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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2593 Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Nov 25, 2015 at 7:03 p.m. Brae Says...

Ugh. I've been planning a trip for a year, scouring the internet for best and worst dates. We're giving our 5 kids a trip to Disneyland for Christmas, and will be there January 5,6,7. I have found TONS of conflicting information.

MOST sites say that it's a good time to go after schools are back in after the new year- which would be the week we're going. We didn't want to go during the busy MLK days and the Star Wars days in January, but we didn't want to wait too long for our kids to get their christmas present. (It's the ONLY thing they're getting.)

But reading this totally dampens my spirits. I hope it's not super crowded and crazy. I could just cry.

Dec 26, 2015 at 9:05 p.m. Thomas Says...

Hi! I've gone around this time before and it's perfect. There will always be crowds, but the crowds around that week are much less than the weeks prior. Definitely get fast passes as fast as you can for the best/most popular rides - Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Cars Land, California Screamin', Soaring Over California, etc. There are also multiple rides that do single riders, so if your kids are old enough, definitely take advantage of that! My youngest is 9 and we did that for some rides (Cars and the Matterhorn). It worked out really well and I was even able to go with my son on one ride. The line is much shorter but still so fun. I would also advise to make a plan when you get there. What rides, attractions, shows, etc. are a must? What food would you like to try and where is it located? What times would we like to eat? Where are good places for a break? Don't forget that they offer free cups of water - this is always a life saver.

Dec 15, 2015 at 10 p.m. Rachel Says...

You should be fine. Tuesday-Thursday will be relatively dead normally. The only thing that might change that is if schools are not back in session yet. I don't have children, so I have no idea when school starts again, but if it's that Monday then you should be fine. If your kids aren't interested in seeing the parade, I would hit Fantasyland during the parade. That's when the lines there will be the shortest.

Dec 7, 2015 at 9:23 p.m. THawk Says...

My family (2 adults, 1 child) went mid October. It was a slow time but we did pick up some tricks that will help us the next time we go. The key is LEARN THE FAST PASS SYSTEM!!! I cannot emphasize this enough! Get to the park before it opens. You will be allowed into the main area but not towards any of the lands or rides. Designate one person to get to the pass for the favorite ride (for us it was Cars in Cars land). Send one person with all of the ticket to get fast passes as soon as rope drop. The rest of the group can explore or even hop right on a less sought after ride. You are allowed to get a new fast pass as soon as your current pass is active or ever 2 hours, whichever is sooner. ... Also, get the photo pass plus. If you buy it 2 weeks prior it is only around $70. It is totally worth it and it is a good way to spend time between fast passes looking for photo ops. If you are looking to save money, you can bring snacks in (nothing in glass). We saw conflicting things about being able to bring food in but we had no issue (they even check all bags coming in and it was not a problem). Another money saving tip, bring your own water bottle in and just ask at any food place for a glass of ice water. It is free and very needed on hot days. I hope you and your family have a magical trip!!

Dec 28, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. Sharynn Moore Says...

We are thinking of going in May - we were going in January but I have to have surgery- anyway What about the hours of operation? I can't see any do they close at 8 pm? We are thinking of going the 9th through the 15th and to Universal what days are best for Disneyland? Any other tips? We haven't been in 14 years.

Dec 28, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Sharynn Moore Says...

They did away with the early purchase of the photo pass plus - you can still get the photo pass just no early purchase deals.

Dec 7, 2015 at 3:27 a.m. Brit Says...


Any answers yet? We are planning the same timeframe. Seems like first week would be great time cause everyone's back in school work, etc. Would love to know what you've found out. Also seems like what makes sense is never what happens!

Dec 7, 2015 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brae & Brit,

These days are going to be fine. Most of the area schools will be back in session. The only thing that will impact crowds is that many of the SoCal passholders will be allowed back in on Jan. 4 after a holiday blockout. You would see crowds picking up in the afternoons/evenings, and of course heavier crowds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Keep hopping!


Nov 25, 2015 at 4:28 a.m. Mari Mar Says...

Christmas Day? Should we skip and go another time? We are interested in the festivities but not sure if it's the best day to go if crowds are insane. Thnx!

Dec 22, 2015 at 6:52 p.m. Gia Says...

