When To Visit Disneyland

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“When will it be busy at Disneyland?” Ahh, the age old question. With Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, and other new areas of Disney California Adventure, there is no better time to start planning a trip to Disneyland for 2015, especially with Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary kicking off Memorial Day weekend! Disney California Adventure, a park with many unique attractions, and Walt Disney’s original theme park, Disneyland, justify taking a trip to Disneyland Resort–even if it means putting off your annual Walt Disney World trip! Heck, Radiator Springs Racers, one of the most impressive attractions Disney has ever built, might be worth the trip alone!

Plus, Walt Disney World (click here for Walt Disney World crowd information) fans owe it to themselves to see Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom and the amazing new Cars Land. Just like when planning a Walt Disney World vacation, some days and times of year are better than others for Disneyland trips. Since Disneyland has a high Annual Passholder-base and is a popular destination for convention attendees, times when Disneyland will be crowded are less intuitive than Walt Disney World. Obviously, the big holidays are all busy. Spring break, Easter week, Christmas week, and Summer vacation are good times to avoid visiting Disneyland if you want to avoid crowds. For some of the less-intuitive times that might be busy, consult our resources and tips below.


Disneyland crowds are largely dependent upon tourist vacationing habits (which are largely dependent upon school breaks) and Annual Passholder habits (which are largely dependent upon blockout dates and weekends). Unlike at Walt Disney World, Disneyland has the luxury of blocking out large groups of Annual Passholders during times that it anticipates tourists descending upon Disneyland. As a result of this, during busy tourist seasons, like the summer, many Annual Passholders are blocked out from visiting the parks. This, in effect, is Disneyland’s way of “neutralizing” some of the heavy tourist seasons. Because of this, there is often little difference between the Busiest and Moderately Busy times. In fact, specific dates within the “Busiest” and “Least Busy” ranges actually fall within the moderately busy range, but creating a calendar of specific crowd conditions is beyond my expertise. In general, there are some things you can glean about crowds by studying the AP blockout schedules provided at Disneyland.com.

As Disney California Adventure has substantially changed Disneyland Resort crowds recently, please note that these crowd patterns have been updated for 2015. So if you previously consulted them, look again, as some things have changed.

The following times generally see the crowd trends listed below:

Insanely Crowded

  • Easter Week
  • Mid-March through mid-April (Spring Break season)
  • Christmas week through early January
  • July 4th, especially if a holiday weekend
  • Kick-off weekend of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary (May 22, 2015)

Very Crowded

  • President’s Day weekend
  • The majority of June (before Southern California Annual Passes are blocked out)
  • July through mid-August
  • During large conventions at the Anaheim Convention Center (click for schedule)
  • During Disneyland events, including the D23 Expo (happening again in 2015), Gay Days, and Half Marathon Weekend
  • Weekends during the Christmas season

Moderately Crowded

Least Crowded

  • Mid to late January
  • Early February
  • Late April
  • Labor Day until the start of Disneyland’s “official” Christmas season, except weekends.
Following the re-launch of Disney California Adventure, we have witnessed higher crowds in general–in both parks–than in the past. This is likely driven by an increased number of tourists who now view Disneyland Resort as a tourist destination. In any case, expect “busy” in 2015 to be busier than a few years ago. Once May 22 and the 60th Anniversary starts, we expect Disneyland to be busier the remainder of 2015 than it has been in a long while, making all of the above relative.
For more daily and data-driven insight into when to visit Disneyland, we highly recommend that you subscribe to TouringPlans.com and use their day-by-day crowd calendar to plan the best times to visit. It has actual crowd data examined by professional statisticians by is far more thorough and accurate than our generalizations based upon anecdotal observations. 

Cars Land

Due to its massive popularity and the resulting Cars Land crowds, it’s worth discussing Cars Land in its own section. Cars Land’s most popular attraction, Radiator Springs Racers, is frequently drawing wait times that are over two hours long. FastPasses are often gone for it by 9:30 am. If you visit Disneyland in 2015, make sure to prioritize Cars Land–do it first thing in the morning, or last thing at night (or both).

Cars Land is not impacting wait times or crowds in other parts of Disney California Adventure too much. So once you get those rides of Radiator Springs Racers out of the way, you won’t have to worry about Cars Land crowds or Disney California Adventure crowds much at all!

AP Blockout Schedules

In general, if the Deluxe Annual Pass (the highest tier of AP that has block outs) is blocked out, Disneyland is expecting it to otherwise be busy. Since Deluxe Annual Passholders don’t number that high, their absence isn’t significant-enough to offset the “other” gains in crowds. Thus, expect these specific dates to be the absolute most busy. Consult Disneyland’s blockout calendar for an up-to-date list of the dates of these blockouts.

Conversely, when the Southern California Annual Passes are not blocked out on weekends, expect these Annual Passholders to inundate the parks. When these Annual Passes aren’t blocked out on weekends, it’s because Disneyland doesn’t expect heavy tourist crowds. However, there are so many SoCal Annual Passholders that they more than offset the lack of tourists. Since these Passholders are blocked out most of the summer, Disneyland in the summer isn’t as crowded as Walt Disney World in the summer–but it’s still busy. (Although it’s still rather busy!) Disneyland is primarily a locals’ park (although that is shifting, especially since Cars Land opened).

Similarly, when any Passholder group is going to be, or has been, blocked out for several consecutive days, expect the day before and the day after the blockout to be busy as Passholders attempt to have “one last hurrah” or “return quickly for another dose of the magic.” While we don’t recommend Annual Passes for many casual guests, depending upon the length of your visit and if you plan on taking another trip within 365 days, it might be worth it for you (in which case the blockout calendar may be even more relevant for you) to buy a lower-tier Annual Pass. Click here to read all of our Disneyland ticket recommendations and see how you can save money on advance purchase tickets!

Crowds should not be the only consideration on when you take a Disneyland vacation. School schedules, weather, special events, and park hours may all affect when you want to visit. Obviously, these variables will also influence crowds.

School Schedules

If school schedules are something around which you must plan, chances are you’re going to go during one of the busier (or at least not one of the least busy) times of the year, as that’s the paramount consideration for many other families planning trips, too. It may seem like a convenient time to visit during one of the ‘holidays’ your kids have off from school, but it’s important to consider whether other schools have these same times off, as well. Of the traditional school holidays, summer break is probably the best time to visit, as it is the longest school break so you don’t have the concentration of guests all visiting during the same week of other holidays. Since summer break is largely blocked out to SoCal passholders, historically, it has not been a bad time to visit.

However, this has begun to change as we witnessed larger summer crowds as tourists are starting to come in greater numbers to visit Cars Land and the new Disney California Adventure offerings, with Disneyland Resort starting to become a “Destination Resort” much like Walt Disney World. With the 60th Anniversary kicking off in Summer 2015, we expect this summer to be especially busy. The plus side is that operating hours and supplementary entertainment (there will be a ton of new nighttime entertainment for Summer 2015) will be added to offset the substantial attendance gains.

Most schools have the week before Christmas until the shortly after New Year’s off, making this week-plus an especially busy time. The same is true for President’s Day weekend, Easter week, Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July holiday, and Thanksgiving week. Although schools do vary their Spring Break schedules, don’t expect the parks to be any less busy because of somewhat-staggered Spring Breaks. March and April are also busy times at Disneyland. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t visit during these times, as some people don’t have many other options, but if you do go, at least bring your patience with you, or at least a good plan for touring the parks!


Unlike Florida, Southern California has a pretty temperate climate. The typical hot seasons are hot, but humidity isn’t nearly as bad as it is in Florida. It can get colder at night, and in the winter months, but the weather isn’t nearly as much of a rollercoaster ride like it is in Florida. Blue skies and puffy clouds are more rare in California, but overall the weather is much more favorable for vacationing than it is in Walt Disney World.

Rain isn’t as common in Disneyland as it is in Walt Disney World. It does rain in the fall months at Disneyland, but torrential downpours in SoCal aren’t too common.

