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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024

by Leap on May 1, 2023 2919 Los Angeles

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It’s one of the most popular questions we get. I even have friends of friends message me and ask ... "Just when is the best time to visit Disneyland?" My answer is always "whenever you can!" It’s the truth. Whenever you and your family can make the trip to The Happiest Place On Earth is the best time. But, of course, just like at Walt Disney World, there are better times to visit Disneyland than others. In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024.

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

Planning the Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Dates by Season

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

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

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

Best Time to Go to Disneyland - Disney 100

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

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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. The spring breaks at major universities in California in late March also influence crowd levels.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! FASTPASS and MaxPass have been officially retired and replaced with the paid Genie+ system. Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 120 days in advance (or 90 days for Magic Key holders). You'll get the best price on Genie+ if you purchase it with your tickets as the price can fluctuate for day-of-use purchases.

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

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

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2024

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

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

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. This is the case in 2023 — Easter is on April 9 — and 2024 — Easter is on March 31. These two years, you can expect a fairly consistent, condensed spring break season. When Easter falls later, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then.

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2023

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

Keep in mind that "off-season" low crowd levels can also mean shorter Disneyland hours and that less entertainment is available or that more rides undergo refurbishment. During some seasons, such as Halloween Time, September weekdays are less crowded, but only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration as well. We find Sundays to be less crowded than Saturdays.

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2024

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

January and February generally have low crowds and beautiful weather (if not a little chilly), but do offer scaled-back entertainment and shorter hours. Disney California Adventure's Food and Wine Festival generally starts in early March and brings in some foodie-loving froggies, followed by spring break crowds in March and April. Summer break kicks off for most school districts in mid-June when you'll see an uptick in crowds — but in our opinion, it's pretty manageable over an extended period of time, longer park hours, and LOTS of entertainment! In summer, the thing to keep in mind is the weather. June gloom offers some respite from the heat, though those temperatures do rise throughout the remainder of summer.

Avoiding Early Park Closures Due to After-Hours Parties

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Oogie Boogie Bash Overlay on Disney California Adventure Park Entrance

One other thing to be aware of is any separately ticketed events that may be scheduled even during the best times to visit. Sometimes a park or an area of a park closes early for private events. That's why you always want to look at the hours for the dates you want to visit so you don't encounter any surprises. Here are the most common causes of early park closure:

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

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

Ta-da! There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2023 and 2024! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

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Jul 2, 2019 at 2:21 a.m. LeeAnn Jacket Says...

Last week of May?

I see week days in May aren't busy.

My kids get out a week earlier for Summer.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LeeAnn!

That timeframe can vary from a level 6 to a 9, depending on the day. The last week of May in 2020 is Memorial Day, which means crowds will be a little heavier than usual, as well. We think Wednesday of that week (5/27) would be your best bet in terms of crowds.

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Jul 2, 2019 at 2:02 a.m. Dane Borromei Says...

Hi, I have having a look at the week the 5th to the 9th April 2020. In the passholder block out calendar, most of the passholders are blocked out. Is there a reason why this week is so busy? is it just becuase of easter starting on the 10th?

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Jul 2, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dane!

That's correct; many schools have Good Friday (5/10) off, so a lot of families make a trip of Easter week.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 29, 2019 at 5:52 p.m. Florstine Bledsoe Says...

Oh My God I'm so Excited but I cant afford to take my grandchildren so i pray i win the Sweepstake for help

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Jun 26, 2019 at 3:15 p.m. J. Rogers Says...

My 16-year-old son and I have one-day tickets for July 9. Our dates to choose were limited to that week, so I chose Tuesday because I thought, after the Fourth of July crowd settled down, it might be the best day to go. Now I'm not so sure. Any feedback?

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Jun 28, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Things are slated to be pretty busy all summer, and unfortunately, that day is no exception, according to our Crowd Calendar. If you can, spring for MaxPass and get there at park opening!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. Sage Rockbridge Says...

I’m taking my 2 year old son for his first visit, he’ll be turning 3 yrs on July 18th, and was planning on going the 17th of July but realized it’s the anniversary of Disneyland that day. Can you recommend the best day to visit between now and the 17th of July? Thank you

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Jun 26, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sage!

