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  • On Jan 28, 2010
    Jennifer Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm a teacher and can only travel during school breaks. When would be best to visit WDW - the week of Thanksgiving or the week leading up to Christmas? We realize both weeks will be crowded, but is there any advantages to going one week over the other?

    Hi, Jennifer! I have visited WDW during both of those weeks you mentioned, and my favorite is the week of Thanksgiving.  As far as the crowd levels are concerned, I have found that the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving were not as crowded as the week of and after Christmas.  In fact, we've made it a tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving every other year at WDW.

    The Christmas decorations are up (including all the gingerbread houses at the various resorts), and the festivities usually start that week (including Candlelight Processional and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party).  We like to visit Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios during the first part of the week, and then reserve Animal Kingdom and EPCOT for Thanksgiving Day and afterward.  Make sure you make your  dining reservations 180 days in advance as this will be one of the most popular times for any restaurant in WDW.

    Just as an idea, we bought some Mickey and the gang stuffed animals dressed in pilgrim attire and had them sent to the resort where we had dining reservations for Thanksgiving Day.  They arranged them on our table before we arrived which made it extra special for our children.  Had I known the magic of the Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Makers, I would've had them incorporate our gifts into a special Thanksgiving centerpiece and had it delivered for our advanced dining reservation.

    I hope this advice and these ideas help you plan an extra special holiday for you and your family. I certainly appreciate your commitment and dedication as a teacher. Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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