Make sure to pack some jeans, sweatshirts, and maybe even coats if traveling during the months of October through March. It won’t necessarily be cold during your trip, but the weather can drop below 50 degrees during these months. Consider your tolerance to cold, and weather you’re willing to purchase countless $60 Mickey Mouse sweatshirts during your trip when, inevitably, members of your family get cold!

Park Hours

Not considering park hours when planning your trip is a huge mistake. Usually less busy times of year have shorter park hours and busier times of year have longer park hours. Thus, many feel they can basically get the same amount done in a shorter day during a less busy time of year than they could during a busier time of year. Due to FastPass and good plans for touring the parks, this isn’t true. By strategizing well, you can accomplish more during a busy day with longer hours than during a shorter day with light crowds.

Also important to note is that on days with longer hours, Disneyland will have more entertainment scheduled. Even during short days and slow times of the year, Fantasmic and World of Color play to packed houses. However, on days that offer multiple showings of these entertainment offerings, the later showings are almost always less crowded. If you want to avoid waiting multiple hours for a good view of Fantasmic, go on a longer day with multiple showings!

Similarly, your sleep habits make a difference here. If you’re a night owl, days with shorter hours may be a bad idea, as by the time you roll out of bed, you may find that you only have a few hours to enjoy the parks. Conversely, if you rise early and generally want to leave the parks by 7 pm or so, the shorter/less busy days are great times for you to visit. Make sure you check Disneyland’s park hours calendar when planning your trip. While this calendar is subject to change, it doesn’t change nearly as much as Walt Disney World’s calendar, which is almost never accurate when first posted.

Special Events

Disneyland doesn’t have nearly as many special events as Walt Disney World, but there are some events worth planning for or around. Basically, these events are the D23 Expo (every other year, towards the end of summer), Gay Days (fall), HalloweenTime at Disneyland (late summer and fall), Half Marathon (fall), CHOC walk (fall), Holidays at Disneyland (fall and winter), and Grad Nites (spring).

On a personal note, our absolute favorite time to visit is during Christmas-time at Disneyland. The parks look gorgeous, there are special attraction-overlays, and lots of seasonal foods available. You can read more about Christmas-time at Disneyland in our in-depth guide.


During Disneyland’s slower seasons, expect a lot of attractions to be down. Not only is maintenance and upkeep better at Disneyland than Walt Disney World, but Disneyland also has a few seasonal attraction overlays, which lead to popular attractions like it’s a small world, Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain being closed for a few weeks each in the fall (and late-winter in the case of it’s a small world and Haunted Mansion). If you’re visiting in the fall or spring, be sure to consult refurbishment calendars to make sure your favorite attractions are operational.


Disneyland ResortDisney California AdventureWorld of ColorOne of Steve Davison's masterpieces, World of Color is a really amazing show. Read more: http://www.disneytouristblog.com/tag/world-of-color/

If you must visit Disneyland when it’s busy (as is the case for many with kids in school), it’s important to have a good plan of attack when you visit the parks. Determine which attractions are best and the ones to experience, figure out where you want to eat in advance and dine at hours when the parks are busiest, and most importantly, arrive at the park before it opens and get as much done as you can in the first few hours of operation when lines are much shorter than they will be later in the day.

I mentioned TouringPlans.com above for their comprehensive and park-by-park crowd calendar as it can assist you in planning the best times to visit. TouringPlans also has touring plans (hence the name) that allow you to determine the best “order of attack” for the attractions you want to experience. You can print out pre-made ones with recommended attractions, or customize your own based on the attractions you want to visit and access them on your mobile phone (along with wait times for each attraction on the TouringPlans app, Lines). We highly recommend this for first-time visitors.

As for planning the rest of your trip, including what you should pack, whether you should stay off-site or on-site in a Disney hotel, at which restaurants you should eat, and a number of other things, you really should check out our comprehensive Disneyland trip planning guide!

Hopefully this is a valuable primer to help you plan when to visit Disneyland, and we hope your 2015 Disneyland trip is a blast!

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Your Thoughts…

Do you have any favorite times to visit Disneyland? Which special events do you think are best? If you have any questions or other tips about the best and worst days to visit Disneyland, please share them in the comments!

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253 Responses to “When To Visit Disneyland”

  1. David says:

    I totally agree with you. This year I went to Disneyland (my first time!) in late August to early September and it was really empty. The longest I had to wait was 10 minutes, and that was for the Casey Jr. Train, which has big capacity issues. But everything else was a 5 minute wait max. I’ve been going to WDW for 15 years straight and never seen it as empty as that!
    But admittedly it was a lot more crowded on Labor Day (especially in Downtown Disney!). But even so, I didn’t think the wait times were too bad. I think Disneyland has a much better crowd control than WDW – maybe because there are more rides and everything is more spread out?

    • Becky says:

      I went to Disneyland the last week of April 2014 and it was so hot and so crowded, the kids didn’t want to spend hardly anytime at the parks. They preferred to be at the hotel swimming. We went to Disneyland again the week of October 5-10 and it was wonderful. The lines were short, the weather was great and we spent as much time at the parks as possible.

  2. Laura B. says:

    As a former SoCal resident, I can tell the weather far surpasses WDW. Although mornings are usually cool and overcast, afternoons are often clear and crisp in the 70s. And it usually only rains less than 10 days a year, so ponchos are not an issue!

    I’ve since moved to Northern California and am excited to be planning a trip to DLR next fall (we’re shooting for middle September currently). Excited to see the rest of your DLR planning tips. This is the first time in a long time I’m planning a DLR trip as a tourist and not an AP holder. Such a difference!

    • carmel says:

      Hi We are making our first trip to Disneyland from the U.K. after having been to WDW a few times.Could you advise what the weather is normally like during the last week of October and the queue lengths please?Many thanks in advance.Carmel

      • Trish says:

        The park isn’t supposed to be too busy. I can update you in 2 weeks when i visit DisneyLand with the wait times, I have been told that during the off season lines are no more than 20 minutes. The weather is going to be warm probably around 70’s low 80’s that is usually how cold it gets around here.

      • jeffr says:

        I was there last year at the same time as you are planning to visit. It was extremely busy due to the halloween rush as well as a heat wave that brought temperatures near 100. I took my family to Knott’s berry for a couple of days and almost had the park to ourselves

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    My family and I are planning a trip to California in early december 2013, this website certainly helped us with our planning so we extend a big thank you.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      First trip? You will LOVE Disneyland at Christmas, and early December is an excellent time to go! If you have any questions, please post them!

      • Elizabeth says:

        Yes, it’s our first trip. We’ve been to the one in Paris but look forward to visiting the original Disney park. Your website has been such a help! :)

      • Jenny says:

        Dear Tom,
        Can you advise me about the first 2 weeks in November for visiting Disneyland. I live in Australia and have heard this is a good time to visit.

      • elizabethb says:

        Hi there :)

        So we Were planning a Disneyworld trip November 14-21. But after reading and researching, we feel overwhelmed.
        It took us 2 trips to Disneyland to figure things out and we are afraid of thefrustration part in a Disneyworld trip vs Disneyland.
        Last years trip was the hottest week in September. We missed alot and our kid’s were miserable!! We ended up only venturing out at night.
        So a few big questions; being Canadian and a trip like this costing us around $10000 +, what does anyone think?! Is November week of the 14-21 a good time to go? In comparison. …… Disneyland or world? Never been to Disneyworld. Our.kids are 4 & 8 (will be 5 & 9 during trip)
        We are really lost as to what to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated
        Thank you :)

    • Dan says:

      December can get cold. However, the parks are decorated so beautifully. Definately agree that crowds are smaller then. I-Phone App called MOUSEWAIT will help you heaps. I am RapunzelledColey. :)

  6. Richard says:

    I grew up in SoCal so I have visited Disneland many times. However, I have lived in Asia for over 20 years and this will be our first “Family trip” with my own two boys to Disneyland. I appreciate all of the informatoin that you have on this site. Thank you for making our trip a bit more enjoyable.

  7. AMY says:

    Our family is planning our first Disneyland vacation this late May. How busy is Memorial Day weekend?

