Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2450 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2019. For those of you looking to get a hop on next year's vacation planning, our 2020 dates and tips will help out as well. The surprise early opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on May 31, 2019 (and staggered opening of its rides), has made this year a little bit of a challenge in predicting crowds. While crowd levels this summer and fall have been lower than expected, we expect that to change in the coming months, especially as we head into the holidays and winter.

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.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference are the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those locals are annual passholders who think of The Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass isn't blocked out.

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

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Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo to play in the parks. Note that the next D23 Expo took place in August 2019. We would expect it to return to Anaheim in 2021, although that is not yet confirmed.

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

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Disneyland's introduction of tiered pricing for one-day tickets several years ago has more of an impact on crowds than at Disney World. Think about it — more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do at Disney World. Now each day is categorized as either value, regular or peak pricing. During the off-seasons, Mondays through Thursdays or Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally value priced. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar — which is yet another indicator of the best and worst days to visit.

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Based on all of this information, and historical crowd levels during holidays and other data, we have a pretty good idea of the very busiest dates of the year at Disneyland. But there are variables. We expect crowds to pick up for the remainder of this year, but with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance set for Jan. 17, 2020, we expect bigger crowds in 2020.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

  • Jan. 1-6, 2019
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 19-21, 2019
  • President's Day - Feb. 15-24, 2019
  • Spring break and Easter - March 9-April 15, April 19-22 (elevated crowds March 9-April 22, 2019)*
  • Weekends in May
  • Mid-June through Aug. 22, 2019
  • D23 Expo - Aug. 23-25, 2019
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 6, 2020

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 7-April 20, 2020
  • Weekends in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2020
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-Dec. 1, 2020
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

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

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Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

  • Aug. 19-23 and 25-30, 2019 - passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 17-21 and 23-28, 2020)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019; Sept. 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) -  Oct. 14, 2019; Oct. 12, 2020
  • Utah Education Association Convention -  Oct. 17-18, 2019*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2019; Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2019; July 17, 2020

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

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

Now that we have the worst times to visit out of the way, let's look at the very best times to visit Disneyland! Yippee!

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9, 2019)
  • Weekdays in the second half of April 2019
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August (Mondays through Thursdays see higher crowds with passholders back in)
  • Mondays through Thursdays starting Sept. 9 through the end of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020! Don't froget that a solid park plan can be almost as good as traveling on a low crowd day. Check out our Disneyland Plans and Disney California Adventure Plans before your visit! Here are more tips to skip the lines at the theme parks.

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Jan 22, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. Sam Says...

I was at Disney's California Adventure Saturday afternoon. If you're curious about on and off season? Well, best I could give is Radiator Springs Racers. While the parks are busier during their vacation season, RSR's is expected to be 120+ minute wait. Now that its off season, I waited no more than an hour and twenty minutes for the ride... ON A SATURDAY!

The average weekday ride waits at Disneyland, that I've seen is about 30 minutes. DCA is averaging out about the same. The average ride wait during the weekend for both parks is about 45 minutes.

Keep in mind, this is the time where the park takes advantage of the smaller crowds and close popular rides for refurbishment. Right now, all of Critter Country is closed, Matterhorn, and I believe a couple Fantasyland rides are down. Small World and Haunted Mansion are expected to reopen this week after the holiday clean up.

Take advantage of smaller crowds and cooler temps with your family. ESPECIALLY for the kiddos. :)

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Jan 20, 2015 at 9:37 p.m. Julia Says...

Did anyone visit either EPCOT or MAGIC KINGDOM during the weekend of MAY 16th-18th in 2014? I was there during that week but I'm planning to visit during the weekend this year and wanted to get a more personal idea of how crowded it is.

Thanks!

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Jan 20, 2015 at 10:12 a.m. Jessie Says...

One thing to be aware of - lots of popular attractions are closed right now. So, yes, if you want avoid crowds, now is a good time BUT if there is a certain ride or attraction you are dying to go on/see, please check the list of closures of Disneyland's official website BEFORE you choose a date to avoid DISAPPOINTMENT! :)

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Jan 19, 2015 at 1:49 p.m. Joanne Says...