I had the same idea to go at Christmas. Then I heard a friend of my daughters that went last Christmas and due to the crowds was only able to get on 1 ride. I ended up going yesterday and it was very crowded.

Dec 14, 2015 at 4:09 a.m. Jen Says...

I WOULD NOT go on Christmas Day! My friend tried last year and park had reached capacity and was closed. Even if it doesn't reach capacity this Christmas, it will guaranteed be pretty close! If you did get in you would be fighting terrible crowds and see the longest wait times for rides of the year.

Dec 20, 2015 at 4:32 a.m. Michelle Says...

I concur DO NOT GO!!! Did it one Christmas thinking everyone would be home opening gifts with family, nope. It was busier than a summer day.

Nov 20, 2015 at 10:34 p.m. Queenie Says...

Hi! My husband,60 y/o and I,57 y/o will be having an easy 4 day driving from San Diego to Orlando .

We're going to doing our Universal 5 days package Nov 26th - Nov 30th. Then the 5 days 4 parks package Dec 1st - Dec 5th @ Disney world. We also booked the MVMC on Tues Dec 2nd.

Would you please recommend a plan for the park visit for us.

We're old and needs a good rest. But we love the cruel rides,no worries! ????

Nov 24, 2015 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sounds like the trip of a lifetime ;) We offer touring plans for each of the parks that you could use. You can view them online or better yet download our planning app, and you can customize our pre-set plans for Disney and Universal to your liking.

Keep hopping!


Nov 20, 2015 at 4:09 p.m. Lex Says...

Will like to check if it will be crowded on this 30th Nov and 1st Dec?

Nov 19, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. Skye H. Says...

Hi! We were thinking of going the 19th and 20th of December this year. Do you think it will be crowded due to christmas? I know Annual pass holders won't be there cause of the blackout dates.

Nov 18, 2015 at 12:22 a.m. Maria Says...

Hi, we are going February 12. Its a Friday. I know that weekend might be busy, but since its a Friday and kids will be in school and parents at work. Do you think we will be OK?

Jan 15, 2016 at 6:11 p.m. Limide Says...

It's the Friday before a 3 day weekend. Yes, it will be crowded.

Nov 13, 2015 at 7:39 p.m. DisneySam Says...

Hi! I know the article said the worst days to visit is around Thanksgiving break, but exactly how bad is it? My dad is planning on taking me to Disneyland on the day of thanksgiving and after. Thank you!

Nov 16, 2015 at 4:25 a.m. Darcy Says...

Hi, we were at Disneyland for Thanksgiving in 2014 and it wasn't as bad as we were led to believe. Thanksgiving day was pretty light and we spent the day after at Universal. It wasn't bad either. By Sunday of that weekend, the crowds had thinned quite a bit, but the rain on Sunday helped. We're Oregonians, so we didn't mind! Good luck!

Nov 16, 2015 at 4:08 a.m. WizChick Says...

It's pretty crowded but not too bad, I went last year and I'm going again this year the day after Thanksgiving.

Nov 8, 2015 at 3:22 p.m. sw Says...

We are planning to go on Dec 14th, which is a Sunday, I am hoping that the crowds are not as bad on a Sunday vs. a Saturday. Any thoughts to this thinking? I know it will be busy, but just hoping we are picking a less busy day, to create memories! Any input is appreciated!

Nov 13, 2015 at 11:22 p.m. Mollie Says...

Surprisingly, Sunday's are busier than Saturday's due to Sunday not being a black out day for most pass holders. If you are going December 14th, that is actually a Monday.

Nov 2, 2015 at 6:59 a.m. Tina Says...

hoping to bring my 4&1 yr old kids between Valentine's Day and month end. When would be the best arrival day??

Nov 12, 2015 at 7:50 p.m. Drew Says...

23rd or 24th

Nov 11, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. Lisa Says...

Definitely NOT valentines day or presidents day weekend

Nov 4, 2015 at 6:32 a.m. Amanda Says...

You would want to plan on visiting the park on Tues-Thurs. Never on the weekend. and out of the weekdays, Monday and Fridays are usually the busiest.

Oct 31, 2015 at 8:02 p.m. Clint Says...