This year is challenging to predict. So far the summer crowds have been lighter than usual. We have hopped over for Disneyland’s birthday the past two years in a row, and we really couldn’t tell the difference in crowd level from another typical summer day. However, on big anniversary years where there is a big celebration (such as Disneyland’s 60th), the park may be very crowded. If you do decide to visit July 17, don’t miss the birthday cavalcade if they have one. It may not appear on the entertainment calendar until closer to that date.

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Jun 22, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. Heather Says...

We have booked Florida from 13th to 27th Feb. Specifically told it was quiet. I now find Monday 17th to 24th is presidents day holiday. How many hours are we likely to queue per ride. Im furious as the holiday company have ruined our holiday before we have even got there. We have 2 with medical conditions so long queues are a real problem. My children are going to be 13, 10 and 9.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Wait times will vary by ride, but we would highly recommend you consider purchasing MaxPass. It's also possible that with your children's medical issues, you qualify for the DAS. I'm sorry for your disappointment, but you can still have a great time!

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Jun 16, 2019 at 4:24 a.m. D Says...

We're going Sept 25 to 30 should I get a max pass? I have 3 kids under 6.

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Jun 19, 2019 at 5:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi D,

That's a great time to visit! We love MaxPass, but to see if it will be great for your family, see how your tadpoles measure up in terms of Disneyland Height Requirements and Disneyland FASTPASS rides to see how many of those rides you might actually ride. It's definitely worth getting at least one MaxPass for the PhotoPass photos.

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Jun 16, 2019 at 1:52 a.m. soph Says...

planing a solo disneyland trip for next month (mid july) and tips and tricks i should know? :)

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Jun 19, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Soph,

You're going to have such a great time! Be sure to use MaxPass and take advantage of single rider lines or buddy pass lines. Find more tips on our Disneyland for Adults post.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2019 at 2:46 a.m. CiCi Says...

Can you use Disneyland tickets purchased from undercover tourist any day of the year before it expires?

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Jun 18, 2019 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cici,

Please check the specific terms on the detail page of the ticket you are interested in. If you have more questions, our customer service team will be hoppy to help!

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Jun 13, 2019 at 2:45 a.m. Adriana Facio Colon Says...

Hello! Is thanksgiving horribly crowded and is there places that offer thanksgiving dinner?

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Jun 18, 2019 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana,

It is crowded! There are places that offer Thanksgiving dinner. Disneyland doesn't usually reveal all the details about dinner so early, but we don't expect much to change from last year's post. We hope you'll check it out!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 11, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. Mandy Says...

We are planning for 1 day June 18th-22nd, 2019... we are taking our 2 year old daughter for the first time and want to pick a day that won't be crazy crowded. We can go any day; can you a recommend a day that is best?

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Jun 12, 2019 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy!

We would aim for Wednesday, June 19 as your best bet in terms of crowds. Keep in mind that with the opening of Galaxy's Edge, crowds will likely be elevated.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 1, 2019 at 12:34 a.m. Michelle Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip to Disneyland on June 7&8. We don’t have reservations to Star Wars, which is fine. I’m wondering if we will have any problems getting into the park. We’ll arrive early, so I’m guessing that won’t be a problem, but what if we leave to take a break - will we be able to get back in for the evening activities? Thanks for your advice!

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Jun 3, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Unfortunately, there is no predicting crowds these days. Opening weekend of Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland was very quiet. We do not anticipate you have any trouble getting in and out of the parks. Expect crowds to grow throughout the day on Friday due to the return of Disneyland Forever fireworks at night. There is a new Lion King celebration launching at DCA on Friday, as well. But so far, everything appears to be very well under control at Disneyland during this period. The many annual passholder and cast member blockouts are keeping the crowds down. We'd say the odds are in your favor!

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May 31, 2019 at 1:53 a.m. Ron Says...

I must be the one of the LUCKIEST people

on Earth!!!

