Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2450 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 this summer and fall have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into the holidays and winter.

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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

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland 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 strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods such as summer when the locals can get back in.

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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 took place in August 2019. We would expect it to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. For example, we expect this October to be busier because of the debut this year of the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure. 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.

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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. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

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
  • 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)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • 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.

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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!

  • 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 froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Aug 16, 2015 at 10:47 a.m. oscar Says...

hi me and my son are going to disneyland and california adventure. we have a choice to go to disneyland on the 17th of september and california adventure on the 8th of october. or disneyland on the 7th of octber and california adventure on the 8th of october. which one shoult we do because i hate waiting in line?

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Aug 14, 2015 at 11:44 p.m. Michelle Says...

We are thinking of going to Disneyland on Friday, sept 4. Which would be the Friday of Labor Day weekend. What are your thoughts on how crowded it would be?

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

That Friday will likely see medium crowds.

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Aug 5, 2015 at 7:09 p.m. Jacob Says...

I am planning a short notice wedding for me and my soon-to-be husband, and I love the idea of going out there for our honeymoon. We have reservations in San Diego for August 23-30 and planned to drive up to Anaheim for a day to do Disneyland. Which day would be best to go that week and did you have any other tips for maximizing our time there? Any help is appreciated!!!

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Aug 12, 2015 at 5:44 a.m. Meg Says...

Sundays are always pretty slow. During week Wed isn't too bad either. Cars ride, thunder mountain, popular rides like that are the busiest during day. Hit those rides up right at opening or after 10pm. There is an app called disneyland wait times. Download it now so u can get an idea of what rides/ attractions not to do during day. Or rather what rides /attractions to do during day!

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Aug 14, 2015 at 3:19 p.m. Kristy Says...

Thank you!! Going at the end of this month!! Have 3 small girls ☺️

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Aug 5, 2015 at 3:03 p.m. Jason Says...

Are these dates generally the same heading into 2016?

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Aug 7, 2015 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Jason,

Generally, yes. There are some exceptions, mostly around spring break, because the day Easter falls on influences spring break season. We'll have an update next week on this post with 2016 dates!

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Jul 31, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. Jennifer Olsen Says...

What day would be better Friday August 7th or Monday the 10th??

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Aug 1, 2015 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

WE would choose Monday the 10th. As we get further into the month, more kids will be returning to school and the parents of kids not in school are starting to plan for that instead of vacation.

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Jul 29, 2015 at 6:34 p.m. Santos Says...

I have been there for Thanksgiving and its not that bad, the worst time I have been there is Fourth of July. I have been there during Spring Break (March) and the first weekend in December and its not that crazy...truthfully if you go to the park as soon as it opens ride the big rides first, that's the true secret. Once the crowd starts poring in you have done all the big rides and may just have shows and repeat some rides. :)

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Jul 28, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. Michelle Says...

I am planning a trip October 1-4. It is going to be "gay days". Thoughts on crowd levels? I'm going with just my sisters (all adults) so I'm hoping it won't affect us too terribly much if it's a little busier than normal :-/

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Aug 20, 2015 at 2:16 a.m. Justin Says...

hi. I went for gay days last year and it was average. Even on the weekend. I will say that grown adults supporting the lgbt community are organized and orderly. Basically they make everything flow faster. Not as many screaming 4 year olds who decided Peter Pan was too scary right before he goes on.

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Aug 3, 2015 at 6:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, your visit will overlap with Gay Days. While it will bring some additional folks to the parks, it shouldn't be as crowded as the busiest days. Do keep in mind that Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be the busier days.

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Jul 19, 2015 at 5:37 p.m. Jordan Says...

i have a 17 month old and want to bring her to Disneyland and want to know what ride she can ride and it's ok to bring her and if in September is good to go or if i should go sooner

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Jul 22, 2015 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan,

You will have plenty of options for bringing her Disneyland. Here is a related post on that topic! If you can wait until September, I think it will generally be better, especially if you go on a weekday.