We will be staying at DLH January 3-9 and have a 5 day pass for the parks. Which days are best? My thinking is that the parks should get quieter as the week goes on, but I've never been at this time of year. Are we in for total mayhem?

Nov 4, 2015 at 6:35 a.m. Amanda Says...

Well if you have a 5 day pass, your days are kind of limited. LOL. Go MON-FRI. sat & sun are going to be the busiest out of all the days.

Oct 28, 2015 at 5:13 a.m. Aussie Family Says...

We are looking to go to Disneyland California in May (14th - 19th) 2016. I have read something about Graduation parties at Disneyland during May . . .

Can anyone please tell me if this would be a problem? extra noisy, extra busy, time to avoid???

Thank you

Nov 18, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. lauren Says...

I went 2 days after my college got out for break in May of 2015, and as far as the closures it wasn't totally awful. The crowd had grads of all ages(middle school-college). They did tend to rule the park but it wasn't the worst I have experienced there. That being said they had no fireworks or parades due to it being days before the 60th anniversary event kicked off.

Nov 9, 2015 at 8:59 p.m. Cheyenne Says...

Yes! We went in May last year (either the weekend you are planning on going, or the one after- I can't remember) thinking it would be quiet since school hadn't let out, and there were graduates EVERYWHERE! The parks closed early to prep for their special midnight opening for the grads (and whoever else wants to join in on the craziness). It was pretty insane, with the exception of the very small kid rides. I wouldn't do it again. Too many "big kids" ruling the park.

Nov 9, 2015 at 2:32 a.m. Todd Says...

Grad night is now at DCA. We were there last year around that time, and it did not seem to impact the crowds. Grad night starts at DCA when it would otherwise close to the public.

Nov 5, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. DisneyMom Says...

HUGE problem. We went during grad time last year and it was a SCENE. I would never go back that time.

Oct 26, 2015 at 5:55 a.m. Mommie Dearest Says...

I don't know if anyone posted this but hubby n I have annual passes for Disneyland. We learned a great day is on Super Bowl Sunday. So f you are not a huge sports fan go. We had 10 to15 minute wait times. The bigger more popular were around 40 to 1 hour wait. Most 40 minutes. We had a blast on Super bowl Sunday last year, and yes it is true when you are local and have annual passes, we tend to go to just take in a ride or two. Sometimes just to walk around or have dinner especially being we have no block out dates. I'll have to keep in mind to go more on the annual pass holders block out dates.

Nov 3, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. Jen Says...

We went on a Super Bowl Sunday one year thinking it would be less crowded and the place was a madhouse! Won't do that again!

Nov 1, 2015 at 8:14 p.m. Marjiscott Says...

I have a neighbor who is an annual passholder and goes weekly. She told me that one too!

Go on Super Bowl Sunday!

Oct 25, 2015 at 4:07 p.m. Jhana Says...

Hi-we are thinking of going to either park (but just one) Nov 12, 13, or 14 (wed, thurs, fri). Any suggestions for which day? Any thoughts on which park vs. the other? Also, I know DW uses the bracelets now for FP way ahead of time, but does DL also, or is it still the paper tickets only on day-of? thx.

Oct 21, 2015 at 8:35 p.m. Tina Says...

Why is March 5-11 2016 bad?

Oct 30, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

This is the start of spring break season. It won't be the busiest weeks of the season, but crowds will be elevated.

Keep hopping!


Oct 21, 2015 at 5:57 p.m. Kim Says...

My daughter(who is 19) and I plan on going Dec 30 - Jan 4 for our first trip to Disneyland, we go to Walt Disney World alot because we live in Ohio but we have never been to Disneyland, any advise on this time frame? how busy will it be? we want to be there for new years eve, any advise would be great in helping us with our first trip :)

Nov 20, 2015 at 4:29 a.m. Nastassja Says...

I went 2 years ago for dec 24,25..and on 30th and 31....absolutely crazy!!!...the only day that wasn't was the 24th...literally elbow to elbow...i said excuse me a bigillion times...never again...New Years eve was the worst....

Nov 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. Jay Says...

New Year's Eve is the second busiest day of the year. They will close the gates at some point in the day

Oct 13, 2015 at 11:14 p.m. Kasandra Kinder Says...

