Mom And Daughter meeting Merida; girl in costume as Merida
  • On Sep 4, 2014
    Heather from VA 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.

    I have been to Disney World six times and I'm looking forward to my first visit to Disneyland in 2015. I'm thinking about bringing my family in either February, May or October which is the best for crowds? Weather? Thank you!

    Hi, Heather!

    I’m so glad to hear you’d like to plan your first visit to The Happiest Place on Earth! There’s so much magic to discover at the Disneyland Resort for guests of all ages and interests, from Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park to Fantasy Faire in Disneyland Park. 

    The second week of January through mid-February is one of the best times to visit. Crowds tend to be lighter (especially on weekdays), hotel prices are generally lower, and the Southern California weather is typically mild that time of year with temperatures ranging from the high 40s overnight to low 70s in the afternoon. September (after Labor Day) through mid-October would also be a good choice if you’re trying to avoid the heaviest crowds and enjoy warmer weather. The fall months are also when Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is offered, so the parks would be adorned with autumn décor and offer special treats. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a festive event open to special ticket holders, and in the past it has featured music and dancing, crafts, lots of characters for photo opportunities, a special fireworks show and many treat stations for the little ones. The best part is that everyone in the family can wear a Halloween costume—even the adults! 

    However, do keep in mind that park hours can be shorter during slower months than during peak seasons, and there are sometimes more attraction closures when the parks aren’t as busy. On the plus side, it should be easier to experience most of your family’s “must-do” attractions, shows and meals due to shorter queues and fewer guests visiting the parks.  

    I hope this helps, Heather, and that you enjoy a wonderfully pixie-dusted visit to the Disneyland Resort! Please write back with more questions as you continue planning. 

    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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