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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 1, 2021 2633 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 2021 and 2022. 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 continued travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many locals, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we know crowds will return to Disneyland after its reopening. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times ... and because of this huge local following, Disneyland actually canceled their annual pass program, as there was no way to safely welcome everyone back at will. That means even Legacy passholders are having to learn a whole new system before returning to the magic. Even so, Californians were the first ones back through those gates!

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

Disneyland reopened April 30, 2021, to California residents. Based on pent-up demand for all things Disneyland, including how people have reacted to the reopening of Downtown Disney and the limited-time Touch of Disney event, we expect Disneyland parks will be steadily busy for some time. As of June 15, 2021, out-of-state residents are welcome back to Disneyland (and can book their trips now!). Lower capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time, and that will curb crowds, but it will also make getting into the parks more challenging.

While capacity is lower in the parks, capacity is also lower on rides, in restaurants and in shops — so while overall capacity is low, it may feel higher than it actually is. And let us tell you from our experience on the opposite coast at the Most Magical Place on Earth: Those spaced out lines can make things seem waaaay longer than they actually are, and they can make for some traffic jams that only add to things feeling crowded, especially in areas that are tight already. All of this to say: All of the precautions in place may add to a feeling of things being busier than they actually are, and we've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back, because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

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Because Disneyland reopened just before summer break, we are expecting things to stay pretty consistently busy through the summer, especially once summer break hits. With Avengers Campus making its epic debut June 4, 2021, and out-of-state residents able to visit once again as of June 15, we are not expecting things to slow down any time soon.

Is It Packed at Disneyland During Normal Times? 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, and not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona schools have breaks in the first half of October. Utah schools also have a fall break in mid-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! (During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers such as FASTPASS, MaxPass and Magic Morning are temporarily unavailable.) 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 60 days in advance.

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference is 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 Disneyland locals were annual passholders.

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. That means that during the Disneyland reopening period, all guests will have to purchase tickets. That may change the way even locals visit the parks. For some time, the annual passholders have thought of the Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they would 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 wasn't blocked out. They'd hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

Disneyland will eventually release a new type of membership offering, so eventually these guests will once again affect the crowds. In the past, 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 provided a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because those were the times when most passholders were not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California Select and Deluxe passholders were typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there would be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availablity Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be busiest. Keep hopping back for updates on the annual passholder situation, because knowing their patterns can help you plan your trip.

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 playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo has been postponed until September 2022.

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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! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2021 and 2022 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back!)

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, as you probably guessed, there are some variables.

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Most of May
  • June 3 to Aug. 11, 2021
  • Oct. 1-16, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021, to Jan. 4, 2022

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-27, 2022
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13 to April 17, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

*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 2022, 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.

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 the comments below.

  • Labor Day - Sept. 6, 2021, and Sept. 5, 2022
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Sept. 16, 2021, and Oct. 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 11, 2021, and Oct. 10, 2022
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2021, and Nov. 11, 2022
  • Memorial Day - May 31, 2021, and May 30, 2022
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2021, and July 17, 2022

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

While these are traditionally the best times to visit, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks will be open!

  • May 10-13
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • 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 2022

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents' Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • 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 2021 and 2022! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's MaxPass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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

Disney will be filming the Christmas Parade that weekend.

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

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

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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!

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

How is the 1st weekend in Nov?

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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?

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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:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/

Keep hopping!

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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?

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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?

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

Hi David,

We hope to have it soon! Stay tuned!

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

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

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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.

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

Schools get out in California the third week of may.

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

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

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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!

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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 =)

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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!

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

Hello.

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Aug 27, 2015 at 1:32 a.m. Jackie Says...

I am planning on going 6/30/16 - 7/5/16. I know they will be a lot of people. I just like to know how the weather might be around this time. I will have my two kids with me and my youngest will be 2 yrs.

Thank you so much for your time!

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Aug 31, 2015 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

Highs are usually in the low 90s with lows in the mid 60s.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 7:16 p.m. Theresa Says...

We will be there Thanksgiving week, I saw where you posted this will be a horrible time to come but its unavoidable. Would it be better to go Wed before Thanksgiving or on Black Friday?

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Aug 27, 2015 at 12:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

How horrible it is really depends on your mind-set. We think it's always a great time to visit Disneyland, even if it's crowded. You just have to understand that it is going to be crowded and waits are going to be longer. You just have to adjust your expectations going in. You can still have a great time! That said, Wednesday before Thanksgiving is likely slightly better than Black Friday.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. Alicia Iokepa Says...

