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Walt Disney World Crowds right after New Years

by Linda Wooten

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“I know, we have scheduled a magical trip to Walt Disney World on December 27th to January 7th. Family of five. Polynesian, Club Level, Castle View…

We have never been, other than during the hot summer months so hope the decorations will still be up. We are very excited and I know the crowds will be awful but because of school schedules, we can actually go during Christmas this year.

Do you think the crowds will diminish somewhat after the 1st? Plan to enjoy the fireworks from the beach on our balcony.”

Holiday Wishes from the Polynesian Village Resort

Here’s what the fireworks will look like… – Photo by Brett Svenson

Wow, Linda. I would love to stay at the Polynesian, Magic Kingdom view, that’s just been my dream. Always been my dream. But just never have and probably never will. But just, that sounds so great, so great. Congratulations! Sitting out on the balcony watching wishes. Oh, I can see it in my dreams. I do see it in my dreams by the way. So, let’s get back and quit dreaming and get back to the questions.

The question, will the crowds, the crowds after January 1st start going down? Absolutely. That is the pattern. If you look at our crowd calendar for January you’ll see that yes, the 1st is crazy, the 2nd is not as crazy, the 3rd, just every day the crowds go down those first few days. By the 3rd, 4, by the 4th, 5th, it’s going to be light to moderate crowds as opposed to the absolutely insane crowds of the 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 1st, and then not so much. Those first few days are going to be crazy, horribly busy.

Dad’s January Disney World Crowds page
Dad’s December Disney World Crowds page

Now, how do you deal with crowds like that?

Dad's 3 Simple rules to conquering the theme parks

Dad’s has “three” simple rules for conquering the parks.

Number 1, Get to the parks early. This is essential. The difference between, and I mean during this time the Magic Kingdom may open at 8:00. It may have extra magic hours at 7:00. If you can get there at 7:00 when the park opens, you will, you can do a few rides in the morning. Get to the parks early.

Number 1A – Have a plan. Know what you’re going to do every day at least an outline. Standing around discussing what’s next is not the optimal way to deal with crowds.

Number 2 – Ride the busy rides first, especially in that early morning period. Ride those busy rides that are going to have the insane lines during the day.

Number 3 – Figure out how to use FastPass+. Now, FastPass+ during that time is going to be really difficult but it’s probably going to be about the only way you’re going to get to ride some of those rides that first few days.

Once the crowds diminish, those rules still apply but they are essential during that big Christmas period.

The decorations, will the decorations still be up? Absolutely. The Christmas decorations stay up until sometimes mid-January, Mrs. Mom and I were there a couple years ago and the Christmas decorations were still up on the 13th, 14th, 15th of January so they will be up.

December 30th is the last day for the Candlelight Processional and probably they will show the Christmas parade at the Magic Kingdom until then too.. And Holiday Wishes will be the fireworks show through December 30th. The 31st they do obviously the big New Year’s fireworks.

Yes, the decorations all stay up the whole period you’ll be there. All through the 7th.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

. Number one, have a great trip. Wish I was going with you. Very jealous. Number two, crowds will diminish and number three, decorations will all be up.


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