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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 1, 2021 2633 Los Angeles

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

But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022. We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest unknown the theme parks have perhaps ever faced — and that is COVID-19. With the parks closed longer than they have ever been, we're now in new territory in terms of predicting crowds. While we do have years of experience and data collection under our belt, there are many more factors at play, including how long the parks are closed, the virus, the economy, unemployment and continued travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many locals, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we know crowds will return to Disneyland after its reopening. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times ... and because of this huge local following, Disneyland actually canceled their annual pass program, as there was no way to safely welcome everyone back at will. That means even Legacy passholders are having to learn a whole new system before returning to the magic. Even so, Californians were the first ones back through those gates!

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Disneyland reopened April 30, 2021, to California residents. Based on pent-up demand for all things Disneyland, including how people have reacted to the reopening of Downtown Disney and the limited-time Touch of Disney event, we expect Disneyland parks will be steadily busy for some time. As of June 15, 2021, out-of-state residents are welcome back to Disneyland (and can book their trips now!). Lower capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time, and that will curb crowds, but it will also make getting into the parks more challenging.

While capacity is lower in the parks, capacity is also lower on rides, in restaurants and in shops — so while overall capacity is low, it may feel higher than it actually is. And let us tell you from our experience on the opposite coast at the Most Magical Place on Earth: Those spaced out lines can make things seem waaaay longer than they actually are, and they can make for some traffic jams that only add to things feeling crowded, especially in areas that are tight already. All of this to say: All of the precautions in place may add to a feeling of things being busier than they actually are, and 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!

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Because Disneyland reopened just before summer break, we are expecting things to stay pretty consistently busy through the summer, especially once summer break hits. With Avengers Campus making its epic debut June 4, 2021, and out-of-state residents able to visit once again as of June 15, we are not expecting things to slow down any time soon.

Is It Packed at Disneyland During Normal Times? 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, and 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.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! (During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers such as FASTPASS, MaxPass and Magic Morning are temporarily unavailable.) 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 60 days in advance.

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland 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 were annual passholders.

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. That means that during the Disneyland reopening period, all guests will have to purchase tickets. That may change the way even locals visit the parks. For some time, the annual passholders have thought of the Happiest Place on Earth as their second home. In other words, they would pop in for a few hours here or there — maybe on a weekday, or on a spring or fall Sunday morning before heading to the beach — assuming their pass wasn't blocked out. They'd hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

Disneyland will eventually release a new type of membership offering, so eventually these guests will once again affect the crowds. In the past, depending on the passport, a passholder might find himself or herself blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays. The Disneyland blockout calendar provided a fairly good idea of the very busiest dates of the year, because those were the times when most passholders were not allowed to enter the parks. For example, during most of June through mid-August, the Southern California Select and Deluxe passholders were typically blocked from entering at least one or both parks, a strong sign that there would be tourists! One important thing to keep in mind in the future: Crowds are higher right after major blockout periods.

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availablity 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 busiest. Keep hopping back for updates on the annual passholder situation, because knowing their patterns can help you plan your trip.

Another factor that has more influence on crowds at Disneyland than at Disney World are the conventioneers. The Anaheim Convention Center is right across the street. What out-of-town visitor wouldn’t enjoy popping over in the afternoon and early evening for some Disney magic? It’s generally not necessary to rearrange your vacation based on a convention, but there might be one exception. Disney’s own D23 Expo, held every other year, brings flocks of fans. Those folks will plan to spend some of their hours before, during and after the Expo playing in the parks. The next D23 Expo has been postponed until September 2022.

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Keep in mind that special events and holidays also influence crowds. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year. This is yet another reason to review our Disneyland crowd calendar — we list the holidays and special events! (We are so frogcited to get special event dates for 2021 and 2022 on the calendar — you'll see those reflected on the Crowd Calendar as soon as they are announced, so keep hopping back!)

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

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Most of May
  • June 3 to Aug. 11, 2021
  • Oct. 1-16, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021, to Jan. 4, 2022

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-27, 2022
  • Presidents' Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13 to April 17, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 19-28, 2022
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 17, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2023

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. When Easter falls later, as it does in 2022, 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. July 17 is the exception to this, as it is already a busy time. Know of other dates that are popular with locals? Share in the comments below.

