My ultimate favorite time to go to Walt Disney World is when they have “decked the halls” for the holiday season! Between the stunningly, decorated Christmas trees, the lights, and the overall feeling of happiness in the air, it has all the makings for a truly magical Disney vacation! Disney offers some extra “Disney Magic” during the holidays to make your trip even more festive. These holiday activities include:
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate ticketed event that takes place at the Magic Kingdom. The special shows and attractions at the party include:
- Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
- Holiday Wishes fireworks performance
- A Frozen Holiday Wish stage Show
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration Show
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
- Meet-and-greet opportunities with 15 of your favorite characters throughout Magic Kingdom dressed in their holiday best
- Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
- A magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
The 2017 dates for the Very Merry Christmas Party are:
November 9th, 10th, 12th, 14h, 16th, 17th, 26th and 28th
December 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th,10th, 12th, 14th, 15th,17th,19th ,21st and 22nd
Ticket price ranges from $89 to $109
Talk to your Travel Specialist about adding tickets to the Very Merry Christmas party to your family’s holiday trip.
Sunset Season’s Greetings and Jingle Bell Jingle Bam
New this year to Hollywood Studios is Sunset Seasons Greetings. As dusk settles over Hollywood Studios Sunset Boulevard, the lights of Christmas will start to twinkle and snow will begin to fall. Billboards will come into motion and the “Tower of Terror” will transform as Disney characters start to tell stories of Christmases past, excitement over gifts, foods of the holiday, and beautiful Christmas sights. Special characters joining this event include: Mickey and Minnie, Toy Story Toys, Olaf, and the Swedish Chef.
Another Christmas celebration is Jingle Bell Jingle Bam. This incredible night time extravaganza uses the technology of projections, fireworks, and holiday music to tell the story of how Kris Kringle is rescued by stars of Disney’s Prep and Landing. Another option with the Jingle Bell Jingle Bam holiday show is to take part in the Jingle Bell Jingle Bam Holiday party. Talk to your travel specialist about adding a reservation onto your package and you will be able to dine on holiday sweets and drinks while enjoying the nighttime show in a special viewing area.
A Seasonal In-Room Celebration
Disney floral gifts can transform your resort room into a holiday home away from home. Imagine walking up to your Disney resort door to discover a Christmas banner welcoming your friends and family. Once you step over the threshold you are welcomed by Disney Christmas décor and gifts from your favorite Disney characters.
For more information or to place an order please contact your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist and they will be more than happy to help you add a some holiday magic to your resort stay!
An International Yuletide Extravaganza
At Epcot during the holiday season, you can experience how each of the 11 nations around the world showcase celebrates the holidays. Indulge in seasonal favorites, experience live musical productions and costumed performers as they bring seasonal traditions to life. You may also visit Santa and Mrs. Claus as they visit the American Pavilion.
The Candlelight Processional includes a guest celebrity narrator and a 50 piece orchestra. The narrator tells a moving story from the bible of how the Savior was born to a virgin in the city of Bethlehem. Intertwined with the readings are choral songs of hope and joy making this a not to miss show!
The 2017 Celebrity Guest Narrator’s include:
TBD – November 24 to 26, 2017
Matt Bomer – November 27 to 28, 2017
TBD – November 29 to 30, 2017
Whoopi Goldberg – December 1 to 3, 2017
Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
TBD – December 6 to 8, 2017
TBD – December 9 to 11, 2017
Warwick Davis – December 12 to 14, 2017
Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
Chandra Wilson – December 28 to 30, 2017
Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree
Chip and Dale are looking for help as they collect ornaments for their Christmas tree! Your family will need to make a stop at Epcot’s Disney Traders and World Travelers International Gateway and pick up a map (the price for the map is $6.99). As you follow Chip and Dale around the World Showcase, learning how different cultures celebrate the Christmas holiday you will look for Chip and Dale. When you spot them with their ornament you will place the corresponding ornament on your map. After you have your map completed you can take it to Disney Traders and exchange for a special gift.
At Epcot you can delight in inspirational holiday performances of Gospel, Jazz, R&B, and more. These daily performances are located at the stage in front of the Future World Fountain.
Holiday Kitchen’s at Epcot
What is better than snacking around the World Showcase at Epcot? Snacking on holiday goodies from around 11 different nations at Epcot!!! Each marketplace will feature a festive holiday dining experience from each nation’s culture.
During Illuminations, Epcot’s fireworks and laser show, there are some holiday enhancements. During the Holidays around the World at Epcot, the finale features the song, “Let there be peace on Earth”.
Disney’s Holiday D-Lights Tour
Disney’s Holiday D-Lights Tour is a 5-hour guided tour that will show you how Disney transforms into the most beautiful holiday wonderland! Your tour guide or “Holiday Host” as they are called, will guide you on a journey with stops at Epcot to see the Candlelight Processional, Magic Kingdom to see the lighting ceremony of Cinderella’s Castle, and the star on top of the Christmas tree you will get to meet with some of the individuals responsible for turning Disney into a holiday wonderland. You will also get to enjoy a family style barbeque dinner at Wilderness Lodge.
Tickets for this tour are $259 and you must be at least 12 years of age.
Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy…A Backstage Adventure
During the Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy 3 hour tour you will meet at Epcot’s silver and blue guided tours Epcot location. From there you will head backstage and learn about the logistics involved in the seasonal transformation of Walt Disney World Resort each year. You will meet the Disney “Elves” that transform the resort into a Walt Disney holiday wonderland. You will be guided through the World Showcase and learn how each country celebrates the holiday season. You will also visit one of the resorts on the Disney property to see how Disney decorates on a grand scale using color, texture, attention to detail, illusion, and architecture. You will also receive a special holiday keepsake. To partake in the tour you must be at least 16 years of age. Tickets for this tour are $99 per person.
At Disney Springs you can really dive into the spirit of the season. The streets are decorated for a great family photo opportunity. Your children can also visit with Santa Clause and you can stop at the Starbucks for some hot cocoa or maybe Ghirardelli for some ice cream. You can also enjoy some live Christmas entertainment including christmas carolers, a tree lighting ceremony, a dance party, and you can take a walk amongst specialty decorated Christmas trees!
Just in case your kids weren’t exactly sure what they wanted on their Christmas lists there is plenty of shopping to be done at Disney Springs…including The Christmas Store!
Victorian gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a beautiful place to visit and just look around if you don’t happen to be staying at that resort. During the holidays there is another reason to make a stop on the monorail and visit the resort and the Victorian gingerbread house that they have on display!!! The ingredients for the grandiose creation include: 1050lbs of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600lbs of powdered sugar, 700lbs of chocolate, 800lbs of flour, 35lbs of spices, and lots of Disney magic….oh did I forget to mention this is a fully functioning snack shop with actual cast members working inside!!! Inside they sell creations such as: gingerbread men, gingerbread shingles, Mickey pops, and large gingerbread ornaments just to name a few. Make sure to stop by and check this out!!!