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All the information you need to plan an amazing Disneyland vacation in May! Including what to pack, what weather to expect, a crowd calendar, and more!

Pixar-Pal-Around and two kids at Disneyland

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If you’re wondering if May is a good time to go to Disneyland, I’m here to help you decide! May happens to be one of my favorite times to visit for many reasons that I’ll explain below.


After you decide if May is right for you, make sure you check out some of my other Disneyland planning tips that might be helpful.


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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, Star Wars Day, and Memorial Day, crowds will definitely increase.


Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Disneyland


Grad Nights also begin in May and can affect crowd sizes. Currently 2020 Grad Nights are scheduled for the following dates:


  • May 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 26, 27, 29, or 30
  • June 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, or 13


Disneyland in May Crowd Calendar


To battle the crowds, Find out what rides have the Fast Pass option and check out my tips for using Disneyland MaxPass.


If you’re wondering about crowd levels at other times of the year, you can find a crowd calendar for each month of 2020 in The Best Days to Visit Disneyland in 2020.


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.


Star Wars Wall at Disneyland


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.


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.


Woody the Cowboy themed Loungefly Backpack


Make sure you check out my post on How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney and 10 Things You NEED in Your Disney Backpack.


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 can change at any time.


I like to 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 at Disneyland Park or Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure to keep your clothes dry!


A family in the rain at Epcot


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. You can find universal stroller covers on Amazon, like the one below.


Get this stroller cover on Amazon!


Or, another option is to buy a shower curtain liner from Dollar Tree and use cloths pins to hold in place over the stroller. The cost is only $2.00 and works like a champ!


Pack Sun Protection


The California sun can be brutal, even in May. Make sure that you are ready for the UV rays by packing some sunblock and a cute Disney hat.


Check out this cute hat for kids I found on Amazon!


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 cool May mornings and nights, you can also use it to save a spot to sit on while watching the parades and fireworks shows!


This blanket would be perfect for Disneyland!


Pack Clothing For Both Warm and Cool 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.


I love this Moana-themed shirt I found on Amazon!


I like to wear a pair of jeans or leggings to stay warm and comfortable during the cooler temperatures and a cute Disney-themed t-shirt during the day.


For the early morning and evening, I bring along a lightweight jacket or sweater that can be kept in a backpack or worn around your waist during the day. 


Pack Adorable Disney Apparel


Before any Disney vacation, I always check out Jane for adorable and affordable Disney vacation t-shirts!


I have found so many cute shirts for only $13.99 plus shipping! Just head to and type character or vacation into the search bar and the available deals will pop up.


Disney tshirt
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Be aware that the deals change daily, so make sure to check back often or follow me on Instagram to keep up on all of the amazing Disney-themed merchandise!


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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.


Pixar Pal Around at Disney California Adventure


Monday through Thursday


Disneyland Park


  • Opens at 8:00 am or 9:00 am
  • Closes at 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm, or 12 Midnight


Disney California Adventure Park


  • Opens at 10:00 am
  • Closes at 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, or 10:00 pm


it's a small world attraction at Disneyland


Friday through Saturday


Disneyland Park


  • Opens at 8:00 am or 9:00 am
  • Closes at 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm, or 12 Midnight


Disney California Adventure


  • Opens at 10:00 am
  • Closes at 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, or 10:00 pm


Ride Closures in May


Guardians of the Galaxy Fastpass


I love that Disneyland takes pride in their park and attractions. Because of this, there are usually a few rides at both Disneyland park and Disney’s California Adventure park that are closed for refurbishment at different times throughout the year.


Stay up to date with ride closures by checking Disneyland’s website. Disneyland usually updates their list one or two months ahead of time, so check back for May’s closures in March or April.


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Disneyland Ticket Savings


There aren’t a lot of Disneyland ticket discounts out there, but they can be found if you know where to look.


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Make sure that if you buy Disney tickets from a third party, that they an authorized ticket seller.


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!


Disneyland ticket at Pixar Pier Disney California Adventure


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.)


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8 Comments on How to ROCK Disneyland in May

  1. Thanks for this. You definitely went into detail and gave some helpful information on trip planning to Disney. I’ll have to plan a trip myself sometime soon!

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