When to Avoid Disney Parks


Hey Dreamers, Ti is back! I hope you all had a splendid holiday season and ready for the new year! What better way to start the year than talk about avoiding the Disney parks?! I know what you are all thinking, Why on Earth would we want to avoid Disney Parks?! This post is merely a reminder when the parks are at their craziest. I did not attend any Disney park this holiday season, although I did go a couple days after New Year’s and man is it crowded beyond control! I decided to check in with some of my fellow Disney compadres and look on the wait times for both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World…all I can say is people who were brave enough to be there during the holidays, all power to them!

I know everyone wants to spend the holidays at Disney, I mean who wouldn’t? But since everyone wants that extra holiday magic, the parks are overly crowded and enjoying yourself can be difficult. The lines are forever long and the lands are so packed, there is hardly any room to wiggle and breathe! Attractions that are never busy tend to have long lines and the most popular rides are definitely a 2 hour plus wait. And not to mention trying to get a decent spot for any show, good luck!

The holidays are not the only times that the parks are more crowded than usual. The summer months tend to be crowded as well. Many will find that the usual tricks to avoid the everyday crowds do not always work during these times. For those who cannot stand the crowds at all, it may be best to just avoid the busiest times of the year altogether. For those who are a little braver, there’s a post about tips and tricks that help make the experience a little easier.


In my honest opinion, I would avoid going to any Disney park on the major holidays, especially Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Those days tend to be the busiest of all the days, and the days leading up to and after are not as bad but still no exception. To enjoy all the different things the holidays at the parks offer, I would personally go after Thanksgiving and the first week or so in December. The crowd usually picks up after that.

In the summer time, June-August tend to be their busier months, especially July and August. It is the vacation months and warm summer days that attract the attention to the Disney parks. The crowds during the summer are different than the ones on the winter holidays so the usual tips to avoid the crowds almost always work.

I am definitely not saying you can’t go to the Disney parks during their busy seasons because I do. All I am saying is if you do not want to deal with heavy crowds and every ride being between 40 minutes to 2 hours plus with barely any walking space, and difficulty finding a decent spot for a parade or firework show, I highly recommend to avoid the parks during the official holidays. Everyone wants to experience the magic so the Happiest Place on Earth may not be so happy!

Do you have any experiences dealing with crazy crowds that you’d like to share? I would love to hear them! TTFN (Ta-Ta-For-Now!)

“Live every moment as not to regret  what you are about to do.”

Mickey Mouse


6 responses to “When to Avoid Disney Parks

  1. For the Asian Disneyland’s (Hong Kong, Tokyo and eventually Shanghai) Chinese New Year is another time to avoid the parks as they attract even more visitors than Christmas!

      • You’d be right. Lines for almost all rides at Hong Kong Disney double in waiting time for around 3 weeks over the Chinese New Year period as various parts of China and Asia take their holidays to celebrate. I’d be curious to know if there is any impact on Anaheim as a lot of Mainland Chinese seem to also be taking overseas holidays around Chinese New Year too these days…

      • That is a very great point. I never thought of that. I just know the Parks in Anaheim are crowded until the week after New Year’s. I will definitely add it to my “To-Do List” for Disneyland Resort and see if there’s a difference 🙂

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