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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024 and 2025

by Leap on April 30, 2024
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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 returned Feb. 2, 2024, and Fantasmic! will return May 24, 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'!

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 ends June 2, 2024
  • Pixar Fest continues through Aug. 4, 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

Likewise, the SoCal Resident ticket expires June 2, so there may be more park-goers ready to use up the last days of their ticket that weekend.

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 to catch both 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

*Pricing based on a 1-day Park Hopper ticket. Pricing subject to change.

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 will take place select days Aug. 9 to Oct. 31, 2024 (closing early Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Halloween)
  • Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend takes place Sept. 5-8, 2024. Note that Oogie Boogie Bash will not take place on race weekend.
  • 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

  • Aug. 19-22, 26-29, 2024 (Tier 0)
  • Sept. 3-5, 10-12, 2024 (Tier 0)

*Pricing based on a 1-day Park Hopper ticket. Pricing subject to change.

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. 30 to Feb. 2, 2025
  • The $50 kids ticket offer was valid every day from Jan. 8 to March 10, 2024
  • SoCal Resident tickets are valid from Jan. 2 through June 2, 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.

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. 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. 1-6, 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

  • Early and Mid-November weekdays

*Pricing based on a 1-day Park Hopper ticket. Pricing subject to change.

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, plus, a brand-new event, Season of the Force and Pixar Fest will add a little extra fun to the parks. During springtime, the park is particularly beautiful with spring flowers and the pink Tabebuia trees in bloom.

Highlights

  • Celebrate Gospel brought additional entertainment and food to Disneyland Park Feb. 17 and 24
  • Anaheim Ducks Day in Disney California Adventure hoppened Feb. 22-23, 2024
  • Food and Wine Festival took place March 1 - April 22, 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. Here are 2024's dates for reference:

  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park took place Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024
  • Disney Channel Nite at Disneyland Park took place March 5 & 7, 2024
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park took place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, May 2, 7 & 9, 2024
  • Spring break — elevated crowds from March 7 - April 6, 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. 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. Usually, fireworks are only on the weekends, so include a weekend day in your visit to see and do it all.

Least Busy

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

Busiest

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

Cheapest

  • 2025 dates TBD

*Pricing based on a 1-day Park Hopper ticket. Pricing subject to change.

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

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

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

Hi Yanni,

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

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

Hi Heather,

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

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

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jonathan,

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

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

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

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

Hi Natasha,

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

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

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

Hi Paty,

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

That Friday will likely see medium crowds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are these dates generally the same heading into 2016?

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

Jason,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jennifer,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jordan,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Going on week days are so much better then weekends.

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Bob,

Agree and good catch :)

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

When are SoCal schools back in session?

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

Hi Mark,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jessica,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kelli,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Tami,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Marx,

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

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

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

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

Looking towards September or October or December.

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

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

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

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

Hi all.....

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Joe,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kenny,

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

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

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

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

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

FAST PASSES! use them wisely on the popular rides!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Danielle,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 29, 2015 at 5:55 p.m.
cforrey23 Says...

Our family will be in the parks September 29th - October 2nd. We planned for weekdays to avoid crowds and lines but now after reading some articles I'm concerned we will miss out on Fireworks, Fantasmic, and Parades because of the Halloween parties. This would be a major bummer for us as my husband is a part time pyrotechnician and seeing the fireworks is a HUGE deal to him. Also now wondering if they will be doing the Halloween themed fireworks and parades instead of the 60th anniversary ones which we were really excited about. We aren't really into the Halloween thing so really hoping not to miss out on the anniversary stuff!

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Mar 27, 2015 at 5:14 a.m.
amanda Says...

So I have never been to disneyland before and I am trying to plan our first family vacation! I was thinking of going sometime between January and March 2016. I have an 8 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. I keep hearing about ride closures during those months but am wondering If it will truly affect our vacation. My kiddos are still young and I want them to enjoy the trip but also get the most out of it without insane line waits and crazy lines for character meet n greets. Any advise as to when is a good time to go?

Thanks in advance!

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Aug 13, 2015 at 6:46 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

You generally see more refurbs in January and February, but even then, there will still be plenty of attractions to visit. I wouldn't worry about it too much. There are good days within these months. You want to avoid the start of January, the days around MLK Day, the days around President's Day. In March, the first week will be best.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 5:51 p.m.
Katrina Says...

Hi , my family and I are planning on Disneyland on February 21, would you say this is an OK day to go? I was trying to avoid presidents day on the 20th.

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Feb 13, 2017 at 1:45 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katrina,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds on Feb 21.

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Mar 23, 2015 at 8:21 p.m.
Annie Says...

Hi! I am looking to visit family in California during thanksgiving. Would it still be very busy to go to the parks November 30 and December 1st? I have an active three year old and probably won't be able to handle crazy lines. TIA!!

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Mar 11, 2015 at 10:41 p.m.
Miriam Says...

We are planning a trip to Disneyland but due to work schedules we had to plan to go the Second week of November 2015. We would be in the park on Mon. november 9th to wednesday november 11th. Do you think this is going to be a crazy busy time to go?? thanks for the help.

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Mar 20, 2015 at 8:40 p.m.
Robert Says...

November 11th is Veteran's Day. Since it is a school out holiday, you can expect pretty heavy crowds. We went one year where the 11th was our last day (of 5) - park was at capacity and CRAZY busy. Luckily, the days previous were great, so we didn't care...left after the morning and went to the beach instead.

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Mar 9, 2015 at 9:41 p.m.
Ariana Says...

Question: When the park of Disneyland will put the calendar of activities for the month of October 2015? I think to travel for that date and I want to plan well the trip. Thanks!

