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    We've cancelled our planned October 2008 vacation to Florida, and we are booking up for Christmas instead. We've never done this before, but have wanted to for many years. There's just a few things I would like to clear up.

    The tentative dates are 20th December 2008 to 3rd January 2009. We will be there for all the big dates, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day. Could someone tell me all the benefits and drawbacks that they can think of, of spending the Christmas period in the Disney World/Florida vicinity.

    How many rides are usually under refurb, how busy are restaurants and the parks in general, are the water parks open on Christmas Day, etc etc.

    Thanks a lot in advance!
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  • #2
    Re: Christmas at Disney World

    Oh Speedy. That's too bad you are not coming for the big Invasion this coming week. I have your EPCOT 25th guidemap.

    BTW... I think you are coming at the worst possible time. TOO CROWDED.

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    • #3
      Re: Christmas at Disney World

      It will be busy. But the hours are longer at the parks, which is a big help.

      The restaurants are usually crowded now, so expect the same. Make reservations 6 months ahead for what you want. Go to the Osborne Lights about 1/2 hour after they begin, don't get there for rope drop (too crowded, not fun). Go to counter service during off hours, etc. I've heard good things about Tour Guide Mikes plans.
      Denise

      www.mousesteps.com




      Favorite TDL Typo:

      Originally posted by TDLFAN
      I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
      on Bay Lake.

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      • #4
        Re: Christmas at Disney World

        Crowded? Yes, that's understandable. People want to be there for the Christmas decorations, and the holiday atmosphere. If I were going during that time, I would get an early start each day. I would take one or two days totally away from the parks, since you are planning such a long trip. You certainly have enough time to do everything with a trip of that length. I am sure you will plan to eat in all your favorite places, and you can plan around that.

        May I ask do you spend all your time touring as a family, or do you split up in mini groups like we do?
        BarbaraAnn

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        • #5
          Re: Christmas at Disney World

          Getting up early won't be a problem for Speedway... he usually is up by 7am to go to intermediate school.. which is like 2am in Orlando time?

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          • #6
            Re: Christmas at Disney World

            Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
            Getting up early won't be a problem for Speedway... he usually is up by 7am to go to intermediate school.. which is like 2am in Orlando time?
            Whaaaat!?
            I'm at college now, I'm a big boy )
            But yeah, I am usually awake between 7 and 8.

            To Barbarann, there's only four of us in my family group so we pretty much stick together the whole trip, unless me and my brother wanna go off on Splash Mountain for the eighth time that night at 10pm, and my mum and dad would rather not , or unless I go off and meet a couple MiceChatters.

            Is Florida generally busier at Christmas time, with tourists? For instance, shopping malls?

            Are the water parks open on Christmas Day and New Years Day, because we would be spending those days relaxing. I've heard from a few sources now that Christmas Day is the busiest day in the Magic Kingdom's calendar.
            BACKPACKING REALNESS

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            October 2000 - Walt Disney World Resort
            October 2001 - Walt Disney World Resort
            April 2002 - Disneyland Resort Paris
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            October 2007 - Walt Disney World Resort
            December 2008 - Walt Disney World Resort
            July 2009 - Disneyland Resort Paris
            July 2011 - Disneyland Resort California
            July 2012-13 - UK Cultural Representative Cast Member at Epcot
            February 2013 - Disneyland Resort California
            February 2013 -Tokyo Disney Resort

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            • #7
              Re: Christmas at Disney World

              I don't do the shopping thing or the waterpark thing, so I cant help you there. It's good that you have someone to ride the rides with. I have wanted to take a trip with just my grandson, but he rides the thrill rides, and I don't.

              I think that as a rule, when the parks are more crowded, the parks have longer hours. I think that the waterparks go down for their rehabs after the holidays.

              I can see you plummeting down "Summet Plummet".

              Do you stay on Disney Property? Where is your family thinking of staying?
              BarbaraAnn

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              • #8
                Re: Christmas at Disney World

                Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                Getting up early won't be a problem for Speedway... he usually is up by 7am to go to intermediate school.. which is like 2am in Orlando time?
                Unless he's going to try to jump the fence before opening I don't see him getting that much benefit from getting up *that* early! (please kids don't try this!)

                My top 3 tips would be:

                #1 thing Book your dinner reservations as soon as possible. I'm doing a last minute trip over thanksgiving and had a devil of a time finding free slots.

