Holiday Happenings at
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How to Celebrate the Holidays at Walt Disney World | AllEars.net
How to Celebrate the Holidays at Walt Disney World | AllEars.net
How to Celebrate the Holidays at Walt Disney World | AllEars.net

Walt Disney World has made the December holidays a Special Celebration throughout the parks and hotels. This is a grand time to visit and get in the HOLIDAY Spirit!

Each of the main theme parks and all the resorts have their own special way of decorating and celebrating the winter holidays, from Christmas to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa.

MAGIC KINGDOM

NEW The Main Street Trolley will have a new Christmas show, and the Move It Shake It Dance and Play it! parade will have a holiday finale in 2017.

RETURNING IN 2017! "A Frozen Holiday Wish" features Anna and Elsa on the Castle Forecourt Stage. With special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, the show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays. "A Frozen Holiday Wish" will run once a night on non-Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights and twice a night during the Party. Click HERE for a video.

Mickey's Once upon a Christmastime Parade celebrates the many festive moods of the holiday season, showcasing a series of holiday themes including a Friends and Family Christmastime Party, a sleigh ride through a Winter Wonderland, a romantic Fairy Tale Christmastime, a scrumptious display of Christmastime sweets, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus in a grand finale. And for longtime Disney Christmas parade fans: Soldiers, Snowflakes and dancing deer are all still in the parade. The parade features original music as well as both classic and current holiday tunes.

The Jingle Jungle Cruise - Adventureland - the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they've added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY

A special ticket is required! It's pure magic at the Magic Kingdom featuring a nighttime holiday parade, flurry of snow and seasonal entertainment. Highlights of the include: greetings by Santa Goofy on Main Street, U.S.A.; two showings of Once Upon a Christmastime Parade; a special edition of "Wishes" fireworks; holiday cookies and cocoa; two holiday stage shows featuring many of the favorite Disney characters and "A Frozen Holiday Wish". And it's even been known to "snow" on Main Street, U.S.A.!

NOTE: Usually the special shows are exclusive to the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties, but in 2017 all guests will be able to see the special entertainment during the week of Christmas.

See the 2016 MVMCP guide map HERE.

Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration is performed on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Mickey and his pals host some of their friends for an unforgettable Christmas soiree filled with medleys of delightful classic and contemporary holiday songs, and magical holiday projections on Cinderella Castle building to a sensational, snowy finale.

In addition to all the festive fun, guests to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are able to enjoy unlimited use of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions. For tickets or more information about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, guests may call 407-W-DISNEY.

2017 Dates

  • November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28

  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! DETAILS HERE!


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EPCOT HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD

Throughout World Showcase, each country shares its holiday heritage November 24 – December 30, 2017. Strolling around the promenade during the Holidays Around the World celebration may put you face-to-face with the good-hearted witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children's shoes with treats, or the Chinese Lion Dancers who bring good fortune and happiness. There are meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus in The American Adventure, plus other legendary icons who share messages of goodwill. The celebrations of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah can be found at the American Adventure.

NEW The Mexico pavilion will feature an enhanced holiday celebration titled La Posada, with authentic Mexican with mariachi, dancers and music similar to a festival.

Holidays Around the World Marketplaces: Starting November 24, holiday marketplaces will be stationed around World Showcase in Epcot, featuring tastes of the season from around the world. The marketplaces will be open through December 30.

The Candlelight Processional (November 24 - December 30, 2017): The poignant story of Christmas unfolds during this renowned event featuring celebrity narrators, a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra at America Gardens Theatre. This year, Disney is making an extra effort to find celebrity talent that speaks to all of our diversity. Already announced are Trace Adkins, CCH Pounder, Jaci Velasquez and favorite Neil Patrick Harris. To ensure a seat for this joyous favorite, Candlelight Packages are available with dinner at select Epcot restaurants, a special spot for fireworks viewing and guaranteed seating for the heartfelt Candlelight Processional. For bookings call 407-WDW-DINE or book online with Disney HERE.

The American Music Machine - appears on the Fountain Stage - a contemporary twist to favorite Christmas tunes with the expertise of ground-breaking vocal arranger Tim Davis, whose previous credits include the hit TV series “Glee.” This holiday stage show includes new musical arrangements, dances, and a brand new look with performances of both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season blends the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and inspirational music with the sounds of jazz, R&B and urban music daily from November 24 – December 30 at the Future World Fountain Stage.

The evening is capped by the visual splendor of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the mesmerizing Epcot spectacular featuring fireworks, laser and water all spruced up for the season with a spirited holiday finale. Click HERE for video of the 2015 Holiday Finale for Illuminations.

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DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Jingle Bell! Jingle BAM! Nighttime spectacular returns on November 7, 2017. The show will be updated with a few different sequences and new characters, along with more integration of fireworks. There will also be one or two additional "holiday" offerings at the Studios this year, details will be announced soon.

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DISNEY SPRINGS


Disney Springs Holiday Tree Trail returns in 2017 to the Disney Springs Marketplace with even more custom-decorated holiday trees, each one inspired by a different Disney character or story. The trail will be a winter wonderland complete with a gentle snowfall, toy soldiers, singers and plenty of photo opportunities. A new Disney Springs Logo Tree will feature custom ornaments for Disney Springs Operating Participants. This will be followed by trees themed to variety of characters and Disney films: Mickey and Minnie, Pluto (devoted to pets), Sleeping Beauty (new), Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Frog, the Little Mermaid, Frozen, Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio (new), 101 Dalmatians, Fantasia (new), Villains, Lilo and Stitch, Dumbo (new), Tangled, Robin Hood (new), Peter Pan (new), Jungle Book, Muppets, Mulan, Mary Poppins, and Alice in Wonderland. Santa's Chalet will be located at the end of the trail with snow and music. Each tree will have a signature ornament and as you exit the trail, there will be one final tree displaying what's at the Disney Store for the holidays.

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2017 AT THE RESORTS

Disney resort hotels are dressed up for the holidays, offering an ideal home-away-from-home during the season. Check each hotel for holiday dining offerings and special entertainment.

Several resorts are also known for their yummy holiday gingerbread displays. From enchanting visual feasts created from all kinds of sweets to refreshing stops offering tasty beverages and treats you can eat, check out each exciting display--in addition to a few fun activities--as you enjoy the seasonal themes of their delightful holiday renditions.

Not to be missed resorts: Grand Floridian, Beach Club, and the Wilderness Lodge. Bonus: Fort Wilderness the week before Christmas - many campsites are all decked out!

Be sure to check at your resort for specific times and activities.

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