We are continuing our holiday series with a look at Christmastime at Walt Disney World! Have you ever considered spending the holidays at one of the happiest place on earth? We caught up with the busy O family after their trip to Disney World this last December, and talked with them about the highlights of a holiday trip. They also have some great tips for any family thinking about planning a trip.
PS Ears: When did you visit Disney World?
December 13-20 2013
PS Ears: What ages were your kids when you took your vacation?
13, 11, 8, 5
PS Ears: How many days were you at the parks? Was it enough time for you or not?
We had a 5-day park pass. Yes, we had plenty of time.
PS Ears: Where did you stay? Would you stay there again?
We stayed off property at Orange Lake Resort. Yes, we would stay there again.
PS Ears: Were there any challenges or advantages to staying off property from Disney World?
The biggest challenge for us staying on Disney Property was the size of our family. The cost was too much because we would need a larger room or 2 rooms. It would have been wonderful and more convenient but our place was VERY close to Disney Property. We were able to get to the resort and park and get into the park very quickly. Not a problem at all.
PS Ears: Would you visit Disney World at Christmas time again?
Yes, we would visit again before Christmas but not in between Christmas or New Years.
PS Ears: How long did it take you to plan and book your trip?
13 years – just kidding! Over a year only because we were deciding on the time to go and where to stay and if we should do Disneyland or DisneyWorld
PS Ears: What were some special experiences from your trip that you loved?
We loved every park and had a magical time at each one. I think it is because everything was new and a fun adventure.
PS Ears: What were some special Christmas experiences/attractions/events that you would say visitors should definitely see?
We loved the Christmas parades and just the feeling there around Christmas. Magic Kingdom did something that my kiddos liked –the princesses all handed out Christmas cards when you met them and they were already signed!
PS Ears: What were your children’s favorite things – by age?
Our daughter, age 13-Animation Academy, Rockin Roller Coaster, Big Thunder, Toy Story Mania
Our daughter, age 11- Expedition Everest, Rockin Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania
Our son, age 8- Animation Academy, Rockin Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania
Our daughter, age 5- Meeting the princesses, Splash Mountain, Toy Story Mania
PS Ears: What things would you do different next time?
It would be really nice to stay on Disney Property and see what that includes. The Magic Bands would have been cool, not too have been so rushed.
PS Ears: What challenges did you experience? What could make those better next time?
The dining at the parks was tricky because you couldn’t do last minute. You had to make a reservation 24 hours in advance. So if you didn’t know where to eat and you were only at that park for one day you were in trouble getting in to eat ANYWHERE. Also, we had our picture taken everywhere by the PhotoPass people but we never were able to see them. I had trouble retrieving them from the cards and the website and customer service didn’t help. I wonder if I would have paid for this service it would have been better.
PS Ears: What tips/advice would you give families planning a trip to Disney World during Christmas time?
Go before Christmas, get the Disney World apps for your phone. It helped a lot with wait times. Talk to someone who has been there before and can help you navigate the whole Fast Pass thing.
If you are interested in planning a Disney World vacation for this December, now is a great time to start planning and booking! Our pals at Destinations in Florida can help you plan and book your Christmas trip! Disney World is very magical for the holidays and it books up quickly!
If you are interested in Disneyland during Christmas time, check out our post all about Disneyland during the holidays.
*Some photos provided by Disney World News