Best Time to Visit Disneyland in 2019 and 2020

by Leap on September 1, 2019 2458 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

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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 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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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May 15, 2018 at 5:16 p.m. Jose Martino Says...

Thank you for the information! Been to WDW but never Disneyland - looking forward to it!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Melanie Jackson Says...

September is my favorite time to visit!! I love Halloween in Disney! It's also usually not extremely crowded either, but you run the risk of hurricane season.

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May 15, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. Desiree Says...

Love me some Disney!!!

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Thanks for all of the useful tips. We used your site many times while planning our last Disneyland/US vacation!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:09 p.m. Morgan Deakin Says...

Thank you so much for all the helpful info! It makes it a lot easier to pick travel dates for future vacations.

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May 15, 2018 at 5:08 p.m. Amina Says...

The best n worse time tips r great! Personally we like to go to Disney world during the last two weeks of August when there is usually free dining plan package offer. Done that 3 times already!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:05 p.m. Sarah Says...

We went to Disneyland just before their 60th anniversary, and so many attractions were down for refurbishment to get ready for the big celebration. We want to make our way back and experience everything again, or for the first time!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:05 p.m. Jrowens Says...

I love all of your tips! We visited Disneyland the past 2 years and are currently looking forward to our first Disney World vacation this year!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:04 p.m. Emily R. Says...

Awesome info! Thank you :)

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May 15, 2018 at 5:04 p.m. SNLmom Says...

We are planning to visit Disney World in June and Disneyland in January. It's going to be a fun year; and this information is super helpful for planning! Thank you!

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What a helpful post! Really helps to start vacation planning for Disney!!!

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Thanks for the awesome information! Your posts are always so helpful!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:03 p.m. Kavanaughsmom Says...

This is great information! I’m thinking of planning a Disneyland trip and this helps me decide when to start looking at our schedules! Thank you for keeping us up to date with valuable info!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. Preston Says...

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May 15, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. Eileen Says...

Love going during October for Halloween. That is my favorite time of year at Disney Land. Thanks for the info above.

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May 15, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. Misti Says...

Thanks for always having the best information!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. Rachel Says...

We're going for our honeymoon in the first half of December 2018. Hopefully the crowds won't be too bad!

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May 15, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. Josh Says...

We just came back from a trip to Disneyland May 9-11. The crowds were fantastic and we're strongly considering the same timeframe for next year!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. marie mc Says...

I have been to Disney World many times but never to Disney Land-- it would be so fun to see it!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. Fidel Says...

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May 15, 2018 at 4:57 p.m. Kim Says...

Would love to visit Disneyland again. We have some great memories from there when our daughter was little.

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May 15, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. Jennifer Says...

Super helpful! Will keep this in mind for sure.

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May 15, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. Laura G Says...

Reading about the new Pixar Pier and the different foods and rides in DL makes me want to plan a trip!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:55 p.m. Laura Says...

Can't wait to visit Mickey in September.

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Anytime is a GREAT Time for DISNEY!!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:53 p.m. Sandra H. Says...

Never been to Disneyland, but would love to go!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:52 p.m. Linprell Says...

Is it worth flying cross country to do Disneyland with kids 4-7-9? We do Disneyworld about once a year and other Orlando parks 2-3 times a year.

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May 15, 2018 at 4:52 p.m. Andres Zelaya Says...

Man, this is a great and helpful post. Thanks so much!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:51 p.m. Michelle Says...

I would love to visit Disneyland Resort--the last time I was there was when I was 4. It would be amazing to go back now with my own family.

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May 15, 2018 at 4:51 p.m. Chrystan Hepstall Says...

These dates are so helpful. They really narrow down good times to plan your vacation!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:51 p.m. Rae Says...

Looks like my usual October trip time is still a good time to go!! Wish airfare wasn't so darn expensive.

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May 15, 2018 at 5:43 p.m. Liz Schell Says...

I love Disney in October too! Food and wine festival????

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May 15, 2018 at 4:50 p.m. DenisseLuna Says...

Thank you! I planned our trip to Disneyland last year based on this guide and it was awesome. We are planning to go again this year, again using this guide.

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May 15, 2018 at 4:50 p.m. Matt P Says...

Just got back from our trip last week and the crowd was great. The longest line we stood in was at Casey’s right before HEA

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May 15, 2018 at 4:50 p.m. Brian Says...

Looking forward to going back for the Star Wars Land opening next year. These tips will be great to beat the crowds!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:49 p.m. Chris Says...

Very helpful for planning to (hopefully) beat some crowds!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:49 p.m. Holly Says...

Love the updates.

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May 15, 2018 at 4:48 p.m. Amy Meadows Says...

Great info! Would love to visit Disneyland!

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May 15, 2018 at 4:48 p.m. Kari Says...

We spent a whole week at Disneyland two years in a row the last week of September/first week of October and it is a wonderful time to go!

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