  8. joe miller says:

    planning trip march 2 tru 5 th will that be early enough to beat spring brack crowds

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Should be early enough, although you might have an influx of AP holders to deal with that first weekend getting their last fix before Spring Break!

  9. Colleen says:

    How are the crowds the last week in June?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Since that time leads up to July 4th and is Summer Break, crowds can be pretty heavy that time of year–mostly tourists.

  10. Faith says:

    We are looking at coming to Disneyland in September with the family. We came in 2011 at the start of September without the family but this time want to come at Halloween. Do you know the best time to come to experience Haloween time and are hours extended at this time of year? Thanks your advice is fantastic!

    • Alice-May says:

      Halloween time got really busy. I just went this past year and waits were 30-80 minutes or more. If you want to go in the fall I HIGHLY suggest first or second week of September

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The days around Halloween will be much busier than September, especially on the weekend.

    • becca says:

      If you are going around Halloween make sure you check to make sure when the early close days are. Several times during that time the park closes early for Mickeys Halloween Party . There is an extra charge for the MHP DCA is usually open later than DL on those days tho

  11. Sally says:

    Will be at Disneyland from the 11th of march till 22nd of march 2013
    Do you think it will be busy then .
    I’m coming from Sydney Australia with 5 kids

  12. Brian says:

    We are planning on going to Disneyland April 21-26. Think it will be busy then?

    • hilary says:

      from what I can see it won’t be too bad with past crowds then. We are going the week after the 29th through May 2nd! Hope it won’t be too bad then! I have heard late April is a good time to go!

    • Maddy says:

      Hey Brian… Funny those are the exact dates were going to visit disneyland. I hoping we picked good dates lol

  13. Jesse says:

    Hi, I am planning on going Wednesday March 13th, do you think it will be busy, or am i just missing the spring break rush?

  14. Aly says:

    I know Memorial Day weekend will be busy, but what about the week following? We are looking to visit on the Tuesday after.
    Thanks for any advice!

  15. Dee says:

    Hi. We are planning a trip in 2 weeks. For March 8-10. IS the second week of March very busy? Thanks

  16. Francis says:

    Spending one night and two days with my four year old son, March 18. I am wondering if it is even worth it to come at this time? Are the crowds really that bad or should I reschedule our quick trip?

  17. Sherrie says:

    We are going to SD in June for a wedding. Good/ bad idea to drive in morning from SD to Disney? I grew up in Fla. and know the ropes WDW style. My son is 10 and has never been to any park : ( We’d go first week of June during the week.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Unless you’re committed to getting up early enough to get you there at rope drop, I’m not so sure it’s the best idea. Disneyland can be busy in the summer, and one partial day there means missing a lot. Would a multi-day excursion be possible?

  18. Mike Scott says:

    I am new to this all so I was looking for some advice. My wife and I are planning a trip to Disneyland for March 19th – 22nd, 2013. We have 7 children with the oldest being 12 and the youngest are 1.5 year old twins. We have not been to Disneyland in 7-8 years (when we only had 3 children) so we were looking for good plans/ideas on how to tackle the parks with such a large group. Are we completely insane? I thought time would be great because it would not be crowded but then trying to find a hotel has been a nightmare so I am starting to get a little worried that it will be so crowded. I guess I am looking for advice on seeing everything with such a large group and some inexpensive dining options for our family. Do they still have the “parent swap” on the rides and if so, please remind me how they work? Can I bring in snacks/water bottles for the kids? What is the best time to get a seat/spot for World of Color and Fantasmic? As you can see, I have a lot of questions. We are super excited to do this but we are feeling a little underprepared. Thanks for all your assistance.

  19. Shirly says:

    What do you think about May 20-22. I did some research and it seems that it does tend to pick up that following Memorial day weekend but that most school get out the following week or later. Do you think these will be good days to visit? Touring Plans isn’t showing estimates for these days yet.

  20. Christy Martin says:

    What’s it like the thurs before Easter. Trying to decide wether to go before Easter weekend or after???!

  21. Troy says:

    I am wanting to take my family to Disneyland April 29 – May 3 is this a good time that the park won’t be too busy and the weather ?

  22. Holly says:

    We are planning a trip Sept 15-19 do you know how the crowds are at this time? I don’t want to run into the big Halloween crowds. This is our first time to Disneyland and we would like some input. Thank you so much!!

  23. Lisa says:

    I know they do the Halloween overlays in September,does anybody know if its at the beginning of September or the middle. I have been at Halloween time and i would like to go before that.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The Halloween overlay is usually up towards the beginning of the month, with “HalloweenTime” officially starting the second week, and the parties starting near the end of the month. You’d likely be safe if you went the first week of September.

  24. Cortnie says:

    We are going to Anaheim for a hockey tournament memorial weekend. Should we visit disney before or after? Tournament starts Thursday before and ends Memorial Day. Thanks for the tips and advise!

  25. Jaime says:

    Heading to Disneyland this Saturday March 30-31. Will it be super crowded?

  26. Joel says:

    Hello, planning a first time family vacation to DL, taking my mom and little sister. We’ve never been before. I work and go to school and my sister is still in HS. So we’ll be taking our trip the week after Christmas, basically January 6-10… How busy will those days be? Any advice would be amazing, thanks.

  27. Marnie says:

    So Excited! Making a first time trip to Disneyland with our grandson – who just LOVES Cars. We will be going the 15th to 19th April 2013 — ANY suggestions are appreciated. What should we expect for lineups as we don’t expect our grandson to wait patiently in line for hours!

  28. Hannah says:

    Hi! We are planning on going to Disneyland for two of our family members birthdays, May 3 – May 5. Do you think it will be very busy around that time? We went the very first week of Janurary, and it was packed – Definatley don’t want that again.

  29. Sera says:

    Hi Tom,

    I am planning a trip to Disneyland in November (9-17th) for my husband’s 30th (first trip to Disneyland and overseas). What will the crowds be like, and is there anything we should know for that time of year? Thanks!

  30. Helen says:

    We are planning a trip to Disneyland Tuesday,June 11 and Wednesday, June 12, 2013 with our 12 year-old grandson. Do you think Disneyland will be crowded at this time? Any suggestions to make our experience run smoothly?

    • Ruth says:

      I’m an AP who goes to Disneyland once a month. We’re actually planning to go on those days. Disneyland will be crowded because many of the area hotels are completely, or nearly, booked. Also, this is the month Southern California APs go because our passes are blocked for the entire month of July and part of August.

      I suggest that you plan on which rides you want to go on. Be at the park as they open. Utilize the fast pass system. Bring plenty of drinks and snacks. Rent a locker if you have to. Bring an iPad, a game system, and/or anything that will keep your group from getting bored while waiting in line.

      I hope I’m wrong about the park being crowded. Nevertheless, have fun and remember to watch the parades and fireworks!!

      • Tom Bricker says:

        I doubt you’re wrong. The weeks before the SoCal APs are blocked for the summer are becoming more and more hectic, especially on weekends. Disneyland can have some pretty bizarre (and unintuitive) crowd patterns due to those blockouts!

  31. Michelle says:

    I’ve been wanting to take my girls (17 & 9) to DisneyLand and have figured out that next year will be feasible for us. We live in Canada and have a limited income so this will be our first and only visit to California. I’m looking at a 5 night stay so that we can have a chance to see and do everything in both Disney Parks plus a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm (I love Snoopy!). What are the least busy times to go? I was thinking mid to late January or late April (around the 29th) for my youngest’s birthday. Would these times be less crowded? I know having her birthday there would be a dream come true for her but I’m not sure about the crowds. I have an antisocial disorder so going at all will be a challenge for me but I want my girls to have this experience. Also, is there anything at Disney that we should skip? Is there a special itinerary we should follow to make the most of the parks?

    And thank you for all the great information!

  32. Cami Jean says:

    wanting to take my 3 girls back during a less busy time, went spring break last time. Is there such a thing as a less busy time?

