Extreme Holiday Crowds – Tips and Tricks
Extreme Holiday Crowds— Disney World a “Must See” Or Not
Disney Holiday crowds Christmas Season Decorations Christmas gets to be extremely crowded at Walt Disney World. The Christmas decorations are spectacular, absolutely gorgeous. It is definitely a must see. OH, but the crowds!!! I’m going to share my experience and my recommendations in this post.
The holiday’s celebrations are the most joyful time of year and extremely busy time of year. I had this mental picture of being in Walt Disney World for Christmas years ago. I visualize strolling down Main Street USA, taking in the beautiful holiday decorations, strolling carolers singing traditional Christmas tunes, a feeling of peace and joy. That is called a dream, not the kind of dream Disney claims of “We make dreams come true”. Nope, not going to happen.
Let me explain, just like me, many others have the same vision. Not good! My husband and I arrived days before Christmas Eve for our two-week Disney Christmas vacation. We had noticed the roads from the airport all through Disney property was extremely busy with quite a few traffic standstills. I was still hopeful of my vision of Disney’s Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve in the Magic Kingdom, which stopped accepting guest at 11 AM because the park had reached full capacity. It was the biggest ” hot mess” I had ever seen. The cast members were directing people the best of their ability. Disney cast members tried to keep everyone moving and preventing people from stopping in the middle of the walkways. If I had wanted to turn right, I was going left, as instructed by the cast members. Many people were getting frustrated and strong language was witnessed. Needless to say, the day wasn’t enjoyable by any means.
What A Scene
On Christmas morning we had a breakfast reservation at Chef Mickey at the Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel, which was a fiasco just to enter the Resort property. Disney’s cast members were directing guest from entering the Magic Kingdom\transportation center because the Magic Kingdom had already reached full capacity and was recommending guest to spend the day in Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. By no means were these parks empty but they hadn’t reached full compacity.
The crowds did not lighten up all too much after Christmas, my vision, my dream, is best described as a trainwreck. So very disappointed, but we made the best of our trip with many notes for the next time.
We returned to Walt Disney World a year later to conquer that “vision”, but not attending Christmas week. It was absolutely wonderful! Here is what you need to know. Disney’s Holiday Celebration starts mid-November to January 1st. I suggest you visit Disney World after Thanksgiving to the second week of December. The crowds are fairly light and Disney is in full festive mode. You won’t be missing out on any Disney’s Christmas magic. You will be able to enjoy all that Disney has to offer.
My Recommendations When You Visit Christmas Week
You sometimes don’t have the choice for your time off from work and perhaps, Christmas week is your only time to visit. If this is your case please consider these recommendations.
- Make a plan. Planning is key, write down your plan for each day, do your best to stick with it. write a “must do” list, make it reasonable. Keep in mind you will not be able to do everything.
- Prepare yourself. Prepare yourself for grumpy people and long lines.
- Arrive early. Arrive at the parks as they open. If you are able to enter the parks the minute the parks open, you’ll be able to accomplish quite a few attractions while many are still sleeping
Dining reservations are a must. It is extremely difficult during this time of year to land yourself dining reservations to your favorite restaurants. If you are having difficulties consider late lunches. Most restaurants last seating for lunch is 3 PM, while most menus are the same as dinner. Most people skip table service for lunch making it possible to land that reservation, keep in mind, lunch menus are cheaper than dinner. If you are planning a quick service dining experience, try eating during off-peak hours. By eating at off-peak hours, the crowd is lessened so lines are shorter and you’ll be able to find a seat to relax while you eat.
I always tell my family and friends constantly, to schedule some downtime on their Disney vacations. I’m sure you have heard many people say “you need a vacation after a Disney vacation”. You must remember, your Disney vacation is a vacation!! If you make your Disney vacation “work” you’ll never fully appreciate Walt Disney World. Go and enjoy the resort pool, enjoy floating down the lazy river at Typhoon Lagoon. How does a free Disney tour sound? Perhaps a game of golf or a game of miniature golf. I love to resort hop, visit the holiday decorations at all the resorts, they are spectacular. Disney World has so much more to offer than its theme parks. Stop and smell the roses, it’s a beautiful place.
” In bad times and good, I’ve never lost my ZEST for life”
Let’s share stories. Have you been to Disney World for Christmas? Share your story, I would love to hear from you.