Disneyland in August comes in at the end of wrapping up summer at Disneyland. August is a popular time to go for tourists and locals alike- depending on what time of the month you visit. You can avoid large local crowds at Disneyland in August if you pick your date carefully.
Everyone has personal preferences to consider when planning the date of their Disneyland trip- each season will have its pros and cons and guests' choices will vary based on those. Make sure to read our Disneyland crowd calendar to get an idea of what to expect when picking a date to visit Disneyland.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Disneyland in August including current events, what weather to expect, crowd level predictions, and what to pack!
Disneyland Events in August
Here are all the current events to know about impacting Disneyland in August!
D23 Expo- Revists in 2021
The annual D23 Expo takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in August. This is an extremely popular Disney fan event for D23 members and this convention usually has an impact on the crowd levels at the park. Click here to learn more about the D23 Expo. The expo won't return until 2021!
The yearly fundraiser for kids in Southern California, the CHOC Walk, will take place at the Disneyland Resort in August. Both parks will have delayed openings this day to accommodate the fundraiser. Guests that participate in this fundraiser have the option of purchasing discount Disneyland tickets after the walk which can make the lines for the ticket booth long that morning.
Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center
This year's Star Wars Celebration event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 27-30th and this will likely have an impact on crowd levels at Disneyland. Or at the very least, you can expect to see large numbers of Star Wars fans visiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!
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Disneyland August Crowd Calendar
Even though some folks claim August can be one of the busiest months of the year, which is true in some cases, there is often a ‘sweet spot' in terms of picking dates that don't clash with other busy times of the month. We usually take our annual trip to Disneyland in August and I've found that picking the right date in the month makes all the difference.
For example, the Annual Pass Blockout Date calendar is a must to check into here on Disney's website. The top tier passes receive no block out dates but considering the expense of those passes, they are not nearly the majority of AP holders. If you look at the calendar you will notice that the Deluxe Annual Pass blockout dates end on August 16th, with the exception of the last two Saturdays of the month, they are now free to enter the park. This will have a large impact on the crowds later in the month as local passholders make up a significant part of Disneyland's guest population.
If you are planning a trip in August, visiting in the first two weeks of the month can be the best strategy before the blockout dates end for locals. We've always found crowd levels reasonable at this time of the month. School schedules around the country vary but many schools go back in session in August which makes those family crowd levels a bit more hit or miss. Definitely less impacted than visiting in July though!
If your dates aren't flexible and you have to come in the second half of the month, you can still have a great vacation even if Disneyland is crowded as long as you plan ahead. Make dining reservations, consider booking a dining package for anticipated nighttime shows, learn how to use MaxPass along with FastPass, and arrive early to the parks every day. Even on an extremely crowded day, being there 30 minutes before the park officially opens allows you to experience the park with smaller crowds. Those two or three hours before 11AM are the best- don't miss out!
Read our full guide on handling crowds to prepare yourself for visiting Disneyland in August in case you experience crowded days on your visit.
Disneyland Weather in August
Disneyland in August can be hot, hot, hot with the average high coming in at 86 degrees and the average low at 66. You also have the bonus factor of all the concrete in the parks reflecting the sun back at you when you're there.
The perks of visiting in the summer is that the average length of day in August is around 14 and a half hours giving you plenty of time to enjoy the parks. When it comes to Disneyland's operating schedule, the first two weeks of the month they operate on their summer schedule with gates opening at 8am everyday and staying open late. About midway during the month they will switch to shorter hours with the gates opening at 9am everyday.
We've been in the parks before when the hours switched midweek and the first day of the switch definitely had an impact on the lines at the gates. Many people likely didn't realize the opening switched to 9am so they arrived prior to 8am which created huge lines for people who arrived later. If you're there during the hours switch, make sure to get there extra early on the first day the hours get pushed back so you're not at the end of the line. You can check Disneyland's calendar here for the schedule during your trip.
Tips for Visiting Disneyland in August
When it comes to visiting Disneyland in August, we have some tried and true hacks for having a magical time on your summer vacation.
What to Wear
One of the most frequently asked guest questions is: what should I wear to Disneyland? Always check the weather leading up to your trip. Since you're visiting Disneyland in August, the weather is going to be hot each day of your trip. Even though the days will be hot it can actually cool down quite a bit in the morning and evenings so plan on bringing at least one lightweight hoodie or shirt.
Bring clothes that you will feel comfortable in when it's hot outside. Make sure your kids are wearing cool clothes too because you want to keep them happy on those hot days. Avoid sandals unless they're ones you know you can walk at least 7 miles a day in and be comfortable (Chacos or Birkenstocks come to mind for me!) but at least bring two pairs of shoes so you can switch back and forth.
What to Pack
Considering the high average temperature for the month of August, plan on packing summer attire for the parks and the pool at your hotel.
Always bring the hot weather necessities like sunscreen, portable fans, cooling towels, and other items all aimed at keeping you cool on hot days. If you find yourself wanting one of these while you're there, you'll end up paying a high price in the parks or at your hotel. On our last visit in August we had some days that reached 90 degrees and by the end of the day I had purchased misting fans, cooling towels- you name it- from the parks. If I would have brought my own I would have saved myself a ton of money. And if you're planning on hitting the beach, don't bother bringing towels and just use the ones from your hotel. You're visiting Southern California during one of the most beautiful times of the year- don't forget to see the beach!
You can read our giant packing list here to make sure you show up prepared for literally anything you need while you're visiting Disneyland.
What to Expect
There are a few things you should expect when choosing August as your month to visit Disneyland:
- Pick your dates wisely- like I mentioned above when talking about crowds, the first and second half of the month of August can be much different when it comes to crowd levels and operating hours at Disneyland. Being aware of this in advance can help you plan better so you have an idea of what hours to expect and what crowd levels to contend with. If you can, try to come in the first two weeks of the month.
- Be prepared for hot weather- hot weather at Disneyland in August is unavoidable. You may even have some days that reach 90 which can be really tough to deal with inside the park. If you don't handle heat well, it's so necessary to wake up early and get to the parks at least 45 minutes before they open the gates. The hot weather won't really start making an impact until 11am-12pm depending on the day so getting there early will make all the difference. If you follow our awesome morning strategy for Disneyland here and California Adventure here you can be done with the major rides by lunchtime and go back to your hotel for a swim at the hottest part of the day. And like I said before, bring cooling towels, misting fans, and any other gear you like to have when it's hot. With some advance planning, you can handle the heat!
But most of all, remember to enjoy your time at the happiest place on earth!
Plan Your Disneyland Vacation!
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