Disneyland hours vary with time of year, the day of the week, and other factors. Disneyland times vary so much from month to month and sometimes week to week that it may leave you scratching your head wondering, "what times does Disneyland open?" That can be frustrating if you arrive at 8:00 a.m. only to find that the park opens at 10:00 a.m. or vice versa.
But don't fret, I got all the information you need to get to Disneyland at the right time, and sometimes even before the park opens.
I created this little guide to Disneyland hours to help you sort it all out.
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. 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 here.
Sometimes Disneyland opens a little 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. On those days, the gates open about half an hour early. You can get inside the gate and the Main Street U.S.A. shops are open. It's a good time to shop, then stow your purchases at package pick up to collect on your way out.
The characters are out and lines to greet them are short. Best of all, you can line up at the end of Main Street for the very fun "rope drop," which happens at the official opening time and you can enter the rest of the park.
If at any time of year you want to hear the official hours from a real human being, 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 Times for the Next Few Weeks
If you need to know Disneyland hours for the days of your visit, you can find that out approximately six weeks ahead of time. That's when Disneyland posts the exact times for both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, in calendar format. You can find those current Disneyland hours at their website.
The calendar also includes times for fireworks and featured entertainment so you can plan your trip down to every last magical hour.
Disneyland Hours At Other Times of Year
If you're planning further ahead than six weeks, you won't get exact times on the website. These general rules may help you know what to expect:
- Disneyland is often open longer than California Adventure.
- Both parks are open for more hours during busier times. That includes not only summer but spring break, holiday weekends, and the year-end holiday weeks around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- 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 our guide 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