I went to Disneyland this past Groundhog

Day (which WAS a Saturday, by the way),

and the weather was AWFUL (it was cold,

windy, and rainy ALL DAY LONG)...

However...

The park was TOTALLY DEAD and I mostly

WALKED onto every ride (the only lines I

even waited in were for the "Matterhorn"

and the "Indiana Jones" rides, and even

those waits were less than 10 minutes)!!!

I am SO GLAD that I was able to go there

BEFORE "Star Wars land" opens because

the whole place is going to be a ZOO for

YEARS to come...thankfully, I will NOT be

one of those MANY UNLUCKY folks stuck

in all of that mess!!!

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May 31, 2019 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

We are so jealous, Ron! You must have enjoyed every second :) Thanks for sharing with us!

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Jun 1, 2019 at 10:53 a.m. Ron Says...

Except for the AWFUL weather, I actually DID enjoy

every second!!! I spent about 6 hours there and I

rode about 40 rides in total (I even got to ride a few

rides more than once)...the only rides I could not do

were just a handful that were either closed for their

"normal repairs" or had to be shut down due to the

weather (and I even got to ride the "Alice" ride -

that one almost never runs unless the weather is

absolutely perfect)...Regardless, out of all of my

countless visits to Disney, that was probably the

BEST one of them all!!! And for the record, I was

not trying to make you jealous...I was just trying

to let you know that it really IS possible to have

such a GREAT day at Disney when the weather

is SO bad!!!

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Jun 3, 2019 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That is awesome, Ron! :)

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May 28, 2019 at 8:06 p.m. Edee Ulrich Says...

We are trying to plan a much anticipated trip to Disneyland and California Adventure and are nervous when will be the best time to go. We were thinking of going the end of June right before Independence Day but would end of August/beginning of September be less busy? I know its looking crowded all year but am finding mixed answers when looking at these dates! Thanks!

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May 29, 2019 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edee!

Yes, like you mentioned, we are expecting all of summer (and the year, really) to be super crowded with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge next week. All things considered, the crowds may be slightly better at the end of August as kids head back to school, but we'd still expect it to be pretty busy. Have a frogtastic time!

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May 26, 2019 at 1:51 a.m. Gabriela Says...

We have booked a last-minute trip to LA for the week of June 17, and we would love to visit Disneyland. We wouldn’t mind skipping Star Wars land for know since we are travelling with very young children. Does anyone know if we can still visit the park, or do we need a reservation?

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May 28, 2019 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gabriela!

You'll only need a reservation for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You'll still be able to enter Disneyland without a reservation at that time.

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May 23, 2019 at 9:04 p.m. Kathy Says...

I was just at Disneyland/California Adventure, May 9 - 13. They no longer publish the daily calendar months in advance, as they used to, so had no idea when I scheduled that some of the days were "Grad Nite." Completely overwhelming number of students, many of whom were out of control, running, swearing, jumping into Fast Pass lines, etc. Keep an eye out for the early hours on the calendar - unless you click on them for more info, you won't know that the California Adventure early hours are exclusive to ONLY those staying at a Disney Hotel.

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May 18, 2019 at 3:02 p.m. Karen Says...

We (2 female friends in 30s, no kids) are coming from Europe in August 2020 to do SFO/LAX/DL and then WDW in about 2,5 weeks. 2 days SFO, 2 days LAX, 4 days DL and 5 days WDW, plus travel days. We are flexible for the entire month, you write busiest time in the summer at DL will be till August 11, and AP holders will get back from August 19. So best estimated guess to go to DL is between 11-19?

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May 24, 2019 at 8:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

The blockout calendar only shows one year in advance, but Aug 11-19 is generally still in a blockout period for many passes so is a good time to go. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!

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May 16, 2019 at 12:48 a.m. Julie Says...

I'm thinking of going the week of Jan 27, 2020. I've heard there are marathons, wine and cheese festivals, etc in Jan/Feb. How can I see if one of those seasonal events is scheduled for that time?

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May 17, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

There are no Run Disney races currently scheduled or planned for the future in California. The Food and Wine Festival at DCA usually runs in March and April. Disneyland releases its calendar of events a few months in advance, so be sure to check back for news about January happenings come November to get a better idea of entertainment or special foods that may be offered at that time!

