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  • On Jul 27, 2023
    Stacy from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are staying at Grand Californian in mid September. I planned this thinking this would be a less crowded time but have found that the Halloween time starts early and might make crowds heavier. Would it be wiser for us to reschedule in early 2024?

    Welcome to planDisney, Stacy!

    I am thrilled to chat with you about the best time to visit Disneyland Resort. We actually just got back from our most recent trip to experience all the attractions at Disney California Adventure last week. Also, as Disney Vacation Club Members, we have had the opportunity to stay at The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and I can tell you first-hand you are in for a stay filled with the height of luxury only steps away from the excitement of the theme park. Let's take a look at the best time to visit. 

    While there really isn't an "off-peak" season for Disneyland Resort, there are times of the year that are a bit more crowded due to school holidays or a bit less crowded due to potential Magic Key blockout days. Disneyland Resort provides more information about planning the best time for your visit here. My opinion for your upcoming visit would be to keep your reservation for September. Yes, Halloween festivities will be underway, but based on your arrival date, you should also avoid most major school breaks, and it will still be early on in the spooky season. You could reschedule for early 2024, but there are some major events and holidays during that time frame also, particularly the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon, so it may be hard to guarantee lower crowd time. Plus, you would be missing out on all the decorations, treats, and festivities that fill the fall season at Disneyland Resort. Check out some of this years' offerings. My favorites are the special overlays for attractions like Haunted Mansion Holiday or Guardians of the Galaxy- Monsters After Dark. The good news is, whenever you decide to visit, I know you will have an incredible time. 

    Thank you for visiting planDisney. We are here for all your Disneyland Resort questions!

    Enjoy making magical memories!
    Tiffany
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Welcome Home! I'm Tiffany, a Speech Pathologist, wife, and mom to two incredible kids. We are a family of voyagers who share a passion for travel, and Disney Vacation Club was where it all started. Our Membership has inspired us to cross an ocean and even host a family reunion at Walt Disney World Resort. I can't wait to help you plan your next Disney Vacation Club adventure! Learn More About Tiffany

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