  • Labor Day - Sept. 6, 2021, and Sept. 5, 2022
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Sept. 16, 2021, and Oct. 5, 2022
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 11, 2021, and Oct. 10, 2022
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2021, and Nov. 11, 2022
  • Memorial Day - May 31, 2021, and May 30, 2022
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2021, and July 17, 2022

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

While these are traditionally the best times to visit, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks will be open!

  • May 10-13
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

  • Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year's Day and the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around Presidents' Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 4, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first half of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the remainder of September and the second half of October
  • Mondays through Thursdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
  • Mondays through Thursdays during the first half of December

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's MaxPass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Apr 3, 2019 at 3:44 a.m. Hester Lolt Says...

These dates are subjective. There is no worst time. You just have to know how to cope. If it's hot have a game plan. If it's crowded have a game plan. I like a lot of people at DLR makes it more fun.

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Apr 2, 2019 at 10 p.m. Yvonne Says...

Hi, visiting Disneyland 29 Sept-5 Oct 2019, how impacted do you think these dates will be due to the opening of Star Wars Land? Are they usually ok dates otherwise? Our last visit was right after Hurricane Irma hit Florida+Disneyland crowds seemed inflated due to many people switching from WDW to DL. I was hoping it would be less hectic this time as we are coming from the UK so it's not easy for us to visit! The phased opening has me worried it will push larger crowds towards our dates!

Thanks in advance!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yvonne!

It is hard to predict how Star Wars Land will affect crowds. That week looks pretty good to us as it is not near fall breaks in school, falls just before Gay Days gets underway (Oct 5-6) and is not near Oct 12-19, which can get very busy due to school breaks. Don’t let Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge keep you away!

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May 3, 2019 at 4:07 a.m. Chris Says...

Hello. Which school districts have a fall break in October? When in October are they typically? And how long is the break?

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May 3, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

There are a few, including Arizona, though we know other states have similar schedules. Some districts on a have a two week break (i.e., Chandler Unified on a modified year-round schedule), while others have a four day weekend (Mesa) or even a week (Gilbert). The length and when this falls generally varies, though most are back in school by Halloween week. Hope this helps!

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Apr 1, 2019 at 8:08 p.m. Callie Says...

Now that we know Star Wars is opening at the end of May, is this calendar still accurate? If not, are you able to update at all?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Callie,

We have adjusted our Crowd Calendar in anticipation of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!

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Mar 31, 2019 at 12:10 a.m. Kari Says...

Hi. For 2020 it says the worst time to visit is the week of Thanksgiving but the dates go into the week following Thanksgiving. Is this correct? I was thinking of visiting starting the Monday after Thanksgiving but don't want to if it's one of the worst times. I just wanted to clarify. Thanks!

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Apr 9, 2019 at 9:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

The following week will be better, but you might still see slightly elevated crowds on that Monday.

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Mar 29, 2019 at 4 p.m. Sean Says...

Looking to go to Disneyland for 1 day next week (4/3-4/5). The calendar shows Friday as being the best choice? Can that be true?!

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Mar 29, 2019 at 12:22 a.m. Lori G Says...

2 Couples all Senior Citizens will be in Orlando 4/27/19 to 5/1/19 can you give us some info on traveling in each park and from 1 to another. If we rent a wheelchair should we bring a lock device to put on it while on a ride to prevent theft? Your articles are very helpful. Thanks

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Mar 29, 2019 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori!

There are a variety of options to get you from one Disney World park to another. Among the complimentary options provided by Disney are bus, monorail, and for select locations, boat or Skyliner (coming in the fall). You can also take advantage of paid options such as taxi, Uber, or Lyft. You can read more here about complimentary transportation at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Because things can be a little complicated around which to take where, you'll find that Cast Members are your best resource while you're in the parks if you have any questions! Likewise, we don't think you'll need to bring a lock device for the wheelchair to prevent theft. If it's a possibility, a scooter is also a great option.

Have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 27, 2019 at 7:12 p.m. Mimitrue Says...

