Disney World Events

Holiday Highlights around Walt Disney World

November - December 2014

disney world christmas on main street at magic kingdom

 

 



Christmas Day parade taping - December 6-9, 2014

New for 2014, the Christmas Day parade is being called the Disney Frozen Christmas Celebration.


The parade that airs Christmas morning on ABC is filmed at the Magic Kingdom. Park guests can attend the taping with their regular park tickets. No special tickets will be needed.

A few things to keep in mind:
The parade taping involves long waits. The floats are frequently stopped and restarted and performers often repeat their routines while proper camera placement is being worked out. It can end up being a long day if you decide to attend this taping. If you're in the park on parade taping day, it can be a great day to head to the attractions instead, because so many people will be on Main Street.

 

Disney Theme Park Holiday Events

 

 

Magic Kingdom

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party  - 11/7/14 - 12/19/14
What happens when you combine one 30,000 pound, 65 foot tree, one 40 foot star, 5500 twinkling lights, 430 feet of garland, 325 ornaments, 275 feet of strung popcorn, 400 flickering candles, 135 candy canes, 100 gingerbread cookies and the Disney Characters? Why you have the perfect recipe for Christmas at the Magic Kingdom!

The spectacular tree seems to touch the sky. With delightful oversized toys displayed at it's base, it's an amazing sight. What's that? Is there a hint of gingerbread and cinnamon in the air? No detail is too small when Disney magic is being made. More Info...

A Frozen Holiday Wish (replaces Cinderella's Holiday Wish Stage Show) - 11/5/14 - 12/31/14

6:15 and 7:30pm (6:15 and 8:00pm on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights)


"A Frozen Holiday Wish" show will take place daily in front of the castle.  Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf can be seen in the show and Queen Elsa's ice powers will transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace.  To create the effect, 200,000 twinkling lights draped on the towers and turrets.

 

 


Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade features costumes and floats themed to Family and Friends: A Winter Wonderland, Christmas Sweets, A North Pole Christmastime with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and Fairytale Christmastime.

This parade runs twice nightly during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm.  It is often easier to get a seat for the second parade.


 


 

Jingle Cruise returns to take over the Jungle Cruise

 

the attraction will receive a new storyline, just for the holidays. According to the Disney Parks Blog, "the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they've added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves)." There will be new jokes, new holiday-themed names for the boats and even a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background. - See more at: http://192.168.101.205/news/cgi-bin/artman2/admin.pl#sthash.rOojGLWw.dpuf
the attraction will receive a new storyline, just for the holidays. According to the Disney Parks Blog, "the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they've added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves)." There will be new jokes, new holiday-themed names for the boats and even a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background. - See more at: http://192.168.101.205/news/cgi-bin/artman2/admin.pl#sthash.rOojGLWw.dpuf
the attraction will receive a new storyline, just for the holidays. According to the Disney Parks Blog, "the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they've added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves)." There will be new jokes, new holiday-themed names for the boats and even a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background. - See more at: http://192.168.101.205/news/cgi-bin/artman2/admin.pl#sthash.Z4DBIUGy.dpuf

The attraction will receive a new storyline, just for the holidays. The Skippers are homesick, so they've handmade decorations for the queue and boathouse using things that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves). There will be new jokes, new holiday-themed names for the boats and even a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

This will be open throughout the holiday season, as well as during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

 

 

 


MEET SANTA CLAUS
Santa Claus
will be meeting and greeting Magic Kingdom guests at the Tour Guide Gardens next to City Hall.

You can also visit Santa during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until he's needed for his very important role in the parade.

