When is the best time to visit Disneyland?

If you’ve been to the Happiest Place on Earth recently, you’ll notice that the place is packed more often than not these days. Big crowds clog the walkways, wait times for rides stretch to over an hour, and ticket prices just keep climbing. Are there any good days left to go to Disneyland anymore?

Good days to go are unfortunately getting fewer and farther between. A high number of annual passholders and a seemingly endless parade of popular seasonal events throughout the year has made Disneyland and Disney California Adventure more crowded than ever. In fact, Disneyland now averages only about 40 “Ghost Town” days a year on the Crowd Forecast Calendar. That means the park is not crowded at all for just 10 percent of the year, a 50% drop from just four years ago.

Don't go around Christmas. Just don't.
Don’t go around Christmas. Just don’t. malingering

The magical off-season at Disneyland, a time when crowds are light and lines are actually bearable, may seem more like fantasy than reality to many guests. We’ve been tracking Disneyland for years now, and while the off-season has definitely gotten shorter, there are still a few days left when the park is just about never crowded.

Let’s take a look at some of the dates we are projecting to be your best bets for light crowds and short lines at Disneyland this year.

Here are the Best Days to Go to Disneyland in 2019:

Best Days to GoCrowd Forecast
January 8-10The off-season begins right after the Holidays
January 15-17The days after MLK Day are historically quiet
January 22-24Weekdays in the end of January are almost never crowded
January 28-31The last week of January is hardly ever crowded
February 5-7The off-season continues into weekdays in February
February 13-14Avoid going after Presidents Day (February 18) -- schools have mid-winter break
February 26-28
MARCH 2019
March 4-7Early March (before Spring Break season) is historically very manageable
APRIL 2019
April 30Crowds are anticipated to drop after Spring Break season
MAY 2019
May 1-2Before Grad Nite events begin for the summer
May 7-9
No "Ghost Town" days projectedCheck Calendar for best dates
September 10-12The days after Labor Day are expected to be crowded this year
September 16-18Off-season continues before Halloween
October 30-31Check Calendar for best dates
November 5-6Crowds drop right after the Halloween season
No "Ghost Town" days projectedCheck Calendar for best dates

Keep in mind that the dates above are projections, so the forecast may be revised as conditions change. Be sure to check the Disneyland Crowd Forecast Calendar for updates.

Early 2019

We are projecting January and February to be the least crowded time of the year, and they are historically the months with the lowest attendance. You have to go after the holiday season though, which ends on January 6, 2019.

Other than that, just go on a weekday and avoid holidays (including the whole week after Presidents Day).

Starting January 2019, Disneyland will also kick off the year with Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration. The promotional event takes place during the off-season and just a few months before Star Wars Land is set to open, so we aren’t expecting too much of an impact right now on overall attendance.

No matter what day you go, arrive early to take advantage of the short lines in the morning. GrigLager

Spring Break 2019

The Spring Break season crowds will be a little different this year since Easter falls late in April (Easter Sunday is on April 21, 2019). Some schools will have their Spring Break in Late March, while others will be off on the weeks before/of Easter Sunday—so try to avoid these weeks if you can.

The good news though is that a late Easter usually means there will be a small break in the Spring Break season crowds in Early April, so if you must go around then, we think think the first two weeks of April will be a little more manageable.


Summer 2019 (Star Wars Land)

Ok, this is where it will get ugly because of three words: Star Wars Land!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opens on May 31! We’ve handpicked the the best and worst days to visit here: The Best Days to Visit Star Wars Land at Disneyland.

Star Wars Land is projected to attract record-breaking crowds in Summer 2019.

Once it opens, may the Force be with you because capacity crowds are almost certain. The only questions right now are exactly how bad the crowds will be and how long the hype will last, but we should get a better idea after May 31. In any case, plan on June, July, August, and the first week of September to be very crowded.

If you’re trying to avoid the Star Wars madness, we recommend going in May (the earlier in the month, the better).

Avoid going on a Grad Nite day if you can too, as attendance spikes on these days due to large school groups attending the event. Here are the Grad Nite days for 2019:

May 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29, 31
June 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14


Halloween Time 2019

Halloween Time takes place on September 6 – October 31, 2019.

Go on a weekday in September, the first week of October, or the last week of October to avoid the big Halloween season crowds. Mid-October can be miserable, with many schools out for fall break. Avoid weekends (especially Saturdays) in October as well.


Holidays 2019/2020

Go on the weeks before or after Thanksgiving to avoid the bulk of the of the holiday season crowds — stay away from Thanksgiving week, which is one of the most crowded times of the year. Otherwise, weekdays on the first or second (earlier is better) weeks of December are your best bets. The week before Christmas through New Year’s Eve is expected to be most crowded during the holidays.

One important note about January 2020: Many schools in the area will still be on winter break on the first full week of the month, so January 5-10 in particular are still expected to be crowded.

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year at Disneyland. kuabatty

We’ll keep this page updated as things change, so check back often. You can also look back at past years on the Disneyland Crowd Forecast Calendar if future dates have yet to be forecast.

When do you think is the best time to go to Disneyland? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below!


Disneyland Crowd Calendar

  1. HowHow is the week after spring break in Ca? Is there any particular day during the week that is better?

  2. I think mid-week would be best (Wednesday or Thursday).

  3. Weekdays in late April are fantastic! Not too crowded at all. The weather is nice and the lines are very manageable. I think it’s our favorite time to go!

  4. Hi, so I’m taking a trip to Disneyland on September 5th and 6th but I heard Halloween time starts the 7th. Does that mean rides will be closed the day I go or how does it work? It’s my first time going to Disneyland so I’m not sure how everything works.

  5. It’s possible that Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain will be closed since they get Halloween overlays, but they have opened a few days before the official start of Halloween Time before, so they could already be open on those days.

  6. the Disneyland App is a great way to see wait times, ride closures, and refurbishments.

  7. The crowds and lines for Star Wars Land are going to be insane! I can’t even imagine going in the summer this year. We may try to go in May before it opens!

  8. I wonder if Disneyland will still be crowded from Star Wars in late September. That’s when we’re planning on going.

  9. It probably will be, but I think it will be way better than going in the summer since schools will be back in session by then.

  10. It’s going to be pure chaos when Star Wars Land open. I would stay away from Disneyland until January.

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