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Jul 18, 2015 at 4:54 p.m. Big Poppa Says...

The ABSOLUTE WORST DAY to visit Disneyland is July 17 - that is the annual celebration of the opening of the park. Make note of not attending on milestone dates, i.e., 50th, 60th anniversary.

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Jul 26, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. Kris Says...

ya, showed up on the July 17th and had NO idea this was going to be the busiest day of the busiest season! To top it off, July 18th was record rainfall and most of the rides were not running. So disappointing. The line at city hall for a rain check ticket to come back was probably 4 hours long.....

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Jul 24, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. moni Says...

Hi..Ive been in 2006 last week of July during 50th celebrations..it was really busy but we still really enjoyed it a lot.Question...how long does the 60th celebrations go till and if you go in September are there still any parades or fireworks?

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Jul 15, 2015 at 6:57 p.m. Alondra Says...

Hello, we will be going to Disneyland December 3-5 Thu-Fri-Sat. I am wondering how the crowds will be those days and if I should do Wed-Thu-Fri instead? We will have a 4 year old and 5 yeard old with us, Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Laura Says...

Going on week days are so much better then weekends.

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Jul 16, 2015 at 7:37 p.m. Lu Says...

Friday and Saturday tend to be Disneyland's busy days off season. But it shouldn't be anywhere close to the crowds during summer or the holidays. I think you should be fine. fyi...you could take in bottle water/drinks in plastic container and food for the kids

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Jul 12, 2015 at 6:36 a.m. Bob Says...

I think it's worth pointing out that while the Worst Time to Visit includes 'June 5-August 16,' August 17-23 is likely to be worse than the week before it. August 17 is when the long summer blockout for SoCal AP holders ends, and usually brings a huge influx of locals. It's still summer, and most of the surrounding schools haven't started classes on the 17th.

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Jul 16, 2015 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bob,

Agree and good catch :)

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Jul 18, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. Mark Says...

When are SoCal schools back in session?

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Jul 22, 2015 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

The dates vary by school district, and private schools can be on different schedules, but the end of August and beginning of September are great times to visit the park because locals are either starting school or focused on going back to school.

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Jul 11, 2015 at 4:03 a.m. Jessica Says...

Trying to plan a trip before Thanksgiving. Any insight on when Holiday in the Park officially starts?

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Jul 22, 2015 at 10:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

This year's dates have not been released yet, but last year it started Nov. 13 and we have sometimes seen it sooner. About the second weekend in November is a good bet.

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Jun 26, 2015 at 9:02 p.m. Rachel Says...

I hear BlizzCon (Blizz Convention) will be there November 5-7, 2015. Think it will make Disneyland crazy?

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Jun 21, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. Kelli Says...

We are thinking about taking our family to DL between June 28 thru July 5. Just wondering if anyone might have an idea of how busy it will be. If too crazy we will wait until fall. Thank you!

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Jul 18, 2015 at 12:25 a.m. Laura Says...

Fall is a lot better time to go. Summer time is hot and crowded.

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Jul 13, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Paul Says...

My wife and I have season passes and go all the time. July5 is a great day. People staying home after their4th if July partying

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Jul 1, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. Shawn Says...

we just took our vacation to Disneyland from June 26 to the June 30th it was so busyan hour wait for the rides and the streets were so crowded and everyone bumping into you push and shove is the only way you're getting through but other than that it is a magical place and the kids will have a great time

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Jun 24, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelli,

It's going to be busy, but perhaps not as busy as it could be since most of the Southern California annual passholders will be blocked out at this time. The new Disneyland anniversary shows are bringing in more people, though, so we definitely recommend you look at our top tips for Disneyland in summer. The fall is generally better, but does have some busy times, especially on weekends during Halloween Time, so try to time it for weekdays. If visiting during Halloween Time isn't priority, I would try to time it for early September.

