What Times Does Disneyland Open and Close for the Day?

Guide to Opening and Closing Times at Disneyland California

Toontown Clock, Disneyland
© 2012 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

It’s a simple question on the surface: Exactly what time does Disneyland open and close for the day?

Unfortunately for you, the answer is far more complicated than you may have guessed. And the last thing you want to do is arrive at 8:00 a.m. only to find that the park won't open until 10:00 a.m. — or vice versa.

Starting with the basics: Disneyland hours vary with hours of sunshine: shorter in winter and longer in summer. Daily hours also vary depending on how many people they expect. They will be open longer during vacation season, school breaks and long holiday weekends than in the middle of the week offseason.

Don't fret if that seems confusing. This guide includes everything you need to know get to Disneyland at the right time, and how you can sometimes get in even before the park officially opens.

Insider Secrets About Disneyland Hours

Visitors who stay at a Disney-owned hotel or some of their partner hotels — and people who buy tickets for multiple days — may get into the parks earlier than other ticket holders on specific days of the week. It sounds fantastic, but there are restrictions, and you won't be the only person who gets in early. In fact, it's not quite as good a deal as it seems. Check out the ins and outs of early entry.

Sometimes the Disneyland or California Adventure front gates open to anyone who has a ticket about a half hour earlier than the "official" posted opening time. There's no guarantee on this and no way to predict when it will happen. When it does, it's fun and worth getting there ahead of time just in case.

On those days, you can get inside the gate. The shops on Main Street U.S.A. or Carthay Circle will be open. It's a good time to shop, but stow your purchases at package pick up and collect them on your way out instead of lugging them around all day.

You'll find lots of characters out and the lines to greet them are short. Best of all, you can line up for the very fun "rope drop," which happens at the official opening time. After that you can enter the rest of the park.

Disneyland Times for the Next Few Weeks

If you need to know the exact Disneyland hours for the days of your visit, you can find that out approximately six weeks ahead of time at the Disneyland website. That's when Disneyland posts the schedule for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, in calendar format.

The calendar also includes times for parades, fireworks and featured entertainment so you can plan your trip down to every last magical hour.

If you want to hear the official hours from a real human being instead, call Disneyland Guest Relations at 714-781-7290. This may give you the extra peace of mind you need to enjoy the park without having to wait for it to open.

Disneyland Hours At Other Times of Year

If you're planning more than six weeks ahead, you won't get exact times on the Disneyland website. These general rules may help you know what to expect:

  • Disneyland is often open longer than California Adventure. It typically opens earlier and stays open later.
  • Both parks are open for more hours during busier times. That includes not only summer but spring break, three-day holiday weekends, Fourth of July, and the year-end holiday weeks from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
  • Except during those busy times, Disneyland hours are longer on weekends than they are during the week.
  • The Anaheim/Los Angeles area gets about 10 hours of daylight per day in December and about 14 hours in June. You can estimate that park hours will be a little longer than that. They usually open a few hours after sunrise and close after it gets dark. In summer, they will be open until midnight.

    Links to Disneyland Information By Month

    The typical Disneyland Resort hours (along with weather, crowd predictions and other considerations) are included in these guides to Disneyland by month. Use this list to shortcut straight to the month you're interested in:  January  - February  - March -  April -  May -  June -  July -  August -  September -  October -  November -  December