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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on October 1, 2019 2489 Los Angeles

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

If the answer is yes, to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Mickey in Red Car Trolley

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Main Street USA

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - 1-Day Tiered Tickets

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - GotG: Mission - Breakout

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

  • Aug. 19-23 and 25-30, 2019 - passholders are back in after summer blackouts (Expected to be Aug. 17-21 and 23-28, 2020)
  • Southern California Select Annual Passholders back in Disneyland Park - Sept. 3-5, 2019
  • Labor Day - Sept. 2, 2019; Sept. 7, 2020
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a week day) - October 9, 2019; Sept. 28, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) -  Oct. 14, 2019; Oct. 12, 2020
  • Utah Education Association Convention -  Oct. 17-18, 2019*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2019; Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2019; July 17, 2020

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020 - Small World Exterior

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Keep hopping!

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Jun 27, 2018 at 6:21 p.m. Amy Lembke Says...

We went the last week of March. While it was busy, the fast pass was fantastic and a huge help. Had a blast!

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Jun 26, 2018 at 5:34 a.m. Adam Hyndman Says...

Going Thanksgiving week. Which day is the least crowded

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Jun 25, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. Betty Says...

Hi, I’m planning on going September 5th and 6th. Would it be too crowded then? Also will a lot of rides be closed do to Halloween time starting on the 7th?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 1:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty,

It shouldn't be too crowded then. Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain will reopen on Sept. 7 with their holiday overlays. Keep checking this post as your trip gets closer to see which attractions will be closed!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 24, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Becca Says...

We were planning on going to Disneyland August 28-30. Now I'm wondering if I should reschedule the trip to mid September. I really want to avoid heavy crowds and am worried the Pixar fest and bring a friend will increase crowds significantly. Should I reschedule to mid September?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becca,

Aug. 28-30 is actually predicted to be a fairly less busy time! Depending on when in mid-September, it'll also be less crowded, as well. Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to see predicted crowd levels!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 23, 2018 at 7:53 p.m. Alexis Says...

Hi there! Planning on visiting Disneyland only on January 9th or 10th of 2019... would that be considered a "safe" time? The week after new years?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis,

Keep in mind that the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend takes place Jan. 9-13, so you'll need to be strategic in order to beat the crowds this event brings!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 22, 2018 at 12:57 a.m. Ruben Says...

We'll be going to DL and CA August 15th and 16th, which is a Wednesday and a Thursday this year. I know it's the week before passholders are let back in, as well as the week LA County schools are back in session. With the Bring a Friend promotion going on, do you see heavier than normal crowds for these dates? Great site by the way!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruben!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our insight on how busy we anticipate the parks being.

Hoppy planning!

Leap

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Jun 21, 2018 at 7:12 a.m. Mag Says...

I would like to watch the Fantasmic fireworks @ Disneyland Anaheim but read that it is scheduled on Fri, Sat, Sun & PH evening during off-peak season. Is 8 Nov 2018 (Thu) considered off-peak. Or should I visit on 4 Nov 2018 (Sun)?

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Jun 21, 2018 at 3:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mag,

It's a tough call! Holiday time is likely to start Nov. 9, but it could possibly start on the 8th. Sunday is the sure bet that it will be operating.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. Staci CA Says...

Very helpful article.

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Jun 10, 2018 at 3:11 p.m. Jessica Says...

I'm seeking some clarification. Under the worst times to go to disney for 2019 you have easter listed, but on the crowd calendar it's marked at yellow. I'm trying to figure out a sane disney trip for spring 2019. I was hoping to fly in on Easter Sunday and spend the week, but i cant tell if that's a super crazy time or not. thank you!!!

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Jul 3, 2018 at 5:23 p.m. Stacey Says...

I just booked the same trip :)

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Jun 12, 2018 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Easter break can bring in crowds because of the time off from school and work. If you're flying in on Easter Sunday and spending the week after at the parks, then you should be okay! Our crowd levels are predicted around a 4, which isn't too crowded.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 29, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. Yadira Says...

My husband and I will be visiting Disneyland in October 11 & 12. Can you give us an estimate of the crowds during those days? The 12th we will hopefully attend to the Mickey's Halloween Party, how crowded does this event get?

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May 30, 2018 at 9:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yadira!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for our best idea of how busy the parks will be. Mickey's Halloween is a separately (and limited) ticketed event, so it shouldn't get too crowded. Lines are typically pretty short!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2018 at 10:46 p.m. Alyssa Says...

I am looking at going to Disneyland in September 2019 after the opening of Star Wars Land. I also don’t want to miss out on my favorite rides!! Do you think the week after Labor Day or the last week in September would be best?

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May 29, 2018 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa,

A couple of rides (Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain) are usually closed for their holiday overlay installation during a part of September. They reopen for the start of Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort (starting Sept. 7), so if you want to be able to experience those rides, then we suggest planning to visit then!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 27, 2018 at 5:13 a.m. Jamie Says...

We are going to Disneyland in CA November 11-14 which is a Sunday through Wednesday. I know it’s really crazy the week of Thanksgiving but this will be the week before. Can you give me an estimate of how crowded it will be and the wait times for rides? Did we pick a good time or bad time to go?

