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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020 and 2021

by Leap on April 1, 2020 2595 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 2020 and 2021. 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 potential travel restrictions (international and domestic).

We know so many people just want to get back to normal, and with so many local passholders, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World,  we know crowds will return to Disneyland once it reopens. But the good news for park-goers is we think the rest of this year will overall see lighter crowds. Now, we will talk more below about passholders and how they influence crowds during "normal" times, but these are not "normal" times.

Let's first state that we don't know when the Disneyland parks will reopen. When the Disneyland parks do reopen, though, the majority of the visitors will be locals or those visiting from within a few hours' drive. If you can visit during the first few days and weeks of reopening, we think you will find much lower crowds as people resume "normal" life.

As of now, Disneyland has blocked the majority of its passholders from visiting the parks in June and July (and the first half of August). Typically, Disneyland does not change this, and if this holds true for this year, we'd expect this June,  July and August to overall have lighter crowds (assuming the parks are open).

Late August and September have always been some of the better times to visit Disneyland, and we expect they would stay that way this year. While October is thought of off-season, because of many Arizona schools' fall breaks, Gay Days, Columbus Day weekend and Halloween Time, the first two weeks have become increasingly busier in years' past, and we think that would still be the case this year. November and December would likely see a return to typical crowd levels, and overall these are still good times to visit (aside from the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve). Weekends are busier for all of these months, so if you can schedule a visit mid-week, you will generally find fewer crowds (Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, is one notable exception).

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. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks such as when many Arizona schools have breaks about the first half of 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!

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 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. They hop in on Friday nights to catch fireworks and meet up with friends for some of their favorite Disneyland snacks.

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 Select and Deluxe 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. We expect D23 Expo 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. 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 tiered pricing for one-day tickets also has some impact on crowds since more people make one-day visits to Disneyland than they do to Disney World. Now each day is has a different price based on expected crowd level. During the off-seasons, Tuesdays through Thursdays are generally value priced. Saturdays and holiday periods have the highest peak prices. If you add a one-day ticket to your cart, you can view Disneyland's pricing calendar, which gives you a hint of how busy the parks may be! Generally, the higher the price, the higher the expected crowds!

Disneyland 1-Day Pricing Tells You the Busiest Days at Disneyland

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.

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

  • Jan. 1-6, 2020
  • Opening of Rise of the Resistance - Jan. 17, 2020
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 18-20, 2020
  • President's Day - Feb. 14-24, 2020
  • Magic Happens Parade opening and start of Food & Wine Festival - Feb 28, 2020
  • Spring break and Easter - March 14-April 13, 2020 (elevated crowds March 7-April 20, 2020)
  • Weekends and Grad Nites dates 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. 20, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

  • Jan. 1-5, 2021
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 16-24, 2021
  • President's Day - Feb. 13-21, 2021
  • Spring break and Easter - March 13-April 4, 2021 (elevated crowds March 6-April 11, 2021)
  • Weekends and Grad Nites in May
  • June 3-Aug. 11, 2021
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 21-28, 2021
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2021-Jan. 4, 2022

*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. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then.

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. 17-20 and 24-28, 2020 - Many annual passholders are back in after summer blackouts
  • Labor Day - Sept. 7, 2020
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a week day) - Sept. 28, 2020
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 12, 2020 (expect crowds Oct. 3-12, 2020)
  • Utah Fall Breaks about mid-Oct.*
  • Veteran's Day (and Veteran's Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2020
  • Memorial Day - May 27, 2019; May 25, 2020
  • Disneyland's anniversary - 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 about mid-Oct.

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

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; 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 2021

  • Weekdays in January starting Jan. 6 (minus the the days around MLK Day)
  • Weekdays in February (minus the days around President's Day)
  • The first few days in March (until March 6, 2021)
  • April 12-30
  • 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; 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 2020 and 2021! 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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Nov 2, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. Mackenzie Says...

