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Tips for a Better Disney Trip During the Holidays

Disney World is a magical place throughout the year, but during November and December, people of all ages can’t help but be caught up in the holiday spirit. Of course, this is also one of the busiest times of the year, so it is important to make extra plans to make the most of your visit and not miss out due to the larger crowds. First off, make sure you’ve booked your reservation at one of the spacious Fantasy World vacation villas that are among the best of the Kissimmee resorts. Then follow these tips to save time and energy so that you can enjoy every magical moment of your holiday trip.

The FastPass+ is a must-have any time of year, and especially during the holidays. Fortunately, you can now book FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days before your arrival, as long as you’ve already bought your theme park tickets. This is a key step, because it helps you avoid two separate lines at both the ticket booth and the FastPass+ booth in the park. Just remember, there’s a limit of three FastPass+ advanced reservations each day, but you can purchase more in the park once you’ve used your first three.

Booking as much in advance is extremely important, because everything fills up fast, including restaurants. You may want to call in advance of your trip to see if you can make a reservation if you have specific restaurants at the parks in mind. Place like Rainforest Café, Raglan Café, and T-Rex sometimes have a few extra bookings not done directly through the Disney reservation system, so you may want to call them directly.

Even before you arrive, you should consider making a theme park tour plan with the absolute musts for each family member. There are various apps and website tips that can help you determine the best times to visit certain attractions. By determining what you must see versus what you’d like to see, and also keeping in mind their locations within the park, you can find ways to work around some of the often long waits. During this busy season, some of the most popular rides and attractions can have waits ranging from one to three hours, so it’s important to have options as well as in-line distractions.

You should also plan on getting to the parks first thing in the morning, as soon as they open, and aim for your favorites first. The parks generally open to the public at 9 am, though there are special Extra Magic Hour days when they open an hour earlier, though that tends to be for Disney hotel guests. Check in advance if there are any early opening days and consider using that day to visit a different park or plan some other outing. Regardless of when the parks open, make sure you’re there at least 45 minutes prior to opening. Also keep in mind that the park closes early on certain nights for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which requires a separate ticket. On these nights, you won’t see the fireworks unless you’ve purchased the extra ticket.

While it may be tempting to do some of the character breakfasts, the reality is that these early morning hours are the best times to get out and enjoy all of the rides and attractions at the park when the lines are much shorter. By the time the breakfasts let out, that’s when the parks are starting to get busy. If you have a child that really wants to do one of these events, consider the lunch or dinner instead, when you’re more likely to be tired and ready for a longer break.

These are just a few tips to get you started on your magical holiday trip to Disney World. Don’t forget that the other parks also feature a variety of holiday themed decorations and attractions, so be sure to plan your visits carefully to make sure you know when extra tickets may be required.

One of the perks of staying at one of the Kissimmee resorts like Fantasy World is that you can go early and enjoy the parks before they get too busy, then head back and relax at your resort where you’ll still find plenty of fun and attractions to keep you entertained. Happy Holidays!

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