The holidays are quickly approaching at Walt Disney World! And while Disney has introduced a ton of new holiday experiences like Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Time Fireworks, new decorations at Animal Kingdom, and new New Year’s dining experiences, we’re here to chat about what Disney holiday experiences are not worth your time or your money.
1. New Year’s Eve Events
For those of you looking to stick to a budget, we suggest skipping the over-the-top New Year events that cost bunches of money. Disney has quite a few New Years’ Eve opportunities that you and your family can experience with the purchase of your park ticket, especially now that Disney is bringing the NYE celebration to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
So instead of spending $299 at Disney’s Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration or any of the other pay-to-play NYE offerings, head to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios for exciting fireworks, attractions, and food that don’t require a separate ticket!
2. Magic Kingdom
We suggest skipping Magic Kingdom on Christmas and New Year’s Eve if you aren’t a big fan of crowds. Honestly, these days can be INSANE with the parks often reaching capacity early in the day. Wait times will probably be long, and you won’t have the opportunity to do or see as much on these days if you choose to visit Magic Kingdom. Instead, we suggest checking out any of the other three parks. It’s pretty likely that you will find smaller crowds and lower wait times. Each park will also be offering fun holiday entertainment and decor.
For example, you can check out Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and Sunset Seasons Greetings in Hollywood Studios, the Festival of the Holidays in Epcot, and the new decor and holiday version of Tree of Life Awakenings in Animal Kingdom.
If you’re hoping to see the Christmas parade and fireworks without paying for a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket, we suggest visiting the parks a day or two before or after Christmas. Often times, the parade, stage show, and fireworks will take place during normal operating hours!
3. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
With this being said, for those of you who are looking to save a little cash, we suggest skipping Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. While Disney is introducing a handful of new experiences, if it’s anything like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year, you can expect larger crowds and longer wait times then you may have anticipated. (Many of our readers reported that they were very unhappy with the Halloween party this year, so we’re interested to see how the holidays play out.)
Which Disney World holiday experience will you be skipping this year and why? Let us know in the comments below!
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