Christmas at resorts
  • On Jul 21, 2019
    Beth from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What would be the best dates in Nov. or Dec. to visit Disney World in 2020 with the least crowds?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Beth!

    You have asked the million dollar question!  I sure wish I had the power to know definitively which days will be the least crowded.

    It is a little easier to predict the dates that will likely be busiest; holidays and any time most schools are not in session are busy times at Walt Disney World Resort.  For November and December, I would expect the week of Thanksgiving to be very busy, and as schools begin winter break, I would expect crowds to pick up beginning around December 19, 2020 and continuing through the first week of January.  Typically, the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is one of the busiest weeks of the year.

    In my experience, there does not seem to be as much of a "slow" season as there used to be.  Often Disney will offer promotions and discounts for dates at traditionally slower times of year in an effort to round out attendance.  One way you can get a glimpse into expected crowds is to look at the interactive ticket calendar.  In an effort to better distribute attendance throughout the year, Walt Disney World has introduced date-based ticket pricing.  Dates with lower ticket cost will likely be less busy than dates with higher pricing.

    There are several independent websites that publish crowd calendars; you can find them by doing a quick internet search.  These calendars don't always agree, so sometimes even professional statisticians cannot accurately predict crowd levels.

    All that being said, I have visited Walt Disney World Resort on extremely busy days such as New Year's Eve, and I'd do it again.  My strategy is to arrive at the parks early, about an hour prior to scheduled opening time, to enjoy attractions with low waits while many guests are still sleeping.  I plan my FastPass+ attractions for late morning/early afternoon when the parks tend to be busiest, and I take an afternoon break for a quiet meal at my Resort Hotel, and perhaps a swim or a nap.  In fact, no matter what time of year I visit Walt Disney World, I plan my days as if it will be extremely busy.  That way, I am armed with a good plan if it is, and can be pleasantly surprised if it isn't!

    Beth, please visit the Moms Panel again with any additional questions you may have as you plan your vacation.  We are always happy to help.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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