Will be Travelling from Australia arrive 25 October till 11 November. Party of 5 - 3 adults and 2 kidlets. Is the last week in October crazy busy..is the first 2 weeks in November better / worse? Thanks for advise. Cheers jo

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Jan 16, 2015 at 5:51 p.m. Danielle Says...

I just watched a video from Walt Disneyworld called Living with the Land, and I think that ride should be built at California adventure. I think as west coasters we need to learn how to be better gardeners as well and how to be better at our economy too.

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Jan 14, 2015 at 10:49 p.m. Pat Says...

Going fri jan 16 to the 20 wife and 6 year old and I , love to meet a couple with a child so the kids can share excitement and new friends for us Rock also

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Jan 14, 2015 at 10:12 p.m. Allie Says...

I have been to Disneyland many times over the last 40+ years. The only time I have ever seen it anywhere near "empty" was during our Grad night in 1980! There were several schools, with about 2500 people in the park---during the night. But, the times since then, we've gone and it is always crowded. Even when the lines aren't that long, there are people absolutely everywhere. If you have never been at Christmas, put it on your bucket list. It's wonderfully magical. We are planning another "girls trip" in December of 2015 and hope it doesn't rain on us this time! Of course, I can use my Disney Resort umbrella I had to buy a couple years ago. Good luck and enjoy!

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Jan 14, 2015 at 6:47 p.m. Melanie Says...

Hello

Were planning on going in September 2015. Ive been looking everywhere to find out what dates they have plans for set up of the Halloween decorations but can't find it anywhere. And also to find out when the Haunted Mansion opens back up in The Nightmare before Christmas. Any ideas? Thank You!

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Jul 4, 2015 at 10:26 p.m. joanne Ryan Says...

HI there. We are Aussies and we are taking our daughter this October (mid), 2015. We just learn't that Halloween will be in full swing, Starting September till the End of October. We are a bit bummed about it as we really wanted to be there for the Diamond celebrations, but that will more than likely be finished at Halloween. Anyway, we will still have a good time. Just hope we are not grossed out by all the slashed throats :-?

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Jul 7, 2015 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

The Diamond Celebration will continue through the end of the year, so you should still be able to enjoy most if not all of the special shows and events!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 11, 2015 at 3:12 p.m. Lady18 Says...

We just got back from DL AND DCA. It was great! We went on the last day of the winter holiday celebration, Jan 6. Which I don't recommend. It wasn't awful but still tough for kids to wait through. We should have gone the two days after, 7th and 8th. It was totally dead. I'm wondering if on the weekdays following major celebrations is a good time to go? Any So. Cal. Annual pass holders know?

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Jan 6, 2015 at 6:27 p.m. Disney Mom Says...

Looking to visit week of march 23rd. Is that a busy time to visit. What is the weather like at that time? Would like to visit the beach too if it'll be warn enough

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Jan 3, 2015 at 5:10 a.m. Raquel Says...

Was the second week of December packed?

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Jan 2, 2015 at 2:53 a.m. Susan A Says...

I just took a look at the Disneyland website because my family is trying to plan a summer vacation. It appears the rules for annual pass holder blackout days have changed. There are two levels of annual passes - one has no restrictions at all, and the other has VERY FEW blackout days. So good luck using that as a planning guide. (I was very disappointed to read this.)

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Jan 1, 2015 at 8:29 p.m. Melissa Says...

This all very helpful info!! Thank you! We are planning a trip to disneyland in 2016. Thinking November.... beginning or middle. Would love to have less crowds than when we went in May of 2014.

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Jan 6, 2015 at 1:50 a.m. Rick Says...

Melisa, what part of May did you visit and was it primarily over the weekend? I was planning a weekday trip (arrive on Sunday) and I've heard that mid-May during the week is a good time to go.

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Dec 30, 2014 at 4:03 p.m. nickolas Says...

Thinking if it even makes a difference between January 1 thrusday or the 2nd Friday

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Dec 29, 2014 at 10:17 p.m. Angie Maltese Says...

My Husband and I were planning on taking a trip to Disneyland on Friday January 2nd through Monday the 5th, will it be supper crazy at that time like it is today?

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Dec 27, 2014 at 3:31 p.m. Anas khan Says...

