Unwrap the Magic: Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

Get ready to unwrap the magic as your family explores Christmas and the winter holidays at Walt Disney World Resort Florida.

Experience the magic of the season in every possible way when you visit Walt Disney World during the holidays! Each park is decked out in their holiday best and every show, parade, and party will have you in the Christmas Spirit. From Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom to the Jingle Bell Jingle BAM show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the angelic voices of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays, come enjoy the magic of the season at Disney World Resort in sunny Florida through early January 2018.

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Christmas & Holidays at Magic Kingdom

Holidays at Walt Disney World: Main Street, USA in Magic Kingdom is decked out for Christmas

From Main Street to Tomorrowland to Cinderella’s Castle, the Magic Kingdom is fully decorated in holiday magic and Christmas spirit. Each lamp post is wrapped in lights and wreaths. Stores are filled with special holiday merchandise with treats only available one time a year. And of course, the parades and shows are remade just for the season to bring a Merry Christmas to all who watch. Yes, we are still in Florida and it might be 80 degrees when you visit, but Disney will have you unwrapping the magic of the season with every step you take inside the park.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This special ticketed event is THE Christmas happening of the season for Disney fans! Available on select nights before Christmas, party guests donning wristbands will be able to enjoy special access to the Christmas-time fun at the Magic Kingdom. No FASTPASSes are needed during these parties as only a limited number of tickets are sold for each night! Read on for the inside scoop of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Tip: Advance purchase is recommended as dates are limited and sell out quickly. The party starts at 7pm but doors open at 4pm! Arrive early so you can get your Christmas on for a full 8 hours! 

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Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. There are two nightly parades for Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas Parade, filled with festive cheer, characters, and of course, Santa himself. Catch the early one, at 8:30pm, if you don’t think your kids will make it to the 11pm parade!

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Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season. At 10pm, look to the sky above Cinderella’s Castle for a special fireworks spectacular of Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season. Hum along and watch the sky come alive for a special Christmas show.

Tip: Make the night even more memorable with a Wishes Fireworks Holiday Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace! This add-on will give you a chance to view the enchanting sight of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade from a special reserved location on Main Street, U.S.A. Then you’ll enjoy desserts, sparkling cider, specialty Christmas drinks, and more delicious holiday treats under a reserved Holiday Wishes fireworks viewing area. 

Disney World Resort Holidays

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Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. This singing and dancing, filling your spirit with holiday joy stage show is presented each evening throughout the party. The show includes classic and contemporary holiday songs, special effects, and your favorite Disney characters.

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A Frozen Holiday Wish (Castle Dream Lights). Watch as Anna and Elsa use their magic to unveil Cinderella’s Castle, frosted with lights all-a-glow. And see Main Street dusted in snow, falling from the sky, which in Florida is a true Christmas miracle.

Enjoy Complimentary Goodies. Make sure to check your map and visit the Holiday Treat Locations to enjoy complimentary treats! Eggnog, gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa, and sugar cookies are all sweet treats ready for you to grab and go. (Allergy-friendly and alternative healthy options available upon request!)

VoicePlay a Capella Holiday Concert. Don’t miss the sounds of the seasons as you listen to VoicePlay, an unforgettable a Capella holiday concert at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.

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A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! Don’t forget to stop over to Tomorrowland where A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show and Club Tinsel dance party takes place every hour! It’s a totally out-of-the-world Christmas celebration!

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The Jingle Cruise. The Jingle Cruise will take over the Jungle Cruise for the holiday season! Check out the new jokes and holiday-themed boat names! Don’t miss this ride.

Character Greetings. A variety of character meet-and-greet locations are set up throughout the park giving you the perfect opportunity to snap some yuletide pictures with your favorite Disney characters throughout the ages.

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Disney World Resort Holidays

Shopping! Shop gifts for everyone you know while you are here! The Emporium on Main Street is filled with shops that have fun holiday-themed merchandise and souvenirs. Have gifts delivered right from the parks to your Disney Resort hotel (see a Cast Member for details). And if you forget that special something, download the Shop Disney Parks mobile app to find what you forgot! Stop by the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor for a Peppermint Hot Fudge Sundae or Sleepy Hollow for a Pumpkin Waffle Sundae for a treat.

Want the scoop on how Disney makes this happen? Book a Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy tour that will guide you backstage as well as all over the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts to learn how they do it!

Click NEXT to explore Christmas & the Holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

About the author

Marisa Langford is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts located in Florida and the author of Tampa Mama & Fit Kids Playground, websites dedicated to helping families push away the screen through family travel and fun, healthy travel tips. She is a busy Mom to 4 young kids and loves living in Tampa where the weather is always beautiful and a vacation is only 30 minutes away. On a constant search for adventures with kids, she can be found out and about with her husband and 4 kids in tow, enjoying family time together.

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