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PHOTO: Christmas Has Arrived at Walt Disney World

Photos of the first decorations for the magical Christmas holiday decor that Walt Disney World is colored by are in, and they’re beautiful.

The holiday season at Disney World is one of the most magical experiences for any fan, especially during Christmas time. Whether it’s the Halloween season that just wrapped up, with all the spooktacular decor and parades or the Christmas season with the Very Merry Christmas Party and more, Disney Guests love frequenting the Disney Resort and its Parks: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Magic Kingdom Park during Christmas, Walt Disney World Resort/Disney

One of the most magical parts of the Disney vacation, however, is the overnight change from Halloween decor to Christmas-themed decorations and celebration at the Disney Park. Between October 31 and December 1 the next day the Theme Park is magically transformed, and the lucky Guests who visit get to witness this incredible feat.

This year’s Christmas decorations are no less, and the first photos of the Park are in. Journalist Ashley Carter shared some photos of the magical overlay of the Magic Kingdom on Twitter.

Check it out:

Fans across the board are delighted at the change and many even marveled at how impressive the rapid change was. Twitter user MiniTru, @Orwell_wez_here, shared, “Been there at Halloween into November. The rapidity at which Halloween decorations go down and Christmas go up is astounding.”

Another user nell, @_ohyvonneee, tweeted:

FurBakery, @FurBakery, also shared, “its SUCH a strange whiplash to see stores go from Halloween to Christmas overnight. If you haven’t seen the timelapse of Disney World taking down their Halloween decor and putting up Christmas decor I highly recommend watching it.” 

The phenomenon is incredibly well-known and beloved among fans and is one that many look forward to in the Disney Christmas experience.

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Christmas Tree at Main Street, U.S.A., Magic Kingdom Park/Disney

But while the transformation seems instantaneous, the work that goes behind it happens all year, as reported by USA Today. The outlet spoke with Lisa Borotkanics, who is a part of the Disney Holiday Services team.

We start Halloween night, and we’re finished the week of Thanksgiving, but if you want to break it down in numbers, it is 18 working nights, and we decorate all of Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, which includes an island.

(Starting in September) we load over 100 trailers’ worth of decor. That includes flatbed trucks, dry vans, box trucks – just to get ready for November.

Borotkanics also mentioned that different Parks take different amounts of time to set up. She shared, “EPCOT, we do in one night. Magic Kingdom, we’ll do in two nights because we’re switching over from Halloween. So we have to take all the Halloween out, and then we put in some of the Christmas decor, so it feels good right when you walk in. Animal Kingdom goes in phases because we have that beautiful luminary package that goes over in Discovery Island.”

The process to set up is extensive and an enormous effort that most definitely pays off in the extraordinary result. Over the next few weeks, every part of the Disney Resort will be decked out, including the fan favorite Cinderella Castle.

There certainly is nothing like a Walt Disney World Christmas.

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