Can you believe that the holidays are ALREADY on their way to Walt Disney World? That’s right: we’ve already spotted Christmas merch and Christmas decor around the parks. And the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off on November 8 which is just over a week away!
Since the holidays are just around the corner, we thought we’d chat about all the NEW ways you can celebrate the holidays at Disney World this year.
This year, there are MORE ways than ever to celebrate the holidays at Disney World. And with new fireworks, attraction overlays, decor, and events, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that this year will be one for the ages.
New Decor in Animal Kingdom
In 2019, Disney is bringing unique and festive decor and entertainment to ALL of the lands in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Discovery Island will be filled with sparkling white decor, colorful animal-inspired luminaries, and wireframe bird-shaped lanterns that will glow at night. During the day, there will be life-size artisan-sculpted puppets of winter animals.
Harambe in Africa will blend the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations.
Asia will be filled with glowing flowers and lanterns. According to Disney, these decorations have been put up by the residents of Anandapur in celebration of Diwali, which is the holiday festival of lights in India that took place this past Sunday.
Pandora is also joining in on the holiday fun. Here you will find a display of Pongu Pongu “kitschy holiday décor,” which was created by the ex-pats who live and work on the moon of Pandora.
The Tree of Life will also come to life with a holiday version of Tree of Life Awakenings — which you can read more about here.
New Ride Overlays in Magic Kingdom
You can also twirl into holiday madness thanks to four fun combinations of Christmas songs and lighting on Disney World’s Mad Tea Party attraction.
New Fireworks in Magic Kingdom
New fireworks are coming to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year. You can now celebrate the joy of the holiday with Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.
The show will include holiday classics like “Joy to the World”, “Deck the Halls”, “Up on the House Top”, and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” Disney hopes the holiday music will stir up images of home and family, as well as seasonal fun before a finale Disney says you won’t want to miss.
Ring in the New Year in All-New Ways
This year guests can ring in the new year at Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort. (opening December 16) This year, Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera will host both a New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day celebration.
On New Year’s Eve, guests can celebrate in style with Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade. This event will feature European-inspired buffets, food stations, a la carte tapas, and more. At midnight on the rooftop terrace, event guests will be able to see the fireworks spectaculars from both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Read more about this event here.
The next morning, you can celebrate 2020 at Topolino’s with the New Year’s Day Character Brunch. With a French-inspired brunch and a complimentary mimosa, this should be a fun way to raise a glass to the new year. Read all about it here!
Disney’s Todédo — Tapas, Steak & Seafood and the all-new Gran Destino Tower also invite guests to ring in 2020 with their Feliz Ano Nuevo event. This ticketed event will feature a savory menu inspired by traditional Spanish New Year’s cuisine.
Guests can also celebrate the new year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! That’s right, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open until midnight on December 31, 2019. Here, guests can dine on holiday-themed food and beverages while they listen to a DJ-spin some beats throughout the park! There will even be a one-of-a-kind countdown to 2020 on the Tree of Life.
Looking for more New Year’s Eve offerings around Walt Disney World? Check out a few more here.
How will you ring in the New Year? Let us know in the comments below!
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