Tim Taylor

Published: December 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I love visiting both Disney and Universal during the Holidays. But we specifically visit during the week BEFORE Christmas. It isn't too crowded, you don't have to wait too long to ride anything, and you still get the complete Christmas experience without the overcrowding. I honestly don't see anything fun or magical about being at a park that's so crowded you literally can't move anywhere.
Bryce McGibeny

Published: December 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I was at Islands of Adventure this Monday and it was crowded. Like, insanely crowded. We did do some things that helped:

1. We got there early! Everyone made a rush to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but we headed for Marvel Super Hero Island. All of the rides had no waits and we walked right on. Same with the Toon Lagoon rides and Jurassic Park River Adventure. We had done half of the park by noon. Then the crowds came in.

2. Find quiet spots. We took our time due to the amount of people that suddenly swarmed the park. We found refuge at some non-crowded places that were great to escape the crowds. This included the walkway that goes all around Popeye & Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges and Me Ship, The Olive, in front of Jurassic Park Discovery Center by the lagoon, in front of the Toon Lagoon amphitheater, along Sneetch Beach in Seuss Landing and behind the Mythos restaurant.

3. We ate outside of the park in CityWalk. This let us escape the crowds momentarily for a relaxing lunch as we watched the crowds come in. Re-entering the park was not bad at all.

4. We realized that since it was officially crowded, and we had already done a lot of the major attractions, it was time to suck it up and wait. It was hard, but we attempted to brave the 140 minute wait for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and the 45 minute wait for Dragon Challenge. We sadly never rode Forbidden Journey due to it being really just too long and the ride broke down.

Published: December 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Went to Epcot the last 2 years on Christmas day.
My strategy was, Go to Epcot at 9:00 am. Visit some rides and get Fast Pass to Test Track.
I hung around the park visiting the Country's and it did not get busy until about 12:30 PM. I mean we had the park to ourselves. Magic Kingdom on the other hand was slammed at the time.
I made a reservation earlier for the Be our Guest Restaurant at 5:15 pm.
I left Epcot at3:30 Pm, left my car in the less filled Epcot parking lot and took the Monorails to Magic Kingdom. They took me right away into my reservation and I was able to eat a great meal.
So if I was doing the Disney parks on Christmas time, I would hit up a Animal Kingdom or Epcot in the morning avoiding Magic Kingdom. If I had to go there later, I would get a dining reservation. This way if they hit code" we are too slammed," you can still get in the park because you have a dining reservation.
Overall, it was not a stressful day at all and like the article said I didnt make any expectations to get on anything that normally has long lines.

Published: December 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Probably wasn't the best idea to complain about your employer on camera.

Security should have told the guy with the camera to get off the street or they will pepper spray him.

The Disney staff usually has to break out the mace when guests get crowded and unruly.

If you want to feel magical at Disney World on Christmas your best bet is to head to a bar at the world showcase.

Deidre Dennis

Published: December 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

We are heading to Disneyland Jan 1-6. I'm wondering what the crowds will be like since typically that is the week kids are back in school.

Regardless of the time of year, we always go with the expectations that these parks are going to be packed, however I have heard the first couple weeks of January is actually a good time to go.

Published: December 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Everything on this list is 100% accurate. I went to MK last year for New Year's Eve, and got the perfect spot in front of the castle at 6 p.m. and waited with my girlfriend till midnight. Prepare yourself, though. If it's gonna be cold, like last year, bring lots of layers of clothing! I made the mistake of attempting to go to the restroom at around 10 pm and the crowd control was so intense that I had to walk a huge circle from the hub, to Fantasyland, to Tomorrowland, out the side CM entrance by The Plaza, back to the front entrance of the park, up Main Street, USA, in front of Crystal Palace, and then back to my spot. It was a nightmare. Other than that, it was a lot of fun and get to the park as early as possible to guarantee entrance and try to ride SOME rides.
Mike Gallagher

Published: December 27, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Anonymous poster above said: "Probably wasn't the best idea to complain about your employer on camera."

What are you referring to? I didn't see any incident like that mentioned in this thread. I've been known to miss stuff, but I don't think I did here.

James Trexen

Published: December 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

^Click on "people to freak out."
Jake Johnson

Published: December 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM

me.. i just stay away at thanksgiving and christmas holiday time.. its PACKED and there is no way around it..

But if you MUST go the items mentioned can help make this a better time for all.. actually if you wait till week after new year day the place is deserted..

happy christmas and merry new year to all my fellow TPI'ers..