We are planning on going to Disneyland on Tues 10/06/15 and Tues 10/13/15 which is the day after Columbus Day, how will the crowd be then?

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Aug 24, 2015 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alicia,

Aside from Columbus Day itself, this is a pretty good time to visit. Weekends will be more crowded, but it should be a pleasant time.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. christina Says...

Hi,me and my sister are planning for Disneyland Jan 25th-28th 2016 is that a good time to go

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

So sorry! I misread your original comment and thought it was for the end of December. Your January dates should be good to go!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 8:44 a.m. Christina Says...

Hi,u said Jan 24th-28th will be very busy at Disneyland what about the first week in Feb. Mon-Wens!?! Thank you!!!!

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Sep 1, 2015 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

It should be a good time.

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Sep 4, 2015 at 2:56 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Hi there! I will also be there Jan 22-27. I'm wondering why you predict it will be very busy during that timeframe?

thanks!!!!

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

I don't see that we are predicting Jan. 22-27 to be a bad time :( It is a good time as far as crowds go :)

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Sep 2, 2015 at 4:44 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I'm curious why Jan 25-28 2016 is predicted as a very busy time? I will be there that week and want to be prepared! Heh.

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Sep 10, 2015 at 11:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

We're not expecting this to be a busy time.

Keep hopping!

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Nov 10, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. Sandi Mackintosh Says...

Will they be closing any of the rides or attractions during the week of Jan 23rd - Jan 30th?

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Nov 19, 2015 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi,

You can see all closings on our Disneyland refurbs page, but do note that Disneyland is sometimes slow to release them.

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Aug 24, 2015 at 12:30 a.m. Elaine Says...

We are thinking of going September 29-30 2015. I know the Halloween decorations are up and the party is going on the 30th. Do you think there will be less crowds then?

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Aug 23, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. anna Says...

Im planning a trip for mid September and I will be spending one day in Disneyland. Which day do you think will be better Sept 14th where the park is open from 9AM-10PM or Sept 15th where it might be quieter but the park is open for two hours less from 10AM-9PM?

Thanks

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Aug 26, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Sept. 15 is likely the better choice because of the reduced hours.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. Brittney Says...

I'm thinking of going in November. I'm trying to go at the least busy time possible. Thinking the 2nd-6th or the 17th-21st. Would those be decent times when the park is less crowded?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:33 a.m. Yvonne Says...

Your first dates (1rst week of Nov) would be before Veterans day...so it's really good during the week. We chose to visit last year the week before Thanksgiving week, (your 2nd choice) because that's when Christmas décor is all over the park and some rides, not to mention the yummy pumpkin beignets. We're happy to start the holidays early, but if it's weird for you, go earlier. The week before Thanksgiving was not packed (weekdays) but the idea is catching on so it's getting busier by the year. Typically, the Christmas décor is up the weekend just after Veterans day, and again>weekdays are best. We enjoyed seeing that our usual hotel choice (Embassy suites Orange) was much less crowded at that time, so we're going to split our visit between that Hotel and 2 days at the Californian, as a Christmas splurge. If you choose the 1rst week of Nov, check the Disneyland site for ride closures because a few may be closed while they decorate. If you are all thrilled at the idea of going for Christmas, you will be going at a great time. Friends have reported that the week after Thanksgiving is now more crowded than ever, as visitor tips spread quickly.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 5:57 p.m. Carrie Says...

We usually vacation in the park in the middle of the summer when crowds are at a peak - but in 2016 we will be traveling in February - 4th - 8th to be exact (so well before president's day). We plan on being there over a weekend. Since we are used to July / August crowds, will the February weekend be busy like a summer week day? Or will we see it much slower?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie,

It should be less crowded, but as you probably know, the parks are never empty.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 5 p.m. Esther Says...

We are planning on taking 3 children under 6 so wait times are kind of a big deal for us. I was thinking that January 4-7 would be pretty safe because it was after the new year and winter break. You mentioned this as a bad time, but then said weekdays in January are good. What are your thoughts?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esther,

There are some local schools that will not be back in session until the following week, and then you have some passholders that will have been blocked out until this time, so they will be coming in before their kids go back to school. It won't be as busy as the week before, but I would expect it to still be busy.

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Aug 21, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. Wendy Says...

When would be a better day to visit Disneyland? Monday, August 31st or Tuesday, September 1st?