Hi I am planning to visit dinsey land Florida between 9 to 20 jan 2015 is it good time to visit?

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Dec 29, 2014 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anas,

Check out our Crowd Calendar for the best times to visit Disney World in 2015. Overall, this is a good time to visit.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 20, 2014 at 4:20 p.m. Cherish Says...

My family and I will be going February 6-8 2015 staying at Disney Grand Hotel 3 day park hopper very excited. Just worried about the weather did this trip once before about 4 years ago didn't experience everything so want to do more this time especially the early morning madness entry. This time go round I have two more kids total 4 so I really hope we can all enjoy because it is definitely pricey $$$$ but well worth it for the kiddos.

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Dec 20, 2014 at 8:53 a.m. AG Says...

I am thinking of a last minute surprise gift for my daughters to Disneyland for the last week of December 2014. Is that a bad idea?

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Dec 22, 2014 at 7:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

AG,

Bad is very subjective. There are certainly better times to visit in terms of crowds, but the parks are quite beautiful during the holidays. Just go in knowing it will be very crowded and prepare accordingly. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time at Disneyland. Let us know what you decide!

Leap

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Dec 19, 2014 at 2:09 a.m. Scott A. McDonald Says...

We have have been going for years at the time between week of Veterans Day week and just before the week for Thanks giving. Monday to Thursday even with parks closing early it's always a great time.

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Dec 18, 2014 at 9:56 p.m. Sandra Says...

Hi

Would end of September have less wait times in Disneyland than beginning of October ?

Thanks

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Dec 18, 2014 at 1:46 p.m. Kourtney Says...

We are planning a trip for 2015 and trying to decide if the week of August 24 or September 14 would be better. When do CA schools start?

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Feb 3, 2015 at 8:03 p.m. Jackie Says...

We have been both in September and the last week of August. We had NO waits the last week of August and all rides were still open except the haunted mansion.....

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Dec 21, 2014 at 1:26 a.m. Carly Says...

Some start around August 21ish, but most around the Disneyland area start after Labor Day.

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Dec 14, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. Cortney Says...

Hi, we've been trying to figure out a less crowded time to go to Disneyland and want to go in Jan/Feb 2015. I didn't see "ski week" listed on the blockouts or worst times to go. Am I assuming right that it will be a busy time to go since kids are out of school in Southern CA?

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Dec 14, 2014 at 1:44 p.m. Just Asking Says...

Is the middle of April a good time to visit Disneyland with low crowds??? And the middle of September???

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Dec 12, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. Kami Says...

We go every year in the first week of December and do pretty well. This year, there was LOTS of rain but we arrived Wednesday and didn't get into the park until Thursday & Friday (beautiful days and no rain!). Thursday was a much slower day and we got onto all of the rides pretty quickly. California Adventure Friday was a nightmare. Racers were down a lot of the day and we really lucked out and ended up

in line when it reopened. The best days to go are weekdays. We've been at Halloween a few times and only went to the Halloween party (cheaper) and you get in from 4pm -12am, get to ride rides, and get a good pound or more of candy and healthy snacks as well. I think it's probably the best value out there for Disney. We are So. Cal. Annual Passholders and cannot go on what we consider the busiest days (weekends, holidays, and summer).

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Dec 11, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. Stephanie Says...

My family and I will be going January 9-11. I'm not to sure if this is really busy or not since it's the second weekend after the new year. Also this is a suprised Christmas/birthday gift for my mom and she's handicap. One of the rides I know she will want to go on is haunted mansion but everything I've read says the mansion will close down the weekend after the first and can re-open anywhere from 5 to 14 days after it closes to take down the Christmas overlay. Does anyone know how long it usually takes for the haunted to open back up and if this is going to be a busy time to go?

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Dec 8, 2014 at 6:04 p.m. Jimmi Says...

We were there Dec1-6th and I can't believe the people that were in the park on the rainy days. We skipped out and went elsewhere till the weather improved. Ponchos and umbrellas help but they were soaked, I can't imagine a short wait time is worth being wet all day, and have some rides closed, Anyhoo even though it was a low attendance period neither of Fantasmic nor the World of color shows WOWed me, just too many people to get a good spot unless you blew $hrs holding a prime spot and we had a fastpass for World of color. The rides on the other had were tolerable except for Radiator Springs Racers. The fastpass help there but it was a challange just to get that. It was more time worthy just to take the single rider lane unless you ha small children and no other choice.

