Christmas really is the most magical time of the year, and at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Christmas magic is endless. If your family is planning a trip to either resort this holiday season you’re going to want to keep reading. Today we’re talking all about everything you can experience at Christmas at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort.
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida
At the Walt Disney World Resort all four parks are getting in on the Christmastime celebrations this year, along with Disney Springs and the resort hotels. The celebrations all kick-off November 9, 2019.
Magic Kingdom Park
The premier Christmas event each year is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party held on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park. The separately ticketed event is the time to watch a brand new fireworks spectacular, get hot chocolate and cookies all night, watch the Christmas themed parade, and ton of specialty entertainment around the park. A good tip to keep in mind is the earlier in the season you attend a party the cheaper the tickets are.
Also at Magic Kingdom guests can enjoy holiday decorations around the park, yummy seasonal treats and fun entertainment throughout the day. One great thing about the holidays at Magic Kingdom is the ride overlay that happens each year to the Jungle Cruise turning it into the Jingle Cruise. The ride gets a festive spin with decorations and skippers get to tell their best holiday jokes. The line for the holiday overlay does get long quickly so if this is a priority be sure to get a FastPass+ reservation for the attraction or get to Magic Kingdom as early as possible for a minimal wait time.
Every year at Epcot the park comes alive with the Festival of the Holidays, which takes place in World Showcase. This festive time is filled with delicious traditional holiday treats from each of the countries represented by World Showcase, storytelling from Santa, and a holiday cookie stroll! The Festival of the Holidays starts November 29 and runs through December 30, 2019.
The highlight of many people’s vacation to Walt Disney World during the holidays is Epcot’s Candlelight Processional. This holiday concert is held multiple times each night in the amphitheater in the America Pavilion. The show brings together classic Christmas songs with a 50-piece orchestra, choir, and celebrity narrator to tell the story biblical story of Christmas.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
2019 is going to be the very first year Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park has holiday celebrations and entertainment throughout the park. There are going to be all new decorations on Discovery Island as you enter the park, then in Pandora- The World of Avatar gets festive at the quick service stand Pongu Pongu. Throughout the park guests will see different cultures represented and how they celebrate the holidays including Diwali, the festival of lights, throughout the Asia section of the park.
Before you leave the park for the night you’re going to want to check out the Tree of Life Awakenings show which will feature winter tales and projections on the park icon.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the place to be for retro-inspired decorations and nightly spectaculars. The park gets all dressed up in it’s holiday best with glittering tinsel. Each night guests can enjoy Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM in place of the Star Wars fireworks. The show is best viewed from right in front of the Chinese Theater, and guests can see them from November 8 through January 5, 2020. The other show not to be missed is the return of Sunset Seasons Greetings. This projection show is displayed every 20 to 30 minutes on the Hollywood Tower Hotel, and it even snows on Sunset Boulevard during the show.
For a little festive fun outside of the parks head on over to Disney Springs. Returning this year is the Christmas Tree Trail, where guests can check out cute decorated Christmas trees that are all themed to different movies, characters, or theme park attractions. After all the Christmas Tree Trail fun, you can stop by and see Santa right at Disney Springs and get your photo taken and tell him what you want for Christmas. Throughout Disney Springs there will be specialty food and drink to warm you up and spread some holiday cheer.
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California
From November 8 through January 6, 2020 Disneyland Resort will be celebrating the holidays in both parks and the Downtown Disney District. Both parks get fun ride overlays, yummy holiday treats are available and Mickey Mouse can be seen in his festive outfits.
Disneyland Park will be celebrating the season of wonder this year. Guests are not going to want to miss out on seeing A Christmas Fantasy Parade, the “Believe... In Holiday Magic” fireworks and the lighting of it’s a small world each night. Sleeping Beauty Castle gets a magical transformation with glittering lights, wreaths, and snow!
Guests can also enjoy two rides with holiday overlays. Haunted Mansion turns into Haunted Mansion Holiday with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme, and it’s a small world gets thousands of lights and holiday dolls placed inside the ride.
Disney California Adventure
Over at Disney California Adventure, the park has two distinct celebrations happening during the holidays. The first is Festival of the Holidays which celebrates all types of holidays that happen during the Christmas season. The festival is filled with music, entertainment and food that will please the whole family. Disney ¡Viva Navidad! celebrates Three Kings Day from January 3 through 6, 2020. The celebration includes a street party and lots of Disney characters.
You’re going to want to check out the ride overlays in Cars Land at the park as well. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree turns into Mater’s Jingle Jamboree with fun holiday music, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters turns into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl. Each night on Buena Vista Street there’s a beautiful tree lighting ceremony that you’re not going to want to miss.
Downtown Disney District
The Downtown Disney District even gets in on the holiday fun with decorations and sweet treats available throughout the holidays. This is a great spot to go an relax outside of the parks and still be surrounded by Disney magic.
No matter what coast your on, or which park you’re traveling to this holiday season, both Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort are celebrating the holidays in a big way!
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