How many days before Christmas does the rush REALLY begin??

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by ErinsMommy, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy DIS Veteran

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    We're going in February for DH's birthday and although surprised it took her so long, DD finally got around to asking when can she go to Disney for HER birthday. Well her birthday is 5 days before XMas and I just don't have that kind of energy or patience (and I KNOW she won't either when it comes down to it).

    So planning ahead -- WAY ahead (hoping for a possible BB offer when we arrive), what is the LAST date we would want to be in Disney before the madness begins?
     
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  3. mesaboy2

    mesaboy2 DIS Veteran

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    In my experience, it starts to ramp up right around the 20th or so.
     
  4. nkereina

    nkereina Wendy Darling

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    It's been said that December gets progressively busier with each day, up to Christmas. I'd think that the last weekend before Christmas is when a lot of people arrive, and stay through the holiday. I probably would want to be gone by the last weekend before Christmas...

    The first two weeks of December are an ideal time to go. The only thing you'd have to watch out for is the parade taping at MK which is the first Friday of December, and also Pop Warner week which is only a factor if you stay at the All Stars or CSR/CBR.
     
  5. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy DIS Veteran

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    Thank you. We'll probably look to stay at a POR Royal Room unless we get a decent enough BB offer to double back to the CR or Poly for the MK Views.
     
  6. Eventer98

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    When we went in 08 we noticed the crowds on 12/22...but I don't remember how the weekend/holiday fell that year either!
     
  7. Texashokies

    Texashokies Disney Dreaming

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    Twice we have flown home on 12/23. Prior to that the crowds were no worse than an average day in June. We really didn't notice a difference from the day we got there vs. our last day there.
     
  8. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy DIS Veteran

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    i just looked at the 2013 calendar. the 19th falls on a Thursday. trying to squeeze her birthday in there, if we got there 12/14 (Saturday) and leave for home the following Saturday (12/21), we'll for the most part have had a decent week of not-so-long lines and avoid park closures in the entirety...or is that wishful/unlikely thinking??
     
  9. mesaboy2

    mesaboy2 DIS Veteran

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    I think those dates would be pretty good. :thumbsup2
     
  10. TwoCortWort

    TwoCortWort A Buckeye Disney Princess

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    The dates you have are good ones. It gets worse as the week of Christmas approaches.
     
  11. jeffn5631

    jeffn5631 Mouseketeer

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    This should be a big clue....blackout dates for seasonal passholders start on Dec 20th and run thru Jan 1st. If you don't like big crowds I would avoid those dates.
     
  12. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy DIS Veteran

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    thank you!! not sure DH would be so on board with going that soon after we just went - but last nite I brainstormed that maybe she'll be old enough for Universalat that time and SeaWorld will be open -- so we'll make it a 3 park vacation.
     
  13. LekiaHall

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    We're going for almost your exact dates this year. Never been before in December. Hoping we get low crowds (or at least no Christmas rush towards the end of our stay).
     
  14. Luv2CtheMouse

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    Usually around the 19th
     
  15. saskdw

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    It depends what your version of too busy is?

    We have spent 3 of the last 4 Christmas at WDW. Because we are able to go for 2 weeks usually Dec. 14th-28th, we are veterans of experiencing all the days leading upto and after Christmas. It has varied a little year to year. In 2008 it was the 23rd when I first thought to myself "where did all these people come from?" The crowds were quite pleasant uo to that point. In 2010 I would say the 22nd the crowds level really went up. Last year I actually didn't think the crowds got "crazy" until the 26th. Even on Christmas day we went to AK and it wasn't bad. MK was crazy, but AK/DHS were ok. The 26th it was crazy and when we were leaving on the 28th 2 parks were at capacity.
     
  16. reginaastralis

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    DD is the same way, she wants to go to Disney for her birthday but it's too busy for her to be happy (and me to be sane)

    Her birthday is Jan 2nd, and usually people are leaving the parks around then, but not this year since it falls in the middle of Christmas break. Instead, I made a deal that she could have a small sleepover with a few friends. I think I'd rather be in Disney.

    And I agree with a pp, look at when the discounts and seasonal blocks happen, we, personally, avoid those times as much as possible.
     
  17. jamescorey

    jamescorey "World" Traveler: 82,86,89,91,93,95,96,97,9 8,99,0

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    My wife and I go every year during December, as we both work in education and Christmas break affords us two-three weeks off. We have been two weeks before, one week before, the weekend leading in to Christmas, and the week following Christmas throughout the years. In my opinion, the best time that we have found has been around 12/13 - 12/18. As the PP said, the earlier in December the better, but we have found (historically) that this time isn't bad at all. This time is usually before kids are out of school for the holidays, and usually right at the end or just after Pop Warner. As far as the weekend leading into, Christmas week, and week after...FORGET IT!! The week leading in isn't real bad, but the closer you get to 12/25, the larger the crowds get!
    We are going this year 12/14 - 12/17, and even with FLE opening 12/6, TouringPlans only have the parks maxing on Saturday 12/15 at a 7, overall. The rest of the time is sub 5.
     
  18. ErinsMommy

    ErinsMommy DIS Veteran

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    thank you all. i really want to make this happen for her if we can swing it both school and work wise. :wizard:
     
  19. Albion218

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    Last year my mom and I went 14th-20th of December and it started to get pretty crowded round the middle of our trip. Our last day was Epcot and it was awful! Shoulder to shoulder with people. However the 14th-17th were really light crowds.
     
  20. mia998

    mia998 Earning My Ears

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    I thought there was a recession? When we went to DW last it was September of 2011, and it was busy and crowded. The same for the year before. Aren't people worried about the fiscal cliff? Guess not. I am looking at possibly paying $1000 to $2000 come tax time [I usually get $100 from Uncle Sam].
     

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