You thought summer was the worst time to go to Disneyland hoping for no lines? Think again! While summer is pretty busy and definitely peak season, there are worse seasons, and days you wouldn’t have thought about at all.
Winter Holiday Time is Up There
Outranking to summer, Holiday Time at Disneyland Resort is the busiest time of the year. Special holiday themed attractions at Disneyland like Holiday Haunted Mansion (with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme), It’s a Small World Holidays, the stunningly beautiful castle covered in glowing icicles and snow, the Christmas parade, a change to take pictures with Santa, and the newest holiday-themed attraction Jingle Cruise, are just a few of the special things to do around the holidays at Disneyland. California Adventure caught on this year by offering a cute little Christmas market called Festival of Holidays with special food, crafts for the kids, and street performers showcasing the holidays around the world.
Lines over 2 hours during this holiday season had become the norm at the biggest attractions like Hyperspace Mountain and Radiator Springs Racers. A good hour was about average for almost every other ride. And even the little kids rides had half hour lines at every single one.
So if you came during November and December of this year, you had to be prepared to pay peak park prices to wait a lot.
During the holiday time, weekends are of course even more crowded, and the actual holidays are even worse. While we spent New Years at the Paradise Pier Hotel, I wouldn’t have even thought about venturing into the parks on that day.
The busiest day of the year
After New Year’s Day, I figured things would calm down. Families are leaving after their vacation had ended, kids are preparing to go back to school, the parks will be much more enjoyable. So come January 4, Cruising Christopher and I headed to the parks ready to have some fun without waiting in long lines. But we were starkly disappointed.
Turns out that on January 4, you do still have all the holiday crowds as many schools are still on vacation.Disneyland keeps the celebration going into the 2nd week of the new year. So the tourist crown remained. AND January 4 was the first day on which every annual pass was unblocked again, so we were not the only ones who thought “Let’s go today!”
What a mistake! Disneyland Park was at capacity at 1PM and you couldn’t even get in, even with a ticket. California Adventure was still admitting guests, but was clearly almost at capacity with Radiator Springs Racers having a constant wait of 3 hours, and the new Soarin’ Over The World welcomed you with a 2-hour wait. Hyperspace Mountain, with Disneyland at capacity, had a constant wait time of about 2 1/2 hours. Indiana Jones closely followed suit. You get the idea.
So what do you do?
So what do you do when your hands are tied and you must or just really want to go to Disneyland during these times? How do you make the most out of your magical stay? Keep reading here for the top 5 tips on how to get around waiting in line at Disneyland!