Disneyland Crowd Calendar

Our Disneyland Crowd Calendar will help you avoid the crowds and long lines at Disneyland. Theme park attendance fluctuates significantly throughout the year, so choose the optimal dates for your next magical vacation by avoiding crowds during peak season.

With this Disneyland crowd tracker, you will be able to compare crowds at different times of the year to determine the best period to visit Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks in 2024 and 2025. It is updated once a month with data for the following 12 months.

We hope our Disneyland Crowd Calendar will help you optimize your next magical Disneyland vacation!

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Calendar updated through February 2025

ALL Guests are required to have a park reservation and a valid ticket for the same park on the same date. Some parks, restaurants, experiences, hotels, and other features may be modified, unavailable, or be subject to limited availability, capacity, or closure.

Our 2024/2025 Disneyland Crowd Calendar uses a 1-5 rating system for Disneyland’s two theme parks – Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure

(1) Green – Light Crowds Expected

(2) Blue – Below Average Crowds Expected

(3) Yellow – Average Crowds Expected

(4) Orange – Above Average Crowds Expected

(5) Red – Heavy Crowds Expected

About Disneyland Resort

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Disneyland Resort is usually referred to as simply “Disneyland.” The park opened in 1955 under the direct supervision of Walt Disney,  16 years prior to the opening of Disney World. The resort was the first Disney theme park location and the only one that was open while Walt Disney was still alive.

Disneyland Resort is located in  Anaheim, California , and is owned and operated by  The Walt Disney Company .

It’s home to two theme parks ( Disneyland Park  and  Disney California Adventure ), three Disneyland hotels , and Downtown Disney , the entertainment, dining, and shopping area of the park.

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What are Crowd Calendars?

Crowd calendars  predict how many people will be at a theme park on any given day throughout the year. Since most people would rather avoid the crowds and long wait times for attractions (obviously), a crowd calendar can help you narrow down your vacation periods to the times of the year when the park is less crowded and more manageable.

In order to formulate this crowd calendar, we compile attendance data from recent years to help us determine which days will have the shortest lines and longest lines at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. 

When is Disneyland LEAST Crowded ?

Disneyland is the second most visited theme park in the world (18 million visitors per year compared to roughly 58 million at Disney World). Therefore, don’t expect that you will have the park to yourself at any given time of the year. But i f long lines are a major concern, then there are some less busy time periods you should aim for.

Disneyland’s less crowded times are:

  • Early January through the mid-February
  • The day after President’s Day (February) until Spring Break (mid-March)
  • The middle of April until Memorial Day Weekend (late May)
  • After Labor Day through the beginning of October
  • The second week of November (after Halloween and before Thanksgiving Week)
  • Weekdays are less crowded than weekends, especially Monday-Thursdays.
  • On weekends, Sundays are usually less crowded than Saturdays. Regular weekends tend to be less crowded than holiday weekends.

When is Disneyland  MOST Crowded ?

Disneyland is typically most crowded around holidays, weekends, or really just about any time schools are out of session. Here are some of the time periods to avoid, if possible:

  • Any school holiday weeks (February Vacation, Spring Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Year’s).
  • Weekends, especially around holiday weeks and three-day holiday weekends (MLK Day (3rd Monday of January), Presidents Day (3rd Monday of February), Memorial Day (last Monday of May), July 4th, Labor Day (1st Monday of September), and Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October).
  • The park is busy right after the Disneyland Annual Passholder blackout dates come to an end. Check Disneyland’s website for blackout dates .

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When is the Best Time to Visit Disneyland?

There isn’t really a right or wrong time to visit. The best time to go to Disneyland will really depend on your own set of interests.

If you wish to visit when crowds are expected to be lower, then plan your trip mid-week if possible. Lines tend to be shorter Tuesdays through Thursdays during off-peak periods.

Which months are less crowded at Disneyland?

Lines will be shorter:

  • mid-January through mid-March
  • mid-April through mid-May
  • mid-September through mid-November

The disadvantages of going to Disneyland during the off-season are:

  • Some of the nighttime entertainment may be scheduled for weekends (and not during the mid-week)
  • Certain rides may be shut down for maintenance
  • The park hours are usually shorter during off-peak times and longer during the summer and other peak times, and 4. there are fewer events, fireworks, shows, and parades during the slow season.

With that said, the most crowded periods aren’t always the “worst” times to visit Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland’s two theme parks do tend to be more crowded during the summer months (June, July, August), and that can mean longer rides for rides, food, and even to speak with Guest Relations .  However, the parks extend their hours every day from late May until early September. You can also expect the theme park to operate with longer hours during holiday periods and school breaks, as well as host more shows, parades, and fireworks.  So there are plenty of trade-offs to consider when deciding when you should visit Disneyland; it just depends on your priorities. 

Check the Park Hours section for a list of the hours, events, entertainment, and refurbishments. 

Do you need some help with planning and booking your next Disneyland vacation? We trust the travel agents at The Vacationeer for all of our trip-planning needs.  Contact them for a free, no-obligation price quote for your next Disneyland vacation.

Disneyland Weather

Disneyland benefits from Anaheim, California’s warm and relatively dry climate. The city averages just 14 inches of rain per year compared to the US average is 39 inches. Here is a chart of what you can expect for weather at Disneyland .

                                                Month                    High / Low  (°F)                Rain

Disneyland Dining Reservations

Disneyland has a number of restaurants in the Downtown Disney District .

Depending on which Disneyland restaurant you choose – and the date/time of your visit – it may be wise to make dining reservations in advance to guarantee you will be seated. Dining reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance for most Disneyland restaurants.

You can book dining reservations online , call (714) 781-DINE, or let the  Disney Travel Agents at The Vacationeer make the dining reservations for you.  Click  HERE to request a free, no-obligation price quote .

Skip the Crowded Lines with Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane Passes

Disneyland has retired its FastPass and MaxPass systems and replaced them with Disney Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane passes. These paid add-ons allow the user to bypass the normal standby lines and instead use the much quick Lightning Lane entrance.

  • Disney Genie+ : For the price of $25 or more per day, per ticket, Disneyland guests can reserve the next available time on a variety of attractions and experiences via the Lightning Lane entrance. You’ll be able to make one selection at a time, and make your next selection once the previous selection is used. Disney Genie+ also provides you with Disney parks-themed audio experiences and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads.
  • Individual Lightning Lane Selections: Guests can also purchase Lightning Lane access passes on up to 2 highly demanded attractions. For example, Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park is not available with Genie+ but it is available on a pay-per-ride basis with a Lightning Lane pass. Pricing varies by date, attraction, and park.

Note: Your Lightning Lane selections are made on the same day of your visit.

If you need help planning and booking your magical Disneyland vacation, please contact the Disney Travel Agents at  The Vacationeer .

Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge . Call  833-4MY-TRIP   (833-469-8747) for a free, no-obligation Disney vacation quote!

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If you enjoyed our Disneyland Crowd Calendar page, be sure to check out our other articles. Our Disneyland Map , Disneyland History , Disneyland Daily Income Estimates , Disneyland vs Disney World , Best Age for Disneyland , Disney Dining Plan Calculator , and Disney World Planning Timeline  may be helpful.

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar – Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2024

Let’s dive into when to visit Disneyland and how to avoid the Disneyland crowds. Below see the complete Disneyland 2024 calendar with crowds, holiday celebrations, and new attraction offerings to help you decide when to visit Disneyland.

Disneyland has over 18 million visitors per year and you will have the most pleasant vacation if you avoid as many of the crowds those visitors create as possible.

Note –  Currently, theme park reservations are required for all visits. Reservations are available up to 120 days in advance. Read our guide to Disneyland reservations for all details and how to make.

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Disneyland Crowd Tracker 2024 – When to Visit

Two things affecting Disneyland crowd levels are the events happening throughout the resort and school holidays. These are the two most important Disneyland crowd indicators. So, let’s dive into the question: “when will it be crowded at Disneyland?”

Most weekends will be busy no matter when you visit the resort. Disneyland has over 1 million annual pass holders who frequent the resort after school or work.

Take a look at our discount Disneyland tickets page for information on how to save money and info on how long you should visit.

Because Disneyland is both a vacation destination and a local hangout, it can be difficult to judge when there will be the most crowds. In the sections below we have taken into consideration the schedule from the nearby convention center and the previous year’s crowd trends to create a calendar that will help you to avoid the crowds at Disneyland.

When to Visit Disneyland in 2024

Most Crowded

  • The weeks before and after Easter: mid-March through mid-April, or Spring Break Season
  • October which will increase in crowd levels the closer it gets to Halloween
  • The week before Christmas through the first couple of weeks of January, Christmas Day and New Years Eve bring in some of the largest crowds the park sees all year long.
  • If July 4th falls close to a weekend, then it will be extremely busy
  • Check the Anaheim Convention Center website for large conferences. Busy in the late afternoon during these time periods.

Busy, But Not Overrun 

  • End of August through Labor Day
  • July through early August, during the time that schools have summer break
  • The month of December, leading up to Christmas week
  • Weekends throughout October and beginning of November while the theme parks are decorated for Halloween

Not Crowded

  • Late January through February
  • Late April unless Easter falls at that time

Read our full analysis of all the best months and specific dates to visit Disneyland and the worst, most crowded, times at Disneyland .

January through the beginning of May is what many call the “off season.” These weeks have the least amount of crowds, but a lot of the shows will not be running like   the fireworks. This is important to consider in the debate of when to visit Disneyland.

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If your Disneyland hotel prices  are coming up high during a time period that we list as not crowded, be sure to check out the Anaheim Convention Center schedule . During large conventions, the prices for hotels can skyrocket.

This time of year is a blessing and a curse. Many Disneyland rides are closed for refurbishment during the first two months of the year. Check the refurbishment calendar on the official Disneyland website, released 60 days in advance, for closures.

I spent some time putting together a Disneyland attendance calendar detailing all of the different pros and cons of the different months of the year when visiting. The information included in our best time to go to Disneyland calendar is basic Disneyland crowd levels, park hours, and weather.

Be sure to check the Disneyland calendar on the official Disneyland website for more info on closures, entertainment schedules, and other info. This will help you to decide when to visit Disneyland! You can also read our thoughts on the cheapest times to go to Disneyland .

January Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Valentine’s Month kicks off in late January- a celebration of the love of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Disneyland park will feature lovely, festive Valentine’s décor, including a new Mickey Mouse flower “portrait” on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests may also choose to partake in Minnie’s Valentine Surprise, a special scavenger hunt experience in Disneyland park.
  • Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite takes place on January 23, 25, 30.
  • The  Disneyland Half Marathon weekend  returns to Disneyland on January 11-14, 2024.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in January  to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

February Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Disneyland Lunar New Year Celebration continues until February 18th at California Adventure.
  • There are special menus at some of the table service restaurants for Valentine’s Day. You will also find lots of holiday-specific desserts and special treats all throughout the resort.
  • Disneyland celebrates Black History Month with Celebrate Gospel including Marvin Sapp (on February 17) and Tasha Cobbs Leonard (on February 24) performing at the Fantasyland Theatre.
  • In celebration of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club’s 30th anniversary, Anaheim Ducks Days at Disney California Adventure Park will be a two-day event taking place in Hollywood Land from February 22-23
  • Disneyland After Dark: Sweethearts’ Nite takes place February 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in February  to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

March Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • The Disneyland Food and Wine Festival takes place March 1-April 22. The Food and Wine Festival features special festival food booths, cooking demonstrations, and lifestyle presentations. This festival takes place in Disney California Adventure park.
  • You’ll find special foods throughout the resort for St. Patrick’s Day at Disneyland . Don’t forget to wear your green!
  • Disney Channel Nite will take place March 5 & 7, 2024.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in March  to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

April Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Spring Break season continues in Disneyland with lots of crowds expected every day. Follow our Disneyland crowd calendar tips seen below for help avoiding the crowds.
  • Pixar Fest starts April 26th and includes Pixar themed fireworks, a brand new parade, and more.
  • Disney has an  Easter egg  hunt throughout both theme parks. You can purchase a scavenger hunt packet from participating shops throughout the resort, find all the eggs, turn in your packet, and then receive a prize. Disneyland’s Easter Eggstravaganza will return in April.
  • Dapper Day at Disneyland is on April 7th. This is a celebration of the vintage style clothing that used to be worn to Disneyland and that was featured heavily in early concept artwork. About 1/10 of the park usually participates. It is lots of fun to be in the parks during the events. The Disneyland crowds in attendance are usually bearable as those who come out for the event are typically in the parks to take photos more than they are to experience attractions.
  • Season of the Force at Disneyland Park will be running from April 5 to June 2 with the return of Hyperspace Mountain, new Star Tours scenes, and more.
  • Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite takes place April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in April  to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

May Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Pixar Fest continues and includes Pixar themed fireworks, a brand new parade, and more.
  • Disneyland After Dark Star Wars Nite takes place May 2, 7 & 9.
  • Enjoy Star Wars celebrations on May 4th in Tomorrowland like the transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain, Captain Phasma and her storm troopers along with Star Wars themed souvenirs and food options.
  • Be sure to read our guide Visiting Disneyland in May to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

June Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Pride Month at Disneyland will feature a variety of themed foods and merchandise including Pride Nite which takes place June 18 & 20.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in June  to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

July Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Disneyland 4th of July can be very crowded due to the popularity of the fireworks show.
  • Tickets for the popular Halloween Party  usually go on sale in July. If you have a preference for which date you attend the party you should be ready to book.

August Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Disneyland Halloween will begin August 23 and run until Halloween.
  • Plaza de la Familia will run from August 23 to November 2.
  • Pixar Fest runs until August 4th and includes Pixar themed fireworks, a brand new parade, and more.
  • The popular CHOC Walk at Disneyland that raises money for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County happens this month. The parks can open later on the day of the race.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in August  to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

September Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • The first nights of Disneyland Oogie Boogie’s Bash after hours event occur during this month. The event consists of a special Halloween entertainment, an opportunity to wear costumes in the parks, and lots of meet and greets.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood, another extremely popular theme park featuring the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter kicks off their Halloween Horror Nights mid September. You can read more about visiting Universal in our Universal Studios Hollywood guide and more about Halloween Horror Nights in our guide here .
  • The fan-created Disneyland Gay Days are held at the end of the month. You can expect quite a few people in the parks wearing red to demonstrate they are members of the event. Disneyland offers rainbow merchandise and food offerings throughout the park in recognition of the celebration.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for  visiting Disneyland in September  to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

October Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • Disneyland Halloween and Plaza de la Familia continue until Halloween with special attraction overlays and decorations throughout both theme parks.
  • October has increasingly become one of the busiest months of the year due to the increase in Fall breaks across the country and the growing popularity of the Halloween season at Disneyland.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood continues their Halloween Horror Nights through the first week of November.
  • Read our detailed monthly guide for  visiting Disneyland in October  to find our more details about crowd patterns, events, weather, and more.

November Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events in 2024

  • There is another Dapper Day event each year in early November. This day is a celebration of the classic clothing that used to be worn to Disneyland. Sometimes you can find discounted rates at the Disney property hotels for the event by looking on the Dapper Day official website.  
  • Plaza de la Familia runs until November 2nd.
  • Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the parks are quite crowded all the way through the Christmas season.
  • There are a wide variety of food offerings for Thanksgiving throughout the resort. The Disneyland Hotel has a large Thanksgiving buffet with characters and all of the classic Thanksgiving fixings. See our Disneyland restaurant review article for information on booking dining.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates Christmas with a fantastic Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter featuring beautiful decorations, live entertainment, and a breathtaking new nighttime spectacular. They also have their Grinchmas celebration featuring characters from the Dr. Seuss classic.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in November  to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

December Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events 2024

  • The Disneyland Christmas celebration continues and runs through the first week of January.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood also has fantastic Christmas offerings with their Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Dr. Seuss Grinchmas. Both of these are fantastic additions to any vacation and warrant a drive up to Universal Studios. (You can see information on discount Universal Studios Hollywood tickets her e).
  • Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony on Main Street in Disneyland during the first weekend of December. This is the retelling of the birth of Jesus with hundreds of choir singers and a celebrity narrator. You can see video from last year here .
  • The two college football teams competing in the Rose Bowl visit Disneyland in the couple of days before the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California. The bands from both schools usually also play either marching in the parade or in Town Square in front of the Train Station.
  • Disneyland is always crowded on New Year’s Eve, but there are lots of special entertainment offerings including bands and the largest Disneyland fireworks celebration of the year. This fireworks show is made up of all of the fireworks shells that were not shot off during the preceding six months due to wind cancellation.
  • Be sure to read our guide  Visiting Disneyland in December to get a detailed description of what to expect, what to pack, what to wear, and what current events are planned.

Disneyland Through the Seasons 

Throughout the year there are a few huge special events that make the parks extra magical! The two main holiday seasons, Halloween and Christmas, both bring special entertainment, decorations, and food to the parks. You can also find smaller themed events throughout the year. In addition to holidays, the summer months are also a popular time for guests to visit as this is when Disneyland will typically introduce new additions to the park.

Christmas in Disneyland

At Christmas time you will find Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up with icicles, Main Street laden with decorations, and the rest of the parks beautifully decorated to celebrate the season. Regular shows and experiences are altered to match the holiday theme.

The Haunted Mansion and it’s a small world each receive holiday overlays that transform both attractions. The Haunted Mansion becomes the Haunted Mansion Holiday, which is themed to the “Nightmare Before Christmas.” it’s a small world becomes “it’s a small world Holiday” adorned with thousands of beautiful lights and the tune of the song inside changes to Jingle Bells.

I highly recommend visiting during Christmas, but expect to be joined by lots of crowds if you are there the week of Christmas through the first week of January. The best time to visit and see the Christmas decorations is the first two weeks of December or the second week of January. You can expect to see busy weekends in December as the locals turn out in droves to see the new holiday decor.

For more information on visiting Disneyland during Christmastime, visit our sister site Disney Dose  and read my top Disneyland Christmas must-sees .

Halloween at Disneyland

During Halloween time, the parks are decorated with jack-o-lanterns and the feeling of fall and Halloween is in the air. See all of the information on Disneyland Halloween in our huge guide.

Disney turns Space Mountain into Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy. Space ghosts are added throughout this classic indoor roller coaster and also the soundtrack is switched to one a bit spookier. The Haunted Mansion is also transformed to be themed to Nightmare Before Christmas. This Haunted Mansion conversion runs from the end of September until the beginning of January.

Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney’s California Adventure

Disneyland’s California Adventure has taken over hosting the coveted Halloween Party! The Oogie Boogie Bash usually takes place on select dates through September-October at Disney’s California Adventure. This party will run in conjunction with the Disneyland Halloween season .

The party consists of fun entertainment, attractions, and candy, all while you wear your Halloween costume inside California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort.

Check out our full guide to Oogie Boogie Bash at California Adventure>

Disneyland in Summertime

In Summertime , Disney often opens new experiences and attractions. This is the best time to “get em while they are hot,” but be careful because that is the same mindset of every visitor and new attractions often have long lines.

The rest of the year Disney has shorter weekend events going on that celebrate certain cultures or smaller holidays like the Lunar New Year, high school graduation, or the 4th of July. In the past they have also held 24 hour days where the parks operate around the clock.

Check out our full guide to summer here.

Recommended Length of Stay

The recommended length for a trip is anything between one and a half days and three full days. Anything more than three days isn’t quite necessary. When we do a trip to Disneyland, it is usually about 2 and a half days over a weekend.

Now that you know when you want to visit Disneyland, it is time to figure out the logistics of where and how you will book your trip. The benefit of staying longer is being able to see and do everything you want at a more leisurely pace. You would also have time to return to your favorite experiences.

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Now that you have decided when you want to visit Disneyland, it is time to book your trip. We highly recommend a Disneyland package to have the best experience and save the most money while planning your Disneyland vacation. More info here>

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Excellent information!! Thank you so much for putting all this together. You have answered all my questions!!

Will the D23 Convention August 23-25 bring more crowds before/after the event in August 2019?

It could impact crowd levels but likely we’ll see an increase that time of year regardless because of typical summer crowds and Star Wars land. I wouldn’t let it deter your trip!

Would you recommend going to Disneyland March 3-6 or the last week of April?

Either way you’re looking at good choices- the International Food and Wine Festival runs from March 3rd- April 23rd so if that’s something you want to see then I’d recommend March. If you’re looking to enjoy the Easter activities, you’ll likely still see those happening in the end of April. As for crowds- either date selection will have a similar crowd level that might be higher certain days with Spring Break season.

This is very helpful. How are crowds Jan 2nd. We ar going to the Rose Bowl and then want to go the day after. 2020. Thank you

There will be crowds because of the Rose Bowl but if you arrive early, use FastPass/MaxPass, and follow a plan you will be fine!

We’re looking at going in spring 2020, and need to book our hotel about a year in advance to get the best rates–any decent projections as to when the crowds might be lowest?

Spring can be tricky with predicting crowd levels- I would avoid typical ‘Spring Break’ periods as those weeks in late March/early April get quite busy.

I’m getting that impression–I’ve been to Disneyland more often in the fall (last time was just after Halloween, 2015), and Galaxy’s Edge is making next year all the more uncertain, but we’ve pretty much decided to go the first half of 2020, as the fall doesn’t work well for us next year. At this point, my best guess is last week April/first week May might be a good time–appreciate any thoughts!

I think that sounds like your best bet for avoiding the Spring Break crowds!

Will they have fireworks during May 12-16? Planning a trip for that week.

Yes, there will be! Check Disneyland’s daily events schedule here for times- https://disneyland.disney.go.com/calendars/day/2019-05-12/

Would it be super crowded Tuesday may 14th. I’m trying to avoid extreme crowds for my young child.

Visiting Disneyland in May: What to Bring, What to Do, What to Expect – this article will help you with visiting during May. If you arrive early, use FastPass, and have a plan for the day it will make navigating any crowds much easier.

We are visiting from Australia from the 20-24 June, I’ve just read the Star Wars is only open to public 24 June, with digital queing system? Is there anything we can do in adavance to get to see this?

If you don’t have a reservation for June 20-23rd- you won’t be able to access the land those days. June 24th is the first day it’s open to the public with no advance reservations required. I would recommend getting there as early as possible, that first day is going to be hectic. If it were me, I would line up two hours before the park even opens! Once the land hits capacity, that’s when they will move to that digital queuing system. The earlier you’re there, the better. Good luck!

What would be the be the best days, with the least crowds in November to go to Disneyland?

Disneyland will typically be crowded around any holiday weekends so you can expect Thanksgiving weekend to be busy. I would aim for earlier or later in the month, if you can.

We are visiting in January 2020, have 4 day hopper passes and looking to go 19,20,21,22,23 of January. Which days would be better to go and how busy do you think it will be given Martin Lurther King day on the 20th

Any holiday has an impact on the crowds at Disneyland plus you’re going right after the Rise of the Resistance (the new attraction in Star Wars land) is set to open so I would be prepared for crowds. Arrive early and use a good strategy each day and you’ll be fine.

Hi hoping you can help! My family and I are planning a trip to Disneyland this October. We’ve decided to either go on the days 22-24 or 29-31. We understand both weeks will have the Halloween party which we won’t be going to. My question is what would be the better week to go? The 22-24 or 29-31?

Halloween weekend will likely see larger crowds so if you’re trying to avoid crowds then I’d recommend the 22-24. But keep in mind this is a busy time of year for Disneyland regardless so you should be prepared for some higher crowd levels! Arrive to the parks early each day at opening and you’ll get plenty done before the crowds arrive.

Looking at the third week of January. How will the crowds look? In addition, will Jungle Cruise and/or Matterhorn Bobsleds be closed?

Would the 20-24th be better or 27-31st?

The new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ride, The Rise of the Resistance, opens January 17th so I’d pick the 27th-31st to give the parks a few more days to calm down with the excitement of the new ride. Although, it may still be busy either way since this ride is much anticipated!

I have been to both Disneyland and Disney at least, I kid you not at least 30 times since I was 18 years. My first visit was in Florida , at 18, where I fell in love with, It’s A Small World. Since then I lived in California for 2 1/2 years while it under a major refurbishing. Moved back to my home and it opened within one week!Last year I made another attempt to experience it again. It was closed to change into their Christmas decorations and reopened while I was on the plane flying home! This year we moved our trip to later in Nov. but I just ran across a site that said it was closed for an indefinite amount of time. PLEASE TELL ME IT IS NOT TRUE!! trying to experience that show again, from when I was 18 to my now 67 years of age, has been such a disappointment.

When I go I usually spend a week or more in California, but I usually do more than just Disney. I usually do two days at Disney, and a day at each: Universal, Knotts, and Six Flags. I also usually throw a chill day in there to go to the beach or something like that. Or, if I want to go the San Diego route I might throw in a day at Sea World or the San Diego zoo.

I’m wondering would Disney be less full on the 31st of October or on the first of November

Halloween is always a busy day to visit but it’s also a great day to spend at Disneyland- either day could be a bit busy due to the seasonal decorations for Halloween.

What days in October or November will maybe be less full

In all honesty, most of October and November will be busy since the holidays are a popular time of the year to visit! If you arrive early each day, make dining reservations and have a solid plan you should do just fine.

What about the 27 of October or should I just avoid that week all together?

When would be the best time to go to Disneyland around November/December 2021?

You can’t go wrong either of these months- with the holiday celebration it’s one of the best times of the year to visit. The parks will get more crowded the closer it gets to Christmas so that is something to consider.

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Are you planning a trip to Disneyland and Universal Hollywood and worried about crowds and ticket prices?

Our 2024 Disneyland crowd predictor is the perfect tool to help you avoid peak times and make your vacation unforgettable. Not only do we use hundreds upon hundreds of days of historical data, but we track special events at the parks too!

Our 2024 Disneyland Crowd Calendar includes the following theme parks:

  • Disney’s California Adventure 
  • Universal Hollywood

We have found that the most accurate Disneyland crowd calendar depends on a few factors, including crowds, weather, park hours, and park ticket prices.

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Los Angeles is known for its sunny and very predictable weather. It is still an important part to consider when booking your next trip. Summer months tend to be in the high 80s while winter months tend to be cooler in the 40s. 

Our 2024   Disneyland Park crowd calendar tracks the average temperature range for each day of the calendar year. This will allow you to know exactly what to expect and pack accordingly!

Theme Park Hours

It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Disney’s California Adventure or Universal Hollywood , we have found park hours can be confusing, especially with the recent additions of so many special event tickets that allow guests into the park earlier or later than other guests.

Our Disneyland crowd calendar includes the daily openings and closings for all Los Angeles theme parks.

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The Park Prodigy also allows you to break down each park individually. Here’s how it works…

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Disneyland is one of the most visited destinations in the world, which makes it essential to choose your dates carefully. Disneyland’s busy times and ticket prices fluctuate throughout the year making a Disneyland crowd tracker a helpful tool. Our updated crowd calendar predicts Disneyland crowds one year in advance. This allows you to narrow down the months, weeks, and days of your next magical vacation.

How The Park Prodigy Disneyland Attendance Calendar is Organized

Our Disneyland crowd calendar gives you the option to look at each park individually. This allows you to organize our crowd calendars by:

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We also include extra magic hours, and special events when predicting Disneyland park attendance by day .

