Spending the Holidays at Walt Disney World
With “Back to School” sales popping up across town and Halloween candy gracing the shelves of the grocery, it’s hard to object that the holidays are just around the corner! From a Disney perspective, that means that the holidays have already begun!
In an effort to share the holiday spirit with as many guests as possible, Walt Disney World starts Halloween in August and Christmas in November – something you won’t EVER hear me complain about! If you LOVE the holidays or just want to see Walt Disney World in a whole new way, travelling during the holidays is a dream come true. Keep reading to find out more about the special *Magic* that embraces the Happiest Place on Earth this time of year!
1. Cinderella’s Castle and “Frozen Kiss Goodnight”
By far my favorite symbol of the holidays at Walt Disney World are the icicle lights adorning Cinderella’s Castle and the ceremonious Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place each evening. Led by none other than Anna and Elsa from Frozen, the ceremony lights up the night and makes you truly feel the magic! My favorite photo spot is right up close to the castle, looking up at the stunning clock. The technique of forced perspective and the majesty of the lights makes this a true sight to behold.
2. Oh, Christmas Tree!
My second favorite element of the holidays that can be seen across WDW property is the arrival of the Christmas trees at each park. Unique to each and reflective of the overall theme, these massive (up to 65 feet tall!) trees boast thousands of lights. And if it appears they pop up overnight, it’s because they do! The amazing Holiday Services department at Walt Disney World comes in after hours to install these incredible pieces.
3. Favorite Characters in their Holiday Best
Travelling to Walt Disney World during the holidays gives you the chance to experience some of your favorite Disney characters dressed in their best! From Mickey and Minnie’s regal Christmastime attire, to Santa Claus Goofy and appearances by Scrooge McDuck – the opportunities for special photos is endless.
4. Festivities and Fanfare
We all know that Disney is known for its expertise in pageantry and they delight us with shows and performances year-round. During the holiday’s however, I personally think they kick it up a notch and out-do themselves with the availability of specialty shows, performances and displays. Examples include Epcot’s Candlelight Processional with celebrity narrators and 50-piece orchestra. Don’t miss musical performances include holiday tunes from the Dapper Dans, caroling by the Voices of Liberty, and gospel performances at Epcot’s Fountain of Nation’s stage and displays include the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail and the infamous Grand Floridian Gingerbread House! If that’s not enough to get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will!
5. Party Time!
Last but certainly not least, this list cannot end without recognizing the fantastic Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This special ticketed event packs in snow on Main Street, a special holiday parade and a stunning holiday rendition of “Happily Ever After” fireworks. All that AND free cookies and cocoa throughout the night?! That’s enough to warm even the chilliest of hearts.
There is still time to plan for this year’s holiday season at Walt Disney World! Contact a MickeyTravels agent today to guide you through the crowds and make holiday memories that will last a lifetime!