The Best Time to Visit Disneyland According to Ticket Prices, Crowds, and Weather

When planning a trip to Disneyland, some of the first things to consider are ticket prices, crowds, and weather. After all, visiting the Happiest Place on Earth when the crowds are smaller, the weather is perfect, and the ticket prices are most affordable is magical in its own right.

Up ahead, we take a look at the best time to visit Disneyland according to ticket prices, crowds, and weather.

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The best time to visit Disneyland all depends on ticket prices, crowds, and weather. | Smckenzie/iStock/Getty Images

Ticket prices

Believe it or not, Disneyland — and other Disney parks — ticket prices vary, depending on the day and time of year. That said, if you’re looking for the best time to go to Disneyland based on ticket prices alone, you’ll want to look through the park’s ticket calendar for value days.

With the exception of multi-day packages, value days reflect times of the year (or specific dates) when Disney doesn’t expect to be as busy. With a lower ticket demand, the park can offer single day passes for a fraction of the cost.

Value days vary by year, but you can usually find them in late January after the holidays are over (and school is back in session), after Labor Day Weekend, and other off-season times. That said, most value days fall in the middle of the week, so if you’re looking to go over a weekend you might not score the cheapest tickets.

Crowds

Park guests are another thing to factor in when looking for the best time to visit Disneyland. If crowds don’t bother you, let the ticket prices or weather dictate your visit. However, if that’s not the case there are a handful of ways to tell if and when Disney will be busy.

The first thing to look at is the date. While it might be difficult to know for sure — even if you are going off of a value day — there are certain times of the year when even Disney tourism rates lower. This typically occurs after the holidays (around mid to late January) and before spring break. Another less crowded time to go? After Labor Day Weekend during the back to school months.

If crowds are holding you back from visiting Disneyland and other Disney parks, steer clear of the area during the holidays. From Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas, Disneyland sees all-time high admission rates during the holiday season.

Weather

Luckily, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are both located in warm-climate states. However, just because Florida and California don’t see East Coast snowstorms doesn’t mean they don’t get cool weather.

Since temperature is all about preference, consider the type of conditions you’d like to visit Disneyland under. Do you prefer cooler days with a chance of rain? What about heat and humidity? For those that don’t mind the heat, the late spring, summer, and early fall months are a great time to visit Disneyland. If humidity doesn’t bother you, Florida in the spring and summer won’t be so bad, either.

If you prefer cooler months, consider visiting Disneyland from late November until the end of February (although March can sometimes be cool, too). For those visiting Florida and Walt Disney World, a trip during December, January, or February might also work — however, the average high is still about 70 degrees. During the winter season, both Disney cities see the temperature drop to about 50 degrees in the evenings.

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