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  • On Feb 15, 2022
    Jennifer from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning a 1st trip to Disneyland. Can you provide the best tips on when to go, weather, etc.? Looking at September as possible travel date. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

    It’s a small world after all, Jennifer, and I’m so glad you found your way back to planDisney!

    It looks like you’re a Walt Disney World Resort regular, but I’m so excited for you and your family to experience the Disneyland Resort for the first time! There’s something so special about the original park envisioned by Walt Disney. Now, to help you figure out when to visit the Happiest Place on Earth!

    It sounds like you’re thinking about September as a possible month to visit, and I think you’re on to something! Typically, you can expect lower crowds from about mid-September through mid-November, which is always a perk! In terms of weather, most of September is still quite warm, though temperatures start cooling down toward the end of the month heading into October. September also brings fun fall décor to the theme parks, along with Halloween Time. By the end of the first week of the month, you can typically expect to see Halloween decorations, attraction overlays, and festive seasonal treats. In addition, Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party at Disney California Adventure Park, usually begins around the same time on select Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.

    My other favorite time of year to visit the Disneyland Resort is from mid-January to mid-March. The weather is usually cooler, and the crowds are lighter as well. Park hours tend to be a bit shorter during the weekdays, so if you prefer later nights in the parks, be sure to plan your visit around a weekend. 

    Once you’ve settled on the time of year you’d like to visit, you’ll want to start thinking about where you’ll stay. Depending on your budget and the size of your family, you can choose to stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, or a Good Neighbor Hotel. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the closest hotel to the theme parks, and even has an exclusive entrance into Disney California Adventure Park, which makes it the perfect spot for taking a midday pool or nap break! The Disneyland Hotel, which is my family’s favorite place to stay, is just a short walk from the theme parks, and is adjacent to the Disneyland Monorail for a speedy ride into Disneyland Park. Last but not least, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is just past the Disneyland Hotel, and offers great views of Disney California Adventure Park, too. The Good Neighbor Hotels are another Disney-approved option, and many are located within walking distance of the Disneyland Resort. 

    I know the planning process can be overwhelming, Jennifer, so please feel free to stop by with more questions…  we’re all EARs!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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