Disneyland Resort will soon become a floral Fantasyland in the full bloom of spring. The parks' whimsical and unique horticulture is an attraction unto itself, but here four more great reasons to visit during this season.
Food and Wine Fest
Spring won’t have officially sprung until March 20, but Disney California Adventure is getting a jump on the season with its expanded Food & Wine Festival, which runs March 2 through April 12. Look for family-friendly foodie seminars, celebrity chef demonstrations, and kiosks selling savory samples throughout the park. See the schedule and book exclusive events here.
With Easter Sunday falling on April 1 this year, you’d have to be a fool not to expect wall-to-wall spring break crowds at Disneyland from mid-March through the week after the holiday. But if you can visit in early March, or between mid-April and Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll find some of the lowest attendance of the year. If school schedules require you to visit during the peak Easter period, at least you can buy a map and join the annual Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt, to play while you wade through the throngs.
The California Screamin’ roller coaster won’t emerge from its Incredibles makeover until summer, but that won’t stop Disneyland from celebrating Pixar Fest in both parks beginning on April 13. Disney California Adventure will host the popular Paint the Night parade and show Pixar shorts in Hollywood Land, while Disneyland gets the Pixar Play Parade plus a brand new “Together Forever” Pixar-themed fireworks spectacular. See them all before Memorial Day for the most elbow room.
Do you ever look at early images of Disneyland, with guests dressed in their Sunday best, and wish you could go back in time? On Dapper Day, you can do just that! With an expo at the Disneyland Hotel April 21–22, and a designated outing to Disneyland on April 22, Dapper Day will draw scores of guests in vintage (or vintage-inspired) clothes recalling the 1950s and ’60s, turning the park into a giant retro fashion photo op.