Disneyland Crowds In May

If you’re looking for light crowds and short lines, the month of May is usually a great time to visit Disneyland. The long and busy Spring Break season, which starts in the middle of March and through April, is finally over with, making way for a less crowded resort in much of May.

While the annual Grad Nite event does take place after park closing on some nights and the weather starts to get warmer during the day, it’s not the summer season just yet. The bulk of the summer crowds don’t begin to arrive until June.

The Disneyland Resort anticipates Monday-Thursday to be the least busiest days of the week in May. The crowds do tend to pick up on Fridays, and weekends will generally be busier. Here’s some of the dates you may want to try to avoid if you’re going this month.

Dates To Avoid

Memorial Day Weekend – Big crowds and long lines are the norm throughout Memorial Day weekend. If you don’t like crowds, avoid going on that Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

After Memorial Day – Disneyland is expected to get crowded for the summer right after Memorial Day. With midnight park closings and a full entertainment lineup scheduled for the entire week, the summer season crowds don’t let up until the end of August.

May Crowd Calendar

For the forecast of crowd levels of any day in May, be sure to check out the Disneyland Crowd Forecast Calendar.

For real-time updates and information on current crowd levels and conditions at the park, check out the Disneyland Live Crowd Tracker.

Have you gone to Disneyland in May? How were the crowds? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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  • Jason

    Planning on Disneyland May 7-10 (Tues-Fri)…it says “ghost town” which I assume just means not as busy as normal. Will we still be waiting hours to get on a ride?

  • Robert

    Crowds should be light on those days. Ghost Town days mean very minimal wait times!

  • Jason

    Sweet! So on these weekdays, I realize it is not a full-go (like fireworks), does the Fastpass still work or is that more for days when it’s packed? Is there even a need for it? Also would you say three days is enough to visit everything in Disneyland with two younger kids?

  • Robert

    Yeah, they still have Fastpass, but you probably won’t need to use it. 3 days should be plenty of time. Have fun!

  • Ash

    So The Day After Memorial Day Is Going To Be Really Crowded? & That Is On A Tuesday

  • Robert

    I don’t think it will be too packed since a lot of schools will still be in session after Memorial Day.

  • Ash

    Okay Sounds Good (: Thank You.

  • Jennie Jackson

    hi planning on disneyland May 19/20/21 in 2014.i think this will be a good quiet time? looks like it is the week before memorial weekend? will that mean no firewworks? do they happen on the weekend so we could plan to go sunday18th?

  • Robert

    Yes, it’s usually a good time to go before it gets crowded for the summer. I don’t believe there’s fireworks on weekdays before Memorial Day Weekend, but they should have them on Sunday.

  • Stephen

    Hey! My family was thinking about planning a trip somewhere around May 5-9, 2014. The crowd calendar says that these days are somewhere around the “Ghost Town” level. Would you agree? We’re trying to find a good time to go during the baseball season so we can also see the Dodgers. Also, my younger sister has autism, so we’re trying to find a few days where the lines are at a minimum, as she has problems with line. Do you think these days would cut it? Thanks! :)

  • Robert

    Yes, crowds are usually light around that time since that’s after the Spring Break season, so there should be minimal lines that week. Should be a good time to go!

  • Wendy

    Would June 1st, 2nd and 3rd be a decent time to go? I don’t think most schools get out until June 4th and later.

  • Wendy

    2014

  • Robert

    I’d be prepared for it to still be busy since some schools will be out for the summer by then, but it should be a better time to go than later in the month. LAUSD gets out on June 5, so you’ll be avoiding those crowds.

  • DanielleMarie

    We have been to Disneyland about 10 times, and early May is the absolute BEST! We have literally walked on to rides like Space Mountain, where in the summer we typically wait an hour. Love May visits!

  • DanielleMarie

    And FYI–schools in AZ get out before the end of May and then the mad rush to Disney begins. Soooooo…if you can hit it in May instead of June, I would.

  • Jasmine

    Don’t forget college students and high school seniors get out in late May. There won’t be as many families with young children, but there will probably be a lot of teenagers and young adults!

  • Jasmine

    I’m planning a trip for two adults for Tuesday, May 20th- Thursday, May 22nd (three days). I am starting to get concerned that we will not be able to see any fireworks shows or World of Color because we will only be there during weekdays. The 24 hr Disney day is on Friday, May 23rd, so do you think they might have fireworks during the week? I’ll be SO disappointed if we miss them!

    On another note, do you have an idea of which fireworks show will be playing? I’m not sure if it will be “Magical” or “Remember…Dreams Come True”. Thanks!

  • Jasmine

    When you go in May, are there usually fireworks shows during the week? I am so worried that there will not be any fireworks shows or World of Color except on the weekend, and we will only be there on a Tuesday-Thursday. Thanks!

  • Robert

    There should be World of Color on weekdays, but I’m not sure about the fireworks though since that’s before the summer season officially begins.

  • Star

    I am planning an no-kids trip for Mother’s Day (Sunday, Monday). Has anyone been there that weekend? I would anticipate that it is not busy, but I don’t know how most moms spend their Mother’s Day.

