Magic Happens Parade at DLR; mickey; moana; Main Street
  • On Mar 14, 2024
    Angelina from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, What time of the year is best to visit Disneyland? Which Disney hotel do you recommend?

    Hi there, Angelina!

    Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your question! Choosing my favorite time of year to visit Disneyland Resort is difficult because each season has unique experiences and offerings. It truly depends on your priorities and preferences! For lower crowds and cool weather, mid-January is a good option. Springtime brings gorgeous flowers and many seasonal events, including the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Extended park hours are often offered during the summer, and Pixar Fest takes place from April 26 through August 4, 2024. 

    I love celebrating any holiday at Disneyland Resort, which is why my favorite time of year to visit the theme parks is towards the end of the year! Halloween Time kicks off on August 23 and continues through October 31, 2024. Halloween decor adorns Main Street U.S.A. and Cars Land, specialty treats can be found at restaurants throughout Disneyland, and spooky touches are added to attractions like Haunted Mansion Holiday and Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark. My family also loves the separately ticketed event, Oogie Boogie Bash - A Disney Halloween Party. We always choose a family costume theme to wear to the event. One year, I went as Oogie Boogie himself! The event is top-rated and sells out quickly, so keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyland social media pages for ticket announcements.

    My family loves all the hotels, although the Disneyland Hotel might be our favorite. The rooms pay tribute to Disneyland's history with retro artwork and light-up Sleeping Beauty Castle headboards. In the pool area, the Monorail-themed waterslides are fun for kids (and grown-ups)! There is even a cute water play area for younger children. For dining options at the hotel, try making reservations at Goofy's Kitchen or mobile ordering the delicious Tangaroa Toast at Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill, if available.

    Then again, Pixar fans enjoy staying at the newly reimagined Pixar Place Hotel! It is the first and only hotel in the world to celebrate all the films of Pixar Animation Studios! Pixar details can be found throughout the hotel, and I have heard positive feedback about the new dining location, Great Maple Modern American Eatery. Guests at Pixar Place Hotel also have their own entrance to Disney California Adventure Park! The hotel will continue to undergo some work as part of its retheming process, but impacts to Guests should be minimal at this point. 

    Angelina, I hope this information was helpful! I would love for you to contact me directly if you have additional questions!

    Magic Happens!
    Jen

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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Nevada

Hello from Nevada! I'm Jen - a married mom, social worker, and lifetime collector of Disney experiences. Disneyland Resort has been my "home away from home" since I was a child, and Walt Disney World Resort has become one of my favorite vacations spots as an adult. Whether it's celebrating special occasions, dining with food allergies, or making use of digital tools, I love helping Guests maximize their time and fun while visiting Disney destinations!  Learn More About Jen

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