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Disney at Christmas
I know the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the most crowded time of the year but is it actually possible to get anything accomplished during that week? Anybody have any personal experience going around that time? Not looking to go this year. Just asking in general.


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re: Disney at Christmas
Never think of this idea again. You will be better for it.


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SDVTiger
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re: Disney at Christmas
We went on Thanksgiving and the park was ours

Have heard that Xmas day was similar


Dam Guide
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re: Disney at Christmas
I have gone a lot those two weeks. Mainly because I visit family in Orlando and staying for free with them and not worried about accomplishing much.

If you go there with the attitude that everything is going to be hours of waiting, people will be everywhere, and don't worry about riding much, you will have a good time.


It's going to be a rough time though if you don't get to visit often and really want to do certain things.


There will be certain times where you can do a lot though. Like if you stay until closing, the crowds really empty leading up to and during fireworks til the parks closes and you can ride a lot of shite if you hustle.


If you are staying on property, just try to get your fast passes and dining reservations for the whole time you are there as quick as humanly possible when it is time to register.
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GeauxHouston
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re: Disney at Christmas
A few years ago I went about December 5-10th and it was awesome. Barely any lines, got to do everything. Watched the conference championships at some bars and they still had Christmas stuff up. I recommend then.


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baldona
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re: Disney at Christmas
It’s not just most crowded but is it not the most expensive also? I can see if you are up north and it’s miserably cold usually.

As said if you are staying off property with relatives or something I can see going, I just don’t see the point in going there during Xmas. I don’t mind people and I enjoy people watching, but Disney gets old waiting in long lines all day. The fun is killed for me.

To answer your OP ive never been at Christmas but I’ve been during other peak times.

The other question is are the resort pools open? Maybe too cold? Because some of the resort pools are amazing and a very fun with kids when it’s hot and busy. Not so much if it’s cold.


CoachChappy
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re: Disney at Christmas
Usually, if you wait 1 week after thanksgiving week, it is wide open. When we got there, the doorman said, "Y'all are here the best week of the year." It was.


LSUFanHouston
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re: Disney at Christmas
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I know the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the most crowded time of the year but is it actually possible to get anything accomplished during that week?


I've been that week, twice, both times were over a decade ago though (before my kids were born).

Dec 26 was very crowded.

Dec 27-29 was extremely crowded. 30 min lines for bathrooms, 45 min lines for food, 60 min lines for every attraction not named Carousel of Progress or Hall of Presidents.

Dec 30 was miserable. Huge crowds everywhere, tough to find a spot to sit down or relax, even to eat.

Dec 31, well. MK closed the gates at 930 am, the only way to get in after was if you were hopping from another park. People were sitting on Main Street at 1 pm for the firework show. It was hard to find bottled water. Lines were insane.

And... as someone said earlier, you are paying the absolute peak prices of the year. So you are spending tons and tons of money, and can't do anything but stand in line.

Can you accomplish stuff? Sure, a few rides in each park, some food, etc... but it's all going to take a long time to do.


Yat27
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re: Disney at Christmas
My ultimate Disney World trip would be from the week after Thanksgiving until right before kids get out for Christmas, staying at Wilderness Lodge. The weather is usually great, crowds are low, and nothing beats WL when their Christmas decorations are up.
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Dam Guide
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re: Disney at Christmas
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The other question is are the resort pools open? Maybe too cold? Because some of the resort pools are amazing and a very fun with kids when it’s hot and busy. Not so much if it’s cold.


I'm pretty sure that's weather dependent, but not certain. They do close them, but not sure if it is seasonal or weather.

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Usually, if you wait 1 week after thanksgiving week, it is wide open. When we got there, the doorman said, "Y'all are here the best week of the year." It was.


This time use to be super awesome. They are finding more ways to drag in locals and fill gaps with events like the Christmas parties and adjust staff levels. Still some of the best time to go.


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LSUFanHouston
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re: Disney at Christmas
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The other question is are the resort pools open? Maybe too cold? Because some of the resort pools are amazing and a very fun with kids when it’s hot and busy. Not so much if it’s cold.


The main pools at each resort are generally heated. Now... when you get out the pool, it gets cool, quick!