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One of the benefits of staying at Disneyland hotels is extra magic hours. This perk allows hotel guests to experience extended park hours in the morning. Here’s how it works:

With Extra Magic Hour, registered Disneyland Resort hotel guests enjoy admission to select attractions, stores, entertainment, and dining locations in Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for one full hour before the park opens to the general public.  The extra magic hours at each park do change based on the day of the week so be sure to ask a cast member upon check-in if you are unsure of the EMH for that week.

Disneyland Special Events

A few of our favorite Disneyland additions over the past few years have been special events. These events range from concerts, holiday parties, and festivals throughout the year.

Although these events are typically held during off-peak times, we can see crowd levels spike during the fall. For these reasons, we make sure to include all special events on our crowd calendar for Disneyland .

Our Disneyland park attendance calendar is best used to simply avoid the busy days at the park, and visit during the slow days instead. We update our Disneyland California Crowd Calendar using the latest park events, national holidays, universities & k-12 school year plus our own personal wait time data and vacation planning experience.

2024 Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Disney Genie+

Disney recently introduced the newest addition to the Disneyland App and that is the Disney Genie+. This new feature is replacing Maxpass and for $20 per person per day guests can upgrade their ticket to use the lightening lane at select Disneyland attractions. But how exactly can you use a Disneyland crowd calendar to your advantage when deciding to buy Genie+?

Very simply guests can use our 2024 Disneyland crowd calendar to pick the slowest times of year at the parks. This in return might allow guests to not have to upgrade their ticket to buy the Genie+ all together. If you know that you will be purchasing the Genie+ you must also consider the individual premium Genie+ rides which can be purchased for a one time fee of $7-$15. These prices also will fluctuate based on crowd levels which you can track using our Disneyland California crowd calendar. 

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So now that we have covered the basics, let’s go over what makes our crowd calendar so special. Unlike many other Disneyland crowd calendars, we allow you to customize your perfect family vacation. Simply pick which is most important to you:

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Then click our “save time” or “save money” button and let the crowd calendar do the rest. We will automatically pick the best days for your family to travel for that given month, and exclude the Disneyland busy days. 

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Q: How busy is Disneyland this week?

A: To check on how busy Disneyland is during this week simply check out our Disneyland crowd calendar. 

Q: When is Disneyland least crowded?

A: We have found Disneyland to be least crowded during the month of September and from January 7th to February 1st. You can also find weeks spread out throughout the year with lower than normal Disney crowd levels.

Q: Is Disneyland at full capacity?

A: We are unsure if Disneyland has returned to full capacity or not, but we do know that guests do have to still make park reservations for both California Disney theme parks.

Q: Is Disneyland busy 2024?

A: If you’d like to see when Disneyland is busy for 2024, make sure to check out our Disneyland Crowd Calendar to avoid the most crowded times.

Q: Is the Disneyland Crowd Forecast accurate?

By tracking ride wait time data over the years we have been able to pick up patterns. Disneyland tends to be the most crowded during major holiday weekends and breaks. We recommend avoiding Presidents Day weekend, spring break, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas week. For additional information be sure to check out the best time to visit Disneyland!

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Universal Hollywood is a top destination for thrill seekers as well as die hard Harry Potter fans. Just like our Disneyland crowd calendar , you can use our Universal Hollywood crowd calendar to track theme park attendance. Universal Hollywood park tickets do not fluctuate as much as Disney tickets which is a big plus. Our updated Universal crowd calendar predicts theme park attendance one year in advance and is updated frequently.

Our Universal Hollywood Crowd Calendar 2024  is best used to simply avoid the busy days at the park, and visit during the slow days instead. We update our Universal California Crowd Calendar using the latest park events, national holidays, universities & k-12 school year plus our own personal wait time data and vacation planning experience.

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2024 BEST Days to Go to Disneyland (Full Crowd Calendar Guide)

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Are you trying to figure out, what are the best days to go to Disneyland Resort?

Here’s the deal – anytime you, your family, and friends can go on vacation, IS a good time to visit the Disneyland Resort. But some days are simply better.

When the crowd is less, wait times are minimal, and there’s worrying about packed resorts.

When’s that? That’s the mystery I’m are going to unravel in this guide as I should you how to choose the best days to go to Disneyland using the Crowd Calendar.

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Best Time to Go to Disneyland at a Glance:

  • The best months to visit Disneyland to avoid the crowds are: January and February
  • Your best days to visit Disneyland are:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Be sure to avoid all major holidays such as:  Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend,  Halloween,  Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Disneyland vs. Disney World

When it comes to Walt Disney World (WDW), the answers to your trip are easily available online about when to travel, what to do, and how to go about your Disney World vacation.

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But Disneyland, not so much.

But why should you bother? Is Disneyland Resort even worth the trip?

YES! Read on.

I am a Disney World fangirl. I’ve been going to Disney World since the mid-1990s before I even thought about planning a trip to Disneyland Resort.

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When compared to Disney World, the Disneyland Resort has half the number of theme parks: Disneyland and California Adventure.

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In my naivety, I assumed that the Disneyland Resort would be an exact replica to the Magic Kingdom.

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But boy, was I wrong!

I’d have known better if only I would have done the usual “Disney World vs Disneyland” Google search. But I was just way too confident.

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Rides, Attractions and Entertainment at Disneyland

Despite being small, the number of attractions at Disneyland are 36+ compared to the 27+ rides at the Magic Kingdom (the more similar park at WDW).

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Much like Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Resort also includes resort hotels. Although, few in number due to the limited space available in California.

There’s a Downtown Disney (instead of Disney Springs at Disney World) – the entertainment, dining, and shopping area of the California Disney Resort too.

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In a nutshell, there’s a lot of things and attractions that make Disneyland Resort just as popular and crowded as Walt Disney World.

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In fact, it is one of the most-visited theme park in the world with 18+ million annual visitors. This is why we need the Disneyland Crowd Calendar Trackers.

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What is the Disneyland Crowd Calendar?

Disneyland Crowd Tracker, also known as Disneyland Crowd Calendar , is a curated planner that predicts just how crowded the park will be on any given date throughout the year.

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Since it’s obvious that most of us would want to avoid busy days at Disneyland, this tracker helps us narrow down the ideal dates to travel.

How Does The Disneyland Crowd Calendar Work?

Typically, a Disneyland crowd predictor is made by collecting attendance data from recent years and observing which days usually see long queues at the Disneyland Resort parks.

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If there’s a major event that happens at the park, like a grand opening or a special holiday, the calendar algorithm will be adjusted based on previous Disney events.

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Each level of busyness is categorized as: heavy, light, or moderate and will be color coordinated on the Crowd Calendar with:

  • Red  indicating high crowd levels
  • Yellow  indicating moderate crowd levels
  • Blue  indicating low crowd levels

Once you have this information, you can then figure out which month, week, and day will work best for you when choosing when to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

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Today, the Internet floods with these calendars. You will find tons of them in a variety of formats, looks, and setups.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by this, because having multiple Disneyland Crowd Calendars will allow you to compare them all for a more accurate prediction.

Are Disneyland Crowd Calendar Trackers 100% Accurate?

To be honest, no, at least not always.

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I still do recommend that you look at them as guides that will give you an idea and help you plan your Disneyland trip.

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Though they are designed only after doing thorough research, it is easy to miss unknown future events, especially those by Disney .

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There is a variety of insider news that a calendar-curator is simply unaware of, including annual conventions that bring attendees to the resort during the off-season months.

So, you’ll want to keep that in mind when you’re choosing the best days to go to Disneyland Resort.

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The real question should be is if Disneyland Crowd Calendars have any value?

Yes, they do.

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Sure, there’s no iron-clad guarantee, but these predictive theme park crowd calendars are a great way to get an idea of what to expect on your day.

Quick Tips for Choosing the Best Days to Go to Disneyland:

  • Continue to do your online research
  • Choose a time-frame that looks ideal to you
  • Finalize your date based on the information that you have discovered

Hipster Power Tip: Continue to recheck the Theme Park Crowd Calendars every week up until your trip to stay in the know.

What Are the Main Causes of the Crowd in Disneyland?

Two things that affect (or determine) the crowd levels the most are the events happening in the resort and school holidays.

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This is mainly because of the many locals who hold an Annual Pass to the park. A major difference than the Walt Disney World Resort.

Also, the weekends will be busy, no matter when you choose to visit Disneyland.

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With that in mind, you should be able to make an educated guess about when will it be crowded at the resort.

Needless to say, this makes it super tough to know when the crowd will rise. That’s when those Disneyland Crowd Calendars come in handy. They save you from all the trouble of researching.

You can also know what to expect by reading the regular “when is the best time of year to visit Disneyland” guides/answers – just what I am about to talk about below.

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When IS the Best Time to Go to Disneyland?

For starters, any time when kids are in school is a good time to visit Disneyland.

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That generally means visiting in January, February, May, September, and the early days of November.

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Remember that this is predominantly a local’s park.

Even in these slow months , you’ll have to avoid holidays and weekend s to avoid the crowd.

I’d even suggest you plan your Disneyland vacation to avoid popular holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter.

By saying so, I mean travel about a week after or before a major holiday. This would give time for the seasonal guests to leave for their homes, leaving the parks emptier.

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Hipster Power Tip: Although January through May might be off-season months and least crowded, but they come with a downside. A lot of fabulous shows like Fantasmic! tend to have sporadic showings instead of nightly during peak season.

These are also the months when Disney may close some their popular rides for refurbishment. So, you must check the refurbishment calendar on their official website .

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The Disneyland Refurbishment Calendar is usually released 60 days in advance to help you guide through the bookings, especially if you’ve already made them.

As said before, you can always cross-check your information about Disneyland crowd levels by referring to any of the online Disneyland Crowd Trackers.

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What are the Best Days to Go to Disneyland?

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days of the week to go to Disneyland and California Adventure.

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It’s best to get there early especially since the locals usually come after work in the late afternoon/early evening.

This is the ranking of the best days of the week to go to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (from BEST to WORST):

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Perks of Visiting Disneyland During Worst Crowded Days

Yeah I know that “Perks” and “Worst” do not go together , except when it’s about the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Just like visiting the Disneyland Resort during the offseason has its disadvantages, visiting the resort during the most crowded days has its advantages.

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The two parks tend to get jam-packed during summer months, between June through August.

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However, it is also during these months that the parks extend their opening hours . Even on holidays and school breaks, the resort operates longer.

During the maxed-out crowd days, you can also expect Disney to host more shows, parades, and fireworks.

In short, there are some awesome trade-offs that Disneyland offers if you are ready to face the crowd. It all depends on your priorities and preferences.

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You always have the Genie+ to buy, save wait times, and enjoy a potentially smoother time hopping from one popular attraction to another.

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What to Know Before Your Disneyland Resort Trip

Now that we have the basic information out-of-the-way, let’s go through the frequently asked questions for choosing the best time to visit Disneyland with the Crowd Calendar.

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Are Disneyland Crowd Trackers reliable?

To a good extent, yes. These trackers give you a general idea of how crowd levels can be in Disneyland on a particular day.

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But there’s no iron-clad guarantee. Calling them 100% accurate would be as wrong as calling weather reports 100% reliable.

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If trackers aren’t enough, how can I make sure my trip goes as planned?

The best way to ensure your trip is not ruined by access crowd is to check a Disneyland Crowd Calendar and then research a little around it.

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For example, if the calendar says the resort will see fewer guests because of school breaks ended, look online to check if any district near the park still has its schools closed.

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If there’s a new addition in the resort (like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) , never be fully convinced of “downtimes” even after six months. Always expect to see an extra crowd at Disneyland.

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You can also use the Disneyland Crowd Calendars to your advantage by looking at one week over another to get an idea which of them will potentially be less busy.

You should also look into the Disneyland hotel rates as high prices = busy days.

What is the best weekday to visit Disneyland?

Activity-wise, the best days of the week to visit Disneyland, crowd-wise, are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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How many days do I need to explore Disneyland Resort?

Although there are only 2 parks at Disneyland Resort, both have a lot of rides, attractions, events, food , and activities.

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Ideally, you should plan to spend between 3 to 4 days to cover almost all of them, including rides, meet-and-greet with characters, live shows, and fireworks.

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Is it possible to explore both Disneyland parks in just 1 day?

Yes, you should be able to travel both the theme parks of Disneyland Resort if you get a Park Hopper Ticket or an Annual Pass .

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Sometimes, the Park Hopper Ticket gets included in certain Vacation Packages . Check if you have one to maximize time throughout the trip.

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Also plan out your trip and create an itinerary to conquer both Disneyland Resort parks in only one day.

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Let’s Wrap It Up

Being one of the most popular theme parks in the world, Disneyland Resort sees a lot of the crowd throughout the year.

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If you are someone who hates getting squished in parades of people, don’t let this dishearten you.

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Just like any other vacation destination spot, Disneyland Resort also has its off-season months.

You can always rely on a Disneyland Crowd Tracker to help you with learning which is which.

My opinion? Why take a chance on anything that might dampen a memorable trip to the Disneyland Resort?

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Double-check everything – even down to the busiest days of the resort to make your  trip as pleasant as it should be.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

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September 26, 2019 //  by  Disney Trippers //   1 Comment

If you’re looking for the best time to visit Disneyland in Anaheim, look no further than this Disneyland Crowd Calendar.  If you’re like us, you love all things Disney, but want get the most for our trip there.  If you are not a regular passholder, knowing the best times to go can be a daunting and overwhelming task.  Coordinating vacations and trips is already overwhelming enough.  Let us do the hard work of guiding you towards the best times to go to Disneyland.

