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Disneyland Hours of Operation

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Disneyland Hours Overview

What time does Disneyland open and close? You'll find Disneyland's opening hours on this page!

Photo: Lion King float in Mickey's Soundsational Parade at Disneyland ParkNOTE: CARS LAND IS AT THE DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK, NOT DISNEYLAND! Cars Land is a stunning themed area that debuted several years ago...and it has been a smash hit ever since opening day. However, don't expect to find Cars Land inside of Disneyland Park. Cars Land is at Disneyland's "sister" theme park, the Disney California Adventure Park...which has hours of operation that are completely different. To discover those hours, please visit our page covering the Disney California Adventure Park hours of operation. And, if you'd like to view pictures of the beautiful Cars Land themed area, please visit our Cars Land Pictures page!

Note: Disneyland reserves the right to change their operating hours at any time. This is NOT likely to affect visitors very much, since any adjustments are likely to be small (for example, opening one hour earlier or staying open one hour later than planned.) Yet, you should be prepared for the possibility of changes to the schedule.

How to maximize your time at Disneyland

How can you enter Disneyland Park as early as possible? Disneyland opens its theme park gates at the official opening time which has been announced for that date. BUT, the parking lot and the ticket booths open earlier. If you have parked your car, ridden the tram from the parking lot, and purchased your tickets all before opening time, then you'll be able to enter the park right at opening time.

Since it can easily take an hour or more to park your car, pass through the security inspection line and purchase tickets, you'll be adding hours to your day at Disneyland if you take care of those chores before opening time. Purchasing your tickets online ahead of time is a good way of avoiding the ticket line, which will not only save time, but also some wear & tear on your family's nerves. It's not so fun to stand in line when there's no ride waiting at the end!

How can you stay as late as possible at Disneyland Park? The Disneyland closing times are actually the times at which the park's rides and attractions close. However, these closing times are NOT in effect for Main Street! Main Street stores & snack shops remain open later than the rest of the theme park so that visitors may buy souvenirs and eat a bite before heading home! If you're running short on time, save visiting Main Street for the end of the day...when you'll get in some after-hours "extra time" as you shop and grab a snack.

When the park closes, you WILL be able to board if you're already standing in line for a ride. Some families extend their time in the park by making sure they're in line for one of their favorite rides at Disneyland's closing time. Then, they continue to wait for the ride while the rest of the park empties out!

Do you still need Disneyland tickets? Our site lists some of the ways you can get the best value for your money when buying them. Please see either our Disneyland Discounts for Local Residents or our Disneyland Tickets for Out of Town Guests pages to plan out your money-saving strategy.

Quick overview of Disneyland Hours this year

Photo of Cinderella and Belle in Mickey's Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CaliforniaDisneyland doesn't release their schedule of operating hours very far in advance. It's not unusual for people to plan their vacations 3 or 4 months ahead of time...and yet, Disneyland Park will NOT have their list of hours ready that far in advance. Even so, you can count on certain consistencies in the park's schedule.

1.) Disneyland's slow-season schedule on weekdays is generally 10 am to 7 or 8 pm. That's 9 or 10 hours of fun you may count on, at minimum. The only exception is when Disneyland has a private after-hours event. Most of the year, these aren't very frequent...although in the Fall there are a number of special extra-fee parties. On special event nights, the theme park may close at 6 pm. Disneyland makes sure these events don't ruin the vacations of their out-of-town guests in 3 ways: (1) They open Disneyland earlier than 10 am; (2) They leave Disney's California Adventure Park open at bit later; and (3) They don't run special events back-to-back for several nights. Even if your vacation includes a date on which the park closes early, you can be sure that it will close at its normal time on the next night. When is Disneyland's slow season? You'll generally find slow-season hours on many weekdays in January, February, March, April, September, October and November.

2.) Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays have long Disneyland hours year-round. 8 am to 12 Midnight is Disneyland's maximum schedule of hours. (Only on one day of the year---December 31st, New Year's Eve---will you find longer hours; those are usually 8 am until 2 am New Year's morning.) Other schedules you may find on weekends could be 8 am to 11 pm; 9 am to 11 pm; or 9 am to 12 Midnight.

3.) Extra-long hours are always planned for Spring Break, Summer Vacation season, and the Christmas/New Years holiday period. During these times, you'll find weekend-type hours in effect on every day of the, opening time 8 am or 9 am, with closing times of 11 pm or 12 Midnight. Selected other holidays throughout the year also have longer operating hours...for example MLK Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran's Day. There are several months during which you may expect longer hours of operation for most of the month: June, July, August, the latter half of December. July generally has the longest hours of all...usually a schedule of 8 am until 12 Midnight every single day of the month!

