Walt Disney World is a popular destination for holidays like Easter, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve, but that popularity means high crowds, long waits, and even closures due to the parks hitting capacity.
Is it really a good idea to visit Walt Disney World during the holidays, or are you better off postponing your trip to a less busy time? Here are the pros and cons:
Special events and offerings: The Disney parks have special offerings for the holidays, like visits by the Easter Bunny, Fourth of July fireworks spectaculars, amazing Christmas decorations, and amazing fireworks to ring in the new year. Families who have time off from work or school can enjoy a trip without missing classes or using up too much vacation time. The parks are open later for the holidays to help offset the crowds, so you can come early and stay late.
Big crowds are drawn to Walt Disney World for the holidays. Many people have time off work, and they head over to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the other Disney parks for vacation. Hotel rooms are at a premium, which means you’ll pay more for holiday trips. You also won’t get as much done due to the long lines. You might not even get into your park of choice, since they often reach capacity on and around the holidays.
If you do decide to come for Christmas, Easter, or another holiday, here are some tips:
Get to the park of your choice early. This is especially important if you want to spend Christmas Eve in the Magic Kingdom, see the Epcot New Years fireworks, or be in a particular park on a certain day. That way, you won’t be turned away if your park of choice reaches capacity later in the day.
Use Fastpass. You can’t avoid long lines during the holidays, but using Fastpass means you’ll at least get to see a few major rides or attractions without a long wait.
Go to an after-hours party: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a great way to enjoy the Magic Kingdom with lower crowds during the Christmas season. It costs extra, but you get to see special fireworks and a holiday parade. There’s also free cookies and hot cocoa, and best of all, the number of tickets sold is limited, keeping the crowd manageable.
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