Vote of the week: Celebrating Christmas at a theme park
As Christmas crowds descend upon the Orlando and Southern California theme parks, let's take a few moments to share our favorite theme park holiday memories.
I wrote about my Christmas morning at Walt Disney World in Stories from a Theme Park Insider. Along with my fellow cast members, I couldn't believe that people would choose to pay to come to a theme park on Christmas morning. At least I was getting paid - and extra - to be there. But I discovered that spending the morning with your loved ones in a truly special place could become one of the most enjoyable gifts of a lifetime.
I suspect that some of you have discovered the same. :^)
So let's make this topic our Vote of the Week and the prompt for a discussion, to follow.
In the comments, please share with us your favorite story about spending the holidays at a theme park. And please enjoy a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. Best wishes from Theme Park Insider!
Not Christmas day - but Christmas Eve and Super Bowl Sunday are two of my favorite theme park days. The parks are usually close to empty and the lines non-existent. I managed 30 rides in 8 hours one Christmas Eve - at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
No really specific memories, but in 1977...before many on here
Nope. Never have and I never will.
I have spent Christmas day there, it's really calm usually until after lunch time, then when families have finished opening gifts they start to pour into the park.
Twice, once as a kid and once as a cast member during my international college program (I'm from Argentina) and as much as I love Disney all year round, Christmas is my favorite season there. I still wear my Minnie Santa's hat every Christmas Day :)
I have never spent Christmas Day, itself, at a theme park. Have great memories of holiday festivities at theme parks celebrated around Christmas.
I tried once, but the security guards at Cedar Point stopped me and threatened to call the police if I didn't leave. Geez, just because the park didn't open for another five months!
James: Sounds like the Griswald's "Vacation".
Have not spent Christmas morning in a park, but did spend New Year's Day morning at Disneyland one year. BEST time to go. Due to all the late night partying of some the night before and/or that many were in Pasadena for the Rose Parade, the park was almost empty. Could walk right onto most every ride! Took the Walt tour and just a small group. Was great! Did start getting busier around 1 p.m.
"I'm sorry Sir/ma'am, but Wizarding World of Harry Potter is currently at capacity. Please get a return ticket or join the standby line which currently has a wait of 3 hours. Please note that you will still need to queue for the attractions once you are allowed entry - Forbidden Journey has a current wait time of 3 hours, 15 minutes. Have a great day and remember that causing me bodily harm will result in your being removed from the park without a refund. If you think this whole situation is insane - so do I! Happy holidays, guest services is located in Port of Entry at the front, and have a wonderful day ladies and gentlemen!" - my actual spiel on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the year Potter opened.
I did spend one Christmas at the Magic Kingdom. It was in the late 70's, can't remember the exact year. What I do remember is that the temperature in the morning was 28 degrees. It was the only time I have ever worn a winter coat to the park. It wasn't crowded at all until later in the day which was great.
I spent Christmas in the Kingdom 2 yrs ago. Crazy crowded but worth it. Another thing done from my bucket list :)
Not Christmas, but several times I welcomed the New Year in Disneyland followed by the Rose Parade in Pasadena. The temp might have been cold, but the park was so crowded we kept each other warm.
Just spent today in Hollywood studios, its been an amazing day. Left before closing but still saw everything we wanted, mulch played their Christmas stuff which was as entertaining as ever and the Osborne lights, well I don't think words can really describe them!!! Truly the best Christmas ever, and despite being such a huge dDisney fan and always wanting to spend Christmas in Florida, I never thought it would be this good!
I went to Legoland on Christmas with my wife and 7-year-old son. As soon as we arrived, he said that it would be more fun with friends. As we were eating lunch, my wife was sending text messages to friends wishing them Merry Christmas and received a reply that one of her friends was coming to Legoland unaware that we were already there! My son was very excited--his Christmas Wish came true!
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