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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024

by Leap on June 3, 2023 2929 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 better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023 - Partners Statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Planning the Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Dates by Season

We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest changes coming out of the pandemic — and that's the theme park reservation system. Many days sell out, but even so, there are more crowded days than others. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, many more factors at play put us in new territory when making our predictions.

With so many locals at Disneyland, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we knew crowds would return to Disneyland after its reopening — and boy, did they ever! We will talk more below about Magic Key holders and how they influence crowds.

We've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Disney 100

2023 and 2024 are gearing up to be big years at Disneyland. In 2023, Disneyland kicked off the 100 Years of Wonder Celebration Jan. 27, which will run through the remainder of the year — and Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway opened the same day! The Magic Happens parade returned Feb. 24, 2023. A reimagined Toontown made its debut March 19, 2023.  And further down the road, Tiana's Bayou Adventure will open in late 2024, which means guests visiting in 2023 and 2024 should be prepared for Splash Mountain to undergo a refurbishment, starting May 31, 2023. As we look into 2023 and 2024, there will be some sweet spots to time your visit if you're looking for the least busy time to hop into the parks.

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

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

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

If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks, but not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona schools have breaks in the first half of October. Utah schools also have a fall break in mid-October. The spring breaks at major universities in California in late March also influence crowd levels.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! FASTPASS and MaxPass have been officially retired and replaced with the paid Genie+ system. 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 120 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!

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Magic Happens Parade with Sorcerer Mickey

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

The biggest difference is the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those Disneyland locals are Magic Key holders (annual passholders). Magic Key holders still need to make a park reservation to enter the parks, and their availability calendar is also limited. Depending on the type of pass they have, Magic Key holders might find themselves blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays.

The Disneyland blockout calendar provides a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year because those are the times when most Magic Key holders (especially for the more affordable passes, such as the Imagine and Enchant Keys) are not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, certain Key holders are typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there will be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right before and after major blockout periods. (Who wouldn't want to hop back into the Happiest Place on Earth or make a last visit before the blockout period?!)

Best Times to Visit Disneyland - Pixar Pier Lit Up at Night

Even if park capacity is the same each day, Magic Key holders influence the park crowds. During school days and workdays, Magic Key Holders might visit the park for just the morning or just the evening, making the park seem less crowded than on a Saturday or holiday when many more people arrive early and stay all day long, making the park feel more crowded.

Outside of the Magic Key holders, other limited-time local promotions can influence crowds for certain periods of time. When Disneyland offers special ticketing promos for California residents or Southern California residents, more locals flock to the parks. That can make it hard to predict crowd levels as it attracts more guests during typically quieter times. As the promo end dates draw near, everyone rushes in to use the tickets before they expire. Undercover Tourist typically offers these same promo tickets for an even steeper discount than the parks, so our Disneyland ticketing page can offer insight into promo dates when available.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availability Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be the busiest. (Psst ... Undercover Tourist also offers 1-Day tickets to Disneyland, and they include our 365-day refund policy!)

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World is the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo is planned for summer 2024.

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Mickey Pumpkin on Main Street

Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. The Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure brings foodies and wine aficionados flocking to the parks in March and April. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2023 and 2024 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back! Our Crowd Calendars also offer a look at the weather at Disneyland so you can pack accordingly for that May Gray and June Gloom :)

While these dates are still very far in the future, we want to make note that Los Angeles is hosting the World Cup in 2026 and the Summer Olympics in 2028. As these are major events, they will likely impact overall crowds in the Los Angeles area.

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

Here are the days we expect to be the busiest at Disneyland Resort in 2023:

  • Jan. 1-8, 13-16, 27-30
  • Feb. 2-6, 9-26
  • March 11 - April 16
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May, plus Memorial Day
  • Weekends in the first half of June
  • July
  • Weekends in August
  • Sept. 1-4; Sept. 22-25
  • Oct. 2-23
  • Nov. 17-26
  • Dec. 17-31

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2024

Here are the days we expect to be the busiest at Disneyland Resort in 2024:

  • Jan. 1-7, Jan. 10-15
  • Feb. 16-19
  • March 9 - April 30
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May, plus Memorial Day
  • June 14 - July  7
  • Aug. 30 - Sept. 2
  • Oct. 2-20
  • Nov. 22 - Dec. 1
  • Dec. 21-31

*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 2023 — Easter is on April 9 — and 2024 — Easter is on March 31. These two years, you can expect a fairly consistent, condensed spring break season. When Easter falls later, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then.

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

Here are other days that see higher crowds, but not as high as the absolute worst days. Some of the dates listed are isolated, with the days around them generally fine, but they do bring in more locals. Know of other dates that are popular with locals? Share in the comments below.

  • Rosh Hashanah (when it falls on a weekday) - It falls on weekends in 2023 and 2024
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Sept. 25, 2023
  • Columbus Day - Oct. 9, 2023, and Oct. 14, 2024
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks in October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) - Nov. 11
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Jan. 16, 2023, and Jan. 15, 2024
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 20, 2023, and Feb. 19, 2024
  • Caesar Chavez Day (when it falls on a weekday) - March 31, 2023
  • Memorial Day - May 29, 2023, and May 27, 2024
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17
  • Labor Day - Sept. 4, 2023, and Sept. 2, 2024

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022 - Small World Exterior

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023

While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disneyland, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times with all of the fun hoppening in the parks in 2023.

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.