So we are considering the following dates:

3-5 Dec 2019

10-12 Dec 2019

14-16 Jan 2020

21-23 Jan 2020

28-30 Jan 2020

In your opinion, which one of these would be the lightest crowds/best time to visit? TIA!

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Mar 28, 2019 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mimitrue!

January 28-30 look to be the best dates according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Mar 26, 2019 at 9:22 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi, love the website. I am trying to decide between Veteran's Day weekend Nov. 9th - 13th (which your crowd calendar states 9/10, 8/10, 7/10, 6/10 & 6/10) or MLK Day weekend Jan. 18th - 22nd (crowd calendar 7/10, 7/10, 8/10, 3/10 & 4/10)? And if you knew what Disneyland hours are like during these times?

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Mar 27, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Thanks so much! We're hoppy you're here. MLK Day weekend should be the less-crowded option of the two, especially given Galaxy's Edge opening - though crowds will likely be a bit elevated throughout the year because of it, as well. Disneyland releases their schedule and hours for about two months in advance at a time, so while the hours for that time aren't released just yet, you can keep an eye out for updates here.

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Mar 21, 2019 at 4:56 p.m. Alyssa Says...

Hi There, thank you for such a wonderful site. I noticed that California schools tend to go back in session mid August. Does that impact crowd levels? We have a conference the 9-12 and are looking to tack on a few extra days at the end to take our kiddos to Disney the 13-16. I'm hoping crowds might be a bit better with school back in session but not sure if that is wishful thinking!

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa!

Weekdays in August tend to be a pretty good time to head to the parks, since school districts, as you noted, begin starting back up for the year. However, with the opening of Galaxy's Edge in late May, we expect that crowds will be elevated all summer. Be sure to take advantage of MaxPass!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. Leslie Says...

This is truly helpful as a friend of mine wants to visit Disneyland this early part of the year. April and May sound really good on weekdays. Also the temps will be cooler. Thanks for the info!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Our pleasure, Leslie! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 6:20 a.m. Eskay Seah Says...

Hello there! Thanks for all the valuable information. My family and I (3 people in total) will be visiting the US from 1st-18th August. I noticed that those are the peak periods and I was wondering when the best time would be to visit Disneyland & California Adventure without it being super super crowded. Hope to hear from you soon!

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Mar 20, 2019 at 4:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eskay!

We recommend visiting mid-week. Disneyland crowds tend to be best on Wednesdays and Disney California Adventure crowds are best on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but any of those days will be the best days to visit either park. Avoid Mondays. Sunday mornings can be good, but then the park fills in later. If you can take a break mid-day, you can go back in refreshed to enjoy the nighttime entertainment. Have a frogtastic trip!

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Mar 19, 2019 at 11:24 p.m. Bradley Says...

Hi, please help! Havent been to DL in about 8 years. Planning on going on Memorial Day, May 27th 2019. According to your crowd calendar " its okay" but when I called DL they said crowds are elevated and it's very busy. I just dont want to wait 2 hours for a ride with kids. Would the 28th or 29th be better? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated

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Mar 20, 2019 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bradley!

The 28th and 29th will likely be much better than Memorial Day. But, we have a lot of tips to avoid long lines. Arrive before park opening for the shortest lines of the day for rides without FASTPASS, and get MaxPass to reserve FASTPASS from your phone. When lines peak in the afternoon, see shows or parades and eat meals while continuing to collect FASTPASSES for later in the day. Have a frogtastic time!

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Mar 19, 2019 at 10:15 p.m. Tracie Says...

Hi! We’re thibking November 13-16, I’m nervous with Star Wars opening? Do you think it will be okay?

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Mar 21, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracie!

Crowds will likely be elevated all year due to Galaxy's Edge opening.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 9:56 p.m. Grace Says...

Hi!

We’re planning our visit to Disneyland this winter. We’re looking for the least crowded date we can get since we’re going with 3 toddlers. Should we book our vacation on the week before or after thanksgiving in order to get less crowds?

Thanks in advanced!

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Mar 12, 2019 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

The week before Thanksgiving would be our pick for lower crowds.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 2:32 a.m. Gienna Says...

Hi! looking to go in April 20-27 what can we expect? We went 2 years ago and Easter the parks were empty! walked on all the rides all day. It was crazy.