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Aug 26, 2015 at 6:34 p.m. Kristine Says...

I would go with Sept. 1st. There is an AP Anniversary Event on the 31st that would draw more AP to the park on a day with already reduced hours. Hope that helps!

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Aug 20, 2015 at 3:39 a.m. rosie Says...

We are planning our trip with our kids for the first and we love Halloween time. I've heard it's a great time to go. We are planning on going Oct 21 thru the 23, but I've heard that it might be a really busy time and am thinking possibly mid Nov??? Any thoughts or suggestions would be AWESOME!!!!!! thank you!

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Aug 19, 2015 at 9:58 p.m. Mike P. Says...

Hi,

I want to go to DL Monday August 31st. From everything I've read, it seems like a good day to go even though it is before Labor Day. Is Orange County back to school at that time? Are most of the tourists gone by then? I would wait until mid Sept. But I have to take my niece before she goes back home for school. Any comments would be helpful! Thanks

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Aug 19, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Emmy Says...

We are planning a trip in February 2016. We will get 5 day hoppers. Our park day options are: Fri 19th, Sat 20th, Sun 21, Mon 22, Tues 23, Wed 24, Thurs 25, Fri 26th. Which 5 days are our best bet? Thanks!

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Sep 22, 2015 at 8:42 p.m. Char Says...

AP local here. Anytime tuesday-thursday would be best if you wanna beat the crowds. Another tip: if you're willing to spring for another 30 bucks, it's better to do 1 day 1 park, if you wanna make the most of your trip. It'll keep you from going back and forth all day.

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Aug 19, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. Wendy Says...

Hi,

I'm planning on visiting Disneyland with my kids on either Monday, August 31st or Tuesday, Sept 1st. What day do you think would be best to go? Also, we haven't been in a few years. Any must see attractions?

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Aug 28, 2015 at 2:37 a.m. Yvonne Says...

We couldn't believe how easy it was to maneuver around the park during the first week of September! During the week, their students were in school before labor day and we had a wonderful time in super short lines. Once my son graduates (next year) that will probably be a regular go-to date for us. Have fun!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Both of those days should be good! Here are our recommended not-to-miss attractions!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 10:47 p.m. Yanni Says...

Hi there, amazing guide! We'll can visit any day from the 29th of August up to the 2nd of September. Is their one particular day that would be better to visit

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yanni,

This is a good time to visit, but the early days in the week will be best as far as crowds go, so Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and 2.

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Aug 18, 2015 at 4:33 a.m. Tia Says...

How do you think this Wednesday Aug. 19 will be? Versus Tuesday Aug 18 or Thursday Aug 20.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 10:45 p.m. Heather H Says...

Hi there,

I was planning a visit for my Birthday in Jan 2016. We are thinking jan 20-25th- is it pretty calm during that time ? Thanks :)

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

It should be a good time to go, and will be less busy toward the end of your visit.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Emily Says...

You don't mention Memorial Day at all. Can you give any recommendations on the week of May 30 - June 3 2016? Thanks!

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Aug 25, 2015 at 7:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Memorial Day will see very high crowds, but it's still early in the vacation season, and many kids are still in school, so it's likely the rest of the week will be elevated but not horrible crowds.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. michelle Says...

I'm planning a trip to Disneyland for the x-mas holidays, I don't know which dates are better nov 13th - nov 15 (since veteran's day is nov 11 on a wednesday) or dec 4th -dec 6th, any recommendations?

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Aug 25, 2015 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Both are good. Veteran's Day should not carry over to the weekend as most people will only have the one day off.

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Aug 17, 2015 at 4:32 p.m. Jonathan Says...

Hi, Im planning to go to Disneyland in next Sept 4th (friday) it is a good day then? Im asking because its Labor day weekend so Im kind of worry!!! :S

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonathan,

It will be busy, but not as busy as you might think since many families are focused on returning to school.

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Aug 16, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. Natasha Says...

Hi, if choosing between Friday (Sept 4) or Sunday (Sept 6) before Labor day, which do you think would have slimmer crowds? Thanks!

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Aug 17, 2015 at 6:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha,

I would go with Friday simply because there are fewer folks with that day off.

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Aug 16, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. Paty Says...

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Aug 18, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paty,

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

That Friday will likely see medium crowds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are these dates generally the same heading into 2016?

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

Jason,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jordan,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Going on week days are so much better then weekends.

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

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

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