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Walt Disney World is going all out with their Holiday celebrations so ‘tis the season to be jolly but also visit the theme parks! With one-of-a-kind entertainment and dining experiences, you are definitely going to want to include all four parks in your list of memories and fun activities with the family this Christmas. Take a look at our guide of Holiday shows and celebrations, Disney characters and Holiday dining events that will be taking place in the parks:
MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Location: Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Dates: Select days from November 8 - December 21, 2018
Magic Kingdom is celebrating the Holidays with its annual Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This joyous and beloved, separate ticket event includes some of your favorite characters and all the magic that comes with the most wonderful time of the year. Expect not only to find Mickey dressed up as Santa Claus, but also some other classic characters from movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
MAGIC KINGDOM HOLIDAY EVENTS:
Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration - This is an event that you definitely won’t want to miss! Mickey and his friends invite other Disney characters such as Woody, Jessie, Alice, Pinocchio, Snow White and many more to join him on the Most Merriest Celebration! This musical event includes Christmas Carols and lots of dancing so include it on your MUST-SEE list.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - A fan-favorite, this merry and bright parade illuminates Main Street USA with its many Christmas lights and cheerful music. You will get to see characters such as Mickey & Minnie, Anna and Elsa, Olaf, and many more.
A Frozen Holiday Wish - Prepare to “Let it snow, let it snow!” at the Castle Forecourt Stage with Anna and Elsa and the rest of the gang. After this chilling performance, the Cinderella Castle will never be the same.
YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY CHARACTERS AT MAGIC KINGDOM:
Santa Claus - Ho, ho, ho! Saint Nick is the star of the beautiful Magic Kingdom Holiday parade and we consider it a must to see his amazing sleigh and wave to him.
Jack Skellington - Jack or should we call him “Sandy Claws”? Either way, he is bringing happiness and cheer to Magic Kingdom!
Scrooge McDuck - Don’t expect to see a greedy Scrooge! He is actually a nice fellow who wants to celebrate Christmas with you and your family.
HOLIDAY TREATS AT MAGIC KINGDOM:
Holiday Wishes Dessert Packages - Whether you choose the dessert package at the Tomorrowland Terrace or the Plaza Garden, you are definitely in for a treat. These packages allow you to have the best view of the Holiday fireworks while you enjoy a buffet of sweet treats and cozy Christmas drinks.
Complimentary Holiday Treats - During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, many Magic Kingdom locations will be serving exquisite holiday treats. Make sure to visit these locations: Tortuga Tavern, Liberty Square Ticket Office, The Friar’s Nook, Pete’s Silly Sideshow, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, and Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS
Dates: November 18 - December 30, 2018
AN EVENTFUL CHRISTMAS TRIP AROUND THE WORLD:
Holidays Around the World - See first-hand how the Holidays are celebrated around the world when you visit Epcot’s World Showcase. You will get to hear some incredible holiday stories and enjoy an inside look at some of the traditions and seasonal food around the world. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that your family will love!
Candlelight Processional - The World Showcase stage comes to life with a 50-piece orchestra and magical choir that is accompanied by a celebrity narrator providing a stirring re-telling of The Christmas Story! Take a look at this year’s line-up of celebrity narrators:
IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth - This fireworks show is epic throughout the year; there is no doubt about that! But during the Holidays, it will deliver a magical Holiday Finale that will leave your jaw open and your heart filled with joy.
JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season - Hear a more modern take on your favorite Christmas songs at the Future World Fountain Stage with the incredible artists behind JOYFUL!
|Chita Rivera||November 22 to 23, 2018|
|Helen Hunt||November 24 to 25, 2018|
|Alfonso Ribeiro||November 26 to 27, 2018|
|Robby Benson||November 28 to 30, 2018|
|John Stamos||December 1 to 2, 2018|
|Neil Patrick Harris||December 3 to 6, 2018|
|Whoopi Goldberg||December 7 to 9, 2018|
|Bart Millard||December 10 to 12, 2018|
|Blair Underwood||December 13 to 14, 2018|
|Gary Sinise||December 15 to 17, 2018|
|Pat Sajak||December 18 to 20, 2018|
|Auli'i Cravalho||December 21 to 23, 2018|
|Edward James Olmos||December 24 to 25, 2018|
|Jodi Benson||December 26 to 27, 2018|
|Cal Ripken Jr.||December 28 to 30, 2018|
CHARACTERS AROUND EPCOT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:
Chip & Dale - The inside scoop at Disney World is that Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas Tree! So please, pretty please keep your eyes open and look for these fun and loving characters around the World Showcase Pavilion as they gather more ornaments around the world. From snacks to desserts, you will find plenty of Christmas cheer.
HOLIDAY DINING AT EPCOT:
Holiday Kitchens - One of our favorite things about Epcot during the Holidays are the food and this year it is no different. Everything from snacks to desserts are filled with the flavors of the season! So leave some room in your belly before you arrive to Epcot because you will want to try it all.
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages - These exquisite packages include an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage and a guaranteed seat for the Candlelight Processional.
ANIMAL KINGDOM HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Although Animal Kingdom doesn’t go all out for the holidays, it still has the magic and Holiday spirit that we all love! With Holiday decor all throughout the park and characters such as Santa Goofy, we promise you that you will still have a blast at this popular theme park.
JINGLE BELL, JINGLE BAM!
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Dates: November 6 - January 6, 2019
HOLIDAY EVENTS AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS:
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! - What do you get when you add Holiday cheer, fireworks, and your favorite movie characters? A Disney World celebration, of course! This year, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is taking its Christmas party up a notch with incredible decorations and a nighttime show that will showcase scenes from Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Pluto's Christmas Tree, The Nightmare Before Christmas and so much more.
CHARACTERS THIS HOLIDAY AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS:
Mickey and Minnie Mouse - Our favorite pair have gathered their friends to come and celebrate the Holidays on Sunset Boulevard! Expect to see them greeting and celebrating Christmas with you!
Toy Story Characters - The Toy Story area at Hollywood Studios needs to get ready because a lot of wrapping paper is coming that way. Don’t worry, it’s all part of the decoration! Make sure to visit it since you might be surprised by some of your favorite Toy Story characters.
The Swedish Chef from The Muppets - Prepare to see The Swedish Chef turn buildings into giant gingerbread houses!
Olaf - Our favorite snowman is turning Hollywood Studios into a winter wonderland that you won’t want to miss.
CHRISTMAS DINING EXPERIENCES AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS:
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party - This unique experience includes delicious treats and a special viewing area to watch the amazing Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! celebration
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