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I think I goofed. Going to Disney World the first week of December.


by Worried?


Well Dad, I think I have goofed. I have felt a lot of pressure to plan the perfect trip for multiple reasons … so I did my homework with the guide books and booked the first week of December. (Which they said was the best time to visit) Now I think that was a mistake.


We are staying in a value resort, which will be packed because of the Pop Warner events. Since we can’t afford a deluxe resort … do you think I should pay extra for preferred rooms at the All Star Movies Resort? Or do you think it will make a difference?


Also, do you think Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will sell out quickly for that week? Any help would be really appreciated.


The All Star Music Resort

The Three Amigos at the All Star Music Resort Photo by Coconut Wireless


Dad’s calming Answer


Dear Worried,


First let me say, you’ve come to the right place. Dad can help.


About going to Disney World the first week of December during the Pop Warner Football and Cheerleader Championships, all will be OK. It’s a big deal, but not a life changing experience.


It’s funny that some of the guide books and many of the websites think that’s still the best week to visit. The first week in December hasn’t been a good time to visit for over 10 years. First it was all the Disney Vacation Club members now it the Pop Warner crowd and still all the Disney Vacation Club members.


Dad’s December Disney World crowds page


But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad week to visit. Park crowds will be light to moderate during the days, but evenings in the Magic Kingdom could get a little busy.


About the preferred room … it won’t make a lot of difference, the only real difference is you will be closer to Intermission Court. It might get you away from some of the teams, but it won’t make a big difference.


Dad’s All Star Movies page


Don’t worry at all about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. That will be a great time to go. The teams aren’t going to shell out the extra money to go to the Party, so you’ll have the Magic Kingdom all to yourselves.


Dad’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party page


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Dad’s Bottom Line



It’s not easy to put together a Perfect Vacation but you’re on the right track. You’ve done your homework, so you know how to avoid crowds. Get to the parks early, ride the “big” rides first, have a plan of attack for each day … You’ll be fine.


So, relax, and enjoy. Take a deep breath. Even if you end up in Cheerleaders to your eyeballs, it will be OK, they won’t stay around long.


Just remember what Dad always says … take time to stop and smell the roses and all will be fine. What could be so bad during …


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Comments 1

  1. We went pop warner week in 2018.
    We stayed at all star movies. We headed to the parks early am and stayed until close all 4 park days. We never saw loud groups of kids at the hotel. Crowds in the park were moderate but nothing noticeable from pop warner groups. We had as great week and would do it again

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