If you’re looking for the fewest crowds, the best time to go to Disneyland is any time that the kids are in school. That’s generally January, February, March, May, September and early November, as long as you avoid holidays and holiday weekends.
Keep in mind that there are some larger conventions and groups that travel certain weeks in January and February. Because of that, we always recommend that you check the Anaheim Convention Center’s website to make sure that you don’t happen to unintentionally plan your Disneyland vacation over a busy weekend!
Another thing to note about traveling during these non-peak travel times is that the parks generally have shorter park hours, fewer atmosphere entertainment options, and one or more larger attractions down for refurbishment.
But, because there are fewer crowds, you generally don’t need as much time in the parks to experience everything. Disneyland is also very careful about keeping their refurbishments as minimal as possible. Rarely will there be more than one major attraction down in each park at any given time.
However, as always, we recommend checking Disneyland’s official calendar before traveling if there is something that you really want to experience. The calendar may not come out 30-45 days prior to travel, so if you think you need to make a last minute change, we recommend taking advantage of the Peace of Mind plan.
And here is what might be one of the best tips for avoiding crowds at Disneyland-- go when it rains! Magic Key holders can usually be found in the parks any day of the week. Because a visit to Disneyland is commonplace for a local, they will often opt to cancel a visit to Disneyland if rain is in the forecast.
As a result, there will be fewer people at the parks when it rains. For someone who is visiting Disney from far away and planning a special trip, rain isn't going to stop them! So don't worry if Disneyland weather doesn't look ideal. There is still so much you can do at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park regardless of the rain. In fact, we have a whole blog post called "How to Do Disneyland in the Rain
" that is full of advice.