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Mar 11, 2019 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gienna!

That IS crazy, as Easter tends to be a pretty busy time to visit! We are showing 7s and 8s during that timeframe on our Crowd Calendar, so you should still experience a fair amount of crowds. Others in the Frog Pond may be able to share their recent experiences, as well! Fingers crossed for you!

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Mar 10, 2019 at 2:35 a.m. Lindsey Says...

Hello!

My boyfriend is beyond excited about the opening of Galaxy’s Edge this summer and I want to take him. He starts up school again the second week of august so we have to go before then. I’m thinking that we should try to go the first week of August to avoid the main summer crowd, even though I’m sure it will still be crowded. I am guessing that a Tuesday and Wednesday would be the best days to go because hopefully the crowds aren’t quite as frightening as they are on weekends. What do you think?

Thank you!

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:12 a.m. sally Says...

I know MLK Weekend is always busy. How are the days following it? Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri? Thanks

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sally,

These dates are also elevated, although not as much.

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Mar 8, 2019 at 8:23 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hello... Looking to visit Disneyland in 2020. My kids are not school aged yet. So, we get to go on vacay whenever we'd like. What week would be the absolute least crowded day in 2020?

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Mar 9, 2019 at 7:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

This is what our Crowd Calendar is so good for! Here is the year view for 2020 with expected crowd levels. The best times are noted in green.

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Mar 6, 2019 at 3:40 p.m. Josh Says...

Hello. My wife and i are going march 14-16. How busy do you think it will be. I know saturday will probably be the worst but thats the day when we will go back to ride the ones we enjoyed from thurs thru friday. Thanks for the response

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Mar 5, 2019 at 4:04 a.m. Lisa Says...

We were planning our first ever trip for the middle of September… We wanted to take the kids (5, 7, 10, 13) out of school so that we could go at a time when it is less crowded… However, with the opening of Star Wars is it going to make the middle of the week in September just as miserable as going in the summer? I don’t want to take the kids out of school for it to just be a nightmare crowds and I just had no idea what kind of impact the Star Wars world would have… We are not necessarily interested in Star Wars, just don’t want the rest of the park to be packed. Also is Mickey’s Halloween party worth it? This is all so new for us and it has taken years and years of saving up in order to be able to take this kind of trip so we just want to make the most of our opportunity! Thank you!!!!

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Mar 5, 2019 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

We toadally understand - these trips can be a big investment! We are in the same boat as you are with not knowing exactly how Star Wars opening is going to impact the crowd levels, but the general consensus is that levels will be pretty inflated for a while. Disney is doing all they can to mitigate the crowds by widening sidewalks, among other improvements, but even if you aren't visiting the new area, the rest of Disneyland will still be seeing a large crowd surge, most likely.

Where you may see a break, as you mentioned, is during Mickey's Halloween Party. Lines tend to be much more manageable (as our crowds) as only ticketed party goers can be in the park for the party. There's a special fireworks show, and of course, trick-or-treating in Disneyland is pretty neat :) Some of the rides are also set up differently for the season, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Space Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion. It's a neat experience, and we tend to offset the cost by only going into the parks for the party that day (rather than essentially paying for a day in admission and then the party ticket on top of it). They have not announced which park the party will be taking place in this year, though historically this has been at Disneyland. Again, this is kind of new territory with the opening of Galaxy's Edge, so we aren't quite sure what to expect just yet.

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Mar 3, 2019 at 8:02 p.m. Stefanie Says...

Hi! :) We will be in LA between Juni 2nd and June 5th, and want to do both - is there a recommendation if Universal/Disney is both equally busy on the Sunday for example? Or does it not matter what we do on what day? The calendar sort of makes it look as if it will be more or less the same..

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Mar 4, 2019 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stefanie,

We would recommend visiting these parks Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday if you can for lowest crowds on these dates, which park largely depends on you.

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Mar 3, 2019 at 3:40 a.m. Marcia Says...

We are planning to visit Disney for a week anytime between between 3/27 and 4/15, I am aware that there will be moderate to high volume. Which week would you suggest?

