What to Expect when Visiting Disney on Christmas Day

If you are planning on vacationing in the Disney World parks on Christmas Day, there is a lot to know so you can prepare for your day of fun!

Will the Parks be Crowded?

The parks will be very crowded.  It is typical that on Christmas Day and a few days before and after the holiday, the park will be closed to new guests by 10 AM and typically reopens by 6 PM.  In addition to the gorgeous decorations offered by the parks, you can also find festive music being played throughout.  Expect to find the attraction lines longer than on other typical visits to the parks.  Most find that the time spent in the parks is overly magical on this particular day!

Where should We Plan on Eating a Holiday Dinner?

Here is a breakdown of the restaurants that will be available for holiday dining within the parks:

Magic Kingdom Theme Park

 

Restaurant   Meal(s)   Description
Liberty Tree Tavern   Lunch, Dinner   American, Holiday Family-style
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant   Dinner   Italian, A la carte

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park

 

Restaurant   Meal(s)   Description
Hollywood & Vine   Lunch, Dinner   American, Holiday Buffet
The Hollywood Brown Derby   Lunch, Dinner   Californian, Holiday Entree

Epcot Theme Park

 

Restaurant   Meal(s)   Description
Biergarten Restaurant   Lunch, Dinner   German, Holiday Buffet

Disney Resort Hotels

 

Restaurant   Meal(s)   Description
Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort   Dinner   American, Holiday Buffet
Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort   Brunch, Lunch, Dinner   American, Holiday Buffet
Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort   Brunch   American, Holiday Buffet
Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa   Dinner   Mediterranean, Holiday Prix Fixe Menu
Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort   Dinner   American, Seafood, Holiday Entree
Garden Grove at Walt Disney World Swan Hotel   Dinner   American, Character Holiday Buffet
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground   Dinner Show   American, Holiday Buffet
Todd English’s bluezoo at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel   Dinner   Seafood, Holiday Menu
Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground   Lunch, Dinner   American, Holiday Buffet
Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa   3 Dinner Options: Standard Dining, Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room   Modern American
The Wave … of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort   Lunch, Dinner   American, Holiday Buffet
Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge   Lunch, Dinner   American, Holiday Family-style
Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort   Dinner   Steakhouse, Holiday Prix Fixe Menu

If you have yet to make that dining reservation, be sure to do so now!

Tips for Visiting on Christmas Day:

If you plan on visiting the parks, you should familiarize yourself with the parks.  Know where you can find the parades, the best viewing spot for the fireworks, a meeting spot in case someone gets lost, where to find the restrooms, first aid, etc.  Here is a link to all of the park maps.  A few minutes studying the map can really help you and your family reduce the level of frustration you have once you get to the Parks and are faced in the crowds.

When traveling with a child, you may want to consider sending a note to Santa saying that you will be away on vacation in Disney World.  This will help your child reduce their apprehension that Santa will not be able to find them during your time away from home!

Bring along items from home that you and your family cherish!  This will help your resort room feel more like home while away on vacation!  Perhaps photos of past Christmas’, holiday cards from friends and family, or even a miniature tree.  Small amounts of decorations can make the event that much more fun!

The experience you have on this holiday in Disney World will be one you will remember forever!

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