For the Christmas just gone, I was lucky enough to go to Walt Disney World with my family for the holidays and it was incredible!
There is always a huge bag of mixed opinions on Christmas at Disney from things like long lines for the attractions, the crowds and the parks being closed earlier so on and so forth..
We travelled from the 18th December until the 1st January for two weeks. Luckily the first week of the holiday is suppose to be the quietest as the huge crowds usually come from around the 22nd to stay for the duration of Christmas. I was a little nervous about this as I expected there to be really long lines for everything and as my mother puts it ‘You won’t get on many rides at all’ as she has been once before for christmas. In all honesty, when we went I felt like the lines for the rides were just like a normal busy day which wasn’t too bad at all although we did make sure that we had our Fastpasses sorted for each day to speed up the time too!
For the crowds, again it was just like seeing a normal busy day apart from Christmas day and around the 28th December and New Years Eve. They were the really busy days in the park, Christmas Day at the Magic Kingdom obviously being the busiest (where they close the park around 10am due to full capacity). We had this in mind, got up early to get to the park for 9am and when we drove there, there was already a 30 minute queue to even get through the car park barriers (where they charge for parking – free with an annual pass though!).
We knew not to expect to get on many rides on Christmas Day, so we spent the majority of the day watching the parades, eating our Christmas Dinner (which was amazing from the Liberty Tree Tavern – all you can eat) and playing Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom. If you ever want me to go into more detail about any of this, then just leave a comment below and I will look into creating a post for you!
Somehow although I booked our Fastpasses a month before our holiday, it is very rare that you can get a pass for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train but surprisingly the only day I got it for was Christmas Day (which must have been from somebody else cancelling theirs at the time that I attempted!)
I highly recommend trying to get Fastpasses a few days or even the night before, for the attractions you want (apart from Frozen Ever After and Seven Dwarves Mine Train – it’s very unlikely you will get these). On the day, your choices will be much more limited although there is a chance that people cancel when you keep refreshing the page! But just bare in mind, if you know which parks you are going into on what days, then definitely get the Fastpasses for the rides you want to go on the most!
The parks were really festive during the Christmas holidays, full of wreaths, festive songs and every now and then a free sweet treat – such as sugar cookies! There was snow falling down on Main Street USA, character meet and greets in their festive attire and not forgetting Christmas Wishes and you definitely cannot miss the Cinderella Castle light up as icicles – it was the most beautiful thing!
Which reminds me that we also went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (at an extra cost) but I will write a separate post on that!
As this post is getting pretty long, I think I will split this one into two parts so you can send me questions on specific things to cover in the next one!
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