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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on March 8, 2024 2974 Los Angeles

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It’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "Whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time. But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are some things to consider as you plan your trip to Disneyland. In this post, we're sharing highlights and considerations by season, plus our favorite times to visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025.

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024 - Oogie Boogie Bash Overlay on Disney California Adventure Park Entrance

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Infographic

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

Spring — February, March, April

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

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

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park takes place Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024
  • Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park takes place March 5 & 7, 2024
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park takes place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Spring break — elevated crowds from March 9 - April 7, 2024

The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. This is the case in 2024 — Easter is on March 31. When Easter falls later — like in 2025, when it falls on April 20 — the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break the last two weeks of March, which can affect crowds then.

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

Summer — May, June, July

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

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - World of Color

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

Fall — August, September, October

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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

Things to Consider

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

Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter Disneyland hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, September weekdays are less crowded. However, only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration, as well. We find Sundays to be less crowded than Saturdays. Weather can still be warm (hot, actually) but chillier at night.

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

  • TBD

Winter — November, December, January

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

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

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

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

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Avengers Campus

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! Take advantage of the paid Genie+ system to skip the standby lines and use the Lightning Lane for select attractions. Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 180 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders). You'll get the best price on Genie+ if you purchase it with your tickets as the price can fluctuate for day-of-use purchases. Be sure to check out our Jump Start guide for everything you need to know about planning in advance, all in one place!

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

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Dec 14, 2016 at 5:59 p.m. Julie in DC Says...

I just got back from Disneyland. We went December 6,7,8. It was a three day pass for the Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. We stayed on site so we could go to the parks early. I have to say, it was very crowded. . I was shocked to see it packed mid week during school hours early December. I would personally recommend going in January or February instead. Of course we had a good time, but the crowds were much larger than what we had anticipated. We spent day one and day three at Disneyland because that was where the early magic morning hours were, and then the middle day was California adventure. This was just about right. We did not get to see everything however due to the crowds. Hope this helps others make wise decisions in the future! Keep in mind we did pull the kids out of school and I'm very glad we did. If it was like this mid week early December what is it like over Christmas!?! One last piece of wisdom/advice: we made lunch and dinner reservations at various restaurants and thank God we did. Otherwise we might not have eaten. You have to call 60 days prior to do this. Got right in with our reservations, and treated very well and got good tables. Keep that in mind.

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Dec 22, 2016 at 11:42 a.m. Renee Says...

We went last year in December during the kids winter break. WRONG!WRONG! WRONG! That was the worst trip to Disneyland I had ever had. Cast members were pretty much non-attentive as most were seasonsl hires and were being trained on the 1st day of the vacation period. My brother turned around and went back to the hotel because it took almost 2 hours just to get to security at 8am. I ended up taking older kids back at night time and there were no lines because it was pouring rain and really cold for Anaheim standards.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 11:11 p.m. Heather Says...

I second this. We went Dec 7-11 and were blown away by how crowded it was. We always go in December and we even usually go a little bit later in the month with much smaller crowds. I'm not sure why there were so many people this year but it was insane. You could barely walk through the crowds a lot of the time. Combine that with constant parade reroutes/closures and the back entrance from Frontierland to Fantasyland being blocked off (thank you, Star Wars land) and you're left with squished, disorganized travel around the park. There were a lot of ride breakdowns/closures too which made the ride lines even longer than usual. Even fast pass returns were long lines. And speaking of fast passes, if anyone wants to ride the Radiator Springs Racers I suggest heading over to the fast pass distribution as soon as the park opens because those are gone for the day early in the morning.

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Jan 1, 2017 at 11:27 p.m. Julie Says...

One of the most important things to look at when planning a Disneyland vacation is the local annual pass holder calendar. There are so many SoCal pass holders who swarm the parks during the weekdays that it can be miserable. In December, they are blocked out halfway through, so they visit in droves during the first two weeks of December. Since the introduction of the payment plans to pay for your SoCal Disneyland pass, there really isn't an off season anymore. Your best bet for reasonable crowds would be Jan, Feb or the first week of November.

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Great advice on getting those Radiator Springs Racers Fastpasses first thing.

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and tips!

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Dec 22, 2016 at 1:47 a.m. Addie Says...

