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mommylovesdisneymore
06-21-2007, 09:38 PM
Hey! We are planning our first Disney World trip since 1999 and feel lost. We want to stay on grounds but don't know if it's dueable .Please help any advice would be very well appreciated. We are think ing either the first or secound week and suggestions on that They say that is a very cheap and less crowded time. Has anyone ever attended the Mickey Mose Christmas Party?:grouphug: :grouphug:

LauraAnn630
06-21-2007, 09:53 PM
I will tell ya this, we went the week of Christmas 2006.
It was so crowded we didnt really enjoy it like our other trips.
It was also our MOST expensive Disney trip EVER!
Get ready to break out the BIG BUCKS! lol
I would go the first week. Less crowded.

Believe me, if you have kids, its better to take them out of school.


You will really enjoy the decorations and the holiday parades.

I didnt even do a trip report on that trip. It was so crazy. My family was crabby. We call it our 6,000.00 mistake!

I see this is your 2nd post. This is the place to be to learn the best way to do a Disney vacation.

You'll be ok the 1st or 2nd week. Do not go the week of X-Mas or New Years.

I think staying on-site is the only way to go. Check out the All Star Resorts. Its so much easier to stay on-site and you get the extra hours. We wouldnt get to do as much without the exta hours Disney offers on-site guest.

Pure Diz Addict
06-22-2007, 08:00 PM
How many people are going?
Of them:
How many are adults?
How many are infants?
How many are between 1 and 17?
Where would you like to stay/

Please don't just post your reply, send it to me in a pm.

Dizneydaz
06-22-2007, 09:53 PM
The only time we went in Dec. was in 2003, and we had a great time. :goodvibes The crowd level was low, we went early in Dec. I think we were there from 12-2 to 12-10. The decorations were beautiful, really put us in the holiday spirit-as did the cold-we actually had to wear our thermals, at night, it was so cold. :rotfl2:

We also went to MVMCP and it was nice too-again crowds were pretty low. I remember that when I took my DD (then 4) to the Judge's Tent in TT, we had all the characters, basically, to ourselves. We were able to stay with them for as long as we wanted. And the main ones, were all dressed up in holiday style.

aubriee
06-23-2007, 04:24 AM
I've been there the last two years around Dec 8th-16th and will be returning for the third time this year for the exact same week. Weather is very iffy--Dec '05 we almost froze, Dec '06 I wore shorts. Crowds aren't bad at all. Wonderful time of year to go. I'd definitely stay on site. POP is alot of fun and fairly cheap.

amery
06-23-2007, 10:53 AM
We are going during the 1st week of December which according to every resource out there, will be the least crowded of any week during the course of the year.

That doesn't mean that there won't be waits at the major attraction but they should be tolerable.

As for onsite versus offsite, that will really come down to key factors such as budget, if you will have a car and what things outside of WDW you will want to do. Onsite has it's obvious perks not the least of which is Magical Express form the airport where your luggage will arrive at your room before you. You will also benefit from EMH and preferred seating at various restaurants.

MKFan-PR
06-23-2007, 12:10 PM
You are looking at a GREAT time for going. First two weeks in Dec. is great. We are planning our trip for that time. The Christmas Party is not to be missed! Great parade and special fireworks show, plus you get a picture, and hot chocolate and cookies everywhere (Remember that this is an event that requires a separate ticket purchase, but it's REALLY worth it!).

One note: The first weekend in December, they usually have the Pop Warner football events, so the Values will probably be filled with players and cheerleaders... it might be noisy at the resort (usually not at the parks, though). Also, the Christmas Parade is filmed for TV during that first weekend, so you might want to avoid MK during that day.

Have fun planning!

mommylovesdisneymore
07-13-2007, 09:03 PM
thanks everyone

Im_A_Princess
07-13-2007, 09:14 PM
Took my DD out of school a few weeks after Thanksgiving when they had the Christmas decorations up. Best decision I ever made timing wise in going to DW. Uncrowded and so much fun.

greeneyedchic75
07-15-2007, 03:45 PM
We are also going in Dec. We are going the 10th through 17th . I already bought our tickets for Mickys Very Merry Christmas party. Thats the one thing you should plan on doing for sure. I will keep up with this thread cause I will be interested what others suggest as well. :)

tink's girls
07-15-2007, 06:04 PM
We went in early December of 2005 and loved it! I have learned so much from these boards and feel even more prepared for our trip this December! May I also suggest to look at the website www.allearsnet.com (it's free) and also to join Tour Guide Mike. He is a Disboard sponsor and if you go to the Theme Park Touring and Strategies Threads, there is a link you can click to save $3.00. I think it will be around $18.95 to join and he has tons of info as well! Better hurry to make your reservation and like a previous poster I suggest an allstar resort (we stayed at movies the last time and loved it) or Pop Century (that's where we are staying this time) for a less expensive hotel! Have a great time planning!!:goodvibes

