Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Sep 3, 2009
    James from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, my name is James and I've been to Disney World 10 times but I've never visited during the Christmas/New Year season. I want to know what to expect in terms of crowds, wait time on rides (examples please), and family convenience. Thank you very much.

    Hi, James!  We spend part of the Christmas season at Walt Disney World every year, and I will admit that it can be overwhelming in terms of the crowds.  You have to go in with a plan, and being a veteran of 10 Walt Disney World visits, you may already be using some of my own crowd beating tips.

    Last Christmas, we saw 70 minute waits on things like the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Animal Kingdom; and 90 minute waits at Splash Mountain.  Buzz Lightyear was 60 minutes at one point while we were there, and last minute dining reservations were almost impossible.

    Here's the plan I use.  If you are a Walt Disney World resort guest, you can book your advanced dining reservations starting at 90 days before your day of arrival, and you can book for a stay of up to 10 days.  If you don't want to book online, be on the phone as soon as the phone lines open at 7 AM on your 90 day mark.

    All of the rides I mentioned with the long waits had Fast Passes available.  Use the Fast Pass system wherever you can.  I usually send my oldest to get Fast Passes for one thing while the rest of us wait in line for something else - usually something she doesn't mind missing.  I also make sure I am in the theme park as soon as they open.  You may find some of the parks fill to capacity during the busy holiday season, and you may not be able to get in later in the day.

    The holiday season is magical, though, and it's a time of year I wouldn't miss at Walt Disney world.  I hope you have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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