Lights, music and laughter—there’s so much to see and experience at Walt Disney World® Resort during the holidays, it can be challenging to know where to start. So we’ve put together this quick guide for your visit! And don’t forget to bring your Disney Rewards Redemption Card to redeem your Disney Rewards Dollars towards select merchandise, dining, and Parks experiences, that will put you in a jingle-jolly mood!1
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park
Don’t miss your chance to experience a special surprise at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a separately ticketed event on select nights now through December 22! A brand-new fireworks extravaganza, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, will light the sky above Cinderella Castle! And Cardmembers, remember to use your Disney Rewards Dollars toward the purchase of tickets for the fabulous fete.1 Be sure to also check out Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and enjoy complimentary cocoa and cookies while you view this beloved party tradition. And if you’re looking for some laughs, hurry to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor for a hilarious new show that gives you a look at the holidays from the monsters’ point of view.
Dazzling decorations, festive entertainment and delicious treats await you at Disney Springs®. Shopping for special gifts for friends and family? You’ll find limited-time holiday merchandise that’s perfect for the Disney fans on your list. While you shop, enjoy savings at select stores and restaurants when you use your Disney® Visa® Credit Card, plus take in the wandering carolers and toy soldier stilt walkers who add color, laughter and music to your vacation.2 Take time to walk the Christmas Tree Trail, which features more than 20 trees themed to Disney Characters and films, visit the jolly old elf at Santa’s Chalet and join Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt to earn a surprise. Here’s a tip: Use the convenient Disney Springs® Gift Guide at DisneySprings.com/gift-guide to help fill your sleigh.
Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays
Experience the Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth. Every World Showcase pavilion offers a rich, meaningful experience to share with your family, from joining the Las Posadas ceremony at the Mexico pavilion, to meeting Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Village near American Adventure.
Make time to see the beloved Candlelight Processional, which occurs three times nightly. A tradition at Walt Disney World® Resort since 1971, the pageant includes choristers, musicians, beautiful lighting and a dramatic re-telling of the story of the first Christmas by a celebrity host. Other things on your fun list should include the Holiday Cookie Stroll and Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt. And new this year, experience Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nights! Embark on the classic Living with the Land boat cruise through greenhouses thriving with colorful fruits and veggies and decorated with sparkling holiday light displays.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
“We’re telling a seasonal story focusing on winter animals,” says Kate Pappas, Managing Producer for Disney Parks Live Entertainment. Guests will see this holiday decor throughout each land. Animal luminaries light the rooftops, puppeteers with animal puppets stroll through Discovery Island and at night, the Tree of Life shimmers with twinkling vignettes, including baby animals experiencing snow for the first time. In Dinoland, U.S.A., Donald Duck and his pals decorated and set the stage for merry holiday Character Experiences.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Don’t miss Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! a nighttime spectacular at the Chinese Theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Lasers, projections, music and fireworks take Guests on a jolly adventure as two elves search for Santa Claus. Indulge yourself with delicious holiday treats, reserved seating and a chance to meet a Disney Character with the separately-ticketed Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party.
As evening falls, be sure to see The Hollywood Tower transform into Sunset Seasons Greetings. “Aaah”-inspiring laser effects, projections and falling snow change the exterior into a winter wonderland, and stories unfold about Olaf, Mickey and Minnie, and Toy Story pals celebrating the holidays.
Toys are top of mind during the holidays, so check out Toy Story Land to see how Andy has decked it out in festive fashion. “We really enjoyed thinking like Andy,” says Pappas. “The result is playful and imaginative—just like he is!”
All the festivities are sure to leave you hungry, so keep your tummy happy and your spirits bright by using your Disney Rewards Dollars toward festive food at select dining locations at Walt Disney World® Resort.1 Wherever you go, and whatever you see, we wish you the merriest of times and a world of holiday memories!