Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary is now underway, and with Paint the Night parade, new fireworks, and new World of Color, it’s drawing big crowds. This guide to the Diamond Celebration offers tips & tricks for making the most of your time at Disneyland during this anniversary year, including insight on when to go, where and when to camp out for the entertainment, and other assorted tips.
As a bit of prefatory information, I won’t be offering basic overview information about the new stuff, as that can be found in my Disneyland 60th Anniversary Info post nor will I be rating or making value judgments about anything, as I covered that in my Disneyland 60th Anniversary Reviews post. Leaving that info out of this post is all part of my nefarious plot to click as many posts as possible on this blog (muwahaha)…or is being left out so as to not waste my time or yours if you’ve already read those. My time is valuable mostly occupied watching hilarious cat videos on YouTube.
With that out of the way, let’s address the two biggest questions we’ve received thus far: when will the Diamond Celebration end and when is the best time to go to avoid crowds? No official end date has been set for the Diamond Celebration, but the smart money is on all of the entertainment lasting until at least July 18, 2016, which is a day after the actual 61st Anniversary of Disneyland. Mind you, this is a conservative end-date for the festivities and entertainment.
I would put money on the Diamond Celebration lasting until at least the start of the 2016 Christmas season, and wouldn’t be surprised if it lasted until just before Memorial Day 2017. I have seen questions on the Disney Parks Blog from readers asking if it will still be going on this fall–Disney never ends a good marketing push early, of course it will be going on this fall. Disney likely won’t announce a real end-date anytime soon–if Memorial Day 2017 really were the end date and that were announced, there would be no sense of urgency for people to visit in the near future.
The second question is a little more difficult to answer. If early indications are any clue, Disneyland Resort is going to be a madhouse all summer. September is about the earliest time there will be a potential reprieve from the crowds, and I’m of the mind that even then will be busy, as Annual Passholders who are blocked out for the summer (and those who are waiting “for the crowds to die down” will then come out in full force). I think we’re in store for Fall 2015 being the busiest fall season ever at Disneyland, and not a “dead” time of year like it normally is.
“It’s going to be busy regardless of when you go–so deal with it” probably isn’t a good answer to that second question, so let’s take a closer look and try to point out some times amongst those busy dates that might be less busy, and then take a look at some tips for seeing the entertainment… (more…)