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 2022:

Best Days to GoCrowd Forecast
JANUARY 2022
January 11-13The off-season begins a week after the Holidays
January 19-20The days after MLK Day are historically quiet
January 26-27The last week of January is hardly ever crowded
FEBRUARY 2022
February 1-3The off-season continues into weekdays in February
February 8-10Avoid going after Presidents Day (February 18) -- schools have mid-winter break
February 15-17
MARCH 2022
March 1-3Early March (before Spring Break season) is historically very manageable
APRIL 2022
April 26-28Crowds are anticipated to drop after Spring Break season
MAY 2022
May 3-4Before Grad Nite events begin for the summer
JUNE - AUGUST 2022
August 30-31Check Calendar for best dates
SEPTEMBER 2022
September 1
September 7-8The days after Labor Day are almost never crowded
September 13-14Off-season continues before Halloween
September 20-21
OCTOBER 2022
October 26-27Check Calendar for best dates
NOVEMBER 2022
November 1-3Crowds drop right after the Halloween season
DECEMBER 2022
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 2022

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 9, 2022.

Crowds tend to spike again after the holidays for MLK Weekend (January 15-17, 2022).

Other than that, just go on a weekday and avoid holidays (including the whole week after Presidents Day). Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are historically least crowded.

READ MORE: JANUARY CROWD GUIDE | FEBRUARY CROWD GUIDE
No matter what day you go, arrive early to take advantage of the short lines in the morning. GrigLager

Spring Break 2022

The Spring Break season crowds are expected to start arriving at Disneyland in mid-March. The earlier in March you go, the less crowded it tends to be. In April, go later in the month for a more manageable experience. It’s best to go after the week of Easter Sunday (April 17).

The Spring Break season is expected to peak at the end of March (March 26 – April 3) through mid-April (April 9-23). Many schools in the area will be out of session then so try to avoid going on these weeks if you can.

READ MORE: MARCH CROWD GUIDE | APRIL CROWD GUIDE

Summer 2022

We recommend going in early May to take advantage of the relatively light crowds before things start to pick up for the summer. Late May through early June can sometimes get ugly, as schools begin summer break and Grad Nite events take place. There does tend to be a small break in the summer season crowds in mid-to-late June though.

Avoid going on a Grad Nite day if you can, as attendance spikes on these days due to large school groups attending the event. Here are the Grad Nite days for 2022:

May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, 31
June 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17

READ MORE: MAY CROWD GUIDE | JUNE CROWD GUIDE | JULY CROWD GUIDE | AUGUST CROWD GUIDE

Halloween Time 2022

Halloween Time takes place on September 2 – October 31, 2022 (projected dates).

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.

READ MORE: SEPTEMBER CROWD GUIDE | OCTOBER CROWD GUIDE

Holidays 2022

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 2023: Many schools in the area will still be on winter break on the first full week of the month, so January 2-8 in particular are still expected to be crowded.

READ MORE: NOVEMBER CROWD GUIDE | DECEMBER CROWD GUIDE
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!

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Disneyland Crowd Calendar

  1. Any advice for the Saturday after Thanksgiving?

  2. It will be very crowded on that day. The days before and after Thanksgiving Day are some of the busiest of the year, so arrive early. It’s even possible that Disneyland will reach capacity around then.

  3. Never go to Disneyland on the first day of the holiday season. It is crazy crowded!

  4. The Sunday after Thanksgiving this year, right around 2 p.m., was great!!! Everyone was leaving back home and the lines were super short.

  5. I can’t imagine how crowded it will be once Star Wars Land open. That is going to be crazy!

    It will be interesting to see how the Paradise/Pixar Pier remodel will affect attendance at Disneyland and DCA this year. That’s a huge area of the park closed off, so the lines for the other rides will be longer.

  6. Another tip – check the dates for the SoCal Resident ticket deal for 2018. In 2017 the last couple days it was valid in May, DL reached capacity, so I would definitely avoid that last week to be safe.

  7. Me and my mom are planning a trip to Disneyland (just the two of us), due to our work schedules, we have two days which we can pick from. Thursday April 12 and Saturday April 21st. We want to go the day it will be the most mellow, we don’t care if we miss a certain parade or something of that nature, we just want the least hectic date.

    April 12 is the last day of the food and wine festival, and its close to spring break.

    April 21 is a Saturday and Dapper day… which would you recommend? any advice is greatly appreciated! 🙂

  8. I think April 12 will be better. Most schools in the area will be back in session by then, so it should be fairly manageable that week.

  9. Easter Sunday has been manageable in past years, so hopefully it’s the same this year.

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