Hi, me & my husband are planning on taking our 2 & 9 year old daughters to Disneyland for the 1st time & are planning on going Dec. 16-Dec. 19.

Is that a good time to go, will there be a big crowd those days. Also, any recommendations to help make this the most memorable trip as possible for us. Thanks

Oct 20, 2015 at 3:04 p.m. Ray Says...

My wife and I take out family every Christmas . Last year we were there 17-21 and the first two days were magical . The second two were slammed but let me tell you a secret, it seems that everyone goes home in the afternoon or gives up. Take this opportunity to nap your kids and rest for fireworks and the paint the night parade .

Back to the first two days , in the first we did magic morning , it was a Wednesday and we literally did every single ride in fantasyland by 9am. Food and drinks had no lines at all and even by the time we finished in fantasyland and started New Orleans square there still was not much of a crowd .

Long story short , you have picked perfect days and maybe we will see you there ! Ours this year are 16-19 as well

Dec 13, 2015 at 6:41 p.m. Robert grizzell Says...

I would like to thank you for that response to that comment. Sorry to disturb but i'm going on December 16, 2015 as well. I'm bringing 2 of my brothers with me. One who has never been to Disneyland and the other who has not been to Disneyland since 3 years old. For being able to spend very little time at the parks, what do you recommend are important things to show my brothers for their lack of Disneyland visitation?

Oct 20, 2015 at 5:19 a.m. Jody Says...

I recommend spending the first day seeing the princesses etc. and not worrying about hurrying through everything. We just took our granddaughter, 5 years old, and she loves scary rides, Halloween, etc. but the first day at around 2:00 she asked us where the princesses were? That was Disneyland to her! So be sure and make the first day special and find out what Disneyland is to them and do that first! Also, check out the wait time on the phone number provided on the flyers when you enter the park. Use your early entry to get into California Adventures - it's a total waste of time using it at Disneyland, and go get a fast pass for Cars and for the light show right away. The light show does not count as a regular fast pass.

When the fast passes run out and the kids get tired maybe take an hour or two to go back to the hotel for a nap and come back for fireworks. And whatever you do, don't try to do 2 shows in one night! It is impossible to get around! Space them out for one each night! Save the other shows for late afternoon or evening when the lines get long. See the princesses (and other characters) in the morning.

Have a great time!

Oct 18, 2015 at 4:54 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

The Disneyland Christmas season begins right after Thanksgiving. The entire month of December is pretty busy but very festive, beautifully decorated, and with some neat Christmas related activities for kids. If you r willing to just go with the crowd flow it will likely be enchanting for your kids. Down load the Mouse Wait app for ride wait times.

Oct 17, 2015 at 10:44 p.m. Jessica Says...

I have been a pass holder for a few years now and I can assure you it will be packed!! But you should still have a great time! I suggest the show at night since they have "snow". The castle is absolutely beautiful as well. Take snacks/drinks for the wait in the lines and comfy clothes is a must. Be there right when they open so you can go on the rides that usually get packed. Have a great trip!

Oct 14, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. Alexandra Says...

I read your comment and as a Disneyland fangirl, I would like to give some suggestions. First of all try not stress. Stress leads to yelling, which leads to crying, which leads to no fun. Second, plans are good; however, try to leave lee-way for exploring and genuine diddle daddling. Third, make sure to get a picture with Mickey! It will be a great staple of the trip. Lastly, the parade may drive you to tears, thats okay. Let your inner Disney Kid enjoy itself. It will make the trip more fun for your kids and you! :)

Oct 14, 2015 at 9:39 p.m. Alexandra Says...

I read your comment and as a Disneyland fangirl, I would like to give some suggestions.

First of all try not stress. Stress leads to yelling, which leads to crying, which leads to no fun.

Second, plans are good; however, try to leave lee-way for exploring and genuine diddle daddling.

Third, make sure to get a picture with Mickey! It will be a great staple of the trip.

Lastly, the parade may drive you to tears, thats okay. Let your inner Disney Kid enjoy itself. It will make the trip more fun for your kids and you! :)

Oct 13, 2015 at 4:33 a.m. Melissa Says...

We are thinking of going December 7-9 what do you think of these dates? Yay or Nay?

Oct 22, 2015 at 7:17 p.m. jen Says...

