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  • News When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

    Welcome to the 2009 version of “When will it be busy at Disneyland”.

    So, the question gets asked, when will it busy, is this a good time to go to the park, etc.

    While we don’t claim to have a crystal ball here at MiceChat, there are some times that you may want to avoid if you want to avoid the crowds.

    Whenever the Deluxe pass is blocked-out it will be busy.

    The parks are generally in high-capacity mode when Deluxe AP's are blocked out. You can see Deluxe block out days here. http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disn...utCalendarPage

    Whenever the SoCal pass is NOT blocked-out on a Sunday.

    Expect in influx of SoCal AP's. You can see SoCal block out days here.
    http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disn...utCalendarPage

    Other days to watch out for SoCal passholders is the last Sunday before they are blocked out for the summer. This would be June 21st. And also the first Sunday they are allowed back in. This would be August 16th.

    However, with the new payment option for Annual Passes, this may not be as big of an issue as in past years. We’ll just have to watch and see.
    UPDATE: As has been reported through the last few weeks, it has actually been WORSE. The idea that people would upgrade to the Premium pass due to the payment plan has not come about. Instead, people are using the payment plan to get the SoCal passes and now it's quite possible that a Saturday in July will be less busy than a Sunday in October.

    During the Disneyland 2fer Deal

    The 2fer is running form January 6th until June 2nd this year. Which means weekends will be very busy for the first 6 months of the year. Generally people will use their first day at Disneyland on a Saturday, 2nd day at DCA on Sunday. This typically means that DCA will not be very crowded on Saturdays, but quite busy on Sunday's. Also, as the deal comes to a close, the weekends leading up to and especially including the last weekend in May will be extremely busy.
    Due to the way the 2fer is structured, the "Free" day can be used up to and including July 2nd, 2009.

    During Spring Break

    Spring Break times run from Mid-March to the end of April. Couple that with the 2fer and you have a busy park.

    During any major convention in Anaheim

    You can find all convention information here
    Welcome to the Anaheim Convention Center

    It does seem there are less for 2009, and only 2 weekends of Cheerleaders compared to I think 3 or 4 in 2008. Things are always subject to change and I would check the events link to make sure. Anytime a group takes over the “Entire Facility” or Arena or multiple halls generally means it’s a big convention.
    Here are some of the major ones.

    January 15 through 18 – NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)
    January 25 through 28 – CHA (Craft and Hobby Association)
    Feb 24 through March 1 - Religious Education Congress
    March 11 through 14 - Big West Basketball Tournament
    March 20 through 22 - American Showcase National Cheer and Dance Competition
    March 27 through 20 – United Spirit Association All Star Nationals
    April 2 through 5 – Orange County Boat Show
    April 14 through 17 – NCEA (National Catholic Education Association)
    April 17 through 24 – Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
    May 25 through 28 – Four Square Convention 2009 (this is the week after Memorial weekend, so that weekend may be busier than usual)
    June 7 through 10 – Institute of Food Technologies
    June 25 through 28 – Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference
    July 31 through August 2 – United Spirit Association USA Cheer Camp
    September 10 through 13 - D23 Expo (entire convention center)
    October 15 through 18 – Orange County Auto Show

    But as you can see, there is pretty much something ALWAYS going on at the convention center. Which means for people who have to travel, they will bring the family who will spend time at the parks while Mom or Dad is at a convention.

    During Major Disneyland events

    Disney's California Adventure Food and Wine Weekends (April 24 through June 7)
    The weekend of July 17th
    Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
    Gay Days weekend - Generally the first weekend in October

    Around Holidays

    MLK Weekend
    Presidents Day Weekend
    Easter week (week before and week after)
    Memorial Weekend
    July 4th weekend
    All of July and most of August
    Labor Day weekend (but usually the least crowded of the holidays)
    Columbus weekend (increasingly busy the last few years)
    Veterans Day weekend
    The week before and through Thanksgiving weekend
    From the week before Christmas and through the first weekend after New Years
    Weekends in December

    January 29 UPDATE - Disneyland Parking Problems

    As has been well documented here on MiceChat, Disneyland is experiencing some problems with having enough parking spaces on certain days. You can find more information in the link below:

    http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...-can-done.html

    As to why this is happening, an informative post by "Darkbeer" is linked below:

    http://micechat.com/forums/3391525-post75.html

    So what to do when it's busy? Get there early. Take it slow. Have fun.

    The Number Scale:

    As you will see on the next pages, many days are given a "Number Scale" as to how busy it "might" be. Remember, we are not psychic, but we do try and give you an idea based on our experience and past attendance patterns.

    1-2: Rainy Days
    These are the lightest of the light. If you don't mind dealing with the rain, those are the best days to go. Some rides will be closed, but crowds will be VERY low. Expect wait times to be less than 20 minutes, even on the E-tickets.

