday as a day to explore the area. Would this be a waste of a day in Disneyland. We will alternate parks on the consecutive days. Or should we just explore the area Saturday night and use the ticket for Thursday? First time and want to get the best experience possible.

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Feb 14, 2022 at 9:08 p.m. Carrie Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip out. According to your dates March 1st ,2 he or 3rd are the best days ! Curious out f the 3 tues we’d or Thursday which is best? We are flexible! Thanks

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Feb 14, 2022 at 8:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

All three days will be pretty much equal, so we'd go with whichever day works best for you! If your schedule is flexible enough to consider Friday, March 4, then we just want to point out that Disneyland will have later park hours (Disneyland closes at 9 p.m. on Tues./Wed./Thurs. and midnight on Fri.). Plus Friday would have fireworks and marks the beginning of Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. For shorter lines, we'd stick with Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, but if you want more entertainment and longer hours, we'd suggest considering Friday, if you can.

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Jan 3, 2022 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

It sounds like you already have a good plan! On Saturday, Disneyland is open until 11 p.m., so you can get a lot done from late afternoon until closing and catch all of the nighttime holiday entertainment before it ends after Sunday. A five-day ticket gives you plenty of time in both parks, even with a half-day at Disneyland on Saturday, especially since fireworks take place only on Saturday & Sunday and the parks close earlier during the week. You'll also want to hit Splash Mountain and Haunted Mansion Holiday before they close Jan. 10. "it's a small world" Holiday will stick around longer though, so you can save that for later in the week (but still see it at night and catch the holiday projection show that takes place every half-hour at night on Saturday). And there's so much else to see in So Cal that you could definitely take a day on Thursday to explore. Hope this all helps!

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Dec 30, 2021 at 5:41 p.m. Ann Says...

Have a trip planned for Jan 31-Feb 4th 2022 - COVID has me worried! Is it easy to change park tickets and are people wearing their masks as required?

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Dec 31, 2021 at 6:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann!

Some Disneyland tickets are valid through 2024 (you can see exact details on each ticket's details page), and we offer a 365-day refund policy. Let us know if we can help with any other questions! :)

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Dec 29, 2021 at 9:25 p.m. Brian Says...

How busy do you think it'll be next week (Tues to Friday, 1/4 to 1/7)?

Thanks,

Brian

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Dec 29, 2021 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian!

As holiday trips wind down and kids go back to school, we expect things to be pretty manageable. Have fun!

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May 3, 2022 at 11:06 p.m. Kelly Says...

Can you tell me what the park hours and nighttime show schedules are like on the weekdays of the first week of January. Trying to choose between less crowds and longer hours/more shows, if that applies. Thanks.

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May 4, 2022 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

So, based off last year, the holiday festivities lasted through Jan. 9 (this was a later date compared to previous years). This meant that all of the holiday decor, food, entertainment, etc. and later park hours stayed put until then. We don't know the dates for the 2022-2023 holiday season just yet, so at this time, we're not sure if the first week will be included, like last year, or if the festivities stop shortly after the New Year.

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Dec 26, 2021 at 11:20 p.m. Lorri Says...

Our Daughter bought us tickets for Disneyland on 01/19/22. Since she purchased the tickets will we be able to upgrade to a park hopper ticket. If so how much more will it be.

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Dec 29, 2021 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorri!

The difference in price is usually about $60. Unfortunately, you can only upgrade tickets at the ticket booth and only if a park hopper is still available for your date. Check the availability calendar to see specific dates. If you live locally, we would suggest hopping by the booths sooner rather than later to upgrade and make your reservations :) Have fun!

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Dec 26, 2021 at 5:02 p.m. Keena Says...

Is there any week during June that is somewhat slow?

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Dec 29, 2021 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keena!

The first week of June through June 9 is generally slower than the rest of the month (but not by a lot!). Tuesday through Friday is quieter than weekends through Monday. Hope this helps!

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Dec 16, 2021 at 4:26 p.m. Jenn Luce Says...

We are looking at March 8-15th 2022. You mentioned going before March 5th. I can’t seem to find a reason? I feel like most Cali spring breaks I could see were after the 15th. So do you think that’s a crappy time to go?? Help! First time taking our family and want a good experience

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Dec 16, 2021 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn!

We consider March 5 through April 24 as the general spring break season, with potentially elevated crowds starting March 5, since spring breaks across the country vary. As you point out though, spring break for most local schools seem to fall later in the month, so we'd expect March 12-20 to be the busiest.

