A tried and true TravelingMom will tell you there’s never a bad time to go to Disney… except maybe during the Christmas holiday break. Don’t get us wrong: we love Christmas at Disney! There are tons of special Christmas experiences at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. But it’s also the number one season to visit the Disney Parks, which means it’s extra crowded. If you are going, you’ll need all the tips you can find! We’re here to help.
We are in agreement: Christmas at Disney is simply the most magical time to visit.
But a visit during the Christmas holidays is not that simple to pull off.
Don’t be fooled by the splendor. Sure, the resorts are decked out, and snow falls on Main Street, which is really cool. But prices and crowd levels are the highest all year. Stress is not something you want to find in your stocking!
The good news: You can still have an enjoyable time if you follow these tips we wrapped up and tied with a pretty bow to plan your visit.
CHRISTMAS AT DISNEY
The parks sparkle and shine with their glittery holiday colors and decorations. Halloween items come down practically overnight on November 1, and Christmas wastes no time moving in!
By November 7th, the Christmas Holiday season is in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort, and you can count on Disneyland to be dressed and ready to go soon after (traditionally November 11th).
An early gift to you: Here are some of our best tips for celebrating Christmas at Disney, shared by our TravelingMom Disney experts.
DISNEYLAND AT CHRISTMAS
You want to know before you go, right? Then be sure to read these tips offered by our Disneyland loving TravelingMoms.
I’ve got a few essential tips you’ll need if you brave the crowds deep in the heart of the holidays. My best tip: get a locker at the Main Street location to stash your extras. Weather can fluctuate, and you don’t want to be left out in the cold!
Day Trips Traveling Mom Julie gives you a few more suggestions. 11, to be exact!
For those who are used to Disneyland travel, you may want to pay attention to number 4. It’s a change from your usual visits, most likely! Check out Julie’s advice here:
Disneyland does things right, in my opinion, when it comes to special rides. I’m particularly fond of the Halloween/Christmas mashup that happens to the Haunted Mansion every year. But just as good are the treatments that both it’s a small world and the Jungle Cruise undergo.
Frequent Flyer TravelingMom Leslie has the rundown on all the Christmas specific overlays you won’t want to miss!
WALT DISNEY WORLD AT CHRISTMAS
Walt Disney World holds a special party just to celebrate the season. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is currently scheduled to take place on the following dates in 2016: November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29 and December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22
Inquisitive Traveling Mom Amy went- and (gasp)- left the kids behind. Here are her thoughts on the party as an adult only adventure!
Road Trip TravelingMom Karyn covered a lot of ground at Walt Disney World during the holiday season. She’s picked 14 of her favorite experiences at Walt Disney World that you don’t want to miss.
The Candlelight Processional is on my personal Disney Bucket list: preferably with Neil Patrick Harris as the narrator. Swoon!
What are the best parts of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Latina TravelingMom Tania lays it all out for you.
There are cookies, cocoa, and dance parties galore! You won’t want to miss her showing off her sweet moves.
Christmas is a fantastic time to enjoy the parks and all that Disney has to offer.
With special events, characters, and parties, this trip will be one present your family will not want to return!