Walt Disney World is a truly magical place with a unique mix of storytelling, environment, luxury and downright pampering. A Disney World vacation is amazing anytime of year, but none more so than Christmas Time. Disney really goes all-out to celebrate the holidays at their flagship resort.
Here is a rundown of what you can expect this Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort. As always, Disney World Christmas events and plans are fluid and I will be adding updates to this post if anything is added or changed.
Disney World Christmas Events and Attractions:
Magic Kingdom- Much of Disney’s holiday efforts are focused on the Magic Kingdom. The decorations alone are worth the visit and the park needs to be experienced in both night and day to get the full impact.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns to the Magic Kingdom again this year. The party requires an extra ticket, but is well worth the spend. Attendees can expect amazing decorations, a great fireworks show and one of Disney World’s best parades. They also light up the Cinderella Castle like Elsa’s Ice Palace from “Frozen,” which is a great one-of-a-kind photo-op.
I was fortunate to be able to visit Disney World during Christmas 2014 and here is a quick taste of what you can expect from the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party parade:
More information about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, including ticketing dates and ticketing information, can be found here.
Another fun Christmas attraction at the Magic Kingdom is the “Jingle Cruise.” Disney overlays a Christmas theme to their Jungle Cruise ride to add a touch of holiday magic to the popular Adventureland attraction.
Finally, visitors to the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Christmas Party can enjoy an all-new holiday-themed show on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration features Mickey and friends acting and singing Christmas carols in front of the amazing Ice Palace Castle.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios- Disney has announced a new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday nighttime show. Santa Clause is also heading to DHS for meet n greets. More information about those two attractions can be found in this previous post.
Epcot- Epcot’s World Showcase is the scene of a number of internationally-themed holiday celebrations. Visitors to Epcot’s Holidays Around the World at the World Showcase will enjoy special holiday food and drink offerings, shows and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Each country is themed to showcase how they celebrate the holidays in their native lands. Additionally, Epcot plays host to the popular Candlelight Processional, which features a full orchestra, singers and celebrities telling the story of the Christmas Carol. The show is presented three times a night in the America Gardens Theater in the World Showcase. Finally, Epcot adds a Holiday-themed overlay to their popular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show which adds a must-see element to an already amazing show.
Disney Springs- Disney Springs has always been a great place to visit (and shop) during the holidays and this year will be even better after the massive expansion it underwent this year. During the holidays, Disney Springs shops introduce new holiday products and decor. Additionally, Disney’s unofficial fourth theme park is introducing a Christmas Tree Trail. The Christmas Tree Trail includes an abundance of Christmas decorations and elements and a number of Disney-themed Christmas Trees including:
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse
- Disney Villains
- “Beauty and the Beast“
- “The Little Mermaid“
- “The Princess and the Frog“
- “Alice in Wonderland“
- “The Jungle Book“
- “101 Dalmatians“
- “Mary Poppins“
- The Muppets
The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail is a great opportunity to grab a hot chocolate and stroll through a Winter Wonderland with loved ones and find that ultimate vacation keepsake or holiday gift. The trail will be around from November 11th-January 8th.
Bonus – Each Disney resort hotel does their own thing for Christmas, but one display you MUST see is the gigantic gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The display is located in the main lobby of the resort and is one of the most impressive holiday decorations you will ever see. Your family will love it!