We’re halfway to the holidays, and Disney World is celebrating in a BIG way — with tons of holiday announcements!
We’ve got details on celebrations, both new and old, coming to the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs. There are going to be lots of entertainment options this year, and we’ve got the full list right here!
At Disney World’s original park, we’ll be celebrating mainly with the Disney Very Merriest After Hours event. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will be premiering each night of the event, but that’s not all!
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will return along with a brand new stage show called Mickey & Minnie’s Very Merry Memories!
Throughout the holiday season, special holiday projections will appear most nights on Cinderella Castle. These projections will be alternating with the 50th Anniversary “Beacon of Magic” look. Likely due to the 50th Anniversary decorations, it’s unlikely there will be Dream Lights this year.
Disney also noted that character appearances would be happening throughout the park but didn’t give any specifics. You’ll also be able to enjoy snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. during the party.
At EPCOT, the International Festival of the Holidays will be returning from November 26th to December 30th. The fan-favorite Candlelight Processional is set to return with celebrity narrators beginning November 26th.
The Festival of the Holidays Storytellers will also return to share holiday tales in each World Showcase pavilion.
Guests can enjoy the melodic Voices of Liberty throughout the day at the America Gardens Theatre this holiday season as well.
Once again in 2021, guests will enjoy the cheerful projections of Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The nighttime show will alternate with the Tower of Terror’s “Beacon of Magic” look each evening.
Also, Santa Claus will feature in his own motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard, spreading Christmas cheer to all the guests. On top of that, you’ll be able to enjoy the festive seasonal finale of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. In the holiday version of the show, Olaf makes an appearance!
The popular Merry Menagerie animal puppets will also return to Discovery Island for the holidays! Guests can say hello to some adorable reindeer, fox, polar bear, and penguin friends as they wander through Animal Kingdom.
And, holiday character flotillas will ride through the waterways of the parks, and you may spot some of your favorite Disney pals!
At Animal Kingdom, you’ll be able to enjoy the Santa Claus Festive Flotilla, the Donald’s Dino Bash Festive Flotilla, the Chip & Dale Festive Flotilla, and the Discovery Island Drummers Festive Flotilla.
The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll returns this year with trees inspired by Disney movies and by Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. And in Town Center, you’ll want to look out for a magical snowfall each evening — a true miracle in Florida!
And finally, at the Disney World Resort hotels, you’ll once again be able to visit and admire some over-the-top gingerbread displays. (Make sure to stop by the life-size cottage at the Grand Floridian!) These displays weren’t available last year, but they’re a big staple of the holiday season for longtime guests.
We’ll keep an eye out for any more entertainment announcements from Disney World, so stay tuned to AllEars. We’ve got the latest holiday news and updates for your vacation!
Have you ever been to Disney World during the holiday season? Let us know in the comments!