Summer is our readers' least-favorite time to visit Disneyland, but still almost 1 in 5 say they will visit then.
Typically, Disney opens their new attractions around the first week of June, just in time for the summer season.
Reasons to Visit Disneyland in Summer
- Disneyland's summer hours are the longest of the year.
- Most of the Disneyland attractions will be open, except for periodic maintenance.
- This is the time to see Fantasmic! (twice nightly) and World of Color at California Adventure. And the fireworks go off every night.
- New attractions usually open in late spring or early summer, so this is a good time to check out the latest.
Reasons to Avoid Disneyland in Summer
- Summer is the busiest time of year at Disneyland.
- People get cranky when it's hot and crowded - and when they have to wait - which can make it harder to have fun. Even if you retain your good humor, the people around you may not.
- The July 4 holiday draws peak attendance during what's already the busiest time of year. That perfect storm makes the holiday the second-busiest time of the year. The park will be even more packed if July 4 is on Friday or Monday, creating a three-day holiday weekend.
- For the first few weeks of June, season pass holders flock in to check out the newest attractions, making the park even more crowded than usual.
- Because demand is high, so are prices. Hotels are booked up and spring's discounts disappear faster than an ice cube in the summer sun.
Disneyland Summer Tips
- If you're a light packer like me who tends to take a few mix-and-match items expecting to wear each piece more than once, make this trip an exception and pack a new set of clothing for each day. Even when the thermometer says 80-ish, it get extremely hot and you'll be too sweaty to put anything on again without a wash.
- Toontown is the hottest part of Disneyland. Make it your first stop in the morning before all that asphalt has a chance to heat up. Don't wait until after dark, though. It closes early because of fallout from the fireworks.