  •  Jan. 9-12, 17-19, 23-24, 26, 31 
  • Feb. 1, 7-8
  • The first few days in March (until March 11)
  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites and Memorial Day)
  • Weekdays in the first half of June
  • Weekdays in August
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays for September and the last week of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day, when runDisney events return to the resort)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 9)
  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites and Memorial Day)
  • The first half of June
  • The month of August
  • Tuesdays through Thursdays for September and the last week of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

January and February generally have low crowds and beautiful weather (if not a little chilly), but do offer scaled-back entertainment and shorter hours. Disney California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival generally starts in early March and brings in some foodie-loving froggies, followed by spring break crowds in March and April. 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, longer park hours, and LOTS of entertainment! 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.

Avoiding Early Park Closures Due to After-Hours Parties

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - 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 hours for the dates you want to visit so you don't encounter any surprises. Here are the most common causes of early park closure:

  • The Disneyland Halloween Party — The Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure  for select days Sept. 5 to Oct. 31, 2023 (closing early Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Halloween)
  • Sweethearts' Nite at Disneyland Park took place Jan. 31, Feb. 2, 5, 7, 9, 14 and 16, 2023
  • Princess Nite took place at Disneyland Park on March 7 and 9, 2023
  • Throwback Nite at Disneyland Park took place April 18 and 20, 2023
  • Star Wars Nite at Disneyland Park took place May 2, 4, 8 and 11, 2023
  • Pride Nite at Disneyland Park will take place June 13 and 15, 2023
  • In the past, additional Disneyland After Dark parties have taken place at Disneyland Park on select dates in May and at Disney California Adventure Park on select dates in March
  • Grad Nites on May 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 30 and 31, 2023, at Disney California Adventure Park

These after-hours parties can cause the park to close earlier than usual. If you look forward to an evening at Disneyland with all the nighttime entertainment, then avoid visiting these days unless you have a party ticket. Or get a park hopper, visit in the morning and hop to the other park in the afternoon. Otherwise, your fun may be cut short, and you may not get the most out of your visit for your money. (Sometimes the park that closes early for an event is quieter than usual during the day since people avoid that park.) Since Disneyland hours are generally released only up to six weeks in advance, keep an eye out for news of parties and note any upcoming dates to avoid (or to buy a ticket for). You can look to our linked posts for upcoming events or for guidance on predicting the next season's shenanigans.

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024! 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!

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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)

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?

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......

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?

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.

Keep hopping!


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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?

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.

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!

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:

Keep hopping!


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.

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

FAST PASSES! use them wisely on the popular rides!

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!

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

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.

Keep hopping!


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.

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


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!

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!!

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

Keep hopping!



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.

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

Hi Katrina,

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

Keep Hopping!


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!!

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.

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.

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!

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?


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?

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?


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?

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.

Keep hopping!


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.


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.)

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


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!

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.

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.

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.

Keep hopping!


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

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 :)

Feb 18, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. Adriana Says...

Best day to go on a weekend, Saturday or sunday?

Feb 13, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. Jesse Mette Says...

I'm wondering if February 17th would be an ok dy to go to disneyland? I know it's pretty close to president's day but I have the day off from work.

Feb 6, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. Tina Says...

What do you think the diamond celebration is going to do to the crowd levels? It is scheduled to start May 22 and we were already planning May 23-27, think that first weekend will be crazy busy?

Feb 12, 2015 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina,

Some passholders will be blocked out during these dates, so that will help a bit, but I think it will definitely increase overall crowd levels. The new shows and parade will definitely be a major draw to guests this year, and I would expect lots of people will want to see them when they open.

Keep hopping!


Feb 6, 2015 at 8:36 p.m. steph Says...

My husband and I are taking my son to DL for the first time right in the beginning of Sept for his 8th birthday. We will have our (will be) one year old with us too.

We are coming from BC Canada and hoping we have chosen the right time. Sept 7th (mon) to the 10th (thursday). Would it be worth changing dates a bit to get a weekend day in there. I ask because I read a comment above stating that sometimes Fantasia and other things only happen during weekends. Any thoughts or advice? TIA!

Jan 30, 2015 at 10:56 p.m. Jo Anne Says...

Our family, myself, husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson (who will be 4 when we go) are going to Disneyland late October 2015 - any special advise or tips you can give us. It will my grandsons first time and we are all very excited and want him to have the best time possible.

Jan 26, 2015 at 2:01 a.m. Erin Says...

How is the crowds over Labor Day weekend??

Jan 24, 2015 at 12:47 p.m. Jacquie Says...

We ( Family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 and 13) are visiting Disneyland for the first time from Australia from August 30 through to September 4 2015. Will the parks be closing earlier as Summer has just finished? We are getting a 4 day hopper pass. Any hints greatly appreciated.


Jun 6, 2015 at 5:32 a.m. Tracy Says...

That is the exact time we are going as well!! I was wondering the same thing. we usually go in the spring or early June, so I really am not sure about this particular week.

Jan 23, 2015 at 12:29 p.m. margare t traynor Says...

we will be visiting Disneyland from february 10 to february 17 2014. for our 40th visit to the park, will the diamond anniversary celebrations be on at this time, thank you

Jan 23, 2015 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Margaret,

I am guessing you mean 2015 :) Unfortunately, the anniversary celebration is not expected to begin until the spring. You can see there are quite a few refurbishments going on right now that are likely ahead of the celebration.

Keep hoppin'!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Hi Joanne,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

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

Was the second week of December packed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Anas,

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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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