December is a magical time of year in Disney World. Magic Kingdom is decorated for Christmas. Epcot has the International Festival of the Holidays and there is plenty of holiday fun to be found at Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and the Disney Resorts! If you are planning a trip to Disney World in December, here is what you can look forward to experiencing….
Guide to Going to Disney World in December
Crowds at Disney World in December
While December is a busy time in the Disney Parks, crowds are pretty low the first half of the month.
Once you get to the week before Christmas when everyone is out of school for the holiday break, the crowds grow and it is harder than ever to get into the parks because of peak crowd attendance.
Disney World Events in December
One of the biggest reasons for visiting Disney World in December is because of all the different events going on.
Take a look at some of the fun things you can experience when visiting the parks this month.
Magic Kingdom is filled with Christmas magic and if you want it to be even more of a holiday experience, consider purchasing tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This special ticketed event runs from November through the End of December and offers a way for guests to be fully immersed in the holiday spirit.
Guests will have shorter wait times for rides, get free holiday cookies and beverages, and see the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Running the end of November through the first of the year is the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays where Epcot celebrates holiday traditions for each of the 11 World Showcase Nations.
You will find storytellers, festive decorations, food, and music.
Hollywood Studios does a great job with decorating at Christmastime! The place to be at Hollywood Studios is along Sunset Boulevard.
Billboards will suddenly transform into cartoon shorts that feature popular Disney characters discussing their love for the season.
And Tower of Terror even changes throughout the evening into different holiday displays!
Disney Springs at Christmas
Disney Springs is decorated for Christmas just like the parks and holiday music is playing in the shops and along the walkways.
You will find stores, like World of Disney and LEGO, filled with holiday displays and plenty of items on every child’s Christmas list.
Weather in Disney World in December
The average high temperature in Orlando in December is 73º and partly sunny!
The humidity is gone, so while it is warm, it is not sticky like it is in the summer months.
This marks a much drier season for Florida, and while it can rain, most likely you won’t see it rain enough to dampen your visit to the parks!
What to Wear to Disney World in December
This is one of the few times of the year when you can actually wear either shorts or pants to Disney World and be comfortable.
The main thing to know is that it can be cool in the mornings and in the evenings, so you will want to dress in layers.
If you celebrate Christmas, this December is a great time to wear your Disney Christmas t-shirt in the parks!
Disney World Planning Information
There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.
Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.
Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.
Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.
We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.
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