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Dec 8, 2014 at 2:46 p.m. Martha P Says...

We went on December 22 to celebrate my 50th birthday. We knew to expect heavy rains and went well prepared. We did not have more than a 5 minute wait for each ride and went on our favorites multiple times! We only went for that day. The next day that it didn't rain, there were so many people trying to get in that they had to turn them away! It's worth going on a rainy day!

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Dec 7, 2014 at 9:14 p.m. elizabeth Says...

its alright but the lines thoooooo, that has got to go

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Dec 7, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. Karen Says...

I am planning on visiting Disneyland, Ca. On April 13th thru 21, 2015,. Will that be a good time with less crowds,. I am trying to visit after everyone has had thier spring break and has gone back to school. I visited last time In July 2012, and it was pure crazy, I could hardly ride anything, it was a real let down, and was not fun at all, I really really hated this visit, and I DO NOT want to do that again, it is a lot of money, but especially if I cannot enjoy my time there. So can you please let me know if this a good time??? Thanks Karen

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Mar 3, 2015 at 10:39 p.m. Wendy Says...

This year's Touring Plans numbers look good for April 13-21. Last year there were high crowds during that date range, but the two years before ('13 and '12) were low. Going back to '11, they were high.

But it's good to know low numbers are projected for this year. I hope it stays that way!

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Mar 6, 2015 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

Easter is the variable here. When it falls in March, it creates a shorter period of higher crowds. When it is in April, it tends to spread out the spring break period, with slightly lower crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 8, 2014 at 7:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

You will have just missed the busiest time during your visit, although I would expect you to see medium crowds.

Best,

Leap

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Dec 9, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. Karen Says...

Thank you Leap, for the info. I don't mind mild to medium crowds, it's when its crazy insane, I don't want to just be able to ride like 6 rides like last time, and stand in lines for hours or have to pass on the rides, cause the ride lines are like 5 to 8 hours to get on, and fast passes being all gone before parks open to the public, cause the people who stay in the 3 Disneyland Hotels get in before the parks open to the public, so they take all fast passes, that is what I faced last time I was there, it was a real let down, that is not what I want to face again.

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Nov 30, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. katester Says...

I'm planning on taking my 3-1/2 y.o. grandaughter for a day at disneyland while I'm visiting to give her mom with new infant a day of quiet. If I had to pick one day between Dec 5th and Jan 7th, does anyone have a suggestion which might be less busy (perhaps before schools let out on holiday?)

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Dec 10, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. Tiffany Says...

I am going with my family on Friday Dec 12th. Although rain is expected, it is only a 30% of rain all day. Therefore, crowds will be smaller. Also, DCA is always less busy than DL. If you're willing to take on the rain, i'd suggest that day, and also suggest a backpack and/or rent a locker, and stuff them full of extra clothes, in case you get super wet, (especially socks). Have fun!

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Nov 27, 2014 at 9:32 p.m. Annette Says...

I'm married to a teacher, so we can only go during the "worst" times. I'm wanting to take my boys for Spring Break 2015 (they will be 6 & 9), but I'm dreading the line ups and being limited on what we'll be able to see and do. I'd appreciate any tips.

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Jan 13, 2015 at 5:12 p.m. Elphie1 Says...

May I suggest going the last week of August? Our schools in Oregon start the week after Labor Day, but California schools start in mid August! I know a few people who have gone the last week of August and they say that it is better than going in March or April! You'll have fun regardless :-)

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Feb 3, 2015 at 7:59 p.m. Jackie Says...

I agree, Last week of August was the best time we have ever gone, and we have been in April, May and Sept.

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Jan 3, 2015 at 4:05 a.m. Debbie Says...

I have been 3 times during Spring Break and i didnt find it too crazy. If u get two weeks, try to go the first week. The earlier in March the better, and plan got more days during the week.

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Dec 12, 2014 at 9:03 p.m. Rock Says...