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Jun 20, 2015 at 3:46 a.m. Jo-Anne Says...

Hi planning a trip to Disney California from Australia in January 2016 . Does anyone know what date The Haunted Mansion usually re opens as my older children are desperate to go on this

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Jul 3, 2015 at 7:21 p.m. Jill Says...

I don't know a solid date but according to Mouse Planet, it was closed Jan 12-22, 2015 to remove the overlay, so I would assume a similar schedule for Jan 2016. We are also planning our trip around the hat box ghost LOL

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Jun 18, 2015 at 9:06 p.m. Tami Says...

Hubby & I are visiting this year Oct. 2-3 (Fri & Sat). Unfortunately, we do not have flexibility on these dates since he is in town for business and we are trying to squeeze in a couple of DL days. We have only visited during July and still found that manageable even though it was busy. I have read that this particular weekend is an unofficial event "Gay Days" and there is also Mickey's Halloween party on Friday night. How crazy will this really get this time of year/weekend? We are very familiar with both parks and the Fastpass system, so we're hoping that will help. Thanks in advance!

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Aug 13, 2015 at 6:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tami,

I think it being Gay Days, Friday and Saturday, and the Halloween party, I think it will be busier than during an earlier weekday, although not as busy as the crowds you'd find during peak season. Since you're familiar with the parks and FASTPASS, you should have no trouble navigating :)

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Jul 28, 2015 at 7:41 p.m. Michelle Says...

I am going the same weekend and am wondering the same thing! Have you gotten any good answers or advice yet?

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Jun 17, 2015 at 1:56 a.m. Jeremy Says...

I found this site after visiting DL June 12-15, 2015. There is a commonality of "busy" times. We got to the park between 8 and 9 everyday and found it to be tolerable on Saturday, excellent on Sunday, and horrible on Monday. The REALLY busy time kicked in around noon. If you don't do well in shoulder to shoulder foot traffic, I recommend going back to your hotel, grab a cocktail, and sit by the pool for 3 or 4 hours.

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Jun 10, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. Marx Says...

I want to plan a trip the first week of March, my boyfriend has never been and i want him to experience it, DL was a huge part of my childhood and i loved every minute spent there. How busy is it at the beginning of March, would it be better to try and go in February?

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Jul 26, 2015 at 8:06 p.m. squeakermama Says...

Hi Marx. I would suggest going in Feb since you might get a lot of spring breakers in March and it could be crowded unless you go the first week on March. We went last Feb and it was unusually crowded for that time of year (?) but still better than spring break time If you want to avoid crowds.

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Jun 15, 2015 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marx,

If you go after President's Day but before the second week of March, you should be fine.

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Jun 8, 2015 at 8:34 p.m. krystalyn Says...

Hi .. I'm planning a DL trip for my husband and two kids .. It will be our first time going!

When is a good time to go that's not extremely hot, as well as wait times aren't so bad?

Looking towards September or October or December.

Also what is a recommended activities to do.. I am a huge Disney fan so I would love to do as much as I possibly can (no rides though)

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May 28, 2015 at 7:29 p.m. shawn Says...

We are visiting a few parks such as california adventure,seaworld and californias hollywood studios in late october will they be packed?

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May 28, 2015 at 1:33 p.m. Hollikee Says...

Hi all.....

How were the crowd levels on Mother's Day this year?

I know the Tinkerbell 1/2 marathon was scheduled for that weekend this year. I am planning on going next year, but was wondering about how busy it will be......

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May 24, 2015 at 8:58 a.m. joe Says...

Hello! Between a Tuesday which is the first /not/ blocked out SoCal Select date after the kickoff of the Diamond Anniversary celebration, and a Friday which is SoCal Select blocked out, which date is likely to be less crowded? Also, would SoCal Select or Grad Nite have a greater impact on crowds?

