When to Visit Disneyland
I loved going to Disneyland when I was younger. My mom worked for the company, so we got to go all the time. It was amazing! A flood of memories came back to me on our most recent trip to Disneyland. As we were standing in front of the train station and the Mickey Mouse logo made of flowers, I remembered going one summer with my dad, stepmom, sisters, grandma, and grandpa.
Left to right: Dad, Grandpa, Jennifer, Left to right: (trip with mom) Jennifer, Dwarf, Me, Snow Amber, Grandma, Me (red & white stripes) White, Amber
Left to Right: Me, Dallen, George, Brian
Something I’ve learned from my frequent attendance as a young adult to our most recent trip as a parent is when to go to Disneyland. First, you want to arrive before or right as the park opens. For us, that was at 8:00 a.m. We had our picture taken in the front and headed straight for the rides. If you are an adult, you’ll want to head to the roller coasters (i.e. Space Mountain, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Thunder Mountain), as these are the rides that will have really long lines in the next few hours as more visitors arrive in the later morning. If you have young kids, I suggest heading for the Submarine Ride, Autopia, Teacups, Dumbo, and It’s A Small World, as these are the rides that will have really long lines in the next few hours. We waited about 10-15 minutes at the beginning of the day and an average of 30 minutes per ride in the late morning and afternoon. The longest wait was for the submarine, which ended up being a wait of about an hour – yikes! The ride was 10 minutes long and worth it though.
We traveled to Disneyland during the Christmas holidays – on the 22nd – and it was crowded, but not as bad as I thought it would be. We arrived shortly after 8:00 a.m. and stayed until 5:30 p.m. Before we went, I had an idea of the rides I really wanted the boys to go on, which included the Rockets, It’s A Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Autopia (of course).
I would recommend trying to avoid holidays if possible. If you do go during the holidays, be sure to get there as close to OPENING as possible. After talking to someone who frequents Disneyland, I learned that going on Christmas Day is a great time to go to the park because the park has visitors, but a relatively smaller number than on other days during the holidays. I would also recommend going during the week, as it is less crowded than on the weekend.
This is part of my post from our recent Disneyland trip, to which we received Complimentary Day Passes for our family. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.