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    When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland

    When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2012? We Can Help!

    Disneyland can be a crowded place to visit. Because of this, people frequently ask when will it busy, is this a good time to go to the park, what will wait times be like, etc.

    While we here at MiceChat can’t predict the future with regard to crowds (at least not with much certainty), we have asked our good friends at TouringPlans.com, who make a science out of crowd and wait time predictions, to assist us with helping you determine the best times of year to visit the Disneyland Resort. TouringPlans.com has agreed to provide us with some tips for avoiding the peak crowds at Disneyland, and for maximizing your time in the parks by recommending the best order for visiting particular attractions, and providing a wait time app for your mobile phone that will keep you up to date on wait times in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as they are updated!

    When planning what dates you’re going to visit, we highly recommend checking out the TouringPlans.com Crowd Calendar - to help avoid Disneyland crowds. For each day of the year, TouringPlans.com offers a crowd-level index based on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being least crowded and 10 being most crowded. To view some sample crowd calendar dates, visit the Crowd Calendar. The incredibly accurate Crowd Calendar is created and updated by a team of professional statisticians, and it takes into account historical conditions, all holidays, special events, and more. For more information about the factors that impact the crowd-level index, be sure to check out the Disneyland Crowd Level FAQ.

    In the weeks just prior to arriving during your chosen dates, check out the TouringPlans.com Touring Plans. Because choosing the least crowded days to visit, but not having a good plan of attack for avoiding crowd concentrations is like ordering Diet Coke with three Big Macs, we highly recommend that you follow a Touring Plan. Avoiding crowd concentrations involves being able to predict where, when, and why they occur. Concentrations of hungry people create bottlenecks at restaurants during lunch and dinner; concentrations of visitors at new and popular rides, and at rides slow to load and unload, create bottlenecks and long lines. The Touring Plans beat all of these concentrations by advising you when to visit which attractions.

    Finally, during your trip we recommend using the TouringPlans.com Lines - Mobile Wait Times Appfor the iPhone, Android, and other mobile phones. Because the best laid plans often go awry, and sometimes you get a late start to your day or visit an attraction out of order on your Touring Plan, or for whatever reason that circumstances may change, Lines has you covered. Lines displays current and future statistically-based wait times as predicted by the TouringPlans.com professional statisticians, and also provides user submitted wait times, for every attraction in Disneyland Resort. Get the wait time for Space Mountain when you're in line for Splash Mountain, the FASTPASS time for Tower of Terror when you're waiting for California Screamin', or the what the wait time will be for Pirates of the Caribbean while you're in Toontown!

    Even if you don't have a wait times app in the palm of your hands during your trip, here is some general advice we offer when planning with regard to when it will be busy:

    Whenever the Deluxe Annual 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. Disneyland Resort&reg - Annual Passholder Blockout Calendar

    Whenever the SoCal Annual Pass is NOT blocked-out on a Sunday. Expect an influx of SoCal AP's. You can see SoCal block out days here. Disneyland Resort&reg - Annual Passholder Blockout Calendar

    Other days to watch out for SoCal passholders is the last day before they are blocked out for the summer. This would be July 1st. And also the first Sunday they are allowed back in. This would be August 21st.

    During the Disneyland Southern California Discount. Disneyland is not doing a 2fer this year, instead there is a Southern California Discount. You can find the information regarding the discount in this thread:Southern California Disneyland discount for 2011 No more 2fer

    Here is the link to the official Disneyland page for ticket information: Disneyland Tickets

    During Spring Break. Spring Break times run from Mid-March to the end of April.

    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.

    During Major Disneyland events.
    • Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
    • Gay Days weekend - Generally the first weekend in October
    • Candlelight - Offered various dates during the Holiday season

    Around Holidays. MLK Weekend; Valentines Day Weekend; Presidents Day Weekend; Easter week (week before and week after); Memorial Weekend; 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 October (Halloweentime); November and December.

    What to do if you’re going when it’s busy? We recommend using the TouringPlans.com resources, namely the “Park to Avoid” feature on the Crowd Calendar, so at least you visit the less-busy of the two parks each day of your trip; the Lines - Mobile Wait Times app, so you can have an up-to-date idea of wait times for each attraction in the park, and; the Touring Plans themselves, so you visit attractions in their optimal order to avoid longer waits.

    Additionally, here is a number scale devised by the MiceChat team. 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 observations.

    The Number Scale:

    • 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.
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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    how crowd do you believe the 24hour day be Were planing a trip but it seems as everyone is going :/


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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    I'm thinking about that question.
    I think it will be slightly less crowded than a weekend day for the whole time. Not sure what the draw is to 60% or so of the annual attendance number to this particular day. Same as any other day to them. Maybe 1000 or so folks will make the whole 24 hours.

    Just a guess. I haven't been thinking about it much, and my finger is not as close to the pulse of the more intense fans.
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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    We're heading for Friday Jan 20th to Sun Jan 22nd. It's the weekend AFTER the MLK holiday so will I hopefully miss the big crowds?

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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Juni View Post
    We're heading for Friday Jan 20th to Sun Jan 22nd. It's the weekend AFTER the MLK holiday so will I hopefully miss the big crowds?
    NAMM Convention at Anaheim Convention Center. 90000 registrants. Sometimes the M&F lot is used for its overflow. There have been discussions here about it. Al discussed it in one of his updates last year or two years ago.

    The 2012 NAMM Show | NAMM.org
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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    Oh crap, NAAM is that weekend, noo!! The last time we went for the kids bday it was the NAAM show. It was ridiculous. No wonder I'm having trouble getting a priceline room.

