• On Jan 13, 2018
    Catriona from NSW 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.

    We are planning a trip mid-late September 2018. Do the opening hours vary for the parks depending on the day? Are the parks busier on the weekends? It is our first stop after flying to LA so am trying to ascertain what day would be the best to arrive?

    Hello, Catriona! Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your questions! 

    I also try to plan out my family's arrival days strategically so we can get the most park time in. Operating hours vary by season and by day. In September, park hours are roughly 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m, but those can fluctuate to accommodate Guests visiting over the Labor Day holiday (September 3, 2018) and will change for Halloween Time later in the month. Furthermore, Disneyland Park will open one hour early on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for Guests with Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour benefits and Disney California Adventure Park will open one hour early on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays for Extra Magic Hour for Guests staying at Disneyland Resort Hotels. The parks do tend to be busier on the weekends, so earlier in the week is generally a good time to arrive for your trip. 

    As mentioned above, Halloween Time begins in September so this is definitely something you will want to research. Mickey's Halloween Party will take place on select nights which means that Disneyland Park will close early unless you have a separate ticket to the Halloween party. Disney California Adventure Park usually remains open to non-party-going Guests. More information about Halloween Time is typically announced on the Disney Parks Blog in late-summer so be sure to follow the blog on social media and subscribe to the email newsletter.

    If you have any more questions about planning your adventure to the Happiest Place on Earth, please visit us again!

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Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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