Looking a Lot like Christmas

It’s Christmastime at Walt Disney World. Here’s a peek:

It’s Christmastime at Walt Disney World, with each of its four theme parks plus Disney Springs decked out for the season and full of special activities. Here’s a peek:

Animal Kingdom

For the first time, this theme park is completely dressed for the holidays in all its lands. The centerpiece is Discovery Island, which is lined by new animal-inspired luminaries and bird-shaped lanterns at night. During the day, guests can interact with life-size puppets sculpted to represent winter animals. The Tree of Life has holiday-themed stories projected on it.


An annual tradition, the Candlelight Processional—which is the retelling of the Christmas Story with a mass choir, a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator—is back for three performances each night beginning Nov. 29. Holiday kitchens, storytellers and traditions make up the Festival of the Holidays, another way to eat (or drink) around the world.

Magic Kingdom

Guest favorite Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is in full swing on select nights through Dec. 22. This hard-ticket event includes a holiday parade that features the popular toy soldiers, two stage shows, a lighting of Cinderella Castle, an all-new Christmas fireworks show, special character meetings and complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Party guests also can experience new holiday overlays on Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Mad Tea Party and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor attractions. Magic Kingdom is decorated for day guests, mostly along Main Street U.S.A.

Hollywood Studios

Holiday celebrations return to Toy Story Land with décor; Sunset Boulevard with “Sunset Seasons Greetings,” the continuous projection show on the Tower of Terror and snow flurries in the street; and Hollywood Boulevard with “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!”, the featured laser light, projection and fireworks show on the Chinese Theatre and nearby screens.

Disney Springs

Photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane

Full of custom decorations, the Christmas Tree Trail takes root again as a free Disney holiday attraction. The Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail captures the spirit of the season with a festive walkthrough experience among decorated firs. Guests are invited to stroll among 25 custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme, including Disney classics like Frozen, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White, Dumbo and more. Snow is in the nightly forecast. Santa’s Chalet, a favorite spot for photos and talks with Mr. Claus, also returns.

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