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Disneyland Blockout Dates 2017

Use This Tip For Avoiding a Supercrowded Day at Disneyland

I recently visited Disneyland on a Saturday — in July, no less — after a major new ride opened and a handful of closed attractions reopened, and I couldn't believe how NOT crowded it was at both parks. Wait times were reasonable, lines for food were manageable, and we didn't have to fight through masses of people to get from land to land. You'd think that Summer would be high season for Disney parks (no school for kids), and Saturdays are usually the worst, so why the change? My theory is that it came down to it being a blocked-out date for passholders.

Historically, blockout dates are supposed to be the busiest, most popular days, but at this point, so many people (especially locals) have annual passes that the dates they aren't allowed in are now becoming the least crowded. Of course, there are other factors that cause some days at the park to be more crowded over others, including that Summer has dropped in popularity with all the Halloween and holiday offerings Disney has added in recent years. Or it could just be a result of the overall drop in attendance at the parks worldwide. That said, consider trying a blockout day if you're debating between a couple of equally popular dates.

Here are the blockout dates for the rest of 2017:

August

Southern California Select Annual Passport

  • Aug. 1 to Aug. 20
  • Aug. 25 to Aug. 27

Southern California Annual Passport

  • Aug. 1 to Aug. 20
  • Aug. 26

Deluxe Annual Passport

  • Aug. 5
  • Aug. 12

September

Southern California Select Annual Passport

  • All weekends

Southern California Annual Passport

  • All Saturdays
  • Sept. 3

Deluxe Annual Passport

  • Sept. 2 to Sept. 3

October

Southern California Select Annual Passport

  • All weekends

Southern California Annual Passport

  • All Saturdays

November

Southern California Select Annual Passport

  • All weekends
  • Nov. 10
  • Nov. 23 to Nov. 24

Southern California Annual Passport

  • All Saturdays
  • Nov. 10
  • Nov. 23 to Nov. 24

Deluxe Annual Passport

  • Nov. 24 to Nov. 25

December

Southern California Select Annual Passport

  • All weekends
  • Dec. 15 to Dec. 31

Southern California Annual Passport

  • All Saturdays
  • Dec. 15 to Dec. 31

Deluxe Annual Passport

  • Dec. 16 to Dec. 31

Signature Annual Passport

  • Dec. 18 to Dec. 31
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