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Disneyland in September

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September is a great time to visit Disneyland. The crowds are smaller, the kids are back in school and it’s still warm enough for shorts! But with all these advantages come some challenges that you may not anticipate. So here are my top tips for Disneyland in September!

What to Expect at Disneyland in September

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So you want to go to Disneyland in September? Well, if you are looking for lower crowd sizes, you are in luck!

Main Street USA, Disneyland

Tips for Disneyland in September

September is back-to-school time and parents usually don’t want their kids to miss the first few weeks of school to go to Disneyland. Which makes it a great time to go if that is not a concern for you!

Before we get into my tips and tricks for Disneyland in September, I first need to let you know that some may not be active at this time. Hopefully as things improve and get back to normal, things like FASTPASS will be up and running again!

My first tip is check out this article on Disney MaxPass (currently not available) to see if it is right for you. It is definitely convenient and can save you a lot of time!

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland clickable banner from Get Away today

You’ll also want to read my park hopper tips so you’ll know what type of ticket to purchase.

Crowd Sizes at Disneyland in September

In September, the crowd levels will be the busiest the first week. This is due to Labor Day and the fact that some schools may start later in the month.

Gift Shop at Disneyland

To battle the crowds, find out what rides have the FASTPASS option (currently not available) and be ready to utilize them the traditional way or use these tips with Disney MaxPass.

If you haven’t totally committed to September yet, you should check out my tips for August and October. You can find Disneyland tips for every month of the year here.

Belle and the Beast on a carousel at Disneyland.

What is the weather like in September?

Disneyland in September is a hot and dry month with average high temperatures ranging from mid 80s to low 90s and lows in the 60s.

Graph of average temperatures at Disneyland in September.

However, the weather forecast for Disneyland this time of year says that you’re likely going to be experiencing sunny or partly cloudy days so there’s not much chance for rain!

But as always, make sure you check out the current weather forecast before heading over because we all know how unpredictable it can get at any moment.

Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland

What is Going On at Disneyland in September?

Usually, the Halloween season begins in September at Disneyland. However, with the current restrictions happening at the parks, no announcements have been made about what will happen this year.

Mickey Pumpkin at Disneyland
Photo Credit: Disneyland

When more information becomes available, I will be sure to update this post with current special events and offerings at Disneyland in September.

What Should You Pack for Disneyland in September?

With a little preparation, you can save money and time by being prepared for many scenarios when packing for your trip to Disneyland.

Yoda Star Wars Backpack

Consider bringing clothing specific to the season–even if it’s warmer in Southern California than back home–to avoid spending extra on clothes that are going straight into storage or being donated after the fun has already ended.

If possible, pack snacks like granola bars or trail mix so there will be less need to buy them when traveling with kids who get hungry easily at amusement parks!

Lastly, bring comfortable shoes such as sneakers because standing all day becomes more difficult over time without appropriate footwear.

But we will get more into detail on what to pack in September down below. In the mean time, you can check out my complete Disney packing list here, as well as what you need to bring with you into the parks, and how you can use Amazon to save money on your vacation!

Pack Rain Ponchos

I know that it doesn’t rain much at Disneyland in September, but disposable ponchos can be used for more than just taking cover from a storm.

Splash Mountain Disneyland

My kids are not big fans of getting wet on rides. Splash Mountain happens to be one of my favorite attraction, so wearing a poncho while riding allows us to still enjoy it!

It is much easier for me and them both because they both have something dry that can wear when the ride finishes too – plus I don’t need an extra set of clothes with me in case they get soaked again.

A boy in a Disney Parks poncho at Disneyland.

Pack Sun Protection

The California sun can be brutal in September. With its strong UV rays, this time of year is especially important to always pack some sunscreen and a hat as well as sunglasses for everyone!

Pixar Pier sign at Disney California Adventure.

What to Wear in September

If you are heading to the Happiest Place on Earth in September, you must be ready to embrace the cooler weather. September is known for its warm days and refreshing nighttime temperatures, making it a great time to visit Disneyland!

Dress for Warm Days

 

The days at Disneyland can still feel hot in September, so you’ll want to wear shorts or capris and a cute Disney-themed t-shirt to help you keep you cool on your day exploring the Happiest Place On Earth.

I have found some really comfortable shorts on Amazon as well as some carpi-length leggings that have pockets! Both have been great for hanging out in the parks.

Astro Orbiters at Disneyland

Bring a Jacket or Sweatshirt

You might also consider bringing a lightweight jacket if you plan to arrive early for rope drop or stay until closing time. Some evenings have been known to be extra chilly!

You might also want to bring some comfortable long pants for the evening as well. Most of the time, we take a break back at the hotel in the afternoon, then change into pants when we go back to Disneyland at dinner time.

Two Disney-themed shirts

Where to Buy Affordable Disney-Themed Shirts

I love dressing my kids and myself up in Disney-themed gear when we head to Disneyland! Going over the top with their outfits is something that I never get tired of. But, I also try to stick to a budget. Here are a few places that you can pick up some inexpensive Disney gear!

Jane.com

For a quick, cute way to make your family’s vacation memorable? Check out Jane.com for adorable t-shirts and accessories from all our favorite characters at affordable prices–just type “character” or “vacation” into the search bar on Jane.com!

Disney-Themed Shirts

Jane’s deals change daily, so make sure to check back often and follow @mommymouseclubhouse on Instagram to keep up on all of the cute merchandise!

Daily Boutique Deals

shopDisney

I’ve also had really good luck taking advantage of sales from the Disney store! If you can catch a sale, then not only do you get some awesome things at low prices but oftentimes you can get the exact same items found in the parks! Click the shopDisney button below to see what current promotions are available in stores right now.

Disneyland Park Hours in September

September’s official park hours for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have not been released yet. I will update this article when those times are released. For current information you can visit Disneyland’s website.

Crowd at Disneyland

Disneyland Park

  • Open from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (projected)
  • Park Hopper Hours 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Incredicoaster Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Open from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What Attractions are Closed in September

It’s always disappointing when the rides you want to go on are closed for refurbishment, but luckily Disneyland is up front about this and keeps a list of what will be open.

A family riding Space Mountain at Disneyland

You can find out which attractions are currently slated to close by checking their website now or in July-August.

A boy looking at a jar of coins and text "Get Away Today Lock in you vacation for $175 down!"

Disneyland Ticket Savings

Just because there aren’t many Disneyland ticket discounts out there, that doesn’t mean they can’t be found. Make sure to buy Disney tickets from an authorized seller if you’re looking for the best price possible with no hassle!

I buy my tickets from Get Away Today. Their ticket prices are always a few dollars cheaper than Disneyland’s gate prices and you can  now purchase tickets from them that include Disney MaxPass!

Get Away Today is almost always offering some kind of special on tickets and/or hotel vacation packages.

Use the promo code: MommyMouse to get an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California vacation package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount.)

Clickable banner with pink polka dots and two Mickey Mouse Heads that says: Book Disneyland Package Here!

September is the perfect time to go on a Disneyland vacation. With warm days and cool nights, you’ll be flexible enough for any type of weather that may come your way. You should also bring rain gear just in case it rains while you’re visiting the Happiest Place on Earth!

When packing for your Disney trip, think about what activities you want to do during your visit. The more prepared you are before arriving at the parks, the better off you’ll be when trying to navigate around with crowds or wait times.

If this all seems overwhelming, let me help by offering some tips from someone who has spent countless hours planning their own trips there. I’m happy to share my secrets and answer questions you may have. Let me know when your next trip is in the comments!

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