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Old 09-10-2013, 02:36 PM   #16
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I know, I know...fat chance, right? It is my dream to see the Christmas decorations at WDW, but DH and DS cannot fathom a vacation without warm sunshine and lots of pool time. How can I convince them it "may" happen? I'd like to hear from anyone that experienced great weather in December. TIA
December 7 to 9, 2012 ... It's been over 80 all week-end and we spend a lot of time in the pool!
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:43 PM   #17
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It can totally happen! It just really will depend on the weather, which can be very unpredictable in December. Hubby and I went in December 2011 and we went swimming several times, as it was very warm.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #18
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When I went mid December 2011 it was unseasonably cold. They actually had covered all flowers to prevent frost and I wore at least 3 layers and still froze! I will reiterate it was unseasonably cold so don't expect it but be prepared. During the day the sun is pretty strong and the pools are heated so you should have some pool time.
Yep, like I said, the weather is very unpredictable in December! We went in early December (almost second week of December) and it was warm.
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December 7 to 9, 2012 ... It's been over 80 all week-end and we spend a lot of time in the pool!
You left at the right time. We were there at the same time for 2 weeks (Dec. 1-15). The day after you left, it was raining. Then sun came out for a couple of days, then it rained and got cold for 2 days before the sun came back out again. The weekend you're referring to was a nice weekend though.
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I know, I know...fat chance, right? It is my dream to see the Christmas decorations at WDW, but DH and DS cannot fathom a vacation without warm sunshine and lots of pool time. How can I convince them it "may" happen? I'd like to hear from anyone that experienced great weather in December. TIA
We've gone in early December annually for 20+ years. Some years its been warm. Some years its been cold. Some years its been both in the same weekend. I've got pictures from one december where we are wearing shorts and a t-shirt of Friday, but 2 days later we're wearing winter jackets.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:10 PM   #21
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You left at the right time. We were there at the same time for 2 weeks (Dec. 1-15). The day after you left, it was raining. Then sun came out for a couple of days, then it rained and got cold for 2 days before the sun came back out again. The weekend you're referring to was a nice weekend though.
Yeah, I think we've been lucky.

Not so lucky during our honeymoon in 2011 (october which is usually confortable I was told). Between 50 and 65 degrees all week.
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I know, I know...fat chance, right? It is my dream to see the Christmas decorations at WDW, but DH and DS cannot fathom a vacation without warm sunshine and lots of pool time. How can I convince them it "may" happen? I'd like to hear from anyone that experienced great weather in December. TIA
love dec - the holiday decorations & lights are so great.

the weather can be iffy - been there when high was in the 90 (generally 80/70's) and one time the high was in the 30's.

it is even hard for the seasoned weather people - so bring your summer stuff and winter..... because when the cold weather comes in - it is fast.

you might get a couple of days warning - but always be prepared.

one day it might be in the 70's - next day 40's or lower (f)

wish the Dec weather was more predicatable - but it is not.
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We were at POR in January 2012 -- I went out for my morning run at 6:00am and it was down to low 40s. T shirt and shorts and brisk pace, but it was chilly. After getting showered and getting the girls up and ready to go to breakfast, we saw our next door neighbors from Houston heading for breakfast also, in hats, sweatshirts, and their blankets wrapped around them. I was at least low 50s at that point! I guess everyone has a different threshold.

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Old 09-10-2013, 04:57 PM   #24
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We've been there once in early Dec, many times in early Jan (all stays for about 7-10 days) and have always had at least a few days of swimming and even sunning weather. Obviously it can be very different from that, but the nice winter weather in Fla is one of the reasons we love that time of year there!
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Everyone's right. You can go from shorts and tee-shirts to coats and gloves in a matter of days in December. Pack the swim suits just incase (and pack some coats and gloves, too!)
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Christmas week 2005, had a few chilly nights, but warm days. Warm enough (80s) for us to swim. I actually wanted to swim more, but we were with extended family and didn't get to go to the pool so much.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:51 AM   #27
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Was at AKL a few years back in Dec and swam a couple times. Pool was heated but was quite chilly getting out. Other trips in Dec we found it just too chilly. I'd bring a suit and play it by ear.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:26 AM   #28
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I know, I know...fat chance, right? It is my dream to see the Christmas decorations at WDW, but DH and DS cannot fathom a vacation without warm sunshine and lots of pool time. How can I convince them it "may" happen? I'd like to hear from anyone that experienced great weather in December. TIA
I went last year. Right after Thanksgiving they were in a terrible cold snap, even cold for my coworker who lives here in NY. We went 2 weeks later and had 80 degree days and my kids swam every day.

I think there is no way of knowing. I would just inform DS of when I want to go, and welcome him to come along. Or he could stay home with a babysitter.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:45 AM   #29
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I know, I know...fat chance, right? It is my dream to see the Christmas decorations at WDW, but DH and DS cannot fathom a vacation without warm sunshine and lots of pool time. How can I convince them it "may" happen? I'd like to hear from anyone that experienced great weather in December. TIA
December weather is very unpredictable, so there's no way to know for sure how warm it will be. We've been twice in December and had different weather each time. The first time we swam on our arrival day, but the pool had to be closed for the rest of the week due to the cold. We actually had to buy coats and gloves to keep warm (and we are used to very cold temps). On our second December trip, we were able to swim 3 or 4 days out of the week as temps were in the mid 80s. We spend a lot of time at the resort on our trips and we love hanging out at the pool, and while we were a little disappointed that we couldn't swim much on our first December trip, we loved being in Disney that time of year as the parks and resorts are beautifully decorated and we had great time, even without pool time. Good luck.
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We've been in December three times over the years. Once the first week and the other times just before and thru Christmas day. We swam all three times. One Christmas trip we even did a waterpark. You can definitely do it. Would we have liked it to be a bit warmer, sure. But it was in the mid-70s in the afternoons and therefore doable.
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