“Festive Facts” About The Holidays at Walt Disney World

There’s no question about it… Disney does the Holidays right! With a tree here, a wreath there, and everything in between – we find ourselves in awe of Disney’s beautiful holiday displays around every corner. If you’re a facts person, you’ll want to check out the “Festive Facts” Disney shares below:

Magical holiday experiences and beloved traditions await Walt Disney World Resort guests during the most wonderful time of the year. Theme parks, resort hotels and Disney Springs come to life with holiday charm and excitement as dazzling décor and a flurry of fun immerse guests in a festive fantasy. Check out these holiday fun facts and discover how Walt Disney World Resort becomes a winter wonderland!

Walt Disney World Resort

  • The Walt Disney World Holiday Services team provides d√©cor for¬†780¬†locations within¬†41¬†different properties, including Disney theme parks, resorts, Disney Springs and recreation and shopping areas. The team also decorates Disney Cruise Line ships and Disney Vacation Club resorts in Florida and South Carolina.
  • 41¬†cast members work year-round to make the holiday transformation a reality, with an additional¬†119¬†cast members added during the installation period.
  • D√©cor installation begins Halloween night and is finished by Thanksgiving.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Magic Kingdom Park           

  • During the holidays, Magic Kingdom is home to¬†40¬†trees,¬†147¬†wreaths and¬†590¬†garlands that measure a total of¬†5,188¬†feet.
  • Guests can celebrate the season at Mickey‚Äôs Very Merry Christmas Party on¬†23¬†select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 22. This year‚Äôs celebration welcomes the dazzling new nighttime spectacular, ‚ÄúMinnie‚Äôs Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.‚ÄĚ
  • Tomorrowland Speedway¬†joins in the merriment of Mickey‚Äôs Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time this year with a new holiday overlay that glimmers with¬†30,000¬†controllable lights and stylized d√©cor. Guests racing around the track will spot¬†12¬†geometric trees ranging from¬†6¬†to¬†10¬†feet tall. It‚Äôs one of¬†4¬†Magic Kingdom attractions to feature holiday overlays.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Disney‚Äôs Animal Kingdom will celebrate the holidays in full for the first time in its history, with enchanting entertainment and d√©cor in¬†3¬†new locations.
  • 148¬†animal-inspired luminaries will cast a warm and festive glow throughout Discovery Island as a merry menagerie of¬†10¬†artisan-sculpted puppets resembling winter animals roam and interact with guests throughout the land.
  • 2,600¬†light bulbs will adorn the DinoLand U.S.A. water tower, giving the land a festive new look for the holidays.
Animal Kingdom Holiday Puppets

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Christmas tree on Echo Lake is¬†65¬†feet tall, with a¬†25-foot-wide base.
  • Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney‚Äôs Hollywood Studios includes¬†12¬†high-definition projectors used to visually transform the fa√ßade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel with holiday scenes.
  • 21¬†palm trees along Sunset Boulevard illuminate with programmable, color-changing LED fixtures.
  • Dinosaur Gertie¬†is dressed in her finest holiday attire. Her hat is so big, four people could stand inside it!
Echo Lake


  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays takes place Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 and celebrates holiday traditions from around the world through storytelling and music presented throughout World Showcase.
  • Holiday treats are also part of the festival, which includes¬†13¬†Holiday Kitchens serving more than¬†50¬†bites from around the world and¬†60-plus¬†specialty beverages.
  • The Candlelight Processional will be performed¬†96¬†times at Epcot this holiday season with a¬†50-piece orchestra, mass choir and¬†12¬†different celebrity narrators.
  • The Candlelight Processional stage at America Gardens Theatre features¬†2¬†Christmas trees that are each¬†18¬†feet tall.
Candlelight Processional


  • Guests will find a life-size holiday gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney‚Äôs Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This elaborate¬†10-foot-wide,15-foot-long and¬†14-foot-tall structure is covered with more than¬†10,000¬†pieces of gingerbread and is the perfect place to pick up holiday sweets and treats.
  • Disney‚Äôs Contemporary Resort is celebrating the¬†10th¬†anniversary of its iconic gingerbread Cinderella Castle. This¬†18-foot-tall display is crafted from more than¬†5,000¬†gingerbread shingles,¬†47¬†pounds of rolled fondant,¬†38¬†pounds of modeling chocolate and much more!
  • This year also marks the¬†20th¬†anniversary of the Holiday Carousel gingerbread display at Disney‚Äôs Beach Club Resort. This life-size spinning carousel features¬†20¬†‚ÄúHidden Mickeys,‚Ä̬†5¬†Peter Pan-themed horses and handcrafted gingerbread shingles.
  • Disney‚Äôs Contemporary Resort is home to the tallest Christmas tree at Walt Disney World. This¬†70-foot-tall tree is adorned with¬†16,000¬†lights and more than¬†200¬†custom ornaments.
  • Disney‚Äôs Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to a¬†45-foot-tall tree featuring authentic African d√©cor and reproductions of traditional African masks.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Disney Springs

  • Disney Springs is the epicenter of holiday shopping at Walt Disney World. It‚Äôs also the largest of all of the decorated Disney locations, with more than¬†2,000¬†pieces of individual d√©cor, including a¬†45-foot-tall tree.
  • Each piece of d√©cor was custom designed to fit the classic Florida town theme that carries throughout the entirety of Disney Springs.
  • Disney Springs is also home to the Christmas Tree Trail, a walk through wonderland featuring¬†23¬†unique Disney-themed trees.
Christmas Tree Trail

Source & Credit: WDWNews.com

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I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.