    3-5: Off-season weekday
    If you don't want to deal with the rain, Off-season weekdays are the other good days to go. Some rides may be closed for refurbishment. Expect wait times to be less than 40 minutes. Note: Some school districts have odd-days off, so some off-season weekdays may be busy.

    5-8: Weekends and Spring Break Weekdays
    Weekends during non-holiday seasons and Spring Break Weekdays can REALLY fluctuate. Due to the 2-fer, most weekends until July will be busy. Generally the best weekends to go are early september through early october. But now with the Halloween festivities and the AP Payment program, this may not hold true so much anymore. If you will be going during Spring Break, weekdays are your best bet, but it may still be busy. Expect wait times to be 60 minutes for the bigger E-ticket attractions and low capacity rides.

    9-10: Holiday periods and Spring Break Weekends
    These are the busiest times of year. Examples of such busy times are Thanksgiving Weekend, Week between Christmas and New years, Weekends in December, July 4th Weekend, during big convention periods. Expect wait times to be AT LEAST 60 minutes for most attractions, if it's warm, water attractions can get up to 120+ minutes.
    Last edited by sir clinksalot; 09-07-2009, 09:31 AM. Reason: Updated info regarding SoCal passholders payment plan and D23.


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    Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

    ok quick question.

    We will be in so-cal over MLK weekend. We haven't decided if we want to go to disneyland on Saturday the 17th or Sunday the 18th.

    Saturday is blocked out to regular so-cal annual pass holders, but not to deluxe pass holders. The park is open 9-11 on saturday.

    Sunday is not blocked out to anyone, and the hours are 8-12.

    We were thinking saturday would be the better day. The hours are shorter which means the park will be less busy, right?

    Does anyone know which day would be better to visit on?

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      Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

      I would almost say Sunday would be the better day to go. I'm not sure that it would really make a difference though if it's a holiday weekend.

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        Originally posted by Scottk View Post
        ok quick question.

        We will be in so-cal over MLK weekend. We haven't decided if we want to go to disneyland on Saturday the 17th or Sunday the 18th.

        Saturday is blocked out to regular so-cal annual pass holders, but not to deluxe pass holders. The park is open 9-11 on saturday.

        Sunday is not blocked out to anyone, and the hours are 8-12.

        We were thinking saturday would be the better day. The hours are shorter which means the park will be less busy, right?

        Does anyone know which day would be better to visit on?
        I already answered your question: I don't know.
        They will both be pretty busy.
        The difference between the two should not be enough to affect your decision. If you want less busy, you should pick another weekend, or a weekday instead. If you're planning to spend full price to go on either of these days, well, it's not my money.

        I recommend Monday, if it's possible.

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          Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

          I would also recommend Monday.

          If Saturday has longer hours than Sunday then I would lean towards Saturday, and pray for rain.

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            Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

            Clinks, I really appreciate this thread! My whole family (29 in all!) are planning a trip for my parents' 50th anniversary this year. I am really trying to convince them to NOT go Columbus Day weekend but one of my sister's won't pull her kids from school for the trip.

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              Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

              I heard mixed things about New Years Day. Is New Years day crowded or is it pretty dead because of the Rose Bowl, Rose Parade and all the people hungover, I mean "sleeping in"?
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                Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

                Clinks...these posts crack me up at the start of every year. I don't know why, but, it just does! Well done! haha!

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                  Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

                  Originally posted by Eric5675 View Post
                  I heard mixed things about New Years Day. Is New Years day crowded or is it pretty dead because of the Rose Bowl, Rose Parade and all the people hungover, I mean "sleeping in"?
                  a friend of mine that went New Years Day 2 years ago said she has never seen the park so empty before
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                    Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

                    Originally posted by elly View Post
                    a friend of mine that went New Years Day 2 years ago said she has never seen the park so empty before
                    I've gone with the 1st being slow and I've been there when it was pretty busy. So, I think it just depends on the year...or how hung over people are....

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                      Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

                      Thanks Sir Clinksalot! I was hoping you'd post one of these!!!
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                        Planning to go around mid to late October of this year! Yippie!!!

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                        • #13
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                          Thanks, Gregg now I can decide what weekends to go and which ones not to go on.
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                            Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

                            We are thinking Feb 22-24.

                            What do you think?

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                              Re: When Will it Be Busy at Disneyland - 2009 Edition

                              Originally posted by FolsomFan View Post
                              We are thinking Feb 22-24.

                              What do you think?
                              Some schools do give a week off in February, sometimes referred to as Ski/Rodeo week. Not sure when they will be held in 2009, with Presidents day being held on Febraury 16th. They might be that week. But then some schools could go with the week of February 24th....
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