Disneyland Crowd Levels: Why YOU Should Plan a Visit!

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Disneyland Resort is The Happiest Place on Earth — but right now, we can confidently say it’s not the most crowded place on earth! In fact, during our recent visits to Disneyland, we have found that crowd levels are manageable, wait times are low, and, as always, the energy at the Anaheim theme park is simply magical.

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Here is our latest update on the crowd level of Disneyland Park this week.

Related: Disneyland Crowd Calendar: Visiting Disneyland Resort in 2021

Disneyland Crowds on a Weekday in September

We visited Disneyland Park on Monday, September 13, and the atmosphere was great. In particular, we found that the crowd levels were very manageable, especially considering the fact that we arrived just after rope drop. In the early morning hours, many Guests arrive at the theme parks in order to get on their favorite attractions as soon as possible and start their day as early as they can, since Disneyland opens at 8 a.m. these days. So, quite often we will see longer lines in the morning as the Park is opening up, since there is usually an initial rush of Guests entering the Park.

Even before we arrived at the Gates, we found parking to be a breeze at around 8 a.m. on Monday morning, and the security lines were incredibly short. We walked right through with no wait!

disneyland crowd levels september
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Once we got in the Park, we noticed that the line to get a Starbucks coffee from Market House was relatively long, taking up the entire queue within the shop, and it only got longer once we exited. However, it still took less than 20 minutes from the time we entered the queue to when we received our order.

Below, we have included some general photos of the crowd levels at Disneyland Park on Monday. Some areas can get a little congested, such as the walkways by Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland and Haunted Mansion Holiday in New Orleans Square, but for the most part, the theme park was not overly crowded in most areas and lands.

disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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disneyland crowd levels september
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By mid-morning, the wait times looked like this:

disneyland wait times september
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disneyland wait times september
Credit: Screenshot via Disneyland app
disneyland wait times september
Credit: Screenshot via Disneyland app
disneyland wait times september
Credit: Screenshot via Disneyland app
disneyland wait times september
Credit: Screenshot via Disneyland app
disneyland wait times september
Credit: Screenshot via Disneyland app

Based on our expeirences visiting Disneyland Resort recently, we think this month is a great time to visit if you are looking for lower crowds and manageable wait times. We especially recommend visiting on a weekday. The Halloween Time season has already begun, but Halloween (October 31) is still several weeks away. School is also back in session, so weekdays are not as crowded as they were during the peak of summer.

If you are planning a trip to Disneyland Resort and you have either a Magic Key Pass (AKA an Annual Pass) or a Park Hopper ticket — or you are planning to visit Disney California Adventure only — we highly recommend not visiting on an Oogie Boogie Bash event night. On Oogie Boogie Bash event nights, those who have purchased tickets for the event can enter Disney California Adventure as early as 3 p.m., making the Park more crowded in the late afternoon. Additionally, California Adventure closes early to non-event Guests on party nights. So, we suggest planning to visit on a different day so you can take advantage of lower crowds and get the most out of your visit.

Click here for a full list of dates for Oogie Boogie Bash. (Note: The Event is sold out for the season.)

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Have you visited Disneyland recently? What were the crowd levels during your trip? Let us know in the comments!

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