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.
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?
Crowds should be light on those days. Ghost Town days mean very minimal wait times!
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?
Yeah, they still have Fastpass, but you probably won’t need to use it. 3 days should be plenty of time. Have fun!
So The Day After Memorial Day Is Going To Be Really Crowded? & That Is On A Tuesday
I don’t think it will be too packed since a lot of schools will still be in session after Memorial Day.
Okay Sounds Good (: Thank You.
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?
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.
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! 🙂