Disneyland in August

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    What to Expect at Disneyland in August

    World of Color at California Adventure
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    August at Disneyland is hot-hot-hot. Hot as in high temperatures. Hot as in popular and hot like a pretty girl.

    Expect long hours and a full entertainment lineup. When it's this busy, you'll need all the help you can get to keep you out of lines and having fun.

    August Hours at Disneyland

    In general, Disneyland is open 14 to 16 hours per day, every day. California Adventure hours may be slightly shorter.

    Check August hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

    August Closures at Disneyland

    With the exception of really major renovations that take many months, one advantage of the busier times at Disneyland is that all the rides will be running, except for brief closures to do routine maintenance.

    Touringplans.com keeps a list of which rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment.

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    Disneyland Crowds and Events in August

    Summer Tourists Flock to Disneyland
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    Attendance starts to taper off a little by the last week of August as some of the kids get back in school.

    The summer block on annual pass holder visits ends in mid-August. For a couple of weeks, crowds may go up while all the locals get their Disney fix, especially weekdays after people get off work and on Friday evenings.

    Website isitpacked.com says if you must go in August, aim for late in the month. Use their crowd forecast calendar to get a day-by-day prediction.

    Cost Considerations

    Disneyland August Events

    The big Disney fan expo called D23 is held annually at the nearby Anaheim Convention...MORE Center, usually in July or August.

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    What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in August

    Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream sandwich at Disneyland
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    These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. It's only a guideline: California weather is just like it is where you live, different every year.

    Contrary to what you might think, summer doesn't always bring the best weather. Maybe that's why our readers say it's their least favorite season to visit. It will be warm enough—in fact; it can often be too hot. When it isn't hot, it's foggy, with the nearby ocean creating morning overcast skies that may linger all day long.

    At the extremes, Anaheim's record low August temperature was 30°F (-1°C) and its record high was 108°F (42°C). Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.

    • Average High Temperature: 77°F (25°C)
    • Average Low Temperature: 64°F (18°C)
    • Rain & Clouds Index: little or no rain
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    What to Pack, What to Wear in August

    Disneyland Fireworks from Rivers of America
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    Midday, Disneyland feels a little hotter than you might expect. If you have a small, refillable mister bottle, it can help keep you cool in line.

    It cools off fast at dark and if you're going to watch Fantasmic! or World of Color up close, you'll be thankful for a water repellent jacket. Layers work best, clothing-wise. Make the innermost layer one that you'd be comfortable in if it's a little hotter than the forecast high.

    Before you start packing your bags, take a look at the tested and proven tips in the Girls' Guide to Packing for Disneyland.

    More Disneyland by Month

    Disneyland's least crowded months are January and February but hours are short, rides may be closed for refurbishment and entertainment options are fewer.

    Spring is great weather-wise and part of MarchApril, and even early May are less crowded.

    Summer's busy season is JuneJuly, and August. Hours will be long, most rides will be open and there's lots of entertainment. It's also the most...MORE crowded time of year.

    September is less crowded and has great weather. The holiday season begins in October, when the Halloween decorations go up, and continues through November and December.