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Mar 4, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcia,

The weeks of the 1st and 7th look better as far as crowd levels, although they are still expected to be elevated.

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Feb 25, 2019 at 6:21 p.m. Kristal J Says...

Hi! I know you said weekends would be crazy busy in May but me and friend are visiting LA for the first time and wanted to do at least one day in Anaheim to visit Disneyland/California Adventures. We will be there from Friday 24 -Monday 27(memorial day). Should we not visit at all because of the crowds? Or can we go on the 26th (the sunday)?

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Feb 26, 2019 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristal,

We always the best time to visit is whenever you can go. While that weekend is typically busy, we would not let it stop us.

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Feb 24, 2019 at 9:53 p.m. Yolanda Says...

Hi! My family and I will be going to Disneyland and Univerals for the first time ever! I'm so excited! Based on your calendar we're thinking of going 4/28 - 5/3 since it's after spring break season but before summer kicks off. Do you think we should be ok? Thanks!

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Feb 25, 2019 at 2:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yolanda,

Have such a frogtastic time! According to our Crowd Calendar, that looks to be a pretty moderate time to go in terms of crowds. Enjoy!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 11:29 a.m. Lee Says...

I am looking to go in April. Apparently, California schools are on vacation the week of the 15th but you say it won't be crazy. I want to go in April but I am confused. I can't figure whether to go week of 7th or 14th.

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Feb 19, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. Desiree S. Says...

Finally making it back to Disneyland next month and I`m feeling slightly worried about the Spring Break crowds. I usually aim for mid-February but I have someone coming in from another country and we thought Disneyland would be fun. We are thinking Thursday, March 14th. What are your thoughts? Thank you!

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Feb 19, 2019 at 2:32 a.m. Geoff Says...

Hi there - we are torn between dates to visit, looking at March 10-14 or April 28-May1, any suggestions....

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geoff,

We'd go with April 28...

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Feb 17, 2019 at 9:22 p.m. Natalie Says...

We are planning on going March 11-15th for three days. Out of Monday the 11th or Thursday the 14th, do you know which would typically be busier? Thanks!

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

We think Thursday would be busier, although not hugely different.

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Feb 16, 2019 at 8:20 a.m. Says...

I’m coming March 6-9th. We then found out a massive convention will be taking place with up to 90,000 people. The hotels are sold out or astronomical. I’m really worried it will affect the crowd level. What do you think?

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Feb 13, 2019 at 3:50 p.m. Zita Says...

What day of the week during non peak days is it best to go.

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Zita,

I'd love to hear what others have to say, but generally we think Monday through Thursdays are best.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 2:52 a.m. Erika Ponce Says...

Hi me and my family are planning a trip to Disneyland for Christmas. I was thinking November 12th thru November 15th. Is that a good time to go and would all the decorations be up by then?

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Feb 19, 2019 at 7:31 p.m. Kelly Says...

Is March 9 or 16 better? I want the least busy day to go but was wondering how busy it may be also.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that will be a pretty good time to go in terms of crowds! Disneyland has not officially announced its holiday dates for 2019, but last year, the park decorations were up in the first week of November -- so we'd say odds are good!

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Feb 12, 2019 at 1:12 a.m. Lauren Bell Says...

Is the spring break time that you mentioned equally busy that entire time? I was looking at going to Disneyland March 11-12 but if it is crazy busy, I will skip.

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Feb 12, 2019 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

The 11th is forecast to be slightly less busy than the 12th (6 vs. 7), so those may be some good moderate days to visit (especially before things get crazy with Galaxy's Edge!) If you get there and things are busier than you'd anticipated, you may also consider grabbing MaxPass to cut down on wait times for popular rides.

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Feb 6, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Fresno Dad Says...

How does this upcoming weekend look? We have 2-days one park per day. Thinking Sunday and Monday. Any suggestion about which park to do Sunday and which Monday as far as attractions and crowds? Thanks!

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Feb 7, 2019 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fresno Dad!

Both Sunday and Monday look like good days to go, with Sunday at a 6 and Monday at a 4 according to our Crowd Calendar. California Adventure will still have its Lunar New Year celebration going on, while Disneyland has Mickey's Mix Magic, so I'd check the Entertainment Schedule to see what's going on each day at each park to determine which to visit (as some shows/entertainment only take place on certain days of the week).

