Christmas at Walt Disney World is – in my opinion – the most magical time to visit. From the beautiful decorations to the special events, it’s a very special season. The festivities start in early November and run through Christmas.
Looking ahead to the 2019 holiday season, there are some exciting updates to share about Christmas at Walt Disney World!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Holiday Festivities in Every Land
For the first time in its two-decade history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will introduce festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land. When you cross the bridge to Discovery Island, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a celebration of winter. By day, life-sized animal puppets mingle with villagers who make the island their home. As day becomes night, rooftop luminaries in animal shapes and bird lanterns throughout Discovery Island will bring a warm glow to the village.
Also, as the sun sets, the Tree of Life will awaken with a series of wintry tales emerging from within, backed by heartwarming holiday music. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life will shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.
Epcot – Candlelight Processional, Holiday Kitchens & More
One of the most popular events during Christmas at Walt Disney World is the Candlelight Processional. The 2019 line-up of celebrity narrators confirmed to-date was recently announced. This special event runs Nov. 29-Dec. 30, 2019, where you are invited to discover holiday cheer throughout Epcot and across all 11 World Showcase pavilions.
Also at Epcot, from Nov. 29-Dec. 30, 2019, you will be immersed in a vast world of holiday decorations and entertainment, themed merchandise, festive cuisine and costumed storytellers from the 11 World Showcase nations.
Special Holiday Kitchens throughout World Showcase will serve tasty treats inspired by treasured holiday recipes from across the globe. The pavilions will come alive with the sights and sounds of special entertainment celebrating each country’s holiday heritage with Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting Guests at The American Adventure pavilion.
You can also participate in Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt to scout World Showcase locations looking for the famous chipmunks and their ornaments. Completed maps are returned for a special festive surprise, courtesy of the chipmunk duo.
And this year, with its premiere scheduled for Oct. 1, 2019, you will be among the first to view “Epcot Forever,” a new nighttime spectacular bursting above World Showcase Lagoon.
Magic Kingdom Park – New Fireworks Show, Holiday Experiences
The skies above Magic Kingdom Park will sparkle to life like never before during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the debut of a new fireworks show!
The new fireworks show, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” You will be able to see the fireworks show during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2019.
Along with the new show, each night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will feature performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. During A Frozen Holiday Wish, Queen Elsa will magically transform Cinderella’s Castle with glistening ice.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Sunset Greetings, Special Holiday Entertainment
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also rolling out special holiday shows, enchanting “snowfalls,” décor and more this season. This year, you will be able to live your Star Wars story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge where you may just find the perfect holiday gift from a galaxy far, far away.
Disney Springs – New Holiday Shopping, Dining and More
You can make a holiday list and check it twice as you shop dozens of trendy brand-name stores and a large collection of Disney merchandise at Disney Springs. There are amazing dining spots to explore and this year’s live entertainment will include toy soldier stilt walkers, carolers and Living Statues in holiday attire. Holiday decorations set the colorful stage for Disney Springs festivities, which run Nov. 8, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020.
If your are visiting the popular Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs this season, you will be treated to custom-decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and others.
Santa Claus will welcome guests at Santa’s Chalet. From Dec. 25-31, 2019, Santa Goofy takes over after Ol’ Saint Nick returns to the North Pole.
You’re also invited to join in Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt and discover where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.
This is just a quick summary of the holiday magic coming to Walt Disney World this year. If you would like to experience Christmas at Walt Disney World, just contact your Vacation Planner!