For families heading to the Walt Disney World this Holiday Season, hoping to meet the big red guy, you’re in luck. Santa Claus himself will be taking breaks from his Christmas Eve preparations in the North Pole to meet with boys and girls this Yuletide Season. So have your Christmas lists at the ready and be on the lookout for Santa at one of the following Disney World locations.
Magic Kingdom- As soon as you enter the park you’ll notice the area between Town Hall and the Fire Department is transformed into Candy Cane Garden, a magical winter wonderland where kids can cozy up to Santa. In years past Santa has greeted guests here during the day (usually between 10am – 5pm) as well as during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. For guest who will be at Magic Kingdom both before and during the party, typically the earlier you meet Santa the better as lines start to fill up once the Christmas party has kicked off. Also, since Santa can’t be two places at once you won’t be able to meet him during Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade where he plays a key role!
Epcot – If you’re paying a visit to Epcot during the holidays, head back to the American Pavilion. As part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays which runs from November 19 – December 20th, guests will be able to meet both Santa and Mrs. Claus at various times throughout the day. This is a very popular Meet and Greet during the holidays so be prepared to wait in line. Times may vary so guests are advised to consult the Times Guide upon entering the park but here’s a rough schedule but he’s usually available from 1:30pm – 8:40pm daily.
Hollywood Studios – Head into Once Upon a Time on Sunset Boulevard for a special Christmas surprise as Jolly Old Saint Nicholas will be meeting guests throughout the day at this shop turned Christmas haven. You’ll find Santa eagerly awaiting your arrival in a Christmas-inspired room complete trees, wreaths, and garlands. He’ll take the time to meet each girl and boy, pose for photos and find out what they’d like for Christmas. Guest should consult the Times Guide upon entering the park to find out when Santa will be available to meet guests. Those visiting late in the season should also note that from the 25th – 31st Santa Claus will return to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas and will be replaced by Santa Goofy.
Disney Springs – There are a ton of exciting things happening at Disney Springs this Christmas Season making it a “must-see” Disney destination from the Christmas Tree Trail, to entertainment to amazing seasonal food and drink there’s definitely something to appeal to the whole family. There’s also shopping galore and a very special chance to meet Santa. The beauty of this Disney Springs Santa meet-up is that it doesn’t require a park ticket. Pop over to Santa’s Chalet near the Christmas Tree Trail until December 24th between the hours of 12pm and 10pm. As larger crowds are expected, guests are asked to follow the following procedures:
- Check-in at the podium.
- Receive a pager from one of Santa’s little helpers.
- Go off and enjoy the shopping and tasty treats found at Disney Springs marketplace and wait to be paged.
- Once your buzzer goes off, you have 10 minutes to return to the podium to meet Santa!
Similarly to Hollywood Studios, Santa will only be holding court until December 24th. On the 25th – 31st Santa Goofy will be taking his place.
So don’t miss your opportunity to meet Kris Kringle during your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World. His presence certainly adds that extra little bit of Disney magic during the Holiday Season.
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