• On Jan 22, 2018
    Elizabeth from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    we will be visiting WDW Dec5 - Dec 15 2018. We have heard that there is a Pop Warner and Cheer Championship during that time frame. Should we expect heavy crowds at MVMCP and Bay Tower Resort?

    Hi Elizabeth! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    It's no secret that I just LOVE Christmas time at Walt Disney World Resort. The decorations, the smell of gingerbread in some of the resorts, the yummy treats and various special events ... I wish it was Christmas again right now!

    I vacationed with my family at Walt Disney World Resort this past December, so I am very familiar with the crowds during that time of year. I would say we experienced moderate crowds that were heavier in the afternoon. Having attended many Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party events over the years, I do think that it was a bit more crowded this past year, as well.

    With that said, I had planned out our trip well, and we were still able to accomplish all that we had hoped to experience. We were staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel like you, so we took advantage of early morning Extra Magic Hours and were at theme park opening on days we didn't have early Extra Magic Hours. I made sure to set up our FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance for the most popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Frozen Ever After, Toy Story Mania! and Avatar Flight of Passage. All our FastPass+ selections were for morning/early afternoon, so once our initial three selections were used, we could add more, one at a time, throughout the day. And, of course, I made all our dining reservations 180 days prior to our trip to make sure we could dine at all our top choices.

    I hope this helps you plan your December trip! With smart planning, you'll be able to accomplish so much more on your trip no matter the crowd!

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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