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Hours and What They Represent
deciding when to visit the Disneyland Resort,
park hours should be the number one guide for
estimating attendance. Planners at the Resort
will usually offer increased hours when they expect
larger crowds. For example the normal hours deep
in the off-season are usually 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
compared to 8 a.m. to Midnight for the average
summer day. Operating hours are a very clear indication
of what attendance is expected for a given day.
on season is best known as that time when the
Disneyland Resort sees its largest crowds. Vacation
periods are created with federal holidays and
the long summer break afforded to most school
children. The Disneyland Resort is a very popular
choice for families and groups looking for something
to do on their much-deserved time off and the
crowds definitely show this.
the on season shows is longest sustained attendance
rates during the summer, which runs Memorial Day
weekend in the end of May until Labor Day weekend
during the first week of September. Holiday periods
are no exception to the increased numbers of guests.
Presidents Day weekend in February, the weeks
around Easter/Spring Break in March or April,
Thanksgiving weekend at the end of November, and
Christmas Day until New Years Day in December
often mirror the crowds seen during the summer.
There will also be a few periods of time throughout
the year where the Resort will see increased guest
traffic due to special events or other unexpected
these times are the busiest of the year, they
are a great opportunity to see all of the shows
the Resort is offering. The Resort looks too keep
all guests entertained, even when there are large
crowds. During the on season the Resort will offer
its full slate of entertainment features from
its daytime entertainment to the nighttime spectaculars.
on season does have its fluctuations in attendance
with the lightest crowds from Tuesday to Thursday
during the week. Fridays and Saturdays are the
busiest time with later hours and peak attendance.
The parks are open late every night, usually until
midnight, during the on season. Guests should
be prepared for the crowds and hot temperatures
is definitely a good time to visit for those guests
who would like to see the Resort's largest shows
and do not mind if they cannot ride every attraction.
For those guests who would like to get on as many
rides as possible and must visit during the summertime,
it can be done but must be planned out accordingly.
Most guests dislike this season because of how
busy it is, but it depends on the attitude and
expectations of the guest. Here are a few tips
for guests entering the park during the on season:
Guests should ensure the family is well rested
and gets a good night's sleep before the big
day(s) at the parks so that crankiness is kept
to a minimum.
Guests should not enter the park expecting to
ride every ride or see every show, as this is
just not possible on a busy on season day. Guests
who are aware of this and come just to enjoy
the day will have a much more relaxed time.
Guests with young children should be aware of
the different attractions for children and adults,
and should try not to get frustrated if a child
wants to spend hours in one location of the
It is recommended to plan a break during the
middle of the day, when the park is the busiest
and the hottest. For guests staying at a hotel
close to The Disneyland Resort, it is a good
idea to return and take a rest. Another relaxing
option is to visit one of the less popular attractions
in the parks. Often a short rest or period of
relaxation is well needed and well deserved,
and guests should not hesitate to take one in
the middle of the day.
favorite of Resort regulars, the off-season offers
small crowds with a very relaxed atmosphere. The
off-season includes all the time periods that
are not listed above as part of the on season.
The off-season is a great time for guests who
would like to visit the parks without all the
crowds and who don't mind missing some of the
more popular shows.
during the off-season (excluding some Fridays)
don't usually have much in the way of entertainment.
There is some daytime entertainment, but nothing
large and the parks are usually not open past
6 or 8 in the evening. Weekends (Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays) will typically include most of the
summertime shows. The parks are open until 10
p.m. or midnight. Guests who cannot visit during
the week should visit on Sunday, which offers
all the same shows that Saturday does but without
the crowds. Sunday's are also only open until
about 10 p.m. as opposed to Saturday's midnight.
who dislike crowds should try to stay away from
the park on Saturdays, as it may get as busy as
summer days. This is a great time to visit for
guests who are willing to take their child out
of school. Since the attendance is much lower
a day at the park(s) becomes less taxing, which
helps to provide more energy to keep going for
longer periods of time.
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