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One of our favorite Spring Break destinations is Disneyland. We spend Spring Break at Disneyland almost every year. Over the years we have learned a lot about spring break visits to Disneyland. Today I am excited to be sharing what I have learned with you so you can enjoy your spring break, and make the most of your time at Disneyland.
Spring Break At Disneyland
Spring break is a popular time for Disneyland vacations. People dream of escaping the cold weather to sunny southern California, and what better place to do it than at Disneyland?
But how are the crowds? When are most people on spring break? Can you still book a trip? We have the answers for you in this complete guide to Disneyland during spring break.
Disneyland Spring Ticket Deal 2022
Disneyland has released a spring ticket deals for 2022 for Southern California Residents. Here are the details:
SoCal Resident Spring Ticket Deal
This is a common spring deal, and it is back again in 2022, with some minor changes. The SoCal Spring Ticket Deal is available to Southern California Residents living within specific zip codes. These tickets can save you over $100 per ticket. AND these tickets are available through Disney ticket partners like Get Away Today (where you can save a few extra bucks off Disney prices).
This year the tickets are limited to 3 day tickets. Here is the important information you need about these tickets.
- Available to Southern California Residents residing in zip codes 90000-93599
- Proof of Residency Required
- Tickets must be used by May 26, 2022
- Tickets are available for purchase until May 23, 2022
- Tickets are good for weekday visits (no weekends)
- Reservations are required to enter one of the theme parks
- Both one park and parkhopper tickets are available
- You may pre-purchase with Disney Genie+
- These tickets may be upgraded to a Magic Key Pass
- These tickets do not need to be used within 13 days of first use, just by the expiration date, and do not need to be used consecutively
When is Spring Break at Disneyland?
Spring break varies by region. Most of the surrounding areas have spring break starting anywhere from mid-March to late April. The majority of Californians seem to have their spring breaks either the week before or after Easter (which is in April this year).
In Idaho, where I live, most schools have their spring break either the last full week in March or the week after.
As far as Disneyland crowds are concerned, you can expect to see higher crowds at Disneyland starting around March 10th clear through the end of April.
Spring Break Crowds at disneyland
In 2022, we will experience Spring Break for the first time with the reservation system. Honestly though, unless it is due to staffing issues, I think the capacity during Spring Break will not be different than pre-covid years.
Disneyland has made it clear it is trying to draw more non-local visitors, and spring break is a great time to do that.
How To Handle Spring Break Crowds
Don’t go? Just kidding. I always try and remember a crowded day at Disney is still better than a day at home.
Every Disneyland regular has their own way to handle the Disneyland crowds. Our family usually tries to get there before the park opens, take a mid-day break, and return after dinner.
Others prefer to just go in the morning and stay until Dinner, even with the large afternoon crowds.
We personally find it is nice to miss the hottest, most crowded part of the day.
Even trying to avoid the busiest times of day, you will still have to endure crowds. It will be important to prioritize your activities, have a flexible game plan, and utilize Disneyland’s Genie+.
Special Offerings During Spring Break at Disneyland
I love that Disneyland has special offerings during spring break. Spring 2020 is no exception. Here is what we have to look forward to in Spring 2020 at Disneyland Resort.
Food and Wine Festival Returns
One favorite for Spring Break is the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. Here you can sample food and beverages inspired by California and the culture.
This event is included with your admission to California Adventure Park, though you will have to purchase the food offerings, or a Sip and Savor Pass.
Be sure to check out all of the details in my Food and Wine Festival Guide, which I will update as information is released.
What To Look Forward To In Spring 2022
At the end of 2021, Josh D’Amaro gave us a look at what we might see return to Disneyland this Spring, though no specific date was given. I hope we get to see these offerings return in time for Spring Break.
Main Street Electrical Parade
Any time the Annual Passholders… excuse me… Magic Keyholders get upset, it feels like Disney announces the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, for one last time, before it goes into retirement…
While there is an argument for bringing it back for the 50th anniversary of this parade, I REALLY wish they would either bring back Magic Happens, which had a super short run in March 2020, before the world shut down, or….
Bring back my beloved Paint The Night Parade. It is a marked improvement from Main Street Electrical Parade, and while I would love to see that one in DCA, it has been shown in Disneyland before, so it could be there.
Fantasmic Returning in Spring 2022 at Disneyland
Since the reopening, Nighttime Spectaculars, aside from the fireworks, have not yet returned. The Electrical Parade will also be joined by the return of Fantasmic in Disneyland.
