Visiting Disneyland in September | Magic in the Planning

Visiting Disneyland in September 2024: Plaza de la Familia, Halloween Half Marathon, and more!


Disneyland in September means warm temperatures and lower crowds. With schools back in session across the country, the parks see a bit of relief from the summer crowds. And even better, the weather is typically warm and pleasant. You may still find the weekends to be a bit more crowded as many locals enjoy their season passes and take part in the fall festivities beginning throughout the Disneyland Resort. But overall, Disneyland in September just may be one of the best times to visit the parks.


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2024? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon, the grand opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and more!


September At-a-Glance

  • Halloween begins in early September at the Disneyland Resort. So if you enjoy Halloween festivities, September could be a great time to visit… especially since Halloween crowds will likely increase as we get closer to Halloween.
  • September temperatures are still hot, and the days are longer. Even though fall begins in September, the weather often still feels very summer-like throughout the month. Both heat and humidity will likely come into play. But the good news is that with the longer days, there will be more daylight hours to enjoy the Disneyland Resort!
  • The crowds will lessen as school starts across the country. School has begun making weekdays less crowded, but Halloween is a pretty big draw for the local crowds… especially on the weekends. Also, be prepared for Disney to adjust their park hours a bit to reflect the change in attendance.


September Events

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Plaza de la Familia at Disney California Adventure Park will be taking place August 23-November 2. Experience a celebration of family and Mexican traditions during Día de los Muertos with the enchanting storytelling and captivating music of Pixar’s “Coco.” Immerse yourself in this cultural event that pays homage to the enduring bonds of family.

Halloween arrives August 23 at the Disneyland Resort and continues through October 31. During the autumn season, the entire resort at Disneyland undergoes a delightful transformation. Guests are treated to an array of Halloween-themed attractions and decor, along with characters adorned in spooky costumes. Notable highlights at Disneyland include the Haunted Mansion Holiday, Halloween Screams nighttime spectacular, the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, and a variety of festive snacks.

The Oogie Boogie Bash will be returning once again to California Adventure as part of the Halloween festivities. This ticketed event will take place after the park closes on select nights throughout the season, and ticket prices will range from $134 to $189. The event dates for 2024 are:

  • August: 25, 27, 29
  • September: 3, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
  • October: 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

The Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend will take place September 5-8, 2024. This newly announced race will take place at the Disneyland Resort for the Halloween season! Runners can choose from multiple race distances including a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and a Challenge event. The weekend will also feature kids’ races and yoga.


September Refurbishments & Closures

*We’ve included all current refurbishments here on this list… even ones that may be open in time for September 2024. (Please note that this list could change at a moment’s notice.)

Disneyland Park

  • Splash Mountain closed on March 31, 2023, for retheming. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is likely to open in late 2024.
  • Space Mountain will close on September 18, 2023. An opening date is yet to be announced.
  • The Haunted Mansion will be closed beginning January 22, 2024. An opening date is still unknown (likely Fall 2024).
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln closed on April 16, 2024. An opening date is still unknown.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will close for a quick refurbishment from April 29 through May 2, 2024.
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will close on May 1, 2024. An opening date is unknown (likely Fall 2024).
  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular will return to the park for Pixar Fest from April 26 through August 24, 2024.
  • Fantasmic! will return on May 24, 2024.

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California Adventure Park

  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail closed on March 4, 2024. An opening date is still unknown.
  • Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration! Parade will debut on April 26, 2024 for Pixar Fest.
  • Club Pixar will also debut on April 26, 2024.


September Weather

When it comes to temperature, September will likely feel a lot like summer. The average high is 84 degrees and the low is typically around 63 degrees. So while the parks will be decorated for fall, be prepared to dress for the summer heat.


September Disneyland Crowds

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Crowd calendars are very popular, but they can also be a bit unpredictable. That being said, the pandemic has made predicting crowds even more difficult than normal.

While crowd calendars can be a big help in planning your trip, keep in mind, that they are predictions at best. When designing our calendars, we take a look at events, school calendars, ticket prices, park hours, holidays, and typical monthly patterns. Unfortunately, our crowd calendars cannot predict other things such as weather, travel advisories, pandemics, or last-minute openings or closings of shows and attractions.

School is back in session in September, so weekdays will definitely see a decrease in crowds. Weekends, however, could still be busy as Halloween festivities are quite popular. Labor Day weekend will be especially busy, as nearly all holiday weekends are. If you are looking to enjoy Halloween in Disneyland, September could be a great time to go and avoid the ever-increasing crowds that arrive the closer you get to October 31st.


Ready to Start Planning Your Visit to Disneyland in September?

Here are some resources to help you get started!


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