• On Dec 20, 2020
    Gemma from Herts Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi. We are hoping to visit wdw with all our family next December after a tough 2020 where we havent been able to see our family. Is the weather in late december typically still warm enough for the water parks and are they still open all year around? Thanks

    Welcome to planDisney, Gemma! I'm so glad to hear that you're planning to celebrate with your family at Walt Disney World Resort in 2021. December is my favorite time to visit The Most Magical Place On Earth because of the extra layer of pixie dust that gets sprinkled around the holiday season, and I know that I'm definitely going to be looking for a bit more of that Christmas magic next year too.

    First, let's chat about the weather! I wish I had the ability to predict exactly what kind of temperatures to expect when I go on vacation, but I tend to always be surprised when I arrive in Florida at the end of the year. Last December, I packed for crisp chilly weather but was met with beautiful sunny days with temperatures above 80 degrees but this year there's been a bit of a cold snap and Orlando is getting weather that dips down into the 40s and 50s at night time. My best advice is to keep an eye on the 10-day forecast and pack some layers! Light jackets to wear on top of t-shirts and maybe a few pairs of jeans, leggings, and shorts should be perfect for a winter getaway. 

    It's not a trip to Florida without some time spent in the pool, and no matter the weather you'll find guests enjoying a swim at your Resort Hotel because the water is kept comfortably heated. In a typical year, the Water Parks close on a rotational basis between October and March so that they're able to be refurbished but one of them does usually stay open for guests to visit. For example, if Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed, guests should still be able to visit Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park but they do close on days where it's going to get really chilly. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app on the day you're planning on visiting a Water Park to see which one is open and how long they'll be open that day!

    I hope this answers your questions, Gemma, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation. 

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I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our three rescue animals. We are Disney Parks-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World Resort instead! I'm thrilled to be on the planDisney Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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