Columbus Day weekend October
We are going to be in LA from Saturday 11th to Tuesday 14th October and have 2 days spare to go to DL and DCA. I understand this is Columbus Day weekend, is this weekend very busy or will it be much the same as any other weekend, but busier on the Monday I guess?
Wondered if anyone has any advice which days are best to visit each park to avoid the biggest crowds? I was thinking of going on the Saturday and the Tuesday, though have also heard that due to Mickey's Halloween party the parks close early on Tuesdays and Fridays?
You definitely want to go on Tuesday, as that will be the least busy day for sure (though still moderately crowded (expect 45-60 minute waits for headliners)...Disneyland is rarely empty anymore when its not raining). As for the other days, they'll all probably be about the same (read: packed...90-120 minute waits for headliners, 15-30 for everything else). Normally, I'd recommend Saturday over Sunday, but since it is a holiday weekend Sunday or Monday may be better than Saturday. Off hand, I would probably say just go Monday and Tuesday.
Thanks AJ Hummel, that's a great help.
Your plan sounds good. If you want to save money, one park per day is fine and you'll still be able to do a good number of attractions at Disneyland no matter when you visit, but since you only have two days a park hopper will let you maximize your experience. I still think it might be better to go Sunday or Monday instead of Saturday, but there probably won't be that significant of a difference. One note about World of Color: If you want to see it on Tuesday, you'll need to go over to DCA during the day to get showpasses, as they are required for viewing that show from the official viewing area. Fortunately, it is extremely easy to park hop between the two parks as the gates are literally a couple hundred feet apart (in metric, probably less than 100 meters). It shouldn't take long to run over to DCA, get passes, and get back to Disneyland.
Thanks AJ, I will look into going on Sun or Mon.
If Saturday works better for your travel plans, then go on Saturday. There really won't be that much difference (the average line lengths on Sunday or Monday should be within 10-15 minutes of those on Saturday). The one thing I will warn you about is that if you intend to be there at opening and are leaving from Palm Springs, you really need to prepare for a very early departure as you want to be at the park by opening and Palm Springs is a good 90+ minute drive (for reference, North Hollywood is about half that). Expect an opening time of 8 A.M. due to the holiday, which means you'll need to be there by 7:15 A.M. on a Saturday to get a good position at rope drop. Anticipate 30 minutes to get from your car to the gate, and this translates to a 5 A.M. departure. During your trip, expect closing times between 10 P.M. and midnight during the weekend, so if you are going to the North Hollywood villa afterward you'll probably be arriving after 1 A.M. I'd recommend you wait until closer to the trip, look at park hours and your schedule, and decide then what day you wish to go.
You have been a great help, many thanks. As you say the next thing is to wait for the opening times to be published to make final plans
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