In choosing a time to visit a theme park, you want to balance four factors:
- park hours
- special events
Another plus about peak periods is that extra shows and parades are staged when the parks are open late. Check the calendar at the Disneyland site for park closing times and special shows.
As for weather:
during summer days, the heat can reach the nineties. Fortunately, the trend in theme parks has been to move line-ups into shaded areas. Fall and spring temperatures will probably be
just right; in January and February, daytime temperatures might reach
the high sixties, though cooler days are possible. Meanwhile, rain is
unpredictable, in spring and fall....
Still, a bit of rain isn't the end of the world. We experienced a drenching at Disneyland in May: but once we bought poncho's and the rain lightened to a sprinkle, we enjoyed the lack of crowds -- no lineup for Splash Mountain!
Best Bet: If your kids are preschoolers, or you're willing to take them out of school for a few days, September is a fine time to visit: the park is still open until midnight on weekends*, the show schedule is still rich, and the weather will be cooler than in summertime.
Another recommended time is right after
Thanksgiving: the crowds are gone, the Christmas decorations are up, and the
park is often open late in the evenings (--but be sure to check the park hours for
your specific dates.)
More about When To Visit Disneyland:
- About.com's Guide for Los Angeles has pros and cons for every season of the year
- About.com's Guide for California Travel has tips about when to visit Disneyland, including special events and less-busy days of the week