Cinderella Fountain at Night, Walt Disney World
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THANKSGIVING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Thanksgiving week is one of the most popular times to visit Walt Disney World. Families from all over the nation descend upon the Disney World resort, choosing to enjoy family togetherness at the holidays without the hassle of cooking and cleaning dishes. The following tips will help you navigate the theme parks with the goal of spending less time in line and more time enjoying your Disney vacation.
Make advance dining reservations. Before your Disney World vacation begins, be sure to make reservations for your entire group at one of Disney’s many excellent table service restaurants. The Disney theme parks get very busy during the Thanksgiving season. Disney’s table service restaurants give your group a break from the crowds and excitement of the theme parks. Restaurants fill up quickly, however–especially those with character dining–so be sure to make reservations before you arrive at the Disney Parks.
Use Disney’s FASTPASSES. During peak seasons when theme park attendance is high, the wait for certain rides can become longer than 100 minutes. Instead of wasting time in line, grab a FASTPASS and spend your time shopping, dining, or on a ride with a shorter line. Each Disney World theme park offers free FASTPASSES to some of the most popular rides and attractions. Simply visit the FASTPASS distribution center at the ride of your choice, insert your theme park ticket, and return to the ride at the designated time to skip to the front of the line.
Check the daily Disney Times Guides. Each Disney World theme park offers a free times guide that lists park hours, character greeting times, fireworks and parade information, and special holiday activities. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of Disney World’s holiday season, and many of Disney’s holiday activities start just before or after Thanksgiving. Extended holiday hours are also listed on the Times Guides.
Contributed by: Peggy M. (NDI#29). Peggy is our resident American Disney news correspondent and writes daily Disney articles for Examiner.com .