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Old 10-10-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Tips or Tricks for Magic kingdom on Christmas Day

I hope that I am not duplicating another post.. I am new to this!

I am amending this post: We have been to DW before. We have been on Christmas day. We went last year (12/18-26). I know how "it" will be. We love the ambiance of Disney at Christmastime. We have all our ADRs set (180 days in advance). I am hoping for some **extra tips or tricks** Maybe something off the beaten path. Ways to meet characters or get special priviledges.

We are going to Disney World this Christmas season (we have been there two other years at this time). We are bringing our 3 and 6 year old daughters.

I was wondering if anyone had any REAL tips tricks etc to make Christmas Day (or another day that week) at the Magic Kingdom EXTRA special!

I know.. advanced ADRs, get there early, fastpasses, MVMCP, expect lines, etc. I have spent hours perusing the Internet and books. I am looking for special ideas or tips or even tricks - the ones that not everyone knows. Time savers? Special opportunities? Magical moments for my little girls??

Or maybe special ideas for navigating the park, special spots for parades or fireworks, etc....

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Old 10-10-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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1- advanced ADRs,

2- get there early, fastpasses,

3- MVMCP,

4- expect lines, etc.
1- Necessary.
2- About the best tip you can possibly follow.
3- There are no MVMCP's after Dec. 21.
4- Yes.

Once inside the MK, do not exit until you are through with MK activities that day.
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Once inside the MK, do not exit until you are through with MK activities that day.
wear a good pair of shoes, bring a jacket or poncho for unpredictable weather and follow the above directions.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:34 PM   #4
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We've always done Epcot on Christmas Day. Much quieter (until afternoon).
We do MK on Christmas Eve. Very busy.

You have to get to all parks before opening during Christmas week. You have to use Fastpasses when available to make good use of time. Expect huge lines for popular rides and even large lines for the less popular. Expect to get only half of what you might do on any other day done during Christmas.

Have ADRs for meals. You won't be eating in a TS restaurant without one. Eat meals at QS at off times...you'll still have lines. They CMs will likely seat you.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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Get 8AM breakfast ADRs at either CRT or Crystal Palace (character meal) so you are in the park before opening. Are you staying onsite? When we were there Christmas week, several days in a row all the parks closed to the general public because they were full. Only guests staying in a Disney resort got in. This was by 10AM so definitely get there as early as possible either way.
Schedule an appointment at the BBB in the castle. They do Princess packages for girls and Knight packages for boys. My DS 5 and DS 7 loved being "Knighted". Only people with reservations can get in. It's a nice "present' and you can escape the crowds for a while.
Make an ADR at Tony's around parade time-late lunch/early dinner. It's also another break and you can watch the parade. Not a wonderful view, but, you can probably see the same as you would standing on the curb with 10,000 other people. At Tony's you can have your own space. You can just use this ADR for appetizers and dessert for the kids. Everyone wins.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:06 PM   #6
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I was wondering if anyone had any REAL tips tricks etc to make Christmas Day (or another day that week) at the Magic Kingdom EXTRA special!
Bring a comfortable stroller for the three year old. The lines will be insane and she may want to sit and relax in the stroller while the 6 year old and you/DH stand in line for something.


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I am looking for special ideas or tips or even tricks - the ones that not everyone knows. Time savers? Special opportunities? Magical moments for my little girls??

You're going to WDW on the busiest "most magical" day of the year, that is the special opportunity. Get there early, eat a big breakfast before arriving, bring plenty of water and snacks, wear comfy shoes, dress in layers and be prepared for a very long day.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #7
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In preparation for Christmas Day, you should practice at home.

1) Put you and all your family altogether in a closet at your house for 20-min.
. . . helps with the ability of dealing with the crowds
2) Stand up during the entire evening news and sway on alternating feet.
. . . helps waiting in line, and is just as exciting
3) Put a small handful of coffee grounds in your mouth.
. . . helps with eating the new burger buns, as they taste and feel like sand

And, lastly,

4) Stare into a light bulb for 10-minutes.
. . . teaches you to handle your wide-eyed amazement of WDW on Christmas


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Old 10-10-2012, 07:34 PM   #10
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From what I remember when I went on Christmas Day in 2009, the park opened at 7am for resort guests...if that's the case this year, then I would be at the gates by 6:30-45.

