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The quiter times in Spring 2014 to travel to Disneyland

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The quiter times in Spring 2014 to travel to Disneyland

It seems like a silly question since I'm sure Disneyland is busy year round.But, is there a quieter time to go to Disneyland between March-April 2014? We are driving from BC with our 6 kids and renting a house close to Disneyland. We are unable to fly because one of our children is special needs that makes flying not an option. Also, are there any good blogs or trip planning websites that give good advice? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: The quiter times in Spring 2014 to travel to Disneyland

Welcome to the forums owenandkelly,

We can tell you what to look for basically as far as your time periods. But each year varies with what is going on from year to year. And info about Conventions for next Spring may not show up for a while.

First you need to be aware that Spring Break for most Secondary and Elementary Schools in the U.S. falls the full week before Easter Sunday ( which is on a different date each year) with some Schools taking the full week after Easter Sunday as thier Spring Break. So those 2 weeks should be avoided. For 2014, Easter Sunday fall on April 20th, so April 12-27 should be avoided as it will have the largest crowds likely.

Most of March and April is busy with Conventions, School Competitons, and College Spring Break Times, so its going to be busy in those months really no matter when you visit. If you must visit in those months, the first week of March, or the very last week of April may have somewhat lighter crowds. Once you get into MId March, things are very busy then through most of April.

Edited: 27 July 2013, 04:38
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2. Re: The quiter times in Spring 2014 to travel to Disneyland

You're best off at the beginning of April next year, and then picking Tuesday and Wednesday as the quietest days of the week (in general).

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3. Re: The quiter times in Spring 2014 to travel to Disneyland

We were there March 6-10( wed to sun) this year which ended up being 2 weeks before spring break.

I was there with my 2 children and we moved easily around both parks and the most we waited for a ride was 10 mins, this inc pirates, Indiana jones, space mountain. We were lucky enough to walk on to some like Tea Cups and toy Story, and as we stayed late on the Friday night we had multiple rides on Dumbo.

It was cold that day ( Fri ) and a shower of rain passed at lunch but we were amazed at how lucky we were it was a great time for a first time visit.

We went back for a day on the 18 Th. March and it was a mad house, we waited 1 hr for space mountain :( we were glad we had already had 4 days so we just wandered around and soaked it all up!!

As for planning tips I think you are in the right place , also look at the Disneyland website itself its great for ride info and about 6 weeks before you arrive you should be able to see the park hours and show times plus and ride closures .

Happy planning!!

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4. Re: The quiter times in Spring 2014 to travel to Disneyland

You can also take a look at something like Touringplans.com as its shows a few months ahead of time crowd numbers for free, and farther at a cost to you. or itsitpacked.com ( you would need to look closer to those dates for info, or on previous years) which show general crowd conditions based on the last few years of info when things are busy.

touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-cal…

isitpacked.com/disneyland-crowd-forecast-pre…

And you can look at the Hotel Convention Calendars for the Disneyland area, ( any numbers above about 7,000 are usually going to significantly impact Disneyland crowds). And, the Anaheim Convention Center Calendar ( the Anaheim Convention Center is directly across the street from Disneyland so it impacts crowds at Disneyland). Competitions like "Cheer and Dance Competitions" "Varsity "or "Spririt " events, usually mean larger crowds at Disneyland. Keep in mind though that some events may not be showing up yet on the Calendar this far out.

anaheimoc.org/convention-calendar/m/2014-04/…

anaheimconventioncenter.com/eventCalendar.as…

The first weekend in April also usually has an unofficial event mini Gay days at Disneyland usually, which also brings in more crowds to Disneyland, but no date is showing up yet for 2014. As you can see from some of the Calendars listed, there is already some heavier Conventions showing up for early to mid April for 2014

Best time to visit for less crowds is usually early May, and about the first 3 weeks of Sept ( avoiding Labor Day Weekend)

Edited: 27 July 2013, 06:01
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