• On Jan 16, 2018
    Shalie from NM Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello. We want to spend 3 days at Disneyland in December. We were planning for right after Christmas, but we could take off work and go a weekend earlier in December. Is the crowd considerably less during early December compared to right after Christmas?

    Hi there, Shalie!

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. The holiday season is one of my favorite times to experience the Disneyland Resort because the Happiest Place on Earth becomes the merriest place, too!

    As you can imagine, the theme parks are quite popular around Christmastime, and rightly so! There are many special extras to enjoy, from seasonal decorations and entertainment to holiday-inspired food, merchandise and treats. While attendance is higher at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park during the entire month of December, the days immediately following December 25 are some of the busiest of the year. For this reason, going earlier in the month is definitely advisable if you would like to visit during a less popular time than the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    Whether you visit in early December or near Christmas, the park hours will be long and the entertainment schedule will be bustling! With the help of Disney FASTPASS service you should be able to experience your must-dos. Disney MaxPass is another way to save time in line at popular attractions. It enables you to make Disney FASTPASS selections from your mobile device with the Disneyland app once you enter the theme parks. You’ll also get unlimited Disney PhotoPass photo downloads for each day you purchase Disney MaxPass--what a great way to document your most magical holiday moments!

    I hope this helps, Shalie. Please write back with any other questions you may have as you finalize your plans!

    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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