5 Secrets You Didn’t Know About the Holidays in Disney World

The holidays are an exciting time at Disney World!


You can check out some incredible holiday displays at the hotels, attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and eat your way around the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. But, there are some little-known holiday happenings around Disney World and we’re gonna spill the secrets to you!

Eat a Gingerbread Shingle

One of the best things to do during the holiday season is visit the impressive gingerbread displays around the resorts! But did you know that you can grab some treats while you admire the gingerbread displays?

The shingles are on!

At the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (and other locations with a gingerbread display), you can purchase a gingerbread shingle exactly like the ones you’ll spot on the house!

Gingerbread Shingle

There are other treats available as well like rice krispies treats and other cookies, but how cool is it to eat a cookie just like the hundreds of shingles on the gingerbread house?!

Details about the gingerbread displays coming to Disney World

The Tiny Village That Celebrates the Holidays

Use your eagle eyes for this one — head to the Germany pavilion where you’ll see a small village. If you look close enough, you’ll notice that they put decorations up to celebrate the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Festival of the Holidays in the village (2021)

The village changes its decor for each EPCOT festival that comes through, but during the holidays you’ll find some of the world’s smallest holiday decorations!

Everything Returning to the 2022 Festival of the Holidays in EPCOT

Santa Is ALL Over

You may think you can only meet Santa in Magic Kingdom or during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but you can actually see him all over Disney World!


Santa will be in all 4 Disney World parks and more — a meet and greet in Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs, on a flotilla in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, in a holiday motorcade in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and around World Showcase with storytellers in EPCOT.


No matter what park you’re in, you can get some holiday cheer from Santa!

Learn more about where to see Santa in Disney World this year!

Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar

Disney releases exclusive holiday treats every year, but did you know there’s a special holiday bar with a secret menu? You’ll want to head to Disney Springs for this next secret!

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar

Jock Linsey’s Hangar Bar inspired by Indiana Jones gets a holiday makeover each year and becomes Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar! But that’s not all — there are also special menu items to celebrate the holidays.

Holiday Treats

This is a fun spot to grab a drink and a snack while getting into the holiday spirit!

See more of Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar in Disney Springs

Don’t Skip the Details

Just like looking for hidden Mickeys in Disney World, you should spend some time looking at the details in the holiday decor! Even on wreaths in Magic Kingdom, looks closely to see things like pineapples (yes, really!).

Holiday decor

Each resort gets holiday decor as well and it is themed to that hotel specifically. For example, look at the ornaments in the garland at Disney’s Caribbean Beach from 2020. There are Caribbean flowers, anchors, and more — and this is just one piece of garland in all of Disney World!

Decor at Caribbean Beach

There are details all over the place, so be sure to admire them as you vacation at Disney World!

Check out the holiday decorations in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

So while you should check out the popular holiday activities in Disney World, now you know about 5 secrets you can check out during the holiday season! We’ll be covering everything Disney World has to offer this holiday season, so stay tuned to AllEars.

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One Reply to “5 Secrets You Didn’t Know About the Holidays in Disney World”

  1. Cookie Stroll, Grand Floridian Gingerbread house.

    Also, LOVE the Golf cart parades and decorations at Fort Wilderness!!!