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Reasons Why You Should Avoid Disneyland California on New Year’s Day


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Visiting Disneyland on New Year’s Day might seem like a magical way to kick off the year. You get to enjoy amazing decorations, tasty foods, and other festive events and entertainment that can only happen on this day. However, while you want to make these lifelong memories, there are also some downsides to a Disneyland holiday on New Year’s day.

Overwhelming Crowds

Overwhelming crowds is one of the main reasons why you should avoid New Years Day at Disneyland. During this holiday season, many people have time off and most families are still on holiday break.


This leads to packed parks and long waiting times walking from one attraction to another. You might also experience long lines for rides, food, and even bathrooms. This can easily turn your trip into a stressful experience.

Highly-Priced Tickets

Disneyland uses dynamic ticket pricing. This means, tickets during New Years Day cost more due to increased demand. Be prepared to pay premium prices for admission, which will in turn, significantly increase your trip’s budget.

Extended Wait Times

With increased attendance comes extended wait times for rides and attractions. On New Year’s Day, popular rides like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean can have wait times that stretch to several hours. This means spending more time standing in line and less time enjoying the attractions you came to experience.

Limited Availability of Dining Options

Disneyland’s restaurants and eateries also experience high demand on New Year’s Day. Reservations at table-service restaurants can be hard to come by, and even quick-service locations may have long queues. Finding a place to sit down and enjoy a meal without a lengthy wait can be challenging, especially during peak dining hours.

Parking and Transportation Challenges

Getting to Disneyland on New Year’s Day can be a logistical challenge. Parking lots fill up quickly, and finding a spot may require patience and extra time. Additionally, traffic around the park and on nearby highways can be heavy, leading to delays in arrival and departure. Using public transportation or ride-sharing services may offer a more convenient alternative, but be prepared for potential delays and increased fares due to high demand.

Limited Parade and Show Viewing

Disneyland’s parades and shows are popular highlights of any visit, but on New Year’s Day, viewing these performances can be difficult. Prime viewing spots along parade routes and in show venues fill up early, leaving latecomers with obstructed views or no view at all. If experiencing Disneyland’s entertainment offerings is a priority for your visit, choosing a less crowded day can ensure a better viewing experience.


While Disneyland offers exciting experiences throughout the year, New Year’s Day presents unique challenges that can impact your enjoyment and convenience. If you’re looking to make the most of your visit to the happiest place on earth, consider planning your trip for a quieter time when crowds are more manageable, wait times are shorter, and you can fully immerse yourself in the magic of Disneyland without the hustle and bustle of New Year’s Day.

This post was published on 7/3/24  by Cherimarie Poulos aka Mrs. Carlsbad is the Owner and Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours.

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