  33. Sharlene says:

    Our last two trips were in October and November and we LOVED that time of year. Our college children can not travel at those times now, however. We are scheduled to come the last week of August. Should we expect overwhelming traffic? And, if we do best in temperatures not much over 80 would this be a good time? We could also go the week of Christmas, but do not know if that is cold? Cold for us being anything under 50?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The week of Christmas is CRAZY. I would not recommend doing that. Last week of August shouldn’t be too bad, with nice weather as well.

  34. Andrew H says:

    We are considering going next year but can’t decide when. Which is better crowd wise: early March or early October?

  35. Mandy says:

    Just wondering about crowds over mothers day? May 9-11. Thanks

  36. Kenny says:

    My wife and I are going for a 5-year anniversary trip Monday and Tuesday April 29-30. Crowds okay?

  37. Tobi says:

    When does Disneyland begin there 2013 Christmas. I’ve checked there web-site, but have not seen any dates posted.

  38. Meredith says:

    For us with 3 children, summer works best. We live in Arizona, so school might end earlier when compared to others. We thought we would head over there a couple days after Memorial Day and spend at least three days there. We thought we might beat crowds that might be heading back after the holiday weekend. Does that thinking make sense, or is it opposite? This would be May 28th .

  39. Breana says:

    I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was 10 (20 years ago) and I have no idea what it’s like now? My main concern is crowds and heat. I can do cold I prefer it, I live in Northern CA and am fully aware of So California’s nice weather but is there any best time to avoid the heat and crowds?…. I would like to stop putting it off and take my kids this year sometime, what dates between now and December would be advisable? Trying to plan it out well so everyone has the best time possible! =) any advice is much appreciated!

  40. Danielle says:

    You’re a saint for being willing to answer everyone’s questions about when it’s best for them to go! I’ve scoured forums and have read so many conflicting responses- I want to go for Halloween Time in SEPTEMBER, and all I want to know is if the first week (like the 16th-20th) of Halloween Time is more crowded than the second week (23rd-27th) because of the excitement of the new holiday decor?

  41. stephanie says:

    I’m going this weekend, may 17+18. Good idea?

  42. paris says:

    going from june 11 to june 15
    very busy you think?

  43. Visi says:

    Read all the reviews and suggestions.they are quite helpful.
    I have never been to disneyland or WDW. I and my husband decided to go to disneyland (May 25 -27 ).with a 3 day one park/ day .after reading all the reviews realized it will be crowded.so would like to
    Know the effective way to use our 3 days.

    Saturday and sunday to disneyland.
    Monday to California adventure park.

    Let me know if we are doing it wrong.some other tips for a better experience.


    • Tom Bricker says:

      That’s probably a good approach. Although Disney California Adventure has improved substantially in the last year, there’s still definitely more to do at Disneyland. I might suggest doing Disneyland, then DCA, then deciding what to do on the last day based upon which park you liked better and which you want to do again.

  44. Tracy says:

    We are contemplating a family trip either in oct or nov of this year with our 4 yr old boy and 8 yr old girl. Which month is better for weather, less people etc? As well how many days would we need?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      October and November are pretty much the same until the START of the Christmas season in mid-November. At that point, November becomes busier, but still manageable until the week of Thanksgiving. I’d recommend 3-4 days for Disneyland Resort if you’re a casual guest. Serious Disney fans may want to take more time.

  45. Beth says:

    I’m from the UK and I’m hoping to go to DL for the first time ever this year. Unfortunately the only time I can get off work is December (Christmas and New Year weeks). Since I’m coming from the UK, I plan to spend around 12 days at the resort (some in Hollywood and LA too) and even though its the most magical place to be at Christmas, I’m a little worried about the crowds. I’ve done Spring Break/Easter crowds at WDW and they were not a problem at all, but I expect these crowds to be A LOT worse. Will it be worth the crowds at Christmas (including Christmas day and New Years)? Any advice you can give me would be wonderful!

  46. Steve says:

    How busy is the Friday and Saturday of Fathers Day weekend. Planing on going to DCA both days

  47. Karlie says:

    We are going to Disneyland the beginning of December 2013. Do you know if they do the holiday fireworks show every night during the holiday season, or just on weekends? We don’t want to miss the fireworks/snow on main street. Thanks so much!

  48. Renee says:

    We are trying to plan a fall trip to disneyland but the only date that really works for everyone is October5-10th, which is Gay Days. Are the crowds still manageable? Our other option is September 22-26th, but that is a Sun-thursday and we would miss out on the fireworks and Fantasmic. Trying to figure out which dates would be the best!

  49. Cate says:

    Hi there, we are planning to go to Disneyland July 1-4. Yes we know it is going to be a very busy time. We will not be there on July 4th itself. We have a 5 and 7 yr old. What is the best advice for us to make this not a nightmare of a trip?

    Thank you!!

    • Peggy Palmacho says:

      I’m wondering if you went through with it? Old thread… But we are planning the same thing for July 4 weekend this year. Parks on July 3 and 5. We were there for thanksgiving and thanksgiving day didn’t get super crowded until about 2 pm. And then it was super crowded like it was during the summer (June 11-14). But nothing like Christmas time at WDW. That was the biggest crowd I’ve ever been in!!

      So July 3, 5? I’m guessing very busy but they are blocked days.

  50. Renee K. says:

    We are going to DL Sept 12-15th any idea what the park hours will be those days???

  51. linda says:

    Christmas falls on a wednesday this year, so how busy do you think the friday/saturday/sunday before christmas would be? I’m planning a trip to Disneyland for my 21st birthday then!

  52. Tami says:

    Think of going the week of Thanksgiving. How busy is it that week as well a Thanksgiving Day?

  53. chantelle says:

    I would like to take my family to Disneyland the second week of November or the first week of December which would be less busy?Are these good dates to go? Thank you :)

  54. Jessica says:

    Hi Tom! I am planning on taking my little one to Disneyland for the first time so I am trying to avoid as much crowds as possible. I was looking at Monday September 23rd- Friday September 27th. Any ideas of crowds during that time? Your input is very much appreciated. :)

  55. Kate says:

    We want to surprise our kids and go to Disneyland the week after Christmas. Is it crazy busy the whole week of New Years or does it die down at some point? We plan on spending 5 days at the park. If it is super busy will 5 days be enough to see everything?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      It’s crazy busy until January 2nd. As long as you get up early, you can have a fun trip even when it’s really busy. You just have to plan accordingly.

  56. Julie says:

    Is Disneyland really that busy the day after Christmas? Planning on visiting Dec 26-28. I thought everyone would be all done with the Christmas visit before Christmas. Thoughts?

  57. Hannah says:

    Thank you so much for these tips! My Dad is taking my best friend and I to Disney for my sweet 16. We will be going October 10th (thurs) and leaving October 13th (sun). Its a three day weekend for all schools in Oregon… because of this, will it be busy?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      It’ll probably be slightly busier than normal, but Oregon isn’t all that local, so I doubt there will be a significant impact.

    • Daniel says:

      October is a good time to visit the Disneyland Resort. I am an Oregon school teacher; and don’t anticipate Disneyland to be extra busy during state-wide in-service. On Friday, Disneyland will close early, for Mickey’s Halloween Party, which is separate admission. I’ve never gone; but may go this year. It is the only time guests can wear costumes. If you choose not to go; be sure you have a park-hopper and spend the rest of the evening at California Adventure.
      You must see World of Color, get FastPass tickets early in the morning or buy a VIP seating package.
      Also, Aladdin is a must see, (also in California Adventure).
      At Disneyland check out Fantasmic! guests starting setting up early for the best seats, it is crazy!
      It is also a good time to check out the re-themed Haunted Mansion, and Space Mountain.
      I would also check out doing a tour, I have done three tours and they offer a lot of information as well as no waiting for several attractions, and VIP seating for a performance or a parade, and extra FastPasses.
      I often do a Thursday – Sunday weekend at Disneyland. I leave Portland first flight out; and am generally in the park right around the time they open. Flying into Long Beach or Orange County is much easier than LAX.
      I generally do a 3-day Park Hopper, Sunday, I take a break from the parks, generally last minute shopping at Downtown Disney, and take a ride out to the beach before I head back to Portland.
      Another tip that I recently found is that if you buy any souvenirs, you don’t have to carry them around with you all day. Take them to the newsstand right by the exit. You fill out a slip; and they will hold them for you, until the end of the day; up to a hour after the park closes. I found this very handy, as I would always put off shopping til the end, when every shop on Main Street is packed with guests doing last minute shopping.
      If the park closes at 9:00pm doesn’t mean you have to leave, if you are in line prior to the park closing you will still get that attraction. I have seen guests not get in line or get out of line, thinking they would be denied, due to the fact that the park is closed.
      I can go on & on about Disneyland tips, and info, but who knows if you are even going to read this. :)

  58. Jennifer says:

    We go to disneyland/California Adventure every year on the Thursday before Labor Day (my daughter’s bday fall over that weekend), and we have always found it to be a great day with light crowds and low wait times. There are always a few attractions that garner longer lines, like Space Mountain, Toy Story Mania, and the new Cars Land, but for the most part, we walk right on.

