Christmas may be five months away but it’s never too early to start planning and Walt Disney World has some magical things to look forward to. The Orlando theme park will kick off the holiday festivities November 8. Here’s what’s in store:
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Guests can experience tons of fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 8 - January 6: Toy Story Land will get into the holiday spirit with special seasonal activities such as holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers. Guests will finally get the chance to see snow this holiday in Florida during Sunset Seasons Greetings. The show will feature laser effects, projections of popular Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Olaf and others on the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel, and yes, “snow.” The nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM returns with fireworks, special effects and music. Santa will also make appearances at the Once Upon a Time shop November 10 - December 24. After that Santa Goofy steps in.
Things will be extra magical at Disney’s Magic Kingdom this holiday season. Guests can get swept away in the spirit of the season with festive decor, holiday treats, a sparkling icy castle and more as the park transforms into a winter wonderland. Magic Kingdom invites you to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which will take place on select nights starting November 8. Each night of the event will feature an exclusive showing of Holiday Wishes fireworks and performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. Guests to the Orlando theme park will also enjoy favorite characters in their festive outfits and complimentary cookies and cocoa.
Learn more about holiday traditions around the world at 11 World Showcase Nations during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Indulge in seasonal treats from around the world at special Holiday Kitchens. World Showcase pavilions will come alive with sights, sounds and entertainment of each country’s holiday heritage. Chip and Dale will be collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests can help during Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree scavenger hunt. You’ll travel around the World Showcase looking for the chipmunks with their ornaments. Cap off your magical evening with the nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth with a special holiday finale. Epcot’s most popular holiday tradition, the Candlelight Processional returns with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and choir November 22- December 30.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New this year to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show Up! A Great Bird Adventure. Starting November 8, guests will join Russell and Dug from Disney/Pixar’s Up in discovering some of the world’s most exotic birds.
Disney Springs will be the perfect spot for holiday shopping, dining and special holiday entertainment. From November 8 - January 5 enjoy: The Christmas Tree Trail and take in custom-decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring characters like Mary Poppins, Mickey mouse and Minnie Mouse. Santa Claus will even make an appearance taking Christmas lists and greeting guests at Santa’s Chalet. From December 25 - December 31, Santa Goofy will take over as St. Nick heads back to the North Pole. Go on a shopping spree with Stitch during Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt and find where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.