I often think of when is the best time to go to Disneyland when planning our trips. For obvious reasons, there are positives and negatives for going at different times of the year. Holiday Seasons, Halloween, Summertime and more.
I personally love the fact that "peak" and "holiday" seasons have extended hours, all the shows and parades are playing, and usually all of the rides are working in full force. Although the downfall is that the parks are usually at capacity or close to it and all of the long lines, crowded areas and such that goes with it!
The main perks for going in the "value" season are the obvious reduction in crowds to allow for some room to "stretch out", which is especially important to me as a family with toddlers. And the negatives that follow along with the slower times are the reduced operating hours, the shows such as Fantasmic and ELP are not playing, and the possibility of rides closed for refurbishments and such.
So my question to all of you is somewhat multifacited. Can we have it all? Extended hours, with all the shows, rides and attractions running with smaller and more moderate crowds and wait times?
Is there that special time that you have found at the beginning or end of the "summer" season? Maybe you have found that last week, just before it ends provides this magical blend of having it all. Or maybe I am just dreaming...
And finally...What are your favorite times to go to Disneyland and why? What special things do you do while you are there because you have gone at that time?
Thanks in advance for all of your insight!