Please help me select the best days (least crowded) to visit. We will have 4 full days at the parks (with a park hopper), will be staying on site and will purchase tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Our available dates include November 9 – November 20 and November 23 thru December 8. We would prefer to have the 1st or last day to be on the weekend in order to avoid missing an entire week of work and school. Thanks in advance.
The Wilderness Lodge is just beautiful at Christmas
Photo by Samantha Decker
Dad’s no way to go wrong Answer
Beating the crowds during the holiday season at Walt Disney World is tricky. Don’t get me wrong, it can be done, it just takes some careful planning. Don’t worry, with an expert like Dad helping, you’ll be able to dodge the crowds like a pro!
Overall, November is a less crowded time than December to visit Walt Disney World. UNLESS you go during Thanksgiving. Then it’s a real nightmare before Christmas! Ha ha Dad, very funny! Now where was I? Oh yes, Thanksgiving – whatever you do, don’t be at Walt Disney World during this time if you want to avoid crowds – it’s wall to wall! That means in 2012 you’ll need to avoid November 19-24!
The weeks on either side of Thanksgiving are another story. These weeks will be a breeze in the parks. I’d recommend traveling from November 11-15 or November 27-December 1. Either will be have manageable crowd levels, but Dad’s official pick is November 11-15, especially if you’d like to catch the tail end of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival!
With a 4-day Park Hopper and tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Dad’s dream PLAN would go a little something like this: on the 11th check out the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival (or Disney Hollywood Studios if the festival isn’t your thing), on the 12th check out the Magic Kingdom in the morning and Disney Hollywood Studios in the evening, on the 13th go to Animal Kingdom, on the 14th do the Park you didn’t do on the first day, and on the 15th go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
That all sounds great Dad, but what do we do all day before we go to the Party? Trust me, you’ll be tired for 4 days in the parks, and resting up during the day so you can really enjoy your last night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the best thing to do! Swim in the pool, shop at Downtown Disney, or even play some mini golf at Winter Summerland to get into the spirit of the season!
The folks at TouringPlans.com have some really helpful and detailed plans to help you see as much of the parks and as little of the crowds as possible. Plus, they have a handy mobile app called Lines to help you navigate through crowds in the parks – check them out!
Dad’s Bottom Line
Melissa, it’s Christmas time at Walt Disney World – you can’t go wrong! Steer clear of Thanksgiving, and you’ll be fine. Have a holly jolly holiday!