Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2016

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Sleeping Beauty Castle is beautiful!

We thought we would post a link to the Disneyland blackout dates for using cast member guest passes, in case family and friends are planning a visit to see you during your DCP program!

New official link to check on Blackout dates at all Disney Parks including Disneyland and California Adventure:

May 22, 2015: the 60th anniversary celebration begins!
May 22, 2015: The eighteen-month long 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration began!


Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2016:

Weekdays in January (minus the week of New Year’s Day and the days around MLK Day)

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day)

The first week in March

Weekdays the second half of April

Weekdays in May

Weekdays the first week of June

The first half of September; weekdays for the remainder of September and October

Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December


To check on the daily park crowd forecast at Disneyland, click here:   Is It Packed??? 


The Worst Times to Visit Disneyland in 2016:

MLK weekend: Jan. 16 – 18, 2016

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 13 – Feb. 15, 2016

Spring Break and Easter: March 7 – April 12, 2016

Summer: June 4 – August 21, 2016

Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 3 – Sept. 5, 2016

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 8 – Oct. 10, 2016

Halloween weekend: Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 2016

Veteran’s Day weekend: Nov. 11 – Nov. 13, 2016

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 19 – 27, 2016

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017


During blackout days, you can’t use your Disney Guest Passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free.  Also, Disney limits the number of rooms available for CPs to use their cast member hotel discount.

New CPs can expect to get their guest passes after working 150 hours (about 5 weeks into their program), after completing Traditions class on around Day 3.

Read more at our Disneyland blog: Disneyland Diamond Celebration!  


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Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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4 replies to “Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2016

  1. Do you have any idea of when the April 2016 blackout dates will become available? We are trying to book a trip for April but I don’t want to get stuck with a lot of blackout dates. I’m keeping an eye on the link you provided but so far nothing yet.


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