The holidays are one of the best times to visit Walt Disney World. Even Ebenezer Scrooge (or Uncle Scrooge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom) can’t help but be excited and filled with cheer. The holidays will be over before you know it, so you had better book your flight to Orlando. Don’t worry about packing a bag, you can buy some Christmas shirts once you arrive. If you need a reason to drop everything and head to Walt Disney World right now, here are ten of them.
Many parts of the country are already experiencing lower than normal temperatures and too much snow. In Central Florida, the temperatures are comfortable, although you might want to pack a light jacket for the evenings. As far as snow is concerned, the only snow you’ll see here is made out of soap. The weather alone is reason enough to head to Florida for an extended period of time.
9. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you don’t have much time! The popular annual event ends on November 23. The last day of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series is November 19. If you can’t make it that quickly, all is not lost. The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will begin on November 29.
8. Resort Decorations
The holiday decorations at Walt Disney World do not end at the theme parks! The halls at the resorts are decked as well. The Deluxe Resorts are all must-see. If you don’t have the time for all of them, at least stop by Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Not only is the tree one of the most impressive that you will ever see, it is also the home of the iconic gingerbread house. That’s enough of a reason to visit immediately.
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7. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Before Rise of the Resistance Opens
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened back in August, but only one ride is currently running. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is set to open on December 5. It will open in Florida over a month before it will open at Disneyland in California. A lot of Star Wars fans have not yet visited Galaxy’s Edge because they want to be able to experience both rides. That makes now a good time to visit, because the crowds could very well swell after December 5.
6. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge After Rise of the Resistance Opens
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is supposed to be one of the most technologically advanced rides ever built. By all reports, it is going to be a game changer. You are going to want to experience it as soon as you can, even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan. It’s a good idea to make those plans now. If it lives up to the hype, it just might be the coolest ride ever.
5. The Christmas Tree Trail
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your spur of the moment trip. The Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs is free to enjoy! You will see close to two dozen trees, all decorated with a theme that is somehow related to Disney. There are trees based on movies such as Cinderella, trees based on franchises like Star Wars, and trees that are related to the Walt Disney World theme parks. One of the most popular trees is the Haunted Mansion Tree. It features everyone’s favorite much-married bride, and her heart is beating. You don’t want to miss that! This is also one place where you can experience snow, without worrying about being cold.
4. Candlelight Processional
As already mentioned, the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays begins on November 29. The highlight of the Festival each evening is the Candlelight Processional. A celebrity narrator tells the biblical Christmas Story, backed by a mass choir and an orchestra. It can be a powerful experience. If you haven’t yet seen it, or if you have seen it 10,000 times (or anything in between), make plans to see the Candlelight Processional. You don’t have much time, it ends on December 30.
3. Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
There is plenty of holiday cheer to be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The toys in Toy Story Land have added some special touches. Echo Lake is stunning and funny at the same time (gotta love Santa Gertie!) Sunset Seasons Greetings makes the Hollywood Tower Hotel look a lot more inviting. There’s snow and plenty of lights. You will want to stay for Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! It’s a nighttime fireworks extravaganza, but it only runs through January 5, 2020.
2. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
A holiday tradition is back. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of the best ways to find holiday cheer. Not only can you see the Magic Kingdom decorated for the holidays, there are plenty of extras that you won’t find at other times. There is a holiday parade, stage shows, dance parties, and extra characters. This year there is a brand new fireworks show, and it just might bring tears of joy to your eyes. On top of all of this, you can have all the cookies and hot chocolate that you want! This special ticketed event is about as sweet (literally, with all those cookies) as you can get.
1. New Offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This year Disney’s Animal Kingdom has become a must-visit destination if you want to celebrate the holidays! If you’re there during the day, take your time in Discovery Island. You’ll be greeted by Merry Menagerie, which is a group of puppets that represent cold weather animals. It is very well done. There are extra touches to celebrate throughout the park, including in Pandora. You need to include DinoLand U.S.A. in your plans. Donald and friends are really taking the holidays to heart! At night you will want to return to Discovery Island. Luminaries line the area, and the Tree of Life has three special holiday scenes. You will want to see all three, possibly more than once. No, definitely more than once.