Christmas Week Trip Report
Christmas Week 2007
Let me say that after just returning from Walt Disney World it seemed this Christmas Week was the most crowded I can remember. We utilized EMH in the mornings at Magic Kingdom and that definitely helped out. We made our way through Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and into Frontierland getting most rides finished before 10 AM. But by about 10 AM the park was close to capacity (and even reached capacity on New Year’s Eve) and that began our trek to finishing up some of the lesser rides for us. We then ate a quick lunch and headed back to Animal Kingdom Villas for a swim.
The weather this year was unbelievable reaching record highs into the upper 80’s. Our biggest mistake was over packing. We took 4-5 sweatshirts for the AM and PM but there was really only one day that it was cold enough to wear them.
I can say that Walt Disney World during the Holiday season offers some of the most beautiful scenery I can recall. You truly get the feeling of the Holiday spirit at every park and resort.
Back to the “Peak Season” info…..We tried to make some last minute Dining Reservations and there were very few openings- most only had a table for two, or dinner at 9:30 PM. We heard many people at the parks or on the bus telling others that they were planning on walking up and eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table, even though they didn’t have reservations. That is the biggest mistake people make during the peak seasons….thinking that you can just walk up and eat at any table service restaurant you want. It seems now that it is almost mandatory to make your ADR’s as close to the 180 day mark as you can.
Another Peak Season thing that drives us nuts was the pool. Since it was so warm, many people went down to the pool and “reserved” chairs for their family by placing a towel over the chair at 8 AM. Nevermind that those people did not stay in their chairs, rather they would go back up to their rooms, eat breakfast, or even head to a park, then return. Yes we have overheard others say that. Those are just some examples of the peak season at Walt Disney World.
For my money I would say that the Castle Lighting Show might be one of the best things Disney has come up with in a while. My first thought was that placing lights on the castle would take away from its beauty, but I was wrong. I cannot do it justice as to how amazing it looks in person. It really gives you the feeling of ice covering the castle.
Also during Peak Season, FASTPASSES were gone for the day at most E-Ticket rides before noon. The average wait time for rides like Soarin’, or Space Mountain ran about 140 minutes. That is not as bad as I have seen in the past, but still two hours to wait for any ride is crazy. I saw so many people look at each other and comment how come people are going in the “other line” (FASTPASS). It is crazy that people do not utilize FASTPASS or even take the time to read their park map to understand how it works.
Finally, as with any Disney vacation, the joy of the trip, turns to a bit of sadness as you realize you have to head back to the real world again. Like most Disney fans though, that begins the task again of planning for our next trip (for us during another peak season), and the anticipation that it brings. As Mickey says, “See ya real soon!”