Is it just me?
Or is the off-season at Disneyland a thing of the past?
The good news is that when Disney parks are busier, they offer longer hours and more fun events. That means more parades, fireworks, shows, character greetings and celebrations!
There are a few tips and tricks that Disney regulars use to avoid spending hours in line for just one or two rides. This post will tell you about using Disney’s online calendar to help you avoid crowds ANY DAY OF THE YEAR.
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Here’s how I use the Disneyland calendar to avoid crowds.
Step 1 – Find the calendar online
Find the Disneyland calendar online at www.disneyland.disney.go.com/calendars
Use the arrows and check boxes at the top of the calendar to find the dates of your trip and filter the information you want to see, and don’t want to see, on the calendar. If your trip is more than a month or two away, you may not be able to see your dates yet.
Disney Parks do not open and close at the same time every day. And, any given day, Disneyland and California Adventure will probably open and close at different times.
Disney regulars know that arriving before the gates open is the BEST WAY to ride popular rides without waiting in line. That’s why checking the calendar in advance is crucial.
Step 2 – Are you staying at a Disneyland hotel?
If yes, note the days with Extra Magic Hours and plan to wake up early to enjoy shorter lines! This is available to guests who have a 3+ day ticket.
If no, AVOID the park with an Extra Magic Hour that day. Thousands of people will get in before you and you’ll miss any advantage to arriving when the park opens.
Step 3 – Pick a Magic Morning
If you are not eligible for a Magic Morning, AVOID the park with a Magic Morning.
Step 4 – Note special events and plan around them
If you want to see Fantasmic!, World of Color, Paint the Night, fireworks or any other special event, they will all be listed on the calendar. Using the calendar to plan around special events is especially important if you will not have Park Hopper passes.
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a fun event that happens about three times a week beginning in late September. On those days, Disneyland closes at 6 or 7 pm and only those guests who have purchased a separate ticket will be allowed to stay. If you visit in October, you will definitely want to plan around that – especially if you won’t have a ticket.
There you go! A few minutes of planning before your trip can save you a lot of time in line.
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