If you've never actually seen anything other than a sea of people inching their way through this New Orleans Square walkway, here's what it looks like without all the craziness! 👆😆 This was most definitely not what Disneyland looked like this weekend. 😬 Some of you already know, but for those of you who don't, Disneyland hit capacity on Saturday and it was just wild and crazy! We've had a few messages in regards to this, so we wanted to share some info here.
We believe the packed park was in part due to the SoCal ticket deal expiring soon. Disneyland started offering the deal in January and today is the LAST day to purchase the tickets - $149 for a 3-day, one park per day ticket and $189 for 3-day park hopper tickets - both include one day of Magic Morning to Disneyland. The last day to use the tickets is this Thursday, May 25, so we think everyone is trying to get their days in before they expire! Also, Summer has pretty much started, so that doesn't help the crowd situation much.
That said, the parks will be opening at 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM now (check daily schedule - still 10 AM for DCA most of this week) and we HIGHLY recommend arriving early if you can! 8:00 AM opening during the Summer is actually our favorite because less people can arrive super early vs. when the park opens later! We like to take advantage of that! 🙌 Would you believe this photo was taken last week on what ended up being a very crowded day?! We arrived early (as always) and sure enough, we enjoyed empty walkways and short wait times for a couple hours! Even on the busiest days, it is pretty much always slow for an hour or 2 after the parks open. We know it's not always easy to get up and out the door with all the kiddos, but at least one day of trying to make that happen will be SO worth it to get the most out of your Disney day.
LASTLY, we have lots of tips on mkmamas.com about how and when to get to the parks in the morning as well as what to do if it get super busy! Just search "busy season" - the site info INCLUDES GRAD NITE DATES happening now - they don't fall on every day of the week, so be sure to check the post out if you want to know the dates. 😊👍