Could there be a more magical place to celebrate the holiday season than the Walt Disney World Resort? The theme parks and resort hotels are simply at their merriest! We’ve highlighted some of our favorite traditions throughout the parks and resorts that really speak the season to us:
Select evenings in November and December, the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, an enchanting after-hours event featuring exclusive holiday entertainment. Enjoy “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and a special Holiday Wishes version of the nightly fireworks show. Castle Dream Lights transform Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace. A magical snow fall even takes place on Main Street USA. Brand new for 2013, the classic Jungle Cruise attraction is now sailing as “Jingle Cruise” throughout December.
Seasonal traditions continue in Epcot, where the annual Candlelight Processional is performed in World Showcase’s America Gardens Theatre November 29 – December 30. This joyous celebrity narration of the Christmas Story is accompanied by a mass choir and a 50-piece live orchestra. Also in World Showcase, the pavilions are visited by very special guests: traditional storytellers happy to share tales of their holiday customs as a part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World. Future World gets into the spirit with “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” performed four times daily on the Fountain of Nations Stage. And finally, the nightly IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth features a special holiday finale.
Throughout the holiday season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, marvel at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – featuring millions of dancing lights, animated displays and 3D effects synchronized to holiday tunes.
And at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” steps off with safari Mickey dressed in his holiday best. From November 7, 2013 – January 5, 2014 let festive whimsical floats, puppets and a joyful holiday chorus help you ring in the season!
Plus, Downtown Disney gets decked out with a giant Christmas tree, festive lights and other seasonal touches. In addition to holiday shopping, guests at Downtown Disney can also enjoy festive tunes performed by school choirs and bands and even meet Santa at Santa’s Chalet.
Finally, don’t miss the charming holiday displays found at many of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels including elaborate gingerbread creations at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. You can bet that all of the resorts are dressed in their yuletide best during this most magical season of the year!