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The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and Disney is the most magical place on earth, so what could be more mindblowingly amazing than combining the two? Well, there are a few things that could determine how much you and your family enjoy a holiday Disney World vacation. Take a look below at the pros and cons of visiting the theme park during the holiday season to help decide if the timing is right for you.

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The pros and cons of Disney during the holidays

 

In the end, a visit to Disney World during the holidays will give your family a rare look at the theme park bedecked in holiday cheer, with loads of extra festive performances and events to enjoy. On the other hand, if you’re already wary of the park’s long lines and wait times, you may want to wait for a quieter season to visit.

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The magic of the holidays combined with the most magical place on earth? It’s almost too much. If you’re thinking about heading to Walt Disney World around Christmas, be sure to consider all the pros and cons.

 

PROS

Ain’t no party like Mickey’s Very Christmas Party, a ticketed Magic Kingdom soiree with a stage show, parade and more.

Three words: Fireworks Dessert Party. This after-hours event serves up sweets, snow flurries and prime seating for the fireworks display.

In December, Orlando’s high temperature is 73 degrees, and hurricanes and humidity are nowhere in sight.

Jaw-dropping decorations, everywhere! The pièce de résistance is a life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Cinderella Castle lit up via Queen Elsa’s ice powers will give you all the feels.

 

CONS

Peak season means peak ticket prices: A staggering $132.06 for adults and $125.67 for kids buys you a single day at the Magic Kingdom.

Then there’s the sticker shock  for your peak-season Orlando airfare and hotel.

Restaurant reservations go fast, so plan ahead or you’ll be stuck dining on Dole Whip while othe folks feast on special holiday menus.

Bigger crowds and longer ride wait times might bring out the Scrooge in you.

If you thought it was tough explaining Santa Claus to your kids, then wait until they meet Santa Goofy.

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Dalia Colon

Dalia Colon

Dalia is a multimedia journalist in Tampa and the Smart Travel Insider for VISIT FLORIDA. Follow her on Twitter @daliacolon.

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