I get asked this question a lot: when is the best time to visit Disneyland? My initial response is: anytime at Disneyland is the best time! In all seriousness, there are a few things to factor in when deciding what time of year to visit Disneyland. Once you know your preferences on crowd levels, weather, etc. you’ll be better able to choose your travel dates.
If you’d like to experience Disneyland with smaller crowds the best times to visit are:
• Mid-January through mid-March (except for President’s Day Weekend)
• Mid-April through mid-May (except during Spring Break)
• Mid-September through mid-November (except during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort)
If you can’t come during those times, another way to avoid larger crowds is to visit the parks mid-week-Tuesdays to Thursdays. My family and I prefer to visit when there are smaller crowds and we’ve found that the week before Thanksgiving is a great time to experience Disneyland.
When the parks are less crowded the park hours tend to be shorter and there are usually more attractions closed for refurbishment. If you’d like to have the option to be at the parks from early morning to late at night, then the best time to go would be during Disneyland’s peak season. Disneyland’s peak season is June through August. Park hours and entertainment are at their peak. There may be larger crowds, but you’ll have extra time to see everything you want to see. This also tends to be the warmest time of year in California.
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort also tend to be very crowded. Halloween time at the resort offers Mickey’s Halloween Party, other seasonal attractions and some spooky décor. Christmas time turns the resort into the merriest and most magical place to celebrate the holidays. My family and I also really enjoy visiting the parks while the Christmas décor is up (early November to early January).
If you’re only able to visit during a certain time of year, don’t hesitate to go! There is no bad time to visit the Disneyland Resort and your vacation will be as good as you make it. Just plan accordingly and have fun! You can also contact me if you’d like help with planning your next magical Disneyland adventure!
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