Top Five Things To Do At Disney World During The Holidays

by All Things Mouse Staff on December 5, 2009
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OK, so you are heading to Walt Disney World for the holidays. Know what you are going to do? Know what you can do? Know what you should do?

Below we have the Top 5 Things To Do At Disney World For The Holidays!

#5. Out of Park Experiences

Don’t underestimate the holiday fun you can have without ever having to step foot inside a park. 

Head to Downtown Disney for some excellent Christmas shopping.  What kid wouldn’t like something from the LEGO Imagination Center, or for that matter, what adult wouldn’t like something from the World of Disney (the largest character store not only in Disney World, but in the world).  Or perhaps find something kitchen related gifts in Mickey’s Pantry.  Of course, no trip to Downtown Disney would be complete without several minutes spent in Disney’s Days of Christmas store, especially during the holidays.  If this place don’t get you in the Christmas spirit, perhaps there is some Grinch in your ancestry.

More excellent non-park holiday experiences are waiting for you at each and every resort.  They all have been decorated for the season and offer you some free cheer.  Take for example the Grand Floridian which features a life-size ginger bread house.  This massive (mostly edible) structure also serves as a store for holiday treats that are ready to eat! Yum Yum.

#4. Animal Kingdom

Most would probably not think of the Animal Kingdom for the holidays, but it does  offer some events aimed at preventing that scrooge in you from appearing.  Most notable is the “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade,” a remake of the “Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade”.

#3. Hollywood Studios

What has become an annual tradition for many is the viewing of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights located in the Streets of America at the Hollywood Studios.  The lights started much more modestly at a home in Arkansas, but in 19995 they came to Disney and have been growing ever since.  Thousands of lights will dazzle you into excitement.

#2. Epcot

The Candlelight Processional is what most people think of when they think of Epcot and the holidays, with good reason.  The story of Christmas is retold on select nights with a guest narrator and a 50-piece orchestra along with  a mass choir.  You need to get in line early to get a seat, but the time is well worth it.  Many have been brought to tears by the musical beauty and narrative.

Don’t forget that the World Showcase also hosts several holiday related events including Santa in the America Pavilion and other versions of the jolly elf in several other pavilions, telling the story of how that nationality celebrates Christmas.

#1. Magic Kingdom

Of course, few could make a trip to Disney World and not go to the Magic Kingdom at least once.  Add in the special events of Christmas-time and all should plan to attend.

While it is a special place to be through-out the season, those willing to spend a little extra money should attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  It is a special ticket, but only a limited number are sold leaving the park much emptier than you would normally experience it.  Also, during the party a special parade known as  Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is held, along with the Holiday Wishes Fireworks Extravaganza. Even little touches like “snow” falling on Main Street and free cookies and cocoa make it a very magical time.

Also, take the time to see the castle at night.  It has been draped with thousands of lights and appears almost enchanted.

Now you have an idea of what to expect and do during the Christmas season at Disney World.  Almost no one would deny that fun can be had year round at the World, but the Holidays make it even more magical.

Walt Disney World Official 2015 Birnbaum's Guidebook

Walt Disney World Official 2015 Birnbaum’s Guidebook

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