Our May Disneyland preview offers a free crowd calendar for choosing the best days to visit Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. With May falling between spring break and summer vacation during a time when schools are largely back in session throughout the country, it’s a potentiallygood time to visit.
Well, early May is a good time of year to visit, particularly on weekdays when Grad Nites are not occurring. Mid to late May can be a different story as the parks start to get more crowded, but not unbearably so. Along with our crowd predictions for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, in this post we’ll offer other thoughts on what to expect during this month at Disneyland Resort.
We’ll start with a look at weather. This section of these posts should just be titled “Another Day of Sun” because this is pretty much just a thinly-veiled opportunity to remark on how Southern California’s weather is perpetually nice. For May, you can expect humidity to be low as high temperatures hover around 75º most of the month. Lows will be around 55º early in the month, rising to around 60º by the end of May.
As you can see by the second graph on this page, May in Anaheim is comfortable for most hours of the between noon and 8 p.m. Temperatures are cooler in the morning and drop once the sun goes down, so we recommend packing a sweater or thin jacket for the evening hours. Spring can chilly outside the middle of the day, and the “feels like” tends to be cooler due to the lack of humidity.
Important Note: May 2020 Disneyland Crowd Calendar
As you may know, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens in early 2020. This new attraction has the potential to totally upend Disneyland crowd calendars, have no impact at all, or fall somewhere in between. Read our Why Are Star Wars Land Crowds So Low? post from last year to understand just how unpredictable this opening could be.
Additionally, Disneyland has not yet released park hours for May 2020. They typically only release park hours less than three in advance, which means the reliability of crowd calendars is lower further out from any given month. Because of these two factors, we are not releasing our 2020 crowd calendars for later in the year until after the dust settles post-Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening and trends in hours emerge.
Anyone planning a trip later in the year can consult our When to Visit Disneyland in 2020 or our 2020 Best & Worst Months to Visit Disneyland posts. However, we’d caution you against over-reliance on crowd calendar predictions for specific dates. While other sites do have 2020 Disneyland crowd calendars posted for later in the year already, the credibility of those predictions is dubious.
Suffice to say, stay tuned for our May 2020 Disneyland crowd calendar…
Generally speaking, the beginning of May should be relatively uncrowded, as we’re in a relative lull between spring break and summer vacation. We also anticipate there will be a pre-summer lull, making much of May less crowded than the months that follow.
As always, Grad Nites throw a monkey wrench into these crowd predictions. These are something of a rite of passage for high school seniors in Southern California, as they participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event where they get to experience one final night of high school memories with their friends before they embark on their new adventures.
In May 2020, Grad Nites will occur on May 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 26, 27, 29 and 30. Generally speaking, Grad Nites cause a spike in crowds on those dates, particularly at Disney California Adventure, and most notably later in the day. Read our Grad Nites at Disneyland post for more info and thoughts on how these evenings impact crowds and the guest experience.
On the weekends, crowd levels will be fairly high regardless, but if you want the best chance at more moderate crowd levels during Grad Nites this year, we’d recommend doing Disneyland on Grad Nite days. The Bats Day events will also cause a slight spike in crowds on those days.
We expect crowds to spike towards the end of the month, not because we’re drawing closer to the summer months and traditional vacation season, but because tickets purchased via the SoCal Resident Deal expire in late May.
Every year, the last couple weeks of this promo see a surge in attendance as locals want to take advantage of the offer before it ends, or use days on tickets they already purchased. We would expect this year to be no different.
This explains the longer park hours the last two weeks of May. The second half of the month, Disneyland closes at midnight almost every day, including weekdays. Most school districts in Southern California are not out of session until mid-June, which is around the time Disneyland starts seeing an influx of tourists.
For most of the month, dynamic ticket prices are at “value” or “regular” prices. Likewise, Annual Passholder blockouts are minimal outside of normal weekend blockouts, as well as Memorial Day. Even these factors are not enough to cause a precipitous spike in attendance.
Read our Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets post for multi-day ticket recommendations to avoid having to deal with seasonal pricing. On the plus side, there are some multi-day ticket discounts currently available for all guests.
Overall, we rank May as the #8 month on our Best and Worst Months to Visit Disneyland. The main reason for this is due to the chaos that has historically been caused by Grad Nite weekends, as well as locals taking advantage of the SoCal ticket offer at the last minute. If you can visit earlier in the month on one of those green weekdays (or even the yellow ones), you are going to have a far better experience–if we only factored in those days, May would be one of the best months of the year to visit!
If you’ve visited Disneyland during May, what did you think of the experience? Did you find the crowd levels to be manageable? Have any problems with Grad Nites? What about the weather? If you’ve visited in May, do you have any tips to add? Are you heading to Disneyland Resort during the month of May? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!