We are going then too! I did my homework and it seems it won't be that bad, albeit is a weekend. We'll be there the 6th and 7th. can't wait!

Oct 9, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. Kathy Says...

Can you tell me what is going on March 5-11,2016 to put it on your possible busy times next year? We want to be there on the 5th for a special birthday and are flexible for before or after. Do you have a list of conventions at the Disneyland resort hotels that might influence crowds? Thank you!!!

Oct 8, 2015 at 9:39 p.m. Brittany Says...

So we are visiting Disneyland 5th 6th and 7th of this November. The crowd calendar says the 5th should be a ghost town! But I did some researching and apparently there will be a huge convention that weekend. (Blizz con?) I know they do that convention every year but I just want to know if the people going to blizz con effect the crowd levels at Disneyland? Thanks!

Oct 6, 2015 at 3:02 a.m. Jonas Says...

we are going on Columbus Day, does anyone know if it is busy that day?

Oct 11, 2015 at 2:12 a.m. Michelle Says...

Yes, we did tried this one year and it was very busy as people take advantage of the 3-day weekend. Most schools take Columbus Day as a school holiday (although they haven't always in years past). It is also Trick or Treat night at the park so that will add to the crowd numbers. We still had a good time though but didn't make it onto many rides. And, unless you already purchased tickets for the Halloween party, you have to leave the park early that day.

Oct 5, 2015 at 5:47 p.m. Harmon Says...

we will be going to anaheim 0ct. 7-11 we are going to disneyland on thursday oct.8. we are trying to decide when would be good for our second day, friday oct. 9 (same day as the mickey party) or saturday oct. 10. Any tips?

Oct 11, 2015 at 1:46 p.m. Brittany Says...

we'll be there same time as well

Usually November isn't bad at all

Oct 8, 2015 at 6:13 a.m. Katie B Says...

We just were there on Monday for CA Avdventure the Disneyland on Tuesday the 6th and it was soooooo busy. Today we did Mickey's Halloween Party and the crowds were much better and lines were better. We could only get in at 3pm but it was a world of difference from the previous day. Have Fun!

Oct 8, 2015 at 3:10 a.m. PJ Says...

I meant to say the Disneyland was unbearably crowded on Tuesday October 6th 2015. Not sure why but I think it's because of the Mickey's Halloween party the night before.

Oct 8, 2015 at 3:08 a.m. PJ Says...

Every other day there is a Mickey's Halloween party. The Disneyland side will close early at 6 o'clock and you have to pay an additional amount of money to stay in the park. It's approximately $69 per person. Kids can trick or treat throughout Main Street. I have it on good authority that most parents have their kids home in the afternoon or early evening having them rest so they can stay up late into the night so that might be a good day to go. The next Halloween party is on the night and it alternates. Check the calendar. California Adventure has been less crowded. I just spent a few days there and Tuesday October 6th was unbearably crowded. It's dangerous to have that many people in the park. When they close off areas for fireworks and parades, it is hard to move around to other areas of the park. In California Adventure for the world of color they closed down Radiator Springs in Cars Land very early. So try to hit that one earlier in the day.

Feb 16, 2016 at 8:40 p.m. Marianne Says...

We went during October 12-16, 2015 and it was a complete nightmare. We are annual pass holders and usually go in February and October. We could not believe the crowds. The park had to of been at full capacity… You couldn't move. The worst part were all the parades. They roped off all these areas and it was just gridlock. Normally we would be able to go to Pirates of the Caribbean or other areas of the park that werent affected by the parade but this time it did not work. I'm not against parades but I really feel like Disneyland needs to revisit their parade schedule and figure it out. We saw cast members forcibly shoving elderly visitors underneath the ropes because they needed to keep the sidewalk clear. I seriously wish I videotaped it because it was that bad.

Oct 5, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. Keith Says...

We are taking my son to Disneyland on Friday October 9th. Are the crowds large or pretty moderate on a Friday in October??

Oct 8, 2015 at 4:18 a.m. Doug Says...

Temp is forecasted at 100 degrees. So that might help keep clouds away, but then again it will melt you as you sit in lines exposed to the sun...

Oct 5, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. Teresa Says...

We will be in the area for a wedding and are wondering if it is a possibility at all to see much of the park on New Year's Day. We have small children who have not been to DL (only Disneyworld) but I do not want them to be so disappointed due to excessive crowds.

