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Old 07-03-2013, 04:00 PM   #16
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Ooh, take me with you! I've been thinking about the same thing.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:15 PM   #17
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Week of Christmas to New Years is great. The key is to do rope drop. By 11am its pretty much a complete madhouse. We did rope drop to lunch and then would hit our last Fast Pass attraction after lunch and go back to the resort Nd do other activies. We love Christmas week at Walt Disney World and Disney Land / California Adventure
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:42 PM   #18
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Go for Christmas week. We visited WDW this past Christmas and had a wonderful vacation. We didn't do rope drop. We did the parks night owl style....went in midafternoon and stayed until close, usually ending at a park with night EMH. I surprised my family with a Wishes dessert party on Christmas Eve. It was definitely worth it and made the night extra special in addition to keeping us away from the crowds. When it was over, they opened a back way that emptied out near Tony's Restaurant, saving us the hassle of navigating down a crowded Main Street.

If we weren't headed to WDW this summer, we would definitely plan to do Christmas there again.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:54 PM   #19
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We are going 12/22-12/28 with free dining pin and it is the only time my hubby could get off work too!

We went the week before Christmas in 2010 and it was crowded and record low temps then but I was in Disney so I was happy just to be there!

I know that it is going to be super busy but we plan on doing rope drops and park hopping...
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:51 AM   #20
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We are going 12/22-12/28 with free dining pin and it is the only time my hubby could get off work too!

We went the week before Christmas in 2010 and it was crowded and record low temps then but I was in Disney so I was happy just to be there!

I know that it is going to be super busy but we plan on doing rope drops and park hopping...
When does the rope drop?
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:59 AM   #21
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We go to Disney a lot, but when we planned to spend last Christmas there, I honestly figured that would be a once in a lifetime trip due to the cost, crowds etc. Well, it was truly magical and the crowds didn't bother us like I figured. About a month ago, my husband started talking about how he wants us to spend Christmas at Disney again this year, no question about it. It is just breathtakingly beautiful at Christmas!!!
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:42 AM   #22
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We were there the 21st-26th in 2010 and did parks on Christmas Eve/Day. Yes, there are a lot of people. Yes, you will see signs saying park(s) closed for capacity. Don't let this scare you. As a PP said, be there for rope drop. This will probably be a slower paced trip than you're used to - just accept it. If you play your fastpasses right, you won't wait in any crazy lines. Just relax and have fun! You're at Disney!
YES, YES, and YES! You're not crazy at all. We went last year, 15-22 - granted not exactly the Christmas days, left 2 days before. It, oddly, wasn't a seriously crazy as I thought. I know that 12/24 and following were likely more crazy, but if you plan well, you can do it easily. I just mentally prepared myself for crazy crowds. The only time we felt it was nuts was one evening at MK. We even went to MVMCP. Osborne Lights is killer!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:48 AM   #23
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I have never done Christmas Day but I've done 12/17-22 before and we had a great time. The one piece of advice I would offer is we stayed at AKL for that trip and while it was breathtaking and beautiful if I had it to do over I would have spent the money to stay a little closer in with an easier commute for rope drop. It was a bit remote for a fast trip with large crowds.
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but we are thinking about going down the week of Christmas.

My husband just started a new job and will not have vacation time until then. The kids really want to go to Disney this year and we were thinking about just forgoing all Christmas presents and taking a big trip. Plus we got a pin code for
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I have always wanted to do the dining plan so why not take advantage of the pin number!!

Sooooo.....let me know if you have been the week of Christmas and what your experience was like. Any help would be appreciated!! We have been Spring break many times so I have been there with big crowds.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!!

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