Disneyland is a magical place, where kids can have fun and meet their Disney heroes and adults can become kids again.  With the hotels, rides, food, shows, and parades to think about, why not take one thing off your list.  The crowds!  We have put together a monthly breakdown for the ideal time to visit to avoid the crowds at Disneyland.  Keep reading and see our Disneyland Crowd Calendar.

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Planning the perfect family trip to Disneyland can be overwhelming and knowing when the best time to go to Disneyland can seem like an impossible task.  When going to Disneyland, everyone wants the trip and experience to be the best value possible.  And unless you are a regular park goer, you may not know when that is.

Whether you want to go in the summer months for your family vacation to the West Coast or Christmastime to take park in the seasonal foods and enjoy the Christmas decor, like no one else but Disney can do, we have the guide for you.  We put together a calendar that shows the best time to go to Disneyland during the whole year, including peak travel times.

Check out our Disneyland Crowd Calendar below and then read about the month you want to go.  We’ve included weather and park events, so you can make this trip your best trip ever.

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Historically January is the coldest month of the year in most places across the United States.  In California, cold is relational. For some, who are used to more tropical climates, its pretty cold and for those from cooler climates, it won’t seem so bad.  With day time highs reaching an average of 68°F/20°C, after the sun goes down it gets positively chilly at an average of 48°F/9°C, so make sure you are dressing in layers.  This weather does not deter the crowds at Disneyland either, so be prepared to still have contend with crowds at particular times of the month.  If this weather has you wanting more, keep reading.

The beginning of January, you will still be able to see the end of the Christmas season at Disneyland.  The decorations start to come down right after New Year’s and the crowds know it.  The first week starting with January first is pretty busy that whole week.  Kids are still out of school, parents still on vacations, and Disneyland is still a winter wonderland.  If this is the only time you can make it, check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar below and consider California Adventure instead, as it will be busy but less so than the main park.  We advise going early in the day and to avoid the actual New Year’s Day, to counter as much of the crowds as possible.

Also, Run Disney takes place January 8-12.  This event will have runners from the morning in the park with their families and supporters afterwards.  Make sure to take that increased traffic into consideration if you choose to go in January.

During the middle two weeks of the month, the best time to go to Disneyland is Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday’s start a long weekend and Monday’s ends it.  The end of the month, the crowd index starts to go down and Monday through Thursday is typically better for crowds at Disneyland.

California winter starts to trend warmer as the month progresses.  When considering the Disneyland Crowd Calendar, keep in mind while the daytime this month starts to get a little warmer as averages hit 71°F/22°C.  Nighttime still hovers around the same 48°F/9°C respectively.  Another month to still dress in layers and be prepared for chilly evenings while navigating lighter evening crowds at Disneyland.

The first two weeks are good weeks to go to Disneyland with average crowds on the weekend and slightly below average crowds at Disneyland during mid-week.  As Valentine’s Day rolls into the month, so does the busiest week of the month.  That third week of February, expect to see an above average ranking on the Disneyland Crowd Calendar.  The third week of February celebrates President’s Day and with all the three-day weekends, the crowds at Disneyland go up and stay up that whole week.

That last week of February, everything starts to go back to a normal crowd pace, with mid-week being the best and the flanking weekends having the higher traffic.  February, overall, is one of the months that is the best time to go to Disneyland, if you are looking for a balance between cooler weather and less crowds at Disneyland.  Make sure you head to New Orleans Square at the end of the month and see all the fun Mardi Gras themed decorations and try the themed food!

Spring is in the air everywhere, including Disneyland.  Spring weather definitely excites the Disneyland crowds.  With the weather beginning to be ideal this time of year, the crowds reflect that warming trend and start to really pick up during the daytime.  Daytime temperatures reaching 73°F/23°C and nighttime around 51°F/11°C at its coldest, even the evening crowds at Disneyland start to get busier.

The month of March comes with a lot of events and action.  March will start off with average to slightly above average traffic.  With the first Saturday being a busy day.   That first Saturday is typically Gay-Day, a non-Disney sponsored event, but an event that drives traffic just the same.  On this Saturday, traffic will definitely be up and park goers celebrating this unofficial event.  Make sure you check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar below for any updates that may happen with this day.

Mid March brings Spring Break for a lot of schools, local and otherwise and with that comes more people in the park.  March is one of the most consistent months with crowds at Disneyland hitting peak traffic only sporadically. Spring Break is happening, traditionally the Food and Wine Festival at California Adventure starts, which is guaranteed to bring some additional crowds for both parks.

March will start with average to slightly above average crowds at Disneyland, with mid month to the end really increasing to very high foot traffic days.  This will be a very busy time and will continue to see increased crowds going int the summer months.  Always check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar to see the day you want to go and how the traffic is expected to be.

Weather is even better in April than it was in March and now you can see why Walt Disney chose to build his park in Anaheim, CA.  Daytime temperatures will reach 75°F/25°C with nighttime still being a little cooler at 53°F/13°C.  During the day will be warm enough to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt, but after the sun sets you will want to make sure you have some layers to keep you comfortable as you traverse the park at night.  With the warmer days, the cooler nights do not deter the crowds at Disneyland.

Starting the first couple weeks of April, Disneyland does an Eggstravaganza event leading into Easter.  This will have more parents and young children in the park as they take part in this Disney themed event.  This will not overwhelm the park with traffic, though you will most likely still see some increased numbers as the Food and Wine Festival continues at California Adventure.  After the Eggstravaganza event ends as Easter passes, the following weekend will be Dapper Day.

Dapper Day will definitely see increased crowds as people dress up in their favorite vintage era and enjoy the park.  While this is not a Disney sponsored event, it is a fun time for all.  If you happen to go or want to see the park-goers dressed up, this is guaranteed to be a fun day as you see the many eras of the 20 th century and listen to overly courteous participants as they reminisce about a time gone by.

Overall, April is a lovely time of year weather-wise to attend the park.  Beginning of the month will see a slight above average crowd at Disneyland, mid-month will see a slight decrease with the month finishing up much lighter in crowds, which is nice right before summer starts to sneak in.  Please check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar below to see which of the days really appeal to you for your particular travel plans.

The weather is really getting warm now and dare we say hot?  With the average day hitting 77°F/25°C and nighttime at a much warmer than previous at 58°F/14°C, you will want to dress appropriately and make sure you hydrate.  With all the walking, heat, incoming humidity, and the crowds at Disneyland you will want to make sure to drink plenty of water.  Well there are a lot of shady spots in the park, they are guaranteed to be just as crowded as the pathways.

May is a busy month for Disneyland Crowd Calendar.  Not only are the warmer days and summer breaks increasing the crowd count, holidays and park sponsored events will keep this park hopping.  During the month of May you can expect there to be busy some peak days with above average traffic, with weekends being exceptionally busy.

May will start of with Bats Day on May 3 rd .  This day is an unofficial Disney event, but will be guaranteed to drive increased traffic.  If you are wondering what Bats Day is, it is a day dedicated to Gothic and Emo park attendees.  This day will be sure to have many people dressed in black and dark makeup, but always fun to see and recollect your days of youth.  Right after Bats Day, is Cinco de Mayo.  There are no park events scheduled for this holiday, but will most likely have increased crowds at Disneyland.  Mother’s Day is also Sunday, May 10.  Disneyland is a destination for mothers so expect to see the traffic increase sometime late morning.

From the middle of May to the end, Disney Parks host Grad Nite .  While California Adventure is the official host of these events, there will most likely be a surge in traffic in both parks as park goers start their day early or re-enter after it ends.  May also has Memorial Day, celebrated on May 25 th , that weekend will definitely have busier crowds as park attendees will have three day weekends.

As the whole month of May can fluctuate with traffic, make sure you check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the time that suits you and when the hosted Grad Nites are.  If you are going in May, typically, the weekdays, while busy, will still offer the least amount of crowd traffic.

June brings us halfway into the year and definitely into warmer weather as summer really starts to heat up.  At 81°F/27°C average during the day and 61°F/16°C averages during the night, the weather is definitely getting warmer.  Our advice about water and shade definitely carries over to this month.

There aren’t a whole lot of events this month, Grad Nite continues the remainder of this month and the same traffic patterns will continue with potential crowd surges during the day.  Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21 st and will most likely see more traffic in the midday.  While events are light, crowds are heavy.  Summer is now in swing, school is out and families start their vacations.  Almost every day will see above average crowds at Disneyland.  Our Disneyland Crowd Calendar below will show you the busiest days and you can determine which you would like to avoid or attend.

July brings even hotter weather and warmer nights.  Daily averages around 86°F/30°C and nighttime around 65°F/18°C.  The weather is hot, humidity will be up and so will crowds.  It is now more important than ever to stay hydrated, wear appropriate clothing and sun protection.

July is another month light on events and it’s a good thing too as crowds will already be hitting close to capacity numbers with the summertime breaks.  The whole month of July is the busiest month of the summer.  The Fourth of July has the park regaled in red, white, and blue with specialty treats available for purchase.  The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days in the park, so if you want to go to enjoy the décor and food, be prepared to navigate the crowds at Disneyland.

Disneyland also celebrates its birthday on July 17 th .  There will be special souvenirs available to purchase and a possible slightly higher crowd count as Disney loyalists come to celebrate the day.  Even with these days being the only events for the park, the Disneyland Crowd Calendar will reflect those above average crowd counts.  If you absolutely must go to the parks in July, consider a Park Hopper pass, that way when the crowds at Disneyland overwhelm you, you can head to California Adventure, which will be slightly less crowded.

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August brings us the hottest month of the year and unbelivebaly the park will start to ease up in crowds as the month progresses.  August temperatures hit 87°F/30°C averages during the day and 65°F/18°C during the night.  However, this heat will not stop the crowds early in the month at Disneyland and while the temperature and other summer activities will start to reduce park goer counts, August will still be busy.

This month brings us the start of the CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) Walk in the Park.  While these events happen early in the morning before it heats up, the event attendees inevitably stay in the park after their event.  With this even drawing not only the participants, but their family, friends, and cheerleaders, the park will definitely hit peak capacity that day.  While the event has yet TBD for 2020, it is usually within the first two weeks of the month.

For the month of August, there will be higher and lower than average crowds at Disneyland.  If you’re looking to go to the park in the summer make sure you check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the best time to go to Disneyland this particular month.

September brings us into the last hot month of the year.  With the temperatures from August averages carrying over into September, you can look forward to a very slightly cooler nighttime.   87°F/30°C during the day, renders the same as August and 63°F/16°C during the night, is virtually the same.  This heat, will definitely keep you looking for shade and beverages, so make sure to drink and wear your sunscreen in that hot California sun.

After Labor Day, September 7, the crowds reduce considerably.  With school back in session, most days hit average park crowds and some times below average.  Halloweentime is now going and the park is decorated in all of its Halloween Glory.  Mid September to the end of September is a great time to see the park in all this splendor.  Right before the major Halloweentime crowds really begin.  If you’re looking for the best time to go to Disneyland, this might just be the month.  Warmer days, slightly cooler nights, festive decorations, and lower crowd count all make for a great experience.  Hands down one of the best times to visit the park.  Check out the Disneyland Crowd Calendar below to see just how light some of the traffic days can be.

This month you start to see a much greater cooling trend.  82°F/28°C during the day and 58°F/14°C during the evening, the temperature swing after the sunset is now noticeable.  While the warmer days have you dressed in summer attire, the cooler night begs for you to have layers ready to keep you insulated after that sun sets.

The beginning of October starts with the second unofficial Disney event of Gay Day.  Usually the first weekend of the month, traffic is definitely up this weekend as the LGBTQ community and allies are there to show their support for love.

Hallweentime is in full swing this month and so are the crowds.  If you are more of a holiday traditionalist and want to see the Halloween décor during the month of Halloween, look to go midweek and avoid the weekends.  While the park gets more crowded and the month progresses, the lightest days still invariably fall on the weekdays.  Weekends still being traversed by parents and their children who are no longer off for the summer, guarantees a busier experience.

A newer Disney event is Plaza de la Familia .  This event typically takes place during Hallweentime, though dates for 2020 have yet to be released.  This event celebrates Pixars “Coco” and family.  With Mexican specialty treats and a focus on Hispanic traditions, expect to see many park goers there to celebrate either their heritage or support others.  Make sure you check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar to see when this event is, once the dates have been determined.

Unbelievably, the best time to go to Disneyland in October is closer to Halloween on October 31 st .  Crowds start to die down, usually thinking that the park will be busier.

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November brings a much cooler days and nights.  Daytime highs typically stay at 82°F/27°C  and nighttime with temperatures drop lower to the 52°F/11°C range.  While the days are still warm, evening is much cooler, making evident that a typical California winter is heading in.  Dress in layers and stop to get a hot coco after the sunsets to warm your bones.

The middle of November is another one of those best times to go to Disneyland.  Traffic is lighter as Halloweentime ends and Christmastime is yet to begin.  While the first week starts to see the transition happen with Halloween to Christmas, the crowds are busier.  The second Dapper Day of the year happens in November.  This unsponsored event typically takes place early in the month and falls on the first weekend.  Have the same expectations as before.  Increased crowds that day, but amazing costuming to view.

As the month progresses, more Christmastime decorations will appear and the crowds will stay low until right before Thanksgiving.  Come the week of Thanksgiving and you will be sure to see the whole park regaled in its festive decorations and also crowds will jump from minimal to above average seemingly overnight.  Thanksgiving (and the weekend that follows) is one of the other busiest days of the year for the park, so avoid going this day and weekend if at all possible.

And now the last month of the year, December, temperatures dip to 70°F/21°C during the day with a chilly 47°F/8°C average during the night.  Another big temperature swing, your teeth are sure to be chattering after the sun goes down if you are not attired properly.  Many attendees will put coats in lockers to put on once that weather turns cooler.  Scarves and mittens are a common site at the park during this month.