Sora777
07-18-2007, 09:17 AM
I've been there the last two years around Dec 8th-16th and will be returning for the third time this year for the exact same week. Weather is very iffy--Dec '05 we almost froze, Dec '06 I wore shorts. Crowds aren't bad at all. Wonderful time of year to go. I'd definitely stay on site. POP is alot of fun and fairly cheap.

We are traveling the same week. Where are you staying? We will be at AKV.

DisneyClay
07-26-2007, 06:25 PM
I will be there Dec 2 to the 9th and staying at the all star movies. It is pretty good rate of 89 a night. This will be my first time staying onsite. I also have tickets for MVMCP on the 4th. I have been this time before and crowds are low. I hope they will be again.

dana1003
07-26-2007, 06:35 PM
we went last dec from the 2-8 and it was the best vacation. cool weather, waited the most 10 min on a ride..good choice, have fun:thumbsup2

cglaura
07-28-2007, 10:54 PM
Do you happen to have AAA? We are going to Pop Century Dec 4-12, $73.50 total per night. You don't have to make the ressie in the AAA office, you can call and do a room only w/ AAA discount by calling disney. I find it is usually the best savings to break things up rather than a package, unless it is some sort of free dining....they need to do that for December :)

Also joining the mouseSavers email, you can usually get links to good prices on park hopper tickets.

It is a great time to go. If it is in your budget the party is wonderful. If not, you will still have a great time. If you want to save $$ on a park ticket day, you can tour the resorts, they all have great decorations.

If you can fly Spirit Air from where you are keep checking for deals, I found $88 r/t a couple of weeks ago. You can also sign up for their email deal alerts.

There's lots of ways to save, eat breakfast in room, share meals, etc.

MissSha
07-29-2007, 04:56 PM
We're new to December visits to the Mouse House, but we're going the first week of the month.

My advice...make reservations ASAP on sight-with all the Christmas decorations that time of year, why stay off-sight???

Decide where you'd like to eat (the many touring guides at your local Barnes and Noble will give you descriptions of the many wonderful restaraunts) and make "ADR's" (advanced dining reservations) to ensure a seat where you'd like to go.

We also bought tickets already for the "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" (MVMCP). We hear it's a "must-see" with snow on Main Street, etc.

All of this is easy to accomplish if you do some reading and see what interests you and your family. But, believe it or not, you should get moving with your plans :)

Hope to see you the first week of December :santa:

Mermaid_Ariel
07-30-2007, 07:59 AM
We're new to going in December, too. Will it be too cold to swim? :headache: We're booked for December 10th - 16th.

JoJo's Mom
07-30-2007, 03:58 PM
W are also planning on going the first week of Dec. I am a little confused about Mickey's Christmas Party. Do we still need to purchase tickets even if we are staying at a WDW resort and have hopper passes, etc? I am thinking like when the parks open early or stay open late type of thing. Or is this something that is purchased separately?

My other concern is during that week there is the Pop Warner football and cheerleading competition. Is it for a whole week or just a weekend? I also heard that the value resorts are FULL of these kids and that some even overflow into PORS and POFQ. Has anyone stayed at either during the first week of Dec?

MissSha
07-30-2007, 05:26 PM
We're new to this time of year, too. But, I do know that Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) is a TICKETED event, meaning, they close WDW early the days this party is held, and only those who have PAID for a party ticket may enter for it. We bought our tickets in June, for an "early discounted price", and received them in the mail about a week after I booked the date. You can do this at the same telephone number that you'd use to make ADR's for dining reservations.

I have no idea about the Pop Warner kids, but I'm not really worried as I've read that the first week of December, when we're going to Disney, is historically one of the least crowded of the year, and Pop Warner is included in those figures as they come every year at the same time, too.

Hope to see you there :teacher:

JoJo's Mom
07-31-2007, 08:46 AM
:thanks: Thanks MissSha!

We will have to make sure we get tickets!