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May 15, 2019 at 12:35 p.m. Brittany Garera-Stapleton Says...

I am looking at planning a trip for my family to Disneyland and California Adventure. We are somewhat flexible with the date, but we will need to attend late June - First week in August. I am looking for suggestions. We would plan on visiting week days (2 days at Disneyland and 2 at California Adventure). I have read so many different reports on when to go, some say July before the 17th, some say late July Weekdays, some say it is the least busy over the 4th of July and I have even seen early July Weekends were the best. I am a crazy planner, so I don't mind working really hard to plan everything out but if I can help find a time where the crowd are even a little more manageable that would be fantastic! Thanks in advance for your help!

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May 24, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

This year is very hard to predict due to Star Wars and changing blockout dates for passholders. Plan to visit Tuesday through Friday if you can and shoot for early July, but know that this whole summer may be more crowded than usual. Our plan on crowded days is to arrive before rope drop and maybe even take a break midday at peak crowds. With an early arrival and smart use of MaxPass, we often don’t notice the crowds. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!

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May 15, 2019 at 6:24 a.m. Mary Says...

We're heading to So Cal from WA for a memorial service and celebration of life. As a surprise, we're planning a trip to DL on May 31st (the ONLY day we can go). I'm just realizing that it's THE day that the new Star Wars land opens. However, it's not showing as a 'premium' day on the DL website when I'm looking to buy tix. I'm hopeful that the draw of Star Wars will mean the rest of the park is slightly less crowded. Thoughts or suggestions?

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May 24, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the last day some annual passes can access the parks before summer and a Grad Nite, expect some crowds. Arrive early, perhaps park hop in case you want to escape to Disney California Adventure and use your FASTPASSes/MaxPass. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!

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May 9, 2019 at 12:41 a.m. Ronna Says...

I'm in a panic. Just realized that the day my daughter and I were planning on going in Memorial Day (we are in for limited time attending conference) How bad is Memorial Day really?

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May 13, 2019 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronna!

This varies from year to year, but expect that crowds will be a little heavier than usual. Be sure to take advantage of FASTPASS and MaxPass if you're able, and you'll be just fine!

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May 8, 2019 at 10:26 p.m. Eric Says...

Hi- We were looking to go to Disneyland/California Adventure on Friday May 24th. From what I can tell the Southern California multi day passes and So Cal annual passes are expired/blocked for this day so I'm thinking it might be a good day to go. Thoughts?

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May 13, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eric!

It is a holiday weekend, however, the blackouts and the fact that 3-day promotion tickets expire on May 23 may mean the crowds should be somewhat reduced from what they could be. Arrive early, use MaxPass and follow our tips to maximize your time to get the best experience and any crowds should not affect you. We find that Friday crowds start out light and tend to grow as the day goes on, as people come after work and school. So start out early, and line up FASTPASSes to use and shows or meals to enjoy during the late afternoon and evening. Enjoy!

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May 5, 2019 at 10:36 p.m. Alisha Says...

We were just in the park may 1-3, which were predicted “ghost town” days. Not the case. The park was just as crowded as it is in the summer with no end in sight. Seems like with the growing population of the world, more attractions, and the never ending sea of deluxe sized strollers, there is no way to avoid crowds. All you can do is expect to get run over by strollers, and swim through a sea of people - and rely on your MaxPass (meaning be on your phone every second) to grab last minute Maxpasses or go single rider. The magic of Disney lives on, but they need to do something about maximum crowd limits as well as number of and size of strollers in the park.

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May 4, 2019 at 4:35 a.m. Ginny Says...

We are headed to California theme parks next week May 6,7 8. We are doing 2 days at Disney. We keep going back and forth about going to Disney on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Thursday. Do you think Mondays are that much busier than Tuesdays? Do magic morning hours make tueadays extra busy anyways? We are so torn what day to go

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May 6, 2019 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ginny!

