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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 2020
Disneyland has released TWO spring ticket deals for 2020. Here are the details:
Children can visit for $67/day
Between now and May 21, 2020, children ages 3-9 can purchase a 3-day ticket for as little as $67 per day through Disney (however, I suggest booking through Get Away Today to bring this price down even more).
Discounts are available on all child 3 day tickets. Here are some important things to know about this special:
- Good for any child 3-day ticket but MaxPass and Parkhopper will increase the cost
- Ticket must be used within 13 days of the first entry or by May 21, 2020
- Tickets must be purchased by May 18, 2020
- Children under the age of 14 may not enter Disneyland park without an adult, so an adult will also have to purchase a ticket. Adult tickets are not discounted (besides the discount when buying through Get Away Today)
- Child tickets are for kids age 3-9 – Children 2 and under are free, Children 10 and over are considered an adult
This Disneyland ticket deal is perfect for someone like me, where I have 3 kids who fall into that age range.
SoCal Resident Spring Ticket Deal
This is a common spring deal, and it is back again in 2020. The SoCal Spring Ticket Deal is available to Southern California Residents living within specific zip codes. These tickets can save adults over $100 and children save the same with this deal as the previous offer. AND for the first time ever, 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 (where as last year you could purchase 3 or 4 day ticket options). Here is the important information you need about these tickets.
- Available to Southern California Residents residing in zip codes 90000-93599
- SoCal Residents may purchase up to 5 tickets/day
- Purchaser must verify residency to book only, and show ID upon first entry
- Tickets must be used by May 21, 2020
- Tickets are available for purchase until May 18, 2020
- These tickets do not need to be used within 13 days of first use, just by the expiration date
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.
What is the best way to manage 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 Maxpass or fastpass.
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.
Soarin’ Over California Returns
Starting February 28, 2020 until April 21, 2020, Soarin’ Over California returns for a limited time run.
It returned for a limited run in summer 2019 and I forgot how much I loved that version of the ride until I rode it June 1, 2019. The smell of Orange Groves, the skier falling down the mountain…. LOVE IT!
I am excited to see this classic return as it is the perfect fit for California Adventure Park. I
New for Spring 2020 at Disneyland
Here are the offerings that are completely new for Disneyland during Spring 2020.
Magic Happens Parade
I am super excited that in 2020, Disneyland is adding a new parade. Magic Happens debuted February 28th. I was there for the evening showing and was able to livestream the parade to my Facebook page.
I rarely feel a parade is worth it (except for my beloved Paint the Night – #bringbackpaintthenight), but I really enjoyed this parade. My only complaint… it was too short. I remember thinking… is that it? I think because the music is such high energy, that much like Paint The Night, it goes quickly, so I really hope Disneyland adds a few extra floats to this parade.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Technically, this is happened before Spring Break season starts, but we still expect this to impact your vacation. Rise of the Resistance opened January 17, 2020 in Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
We expect that Disneyland will continue to use the boarding pass system to ride Rise of the Resistance through spring break and beyond.
Based on my visit at the end of February, I can tell you that this has affected touring plans. The crowds early in the morning are larger because so many people come trying to snag that boarding pass.
Planning Tips For Spring Break 2020 at Disneyland
If you are planning a spring break visit to Disneyland in 2020, here are a few things to look at when planning your visit.
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. Last year we booked only a month or so in advance and secured an amazing rate at both Paradise Pier and Courtyard Theme Park Entrance.
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 (With Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour happening the hour before opening).
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.
The great thing is that Disneyland releases all of these park hours 6 weeks in advance. You can check the park hours on the Disneyland App.
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.
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.
For 2020, Disneyland has announced several major refurbishments are coming to Disneyland Resort, so we will keep this updated with any closures you may experience during Spring Break this year.
Rides that may be closed during your 2020 Spring Break visit include:
- Snow White’s Scary Adventure
- King Arthur Carousel
- Haunted Mansion
- Red Car Trolley
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 2020 have not yet been released, but watch the Disney Parks Blog for more information. I am really hoping they continue this activity this year.
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?