WDW in December... Bumper Question
My (own) Dad and I are going to Disney World somewhere between the 6th and 18th of December (from Australia). This will be our first trip to the world (though we are seasoned DLR goers) so I have a couple of questions;
How are the crowds around this time? I know we've missed the week of all holy (first week of December), and I'm a little worried about the cheerleaders? Any tips on avoiding them?
Is there any particular order we should do the parks? We've only been to MGM before. And are there better (less crowded) days to go to the parks?
Is MVMCP worth it?
Is Caribbean Beach (That's right isn't it?) alright for avoiding cheerleaders? I would love to stay at AKL or Poly.. but I think Dad and I are going to be spending more time in the parks than at the resort!
And lastly, how is the weather around this time?? I have looked at many inconsistent sites and I would love your opinion!
Thank you so much!
Those pesky cheerleaders aren't going get between me and Disney!
Dad's pesky question Answer
Wow, 8 question marks. An all time record.
(PS. I know it's not your fault but I've accidentally deleted this answer 2 times, so the third time's a charm. Hopefully.)
Let's start with those pesky cheerleaders. (Thought you'd like to know that there's also a big football, yes, the American type, competition at the same time.) You can avoid them very easily if you go to Disney World after the 10th of December. That's when the competition ends and most of them will be gone.
If that doesn't fit your plans, then keeping away from them is pretty easy. See the parks during the day and go to Epcot World Showcase in the evenings. Most of the pesky kids will have competitions during the day, and go to the parks (mainly Disney Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom) during the evenings. Yes, the Caribbean Beach Resort should be mostly free from pesky kids.
December crowds. This is an easy one. This is a great time to visit. Crowds will be light to moderate. That means that lines for the top rides will be under an hour most of the time. You won't be there by yourselves, but you also won't be tripping over someone to go to the loo.
The order of the parks ... I always tell first time visitors to go to the Magic Kingdom first. There is nothing better than starting a vacation walking down Main Street and seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time. It's truly amazing. Without knowing your exact dates it's hard to tell you what parks to visit when. So, I just leave that one alone.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - this is difficult. For just you and Dad, I don't recommend it. When you bring the kids, then yes, take the kiddos. Seeing snow on Main Street is worth the extra bazillion bucks Disney over charges for the cocoa and cookies.
Finally, the weather. December in Florida ... the sun, the warmth, the beautiful frost??? It's not surprising that you get inconsistent information about the Florida weather in December. We've been there when it was cool and rainy (for 3 days), then turned warm and beautiful. We've been when it was beautiful for the whole week. Our last trip, we arrived and it was 40 degrees. That was the high temperature for the next 4 days. It was cold. Really cold.
December weather means temperatures that range from the 30's to the 80's and anywhere in between. So what do you do about it? Be prepared. Check out the forecasts before you leave. Weather.com has 10 day forecasts that can give you a hint of what's going to happen. I'd suggest you pack a sweatshirt or jacket. Even when the temps are nice, evenings can get a little nippy.
Whew, I'm tired. Hope this helps.