What do you think the crowds will be like in April and May prior to Star Wars Land opening? We are planning our trip for week before Easter and we are hoping people will be holding out their trips until Star Wars Land opens.

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Nov 4, 2018 at 9:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mackenzie!

We'll be updating this post with our best strategies and recommendations once the opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has been confirmed. If Star Wars isn't a priority for you, visiting before the new area opens is a GREAT idea to avoid crowds.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 2, 2018 at 8:09 p.m. Mackenzie Says...

How do you think the parks crowds will be impacted April and May before the opening of Star Wars Land? We're going to be visiting in the middle of April and we are hoping a lot of people will be waiting to make their trip until June.

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Nov 4, 2018 at 9:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mackenzie!

We'll be updating this post with our best strategy once the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening date has been confirmed :) Planning on visiting prior to the opening is a great idea to avoid crowds if Star Wars doesn't interest you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 28, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. Kate Says...

My brother, sister and I are planning a Disneyland trip (3-4 days) December 1-5, but hotels are a nightmare if you don’t want to spend 300 a night. Seems Dec 3-4 is a part of that. Hanukkah is Dec 3, so maybe more people because of that, but the crowd calendar says 6/10. Wondering if something else is impacting hotels?

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts an average crowd level of 5/10 during these dates, likely due to guests wanting to check out all of the holiday celebrations! Try checking out our discounted hotel options for good deals :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2018 at 3:18 a.m. Kay Says...

Hello DisneyLovers!

I am visiting Friday November 2nd, 2018. The crowd tracker says “Hey, It’s Alright” but how alright? :) haha

Thank you!!

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Oct 25, 2018 at 5:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kay!

As our Crowd Calendar shows, Nov. 2 will have moderate crowds, meaning things should be only slightly busy with average waits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2018 at 5:26 a.m. Lupe Says...

were wanting to go Dec 15-19 last time we went it was standing in line 1 hour. I told my grandchildren disney land was teaching us to be patient. However my husband can not stand for long periods of standing . so whats the anticipation of the park??

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Oct 25, 2018 at 8:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lupe!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds for this week. Wait times shouldn't be too bad!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 18, 2018 at 4:31 a.m. Miya Says...

Hi can you tell me what the crowd would be like Oct 19th it's a friday but I see it's the Utah convention? What does that mean?

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Oct 18, 2018 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miya!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts the parks will be moderately busy this day. The Utah Convention is just an event that brings in more people, but don't worry! This has been factored into our crowd predictions :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 17, 2018 at 4:08 a.m. Vanessa Says...

Hi!

Will be visiting Nov 14&15 - one day each at DL and DCA. Which park for which day is best? Or does it matter much?!

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Oct 17, 2018 at 9:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

It shouldn't make too much of a difference, but you can check out our Crowd Calendar for the best hours and how busy each park will be :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 16, 2018 at 6:08 a.m. KDelacour Says...

Thanksgiving in 2019 will be the week of the 25th-29th, Thanksgiving day on the 28th.

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Oct 15, 2018 at 8:31 p.m. Britni Says...

Do you know if the NAMM conference that is happening at the end of January will impact park attendance?

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Oct 15, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Britni!

We factor any events like this into our Crowd Calendar predictions :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 12, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. steve Says...

Any predictions on how the opening of star wars land will effect passholders and good dates to go?

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Oct 12, 2018 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

If you have a pass with blockout dates, we predict you may be blocked out (of Disneyland Park, at least) for a bit when Star Wars Land opens. We'll keep you posted on our predicted best days to visit once a specific opening date is announced.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 9, 2018 at 7:43 p.m. Stacey Says...

So one of the worst times to go to Disneyland in 2019 is April 20-27 and one of the best weeks to go to Disneyland is the last week in April?? I'm so confused

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Oct 12, 2018 at 3:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey!

Thanks for the catch! The week days after Easter are expected to be a good time to visit, but the actual holiday (April 21) is likely to be busy.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 9, 2018 at 7:18 p.m. ANA Says...

