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

Basic Info

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

With all of this in mind, 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 to balance out crowds. And, it’s working. Rather than banking on going during a “slow” time, I encourage you to do your 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.

 

2017 Calendar

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

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A few codes for 2017:

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

2018 Calendar

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

Note:

The 2018 Calendar is as up to date as possible right now. I will update it as more information is released for a few remaining events. Until I have confirmation, the following dates are not included:

  • Dapper Day – Spring 2018 is on the calendar. The second event usually falls in early November..
  • runDisney events – One is on the calendar (MLK). The remaining typically take place close to Mother’s Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
  • Pearls in the Park – I usually host this party late April or early May.

 

A few codes for 2018:

First, if you see a “-“, that means it’s a weekend day. I haven’t done this for previous calendars, but I think it helps know better how each month plays out.

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

Now, to Step 2 – Choose Where to Stay!