  59. Christy says:

    Hi there, my husband and I are planning on taking our little girl that’s four years old to Disneyland on sept 24 to 28 ,but we just got the two day hopper. We were wondering if the crowd will be busy or empty. I hope there will be people there because I don’t mind the crowd. Thanks

    • Tom Bricker says:

      There are ALWAYS people there, it’s just a matter of whether it’s lightly-crowded, moderately-crowded, or heavily-crowded. Crowds will be relatively light while you’re there, but there will still be a lot of other guests. Have fun!

  60. Merida says:

    I’m planning to go to Disneyland on Sep 21 it’s a Saturday, Do you think It will be too crowed?

  61. Yvonne B says:

    Live in Southern California and would like to know which weekends are the least busiest between now and Christmas? Thanks

  62. Roman says:

    How is Disney generally after Easter week? This year (2013) was in March, but for next year it will be in mid April… So, wanted to plan a trip to California for the week of 04/21/14. I will appreciate some history input specifically after Easter week. BTW, I’m in Mexico… Thanks!

  63. Audra says:

    I’m planing on going to disneyland in december 17-19 is it busy.

  64. Jennifer says:

    We are planning our first trip to Disneyland with our 4 year old for either late February or early March. I’ve heard conflicting reports as to how busy it will be during that time. Can anyone offer any feedback/thoughts as to that timing? Thanks!

  65. Shelly says:

    If your only choice for your first Disneyland visit (been to Disney World 10 times) was for any week between June 7 – August 30, 2014, which week would be best, crowd-wise? I realize it’s summer and it’s going to be busy no matter what, but are there any weeks that might be a little less crowded than the others for whatever reason? Thanks!

  66. Preet says:

    I’ll be visiting Disneyland during the 2nd week of December of this year. Is it considered really busy then. What are the wait times like. Also the weather is it nice? Please do let me know. Thank you.

  67. Ryan says:

    How busy do you think it will be in the last weekend of october 2013? Thanks!

  68. Rudy says:

    Planning on visiting Disneyland and other parks for a week in the summer (my wife is a teacher so kid breaks is the only time! aargh!) I figured the last week (mon-thurs) in August to be the best of the worst compared to spring break, xmas brea, easter or july/early august. is late august better to go than july to mid august or is it only a slight marginal difference? thanks!

  69. Trudy says:

    HI,We are from New Zealand and first time ever coming to America.We would like to travel as a family and was wondering if early June 2014 is a good time. I know it is your Summer holiday but is that later in June?
    Thank you

  70. Carolee says:

    Haven’t been to Disneyland since 2001…. thinking about the first week in November, 2014. What is the thought on crowds during this time.

  71. Kevin says:

    Hi. We’re thinking of going to Disneyland in the first week in September (avoiding Labour day though.) We’ve read that a lot of rides are closed during this time. Is it still worth going at this time or are there quite a significant number of rides closed and less entertainment? Would it be better to go in the last week of August?
    This will be our first time there so want to try and make the most of it for the kids.

  72. Chris says:

    I am planning on going Sunday November 24-Tuesday November 26. I realize Sunday will be busy, but what about Monday and Tuesday? Would it be better to go the week of January 5th?

  73. jennifer says:

    We are going to Disneyland the week of thanksgiving. We are planning on being at Disneyland that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. How busy are those day?

  74. Cheryl says:

    I hear that New Years Day is less crowded due to folks getting over their late night on NYE and hitting the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. Is this true or is it just as crowded as other days?

  75. Craig says:

    Hi there. I want to take my son to Disneyland & California Adventure. I’m thinking the 14th of December will be better than the 21st of December because of the crowds. However, the 21st works better for my schedule. Should I really stay with the 14th so the crowd won’t be as bad, or are the crowds on the 21st not that bad to start with?

  76. April T. says:

    We are planning a trip to Disney sometime the week of March 24 (picking a weekday), when we are in CA to see our daughter’s track competition. How crazy might it be at that time, with Easter not being until Mid-April???

  77. RNye82 says:

    So we are headed to Disneyland the last week in April 2014. I noticed your article said late April was a low flow time. Is that a good time to visit?

  78. RNye82 says:

    So we are headed to Disneyland the last week in April 2014. I noticed your article said late April was a low flow time. Is that a good time to visit? 21-25

  79. Elizabeth says:

    How are the crowds at the California Disney parks during the first part of March?

  80. joe says:

    I’m going on Jan 31 how do you think it well be?

  81. Carisa says:

    We are planning our First Family trip to Disneyland this year and thinking about going in the last week of April/first week of May 2014. Is this a good time to go?! We have two young boys ..2 year old and a 4 year old. Anyone with young ones knows what it is like waiting in a line with an impatient little busy body! Would this be a good time to take them?? And are there any rides down for maintenance around this time? :)

  82. Disney50 says:

    We’re planning being there the first week of March. While it’s just before or just getting into spring break season, I noticed there is a natural products trade show going on. So, I guess we pick between spring break crowds or trade show crowds. Lol

  83. Adam says:

    We just spent a week at Walt Disney World the first week of December 2013. The crowds were not too bad, of course some rides like the Toy Story ride and Peter Pan were out of fast passes sometimes before 10am. Other rides like Star Tours we were able to ride over and over again. We now want to visit Disneyland this summer when our boys are out of school, perhaps middle of June. What kind of crowds will this time be if we go during the week? Are there other times to go before they go back to school the last week of August? Also, is there any comparison to a heavy day at Disneyland to a heavy day at Walt Disney World? Thanks.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      If you’re going in the summer, mid-June right after the AP blockout starts is the best time to go. Weather is good and summer season has started but isn’t at its height.

      Crowds will be moderate to heavy, but not atrocious. In terms of wait times, Disneyland can absorb crowds well (due to its high number of attractions), but it feels more crowded due to narrower walkways, etc.

      • Psac says:

        We’re also looking at a June trip. It looks like DCA is having Grad Nights a bunch of days the second and third week of June. The last week of June ends with the 4th of July weekend. Any advice???

  84. Nikki says:

    Great article!! We are returning to California soon and have decide to squeeze in a day for Disneyland (we were there this past summer as well, so we figured one day should be a nice little refresher). We have a choice of going February 2nd, which is Superbowl Sunday and the park has longer hours, or going Monday February 3rd, which has shorter hours but may be less busy. What would your advice be? I read in your article that a busier day with long hours may still be preferential over a shorter day – just wondering about these dates in particular as well as the influence of the Superbowl (if any). We are 25 and 26 years old with no children so we can move around rather quickly and aren’t extremely bothered by crowds, but want to be able to fit in as much as possible. Thanks!!!

  85. Keyser Soze says:

    We’re going to go to Disneyland on one of the next few Tues or Thur, Jan 21, 23, 28 or 30. In January, is there a rule of thumb if Tues or Thur are generally more crowded than another?

  86. SJ says:

    My daughters school ends on June 6th. How will the crowd be if we go to disneyland (CA) immediately after her school ends on june 6th, i.e. the weekend of june 8 thru 11th. Also, will a 3 day trip be good enough. She is 6 years old. thanks for your insight.

