Use this helpful guide to familiarize yourself with December crowd levels at Walt Disney World. We cover crowd levels, weather, frequently asked questions, as well as Resort booking windows.
The first half of December is considered a favorite among Disney World veterans as you get to experience all of the Christmas atmosphere, events, moderate prices, and smaller crowds than compared to the second half of December.
The second half of December is considerably more busy and expensive as many families flock to Disney World to celebrate Christmas and the Holiday season.
Did you know? During the holidays, Walt Disney World is home to over 1,300 Christmas Trees!
Use this crowd calendar to save time and money by finding the perfect time to book your trip. To save on tickets during your stay, read our helpful guide on how to save money on tickets.
Crowd Calendar Key
- Light Crowds (1/5)
- Fair Crowds (2/5)
- Average Crowds (3/5)
- Heavy Crowds (4/5)
- Severe Crowds (5/5)
- Extreme Crowds (6/5)
- December 1-17 – Slightly busy but the least busy time during December.
- December 18-21 – Busy Christmas crowds begin to arrive.
- December 22-31 – Extremely heavy Christmas crowd levels.
To view the entire year at a glance, view our Disney World crowd calendar.
* Dining reservations begin 180 days prior to the date if you are staying on property at a Disney Resort.
Cinderella Castle dressed in Christmas lights during December.
How busy is Disney World in December?
December is one of the most magical times at Disney World. The parks and resorts transform to spread holiday cheer. Each one carefully thought out and crafted. The first half of December has lower crowds and prices. In our experience, the crowd levels range from Average (3/5) to Severe (5/5), with Christmas and New Years Eve being Extremely Busy.
When is the best time to visit Disney World in December?
If you’re looking to save money and experience the lowest crowds, you’ll want to visit during the first half of December. That being said, there is something very magical about staying at Disney World during Christmas and New Years Eve! We recommend this at least once.
How busy is Disney World during Christmas?
Disney World experiences extreme crowds on Christmas. Many families enjoy spending time together at the parks during the holidays. You’ll want to avoid Christmas and the surrounding days if you’re looking to avoid heavy crowds.
How busy is Disney World during New Years Eve?
Disney World is very busy on New Years Eve! For our complete guide on New Years Eve at Walt Disney World, please view our January crowd calendary page.
The typical weather at Disney World in December is a high of 75° with a low 55° (F). It usually rains about 4 days. With temperatures lower in the morning, hot in the afternoon, and cooling off after sunset, you may want to dress in layers to be comfortable throughout the day.
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