There are any number of reasons to visit Walt Disney World any time of the year, but there’s something so special about the holidays at the most magical place on earth. If you’ve never enjoyed Disney World during the holidays, here are a few can’t-miss holiday experiences that you’ll want to have on your Disney World bucket list!
Hollywood Studios’ Flurry of Fun
The Flurry of Fun is actually a series of special holiday events, including Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, amazing decorations all around Echo Lake, visits with Santa Claus through Christmas Eve, visits with Santa Goofy from Christmas Day until the first part of January and a wonderful new showing of holiday cheer at Toy Story Land! At Toy Story Land, Sheriff Woody, Jessie and Buzz Light are dressed in their holiday best, and there are special decorations at Toy Story Land. Giant cranberry and popcorn garland decorate Andy’s backyard, and Little Green Alien Men ornaments also serve as decorations. There are also special holiday musical tracks at the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction and more!
This creative celebration takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and features some spectacular special effects. It began in 2017 and continues this year as well. Thanks to the magic of Disney, snow falls in central Florida during Sunset Season’s Greetings. Billboards along Sunset Boulevard move into motion, and even the Hollywood Tower Hotel gets a transformation that involves all our favorite friends from Toy Story, as well as the Muppets, Mickey, Minnie, Olaf and others. The fun begins November 8 and lasts through January 6.
EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional
The Candlelight Processional at EPCOT is part of the International Festival of the Holidays. The processional takes place outside at the American Gardens Theater across the promenade from the American Adventure Pavilion. There is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Christ by celebrity narrators, and a choir and 50-piece orchestra accompany the retelling. There is a different celebrity each night during the celebration. Some celebrities in the past include the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Contemporary Christian artist Jaci Velasquez and others. This year, celebrities like Pat Sajak and Gary Sinise and others will narrate the Christmas story. The 2018 Candlelight Processional begins Thanksgiving evening and continues through December 30.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
The annual Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) runs until a couple of days before Christmas. This year, the last party date is December 21. It’s one of the most crowded special events at the parks, and it sells out very quickly. If you plan to attend, you’ll have to purchase a special event ticket in addition to Magic Kingdom park admission. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at midnight on select nights. During MVMCP, only Guests with tickets to the event are permitted inside Magic Kingdom during party hours. Party Guests enjoy cookies and hot cocoa and see a spectacular holiday parade featuring Disney pals, wooden soldiers, gingerbread men, Santa and even his elves. Guests experience the backdrop of Cinderella Castle alive with holiday splendor, complete with icicles hanging from the castle! The event sells out very quickly because it is such a spectacular experience!
International Festival of the Holidays
EPCOT offers a wonderful celebration of holidays around the world during the Christmas season. There is a special ending to the Illuminations nighttime spectacular, as well as the Candlelight Processional, which takes place outdoor at the American Gardens Theater at the America pavilion on the World Showcase. You can also enjoy desserts from different countries during the International Festival of the Holidays at Holiday Kitchens. You can meet Santa Claus in America, Father Christmas in Great Britain and Pere Noel in France! Other special holiday entertainment is offered as well. Admission is included with park ticket. This event runs from November 9 through December 30. It is one of the best reasons to spend Christmas at Disney World!
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