    • Palmacho says:

      We went in 2013 that weekend. It was not bad at all. The trick is to get up very early. If you are first to the park you will get a lot done. Watch out for Grad Nights– if it’s a Grad Night when you are there go to California Adventure first and then hop to Disneyland after your pool/rest time break in the middle of the day. (You will want this with a 6 year old.) The Grad Night kids clog up DL for the daytime and then go over to DCA at 9 pm, usually.

  87. Jaimie says:

    Hi, We’re trying to plan a family trip this year for either September or October. It would be for during the week and not the weekend. What would be the best “week” to go. The last time I was there was in 2010. I went on the 14th and then again on the 26th. The 14th was packed and it was nearly empty on the 26th. But now, everything I’m reading says it will be really busy at the end of October. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks.

  88. DJ says:

    We are planning a trip to Disneyland while in SoCal Aug 23-29, 2014. my kids are under 5 — will 2 days be enough or should we plan on 3 days?

  89. Airey says:

    Hi were looking to take our two year old on his first Disneyland vacation either late May or early June?? What will crowds and weather be like?? Thank you for this website it’s been a life saver when researching

  90. Katie says:

    I am planning a trip to Disneyland April 2 to the sixth. How busy is it at that time? And how is the weather? I could also go April 30th to May 5th. What would be best?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      With the earlier dates, you might still be hitting some Spring Break crowds. Weather should be great either set of dates.

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  92. Hailee says:

    what is the water colored lights show called?

  93. Maria says:

    We are planing on being there 2-4 March. Would that be a bad time? Most of the stuff we will be doing will be activities for toddlers. We r traveling with a 2 year old.

  94. Jess says:

    Hubby and I are planning on coming over in August, just a litle unsure of dates.. I want to be there around 13th (which is my 30th birthday) but unsure of the crowds, I did see there is Southern California block out during that week? but touringplans still say packed… our other option is the week before the marathon weekend so 22nd – 29th August. Any advice you could provide would be awesome, thanks so much!

  95. Melissa says:

    We plan to go for one day during April 6-10. Is it better to try for Sunday, with the hopes that people we be leaving? or Tuesday to miss the heavy weekend traffic?

  96. Craig - Chicago says:

    Hi Tom, coming out with my wife and 6 year to visit my Aunt in Fullerton Tues March 18. Planning on going to Disney either Wednesday the 19th or Thursday the 20th. Will there be any difference in the crowds on those two days. Thank for any advice you can give. Need a break from this ridiculous winter we are haven this year.

  97. Erica says:

    Hi! Great tips you guys have here! I was just wondering if you think 1 day at disneyland in mid-September would be enough time to do, say, 25 attractions? I am a seasoned disney-veteran, but have never been at this time of year. We can get through everything on a super busy summer day, but those days are also longer. Just trying to figure out if the considerably lower crowd levels are worth the shorter park hours. Thanks!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Depends on which attractions you’re going to do and how little time you’d spend doing other things. It’s certainly possible, although probably not practical.

  98. Elizabeth Dorame says:

    We are planning our first trip to Disneyland in May and I was wondering if you know how busy it will be the week after memorial day weekend? (Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 30th)

  99. Earl says:

    Hi, I am looking into going to Disneyland on Easter Sunday. I know this article said Easter Week is really bad, but is the actual holiday really crowded as well?

    Thanks for the help.

  100. Danelle M says:

    Great article. Very helpful. For this year, we’re looking at April 2014, but we’re trying to avoid the busiest times with spring breaks and Easter. And it has to be a weekend for us. Which weekend in April do you think would be the least crowded? I was thinking maybe either April 12/13 or April 26/27? Thank you for the generosity of your time in helping people out with this!

  101. Mindy says:

    We are planning to go the first full week of may 4-9 how do you think the crowd will be?

  102. Donna says:

    We are bringing our children (9, 11, 14 yrs)from New Zealand for their first visit to United States in April/May 2014. We have two full days planned for Disneyland/California Adventure on Thurs 15 and Fri 16th May. This follows a three week road trip. We could possibly have an extra day at Anaheim. Do you think at that time two full days will be sufficient for Disneyland/California Adventure? (Both my husband and I have been to Disneyland before but many years ago…..)Your advice appreciated, thanks.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Two days will be enough if you go at a brisk pace and aren’t worried about skipping minor attractions. We typically recommend more time, but we are also serious Disney fans. Have fun!

      • Donna says:

        Thanks for your interesting blog and your advice Tom. We are prepared to go briskly and with our age children I imagine we will be more mobile than many groups there. Though I’m sure we could enjoy another day; will see how rest of trip pans out. Donna

  103. Debbie says:

    We are thinking of going November 13-18. I just noted there is a special event avengers marathon going on nov14-16. Will that make DL more crowded than usual?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland will almost certainly make that weekend busier. Probably by a decent amount.

  104. Val says:

    Hey tom! I’m giving myself anxiety trying to plan my family’s first trip to Disneyland! Lol . Is May 12-15 super busy? Or is late September early October better? I have a 2 and 3 year old who I know won’t last half a hour or more in line! Any feedback is greatly appreciated!! Thank you very much!

  105. Mandie says:

    Hi we are looking at going to Disneyland the 1st or 2nd week of December, is it crazy busy then? Or is it the calm before the Christmas break craziness?

  106. Jill says:

    What days would you recommend in April 2015?

  107. CARRIE says:

    Hi, we are thinking of going to Disneyland the first week of November do you know of any events going on that would make mid week a bad time and also do you know much about rv parks near there.

  108. NorthPair says:

    We unknowingly booked the busiest dates to be at the park, April 11, 13, 14. We cannot cancel due to free flights. Just found “Closed For Refurbishing” on many of the best attractions. Wouldn’t this make other attractions busier? Now we’re not looking forward to taking our 8 year old son to the park for his first time. Very discouraged. This is supposed to be the happiest place on earth!?

    • Jennie says:

      The only DL rides that are closed on those dates are Alice In Wonderland, Indiana Jones, and Finding Nemo (really, that one has been out of service for over a year). It won’t have a impact on the crowds overall. You’ll have long park hours and lots of other attractions to enjoy.

      Keep a good attitude, utilize the FastPass system, and everyone will have a great time.

  109. Mike says:

    Tom, what’s the best bet for visit to California Adventure between April 25th – 30th.

    Appreciate it.

  110. Julie says:

    We have gone to Disneyland every year for the past 5 years or so and we have had great success at the end of April. This year, we were planning on going May 3-10 but for some reason a lot of the hotels are booked from the 5-8! Is there something going on that I am missing? I thought it was supposed to be a great time to go the 4-8 and not busy?

  111. Kaia says:

    Hey, My family and I are planning to go to DL at the beginning of next year. We usually go in early December. How busy is it the second/third week of January? Does anyone know the approx. wait times? And when does the Haunted Mansion close down to take down the Holiday decor?

  112. Kevin says:


    we just went to Disneyland for our first family trip from March 24th – 28th. I mapped out Phx ‘ s and L.A.’s spring break schedule effectively, however I forgot about the other 48 states. Lol. It wasn’t too bad of crowds but definitely not empty. The kids are clamoring to go back on a daily basis. We were thinking fall to early winter. When is the best time to go to possibly enjoy the holiday Disney and still avoid the crowds? If the crowds are unavoidable once Disneyland gets decorated, what’s the best time during the fall to have an empty park?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Weekdays in early December are the best time to go to avoid crowds. Weekends during the holidays are all busy.

      September is lighter than early December, but since Disneyland does a lot for Halloween, it’s also fairly busy on weekends.

  113. mili says:

    Hi Tom! I’ve read the whole comments section, but am left with a doubt. The halloween events that draw crowds on late september, early october are on the weekends? I am planning to visit for only 2 days, weekdays, on either september, october or early november.

  114. Michael says:

    We took the family in late October 2012, when the park was in Halloween theme. Only the insanely popular rides like Radiator Springs Racers had queues of about 30 minutes.

    Some rides, like Autopia we could ride and then be let go again immediately without re-queueing even in the middle of the day.

