• On Jul 17, 2018
    Pamela from AZ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When is the best time to go temperature wise & less busy wise? Also when is it decorated for Christmas & when is the best time to go in the winter for the water rides? will any rides be closed in nov or dec or jan?

    Hi there, Pamela!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I am so glad to hear you’re planning a visit to the Disneyland Resort

    By mid-November, both theme parks have lots of holiday-themed decor, attractions, food and entertainment for Guests to enjoy, and the holiday fun remains through the first week of January. At Disneyland Park, highlights include A Christmas Fantasy Parade, and the “Believe...In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular. After the fireworks, "snow" falls in the skies as a special seasonal treat! At Disney California Adventure Park, you’ll want to experience Disney Festival of Holidays. Crowd levels tend to increase around Thanksgiving and as Christmas and New Year’s Eve approach, so it’s best to plan your trip earlier in the season and during the weekdays if you wish to visit during a less popular time. Outside of the holidays, I find that the crowd levels tend to be lower in months like February (before students are on spring break) and September (after most schools are back in session).

    The weather in Anaheim in late December and early January is generally mild, with temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s during the day and in the high 40s overnight. Afternoons can get warm while evenings are much cooler, so it is best to dress in layers and bring a jacket for the more brisk evenings after sundown. It’s more common for water rides to undergo refurbishment in the winter months, and attractions can become unavailable without notice, but I’m not aware of any scheduled water ride closures at this time.

    I hope this helps and that you have a perfectly pixie-dusted vacation, Pamela. Please visit us again with any other planning questions you can dream of!

    Wishing you magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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