Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 18, 2011
    Steve from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We decided to go to Disney dec 24-28. Now my husband is discouraged because people are telling hum it will be too crowded to do anything. Can you give us any advice.

    I want more than anything to be able to reassure you that the crowds will be manageable, however this is the busiest week of the year at Walt Disney World. Parks can even close to capacity.

    If you do venture over the Christmas holiday, you should go with the mindset that you won't be able to see and do everything that you could during a less crowded week. If you visit to enjoy the festivities of the season and don't worry about how many attractions you accomplish, your experience can be magical.

    I would not venture there that week without a touring plan. The best wisdom on how to handle crowds can be found at

    What does crowded mean? Expect 60-90 minute waits at the most popular attractions. And yes, the Magic Kingdom, for example, can close to capacity on several days during this week. What does this mean? The park may be filled by 10-11 a.m. and not allow another guest to enter until the numbers are reduced. Sometimes this doesn't occur until 6 p.m. or later. If you are in the park when it "closes", you'll need to stay there unless you are willing to risk now being allowed to re-enter later in the day.

    If you go, do so with a touring plan and to see the holiday decor!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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