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May 26, 2015 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe,

This whole week may be bad due to the new shows and the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, so I don’t know that it will follow a typical pattern. Grad Nights would likely have a greater impact on crowd levels, especially in the evenings, but it would be ideal to go on a night without Grad Night and with SoCal Select blackouts. That isn't going to be possible this week, but Thursday may be your best bet as it doesn't have Grad Night.

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May 23, 2015 at 8:41 p.m. shawnmack Says...

We a family of 5 will be visiting california adventure park,seaworld as well as hollywood studios will these parks be very crowded we will b arriving late october 22nd thru 28th?

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Jul 26, 2015 at 8:10 p.m. squeakermama Says...

No, you should be fine. Great time to visit after school starts back up after labor day.

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May 20, 2015 at 5:58 p.m. Kenny Says...

Because of my wife's job, we are going to Disneyland in MID JULY! I know its going to be insane. any tips? which days of the week to avoid? anything...ANYTHING to make this just a little easier is appreciated!

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May 21, 2015 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kenny,

Yes, it will be busy, but maybe not as bad as you think with most of the passholders blocked out during this time. We've got some tips for surviving Disneyland in summer that you should check out:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/tips-disneyland-summer/

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Apr 30, 2015 at 7:32 a.m. Cathy Says...

Oh dear, we are flying from Australia to visit Disneyland on the 24 November 2015. We didn't realise it was thanksgiving as its not a holiday we celebrate in Australia. I am now feeling extremely disappointed after hearing how crowded it will be.....any tips? I have 2 teenage children. The last time we visited was 10 years ago and they don't remember it.

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Jun 29, 2015 at 7:07 p.m. anna Says...

FAST PASSES! use them wisely on the popular rides!

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May 7, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. Rick Says...

We went to Disneyland a year ago during the busiest time of year, just after Christmas until after New Year's Day. It was super busy, but the parks were open early and stayed open until late. I would suggest getting to the park 30-45 minutes before opening. Within that first few hours you can ride as many rides as you can the rest of the day. Make sure you have a plan and download an app that shows the wait times. We had a blast even though the crowds were insane. Also, use FastPass to the best of your ability. FastPass is your friend! Have fun!

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Apr 28, 2015 at 1:24 a.m. Danielle Says...

Columbus Day weekend in October????? Help needed! I work in a school and keep trying to figure a good time to go to Disneyland (our first trip). How CRAZY is that weekend? TIA

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Aug 13, 2015 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

Columbus Day is one of the few holidays that has less impact on crowds. It won't be completely dead, but it's definitely worth doing.

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Apr 25, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. Luke Says...

I cant recommend going at Christmas time enough. I don't know if it still happens the same but when I went they have an amazing Christmas theme fireworks display and they made the main street appear to snow as everyone headed out the gates. I may have been lucky but didn't once even think about crowds and wait times. Day just flowed nicely.

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Apr 6, 2015 at 8:44 p.m. Shelly Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland May 30 to June 3. I understand there will be grad parties 2 of the nights and I am trying to work out what days to go to both California Adventure vs Disneyland to avoid crowds as much as possible

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:56 a.m. We had one grad night on ours, too Says...

We accidentally ended up in the park on a grad day and the only advice we have is to go early and plan other things for later. The students really packed in after about 2p.m. They were all nice and some were playing scavenger games (find this person) from ride to ride, but there were just so many, and they tend to have smartphone addictions. Even after kindly turning off the phone during Pirates of the Caribbean when asked, they turned them back on while still in the ride because they just couldn't resist for a full 3 minutes. They really tried! We see adults do the same thing, so we remained patient and found other things to do instead; visiting a restaurant we missed last time, wait for a show and just chat, or go to attractions they aren't drawn to such as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln!

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Mar 31, 2015 at 7:58 p.m. Alisa Says...

