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  • On Sep 9, 2015
    Brittany from TX Asked

    We are planning our first Disney World trip for 2016 Christmas. I am wondering what I can expect when we visit. My husband is no a big fan of crowds; I on the other hand don't care because we get to go to Disney World and we have never been.

    Hi Brittany! Christmas time at Walt Disney World is my favorite time of year to visit. I love seeing the Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle and watching the snow fall on Main Street U.S.A. You didn't mention what specific dates you are planning to visit, but as a rule of thumb the week of Christmas extending into the new year is usually one of the busiest and most crowded times of the year. When I plan holiday vacations, I usually plan for any dates before the 15th of December just so I can avoid the holiday crowd. I know other Moms Panelists like my friend Jackie H. brave the crowds of Christmas week. If you have any specific questions about Christmas week, I suggest sending her a personal question and I'm sure she'd be more than happy to help you in any way she can.

    As for weather, Florida winters are generally pretty mild. Typical highs are in the 70's and lows in the 50's with variation. Last December when I was visiting, it got pretty warm during the day and then the temperature dropped as soon as the sun went down. I made sure to dress in layers and carry a sweater for the evenings. You definitely want to have a poncho as well. Even though Florida doesn't see much rainfall in December, the water attractions like Splash Mountain still run, and you don't want to have the combination of cold temperatures and soaking wet clothes. 

    I do also want to mention that attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas is a great way to avoid crowds if that is your main point of interest. Not only is it an amazing event, but the attraction wait times in the Magic Kingdom are drastically reduced since only a certain number of tickets are sold. Last year during the event I was able to walk on to many attractions and at the most waited 25 minutes for high demand attractions like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall.

    If you need anything else please come back and see us. Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Indiana

I am a recent graduate from Ball State University and mother to my 5-year-old son. We love all things Disney and when we aren’t watching Disney films or planning our next vacation, we love to go to touring Disney shows. I also love to cook, listen to music, read books, and paint. With my experience planning vacations and navigating the parks from a single parent’s perspective, I hope to be able to add a little “pixie dust” to your vacation! Learn More About Sarah

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