The holiday season is one of Walt Disney World’s busiest of the year, with some days typically causing at least one of the resort’s theme parks to close to some guests due to capacity. If you are visiting during a time when Walt Disney World could potentially reach capacity, such as the week of Christmas, being prepared and having a plan is the best way to still have a fun time on your visit. Here are some Walt Disney World crowd survival tips for visiting during the resort’s busiest times.
First of all, it’s best to set realistic expectations before your visit. These days are extremely busy, and that means long lines for everything from attractions to restrooms. Go in knowing that transportation and getting from place to place within the theme parks will likely take longer than it usually would, and that you shouldn’t expect to hit a larger number of popular rides. Plan a few priorities for the day and arrive very early to accomplish them. Allow more time than you usually would for everything.
Also, you’ll want to be prepared with any items you’ll need throughout the day. This way you’ll be armed with anything you’ll need to keep everyone happy, and you won’t have to stand in line to purchase any essentials. Have layers with you, as it can be chilly in the morning and evening at Walt Disney World in December. We always have our ponchos with us in case of rain – for those with strollers you may also want a rain cover for your stroller. A blanket or towel is useful for creating a stroller shade cover, or to sit on while waiting for a parade or show.
It’s also a good idea to bring activities or games while waiting, especially those traveling with young kids. Portable games or toys can keep kids entertained while waiting. Speaking of electronics, I also always have my portable charging battery with me, since using my phone for both entertainment and for managing FastPass or checking wait times drains the battery after a while. There are stations in the parks where you can purchase portable Fuel Rod charging stations, or there are also a variety of portable chargers available online.
It’s also a good idea to pack your own snacks with you. Walt Disney World allows guests to bring their own snacks and drinks (no alcohol and no glass containers, with the exception of baby food jars, are allowed), so you can bring some of your own food into the parks for when anyone gets hungry between meals. This way
Dealing with large crowds can be tiring and stressful, so be sure to take breaks during the day as well. During most of the year we’re fans of taking breaks back at our resort, but on days when a theme park could reach capacity, leaving the park may not be the best idea. If you’re staying in the parks, do your best to find a quiet spot to relax, as this can help a lot with keeping everyone happy on such a crowded day. There are sometimes quiet corners in the back of the pavilions at World Showcase at Epcot. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, kids can blow off steam at the Boneyard play area. In the Magic Kingdom we look for indoor, seated shows such as the Country Bear Jamboree or Enchanted Tiki Room for a little seated rest.
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