Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Nov 6, 2011
    John from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are going to WDW the week before Christmas this year. Do we need to get there before gates open to ensure our admittance to the parks?

    Hi John,

    My family spent Christmas & New Year at Walt Disney World and it is a fantastic way to celebrate the holidays!

    I wouldn't say that you need to be at the theme parks prior to opening in order to ensure that you will be able to gain entrance but I would certainly recommend that if you are planning to visit a particular park on a particular day that you aim to get there as early as possible.

    The theme parks have been know at times to close due to reaching capacity but I would say that this is most likely to occur on days like Christmas Day and New Years Eve. To avoid disappointment, I would say that you really need to be arriving by mid-morning at the latest just to be on the safe side.

    I hope that this information has been of help and wish you a magical trip!
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