• On May 18, 2017
    Alina from Coahuila 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.

    Hi! BF and I visiting for Christmas, planning to stay for 3 days at WDW resorts, will parks be open due to holidays? Also, are waterparks open during winter? What's weather like?

    Hi Alina,

    Christmastime is a wonderful time of year to visit Walt Disney World! The theme parks and resorts will be decked out in cheerful winter holiday decorations. Consider a special evening at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This joyful nighttime event at Magic Kingdom features special entertainment, an amazing parade, and some Disney characters in their holiday best. I have gone to this party with friends and family and had a wonderful time!

    Absolutely, the four Walt Disney World theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney Animal Kingdom Park - will be open at this time of year. Typically, one water park will be closed at a time during the winter months. You will find either Disney's Typhoon Lagoon or Disney's Blizzard Beach to be open. It is still too early in the year to have hours for December posted, so keep checking back to those websites to check for when December hours are released. Please note that on extremely cold days, the water park scheduled to be open may close for extreme temperatures.

    December is a cool month at Walt Disney World, but it is by no means cold. You can expect high temperatures in the low 70's Fahrenheit. So yes, a water park visit may be chilly, but the water there is heated so you will be warm in the water! For walking around theme parks, you may find that you want a jacket or long pants, especially at night when it is chillier.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Alina! Please do let us know if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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