The month of December has minimal events, the park is mostly centered around Christmastime food and decorations.  Crowds will die down after Thanksgiving and make the park one of the best times to go to Disneyland at the beginning of the month.  The cooler weather and amazing decorations will transport you to another time and place.

Most weekdays traffic is moderate with some lighter days peppered in.  Weekends are busy as usual with the busiest time the last ten days of the year.  Disneyland will typically hit capacity from the week before Christmas to New Years, making this definitely one of the busiest times of the year to attend the park.  If you have to go this particular time, make sure you check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for December to pick the days that will be the most manageable for your plans.

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There you have it, a month by month breakdown for weather, the larger crowd drawing events, and what time of the month is the best time to go to Disneyland.  We hope you get to use this information and plan a fun for all vacation to, hands down, one of the happiest places in the world, Disneyland!

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Before we browse calendars, please know that the park is truly crowded year round now. “Off season” is really a thing of the past, as Disney implemented tiered pricing and theme park reservations to balance out crowds. And, it’s working. Rather than banking on going during a “slow” time, I encourage you to do a little research so that you can enjoy your visit, regardless of the crowds.

Start with this post  for a basic overview of the parks with many links that will educate you on so many important parts of planning a Disneyland trip. Having some essential tools in place will make your visit a successful one, regardless of the crowds you encounter.

Use this post  to know how to start each day at each park, regardless of which days you visit. These strategies will help you get on every attraction in 20 minutes or less. It’s entirely possible! I test my plans once a month and edit them as needed to ensure you have the best strategy to avoid the crowds.

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  • January: 1-7 ( Holidays at Disneyland wrap up ); 11-15 (Disneyland Half Marathon/MLK Day weekend); 23, 25, and 30 ( Sweethearts’ Nites )
  • February: 1, 6, 8, 12, and 14 ( Sweethearts’ Nites ); 16-19 (Presidents Day)
  • March: 5 and 7 ( Disney Channel Nites )
  • April: 1-5 (SoCal Spring Break) 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 ( Star Wars Nites )
  • May: 2, 7, and 9 ( Star Wars Nites ); 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 28, and 31 ( Grad Nites ) 25-27 (Memorial Day)
  • June: 2, 5, 7, 19, 12 and 14 ( Grad Nites ); 18 and 20 ( Pride Nites )
  • July: 4-7 (4th of July weekend)
  • August: 9, 10, and 11 ( D23 Expo ); 30-31 (Labor Day weekend)
  • September: 1-2 (Labor Day weekend) 5-8 (runDisney Halloween Half Marathon)
  • October: 11-14 (Columbus Day weekend); 31 ( Halloween )
  • November: 8-11 (Veterans Day weekend); 22-30 ( Thanksgiving )
  • December: 7-8 (Candlelight); 20-31 ( Christmas and New Years )

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How Do I Predict Crowds?

I visit the Disneyland Resort once a week on average – sometimes more . I make notes from each visit regarding crowds and then compile that info when I create my calendars.

I also use local school info, Disneyland’s Magic Key calendars, and previous years’ info. My experience in the parks is my most effective tool, of course.

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  • Weekdays are typically less crowded.  If you have to schedule during the peak months, go during the week.
  • Holidays, California Spring Break (the most frequently scheduled of the SoCal spring breaks), Summer Break, Halloween and Christmas through New Years are most crowded.
  • If sunny days are important to you, know that May and June can often be gloomy. September is usually our warmest month.
  • With park reservations in place, the crowds are pretty even these days. But, there are no guarantees. Go prepared.

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I can help you with many parts of planning, but I recommend booking your trip with an experienced agent who can handle some of these things for you and advise on all of them. Commission is built into every Disney package purchased, regardless of who you book with. So, you do not pay more than if you book with Disney directly. A good agency will also walk you through crowd predictors along with resort options to find the best price for you, too, as rates vary throughout the year.

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Last updated: March 18, 2024

Created by Walt Disney and opened in 1955, Disneyland is the spiritual center of the theme park universe. Many of the ride's you'll visit at Disneyland are the first of their kind and set new standards for what amusement rides could be. These classics, including Pirates of the Caribbean , Haunted Mansion , and "it's a small world" , remain immensely popular today. Disneyland has a remarkable number of rides, shows, and attractions – it's impossible to see everything in one day. The park continually updates its rides with top-rated attractions such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway .

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Disneyland hosts special events throughout the year, from short celebrations like Dapper Day , to regular Disneyland After Dark after-hours events. But where Disneyland really shines is Halloween and Christmas , with special events and overlays on classic attractions like Haunted Mansion and "it’s a small world" with elaborate holiday decorations.

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“the details in constuction, the scale of the surroundings, and the authenticity of disneyland are beyond compare. ”, what to see and do.

Disneyland’s best rides mix fantasy, adventure, thrills, and detailed stories into some of the largest, most technically advanced experiences you’ve ever seen. Don’t miss:

Disneyland's Best Attractions:

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December 2024 Disneyland Crowd Calendar

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Our guide to December 2024 at Disneyland offers a free crowd calendar for picking best days to visit & avoiding the busiest ones during Christmas at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. Plus, what’s new, ride closures, what you should expect from a winter visit to Southern California, and more.

As with November, December features highs and lows, with some of the absolute worst crowds of the year, along with weekdays earlier in the month that are not nearly as bad. This is a result of mostly-light tourist numbers earlier in the month, coupled with Christmas vacation and school breaks in Los Angeles and Orange Counties (and around the country) later in the month.

Then there’s the the big reason so many people descend upon Disneyland in December: Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Happiest Place on Earth! Truly–not just in the cliched sense. Disneyland Resort is normally a magical place, but during the holiday season, it just oozes magic.

For more on what makes this season our favorite time of the year in the parks, read our Ultimate Guide to Christmas at Disneyland . We aren’t the only ones who think this is the most wonderful time of the year at Disneyland, and the crowds bear that out.

Fortunately, this has improved a bit in recent years, and that trend should continue this year. As with this Halloween season, Disneyland Resort has gradually increased the Christmas offerings at Disney California Adventure to better distribute crowds between the two parks.

To accomplish this, Festival of the Holidays–which includes both a foodie event and more entertainment–has been added to the slate of seasonal offerings at DCA. You can read our Guide to Festival of the Holidays at Disney California Adventure for tips on the best way to experience that.

December Weather at Disneyland

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Weather is a bit of a mixed bag. First, it’s Southern California’s rainy season. This is almost meaningless, as average rainfall during the month is only around 2″, but that’s still much more than the norm. The average high in Anaheim during December is around 70º and the average low is around 47º.

Personally, we like these cooler daytime temperatures, as this type of weather is perfect for racing around a theme park, especially if you’re carrying a backpack or have kids in tow. However, once the sun goes down, it can be a bit too cold, especially if you stay past 9 p.m. or watch World of Color.

Due to the potential for rain and frigid temperatures in the evening (or even during the day if it gets unseasonably cold), we recommend consulting our What to Pack for Disney in Winter post. Some of that might seem like overkill for Southern California, but it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Trust me, I’ve made that mistake before.

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Before consulting this or any December 2024 crowd calendars for Disneyland, it’s worth understanding the limitations of projecting attendance, wait times, crowds or congestion. Our main post: 2024 Disneyland Crowd Calendars: Best Times to Visit & When to Avoid goes into extensive detail about why Disneyland crowd calendars are currently unreliable, which is why there’s no color-coded calendar or numerical scores for each day of the month.

Suffice to say, this is due to changes in attendance trends, reservation availability for Magic Key passholders , staffing shortages, ticket promotions, and other factors. General trends are a bit easier, but it’s difficult to say a particular day will have low, moderate, or heavy crowds–or how one day of the week will compare to days around it.

What happens going forward with Magic Keymaster demand is an unknown. Pent-up demand among locals could fizzle out, but that could be offset by more reservation availability. If you’re planning a last minute visit, consult Disneyland’s Magic Key Access Calendar . This shows blockout dates and reservation availability all in one handy location—both offer insight into crowd forecasting. Similarly, there’s the Disneyland Theme Park Reservation Calendar for single and multiple-day tickets. (Those are only useful on short notice—dates fill up a couple weeks in advance, at most.)

With that said, here are the best and worst times to visit Disneyland in December 2024…

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We’ll start predictions here with high-level advice and narrow it from there. As a general matter, earlier in December 2024 is better than later in the month, which is probably patently obvious given the school breaks for Christmas and New Year’s the last two weeks. However, we still encounter people who are surprised the holiday season is busy because they expect everyone to be at home with their families.

Second, weekdays are mostly better than weekends. Wednesdays and Thursdays followed by Tuesdays will probably be the best overall full days of the week to visit in December 2024. Other times we really like are Friday mornings and Sunday evenings (before the locals arrive and after they leave). Monday has been the busiest day of the week for a while, and we don’t expect that to change.

Saturdays and Sundays will busy despite the lower tier Magic Key passholders being blocked out. Trends changed last year and that was not the case, which is reflected in Best & Worst Days of the Week to Visit Disneyland & DCA . A lot could happen between now and December 2024, but we’re once again expecting Saturdays and Sundays to be busier.

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In past years, evenings were busier as many local Annual Passholders would visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure after work to get their Christmas fix, and for the holiday season entertainment. Consequently, even “light” days on the crowd calendar would be much busier at night.

That’s still true to some extent, but less so given that only the highest tier of Magic Key passes includes free parking. Now, more locals start earlier in the day, often taking a half-day off work to get more bang for buck from their visit. The most popular day for doing this, without question, is Friday. Even other days of the week, it’s common to see crowd levels spike in the mid-afternoon.

This is why we’re big fans of Friday morning. You beat the late-arriving locals and get to enjoy low crowds and short waits for rides. Of course, if you stay the whole day, you also have to deal with the heavy crowds at night, so there’s that.

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Digging into specific dates, the first week of December 2024 is our #1 week of the entire year to visit Disneyland. On the crowd calendar, this will be the week for the lowest crowds of the month, and is unquestionably the best week of December to visit. The dates we recommend are November 30 (arrival) to December 8, 2024. The beginning is immediately after Thanksgiving, but crowds fall fast after the holiday as people there for that week head home.

The underrated reason why this week is so good is because of Magic Key Annual Pass blockout dates. The three lowest tiers of APs all have very aggressive blockouts for the weekend after Thanksgiving. The lowest tier is also blocked out for the entirety of December 2024. Between a lot of locals being unable to visit and tourists heading home, this first week is blissfully uncrowded.

Last year, both of the two weeks after Thanksgiving had an average wait time of 25 minutes, which is very low. Due to Thanksgiving falling later than normal and Christmas season starting later, we wouldn’t expect both of those weeks to be so slow. Accordingly, the best week to visit is the one ending December 8, 2024.

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With that said, if that week won’t work, December 9-15, 2024 should still be below average. Those dates would be moderately crowded in a normal year, but there’s always a bit of variance–they can be slightly above or slightly below average. Either way, you’re not looking at high crowd levels.

The following week is where things get tricky. The two lowest tiers of Magic Keys are blocked out for the entirety of that week, but the Believe Key is open December 15-16, 2024. As such, we’d expect the parks to be busy as those locals sneak in their final visits before Christmas. The top-tier Inspire Key is blocked out starting December 20, 2024–after that, all Magic Keys are blocked out until (at least) January 4, 2025.

In the past few years, there has been a bit of a lull after Magic Keys are blocked out but before tourist crowds arrive. However, that had been happening mid-week with Christmas falling over the weekend. In 2024, the blockouts hit on the weekend with Christmas arriving on Wednesday, December 25, 2024.

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With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on Wednesdays in 2024, it’s a bit more difficult to predict how bad that week will be, as this is something we haven’t seen since 2019. All years since, Christmas has fallen over a weekend or long weekend (Friday or Monday). As a result of that dynamic, crowds were mostly consolidated into the week  between  Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

In 2024, we’re expecting crowds to be more spread out between the two weeks. That’ll mean the peak week (always Christmas to New Year’s Eve) isn’t quite as bad and the week leading up to Christmas is much worse. That’s how it was way back in 2019…and every year before that.

With that said, every single day from December 22, 2024 should see peak attendance and high numbers on the crowd calendar–you’re looking at a solid string of 10/10 dates. The last 10 days of December 2024 will likely be the busiest stretch of the year at Disneyland. This is one of the worst times of the year to visit unless you know what you’re doing.

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The weeks around Christmas and New Year’s Eve are busy with tourists. The days before those blockouts will be bonkers with locals trying to get their last visits prior to Christmas. Accordingly, expect December 15-19, 2024 to be particularly busy, too. Various lower tier passes have blockouts within that time frame (particularly Saturday), but it’ll still likely be a 9/10 crowd level.

The biggest wildcard is the days of December 20-21, 2024. That’s right after the blockout starts, but before tourists arrive in full force. To be sure, those days won’t be uncrowded; they will be some degree of ‘very busy’ regardless. Los Angeles and Orange County school districts are on break, and those weeks are tremendously popular with tourists.

It’s simply a question of whether they’ll be 10/10 days or maybe there will be a bit of drop-off and they’re “only” 8/10 or 9/10 days. Or 10/10 days, but with slightly lower wait times. That’s a big difference this time of year.

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During the height of Christmas season, we recommend Park Hopper tickets. Tourists with these should strongly consider mornings at Disneyland before Park Hopping to DCA. Locals from Los Angeles and Orange County who arrive after work tend to make Disneyland more crowded in the evenings.

For most of the month, 1-day tickets have Peak Season pricing. 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.

