The final month have summer has begun and it is time for a Disneyland Crowd Calendar update.
We have two months of wait time observations since the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and the picture is clear. The new land is popular but the rest of the resort is quiet. That means there isn’t much to update for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Be aware that summer blockout dates for many annual passholders end on September 3. We expect a lot of these guests will flood Disneyland Park to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for the first time. Normally the week after Labor Day is very quiet but this year we are predicting ‘6’s and ‘7’s for Disneyland. This may be an overestimate if those passholders check out the new land then leave the park (as many people have done since it opened).
Not a lot will change in October as a result of this update. Guests should still watch out for large crowds on dates around Columbus Day and on weekends in the second half of the month.
Days around Veterans Day on November 11 continue to be more popular in recent years. Since it falls on a Monday this year the effect will be a little greater. This update puts Disneyland Park at a level ‘9’ between Saturday, November 9 and Monday, November 11. Thanksgiving is late this year, on November 28. We expect the usual high crowd levels that week.
No major changes to report for December. If you can avoid weekends the crowd levels are fairly low in December as long as your trip is over by the time the Christmas rush arrives. This year we predict that rush to begin on December 21.
January 2020 and beyond
Galaxy’s Edge second attraction, Rise of the Resistance opens at Disneyland Park on January 17, 2020. A lot of the crowd level predictions for dates after that will depend on what we observe once it opens. The attraction (like all new attractions) is not part of the crowd calendar currently. We have to collect about a year’s worth of wait time data before we can include it. That means the crowd level index indicates the expected crowd level at the rest of the park, not at the new attraction. Rise of the Resistance will be very popular and we expect Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge to be very busy when it opens.
Remember that the Crowd Calendar is subject to change at any time. Updates usually come monthly. If you are using the calendar to plan your Disneyland Resort trip we strongly suggest that you use a touring plan and optimize it several times while in the park. That is, by far, your bets way to beat the crowds.