So you’re planning your first visit to Orlando during the holidays. Congratulations! You have an incredible experience in front of you. The good news is that you’ll have tons of special events to attend and lots of holiday cheer – assuming you plan accordingly. Take a look at these frequently asked questions that will assure you’re on the right path toward enjoying your trip to the max.

What are crowd levels like during the holiday season?

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about traveling to Orlando during the holiday season is that the parks will be empty. The truth is that the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the busiest of the year for Disney World and Orlando. Why? Because plenty of families have this time off of school and they’re ready to escape colder climates to take advantage of a warmer holiday season in Orlando.

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What’s the best way to get discounts during Christmas and New Year’s?

Now that you know it’s the busiest time of the year, you likely aren’t surprised to know that there aren’t a ton of discounts available. After all, Disney and Universal typically only offer deep discounts when they’re trying to fill rooms. However, you can still get discounted park tickets and save big by staying in a local resort hotel, rather than staying on Disney or Universal property. Larger families can find the best discounts by renting an Orlando vacation home.

Do the parks do anything special for the holidays?

Yes! All the theme parks in Orlando go to great lengths to make your holiday trip a truly special and magical experience. From holiday-themed special events, special sweet treats, and tons and tons of decorations, you’ll find plenty of holiday cheer when you visit Orlando during the winter months.

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What’s the weather like in the winter?

Like many places, the temperature in Orlando can vary widely from day to day. Some Christmases see temperatures in the 80s while others see temperatures in the 50s. Your best bet is to plan for layers. Often it’ll be chilly in the morning, but once the sun comes out in full blast you’ll be ready for shorts and a t-shirt. If you’re renting a vacation home and are wondering if you should pay to have the pool heated, wait until a week before your trip, check the forecast, and make your decision then.

There’s no bad time to visit Orlando – no matter what time of year you visit us you’ll find tons of things to do, great weather, and lots of magic to be found. The above frequently asked questions will help you make the most of your time during the holiday season.