Will Disney World be wickedly crowded at Christmas
Hi Dad, we are traveling to Walt Disney World over Christmas Break (I know, I know) but my twin girls will turn 5 on December 27 and I really wanted to spend their birthday at the parks. I have made reservations at Chef Mickeys at 7:30 on the 27th for breakfast and was hoping to hop over to Magic Kingdom afterwords. We will already have our tickets so I was thinking we would take advantage of the 6 Fast Pass tickets you can get in lieu of the "free day on your birthday" offer. Looking at the scheduled for MK (Extra Magic Hours before AND after regular hours) that day I have several concerns:
1) It will be wickedly crowded by the time we get out of breakfast and they will be out of Fast Passes for the birthday offer which makes being at MK that day pointless.
2) It will be wickedly crowded and perhaps we should park in the main parking lot (rather than at the Contemporary) so we can hop on the monorail after eating and save us some time (how early do the lots open?)
3) It will be wickedly crowded and my children will be miserable and maybe we should just go to another park?
I spoke with a reservation agent who thought we should give it a shot because if it was too crowded, they would close the park anyway! Yikes! The good news is we are arriving on the 20th so we will have several days to hit MK before Christmas so it's not like we haven't been there yet. I was just hoping we could take advantage of the Fast Pass special.
Any thoughts you have on this insanity would be helpful. Thanks!
Dad's Wickedly Interesting Answer
Hi Pam, Thanks for the question. Congratulations on the trip and Happy Birthday to the girls. Christmas is the best time to be at Walt Disney World, but it will be wickedly crowded. Even arriving the 20th, you will see crowds from the day you arrive, but starting the 25th it will get out of control.
About your specific questions.1) It will be wickedly crowded by the time we get out of breakfast and they will be out of Fast Passes for the birthday offer which makes being at MK that day pointless.
I'm not sure it will be wickedly crowded by the time you get into the park. (Which I figure will be around 9:30.) This is a Sunday Morning, and they are usually a little slower in the mornings. Will you be able to get birthday FastPasses? I say probably.
What I would suggest is as soon as you get through eating, leave Dad there to pay the bill and you and the girls hot foot it over to the Will Call window and grab your passes.
Having 6 FastPasses in hand that you can use anytime, will be a really good thing.2) It will be wickedly crowded and perhaps we should park in the main parking lot (rather than at the Contemporary) so we can hop on the monorail after eating and save us some time (how early do the lots open?)
Stop!!! Do not take the monorail from the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom (unless you can't walk). The monorail from the Contemporary makes 3 stops and almost the complete loop before you get to the Magic Kingdom. It's about a 3 minute walk from the Contemporary to the front gate of the Magic Kingdom.
The point is it doesn't matter where you park. Neither will save you any time getting to the Magic Kingdom.3) It will be wickedly crowded and my children will be miserable and maybe we should just go to another park?
MMMM? I'm not exactly sure how to answer this. Yes it will be very, very crowded. But so will the other parks. This will probably be the day you will see the smallest crowds in the Magic Kingdom.
I wouldn't worry too much about the park being closed to new guests. That doesn't happen too often on Sundays unless it's Christmas Day.
Dad's Bottom Line
Your plan sounds good and should work fine. Enjoy the girls birthday, takes lots of pictures, and come back and share your great trip with Dear old Dad.