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Tips On Visiting Walt Disney World Resort During the Holidays

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Will you visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday week? Lots of guests will head to our parks this week, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to make the most of your trip during this busy time of year.


Preparing For & Traveling To Walt Disney World Resort

  • Use the on-property resort buses, boats and Monorails to avoid traffic and parking fees.
  • Valet parking is now available at Downtown Disney near La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
  • When utilizing your own car, plan for additional travel time.
  • Limit your time at theme park bag check by traveling light. Bags can also be checked at Bell Services at resorts or at lockers within theme parks.
  • If staying at an on-property Disney resort, don’t forget about Extra Magic Hours. Different theme parks offer Extra Magic Hours on different days, so check the calendar here for more.
  • Want to stay longer or visit more than one park in a day? Visit Guest Relations or a ticketing window to modify your tickets.
  • Designate a spot inside the park for your party to meet, should someone get separated. Lost and Founds are located at park Guest Relations.
  • Grab a Times Guide on your way into the park to stay informed on showtimes, character greeting locations and more.

Attractions & Entertainment Tips

  • Download the My Disney Experience app for your smartphone. This vacation-planning tool can help you access current attraction wait times, find the nearest entertainment and more. Or visit the Tip Board at the center of each park to see which attractions have the shortest wait times.
  • Utilize the park’s FastPass options. Don’t forget that in addition to attractions, FastPasses also may be available for some character meet and greets, such as Town Square Theater and Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Catch a show in the middle of the day when attraction wait times are typically longer.
  • Some extra performances have been added to the calendar to accommodate our holiday guests. Pick up a Times Guide on your way into the park to see your options.

Dining Tips

  • Avoid crowded restaurants by grabbing a snack from quick service carts located throughout the parks.
  • Use the My Disney Experience app, visit Guest Relations or call 407-WDW-CNCL to modify dining reservations.

Do you have a tip to share on visiting our parks? If so, leave it in the “Comments” section below.


  • Do the restaurants have later dining hours for dinner during the Christmas/New Year’s weeks? We are making plans “on paper” and were just looking at dinner hours. We have the Deluxe Dining Plan and are plotting our choices for our 8 day visit.

  • Hi. I will be visiting Downtown Disney the week of March 24th. I plan on visiting Cirque Du Soleil. Any tips on seating? The lower level and front tickets are too expensive and I am afraid to buy the category 3 or 4 and ve to high. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciatd 🙂

  • catch the night before New Year’s eve fireworks ( same show less crowded)- I was there 3 yrs ago, and still remember how amazing it was to stumble on them!!!!

  • Know that it will be crowded before you go. Be there for park opening with a group plan. Plan ahead by discussing which lengthy wait time attractions are “must-do” for each person in the group. Make sure each person knows the plan.

    Two days ago, with our group of 11, those who didn’t want to ride Space Mountain collected tickets and headed to the fast pass line for Peter Pan’s Flight. They chose one princess line and waited 30 minutes while some rode Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin twice and some rode Space Mountain twice. There was also time for some to meet Wendy and Fairy Godmother. We all met back up to ride Peter Pan with fast passes. We entered Magic Kingdom at opening and walked off of Peter Pan at 9:10 a.m.

    The rest of the day wasn’t as structured, so we split up and met back together throughout the day.

  • My family went for New Years three times. We always go to Magic Kingdom on New Years Eve and we think it’s the best. Last year when we went we made a music video!

  • Visiting during the holidays is fabulous but remember to be patient with the higher crowd levels.

    Pick your top 3 must dos in the parks each day and do those first.

    Check out the special offerings during the holidays like the Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special at Hollywood Studios – its hilarious!

    Plan to eat lunch and dinner at earlier times to avoid peak meal times.

    Plan for longer lines at restrooms. This is especially important when traveling with little ones.

    Take your time and enjoy all of the beautiful decorations. There are so many magical details.

  • Expect the parks to be busy and make the most of it. Leave any attitude at home so as not to tarnish the experience for others.

  • Going back be there on my birthday i am so ready

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