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If there is rain in the forecast, we highly recommend visiting Disneyland on that day. Locals tend to avoid rainy days at Disneyland and DCA, making the parks considerably less busy than normal. This leads to a surge in attendance the day following the rain (avoid those days, or visit DCA the day after a rainy day). This might sound a bit odd or extreme, but (Southern) Californians are not used to rain, and tend to stay inside when it’s raining. We are not even kidding or exaggerating.

Early December is Southern California’s off-season in terms of tourism. Even though Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can be busy in early December, it’s primarily with Californians. As such, off-season occupancy rates will be reflected in hotel prices the first couple weeks of December. With almost zero transition, the week before Christmas through New Year’s is peak season, with exorbitant rates reflecting that.

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You can find deals on off-site hotels, the first couple of weeks, but don’t expect the same for closer to the holidays. We rank our favorite (and least favorite) hotels in the area in our Disneyland Area Hotel Rankings & Reviews post. Check out discounted hotel + ticket vacation packages on Get Away Today to save money on off-site hotels.

Overall, December tends to be busier, colder, and wetter than November, which is why it falls a bit on our Best and Worst Months to Visit Disneyland . With that said, it’s still a wonderful month to visit. Even if you’re traveling during a time with yellow or red crowds, there are ways to beat the hordes of other tourists–namely by rope dropping the parks, having an efficient itinerary , and efficiently using Genie+ and Lightning Lanes (it’s worth the money) . Beyond that, Disneyland Resort’s Christmas season is incredible, with holiday entertainment that makes the hassle of any crowds worthwhile.

Planning a Southern California vacation? For park admission deals, read Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets . Learn about on-site and off-site hotels in our Anaheim Hotel Reviews & Rankings . For where to eat, check out our Disneyland Restaurant Reviews . For unique ideas of things that’ll improve your trip, check out What to Pack for Disney . For comprehensive advice, consult our Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide . Finally, for guides beyond Disney , check out our Southern California Itineraries for day trips to Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, and tons of other places!

YOUR THOUGHTS

If you’ve visited Disneyland during December, what did you think of the experience? Have you braved the crowds during Christmas or New Year’s weeks? Did the holiday entertainment make the insane crowds ‘worth it’ for you? What are your thoughts on Holiday Time at Disneyland? Do you agree or disagree with our December 2024 crowd calendar for Disneyland and DCA? If you’ve visited Southern California in December, do you have any tips to add? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!

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Written by Tom Bricker

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Sorry Tom, but this blog is a trap. Every single link takes you back to the top of the same page! Why not offer useful links?

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Any intel on why Dec 5-9 are fully booked? Yet weekends surrounding are open.

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Disneyland staffs better on the weekends, which increases capacity–particularly at restaurants.

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I was wondering the same thing. Dec 2-10 all booked, while there is still availability for Nov 28-Dec 1 and Dec 11-20. Very odd!

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Hi Wow is Wonderful to See the Snow and The Magic in Disneyland Christmas is my Favorite Holiday Season Wow i Want to Be There to Have Fun My Happiness is Endless

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planning on going with the family including 1 toddler to Disneyland on dec 25th any advise or line information?

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Do we just extrapolate this into corresponding 2019 weeks? I’ll keep checking back and hope that you update the calendar, especially after Star Wars opens.

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Thinking of surprising my kids and drive down after we open presents Christmas day-the 28th. Everything I have read say its the most busiest. What are you thoughts??

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Planning to take the kids the day after Christmas for the week. I’ve followed this blog for World advice (you single handedly convinced me Victoria and Alberts was worth it; it was) I’ve been to Land once last October. It seemed more packed than world on a random week, yet easier to navigate. A lot of people are tellingus to avo8d Disney and do universal instead. The kids really really want to see Nightmare before Christmas haunted mansion. Plus nola to LA is a cheap flight. Thanks for the info.

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Your site is very helpful. We are planning on going right after New Year’s. Our school is still off. Which day would be less busy? I am taking my 92 year old dad who hasn’t been in decades. I want him to see the holiday decorations.

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Does anyone know why the park hours are shorted the week of Dec 18th at Disneyland? Park is open until midnight every day in December, but closes at 9pm in the week leading up to Christmas. Do you think these hours could be extended?

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I was wondering the same thing…the first two weeks of December DL is open til midnight then the traditionally busier week before Christmas it closes at 9pm when all the schools are out for winter break….that doesn’t make sense…do they ever change the hours?

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Hey Tom! I love your site, thank you. We plan to be there the first week of January…how are the crowds. I see mid January is a great time to come, but I am anticipate mass crowds first week. Am I correct?

That really remains to be seen–particularly with regard to the SoCal resident ticket deal. We’ll be posting a January preview within the next couple of weeks, but the short version is “we don’t know yet.”

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We are hoping to visit Disneyland with our young children in Late January early February and were wondering what the best dates are in 2018. Our son is on the spectrum and we would like to have a favorable experience so the less crowded the better. Any suggestions?

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Love your website Tom, thank you for all your help! We’ll be staying at the California Grand Hotel next week right before Thanksgiving. In past years, we used the California Grand Hotel’s entrance to California Adventureland, and the line was always very long. Do you think it’s quicker to use California Adventureland’s main entrance even if staying at the Grand Hotel, especially during this busy season?

Thank you for anybody’s thoughts!

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You know, my initial reaction to people saying Cali gets cold at night, is that they are nuts because 47 degrees doesn’t seem that cold (I lived in Idaho for 10 years where the winter temps sometimes sank to -20.) However, we went to Disneyland last May, and I, being a know-it-all, didn’t think I’d need a jacket at night. Yeah… I was wronger than wrong. I could not believe how cold it was. I don’t know if it’s something funky with the coast or what, but I was dying. In any case: At least pack a jacket because somehow the cold in Cali feels colder than normal.

I think maybe it’s the cool wind, or perhaps that your body becomes acclimated to the sunshine and warm weather during the day, so it’s more jarring when it gets cold at night. Or maybe both?

We’re the same way though–originally from the Midwest, and we get cold at Disneyland during November and December.

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There are several reasons it “feels” colder than the actual temperature my friends. The air is damper in the winter months which is not what we’re used to here, the disparity between daytime and night time can be a 40 degree swing in just a few hours, both Disney and DCA have many “corridors” that direct the chilly winds right at you (this is most noteworthy in the path from Big Thunder to Fantasyland, by the smoking area and lastly, the many man-made bodies of water that the winds are peeling off moisture into the winds.

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This is our favorite time of year at DLR!! And, given the changes in pricing, it has become harder to know the crowd calendar. But, I think you both have the right ideas about this time of year with regard to crowds, how to plan accordingly, and the disbursement of crowds between the parks. We start with Fantasyland, move into Tomorrowland, then jump over to NOS and CC before heading over to DCA. Back to Disneyland for nighttime magic… MAXpass will be our friend this season – thanks for the reminder! Merry Christmas and happiest holidays, Sarah & Tom!

Especially during the busier days, it’s definitely a good time of year to purchase MaxPass. It’s our favorite time, too–enjoy your visit and happy holidays!

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Disneyland is one of those rare places that offers fun and entertainment for everyone, from bright-eyed kids to well-traveled adults. A visit is on every kid's wishlist and planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth is a rite of passage for every parent.

From figuring out the type of tickets to buy, knowing where to stay and how to get around, and avoiding long lines, a lot goes into creating a seamless experience on your trip to Disneyland. Lucky for you, we've done all the research to help you make those decisions.

Here's everything you need to know about booking a trip to Disneyland.

How to start planning a Disneyland vacation

Although a Disneyland vacation won't require as much planning as Disney World , a little organization can create a more enjoyable experience.

If the planning process is still overwhelming, you can actually hire professionals to do it for you, free of charge. TPG's Summer Hull and Richard Kerr have both utilized Mouse Counselors to plan their Disney vacations and both of them swear by it.

The planning service is free because the planners make their money via commissions paid out by Disneyland. All you have to do is submit a request for a quote and they'll plan your entire vacation. They'll even look for discounts, so you get the best deal possible.

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Choosing the best hotel for your Disneyland vacation

There are many hotel options for your Disneyland vacation, depending on your budget and needs. You can pay a premium to stay on-site (which includes some added perks), or you can stay at a more budget-friendly off-site hotel within walking distance of the park that lets you book with, or earn, points.

Below is an overview of the best hotel options near Disneyland.

Disneyland hotels

Disneyland operates three on-site hotels. The main benefit of staying at a Disneyland resort is proximity to the parks, Early Entry (admission to the parks 30 minutes before it opens to the public), preferred dining reservation access, character wake-up calls and more.

Rates at Disneyland properties tend to be quite a bit higher than at off-site hotels. Disney does offer seasonal discounts and sales during lower-demand times of the year that can reduce the cost.

Operating since 1955, the Disneyland Hotel is the first and oldest property within the Disneyland Resort. The hotel had a minor renovation in 2021 and is next to the Downtown Disney shopping district.

Standard rooms typically go for around $500 to $650 per night.

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If you want a slightly more upscale experience in a better location, look no further than Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa . The hotel is behind California Adventure Park and offers guests an exclusive entrance to the park.

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While rates at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa start at around $700, they can creep up as high as $1,000 per night for a standard room during peak times.

Across from the Grand Californian, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel is the cheapest Disneyland hotel option. Rooms are usually priced in the $400 to $450 range and the resort also has a private entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. The hotel is currently undergoing construction and will reopen as Pixar Place Hotel in the coming months.

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Disneyland Good Neighbor hotels you can book with points

There are currently 58 designated Good Neighbor hotels near Disneyland. These are hotels recommended by Disneyland for offering convenient locations and overall value. Many of these hotels can be booked with points; at some, you'll even find special deals and packages.

Related: Where to stay at Disneyland: On vs. off-property hotel comparison

Hyatt has three hotels near Disneyland and all of them are designated Good Neighbor properties. As of August 2023, all three properties are Category 4 hotels, with standard awards requiring 15,000 Hyatt points and off-peak awards available for 12,000 points. Alternatively, use an annual free night award from your World of Hyatt Credit Card.

The Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort Convention Center is the closest to the park entrance, just a block away. I stayed here three years ago and found the rooms spacious enough to accommodate three kids and two adults. Our room had a small living area separate from the bedroom and a pull-out couch for an extra person.

Everyone gets free breakfast regardless of Hyatt elite status , which is great for families. Overall, this is a solid choice for a Disneyland hotel.

The nearby Hyatt Place is a block farther, and it's a good option if you want a slightly cheaper limited-service hotel offering free breakfast. Room rates tend to be $20 to $50 cheaper than the Hyatt House when paying cash.

If you want a more upscale experience and don't need to be within walking distance of the park, the Hyatt Regency Orange County is the way to go. The hotel is in the Anaheim Resort area, about 2 miles from the hotel. For families needing more space, you can also opt for a Kids Suite starting at 21,000 points per night. The Kids Suite offers a king bed, bunk beds for the kids, and a microwave and fridge for those late-night snacks.

The Hyatt Regency Orange County operates a shuttle to Disneyland every half-hour. The cost is $6 per person per day and free for kids 3 and under. You can often find package deals that include shuttle service for four as well as parking and a Disney-centric welcome amenity.

Related: Here's how to quickly stock up on Hyatt points for your next vacation

IHG has five hotels near Disneyland, three of which have the Good Neighbor designation. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Anaheim Resort Area is a Good Neighbor property and is the closest of them all; it sits about a 10-minute walk from the park entrance. Award rates fluctuate wildly and can sometimes be as high as 50,000-65,000 points per night, so it's sometimes a better value to book this property with cash.

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Marriott has 11 Good Neighbor hotels near Disneyland. The closest properties to the park entrance are the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort and the Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance . The Fairfield Inn charges anywhere from 34,000 to 59,000 points for an award night.

Depending on the date of your stay, you can redeem your up to 35,000-point certificate from the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card or the annual up to 50,000-point award from the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card. This could be a great redemption, considering the hotel can go for more than $250 per night at peak times.

The Courtyard is a higher-end hotel with a water park requiring 68,000 to 98,000 points per night.

Hilton has a whopping 12 Good Neighbor Hotels in the Disneyland area, although quite a few are not within reasonable walking distance.

For the best location, you'll want to consider the Home2 Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort or the Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim Resort. These two hotels occupy a single shared building, which is nearly right across from the park entrance.

The Home2 Suites tends to be the better value of the two even though it usually costs a bit more, as it includes free breakfast. Additionally, a standard two-queen studio room at this hotel sleeps up to six, offering two queen beds, a sofa bed and a full kitchen. Even though the award rate is steep at 60,000, it could be worth it since most families will need just one room. That being said, TPG values Hilton points at 0.6 cents each, so it's generally not a good idea to redeem points unless standard rates are at least $360 per night.

The SunCoast Hotel is the next closest option, less than a mile from the park entrance. It's a doable walk, or you can opt to take the Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) bus that stops outside the property. The SunCoast is a Tapestry Collection property offering beautiful, light-filled rooms with bright pops of color to give you that Disney vibe.

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Types of Disneyland tickets

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There are multiple types of Disneyland tickets available. The type of ticket you should get depends on factors like which park(s) you want to visit and for how long, how often you plan on visiting Disneyland and your budget.

Disneyland tickets fall into seven tiers (Tier 0 through 6). Tier 6 is unrestricted, and the remaining tiers are subject to increasing blackout dates . Before you purchase a ticket, be sure to check the theme park calendar for park reservation availability.

Let's take a look at each option.

Single-day tickets

Disneyland's single-day tickets range from $104 to $179 per day and provide admission to one park only (either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure). Disney classifies children as those aged 3 to 9 (and offers a slight discount on child rates); it classifies adults as those 10 and older. Children 2 and younger do not need a ticket.

Related: How to make a reservation at Disneyland

Ticket prices vary per day based on demand. You can search the ticket calendar to see prices on the day(s) you plan to visit.

