Anaheim is a family destination, so its peak time is during the summer school holidays. Summers are usually hot in the day, with slightly cooler nights, and you might want to avoid a day at the parks if the weatherman predicts temperatures will be above 85 degrees. The Angels of Anaheim season, of course, also runs throughout the summer months, so you can catch a bit of America’s favorite pastime during your stay. The Anaheim Ducks will be on the ice during the Holidays, and the season (which runs October-April) can last into June if they make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
While Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure are always pretty busy, you won’t find the really big throngs of tourists during these months, when kids are in school. The weather is still mild, though you might get a rainy day or two, but if you wake up to find the clouds rolling in, don’t be alarmed. The prospect of rain will keep some of the crowds away, and a trip to Disneyland on a gray—even drizzly—day can be an awesome experience. Check for hotel specials and Disney park packages during these down months, and remember to catch The Anaheim Ducks on the ice.
Except for the weeks of Spring Break, the kids are still in school during these shoulder seasons, so the crowds are relatively thin. The weather is usually pleasantly warm in the day and cool-to-chilly at night. Check the Internet for hotel specials and Disney park packages. For sports fans, Shoulder Season is a great time to catch an early-season baseball game, as the Angels of Anaheim generally take to the baseball diamond in April. You can also take in an Anaheim Ducks game, as their season runs October until late April.