Hi happy holidays!

I'm thinking of going to Disneyland the 25th and the 26th which is Christmas and the day after Christmas would those days be super busy?

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Dec 22, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Addie,

Happy Holidays to you as well!

Woo. Yes, Dec 25 and 26 will be super busy at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Lots of families spend their holidays at the resort.

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Dec 12, 2016 at 3:28 a.m. JZ Says...

I think at this point, it's safe to move the first two weeks of December to the "Expect it to be busy" side of the aisle. we were there Wed, Thur, and Fri and both Thur and Fri rival or exceed any weekday visit I've done in the middle of summer. Wednesday was busy too with Califoria Adventure adding a slight reprieve on Wed only.

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Dec 21, 2016 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

JZ,

Thanks for the in-park updates. Hope you were able to have fun!

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Dec 9, 2016 at 11:29 p.m. Steph Says...

We were looking at jan 1 and 2 2017, are those some of the busiest days of the year (like capacity type) or just the usual seasonal busy type of day?

Thank you

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Dec 20, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

Yes, these are some of the very busiest days of the whole year.

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Dec 8, 2016 at 7:39 a.m. Eric Says...

You've said crowds will be larger the week after President's Day. We are planning to visit 2/21 through 2/24 - how bad should we expect it to be? We've never been to Disneyland. Are we talking hour long lines, everywhere? We're staying in the park. So, will take advantage of the early entrance but we're wary of hour long lines the rest of the time. Any prediction for that week after President's Day?

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Dec 18, 2016 at 2:23 a.m. Pam Says...

We've gone many times in February and it's been our best trips. Even better if it's raining.

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Dec 1, 2016 at 12:20 a.m. Nikki Says...

My family and I are planning a trip to Disneyland around the middle of October. Is it really crowed around 1-2 weeks before Halloween? We really would like to go when it's not as crowed to try and see/ride as much as we can. Also how is the weather in October? So I can pack accordingly. Any recommendations?

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Dec 15, 2016 at 6:47 a.m. Heather Says...

My favorite times to go are October and March, mid week. I'm getting ready to try January. Will probably be cold and possibly raining, but that means shorter lines.

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Nov 21, 2016 at 8:04 p.m. Cherie Says...

We are planning on going to disneyland between Dec. 11 - Dec. 14. What will the crowds be like?

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Nov 29, 2016 at 3:51 a.m. Steve Says...

We will be there that week too...most likely from the 13 to the 15th of December. I hope the crowds are not too bad.

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Dec 14, 2016 at midnight D Mirage Says...

Very crowded today. Tuesday DEC 13th

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Nov 17, 2016 at 3:32 a.m. Jimi Says...

Thinking of going Nov 21-23 ( I know not the BEST time to go) and have two tykes age 5 and 7. Going to buy park hoppers, any suggestions on how plan/split the parks over the three days to maximize our time there? (First time w/ kids, go'n to be an adventure!!)

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Nov 16, 2016 at 8:44 p.m. Beth Says...

How do you think the crowds look the week after Thanksgiving?

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Nov 26, 2016 at 8:29 a.m. Cynthia Says...

Very crowded during the week of thanksgiving ????

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Nov 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Jaime Says...

How about the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend? Do you think all the crowds will be gone? Thinking may they are going home at that time?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jaime,

Crowds will still likely be higher but not as high as Thanksgiving week.

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Nov 23, 2016 at 4:37 p.m. jessica palos Says...

Good morning,

Do you think you'll be anything busy Sunday November 27th like it was on Veteran's Day? We went and it was extremely busy. We'd like to go back.

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Nov 24, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Yes, we expect it will be very busy.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 4:50 p.m. Lorne Says...

Looking to go to Disneyland either November 18-19 or December 9-10. Do you recommend one over the other?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorne,

Both times should be fine, but December 8-9 might be slightly less crowded.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 5:56 a.m. Heather Says...

Any idea which will be more crowded, the Tuesday or Friday after President's Day?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Tuesday may be more crowded, since Monday is the holiday, but some people do get the whole week off so we would expect a higher than usual crowd either day.

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Dec 4, 2016 at 9:22 p.m. Beth Says...

