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Is Christmas at Walt Disney World a Dream or Nightmare?

Dad got a question today from a really nice lady named Sarah about whether Christmas at Walt Disney World is a Dream or a Nightmare.

“Last year I took my daughter to MNSSHP over Oct 31st, the crowds weren’t so bad at all and we had the time of our lives. But our dream is to spend Christmas 2016 at Disney……should this remain a dream? Some of your blog posts kind of took the wind out of our sails a bit.

We’d be looking at Dec 16-27, 2016. Is there any way to make it work that won’t ruin our trip and our Christmas??

This comes up every year about this time. Here’s what I would say…

The Candlelight Processional is Dad's favorite thing at Christmas at WDW - Photo by Pics from the World of Disney

The Candlelight Processional is Dad’s favorite thing at Christmas at WDW – Photo by Pics from the World of Disney

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the question. Here’s my thoughts. I love Christmastime at Walt Disney World. It’s by far the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It’s a very special time that everyone should experience at least once.

That being said, Christmas Day through the New Years Day, the crowds at WDW are a nightmare especially in the Magic Kingdom. It’s out of control busy those days.

If you’re dates were December 23-31, I would say stay away.


Since you are going to be arriving on the 16th, I think your trip will work.

What I would suggest is you break your trip down into 2 parts.

The first will be from December 16th through the 23rd. This is going to be the Heigh Ho part. This is where you are going to get up early, and hit all the attractions. The crowds won’t be too bad, but will build every day.

You might even sneak in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on the 16th or 17th.

The 24th through the 27th is for enjoying the Magic of Christmas at WDW. This is when you’re going to take in all the Christmas shows, parades, check out the decorations, eat some great meals, and just slow down and experience all their is to see.

I think Wilson Phillips did a song that we should all sing now. Come on, join Dad…

The Dream is Still Alive…

Those girls have nothing on Dad.

So the bottom line, Sarah, is to go ahead and live the Dream of Christmas at Disney World. You really need to go. It will all be fine if you know what you are facing and have a plan for dealing with it.

By the way, did you know that the annual Christmas issue of WDW Magazine is about a week away.

Christmas at WDW issue of WDW Magazine

Christmas at WDW issue of WDW Magazine

Just the thing to get ready for a trip to WDW.

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