4.) Disneyland opens every day...including RAINY days. There is rarely extreme weather in Anaheim---no snow, no tornadoes, no Arizona-style dust storms. Rain is not frequent, but when it happens, it may drizzle or pour all-day. Disneyland IS open in the rain, but a number of attractions may be closed. The park offers inexpensive ponchos for sale, but does not give refunds nor rain checks. If you hate rain, then an indoor attraction, such as the Discovery Science Center about 5 miles from the park, might make a good alternate activity for a family with kids. The world-class South Coast Plaza Mall in Costa Mesa might make be a good indoor substitute for a party of adults. You may always save a pre-purchased ticket for another day...but you can't get it back if you enter the park, then find yourself wet and miserable. (Note: some people LIKE visiting in the rain for the shorter lines and fewer crowds. But bear in mind, there's lots of walking outdoors between the park's attractions...and most walkways are in uncovered, open-air areas.)

Disneyland Hours for Summer, 2016

June, July & August hours of operation

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Are you heading to Disneyland Park this summer? If so, then you're in luck! This summer, Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration continues! You'll find long hours, a full schedule of entertainment, unique 60th anniversary items in the gift shops, and even special-occasion foods to enjoy.

Best of all, maximum hours at Disneyland last nearly all summer! You'll have 14-16 hours each day to enjoy Disneyland's rides & attractions!

Summer weather in Anaheim is typically quite warm. Temperatures in Anaheim vary throughout the day. Mornings are generally pleasant---and a good time to start your day at Disneyland. At the park's 8 am opening time, you'll enjoy temperatures in the 70's. However, by afternoon, you'll probably be breaking a sweat when you're outdoors in unshaded areas. High temperatures are generally in the 80's or 90's (although they can sneak up into the 100's range several days each year at Disneyland Park.)

After dark, the thermometer plunges, and you'll find that evening temps are generally quite pleasant. Temperatures will fall backwards into the 80's & 70's...and even down into the 60's if you'll be staying until closing time at midnight. What about rain? It's possible, but the forecast will generally be sunny during the summertime---especially since California's drought condition continues to hold sway.

The open hours at Disneyland are simple this summer are simple:

Every morning during June, all of July, plus the 1st part of August, Disneyland will open at 8 am. However, you MUST arrive about an hour before opening time if you expect to be one of the first visitors to enter the park. It can easily take you a full hour to park your car, take the shuttle to Disneyland's entrance area, go through the "security" line, then purchase your tickets. Disneyland's parking structure and ticket booths DO open earlier than the theme park, so you can be ready with your ticket in-hand when the turnstiles are opened at 8 o'clock. (Note: Disneyland's opening times for the last part of August haven't been announced yet, but they will probably be either 8 or 9 am.)

Closing times for Summer 2016:

During June, Disneyland is scheduled to close at 11 pm every day of the week EXCEPT Saturdays. On Saturdays, the park will close at 12 midnight. 11 pm seems too early for the park to be closing when it's crowded with summer visitors. Hopefully, the park will make some last-minute changes to extend this closing time. If not, remember that it's the RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS which close at 11 pm. If you're hungry or want to shop, then you can enjoy the stores and restaurants in the Main Street section of the park for an hour after closing time.

July and August hours: During all of July, plus the first portion of August, Disneyland will close at 12 Midnight. In addition, the Main Street section of the park will stay open for late-night shopping and snacks until 1 am. (Note: closing times for the last weeks of August haven't yet been determined, but the earliest that Disneyland usually closes in August is 11 pm.)

Disneyland Park's 60th Anniversary Celebration!

What can you expect this summer at Disneyland?

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This summer, expect Disneyland's crowd levels to soar. The summer vacation season is always extremely busy, but this summer will be even more crowded than ever. Why? Because the park's 60th birthday celebration is underway! Special attractions have been planned---including a spectacular night-time parade, a new fireworks extravaganza and a beautifully decorated version of Sleeping Beauty's castle.

This summer, there will be TWO separate parades that you'll need to squeak into your schedule. Mickey's Soundsational Parade (pictured above) will take place during the daytime. It's a beautiful & popular spectacle, and yet this year, it's not the only parade that you'll need to plan to see. Even MORE stunning is the park's new nighttime parade---created especially for Disneyland's 60th Year Celebration. You can expect lighting effects even more stunning and high-tech than the park's former Main Street Electrical Parade---but that's not all. In addition to the floats, music and costumed performers, you'll be treated to a light show that's projected onto the buildings of Main Street itself! It's meant to overwhelm your senses and immerse you in the world of Disney magic in a way that no other parade before it has ever done!

Meanwhile, the park's new fireworks extravaganza is set to woo your heart with special effects, as well. Unlike former displays (that have been dependent on your getting a good viewing spot on Main Street,) the 2016 fireworks show finally addresses the problem that not everyone who'd like to view the fireworks will be able to fit into the traditional "best viewing" area. So, when planning the new anniversary show, much thought was put into the crowds who will also be watching from Fantasyland (specifically, near the Small World ride) and Frontierland's waterfront area. Special ground-level effects have been added in those places (in addition to Main Street.) You will now have a choice of several very good viewing areas. In fact, you may even wish to re-visit the fireworks show three different times in order to enjoy the spectacle from each different vantage point!

Entertainment options will be at their maximum this summer. In particular, the opportunities for guests to hear live music in all the various "lands" of the park have been beefed up this summer. You'll need to pick up a "daily entertainment schedule" as you pass through the turnstiles in order to keep up with all the various scheduled performances!



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