December at Disney World enjoys mild temperatures, lots of great holiday decorations, begins with light crowds and ends with the busiest crowds of the whole year.
Many consider the first part of the month to 1 of the best times to visit due to low crowds, lower prices, mild temps and holiday decor.
Although most people think low crowds = less planning, 1 thing that is more important to plan during lower crowds is figuring out the best park for each day of your trip. During busy times, the crowds are spread more evenly across the parks since nighttime entertainment is offered nightly. When traveling in the first part of December at Disney World, you should pay special attention to the best/worst parks (shown below) to avoid the busiest crowds.
The end of December has peak crowds, and good planning will be necessary to avoid lots of long lines.
Traveling during a busier time means you have to be extra diligent about having a good touring plan. As long as you're zigging while other people zag, you'll do fine.
Since temps in December at Disney World can get cool in the mornings and evenings, consider dressing in layers so you're comfortable throughout the day.
|Explanation of park recommendations and abbreviations below
In general, I recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours because they tend to be the busiest parks that day. Animal Kingdom is an exception because it's usually not too bad, even on EMH days.Magic Kingdom usually sees a surge on Saturdays, so other parks are usually a better choice.
MK = Magic Kingdom, EP = Epcot, HS = Hollywood Studios, AK = Animal Kingdom,
|What the dates in each day of the calendar mean
(click the + sign beside each date to add it to your calendar):
When guests can start making Advanced Dining Reservations
When onsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
When offsite guests can start making FastPass+ reservations
Moderately suggested park
Park not suggested
|Park hours for people visiting in December at Disney World usually come out in mid-May.|