Disneyland in May

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If you are heading to Disneyland in May, you may be wondering what you can look forward to. We are sharing everything you can look forward to at Disneyland Resort in May, from special events, to parades and shows, and even talking about expected crowd levels.

First, we will cover the annual trends, so if you are visiting this year or next, you will have an idea of what to expect.

After that, we will move into specifics for 2022. I update the year specific section about a week before the start of the month every year to verify it has the most up to date information.

Disneyland in May – Annual trends

May is a beautiful time at Disneyland, as the parks transition from Spring Break to their Summer offerings. While crowds will be higher than what you see during January and February, they should drop a little bit from the March and April crowds.

Let’s take a look at the annual trends for Disneyland in May.

Crowds at Disneyland in May

As Disneyland’s Spring Break season and California Adventure Food and Wine Festival wrap up at the end of April, one would expect May to be a slow month at the parks.

However, Disneyland often sees a large local crowd in May as guests who purchased the SoCal Spring Ticket offer must use up their tickets before Memorial Day (specific date changes year from year) and Magic Keyholders want to access the parks before they are blocked out for the summer.

Special events can also add to crowds, including Grad Nites, After Dark Events, and conventions. Be sure to read the 2022 May Guide section further down this post for details for this year.

While crowds will not be at their lowest, you will be able to easily get a lot finished in a day at Disneyland.

Park Hours at Disneyland in May

Disneyland’s park hours in May tend to stay quite long, but will sometimes have early closings for special ticketed events or private events. Be sure to check the Disneyland schedule before your trip.

Weather at Disneyland in May

I love the weather at Disneyland in May. You tend to see temperatures right around the high 70’s to early 80’s.

Keep in mind that heat waves do happen at times, and so be sure to check the forecast a few days before you leave to make sure you are prepared.

I still suggest packing in layers, as the mornings and nights can be brisk. While most days will be sunny, you may have a day of rain here or there.

Annual Events at Disneyland in May

May officially kicks off Grad Nite Season. While Grad Nites do not usually affect park hours, they can affect the crowds. My friend Jessica has a great guide on Grad Nites at Disneyland Resort.

Grad Nites does bring in a lot of teens. Some people swear off going during Grad Nites. Personally, I have never had any sort of issue visiting during this time. Sure there are more teens in the park, but it has never been anything that ruined our vacation.

Rides and Entertainment at Disneyland in May

As Disneyland transitions from Spring Break to Summer, the entertainment options tend to vary. While World of Color and the Main Street Electrical Parade will continue to show nightly, fireworks are often only available on the weekends.

Starting Memorial Day weekend, Disney transitions to their summer schedule with nightly fireworks, weather permitting.

Entertainment-wise, you will find the Dapper Dans, Disneyland Band, and other entertainment options that are offered year-round in the park. Any summer entertainment options will usually kick off Memorial Day Weekend.

Disneyland in May 2022

Okay, now that we covered annual trends, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of Disneyland in May 2022. Last year in May, we saw short park hours, and only California Residents could enter the parks. This year, we see a much more normal Disneyland in May guide… though park reservations are still required.

Disneyland Health and Safety Guidelines in May 2022

This is probably the last month I will include this section in my monthly guide. At this time, masks are optional for all guests in all areas, except First Aid and the Baby Centers. The state of California strongly recommends that all visitors be fully vaccinated or test negative within 48 hours of your visit.

Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars Nite

Disneyland is offering a rescheduled Disneyland After Dark event of the Star Wars Nites, originally planned for fall of 2020.

This event is sold out for all 3 nights, and takes place on May 3, May 4, and 27, 2022. On those nights, Disneyland park will close early. This may tempt you to make your reservation for California Adventure on those days, but I have found that if you are in the park that the party is in, it is usually very empty that day. Just plan on leaving or parkhopping when the park closes.

Star Wars Celebration 2022

While not held in the parks, this convention takes place in Anaheim May 26 – 29, 2022. This will affect hotel availability, and because of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, I expect it will also draw some crowds to the parks in the evenings or on surrounding days. This is also Memorial Day Weekend, which officially kicks off summer… and will kick off the return of Fantasmic.

Disneyland Grad Nites

Grad Nites also kick off in May. Grad Nites take place May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, 31, 2022.

On Grad Nites Disney California Adventure will close at 9 pm instead of 10 pm.

The actual Grad Nite events take place after closing at California Adventure, but depending on their ticket type, teens attending may be able to enter early and visit both parks.

May the 4th Be With you

While not an official holiday or celebration at Disneyland, May the 4th will bring out the Star Wars fans to the parks. While many may simply attend the Star Wars Nite event, I expect we will see many there during the day, and I expect crowds to be higher in Galaxy’s Edge and Tomorrowland where there are Star Wars themed attractions.

Memorial Day Weekend

The official kick-off of Disneyland’s Summer Season, Memorial Day Weekend draws a crowd, and this year I expect it to book up with reservations EARLY. Between the holiday weekend, Star Wars Celebration, and the return of Fantasmic all happening that weekend, we are sure to see the park reach “capacity” (as in fill up on reservations).

Disneyland Resort Hours in May 2022

I am including the resort hours for this month, but I am considering removing this part of the monthly guides. They are time consuming to make, especially with after dark events having random nights close early. Let me know if you find this section really valuable in the comments.

Disneyland Resort Park Hours May 2022

LocationPark HoursDates of Shorter HoursShorter Hours
Disneyland8 am – MidnightMay 3, 4, 278 am – 8 pm
California Adventure8 am – 10 pmMay 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, 318 am – 9 pm
Downtown Disney8 am – 1 pm
While I try to make sure this table is accurate, always double-check the Disneyland park hours via the app or website.

Disneyland Ride Closures in May 2022

While Disneyland has specific attractions scheduled for refurbishment, which you will find below, remember that rides can close unexpectedly, either from a breakdown, or another issue.

Ride Closures in Disneyland Park for May 2022

  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – Now – Reopen Date TBD
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse – Now – Reopen Date TBD
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – Now – TBD
  • Blue Bayou – Now – TBD

Ride Closures in California Adventure Park for May 2022

  • Silly Symphony Swings – Now – TBD
  • Animation Academy – May 2 – May 26
  • Pixar Pal-Around – May 4th (One Day Closure)
  • Golden Zephyr – May 9 – May 19
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic May 16 – May 26

Fantasmic Returns to Disneyland May 28th

Fantasmic, a Nighttime Spectacular returns to Disneyland May 28, 2022. It joins World of Color, Main Street Electrical Parade, and Disneyland Forever Fireworks on the lineup of nighttime entertainment options.

Once it returns, Fantasmic is listed as performing nightly at 9 pm and 10:30 pm through the current calendar. Most likely, this will continue for the entire summer. After Labor Day it is likely to only be shown on the weekends.

Disneyland Ticket Deals for May 2022

If you are thinking of going in May 2022, I can help you save some money. My partners at Get Away Today have discounted tickets, including a 5th day free offer.

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