Avoiding the Crowds at Disneyland

Aug 8, 2018
happy family at Disneyland Park

So, you’ve booked a California vacation and plan on traveling to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” The anticipation of visiting the Disneyland Resort is enough to make one giddy with excitement. However, a day at Disneyland is no walk in the park. Well perhaps it is, but there are some things to consider before you set foot on Main St. USA. For one, it is an amusement park after all. It’s one of the most visited places on earth. You need to plan your day to get around the crowds and make the most of your time. When you plan ahead and use a little strategy, the day will flow better, and you will find yourself on more rides and in fewer lines. So, here are some pro tips for avoiding crowds at the place Mickey Mouse calls home.

Too Cool for School

If you have children, and even if you don’t, there is no better time to go to Disneyland than when the rest of the country’s youth are in school. The lightest days for attendance are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Double down on that and pull the kids out of school for a dream vacation! Of course, this tactic is only good outside of the summer months.

Tis The Off Season

We recommend visiting during select dates in January, February, August, and September to make the most of your time at the Parks. Remember, avoiding crowds starts with removing them as much as possible. If you plan your trip when attendance is lower than usual, you will have the numbers on your side by a fair margin. Consider right after the New Year and February as your target. The weather is cooler so you can avoid heatwaves as well as crowds.

On Your Mark, Get Set…

Space Mountain, Radiator Springs, Soarin’ Around the World, Toy Story Mania, Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, or Peter Pan’s Flight. Whatever ride you are most excited about, you need to go there as soon as you start your day. Head to the rides you wish to see first before the lines begin to stack up. Then, as noon approaches, you can enjoy some lunch after working up an appetite. The rest of the guests can grumble in lines while you have a well-earned burger or two.

More Crowd Dodgers

There are plenty more tips to avoiding crowds at Disneyland. You can keep your park day somewhat open and head out on a cloudy day. Locals and regional visitors will be watching the weather and won’t want to risk the rain. A little drizzle is worth bypassing long lines, wouldn’t you agree? Also, get your Fast Passes as soon as you get to the Park and link it with the Disneyland App on your smartphone so you can zoom through the line even on a busy day. Speaking of the Disneyland App, be sure to use it to check the wait times of your favorite attractions. Lastly, people tend to ride in groups–look for the single rider lines to save time. They move much faster than those waiting to ride together.

Whether you love theme parks or are looking for something different vacation-wise, you just can’t beat Disneyland Resort for an unforgettable experience. Just do a little planning, and you will remember the thrilling moments and not the hours standing in line for those moments to come. Book your accommodations close to the park today, and you will have an edge already.

Our sister property, The Tropicana Inn & Suites, is located at the Pedestrian Walkway to the Disneyland® Resort and just a 5 minute walk away at 1540 S Harbor Blvd. The Mediterranean-themed hotel features an over-sized pool and jacuzzi that is perfect for viewing the Disney® fireworks. The family-friendly property is a designated Disneyland® Resort Good Neighbor Hotel complete with a cheerful staff to make your visit an enjoyable experience.
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