Disney holidays

Disney World Theme Parks Open Early For Christmas

Disney World will open its theme parks early on select days during the 2015 holidays. For a full schedule, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/visiting-disney-world/2015/12/5/disney-world-theme-parks-open-early-for-christmas

In anticipation of holiday crowds, Disney is opening an hour earlier at some or all of their parks to the general public.  This is not an “Extra Magic Hour”, this is for everyone whether they stay at a Disney World hotel or not.   The Magic Kingdom will have morning “Extra Magic Hour” most days too.

Magic Kingdom:

  • Dec. 16 / 8:00AM Opening for everyone
  • Dec. 18 – Jan. 2/ 8:00AM Opening for everyone
  • Dec. 19 – Jan. 2 / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)

Epcot:

  • Dec. 25 – 31/ 8:00AM Opening for everyone
  • Dec. 29  / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)”

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Dec. 25 – Jan. 2/ 8:00AM Opening for everyone
  • Dec. 26  / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)
  • Dec.31  / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)

Animal Kingdom:

  • Dec. 18 – Jan. 2/ 8:00AM Opening for everyone
  • Dec. 20  / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)
  • Dec. 23  / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)
  • Dec. 27  / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)
  • Dec. 30  / 7:00AM opening for Disney World hotel guests (Extra Magic Hour)

Important Information About Crowds

On a scale of 1 – 10, the crowds will be mostly 9’s or 10’s during these dates.

  • Early birds get the most rides: The first 1 – 2 hours of the day are always the least crowded.  Arrive at least 30 minutes before 8AM park opening to enjoy the shortest lines of the day.
  • Please, please please use a touring plan: Use the plans from the Unofficial Guide to Disney World (printed guidebook) or get a subscription to TouringPlans.com – these crowd levels are where a good touring plan provides the biggest benefit so please use those plans.  Contact me if you don’t know where to find the plans or have questions about how they work.  I’m happy to help.   

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Meet Santa at Disney Springs from Nov. 14 - Dec. 30, 2016 (Free event)

Disney World Seasonal Freebie - From November 14, 2016 through December 24, 2016 (Noon to 10PM), Santa and his helpers will be greeting Guests at their cottage across from Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs.  Santa Goofy will take over for December 25 - 30.   Check in at the podium and get a pager so you can enjoy the area until it is your turn.   When you're pager buzzes, you will have 10 minutes to return.  Photographers will be on hand and photos with Santa are included in the Memory Makers photo package.

 More Holiday Cheer at Disney Springs

  • While in Disney Springs, you may also want to see the nightly tree lighting ceremony at the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area and DJ Dance party.
  • Stroll through a trail of Disney themed, decorated Christmas trees near the Marketplace bus loop.
  • Take time to check out the holiday storefront window displays.  
  • Adding to the holiday cheer are toy soldier and snowflake stilt walkers, carolers, acapella groups and other live entertainment from November 13, 2016 - January 8, 2017 / 6:00PM - 10:00PM.    
  • Kwanza will be celebrated on the Waterside Stage in the Marketplace on December 26 & 27, 2016.   Hanukkah inspired songs and stories will be presented at Waterview Park in The Landing in the evenings from December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017.

Click here for our Top 10 Tips for Visiting Disney World during the Holidays. 

Click on the photo for a list of crowd warnings, closures and special events at Disney World in December.

Click on the photo for a list of crowd warnings, closures and special events at Disney World in December.

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