I almost don't want to put this out there, but I went on Super Bowl Sunday and Mother's day and wait times were a breeze!

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Feb 17, 2015 at 2:03 a.m. Kim Van Patten Says...

They have scheduled the Tinkerbell Half Marathon for Mother's Day weekend for 2015 so I bet it will be a whole lot busier this year. It is a woman centered race so I think they will probably bring the kids too.

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Dec 27, 2014 at 10:36 a.m. Ann Says...

I went on Easter Sunday and it was a 2out of 10 crowd level for me. Walked on all the rides (no wait times), very short wait for food at peak hours for lunch n dinner, great places still available to sit n watch the parade 5 min before it started, and it was bright n sunny out!

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Dec 1, 2014 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette,

Because spring break fluctuates across the nation, it is not the absolute worst time to visit, but it will still be crowded! The single best tip for handling crowds is to arrive ahead of park opening and ride the most in-demand rides first. Follow our suggested touring plans here.

Best,

Leap

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Nov 26, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. Lauren Pizano Says...

Me and my family went to Disneyland yesterday November 24 and it was pure craziness! Never again will we go around this time! I know it's the most desirable place to visit but come one...an hour wait for rides and broken down rides was a major let down! :(

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Nov 25, 2014 at 10:22 p.m. mandee Says...

Are the crowds really that bad at Disneyland/CA during the week of Thanksgiving? We're planning a big family trip next year for Thanksgiving and I'm seriously considering moving it to the first week in December.

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Apr 18, 2015 at 10:40 p.m. stephanie Says...

Thanksgiving week is horrible. Went That week In 2014 and it was the worst experience ever and my almost 3 year old wasn't abe to enjoy at all. Between the crowd and heat, it was far from a magical experience. We will be trying again in early December 2015.

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Nov 28, 2014 at 9:33 p.m. Sara Says...

I was just telling my family let's never come back to DL during Thanksgiving. Haha. We're in the park right now and have done DL during Thanksgiving for several years now. Wed & Thursday weren't terrible but Friday has been busy busy so far. And I expect tomorrow to be worse.

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Dec 6, 2014 at 8:36 p.m. Jennifer Says...

It was awful this year during Thanksgiving. We did DL on Wed&Thur, CA on Friday. Wed was great in the morning. It was a regular admission time (no magic morning) and we walked right on to Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Splash, and Winnie the Pooh. 10min wait for Thunder, and Fantasyland was crazy. It was about 9:30am by this time. Waited 20min for Toad and then beelined for Small World. Waited there 20min and then made our way to Toon Town. Now we're at about 10:30. Walked onto the coaster, grabbed some crappy turkey sandwiches at 11:00 and that's when all h%@! broke loose! 12pm. Walking out of toon town and into the swarm of people was like Armageddon. And it was almost 90 degrees. Waited for jungle cruise for 60min (not worth the wait) and by 1:30 decided to head back to the condo for a rest. So I reiterate, Wed morning before 12pm was awesome! The rest of the trip was a blur. Wed evening was crazy. Thursday's Magic morning was insane. In fact, Thursday was miserable all the way around. Shoulder to shoulder crowds ALL day. Friday at CA was ok. Fast passes all day made the crowds bearable although, even the lines for fast passes were crazy long. 12pm seems to be the witching hour. But by about 3pm the crowds died down. FYI-we stayed at "Walts Place" across the street from Downtown Disney and the Tomorrowland monorail. VERY convenient. Find them on VRBO. And for a beach day, try San Pedro Marine Aquarium and park. Quiet beach, hardly any people. Great interactive research aquarium. Beats the crowds and admission prices of Long Beach!

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Nov 20, 2014 at 6:34 a.m. Araceli Seftel Says...

I just went to disneyland in mid October Thursday and Friday. Thursday was not busy at all we got to walk right up to the peter pan ride we didnt spend much time in lines and met a lot of characters it was a great time. The only super long line was the fast pass line to meet and greet with the cast from frozen that took up most of our Friday morning but it was so worth it.

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Nov 10, 2014 at 7:27 p.m. Sara Says...

