Thank you again for the info, Swampymarsh. Touring Plans had the first two or three days of that third week of December listed as 3 in crowds, so my first impulse that the numbers must be inaccurate was probably right. I think we'll aim for a visit in early September instead.
My family made two weekend trips in 2012, one in early October and one in early November. The crowds were manageable for the first 2-3 hours, and then really crowded for the rest of the day. We used FastPass a lot and spent time in places like Big Thunder Ranch playing the carnival games and watching the shows to have things to do without waiting in long lines. I guess the days of minimal crowds on a Saturday are increasingly rare, especially since California Adventure had its reopening.
we are here for 3 weeks in july 2013. Apparently we overlap the OC fair. Weekdays the crowd index is in the 80s but on the weekends it is been around 60 max and as low as 30 until 12 or 1pm.
I dont know if it is the deluxes being screened out on weekends or the fair, but we are skipping weekdays and only going on the weekends during this trip.
We are planning our last DL trip for a while as we are expecting our third child and will be in newborn mode for a while. Planning to be in DL/DCA Aug 25-30. When does Haunted Mansion and Space Mtn close? Any idea what crowds will be like? TIA
You should be good for Space, as it's not scheduled to close until 9/9 (it's a much less detailed overlay, so doesn't take as much time).
As far as that week goes, we've gone during that time for the past few years and found the crowds to be very manageable. You also have the benefit of longer hours and summer entertainment during that period.
Have a great trip!
Thanks, LacyBelle! Appreciate the info. It will be our last trip for a while, as we are from Utah, traveling with two toddlers, and I am pregnant....I'm tired already!
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Do you guys tend to find touringplans.com accurate in its predictions?
I'm planning on being at DL the week prior to Labor Day (Aug 26-30). Touringplans.com has historical crowd data going back to 2006- and when I examine it, there is a marked dropoff that week from the rest of the summer- i.e. the week prior to Labor Day is almost always 3-4's at the most (out of 10), and often 1-2.
But when I look at predicted crowd levels for Aug 2013, touringplans.com has that week at all 7's-8's, the same as the prior two weeks. Is there some reason that this year the "usual" dropoff prior to Labor Day wouldn't occur? If not, I can't see why they wouldn't predict the usual dropoff, since it's happened every year going back to 2006. We can't explain this by Cars Land opening, it opened June 2012 and still last year, there was a large dropoff the week prior to Labor Day. Is this a bad/lazy prediction by touringplans.com for this year, or is there something going on in 2013 that wasn't happening from 2006-2012?
I wouldn't worry about their prediction. It may be because they didn't shift the dates to the week of the month they are falling on this year.
There is a big convention on the 30th, but don't worry. It will fill hotels south of the parks, but not the parks.
It's a good time to go to catch summer, but is when rehabs start, so some things will be closed like the Haunted Mansion.
Honestly, its always going to be crowded at Disneyland. But there are times to go where it is not the normal crowded. In September or in between Halloween and Christmas are probably the best times kids have gone back to school and people are getting settled with the holidays. I used to go every year around those times and it was amazing. There was no long waits and we had a blast!!
DL hotel trip planned for sept 18th-22nd - first time with baby (8months) - tips / crowd levels?
If you want to do adult rides, make sure you grab a stroller pass (from the cms at the entrance to each attraction) - it allows you to go through the line together and then switch off so that one of you stays with the baby while the other rides, then you can switch and ride right away without having to wait in line all over again.
We are planning a trip in November. 11/6-11/11/2013 or 11/10-11/15 or 11/16? How will the crowds be then?
The second period is good to a bit worse than ok on the weekend. It's when the Holiday Season begins. Lots of people will arrive on the weekend. It is a good time to go to see the Holiday in the park.
My daughter is in a dance company that is performing in Disneyland and California Adventure the week of AZ Spring break 2014 (3/10 - 3/15). We can get 3 day park hoppers at a group rate (pretty big discount) but we are trying to decide what day of the week to go on that she isn't dancing. We have to hit DCA on Thursday 3/13 and Disneyland on 3/14 because she is dancing those days.
What would be better for our 3rd "floating" day? We were thinking of either doing Tuesday 3/11 or Saturday 3/15. All SoCal and Deluxe passes are blocked on that Saturday 3/15, so I was kind of thinking on doing it that day. However, three days in a row of theme parks with no breaks seems like it might be a bit too much. How do you think the crowds will be on Tuesday 3/11? Are Tuesdays still one of the lightest days to go on?