Mom And Son Water Slide
  • On May 10, 2011
    Layshandria from TX 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 Panel We are planning our trip for 12/14-12/22 with a Xmas cruise from 12/22-12/26. Is that week typically crowded in the parks/on the cruise?

    Hi, Layshandria!

    Oh, the most wonderful time of the year! And it's even better at Walt Disney World (WDW) and aboard Disney Cruise Line (DCL)!

    Typically, the holiday crowds start pouring into Disney parks when American schools start their winter breaks (around mid-December). Therefore, you'll probably experience a few more friends around enjoying all the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays at WDW.  When my kids were small, we always avoided the busiest times of the year at WDW, but now with teens, we have no choice but to visit when everyone else is there, too.

    To accommodate the popularity of the season, the parks are usually open earlier and later, and we time our plans accordingly.  It makes staying at a Disney resort not only convenient...but essential -- and having a Park Hopper becomes a necessity, too.

    As far as Disney cruises during the holidays, you won't really "feel" a difference in the number of guests on board since there is a set number that can book a reservation for one sailing. If you're sailing out of Port Canaveral on a 4-night itinerary, then you're sailing on the Disney Dream -- which is consistently booking at capacity.  There will be many other holiday guests on board, but the ship more than adequately accommodates everyone.

    Have a wonderful day and a magically merry vacation this Christmas! Bon voyage!

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