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Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

Get into the Christmas Spirit at Walt Disney World

I’m always surprised when we speak with any person who is not acquainted with Disney World, they immediately think that it is a children’s theme park.  This never varies until they go there and become totally surprised.  There’s a lot of places in Disney World that you will see the older people having more fun than the kids.  Without doubt that will be true at the fall wine and food festival, but I also believe it will hold during Christmas.  For any grownup that really likes the Christmas, the holiday season at Walt Disney World should not be overlooked.

At Hollywood Studios

One thing that some youngsters may not appreciate as much as adults is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios.  This gets larger yearly, and it is an incredible collection of multi-colored Christmas lights wrapped around architectural structures designed to look like a sight in downtown New York.  Their synchronized holiday song plus gently falling manufactured snow make you believe that you are in a winter wonderland.  It first started as a family home exhibit of lights around the Jennings Osborne home in Arkansas, and was brought to Walt Disney World in 1995.  You truly need to check this out at night to appreciate it.

Other Reasons to Enjoy the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

1.    Holidays around the World at Epcot.  The various countries depicted at Epcot each have time-honored customs from their nation’s holiday heritage.  It’s a fast and fun way to realize how the holiday season is celebrated in other parts of the world.

2.    Candlelight Processional at Epcot.  Each night in December a celebrity storyteller does a reading of the biblical telling of Christmas.  Beautiful choral pieces are actually weaved into the narration.  Bear in mind this fills up rapidly, but you might get a guaranteed spot by purchasing a Candlelight Dinner Package, which will provide a lot of your food and amusement for your evening.

3.    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Staged at the Magic Kingdom on certain nights from 7 PM to midnight, this starts in mid-November and finishes right before Christmas.  This is one event that will require an additional ticket, since the park will be cleared of regular attendees for these special events.  This is something the kids will really appreciate, as the Mickey Christmas Parade, Cinderella Castle plus fireworks are actually geared to children.  We still had a great time doing it.

4.    Festival of the Seasons.  Held at Downtown Disney, this is more about shopping with a Disney flare.  There will be a lot of distinctive gifts to shop for inside their specialty outlets, but there are wide ranging street performers, holiday carolers and other entertainment that will get you thinking about the holiday season.

Filming the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade – Day 3 from WDWNTube on Vimeo.

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