Unwrapping The Holiday Magic At Walt Disney World

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Walt Disney World.  One of your trips to “The World” should be during the holidays.

Holidays at Walt Disney World happen anytime from the middle of November to the first week of January. If you’re planning on experiencing Disney World holiday events, you’ll want to take note of all the special holiday events inside the parks

Best Time to Visit Disney World Holiday Events

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Walt Disney World.  One of your trips to “The World” should be during the holidays.

Holidays at Walt Disney World happen anytime from the middle of November to the first week of January. If you’re planning on experiencing Disney World holiday events, you’ll want to take note of all the special holiday events inside the parks

 

The busiest days of the year happen during Walt Disney World holiday events. In terms of crowds, here are the busiest days of the holiday season:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Christmas Day
  • The week of Christmas
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The week of Thanksgiving

Decorating is a large undertaking during Disney World holiday events. The decorations start going up the first couple of weeks in November, and each of the parks has its own tree. It takes the cast members several weeks to get all the decorations in place, so keep that in mind if you’re visiting very early in the month of November.

Most of Magic Kingdom’s decorations are in place by the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the season. You can get tickets for the first party that starts on Nov. 9, 2017.

Decorations are usually in place by the Friday after Thanksgiving at the other theme parks. The decorations stay up until the end of the first week in January, 2018.

Celebrate the Season at the Resort Hotels and Disney Springs

 No matter where you’re staying, it’s worth a visit to the deluxe resorts during Disney World holiday events. This is easiest to do by car, but you can also use Disney transportation to get there.

The deluxe resorts, really decorate for Christmas. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Beach and Yacht Club, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary, all have spectacular decorations, Christmas trees and oversized gingerbread displays.  All of the trees are decorated in theme with the resorts.

Grand Floridian

If you are looking to experience how Disney resorts do the holidays, there is no better place than The Grand Floridian at Christmas!  It is like stepping back in time to the Victorian era! There are beautiful Christmas displays both inside and outside the resort.

The pastry chefs at Disney’s Grand Floridian, create a wonderful gingerbread house that is made with a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria You have to see it to believe it.  To create this it takes 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 600 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, 35 pounds of spices, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze were used.

This enormous creation is 16 feet high and takes more than 400 hours just to bake the gingerbread!

Every day except Sunday there are gingerbread house decorating demonstrations in the lobby

Give yourself at least an hour to roam around the lobby of the Grand Floridian so that you will be able to take in all the Christmas spirit! Be sure to visit their gift shop as well to check out their Disney Christmas gift selection!

There are no gingerbread displays at Disney’s Wilderness and Animal Kingdom Lodges, but you will discover that their trees are massive and absolutely spectacular.

Some things you will find at the other resorts:

  • Wilderness Lodge– a 60 feet tall tree fills the lobby (it takes 18 hours to put up!)

  • Beach Club– lots of decorations, including a large, edible carousel

  • Yacht Club– decor includes an edible train

  • Boardwalk Inn– an edible, miniature version of Atlantic City, complete with Ferris wheel, carousel, and beach sits in the lobby alongside other seasonal decorations

Animal Kingdom Lodge – gorgeous resort is made even more beautiful with a big tree with themed ornaments decorating it.

The Contemporary Resort – a holiday village made of gingerbread and chocolate sits near the monorail platform

The Polynesian Resort

Special Holiday Tours

Yuletide Fantasy Tour

Discover how the decor is done in some of the parks and resorts. The tour is $99/person, available late November through late December, takes place 9 a.m. daily except Sunday and begins at Epcot. You must be at least 16 to attend.

Holiday D-Lights Tour

Disney’s Holiday D-Lights provides an opportunity to meet some of the staff that transform the Disney World Resort for the holidays. The tour includes a performance of the Candlelight Processional and a family-style barbecue dinner. The Holiday D-Lights tour costs $259 and is offered on select nights in November and December. You must be at least 12 to attend

You can book both of these tours by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.

Disney Springs

HOLIDAYS AT DISNEY SPRINGS – Beginning Nov. 10

The entertainment, shopping and dining area will be filled with festive decor, fun photo ops and Santa.  Holiday cheer includes  carolers, Toy Soldier stilt walkers and other performers, plus a holiday dance party with DJ!

Christmas Tree Trail

From mid-November through the beginning of January, Disney Springs hosts a seasonal walk-through trail that includes 25  Holiday  trees all themed after a Disney character or story.

Santa’s chalet

Visit the Christmas chalet that is located by the Christmas Tree Trail.  Santa Claus is accepting Christmas wish lists and welcoming guests.  From December 25-December 31, Santa Goofy will take over after Old Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole.

Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt

This is a fun activity for families and older kids, it’s your chance to work together, decipher clues, and discover all the spots where Stitch is hiding.

The mischievous experiment 626 is at it again with a scavenger hunt featuring four new stops, including a special stop at the more-magical-than-ever Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail. Complete the mission and receive a limited-edition button.

Check out the interactive holiday dance party outside “Once Upon a Toy”, join in  some pin trading and watch as a beautiful tree is lit nightly.

EPCOT CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL

The Epcot Candlelight Processional is one of the most fantastic Walt Disney World holiday events.  This annual event pairs celebrity narrators with a full choir and 50-piece orchestra in a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas. It begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 30. The show takes place three times each evening, and it does fill up. If you want guaranteed seating, purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. This includes lunch and/or dinner and a 3-course meal or full buffet, depending on the dining location.

Here are the celebrity narrators for Epcot Candlelight Processional 2017:

  • Laurie Hernandez – Nov. 24 – 26
  • Matt Bomer – Nov. 27 – 28
  • Ana Gastayer – Nov. 29 – 30
  • Whoopie Goldberg – Dec. 1 – 3
  • Pat Sajak – Dec. 4 – 5
  • Jodi Benson – Dec. 6 – 8
  • Kurt Russell – Dec. 9 – 11
  • Warwick Davis – Dec. 12 – 14
  • Trace Adkins – Dec. 15 – 17
  • Neil Patrick Harris – Dec. 18 -21
  • CCH Pounder – Dec. 22 – 24
  • Jaci Velasquez – Dec. 25 – 27
  • Chandra Wilson – Dec. 28 – 30

 

Hope you enjoyed our roundup of the resort events for the Walt Disney World Holidays.

Remember to take note of all the special holiday events inside the parks also. Make sure to share this post with friends and family who’ll also be soaking up Disney World holiday events. Thank you for your support of the WDWFabZone Blog

 Wishing you and your family tall the best of holiday magic this season!  Please remember the REAL Reason for the SEASON.

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