Multiday tickets

Multiday tickets are a good option if you want to visit Disneyland parks for several days, with per-day prices being discounted the more days you add on. Two-day tickets cost $285 (an average cost of $142.50 per day), and five-day tickets cost $83 per day.

Multiday tickets get you into both Disneyland and California Adventure — but not on the same day. You'll need to stick to a single park per day.

Park Hopper

Park Hopper tickets allow you to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on the same day. You can add this option to any multiday ticket for $60 per ticket or single-day tickets for $65. These tickets are ideal if you want ultimate flexibility in the attractions you visit in a day. The 1-Day Park Hopper tickets are especially ideal if you want to experience both parks on a short timeline.

Note that Disneyland currently only allows guests to park hop at 11 a.m. or later.

Magic Key (annual pass)

Disneyland also offers Magic Keys, which are annual passes. Passes are limited in number, so not all pass types are always on sale. Prices range from $449 to $1,599.

Related: Everything you need to know about Disneyland tickets and pricing

Disneyland ticket discounts

While Disneyland tickets can be pricey, there are several ways you can save money. Some discounts are exclusive to members of specific groups and may be limited to certain times of year, while others are open to the public.

Here's a look at common Disneyland ticket discounts:

California residents: California residents living within qualifying zip codes can sometimes purchase special multiday discount tickets for as little as $83 per day. Disneyland tends to offer these tickets to Southern California residents in spring and to all California residents in summer and early fall, but these offers are not guaranteed. Proof of residence and a valid government ID are required for purchase.

Military discounts: Qualifying military personnel can purchase three-day Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets for $245 and 4-day Park Hopper tickets for $280.

There is a limit of six discounted tickets and blackout dates apply. These tickets are available to active or retired military members, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.

AAA: AAA members can save on multiday Disneyland tickets, including Park Hopper tickets. However, the savings are not as big as advertised because AAA tacks a fee onto the final purchase page. Membership fees vary, ranging from $56 to $119.

CityPASS: CityPASS offers Disneyland ticket discounts ranging from $5 to $26 , depending on your ticket type.

Undercover Tourist: Undercover Tourist is a tried and true way to save on Disneyland tickets. The site currently offers discounts ranging from $7 to $33 per ticket.

Get Away Today: Get Away Today is another travel agency that specializes in Disneyland travel and offers discount tickets as well. Get Away Today will always price-match the best deals you may find elsewhere.

Related: How to use points to buy Disney tickets

Best time to visit Disneyland

The best time to visit Disneyland depends on a variety of factors.

For the best experience, you'll want to avoid school holidays, weekends and major ride openings. Late summer and early fall tend to be less crowded, but the weather in August and September can be excessively warm (although never as hot as Walt Disney World in Florida).

A great way to plan the best time to visit Disneyland is to check your desired travel dates against the IsItPacked crowd calendar . The calendar considers all of the previously mentioned factors to generate a crowd forecast.

Related: 9 things families should know before visiting Disneyland

How to reduce your time in line at Disneyland

Disneyland may be The Happiest Place on Earth, but it's not immune to long, stressful lines. That's especially true on weekends, holidays and when it comes to popular attractions.

Start at the back of the park and move your way up front

If you arrive just before the park opens, a good strategy to avoid crowds is to start at the back of the park and move your way forward. Many visitors (especially those with kids) will get caught up in the crowd-control mechanism near the entrance — character meetings, retail shops — before making their way to the rides closest to their path.

You can beat the crowds by moving in the opposite direction. The same goes with mealtimes: Plan to eat before or after the noon rush, and you won't encounter crazy long lines. You might also find shorter wait times at your favorite rides while most guests are preoccupied with lunch.

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Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes

Disney Genie+ (along with a related service, Individual Lightning Lane) allows Disneyland guests to skip the standby line on many of the park's most popular attractions. The Disney Genie+ service starts at $25 per person per day and allows you to make Lightning Lane reservations throughout the day. You can make your first reservation after you enter the park and then subsequent reservations as you redeem each one or after two hours pass (whichever comes first).

Related: How I maxed out Disneyland's Genie+ and rode 26 attractions in a single day

You'll also get unlimited photo downloads from all attraction photos and those taken by PhotoPass photographers; and you'll receive features like audio tales and AR photo lenses to help you pass the time waiting in line.

There are a few attractions that do not participate in the Disney Genie+ service, but most of these attractions nevertheless have Lightning Lanes. You need to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane reservation (sold separately) to skip the line for these select attractions. Pricing ranges between $15 and $25 per person per attraction, and you can purchase up to two attractions per day. The current list of attractions participating in each program is available on Disneyland's website .

Related: 10 line-busting tips for less waiting and more playing

Early Entry

Guests staying at Disneyland resorts can enter either park 30 minutes before they open to the public. This is worth taking into consideration when making your hotel reservations since an extra 30 minutes before park opening means virtually no lines.

Use the Disney app

The Disneyland mobile app is key to a seamless Disneyland experience. Aside from storing your park tickets, the app helps users book restaurant reservations, make Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane reservations, order meals to-go on mobile and see wait times for rides.

The Disney app can be an invaluable tool in avoiding lines for rides and restaurants, allowing you to enjoy your limited time at the park.

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Use the Ridemax app

If you want to avoid lines like a pro, consider downloading and subscribing to Ridemax . The app creates a custom itinerary for you based on the rides you choose and the amount of time you plan on spending at the park, to minimize wait times. A 90-day subscription costs $14.95, while an annual one costs $24.95.

There's also a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if it is not as helpful as you'd hoped, you can get a full refund.

Related: The best restaurants at Disneyland

How to save money on your Disneyland trip

There are many ways to save money on your Disneyland trip, whether it's getting discounted park tickets or deals on your hotel bookings.

We'd be remiss to start the money-saving portion of this guide without mentioning points. Whether it's your airfare, hotel or park tickets, you can use points to offset a large chunk of your Disneyland vacation. Disneyland has lots of point hotels starting at just 12,000 points per night for off-peak awards at any of the area Hyatt hotels.

With the 60,000-point sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening), you could cover up to five nights at one of these hotels.

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is another great option for earning and redeeming miles towards a Disneyland trip. The card currently offers 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

All you have to do is charge your Disneyland hotel or vacation package to the card and then redeem miles toward the expense. And if you don't quite have enough miles now, you have up to 90 days after purchase to save and redeem miles toward a travel expense.

Check for package deals

You can save a lot on your Disneyland vacation by booking a package deal through a site like Get Away Today . For example, a four-night stay in September in a one-bedroom suite at the Element by Westin Anaheim Resort Convention Center with three-day park hopper tickets for a family of four will cost $3,297.88 when booked with Disney directly.

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Through Get Away Today, the same package deal costs $2,682.53.

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Costco is currently offering Disneyland travel packages that include savings on on-property Disneyland hotels and a Disney gift card:

  • Stay two to four nights and receive a $185 Disney Gift Card
  • Stay five nights and receive a $205 Disney Gift Card
  • Stay six nights and receive a $225 Disney Gift Card
  • Stay seven or more nights and receive a $245 Disney Gift Card

Buy Disney gift cards on sale

Buying Disney gift cards can save you about 5-10% on the cost of food and merchandise at Disneyland hotels. Sam's Club, Staples, Target and Safeway occasionally discount the price of Disney gift cards by about 5%. Add cash back bonuses and savings from a card that earns bonus points at grocery and office supply stores , and the savings will stack up.

I've personally had success using my Chase Ink Plus Business card (card no longer available) to buy Disney gift cards at Staples, stacking the savings with 5% cash back through Dosh (Note: I will earn a $10 referral if you sign up with my link and make your first qualifying purchase).

The information for the Chase Ink Plus Business Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bring your own swag

If you're taking your kids to Disneyland, buy all your swag ahead of time. Everything is incredibly overpriced at the park, and there's no reason to spend $30 on mouse ears when you can find equally cute ones on Etsy or Amazon for $5.99. The same goes for all trinkets and toys that end up in a forgotten pile somewhere.

Related: 7 Reasons why Disneyland is better than Disney World

You might feel sentimental about bringing back a $40 snow globe, but trust me: The memories you make are more important (and lasting) than the overpriced merchandise you buy at the park.

Related: How much does a Disneyland vacation cost?

How to get around Disneyland

Unlike the sprawling Disney World resort, Disneyland is easy to get around on foot. But if you get tired after a day of park hopping, you can take various modes of transportation around the park. The Disneyland Railroad offers an 18-minute ride with stops at Main Street, New Orleans Square, Mickey's Toontown and Tomorrowland.

The high-flying Monorail is great if you want a faster way to get around the park. The Monorail makes the 2.5-mile journey through the area in just 13 minutes, stopping in Tomorrowland and the far end of Downtown Disney.

For a slow, fun ride, you can hop aboard one of Disney's Main Street Vehicles near City Hall and Central Plaza. They include the Jitney, a horse-drawn streetcar, the classic fire engine and omnibus.

Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley makes four convenient stops throughout the already walkable park.

Related: The essential guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland

The best credit cards to use at Disneyland

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You may be surprised to find that the Disney Visa Card isn't among the best cards to use at Disneyland, though it can be a good option if you're looking to finance a Disney vacation. The best cards for booking Disneyland packages will be ones that earn bonus points on travel , like the Chase Sapphire Reserve . You'll earn 3 points per dollar and use your $300 annual travel credit to offset part of the expense.

When it comes to spending at Disneyland theme parks, you'll want to use a card that earns bonus points on dining . The Citi Prestige® Card (card no longer available) is a great option, as it earns 5 points per dollar spent in this category. The American Express® Gold Card is also a great choice, earning 4 points per dollar at restaurants.

The information for the Citi Prestige and Disney Visa card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

While it's not as large as its Florida counterpart, Disneyland does require some planning. This guide should make the process of planning your Disneyland adventure a little easier.

Additional reporting by Leslie Harvey.

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A Closer Look at Disneyland's 2024 Festivals and Special Events Calendar

F or the first time ever, Disneyland Resort is giving organized vacation planners a major head start to their 2024 vacation planning . The Anaheim resort just announced its entire 2024 lineup of festivals and special events, which includes the return of a fan-favorite summer festival and beloved holiday traditions.

Whether you visit Disneyland for the first or 50th time in 2024, there’s a special event to suit your interests and availability. No matter what season you travel, something exciting is going on!

Early 2024 Brings Food and The Force

2024 kicks off strong with the return of the Lunar New Year Celebration. Taking place from January 23 through February 18, this festival is a celebration of Asian cuisine and culture, and will include Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, featured Asian cuisine, festive décor and merchandise, and more. During the month of February, guests can also check out Celebrate Gospel. The event takes place on February 17 and 24 at Fantasyland Theatre, with concerts headlined by Marvin Sapp (Feb. 17) and Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Feb. 24).

Also in the month of February, Anaheim Ducks Days returns, specifically from February 22 to 23, 2024. The two-day event will take place at Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure and will include a cavalcade, photo ops, and appearances by current and legacy players.

Starting March 1, guests can experience the flagship Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festiva l. The springtime festival runs through April 22 and features food booths, serving unique food and beverage items, along with specialty merchandise, live entertainment, and more.

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Star Wars fans will want to plan their 2024 Disneyland vacation around Star Wars Season of the Force , which takes place from April 5 through June 2. During this period, the previously announced updates to Star Tours the Adventures Continue will debut in Tomorrowland. New scenes and characters will be added to the attraction, including Ahsoka Tano. In addition, Hyperspace Mountain will return to Disneyland Park, and according to Disney, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will provide fresh perspective on the fireworks above Disneyland Park, with galactic music sweeping through the spires.”

Spring and Summer Belongs To Pixar 

Pixar Fest returns to Disneyland Resort in the spring and summer of 2024, after it first debuted in 2018. The festival will officially take place from April 26 through August 4, giving guests over three months of Pixar-themed entertainment, treats, and merchandise. A brand-new daytime parade called “Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!” will debut at Disney California Adventure, featuring a float dedicated to Pixar’s Turning Red . Over at Disneyland Park, the nighttime fireworks show “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” returns in 2024 as well. 

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Fan-Favorite Halloween and Holiday Offerings Return

Halloween Time officially arrives at Disneyland Resort starting on August 23 – a little earlier than usual, though the August date is typically when Haunted Mansion Holiday begins its temporary overlay. Halloween Time in 2024 will run through October 31. The after-hours event, Oogie Boogie Bash , will also return in 2024, though exact event dates have yet to be announced. During the daytime hours, guests can enjoy Plaza de la Familia – A Celebration of Coco , also returning between August 23 and November 2.

Finally, the Holidays at Disneyland Resort will begin on November 15. An end date has not been announced, but the Holidays typically run through the first week of January. The Holidays include limited-time fireworks, “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, a special holiday version of World of Color, and plenty of seasonal treats. Speaking of food, the Festival of the Holidays at Disney California Adventure is a major part of the holiday season – the festival is expected to return in 2024 as part of the resort’s holiday offerings.

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There is already a lot to look forward to at Disneyland Resort in 2024, including the completion of Pixar Place Hotel on January 30, Disneyland After Dark events on select nights from January through June, Fantasmic! returning on May 24, the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure , and so much more. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on Family Vacationist for more of the latest news from Disney Parks.

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Ahsoka tano, cassian andor, the mandalorian and grogu will become part of the star tours attractions on april 5 at disneyland..

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A new destination in a galaxy far, far away will be added to the mission of the Starspeeder 1000 when the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland is updated just in time for the annual Star Wars festival that now stretches to two months.

Former Jedi Knight and rebel spy Ahsoka Tano, Alliance intelligence officer Cassian Andor, Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin and “Baby Yoda” Grogu will become part of the Star Tours attractions on April 5 at Disneyland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Paris in France.