We have decided to take our three boys Aug 31 2015-Sept 3rd. Our first time going, (Although I'd like it to be as cheap as possible so that we have more spending money; any suggestions on hotel? For 5? 3 kids ages 5, 6 and 7. and 2adults.) we are driving down from Oregon so I'm not sure what the CA school schedule is; I am kinda of hoping California has school in session. Oregon doesn't start until after Labor day. And I am hoping that first WEEK (not weekend) of September is alright. Any suggestions? Tips to beat lines? Anything is helpful!!

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Apr 8, 2015 at 6:54 p.m. Darlene Says...

We have been several times with our 4 kids and absolutely recommend Hilton's Homewood Suites. You have to take a shuttle but you have a 1 bedroom suite, get a full breakfast and dinner during the week and also have a full kitchen in the unit. Perfect for kid and families. The prices are reasonable.

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Apr 18, 2015 at 7:43 a.m. Debbie Says...

Hi, I saw your post about going to Disneyland several times. We have 4 kids also& have never been, 2 teens, 2 toddlers. We are trying to work it out to go during the week in May. You mentioned a hotel that serves breakfast anddinner? I've heard of this, this would really help us alot. we Are on tight budget, trying top get a unforgettable family time in before our oldest graduates hijack next year does this hotel always do the free breast and dinner? Thanks so much! Debbie from Washington

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Mar 29, 2015 at 5:55 p.m. cforrey23 Says...

Our family will be in the parks September 29th - October 2nd. We planned for weekdays to avoid crowds and lines but now after reading some articles I'm concerned we will miss out on Fireworks, Fantasmic, and Parades because of the Halloween parties. This would be a major bummer for us as my husband is a part time pyrotechnician and seeing the fireworks is a HUGE deal to him. Also now wondering if they will be doing the Halloween themed fireworks and parades instead of the 60th anniversary ones which we were really excited about. We aren't really into the Halloween thing so really hoping not to miss out on the anniversary stuff!

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Mar 27, 2015 at 5:14 a.m. amanda Says...

So I have never been to disneyland before and I am trying to plan our first family vacation! I was thinking of going sometime between January and March 2016. I have an 8 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. I keep hearing about ride closures during those months but am wondering If it will truly affect our vacation. My kiddos are still young and I want them to enjoy the trip but also get the most out of it without insane line waits and crazy lines for character meet n greets. Any advise as to when is a good time to go?

Thanks in advance!

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Aug 13, 2015 at 6:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

You generally see more refurbs in January and February, but even then, there will still be plenty of attractions to visit. I wouldn't worry about it too much. There are good days within these months. You want to avoid the start of January, the days around MLK Day, the days around President's Day. In March, the first week will be best.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 5:51 p.m. Katrina Says...

Hi , my family and I are planning on Disneyland on February 21, would you say this is an OK day to go? I was trying to avoid presidents day on the 20th.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrina,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Feb 21.

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Mar 23, 2015 at 8:21 p.m. Annie Says...

Hi! I am looking to visit family in California during thanksgiving. Would it still be very busy to go to the parks November 30 and December 1st? I have an active three year old and probably won't be able to handle crazy lines. TIA!!

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Mar 11, 2015 at 10:41 p.m. Miriam Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland but due to work schedules we had to plan to go the Second week of November 2015. We would be in the park on Mon. november 9th to wednesday november 11th. Do you think this is going to be a crazy busy time to go?? thanks for the help.

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Mar 20, 2015 at 8:40 p.m. Robert Says...

November 11th is Veteran's Day. Since it is a school out holiday, you can expect pretty heavy crowds. We went one year where the 11th was our last day (of 5) - park was at capacity and CRAZY busy. Luckily, the days previous were great, so we didn't care...left after the morning and went to the beach instead.

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Mar 9, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. Ariana Says...

Question: When the park of Disneyland will put the calendar of activities for the month of October 2015? I think to travel for that date and I want to plan well the trip. Thanks!

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Mar 9, 2015 at 8:33 p.m. Linda Says...

Will there be a difference if I go the week of Aug 17 vs Aug 24?

Thanks.

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Mar 8, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. Rick Says...