How about the Wednesday and Thursday after? I have heard the crowds are mostly in- state guests? Any insight in that?

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Nov 12, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. Reyna Says...

I have a question. My moms friend is driving all the way from idaho and there coming this thanksgiving week. We have plans on going to Disneyland the day of thanksgiving. Would you recommend it?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reyna,

This is a very busy day to visit. We always say the best day to visit is whenever you can, but you should go in with the expectation that it will be really, really crowded.

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Nov 21, 2016 at 5:39 a.m. mona Says...

Will Thanksgiving day 2016 be sold out?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona,

We can't say for sure, but would expect it to reach capacity at some point on this day and the Friday after it as well.

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Nov 12, 2016 at 7:09 p.m. Nikko Says...

Is the whole week of thanksgiving horrible? We were thinking about going just Monday and Tuesday.

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Nov 16, 2016 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikko,

You should expect higher crowds the whole week.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 8:20 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hello. We are booked at Paradise Pier March 27th-April 1st. Been to WDW 8 times but this is our first trip to DL. We are only doing each park one day because we want to explore California and have some chill time. It will be ny grandma, my 9 yr old daughter and 1 yr old son and myself. Any advice on which days of the week to do what parks? We will be available to do park days on tuesday, wednesday and thursday. Thank you

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

Sounds like a great trip! Since you are staying on property, you have two ways of doing this. Disneyland usually has early entry with Extra Magic Hour for hotels guests one hour before park opening on Tuesday/Thursday, and California Adventure has early entry on Wednesday. If you are early risers and can take full advantage of the early entry by being in the park an hour before opening, then visit the park holding Extra Magic Hour. If you do not plan to use the early entry, then definitely visit the park that does NOT offer the Extra Magic Hour for lower crowds throughout the day.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 6:43 p.m. Catlin Says...

I'm planning to take my wife and two kids under the age of 5 on April 14th, to April 18th. Will this be a very busy time ?

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catlin,

Yes! Among the very busiest dates of the year.

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Oct 31, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. Mandy Says...

With some rides that close in the "off peak times", when are the best times then to go, and not miss out on rides? I don't want to go all that way and not be able to go on the rides, as they are closed for maintenance? Thanx

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Nov 22, 2016 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy,

Based on past history, it seems like you’ll find most of the closures in early spring. Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain always close off and on September through January to add and remove their seasonal overlays! Disney refurbishments are also always unpredictable, so any refurbs can easily change at any given moment. Be sure to check out our seasonal closures section on this post!

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Oct 30, 2016 at 4:21 a.m. Weng Ian Says...

Hi, I am planning to go to Disneyland California in February. I will be coming from France and once I am a Cast Member I am afraid concening the blockouts? And I saw just right now that the President's week in exactly in the week that I will be there, so is more that certain that will be blockout of the Cast Member, right?

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Oct 29, 2016 at 9:21 p.m. Marlyn Says...

Hello, thank you for the information. My family is planning to go on Sunday Dec. 11, do you think we will be able to enjoy Disneyland that day?

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Oct 28, 2016 at 11:15 p.m. Rob Says...

We are looking to go to DL either Feb. 8-11, Feb. 12-15, or March 1-4, 2017. Which window is most likely to be less crowded? This will be our first trip with our 3 young kids (oh boy). Thanks!

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Oct 28, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Mary Says...

Need some advice. We are looking at going to Disneyland the first week of June 2017. However, I see that there are a few grad nights that week. How much does that affect crowds? Would it be better to go the last week of March?

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Oct 20, 2016 at 11:55 p.m. Stacy Says...

Hello, we're trying to plan our trip for next year it will be our sons first time, will it just be crazy packed apr.10-14 ? Planning on buying a hotel and ticket package for the week. Thanks :)

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Nov 1, 2016 at 9 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Heading there 2/19-2/25 because kids have week off from school, aside from prez day will it be busy?

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Oct 31, 2016 at 2:52 a.m. Lilminnie Says...

Hi Leap, great article! Very helpful. My daughter us turning 5 on January 2nd, 2017. We are planning to take her there. Should we wait a bit after her birthday? WOULD they still sing to her and all? We are traveling with a 2 yrs old too. So how many day pass should we do? Where to stay?