Oct 5, 2015 at 2:23 a.m. Casey Says...

We will be there February 12-14, 2016. Which would be better.... Disneyland on Friday since it is a weekday or Saturday and take advantage of the magic hours for staying on property??? I am worried Saturday is going to be busier. The other day we would do DCA.

Oct 13, 2015 at 5:32 p.m. Amy Says...

It always seems busier at the park with Magic Morning hours. We choose to go to the park WITHOUT MM hours since everyone goes early to the other park. Hasn't failed us yet!

Oct 4, 2015 at 5:06 a.m. Huyen Says...

We wanted to visit Disneyland on Sunday, Nov 15, 2015, but the calendar on the Disneyland website does not give you the option to purchase tickets past Nov 14th. Does anyone know why? Will it be crowded that weekend because of the marathon?

Oct 5, 2015 at 6:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Huyen,

Regular admission tickets are not date-specific, so even though, the calendar with park hours has not been made available, you are free to purchase your tickets.

Keep hopping!


Oct 4, 2015 at 12:03 a.m. Josh Says...

Is the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 19-21) likely to be very crowded? Wouldn't people be coming the following long weekend?

Oct 3, 2015 at 1:49 a.m. Nick Says...

How many days would you recommend for taking my 8 year old daughter to disneyland for the first time.

Oct 5, 2015 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nick,

It depends a lot on when you're going. If it's a really busy time, you need more days. I would recommend a minimum of three for a first-time visit.

Keep hopping!


Sep 30, 2015 at 11:24 a.m. Phoebe Says...

Hi, I am planning to go in January 7 and 8, 2016. Do you think 2 days is enough (15 and 17 yr old children) and will this be an alright time to visit? I am visiting from overseas and only have 10 days to spend in LA.


Oct 2, 2015 at 4:01 a.m. Bianca Says...

I believe two days should be enough to ride and see all the popular attractions at Disneyland. I definitely recommend going on the 7th and 8th of January since they are weekdays; it is always more crowded on the weekends. It might be a little crowded, but I'm sure it will be nothing compared to the summer break crowds. Also, the weather should be nice at that time of the year. If the weather is on the warmer side, I highly recommend getting some ice cream either at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor for some old-fashioned ice cream or the Dole Whip pineapple soft serve ice cream nearby the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Sep 27, 2015 at 9:16 p.m. Adam Says...

I'm not sure where you guys got your information about New Years Day being busy but you couldn't be more wrong if you tried. Everyone who knows anything about Disneyland knows that's the single best day of the year to go. Even all the cast members constantly tell people this, often to guests who look at them in disbelief, but it's true. My wife and I discovered this fact a few years ago when we decided to go on New Years Day on a whim and we were astounded at how dead it was. Disneyland was like a ghost town for the first two hours of operation and there were times when we would walk through large areas of the park and not even see one other person in the area. We literally hit every single ride we wanted to in the entire park before 10 a.m. including Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Peter Pan, Thunder Mountain Railroad, and all the other major attractions that usually require fast passes or long wait times. Truly, anyone who tells you that New Years Day is busy has never been there on that day, I guarantee it.

Dec 23, 2015 at 10:40 a.m. Jonathan Says...

Two years ago we went on New Years Eve - never experienced a more packed crowd.

Oct 13, 2015 at 8:49 p.m. Cristina Says...

With everything i read online about NYE and New Years day I am reconsidering our family trip dates since i have small children. A co-worker told me that New years was the best time to go so i booked my trip months ago. Everything online says otherwise. :( So will i still be safe to go on New years?

Sep 27, 2015 at 1:21 a.m. keri Says...

We are planning a really last minute trip for October 18 for a few days. None of the disney hotels have availability...does this mean the park will be crazy?

Sep 30, 2015 at 4:50 a.m. Ty Says...

That week is fall break for the state of Utah. Also included in that time is Mickey's Halloween party. Which is great! We just attended twice this weekend. It runs a few times per week from Septber, through the end of October. Due to these two factors, you should expect larger crowds.

Sep 28, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri,

Check out the Crowd Calendar. We are predicting higher crowds that weekend.

Keep hopping!


