No one celebrates the holidays like Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. There is so much to do see and experience during this time of year at Disney World. In fact, there is so much to do that it can be hard to keep it all straight. To help you plan your holiday trip to Walt Disney World we have put together a list of all of this year’s holiday offerings.
List of Disney World’s Holiday Offerings for 2017
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade that appears during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This is Disney’s separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom. This magical Christmas party comes complete with cookies, cocoa and snow flurries! The party begins at 7 p.m. and is only offered on select nights. If you would like to scoop up some tickets you can over here.
A Frozen Holiday Wish (Castle Dream Lights)
Watch Anna and Elsa light Cinderella’s Castle during A Frozen Holiday Wish.
Experience the wintry wonder and magic of Disney’s blockbuster “Frozen” enchants Magic Kingdom park guests as Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace for the holidays. You don’t want to miss seeing the castle covered in icicles.
Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Holiday Wishes at Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Watch the skies above Magic Kingdom light up with this special version of the classic nighttime firework show, Wishes. If you can’t afford event ticket don’t worry about missing out because Disney will run the show with regular admission the week of Christmas.
Trader Samta has a new special holiday discount for you at the Jingle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom.
The Jingle Cruise returns yet again this year with a holiday overlay of the world-famous Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom! Be sure to bring along some good humor because it includes new holiday theme jungle jokes!
Holidays Around the World Marketplaces
Three Kings Bread from the new Holidays Around the World Marketplaces.
The number of holiday kitchens at EPCOT doubles in size this year to a total of 15, each bringing the flavors of the season to life. New this year, guests can indulge in cookies and desserts at the holiday kitchen located inside the Odyssey complex. Sweet treats include snowflake sugar cookies and a warm apple fritter with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce. Over at the Canada pavilion, dazzling delicacies like the Maple Buche de Noel (maple mousse rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake with cranberry sauce and pecan crumble) celebrate holiday traditions from the Great White North.
Holidays Around the World Entertainment
Throughout the theme park’s World Showcase, countries celebrate their own unique holiday traditions with storytellers and entertainment during Holidays Around the World.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase at EPCOT, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions. Check the time’s guide to find all the story tellings offered and what times you can find them.
Epcot’s Candlelight Processional features a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.
The Candlelight Processional captures the spirit of the season in the retelling of the Christmas story by celebrity narrators, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and choir. Performed three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8 p.m. at EPCOT’s America Gardens Theatre from Nov. 24 – Dec. 30. Narrators include Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jaci Velasquez. If you want to be sure to get a good seat, book a Candlelight dinner package.
Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree
Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests can purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase at EPCOT looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests can return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale. Maps are available for $5.99 plus tax.
Holiday llumiNations: Reflections of Earth
A special holiday ending to Epcot’s Illumination shares a message of peace and unity.
In the spirit of the holidays, the sky-filling spectacle IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth adds a special seasonal finale Nov. 25 – Dec.30. Holiday greetings in native languages from the countries of World Showcase at EPCOT join with the classic song “Let There be Peace on Earth” to add a heartwarming finish to IllumiNations.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
Jingle Ball, Jingle Bam at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This is an all-new nighttime spectacular! “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Nov. 14 – Dec. 31. The show features beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests, capped by a special message from Santa himself.
Sunset Seasons Greetings
Sunset Seasons Greetings
Hollywood Studios also adds this new holiday experience features spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with stunning holiday decorations. Holiday magic brings billboards to life and transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season – a giant pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house, and a frozen winter wonderland! A frosty summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance to share his holiday wish! This fantastic and heartwarming experience runs continuously throughout the night.
Enhanced holiday décor around Echo Lake
Echo Lake decorated for Christmas
Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake at Hollywood Studios the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Holiday fun continues at the Hyperion Theater at Hollywood Studios as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff welcome Olaf to this popular sing-along celebration. Just for the holidays, the show will include all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”
Santa Claus at the Once Upon a Time
Meet Santa Claus at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Holiday season.
The beautiful and vintage setting reflects the bygone days of Santa’s visits to the great department stores across the country.
Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail
To capture the spirit of the season, Marketplace guests can stroll among custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme. This year, the Christmas Tree Trail will expand to include ten new trees inspired by Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White, and Dumbo.
Festival of Toys
The Festival of Toys will debut at the Once Upon a Toy Fountain at Disney Springs. You will discover that the toys have magically come alive for an interactive holiday dance party nightly on the plaza. There’s pin trading, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony and more.
Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle
17-foot-tall Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle inspired by the movie Frozen.
Guests of Disney’s Contemporary Resort will marvel at a world of majestic mountains and fjords anchored by a 17-foot-tall Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle. Don’t miss this photo opportunity because the castle is inspired by Frozen and adorned with sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles, and chocolate-coated trees.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Life-sized Holiday Gingerbread House
A life-sized holiday gingerbread house is an eye-filling sight in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
An annual treat, a life-sized holiday gingerbread house, is an eye-filling (and aroma-savoring) sight in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. There is even a store within it where you can buy cookies and gingerbread houses! So be sure to squeeze some time into your trip to check this holiday offering out!
Disney’s Beach Club Spinning Carousel
Life-Sized Edible Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
At the Beach Club resort, you will find a life-size, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition. While a holiday village with miniature train delights holiday guests at the Yacht Club Resort.
So, we hope this helps you plan out your holiday trip to the Walt Disney Resort. I find that this is one of the most magical times of the year. So be sure to make it over to the resort at least once while they are celebrating. I promise you won’t regret it!
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