Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2450 Los Angeles

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Los Angeles Crowd Calendar

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

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

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

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

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

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

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in - Millennium Falcon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - 1-Day Tiered Tickets

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2019

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2020

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

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

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

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's Maxpass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Keep hopping!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:51 p.m. Sasha Lamb-Archuleta Says...

Great to know for upcoming reference!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:47 p.m. TracilW Says...

This is great info!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:47 p.m. Susan Connolly Says...

I don’t visit these theme parks without consulting the crowd calendars.

Excellent info!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. Heather Says...

This is such great info! We are hoping to take our twins in 2019 or 2020 and I can’t wait to use this I to along with all your other resources!! Thank you!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:38 p.m. Stacie Clasen Says...

We have gone over New Year's Eve, Spring Break and middle of the summer. Everytime has been worth it and something different to see each time!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Lisa Coles Says...

This info is so helpful... great for vaca planning!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:29 p.m. Jennifer Says...

I was thinking of taking my kids in the summer.

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May 15, 2018 at 7:28 p.m. Audra M Says...

Love to bring our 6yo daughter & mom together at Disneyland!!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:27 p.m. Mary Says...

I desperately need to get back to Disneyland!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:25 p.m. Liz Straayer Says...

I'm a teacher so I usually have to go during the busier school holidays. I like going the second week of Christmas break :)

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May 15, 2018 at 7:24 p.m. Kara willer Says...

Awesome! I would love to visit one day. Im a huge Disney fan.

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May 15, 2018 at 7:23 p.m. Phil Guerra Says...

Cant wait to visit in November

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May 15, 2018 at 7:23 p.m. Flutter Flight Says...

Since I've been to Disney World tons of times, but not yet Disneyland, this is good info. to have! Thanks!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:22 p.m. Charlotte Says...

Anytime is the best time to go.

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May 15, 2018 at 7:21 p.m. Angela Hartmann Says...

Good stuff!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:21 p.m. blackbird Says...

so excited for our trip next year. good info from the frog

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May 15, 2018 at 7:20 p.m. ALangan Says...

Planning our trip for late October!!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:17 p.m. Chandra Moore Says...

This is so neat for me to be able to evaluate the best available times to enjoy yourself at the great attraction. Often when you attend an attraction of this magnitude, you end up departing not seeing the main attractions due to inadequate planning. Undercover Tourist takes the exhaustion out of planning and puts your mind at ease with accurate info so you and your family can relax and enjoy your vacation. Thanks for the help! ????

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May 15, 2018 at 7:17 p.m. Anne Says...

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May 15, 2018 at 7:16 p.m. Jeni Says...

So helpful! Thank you!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:14 p.m. carriebeary29 Says...

Would love to go!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:13 p.m. Culbster13 Says...

We went before Presidents’ Day in February and it was quiet then the weekend came and it was bonkers. Can’t wait to get back.

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May 15, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. Stacy Bailey Louch Says...

So excited! I can't wait to go!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. Braydon M Says...

My girlfriends family uses you guys to plan their disney trips and now we use you to plan our little family trips to disney california soon

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May 15, 2018 at 7:08 p.m. Susan G Says...

Just got home--can't wait to go back! But there is no easy time to go to DL, it is always crowded more or less...

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May 15, 2018 at 7:07 p.m. Nikki Says...

So glad I found this info. I used info from undercover tourist to plan my Disney world vacation last year and it was extremely accurate. I loved the wait times app also!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:07 p.m. Wingo Says...

Does anyone have any experience visiting the first week of June? I'm trying to figure out why weekends in May, along with mid-June are crowded and prior to that is not listed as most crowded.

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May 16, 2018 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wingo,

You'll see crowds start to pick up during this time, but as some schools aren't quite out yet and it's not the peak of summer vacation, the parks aren't at their most crowded yet!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 15, 2018 at 7:07 p.m. Ian VanKirk Says...

We've done Disney World twice and looking for the opportunity for Disneyland. It's a little harder from the northeast. Whenever we decide to go Undercover Tourist will factor heavily in our planning.

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May 15, 2018 at 7:07 p.m. George Says...

Very helpful. Looking forward to when we retire an can get away from those busiest dates

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May 15, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. kim ha Says...

Would love to experience the west coast!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:03 p.m. Dana G Says...

Definitely helpful information. As someone who grew up going to Disneyland, it is really hard to go there at all now because it is so crowded most of the time! Good luck, all!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:03 p.m. Hannah K Says...

Great! I hope to get out to Walt's park soon!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 7:03 p.m. Jennifer B. Says...

We will be going at one of the worst times in 2018. Oh well.

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May 15, 2018 at 7:01 p.m. Donna Says...

Oh I am doing some California dreaming right about now.

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May 15, 2018 at 6:59 p.m. Regina Says...

We have used the crowd calendar before to plan a trip to Disneyland. Our favorite time to go is the first part of December.

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May 15, 2018 at 6:58 p.m. Kristine Says...

We have always loved visiting Disneyland!! These tips are super helpful for anyone with an upcoming trip to CA. Thank you for the useful information!

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May 15, 2018 at 6:56 p.m. Tanner Scott Says...

We can’t wait to go!

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May 15, 2018 at 6:55 p.m. Ronnette Says...

Anytime is a great time

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May 15, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. Jenny Says...

We took our family in late February/early March and it was perfect! The weather was pleasant and the crowds were low during the week!

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May 15, 2018 at 6:49 p.m. Al Says...

Love the crowd callendar

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May 15, 2018 at 6:48 p.m. Nathan R Says...

The frogs are ALWAYS right when it comes to planning for and going on a vacation!

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May 15, 2018 at 6:48 p.m. Constance L Says...

Wow! So much info to consider. Glad Undercover Tourist is there to help along the way.

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May 15, 2018 at 6:48 p.m. Nancy Says...

Love using your crowd calendars!!!

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May 15, 2018 at 6:47 p.m. Drewe Says...

Awesome, thanks!

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May 15, 2018 at 6:47 p.m. Tommy Dean Says...

We live in Alaska and could use a great vacation.

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May 15, 2018 at 6:47 p.m. M.Y. Says...

Still haven't been to Disneyland yet! Looking forward to someday!

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