It’s been 10 years since I moved here to Florida. People always ask me if it has gotten old for me visiting the Walt Disney World parks whenever I want. Today was one of those days when I felt like a little kid experiencing something for the first time. It just doesn’t get old for me. I decided a number of years ago that I had to visit the parks on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I truly wish all my friends that “get” Walt Disney World could have been there with me.
Friends said I was crazy for attempting to visit Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day. I wanted to get there early so I could enjoy the park before it got really crowded.
Let me offer a few words of wisdom if you are going to try this. Try and go early. The traffic really does start to build and by the time I left Magic Kingdom it was closed to new guests. They do eventually open but it is a shame to be shut out of the park on Christmas Day.
When I approached the auto plaza at Magic Kingdom I had my annual pass and drivers license ready. I didn’t use my Magic Band but if you have tickets on your band you can use it at the auto plaza. Just be sure to have identification with you in case you’re asked for it.
When driving through the parking area, be aware that there are usually two lines moving into the parking spots. Don’t jump from line to line because you think the one line is moving faster. You will get a parking spot. Don’t forget to write down the row you are parked in. If you forget where you parked but remember about what time you arrived, a cast member can usually direct you to your row.
When you get to the Ticket and Transportation center remember which tram you rode in on. Take note if you are dropped off at the Heroes or Villians side. That will be important when you go to leave the park.
Today since it was anticipated to be very busy they were offering bus rides to the Magic Kingdom. The lines were a walk on compared to the lines for the ferry boats or monorails. I realize it isn’t as exciting but I was inside enjoying the park while people were waiting for a ride on the monorail.
They had the gates open on the right side of the touch point area along with bag check so no need to walk down the path to the normal area. Being aware that this was open saved me time again getting into the park.
I highly suggest picking a spot in the park and every visit taking a picture there. You can see the changes over the years. It’s also a great way to create some family memories.
When the park is crowded I use the train to get around. I knew I wanted to start in Frontierland so I hopped aboard the train. It was much quicker than trying to fight the crowds down Main St. Could I also suggest reading a guide book or reading the information on WDWInfo.com? It was amazing the amount of misinformation I heard on the train today. Not being aware of where the rides are located can cost you valuable park touring time.
If you are a resort guest on busy days like this be sure to take advantage of FastPass+ and your MagicBands. It really does help if you are interested in experiencing some of the great attractions in Magic Kingdom.
Once you are in the park just exercise your patience. It can be crowded but nothing beats being in a WDW theme park for the holidays. I only stayed a few hours but decided to take the Epcot monorail just to see what that park looked like as far as the crowds.
Here are the cars backed up to make the turn towards Magic Kingdom.
It was a night and day difference between the two parks. Epcot looked empty compared to Magic Kingdom. If you are planning to visit a park on Christmas day, you might want to consider visiting a different park than the Magic Kingdom.
I love watching how Walt Disney World handles the increase in visitors on days like today. If I was grading them I would give them an A+. It’s easy to look good on low crowd days but they really shine on crazy busy days.
I hope everyone that visited Walt Disney World today had a great time. I hope you were able to create some lifetime memories! See you in the parks!
Category: Disney World