Hate Disneyland Crowds? Solutions for Busy Days

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Does the thought of spending 5 days or even 5 hours at Disneyland turn you into Cruella DeVille? Do you just want to gather up all the puppies people and make them disappear? You’re not the only one! A friend of mine, who we’ll call Cruella the Crowd Hater (to protect her identity of course!), requested some tips on navigating and steering clear of Disneyland crowds.

Like most visitors, Cruella the Crowd Hater visits Disneyland during the busy summer months. We understand because we’re there in the middle of busy season too, we all want to have a fabulous vacation right when everyone else expects to do the same. But don’t let the Disneyland crowds turn your hair gray.

Here’s how to make it through and even enjoy Disneyland when it’s crowded and you don’t love being around crowds.

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Disneyland Crowd Solutions

1. Download the official Disneyland Resort app for free wait time and other awesome insights for your trip. Then check out some of our ready-to-go itineraries or book a VIP Custom Park Plan for major time saving tricks.

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2. Get up early to enjoy lower crowd levels, then retreat to your hotel bed, pool or spa during the mid-day madness. Head to the parks at rope drop to enjoy less Disneyland crowds and more rides, then take a break just as everyone else is making their way to the Resort. Typically the most crowded time of day is between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

 

3. Accept that your pace isn’t everyone else’s pace. The sooner I realized that my husband doesn’t enjoy big Disneyland crowds or waiting in line, the sooner we had more fun together at Disneyland. When he would rather sit on a park bench and people watch, that was cool with me. When he wanted to ride the Disneyland Railroad around the park just to relax, we rode the train together.

Slow down the pace, pick a spot to people watch or unwind while the rest of your group goes on a ride or two. Allow yourself that option.

One of my favorite spots to rest my feet in the shade is the bottom level of Hungry Bear Restaurant. It sits right on the Rivers of America and has plenty of seating during non-peak meal hours. Head all the way to the back and unwind. Here’s my view last time I stopped there.

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Note this area is open but under construction during the Star Wars land expansion.


4. Just because you don’t like Disneyland crowds, doesn’t mean you don’t like rides and shows. Here are a few of my favorite attractions with less wait times than most and a laid back atmosphere:

The Disney Gallery (on Main Street)
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (on Main Street)
Disneyland Railroad (head to the Main Street station as the park opens to secure a return time for a seat in the coveted Lilly Belle train car)
Main Street Cinema
Main Street Vehicles
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
Pirates of the Caribbean
Jungle Cruise
Mark Twain Riverboat
Sailing Ship Columbia
Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (let the kids run around while you chill out)

 

California Adventure
Red Car Trolley
Animation Academy
Sorcerer’s Workshop
Turtle Talk with Crush
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
The Bakery Tour
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

5. Consider a Tour. For an additional fee, you can enjoy a variety of tours offered by the Disneyland Resort. Tours start at about $50 and go up from there, but can give you a inside look at the park’s history, special details about Walt Disney and more. Tours are a great option to see the parks in a new way and learn about all the details that makes Disneyland magical. Some tours include FASTPASSES to select attractions and a meal. Reservations are encouraged, and walk up spots may be available. Call 714-781-TOUR for more details.

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Are you a Disneyland crowd hater? Does thinking about the masses of people all lined up for hours turn you into Cruella? What are your favorite things to do to avoid the crowds, even when it’s super busy?

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