Experiencing Halloween and Christmas in One Walt Disney World Trip

Walt Disney World Halloween Sign
Halloween and Christmas in One Walt Disney World trip

Tips for how you can experience Halloween and Christmas in One Walt Disney World Trip

A trip to Walt Disney World is always a magical experience, but in my opinion, experiencing the Magic Kingdom decorated for the Halloween and Christmas seasons always takes the magic up a notch. With the Halloween season at Walt Disney World running from August through October, and the Christmas season running from November through December, there are plenty of opportunities to visit during one of these holiday seasons. If you plan your trip carefully, however, you can experience both Halloween and Christmas in a single Walt Disney World trip!

Related: Why Christmas Time Is Our Favorite Time At Disney World!

Christmas Time

You will want to start your holiday journey with a dash of spookiness by attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special event is filled with ghoulishly delightful experiences, from character meet-and-greets to exclusive Halloween-themed parades and fireworks to trick-or-treating in the Magic Kingdom! Character meet and greets, including rare characters like Jack and Sallie, are always a highlight of the Halloween party.

Not So Scary Halloween Party

The last Halloween party is generally held on October 31st, however this year the last party will be held on November 1. This means you have until November 1 to arrive and visit Magic Kingdom to take in all of that Halloween goodness.

The real magic begins on the night of November 1st when Halloween transforms into Christmas at Magic Kingdom. This overnight transformation is nothing short of spectacular. Witness the park come alive with twinkling lights, garlands, and towering Christmas trees. It’s a breathtaking sight as pumpkins and orange bunting make way for festive ornaments and wreaths.

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The rest of the parks will follow suit over the next week, with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom typically decorated for Christmas by November 6th.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs this year from November 9 through December 22. The Christmas party is a truly amazing experience, with snow on Main Street U.S.A., a special Holiday parade, character meet and greets, and an amazing fireworks show. This is a must-do event for our family each year!

The part dates this year will allow you to experience both parties if you arrive in Orlando by October 31st, and leave on or shortly after November 10. Even if you cannot stay for that long, arriving in late October and staying through November 6th or 7th will allow you to experience the Halloween and Christmas decorations at Magic Kingdom, with a great chance of seeing the rest of the parks also decorated for Christmas.

Christmas Time

Note the resorts typically have their holiday decorations installed over the last 2 weeks of November, so you likely will not get to check out the resort decorations during this late October/Early November trip. Both the Christmas and Halloween parties are very popular and sell out in advance of the party dates, so you will want to be sure to secure your tickets as early as possible!

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