I know going the week of Christmas is very busy, too busy in fact but what about the week before. My family and I were just at WDW in June and because of the heavy thunderstorms that week we felt we left something behind. I have always wanted to go for Christmas and it seems the stars are aligning for us to go this year again (2013). I understand it will be crowded but we have gone during peak times before and felt the waits were not too bad. What do you think Dad?
Don’t miss the light shows – Photo by Tom Bricker
Dad’s Holly Jolly Answer
Ben, a Christmastime trip to Walt Disney World – you’re my kind of guy! You’re right – the week of Christmas itself is outrageously busy, but if you’re looking to visit the week before you’ll find the crowds more manageable and the festivities in full swing for your holly jolly holiday.
Oh yes, Dad’s favorite time of year at Walt Disney World is Christmas. The decorations, the shows, the special holiday snacks, and holiday magic everywhere you look! Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself…
December Crowds are tricky. They start out light and end as the heaviest crowds of the year – Christmas and New Years bring out crowds so intense the park usually have to close their gates when they fill to capacity. But the week before Christmas, crowds are about on par with those in June and July – pretty crowded but manageable with a great PLAN. If you’re looking for lighter crowds, you can consider the first week or two of December.
Whatever you do, make sure you take in all the magic of the holidays at Walt Disney World. Since you were just there in June, you’ll probably less pressure to see and do EVERYTHING which will leave you with time to make sure you enjoy all of the special ways the folks at Disney celebrate Christmas.
For the ultimate dose of festive magic, consider attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – cookies, cocoa, special games, snow falling on Main Street USA, and even Holiday wishes fireworks! It’s the perfect way to kick off or end your trip!
All of the parks will be decked out for the holidays (as well as the resort hotels and Downtown Disney!), and you’ll be able to find lots of great holiday merchandise. Plus, each park has special Christmas entertainment. The Magic Kingdom has a series of special shows, Animal Kingdom has the Jingle Jungle Parade, and you can’t miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios.
At EPCOT, the World Showcase celebrates Holidays around the World, and you can also see Dad’s absolute favorite Christmas tradition – the Candlelight Processional.
Oh, by the way the next issue of WDW Magazine is all about Christmas at Disney World. It will be out the first of December. Subscribe now and don’t miss it. Get WDW Magazine
Dad’s Bottom Line
Ben, if your family can handle the heavy crowds the week before Christmas, I say go for it! There’s so much magic during Christmas at Disney that you’ll soon forget the crowds and lines and you’ll simply remember the wonderful holiday memories you made with your family.