I know that I am likely planning waaaaayyy too far in advance but we're looking at going to WDW for Christmas in 2008 - we would arrive December 20th (a Sunday) and stay until December 26th or 27th (a Saturdayor Sunday) and are planning on renting a villa for 9 of us.
We are dealing with scheduling issues b/c we own a business and at Christmas it is slow enough that our schedules can coincide with our kids who are now in college. Any other time of the year that is slow, the kids would be in school....so we are stuck with Christmas dates.....
That said, the itinerary plan is to go to Epcot for the Sunday and attend the Candlelight Processional (probably with a dinner package) on the Sunday evening, which will be my daughter's 19th birthday. We will then go to the other parks for Monday (MK), Tuesday (MK), and Wednesday (MGM). Thursday (Christmas day) would be spent at the villa as downtime(because I know the parks will be NUTS that day and I'm not that crazy!) and we would visit the parks again on Friday (Epcot) again. I know that we're missing AK but I'm willing to forgo it this time (our first time at WDW).
Okay, so there are the questions:
1. Christmas falls on a Thursday in 2008. Am I right in thinking that the parks will likely be at the highest-density crowds for that week as well as the week after Christmas or would the crowds only begin to hit the World on Christmas eve????
2. I am thinking that we will be visiting only one park per day and with the parks probably at capacity that week, won't be able to park hop at all, so we will need only Magic Your Way base tickets.
3. Given the above, is my itinerary off the wall?
Please let me know what you think.