• On Apr 25, 2017
    Callista from NJ 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.

    We are planning on going down in December and we have three young kids (5, 3 & 2). Are there any holiday experiences that should be on our must do list? (The major Mickey's Christmas is probably out for us, because they turn to pumpkins.)

    Dear Callista,

    Thanks for reaching out to me here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about planning for December! I especially love answering questions from fellow New Jerseyans! How exciting that you're planning your trip with your little ones at the "most magical place on Earth" at the most magical time of year!

    With your children being younger, they will enjoy taking in all of the lights and decorations, and I totally understand about them turning into pumpkins because ours also were very early to bed at that age! The great news about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is that you can still enjoy the theming of the rides during the rest of the day, even if you choose not to attend the party in the evening. There are also some aspects of the party itself that you can enjoy before you have to leave by 7pm unless you are a paid event guest. Rides such as Jungle Cruise (aka JINGLE Cruise) transform into a holiday theme, and Cinderella Castle is lit up even more magically than the rest of the year!

    If you plan to go to Epcot, I recommend the earliest viewing of the Candlelight Processional, which tells the Christmas story with beautiful music and celebrity readers. You can reserve a dinner package for this event, or if you're in the mood for smaller bites, you can enjoy tasty delicacies at Holidays Around the World at Epcot! Everything is just a bit more magical at this time of year!

    Hope that helps you start to plan!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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