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Nov 14, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

If you can wait a week, the crowd levels will be a lot lower, but then Christmas decorations will be going down Jan. 8. Park hours will also become shorter after Jan. 8, so you'll have to time your visit based on how important those things are to you. We like staying within walking distance of the park to avoid the hassle and added expense of parking. There are a number of hotels on Harbor Blvd that have easy walking access, plus there are some hotels have have their own Disneyland shuttle. Staying on-site is always fun too! We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard on Harbor Boulevard with extended family last summer and found that the two queens with a twin bunk bed and extra half bath worked well for us. They had a kid pool water park area, and you can request a fireworks view to catch the Disneyland fireworks if you can't stay in the park that late. We recommend a 2- or 3-day pass (3-day pass comes with one Magic Morning entry to Disneyland). You can order a birthday cake to select table service restaurants, where you can sing Happy Birthday. Be sure to get her a complimentary birthday button so everyone knows it is her special day!

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Oct 23, 2016 at 3:21 a.m. Disney Freak Says...

Yes because it is considered spring break and that will be pretty packed.

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Oct 19, 2016 at 12:10 a.m. Kerry Says...

We're going Nov 29 - Dec 1 (Tues - Thurs), checking in to the Hilton on Monday. Should I do the Magic Morning on Tues or Thurs? Not sure if there will be a difference in the crowd on those days. Thanks!

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerry,

The crowds will probably be similar, but Tuesday tend to have a slightly a smaller crowd.

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Oct 18, 2016 at 6:28 p.m. Moni Says...

Would you say it's worth it going on a Sunday? We plan on going on Oct 23, only Disneyland. Worried since we'll be only going to one park, and one day only that we won't be able to do everything on a Sunday.

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Oct 21, 2016 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Moni,

It's certainly doable and worth doing! Get there before the park opens for lowest crowds.

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Oct 14, 2016 at 11:06 p.m. Danny Says...

Hi - hope you can help. Looking to visit Disneyland with my child late June 2017. Looks like this is busy time. I can fine tune the days but not the 'late June 2017'. Can you offer thoughts on best days and also best tickets to provide 'fastrack' inside Parks? Many thanks.

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danny,

FastPass is free to all guests. The best advice we can offer is to arrive early each day, take a break midday, and come back for the evening and stay late. Visit Disneyland Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Visit California Adventure Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. Tabby Says...

My 8-year-old and I will be visiting Mon, Nov. 14 and Tues., Nov. 15. I'm hoping that will be a low crowd time. What are our options for being able to view WofC without spending a hour or two in line ahead of time? During non-peak, do we have to arrive as early? Or would we be better off just enjoying the rides if we aren't willing to wait in line all evening?

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Oct 19, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. Amanda Says...

You can try grabbing a fast pass in the morning for the show :)

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Oct 13, 2016 at 4:48 p.m. Brian Says...

If your going for two days, I would recommend skipping the World of Color show on one day and getting on some of the better rides when the lines are much shorter. When you do watch the show, there are plenty of places outside of the roped off area to stand and see the show. The water show goes quite high so you will be able to see a large part of it even if you don't have a front row seat.

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Oct 6, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. Ecfinn Says...

First, thanks for this excellent post. Very informative. We are thinking of going to both Disneyland and CA Adventure on Oct. 12 (2 adults, LA residents). It is Yom Kippur and a Halloween Party day, so it closes early. I know LAUSD is closed for the holiday, but I think OCC is not closed. Do you think the Halloween Party and/or the Jewish holiday will mean a crowded day? Because it's closing so early, we want to make sure it's worth it. Thanks in advance for any tips/input.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Sorry for the delay. It was likely somewhat crowded because Arizona schools are off all week. LAUSD being off can affect that as well. Since both parks closed early, it would be challenging to get it all done. What did you decide?

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Oct 22, 2016 at 7:31 p.m. Jennifer Campbell Says...

We went on the 13th of october. It was the one of the busiest times we had ever seen. All toddlers and college kids from Arizona.

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Oct 16, 2016 at 4:23 p.m. Dana Says...

