Though the Christmas season is already over, the memories we have created this season will live on forever. Perhaps the greatest place to create these memories is at the Walt Disney World Resort.
This past Christmas season, I was able to experience Christmas at Walt Disney World for the first time. If you’ve never celebrated the Season at the Mouse, yet plan to, you’re in for a treat. The entire resort is practically overflowing with Christmas spirit and activities and as soon as you step on property, the Spirit of the Season immediately overtakes you.
The key to successfully experiencing all that Disney has to offer during the Christmas season is planning. All four theme parks offer various programs, shows, and entertainment to celebrate the holiday. In order to truly cover all the activities and plan for your trip this year, I will be splitting this topic into a 5 part series beginning with Christmas at the Magic Kingdom.
Christmas at the Magic Kingdom
Believe it or not, at Christmas time, the Magic Kingdom becomes even more magical. From the decorative garland that hangs above Main Street, U.S.A. to the Christmas music being piped throughout the park, it’s nearly impossible not to feel the Christmas Spirit while walking through the Magic Kingdom.
There are a number of things you’ll definitely want to experience at the Magic Kingdom during their Christmas celebration.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This nightly party held on designated nights in December is an absolute must! At 7:00 p.m., with the sun nestled firmly out of sight, the Magic Kingdom comes alive with glittering Christmas lights as snowflakes scatter across Main Street. While sipping hot cocoa and eating sugar & spice cookies that the Magic Kingdom provides free to attendees, you can catch the amazing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade. This magical parade, seen yearly on ABC on Christmas Day, is, without a doubt, the best parade hosted by Disney. From the iconic Toy Soldiers that march right past your feet to Santa’s ride down Main Street, you’ll be amazed at how the little one’s light up and the adults suddenly become children again.
You won’t want to miss making a reservation at the Liberty Tree Tavern for their Christmas dinner with Mickey & Co., either. This family style meal features all the traditional Christmas favorites such as ham, turkey, and beef served with an array of vegetables and dressing.
And, of course, no night at the Magic Kingdom is complete without fireworks and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is no exception. As of this writing, the Magic Kingdom showcased their “Holiday Wishes” fireworks spectacular. Set to Christmas music, this dazzling array of fireworks parades above Cinderella’s Castle.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a high-ticket event and tickets DO go fast so you want to be sure to grab tickets fast by either purchasing them online through the official ticketing website of the Walt Disney World Resort or by phone by calling. This ticket does not serve as a one day pass either. For entry into the park before 6 p.m., you must purchase a one-day or multi-day pass.
The guests aren’t the only ones you’ll find decked out in Santa hats and Christmas attire. Mickey and friends are also feelin’ the Christmas Spirit and it shows. From Pluto’s Christmas scarf to Minnie’s stylish Christmas themed dress, Mickey and the gang allow for some great Christmas photo ops. If you make your trip early enough in December, you can even have prints made and use them on your Christmas cards.
Mickey’s Twas the Night Before Christmas
Shown at the Galaxy Palace Theater in Tomorrowland, this Christmas themed, character filled show is sure to delight children and adults alike. Shows are shown numerous times throughout the day. Check the show and parade schedule you can receive at most gift shops within the Magic Kingdom.
Christmas Themed Merchandise Throughout the Park
Throughout the Magic Kingdom, you can find an array of Christmas themed merchandise. From Disney themed Gingerbread cookies and houses to Santa style Mickey Ears, you’re sure to find something to bring home to all of your friends and family for stocking stuffers.
Christmas at the Magic Kingdom is a magical time, indeed. If you’re able to experience it, you should do so.
Next, I will be covering the Christmas activities at Epcot Center where you can see how Christmas is celebrated around the world.
See ya real soon!