This Month at Disneyland Resort: May 2012

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Welcome to the first monthly installment of This Month at Disneyland,‘s regular round-up of upcoming events and operations in and around the Anaheim resort. If you are planning a visit to Disneyland in the next 30 days, this is your one-stop-shop for imminent information that may impact your vacation.

In addition to and the Official Disney Parks Blog, much of the following news and photography comes courtesy of our friends at MousePlanet and MiceAge. Visit those sites for more images and up-to-the-minute updates.

Crowd Calendar

May may be your last best chance for crowd-free touring at Disneyland in 2012, since we expect the resort to be packed following California Adventure’s relaunch in mid-June. Weekdays this May should be especially low-key, with growing wait times on the weekends building towards Memorial Day.

  • Quietest Days: Resort attendance should be lowest (1 out of 10) on May 3 and 7-9.
  • Busiest Days: Resort attendance should be highest (8 out of 10) on May 25-28.

Subscribe to the Touring Pans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

Special Events

  • Disneyland celebrates Cinco de Mayo on May 5. Look for decorations around Rancho del Zocalo, and a special menu at Tortilla Joe’s in Downtown Disney.
  • AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County holds a charity walk at Disneyland early on the morning of May 6.
  • On May 10, Disney Legend Alice Davis will receive a long-deserved tribute window on Main Street USA. The Imagineer was responsible for the costume designs of classic attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and it’s a small world. Her window will be next to the one honoring her husband, late Imagineer Marc Davis.
  • To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fantasmic! on May 13, Disneyland is holding after-hours parties for Annual Passholders on May 14, 15, 21, & 22.
  • Grad Nights return on May 10 & 11, 16-18, 23-25, 30 & 31. Expect large platoons of busses delivering hordes of teenagers to the resort for all-night parties on those evenings.

Opening, Closures, and Refurbishments


Disney California Adventure

Downtown Disney

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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

7 thoughts on “This Month at Disneyland Resort: May 2012

  • May 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    You may also want to note that Disneyland and Girl Scouts, USA are celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouts on May 26th with Bridging ceremonies being held in front of the castle from opening until about noon. This event is sold-out.

    • May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks! I found a note about Girl Scouts in the park May 26 & 27, but didn’t have any info on how will will affect operations.

  • May 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I’m planning to be in Disneyland on May 11th. What time do the grads roll in? Should we plan to take off early?

    • May 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Gran nite ticket holders can now enter the parks any time during the day, so there shouldn’t be as huge a rush in at once around closing. Crowd levels are predicted at 5, but Disneyland is open until 11. You may want to hit the big rides early in the day and depart one the kids start flooding in.

  • May 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Seth, thanks for the post. Any idea what impact the After Hours AP parties will have on daytime crowds during May 14 and 15? Thanks!

    • May 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      I haven’t seen hard numbers, but I’d imagine an influx of annual pass holders on a weekday evening shouldn’t greatly impact morning and afternoon crowds, since most locals won’t come until after work.

  • May 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Seth, ill be going to CA May 21 – May 24, 2012. What days should we vist Disneyland and CA Adventure? Thanks!


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