Disney World during holidays

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Hello All,

Does anyone have any experience visiting Disney World in FL during the Christmas holidays? We would like to visit there during the week between Christmas and New Year's next year. However, I'm getting nervous that it's going to be so crowded that my son's allergies will get hard for them to handle and be lost in the shuffle. Due to my husband's business and school schedules and trying to avoid the summer months, the holidays are the only feasible time for us to travel.

If anyone has any opinions, pls let me know.



On Dec 30, 2007

Even if it's crazy busy, I don't think you'll be disappointed with WDW's attention to food allergies. Mention the allergy at any food station, and you'll get a bevy of peanut-free alternatives. Chefs come to the table to review safe entrees and desserts. All have given us advice about getting around peanut free. Good luck!

On Dec 31, 2007

Thanks for the tip!

On Jan 2, 2008

hi lj,

i'm sure you'll read this all over the board here ... disney is pretty awesome about food allergies, busy or not. we go several times a year ... during "busy" times (e.g. epcot food and wine festival, mgm osborne family lights) and slow times (my husband works on property) and it seems they are pretty consistent with their attention. my 2 year old daughter is PA, by the way. rainforest cafe at downtown disney and yak and yeti's at animal kingdom (new restaurant, owned by the same company as rainforest) are really good ... heck, they all are. hope this helps.

On Jan 2, 2008

Thank you!

By the way, can someone tell me what the weather is like there in early November and during the holiday season?

Right now we are under 16" of snow so I can't even fathom what warm weather is like.

Thanks so much!


On Jan 2, 2008

*usually* the weather in early november is pretty nice. sometimes it can be a bit warm, especially for us locals who are just waiting for a break in the heat, but often you'll get that first cool, long sleeves/light sweater day ... and it's always welcome. even if you have one, maybe two days like that while you are here, it never lasts and usually gets back to being pretty warm.

the weather is insane here right now. this past saturday we broke a record in orlando ... high of 84! tonight, we are on track to break another record ... for cold! it's the coldest night in 5 years (in the 20's) and may very well break a record (we'll see tomorrow). crazy!!

p.s. still better than 16" of snow, though :(

On Jan 3, 2008

Thank you! It sounds wonderful!

Last night it was below zero here. That's pretty normal for us. However, next week we are supposedly going to have warm weather - in the 40's and 50's. That unheard of here in January - but I'm not complaining! :-)

On Jan 10, 2008

We are going to Disney World in April. It is nice to hear that they are good with the allergy. I am new to this. My daughter was diagnosed this morning with PA. I am pretty nervous about travelling with her because of this now.

On Jan 10, 2008

We just spent a week at WDW, Dec 27-Jan4. We had a great time. I don't think the care was any different from any other time. I would go again at this time.

We love Disney for all the great care they give to the FA children! When our children were little we would go in the off season...it was wonderful. But now my children are all in school and it is not as easy to get away. I think if you go in knowing how busy it will be...you can plan around it.

If you do decide to go to disney I would suggest:

First, staying on Disney property. If you stay on disney property you have what is called [i]extra magic hours[/i]. A different park will be open early and stays open up to 3 hours past closing...[i]only for on property guest[/i]. We found that even during the busy holiday season the parks where pretty empty during the extra magical hours at night. For us this worked great. We are from the west coast and so we stayed on west coast time. We keep the kid out late and let them sleep in, in the morning.

Second, we purchased the dining plan and it saved us a ton of money. We booked a nice sit down dinner for every night we were there. This way we got to talk to a "chef".

Third, when you know you are going contact Brenda at WDW...I have her email if you need it. She can tell you all the items that are safe. She can also help you contact chef's ahead of time if you want. She also gave me a great list of where to purchase a few safe pre-packaged treats... brownies, rice crispy treats, carmel corn, jelly beans.

The weather this year was 50/50. We had a few days where we had on t-shirts and carried sweatshirts. That we never put on because it was 85. Then a few days later the weather was freezing. Luckly, I was prepared for anything. I had sweatshirts, heavy coats and gloves. We used them all.

On Jan 11, 2008

Thanks for the information. If you have Brenda's email I would love to have it. I know we are only planning 2 character breakfasts and 1 sit down dinner. We are renting a house with the rest of my family so it is easier and more comfortable. Plus I can have a little more control over what is in the house for her to eat.

On Jan 11, 2008

We have also rented a house in the past. It was great to be able to have a kitchen. I was able to feed the kids a good breakfast before we left for the parks.We would come back in the middle of the day and nap everyone and feed them before we went back. I also liked having a washer and dryer.

The house we rented you could see the firework from one of the parks, from the back yard. It also had a pool and hot tub in the back yard. The only problem we had was they didn't turn the heat on for the hottub and pool until we arrived. So, it never got warm enough. We have been to WDW quite a few times if you have any questions, just let me know.

Here is the email for Brenda @ ‎WDW dining‎‎. She is great!

On Jan 11, 2008

Thank you for all your responses.

We are still torn between travelling there in early Nov (much cheaper and less crowds) or during the holidays (no school will be missed). I am looking forward to it either way.


On Jan 31, 2008

A little off topic...but are do doing the dining plan or doing advanced reservations? We are going in June and I have made a few reservations. They have been really good about taking into account my son's allergy (peanuts) over the phone. They spoke with confidence in their voices and have documented the allergy every time.

And if you are doing the dining plan, please let me know your thoughts on this. We signed up for it, but I am considering backing out (I don't even know if this is possible).

On Feb 2, 2008

Actually, we are considering doing the dining plan.

I never thought I would go for that type of thing, but, I think it would save us $ in the long run.

Also, I was thinking of booking a suite w/ a kitchenette at one of the resorts so we could at least have breakfast in the room and then get a move on right away. I think by the time I get the kids and to a restaurant in the morning we're going to waste 1/2 the morning. I am thinking of the Wilderness Lodge. It's much cheaper in early Nov then during the holidays.

I thought you could use the dining plan WITH advanced reservations, specifically dinner reservations? Am I mistaken about that? That's how it was presented to me.

Where are you staying?