I'm not worried about the parks with the Pop Warner thing, but I just heard stories about the resorts where the kids stay and being loud and not always being supervised, etc. But that won't stop us!!!! :rotfl:

I just cannot wait to see all the parks decorated for Christmas. :santa:

meliahz
07-31-2007, 05:53 PM
I'll be there from December 8th - 20th. We're staying at Pop and going to MVMCP. We planned it so we'd miss the Pop Warner kids (they leave the day we get in) and we'd miss the Christmas crowd. Anyway, just wanted to subscribe to this thread so I could see what other people say about DW in December. :)

KAPTink
08-02-2007, 05:57 PM
Posted earlier on a thread, with little response...but for those of you going in early Dec, is it a big let down to go home then for Christmas, and is the trip part of your holiday gifts, or do you still enjoy Christmas afterward? I really want to see decor, but have heard how busy it is for the holidays themselves. Thanks for your help.

dana1003
08-03-2007, 05:52 AM
Posted earlier on a thread, with little response...but for those of you going in early Dec, is it a big let down to go home then for Christmas, and is the trip part of your holiday gifts, or do you still enjoy Christmas afterward? I really want to see decor, but have heard how busy it is for the holidays themselves. Thanks for your help.

hello- we went last dec from the 2-8 and coming home is always sad anytime of the year.but what we did was buy small stuff for eachother out there w/out the other knowing so that we ccan give it eachother on xmas. i printed really nice pics and put them in mickey frames i bought out there. or maybe make a scrap book for somebody.this was our xmas gifts to eachother (6 of us) but since we had toddlers we still celebrated w/some gifts for them at home.the weather was great. highs of like 70 and there were no waits. we walked onto everything plus the park is decorated for xmas. we're going in oct becuz of everyone's vacation time so im hoping its like our dec trip.:yay:

digman6
08-03-2007, 08:52 PM
It will be me , Dh, our 4 kids who will be 11,8,5,and 2 years old when we go.

I know they say its very crowded. I am hoping the first few days are not to bad because most kids are still in school. On that same note all schools let out at diffrent times too. I am guessing the close to Xmas we get the worse the crowds.

I am really excited though about being there for all the decorations, Xmas shows, snow on Main st. etc etc. I will feel like a kid in a candy shop:rotfl: :dance3: .

I totally get into all that as do my kids obviously, even dh is getting all goofy on me about it.

No worries just a super Merry Xmas with my wonderful family in a place that you can not help but feel happy!:cloud9:

I know my dh wants our last day to be in MK so we are going to do that no matter what the crowds are. make it a nothing day in the park for us to just take it all in see shows, ride the train etc etc.
we go home the next day so it will be a sweet ending to a great trip.

Did you know I was excited about my trip:lmao: :rolleyes1 .

I plan to make sure I bring out stroller so the little one can nap in it. I am packing a bunch of snacks in our bag for them to eat. and getting a good shoe to walk in while there!

Anyhow , else have ideas??

meliahz
08-05-2007, 01:38 AM
Posted earlier on a thread, with little response...but for those of you going in early Dec, is it a big let down to go home then for Christmas, and is the trip part of your holiday gifts, or do you still enjoy Christmas afterward? I really want to see decor, but have heard how busy it is for the holidays themselves. Thanks for your help.

We'll be returning home on 12/20 this year. We already told the kids that this trip will be part of their Christmas gift. We'll still be buying probably 1 or 2 gifts (oh, and Santa gifts) for each of them, but that's it. My son is 8 years old and he is fine with it. The other day he was tellling his Uncle that his Christmas gift this year is a trip to DisneyWorld because it's really expensive. I thought that was really cute because it came out of nowhere. Also, the kids will still be getting LOTS of gifts from Aunty's, Uncle's, friends, Grandparents, etc.

It's DEFINATELY sad to come home right before Christmas, but to me it's sadder to come home to nothing. I personally think it's better that we're coming home right before Christmas because atleast we'll have that to look forward to (Christmas is REALLY big for my family). When we went to DisneyLand in 2004 we returned mid November and we were all soooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad . . . but because we went straight into Christmas it wasn't too bad.

We wanted to go to DisneyWorld during December because of the (hopefully cold) weather and the Christmas happenings, but we didn't want to go during peak time (did that in July 2005 and it was HORRIBLE and HOT!). We planned our dates around Pop Warner and peak Christmas time. We are pulling the kids out of school, but we figured school work [I]should[I] be slowing down by then because of the Winter break coming up (my son's school has A LOT of Christmas program practice during that time). The day we come home will be the schools last day for winter break, so when we get back the kids will have until beginning January to do all their catch-up work for school. We told them that they're taking their Winter break early (while all their friends are still in school) and when their friends are on break, they need to do all their school work.

Anyway, I think I'm babbling and I don't know if any of that made any sense, so I'll stop now. Thanks for listening :)