I'm going to Disneyland in 2008, but just don't know when I should go.
I was thinking Feb, Mar, April, or May so that I don't run into crowds.
What do u think the best month and week is to go and have the smallest crowd and shortest wait times??
One of my favorite days this last year was Valentine's Day. We walked on every ride and the weather was great. Although I love the holidays you have to decide if you want the extra events or quiet time!
We like February, it's usually between 67º-72º most the day, which is perfect for us, we move fast. It's a little chilly at night and the early AM. But we usually don't wait too long in lines, in fact last time we rarely used the fast passes, except for SM and Screamin'
"We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."
There are trade off's with everything. Jan/Feb are good times to go crowd wise, but the parks so have shorter hours. But then with fewer people you can get on more things. Jan/Feb are usually the wetest months rain wise, but they are predicting a La Nina' year, which means dryer winters.
Fall is a wonderful time. In September kids are back in school and the weather is usually not bad. Still a bit on the warm side but tolerable. Just don't go around any holiday, like Columbus day (Gay Days weekend is also at that time, and it can be very crowded), Veterans Day (some schools have 3 and 4 day weekends around then), or Thanksgiving itself.
So I would say Jan/Feb if you don't mind cooler or maybe wetter times, or fall if you want moderate weather and smaller crowds.
No matter when you go during the week is a good time especially Tuesday through Thursday. Stay away from Saturday. The past few years I have only gone in October during the week. It kept getting busier since they have been promoting the Halloween theme. I like Hakuna Makarla's graph. Who knew that after Thanksgiving and before X-mas was the best time to visit?
Thanks, Carla, for posting this very helpful graphic, but as I've said before, it's at least 5 years old. Probably more like ten, unless he's updated it. I'd love to know if it's still up-to-date and have asked several times if anyone has access to more recent attendance figures.
1) Check out the blockout dates for the various annual passes. In general, the more passes that are blocked out, the less crowded it will be. This can even be true on some major holidays, when all but premium are blocked out. The heavy promotion of So Cal passes has made many formerly slow days busy.
2) Avoid the spring 2-fer promotional period.
3) Check for cheerleader conventions in the area. Avoid these times.
4) Saturday can be a madhouse, but I've had good luck with Saturday evening.