We just got home from 11th-15th at DL & DCA and it was absolutely packed. Busier than I have ever seen it including holiday season, summer and last year at the same exact time. All other guests seemed to be shocked of how busy it was for October as well! Most fast passes completely gone by early afternoon and a 2 1/2 hour wait for Radiator springs racers for large majority of the day. Still worth it as the Halloween party is one of the most fun experiences ever and we look forward to it every year

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Oct 18, 2016 at 4:59 p.m. Cory Says...

Us, too! We were really shocked at how busy it was. We usually try to go at the very end of Sept/very beginning of Oct, which is traditionally not that crowded. We didn't take into account Columbus Day this time and we weren't aware of the AZ break. Those two things really did impact the crowds. My wife also believes that the new monthly pay option for CA pass holders is driving the crowds up, too. Time will tell, I guess? We still had fun but could not do all of the rides we wanted because three days wasn't enough!? I should also mention that The Little Mermaid ride was broken the entire time, Indiana Jones broke down twice and Big Thunder broke down once. :)

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Oct 4, 2016 at 2:52 a.m. Maria Says...

Hello! We are looking at going to Disneyland in February. I've read to stay away from Presidents day (feb 20), Does that typically mean that whole week will be busy? What about the week of Feb 13? Should we just try for Feb 27th week instead? Thanks so much for your help!

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Nov 8, 2016 at 6:28 p.m. Utah Mom Says...

We were at DL & DCA the week leading up to Presidents Day in 2013 and it wasn't bad at all. We always go from Sunday - Friday. Our trip fell over Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day & Chinese New Year that year and it was SO much fun! The crowds were really only increased on Feb 14th. The rest of the days were A-ok! Radiator Springs always has a huge wait though if you don't get a fast pass.

I'm really shocked to hear eveyone saying October has been so crowded, we did that in 2009 and it was pretty dead there. And there was a Halloween party during our visit then even. I guess word got out!

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie,

The week of Feb 13 and Feb 27 should both be lighter than President's week.

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Sep 30, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. Archies Says...

HI , I am planning to visit Disney Land ,LA in December 15,16 2016.Will it be open ?? is it a good time to visit ?? I am going with a 11 months old infant.Can I purchase tickets of rides online??

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Archies,

Disneyland will be open and you can purchase tickets online. It is right before the holiday crowds arrive.

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Sep 29, 2016 at 10:07 a.m. Theresa Says...

My friend and I are going Oct. 21st. Does the Utah convention bring in a big Disney crowd? Also, we only have one day for Disney, should we do the park hopper pass?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

We have heard that the Utah convention does affect crowds, but it should not be too bad. We enjoy park hopping!

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Sep 28, 2016 at 11:53 p.m. LILY Says...

HELLO I WANTED TO KNOW IF NOV 14-15 2016 WILL BE BUSY AT DISNEYLAND?

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Sep 28, 2016 at 10:25 p.m. Grace Barraza Says...

my family and I are planning on going this year in December 9 and 10th both parks one each day. how do you think crowds will be those days.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. UTAH Disney fans Says...

We have a two-week window between Dec 26th and Jan 7th...if we were to pick two days during that span to go to Disneyland, what would you recommend?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 3:38 a.m. Brady Beach Says...

My friends and I are planning to go on October 1st, which is a Saturday and were wondering what you thought about those days? I know from previous experience Saturday's are a busy day, yet we thought that since it was earlier in the month before decoration time and isn't a trick or treating day that it should be fine. Thanks, and please let us know what you think.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brady,

October 1st would not normally be a terribly busy day, but that is the weekend of Gay Days Anaheim. Saturday is the day that Gay Day participants will be at Disneyland Park, and Sunday they will be at California Adventure. It is a popular event, but it is hard to say just how much crowds will be affected. We are trying to attend on Sunday this year to check it out ourselves! If you end up going, let us know how it is. The participants all wear red shirts. Maybe get a Park Hopper so you have your options open for escaping crowds.

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Sep 30, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Karen Says...

We were there at Gay Days last year 2015. It was very crowded, plus you had Disneyland closing early for Mickey's trick or treat. Every line in California Adventure was over 60 minute wait. I waited 30 minutes for popcorn

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Sep 27, 2016 at 4:30 a.m. DAA Says...

