5 tips for visiting the Magic Kingdom at Christmas for an extra magical Disney World vacation!
This time last weekend Roger & I were spending a wonderful day in the Magic Kingdom with Roger’s family.
We spent the day with 13 of his family members enjoying fun rides, watching shows, & trying a plethora of yummy food, both savory & sweet.
Roger had work the next day, so we left the park around 3:15 (& the parking lot at 4:05) in order to make the 8ish hour drive home that evening.
But that still left us about 6 hours in the park & we had so much fun & made a whole lot of unforgettable Christmas memories!
And since the Magic Kingdom is extra special at Christmas time I thought you may enjoy some tips for a Christmas Disney World vacation.
So let’s get to it!
1. Wear Layers
Northerners may think this is funny, but the weather can fluctuate quite a bit, even in Orlando Florida!
One moment it feels warm, bordering on hot, & the next the temperature plummets & you’ll find yourself standing in line with a bunch of other unprepared Disney goers with a sweater in hand to purchase in order to stay warm.
But hey, that’s just one more souvenir that you can have to remember the day!
Right before we left I picked up this Plush-Knit Swing Dress & I also brought a bright red vest that I had planned to wear, but it was so warm I ended up leaving it in the car.
About mid-day (when you would expect it to be the warmest) all of the little girls were pulling on their sweaters to stay warm.
For about half an hour I wished I had brought mine, but then it warmed up again & I was just fine.
Plus, Roger & I also had our rain jackets with us so that we wouldn’t get too wet on Splash Mountain & be cold the rest of the day.
So if we had become really cold we would have them to keep us warm & block the wind.
2. Check Crowd Levels
This is a must before planning your trip!
Early on in the Christmas season, the crowds aren’t too bad, but the closer you get to Christmas the busier the parks will become with more crowds & longer lines.
We went on a Sunday two weeks before Christmas & it was pretty crowded.
One of my cousins who actually lives in Orlando & has a Florida Resident Annual Pass went to the Magic Kingdom that day too (we didn’t find out that we were both there until afterward). They ended up leaving & going to Disney Springs because there were just so many people at the Magic Kingdom.
But don’t let that scare you off!
We had a lot of fun with our family. If you regularly visit Disney World this may be a good time to see some shows & enjoy some rides that you don’t normally enjoy, when you are not using FastPass+ of course.
3. Know the Hours
Like anytime you visit Disney World, it’s really important to check the hours before planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom.
But this is especially true during the holiday season as they have special events in the evening.
During the Christmas season, the magical event is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
While we were there the park “closed” for this event at 6:00 pm.
4. How to Stay Past Closing Time
While we had to leave early to get home for work the next day, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is on my bucket list!
This special Christmas party requires a special ticket with an additional cost, but it comes with a lot of extra Disney Magic.
But from everything I’ve read & seen it is totally worth it!
Some perks I’ve read about include free treats (like hot chocolate & cookies), shorter wait times, special meet & greets with characters you don’t normally see!
I’m thinking I may start planning for next Christmas right now!
5. Be Prepared for Extra Magic
Disney World is already a magical experience, but add on Christmas & you’ve got a whole lot of extra magic.
From special Christmas desserts to Christmas decor & lights, to Christmas Disney apparel & souvenirs, to Disney characters dressed up for Christmas, & so much more!
It’s a magical time of year & it’s extra magical at the Magic Kingdom!
I hope you enjoyed these extra magical Christmas tips for the Magic Kingdom!
If you use these tips for the Magic Kingdom at Christmastime be sure to share a picture & tag @DomesticallyBlissful on Instagram so that we can all see your fun Disney vacation!
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What is your favorite thing about Disney World at Christmas?
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With love, Giusti