Welcome to the 2010 version of “When will it be busy at Disneyland”.
So, the question gets asked, when will it busy, is this a good time to go to the park, etc.
While we don’t claim to have a crystal ball here at MiceChat, there are some times that you may want to avoid if you want to avoid the crowds.
Whenever the Deluxe pass is blocked-out it will be busy.
The parks are generally in high-capacity mode when Deluxe AP's are blocked out. You can see Deluxe block out days here. http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disn...utCalendarPage
Whenever the SoCal pass is NOT blocked-out on a Sunday.
Expect in influx of SoCal AP's. You can see SoCal block out days here.
Disneyland Resort® - Annual Passholder Blockout Calendar
Other days to watch out for SoCal passholders is the last Sunday before they are blocked out for the summer. This would be June 27th. And also the first Sunday they are allowed back in. This would be August 22nd.
This might not be as big of an issue as in years past due to the payment plan. People are using the payment plan to get the SoCal passes and now it's quite possible that a Saturday in July will be less busy than a Sunday in October.
During the Disneyland 2fer Deal
As of now, there is no news on when the 2fer deal is running. We will update when this is released.
During Spring Break
Spring Break times run from Mid-March to the end of April. Couple that with the 2fer and you have a busy park.
During any major convention in Anaheim
You can find all convention information here
Welcome to the Anaheim Convention Center
Conventions are always subject to change and I would check the events link to make sure. Anytime a group takes over the “Entire Facility” or Arena or multiple halls generally means it’s a big convention.
Here are some of the major ones.
January 14 through 17 – NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)
January 24 through 27 – CHA (Craft and Hobby Association)
Feb 13 through 15 - USA All Stars & College Nationals Dance and Cheer Competition
March 10 through 13 - Big West Basketball Tournament
March 20 through 22 - American Showcase National Cheer and Dance Competition
March 26 through 28 – United Spirit Association All Star Nationals
March 27 - The Great Bridal Expo
April 16 through 18 – Anaheim Comic Expo
April 30 through May 2 – Orange County Boat Show
May 21 through 23 – Home and Garden Show
September 8 through 11 - The 4th Annual Not Back to School Days Rally and Conference
We will add listings for the 2nd half of 2010 once the scheulde get's closer.
But as you can see, there is pretty much something ALWAYS going on at the convention center. Which means for people who have to travel, they will bring the family who will spend time at the parks while Mom or Dad is at a convention.
During Major Disneyland events
Disney's California Adventure Food and Wine Festival (April 16 through May 31)
The weekend of July 17th (It's on a Saturday this year)
Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
Gay Days weekend - Generally the first weekend in October
Valentines Day Weekend (Valentines Day is on a Sunday AND the Cheerleaders are in town)
Presidents Day Weekend
Easter week (week before and week after)
July 4th weekend
All of July and most of August
Labor Day weekend (but usually the least crowded of the holidays)
Columbus weekend (increasingly busy the last few years)
Veterans Day weekend
The week before and through Thanksgiving weekend
From the week before Christmas and through the first weekend after New Years
Weekends in December
Disneyland Parking Problems
As has been well documented here on MiceChat, Disneyland is experiencing some problems with having enough parking spaces on certain days. You can find more information in the link below:
Fiasco to Park at the Parks - What can be done?
As to why this is happening, an informative post by "Darkbeer" is linked below:
So what to do when it's busy? Get there early. Take it slow. Have fun.
The Number Scale:
As you will see on the next pages, many days are given a "Number Scale" as to how busy it "might" be. Remember, we are not psychic, but we do try and give you an idea based on our experience and past attendance patterns.
1-2: Rainy Days
These are the lightest of the light. If you don't mind dealing with the rain, those are the best days to go. Some rides will be closed, but crowds will be VERY low. Expect wait times to be less than 20 minutes, even on the E-tickets.
3-5: Off-season weekday
If you don't want to deal with the rain, Off-season weekdays are the other good days to go. Some rides may be closed for refurbishment. Expect wait times to be less than 40 minutes. Note: Some school districts have odd-days off, so some off-season weekdays may be busy.
5-8: Weekends and Spring Break Weekdays
Weekends during non-holiday seasons and Spring Break Weekdays can REALLY fluctuate. Due to the 2-fer, most weekends until July will be busy. Generally the best weekends to go are early september through early october. But now with the Halloween festivities and the AP Payment program, this may not hold true so much anymore. If you will be going during Spring Break, weekdays are your best bet, but it may still be busy. Expect wait times to be 60 minutes for the bigger E-ticket attractions and low capacity rides.
9-10: Holiday periods and Spring Break Weekends
These are the busiest times of year. Examples of such busy times are Thanksgiving Weekend, Week between Christmas and New years, Weekends in December, July 4th Weekend, during big convention periods. Expect wait times to be AT LEAST 60 minutes for most attractions, if it's warm, water attractions can get up to 120+ minutes.