The holiday season is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World and this year is no exception. With more lights, fireworks & events than ever,even the biggest Grinch can get into the holiday spirit.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This part runs on select nights from 11/9/17 – 12/22/17 and does require a separate ticket purchase to attend. You can find a full list of dates & prices HERE.
During the party you will enjoy special character meets, shorter attraction wait times, festive treats & goodies that include complimentary cookies of various flavors, hot cocoa & cider. This year they are also offering a soft pretzel option which I am particularly fond of instead of all the sweets. There will be a special Christmas Parade & fireworks show & Voice Play will be performing again in Tomorrowland. You can also purchase limited edition merchandise and don’t forget to pick-up your Sorcerers of the magic Kingdom Party Card.
International Festival of the Holidays
Although by a different name this year, this event still holds the same holiday magic. Pick up your booklet & guide to all the fun when you enter the park & enjoy wonderful food from around the World Showcase and my personal favorite are the stories of each country’s unique holiday traditions.
Enjoy this video sample of the holiday traditions in Norway:
This fantastic performance has become our holiday tradition. Each night, the biblical Christmas Story is told by 1 of 13 celebrity narrators and accompanied by a live choir and orchestra. Returning narrators include Whoopi Goldberg & Trace Adkins; they will be joined by several new narrators this year including Kurt Russel & Pat Sajak. Find a full list of narrators HERE. This event runs from 11/24/17 – 12/30/17.
If you want the best seats, consider making a reservation for a dining package. More details on the dining packages HERE
Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree
This holiday scavenger hunt is fun for the young ones or the young at heart. Chip & Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree & they need your help. The cost for your scavenger hunt map is $6.99 +tax and when your are finished, you will get a special prize.
After enjoying a day in Epcot with festive food from around the world & stories from Santa, you can enjoy a special Illuminations with a special holiday themed ending.
Hollywood Studios has gone all out for this holiday season. The Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! show has returned & the elves from Prep & Landing must help & find Santa because he has been kidnapped.
New in Hollywood Studios this year is Sunset Season’s Greetings. Enjoy a light snowfall on Sunset blvd while the Tower of Terror exterior is brought to life by holiday projections. You may even run into a friendly holiday face or two such as Olaf the snowman from Frozen.
Minnie will once again be hosting her holiday dine part at Hollywood & Vine Restaurant and you can meet Santa himself at the Once Upon a Time shop through 12/24/17. When Santa begins to deliver Christmas gifts for the children Santa Goofy will take his place through 12/31/17.
Although I was personally a little disappointed to see that the holiday drone show will not be returning to Disney Springs this year, there are plenty of festive activities that will hold my family’s attention for an entire day after we watch the new Star Wars movie at the AMC theater right in the middle of the action.
The Christmas Tree Trail will be memorizing as always with 25 Disney themed trees beneath a gentle snow fall.
Festive snacks & food can be found throughout the shopping district and joyful entertainment will welcome everyone. From caroling to stilt walkers there will be something to watch all around.
Santa’s Chalet will be there where your family can visit & get photos with Santa. If you have Disney’s Memory Maker, you can get your photos added to your account at no extra charge. When you visit Santa’s Chalet, you will be given a special pager that will tell you when to return to the line for your visit with Santa. You do not have to wait in a crazy long line & you can shop while you wait for your turn.
Also returning to Disney Springs this year is Stitch’s Gift hunt. This is a fabulous activity to keep the kids & family entertained while you shop. Stitch has misplaced his gift list and he needs your help finding it. You can pick up your scavenger hunt map with corresponding stickers and hunt your way through 16 locations to match each sticker with the correct place. Once you have completed the map, you can return it for a special prize.
Resorts and More
The Gingerbread Houses in Walt Disney World remain the most fantastic displays of culinary art that I have seen in my travels. Each display is a delicate work of art and can be found throughout the parks & resorts.
– Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom 12/20 – 1/2
– American Adventure in Epcot 11/19 (This location also offers a season menu for your consumption)
– Amorette’s Parisserie in Disney Springs 11/24
– Disney’s Contemporary Resort
– Disney’s Beach Club celebrates their 18th anniversary of this event with 18 hidden Mickey’s on their display
– Disney’s Grand Floridian celebrates their 19th gingerbread anniversary & a special pin trading event in the lobby each day
In addition to larger-than-life gingerbread houses, you can tour each of the Disney resorts & take in all of their fabulous trees & Christmas decor. Every resort will have a detailed miniature train display in the lobby.
Visiting Walt Disney World ruing the holidays offers numerous holiday activities that will immerse your senses in holiday cheer. On top of all of the fun actives, the weather here in Florida is amazingly comfortable for park touring this time of year. If you have never visited Walt Disney World during the holidays, what are you waiting for? You can book now for 2017 or 2018 and I have a special offer of my own waiting for my holiday guests when you book by 11/30/17.
Thank you for reading.
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney Fanatic; I’m also a travel agent. You will find me in one of the Disney Parks with my family almost every weekend. With hours of personal experience, I’m happy to help you plan the perfect holiday vacation for your family at no added cost to you & it all starts with a free, no obligation quote. Visit my website or contact me to book your vacation.
Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures