We went to Disney World for Christmas. We left on Christmas Day and came back on New Year's Eve.
Oh shut up, I know it was bad idea. I mean, I know it NOW.
We were warned not to go during that particular week. All of our guide books* and websites** said DO NOT GO and gave tips only IF YOU MUST GO. We blew them off though, because we are experts. They don't mean us. Those warnings are for amateurs. We're seasoned veterans! We go every year! We have a plan! And fail safe routes! Crowds don't bother us! We're used to it!
Dude. Do not go during the week between Christmas and New Year. It's not worth it. Everything that makes Disney special and magical is lost during this week. Lost to the endless throngs of rapacious people trying to get there first. There were women, mothers with small children by the hand, kicking my stroller out of the way to get in front of me. And we weren't even trying to ride anything! Bo spent most of the time in the carrier strapped to Frank's chest because he didn't enjoy being surrounded by so many people that towered over him.
The poor employees, who are usually so happy and helpful that I secretly wonder if they're all robots, were visibly frazzled and stressed out, trying to direct the masses with - I'm not even kidding - the wands normally used for waving in airplanes. In addition to the whole damn world being there to celebrate the holidays, there were at least three bowl games taking place in Orlando on New Year's day. So of course people were like, "let's go early and go to the parks before the game". There were mothereffing marching bands in the middle of the Ma-jerk Kingdom, as if foot traffic could have gotten more congested. I swear the entire state of Louisiana was there. Geaux Tigers. Puke. I was even ready to punch my fellow Penn Staters because really, get the hell out of my way.
In short. I don't care if your last name is Disney. DO NOT GO the week between Christmas and New Year.
* if you ever plan a trip to Disney, this book is invaluable. We buy the current edition every year. It's full of genuinely helpful tips and info. It has restaurant reviews, hotel reviews, ride recommendations for different age groups. It's incredibly comprehensive. It also has touring plans in the back that you can cut out and take with you.
** as valuable as the book, this website will tell you which parks to visit or avoid on particular days according to crowd levels. He uses a red light, yellow light, green light system and following his advice always ensures a comfortable and fun day at the park.