Hi thank you so much for your great info. I tumbled on your page before buying tickets for our family. coz its gonna be our first time in Disney Anaheim i just wanna make sure if November 2 friday is an okay day to go? and just incase do you have an idea if the theme is already for Christmas? i really wish you could help me.. thank you in advance..

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Oct 9, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowds on Nov. 2. Some Christmas decorations will have started to go up, but all of it may not be in place quite yet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. Krystie Says...

This is all great info, thank you! I just found out I won a 3 day trip to Disneyland! In your opinion, when do you think would be the best time to go? I am having a hard time deciding between Halloween and Christmas. I've always wanted to see the park during the Christmas holidays. I just don't know which 3 days to go in December. Thank you!

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Oct 9, 2018 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystie!

OMG - LUCKY! That's amazing. We looooove Disneyland at Christmastime and toadally recommend it. Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the second week of November (weekdays) would be your best bet :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 4, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. Leeann Pham Says...

What about the crowds on Monday 1/21? I know that falls around the MLK Jr. day but it’s the last day and on a school night for locals. And I would assume people from out of town would leave town that day. Or am i just doing some hopeful wishing? Lol.

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeann!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we still expect the park to be pretty busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2018 at 1:53 a.m. Manuel Says...

Hi there. I plan to visit Disneyland or DCAP this coming Friday, October 5... I will be visiting with a 7-year old... unfortunately, I won't have the luxury of an early arrival to either park and may only be there between 11am and 7pm... is there one park (over the other) that you recommend or may be a better choice? Thank you.

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Oct 5, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Manuel!

We've found that Disneyland (versus Disney California Adventure) has more lil' tadpole-friendly rides. We think you'll have a blast there! Have fun :)

Keep hopping!

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Oct 1, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Heather Says...

We are planning to visit Oct 22-24 on 2day, 1 park per day passes. Since Mickey's party is 23, we were going to visit DCA that day. My concern (question) is, will DCA be more crowded since DL won't be open the entire day?

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather!

We wouldn't fret too much - the party shouldn't change attendance levels too drastically.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2018 at 12:03 a.m. kenneth michael Says...

Planning on going October 30th or October 31st. Not doing Mickey's Halloween Party. However, are these good dates to go?

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Oct 2, 2018 at 12:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kenneth!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like the parks will be moderately busy. Nothing too crazy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 4:35 a.m. Shelly Says...

Planning to visit early February. Is it worth it to wait to book until Disneyland offers discounts on rooms for that time period (likely not until December) or might we be risking sold out standard rooms?

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Sep 26, 2018 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

You should book right away if you want to stay at an official Disneyland Resort hotel. These book fast.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 21, 2018 at 2:57 a.m. Jenny Says...

We’re going to DL in early December (currently looking at tues-fri dec 4-7) but hotels are largely booked compared to the 14 days surrounding that date, and hotel prices are significantly higher. Any idea if something is going on in the area that I haven’t caught? I can’t figure out why the week after thanksgiving and the second week of December aren’t booked/high prices but the first week (which is traditionally slower) is... Thanks for the help!

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny!

A variety of factors, including park events, school breaks, holidays, weather, refurbishments and more impact the crowds. Hope this helps :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 20, 2018 at 12:19 a.m. Robin Says...

We are looking to do a quick dash ... Nov 29-Dec 2, 2018. After the Thanksgiving week ... should we be ok? What is the likelihood of later operating hours by then? Looking to maximize that short visit. Thanks !

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

You will most likely have longer hours on the weekend (9am-12am) and maybe not as long (9am-9pm or 10pm?) during the week. It’s a great time to visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 9:12 p.m. Tara Says...

Does Disneyland have any events the weekend before Easter?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

We aren't familiar with any special festivities just for Easter.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:07 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

So I just booked rooms (which are refundable) from Oct. 25-28 at Disneyland. We have always gone in Feb., because I hate crowds. I also did not know about the Halloween Party, we are not planning on attending plus tickets are sold out already. Is it going to be crazy busy and I know the park will close for the party. Will it be 6 or 7 and we will still be allowed in California Adventure, is this correct? Just trying to be prepared and I have wanted to take my kids so they can see the decorations.