I will be visiting Sept 13-18, 2015. Will Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain be open at that time?

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Mar 6, 2015 at 2:54 a.m. Family Trip Says...

We are considering a trip to Disneyland and have had good success in June but now I'm reading forums that Grad Nights are horrible since the students now get a park hopper to use during the daytime as well. Anyone wish to comment?

thanks

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Mar 19, 2015 at 9:20 p.m. Kevin Says...

We are wondering the same thing. How busy will Grad Nite private celebrations make the parks?

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Mar 23, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Grad nights include park hopper access to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during the day and a private party Grad at 10 p.m. at Disney California Adventure. These events have a moderate impact on crowds, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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Mar 5, 2015 at 12:13 p.m. Bruce Says...

We visited Disneyworld from Fri Feb 20 to Sundat Feb 22d, staying at the contemporary. I figured room prices would have dropped from the previous Valentine's Day weejpkend, which was true.

However I did not realise it was the Princess half marathon on Sunday and that crowds would be larger as a result.

For one thing, this reduced the chances of getting an upgrade to the A frame (wed booked the Garden Wiing). On the past several visits we'd received an upgrade - once without asking! (The greeter realised we were a gay male couple and took us to a gay check in clerk - who upgraded us and followed up with a phone call checking that everything was satisfactory.)

There were longer waits for np meals - at Coral Reef in Epcot, California Grille, and at Brown Derby. This interfered with our FastPass+ For Little Mermaid - where we encountered the only rudeness in 6/7 trips to Disney since 2009. (I have cancer and difficulty standing and used a scooter and "disability access pass" - to great effect - on this trip. But as I "scooted" towards the entrance of Little Mermaid a female cast member "barked" at me: "You can't bring that in here." When I staggered into the waiting area the first thing we saw was a man sitting on his cooter! I mentioned this to another cast member, who basically shrugged his shoulders and didn't, e.g., find a place for me to sit - as I was pale and sweating at this point.)

We encountered one other incident that made us feel,"less than." In the past - that is, before gay marriage was legal in Florida - Disney helped us celebrate the "anniversary" of our meeting.

This time, gay marriage had become legal between the time of our booking and our dinner reservation at California grille.

As we went to check in on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary for our ealier dinner reservations, we heard the cast member ask the opposite-sec couple in front of us, "Are you celebrating anything special?"

My partner and I caucused and decided to respond to a similar question by saying, "Yes we are celebrating our recent marriage."

But the sour-passed cast member just said, "Name?" And did not ask if we were celebrating anything special. Thus left a sour taste in our mouths and detracted from our enjoyment of the meal.

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Sunday - race day- was chaotic. We waited for a bus to take us. Then we were told we had to take the monorail - with our clunky scooter - to the transportation centre. Then we were told to get off at Polynesian resort and take a bus (perhaps the same one we'd tried to take at the Contemporary) to Disney Hollywood.

Finally, the quality of photographers has declined. Previously we took (and bought) pictures we subsequently framed and/or put on e.g., coffee mugs.

All this - surly staff, confused directions, delayed dining reservations - while prices have increased 30-50%.

I love Disney - and own stock - but lament the decline in standards. In future we will consider alternatives such as Universal and, e.g., cheap and cheerful cruises. (For the cost of our weekend at Disney I could have taken a 5 night Caribbean cruise on Carnival.)

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Mar 5, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. Sam Says...

HI

We're travelling from Australia for first time visit to DL in Dec 2015! We'll be there from Monday 7th - Weds 9th December. I've read that this should be an ok time to visit crowd wise but it would be good to get some first hand knowledge of these times! Any day going to be the best crowd wise? Thanks!

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Mar 3, 2015 at 12:10 a.m. Candi Says...

