Should we cancel our December Disney vacation?

Should we cancel our December Disney vacation?

by Lisa

Hi Dad, my husband and I have a vacation planned for Friday, December 17-Wednesday, December 22. We have a son who will be 4 years old when we go, and it will be his first time. We have been before; I have been 3 times and my husband and I went once, 5 years ago. I am beginning to have doubts if we should go or not; if it is going to be ridiculously crowded - I mean elbow to elbow, I am afraid we might regret it. However, we are going into this KNOWING this is a crowded time of year and I think we will be okay as long as we will be able to get on rides and take some pictures; our son is 40" tall, so we won't be riding some of the big rides anyway. When my husband and I went, it was the week of Memorial Day...we remember some of those days being very crowded, but we could handle that.

Will December 17-22 be worse than that? I know Christmas Day till New Years will be unbearable, but we would be leaving on the 22nd...shoot, we may even skip out of there on the 21st if it's bad. Are we risking also, not even being able to get into the parks? I read somewhere that even though you have tickets doesn't mean you can get in. Does it get THAT crowded before Christmas? Should we cancel our December Disney Vacation? PLEASE help!!

Dad's you've come to the right place Answer


Thanks for the question and congratulations on your trip to Walt Disney World. It will be a grand time. You've picked one of the best times of the year to visit. As you probably know, Dad loves Christmas at Disney World. It the perfect time to visit. The parks are all beautiful with the Christmas decorations. The hotels are all decked up for the holidays. Everywhere you turn there is something special happening.

Dad's Christmas at Disney World page

Yes, December can be out of control busy at Disney World, but not until Christmas Day and after. The week you'll be there, you will see the crowds get bigger every day, but they won't be as big as those you saw on Memorial Day.

Traditionally, first day they actually close the parks is Christmas Day, so you shouldn't have to worry about that.

Dad's Bottom Line

Lisa, I hope you and your family have a great time at Disney World. You shouldn't have any real problems with crowds. (In fact the first couple of days might be downright empty.) Just follow some basic tips (get up early, do the "big" rides first) and you should have a great trip.

Thanks for stopping by Dad's place and come back often.

Dad's December Disney World crowds page

Comments for Should we cancel our December Disney vacation?

Click here to add your own comments

Jul 25, 2010
Dining won't make it crazy
by: Dad


The free dining will increase crowds somewhat, but looking at last years numbers, (Disney did the same thing last year) it won't make it out of control.

When I made the calendar for December and all of my comments are made knowing about free dining.

All will be fine.

Jul 24, 2010
Free Dining Christmas Time
by: Teresa

Do you think the Free Dining now being offered in Dec. will make the park crazy crowded?

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Question.