Universal Studios or Magic Kingdom? which park should I visit on Christmas?

Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:39 PM

Every Friend and Relative will be traveling out of town on Christmas leaving me "Home Alone" for the Holiday. I've heard the parks are NOT crowded on Christmas Day, so I'm considering visiting one of these parks on Christmas Day. I will also $plurge on Supper, eating a Prime Rib at one of their restaurants (In my family it's traditional to eat either Turkey or Prime Rib on Christmas. Both parks got new coasters this year, and I'd like to know who has the best new coaster. (The Park that doesn't get picked will be visited next year). Anyhow I need some info on these rides so post away my friends.

BTW Since I'm eating Prime Rib on Christmas I will be eating Turkey on January 6. A couple of years ago I found out January 6 has a number of names (Feast of the Kings, Epiphany, Three King's Day) among others. It's also called "The Twelfth Day of Christmas. I have a "Last Hurrah" on this day in addition to eating what was not chosen on Christmas I play my Christmas Music one final time and at the stroke of Midnight All the Lights, both inside and out are turned off. Time to face the new year.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 1:59 AM

I have been to Orlando during Christmas week around 5 or 6 times in the past 15 years and Magic Kingdom always has some kind of capacity closure on Christmas Day. I'm not sure what stage of closing it usually gets to but on the roads, instead of an arrow showing which direction to go towards the park the arrows have been switched over to say Full.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 7:47 AM

YoshiFan said:

I have been to Orlando during Christmas week around 5 or 6 times in the past 15 years and Magic Kingdom always has some kind of capacity closure on Christmas Day. I'm not sure what stage of closing it usually gets to but on the roads, instead of an arrow showing which direction to go towards the park the arrows have been switched over to say Full. I'm changing the date I'll visit the Park I have chosen no later than the last day school's still in session. (Usually the Friday before Christmas).

Thanks for the warning. Looks like I'll go to Gatorland during the day and have my "Splurge Meal" somewhere else. then descend on Fun Spot USA and add their little "Kiddie Coaster" to my list of rides "tamed".

Last edited by Regulus, Sunday, October 19, 2014 7:50 AM
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 8:20 AM

The answer is don't come to Orlando that week. Also, if you were planning to eat in a place that does reservations, you might already be too late.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014 9:58 AM

Who told you the parks aren't crowded on Christmas Day?
Never listen to anything that person says.
FWIW doing a Disney menu search shows that only Garden Grove and Shula's at the Dolphin hotel and Hollywood and Vine at Hollywood Studios have Prime Rib. Turkey will probably be easier to find.

However, I'm not sure it's such a terrible idea to go to that day. You can still get a lot done. Your biggest issue is that riding the new Mine Train or Gringott's is going to be tough since there's Extra Magic Hours/Early Entry for hotel guests that morning at either park.

In other new I think it's awesome that Gatorland is open on Christmas Day.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:15 AM

During the '04 holidays, I was a cast member at MK. It was moderately packed, but only because of the cold, wet weather. I recall a few guests asking the rhetorical question "Who comes to Disney on Christmas?". Apparently a lot of guests chose to do so. This was now a decade ago, but I would not be surprised if MK was packed this year.

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