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Early December Crowds

by Amy
(Annapolis, MD)

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“Hello. First time Disney vacationers here, and we are so excited. Our three year old cannot wait. I have been reading every blog and trying to plan our magical trip. Your site had tons of great information. I have a question about December crowds. We will be visiting December 4th through 10th with our park days being the 5th to the 9th. I know that’s Pop Warner week, but read most places that crowds should still be relatively low.

I’m curious why you have Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 6th as moderate days, with one to two hour waits for big rides, but the rest of the week seems fairly light. As of now, I have Magic Kingdom days set for those two days. Is this a bad idea? Any information will be appreciated.”

Dad's Ride line time prediction chart

Amy, the first thing we need to do is go to the Dad’s how long will I have to wait in line page. If you go to that page, on that page you will see a chart that shows you the difference between moderate, light, moderate, heavy, and all of that.

Dad’s How Long Will I Have to Wait page

You’ll see that chart. Now, sometimes the difference between light and moderate is a thin line. That’s kind of true of this time of year. Early December has typically been very slow. The last couple of years it’s been a little busier. These days, these are kind of, right on the border line. It’s right at the top of the light and right at the bottom of the moderate scale.

Dad’s December Disney World Crowds page

Over the last couple of years, Tuesday and Wednesday are days where the crowds bump up just enough to make a moderate. Instead of being light.

Instead of 15 minute lines on the moderate rides it goes to 20 minutes or so. It’s not a big difference. I’m not talking about one day you’ve got 15 minute waits and the next day you’ve got 40 minute waits. That’s not what I’m talking about here between those light and moderate days. They’re both just right on the edge. They could really go either way.

Every day that week could go either way, either light or moderate. Typically, the pattern is kind of light, Tuesday and Wednesday are moderate, and it trickles back down a little bit. That’s just the way that is.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is I wouldn’t change your plans. It’s one of those right on the border line between light and moderate. It’s not going to make a lot of difference between the days.


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