Step 1: Pick a Date

Going to Disneyland is a super fun thing to do.  Planning a trip to Disneyland can be just as much fun!  Fun fact: I like planning a visit as much as I do going to the park.

I’ve narrowed down the best and worst times to visit the parks based on personal experience, park research, online research and scheduled events.

I’ve visited the park as an out-of-state tourist and now as a Signature Plus Passholder.  While visiting during peak times can be challenging and will include more wait time for rides, selecting your dates from the calendar below may help you design a trip that works even during busy months.

Some general rules:

  • Weekdays, hands down, are 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, and Christmas through New Years are most crowded.
  • September and February draw the least crowds.  These are my favorite!

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Red = Busiest; Yellow = Busy; Green = Less Busy

A few codes:

NY = New Years; RUN = runDisney event; MLK = Martin Luther King Day; VAL = Valentine’s Day; PRES = President’s Day; SB = Southern California Spring Break; EAS = Easter; MOM = Mother’s Day; MEM = Memorial Day; GRAD = Grad Nights; DAD = Father’s Day; 4th = Fourth of July; LBD = Labor Day; COL = Columbus Day; HAL = Halloween; VET = Veteran’s Day; THK = Thanksgiving; CMS = Christmas; NYE = New Year’s Eve; DAPPER = Dapper Day; PITP = Pearls in the Park; D23 = D23, Disney’s fan conference

Now, to Step 2 – Choose Where to Stay!