Sep 23, 2015 at 11:58 a.m. Yvonne Says...

I'm researching to travel to Disneyland on Dec 25 to Dec 30, 2015. or Jan 1 -5th, 2016. We have never been to Disneyland. Family of three. 2 adults & a teenager. We would love to experience the whole Christmas theme at Disneyland. Any recommendations at that time of travel and for a trip tailored for an older child.

Sep 28, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. Mel Says...

We went last year in 2014 on Christmas Day, huge mistake. The crowds were horrible with little to no room to move. They also had to close the entrance due to overcrowding. Plus, we just missed the measles outbreak during that time in the park. There needs to be better crowd control, sorry.

Sep 26, 2015 at 9:32 a.m. Ayla Says...

i went December 9-13, 2013 and it was PERFECT. Days were warm, evenings you needed a jacket and got that Christmas feel. Crowds were hardly an issue at all.

Sep 25, 2015 at 12:31 a.m. Kate Says...

It will be packed. School holidays tend to bring high volume of visitors.

Sep 23, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. Dominic Says...

Grand Californian Hotel is amazing at Christmas. The giant lobby is cozy and inviting from morning to night. Cars land is also great for the any age. My advice, take in a as many disney movies as you can before your trip and when you're there, it will increase the nostalgia factor! Enjoy

Sep 22, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. Shari Says...

I've heard mid-October is bad as the western states have Fall Break? We were planning a trip Oct 15-18, but might re-consider

Sep 25, 2015 at 4:47 p.m. Amy Says...

Those are the exact dates of Utah's Fall Break. I would avoid Disneyland at that time!

Sep 24, 2015 at 2:04 a.m. Stephany Says...

All Phoenix area schools have fall break starting the first full week of October, some are that week some are the next week and some have both weeks off!

Sep 22, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. CeeCee Says...

Im looking to go to Disneyland around December 11-13 are those good dates and will it be considered Christmas

Sep 22, 2015 at 8:23 p.m. BenB Says...

Something doesn't add up here. We're looking to travel first week of November 2015, and there are ZERO hotel rooms available - not a single room at Disneyland or surrounding hotels. Yet on Thanksgiving 2015, there are plenty of hotel options, all week.

Sep 26, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. DianaD Says...

Check schedule for Anaheim Convention Center. When there is big convention in town, hotels are at a minimum. I know....I live a mile.5 from Dland. Check for rooms thru AirBnB.com Last time I researched it out of curiousity...there were over 2000 private rentals in town. Good luck!

Sep 24, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. sbalison Says...

Disney will be filming the Christmas Parade that weekend.

Sep 26, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. Susy Says...

So does that mean nov. 2-nov.7 will be busier?

Sep 18, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Amy M. Says...

We are going 12/4 & 12/5 (Friday and Saturday). Do you think it will be nuts at the parks?? My children have never seen the park decorated for the holidays, so it was very important to us to book during Christmastime!

Sep 17, 2015 at 4:35 a.m. Theresa Says...

How is the 1st weekend in Nov?

Sep 17, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. beth Says...

We are planning a trip for after Thanksgiving but before Christmas 2015. If you had to pick 7 days to visit WDW, which 7 day block would you choose?

Sep 17, 2015 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Beth,

If you are looking for help deciding when to go to Disney World as opposed to Disneyland, you can check out our crowd calendar:


Keep hopping!


Sep 15, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. Tia Says...

I plan on taking my family during Feb 22, 2016 to Feb 25, 2016. I'm concern about the weather and if it will be raining. Do the rides close when it's raining? Do they still have fireworks and parades during the weekdays?

Sep 14, 2015 at 11 p.m. David Says...

Do you know when the crowd calendar for Los Angeles will be released and will it also include Knotts berry farm?

Sep 15, 2015 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David,

We hope to have it soon! Stay tuned!

Keep hopping!


Sep 13, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. Carie Says...

Do you know when the secret meet and greet character days are?

Sep 11, 2015 at 12:56 a.m. Dorraine Says...

I was thinking about taking my age 7 and 10 year old granddaughters to Disneyland in mid-May 2016. Maybe flying in on Sunday and spend Monday - Thursday at the parks and flying home on Friday. Do you think that is a good time to go and any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Sep 28, 2015 at 7:53 p.m. Donna Says...

