December Disney World Crowds
- the Agony and the Ecstasy
Dad thinks December is the best month of the year to visit WDW. Let's take a look at December Disney World Crowds, when to go and how to deal with them when they happen to show up.
This is going to be good.
December Disney World Crowd Calendar
The crowd pattern for December is pretty easy to figure out. The month starts out nice and peaceful and as the "big day" gets closer the crowds get bigger.
Here's what Dad thinks the December Disney World Crowds will be.
Dad's Crowd Calendar Disclaimer
This calendar is based on historical facts, as I know them today. The Walt Disney World Resort is an ever-changing environment and you might find things significantly different from what Dad predicts.
(There, Mr. Dad's lawyer, are you happy?)
But, as nutty as the December crowds are, December is truly the best time to visit Walt Disney World.
December at WDW is really amazing. It all starts out so quiet. The first week of December may be the best week of the whole year to visit WDW.
The football teams and cheerleaders show up. The Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheerleading and Dance competition is typically the second week in December.
Thousands of pre-teens come to WDW to compete and have some fun. They really don't affect crowds very much except at the Value Resorts which will all be sold out. They do tend to go to the parks in the evenings, but all-in-all it's not a big crowd factor.
After the kids go home, things slow down for a couple of weeks. Starting around the 18th of the month, crowds start to build until...
Everyone in the whole wide world arrives at Walt Disney World for Christmas Day. (Maybe not everyone, but gazillions do.)
The week of Christmas will be very, very, very busy. We're talking the busiest week of the year. By FAR.
Christmas Day will be crazy. It always is. In the past on Christmas Day the Magic Kingdom has stopped accepting any guests as early 10:00 in the morning.
The days from Christmas until New Years Eve, December Disney World crowds will be wall-to-wall.
December 31 will be almost as busy as Christmas Day. By 7pm it's possible that the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will not accept any more guests. There have been reports of guests picking out their spot to watch the fireworks as early as 5:30 p.m.
In December, you've got Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party right up until the Friday before Christmas. The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays - including Dad's favorite show, The Candlelight Processional - is on. Disney's Hollywood Studios is having a flurry of fun, and Disney Springs has holiday happenings too - like the Christmas Tree Trail!
How to avoid Disney World crowds
So, what can you do about the December Disney World Crowds? Dad has a few tips and tricks.
Yes, Disney World crowds can be avoided. It just takes some work. Dad can help you plan your day to avoid, or minimize the effect of Disney World crowds.
Check out Dad's experience with December Disney World crowds
Christmas at Disney World
What makes December so special is how Disney celebrates Christmas. Christmas at Disney World is the best celebration of the season anywhere.
Every day during the holiday season (which starts the first week of November) there are special shows, special firework shows, special meals, special parades ... Christmas time is just the "most wonderful time of the year" for a Disney World vacation.
When it comes to December, Christmas and Disney World, Dad is a full blown, been there, done that, know-it-all, expert. Christmas at Disney World is the most wonderful time of the year and Dad's favorite time to visit Disney World. So, if you have any questions about December Disney World crowds or anything else in December, why not Ask Dad.
Here are some of the questions about December that Dad has answered in the past ...
- Why doesn't your calendar agree with Touringplans.com?
- How do December crowds compare to summer crowds?
- What affect will the Pop Warner Events have on the All Star Resorts?
Inquiring minds want to know. Dad does.
Dad's Bottom Line
Disney World comes alive in December. It's the best time of the year to visit. Yes, December Disney World crowds will be up this year, yes, you will have to wait in line, but it's still the best time to visit Disney World.