1. Know it’s going to be packed!
Any day from now to January, the parks will be extremely packed. Be aware of this when planning your trip this holiday season. It’s crucial to take this into consideration when picking your FastPasses! Lines will be unbearable. I recommend to be at the park by rope drop. You’ll be able to avoid some of the long lines by getting there early. As the day goes on, you’ll be waiting in hour to over an hour lines, even for unpopular attractions. So, get there early!
2. Make a plan, but don’t overwhelm yourself
It’s always good to plan out each day, but don’t stress yourself out too much! Disney will be packed so you may not be able to fit EVERYTHING in. Keep this in mind. If you’re too flustered on the wait times you won’t enjoy the parks. Go at ease when you’re here for the holidays. Take your time walking around the park and remember, waiting in lines is not the end of the world.
3. Bring your own snacks and water
I love Disney, but as always, they’re overpriced. Bottles of water and basic snacks are pricey in the parks. Pack your own snacks! This will keep you hydrated and fed throughout your busy day, as well as in the lines. You’ll also save some money because buying multiple bottles of water a day will definitely add up. Another option is asking for cups of water at the different quick service locations! Maybe you can treat yourself to some unique Disney snacks with the money you saved 😉
4. Know what time you’re watching the parade, castle shows, etc.
Many shows and parades in Walt Disney World occur multiple times in one day. If this is something on your itinerary, pick a time suitable for you. Check performance times and make sure nothing overlaps with a Fastpass!
5. Check the calendar to know when ticketed events are happening in the parks
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and After Hours events happen throughout this time. If MVMCP is happening the day you’re going to Magic Kingdom and you aren’t attending, the park closes early for you. It really sucks for people who aren’t aware of this. If you are not attending the party or another ticketed event, don’t go to that park! Check the Disney parks calendar to make sure the park will be open to the public all day.
6. MOBILE ORDER!
Mobile order is a life saver during these times. Lines for attractions are long, which means lines for food are just as bad. If you have the MyDisneyExperience App you can mobile order your food and skip the line! This will save you time and the bother of waiting in line. I suggest ordering about 30-45 minutes in advance. Be advised that not all restaurants have this option so research before you go.
7. Extra Magic Hours!
When you stay at a Disney resort, you’re awarded extra magic hours. This means you’re able to go into the park an hour or two before park opens or after park closes. You’re able to see what parks are hosting extra magic hours on what days through the MyDisneyExperience App or online. This is a great way to knock out some big attractions before the parks open to the public. These magic hours are free to guests at the hotels. Don’t get them confused with Disney After Hours, those are an extra ticketed event.
8. Read up on special holiday merch, treats, events, and more that are happening around Walt Disney World Resort
Reading up on all the Holiday fun going on around Walt Disney World is the best way to prepare for the trip! There are custom food times, merchandise, and fun events going on. The holidays take over all of Walt Disney World, including the resorts. This is the best part of the holiday season and it will get you even more excited for your vacation!
I hope these tips will help you out on your WDW Holiday vacation and remember HAVE FUN ❤️