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Feb 5, 2019 at 4:45 p.m. trina Says...

Hi there, first time visitor to your blog, so happy to have found it. The information i have found so far has been super helpful for planning! I'm sure you have blogged about my question, so apologies in advance! ;) Do you have 'go to' itinerary for a 3 day visit to both parks?

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Feb 5, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

We're so hoppy to have you here -- welcome! We sure do have some park plans that you might find helpful. You can find those here.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 31, 2019 at 1:17 a.m. Tabitha Says...

Hi,

We will be at Disneyland next weeks, February 3rd-the 8th. We are super excited and want to thank you for all of your great advice!

I just went on a few websites and noticed most hotels, including all the Disney resorts are booked. Is there something big going on those days? Super nervous about big crowds! Thanks!

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Jan 31, 2019 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tabitha!

Our crowd calendars show that things should still be manageable in terms of crowds at Disneyland next week. The hotel availability may just be because it's close to trip time! We are showing lots of rooms still available in Anaheim on our site. Have a frogtastic trip!

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Jan 31, 2019 at 9:15 p.m. Tabitha Says...

Thank you! I will be 32 weeks pregnant and am pretty slow right now, haha. I am crossing my fingers for low crowds since we probably won’t be able to do many rides as is.

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Jan 31, 2019 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Congratulations on your soon-to-be-tadpole! :) You are very welcome.

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Jan 30, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. Al Says...

Thank you for the great info!

We plan on visiting last week of March 2019, during spring break. We noticed most LA schools have spring breaks in April. Does this mean the crowds may be smaller?

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Jan 30, 2019 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Al,

Hoppy to do so! March is still during "spring break season" throughout the country, and Easter falls towards the end of the month as well, so crowds may still be elevated during that time.

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Jan 29, 2019 at 9:02 p.m. Mari Says...

Do you know what’s going on last week of June? Disney hotels price higher and sold out.

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Jan 29, 2019 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mari!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is expected to open in late June, though an exact opening date hasn't been released just yet. Lots of froggy fans will be hopping in to see it!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 28, 2019 at 3:32 a.m. Norma Says...

Hello there - we are planning to come to Disneyland Sunday, May 5th to Friday May 10th. Originally had May 11th booked and then we heard it was Grad Night and her some pretty horrific stories about crowds of rude teenagers and very crowded. We have noticed that Sunday May 5th is Bat Day which I understand is Goth Day. Can you tell me what the crowds have been in the past years. I also hear that Disneyland is not supporting Bat Day this year and that there will be no hotel discounts and no special events in the park - do you think that will make a difference to the crowds. I have not changed our flights yet to arrive on the 4th and leave on the 11th can you reply asap. Thank you

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Jan 30, 2019 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Norma,

The way Grad Nite works is that schools take seniors to Disneyland. Some schools are in the parks throughout the day and then at about 10 p.m. all Grad Nite kids go into a private party at California Adventure as the park closes to the public, and they have the park to themselves for a private party. We have been there and seen increased daytime crowds compared to usual for that time of year, but not excessive crowds and haven’t witnessed any negative behavior. The 2019 Disneyland Resort Grad Nite Dates are: May 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31. June 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 14.

Goth Day should not affect crowds too badly. It is May the 4th, Star Wars Day, so you may see people dressed in Star Wars-inspired clothes, as well.

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Jan 23, 2019 at 9:52 p.m. Laura Says...

We are planning a trip in the summer of 2020. Would you recommend the 2nd/3rd week of June or the 1st/2nd week of August? We are driving out from Illinois to enjoy the scenery along the way so we will have flexibility. Thanks!!

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Jan 24, 2019 at 4:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Although we don't know yet when Star Wars land will open, it's more likely to be open by the first or second of August. The Deluxe Annual passholder blockouts for Disneyland Park begin June 21, which is a strong indicator. So it really depends on whether that is something you want a good shot of experiencing or whether you'd rather avoid it.

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Jan 23, 2019 at 2:11 p.m. Anonymous Disneyland Visitor since 1957 Says...

