Expert Strategies for Enjoying A Magical Walt Disney World Vacation During the Busy Holiday Season

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These tips will help you ensure you enjoy an amazing vacation while visiting Walt Disney World during the busy holiday season

The holiday season at Walt Disney World is nothing short of magical. The parks and resorts are adorned corner to corner with festive decorations, snow falls on Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom, and the air is filled with the spirit of joy and celebration combined with the legendary Disney magic. The magic of the holiday season, combined with winter breaks for students and a desire for those with live outside of Florida to escape the cold for a winter vacation, often result in the parks being very busy and at times reaching capacity. With the right strategies, you can navigate the crowds and ensure a vacation filled with unforgettable memories.

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Tip 1: Consider Staying on Disney Property

One of the best decisions you can make is staying at a Disney resort. Why? Because it offers a golden ticket: Early Park Entry. This benefit allows resort guests to enter the parks before they open to the general public, giving you a head start on popular attractions. Imagine walking onto ‘It’s a Small World’ or ‘Space Mountain’ with minimal wait time – it’s a game changer! You can also take advantage of Disney transportation to navigate between your resort and the theme parks, avoiding the need to drive in the busy traffic on property during your stay.

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Tip 2: Leverage Genie+ To Beat the Lines

Long lines can be a major time sink, but Disney’s Genie+ service is here to save the day. This handy tool lets you skip the lines for many attractions, maximizing your park time. The key is to book your Lightning Lane selections early and strategically choose attractions with typically longer wait times. This way, you can breeze through the queues and enjoy more of what Disney has to offer. You can also utilize Individual Lightning Lanes to skip the lines at the more popular attractions that may not accept Genie+.

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Tip 3: Plan Your Park Adventure Wisely

Start your day early and hit the major attractions first. Parks are generally less crowded in the morning, so you can cover a lot of ground before lunchtime. Rope dropping the most popular attractions allows you to get a ride in while many guests are still in bed! As the day progresses and the crowds thicken, consider taking a break. This is a perfect time to explore less crowded attractions or enjoy a leisurely lunch.

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Tip 4: Relax and Recharge at Your Resort

Don’t underestimate the power of a midday break at your resort. Whether it’s a quick nap, a dip in the pool, or just lounging with a good book, these moments of downtime are crucial. Resorts are packed with fun amenities, with cast members on hand to lead activities to ensure you have a great time. You paid for your resort, make sure you take full advantage of it!

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Tip 5: Consider Visiting Magic Kingdom On A Party Day

The Magic Kingdom closes to day guests at 6 P.M. on days that Mickey’s Verry Merry Christmas Party will be held. This early closure often pushes guests to visit another theme park during the day, resulting in low crowds at Magic Kingdom! You will find days in which a party is scheduled resulting in short wait times and low crowd levels at the park, allowing you to ride all of your favorite attractions with little to no wait. You may find you can do MORE in less time when visiting the Magic Kingdom on a party day!

Have you visited Walt Disney World during the holiday season? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below and let us know all about your experience! 🎄✨

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