                #2 Stay on property, you get into the parks earlier to beat the rush and have a better chance of entrance, the parks do sometimes close when they reach capacity and its nice to be close to the resort so you can go lounge by the pool till the afternoon and then try again.

                #3 Plan some time to tour the resorts, at least all the deluxe resorts do elaborate Christmas decorations, if the parks are too busy for you enjoy the resorts.
                Hi I'm Jerren and I'm a Disneyholic...

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                • #9
                  Re: Christmas at Disney World

                  MK had been known to close as early as 9am during that time. all i can say is it's supercrowded. i mean wall to wall people and then some. there are two bowl games that are played in orlando during that time and then you also have the new years days bowl game of outback in tampa. the local malls tend to close early on christmas eve and new years eve and are closed christmas day. they also can be pretty crowded with last minute shoppers. also remember that the christmas parade from walt disney world is taped ahead of time and not on christmas moring. wish you were coming earlier, we miss you.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Christmas at Disney World

                    Last year I popped into Epcot in the afternoon on 12/30, no problem - then went over to MGM for the Osborne Lights.

                    Remember that if a park closes, it generally will open back up. I've not heard of a park being closed all day, I'm not sure what happened during the final day of 1999, I was away that week. So if the MK closed at 9am, you may have no problem getting in during the afternoon - people come and go.
                    Denise

                    www.mousesteps.com




                    Favorite TDL Typo:

                    Originally posted by TDLFAN
                    I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
                    on Bay Lake.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Christmas at Disney World

                      Is Florida generally busier at Christmas time, with tourists? For instance, shopping malls?
                      Totally. I live 90 minutes from WDW and I even avoid the malls where I live if at all possible during the Christmas season. Too many crazy shoppers!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Christmas at Disney World

                        Speedway,

                        It will be CRAZY BUSY. Imagine waiting 3 shows for a 3D film that you can almost always walk into. That is example of normal or shorter line compared to other attractions during this time period.

                        Granted, you all have never been during this time frame and you have been to the resort before so you do have a heads up for this trip. As long as you don't expect to do everything and are able to plan a lot out it can still be quite enjoyable.

                        Attractions will be running and not under scheduled refurbs during this time and others might open as well to help maximize the park capacity for these days.

                        I know in the past your family frequents the water parks - and only one will be open, so keep that in mind.

                        As others have said I would make dining reservations NOW if you have any desire to dine anywhere besides QSF&B.

                        Another thing mentioned would be the decorations at all of the resorts. They each have their own fun holiday elements that really make them wonderful to see and unique as well, such as the Gingerbread House in the Grand Floridian.

                        Good luck planning and I hope to see you and your wonderful family again soon!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Christmas at Disney World

                          Well, they won't be able to make dining ressies quite yet - but 6 months out!
                          Denise

                          www.mousesteps.com




                          Favorite TDL Typo:

                          Originally posted by TDLFAN
                          I think it will give more pipping pervs the reason needed to go parasailing
                          on Bay Lake.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Christmas at Disney World

                            can you say..... crowds?
                            Marquis d'Bod of the RCMC... always and forever

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                            • #15
                              Re: Christmas at Disney World

                              That is a pretty long vacation, so they should be able to relax and plan their touring around the crowds.
                              BarbaraAnn

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                              • #16
                                Re: Christmas at Disney World

                                it seemed to me the last time i was over there during the holiday season that the worst park was MK. the others were crowded but idon't remember them closing. I think that is because to many people, the main park to go to at WDW is MK. but as was said you are going to be there for several days so you could easily go from one park to another and since you are not newbies you can plan on what you want to see.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Christmas at Disney World

                                  Originally posted by Speedway View Post
                                  I'm a big boy )
                                  Hmmm... really?

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Christmas at Disney World

                                    ^^ :lmao:

                                    Please let's not go there.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Christmas at Disney World

                                      Originally posted by aimster
                                      Please let's not go there.
                                      During Xmas week you mean...

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Christmas at Disney World

                                        Our family trip to WDW is usually early Dec. Our next trip just happens to be next year and there should be 13 to 14 of us going. Going earlier has some advantages. The parks are already dressed up, there are less people and it's the value season. 1 of the water parks will most likely be closed (Typhoon Lagoon this year) for rehab when you go, but I would suggest going to the other one as a break day just to relax.

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