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Old 03-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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Disney for Christmas or Christmas Season?

My family(my parents plus my family of 5) wants to start planning a trip for christmas 2014, as I look into it I'm not sure it's the best idea? We would love to get out of the regular routine for once and have a magical christmas just for us BUT I'm looking at the threads on park closures and wall to wall people now for Easter and I know Christmas is even busier not to mention more pricey. But I think the magical part outweighs?maybe? We definitely want to experience the lights in HS, the storytelling in EP and the holiday fireworks+parade+party(not sure if it's worth paying for the party or seeing it for free closer to christmas?). Any thoughts?
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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We like to go the week after Thanksgiving. It is the cheapest and less crowded.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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I would say the Christmas season. We like going the beginning of November so we can see the Christmas stuff but not deal with the Christmas crowds. I was told the best time used to be the first week in December but that secret got out and now it's very crowded.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:18 AM   #4
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If you want to go Christmas, then go Christmas. If I went Christmas week I would plan the 25th to be our "rest" or non-park day out of the parks. If the price wasn't an issue, I would stay at Fort Wilderness Cabins and enjoy that day around the campgrounds and cook dinner for my family at the cabin.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:39 AM   #5
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Christmas at Disney. The week after Thanksgiving through the second week
of December are GREAT weeks to experience the Holidays at the World. Everything is in place and the crowds are small to moderate. Mostly small.
We were there during the first week of December '12 and the crowds were small. Little or no waiting in line for rides and attractions. We have been there during this time frame for the last 3 years and this December will
be our fourth. Have a blast, we do.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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I would love to be in Disney on Christmas! Sounds beautiful and so magical I know it's busy but I think it's worth it. We are doing a big vacation this Sept/Oct. But I want to go sometime in Dec. for a shorter trip and see all the holiday festivities
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To me, the crowds always seem much worse at Easter than at Christmas. Maybe because of all the extra Christmas things to look at? Not sure. The first week in December is pretty nice, if you can swing it.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:27 AM   #8
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I think it would be worth the crowds! Am hoping to be able to go at Christmas someday myself
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:04 PM   #9
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Having done Christmas week I will tell you, NEVER again for us..It was way too crowded to enjoy for our tastes and we are rope drop people.The first couple of hours after opening was nice, but then the seas of people start to roll in.Trying to seee things like the Osborne lights is congested enough at times before Christmas week, during that week when everyone in the park wants to see them too is not my idea of fun.It is also alot more money to go that week and alot of the dining places have their Holiday surcharge too..We left that trip utterly exhausted.We also discovered we missed our Christmas at home.If you are a the "more the merrier" type and not easily intimidated by large crowds, go for it.Make sure you have a very good plan in place( not the week to wing it) and make sure you pack a whopping dose of PATIENCE, you will need it.I would rather go in ANY of the 3 weeks leading up to that week again
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Having done Christmas week I will tell you, NEVER again for us..It was way too crowded to enjoy for our tastes and we are rope drop people.The first couple of hours after opening was nice, but then the seas of people start to roll in.Trying to seee things like the Osborne lights is congested enough at times before Christmas week, during that week when everyone in the park wants to see them too is not my idea of fun.It is also alot more money to go that week and alot of the dining places have their Holiday surcharge too..We left that trip utterly exhausted.We also discovered we missed our Christmas at home.If you are a the "more the merrier" type and not easily intimidated by large crowds, go for it.Make sure you have a very good plan in place( not the week to wing it) and make sure you pack a whopping dose of PATIENCE, you will need it.I would rather go in ANY of the 3 weeks leading up to that week again
Yeah, no thanks. I'm thinking sometime between Nov 30th 2014 - Dec 12th 2014 sounds good. Before the christmas crowds and christmas price rolls in. Thanksgiving break is probably close to just as bad, I hate not being able to walk very easily with a little bit of personal space. I also don't want to wait in long lines. Thanks for the insight
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My family(my parents plus my family of 5) wants to start planning a trip for christmas 2014, as I look into it I'm not sure it's the best idea? We would love to get out of the regular routine for once and have a magical christmas just for us BUT I'm looking at the threads on park closures and wall to wall people now for Easter and I know Christmas is even busier not to mention more pricey. But I think the magical part outweighs?maybe? We definitely want to experience the lights in HS, the storytelling in EP and the holiday fireworks+parade+party(not sure if it's worth paying for the party or seeing it for free closer to christmas?). Any thoughts?
From your post I am assuming you mean the actual Christmas week (school vacation). From what we have heard from friends that have gone in the past it is beyond the description of crowded that week. While being in Disney is magical, I'm not sure there is enough magic to deal with the lines and craziness for us. I would much rather spend the family time somewhere more relaxing.

If you can go between Thanksgiving and the Christmas week, I say go for it. The last time we went the first week of December and it wasn't crowded. The weather can be unpredictable as it was not warm enough to swim most of the week, but we were able to do and see everything we wanted without having to wait in long lines or fight through crowds. It is definitely worth the going during the holiday season, I just don't see the joy in being there with half a million of my closest friends.
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We're going the 15th through 22nd. Christmas week was pretty much booked at Shades of Green (military hotel) but we're going in hopes that it won't be like Christmas. We did the Christmas week thing and I have never seen so many people in one place before!! Oh my gosh!! It was still fun though and so beautiful and mom didn't have to put up the tree lol!!
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #14
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We go the first or second week in December and its usually pretty quiet.Even though it is not the actual day of Christmas it still has the same feel and ambiance. 10-15 minute waits, there are times that it is more crowded than others but for the most part it is really nice and not too crowded. The weather is great (70'2-mid 80's) cooler at night, but just right. It's also the best time to visit with the Christmas decorations and music. It's even more magical than usual at christmas. Hope this helps, enjoy your trip!
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:38 AM   #15
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So quick question for all you Christmas Season veterans....we are planning the week after Thanksgiving. Beings Thanksgiving is later this year....is that still a good week to go or would you wait and go a week after that? Right now i am planned for 11/30-12/6. We arrive on Saturday and dont' have any plans and Sunday my husband is driving the exotic cars, then we are thinking of heading to AK around the time of the parade, hit some rides if we can and then have dinner...staying away from the more crowded Epcot and MK. Does this sound doable to you?

I was just concernned with Thanksgiving being later...but i heard the 2nd week is now Pop Warner so not sure which would be better??

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