If you’re a fan of pleasant weather, light crowds, and short lines for your visit, the month of September is a great time to visit Disneyland.
After Labor Day weekend (the first weekend of the month), Disneyland crowds taper off. They stay low for a couple of weeks until Halloween season starts later in the month.
Disneyland Crowds in September
Early September is a good time for light crowds and short lines, but that all changes the day Halloween Time opens. The first few days after that, lots of people will flock in to see what's new and enjoy their old favorites. In spite of that, expect short lines and no crowds during a midweek visit.
To get a day-by-day prediction of crowd levels, you can use the crowd forecast calendar at isitpacked.com.
Disneyland Weather in September
Depending on where you live, you may think of September as the time to get out your fall clothing. But don't mistake September at Disneyland for fall. Despite the fact that the average temperature is 77 F, it can sometimes soar to than 90 F on a September afternoon.
If you're planning your trip months ahead of time, these averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. To make plans for a trip that's coming up soon, check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead.
- Average High Temperature: 77 F (25 C)
- Average Low Temperature: 63 F (18 C)
- Rain: 0 inches
- Humidity: 65 percent
- Daylight: You will have a little more than12.5 hours of daylight to enjoy the parks
At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30 degrees, and its record high was 108 degrees.
If you want to compare September weather to the rest of the year, use the Disneyland weather and climate guide.
They don't happen every year, but when dry Santa Ana winds blow from the inland toward the coast, they bring hotter than average temperatures. The only way to know they are going to happen is to check a short-range forecast a few days ahead of time.
After Labor Day, some rides may close for extended maintenance. Haunted Mansion will close for a couple of weeks to transition to its Haunted Mansion Holiday Nightmare Before Christmas theme. It will re-open in late September.
Space Mountain also closes for a few days, re-opening as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.
For a list of which rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment, check Touringplans.com.
During September, Disneyland is open 10 to 13 hours per day on Mondays through Thursdays and 13 to 15 hours per day Fridays through Sundays. Labor Day hours will be like a weekend day.
When hours are shorter, you can also expect an abbreviated entertainment schedule, except on weekends and Labor Day holiday. California Adventure hours may be shorter, so check Disneyland's exact September hours up to 6 weeks in advance.
What to Pack
Midday, Disneyland feels a little hotter than you might expect, but you'll still want to pack a couple of light layers. It cools off quickly at dark, and if you're going to watch Fantasmic! or World of Color up close, you might want a water-resistant layer because it's possible to get wet.
As you're making your list, check these Disneyland packing tips.
September Events at Disneyland
As summer ends, and fall kicks in, a few seasonal events start to take over the park.
Halloween Time: The celebration starts in September and lasts through the end of October. Prepare to see Disney Villains, a new look at the Haunted Mansion, pumpkins everywhere, and more Halloween-themed festivities and activities in the park.
The Disneyland Resort's evening Halloween parties will start in September, too. They occur on select nights. Guests are encouraged to dress up in costumes and even go trick-or-treating around the park.
September Travel Tips
- You'll find it hard to get significant ticket discounts in September, especially after the Halloween decorations go up. Use the Disneyland discounts guide to find your options.
- Hotel costs will go down after Labor Day, especially mid-week.
Your perfect time to visit Disneyland depends on your likes and dislikes, your schedule, and of course, the weather. Start with the helpful tips about the best time to visit Disneyland, then check the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland in fall to find out more about going during that time of year.