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Dec 15, 2021 at 12:51 a.m. Doreen O Says...

How do you get a restaurant reservation? Tried to book on line for February as soon as the date was available - booking app says full!!

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Dec 15, 2021 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doreen!

We encourage you to keep checking throughout the day and as time goes on! While reservations can open up to 60 days in advance, not all locations may book that far in advance (for instance, one reason might be that they don't release reservations until park hours are confirmed). We've also seen reservations released even a few days later. You can check out our guide for more dining reservation info and tips.

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Dec 13, 2021 at 6:20 p.m. Gam Says...

It there firework still going on at night at Disneyland?

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Dec 13, 2021 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gam!

Currently, with the holiday season, the "Believe ... In Holiday Magic" fireworks spectacular is hoppening nightly until Jan. 9, 2022. We also know that "Disneyland Forever" will be returning sometime in 2022 (no exact date yet!).

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Nov 20, 2021 at 8:28 p.m. Marie Says...

Hi, we have booked WDW for the first 2 weeks in April 2022. Can anybody tell me the MK, AK, HS and Epcot opening and closing times for this period at all please? Thanks

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Nov 22, 2021 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie!

Confirmed theme park hours are usually posted only a few weeks at a time in advance. The first two weeks of April will still fall during the spring break season, so we'd expect that the parks would be open until about 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. at least, depending on the park.

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Nov 12, 2021 at 9:48 a.m. Louie Says...

We plan to be in Disneyland 2nd week of February 2022. Is it open to foreigners? Reason I'm asking is that it says here that it was opened to out of state June 15, 2021 so not sure if out of country are allowed. Thanks

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Nov 12, 2021 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louie!

The US ban on international travel has just been lifted for travelers visiting from 33 countries - you can see all of the details here. Disneyland is open to foreign travelers, as well!

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Nov 10, 2021 at 2:21 a.m. Elizabeth DeHaye Says...

What causes an increase in crowds March 5th?

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Nov 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Crowds will start to elevate March 5 due to the spring break season.

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Nov 9, 2021 at 3:37 a.m. Emily Says...

Planning a trip with 4 kids the week of Jan 2-8 using a 3 day hopper pass. Which days would you recommend in the park? I heard fireworks are only on the weekends and sometimes on Mondays. Should we include Monday as one of our days so we can see fireworks or just go mid-week?

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Because Holiday Time extends to Jan. 9 this year, there should be nightly fireworks (depending on the weather) through the 9th. The entertainment schedule only goes six weeks out in advance, but you should still see fireworks. Midweek tends to be less crowded than weekends — while every day has been selling out, weekdays have shorter lines since many people do not stay all day long due to school and work.

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Nov 7, 2021 at 10:37 p.m. Ashley hackett Says...

Hi. We’re travelling from the UK, to visit April 2nd-12th and want to do 5 days at the 2 parks. Which dates would you recommend?

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

It is spring break season so some schools will be off at that time, but April 3-8 would be your best bet.

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Nov 7, 2021 at 7:13 p.m. Julie Says...

Do you think it’ll be busy January 9th the last day of Christmas decor? Debating between that day and November 28th Sunday.

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Nov 9, 2021 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

It's a tough call, as we think both dates would likely be equally busy. The 28th could be busy due to Thanksgiving crowds while the 9th could be busy since it's the last official day of Holiday Time. We'd suggest whichever date works better for your schedule (though Nov. 28 would be a great start to the holiday season!).

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Nov 5, 2021 at 5:29 p.m. Tiffany Says...

my son turns 5 on April 17. The crowd calendar shows anything after 19th pretty low, but your advice says that it will be crowded until 25th. Would 25th be a better bet than 19th?

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Nov 9, 2021 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

Many different factors can affect crowds, and we don't know all of them quite yet (such as what capacity levels will be like by April). That said, Easter falls on April 17 so some late spring breaks could run until April 24. But as of recently, we generally find that Tuesdays are a little less crowded than Mondays. We probably won't see a huge difference between these two dates so we'd recommend that you pick the best one that suits your schedule.

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Nov 3, 2021 at 2:24 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Hi! We want to surprise our kids and take the day off of school and work with a day at Disneyland. We are looking at Wed. Nov. 17th or Wed. Dec. 8th. Do you think the crowds will be about the

Same on both of those days? Any other factors we should consider? Thanks so much!

