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Disney World in December 2023

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Are you planning a vacation to Disney World in December? You might be asking yourself a few questions like, Why is December a wonderful time to visit Disney World? And, how busy will it be at Disney World in December? In this article you will find out everything you’ll need to know to have a great time. From weather and crowd sizes to what to pack!

All About Disney World in December

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All About Disney World in December

So you’re thinking of going to Disney World in December? That’s amazing! There is no doubt that Disney World has its perks in December. With a festive holiday decorations everywhere, holiday-themed music playing all around you, so many Christmas trees, and special seasonal treats, it’s hard to not get caught up in this atmosphere of joyous time of year!

If your plan is to visit Disney World toward the end of the month for the Holidays, you need to know that you are going at one of the busiest times of the year. But have no fear, below are some things you’ll want to know before arriving at our Most Magical Place on Earth!

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Tips for Disney World in December

Visiting Disney World in December is totally do-able and you can have an amazing time, even when it’s super busy! Here are a few things you can do to make your trip more fun.

Christmas Tree on Main Street in Magic Kingdom.

How Crowded is Disney World in December?

Generally, December at Disney world has a mix of super crowded days and not so crowded days and not so crowded days, depending on what time of the month you go.

Crowds in early December are great, with more people visiting on the weekends. But as you get closer to Christmas, the crowd situation definitely changes.

The weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve, especially Christmas week, have the highest crowd levels of the entire year. There is no way around it. 

Cinderella Castle decorated for Christmas.

But, that being said, if you are prepared and know what to expect, it can be amazing to spend the most wonderful time of the year at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Although it will be crowded, I have some tips down below that will help you beat the crowds at Disney World in December!

Special Holiday Events at Disney World in December

The ultimate special event in December at Disney World is of course, the holidays! The official start of the holiday season at Disney World this year is November 11th. Each of the Disney World theme parks celebrates in unique ways.

Magic Kingdom Christmas Tree.

Epcot the International Festival of the Holidays, Candlelight Processional, meet Santa Claus, and Glittering Greenhouses. Magic Kingdom has Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Frozen Holiday, and Jingle Cruise.

Red and white Mickey Mouse shaped Christmas wreath.

Hollywood Studios offers Sunset Seasons Greetings, Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine, Toy Story Land characters in Holiday Attire, and Disney Jollywood Nights. Animal Kingdom celebrates with Merry Menagerie, Tree of Life Awakenings Holiday Edition, and seasonal decor.

Close up view of the bottom of the Christmas Tree in Disney's Magic Kingdom

Tips for Crowded Days at Disney World in December

Even with crowded days at the end of December, here are a few things you can do to deal with Disney World crowds.

Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom decorated for Christmas.

Purchase Disney Genie

Disney knows that there will be crowds at Disney World in December and has come up with ways to help you spend less time waiting in line. They want to keep the lines moving smoothly so that visitors can enjoy their experience without wasting precious vacation time standing around.

Fastpass+ sign for Frozen Ever After at Epcot.
Frozen Ever After

Genie+ system allows you skip the long lines at many attractions with a little pre-planning, Genie+ will cost you about $13 – $25 per person per day, depending on the park, and to me, is totally worth this price! This is something that I work into my budget because the time savings is so great. Read more about Disney Genie and Genie+ here.

Advanced Dining Reservations

Table service restaurants at Disney World can fill up fast and it is rare that you can just show up and expect to get a table.

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Disney allows anyone, whether staying on property or not, to make dining reservations 60 days before travel. These reservations are called Advance Dining Reservations or ADR’s.

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Planning ahead and making your dining reservations as soon as you can, will help you enjoy your favorite meals and beat the crowds! 

I recommend booking your vacation with a travel agent like Get Away Today, because they can help you make all of these reservations and remove the stress from you. Just remember tell them Mommy Mouse Clubhouse sent you!

Find out more information about dining reservations HERE. 

Crystal Palace Restaurant at Disney World.
Crystal Palace Restaurant

Rope Drop

There is nothing like early mornings at Disney Parks. Arriving 30-40 minutes before opening allows you to be inside the park and ready to ride when the “rope drops” giving you a head start on beating those long lines!

The first couple of hours offer great time for you to get onto popular attractions with fewer crowds, meet some Disney characters and maybe even enjoy a ride or two without having to wait in long lines. This will definitely help you get in the holiday spirit! 

You can also stay at one of the Disney Resort hotels and have access to Early Entry. This allows you to enter the park 30 minutes before park opening to get an extra early start on the Disney magic. All you need to do is scan your Magic Band or your park tickets!

Rider Switch

Another way to beat the crowds at Disney World is to use Rider Switch if you are traveling with small children. Rider Switch is designed for guests who are visiting with a child who is too small or may not want to ride certain attractions.