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Sep 12, 2018 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Disneyland closes for regular guests at 6 p.m. on party nights. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details on crowd levels each day. If you have a park hopper ticket, you WILL still be able to visit California Adventure after Disneyland Park closes for the party :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Charlie Says...

Thinking about the months following the opening of Star Wars Land (say, November 2019, not thanksgiving week), would you expect crowds to be more concentrated in the Star Wars areas and lesser in the rest of DL and DCA? I have a feeling that all bets are off after the Star Wars addition opens, but looking for a glimmer of hope that I won’t be waiting 210 minutes for Peter Pan’s Flight or Radiatoe Springs Racers ????.

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlie!

As long as you aren't visiting Thanksgiving week (and are taking advantage of MaxPass) you should be able to have a perfectly enjoyable time, although Star Wars Land will remain quite busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. Charlie Says...

Thanks! MaxPass all the way!

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Sep 6, 2018 at 4:43 p.m. lorraine Says...

We will be at Disneyland on 10/31 , 11/1 and 11/2 my question is on the 31 are we still able to park hop to Disney adventure park if we did not get tickets for mickey Halloween party , I also was reading on your sight that there are treats given out through out the park as well is that true.

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Sep 6, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorraine!

If you purchased park hopper tickets, you will be able to hop between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure at your leisure, with the exception of during the party. The treats handed out are for party guests. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 6:41 p.m. MouseEars23 Says...

We're planning a trip Disneyland/DCA on January 7 and January 8. Will those dates be busy since those are the first dates pass holders can use their passes?

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like one day will be rather busy while the other is moderate.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. Julie Says...

We want to go to Disneyland Feb 18 th my birthday through feb 21 st or 22 Nd to celebrate our 20 th wedding anniversary feb 20 th. Everything I read said it’s high crowds due to Presidents’ Day. We are frequent visitors of Disney World but we have never been to Disney Land. Will it really be jam packed in February? Also what is weather like there in February. Thanks

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

Weather is usually in the upper 60's in February. Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderately busy crowds for this week.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 3, 2018 at 2:04 p.m. Dan Says...

How do the shorter days where the park opens late (10a) and closes early (8p) affect crowds? Is it still worth going on days like that?

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Sep 5, 2018 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

Crowds aren't affected too much, and oftentimes the parks are less busy during these times. Definitely still worth visiting!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:02 p.m. Maria Says...

We’re headed to Disneyland September 6-10. I know the first day of Halloween is Friday the 7th. I’ve seen huge variations in crowd calendars ranging from moderate to “forget about it” packed. I’m just trying to prepare myself for huge crowds. Any insight? Thank you

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Aug 28, 2018 at 5:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Luckily, the Halloween Party is a limited capacity, separately ticketed event. Even on a sold out night, crowds shouldn't be too scary ;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:43 p.m. Maria Says...

That’s good to know. I don’t think the parties start until later in the month so no parties when we’re there. I guess I’m just concerned about the Halloween themes bringing in big crowds because it’s opening weekend of Halloween.

It’ll be fun no matter what!

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Aug 23, 2018 at 4:26 p.m. Brandi Says...

Hello!

We were thinking about visiting Disneyland sometime during the last 2 weeks of August in 2019. I was wondering two thing: Does the Haunted Mansion close for refurb/holiday install at the same time every year and how the opening of Star Wars land will affect this time of year which is usually slower than the other weeks during the summer? Your insight would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!!

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Aug 25, 2018 at 2:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi!

Great questions. Yes, the Haunted Mansion always closes for its holiday overlay installation at the end of August, and we imagine it will again in 2019. Star Wars Land will of course bring additional crowds, but the end of August is when things should start to die down with back-to-school season.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 19, 2018 at 6:27 a.m. James Says...

