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Planning Your Disney World Holiday Vacation

Visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season is a treat that all Disney fans should strive to view firsthand. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day there are decorations, lights, shows, and special entertainment to enjoy in addition to all of the normal Disney World activities.

Vacationing at Disney World during the Christmas Season can be one of the best times to visit with your family, but planning during this busy time is more important than any other time of the year.

Planning Your Holiday Trip To Disney World
The week between Christmas and New Year is now the busiest time of the year at Disney World and even the times in early December that used to be slow have gotten busier due to the incredible array of events and activities that Disney has added for the season.

Part of the planning is expecting the crowds and not let that get in your way of having a great time.  Here are a list of tips to deal with the crowds and not let them dampen the Holiday Spirit:
  • Make Dining Reservations Ahead Of Time - Don't let the crowds prevent you from enjoying a nice sit down dinner at a Disney World Restaurant.  Make Dining reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE or use the recommended method on-line at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/.
  • Visit the Parks at opening.  It cannot be stated enough if you want to ride your favorite attractions, getting to the park at opening will make life go much smoother.  As the day progresses the crowds will make the lines unbearable.
  • Plan on visiting the parks at night.  The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios all take on a new look when they are lit up during the Holiday season.
  • Take the time to visit the special Holiday attractions at each of the parks.
  • Visit the Disney World Deluxe and Deluxe Villas Resorts to check out the decorations.  There is no better time to visit the Disney World Resorts.
  • Relax and do not expect to ride as many attractions as you would during other times of the year.  The Holiday centered attractions can more than make up for it.
  • If you can visit during early to mid December it will be less crowded than the week before and after Christmas.
  • Many people bring decorations to decorate their Disney World Resort Room (no live trees!).  This is a great idea especially if you will be at Disney World on Christmas Day.

Magic Kingdom
The Magic Kingdom has many wonderful decorations, especially on Main Street.  The recent addition of the thousands of LED lights to Cinderella Castle has made night time at the Magic Kingdom even more special.

Throughout November and December on select night there is a special hard ticket (extra fee) event called Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP.)  This is a great event that I would recommend each Disney Fan to visit at least once.  The special parade during this event is a sight to remember.

Animal Kingdom
The Animal Kingdom has an interesting collection of Christmas decorations that I always look forward to seeing.  They take a more natural approach to the decorations and try to include an animal influence in the decorations.

Last year Camp Minnie Mickey had an incredible collection of uniquely decorated Christmas Trees.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle Of Lights is something that words cannot adequately describe.  There is no feeling like standing in the middle of the Streets of New York with literally millions of Holiday Lights surrounding you.  When the music kicks in and the lights start dancing in synch with the music it is absolutely amazing!

The Holiday Season means something different to various parts of the world.  In Epcot's World Showcase they have special entertainment sharing these Holiday beliefs and traditions of each of the 11 countries represented.  You can literally spend the better part of an afternoon listening to the fascinating stories that are told.  The decorations throughout the park are amazing .  Topping it all off is the Candlelight Processional, which is a free presentation in the American Gardens Theater where a Celebrity Narrator is joined by a Mass Choir and a 50 Piece orchestra to sing Christmas songs and  retell the Christmas Story.

Disney World Resorts
The Disney World Resorts don't want to be left out when it comes to decorating for the Holidays.  Each is decorated uniquely fitting with the theme of the resort.  At many of the Deluxe Disney Resorts the decorations go over the top with amazing Christmas Trees and other unique displays.  There are out of this world Gingerbread Displays at the Grand Floridian &  Boardwalk Resort.  The Christmas Trees are unbelievable!  There is no better time to spend time visiting the various Disney World Resorts.

Memorable Family Vacation
Many Families have established their Christmas traditions at Disney World.  There is something for everyone and the setting is truly amazing.  Although busy, I would highly recommend visiting Disney World during the Christmas Holidays.  There is so much going on!  Visiting Disney World at Christmas provides a vacation experience that is much different than visiting at other times of the year.  That is why it is so great!

Plan ahead.  Expect Crowds. Enjoy the special Holiday decorations, events, and entertainment.  That is the recipe for having a great Christmas Vacation at Disney World.

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