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amgslg
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re: Disney at Christmas
Trust me. Don’t do it. If you must, go around the 18th or 19th and leave no later than the 26th. Spend the 25th in Epcot because it is the park most able to absorb large crowds. We’ve gone this week several times and it works out OK if you book your fastpasses at 60 days to the second and rope drop each morning.


jmarto1
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re: Disney at Christmas
Follow the crowd calendars. I am doing the 15th-22nd and it looks to be ok. Star Wars and Avatar pull a lot of people away from other rides I am told


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BallsEleven
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re: Disney at Christmas
I just got back from going last week. One of the days we were there was their busiest of the year so far. Magic Kingdom was the only place that felt really crowded. As someone else said, Epcot hardly felt crowded at all and I had no problem doing everything I wanted there. Animal Kingdom had some long lines (Avatar) but if you plan your fast passes right it isn't bad.

Overall, for being a busy time of year, I thought the crowd level wasn't too bad.

Note: We don't go often at all (my last time was in the 90s) so I don't have much to compare it with.


hugo
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re: Disney at Christmas
I would also recommend the week before thanksgiving. We were there the 16th-21st. All the Christmas stuff is up and the lines are minimal.


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nctiger71
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re: Disney at Christmas
We went about 5 years ago; Sat to Sat, 20th to 27th. Christmas was on Thur.

The first part of the week was not too crowded but around Wed Disney began limiting admittance due to the crowds.

We rented a house that slept 12 and it cost twice as much the week we were there, and the next week, as compared to most other weeks during the year. We ate breakfast and most dinners at the house; lunch in the parks.

We also did Universal, Sea World & some went to Tampa to Bush Gardens. Most of us went to Disney for 3 days, some went 4.

The weather was great. We went then due to grandkids school.

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is it actually possible to get anything accomplished during that week?


I think we did everything we wanted to do but most of us were at Disney on Sun, Mon & Tue before it got really crowded. I think the economy is better now so more folks may have $ for Disney now vs then.
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AmosMosesAndTwins
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re: Disney at Christmas
We go early to mid January. Kids are back in school and Christmas decorations still up.


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jmarto1
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re: Disney at Christmas
I got lucky and made reservations at Victoria and Albert's If you are looking at fine dining then some times may be opening up


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Aubie Spr96
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re: Disney at Christmas
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Dec 26 was very crowded.

Dec 27-29 was extremely crowded. 30 min lines for bathrooms, 45 min lines for food, 60 min lines for every attraction not named Carousel of Progress or Hall of Presidents.

Dec 30 was miserable. Huge crowds everywhere, tough to find a spot to sit down or relax, even to eat.

Dec 31, well. MK closed the gates at 930 am, the only way to get in after was if you were hopping from another park. People were sitting on Main Street at 1 pm for the firework show. It was hard to find bottled water. Lines were insane.

And... as someone said earlier, you are paying the absolute peak prices of the year. So you are spending tons and tons of money, and can't do anything but stand in line.

Can you accomplish stuff? Sure, a few rides in each park, some food, etc... but it's all going to take a long time to do.



We made this mistake once. ONCE.


Everything this guy said was true. We had no idea that it was the busiest time of the year for them. We had gone as part of a trip to the Outback Bowl in 2009. Not only was it crowded, but it was extraordinarily cold for central Florida. Like highs in the mid 40's cold.

We heard they were shutting the MK down at 930PM on NYE so we got there early and stayed all day/night. It was like being at a rock concert. It was shoulder to shoulder and hard to move around. This was exacerbated by my dad being in a wheelchair at the time for a bad knee. MISERABLE doesn't even begin to describe it. It was pretty cool to see Tinkerbell flying down from the castle at night and the fireworks going off.

The following night we went to EPCOT and I got monkey drunk touring the world.


My advice? DON'T DO IT.


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LSUFanHouston
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re: Disney at Christmas
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Overall, for being a busy time of year, I thought the crowd level wasn't too bad.


What a lot of people don't realize is that crowds in December at WDW are extremely date specific.

First two weeks of December aren't too bad save for an occasional event they have going on (such as crowds during day at MK if there is a Christmas party that night).

From about the 15th until Christmas Day, there is a good crowd, but plenty manageable.

The check-in on the 26th is insane. The in-park crowds get exponentially worse until the 31st. The first backs down a little bit, but still crowded.

On the second, it's empty, and on the third, they start doing ride refurbishments. That's how quickly the crowd changes.


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