What part of December is the best time to go with small crowds? Also is the weather bad when you go in December?
Dad’s It’s the Most Wonderful Time Answer
Chad, Dad thinks December is hands-down, the BEST time of year to visit WDW. Who cares about the crowds of the weather – it’s CHRISTMAS at DISNEY WORLD! It doesn’t get better than that.
Okay, okay, maybe Dad is a little biased – but really, Christmas at WDW is incredible and not to be missed. But it can be a little unpredictable with weather and very predictable with crowds.
In terms of weather, the averages are between 50-70 degrees with cooler mornings and evenings where you’ll need a light jacket and afternoons where you might walk around in a t-shirt. I’ve seen folks swimming in December and running to Wal-Mart to stock up on sweaters and mittens. The best advice I have on weather is that it won’t be too humid, and make sure you check the forecast a few days in advance and pack accordingly.
Christmas at WDW, what could be better? – Photo by Judd Helms
The crowds are much easier to predict. Check out Dad’s December Crowd Calendar .
Basically, the first 2 weeks are nice and uncrowded – perfect for seeing all the Christmas sights and avoiding the crowds. The third week crowds increase but are manageable. The last two weeks are the busiest of the year and they can be a bit of a nightmare for folks between Christmas Eve and New Years Day.
The good news if you’re going for those last couple of weeks is that some of the holiday entertainment (like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes and The Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show) are available to all guests at Magic Kingdom. Until the week of Christmas they are only available at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Chad, don’t worry about the crowds or the weather – just enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at the most magical place on earth!
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