• On Jun 13, 2018
    Danielle 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.

    I am staying at Disney World 1/31 to 1/5 2019. I know that the crowds will be crazy for New Years Eve but I have been reading mixed reviews about the week after New Years. Are the crowds just as bad? Any advice about celebrations out side if the parks?

    Hi Danielle, 

    It’s true that the week immediately following New Year’s Day can be a busy one at Walt Disney World Resort, depending on the calendar (some schools only start again up to a week later) and also due to the Walt Disney World Resort Marathon Weekend that takes place during the full weekend of the New Year. 

    That being said, if you plan your visit well, there’s no reason that you can’t have a wonderful visit to Walt Disney World Resort, even if there are lots of other people sharing in the Disney magic with you! My top tip would be to hit the Parks early during your vacation, ideally arriving at least 45-30 minutes before they open. That way, you’ll be able to experience several attractions with the day’s lowest wait times. If seeing fireworks is a priority, then I highly recommend looking into what kinds of dessert events are available to you during your visit. Once New Year’s festivities are over, I highly recommend the regular menu/dining experience at California Grill. It’s one of my favourite ways to see Happily Ever After.

    As for your idea to venture outside of the Parks for some fun, I think it’s a great one! The Holiday decorations will likely still be up that week, so it would be a fun time to go and visit all of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels in order to see how they celebrate the season. Some of my favourite restaurants are located in the Resort hotels, so I would strongly recommend making a dining reservation in one of those locations so that you can relax and enjoy the resort both before and after your meal. 

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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