Family at EPCOT Festival of the Holidays; father holding son; mother eating a cookie wearing Santa hat
  • On Nov 27, 2023
    Kasey from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    how busy is it the week of christmas?

    Hello there, Kasey!

    I'm so glad you decided to jingle on over with this question today. Though any time is a great time to visit Walt Disney World Resort, the holiday season is truly the most magical. The twinkling lights, the festive decor, and the specialty snacks make the parks and resorts even more captivating and will definitely have you feeling very merry. My family visited during Christmas break in 2017 and to be blunt, it was crowded. However, we look back on that particular trip with the fondest of memories. Take a walk down memory lane with me!

    We arrived on Christmas Eve and admired the seasonal decor at Disney Springs. My kids especially loved the Christmas Tree Stroll, which is a complimentary self-guided experience. Before we knew it it was time to tuck into bed and prepare for the big day. Santa left a few small goodies in our room, but the big family gift that year was spending time together at the Most Magical Place on Earth. We woke up, got dressed and hopped on the bus to Magic Kingdom Park where we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over Main Street, U.S.A. We are a family of rope droppers so while everyone was opening gifts we knocked out a number of our favorite attractions. The crowds began arriving steadily as the morning hours ticked on but it never put a  damper on our holiday spirits. Yes, the attraction lines increased. Yes, we staked out a parade viewing spot earlier than normal, and yes we packed our patience while navigating through some crowded areas between the main hub and the various lands.  

    But guess what? We still enjoyed plenty of laughs and made a ton of magical memories together, and the trend continued over the course of the week. As I mentioned in another recent answer a positive attitude is key to an amazing and memorable experience. I've never had a "perfect" trip, but that doesn't mean the memories aren't perfect in my heart when I think back on them. If you show up prepared for some extra waits and higher crowds you can still have a very special vacation. Remember, kindness goes far and a quick deep breath can diffuse any frustration. A Mickey-shaped snack always helps too!

    If you're planning to visit during Christmas week, or any busy season (Easter week is often busier) I have a few key recommendations. First, get an early start each day if attractions and character meets are a top priority. You can always sleep in when you get home, but Space Mountain won't be there so maximize your time while you're onsite. Next, determine your top to-dos and then go with the flow. We've tried a lot of new experiences when we've been forced to pivot due to weather, attraction delays, or crowds and we've always been pleasantly surprised. I'd also recommend purchasing Disney Genie+ Service or Individual Lightning Lanes to help reduce your standby waits at your top-priority attractions.

    Finally, plan your breaks. We opt for a Table Service late lunch or early dinner so we can sit and recharge over a delicious meal when patience is low and hunger is high. The break serves as a great reset and helps fuel us for the remainder of our park day. I'd also suggest planning a rest day in the middle of your trip if possible. Everyone will be less cranky waking up without an alarm and enjoying some time at the resort pools, which are thankfully heated for year-round enjoyment.

    I hope this helps, Kasey!

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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