Schools get out in California the third week of may.

Sep 5, 2015 at 5:42 p.m. George Says...

Do you suggest buying tickets in advance or just pop in at the desk?

Sep 8, 2015 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

We always recommend buying in advance. While discounts are harder to come by at Disneyland, the sooner you buy, the more you can save. The tickets never expire, but they do increase - typically once a year.

Keep hopping!


Sep 2, 2015 at 9:59 p.m. Yanssel Says...

We are planning a New Years trip from 12/30-01/03. We were thinking on hitting California Adventure on 12/31 to get the New Year experience there (hopefully not as crowded as Disneyland. Then going to Disneyland on 01/02 (hopefully less crowded). Any suggestions? I know these are the worst dates to go but we decided to do something different this year =)

Sep 10, 2015 at 12:27 a.m. Tina Says...

With the holidays plus the DL 60th Anniversary events going on all year it's doubtful that DCA will be any less busy than Disneyland Park. DCA has had many wonderful improvements in the last few years so it's more popular than it used to be--especially Carsland. We went to DL in 2013 near Xmas and once years ago after Xmas and including New Year's and the crowds were insane everywhere at the resort. Good Luck!

Sep 2, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. David Says...


Crowds, lines and queues forecast in Disneyland Paris: http://meteosensible.free.fr/disneylandparis.html Influx crowds dépends on weather in Paris.

Aug 29, 2015 at 3:24 p.m. Amy Says...

We are looking at going to DL in November 2015. Do you think there will be much difference between Monday Nov 9 and Tuesday Nov 10? Also, will the hours likely be significantly shorter? We only have one day so we want as much time as possible.

Sep 14, 2015 at 9:32 p.m. Lee kucera Says...

Our family went to DL one year during 2nd weekend in November. Crowds were low, but small world was closed for installation of Christmas decor and the castle was shrouded in black because of filming of the Christmas parade.

Aug 28, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. Bingo Says...

My family and I are visiting late afternoon 9/19, all day 9/20 and 9/21. Will that weekend be crazy?

Aug 28, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. Lauren Says...

How busy is the half marathon weekend? We were thinking of going (Sept. 3 & 4 only).

Sep 1, 2015 at 12:54 a.m. Becky Says...

Oops! I'm sorry, I was thinking of the Tinkerbell Half marathon in May. Ignore me.

Sep 1, 2015 at 12:18 a.m. Becky Says...

I was leaving Disneyland just as the half-marathon was starting this year. It was crazy busy. There are thousands and thousands of people whose families are going to Disneyland all day that week while they are running. Our last day at the park was the day before the marathon, and lines were already twice as long as they had been the day before.

Aug 28, 2015 at 3:35 p.m. Jenny Says...

Hi I was wondering which date will be better Wed Dec 30, 2015; Fri Jan 1, 2016 or Sat Jan 2. I know all of these days are going to be crowded, but we're going for my son's 6th bday. And these are the only days that work for us. If there is no difference between the days...well I guess that's the way it goes. Thanks!

Aug 28, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. Rebecca Says...

I'm a SoCal resident, but not a pass holder. Do you have a sense of what weekdays are best to go, even during the off season? We're trying to decide between Sept. 15 and 16, or Sept. 16 and 17. I feel like Thursdays would be slightly busier than Tuesdays, but I don't know that this is actually true. Also, my daughter's birthday is the 16th - any tips or perks for birthday celebrators at the park?

Aug 27, 2015 at 3:23 p.m. Frenchell Says...

We are planning to take our 3 kids for the first time Nov 7th - 9th of 2015. Is this a good time? Someone told me that a lot of rides are closed because of holiday decorating, I don't want this to be a bum trip for them. Are the dates I listed good dates or should we look at trying a different time?

Aug 31, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. Chuck Says...

Haunted Mansion is the main closure during this time I think. It closes for about three weeks until mid-September. I don't think anything else receives nearly as much overhaul for X-Mas.

Aug 31, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frenchell,

These are good dates to visit. You may find a few rides under refurbishment, but most are not. You can view all of Disneyland's refurbishments here: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/disneyland-refurbishments-closings/

I would keep checking them closer to your visit.

Keep hopping!


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