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Nov 3, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

In terms of crowds, most days have been selling out so crowd levels have been consistent (though we still find them to be manageable with limited capacity in place!). Both days have long hours and all of the entertainment in place, so either would be good!

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Oct 31, 2021 at 10:29 p.m. Margie Says...

We would like to visit the park on December 7 or 8. December 7 is a Merriest Nites evening which we won't be attending. Which day would be less crowds....a Merriest Nites day or a non-Merriest Nites day? We know the park closes early on the Merriest Nites day and that's OK with us if it means a lighter crowd during the day. Would love some insight! Thanks!

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Nov 1, 2021 at 12:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margie!

Crowds have been pretty consistent lately. Since Merriest Nites is a new event, we don't know exactly how it will affect crowds, but because it will have limited attendance, we wouldn't expect a huge difference between party nights and non-party nights. We'd go with the 8th since the park closes early on the 7th, so you can catch the fireworks and evening entertainment.

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Oct 27, 2021 at 10:10 p.m. Lex Says...

Hi there!

I saw your crowd calendar said that the Disney Festival of Holidays starts on November 12. What does that mean? Will the park be decorated with Christmas decorations already? I was going to be in LA from November 6 to November 13, so I was wondering which days I should go that wouldn't be the busiest, but would still have that holiday magic.

Thank you!

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Oct 28, 2021 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lex!

Yes! Holiday Time at Disneyland Resort begins Nov. 12 (and the Disney Festival of Holidays is specifically at Disney California Adventure). Check out our guide for all the details on the holiday hoppenings. Both parks would be fully decorated. If you were to go before the 12th, you may still see some decorations popping up, but all of the other festivities (such as treats, "it's a small world" Holiday, etc.) wouldn't be available until the 12th.

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Oct 22, 2021 at 9:32 a.m. Adam Says...

Hi everyone! We've booked for a trip to Disneyland on Sept 11th to Sept 16th 2022.

I only just saw that D23 ends on the 11th, do you think the parks will be extremely busy the week we've booked as a result of D23?

I booked September as it's a relatively 'quiet' month (I'm autistic so lower crowds/wait times is better for me) but not sure if I've made a mistake!

Thank you!

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Oct 26, 2021 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam!

Mid-September is generally a great time to visit! You might see more people on that Sunday, but the weekdays shouldn't be too crowded. While the reservation system has been spreading guests out more (historically very low days have seen a rise in crowds since it's a day that the Tier 1 tickets would be valid), we still think crowds overall would be relatively low to average.

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Oct 5, 2021 at 7:27 p.m. Elysa Says...

I’ve been wanting to plan a Disney trip and I’m thinking 2nd week of February. Possibly visit the park February 8-10

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Sep 23, 2021 at 7:04 p.m. Southside Girl Says...

I'm looking at the calendar and it says that Jan 5-7 should not be that crowded, but the ticket price is like $50 higher than the following week. Any idea why it's so high if it's a less-busy time?

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Sep 23, 2021 at 3:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Holiday Time will run a bit longer than usual this year, as it's hoppening until Jan. 9. It should be less crowded than the week before but might be busier than the following week due to people getting their last holiday thrills in. With kids back in school though, it should not be too crowded. The prices are higher since it includes all of the holiday entertainment.

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Sep 23, 2021 at 2:24 p.m. Susan Snyder Says...

Hi! Planning a January 2022 trip and I see that you mention MLK day as a busy time but it says Jan 14-27? Did you mean Jan 14-17? Just curious if the holiday causes it to be busy for so long. Thank you!

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Sep 23, 2021 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

Yes, it's supposed to be Jan. 14-17, 2022. Thanks for catching that! It's fixed now.

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Sep 23, 2021 at 2:42 a.m. Lee Says...

Why is October 1-16, 2021 forecasted to be busy? Is it a break time for kids or are there special events there? Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2021 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lee!

Some schools in Arizona and Utah have fall breaks during early/mid October.

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Sep 20, 2021 at 2 a.m. MelB Says...

I already have a trip booked for Dec. 6-10. I just heard that 2 of those days will have the Merriest Nites event. I do not plan to go to those events. Is it better to go to Disneyland the day of the these events or California Adventure?

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Sep 20, 2021 at 5:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel!

Disneyland closes early on party days at 8 p.m. If you are park hopping, you can start in Disneyland Park and hop any time after 1 p.m. But if you have 1-park per day tickets, you’ll get the most out of your day if you are visiting Disney California Adventure on party days.

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