This Is the Best Day to Go to Disneyland

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Off-season might just be the best season at Disneyland. | Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images

Between fighting off crowds and standing in line for over an hour just to experience a five-minute attraction, going to Disneyland during peak season can be a true test of patience. And while it seems like Disneyland is always crowded, there are actually a few days a year where the crowds are nonexistent and wait times are actually bearable.

For Disney, mid- to late January is off-season, meaning, it’s the best time of year to experience the amusement park. Curious to know more? We share some of the reasons why off-season is the best season, plus the two days a year Disneyland is practically empty.

1. It’s not crowded

One of the more obvious reasons to go to Disneyland during off-season is the crowds — or, lack thereof. If you can get away from work or school during mid to late January, your Disneyland stay may be extra magical.

2. You get more for your money

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You’ll be able to stretch your Disney savings further. | iStock/Getty Images

While Disneyland tickets still cost the same, going to the park during off-season is almost like getting a discount. Because the park isn’t nearly as crowded as it would be during the peak season, you get more for your money by enjoying more attractions during your stay.

3. You may actually get a reservation at the Blue Bayou Restaurant

Mickey Mouse and Goofy help prepare celebratory cupcakes at Disneyland.
It will be easier to get a reservation anywhere. | Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

… Or, any other must-try restaurants at Disneyland and Downtown Disney. Because there are less people visiting the park, getting a reservation is easier than ever during off-season.

4. There’s no need for a Fastpass

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You’ll get to ride more attractions even without a Fastpass. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Another bonus of smaller crowds? Wait times for popular attractions like Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Big Thunder Mountain are much shorter than usual. So, you won’t have to strategically plan (and stress over) which rides you need a Fastpass for.

5. Disney Resort Hotels are at an all-time low

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Most area hotels likely are cheaper during the off-season. |

Because the park isn’t as busy, Disney Resort Hotels are also much lower in price during the off-season. If you’re planning a vacation to Disney, this is definitely the best time to go.

6. Plane tickets may also be more affordable

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People don’t travel as much in January. |

Because people aren’t traveling as much in general during mid to late January, finding an affordable plane ticket may also be easier.

7. It’s not unbearably hot

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You won’t be a sweaty mess during your day at the park. | SpVVK/iStock/Getty Images

While California may not experience winter like the rest of the country, it does tend to cool down in mid-late January. So, sweaty park-goers and high temperatures won’t get in the way of any Disney fun.

8. The best day to go to Disneyland

Lea Michele performs the holiday favorite "Let It Snow" from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.
You’ll miss the holiday celebrations — and the crowds. | Matt Petit/Disney Parks via Getty Images

While mid-late January is generally the best time to go to Disneyland, there are two days out of the entire year considered to be the best: Jan. 30 and 31 According to Is It Packed, the last week of January (particularly these days) is historically never crowded.

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