Hopefully it isnt too packed when i go in January. Thanks for the heads up about MLK day. My birthday is the week after MLK day and thats when im going, hopefully we get there and it isnt too packed!

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Nov 5, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. Jill Says...

Does anyone about when the haunted mansion will be open at disneyland,ca for halloween in 2015

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Jan 21, 2015 at 7:05 a.m. Heather Says...

Historically it's about the middle of September with the first Halloween party on the last Friday in September. It's a great time to visit!

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Oct 18, 2014 at 3:36 a.m. jen Says...

Just got back a couple weeks ago from my first trip to DL. I went the last week of september into the first few days of October. I only visited the parks during the week. Three times I was first in line (once DL, twice CA) at the gate, one time I got to help open the park (CA). It got crazy busy Friday late afternoon into the evening especially at CA cause DL had the Halloween party. Other than that, it was a GREAT time to visit! Very few waits (single rider was my friend except for Racers Friday night when everyone got in the single rider line), the Haunted Mansion overly was so worth going this time of year (Ghost Galaxy was OK though I wish I could've seen the 'regular' space mountain), the weather was pretty warm but it wasn't horrible, and the cast members were as wonderful as WDW. Racers broke down while I was on it (we had two cars staring at us which was unnerving because their projection eyes didn't blink) and when we got back to the loading area, they let us ride again without getting out of the cars! Once my glasses for Star Tours didn't work and of course I had a large group of obnoxious teens on it. I thought for sure my last Star Tours in DL was going to be just horrible but the cast member took me right over to the other 'dock' and got me right on. I closed out an elevator on Tower of Terror my last night there! It was great! If you can swing it, GO! I stayed off-site (just me, not worth it to stay on as it is $$$) though I will probably stay at a closer hotel next time. My biggest recommendation, DON'T go to whatever park has the magic morning. That extra hour wasn't worth it to me when there were soooo many people trying to get in. The day I helped open California Adventure, the line for DL was almost to the CA gate! I never used my magic morning and I really don't think I missed out.

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Nov 8, 2014 at 6:48 a.m. Kevin Says...

Jen, glad you had a great time. The magic morning thing is slightly different when you do stay onsite because only hotel stayers get to go in DCA early on those particular days. It's a much lower crowd for that 1st hour than what happens in DL since off site visitors can take advantage of the DL magic hour. Something to perhaps consider next time.

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Oct 8, 2014 at 9:26 p.m. wendy smith Says...

what is a good android app to use for ride wait times in Disneyland? The My Disney Experience app is only good in Florida and the Disney mobile magic app no longer works on my Samsung galaxy s4

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Sep 16, 2014 at 5:23 p.m. Linda Says...

After years of visits to Orlando and raising one Disney obsessed teenage daughter, I am in the beginning stages of planning a surprise trip for the 2015 holiday season. This will allow me to celebrate her 18th birthday, the Christmas holidays and her High School graduation all at once. This will be a first trip to DL for both of us so I am looking forward to making extra-special memories! Good to see my dates are in the "best" and not "worst" times to go! We will be arriving the Sunday after Thanksgiving and staying thru the following Saturday.

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Sep 9, 2014 at 9:15 p.m. Stephani Says...

Does anyone know the exact dates of Chritsmastime in the park? Last year was Nov 12-Jan 6. Im sure it will be similar. Ive also been told they start the Christmas decorations the very first days of November.

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Sep 10, 2014 at 1:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephani,

You're in luck! The dates are Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2015. Let us know if you go!

Best,

Leap

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Sep 3, 2014 at 9:18 p.m. Akajako Says...

We are also hitting Disneyland soon (end of September). Another benefit for going at this time is that the number of rides/attractions under refurbishment are low because of the "halloween" bump. So you go during the week days to get your ride fix in, and do one weekend (we are doing a Sunday) to get the fireworks fix.

Lauren - hope you saw they extended the Frontierland game thingy until the end of September...

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Sep 4, 2014 at 3:29 a.m. Noe Says...

Of note for those of you going to Disneyland at the end of September and going on a week day; 9/26 and 9/30 are Mickey's Halloween Party days and the park closes at 6pm.

You may want to avoid those days if you want to be there in the evening or if you wish to enjoy California Adventure as the crowds move from Disneyland to California Adventure and that park becomes overwhelming.

