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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2595 Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - GotG: Mission - Breakout

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

Here are other days that see higher crowds, but not as high as the absolute worst days. Some of the dates listed are isolated, with the days around them generally fine, but they do bring in more locals. July 17 is the exception to this, as it is already a busy time. Know of other dates that are popular with locals? Share in comments below.

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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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.

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

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

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

Hi Bob,

Agree and good catch :)

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

When are SoCal schools back in session?

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

Hi Mark,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jessica,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kelli,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Tami,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Marx,

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

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

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

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

Looking towards September or October or December.

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

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

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

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

Hi all.....

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Joe,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kenny,

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

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

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

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

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

FAST PASSES! use them wisely on the popular rides!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Danielle,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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