Disneyland Resort Mickey and Minnie Holidays parade; Christmas tree; Christmas apparel
  • On Oct 11, 2023
    Michele from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, planning trip to CA, 12/30-1/6, staying off site. Is 1 full day at Disneyland enough to do both parks? Week we are there, which days least busy/best to go to parks? Best to avoid NYE and Jan 1 or will every day be equally busy? Thank you so much!

    Hello there Michele, from one Illinois resident to another!  How exciting that you're planning a trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth!"  

    In my opinion, if you can visit the Disneyland Resort for at least two days, I would do that instead of just one day.  There is so much to explore at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, it would be hard to accomplish everything in just one day!  You could definitely do one park per day if you purchase a multi-day theme park ticket, but I love to add on the Park Hopper option so you can enjoy the best of both parks each day you visit.  

    Holiday Time can be a very busy time to visit the parks, so I try to opt for days during the week such as a Tuesday or a Wednesday.  The Holiday weeks can be busy all week though due to schools being out and Guests being off of work.  

    During busy days at the Disneyland Resort, I highly recommend getting to the parks early before the gates open, as well as purchasing Disney Genie+ Service!  The crowds will generally be lower first thing in the morning, and we aim to get to the parks at least 30 minutes before they open.  We can get several of our favorite attractions crossed off our list first thing in the morning which feels great!  Since we're visiting from out of town, we love to purchase Disney Genie+ Service which gives us access to Lightning Lane entrances and shorter wait times.  It's totally worth the investment to us since it truly does help you save time throughout the day, especially when you are visiting from out of town! 

    Michele, I hope this information is helpful as you plan your trip!  I'd be happy to help with any other questions you may have, so do not hesitate to come back and ask!

    Have a magical day,
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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