Hello, we are planning DL in November. I notice the parks close at 8. Does that mean no World of Color or Fantasmic or Fireworks or any of the night time shows during the weekday?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

The entertainment schedule for November won't be released for a bit, so we can't be sure. During slower seasons, sometimes the nighttime spectaculars only take place on select nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. Travis Says...

Thanks for all the wonderful information. I have a question about to Easter Week 2019. I am well aware that the weeks before and after Easter are usually very busy .

I am wondering about if that stays true when is Easter is very late in the season like it is in 2019 on April 21st.

We have frequently gone this week in the past and have thought the crowds were very manageable. We booked our time share for April 20th to April 27th 2019, before realizing it was Easter.

I checked a few other crowed calendars and some show it is light and other say its packed.

Hoping that you can provide me some advice!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 1:29 a.m. Tiffany Says...

Hi there!

My husband and I are looking to book a Monday through Friday trip to Disneyland the first week of February 2019 or last week in Jan 2019. Do you think either of those times will be alright? I was wondering if I could find out what the ride refurbishments would be during that time but I cannot find that info. Is that available?

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

You can find all confirmed refurbishments scheduled thus far in our post. Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the last week of January will be low crowds and a great time to visit!

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Aug 6, 2018 at 2:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Travis!

Great question. Luckily, our Crowd Calendar factors in holidays, timing, school breaks and more when predicting how busy the parks will be. It looks like they won't be quite as busy as a "typical" Easter Sunday ... in fact, it's only predicted to be a 6/10 rating in terms of crowds. Not bad at all. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 29, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Mark Says...

Looking for the best day or two to go out of Aug 19-24. Thank you!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

It looks like the parks will be similarly busy throughout these dates, but you can check out our Crowd Calendar for details.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 29, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Emily Says...

This was super helpful THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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Jul 28, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Rob Says...

We have set our trip from Jan 25-31... Is it crowded those days?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like that last week of January will be a great time to visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2018 at 6:01 a.m. Jeana Says...

I've always wanted to see Disneyland at Christmas. Does anyone know just how busy Friday December 7th to Sunday the 10th would be? Or if it would still be enjoyable.

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Jul 30, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeana!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but early December is a great time to visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2018 at 2:07 a.m. Jackie Says...

We are trying to decide between going to Disneyland either October 1-3 (Mon-Wed) or October 9-11 (Tues-Thurs). Will the days after Columbus Day be considerably more crowded than the week before? Thanks!

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts these two sets of dates being extremely similar in terms of crowds, so we recommend picking whichever dates work best for you!

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Jul 25, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. Lindsay Says...

Looking at May 16-20, 2019. Any ideas about that weekend?

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Jul 26, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that the parks will be a 5/10 or 6/10 in terms of crowds during those days. Hope this helps!

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Jul 19, 2018 at 5:57 p.m. Reece Says...

I'm stuck picking between Sunday Sept 2 - Tuesday Sept 4. Would Tuesday or Sunday be a better bet? considering the Monday in between happens to be Labor Day. Just trying to take my mom to a Disney park for the first time in her life while she's in town.

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Jul 19, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reece!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts that Tuesday, Sept. 4 will be quite less busy. This should be a super enjoyable day for your mom!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 4:08 a.m. Jerica Says...

Curious to know what is going on Monday, February 25th for crowds to be in the red?

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Jul 18, 2018 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erica!

Our Crowd Calendar factors in many variables including holidays, school breaks, events and more. Our best guess is that February 25, 2019 will be crowded due to the remaining President's Day crowds from the previous Monday.

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Jul 16, 2018 at 6:36 a.m. Tom Says...

Which week is better, the week after thanksgiving, or the first week of December?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tom!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like these weeks will be very similar in terms of crowds!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 14, 2018 at 7:13 p.m. Rose Says...

