December at Disney World
Mild temperatures, lots of great holiday decorations, and crowds that vary from moderate to extremely busy
Many consider the first part of the month to 1 of the best times to visit due to moderate crowds, moderate prices, mild temps and holiday decor.

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.

Crowd Calendar
December 2019

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How does our Crowd Calendar work?

Park hours for people visiting in December usually come out in mid-May

Crowd Levels

The "crowd level" compares each day to the rest of the year; it indicates how crowded the entire WDW Resort area is on a scale of 1-10.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
10/10 crowd level
  • 1-3 crowd levels
  • 4-7 crowd levels
  • 8-10 crowd levels
  • Recommended Parks

    Using many different factors, we look at which park(s) will be the most and least crowded every day. We then mark a recommendation for each park.

    Magic Kingdom
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Epcot
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Hollywood Studios
    9:00 AM to 9:00 PM


  • Park recommended
  • Moderate
  • Park not recommended


  • About advanced reservations

  • - Advanced dining reservations: 180 days beforehand when dining reservations open (online at 6 am EST by phone at 7:00 am EST).
  • - On-Site FastPass+ Reservations: 60 days beforehand when people staying onsite can begin making their FastPass+ reservations (7:00 am EST)
  • - Off-Site FastPass+ Reservations: 30 days beforehand when people staying offsite can begin making their FastPass+ reservations (7:00 am EST)
  • Tips from our ground crew

  • - In general, we recommend avoiding parks with Extra Magic Hours (EMH) because they tend to be hte busiest parks that day.
  • - Magic Kingdom usually sees a surge on Saturdays, so other parks are usually a better choice.
  • - Exception: Animal Kingdom because it's usually not too bad, even on EMH days.

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