Six things that will show you How to ROCK Disneyland in May!

How to Rock Disneyland in May

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May is a great time to visit The Disneyland Resort!  If you know what to plan for, you can have a great time despite the crowds! The tips from, How to ROCK Disneyland in May, will help you plan an awesome Disneyland vacation for you and your family! Here are six things to think about!

#1 Disneyland Crowd Sizes in May

As you can see from the crowd calendar below, May can be a pretty popular time to go to Disneyland. With holidays such as Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day, crowds will definitely increase. Grad Nights also begin in May and can affect crowd sizes. Grad Nights are currently scheduled for May 5, 6, 10, 17, 19, 20, 24, 30 and 31. To battle the crowds, Find out what rides have the Fast Pass option and be ready to utilize it. If you have a Star Wars Fan, make sure you check out this guide to Jedi Training at Disneyland. It can really come in handy on a busy day! If you’re wondering about crowd levels at other times of the year, you can find a crowd calendar for each month of 2017 in The Best Days to Visit Disneyland in 2017.

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Special Events at Disneyland in May (not necessarily sponsored by Disney)

Here are some dates in May to be aware of when planning your trip:

  • Bats Day, May 7th- Many guests will dress in gothic attire at the park.
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, May 13-14th
  • Summer of Heroes, May 27th-September 10th-Opening day for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout (formerly Twilight Zone Tower of Terror) As well as many super hero meet and greets and dance parties.

#2 Average Weather at Disneyland in May

The average high temperatures at Disneyland in May are in the upper 70s to mid 80s and lows are in the upper 50s and low 60s. The weather forecast for Disneyland in May calls for mostly sunny or partly cloudy days with relatively no rain showers. But, the weather is always unpredictable and can change. Make sure you check the current weather forecast before you leave, so you know what to expect.

#3 What to Pack for Disneyland in May

Knowing what to pack for Disneyland in May is important. You don’t want to be unprepared and end up having to spend your vacation budget on things that could easily have been brought from home with a little planning. Make sure you check out my post on How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney. Here are a few things you might want to consider packing if you’ll be traveling to Disneyland in May:

Pack and Umbrella or Poncho & Stroller Protection

Although the weather forecast for Disneyland in May currently doesn’t call for much rain, we all know that the weather is unpredictable. Be prepared with a small travel umbrella or a poncho. These things can easily be kept in the car or hotel room if rain isn’t in the forecast that day.  A poncho can come in handy even if it doesn’t rain. Wear it on rides like Splash Mountain or Grizzly River Run to keep your clothes dry! If you have a stroller with you, you’ll also need to think about keeping it, and your child dry if rain does decide to strike. Some strollers have covers you can buy that are specifically made for them, but  can be expensive. I like to buy a shower curtain liner from Dollar Tree and use cloths pins to hold in place over the stroller. It costs $2.00 and works like a champ!

Pack Sun Protection

The California sun can be brutal, even in the Spring months. Make sure that you are ready for the UV rays by packing some sunblock and a hat. Also make sure your kids are protected too. Nothing ruins a magical vacation like a sunburn!

Pack a Travel Blanket

A travel blanket is also a good idea to bring along to Disneyland in May. Not only will it keep you warm on those cool May mornings and nights, but it can also serve another purpose. It can be a great way to save a spot to sit on while watching the parades and fireworks shows!

Pack Clothing For Both Warm and Cold Weather

The mornings and evenings at Disneyland in May can be kind of chilly, but the days will be warm. This makes packing clothing for Disneyland in May a little tricky. Pack a pair of jeans or long pants to stay warm and comfortable during the cooler temperatures. Wear a short-sleeved top and bring a lightweight jacket or sweater that can be kept in a backpack or worn around your waist during the day. I like to wear shorts during the day, then change into long pants at night. Here are some cute Disney inspired apparel options for the whole family:

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#4 Disneyland Park Hours in May

Here are the typical hours for Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in May. As always, these hours are subject to change so check Disneyland’s website for current information.

Monday through Thursday

  • Disneyland Park
    • Opens at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.
    • Closes 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m
  • Disney California Adventure Park
    • Opens 10:00 a.m.
    • Closes 8:00 p.m.

Friday through Saturday

  • Disneyland Park
    • Opens 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.
    • Closes 11:00 p.m. or 12:00 midnight
  • Disney California Adventure
    • Opens 10:00 a.m.
    • Closes 10:00 p.m.

#5 Ride Closures in May

The following rides will be closed for refurbishment during May 2017. For this post, I’m only including the dates for May. Some of the rides will be closed beyond May. Ride closures are subject to change without notice. For up-to-date information, check Disneyland’s website.


  • Disneyland Railroad May 1-31
  • Disneyland Monorail May 15-31


  • Mark Twain Riverboat May 1-31
  • Sailing Ship Columbia May 1-31
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes May 1-31
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island May 1-31
  • Fantasmic! May 1-31


  • Indiana Jones Adventure May 1-25


  • Hyperspace Mountain May 30-31

Disney California Adventure

  • Corndog Castle May 1-11
  • Turtle Talk with Crush May 30-31
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop May 30-31
  • Animation Academy May 30-31

#6 Disneyland Ticket Savings in May

There aren’t a lot of Disneyland ticket savings out there, but they can be found if you know where to look. Make sure that if you buy Disney tickets from a third party, that they are an authorized ticket seller. I usually buy my park tickets from Get Away Today. Their ticket prices are almost always a few dollars cheaper than Disneyland’s gate prices. Get Away Today is also doing a special right now on their Disneyland tickets. You can get a 5-Day Park Hopper Ticket for the price of a 4-Day ticket! That’s a free day at Disneyland! Check for current deals. Right now you can use the promo code MommyMouse to get $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount)

There are so many things to think about when you are planning a trip to Disneyland. Now you know How to ROCK Disneyland in May! Make sure you Pin this post so you will have this info handy!

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