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Planning to visit Disney World on December 16th week

by Suneel

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Can you please guide me if it is ok to visit Disney world from 16th to 20th of December? I am coming from London and don’t want to get disappointed if there are too many crowd and park closures.
Also, which parks are best to visit in four days considering I have 10 year and 6 year old boys.


The storyteller from Germany is a good reason to visit Walt Disney World the week of December 16

Don’t miss the Storytellers in EPCOT – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Suneel, the middle of December is truly the most wonderful time of the year to go to Walt Disney World. I typically go in the middle of December. The early part of that week, I usually go around the 10th or the 12th, and stay for a few days. But that really is a good time to go to Walt Disney World.

Dad’s Christmas at Disney World page

About crowds: if you want to know about crowds, we’ve got a crowd calendar that will show what the crowds will be like. You can see what the crowds will be like in December.

Dad’s December Disney World Crowds page

Now when you’re talking about December 16th through 20th, it’s gonna start out with moderate crowds on the 16th. That means moderately long waits. The big rides will be 45 minutes to an hour. Of course, Avatar is gonna be an hour and half to two hours. The big rides, basically, are going to be okay, not terrible. Small rides are gonna be easy to get on.

Now as you go closer to Christmas – the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th – the crowds will build a little each day, but not crazy. Park closures don’t happen until the next week. The first day that any of the parks will be closed to new guests is Christmas Day. There will be a couple other days during the week of Christmas: the 25th, the 26th, 27th. Through January 1st you might have some park closures, but you don’t have that that week before. There will not be any park closures during that 16th through 20th.

How to miss the crowds

Dad's rules for avoiding crowds at Disney World

It’s pretty easy if the crowds are too big to miss the crowds. This is something you’re not gonna have any problems with. The best way to deal with the crowds at the parks is to get to the parks early. Most people don’t get to the parks when they open. If you’re at the parks whenever they open, you’ll be miles ahead. We talk about the nine by noon challenge; You can get nine rides done at the Magic Kingdom by noon just by starting early. Get to the parks early.

Dad’s 10 Crowd Tips page

Ride the busy rides first, this is part of Dad’s three, four rules for dealing with crowds at the parks. Get to the parks early. Ride the busy rides first. Have a plan, know what you want to do, and make it a plan where you’re not running back and forth across the parks. Just have a plan. Use Fast Pass, know what the best rides … We’ve got help for you. It’s kinda late for that since you’re talking about next month, but use Fast Pass wisely. If you do those four things, you can definitely miss most of the crowds.

About which park to go to on which day, actually, I don’t really look at that. That’s something that I don’t spend a lot of time it, and we’ve got so much we’ve gotta do anyway. But I don’t look at a day-by-day, I just do the overall. But you can go to – we’ll have a link down there – for touring plans. Go to, and at this point you can actually without a subscription see what the crowds will be like during the days you’ll be there.

Dad’s Touringplans page

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

The bottom line is it’s gonna be good, it’s all right. That time is a good time to go. It’s not a great time to go but it’s a good time to go. Crowds won’t be bad, you won’t see any closures. Just enjoy, have a great time.


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