 

(Santa can also be found at Downtown Disney, Epcot, and many resort lobbies)

 

Epcot Christmas

November 28 - December 30, 2014

Specialty Food and Drinks offered for the holidays

Promenade Refreshments: Turkey Waffle - a sweet potato waffle with roast turkey and green bean casserole

Canada: Pecan-maple bark

United Kingdom: Hot applejack cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices

France: Buche de Noel au Chocolat (Chocolate Christmas Log) at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, glace au apin d'epices (gingerbread ice cream) at L'Artisan des Glaces

Morocco: Honey walnut baklava

Japan: Teriyaki chicken karaage (crispy fried chicken bites with teriyaki sauce) at Kabuki Cafe

American Adventure: Gingerbread men, Chocolate chunk cookies, Sugar cookies, Hot chocolate, Hot apple cider, Peppermint bark

Italy: Panettone (sweet bread), Sweet moscato wine and Ciocolaa calda (hot chocolate)

Germany: Stollen fruit cake, Gluhwein (hot spiced wine) at the Gelato kiosk

China: Kaikouxiao (happy face fried cake) at Joy of Tea kiosk

Norway: Rice cream at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

Mexico: Sweet tamales at La Cantina de San Angel

 

Holiday Storytellers


One of the really special things about celebrating the holiday season in Epcot is learning about the holiday traditions of all the different countries.  Each country has its own special theme that highlights its culture. Storytellers will delight you with tales of their heritage and how the holidays are celebrated in their homeland. It's a unique opportunity to learn more about the world in which we live. Check the times guide for storytellers' schedules.

American Adventure:

Canada: Follow the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs on a musical tour to discover the country's holiday customs. 

China: Enjoy the colorful Chinese Lion Dance, which brings good fortune and happiness

France: Pere Noel

Germany: Helga reveals the story of the first Christmas tree and her first nutcracker

Italy: (VIDEO) La Befana, Italy's good Christmas witch, celebrated her first Christmas 2,000 years ago

Japan: Daruma doll and the Japanese New Year

Mexico: (VIDEO) Fiesta de Navidad - Mariachis and dancers bring to life the music, dances and traditions of a holiday fiesta

Morocco: Experience the seasons of holidays, where celebrations are "the spice of life"

Norway: Sigrid will tell the story of Julenissen, the trouble-making Christmas Gnome

United Kingdom: (VIDEO) Father Christmas

 


 

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is enhanced for the Holidays with an additional special Peace on Earth holiday ending. - 9:30pm November 29-December 25, 10:00pm December 26-30.

JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season featuring D'Vine Voices daily at the Fountain Stage

There's nothing that's more inspirational than the nightly Candlelight Processional. This beautiful show evokes the true meaning of the holidays and is not to be missed.  The best way to get in to see this popular show is to take advantage of one of the dinner packages and get reserved seating. 

 

 

Animal Kingdom
You can "DAK" The Halls at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. There's a special animal themed tree that's displayed outside the entrance.

A visit to Santa takes on a new twist when you head to Santa Goofy’s Wild Wonderland. Complete with red suit and white beard, Goofy is ready for a unique holiday picture.

Live entertainers complete the festive mood found at the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.


Disney's Hollywood Studios


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
11/07/14 - 01/4/15

You'll find the incredible Osborne light display on the "Streets of America." Each evening, millions of twinkling bulbs are used to create a dazzling spectacle. The synchronized lights dance in time to a high-energy holiday symphony. Virtually every surface is illuminated. With angels flying overhead and "snow" falling, it's an experience that fills visitors with holiday cheer. With new LED lights, the show is brighter and better than ever!

Elsewhere, you can expect to find the streets of Hollywood Studios lined with garland, lights and wreaths. There's a charming old-fashioned feel to the decor that will bring back memories of holiday gatherings gone by.

Osborne Family Lights at MGM Studios




The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special

December 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015

This improvisational comedy show will return to the Premier Theater at Hollywood Studios for the holidays. Alumni from The Comedy Warehouse will be among the performers in the show, which will use suggestions from the audience to remake holiday classics. Performances are included in daily park admission.

Religious Services

 

Catholic Mass: 8:00 am and 10:15 am
Protestant Service: 9:00 am

When: December 25, 2014

Where: Disney's Contemporary Resort's Fantasia Ballroom

Walt Disney World Guests are asked to use WDW transportation to the Contemporary. The Parking lot will be restricted during this time as well as the lots at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts.

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