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Disneyland in August 2023

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Are you planning to go to Disneyland in August? You are in the right place! Below you will find everything you need to know about Disneyland in August like average temperatures, what to pack, what to wear, park hours, ride closures, and more to help you plan an amazing Disney vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth!

Disneyland train station in August

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Disneyland in August

August can be a wonderful time to visit Disneyland, provided you plan your trip accordingly. Keep in mind that early August is typically busier due to summer vacation, while the second half of the month tends to be less crowded as kids head back to school. 

Don’t worry though, regardless of when you choose to visit, I’m here to help! These expert tips and tricks will ensure that your Disneyland vacation in August is nothing short of magical. 

And if you’re still unsure about visiting during this time, be sure to check out my recommendations for July and September and every month of the year here.

With my knowledge of how to make the most of every month at Disneyland, so you can have the ultimate Disney experience no matter when you go!

Star Wars Land Disneyland

Discount Disneyland Tickets

Before we get started, I wanted to let you know how you can save some money on your next Disneyland vacation. My travel partner, Get Away Today has been working with Disneyland and hotels in the area since the early 1990s in order to get exclusive rates and ticket prices.

A Disneyland ticket in front of the Disneyland Train Station.

They often have deals that include a 3rd or 4th night free at select hotels and their Disneyland ticket prices are always cheaper than what you would pay on Disneyland’s website or at the gate!

You can check prices and deals at to see what they currently have available and use the coupon code: Clubhouse10 to save even more when you book a package that includes park tickets and at least 2 nights hotel. You can also take advantage of their Layaway and Peace of Mind plans!

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Here are a few hotels I recommend that can be booked through Get Away Today: Disneyland Hotel, Radisson Blu Anaheim, Cambria Hotel & Suites Anaheim, Embassy Suites Anaheim South, and Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground.

You can read my reviews of these properties here: Disneyland Area Hotel Reviews.

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Special Events at Disneyland in August

  • Disney100 – this event will take place throughout the entire year to honor the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. This celebration includes special entertainment, food, and merchandise at the Disneyland Resort. You can also take advantage of this Disney100 Disneyland ticket sale here.
  • CHOC Walk at Disneyland – this event takes place in August and is a great way to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Minnie Mouse’s House at Disneyland

Disneyland Crowd Sizes in August

Crowd levels at the Disneyland theme parks in August can be quite variable. During the first half of August, summer season crowds are typically larger due to summer vacations and school holidays. However, late August is usually quieter as kids head back to school.

If you decide to go to Disneyland in August, make sure that you purchase tickets and make reservations immediately before capacity is reached. I recommend buying tickets from Get Away Today. I bought my August vacation package from them and was immediately emailed my tickets so that I could make reservations. 

Mickey Mouse’s Welcome mat at Disneyland

Tips for Hot Weather & Crowded Days at Disneyland in August

Crowded days at Disneyland are hard to avoid, but there are things you can to do maximize your time and have an amazing time. Below are tips and tricks I have used to get the most out of my day at Disneyland.

Rope Drop

One way to battle these crowds is to “rope drop”. To rope drop, plan to arrive at the front gate 30-45 minutes before the park opening. Guests are allowed into the parks at this time but will be stopped by a rope at the end of Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland Park and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park.

Once the park officially opens, the rope will drop and you can head to your first attraction.

If you choose to Rope Drop, you will be able to ride many rides, before crowds start to increase around 10:00 – 11:00 am.

It’s a Small World at Disneyland
“it’s a small world” at Disneyland

Stay in a Disneyland Resort Hotel

One of the perks of staying onsite at one of the Disneyland resort hotels is Early Entry into both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Hotel guests can enter the parks 30 minutes before the general public, giving you that much more of a head start to the day.

When my family stayed at the Disneyland Hotel, we entered Disneyland early and rode Space Mountain twice as well as Matterhorn Bobsleds all before everyone else entered the park!

The Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland Hotel

Use Genie+

Another way to beat the summer crowds and reduce your time waiting in long lines is to purchase and use Disney Genie+. With Disney Genie+, you can reserve a time to ride select attractions and head straight to the “Lightning Lane” and to the front of the line when your reserved time has arrived. Genie+ is an extra cost, but on busy days it is almost a necessity.

Mobile Order Meals & Snacks

To avoid waiting in line for snacks and quick service meals, you can use the Mobile Ordering feature in the Disneyland app. In the app, you can access the menus for many restaurants, then choose a time to pick up your order. When your order is ready, you can proceed to the pick up window to retrieve your order.

