Experience the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

Experience the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

Experience the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

Did you know there actually is one thing that can make the most magical place on earth more magical than it already is? The holidays! Spending the holidays at Walt Disney World is a can’t-miss vacation and one you will never forget. The lights, the shows, the characters…you will be truly amazed at the magic you will experience at each park during the holiday season at Walt Disney World.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays                                    ©Disney

When Does the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World Start?

Some of the most magical and exciting Disney holiday celebrations and events start November 8th. We’ve broken down any and every opportunity to enjoy a holiday celebration at Walt Disney World so you won’t miss anything!

Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Epcot each have holiday celebrations that will fill you with never-ending holiday spirit!

Animal Kingdom – Disney World’s Animal Kingdom holiday celebrations include four new exciting events and attractions!

  • Discovery Island Entertainment: Enjoy seeing life-size puppets of arctic animals during the day and rooftop lights and bright lanterns at night.
  • Tree of Life Awakening: Watch as the symbolic Tree of Life awakens at night right before your eyes with new tales and music.
  • Holiday Hoopla Dance Party: Chip ‘n Dale are ready to dance with kids, adults and families and play interactive games in DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Christmas at Pongu Pongu: Head to Pandora – The World of Avatar for holiday fun and Christmas décor at this expat-run drink stand!
Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade                    ©Disney

Magic Kingdom – Disney World’s Magic Kingdom sure will have you feeling all the holiday magic with these events!

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Celebrate Christmas with Mickey on select nights at this annual ticketed event.
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show: What better way to end your night than at a fireworks show during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, hosted by the one and only Minnie Mouse!
Mickeys Once Upon a Christmas Parade

Magic Kingdom® – Once Upon A Christmastime Parade                    ©Disney

Epcot – Disney World’s Epcot is the perfect place to see spectacular lights and get into the holiday spirit.

  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays: Enjoy food, music and annual traditions beginning November 29 to December 30.
  • Candlelight Processional: Learn and hear the story of Christmas presented by a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and choir, all beginning November 29.
Disneyc Christmas Decoration Epcot Festival of the Holidays

Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays                                    ©Disney

Enjoy even more holiday fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you’re looking for food, music and fireworks head to the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Starting November 8 – January 5. Next, head to Toy Story Land to play in Andy’s backyard for many magical moments! Then end your night watching an incredible projection show complete with lasers and falling “snow” on Sunset Boulevard. In the midst of all the holiday celebrations, don’t forget about all the holiday dining that Disney World offers!

Disney World Holiday Dining and Parties

Eating is one of the best parts of Disney World and what makes it even better is dining at Disney World during the holidays! From desserts to fireworks, your stomachs will be full and your eyes will be amazed!

  • Holiday Fireworks Desert Party – Visit the Tomorrowland Terrace and devour deserts and then enjoy a reserved seat for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! – Indulge in your favorite desserts before watching the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! From a reserved viewing area at Hollywood Studios.
  • Candlelight Processional – Enjoy guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot and a delicious holiday meal with this holiday package.
  • Frozen Ever After Dessert Party – Visit the Epcot World Showcase for dessert, fireworks and an opportunity to ride Frozen Ever After.

Not only does Walt Disney World offer fantastic food, they offer special holiday tours for kids, teens, and adults to continue spreading the holiday cheer.

Holiday Specialty Tours and Celebrations

Special tours and celebrations to keep the holiday spirit going include:

  • Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy – On this specialty backstage tour of the Disney World Resort you will get to see its entire holiday transformation.
  • Disney’s Holiday D-Lights – Take a look at Disney wintertime traditions while walking through this Holiday D-Light!
  • Holidays at Disney Springs – Shopping, holiday dining options and a Christmas Tree Trail can all be found at Disney Springs during the holiday.
Holidays at Disney Springs

WDW – Disney Springs® Holidays                                                        ©Disney

No matter which park you are visiting we hope this helps you find the perfect tradition or new event to celebrate the holiday season! Dine, watch fireworks, take a holiday tour and look at larger than life Christmas trees this holiday season at the spectacular Walt Disney World.

Make sure you reach out to us so we can help you plan a magical holiday getaway at the wonderful Walt Disney World.

Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!