  • Robert

    It’s expected to be manageable on those days. Mother’s Day traditionally isn’t very crowded.

  • amber

    planning disney on may 13,14 and 15th. it states hey, its alright… is that kind of busy for wait lines or still kind of slow?

  • Robert

    That means manageable crowds, usually around 30min waits. It shouldn’t be too packed since most of the summer crowds won’t be out yet.

  • Marissa Swift

    I am planning to go to Disneyland May 22nd-27th. Since that is Memorial Day weekend and Disney is having their 24 hour event should I just assume that it will be a total madhouse for the entire trip?

    Marissa

  • Robert

    I don’t think it’ll be a madhouse the entire trip, maybe just on Friday for the 24-hour event. Saturday-Monday should be busy since it’s a holiday weekend, but Thursday and Tuesday should be manageable. Try to get there early!

  • Liz

    Hi, I have been planning my 30th birthday to be in Disneyland.. This also happens to be a grad night – 17th May. Since we don’t have grad nights in Australia I’m not sure what to expect. Is it usually busy during the day on a grad night or should I just expect it to be crazy busy being a Saturday?

  • Robert

    Grad Nite guests can to go to both parks during the day, so I’d be prepared for it be to crowded on that day. Most of the big crowds usually arrive in the evening though, so try to get there early if you can for more manageable lines. The good news is that all annual passports (except Premium) are blocked out that day.

  • Liz

    Great, thanks for your reply! Our plan is to be at the gates for when they open to make the most of it. We are also going on the 14th so hopefully we will get to go on a lot of rides between the 2 days.

  • tylercodymom

    The calendar for May 17th says yup, its packed. Does that mean hour long waits?

  • Robert

    Yes, I’d be prepared for some 60min waits on that day, hopefully less though. The lines are usually shorter in the morning, so try to get there early.

  • Grizwold

    We have our trip planned for Tuesday after Memorial Day for 5 days. We are used to going during Christmas. What do you think crowds will be like for those days right after Memorial Day.

  • Robert

    I think that’s a good time to go before the big summer season crowds start to arrive. Crowds are usually moderate on the weekdays after Memorial Day. Try to arrive early though. The weekend should be more crowded, and May 28 & 31 or Grad Nite days, so they might be a little busier (especially in the evening).

  • mizzpink90

    My family and I our planning our once a year vacation to the Disneyland resort for may 2- may 4 2014. Any thoughts on how the crowds will be?

  • Robert

    Saturday might be a little busy, but it shouldn’t be too packed on those days. Early May is usually pretty quiet, so I think it will be manageable.

  • Marla

    I was planning on Going to disneyland/cal adv May 5th and 6th. I just realized that it’s Cinco de Mayo. I made a hotel reservation at Paradise Pier but then called back to possibly adding a day and all 3 hotels are booked. Any ideas if that means the parks will be crazy as well? The calendar said Ghost Town but how is that with ALL the hotels booked in the park.

  • Marla

    Do you know if May 5th and 6th will be one of those best days or is it busy due to Cinco de Mayo?

  • Robert

    I don’t think Cinco de Mayo will affect the crowds much. It traditionally isn’t crazy in early May. The Spring Break season is over and the summer crowds aren’t out yet, so it’s usually very manageable.

  • Liz

    I need help or advice please :)

    I am planning to go to disneyland on the 17th of may which is on a saturday. I checked out the hours and schedule for that day and it showed that all passholder are blocked? Does that mean it will be crowded and I’ve read so far theres a grad nite that day too ? Please i need information .. What day should be best to go ? Less wait lines ? Before the 23rd of May please

  • Robert

    I don’t believe May 17 is a Grad Nite day. I’d be prepared for it to be busy since it’s a Saturday, but I don’t think it will be super crowded since most of the summer crowds won’t be out yet. The earlier in May you can go, the less packed it should be.

  • Kenz

    I’m leaving for disneyland 2moro and staying there all the way thru the 9th, how do u think it will b? Will it be ok? I hope it isn’t busy, any ideas?

  • Robert

    I don’t think it will be too packed. Spring Break is over and the summer season crowds aren’t out yet, so it’s usually manageable this time of the year.

  • tiffany

    My family wants to come visit Disneyland on Friday May 30th. I’m worried it will be awful. Do you think Thursday the 29th or Monday June 2nd would be much better?

  • Robert

    I would go on May 29. It’s expected to be a little more manageable. Fridays tend to be busier (especially in the evening) and the summer season crowds start arriving in June. Get there early!

  • LisaT

    I am taking my family the week of the 26th. Do you advise staying away on Monday because of the holiday?

  • Robert

    Yeah, Memorial Day is expected to be crowded. The weekdays after are usually more manageable.

  • disneymoma

    Whats “Bats day” like? Are people dressed up in a way that might be frigtning for some younger guests

  • Robert

    I don’t think it’ll be frightening. Lots of people just dress up in gothic/black clothes. They won’t allow anyone dressed inappropriately inside the parks.