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  • On May 20, 2024
    Pat from WA Asked Please note that 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 visit Disneyland in the fall with lightest crowds

    Hi there, Pat! From one Washingtonian to another, please allow me to welcome you to planDisney! We love helping our fellow Guests plan their most magical memories and happiest adventures, so I'll be honored to lend a hand as you consider your upcoming visit plans. 

    I love your idea of visiting Disneyland Resort in the Fall. This time of year usually features predictable weather, the most delicious seasonal treats (pumpkin-flavored everything!), and frightfully delightful celebrations during Halloween Time. Crowd volumes can vary widely, especially during school breaks and holidays, so I'd consider keeping those times in mind. I would also be aware of the scheduled dates for Oogie Boogie Bash - A Disney Halloween Party. This popular after-hours party is a one-of-a-kind thrill, but it does require a separate ticket and historically, they have sold out very quickly! During the special event dates, Disney California Adventure Park will close early to host the party, so you may wish to review those dates as you are making your plans. One year, my family and I were not able to secure Oogie Boogie Bash tickets, but we did have a Park Hopper ticket, which allowed us access to Disneyland Park even when Disney California Adventure Park closed for the evening. That may be a good option to consider if you'd like the flexibility of visiting both theme parks on the same day. Here is some additional advice on visiting Disneyland Resort during different seasons, in case it proves helpful to you!

    Pat, I'd also like to recommend another way to maximize your time and reduce your wait for select attractions using the Disney Genie+ Service. This will allow your travel party the ability to book Lightning Lane Entrances, which essentially serve as a virtual wait for your attraction. Then, when it's time to redeem your Lightning Lane selection, you can simply visit the attraction and scan your phone using the Disneyland mobile app or your MagicBand+ and enter a much shorter queue to ride the attraction with limited wait time! Even when the theme parks feel particularly busy, this is one way to zip through and experience the most magic!

    I know it can be daunting to try to select the best time to visit Disneyland Resort, but I still believe that any day at 'The Happiest Place on Earth' is going to be full of wonder and discovery. More than anything, it'll be full of possibilities for making memories with your loved ones! I hope this has given you a few things to consider as you make your decisions, but if we can lend any other recommendations or advice for your upcoming Disneyland Resort trip, please feel welcome to come back to planDisney anytime!

    Wishing you Wondrous Journeys,
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Meet the Panelist: Tishra, Washington

From my casita to yours, welcome to planDisney! I'm Tishra, a Spanish-speaking Colombian American living in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a college professor, a happy wife, and a mom to two little girls who hold magic in their hearts as much as their parents do! Our family believes in celebrating every milestone, from life's biggest moments to all the details in between. If you want to commemorate something special with a Disneyland Resort vacation, I'm here to help you out in English or Spanish. Learn More About Tishra

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