• On Oct 29, 2020
    Jocelyn from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are considering a trip to WDW for CHRISTMAS as a surprise for the kids! I know the holidays are a very busy time and also understand that park reservations are required this year. What is the capacity for the holidays? Are record crowds expected?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Jocelyn!

    Oh, a Walt Disney World vacation during the holiday season is unlike any other, but a surprise visit? SO magical!

    In years past, my family has enjoyed a few Christmas visits to The Most Magical Place on Earth (one of which was a surprise for the kids), and I can honestly tell you that with a little planning, your Walt Disney World Christmas may just become your favorite holiday memory yet. In fact, our Christmas visit this past year was one of our best trips!

    This holiday season, you'll be glad to know that Walt Disney World Cast Members are continuing their practices that make Returning to a World of Magic an ever-so-joyful reality. One of these endeavors includes temporary adjustments to enable physical distancing. Making reservations in the Disney Park Pass system ensures that capacity will not be at traditional record crowd levels--despite the holidays. 

    You can take a look at Disney Park Pass system reservation availability prior to purchasing a Theme Park Ticket, so this will make your planning even easier. Plan your days according to Disney Park Pass system reservation availability, then start filling them with Advanced Dining Reservations, touring plans, spots for Quick Service Dining, and so much more!

    Be sure to download the super-handy My Disney Experience mobile app prior to your departure; this will give you access to all of those magical plans as you enjoy your visit to the parks and resorts. 

    When our stay places us in the heart of the magic over a major holiday, we often enjoy touring the parks both the day before and the day after that holiday, choosing instead to enjoy a leisurely, fun-filled day at our Walt Disney World Resort hotel--pool time included, of course. We'll enjoy a vacation version of some of our favorite holiday traditions, explore our resort, then head out to dinner at our own resort, a favorite at a different Walt Disney World Resort hotel, or at Disney Springs. What a fabulous way to spend a most magical holiday!

    As you put together all of the pixie-dusted possibilities for your visit, Jocelyn, be sure to send additional questions our way. We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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