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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on March 8, 2024 2974 Los Angeles

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

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Infographic

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

Spring — February, March, April

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

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

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

Summer — May, June, July

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

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - World of Color

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

Fall — August, September, October

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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

Things to Consider

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

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

  • TBD

Winter — November, December, January

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

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

Highlights

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

Things to Consider

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

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

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

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

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

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Avengers Campus

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

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

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

we'll be there same time as well

Usually November isn't bad at all

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Huyen,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Nick,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Keri,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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/

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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.

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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.

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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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