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Dates to Avoid Disneyland When Planning Your Vacation

It’s a new year and there is a wide open calendar before us, just waiting to be filled with adventures! Perhaps planning a Disneyland vacation is part of your travel plans? Choosing a vacation date when the stars align and weather, crowds and park hours are optimal is ideal. But that might seem a bit like finding a needle in a haystack! However, there are some tips for choosing the best dates when planning a Disneyland vacation. Here are a few dates I’d recommend avoiding when scheduling your trip.

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Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

January

Avoid January 13-15th

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is on that Monday and kids will be out of school. Any time there’s a school holiday and a three-day weekend, you can be sure that the parks will be more crowded. Other than these few days, January should be fairly quiet in the parks. The chillier weather and frequent rain will keep crowds low.

February

Avoid February 4th

Contrary to popular belief, Super Bowl Sunday is not a good day to go to Disneyland! In fact, the park crowds are usually very heavy with people who thought the same thing and skipped watching the game.

Avoid February 10-12th and February 17-19th.

Lincoln & Washington’s birthdays mean 3-day weekends and more crowds.

Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

March

Other than possible rain showers, March is a pretty good month to visit. However, keep in mind that many schools celebrate their Spring Breaks starting in March. Keep in mind that especially late in the month, the park crowds may increase. Even with the rain, you can still have a great Disneyland vacation. Check out my 10 Tips for Surviving a Disneyland Rainy Day.

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April

Avoid Spring Break

Spring Break dates vary depending upon where you live. My Southern California kids have their break from March 24th-April 8th. Spring Break is traditionally a very busy time in the parks becasue the weather is generally agreeable.


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May

Avoid May 10-13th

May 13th is Mother’s Day and lots of moms like to spend their day at Disneyland!

Avoid May 28th

Two weeks later is Memorial Day. Don’t forget the rule about avoiding the 3 day weekends!

Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

June

Avoid June 15-30th

School’s out! Which means Disneyland is going to be more crowded than ever. Early June is usually a better time to visit if you can make it.

Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

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July

Avoid the entire month! Or at the least, July 4th.

Okay, I know it’s not fair to say not to plan a Disneyland vacation in July but if you can avoid it, I’d recommend it! Crowds are traditionally heavy in the summer months.

August

Avoid August 1st-10th with possible weekday surges after August 20th

Once local kids return back to school in late August, the park crowds will lessen considerably. Keep in mind that August is one of the hottest months! Annual pass blockout for the SoCal Pass will be lifted on August 20th, making crowds a bit heavier than usual.

Also note that in 2017, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates began in late August. Guests who don’t have tickets to the Halloween Party will have to leave the park earlier than usual.

Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

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September

Avoid September 1st-3rd

Labor Day on September 3rd is traditionally packed with local annual pass holders. The rest of the month is usually one of the best times to visit in terms of crowds and warm weather (though it can still be extremely hot with temperatures over 100 degrees in September).

Avoid any day that hosts a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Guests who don’t have tickets to the Halloween Party will have to leave the park earlier than usual. Don’t buy a regular park ticket that day, especially if you plan on attending the Party and have a hard ticket to that event.


October

Avoid October 5-8th

Gay Days is an “unofficial” Disneyland event that brings in large crowds. It also falls over the Columbus Day 3-day weekend. However Disneyland does offer special things during the event, like multi-layer rainbow cake!

Avoid any day that hosts a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The operating hours will be shorter than on days without a party. Also guests with the hard ticket for the Party will be allowed into the Parks 3 hours before the event, making the Parks busier than usual.

Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

November

 

Avoid November 16th-25th

Many people get their Thanksgiving turkey dinner at Disneyland!  The weekend leading into Thanksgiving, the entire week of Thanksgiving and the weekend after the holiday will be packed. I’ve been to Disneyland on Thanksgiving Day itself and for sure the mornings and afternoons had very heavy crowds. However the crowds seemed to lessen (a bit) into the evening as locals left.

Planning a Disneyland Vacation? These are the Dates to Avoid!

December

Avoid December 14th – 31st

While the first few weeks of December have reasonable crowds, the second two weeks are the busiest of the year! Avoid those dates or at least go into them with a steady game plan and know that you may only experience a small handful of things on your visit because of heavy crowds.


Check out these additional posts on planning a Disneyland vacation, choosing a date for the trip and dealing with heavy crowds.

Best Times of the Year to Visit Disneyland (and Why) and Crowded Disneyland Day? Top Tips on What to Do!

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What month do YOU are you planning a Disneyland vacation? Share in the comments!

Planning a Disneyland vacation but not sure when to go? Check out this list of dates to avoid Disneyland before you plan anything!

 

2 replies
  1. Anastasia Weis
    Anastasia Weis says:

    Keeping this list as we are going to try to make the trek to Disneyland this year and I don’t want to end up there on the wrong day!

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