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Tis the season to be jolly…but if you’re not prepared for the crowds at Walt Disney World during the holiday season you may become more naughty than nice. With realistic expectations, a plan and lots of patience it’ll be a wonderful Christmastime.
Do you have the fantasy that when you arrive at Walt Disney World it is going to be just like the commercials? Have you ever noticed that the streets of the Magic Kingdom are only sparsely filled with people? This may be a realistic scene when a hurricane is about to barrel down on Florida, but at Christmastime this isn’t the case. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – all of the schools in the United States are out on break. If you thought summer was crowed – well, think again.
Let’s not get upset about the crowds, let’s have a plan. Tip #1: Let me stop right here and say that the #1 best plan is to follow our Touring Plans. These plans, above anything else, will save you time standing in line. If you don’t have a subscription to TouringPlans.com— get one! After you read this – subscribe. Then follow the plans. Everyone loves the Crowd Calendar. It’s awesome, but you need a plan more than you need anything else.
Now, you have your TouringPlans.com subscription and you’re at Disney World — it is time to get up. Deck the halls and fa la la la la. Tip #2: Please be at the park of your choosing a minimum of 30 minutes BEFORE park opening. This will be the single most important thing you do all day. If you want to see the headliner attractions you’ve got to see them when the park opens or standing in line will take up the majority of your day. Keep Granola bars in your backpack and eat while you wait for the park to open.
You got up early, you used a Touring Plan and saw some headliner attractions and now you’re hungry. Tip #3: Eat at off times. 90% of the people visiting Disney World are flying by the seat of their pants. Not you! Your pants are secure and you’re going to eat when the others aren’t.
You have followed Tips 1-3 to the “T”. Now it’s time to chill. The parks are at full capacity, but that doesn’t concern you. The afternoon is a great time for a nap. Yes, a nap and you deserve one. After you’ve rested, you can enjoy a dip in the pool or partake in my all time favorite Disney Christmas afternoon and evening activity — visiting the Disney resort hotels and taking in the Christmas decorations. They are like no other. Each deluxe resort deserves a visit. The Grand Floridian takes the cake! Their gingerbread house is breathtaking and amazing. I would love to be there when they assemble the gingerbread house. Cast members actually sell gingerbread out of the house.
Following these simple tips will increase your joy, your goodwill toward men and you may even hear angels sing. What tips do you have? I would love to hear.
I will be at Disney World next week. You can follow me on Twitter @Caroline251.