Tuesdays and Thursday are the better days to visit Disneyland. While there can be exceptions, Tuesdays always seem to be much less crowded than Mondays. Have a frogtastic trip!

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May 2, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. Kristina Says...

You have weekends in May as both best and worst times to visit. How do you feel about Memorial Day weekend as Star Wars land opens the following weekend...

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May 6, 2019 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina!

We expect weekends to be busier than usual up until May 23, when the local and promo 3-day passes expire. Holiday weekends are usually more busy, but the blockouts may help. There may be people trying to get into the parks before the chaos begins. This year is hard to predict! If you visit then, arrive early, use MaxPass and follow tips to maximize time, and you’ll have a great time even if it is crowded.

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May 1, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. Tiffany P Says...

Hello! This will be our first visit to Disneyland (went to world last summer) and we will be visiting the parks on 10/29 and 10/31. For 10/31 I bought the special event ticket for the Oogie Boogie bash which will let us in to the park at 2:00, but the event is from 6-11. We plan on going to DL on 10/29...would it be worth it to buy a park hopper pass for that day or do you think it will take the entire day to get through that park? We will be traveling with two young children (3 and 4 years old). Since we can't get into California Adventure until 2:00 on 10/31 my though was to try to do both of them on 10/29 so we can at least make up for the few hours we'll be missing on 10/31.

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May 2, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

It’s a tough call. The Oogie Boogie Bash is new to everyone, so we don’t have much experience to draw from. The ride lines should be very short during the party, but there is a lot happening at the Halloween Party, so it’s hard to fit in all the entertainment and rides in that 5 hours.

With your children’s ages, Disneyland is the better park with more to do, and it can take at least a day or two to get through it. You are probably fine with a full day of Disneyland and the half day on the party date at Disney California Adventure. Cars Land, The Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc and perhaps the Frozen show (if your kids are very into Frozen) will be your best attractions and areas for that age group at DCA. Have a great time!

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May 6, 2019 at 9:38 p.m. Theresa Says...

We are hoping to visit the same time frame in October and planning to attend the 10/31 party. How busy will that party day be?

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May 6, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Theresa,

We expect that date to sell out, but then most of the party dates do.

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Apr 26, 2019 at 6:21 a.m. Ralph Says...

I noticed that no one sells beyond 10 days at Disney. How much extra is it for those that want to stay a bit longer (11-12 days)? Thanks

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Apr 26, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ralph!

At this time, the longest ticket Disneyland offers is for 5 days; Disney World does offer 10 day tickets. You can either add your admission tickets together (two 5-day tickets and a 2-day ticket) or can also look into the cost of an Annual Pass. Sometimes, opting for the Annual pass actually winds up saving you some money (plus discounts on food and merchandise!).

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Apr 25, 2019 at 3:53 a.m. Chelsea Says...

Hi we’re looking for some advice on what day to go to Disneyland, we were planning on going either Sunday April 28th or Monday April 29th. There are two issues impending our decision, crowd levels and the hours Disney is open. We always do a rope drop to closing and we’re planning to do so this time. If we go on Sunday they’re open 8am-Midnight but crowds will probably be higher. If we go Monday they’re open 9am-11pm so we’ll have less time but may be able to do more because of lower crowd levels. Do you have a suggestion on which day would be better? Thanks!

FYI: we’re planning on doing maxpass either way if that’s a factor

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Apr 26, 2019 at 7:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsea,

We would go with Monday, and since you have Maxpass, you should be toadally set for a great visit. If you haven't checked it out, we've got a whole post on Maxpass and some tips!

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Apr 23, 2019 at 2:51 a.m. Elena Says...

I want to visit Disney on May 31, I'm worried about the opening of the attraction of Star Wars. what do you think ?? Will it be terrible that day?

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Apr 23, 2019 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elena!

Yes, we think opening day is going to be very busy.

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Apr 23, 2019 at 1:14 a.m. Cristy B. Says...

We will be at Disney May 27th-29th........Do you predict less people since Star Wars Land will be opening the 31st? I wasn't sure if people would wait to attend when the Star Wars part of the park opens up. This is our first trip to Disneyland and California so we are not sure what to predict. We have been to Disney World twice so we are planning on big crowds just hoping that me may get lucky once.

