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Best time to go to Disneyland this Summer?

Disneyland: Can anyone tell me a day, week, or mounth please help=)!

From Sheldon Gel
Posted June 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM
I want to go with a couple people this summer when is the time with the least amount of crowds.


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From Robert Niles
Posted June 21, 2009 at 10:31 AM
Here's the best strategy to find good days to visit Disneyland.

Go to Disneyland's Annual Passholders page. Then click the "View Blockout Days" links in the lower left.

Since so many of Disneyland's visitors are annual passholders, you want to go on the days that are blocked out to the most passholders. (FWIW, schools in Southern California tend to get out in mid June and go back in early September.)

The Thursdays and Fridays that are blocked out in early June tend to be good days to go, as a result. The weather is much cooler in June that the rest of the summer, too.

After next week, the SoCal annual passes are blocked out for the summer. Disneyland attendance, honestly, doesn't get that bad on block-out days. It's the non-blockout days that are worst.

Whatever you do, go *before* August 16-17. Those are the days that the blockouts lift on the two SoCal APs, and with a couple weeks to go before school restarts, the parks will be packed then.

Now, Disneyland has a three-day pass for $99 for local residents this summer (blocked out on the Fourth of July), so I anticipate that will increase attendance on those Saturdays that are blocked out to the Deluxe and SoCal APs.

So, any weekday between June 29 and August 14 should be okay. Check out the tour plan pages for Disneyland for more advice.

From TH Creative
Posted June 21, 2009 at 11:29 AM
Here's the correct answer to your question: Just assume whatever day you are going to go will be crowded. Make a list of six attractions and two shows (parades) you absolutely wat to see. Pick a place to eat a midday meal. Arrive early (before opening). Any answer that claims one day is typically lighter than another, is just tossing darts (guessing).

From Sheldon Gel
Posted June 21, 2009 at 2:21 PM
wat about saturday it says that theres a black out day for all passholders that dont hav a no black out pass. so does'nt that mean less people?

From TH Creative
Posted June 21, 2009 at 5:44 PM
Mr. Gel, the concept of "less people" at a Disney theme park is instead of 40,000 people showing up, only 39,000 people show up.

From Sheldon Gel
Posted June 21, 2009 at 6:35 PM
srry but some days are less mild than going to a day wen its sworming with people.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 21, 2009 at 7:29 PM
Okay, basically, just arrive to the park half an hour early on any weekday. When we went to Disneyland, we followed these same steps and although it seemed we were in the back of a very long line, we were able to finish Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Big Thunder, and Pirates of the Caribbean in 1 hour! And we finished the entire park by 3 o'clock! So follow these steps and you should not have to worry.

From rick stevens
Posted June 21, 2009 at 7:34 PM
The only time I have seen DL really slow is after an eathquake. It is even busy on rainy days.

From TH Creative
Posted June 22, 2009 at 1:21 AM
"less mild?"

From Sheldon Gel
Posted June 23, 2009 at 8:54 AM
yes... like hot sauce.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 23, 2009 at 9:22 AM
TH, is, of course, correct. A not-awful crowd at Disneyland is a Fourth-of-July-on-a-weekend-when-gas-is-a-buck crowd at other parks.

But if you do the Four Hour tour plan on a weekday during the summer blockout window (next Monday through Aug. 14 this year), you will get as much done as one can reasonably expect during a summer visit to Disneyland.

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