The updates to Disneyland’s Star Tours attraction headline the Season of the Force event returning to the Anaheim theme park on April 5 through June 2.

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Star Tours currently visits 11 planets in the Star Wars galaxy, according to Touring Plans . The destinations: Tatooine, Hoth, Batuu, Coruscant, Kashyyyk, Naboo, Jakku, Crait, Kef Bir, Exegol and Geonosis.

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Star Tours passengers will visit the Star Wars planet of Peridea during the new Ahsoka Tano storyline, according to Imagineering.

The ancient world of Peridea is where Grand Admiral Thrawn was exiled, according to the official Star Wars website.

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An Ahsoka journey might include encounters with Assassin droid HK-87, Chopper droid C1-10P or Grand Admiral Thrawn. Ahsoka’s T-6 Jedi Shuttle with rotating wings or New Republic General Hera Syndulla’s Ghost light freighter could also make appearances.

Star Wars characters currently show up in Star Tours in a few key ways.

Glimpses or hints of a few characters can be seen during the planetary excursions — including Chewbacca and Jar Jar Binks.

The Starspeeder is stopped by Darth Vader, Kylo Ren or a probe droid looking for a rebel spy aboard the ship during the unexpected departure at the start of the Star Tours — The Adventures Continue attraction.

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One of seven Star Wars heroes — Princess Leia, Yoda, Lando Calrissian, Poe Dameron, Admiral Ackbar, Maz Kanata or BB-8 — interrupts the journey via a hologram transmission, according to Touring Plans.

Ahsoka, Cassian, The Mandalorian or Grogu could appear as one of the hologram transmissions in Star Tours without joining the Starspeeder crew during an excursion to a previously unvisited Star Wars planet.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Star Tours would be traveling to three new destinations in the Star Wars galaxy. The Star Tours attraction will add one new destination.

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Anaheim’s largest employer, long a dominant player in local politics, received the blessing of the city’s planning commissioners Monday night to move ahead with the DisneylandForward project. This proposed expansion of the “Happiest Place on Earth” would be the start of “at least $1.9 billion of new development at the Anaheim resort over the next 10 years, according to Disney officials.

L.A. Times reporters Summer Lin and Grace Toohey wrote about the commission’s 5-1 decision in this story published shortly after Monday night’s vote.

Specific plans for new attractions are not mentioned in the proposal, according to Lin and Toohey’s report, “but Disney officials have offered a vision for possible additions, such as immersive Frozen, Zootopia, Tron or Peter Pan experiences similar to those at Disney’s locations in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.”

Items that are outlined in the proposal include “an increase of 4,376 theme-park-related parking spaces, as well as a variety of traffic improvements, including adding bike lanes and pedestrian bridges and absorbing some local roadways into Disney’s oversight,” the article states.

The development is expected to produce more economic output and tax revenue , according to an analysis commissioned by the Walt Disney Co. If approved, the new agreement would call for Disney to provide $30 million for affordable housing within five years, $40 million for street and transportation improvements and $10 million for sewer upgrades.

The proposal has been put through the hoops, having been studied by city officials and residents for nearly three years, including in a recent community workshop, The Times reports, but it’s not quite finished. Next it goes to the Anaheim City Council, probably next month, for final approvals.

The fire burns at the former Tustin Air Base on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023.

• Stuck with huge bills incurred since the huge hangar fire at the former Marine Corps Air Station last September, the city of Tustin is looking for help. Tustin has incurred more than $90 million in cleanup costs, according to this TimesOC story by my colleague Gabriel San Román. The U.S. Department of the Navy, which owns the property, has so far paid the city $11 million and was expected to pay another $13 million by last Tuesday’s City Council meeting but had not. “We need that money, we need it now,” Mayor Austin Lumbard said. “We need a whole bunch more right after that. Things are going to get a little spicy if we don’t get [it].” The city expects asbestos debris cleanup and analysis to take several months to complete. Three local state legislators, Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), Sen. Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana) and Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) are pushing for $100 million in federal supplemental funds in a resolution that would first have to gain the approval of both houses of the state Legislature.

• The oil sheen seen off Huntington Beach on Friday may have been caused by natural seepage. Originally suspected to have been an oil spill, a Coast Guard investigation had not provided definitive information as of earlier this week, The Times reported . The location of the seep is not far from the site of a large spill in 2021 that occurred when a ship’s anchor punctured an underwater oil pipeline in San Pedro Bay. The preliminary laboratory results show the sheen is “lightly weathered crude oil” and not a refined material like gasoline or diesel, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

• As of Monday, 613,529 Super Tuesday ballots had been tabulated in Orange County, and 80,000 -plus remained to be counted. The county has 1,819,334 registered voters. To see how people voted in local school board and other races, check out The Times’ live results page .

PUBLIC SAFETY

A wanted poster shows a gray-haired man in shorts handling equipment on a metal pole amid weeds and grass.

• Police are searching for a man believed to have been damaging wildfire-detection equipment in open spaces in Irvine , The Times reported Thursday . Irvine police released images on Facebook and Instagram showing a man they said tampered with the fire detection devices on at least two different occasions. Police did not specify when the devices were damaged but did say the man was seen riding a black bicycle. Anyone with information about the man is asked to contact police at [email protected] .

• A man died last Wednesday after Fullerton police shot him multiple times with ” less-lethal ” beanbag rounds. The manager of a McDonald’s on South Brookhurst Road called police at about 3 a.m. March 6 to report two men standing outside the business who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to The Times article about the incident . One of the men began to swing a belt at officers as they approached him. They were unable to subdue him with a Taser gun, so they used the “less-lethal” rounds to bring him down. He was treated at the scene but later died of his injuries at a hospital. The incident is under investigation by the Orange County district attorney’s office.

• Three women suspected of taking off with more than $3 ,000 in CVS merchandise were arrested by Huntington Beach police this week . Maria Parnica, 18, Daniela Ciuciu, 25, and 19-year-old Maria Hornea, all residents of Anaheim, were arrested and booked on charges of grand theft shoplifting and organized retail theft with the intent to sell, exchange or return.

• An Irvine man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for embezzling from a Newport Beach firm. Between 2008 and 2022, Varun Aggarwal, now 42, was an internal auditor at KBS Realty Advisors. In that capacity he faked invoices for consulting services, or for work at inflated prices. Aggarwal received more than $2.7 million from the scheme and resigned in January 2022 when the invoices were being investigated, according to court documents. In addition to giving him prison time, Judge Cormac Carney required Aggarwal to pay $2,729,718 in restitution .

• A Laguna Niguel man involved in a standoff with Orange County sheriff’s deputies was charged yesterday with two counts of attempted murder. City News Service reported the neighborhood around the 31000 block of Golden Lantern was locked down briefly Saturday night after Justin Derek Jennings, 39, fired his weapon and nearly struck deputies and a sheriff’s helicopter. The law enforcement officials had been called to investigate a report that a man had fired a rifle inside a home during a family dispute.

Player Brian Illoski greets the press on media day for the Orange County Soccer Club.

• Orange County Soccer Club is looking ahead with optimism, the Daily Pilot reports . My colleague, Matt Szabo, spent some time with club members during a recent media day at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine. He reports that last year, coach Morten Karlsen, who took over in the middle of the season, led the team from 11th place to second in the United Soccer League Championship Western Conference. The club is preparing for its home opener, March 23 against Miami FC.

2023 Hoag Classic Champion Ernie Els drives the ball off the 16th hole tee at the Newport Beach Country Club.

• The Hoag Classic returns to Newport Beach Country Club next week. Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, through Sunday, March 24. The full schedule of events can be found here . Last year’s champion, Ernie Els , is eligible to play along with other World Golf Hall of Fame members, major PGA champions and legends of the game who will compete for the $2-million purse. Over the years, the Hoag Classic has raised more than $25 million for Hoag’s program and services, as well as other local educational and military charities.

LIFE & LEISURE

Arturo Mandujano Jr. pours a latte at MoonGoat.

• ‘Community first’ is the unofficial motto of the co-founders of MoonGoat Coffee Roasters. The owners put the focus on the people of Orange County, noting there is a unique vibe here they hope to capture. The roastery recently opened its fourth brick-and-mortar location in UC Irvine Research Park, and it’s already become a popular place to hang out , according to this feature story by my colleague, Lilly Nguyen.

• Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach is offering specially priced tickets for this summer’s shows, only through Sunday, March 17 . The lowered prices for the pageant’s production of “À La Mode: The Art of Fashion” applies to Monday through Thursday evening performances from July 6 to Aug. 30. Tickets can be purchased online at foapom.com or by calling (800) 487-3378. Use promo code GREEN24 for $45 tickets in Main Tier seating, up to a $70 value.

CALENDAR THIS

The Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival Pie Eating Contest in 2023.

• Knott’s Berry Farm’s annual Boysenberry Festival is on now through April 7. The theme park pays homage to the little berry that put Buena Park on the map with this food and wine festival. Activities for all ages include a pie-eating contest, live music and more. All the details can be found here .

• The Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts the Beckman Arts & Science Festival this Saturday, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Innovators of all ages are invited to explore the connections between science and the arts through performances, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. Visitors will see Lego car racing, wind turbines, robotic soccer and other imaginative creations.

• Erin go bragh , March 17 is nearly upon us! Here are few area events with nods to St. Patrick:

— Dana Point Harbor St. Patrick’s Day Lunch & Harbor Cruise, Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30. The cruise includes an Irish-inspired catered lunch. Live music provided by the Brennans, a family band. For more information and to register for the cruise, visit this site .

— Downtown Santa Ana’s Almost St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl for revelers 21 and up, Saturday from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Organizers promise “green themed fun, contests, prizes and some malarkey.” A list of the participating venues, more information and a link to buy tickets can be found here .

— Despite its German roots, the Biergarten at Old World Huntington Beach is holding its Irish Fest today through Sunday. Full bar, dance and food.

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  1. Disneyland Crowd Calendar 2024-2025 [UPDATED]

    Calendar updated through February 2025. ALL Guests are required to have a park reservation and a valid ticket for the same park on the same date. Some parks, restaurants, experiences, hotels, and other features may be modified, unavailable, or be subject to limited availability, capacity, or closure. Our 2024/2025 Disneyland Crowd Calendar uses ...

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    2024 Disneyland Crowd Calendar. Our free 2024 Disneyland crowd calendars cover best & worst dates to visit. This helps you choose when to go and days to avoid, as higher attendance means longer lines & wait times at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland. These monthly guides also offer info & tips about special events weather, prices ...

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    December Disneyland Crowd Calendar and Events 2024. Throughout the year there are a few huge special events that make the parks extra magical! The two main holiday seasons, Halloween and Christmas, both bring special entertainment, decorations, and food to the parks. You can also find smaller themed events throughout the year.

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    Early May (May 1-12, 2024) Our first (and favorite) times to visit are the weeks before and after Thanksgiving week. Typically, Christmas season at Disneyland starts the weekend before this, meaning you have a week gap between the start of Disneyland's holiday season and the start of actual holiday travel.

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  7. Disneyland Crowd Calendar

    How Does It Work? The crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar reflect our wait time forecasts for each date and park. Those forecasts are based on 33 million wait times we have collected over the past 14 years. We account for special events, holidays, and other factors that bring people to the parks, and we rank each date from least-crowded (1) to ...

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    Our Universal Hollywood Crowd Calendar 2024 is best used to simply avoid the busy days at the park, and visit during the slow days instead. We update our Universal California Crowd Calendar using the latest park events, national holidays, universities & k-12 school year plus our own personal wait time data and vacation planning experience.

  9. Disneyland Trip Planning Guide [2024]

    Update: 2024 Disneyland Events Calendar Released! ... For a first visit, we advise five days (usually three full days plus two travel days) at Disneyland resort for a first trip. This might be a bit surprising—surely even four days for two theme parks would be overkill! But Disneyland is a special place.

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    The best months to visit Disneyland to avoid the crowds are: January and February. Your best days to visit Disneyland are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Be sure to avoid all major holidays such as: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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    To enter one of the parks, in addition to valid admission, each Guest is required to make a theme park reservation via the Disney Park Pass system.

  12. Disneyland Crowd Calendar: Best Time To Go To Disneyland

    Make sure you check the Disneyland Crowd Calendar to see when this event is, once the dates have been determined. Unbelievably, the best time to go to Disneyland in October is closer to Halloween on October 31 st . Crowds start to die down, usually thinking that the park will be busier.

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    Buy tickets and book a hotel room in advance. Make theme park reservations up to 120 days in advance. Make dining reservations up to 60 days in advance. Check the entertainment calendar a few weeks to a few days in advance to plan out your must-see shows (and check park hours at that time too).

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    April 7. "Dapper Day Spring Outing" (unofficial event) May 10, 14, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 28, 31. June 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14. Grad Nite. The event tends to make Disney California Adventure more crowded, so avoid going on these dates if you can. August 12-15. All Magic Key passes valid again after summer season blockout. August 23 - October 31.

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    Sweethearts' Night falls on nights in January and February, closing Disneyland Park at 8 p.m. these nights: Jan. 23, 25, 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 12 & 14, 2024. Our Overall Pick: If you don't want to visit during Holiday Time, Mondays through Thursdays in the first two weeks of November will be your best bet.

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  18. December 2024 Disneyland Crowd Calendar

    On the crowd calendar, this will be the week for the lowest crowds of the month, and is unquestionably the best week of December to visit. The dates we recommend are November 30 (arrival) to December 8, 2024. The beginning is immediately after Thanksgiving, but crowds fall fast after the holiday as people there for that week head home.

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  22. A Closer Look at Disneyland's 2024 Festivals and Special Events Calendar

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