Spending Christmas at Walt Disney World ~ Good idea?

Christmas at Disney World…

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It’s the Christmas Season. For some, it’s your favorite time of year. What better time to incorporate your two favorites together, Disney and Christmas! Well, there may be better ways to approach this, a lot of pros and cons… let’s see.

Disney is no doubt absolutely beautiful this time of year.  The Christmas decorations are amazing, the Characters are all decked out in Christmas gear, and let’s not forget how the Castle is all fancied up.  Sound good? Sure it does, BUT, you have to consider the big picture, and really plan ahead if you want to visit WDW for Christmas break.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the busiest time of year for Disney World. The crowds are very high, and sometimes the parks reach maximum capacity, and that’s not good if you’re not inside already. There will be longer wait times for attractions, sit down dining will be harder to arrange (unless you book ahead), and you will be dodging people left and right. This time of year may not be the best for first time Disney goers, because you may not get the full experience, or get to see as much as you normally would at other times of the year. I’m not trying to sound like a downer, not at all. I’m just saying that extra planning and back up ideas should be considered for your trip.

If the park you want to visit is too crowded, consider doing some resort hopping. This gives you an opportunity to check out the different resorts, and maybe get some good photos taken of the various Christmas decorations. Consider going to Disney Springs to do some shopping, or go to the Disney Springs bowling alley “Splitsville”, or take in a movie while you’re there. There is so much to do while staying on Disney property, so making an alternative list of things you’d like to see might be a good idea.

On the upside, it won’t be as hot as it usually is in WDW if you go for Christmas. Also, you can save money by not getting the water park option added to your Park tickets. If it’s not too warm, just go with the basic Magic Your Way tickets. It’s good to save money where you can and maybe have more to spend on souvenirs! Don’t forget to bring a jacket or sweatshirt for evenings, just in case it’s cooler at night.

There’s no question, every season at Walt Disney World is full of Magic. It doesn’t matter the circumstances, you can always have a wonderful time, especially if you’re willing to bend a little on what you’d like to do. To me, there’s never a “bad” time to visit the Parks. Planning ahead of time is always best, especially at Christmas. If you’re in the right frame of mind, and fully prepare for whatever the trip has in store, you can expect to have a magical experience, as always. If you have any tips that you’d like to share with us, please feel free to comment below!

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

2 Responses to Spending Christmas at Walt Disney World ~ Good idea?

  1. We spent a week at Disney between Christmas and New Years one time. Never again!!! Too crowded, can’t get reservations at restaurants, the parks were even closed because of being full to capacity. The roads outside Disney were bumper to bumper at all times.

  2. dtd says:

    Absolutely love the decorations at Downtown Disney. I’ve been there twice in the last 5 days now just to look around and get in the festive mood lol

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