We went to Disneyland several years ago on the Gay Days weekend and there were definitely a lot of people there wearing red shirts. I f you're trying to avoid big crowds, I would not suggest going that weekend.

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Sep 20, 2016 at 4:01 p.m. Rachael Czerniak Says...

Trying to figure out the best time to take our daughter around her school schedule during a time when it isn't crazy busy or really hot. The only loos like it is her spring break which is March 27-31 2017. Otherwise it would be the last 2 weeks of august. What would you recommend

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Sep 20, 2016 at 7:42 a.m. Carol Says...

All of the weekends I'm available to go to Disneyland and DCP have local events scheduled. Which of the following weekends do you think would be the least crowded?

Oct 1-2 Gay Day

Nov 5-6 Dapper Day

Nov 12-13 Avengers half marathon

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Sep 15, 2016 at 3:23 a.m. Megan Says...

We are trying to plan a visit between Dec. 17th and the 25th for a couple of days. I am wondering if we wold be better off to go starting Mon. 19th or the weekend of the 17th. in terms of crowds?

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Sep 20, 2016 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

We would expect crowds for both of those days, but the 19th might be just a little better, since many passholders will still be visiting on the 17th ahead of blockout dates.

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Oct 8, 2016 at 9:19 p.m. Alaine Says...

I meant to say first or second week of December....

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Oct 8, 2016 at 9:18 p.m. Alaine Says...

I have a trip planned with my family for the week of Nov 6-11. I find planning a trip to Disneyland frustrating as the Disney website doesn't post the entertainment schedule until about 6 weeks beforehand, but I like to have my travel plans sorted well in advance. Well as it turns out this year there's almost nothing in the way of entertainment that week, no fireworks, no parades.... the only thing going is the World of Color. We like the rides, and lighter crowds are a major bonus, but for us a trip to Disneyland is also about the parades, fireworks etc. I'm considering re-scheduling our holiday for the first or second week of Christmas (assuming there will be more entertainment?), so we can get a more well-rounded Disney experience. Unfortunately, I won't know what their entertainment schedule will be like for several weeks. Do you know what kind of entertainment schedule/hours of operation we could expect in the first couple weeks of December? We would probably spend more weekday time there, as opposed to weekend time. Any thoughts you may have would be much appreciated.

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alaine,

The first or second week of December will have entertainment every night. The Holiday season officially begins Nov. 10. Even though there are no fireworks or holiday parades on the schedule for that week in November yet (World of Color is scheduled each night), most likely there will be fireworks on the 6th and parades and fireworks on the 10th and 11th. They just have not released the details yet. Paint the Night is set to come back for the holiday season as well. It is up to you if you want to change your trip. That week in November may not be fully ready for the holidays, but it is usually a great (quiet) week to visit. We like early December too! You can't go wrong either way.

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Oct 13, 2016 at 4:37 a.m. Alaine Says...

Thank you so much. Really appreciate your advice:)

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Sep 13, 2016 at 5:40 p.m. kay cee Says...

We're planning our 2017 trip. We will not go until the star wars is complete because we enjoy the Railroad ride. we're seniors. :) It is hard to plan since we don't know when the SW will be finished. Any ideas?

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Sep 18, 2016 at 4:58 a.m. Faith Says...

Star Wars is rumored to be finished early 2017

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Sep 11, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. Opal Says...

Bonjour! Our family of 5 (kids ages 10, 7, and 1) is planning our first trip to DL this year. Weʻd love to go during their holiday celebration but can manage to get away only during the busiest times of the year (Nov 24 – 27, Dec 22 – 29, Jan 1 – 6). In your opinion, which is the least worst time to go? Thanks!

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Opal,

We think the best of those three times would be Jan 1-6. The other two times will probably be equally as busy, Christmastime being the most busy. There will be a lot of entertainment in the parks this year, so it is bound to be a very fun holiday season no matter when you go.

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Sep 8, 2016 at 10:23 p.m. Megan Says...

My husband and I (no kids yet) are planning a one-day trip down to SoCal to go to the California Adventure Park ONLY. We’re coming back next year for my niece’s FIRST Disneyland trip, so this trip is really just to go on Tower of Terror before it’s gone because I have NEVER BEEN ON IT! *gasp* I have only been to CA Adventure once on a one-day park hopper pass, so I am sure we have plenty more to see.

