No one celebratates the holidays like Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. There is so much to do see and experience during this time of year at Disney World. In fact, there is so much to do that it can be hard to keep it all straight. To help you plan your holiday trip to Walt Disney World we have put together a list of all of this year’s holiday offerings.
List of Disney World’s Holiday Offerings for 2016
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This is Disney’s separately ticketed event at the Magic Kingdom. This magical Christmas party comes complete with cookies, cocoa and snow flurries! The party begins at 7 p.m. and is only offered on select nights. If you would like to scoop up some tickets you can over here.
A Frozen Holiday Wish (Castle Dream Lights)
Experience the wintry wonder and magic of Disney’s blockbuster “Frozen” enchants park guests as Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace for the holidays.
Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Watch the skies above Magic Kingdom light up with this special version of the classic nighttime firework show, Wishes. If you can’t afford event ticket don’t worry about missing out because Disney will run the show with regular admission the week of Christmas.
The Jingle Cruise returns yet again this year with a holiday overlay of the world famous Jungle Cruise! Be sure to bring along some good humor because it includes new holiday theme jungle jokes!
New Holidays Around the World Marketplaces
Explore what the holidays taste like around the globe at five new holiday food booths, appearing Nov. 25 – Dec. 30. Some of the festive offerings that you will find during the event include: Three Kings Bread (pictured above),Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate, Turkey and Stuffing platter, Frozen S’Mores, Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas, ham hocks and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles).
Holidays Around the World Entertainment
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions. Check the time’s guide to find all the story tellings offered and what times you can find them.
The Candlelight Processional captures the spirit of the season in the retelling of the Christmas story by celebrity narrators, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and choir. Performed three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8 p.m. at America Gardens Theatre from Nov. 25-Dec. 30. Narrators include Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Meredith Vieira, and Cal. Ripken, Jr. If you want to be sure to get a good seat book a Candlelight dinner package.
Holiday llumiNations: Reflections of Earth
In the spirit of the holidays, the sky-filling spectacle IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth adds a special seasonal finale Nov. 25-Dec.30. Holiday greetings in native languages from the countries of World Showcase join with the classic song “Let There be Peace on Earth” to add a heartwarming finish to IllumiNations.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
This is an all-new nighttime spectacular! “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Nov. 14-Dec. 31. The show features beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests, capped by a special message from Santa himself.
Santa Claus at the Once Upon a Time
The beautiful and vintage setting reflects the bygone days of Santa’s visits to the great department stores across the country.
Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail
To capture the spirit of the holidays, Marketplace guests can stroll among 15 custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme.
Festival of Toys
The Festival of Toys will debut at the Once Upon a Toy Fountain. You will discover that the toys have magically come alive for an interactive holiday dance party nightly on the plaza. There’s pin trading, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony and more.
Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle
Guests of Disney’s Contemporary Resort will marvel at a world of majestic mountains and fjords anchored by a 17-foot-tall Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle. Don’t miss this photo opportunity because the castle is inspired by Frozen and adorned with sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles, and chocolate-coated trees.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Life-sized Holiday Gingerbread House
An annual treat, a life-sized holiday gingerbread house, is an eye-filling (and aroma-savoring) sight in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. There is even a store within it where you can buy cookies and gingerbread houses! So be sure to squeeze some time into your trip to check this holiday offering out!
Disney’s Beach Club Spinning Carousel
At the Beach Club resort, you will find a life-size, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition. While a holiday village with miniature train delights holiday guests at the Yacht Club Resort.
So, we hope this helps you plan out your holiday trip to the Walt Disney Resort. I find that this is one of the most magical times of the year. So be sure to make it over to the resort at least once while they are celebrating. I promise you won’t regret it!
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