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Crowds at Walt Disney World the Week before Christmas

by Shellie
(Browns Summit, NC)


“Hey Dad, how bad are the crowds the week before Christmas? We’re debating on the week of the 10th or the week of the 17th, thanks.”

A Christmas wreath on Main Street with Cinderella Castle in the background

I love the Christmas decorations at Magic Kingdom – Photo by Judd Helms

If you look at our crowd calendar for December you’ll see that the week of the 17th, the crowds start out moderate to heavy and just build. It pretty much builds every day as you get closer to Christmas. Of course, Christmas Day is the ultimate day. It’s probably the busiest day of the year, but as that week progresses the crowds build.

Dad’s December Disney World Crowds page

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, not so bad. Thursday, Friday, Saturday as you get closer to Christmas Day… The last two or three days before Christmas, you can just watch the crowds. If you’re there, you’ll notice every day the crowds get bigger until Christmas Day when they’re just out of control.

The week of the 10th, is all moderate crowds. Sometimes that fluctuates a bit. You can see an occasional light day and an occasional heavy day that week but overall it’s a moderate week.

The week of the 10th is the week I tend to go to Walt Disney World. Four years in a row I’ve been there during that week, the week of the 10th. I love going at that time. This year will be the first time in a long time that I won’t be at WDW in December. Mrs. Mom and I are going a little earlier. We’re going in late October, early November. I think next year, I’ll probably be back that second week in December.

If you’re trying to avoid crowds, you definitely want to go the week of the 10th. If crowds aren’t much of a factor then the 17th is okay, it’s just going to start getting crazy towards the end of the week.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Dad’s bottom line, it will be less crowded the week of the 10th. That’s when I go. That’s when I’d suggest you probably ought to go. Week of the 17th, it’s an okay week to go early in the week. Crowds will build as the week goes on.

Christmas at Walt Disney World!!!!

Dad’s Christmas at Walt Disney World page


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Comments for

Jun 10, 2017 My experience
by: Anonymous

We went the 11th through 17th in December of 2016. The whole week was peaceful with no crowds until that Saturday, Dec. 17. It was crazy busy that day! I’d definitely go the week before.

Jun 09, 2017 Christmas Joy Without the Crazy Crowds
by: Catherine

Our favorite time to visit WDW for Christmas and avoid the crazy crowds is December 15th to the 23rd. We get the earliest possible flight to Orlando and the latest possible flight home. We are leaving as the bigger crowds arrive. People traveling with school aged children tend to go the week between Christmas and New Year’s because that is when school is closed. We avoid the madness by traveling when we do AND…….DRUM ROLL PLEASE……we usually qualify for the Free Dining Promotion #

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