Ideally, we’d like to go in October. We want to maximize our time by avoiding busy days/times, Halloween parade overflow and to go on a day without Magic Hours. Unfortunately we work Mondays-Fridays, so we will need to take some time off to avoid the busy weekends. We are going to take 2 days off, either Thurs-Fri or Mon-Tues, and we’ll go on the 1st day, leaving the 2nd for travel back home.

Is it better to go on a Monday or a Thursday? Also, any advice on when in October is the best day to go?

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

We recommend going on Thursday, Oct 6. You will avoid Arizona and Utah school holidays. There is no Magic Morning in DCA and no Halloween party overflow. Be sure to go on Tower of Terror during the day to get the full experience, and if that leaves you wanting more than go on it for Late Checkout after twilight! Have fun!

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Oct 9, 2016 at 8:32 p.m. AZ hopper Says...

Just a FYI - most AZ schold have their fall break the first week of Oct. This year, it was the week of the 3rd. We went to Disney (along with half of Phx) and it was crowded. There were a lot of families from Utah there as well, so they may also have fall break during that first week. Because of the Halloween party and the school break, we will no longer be doing our Disney trips during Oct

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Sep 8, 2016 at 5:56 p.m. BrianV Says...

We will be there April 3-5 2017. (M-W) This is the week before Easter week. From some other places it looks like this week might be the calm before the storm. Passes arent even blocked out that week. But you have most of March all the way through April 21 as a crowded time. Any thoughts?

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

The whole spring break season sees elevated crowds as school breaks vary, but we would expect medium crowds at that time.

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Sep 7, 2016 at 3:12 a.m. Melanie Says...

Traveling from Australia, what is the best to time to visit Disneyland with less crowds

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Sep 17, 2016 at 7:33 a.m. Fiona Says...

It looks like your question is answered in the article Melanie. We are also heading to Disneyland from Australia in 2 weeks, hopeful taking advantage of 'slow' days in early Oct :-) yay!!

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Aug 29, 2016 at 7 p.m. Matt Says...

With Star Wars Land opening early next year, will late January be crazy busy? Should we wait until Feb or early March?

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Sep 1, 2016 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

There was been no date announced for the opening of Star Wars Land, but we do not expect it to be early 2017.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 7:55 p.m. Jay Says...

Thinking of going this time too. Any one have experience going around President's Day? Expectations for President's Day 2017?

President's Day (Feb 20th)

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Sep 1, 2016 at 9:11 p.m. Mike Says...

Hey,

Headed into the park this weekend how crazy is it with the half-marathon going on?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

You can expect crowd levels to be higher than usual!

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Aug 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. Gary Says...

How bad is it during President's week...is it unbearable? I've gone between Christmas and New Years and at some points on Main St, it was literally wall to wall people.

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Sep 18, 2016 at 5 a.m. Faith Says...

Presidents week will be higher crowds. We've gone every year during President week, and the last few years have been crazy crowded. We've decided to go the week before this year.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 6:47 p.m. Stephanie Watkins Says...

I also must disagree about weekdays in the first week of June. They are Grad Nite days, except Monday. It was INSANELY busy this June. And hot.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 6:44 p.m. Stephanie Watkins Says...

You sure about Thanksgiving? I heard all over the boards that July 4th was the lowest crowds in history for that date. So I may take my chances with Thanksgiving weekend, since Deluxe and under are blocked.

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Aug 31, 2016 at 3:10 p.m. Luna Says...

Stephanie, I go to Disneyland several times a year and one year made the mistake of going the day after Thanksgiving. It was the worst experience ever! Super crowded!! I even complained to customer service (several rides closed) and was told it was the busiest day of the year for Disneyland. I will never do it again. I wouldnt chance it of I were you.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:11 p.m. Ana Says...

How about the day of Thanksgiving do you think will be crowded ? thank you

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Aug 26, 2016 at 1:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

It is sometimes hard to predict what exactly drives crowds on any specific day at Disneyland. Holidays are typically busy because so many people are off work and school. One year a holiday can be packed and the next year less busy, according to cast members who work in the park. Going when there are blockout dates can be a smart move because a lot of locals have passes, however, those dates are blocked out because they expect higher than usual crowds.