Mickey Mouse shaped sugar cookie that looks like a donut.
Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookie

Take a Break

It can get hot at Disneyland in August, so I recommend taking a break in the afternoon. Whether you go back to your hotel for a nap and a swim or catch an air-conditioned show like “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln or “The Enchanted Tiki Room”, taking a break will help you recharge for the rest of the day.

Purchase a Parade Package

​If viewing a parade or World of Color is on your Disneyland Bucket list, you might want to consider purchasing a dining package for these events. That way you are guaranteed a seat to see the show on crowded days. To see if these packages are right for you, check out my review of the World of Color Dessert Party, the Fantasmic! Dining Package, and the Parade Dining Package.

Round drink cup for kids from the World of Color Dessert Party.
World of Color Dessert Party

More Disneyland Tips

You can also check out these Park Hopper tips to help you get the most bang for your buck in August. Another good article to read is How to Go to Disneyland on a Budget.

Weather at Disneyland in August

August is one of the warmest months of the year in Southern California. The average high temperatures at Disneyland in August are in the mid 80s to mid 90s and lows are in the mid 60s.

Graph showing average high and low temperatures at Disneyland in August.

There is generally not much rain in August and the forecast for Disneyland calls for mostly sunny or partly cloudy days. Sounds great to me!

But as you know, the weather has a mind of its own and can be unpredictable. Make sure to check the current weather forecast before you go, so you will have up to date information.

Disneyland Fire Department

What to Pack for Disneyland in August

Do you want to know what to pack for Disneyland in August? I’ve got you covered. Below are some things I think will be helpful in August. For my complete list, check out my post What to Pack for a Disney Vacation here.

Minnie Mouse Backpack at Disneyland

It’s important to be prepared, so you don’t end up spending your hard-earned vacation dollars on things that could have been brought from home.

Make sure to check out my post on what you should have in your Disneyland backpack and how you can use Amazon to save money at Disney!

Mickey Mouse face on a Ferris wheel in front of a white roller coaster at Disneyland.

Pack Rain Ponchos

Although it doesn’t rain much at Disneyland in August, I always take along a few disposable ponchos with me.

A family wearing ponchos at Disneyland.

My kids are not big fans of getting wet on water rides. Splash Mountain (soon to be Tiana’s Bayou Adventure) happens to be one of my favorite attractions, so wearing a poncho while riding allows my family to still enjoy it!

Splash Mountain at Disneyland.
Splash Mountain

It is so much easier to carry around a couple of ponchos than it is to bring a spare set of clothes for my kids when they get wet.

Pack Sun Protection

The California sun can be brutal at Disneyland in August. Make sure you are ready for the UV rays by packing some sun screen, a hat, and a pair of sunglasses.

Also, don’t forget to protect your kids too. Nothing ruins a magical vacation like a sunburn!

A bottle of sunscreen at Disneyland.

What to Wear at Disneyland in August

In August, I recommend wearing a comfortable pair of shorts or capris with a short-sleeved top or tank top. These are my favorite shorts and capris from Amazon because they have pockets!

Because of the cool temperatures in the morning and at night, bring a light jacket or sweatshirt that you can wear around your waist or carry in a backpack. You’ll also want to wear a pair of comfortable shoes!

Ice Cream Cone at Cozy Cone Motel Disneyland

Where to Get Cute Disney Apparel

There are a few places I check for cute Disney Apparel before we go on vacation. One is I have found so many cute Disney-themed accessories and cute shirts for only $20!

When you get to the website, type “character” or “vacation” into the search bar and the cute Disney stuff should pop up! Read more about how to find good deals on here!

I also like to check Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s. Target always has adorable Marvel shirts that my boys love!

You can also find good deals on Amazon. I have found many cute apparel items for every member of my family for our Disneyland vacations.

Two Disney-themed shirts

Disneyland Park Hours in August

Below are the projected theme park hours for the month of August at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. As always, these hours are subject to change, so check Disneyland’s website for current information.

Peter Pan's Flight at Disneyland.

Disneyland Park

  • Early Entry 7:30 am – 8:00 am
  • Opens at 8:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Park Hopper Hours 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree at Disneyland.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Early Entry 7:30 am – 8:00 am
  • Opens at 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Rides Closed for Refurbishment in August

Disneyland takes pride in its parks and attractions. Because of this, there are usually a few rides that will be closed for refurbishment at different times throughout the year. You can stay up to date with attraction closures by checking

Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse at Disney California Adventure.

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