What are the lines like on a Sat. Planning a trip for Dec 11th. Will consider the 12th if expected large crowds on the 11th. Please share any and all info you have!
There are new things this year to do compared to last year. The first thing that is new is that Italy is opened and decorated. They have some of the flat rides in Italy opened along with a new show called Miracles. Miracles is in the San Marco theater which is open to the elements. They do have portable heaters station throughout the theater.
The second new thing is the Flight of Lights. The Flight of Lights is the skyride and you leave from the England Station and make a complete roundtrip. The vehicles are decorated with Christmas lights and they offer a great view of the Christmas lights in the countries from above.
In England you have A Sesame Street Christmas playing in the Globe Theater along with the Flight of Lights skyride.
In Ireland you have the Rejoice show in the Abbey Stone Theater.
In France/New France you have the Polar Pathway. In the Polar Pathway you are able to view some penguins along with a white owl and a huge white rabbit.
In Germany you have the Deck the Halls show in Das Festhaus. There is also a marketplace where you are able to get different types of wares from local vendors. You also have the big Christmas tree in front of Das Festhaus where they do the O Tannenbaum light show every half hour.
They have carolers in England, and singers in Ireland & New France that come out throughout the night.
The rides that are open in the park are:
Europe in The Air
Curse of DarKastle
Der Roto Baron
Der Autobahn Jr.
The Flying Machine
The Battering Ram
The Little Balloons
The Little Gliders
Griffon is open weather permitting and once it gets near 40 degrees they shut it down. They had it open on Sunday, but before 8pm it was already too cold and they had shut the ride down.
The park opens each country at different times with everything being open by 5pm. They open England at 2:15pm with Scotland & Ireland opening at 2:45pm. France opens at 3:15pm with Germany following at 4pm and Italy at 4:45pm.
You can always get a Quick Queue pass if it is busy the night you go. The Quick Queue pass gets you reserved seating to some of the shows and unlimited priority boarding on the rides.
Here is a link to some of the pictures I took last night.
Also it will be pretty packed on a saturday. I'll be there on the 11th of December as well. If you have the time, I'd wait until sunday to go. but if you are more flexible I would go on the 19th instead, since it is still a sunday, which means less people, and it is open until 10pm instead of 9pm.