It’s the Holidays at Walt Disney World, and that can mean only one thing – that even more magic has arrived! Until December 31, you can enjoy all the festivities by exploring the resort’s four theme parks and entertainment district Disney Springs. Each area has been adorned with more décor than you’ll find in the North Pole, and there are enough presents to put Santa’s workshop to shame too! Here are the top 8 reasons why we’re loving winter at Walt Disney World…
8. Activities – Disney Springs
Let’s start at Disney Springs – the central hub of Walt Disney World. The Holiday season starts with a bang at the entertainment district, as there’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s shopping at one of its many outlets, dining at one of its fancy eateries, or taking part in some festive fun. Enjoy magical snowfall at Town Center and West Side, embark on the Holiday Scavenger Hunt by exploring Disney Springs for clues, experience a Christmas tree-themed walk around the district, and let Santa’s Winter Watercade at Lake Buena Vista arrest your imagination.
7. Holiday-themed Music & Décor – Walt Disney World
It wouldn’t be Walt Disney World without the music, and it wouldn’t be the Holidays at Walt Disney World without Christmas Carols and seasonal scores, both old and original. The merry music will follow you as you explore the parks, and along with every other festive feature, will help to conjure up quite the atmosphere. And then of course there’s the décor. No tree or building has been left unturned throughout the resort, and almost everywhere you look is a festive feast for the eyes. Be sure to keep your camera clear so that you can capture as many merry moments as you can as you go.
6. Merchandise – Walt Disney World
For many people, the Holidays are about getting wonderful gifts. We’d be lying if we said anything otherwise! And, perhaps to no surprise, there’s an entire plethora of merchandise waiting to be unwrapped at Walt Disney World. For starters, if you’ve kept your eyes on all things Star Wars in recent weeks, you’ll know that there’s enough Mando and Grogu to go round. But there’s so much more too. Browsing and shopping is an experience in its own right – and this year it’s reason enough to be excited about visiting the resort.
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5. Food & Beverages – Walt Disney World
Yes – the Holidays are also about enjoying delicious food. Much like your own kitchen on the big day, when you visit Walt Disney World during the festive period, you won’t quite know where to start. After all, each area has an entire menu of eateries on offer. It’s tradition that many of the eateries theme their beverages and foods – it’s something they do all year round depending on the occasion – but whatever you do, be sure not to miss out on those on-the-move snacks and drinks from one of the countless food stalls dotted about while you shop.
4. Flotillas & More – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park becomes a different kind of jungle at this time of year. ‘Flotillas’ adorn Discovery River at scheduled times, populated by characters such as Donald, Chip & Dale, Mickey and Friends, Discovery Island Drummers and even Santa Claus himself! There’s more too, like the Tree of Life Awakenings – Holiday Edition, which combines the magic of nature with the magic of the Holidays. And don’t forget Pandora – The World of Avatar, a place whose trees sparkle and burst with magic all year round.
3. Motorcades & More – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no stranger to movie-themed magic, but as it’s the Holidays, the park has put on some extra special treats for guests. Along with the glamorous décor, there’s a lot going on at this park, not to mention its two themed lands, Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. There’s the Santa Claus Motorcade, The Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel has been given a merry makeover, and not to be missed is For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, a show filled with ice but guaranteed to warm your heart.
2. Cavalcades & More – Magic Kingdom Park
Four words: Cinderella Castle Holiday Projections. Need we say more? Well, seeing as there is more, yes, we probably should! Beyond the festive night-time illumination event, there are themed character cavalcades that include Mickey and Friends and of course Santa. That’s pretty much it. Okay, we’re just kidding! More seasonal décor than you’ll know where to look, treats to satisfy everyone’s taste buds, merry merchandise to boot, and outdoor entertainment such as Main Street Philharmonic and Holiday Trolley. This is Magic Kingdom Park, after all!
1. Festivities – Epcot
The Holidays are celebrated the world over, and there’s no better place for you to capture that sense of global jubilation at Walt Disney World than Epcot. The park is also filled with as much music as it is magic, including JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season and many more sounds from around the world. As for entertainment, don’t miss out on Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour, Frozen Holiday Promenade and Santa Claus Promenade. Or, if you’re looking for some festive activities, Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt is bound to leave you wanting to build a snowman.
There’s a whole new world of festive fun to be had at Walt Disney World. After quite a stressful year, why not pay the resort a visit. You’ll be spoilt for choice with everything on offer. Some might even say you’ll feel like a kid at Christmas! Just be sure to keep up to date with how the resort is handling the ongoing pandemic by visiting the official Walt Disney World website.