Other Mickey's Halloween Party days are:

10/3, 10/6, 10/8, 10/10, 10/14, 10/17, 10/20, 10/22, 10/24, 10/27, 10/29, and 10/31.

Hope you enjoy your visits!

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Sep 4, 2014 at 2:04 a.m. Lauren Says...

Cool, actually no I did not hear that. Thanks for the tip!

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Sep 3, 2014 at 3:18 p.m. Lauren Says...

I am visiting Disneyland for the first time in 19 days(!!!), after many visits to WDW, so here's what I've learned in planning this trip.

Sometimes during the slowest times, like September, the hours are much shorter than you might be used to at WDW. Weekdays in September can be 10am to 8pm for both DL and DCA, so you might want a day longer than you planned to make up for those hours. Also, the fireworks and Fantasmic tend to only run weekends during slower periods as well so if either of those are important, you might want to brave the crowd for 1 weekend day.

Also, I chose the end of September instead of the beginning because I know haunted mansion and space mountain get their holiday overlays before Halloweentime, so I would rather get to see them with the overlays since we don't have that on the east coast.

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Jan 16, 2015 at 8:54 p.m. phil nav Says...

Your first time in 19 days!!? You go a lot.

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Mar 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. kay lah Says...

He meant he's going in 19 days. Not he's going back in 19 days.

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Sep 3, 2014 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great tips! Thank you for sharing, Lauren.

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Sep 3, 2014 at 1:54 p.m. Danny Hollinger Says...

We are going for our first Disneyland trip during the first week of November, and did a lot of research concerning the best time to go. There is a rumor that the Disneyland portion of the Holiday parade may be shot while we are there, but other than that it should be pretty empty!

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Nov 10, 2014 at 8:45 p.m. somedude Says...

We just got back from disneyland ca. And California adventure ca. We went the first weekdays of November and lines were still crazy 40-90 minutes on major rides. Tons of closures due to malfunctions. And to top it all off park is only open on weekdays from 10-8 which is almost 5 hours difference from weekend times so if ride times are averaging 60 min a pop you can only squeeze 10 rides in a day. And that's if your hauling butt, skipping shopping, no pictures and skipping eating we got 5 rides in at ca. Adv. Before closure. Rad racers and soarin over ca. Spent almost 4 hours waiting just on those...what a drag.

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May 26, 2015 at 3:14 p.m. Rebecca Says...

We were there November 15-18 (Sat-Tues), 2014, and it was packed. Even Tuesday. It wasn't so much that the lines were long. Fastpasses helped with that. It was that the crowds were so thick, it was hard to walk. The DL lines for early entry filled the whole turnstile area, ending across the way to the entrance to CA. The early entry line for CA in the Grand Californian took 45 minutes. Lots of SoCal moms with strollers and packed lunches just whiling away the hours.

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Dec 17, 2014 at 5:17 p.m. Ruby Says...

did you go on a weekend or weekdays

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Nov 12, 2014 at 8:16 a.m. Mom Says...

We were just in Disneyland Nov. 2 to 9. We had quite a different experience. The longest wait we experienced was for Peter Pan's Flight, which was about 30 minutes. We got fast passes for every ride where they were available (e.g. Radiator Springs Racers), so we didn't wait long for any of the most popular rides.

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Nov 11, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. Roger Says...

Try to use the Fastpass for the major rides like Racers or Soaring that will cut the wait time. You can ride the other rides while waiting for your fastpass scheduled time

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Oct 12, 2014 at 11:51 a.m. Heidi Says...

We have been there during a parade taping. It wasn't as bad as you would think. STAY OFF MAIN STREET! Don't waste your time at the taping. Go ride the rides. The times were less. Know the schedule of the parade so you can plan accordingly. Using the train helps cut some of the the time out of trying to get down Main Street.

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Feb 16, 2015 at 12:11 p.m. Terrie Tackett Says...

A trick I've used for decades. In the morning, position yourself inside the park to catch the parade at its end. Seeing the parade at night, position yourself close to the exit gate at the end of the parade. You will beat the crush from the front gate in the morning, and the crush out late in the day!

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