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!
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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!
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 FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass are no longer available. Disney has announced a new service to replace them called Disney Genie. This service will be released some time this fall, so more information is to come.
Read more about what to expect with Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ here.
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.
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.
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.
What is Going On at Disneyland in September?
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort will occur between September 3rd and October 31st. See all of the amazing decorations and enjoy Halloween treats during this time.
Disneyland’s Halloween party, Oogie Boogie Bash will be held on select nights throughout September and October at Disney California Adventure Park.
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.
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.
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.
Pack Sun Protection
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
- Open from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (projected)
- Park Hopper Hours 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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.
You can find out which attractions are currently slated to close by checking their website now or in July-August.
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!
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.)
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!