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Vote of the week: Are you planning a holiday vacation visit to a theme park?

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Published: November 5, 2010 at 7:05 AM

Yesterday, we posted our round-up of holiday events at the nation's top theme parks. Today, I'd like to ask if you are planning to attend any of those events.

Are you planning a theme park vacation for this holiday season? It could be a day trip to a local park (if you live near one that's open), or an overnight vacation to a top theme park resort, such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando or Disneyland.

Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando
The Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. Photo courtesy Universal Orlando

Please tell us, in the comments, what you're planning for your holiday vacation this year, or, if you're not taking one, why you decided against a trip.

Readers' Opinions

From on November 5, 2010 at 7:11 AM
19 days and counting until Disney World!
From Vickie Boyd on November 5, 2010 at 7:33 AM
I lucked out and got us the $5 tickets to BGW's Christmastown. We're season pass holders, but live in NC, so it's always an overnight trip for us. We thought about attending last year but didn't have the time. We're going this year. With the times, we will only have to be gone one night. I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll get lots of pictures.
From Brandon Mendoza on November 5, 2010 at 7:51 AM
I'm gonna time my Cost Co ticket for the Holidays at Disneyland Resort! I try to go every year if I can. Unfortunately, I don't have an AP anymore, but I'm saving up to renew in 2012 for Carsland!
From Hermione Potter on November 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM
I'm hoping to hit very merry xmas at WDW because it's now the only event I've never been to (went to halloween this year!), but if I can't afford it I'm going in mid January to Epcot for a friend's 21st.
From Anthony Murphy on November 5, 2010 at 9:21 AM
I wish there was a maybe! Depends on how my beloved Illini do!
From on November 5, 2010 at 10:17 AM
We will not be spending this Thanksgiving in Southern California for the first time in many, many years (since 2002). Most of those trips included visits to Disneyland & California Adventure; and we always went to Las Vegas and Six Flags Magic Mtn. Legoland, KBF and Universal Hollywood were also frequently visited. We also did not travel to Orlando for Spring Break earlier this year (first time in 4 yrs). Maybe this trend is telling us something...
From Mark Hollamon on November 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM
We always head to Hollywood Studios for the Osbourne Light Spectacular. While it is pretty much the same each year it is simply WOW! When Disney set the whole display to dance with holiday tunes it really kicked it up a notch.

We might go to Mickey's Christmas Party at MK as well. We haven't done it in a few years and since they limit the tix available per night it really is a good time.

We might catch the Macy's parade at USF. We were in it a few years back and it was fun, but it really eats up a chunk of your day. If you are local it is a fun experience, but if you are on vacation you might want to skip participating and just watch.

We have never been to the Sea World Holiday deal.

From Crystal A on November 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM
We will be attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas in December.There are VERY few hotel rooms available the weekend of the 9th. We actually had to stay off property. We are also going to ICE! at Gaylord Palms. This will be our first time at both events. Hopefully it will be fun!
From Derek Morse on November 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM
Not sure if this counts as a holiday trip, but the wife and I are staying at WDW All Star Music resort from November 10-12. Probably going to visit Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and possibly sneak over to Hollywood Studios to check out the lights.
From Joshua Counsil on November 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM
Our family is planning a holiday vacation rather than buying presents. The destination is a surprise. Whether or not it's a theme park, I'll be happy to travel.
From Tiffany J. L. Alfonso on November 5, 2010 at 5:12 PM
Make mine a holiday staycation! The parks that Central Florida is known for are within an hour's drive anyway!
From James Rao on November 5, 2010 at 6:41 PM
For the second year in a row we'll be heading down to Branson, MO, for Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas Festival. For more info on the event, feel free to check out my trip report from last year.

Yummm... I can almost taste the Wassail and Hot Chocolate now!

From Anthony O'Neal on November 5, 2010 at 7:16 PM
Went to WDW in December in 2004 and 2007. . . sadly, not this year (I'm flying North for Christmas from Texas to visit the family in Michigan instead). The family is planning on visiting some time next year, and I would love to go in December again.
From Charles Reichley on November 5, 2010 at 7:23 PM
I simply loved Dollywood the first year we went, when we spent 3 days there for christmas. But since the shows are still the same, we'll just be going to BGWilliamsburg's Christmastown -- we got free tickets with our extension of our season passes.

Don't know when we are going yet. I have to work it around setting up my own christmas lights.

From April C on November 7, 2010 at 8:03 AM
I'll be making multiple day visits to Universal.

I'll also make a day visit to Disney at some point.

From on November 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM
We live in Orlando and have annual passes to Disney and Seaworld, so, yep, we'll be visiting several times through December. :-)
From Jason Jackson on November 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM
Heading to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for Christmas Town. It was so wonderful last year and they are expanding it this year! Can hardly wait!
From on November 7, 2010 at 6:56 PM
Um I realy wish I could be at hearshey for the holidays sounds realy nice what they do
From Mike Gallagher on November 8, 2010 at 8:32 AM
^^They do it up nice at Hershey. I went last Thanksgiving weekend. The coasters and several other rides are not open, so that takes a little of the lustre off for this rider. But I still enjoyed it.

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