By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Basic 2016 December FastPass+ Itinerary

By Dave Shute

This Walt Disney World itinerary is designed for the three weeks following Thanksgiving 2016.


(For a PDF version, click here.)

If you aren’t going one of those weeks, see Other Itineraries for alternatives the rest of the year, which are published about six months ahead.

You can enlarge the basic itinerary by clicking it. 

A detailed To-Do List covers all the planning steps you need to undertake.
And detailed daily guidance is in the links:


The basic December itinerary was designed to meet several goals: to ensure that you

  1. See the best that Walt Disney World has to offer, including all of its special Christmas season offerings
  2. See the parks in the order that works best for kids (essentially Epcot first, as it is potentially the most disappointing, and the Magic Kingdom last, as it is likely to be the best loved)
  3. Avoid unnecessary waiting, by using FastPass+ and other tactics…
  4. Have as much time off, and as few early mornings, as practical
  5. Avoid unnecessary spending–for example, the basic itinerary does not require you to buy the “Park Hopper” option, saving you more than $200

If you can’t do the dates required for the Basic Itinerary, see Other Itineraries for alternatives for both the December week and the rest of the year.
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1 Stephanie { 10.09.16 at 3:46 pm }

Hello! We are planning December 2-9 ,2017, with a split stay, starting with 4 nights at AOA and then 3 nights at Poly. We are planning on ,6 day tickets no hopper. So our tickets will be used on the non travel days of sun-fri. Can AK and HS each be done in 1 day? Thinking sun AK, Mon HS, Tues Epcot, Wed transfer to poly and start MK, Thurs and Fri both MK. Or do you have a better suggestion? Thanks!!!

2 Dave { 10.10.16 at 7:00 am }

Stephanie, yes, you can do those parks in a day each. The party schedule at MK yields some really busy days there and some light days, when the park closes at 7p for the party. However, if you want to see Wishes, you have to got to MK on a busy day.

In general–and ignoring Wishes–

Sun 12/4 avoid HS
12/5 avoid AK and MK
12/6 avoid Epcot
12/7 avid MK
12/8 avoid Epcot
12/9 avoid HS

Based on this, I’d flip Epcot and MK on Tues and Weds–unless you want to see Wishes Weds pm, which is indeed a great, great show…

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