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  • On Jan 25, 2012
    Heather Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm planning my family's 1st Disney vacation for the 1st week in December. I have 2 daughters, 4 & 6, who love all the Disney Characters. Is it too cold for the water parks in December? Are there enough activities for them to make it worthwhile?

    Hi Heather!

    December is a great time to visit Walt Disney World, especially if it's during the first couple of weeks.  The last week of December is especially crowded and I don't recommend it to first time visitors.  Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, Easter, and July 4th are the most crowded days at Walt Disney World!

    With regards to the water parks, the main pool at all of the resorts and the water parks are heated.  However, the air temperature might be too cold to have a great time; after all, you have to get out of the water at some point, especially at a water park!  It really depends on your family!  My kids and I are from Maryland and we have no problems swimming in Orlando in December, but I know a lot of guests from the south who are appalled when I say I'm headed to the pool in the winter!

    That said, with very young children, I think you would only spend a half day at most at a water park.  Also, keep in mind that one of the water parks is historically closed during the winter for refurbishment.  One will close first and when it reopens, the other one will close.  However, both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have a great children's area, so if you want to go, I don't think it really matters which one you go to.

    By the way, since you are a first time visitor, I highly recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal.  It's a great book for first time visitors and it's also a beautiful book full of color photographs.  It will give you a good feel for everything there is to do at Walt Disney World.

    I hope this helps with your planning.  Be sure to write back with more questions; you can send them directly to me!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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