Entrance to Rock 'n Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Rock ‘n Roller Coaster

One adult can sit out with that child while the other adult goes on the ride. When the adult who rode the ride is done, the other adult can then ride with up to two guests without waiting in the stand-by line!

Rider Switch Attractions

The following rides are eligible for Rider Switch. Just talk to the cast member at the entrance to the attraction and they will help you get set up with what you’ll need.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Park

Entrance to Mission Space at Epcot.
Mission Space at Epcot


Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Tower of Terror

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pandora: World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Pandora: World of Avatar

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Weather at Disney World in December

The weather at Disney World in December is really pleasant. The average high temperatures are usually in the mid 60s – mid 70s and lows are in the mid 50s.

Graph showing Average Temperatures at Disney World in December.

The Orlando weather forecast for December shows a mix of partly cloudy days as well as scattered thunderstorms and some rain.

For up to date weather information in Orlando click here.

Disney World Hours in December

The following are the projected park hours for Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom in December. As always, these hours are subject to change so check Disney’s website for current information.

A boy in a Mickey hat in front of Tomorrowland.
Entrance to Tomorrowland

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Early Entry 8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm or 10:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm or 10:00 pm, depending on park closing time


  • Early Entry 8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Extended Evening Hours 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Mondays)

Hollywood Studios

  • Early Entry 8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm or 9:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – park closing time

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Early Entry 8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Open from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Park Hopper Hours 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
View riding on Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios.
Slinky Dog Dash

Disney World Ride Closures in December

Disney is great at keeping their rides and attractions in top notch form. That is one of the reasons that I will spend more money to visit their theme parks.

For an updated list of what rides will be closed in December, visit Disney World’s website

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railroad.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

What to Pack for Disney World in December

Are you wondering what to pack when you take a vacation to Disney World in December? You don’t want to be underprepared and end up using your vacation budget on things that could have easily been brought from home.

Check out How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney and 10 Items you Need in your Disney Backpack to make sure you have everything you need. Also check out my ultimate packing list here!

Here are a few things you might want to consider packing if you’ll be traveling to Disney World in December.

Santa Mickey Mouse Loungefly Backpack.

Pack an Umbrella, Poncho, and Stroller Protection

The weather in Orlando can be very unpredictable. Rain storms can form and dissipate quickly daily, sometimes. Whenever you go to Disney World, you should always be prepared with a compact umbrella or a disposable rain poncho.

Ponchos can also come in handy to wear on water rides like Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain (future Tiana’s Bayou Adventure) to keep your clothes nice and dry.

A Disney Parks Poncho.

If you will have a stroller with you at Disney World, you’ll want to protect it from the rain. This can be done by purchasing a universal stroller cover from Amazon, or bring a plastic shower curtain liner from the dollar store.

Secure the shower curtain liner over the stroller with clothes pins and your stroller will stay dry while you are watching a show or riding and attraction. Works like a champ!

Pack Sun Protection

Even in the winter months, the central Florida sun can be brutal! Be prepared for the UV rays by packing some sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses!


Make sure to re-apply on yourself and kids often during the day. Disney World is not as fun with a sunburn!

What to Wear at Disney World in December

I love being comfortable at Disney World, so my favorite thing to wear during the day is leggings with pockets and a cute Christmas Disney t-shirt.

In the early morning and evenings, low temperatures will be in the mid 50s in December. Make sure to bring along a cute hoodie or jacket to stay warm!

A boy in Mickey ears in front of a Lion King sign at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Disney-Themed Shirt from Amazon

Where to get Cute Disney Apparel

There are an abundance of places to get cute Disney-themed apparel for your trip. I have found many small shops on Instagram and Etsy that have adorable items! Below are some of my favorite places to shop for myself, my husband, and my kids before our Disney vacations.

If you’re looking for cute Disney apparel that won’t break the bank, check out! I always look there before I go on a Disney vacation to pick up cute t-shirts for my whole family for under $20.00 per shirt!

Two Disney-themed shirts
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Daily Boutique Deals

For more detailed info on how to order from Jane, check out my post Where I Buy My Cute Disney Shirts!


Amazon has tons of cute Disney apparel for the whole family! You can find everything from matching family Disney t-shirts, to Minnie Ears and autograph books!

Liberty Belle river boat at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

How to Save Money on Disney World Tickets and Hotels

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Final Thoughts

I hope this post has given you some ideas on what to pack and wear for Disney World in December. When you’re prepared with the right items, it makes your vacation a lot more enjoyable!

Make sure to check out Get Away Today for amazing deals on Disney World tickets and hotels. Have a magical time at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

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