Hi, looking to visit Nov of 2019 (Disney/Universal). We have gone to Disney the week before Thanksgiving in the past and it was decent with regards to crowds;however. I noticed on your calendar that it shows the week before red and the actual two days preceding Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving itself not as busy. Is this correct? And what is making it different?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 6:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose!

We have not yet released our Crowd Calendar for November 2019. Keep an eye out later this year!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 13, 2018 at 5:48 p.m. Kistie Says...

Anyone have any experience going on the Tuesday/Wednesday after MLK Day? I know that weekend is probably bad, but has it died down by the couple days after MLK?

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Jul 13, 2018 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kistie!

You can always check out our Crowd Calendar for how busy we anticipate the parks being. It looks like the Tuesday and Wednesday following MLK Jr. Day should be pretty mild in terms of crowds!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 13, 2018 at 5:53 a.m. Aiden Buluran Says...

Hello my family and I are going to Disneyland and staying in the Grand Californian is the extra magic hour better for July 21-23. My family does not want a devastating crowd for the smallest rides.

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Jul 13, 2018 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aiden!

You can check out the Disneyland schedule for when and where Extra Magic Hours are taking place. It looks like it will be from 8-9 a.m. on July 21 at Disneyland Park, and 7-8 a.m. on July 22 and 23 at Disney's California Adventure.

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Jul 10, 2018 at 9:08 p.m. Michelle m Says...

Hello, I am looking to go October 1-3! (monday-wednesday) with the Halloween party on Tuesday! do you think these dates will be very crowded as it is Halloween season!? I'm a little worried I picked busy dates!

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Jul 11, 2018 at 7:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

No worries! Crowd levels are anticipated to be pretty mild during these dates. Check out our Crowd Calendar for details!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 10, 2018 at 4:21 p.m. Eduardo Morales Says...

How about the first half of June is that a better time to visit the park. Are the lesser crowds?

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Jul 10, 2018 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eduardo!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like June of 2019 will be similarly busy throughout the month. Be sure to check out our tips for maximizing your time at Disneyland here.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 9, 2018 at 1:30 a.m. Ashley Says...

We were thinking of booking a weekend trip for the first weekend in November but I have seen that Dapper Day is that Sunday. On your calendar it's showing that day at a 4 out of 10. Is there not typically much of an increase in crowds for it?

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Jul 10, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

No worries, there is only a mild increase in crowds for Dapper Day. Most of these people are here to simply gather together and take cute photos, and shouldn't impact the wait times much.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 7, 2018 at 1:18 a.m. Simon Says...

Was wondering what you guys thought about crowd levels immediately preceding the Star Wars land opening. I’m looking to visit with younger kids in May and none of our group are big Star Wars fans. I hoped we might catch some lighter crowds as people wait for Star Wars land to open. Thoughts appreciated! Thanks

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Jul 9, 2018 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Simon!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but we think you have a good approach! It won't change crowds too drastically, but it's safe to say some guests will wait to visit for the late fall 2019 opening of Star Wars Land. If you aren't interested in Star Wars, we definitely recommend visiting earlier in the year!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 6, 2018 at 12:26 p.m. Kevin Says...

Hey guys, looking at going to Disneyland the week after Halloween. Will it be busy and what would be the status of the haunted mansion? Do they shut it down and change the ride over to Christmas decorations right after Halloween?

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Jul 6, 2018 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts moderate crowd levels during this week, so it won't be too busy! The Haunted Mansion will undergo its holiday transformation at the end of August or early September, so it should be up and running for your trip.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 5, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. Lara Says...

We are looking at being at Disneyland March 10-15, 2019. Would this be a bad time to visit?

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Jul 5, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lara,

Keep in mind, this is spring break season, so there will be elevated crowds at the parks! Hop over to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar to get an idea of crowd levels.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 5, 2018 at 1:55 a.m. Renée Says...

Going for my birthday on 9/11!!! So excited!!

I grew up going and miss it. I’m so happy that the haunted mansion will have the nightmare before Christmas up and running!!

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