Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Feb 25, 2013
    Dawn 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, We are planning a visit in November and wanted to know if the parks will be decorated for Christmas by the 16th of November? We were told Thanksgiving kicks off the busy season so we thought we’d come the week before to avoid some of the crowds.

    Hi, Dawn!

    I’m happy to hear you’re planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort this winter. The holiday season is one of my favorite times to enjoy all the special extras the theme parks and resort hotels have to offer that time of year. The seasonal decorations, events, attractions and treats make “The Most Magical Place on Earth” even more delightful!

    Christmas decorations usually begin popping up around the Walt Disney World Resort on Nov. 1. The holiday decor is gradually added at night when the parks are closed and is largely complete at Magic Kingdom Park by the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party evening (which was during the second weekend of November last year).  The resort hotels and other theme parks are typically fully decorated by Thanksgiving weekend, so while there will be some decorations up for a mid-November visit, the holiday festivities won’t quite be in full swing until a week or two later. 

    If it’s important for you to visit when all of the decorations are completed, early December is also a great time to go. Crowds are generally lighter, especially the week after Thanksgiving.  By mid-December, park attendance begins to pick up and crowds are the heaviest by Christmas week.

    I hope this information is helpful, Dawn, and that you have a wonderful visit to Walt Disney World. Please feel free to ask me any other questions you may have as you continue to plan your pixie-dusted vacation!

    Wishing you magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Courtney, California

I'm a lifelong Californian who's been making magical memories at the Happiest Place on Earth since I was a little girl! Now that I'm the mom of a spirited son and daughter, I love seeing the Disneyland Resort through their young eyes. Our family is perpetually planning our next Disney Parks adventure, and I'm excited to help make your dream vacation a pixie-dusted reality too! Learn More About Courtney

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