I'm going one last time before Star Wars land opens. That will be the LAST time I go to Disneyland. Walt would roll in his grave if he knew that booze was going to be introduced in his "family park," and a "war" franchise inserted into the park.

I've spoke to many of the "cast members" and quite a few are "retiring" rather than deal with the chaos that will ensue when the new "land" opens.

What the Disney Corporation should have done was to configure Cali Adventure for the various movie franchises. It woudn't have been as jarring.

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Jan 23, 2019 at 2:39 a.m. Maria Says...

What will be busier, early june (grad nites) or July after galaxy edge opens?

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Jan 23, 2019 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

We'd recommend early June in terms of crowd levels, as the opening of Galaxy's Edge is sure to bring a ton of fans hopping in!

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Jan 22, 2019 at 10:01 p.m. Stacey Says...

When are you going to update your crowd calendar for the week after Easter? This is the only crowd calendar that isn't showing elevated crowds this week

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Jan 25, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

It is updated! Please hop over and check it out ;)

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Jan 22, 2019 at 7:51 p.m. Megan Says...

Hi! Based on reading that early Feb. 2019 would be less busy, we booked our trip to be at Disneyland Feb. 4-7 2019. Talked to a cast member last night about one of our reservations and he said it will be very busy and all 3 Disney park hotels are full. Do you know why the park will be so busy? (I know Chinese New Year celebrates to March and there are ride closures during that time. Even read elsewhere that Main Street is closed for repairs and no fireworks during the week.)

Also, do you have any tips for navigating the crowds with a 6yr and a 1.5yr old? (We won’t be doing any of the rides like Space Mountain or Soaring- kids like the little rides and nothing dark). Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Jan 25, 2019 at 9:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

The Disneyland official hotels are almost always full, because there is just aren't enough rooms to keep up with demand. The park should not be too full during your actual dates.

You may find this post helpful for navigating the parks with your tadpoles!

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Jan 25, 2019 at 8:50 p.m. Megan Says...

Thank you! Really appreciate the response and link!

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Jan 19, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. Carissa Says...

We are driving 16 hours from Texas for a family reunion. Unfortunately it’s during a super busy time July 1-6 of 2019. Is it still worth it to try to go. We have three small kids under the age of four.

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Jan 22, 2019 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carissa,

While it'll be busy, we think there's always room to have a toadally frogtastic time at Disneyland. Have you looked into MaxPass? That can definitely help you get a hop on the crowds for some of the busier attractions. Have a great time!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 18, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. Allison Says...

Don't tell them the secret about April. lol I love have such low crowds, nice weather and all shows running. It literally is perfect besides Christmas at Disneyland which is even more magical. If you are able take your kids out of school and go at those odd times. so worth it. I don't know of things called long lines because of this and MaxPass.

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Jan 14, 2019 at 5:41 a.m. Ale Says...

I have a question, the sleeping beauty castlle Will be closed for refurbishment from january 7 through spring, when specifically is the reopening, the same question with the fantasmic?

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Jan 16, 2019 at 3:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ale,

This information has not yet been announced.

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Jan 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Ronda Says...

We are going to be in Disneyland May 16th-19th to watch my niece perform over the weekend. I had not heard about the graduation nights. Is the weekend going to be crazy busy at that time?

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Jan 9, 2019 at 2:44 p.m. Ronda Says...

We are going to be in Disneyland May 16th-19th to watch my niece perform with her choir on the weekend. I didn't know about the grad nights. Is it going to be crazy busy during that time?

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Jan 8, 2019 at 8:46 p.m. Kim Says...

Does your 2019 crowd calendar take into account D23 August 23-25, 2019? Will the parks be overly crowded before/after the convention?

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Jan 24, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

It sure does! The parks do see an increase in crowds during that time due to the expo.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 8, 2019 at 8 a.m. Tara Says...

Hi there Love your website super helpful information on it! Planning on visiting Disneyland in September this year 2019. Originally thought around the 22nd but now might be at the beginning around the 6th. Have looked at your crowd calendar which advises should be a good time to go. Just a bit concerned about it being potentially the start of Halloween season at Disney and would like your advice on timing with that in mind. Thank you. :-)

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