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Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023

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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 2022 and 2023.

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Planning the Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022

We'd be toadally remiss if we didn't talk about the biggest changes coming out of 2020 — and that the new theme park reservation system, which comes with some capacity limitations.

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. The good news is that there are many encouraging signs that things are heading back to "normal" in the parks, including the return of World of Color, Fantasmic! and the Main Street Electrical Parade. And guess what else? Traditional character meet and greets have returned as of April 18. Hooray for hugs!

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! Couple those locals with pent-up travel demand across the world, and Disneyland is set up for a hoppin' 2022 and beyond. (We will talk more below about Magic Key holders and how they influence crowds.)

Best Time to Visit Disneyland - Cars Land Group

For the foreseeable future, capacity limits are in place using a reservation system, likely for some time; while it helps to limit capacity, it also makes getting into the parks more challenging. 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 Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Avengers Campus HQ

Avengers Campus made its epic debut June 4, 2021, which played a part in Disneyland's busy summer, fall and winter in 2021. But as we look into 2022 and 2023, there will be some sweet spots to time your visit if you're looking for the least busy time to hop into the parks.

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

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

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

If the answer is yes to one or both of these questions, there will be bigger crowds. Another thing to be aware of is major school breaks, 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 also influence crowd levels, making the second half of March the peak of spring break.

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 you 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! During Disneyland's reopening period, know that some traditional time-savers, such as Magic Morning, are temporarily unavailable, but expected to return in summer 2022. 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).

Factors That Influence the Best Time to Go to Disneyland

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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 (now Magic Key holders).

One of the biggest changes to occur during the Disneyland closure was the cancellation of all annual passes. The Magic Key passholder program has debuted, though 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 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 after major blockout periods.

Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2022 - Train Station

Even if the 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 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 as to 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 busiest.

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 Sept. 9 to 11, 2022.

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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 2022 and 2023 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, 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.

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Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2022

Here are the days we expect to be the busiest at Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.

  • Jan. 1-9, 2022
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 14-17, 2022
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 18-21, 2022
  • Spring break and Easter - March 12 to April 18, 2022 (elevated crowds March 5 to April 24, 2022)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 4 to Aug. 21, 2022
  • Oct. 1-15, 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

Expected Busiest Days at Disneyland in 2023

  • Jan. 1-8, 2023
  • MLK Jr. Day - Jan. 13-16, 2023
  • Presidents Day - Feb. 17-20, 2023
  • Spring break and Easter - March 10 to April 16, 2023 (elevated crowds March 4 to April 21, 2023)
  • Weekends and Grad Nite dates in May
  • June 3 - Aug. 21, 2023
  • Oct. 1-14, 2022
  • The week of Thanksgiving - Nov. 20-26, 2023
  • Christmas week through the second week of the New Year - Dec. 18, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024

*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. 5, 2022 and Sept. 4, 2023
  • Yom Kippur (when it falls on a weekday) - Oct. 5, 2022 and Sept. 24, 2023
  • Columbus Day (elevated crowds that week) - Oct. 10, 2022 and Oct. 9, 2023
  • Utah and Arizona fall breaks from late September through mid-October
  • Veterans Day (and Veterans Day Observed) -  Nov. 11, 2022 and 2023
  • Memorial Day - May 30, 2022 and May 29, 2023
  • Disneyland's anniversary - July 17, 2022 and 2023

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

Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2022

While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disneyland, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks are open and each day sells out!

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, weekdays are less crowded, but only weekends include fireworks, so take that into consideration as well.

  • 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 5, 2022)
  • April 25-29, 2022
  • Weekdays in May (except for Grad Nites)
  • Weekends during the last two weeks of August
  • The first week of September; Tuesdays through Thursdays for the second half 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 2023

  • 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, 2023)
  • April 21-28, 2023
  • 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

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 time to visit. Here are the most common causes of early park closure:

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. Otherwise, your fun may be cut short, and you may not get the most out of your visit for your money. 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 2022 and 2023! Don't froget that you can purchase discount Disneyland tickets from your favorite frogs! Ribbit!

Related: 40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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

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

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

Hi Kenneth!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Shelly,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jenny!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Robin!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Does Disneyland have any events the weekend before Easter?

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

Hi Tara!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Elizabeth!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Charlie!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Thanks! MaxPass all the way!

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

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

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

Hi Lorraine!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi there!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Julie!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Dan!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Maria!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

It’ll be fun no matter what!

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

Hello!

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

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

Hi Brandi!

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

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

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

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

Hi James!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

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

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

Hoping that you can provide me some advice!

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

Hi there!

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

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

Hi Tiffany!

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

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

Hi Travis!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Mark!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Rob!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jeana!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Jackie!

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

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

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

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

Hi Lindsay!

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

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

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

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

Hi Reece!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Erica!

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

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

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

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

Hi Tom!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Rose!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Kistie!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Aiden!

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

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

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

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

Hi Michelle!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Eduardo!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Ashley!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Simon!

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

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

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

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

Hi Kevin!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Lara,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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Jul 4, 2018 at 8:55 a.m. Micah Says...

Hi! We're hoping to drop in on the 18&19th of August! Are we crazy?! Curious about the passholder's bring a friend deal that's running right now. It seems like there are some passholder's block out dates that have been opened up. Those days look decent on your calendar, (thanks btw) but will this change the estimated crowds? Also on a 5-6/10 day, I didn't come across a key that says average wait times for the big attractions (radiator springs racers, mission breakout, space mountain), how do those times look on average? thanks for any info!!!

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Jul 6, 2018 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Micah!

We can't estimate your wait times, because those depend on a variety of unpredictable factors. However, it's safe to assume that those bring-a-friend passholder dates will cause the parks to be busier.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 1, 2018 at 12:45 a.m. Kristin Says...

We are trying to decide between the week of August 13 or August 20. We are looking for the less crowded of the 2. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Jul 3, 2018 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristin,

According to our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, it looks like those two weeks will be about the same in terms of crowd. However, most families will be back at school and work from summer vacation during the week of August 20, so you might encounter even less crowds then!

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Going Thanksgiving week. Which day is the least crowded

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

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

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

Hi Betty,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Becca,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Alexis,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Ruben!

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

Hoppy planning!

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

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

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

Hi Mag,

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

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

Very helpful article.

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

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

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

I just booked the same trip :)

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

Hi Jessica,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Yadira!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Alyssa,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jamie,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Mika!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Any predictions? Insights?

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

Hi Hobbes!

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Grayson,

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

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