    Restaurants weren’t busy, and the staff were not rushed off their feet so were able to make things really special for us by giving us little hints about cool things not everyone notices. And with the temperature in the mid 20s Celsius it was noticeably warm but not hot.

    We’re planning to go again soon (it is a long way from New Zealand) so will go around this time, or in February.

  115. Jason says:

    Are we crazy for wanting to visit Disneyland just before Christmas 2014? We’re coming from Atlanta and have been to WDW for the last 5 years. Looking to put milage on our shoes in California. What days would be best? 2 days during Decemeber 22-31. The other days we’ll be in other parts of SoCal.


    • Tom Bricker says:

      Probably December 22 and 23, but even then it will be *really* busy. Your date range is basically the busiest time of the year.

  116. CosiRose says:

    We have the annual pass. We live 2 hours away… Thinking of going 24th…Thinking it’s going to be very busy. We went however in Dec before xmas and it was very busy. I can’t imagine it would be that busy this weekend… But don’t know???

    Thank you!

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  118. AmberG says:

    We are planning on going the wed and Thurs prior to Halloween and Halloween which is a Fri this year doesn’t look like that would be a bad time. Thoughts?

  119. Ali says:

    We are planning to go to the Disneyland Resort this year but we’ve always wanted to stay at the Disneyland Hotel as well. Whenever we look for the prices of the hotel they look too expensive for the nightly cost. We usually visit Disneyland in the summer in June or July and we were wondering when it would be cheaper to stay at the Disneyland Hotel.

  120. Sonia says:

    Hi can people advise what it’s like the last few days of oct and the first few of November please going in 2015 as going to WDW this year xx live to all xx

  121. Kenneth says:

    We normally go to WDW during Mardi Gras break since we are from Louisiana. Now it seems everyone in Louisiana has caught onto this secret, and now WDW is packed every year.

    We were planning a 2016 trip to Disneyland since it will be from February 6 -9. We know enough to stay away from the parks when Mardi Gras falls on President’s Day.

    What type crowds are normally found the beginning of February ?

  122. Skye says:

    Hi there, thinking of going to Disneyland from October 7-11th. When does the Disney site start listing their Halloween party updates? Also, do you think it will be busy? I know Hawaii has their school vacation but was not sure about California. I am a big WDW fan, so I am excited to go to the original. Thanks

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The Halloween party dates should be out any day now. I don’t know a precise release for them, but I would think before the end of June.

  123. Annabel says:

    Hi, my family and I are coming from Australia to Disneyland during the month of December- we haven’t got everything set in plan yet, still need to buy tickets over to America first, but I want to know how cold the weather will be in that time (preferably in degrees) and what we’ll expect crowd wise so I’m able to tell my parents when we really start to plan the trip in the next couple of months. I’m SO looking forward to this, my 21st Birthday (18th June, 28/06 party) is actually Disney themed (and I’ve been lucky enough to find a costume shop that has an Elsa dress!) 😀

  124. rita says:

    So…july 3rd or another weekday in July? Im pretty flexible. Please help, taking teens from Italy.

  125. Danielle says:

    Hi there. Planning going to DL August 24-26, never been in August. I go every year and just went in March but was so disappointed with the crowds – so I planned late August to try again. What are the crowds like then?

  126. Bhavik Parekh says:


    My family and me plan to visit Disneyland for a day in October this year. We were planning to visit the park on a weekday – Wednesday or Thursday in the 2nd week of October. Will the Fantasmic show and Fireworks be operational on the weekdays during that time?
    If not, Is it better to come on the weekend instead for the shows. The drawback will be that the rides might have longer lines on the weekend too, correct?


  127. Carlene says:

    We are planning a trip to Disneyland Cal. in May 2015 with a two and half year old and an eight year old. What is the weather like and also the crowds. thank you.

  128. bob says:

    How about the crowds at Disneyland Aug 26th – 28th 2014?

    • Laura says:

      looking to to to DL either Aug 23rd – Aug 28th or Aug 30th – Sept 4th of 2015, with a 7 and 5 year old, would this be a good time?
      thanks for any advise.:)

  129. Emilie Schmid says:

    We are planning on taking our son to Disney Land for his 5th birthday in the spring. Is mid February a good time to go? Just don’t want it to be too cold! (We are from TX!) Would it be better to wait until April? We just don’t want it to be crowded and long lines. Any advice is greatly appreciated!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      It will be colder in February, but there will be no crowds. It will be warmer in April, but there will be heavy crowds. I’d take the light crowds and wear a long sleeve shirt! 😉

  130. Rick says:

    Mid-October is my favorite time of year to go. I like Halloween, the weather is great and the crowds small.

    Last year (2013) we were there the WE before Thanksgiving. Saturday wasn’t too bad, but Sunday was really crowded.

    The plan this year was to go Oct. 2014, but our daughter and granddaughter’s schedules are dictating the week of Thanksgiving 2014.

    I’m not looking forward to the crowds, but how do you think it’ll be during that time?

    I think we’ll reserve Goofy’s kitchen for Thanksgiving dinner :-)

  131. Grace says:

    Have a close friend doing the DCP (Disney College Program) at Disneyland and I’m so excited to come visit! Right now it’s looking like my options are probably going to be either

    1. Oct. 9-13
    2. Nov. 7-11 (the 11th is veteran’s day)
    3. Dec. 5-10

    Any thoughts on these times?

    • Michelle says:

      Grace, I’d shoot for the October dates if I were you. The place is already changed over for the Halloween decorations and ride redos. I went on 9/18/14, and the place was “relatively” empty. I only waited ten minutes for Space Mtn, and got on the Cars ride 5 times via the single rider option:)!

  132. Annette says:

    Hi we are planning a trip to disneyland, but wanting to see when is a good time to go weather wise n crowd wise. We were thinking of goin mid-late march. How would the weather and crowd be? Any advise is greatly appreciated

  133. Jackie says:

    Hi! Planning a trip to Disneyland for December 6-9 to celebrate our son’s first birthday. Anyone have an idea if this is a busy time to go? I know it’s busy closer to Christmas so we are hoping to not have such large crowds going earlier in December. Thanks!

  134. Shelley says:

    Any advice regarding a February visit? We have always gone in the fall, but will not be able to swing it this year. Looking at the middle of February, but a little concerned about refurbishments and no entertainment. Will we still get the full Disney experience in February?

  135. Sheetal says:

    We are planning to visit the Disneyland in LA on the day of thanksgiving. I’ve read mixed reviews on how crowded it could be. Anyone here been there on this day?

  136. Nikita says:

    What are the crowds like at Disneyland on Thanksgiving day? How about the Wednesday before or the day after, Friday? I want to take my best friend for his first time and I want him to be able to go on as many rides as possible. Cause last time i went, a few years ago, my grampa was super late to take my brothers and I there, and we ended up being there 5 hours and only got to go on 6 rides. (thanks to Space mountain and its 2 hour wait lol) I do not want that to happen again….

  137. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Tom,

    I am planning to have my bachorette at Disneyland either on April easter weekend (3-6) or May 1-4 (first weekend of May) in 2015. Which would be a better time to go?

    In addition in 2015 Comic Con will be held during April Long weekend – will that make Disneyland a lot busier than usual? Or will people generally be at the conference?

  138. Akwjaw says:

    Hi thinking of going to DL December 22nd and 23rd. Crazy crowded or moderately crowded??? Driving over from AZ.

    • Susy says:

      I went on Sunday and Monday before Christmas last year, Sunday was great, 15 minute wait maximum. The Monday however was insane, I suggest you try going December 21st if you can. I found that going the last sunday before Christmas is a great time to go because it’s the last shopping weekend day before Christmas, so lots of people out shopping instead.

  139. Getty Kasole says:

    My family is planning on coming December 22nd to 23rd. Will those days be crowded and will everything be open?? Let us know asap please!

    • Yessi says:

      According to the blog post Christmas week is listed under “insanely crowded”

    • Susy says:

      I went on Sunday and Monday before Christmas last year, Sunday was great, 15 minute wait maximum. The Monday however was insane, I suggest you try going December 21st if you can. I found that going the last sunday before Christmas is a great time to go because it’s the last shopping weekend day before Christmas, so lots of people out shopping instead.