Disneyland's tiered ticket pricing may be changing when people visit, since holidays are more expensive that off-peak times. Keep in mind that what one person thinks is crowded may be another person's light day. If you go during Thanksgiving, do not be disappointed if it is more crowded than you had hoped for, but be sure to let us know how it goes. The best part about visiting on a holiday is that the parks have longer hours, and there tend to be more shows, parades and fireworks, which you might not get on a quiet off-peak day. We've heard that Paint the Night will be returning for select days during the holiday season, and that is definitely worth seeing!

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Aug 20, 2016 at 1:51 p.m. YU JUN LEW Says...

Hi, anyone knows if there'll still be fireworks after 5 Sep 2016? I'll be there on 13 Sept.

Also, can I walk in to Blu Bayou for dinner? It's fully booked ):

Thanks.

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Aug 28, 2016 at 2:26 p.m. Cindy Says...

My friend is a travel agent and she said that Blue Bayou takes reservations 2 months in advance. So if you are going to be there on September 13th, you would've had to have booked back in July. :(

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Sep 20, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It looks like your date has passed, but you can sign up for reservations as early as 60 days. There are usually reservations available much closer to your date. Even if you do not get exactly what you want, book it and see if you can change it in park. They do take walk-ins sometimes, but people with reservations who want to change may be given priority.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Fantasy in the Sky will be shown Fridays through Sundays after Sept. 5, and yes, you can try to get a walk-up reservation for Blue Bayou.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 5:53 p.m. Jaguilar Says...

I guess I need to fully read the comment before I respond. I thought it said for going on the 5th I see it says for the 13th ????

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Aug 25, 2016 at 5:50 p.m. Jaguilar Says...

Doesn't the diamond celebration go through September 5th? It would still be the Disneyland Forever fireworks that night. I bet the park will be packed for the last day, that might be why The Blue Bayou is already completely booked for reservations.

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Aug 15, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. Michael Says...

We are just starting to plan our trip for 2017.

We have 2 possible travel periods at the moment 30th March to 13th April or 29th June to 13th July. (Australian school holidays)

Which of these 2 periods would be better for visiting Disneyland and are there any preferable days during these periods.

Thankyou.

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Aug 21, 2016 at 4:57 p.m. Elaine Says...

Michael- Definitely end of March-April! June-July will be a lot more crowded-and it will be hot!

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

For Disneyland, we recommend visiting in April. it is our local spring break time in the U.S., so there will still be plenty of people, but it will be less crowded than in late June. Weekdays at the park that does not hold the Magic Morning hours are usually the best bet.

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Aug 18, 2016 at 3:47 a.m. Michael Says...

Thanks for the reply Leap.

We are still working on our dates, but we may have to go in our June/July school holidays.

Other than weekends, are than any other dates in this period that we should really avoid.

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Aug 26, 2016 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

It is hard to predict since there are so many factors that can affect crowds, but schools in Southern California tend to get out early to mid-June. Annual passes start getting blocked out mid-June, which does keep some of the locals out of the parks. If you do not have Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours, start your day in the park that is not offering the early opening, and be there at park opening. Hit Fantasyland or areas to the left (Frontierland, Adventureland and Critter Country) first (everyone else seems to head to Tomorrowland first) and you will get a lot accomplished with no waits in a short period of time. Using FastPasses will also help you to manage your day.

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Aug 6, 2016 at 7:46 a.m. Louise Says...

This info is awesome! Thank you. We plan to take the kids next year and this post has given us a lot to think about regarding when to take time off and where to go. Thanks again. Louise - Australia xo

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Aug 4, 2016 at 4:59 a.m. Jadon Says...

can you buy mickeys halloween party tickets with 2017 good neighbor hotel vacation package for late september to early october 2017

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Aug 2, 2016 at 5:28 a.m. tashieana Says...

we(3 children & 2 adults) are visiting the park 10/7-10/10/2016 we will not be attending the halloween party though the party is on the 7th and the 10th will disney land be over crowded during the days we will actually be in both parks which are 10/8 & 10/09 ?

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Aug 8, 2016 at 1:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, most likely you would see higher crowds at Disneyland on the days that the parties are not being held.

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