Right, so let’s get to the oft-asked question straightaway: Is Disney World busy at Christmas?
BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *Gasp, wheeze, struggle for breath* Is Disney World busy at Christmas?!
So yeah, this would be the part of the answer where I lob back a number of saucy replies involving the business that bears do in the woods or the activities of a one-legged man at an ass-kicking competition.
In other (less sarcastic ) words, YES, Disney World is busy at Christmas. All four parks were busier than I have ever seen them over 11 visits and 40 years of existence. And on Christmas Day in particular when the Magic Kingdom hit capacity for just the second time in Disney history, the kind of busy that regrettably pulls you right out of the magic as you question the efficacy of any emergency procedure that will involve the evacuation of 70,000 people.
However! Mr. Finger Candy and I – particularly in light of our back-to-back trips in 2017 – kind of consider ourselves pros at this whole Disney business, and we viewed our adventure as a challenge or a task or a mission to be completed, and completed well! So we were organized and motivated and driven. Also willing to adapt, modify our plans as needed and just go with the flow, bro.
“Park or Perish!” may seem like a pretty lousy rallying call for a vacation, but I assure you, we had a fantabulous time, in large part because we were up for just about anything. Which led to all sorts of fun shenanigans that I will share with you in
more exhaustive detail a little later, such as this awesome meet-and-greet with Buzz Lightyear in which he congratulated us on our top scores on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
Or this incredible retro meal we enjoyed (so much!) at the 50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Or hugs from this hairy dude.
For that matter, hugs from this hairy dude as well, who graciously received us in his study after our late (10 pm!) Christmas Day dinner at Be Our Guest.
Or this amazing moment, which I have already decided is going to be next year’s Christmas card. “Merry Christmas, Force-choke a husband!”
We had a blast, crowd levels notwithstanding (in fact, in some cases we had an amazing time not in spite of the crowds, but because of them.) And I like to think that was our “reward” for our laid back, yet organized, approach to Disneying through the holidays – an actual good time to be had at the Happiest Place on Earth. Revolutionary, I know! But it can be done, and I’m looking forward to sharing all the fun with you over the coming days. Please do stop by for a visit; there’s plenty more Star Wars and meet-and-greets and deeply unattractive on-ride photos to come!