Whenever I have clients going to Walt Disney World between Christmas and New Years, even the week prior to Christmas, I warn them. Between the holidays you can definitely run into park closures due to capacity. It gets busy with people trying to cram in the holiday cheer. You will need to have patience. The hustle and bustle of the season will be clear. This does not mean that you should avoid the holidays at Walt Disney World, but you just need to be prepared. If you don’t like crowds and waiting in lines, this might not be a good choice for you.
On the flip side, a cruise at the holidays will offer pretty much the same experience as other times during the year, though the holiday cheer will shine through. You would think that things are busier everywhere, but one thing that gets overlooked is where people can come from. At Walt Disney World, park guests are not limited by the number of hotel rooms at Disney, as they could drive in from the area (locals) or stay at other off-property hotels. The parks do have a capacity limit, but it is fairly high.
On a cruise, the capacity is limited by the number of seats in a lifeboat and the number of berths on the ship. It doesn’t matter if it’s a busier season, they can’t put anymore people on the ship than they could during the value season.
On a Disney Cruise at the holidays, the ship will be decorated with garland, Christmas trees and characters in holiday garb. You still will be able to enjoy the relaxing aspect of a cruise, with a little holiday cheer thrown in.
We close with a picture from our Holiday Photo contest winner, Roseanne, taken on the Disney Wonder.