  140. debi says:

    Hi, does anyone know how bad is it to go to disneyland during dec29-jan2?
    Is there any new year celebration?
    Thank you

  141. Susy says:

    As a socal resident, I can say the weather is 75% of the time sunny throughout the year! I also wanted to add that I’ve found that if you plan to go to disneyland around Christmas time, the last Sunday before Christmas is a great day to go!it’s the last shopping weekend day before Christmas and people are out shopping. Just something I noticed :)

  142. Oniglee says:

    Looking to go on the 28th of February, I know its a Saturday but it says that its least busy from mid january-early march. any ideas?

  143. Karina says:

    Hi there!!! Thanks for all the information. Wee are excited and planning on being in Disneyland on Christmas day. How bad are the crowds?

  144. Gabriel says:

    Hi everyone, I´m planning my first trip to Disneyland (from Colombia) – How bad are the crowds in Easter week?

  145. Rhea says:

    Will it be crowded New year’s day?

  146. pennypinchin4disney says:

    LOVE the insightful blog. Any advice for best time to go so we can enjoy the original Haunted Mansion and it’s a small world aka no overlay. We typically go to WDW in fall and went to DLR November 2013. Thanks for any advice.

  147. Diana says:

    Hi! We’re planning our very first trip to Disneyland around the end of April. Any suggestions on how and where to get started with all the planning?

  148. Danielle says:

    Another piece of advice. If you are going in September try to find out when the “Unleash the Villains” Party is. We were there that day in 2013 (not knowing anything about it, and thinking we were safe with crowds)… It was CRAZY. We could hardly move. I heard a Cast Member tell my mom that it was just as crowded, if not more, than Christmas. So, yes, middle of September is great, except for the night of the “Villains” Party.

  149. Brandy says:

    I am considering a family trip in June for my daughter’s 8th birthday. Thinking June 16-19. I see from the calendar that Premium and Deluxe Annual Passholders can go to the parks at those dates, but Southern California and Southern California Select Annual Passholders cannot… How would the crowds be during this time period? I’m trying to decide if we need to stay on property to benefit from the early morning entry… Coming from the midwest, I’m much more familiar with Disney World than DisneyLand… so any advice you could provide would be most appreciated!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Ehhh, I don’t think that will be too bad as it’s only the start of tourist season, and you do have the lower tier APs blocked out. If you’re used to Walt Disney World that time of year, the crowds won’t phase you (it will certainly be lighter than WDW).

  150. Stephanie says:

    We are going to disneyland feb 1st – feb 5th. I have looked up crowd predictions and most of them say Sunday Feb 1st is expected to be a 9 out of 10 rating. What do you think? Will Super Bowl Sunday really be that busy?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Yes, it will. Maybe not 9/10 busy, but it will be busy. I don’t know where this myth started that the Super Bowl isn’t a busy day to head to Disneyland, but it is!

      • Ptorq says:

        In 1998 when the Super Bowl was in San Diego, it also lightly sprinkled on and off during the day in Anaheim and Disneyland was a ghost town (~5 minute waits for Indiana Jones, which was still a fairly new ride at the time). That MIGHT be where the myth got started.

  151. Amber says:

    What are crowds going to be like the last week of August this year with the 60th? Considering a trip the last full week in August or the last 2 days-the first days in September (before Labor Day-we don’t do Disney on weekends). Thanks for any help/tips.

  152. Sean says:

    Ok, me, my grandma, two of my aunts, and my brother plan on going to Disneyland & California Adventure in October, because of my birth-day. I saw it said it’d be relatively crowded. We’d be going in the later weeks of October because my birth-day is the 28th. Would it be as bad as when we went in early December?

  153. Krista says:

    My fiance and I are planning a trip October 5th to the 11th. Is this a busy time? I hope not!

  154. Kel says:

    Hey Tom, thanks for the amazing tips! I’ll be at DCA/DLR 2/19/15 – 2/20/15. I thought after the holiday the lines would be less…But now I find out that the Lunar New Year AND certain CA schools have Presidents WEEK off… It’s my daughters first trip, should I plan on losing my mind with the crowds?

  155. Karen says:


    Am in LA from Thur 20th August for 12 nights
    Should I assume that Disneyland will be busy at that time of year and expect long waits for rides, would you recommend a mid week visit over a weekend

  156. Samantha Deeming says:

    We’re planning our first trip to DL in Dec 2015 (all the way from OZ!). We hope to have Monday (7th Dec) to Weds (9th Dec) in the park. Is there much difference crowd wise on weekdays?

  157. Captain Pedro says:

    Tom this is a great forum and site! QUESTION for you… When are the Christmas decorations usually completely installed, by which part of November? Also is there a way to find out which weekend in December the Candlelight Processional will be in 2015? Basically we are wanting to experience Christmas at Disneyland before the insanity of of the holiday breaks. Any suggestions on when to go before or after thanksgiving? The only event we wouldn’t mind trying to catch is the 50 plus year old traditional Christmas Processional? But not necessarily.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Christmas decorations are usually all up by the second Friday in November. Candlelight is the first weekend in December.

      I’d try to go before Thanksgiving…it gets pretty crazy after.

    • Captain Pedro says:

      Tom this is a great forum and site! QUESTION for you… When are the Christmas decorations usually completely installed, by which part of November? Also is there a way to find out which weekend in December the Candlelight Processional will be in 2015? Basically we are wanting to experience Christmas at Disneyland before the insanity of of the holiday breaks. Any suggestions on when to go before or after thanksgiving? The only event we wouldn’t mind trying to catch is the 50 plus year old traditional Christmas Processional? But not necessarily

  158. Laura says:

    Planning our first family vacation. Weve been to disneyland before since we are socal residents. But this time were actually planning on staying at the disneyland hotel. 2nights. Best deal we have found is at costco. I am conserned about the weather and also if thats the time some rides will be down for maintenance. Were planning sept 28-30.2015. Please any help or tips.

    • Captain Pedro says:

      Our family went at that time few years ago and it was surprisingly hot, very hot! You’re a local so maybe you are aware if it but we were shocked to have three digit temps the last week of September…And we’re from Texas!
      Also sadly yes there were at least five rides being refurbished.

  159. karen says:

    Thinking about a one day visit to Disneyland during the first week in June (one day June 1-5) while touring California. See where DL kicks off celebrating 60th anniversity Memorial Day weekend so what are your thoughts about crowd level the week after that starts (June 1-5)?

  160. Amanda Avalos says:

    My family is planning a trip July 18-20th. Any idea what the average wait time for a ride is? We have never been there before, and I want my daughter to have a good time

  161. Abby R says:

    Any tips for first-time visitors (other than Touring Plans, which I have already signed up for) during the 60th kickoff weekend? It seemed like a good idea when I booked the tickets…. Haha! This will be the third Disney trip for my husband and I in three years (first two to WDW), but we are bringing two Disney newbies with us to DL and don’t want the crowds to ruin it for them.

  162. jinpak says:

    If you want to watch the Giants play in the big game, sorry. You can best watch the game at ESPN Zone in DTD, just about 8 minute walk from the park gates. ESPN Zone will be very busy, so you will want to get there 30-60 minutes early, and you must buy food or drink.

  163. Mark says:

    Hi Tom:

    I’m thinking of bringing someone to DL (Park) for her 1st visit on August 12. That’s a Wednesday, the week before it opens back up to AP holders. Do you have any thoughts on this time period?

    Also, do you think more tourists means more annoying flash photography on PoTC and HM? I would hate for that to ruin her first experiences on those attractions…

    Thanks so much for all of your terrific, incredibly valuable advice!


  164. Janice says:

    I love reading your forum. We are planning a trip the very first part of January 2016. Is there any prediction/way of knowing how far into January we can expect enjoy all the Christmas festivities?

  165. Angela says:


    Wanted to plan a trip aug 23-26..bad time to go? The other option is mid september..which is better. thanks and is there much diffrence

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