When to go in December?

Discussion in 'Disney World Tips' started by FergieTCat, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. FergieTCat

    FergieTCat <font color=green>No, I'm serious. And don't call

    Jun 10, 2000
    I received a PIN Code through December 16th. I would really like to visit in December this year. Please tell me about the crowds. The last time I visited in March, the parks were crowded and alot of the attractions had 1 hours wait times, even with using the FastPass.

    I hear that the week after Thanksgiving is now busy because of the taping of the Christmas Parade. The week after that is Pop Warner. How busy are the parks during those two weeks?

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
  2. mom23boyz

    mom23boyz Wishing I Had a Magic Wand

    Dec 15, 2004
    We went the Saturday through Tuesday after Thanksgiving year before last. Crowds were quite manageable and we loved all the decor. Enjoy!
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  4. bjtriche

    bjtriche Earning My Ears

    May 3, 2007
    We went the week of Dec. 8th in 2008, the same week as the Pop Warner superbowl. Our maximum wait time was at Toy Story Mania on a Saturday night of 35 minutes. All other attractions throughout the week were no longer than 15 minutes. Crowds were minimal, and we all had a blast. Hope this helps.
  5. SereneOne

    SereneOne DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2007
    We like to go sometime during the first two weeks of Dec, avoiding Pop Warner of course. This year we are going down the weekend after Thanksgiving (starting that Sun. is value season) and staying until the following weekend. The weather is nice and cool, the crowds are low and the Christmas decorations are up, makes for a wonderful trip. :goodvibes

    Have a fantastic time!:flower3:
  6. ElementCamper

    ElementCamper DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2009
    Pop Warner is not the 'demon crowds' that will affect your visit as most people worry about. Most days they are usually busy over at the sports park and the few days they go to the parks still minimal disruption.
    I go almost every year second week of December and find it a great time to go. Decorations are up, crowds are very manageable and the weather is nice.
  7. mickeyluvncwgrl

    mickeyluvncwgrl Mouseketeer

    Jul 22, 2009
    We went pop warner week in 2008 and it didnt seem like very big crowds. We have also gone in April and it was MUCH more crowded in April. And its also not hot. The most we waited was about an hour for RnR
  8. Fantasmic23

    Fantasmic23 A little nonsense now and then is relished by the

    Apr 10, 2008
    That's when we're going!! We can't wait .... :)
  9. kimis

    kimis DIS Veteran

    Nov 9, 2005
    We are going the last week of Nov and can't wait. We have been to disney many times but never over Christmas so I am super excited to see all the decorations. :) :)
  10. woodsluvdis

    woodsluvdis Snow White's Daughter

    Oct 3, 2009
    The last 3 years we have gone the second week in December - Crowds have been great....only time we waited was Toy Story....
  11. HermanTriplets+1

    HermanTriplets+1 DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2009
    We went this past year Dec 12-16 (had that pin, too!:goodvibes) and the crowds were very reasonable except on the Saturday when they were pretty heavy. If you do that last week of the PIN, after Pop Warner, I think that's the best December/PIN time!
  12. dl0015

    dl0015 Earning My Ears

    Apr 8, 2009
    We go usually the 2nd week of December...its a great time. We have never had any issues with Pop Warner at all...
  13. cadd10

    cadd10 Mouseketeer

    Jan 4, 2008
    FergieTCat, what kind of pin did you get?
  14. Feralpeg

    Feralpeg Living and Loving Windermere!

    Dec 29, 2000
    The second week of December is a great time to visit WDW. You avoid the Thanksgiving crowd and get there before the Christmas throngs. The closer you get to Christmas the more crowded it will be.
  15. 2Pinks

    2Pinks Earning My Ears

    Apr 20, 2010
    I am glad to hear the 1st and 2nd week in December is a good time to go. We are planning to go December 3-10 in 2011 and are hoping the crowds will be manageable. It will by my daughters' first time going.
  16. Evi

    Evi DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2007
    yes they are jk. I actually never notice them in the parks but I can say I'd rather not stay at the same resort did it once never again.
  17. wtrmlnlabs

    wtrmlnlabs DIS Veteran

    Feb 2, 2009
    Just my two cents, this would be the best choice. We went this time in '07, it was about perfect. In '09 we went the next week, it was BAD, BAD. Crowds were terrible. Thankfully we have little ones so the ride waits were very small, although still longer than in '07. I know the rides for older kids were long and just walking through the parks it was so crowded. Not sure it had anything to do with Pop Warner, it may have been the free dining offered last year.
  18. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

    Apr 3, 2009
    The parade has been taped the first week in December since I was going in 2000. That has not changed the crowds.

    What has changed in the last few years, is a special run by the Travel Channel a few years ago called "Disney on a Dime" that cleary told people the week after Thanksgiving is the best bang for your buck to go... drats. That's my week.

    Last year, it picked up even more because of the 4/3 deal and FD being extended. Still very manageble, but busier than when I started going ten years ago.

    Sat/Sun avoide MK and DHS - do AK or Epcot. All the parks are good all week until the parade taping starts. Just take the train around to Frontierland and hang around the perimeter of the park until about 1:30 pm. Take the train back just as everyone from the parade taping is spilling into the parks.

    It is a great week to go.

    The second week in December, for PW, doesn't effect the parks, except some in the evenings when they are completed competition for the day. It does however effect where you stay - if you happen to be in the same resort as they are - you are in for a real doozie of a time. Been there, done that one year, never again.
  19. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

    Apr 3, 2009
    It was because of the FD and 4/3 package being extended.
  20. madouceamie

    madouceamie Earning My Ears

    Feb 20, 2007
    We had a pin code for the second week in December in 2007. The crowds were awful as Disney and comped tickets for the people affected by the hurricanes. Disney only gives out a set number of fast pass tickets per day per ride. Some rides all the fass pass tickets had been issued and the wait times were over an hour.

    We are thinkin of December 11th - 19th this year.
  21. Duke&Tree

    Duke&Tree Mouseketeer

    Jun 21, 2008
    We were at WDW Dec 10-19 this last year, and the crowds were fabulous the vast majority of the time. We didn't see wait times of much more than 10-20 minutes. Even if it showed a wait, it was often a walk-on.

    We hit the parks EARLY and follow the Unofficial Guide/TGM park recomendations due to crowds and touring guides. Back to the hotel around noon as the crowds ramp up, then back later in the afternoon. So, I'm not sure how much of our wonderful time was just crowds or that plus our touring style, but we couldn't have asked for a better time!

    Have a wonderful time! :wizard:

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