Best Tips When Planning a Trip to Disney at Christmas

Best Tips When Planning a Trip to Disney at Christmas

Christmas is a very special time to spend with family, and where better to spend it than at a Disney park, especially if you have little ones. I have been to Disneyland with my family twice over Christmas, and we plan to go again this December.

Right after November 11, Disney starts the magic of transforming their parks into a Christmas wonderland. Some of their popular rides and shows (Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World and, World of Color, to name a few) are changed over to a Christmas theme.

Be Prepared

  • Expect huge crowds during Christmas. On certain days, the potential is there for the parks to get full, and they can no longer allow admission. Get there as early as you can to avoid disappointment, especially if there are specific things you want to see and do.
  • Buy your tickets before you go. Familiarize yourself with how Disney’s FASTPASS Service works, so you can take full advantage of the program and limit the amount of long lines you will need to wait in.
  • Take advantage of single lines on certain popular rides, which will also cut down on the wait times.
  • Take advantage of the parent exchange program. If you have little ones, this program, which is offered at most rides, allows one parent to go on a ride with their child, and then once off they allow the other parent to go on the same ride with their child without waiting in line.
  • Book well in advance, if you do plan to go over the Christmas holidays, to ensure you have more hotels and flight options to choose from; be prepared to pay more than usual as this is a peak travel time.

All that being said, we are prepared for the crowds and look forward to the look of wonderment our kids will have in their eyes when they see the Christmas magic that Disney puts on, especially the amazing Christmas fireworks show — a MUST see.


If you’re interested in spending your Christmas vacation at Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort, please contact one of our Disney travel agents, who would be happy to help plan your Disney dream vacation.