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May 29, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

You'll be visiting the week before Thanksgiving, so you'll beat most of the holiday crowds. You should enjoy moderate crowds according to our Crowd Calendar!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 22, 2018 at 5:35 p.m. Mika Says...

We are also planning to visit DL and DCA Nov 11-14/18. We're expecting Veterans Day to be very crowded, but what about Monday, Nov 12? That's the day that Veterans Day is observed, making it a 3 day weekend. The Crowd calendar indicates that it will be a 6/10, but should we expect it to be a little busier? I have read that Disneyland could reach capacity on these days, but I have also read that it is a great time to visit.

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Jul 23, 2018 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mika!

Don't worry, our Crowd Calendar factors in holidays, events, school breaks and more. The 6/10 rating is our best estimate, even considering it is the day after Veterans Day. Disneyland typically only reaches capacity on bigger holidays such as 4th of July, Christmas etc.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 23, 2018 at 3:40 a.m. Hobbes Says...

We have found July 5th and the next several days are surprisingly slow (avg 30 min waits). We are looking at going July 5th- 9th next year.

Is it looking like Star Wars: Galaxy Edge will be open by then? I am afraid what that might do this historical slower time.

Any predictions? Insights?

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May 23, 2018 at 3 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hobbes!

That's a great question. We haven't quite gotten to July 2019 on our Crowd Calendar (check back soon!) but it was just announced that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be opening next summer, so it will likely increase crowds.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 22, 2018 at 2:53 a.m. Grayson Says...

Does any one have a rough guesstimate of how much Disneyland will be in March 2019

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May 22, 2018 at 2:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grayson,

It's too early to tell right now. Stay tuned!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 17, 2018 at 5:11 a.m. Megan Clark Says...

Very interesting on how these two parks differ in crowd fluctuations- TSM

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May 16, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Angela Says...

So grateful for the crowd calendar... and we'll never consider going into the parks on a red day again!

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May 16, 2018 at 4:14 a.m. Stacey Says...

Disney parks are the very best way to share magic with family and friends! Undercover tourist helps to make all the magic possible!

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May 16, 2018 at 1:13 a.m. Pari Kim Says...

I really want to go to Disneyland right this second!!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:46 p.m. meggie12 Says...

I find the crowd calendars very helpful! We don't plan a Disney trip without consulting them first.

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May 15, 2018 at 9:31 p.m. Gina Roberts Says...

I would love to finally see the park that Walt Disney the man walked and personally oversaw every aspect!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:28 p.m. Brian Drew Says...

very cool!!! good luck to everyone!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:18 p.m. Michelle Daley Says...

Can't wait to go!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:17 p.m. Evie Morissette Says...

it's the best to check the crowds and plan ahead!! thank you so much!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:13 p.m. Grat Says...

amazing

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May 15, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. Boomatt Says...

Going to Disneyland would be like a pilgrimage for me!!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. paul Says...

Great blog! Thx!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. sebastian Says...

Good info, can't wait to visit it next month!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:05 p.m. Mary Jane Wolf Says...

Going in July can’t wait!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:05 p.m. Kassandra Ramos Says...

Ive never been to disney land, but id love to see sleeping beautys castle !

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May 15, 2018 at 9:04 p.m. Monica Jorelle Says...

Such good tips! Thanks!

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May 15, 2018 at 9:02 p.m. Keith Lindros Says...

Can't wait for our trip in may

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May 15, 2018 at 8:58 p.m. Amy Says...

We love to visit in early June!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:53 p.m. Paula Fischer Says...

First full week of December was lots of fun. The Weekends were full but the weekdays were very doable and lots of fun. It did get chilly but we were prepared.

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May 15, 2018 at 8:52 p.m. Herbie Says...

We used the wait time calculator and the maps a lot on our last visit to Orlando. It was a great help.

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May 15, 2018 at 8:52 p.m. Justin P. Says...

Would love to take my daughter, she would have a blast!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:48 p.m. Jennifer Vickrey Says...

Disney can't be best for family time and creating memories!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:48 p.m. Spelurker Says...

Nice site.

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May 15, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Ashleigh Nicholson Says...

I would love to visit Disneyland!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Brad L Says...

looking forward to going!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Erin Says...

The crowd calendar is so helpful! Thank you!

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Great info...bookmarking this page!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:40 p.m. Nathan Ferguson Says...

this is good stuff!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Colleen Says...

Thanks for the info. Now I just need to save up again and convince the hubby :)

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May 15, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Paige Heath Says...

These calendars really are priceless in the planning process!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:34 p.m. 29travel Says...

so useful a wealth of info thank you! need to start saving for our next trip best holiday ever!!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:34 p.m. Jenny Says...

Planning our big family trip now and we are so excited!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:34 p.m. vannahthedisneynerd Says...

My sister and I are going in Mid-August 2018, so hopefully we will just have missed the June 9- August 11 crowd!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:32 p.m. HCigoy Says...

Best crowd calenders around.

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May 15, 2018 at 8:29 p.m. Megan Rodeffer Says...

I am a travel agent and reference your pages regularly. Great info!

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May 15, 2018 at 8:28 p.m. K W Says...

Thanks! Great info!

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