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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Juni View Post
    Oh crap, NAAM is that weekend, noo!! The last time we went for the kids bday it was the NAAM show. It was ridiculous. No wonder I'm having trouble getting a priceline room.
    Conventions really affect priceline reservations since so many off the places you bid on near DLR are convention hotels.

    Try staying further away. The Homewood Suites to the south of DLR, the Ayres Hotels to the east, or Radisson Inn Beuna Park. All offer free breakfast and have shuttle solutions to get to the parks. The Embassy Suites Hotel Anaheim North which you will need to drive to the parks from. These are all nice hotels that get less pressure from convention goers.

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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    What about on Super Bowl Sunday? I am celebrating my 30th Birthday on Feb. 5th and flying in from NYC with some friends. I just want to be prepared. Thanks!

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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    ok, jan. 27 thru feb. 4th. Do you think it will be busy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uptownroger View Post
    What about on Super Bowl Sunday? I am celebrating my 30th Birthday on Feb. 5th and flying in from NYC with some friends. I just want to be prepared. Thanks!
    It's a normal Sunday. Busy day with crowds tapering off after the Fireworks.

    If you want to watch the Giants play in the big game, sorry. You can best watch the game at ESPN Zone in DTD, just about 8 minute walk from the park gates. ESPN Zone will be very busy, so you will want to get there 30-60 minutes early, and you must buy food or drink.


    Quote Originally Posted by BRodgers View Post
    ok, jan. 27 thru feb. 4th. Do you think it will be busy?
    Mostly a quiet week with busy weekends.

    The weekend of the 27-29th Disneyland will be hosting races for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. You may want to get a hotel rooms soon if you haven't, a lot of the racer will stay in very close location so they can walk to the race in the mornings. On the Sunday, the half marathon takes place and parks open much later 9am for DL, 11am for DCA. There will not be a Magic Morning at DL that Sunday but they moved it to Monday. DCA is not likely to open earlier than 11am, unlike most days when it opens at 9:30 despite the official opening of 10am. Many racers will be in the parks later in these days, but will not add enough to attendance to be a problem.

    *If you are staying far away, keep in mind that the race will go on some public roads on Sunday morning. Traffic flowhas improove since these races started, so follow the signs indicating what is open and what is closed.
    *Keep in mind this adds pressure to the closest hotels.
    *If you stay in the Disney Resorts facing Disneyland drive there will be some early morning fireworks at the race start that may wake you a few hours before you need to get up to visit the late opening parks.

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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Juni View Post
    Oh crap, NAAM is that weekend, noo!! The last time we went for the kids bday it was the NAAM show. It was ridiculous. No wonder I'm having trouble getting a priceline room.
    You'll have to get some kids with different birthdays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uptownroger View Post
    What about on Super Bowl Sunday? I am celebrating my 30th Birthday on Feb. 5th and flying in from NYC with some friends. I just want to be prepared. Thanks!
    It will be a regular Sunday crowd.
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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Juni View Post
    Oh crap, NAAM is that weekend, noo!! The last time we went for the kids bday it was the NAAM show. It was ridiculous. No wonder I'm having trouble getting a priceline room.
    Juni- were the parks ridiculous or just the surrounding area..DD, hotels, etc? We're going that weekend as well, but staying at GCH...maybe that will help us?

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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by swampymarsh View Post
    It's a normal Sunday. Busy day with crowds tapering off after the Fireworks.

    If you want to watch the Giants play in the big game, sorry. You can best watch the game at ESPN Zone in DTD, just about 8 minute walk from the park gates. ESPN Zone will be very busy, so you will want to get there 30-60 minutes early, and you must buy food or drink.




    Mostly a quiet week with busy weekends.

    The weekend of the 27-29th Disneyland will be hosting races for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. You may want to get a hotel rooms soon if you haven't, a lot of the racer will stay in very close location so they can walk to the race in the mornings. On the Sunday, the half marathon takes place and parks open much later 9am for DL, 11am for DCA. There will not be a Magic Morning at DL that Sunday but they moved it to Monday. DCA is not likely to open earlier than 11am, unlike most days when it opens at 9:30 despite the official opening of 10am. Many racers will be in the parks later in these days, but will not add enough to attendance to be a problem.

    *If you are staying far away, keep in mind that the race will go on some public roads on Sunday morning. Traffic flowhas improove since these races started, so follow the signs indicating what is open and what is closed.
    *Keep in mind this adds pressure to the closest hotels.
    *If you stay in the Disney Resorts facing Disneyland drive there will be some early morning fireworks at the race start that may wake you a few hours before you need to get up to visit the late opening parks.
    Thank you for the quick and informative reply. We will be staying at the carousel inn and suites.

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    It's a normal Sunday. Busy day with crowds tapering off after the Fireworks.

    If you want to watch the Giants play in the big game, sorry. You can best watch the game at ESPN Zone in DTD, just about 8 minute walk from the park gates. ESPN Zone will be very busy, so you will want to get there 30-60 minutes early, and you must buy food or drink.
    Thanks! Even for the Super Bowl info...Disney wins out for me, though!

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    Re: When Will It Be Busy At Disneyland - 2012 Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by saramommy View Post
    Juni- were the parks ridiculous or just the surrounding area..DD, hotels, etc? We're going that weekend as well, but staying at GCH...maybe that will help us?
    I second this question. I'm hoping the parks aren't crazy. DL closes at 10 on Friday and opens at 9 both Friday and Saturday. If they are expecting huge crowds aren't the hours usually 8-Midnight the whole weekend?

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