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  • On Jan 13, 2013
    Amanda Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Coming in December (22-30 or 26-3/4) with my 9 year old and son who will turn 3 while there. Can anyone share pros and cons of the time frames we may go, one better than the other? Crowds? Any suggestions on celebrating his bday while there?

    Hi Amanda,

    What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday and the holiday season!

    Both time frames will be packed with guests who want to experience the Walt Disney World Resorts at the holidays. I have visited from December 27 to January 2 and it was crowded. I know this year it was busy as some of the Moms were on vacation. Magic Kingdom traditionally closes to some guests as the park reaches capacity.

    If this trip is not a surprise, I would make sure each child picks two or three things to see each day you are in the park. This will reduce the disappointment if you can not do everything. EPCOT is my favorite park at the holidays because the World Showcase has some wonderful guests experiences. 

    As for celebrating his birthday, make sure all of your Advance Dining Reservations mention his birthday and you will need them for table service dining during this period. Also, ask for a birthday pin upon check in so he can wear it around the parks.

    For a birthday meal, character dining is a hit or my personal favorite is at Whispering Canyon Cafe. I have never seen a better place for a birthday!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, New York

My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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