The 2019 holiday season is well underway at Walt Disney World. It should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with WDW that the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom took place on November 8th. Disney wasted no time making the transition from Halloween to Christmas, as is the case every year.
Now that Christmastime has arrived at WDW, we wanted to give you all a bit of a preview of some of the great options that are available for guests to check out this holiday season across property.
You can get into the holiday spirit without having to buy a park ticket at Disney Springs. While at Disney Springs, you can check out the following:
- From November 8th-January 5th, the Christmas Tree Trail is back for another year. This year, there are 23 trees decorated, each with a different Disney theme. As guests stroll through the trail, they can enjoy the sounds of classic Christmas music, with the added surprise of snow falling in the area.
- Also available from November 8th-January 5th is Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt. This scavenger hunt takes you on an adventure through Disney Springs to help Stitch finish his Christmas shopping and find everything on his list. Maps and gift stickers are available at several locations throughout Disney Springs. As you go along on this adventure, you have to match up the correct gift sticker with its corresponding location. Once the adventure is successfully completed, show your completed map to a cast member at one of six participating reward center locations to receive a festive surprise.
- From November 8th-December 24th, kids can meet and have their picture taken with Santa Claus when they visit the Christmas Tree Trail, across from Once Upon a Toy.
- From now through December 31st, there are various festive holiday eats and treats available throughout Disney Springs. Go to the Welcome Center to pick up your guide with the full list of options and locations for these limited-time offerings.
Heading over to Magic Kingdom, guests are greeted with Christmas decorations before they even enter the park. The park entrance and train station are fully decorated to get you into the holiday spirit as you enter the park.
Town Square and Main Street USA are fully decorated for the season with wreaths, lights, and a massive Christmas tree, among many other decorations. Cinderella Castle is decorated for the season, as Queen Elsa covers the castle with “ice and snow” nightly during “A Frozen Holiday Wish”.
Although the entire park is not fully decorated for Christmas, you can find tasty holiday-themed treats at various quick service snack locations throughout the park.
In Adventureland, the Jungle Cruise is decked out for the holidays, as its popular Jingle Cruise overlay has returned. It has not been uncommon, as of late, for the stand-by wait times for Jingle Cruise to be the longest in the park. Be prepared to wait a while for this limited-time attraction overlay, if you plan to enter the attraction through the stand-by line. The Mad Tea Party, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Space Mountain are also decked out for the holidays, although stand-by wait times for these attractions haven’t been quite as long as the wait for Jingle Cruise.
On select nights, from November 8th-December 22nd, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will undoubtedly get guests into the Christmas spirit. This event, which requires a special ticket, includes:
- A Frozen Holiday Wish
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
- Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade
- Club Tinsel (a dance party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café)
- A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
- Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show (brand new this year!!)
Various dining and dessert parties are also available, as well as cookies and other Christmas treats during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Exclusive, limited-time Christmas merch is also available in merchandise locations throughout Magic Kingdom and the other parks.
Epcot is wrapping up its 2019 Food & Wine Festival next week. November 23rd is the last day for Food & Wine. Following a short transition period, Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will begin on November 29th, and will run through December 30th.
Festival of the Holidays has fun options for all ages. Throughout the park, guests can enjoy holiday decorations and music and meet several characters. Kiosks around World Showcase will feature holiday food and drink options. As you make your way around World Showcase, you can experience holiday traditions of each of the 11 nations.
A Holiday Cookie Stroll is a great option for guests with a sweet tooth who want to enjoy a variety of delicious treats as they explore the festival.
Similarly to Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt at Disney Springs, you can enjoy A Sweet Journey around World Showcase. Pick up a passport for the festival and stamps to add as you go along. Once all of the stamps are added to the passport, you can bring your passport to the Sweets & Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive a complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie.
Holiday entertainment will be available throughout the park for guests to enjoy.
The highlight of this festival for many people is the Candlelight Processional. A celebrity narrator, backed by a 50-piece orchestra and full choir, will tell the story of Christmas. Dining packages are available for the Candlelight Processional, as well.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, nothing new has been added for 2019. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks show is back again, as is Sunset Seasons Greetings. Guests can enjoy snow falling on Sunset Boulevard as they watch projections and laser effects light up Tower of Terror.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new addition for the holidays this year, as Tree of Life will feature all new projections to delight guests, as they pass by.
The resorts are all decked out in holiday décor, as always. A highlight every year is the gingerbread houses in the resorts on the monorail loop. They never disappoint.
For an added touch of holiday magic, guests staying at a Disney resort hotel can enjoy “Dreaming of a Disney Holiday”. This is a great addition to the experience of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, in which they will receive personalized gifts from Mickey and Minnie.
There is no place on Earth more magical to spend the holidays than Walt Disney World. Regardless of where you decide to stay and/or visit on Disney property during the holiday season, you are sure to get into the holiday spirit. There are so many great options available for all ages that it is nearly impossible to not feel the magic of this joyous season.
The young and the young at heart will be captivated by the magic of the season throughout their Disney vacation, whether they are in the parks, or elsewhere on property.
We look forward to exploring more of the holiday experiences available this season, and can’t wait to take you along on the journey with us. Be sure to follow us on social media so you can stay up to date on all of our Disney adventures.
XOXO, Halie and Danny