It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year in the most magical place on earth again. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom started putting Christmas decorations up on November 1st, and the transformation into a Christmas wonderland will be complete on November 4th when Cinderella Castle lights up for the first time of the season.
Starting November 4th, every evening at 6:15 p.m., right after sunset, the Magic Kingdom presents a short show (around 12 minutes) on the Castle Stage, called A Frozen Holiday Wish, featuring the characters from the Disney movie Frozen. Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, and yes, even Olaf, all take the stage to admire the holiday decorations around the kingdom, but they can’t help but to think that the castle could use a little extra help. After a bit of convincing from the crowd, Elsa agrees to use her ice powers to cover Cinderella Castle with a magical layer of ice and snow that makes it truly glisten like an ice palace. To bring her ice magic to life, Elsa has the help of projectors and 200,000 Dream Lights draped all over the spires of the castle, making it a truly awe-inspiring sight. Seriously, don’t be surprised if you feel chills, or maybe even shed a tear – Elsa let it go, and so should you!
The Dream Lights on the castle are just the finishing touch to Main Street, USA’s complete Christmas transformation. You’ll also find Christmas wreaths or garlands attached to every lamp post or surface they’ll stick on, and in Town Square, a 65-foot Christmas tree lights up the other end of Main Street. The usual background music is also replaced with a loop of classic instrumental Christmas songs.
There really is something extra special about the holiday season at Walt Disney World, and catching a glimpse of Cinderella Castle covered in shimmering lights is my favorite part of the Christmas fantasy in the Magic Kingdom. You can catch the show every night for the rest of the year at 6:15 PM on the Cinderella Castle stage. Happy Holidays!