This is one of my favorites, but I do hope we see a return to Peter Pan on the Sailing Ship Columbia, as the Pirates of the Caribbean scene was not as good in my opinion. I would also love to see updates to include some of the newer movies, like Encanto, Frozen, and more.
World of Color
World of Color was also announced to be returning in Spring 2022. As many of you may know, the World of Color Fountains, etc were damaged, and have been under extensive refurbishment since the reopening.
I am super excited for this show to return. My last full day at Disneyland before the closure, I closed out the day at World of Color with my Disneyland with Kids Co-Founders, doing the Dessert Party and singing to the songs. I hope they bring back this upgraded experience as well.
Disneyland Forever Fireworks Return in 2022
Also this spring, we expect to see the return of the Disneyland Forever Fireworks. This is the firework show that debuted during the 60th Anniversary. This is one of my favorite fireworks shows because… Up House.
Planning Tips For Spring Break 2022 at Disneyland
If you are planning a spring break visit to Disneyland in 2022, here are a few things to look at when planning your visit.
Park hours for spring break at Disneyland
Disneyland’s park hours during spring break may vary. You will usually find they open the parks to all guests around 8-9 am.
As for closing times, Disneyland tends to close at 11 pm the first week or two, but starting the last week in March, it begins closing at midnight. DCA closes at 9 pm or 10 pm most nights.
When you go, also be sure to listen and watch for announcements noting a change in park hours. We have gone a few times during the weeks that were supposed to close at 11pm, only to have them extend the hours to midnight.
Downtown Disney is usually open from 7 am -2 am.
If you want to know specifics for your visit, I update park hours, ride closures, and more in my monthly guides for visiting Disneyland.
Weather at Disneyland during Spring Break
Weather during spring break can be pretty unpredictable. But if you are like me and coming from a state that is still in the 40-50 degree range most days, you can bet most days will feel pretty nice.
We have had rain, sunshine, highs of 60’s and highs in the 90s during our spring break visits. Many times all in the same trip.
I strongly suggest watching Anaheim’s forcast in the days leading up to your trip. Even if the forecast looks awesome (80’s and sunny all week- YES PLEASE!) be sure to bring a sweatshirt and maybe even some pants. Once that sun goes down, it can get pretty cool real fast.
When to book Spring Break packages
If you are visiting Disneyland during spring break, I suggest booking your vacation as soon as possible. You will have the biggest choice of hotels, especially if looking for hotels for large groups near Disneyland.
Even if you have put off booking your spring break vacation, I have been able to find some great deals through Get Away Today. In 2019 we booked only a month or so in advance and secured an amazing rate at both Paradise Pier and Courtyard Theme Park Entrance.
Ride closures during Spring Break
Normally during Spring Break at Disneyland you will find most rides open. If your spring break is at the mid-March or late April time frame you may still have a few closures as the park preps for Spring break, or (late April) preps for summer.
Again, this is something that I cover in my monthly guides for Disneyland so be sure to check those out.
Even though most rides are scheduled to be open, it seems spring break is always full of unexpected closures.
Some people claim it is because it is the first time many rides have operated so heavily since their seasonal maintenance, others claim it is the bipolar weather, but no matter what, Spring Break seems to have several unexpected closures.
Some may last for only an hour or two, others a day or more. So if there is something you “have to ride” and it is open on day 1 of your visit, I suggest getting on it.
Disneyland Tip: Find out what to do if a ride breaks down at Disneyland, especially while you are on it.
You can also check the customer service Kiosks for current ride closures and reopenings. Scheduled maintenance appears on the daily park schedule for the upcoming 6 weeks.
Special Spring Break Events for Easter
Closer to Easter, Disneyland hosts the Egg-stravaganza, an easter egg hunt type of activity that lets you find hidden eggs. The maps and stickers usually cost under $10 and it is a fun activity. Details for 2022 have not yet been released, but watch the Disney Parks Blog for more information. I am really hoping they continue this activity this year. I expect that this activity will take place in Downtown Disney this year, as that is where the other events like this have been moved to.
Also around Easter you will see a lot of your favorite Disney rabbits come out to do more meet and greets. This includes the White Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, and more.
Book a vacation for spring break at Disneyland
YES!!! There are some great deals out there for Spring Break. I suggest using my partners at Get Away Today They can do everything from booking your hotel, to adding on tickets for Universal or LEGOLAND.
Are you spending your spring break at Disneyland? What are you most looking forward to?