If you have plans to make a trip to Walt Disney World during the Christmas holiday season, congratulations! You will visit during one of the most magical time of year, even for Disney. My family and I have been fortunate to observe some Walt Disney World vacations in the past, so this article will discuss some of our family's favorite things to see and do during this season of Disney's Christmas.
Let's start with the Magic Kingdom. You will find Cinderella Castle decked out in hearts "ice" lights every night. Be sure to get the picture: If you're like me and not big by taking night pictures, then get a PhotoPass number in front of shots of the Castle. Trust me you will be glad you did!
Magic Kingdom also hosted a Mickey very Merry Christmas party on a number of nights in December, before Christmas. This is a separate ticket, so if you want to attend, you will need to purchase a separate ticket from the park pass. One of the highlights is the parade of the wooden Soldiers, featuring Christmas. If you want to see the parade, but did not plan to go to the party before Christmas, You will be able to see it every day, every afternoon, usually start Christmas day ... no separate ticket required! (Please note: The Walt Disney World Christmas Parade that you see on TV every year on Christmas morning is not a live event and, in fact, recorded weeks before so don't go to the Magic Kingdom on a Christmas morning expecting to see/be in the parade!)
How Did Epcot? While the decor is beautiful, the World Showcase offers a number of programs which are either associated with the "holidays Around the World" theme, and if you've ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas in other countries, here is your chance. Each country present their favorite holiday traditions, and many have a storyteller's holiday highlights some of the habits that are very interesting and fun: don't be surprised to see Father Christmas in the United Kingdom, Pere Noel in France, and St. Nicholas in Germany to name a few. Great fun and Yes, educational, in a very pleasant way.
Perhaps the top vacation Walt Disney World Epcot's Candlelight processional, presentation is the night of the Christmas story with celebrity guest narrator and chorus massed huge consists of professional, College, and HIGH SCHOOL choirs from across the country. Although there are 3 performances each evening, the line for seats began well before each performance. You can reserve your seat by buying a Candlelight processional dinner package, and I highly recommend. If you don't want to do dinner, then assign someone in your group stand-by waiting in line to make sure to get a seat. This is a dramatic and powerful performance is always a highlight of Disney Christmas visits us.
Disney's Hollywood Studios has a fair share of holiday entertainment with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights Dancing, held the night on the Streets of America. There are millions of lights in the display and it is truly an amazing one. The roads can be very dense but, during this busy season, so to get the most out of your visit here, go during the night of the show, Fantasmic or at the end of the night, before the Park closes. It is much more fun when you are not right with people!
If you still want more parade, then the Animal Kingdom have Mickey Jingle Jungle Parade, with all characters in their holiday best. Downtown Disney has a Festival of the Seasons, in which you can finish any holiday shopping, visiting Santa before 24 December, and say hi to Santa Goofy from 25 December to 4 January. And don't miss the visit of holiday decorations at Disney resorts, too. On the list you must be a Grand Floridian for the Gingerbread House, the Boardwalk to the Carousel, and the Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge for large trees. This is not to be missed, plus they are a great way to get away from the crowds for a bit.