Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Dec 23, 2012
    Paul from SK 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.

    My family is going to WDW for the first time Jan 2-8th. I have heard around New Years it gets crazy packed,wall to wall people. I have some anxiety issues and flat out will not be able to deal with seas of people. Will it be this busy on the 2-8th ?

    H there, Paul!

    While peak holiday week is most definitely Christmas through New Years, you will likely find crowds to be considerably less the next week.

    While they are in no way reduced to the levels of, say, late January or early February, many of the holiday Guests do leave shortly after New Year's Eve.

    Marathon Weekend begins on January 10, 2013, so you might see a slight uptick in Guests toward the very end of your visit, but again, nowhere near holiday crowd levels.

    You might want to consider checking out a site like This third party site uses historical data to predict attendance on any give day. Its statistics are compiled over time and population, so its reliability is reasonably high. A program like this might help you develop a strategic itinerary that maximizes those Parks with lowest attendance on each day of your visit.

    Have a wonderful time!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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