Clouds
Universal Orlando Tickets - Buy 2 Days, Get 3 Days FREE

When you bundle a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel + Car Rental

Subject to availability. Additional savings of up to 35% the total order applied in cart at time of checkout

Get This Deal

Subject to availability. Additional savings of up to 35% the total order applied in cart at time of checkout.

clouds Grass

Florida

Walt Disney World® Resort
Universal Orlando Resort
SeaWorld® Orlando
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

California

Disneyland® Resort
Universal Studios Hollywood™
SeaWorld® San Diego
LEGOLAND® California Resort

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on May 1, 2021 2633 Los Angeles

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

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

While capacity is lower in the parks, capacity is also lower on rides, in restaurants and in shops — so while overall capacity is low, it may feel higher than it actually is. And let us tell you from our experience on the opposite coast at the Most Magical Place on Earth: Those spaced out lines can make things seem waaaay longer than they actually are, and they can make for some traffic jams that only add to things feeling crowded, especially in areas that are tight already. All of this to say: All of the precautions in place may add to a feeling of things being busier than they actually are, and we've taken that into account when adjusting our Crowd Calendar. Keep hopping back, because we will continue to update both this post and our Crowd Calendar as we learn more!

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Avengers Campus

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

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

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

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

If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks, and not just in California, and not just for spring or summer break. Many Arizona schools have breaks in the first half of October. Utah schools also have a fall break in mid-October.

Want to Know for Sure?

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

Visiting During a Busy Time? Don't Fret!

Even during the busiest times, there are ways to skip the lines and make the most of your time. Here are our best tips to reduce waits! (During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers such as FASTPASS, MaxPass and Magic Morning are temporarily unavailable.) Again, our best advice is to purchase your tickets and make your Disneyland theme park reservations as soon as possible to secure your spot. Reservation availability is released 60 days in advance.

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Family in Front of Disney California Adventure

If you’re more familiar with Cinderella Castle than Sleeping Beauty Castle, it's important to know that the best time to visit Disneyland isn't the same as at Disney World. The biggest difference is the locals. Disney World has a good amount of locals, but not nearly as many as those in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Many of those Disneyland locals were annual passholders.

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

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

A more recent crowd forecaster is Disneyland's 1-Day Ticket Availablity Calendar. Disneyland's 1-Day tickets are sold in tiers based on projected crowd levels, giving us a sneak peek at when Disney is expecting things to be busiest. Keep hopping back for updates on the annual passholder situation, because knowing their patterns can help you plan your trip.

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Halloween Time

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Holidays

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2021

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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

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

*The fall of Easter impacts Disneyland crowds in the spring. Some school districts base their spring break around Easter; others do not. When Easter falls earlier in the season, March or early April, it has the effect of making a more intense, but shorter spring break season. When Easter falls later, as it does in 2022, the effect is a longer but less intense spring break season. Many California universities consistently have spring break at the end of March, which can affect crowds then.

Other Dates That Will Likely See Higher Crowds

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

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2021

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

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

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

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

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disney's MaxPass

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Keep hopping!

Keep hopping, Leap!
View Comments
<<  Newer Posts | Older Posts  >>
301–350 of 1633 comments
May 15, 2018 at 9:04 p.m. Monica Jorelle Says...

Such good tips! Thanks!

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

Can't wait for our trip in may

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

We love to visit in early June!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nice site.

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

I would love to visit Disneyland!

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

looking forward to going!

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

The crowd calendar is so helpful! Thank you!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:43 p.m. Ty Says...

Great info...bookmarking this page!!!

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

this is good stuff!

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

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

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

These calendars really are priceless in the planning process!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best crowd calenders around.

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

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

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

Thanks! Great info!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:24 p.m. JacobandJamie Says...

We've used the calendar to pick our dates for our upcoming trip in September! I definitely wanted to go during a green crowd week and I'm excited for us to have a little more leg room!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:23 p.m. Matthew Seevers Says...

Can’t wait to go!!! Thanks for your help with making life a little easier!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:22 p.m. Chris Says...

Extremely helpful info.

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:21 p.m. John B Walker Says...

We bought our DisneyWorld tickets from UndercoverTourist a few years ago. No problems! Great experience!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:19 p.m. Megan Says...

I always consult your crowd calendars before I travel!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:19 p.m. Jen Says...

Disney is amazing! So much fun for everyone!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. Alexis Navarrete Says...

Very useful!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. MaddyCarol Says...

I seriously have gotten on this exact post like 15 times, and used so many parts of your website to help plan my dream vacation! Thanks!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:13 p.m. Melonhy Says...

Very helpful :)

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:12 p.m. alexis meeker Says...

Can't wait to start planning my next vacation!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:11 p.m. Austin Says...

Great info

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:10 p.m. Amanda Fish Says...

Love this!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. Susie Says...

This site is very helpful, I specially enjoyed the 1 day plan so I can plan ahead where to spend more time. oh! and the Max Pass information :)

Thanks!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. Wendy P. Says...

This is such great information. You always want to have a plan when visiting Disney World!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:58 p.m. Suzanne Hill Says...

I hope I win the sweepstakes!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:58 p.m. AzDisneyFan Says...

We usually go the week before Labor Day every year, but made the mistake of going to Disneyland on a Saturday and it was very crowded.

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:55 p.m. chris Says...

This info helped me so much in the past!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:55 p.m. Holly Says...

Can’t wait to visit!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:53 p.m. Woofie_h Says...

The crowd calendar is one of the most useful tools! I have never been to Disneyland or DisneyWorld but this has really helped gain perspective and planning! Can’t wait for my trip in Sep to DisneyWorld! Thanks for all the information!

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

Great to know for upcoming reference!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:50 p.m. Kate Says...

Bookmarking this! Thank you!!

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

This is great info!

Reply
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!

Reply
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!

Reply
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!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:34 p.m. Carolyn S. Says...

I love Undercover Tourist! Can always trust their info and their prices!

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 7:32 p.m. dialane Says...

Always find the information on this website useful.

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

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

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

I was thinking of taking my kids in the summer.

Reply
Leave a comment
Name is required. Email is required. Please input a comment.
About Us
About Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World Resorts®, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more.

Sign up for our newsletter!
Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address

Contact:  1 (800) 846-1302 (USA)  |  
1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)

Let's Plan a Better Family Vacation Sign up for Our Newsletter

Monthly news, planning tips and special deals

Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address

Newsletter logo

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

monthly news, planning tips and special deals from the Frog Family

Please enter your Name Please enter your Email address
×

Thank you for joining our email list!

Joined email list logo

You should be receiving your first email soon!
Thanks for being a part of the family.

×
Create an account

Create An Account

In order to save your favorite items, you'll need to create an account. Already have one? Sign in.

An Undercover Tourist account allows you to:

Join The Frog Family
No, thanks. ×