The Best Times to Visit Disneyland 2021

best time to visit disneyland

The most popular question on potential Disneyland Vacationeers minds has always been: When’s the best time to visit Disneyland? The answer to this question is based on several details. Let’s go over each month in a given year, some important time frames, and then you can determine for yourself when the best time to go to Disneyland is for your party!

Every month offers a different way to experience what the Disneyland Resort has to offer. From late-night summer extravaganzas to the mostly quieter winter months, there are different advantages to visiting during various seasons.

COVID-19 Closure

Currently, the Disneyland Resort is closed due to COVID-19. The resort closed in March of 2020 and has yet to reopen. Disney is waiting on the state of California to review and approve its re-opening plan.

Until this is done, the resort, including hotels and theme parks remain closed. The Downtown Disney District is currently open with limited hours and shops.

Disneyland Crowd Calendar

Park Savers has its own FREE Crowd Calendar for the Disneyland Resort. We’ve taken everything from conferences, holidays, school breaks, special events, openings, closings, constructions, and historical crowd data and combined it into one easy to use Crowd Calendar. Now you don’t have to guess when the best time to go to Disneyland is!

The calendar is updated frequently to include changes that may occur, such as ride closures. For instance, when Jungle Cruise, Small World, the trains, and Rivers of America are all down at the same time, wait times increase for everything else, making that park feel a lot more crowded than it typically would. That’s why it’s good to look at our Crowd Calendar!

Best times to go to Disneyland

In general, if you want to visit when the number of Guests is typically lower, plan to stay mid-week — Tuesdays to Thursday. There are several times during the year when Guests can take advantage of historically lower crowds:

  • Mid-January through mid-March (except for President’s Day Weekend)
  • Mid-April through mid-May (except during Spring Break)
  • Mid-September through mid-November (except during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort)

Times to avoid Disneyland

Crowds are really a fun-killer. Nobody likes to wait in line for 60+ minutes for a single attraction. We want no wait time but we will settle for little to no wait time..

The busiest months out of the year are always going to be June, July, and August (the 3 months that kids are typically out of school). Crowds will be up and it is hot! Certainly not the best time to visit Disneyland. However…

If you would like to come when hours and entertainment are at their peak, these days are in fact good times to visit. It’s one advantage you have going for you. Basically, all the rides are open, all the shows are playing, and you’ll have fireworks almost every night.

Lastly, weekends are always busy. The Disneyland Resort has over 1 million active passholders who love to visit on the weekends, including Friday evening through Sunday night. If you can plan your trip M-Th, those are the best days to avoid the local crowds.

Disneyland broken down by months

January

In January, the weather tends to be cooler and lines can be shorter later in the month. You may catch the tail-end of some Holidays at Disneyland attractions and entertainment during the first week. This is one of the best times to go to Disneyland. It’s also a great time to buy your discount Disneyland tickets and packages before prices go up for the year!

Average Temperature Range: 45 to 69°F*

Typical January Hours (subject to change):

Monday through Thursday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 p.m.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 p.m.

Friday through Sunday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00, 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

February

February historically has less attendance for shorter lines, except for the popular President’s Day. Look for special dining and events at Downtown Disney District around Valentine’s Day. This is one of the best times to visit Disneyland.

Average Temperature Range: 47 to 69°F*

Typical February Hours (subject to change):

Monday through Thursday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.

Friday through Sunday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00, 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

March

March brings Daylight savings Time and families on Spring Break. This means longer days and more sunshine in the Parks. March 17 brings a St. Patrick’s Day celebration to Downtown Disney District.

Average Temperature Range: 48 to 73°F

Typical March Hours (subject to change):

Monday through Thursday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00, 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

Friday through Sunday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00 p.m.

April

In March and April, Spring Break is one of the Resort’s most popular times of the year. Hotel Guests can take a break of their own and relax in the pools between visiting the Parks.

Average Temperature Range: 51 to 73°F

Typical April Hours (subject to change):

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00, 11:00 p.m. or 12 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

May

The end of May kicks off summer and the Disneyland Resort’s peak season! On select weekend nights, the Parks may close early for Grad Nite private celebrations. This is one of the best times to visit Disneyland.

Average Temperature Range: 56 to 75°F

Typical May Hours (subject to change):

Monday through Thursday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 p.m.

Friday through Sunday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00 p.m.

June

Summer days are here! The Park is open later and evening street parties abound. During the early part of the month, Grad Nite continues, entertainment usually has additional showtimes, and fewer attractions are closed for refurbishments.

Average Temperature Range: 60 to 79°F

Typical June Hours (subject to change):

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 11:00 p.m. or 12 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.

July

Summer hours are now being observed and the Parks stay open later. This — plus additional showtimes — gives Guests more time to catch favorite nighttime extravaganzas like World of Color!

Average Temperature Range: 62 to 84°F

Typical July Hours (subject to change):

Disneyland Par

  • Opens 8:00 a.m.
  • Closes 12 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 8:00 a.m.
  • Closes 11:00 p.m.

August

August is the most popular month of the year. Remember to get a Disney FASTPASS ticket early in the day.

Average Temperature Range: 63 to 86°F

Typical August Hours (subject to change):

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 11:00 p.m. or 12 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.

September

Athletes of all shapes and sizes compete in the Disneyland Half Marathon. Later in the month, the Disneyland Resort gets a head start on Halloween. As the days get shorter, so do Park hours. This is one of the best times to go to Disneyland.

Average Temperature Range: 62 to 85°F

Typical September Hours (subject to change):

Monday through Thursday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 or 10:00 p.m.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 or 10:00 p.m.

Friday through Sunday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 10:00 p.m.

October

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is in full spook-tactular swing! Be on the lookout for costumed Disney Characters, re-vamped attractions and fang-tastic dining. With a separate admission, trick-or-treat at Mickey’s Halloween Party is a fun, festive option.

Average Temperature Range: 56 to 80°F

Typical October Hours (subject to change):

Monday through Thursday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 p.m.

Friday through Sunday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 9:00, 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.

The Parks often reduce hours on select nights for Mickey’s Halloween Party.

November

The first few weeks in November often have shorter lines and cooler temperatures. Near the middle of the month, Holidays at Disneyland Resort rings in the season with special attractions, dining and décor. This is a special time of year, when families come together to get a head start on Holiday Cheer! This is one of the best times to visit Disneyland.

Average Temperature Range: 51 to 74°F

Typical November Hours (subject to change):

Monday through Thursday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 p.m.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00 p.m.

Friday through Sunday

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

December

Families flock to The Merriest Place on Earth to celebrate the season with the “it’s a small world” holiday, “Believe… In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular, decadent treats and Disney Characters in festive attire.

Average Temperature Range: 46 to 70°F

Typical December Hours (subject to change):

Disneyland Park

  • Opens 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
  • Closes 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 p.m. or 12 midnight

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Opens 10:00 a.m.
  • Closes 8:00, 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.

Now you know when the best time to go to Disneyland is! Of course, if you can’t make it during the preferred weeks and months, just go when you can. You’ll always have a blast at Disneyland no matter what day you go!

Be sure to read our guide to Buying discount Disneyland tickets to help you save money on your next trip!

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