The holidays are the most wonderful times of the year, but if you've ever been to DLR in December you'll also know it's the most crowded time of the year. The next time you go for a holiday trip here are some ways to come out on top and not get trampled on by the thousands who flock to those magical gates each season. UPDATED 8 Nov 2017
5. Plan Ahead
It may also be easier to switch parks and spend some time at California Adventure. The holidays have gotten much bigger there over the years so now you can check out the decorations in Cars Land or wander through the Festival Marketplace as part of the Festival of Holidays. Consider planning out some time to be in other parts of the resort.
4. Use FastPasses Wisely
This may also be a time to consider getting MaxPass which will save you time having to run around everywhere. Another benefit is the fact that you do not have to wait as long before you make your next FastPass selection if you have the MaxPass. Obviously this costs extra, but it's something you may want to consider.
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3. Avoid Peak Times
Also, since most FastPasses are gone by mid-afternoon, it's not totally necessary to plan on riding any large attractions after that point if you don't already have a FastPass for it. Take that time to shop or even rest at your hotel for an hour or two. Let the evening be slower and don't bother staying late. Crowds are ridiculous after the nighttime shows so you may as well go to bed earlier and be there when the gates open the next morning and those night owls are still asleep!
- Frontierland in/Adventureland out - To head west only enter through Frontierland, to go east you can only exit through Adventureland.
- Tomorrowland - The south end of Tomorrowland's entrance (near Star Tours) is "in" only and the north side (by Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters) is "out" only.
- New Orleans Square - Traffic heading to Critter Country should stay close to the shores of the Rivers of America. Most of the garden areas of New Orleans Square are used as extra queue space for Haunted Mansion Holiday and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Central Hub Round-about - The Central Hub of the park is used as a round-about with all traffic heading counter-clockwise.
If your schedule allows, go sooner. Early November and December are much slower and yet have the same holiday offerings as the rest of the season. You won't miss out on anything and will have a much easier time fitting it all in. Obviously, though, this is not a viable option for everyone but it's something to consider.