When visiting Walt Disney World, one should always make sure to remember that Christmas time is the one of the busiest and most crowded times of the year, especially Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Downtown Disney Marketplace is no exception to that rule. It can be very empty during the early afternoon hours and then, jumping by evening time. Even more so during the Christmas holiday. With all of the Disney stores as well as other name brand stores populating the marketplace, it can be an interesting experience or it can be a nightmare. All depending on when a guest decides to visit.
One example of how a visit to Downtown Disney on Christmas Eve could be ruined is this: Rude and selfish people. Yes, we don’t want to admit that sometimes people can be just unbelievably rude, but it does happen. More so at Disney World then most people think. This author has grown up a Disney child and worked at Disney World, so the crowds and the mannerisms of people at Downtown Disney was expected. But this was her husband’s and son’s first trip and it was ruined. Downtown Disney displays amazing Christmas lights and a Christmas tree that is meant for everyone to enjoy, but sadly, how can anyone enjoy something so grand and beautiful, when people who have the manners of ill-gotten goats, stand right in the middle of walkways, and expect everyone else to go around them. It continues to amaze this author after years of traveling the Disney parks, that people still do this. That they don’t know any better. There is so much for guests to enjoy during this special holiday season, especially children. Yet, there are also children who will try to ruin this experience for others. And that just makes it worse. While in the Toy Store, this author’s son was looking at some of his favorite Disney movies, when another child walked up behind him and pushed him into the display case. If it was an accident, those happen all the time and is understandable, but not when this author watched this older boy purposely do it. When this author’s son cried, the boy went to yell at him. Thankfully, she was standing right there and the child ran off. While there was still so much to do, this author and her family returned to their Disney hotel, while making a promise to herself not to bring her family back to Disney during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ever again.
Once a person gets past all of the rude, selfish, and completely mindless adults and children who flock to Disney World and Downtown Disney during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, one can truly see the magic and wonder that Disney has displayed for the holiday. It is highly recommend that Downtown Disney be experienced during the Christmas Season, just not on those two days. Save yourself the headache and the worries. It’s not worth it in the long run. There are far too many people who no respect for their fellow man when it comes to those two days of the year.