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Mar 9, 2015 at 8:33 p.m.
Linda Says...

Will there be a difference if I go the week of Aug 17 vs Aug 24?

Thanks.

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Mar 8, 2015 at 6:23 p.m.
Rick Says...

I will be visiting Sept 13-18, 2015. Will Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain be open at that time?

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Mar 6, 2015 at 2:54 a.m.
Family Trip Says...

We are considering a trip to Disneyland and have had good success in June but now I'm reading forums that Grad Nights are horrible since the students now get a park hopper to use during the daytime as well. Anyone wish to comment?

thanks

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Mar 19, 2015 at 9:20 p.m.
Kevin Says...

We are wondering the same thing. How busy will Grad Nite private celebrations make the parks?

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Mar 23, 2015 at 10:49 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Grad nights include park hopper access to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during the day and a private party Grad at 10 p.m. at Disney California Adventure. These events have a moderate impact on crowds, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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Mar 5, 2015 at 12:13 p.m.
Bruce Says...

We visited Disneyworld from Fri Feb 20 to Sundat Feb 22d, staying at the contemporary. I figured room prices would have dropped from the previous Valentine's Day weejpkend, which was true.

However I did not realise it was the Princess half marathon on Sunday and that crowds would be larger as a result.

For one thing, this reduced the chances of getting an upgrade to the A frame (wed booked the Garden Wiing). On the past several visits we'd received an upgrade - once without asking! (The greeter realised we were a gay male couple and took us to a gay check in clerk - who upgraded us and followed up with a phone call checking that everything was satisfactory.)

There were longer waits for np meals - at Coral Reef in Epcot, California Grille, and at Brown Derby. This interfered with our FastPass+ For Little Mermaid - where we encountered the only rudeness in 6/7 trips to Disney since 2009. (I have cancer and difficulty standing and used a scooter and "disability access pass" - to great effect - on this trip. But as I "scooted" towards the entrance of Little Mermaid a female cast member "barked" at me: "You can't bring that in here." When I staggered into the waiting area the first thing we saw was a man sitting on his cooter! I mentioned this to another cast member, who basically shrugged his shoulders and didn't, e.g., find a place for me to sit - as I was pale and sweating at this point.)

We encountered one other incident that made us feel,"less than." In the past - that is, before gay marriage was legal in Florida - Disney helped us celebrate the "anniversary" of our meeting.

This time, gay marriage had become legal between the time of our booking and our dinner reservation at California grille.

As we went to check in on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary for our ealier dinner reservations, we heard the cast member ask the opposite-sec couple in front of us, "Are you celebrating anything special?"

My partner and I caucused and decided to respond to a similar question by saying, "Yes we are celebrating our recent marriage."

But the sour-passed cast member just said, "Name?" And did not ask if we were celebrating anything special. Thus left a sour taste in our mouths and detracted from our enjoyment of the meal.

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Sunday - race day- was chaotic. We waited for a bus to take us. Then we were told we had to take the monorail - with our clunky scooter - to the transportation centre. Then we were told to get off at Polynesian resort and take a bus (perhaps the same one we'd tried to take at the Contemporary) to Disney Hollywood.

Finally, the quality of photographers has declined. Previously we took (and bought) pictures we subsequently framed and/or put on e.g., coffee mugs.

All this - surly staff, confused directions, delayed dining reservations - while prices have increased 30-50%.

I love Disney - and own stock - but lament the decline in standards. In future we will consider alternatives such as Universal and, e.g., cheap and cheerful cruises. (For the cost of our weekend at Disney I could have taken a 5 night Caribbean cruise on Carnival.)

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Mar 5, 2015 at 5:51 a.m.
Sam Says...

HI

We're travelling from Australia for first time visit to DL in Dec 2015! We'll be there from Monday 7th - Weds 9th December. I've read that this should be an ok time to visit crowd wise but it would be good to get some first hand knowledge of these times! Any day going to be the best crowd wise? Thanks!

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Mar 3, 2015 at 12:10 a.m.
Candi Says...

We are frequent Disneyland visitors. We have always gone to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World during the summertime but this year are wanting to switch it up and take the family to Disneyland and California Adventure during Christmas time to see all the amazing decorations and the rides that have been made over with holiday cheer. I know it says Thanksgiving week is a very busy time to visit but my question is how does the very end of November and going into the first week of December usually rate for crowds? We would be traveling on the weekend ending Thanksgiving break but wouldn't be heading into the parks till that Sunday on the 29th of November through December 1st. Also we are purchasing each of us 3-day tickets. Is heading to Magic Morning one of those mornings actually worth it? Any advice and information on how it would be will be great. Thank you.

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Jul 21, 2015 at 4:16 a.m.
melanie Says...

beginning of dec is the best time to visit, imo. Hours are great, crowds are low, temp is not so hot, and everything is christmas and beautiful.

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Mar 4, 2015 at 10:06 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Candi,

You should be good to go the week after Thanksgiving. We definitely think it's worth making use of the Magic Morning if you can. Just make sure to get there at least 30 minutes ahead of the opening for the shortest waits.

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Mar 1, 2015 at 4:09 p.m.
Sommer Says...

We want to go to Disneyland in June 2015 But we are concerned about graduation night early closures and suggestions or ideas on how to find out what nights graduation party's are happening Thanks

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Feb 19, 2015 at 10:05 a.m.
Tina Says...

We are going April 15 - April 19. Is this a good time? I read that from March 6 - April 12 is not a good time. Have anybody been in Disneyland around this time here, and can tell me how it is? Is there anything happening this date?

Thanks for answering me! It's Our first time :)

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