We are frequent Disneyland visitors. We have always gone to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World during the summertime but this year are wanting to switch it up and take the family to Disneyland and California Adventure during Christmas time to see all the amazing decorations and the rides that have been made over with holiday cheer. I know it says Thanksgiving week is a very busy time to visit but my question is how does the very end of November and going into the first week of December usually rate for crowds? We would be traveling on the weekend ending Thanksgiving break but wouldn't be heading into the parks till that Sunday on the 29th of November through December 1st. Also we are purchasing each of us 3-day tickets. Is heading to Magic Morning one of those mornings actually worth it? Any advice and information on how it would be will be great. Thank you.

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Jul 21, 2015 at 4:16 a.m. melanie Says...

beginning of dec is the best time to visit, imo. Hours are great, crowds are low, temp is not so hot, and everything is christmas and beautiful.

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Mar 4, 2015 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candi,

You should be good to go the week after Thanksgiving. We definitely think it's worth making use of the Magic Morning if you can. Just make sure to get there at least 30 minutes ahead of the opening for the shortest waits.

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Mar 1, 2015 at 4:09 p.m. Sommer Says...

We want to go to Disneyland in June 2015 But we are concerned about graduation night early closures and suggestions or ideas on how to find out what nights graduation party's are happening Thanks

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Feb 19, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. Tina Says...

We are going April 15 - April 19. Is this a good time? I read that from March 6 - April 12 is not a good time. Have anybody been in Disneyland around this time here, and can tell me how it is? Is there anything happening this date?

Thanks for answering me! It's Our first time :)

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Feb 18, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. Adriana Says...

Best day to go on a weekend, Saturday or sunday?

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Feb 13, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. Jesse Mette Says...

I'm wondering if February 17th would be an ok dy to go to disneyland? I know it's pretty close to president's day but I have the day off from work.

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Feb 6, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. Tina Says...

What do you think the diamond celebration is going to do to the crowd levels? It is scheduled to start May 22 and we were already planning May 23-27, think that first weekend will be crazy busy?

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Feb 12, 2015 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

Some passholders will be blocked out during these dates, so that will help a bit, but I think it will definitely increase overall crowd levels. The new shows and parade will definitely be a major draw to guests this year, and I would expect lots of people will want to see them when they open.

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Feb 6, 2015 at 8:36 p.m. steph Says...

My husband and I are taking my son to DL for the first time right in the beginning of Sept for his 8th birthday. We will have our (will be) one year old with us too.

We are coming from BC Canada and hoping we have chosen the right time. Sept 7th (mon) to the 10th (thursday). Would it be worth changing dates a bit to get a weekend day in there. I ask because I read a comment above stating that sometimes Fantasia and other things only happen during weekends. Any thoughts or advice? TIA!

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Jan 30, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. Jo Anne Says...

Our family, myself, husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson (who will be 4 when we go) are going to Disneyland late October 2015 - any special advise or tips you can give us. It will my grandsons first time and we are all very excited and want him to have the best time possible.

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Jan 26, 2015 at 2:01 a.m. Erin Says...

How is the crowds over Labor Day weekend??

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Jan 24, 2015 at 12:47 p.m. Jacquie Says...

We ( Family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 and 13) are visiting Disneyland for the first time from Australia from August 30 through to September 4 2015. Will the parks be closing earlier as Summer has just finished? We are getting a 4 day hopper pass. Any hints greatly appreciated.

Cheers

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Jun 6, 2015 at 5:32 a.m. Tracy Says...

That is the exact time we are going as well!! I was wondering the same thing. we usually go in the spring or early June, so I really am not sure about this particular week.

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Jan 23, 2015 at 12:29 p.m. margare t traynor Says...

we will be visiting Disneyland from february 10 to february 17 2014. for our 40th visit to the park, will the diamond anniversary celebrations be on at this time, thank you

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Jan 23, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margaret,

I am guessing you mean 2015 :) Unfortunately, the anniversary celebration is not expected to begin until the spring. You can see there are quite a few refurbishments going on right now that are likely ahead of the celebration.

Keep hoppin'!

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