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Christmas 2020 vs Halloween 2021?

from Cindy

Hi “Dad”! My daughter insists on going to Disney World next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary despite my protests. The group would include my daughter, her husband and their 8yr. old son, my husband and me, and our adult son. My daughter thinks she is running the show and wants to go at the end of October so we can see the decorations for both Halloween and Christmas and also take our grandson to the Halloween party.


I say we could go at the end of this year because I believe WDW probably will start the celebration early. I’ve heard the first 2 weeks in December are a good time to go. Now to be honest I don’t believe I’ll be able to change her mind about going next year but perhaps I could change her mind about when next year we should go. What is your opinion about the first or second week of December as far as, well, everything? Personally, I don’t believe any time next year will be a good time to go as far as crowds or prices. What is your highly valued opinion? As this will probably be my husband’s and my last trip to Disney World I really want to enjoy it. I appreciate your help in deciding when to go next year. 


All the Best, Cindy

Dad Answers

Hi Cindy,


Kids (huff). Just because they’ve grown a bit, they think they know everything and us “old people” don’t know anything. Mine are the same way. It’s natural, but annoying. Let’s show them…

50th Anniversary Crowds

Disney likes to do big celebrations. In 2021, Walt Disney World will turn 50 and we expect a big party to start and last a whole year or more. But, big celebration like the 50th really don’t increase crowds a lot. Yes, especially around the anniversary date, there will be a big push, but by the end of October crowds will be back to mostly normal. Maybe a little bigger, but overall not a huge difference in crowds.


We have no hint of when the 50th Anniversary celebration will start. My guess is sometime between January 1, 2021 and October 1, 2021. (Yes, I’m a big help.) OK, I’ll guess February 12th (totally random day, don’t put any stock in it).

Christmas 2020

The Epcot Christmas Tree makes Christmas 2020 vs Halloween 2021 no contest

There’s just nothing more special than Christmas at Epcot – photo by Cliff Wang

Since you are wanting to go Christmas 2020, let’s talk about that first. Christmas is my very favorite time of year to go to WDW. I can’t get enough. I’m happiest when I can visit Disney World during the Christmas season.


I love all the Christmas festivities. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays, Hollywood Studio’s Sunset Christmas Greetings, the Gingerbread House displays in the Resorts, The Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs, and on, and on, and on. The explosion of Christmas at WDW is INCREDIBLE.

Dad’s Christmas at Disney World page

The crowds during the first two weeks of December are usually moderate. Not terrible but not slow either.


Dad's December Disney World Crowd Calendar

Halloween 2021

The Halloween fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are INCREDIBLE if you are looking at Christmas 2020 vs Halloween 2021

The Halloween fireworks are something special – photo by Brett Svenson

I also like Halloween time. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is AWESOME and Mrs. Mom and I love the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. What can I say, we like to eat. All I have to do to get Mrs. Mom to join me on a trip is say we’ll spend a few days at the Food and Wine Festival and off we go.


Dad's October 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendar    Dad's November 2020 Disney World Crowd Calendar

Late October and early November crowds are about the same as early December. Moderate to heavy. Not crazy, but busy.

Dad’s October Disney World Crowds page
Dad’s November Disney World Crowds page
Dad’s December Disney World Crowds page

The crowds in late October vs. the first 2 weeks in December are pretty comparable. Late October might be a smidge bigger, but it’s not a big difference. So December 2020 crowds will be about the same, as late October/first of November 2021 crowds.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Cindy, basically, what it boils down to is, would you prefer to be there during the Christmas events, or the Halloween events? I will say that Christmas is more prevalent at all the parks where Halloween is only celebrated in the Magic Kingdom. The other major difference is the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot during October versus the Festival of the Holidays in December.


Me, I’m with you, I’d go with Christmas 2020 over Halloween 2021.


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Comments 1

  1. considering the parks are not open at this time, i would think twice about going “for the last time” this year

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