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Recommendations for Our December Trip

by Crystal
(Peoria, IL)

I am planning on going to Disney World the first week of December, arriving on Nov 30 and departing on Dec 7. We plan on spending six days in the park: Sunday – Friday. It is two adult (Me – 32 and my Mom – 57 both are avid Photographers) so we don’t need nap time and can go all day without any issues.

We are staying off-site (Wyndham) but it is technically on Disney’s property and has shuttle buses to all the parks every 30-60 min. Right now we want two days at EPCOT, two at MK, and one at AK and HS. We also would like to dine at ‘Ohana and attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Would you recommend adding the party onto one of our days at the park, or leave EPCOT or AK and go a separate day? I also really want to get in “Be Our Guest” for dinner if I can manage to get a reservation (If being the key word). Also – what day of the week is best for the party – I have read some say it is great – others that the party is way to busy.

The Voices of Liberty at Christmas

Hear the Voices of Liberty and their Christmas show – Photo by Tom Bricker

Dad’s Planning Makes Perfect Answer


It sounds like you’re well on your way to knowing what you want out of your trip to Walt Disney World. Time at the parks, great food, and even some holly jolly Christmas celebration. With so much to see and do on your vacation, just remember Dad’s twist on a classic proverb: Planning Makes Perfect.

Early December is a GREAT time to visit Walt Disney World. The Thanksgiving crowds are gone, the Christmas crowds haven’t arrived yet, the holidays are in full swing, and the weather is cool and sunny. What more could you ask for?

Dad’s December Crowd Calendar

Your plan to spend two days each at the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, and one day each at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios sounds bang on.

Hollywood Studios will take a whole day if you plan to see all the shows and stick around for Fantasmic! Make sure to grab a Times Guide on your way in the gate to ensure that you can coordinate your schedule to see everything you want to see.

Animal Kingdom closes earlier than the other parks, so Dad recommends making your reservations for a late dinner at ‘Ohana that night and enjoying Wishes either from the restaurant or on the beach!

When it comes to EPCOT, Id’ suggest beginning with a half day at EPCOT’s Future World, then take a nap to recharge before heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The Party will be the least crowded on a weeknight, so try to go on the Tuesday night of your trip if it’s offered. This is one of Dad’s very favorite things to do at Walt Disney World – there’s nothing more magical than watching the snow falling on Main Street USA!

For your second, full day at EPCOT, you can take your time wandering, eating, and enjoying Christmas around World Showcase – and of course go back to Future World if there’s anything you’d like to revisit. You can cap off the night with Illuminations.

For your two full days at the Magic Kingdom, there will be lots to see and do. There are fabulous decorations to see at that time of year, special holiday shows, and don’t forget that you have all of New Fantasyland to explore. If you want reservations for Be Our Guest at dinner, best to make them at the 180 day mark. You can always dine there for lunch if you find yourself without a reservation!

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Crystal, it sounds like you’re going to have the Perfect Vacation. Don’t forget to make your reservations, pick a weeknight for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and be sure to have a bite of dessert at ‘Ohana for dear old Dad!

Comments for

Apr 08, 2013 Thanks for the info!
by: Another Crystal

Great info! My name is also Crystal and we are planning our trip for the exact same dates, and exactly the same visits (2 at MK, 2 at EPCOT and 1 each at HS and AK). I’ve never been to Disney World at Christmastime and am very excited. Plus our youngest will be 3 and it will be her very first trip to Disney ever! Thanks for all the info.

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