Holiday Season Happenings at Walt Disney World
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.
The Jingle (Jungle) Cruise – Adventureland – The Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve again 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.
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.!
November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21
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“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.
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.
Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season – a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that lights up the sky above Magic Kingdom Park
MORE DETAILS AT: MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Throughout World Showcase, each country shares its holiday heritage November 18 – December 30, 2018. 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.
The Candlelight Processional (November 22 – December 30, 2018): 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. Celebrity narrators include Pat Sajack, Whoopi Goldberg, Jodi Benson and Neil Patrick Harris. To ensure a seat for this joyous favorite, Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available with meals 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.
Holiday Kitchens: Starting November 18, 15 holiday kitchens will be stationed around World Showcase in Epcotserving up more holiday cookies and other sweet seasonal treats than ever before. Stop into the Odyssey for snowflake sugar cookies and warm apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream, or head to the Canada pavilion for Maple Buche de Noel.
Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree—and they need your help! To get started, simply purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway. As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale! Maps are $6.99 plus tax, and are available while supplies last.
Entertainment Around World Showcase – each pavilion shares their holiday traditions.
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 Holiday Finale for Illuminations.
Flurry of Fun returns November 8, 2018 and runs through January 6, 2019, with festive entertainment and exciting holiday touches around the park.
- The new Toy Story Land will feature special seasonal fun, such as holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers.
- Jingle Bell! Jingle BAM! nighttime spectacular returns on November 8, 2018.
- Sunset Seasons Greetings returns this year with impressive new laser effects and “snow.” Guests will witness spectacular projections of beloved Disney Characters – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Olaf and others – sharing their favorite seasonal stories as holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season.
- Guests can meet Santa at the Once Upon a Time shop Nov. 10-Dec. 24. Santa Goofy will take his place on Dec. 25.
New this year, the magic of nature will receive a holiday touch with the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Starting November 8, guests will join fun-loving pals Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up” in discovering some of the world’s most exotic birds.
Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail returns in 2018 to the Disney Springs Marketplace. The trail will be a winter wonderland complete with a gentle snowfall, toy soldiers, singers and plenty of photo opportunities.
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.
— Life-size edible creations will take shape at select resorts. A holiday gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be home to The Bake Shop, where guests can pick up holiday treats, including gingerbread cookies. A life-size, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, while a holiday village with a miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
— The lobbies of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, will be home to massive Christmas trees.
— Holiday menus that celebrate the season can be found at restaurants throughout Walt Disney World. For holiday dining information and reservations, guests can call (407) WDW-DINE.
Be sure to check at your resort for specific times and activities.
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