How early do your kids usually wake up? Do you do traditional Christmas things? Does Santa come? If so, aren't they going to be dying to open their presents? This might make it difficult to make rope drop.

Where are your ADRs for? If it's a character breakfast, give them one present that relates to the ADR (like a Pooh stuffed animal for Crystal Palace, a Cinderella doll for CRT) and attach a note saying you are going to have Christmas breakfast there! Santa will deliver the rest of the presents during breakfast!

Then I would be there at 6:45 for rope drop...go do the rides your kids are old enough to do...go have breakfast wherever your ADR is, and then leave...go back to the room and let them open their presents, and just enjoy the resort and let them play with whatever you got them.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:13 PM   #11
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My last visit was 2007 when DD was 9.
This will be r 1st Christmas in the park but u asked for magic: The morning we left we had an ADR for early breakfast at Cinderella's table. My DD had a beautiful Cinderella gown, a wand, tiara, and "glass slippers" she had her photo pass pic with Cinderella. After breakfast we exited the castle and the park was empty! She rode the carousel all by herself and she danced on air out of that park. It WAS MAGIC!

This year, Santa is bringing a Cinderella gown to the park (ebay) for Christmas dinner at GF PF and I'll get a 10 year old portrait with Cinderella to place next to the 5 year old princess.

Making the magic happen for our girls : )

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In preparation for Christmas Day, you should practice at home.

1) Put you and all your family altogether in a closet at your house for 20-min.
. . . helps with the ability of dealing with the crowds
2) Stand up during the entire evening news and sway on alternating feet.
. . . helps waiting in line, and is just as exciting
3) Put a small handful of coffee grounds in your mouth.
. . . helps with eating the new burger buns, as they taste and feel like sand

And, lastly,

4) Stare into a light bulb for 10-minutes.
. . . teaches you to handle your wide-eyed amazement of WDW on Christmas

1) How big should the closet be? I get claustrophobic fast...
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In preparation for Christmas Day, you should practice at home.

1) Put you and all your family altogether in a closet at your house for 20-min.
. . . helps with the ability of dealing with the crowds
2) Stand up during the entire evening news and sway on alternating feet.
. . . helps waiting in line, and is just as exciting
3) Put a small handful of coffee grounds in your mouth.
. . . helps with eating the new burger buns, as they taste and feel like sand

And, lastly,

4) Stare into a light bulb for 10-minutes.
. . . teaches you to handle your wide-eyed amazement of WDW on Christmas

There are no words for how amazing this post is..
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:00 AM   #14
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In preparation for Christmas Day, you should practice at home.

1) Put you and all your family altogether in a closet at your house for 20-min.
. . . helps with the ability of dealing with the crowds
2) Stand up during the entire evening news and sway on alternating feet.
. . . helps waiting in line, and is just as exciting
3) Put a small handful of coffee grounds in your mouth.
. . . helps with eating the new burger buns, as they taste and feel like sand

And, lastly,

4) Stare into a light bulb for 10-minutes.
. . . teaches you to handle your wide-eyed amazement of WDW on Christmas


5) Have yourself and your kids practice how long they can hold their bladder.
...helps to prevent accidents while waiting for the bathroom.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:53 PM   #15
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In preparation for Christmas Day, you should practice at home.

1) Put you and all your family altogether in a closet at your house for 20-min.
. . . helps with the ability of dealing with the crowds
2) Stand up during the entire evening news and sway on alternating feet.
. . . helps waiting in line, and is just as exciting
3) Put a small handful of coffee grounds in your mouth.
. . . helps with eating the new burger buns, as they taste and feel like sand

And, lastly,

4) Stare into a light bulb for 10-minutes.
. . . teaches you to handle your wide-eyed amazement of WDW on Christmas


I LOVE this!!! Too funny!!! We already know about the training involved (we went last year too). You need to add bench press your children and stroller 10 reps a day in under 1 minute in preparation for loading on and off of the bus!

Thanks!
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