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  • On Oct 10, 2009
    Robin Asked

    My DH, DS (5 yr) and I are meeting family at WDW 12/23 - 12/29. Any tips or things to avoid that busy time of year? We will have 3 kids under 7 among us, + 2 seniors. I would like this trip to b as stress free as poss. We will be staying at POR. Thanx

    Hi, Robin!  The Christmas holidays are really the busiest time of year to be at Walt Disney World.  If you go in with some sort of plan in place to maneuver the crowds and maximize your time, you should be able to minimize your stress level.

    Try to get to the theme parks as early in the morning as you can - at rope drop if at all possible.  The parks do become more crowded as the day progresses, so in the case of the theme parks, the early bird catches the ride on Dumbo or the Fast Passes for Soarin'.  If I am with a party that has multiple adults, one of us will usually take the kids to go wait in line for something they want to do - like Dumbo - while another adult takes all the passes to get Fast Passes for something else we all want to do.  For the rides that are likely to run out of Fast Passes, be sure to grab them first, and as early in the day as you can.  Those rides include Toy Story Midway Mania and Soarin'. 

    You will find that during the parades and the fireworks, people tend to crowd along the parade route or line up for a good spot to enjoy the fireworks. While those people are lining up for that stuff, you go ride something!  You might find the lines a little shorter during those times.

    Eat during off peak hours, if possible.  If you haven't already made your advanced dining reservations, do it today!  During the holidays is not the time to hope for walk up availability at most of the dining location.

    Enjoy your vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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