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Apr 24, 2019 at 5:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristy!

May 28 and 29 are Grad Nite dates, which bring a lot of people into the parks. It’s also the last week some of the Annual Passholders can access Disneyland Park before summer blockouts, so more people than usual might be flowing into the parks, especially later in the day. But many local schools are still in session, so it’s hard to predict. Our advice is to arrive early, use MaxPass, schedule a lot of rides, dining reservations and shows for the afternoons or early evenings and to follow our tips for summer crowds. That will put you ahead of the crowds. You can now book shows like World of Color and Fantasmic! through MaxPass!

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Apr 21, 2019 at 5:30 a.m. Disney Goer Says...

Thinking of going August 26th - September 5th 2020.

Would this be a pretty good time to be there?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Disney Goer!

According to our Crowd Calendar, those dates are a mix of 5/10 - 8/10 in terms of crowds, so it'll be a mixed bag.

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Apr 19, 2019 at 3:51 a.m. Cash Says...

Do you predict the crowds to be higher May 15-16 2019 in Disneyland due to the fact it’s basically the last week of the limited time offer for tickets?

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Apr 22, 2019 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cash,

That could be a factor, but we do think it will be a good time to visit.

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Apr 14, 2019 at 9:47 a.m. Matt Says...

We are planning to travel to Disneyland in midlate Jan, OUr trip will included MLK day, however we plan to be at Disney either before this 13-17th of Jan or just after 21-24th. Will these times be low crowds? Would one of the other be better?

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Apr 12, 2019 at 7:21 p.m. Travis Says...

Hi there!

My girlfriend and I have our trip booked for May 7-14 of this year. I’ve noticed that the Friday and Saturday of that week are grad nights. What should we expect? Are Disneyland’s hours effected by this?

Thanks!

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Apr 8, 2019 at 1:14 a.m. Alissa Leenher Says...

I was planning on going to CA Adventure on May 1st but see that there is an event after hours. Should that effect crowds greatly?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alissa!

Party goers can start mixing in at 6:00 p.m. so the evening will be very crowded. The park will close to the public at 9 p.m. Arrive early and do as much as you can in the morning, saving the evening for shows and dining and rides for which you’ve acquired FASTPASS.

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Apr 7, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. JoBeth Says...

My family and I will be there the first week and a half of July. I have read that July 4th and 5th are a little less crowded. Is that true? What day would you suggest? We are revisiting due to a very unmagical first visit. Park was at 98% capacity and my children were miserable due to multiple hours long waits. We are hoping to have a more magical time this time and choosing to see California Adventure instead of actual Disneyland. Any advice is helpful.

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JoBeth!

It’s a tough call, because we’ve heard some years that it is packed, and other years people report that it is not that bad. Being that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will have just opened, and that some annual passholders will have access to DCA but not DL this summer for the first time, we think both parks may have more people than other years throughout the entire summer. The 4th of July fireworks are supposed to be amazing though and much louder than the usual fireworks!

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Apr 10, 2019 at 11:01 p.m. Bailey Says...

The least crowded day I've ever had in the summer was July 1st which was the Sunday before a mid-week 4th. I think it has everything to do with the day of the week the 4th falls on. However, because of Star Wars Land opening we are planning on going the second or third week of August (after school starts to go back but before annual pass blackouts end). We've had good luck at that time before.

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Apr 7, 2019 at 7:54 p.m. Emily Says...

We're thinking of going to Disneyland in either September or November 2019. We'd avoid Thanksgiving but do you think the second ride at Star Wars land will by open by then? Will we be dealing with huge crowds still? Would a Thursday-Sunday or Saturday-Tuesday be better?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

Thursday to Sunday is probably the best best, and they have not given any details about the second ride opening besides later in 2019! You probably won’t miss the announcement because it will be big news. Be sure to plan around Mickey’s Halloween Party in September, which may occur on Friday and Monday nights. Details should be released by late spring, early summer. You may want to avoid Veteran’s Day in November. Good luck!

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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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