Christmas on Main Street
  • On Oct 2, 2019
    Rachel from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is the weekend before Christmas usually busy at Disney World Florida?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Rachel!

    My family and I love Walt Disney World Resort during the Holidays, and we’ve visited during the weekend before Christmas four out of the last five years (and we’ll be there again during that time this year, too). Although the Theme Parks do get crowded the closer you get to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with some pre-planning and smart scheduling, you can still have an incredible time.

    First of all, I would highly recommend staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. As a Resort hotel Guest, not only do you get to experience the Magic of the hotels as they’re decorated for the Holidays, but you get the benefit of entering the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks during Extra Magic Hours (with complimentary Resort Transportation to the Theme Parks and Disney Springs). In my experience, both the early morning and late evening Extra Magic Hours are a great way to enjoy some of your favorite attractions with lower wait times. In addition to the Extra Magic Hours, Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests can also book their FastPass+ experiences up to 60 days in advance of their stay. Combining these two benefits can really help you maximize the number of attractions you can experience--even on crowded Theme Park days.

    Secondly, I would go ahead and book your dining reservations. Anyone can make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance of your visit, and having those dining reservations in place can also help decrease your stress level. We always like to pre-book one reservation per day and then take advantage of Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering at various Quick Service restaurants for our other meals to help cut down on our time spent standing in line for food. (And if you don’t want to worry about keeping up with your food budget, as a Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guest, you also have the option to add a prepaid Disney Dining Plan, too.) 

    By taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours, FastPass+ reservations, dining reservations, Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering, and even a Disney Dining Plan, you can still have a Magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation no matter what the crowd levels may be.

    I hope you enjoy your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth during the most Magical time of the year, Rachel! Please let us know if you have any additional questions as you plan your vacation; we love to help.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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