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Disneyland crowds in mid-August

Disneyland: Which weekend is better?

From Flavio de Souza
Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM
I will go to California this August, with my wife and 3 year old son, and I am planning to spend 3 days at Disneyland Resort.

I have 2 options of dates to visit it: It’s either 10 to 12 of August (Friday to Sunday) or 16 to 18 (Thursday to Saturday). How much more crowded will be the first option in relation to the second one?

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From Jay R.
Posted April 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM
Hmmm, I'm thinking maybe the first option of Thursday - Saturday?? (I have AP pass, but I usually don't go during the summer, so I might not be the best person to answer :-)

Because they are both late summer weekends the crowd index might be similiar, but with the first option you do have 2 weekdays. You might be able to take advantage of magic mornings.

Have fun!

From Manny Barron
Posted April 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I've been to Disneyland twice in August at around those dates you mentioned. The first time it was extremely crowded, the most I've ever seen the resort. The second time, last August, crowds were very manageable.

It has something to do with the annual passes and black-out dates for the locals.

From Flavio de Souza
Posted April 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM
Thank you for the advice! I will lookout for AP dates.

From J C
Posted April 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM
Thursday-Saturday would be your best bet. It will still be crowded though, anytime during the summer the park is crowded.

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