Disney World Events

Holiday Highlights around Walt Disney World

November - December 2016

 

 

 

Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration parade taping - November 10-13, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

The parade that airs Christmas morning on ABC is filmed in part 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 Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration parade taping

 

Disney Theme Park Holiday Events

 

 

Magic Kingdom

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party  - 11/7/16 - 12/22/16
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...

disney world christmas on main street at magic kingdom

A Frozen Holiday Wish

6:15 and 7:30pm (6:15 and 8:20pm 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 through December 24.

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 Disney Springs, Epcot, and many resort lobbies)

 

Epcot Christmas

 

November 27 - December 30, 2015 (2016 info not yet announced)

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. 12:25, 1:20, 2:15, 3:10, 4:25, 6:00pm.

China: Enjoy the colorful Chinese Lion Dance, which brings good fortune and happiness. 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00pm.

France: Pere Noel. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm.

Germany: Helga reveals the story of the first Christmas tree and her first nutcracker. 1:00, 2:00, 2:55, 3:55, 5:30, 6:05, 6:40, 7:15pm.

Italy: (VIDEO) La Befana, Italy's good Christmas witch, celebrated her first Christmas 2,000 years ago. 1:40, 2:35, 3:30, 4:25, 6:00, 6:40, 7:15, 8:00pm.

Japan: Daruma doll and the Japanese New Year. 12:55, 1:45, 2:25, 4:00, 4:45, 6:30, 7:45pm.

Mexico: (VIDEO) Fiesta de Navidad - Mariachis and dancers bring to life the music, dances and traditions of a holiday fiesta. 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm.

Morocco: Experience the seasons of holidays, where celebrations are "the spice of life". 12:45, 2:05, 2:50, 4:25, 5:35, 6:10, 7:25pm

Norway: Sigrid will tell the story of Julenissen, the trouble-making Christmas Gnome. 2:15, 3:00, 3:40, 4:30, 5:45, 6:30, 7:05, 7:45pm.

United Kingdom: (VIDEO) Father Christmas. 1:05, 2:00, 2:55, 4:30, 5:40, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm.

 

 

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is enhanced for the Holidays with an additional special Peace on Earth holiday ending. 9:30pm (11/27-12/18) and 10:30pm (12/19-12/30).

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. 

 

 

Holiday Treats at World Showcase

 

 

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.

Mickey and Minnie will be dressed in their holiday best at Adventurer's Outpost for a special holiday photo op.

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


Disney's Hollywood Studios


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights - ended with the 2015 holiday season
11/06/15 - 1/03/16

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




Minnie's Holiday Dine - Hollywood & Vine

November 7, 2015 - January 3, 2016 (2016 dates not yet announced)

Minnie Mouse will be hosting a festive holiday dinner with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Santa Goofy! Hollywood & Vine will be all decked out with holiday decor, food, music and activities. 

 

 

Make reservations here or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  Cost is $46.99 for adults, $27.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.  Meal can also one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.  This meal can also be part of the Fantasmic! dining packages for $52.99 for adults and $31.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.


DJ Character Dance Party - Center Stage

December 1, 2015-January 3, 2016 (2016 dates not yet announced)

A DJ character dance party will take place on the stage in front of The Great Movie Ride from 5pm-park closing time.

 


Club Disney - Sunset Showcase

begins December 4, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)

 

Mickey, Minnie and friends will join this dance party in an "electric club environment" with a DJ Club Host spinning Radio Disney Top 40 songs. The floor and walls will feature classic Disney animation images.  There will also be a seating area, snack station and charging stations.  Operating hours will be listed in the Daily Times Guide.

 


The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special

December 19, 2015 - January 1, 2016 (2016 dates not yet announced)

 

This improvisational comedy show will return to the Premier Theater for 6 shows a day 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. The 20-minute shows will take place six times daily between 11:30am and 5:30pm.  On New Year's Eve, they will be at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00pm.

 

 

Religious Services

 

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

When: December 25, 2016

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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