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Should we visit the week before or after Thanksgiving?

by Kellie Mize
(The Woodlands, TX)

Thanksgiving falls later this year, on Nov 28th. We went the week after Thanksgiving last year and it was fabulous, but with it falling later this year we are thinking about going the week before Thanksgiving and heading home on the Sunday before Thanksgiving week. What is your opinion on which week to choose? The week before Thanksgiving (Nov 18-24th) or the week after (Dec 2-8th).

Figment dressed up for Christmas

You might even find a little Figment – Photo by Tom Bricker

Dad’s December will be Magic Answer


As Dad is fond of saying, anytime is a good time to go to Disney World with someone you love. But, since you’re able to go at two especially great times and since you’re asking for Dad’s opinion, here it is: the first week of December will be magic at Walt Disney World!

Dads Christmas at Walt Disney World Page

Whichever date you choose to go, you’ll be able to see holiday decorations at each park, special holiday touches like the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade, and Cinderella’s Holiday Wish. You can even catch Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party if you want some extra Christmas Magic.

Dad’s November Crowd Calendar
Dad’s December Crowd Calendar

If you go in December you might even catch a glimpse of the huge Christmas Tree on Main Street USA (which goes up after the taping of the Christmas Day Parade)

Visiting Walt Disney World either right before or right after Thanksgiving week, you’ll experience low crowd levels and cool temperatures – plus the magic of the holiday season at the most magical place on earth. But, if you go after Thanksgiving you’ll experience a little more magic. Okay, there’s one show in particular that Dad is thinking of, but Dad just thinks Christmas isn’t complete without the Candlelight Processional.

Dad’s Candlelight Processional Page

EPCOT’s holiday celebrations get into full swing after Thanksgiving with Holidays around the World, and Dad’s most favorite Christmas show of all – the Candlelight Processional. This celebration of the Christmas story is told in story and song three times each night in December, hosted by a celebrity narrator, and featuring several amazing choirs. You can even book a special dining package to get guaranteed seating. It is not to be missed!

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Kellie, either time is a great time to visit Walt Disney World – but Dad favors the first week in December so much he made it his number one pick for the best weeks to visit Disney World mainly because the Candlelight Processional, which is just an amazing show that celebrates the season like no other!

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