When people ask me about specific times to visit Disney World, I always try to answer in several ways. One is time of year with the least amount of crowds. Another is time of year when it will be cheapest. And the third is time of year when you will experience Disney like no other time.
Examples of the third one are during Food & Wine Fest, when Epcot becomes the culinary capital of Orlando. Or during Flower & Garden Fest when topiaries welcome visitors.
But my absolute favorite time to go to Disney is during the holidays. And I use the word holidays because it starts in early November and goes through the first week of January.
That’s when the parks (all of them and Disney Springs) are decorated to the max. It’ll be 80 degrees in Magic Kingdom, but the park will feel like a winter wonderland because of all the garland and Christmas decorations.
So, to commemorate this wonderful time of the year in the Disney parks, here’s my Top 5 things to love about Disney World during the holidays:
5. Christmas trees in every park: Whether it’s Animal Kingdom or the Hollywood Studios entrance, visitors are greeted by a huge Christmas tree themed to that park. The Animal Kingdom tree is probably the coolest, with carved wooden animal head ornaments adorning the tree. It’s always a must-do for us to take a picture in front of each tree.
4. Resort park-hopping to see decorations: Not only do the parks get into the spirit, so do all the resorts. If you’ve got a free day and you don’t want to spend any money, resort-hopping to see the decorations is a great way to pass the time. Boardwalk has a nice gingerbread carousel, Grand Floridian has a huge gingerbread house and the Yacht Club has a Christmas village. All of the displays are completely edible, but I wouldn’t go taking a bite out of the horse in the carousel.
3. Candlelight Processional at Epcot: Now, full disclosure here, but I have never actually attended a Candlelight Processional, officially. But I have stood outside the pavilion and listened to the choir and the guest speaker. Depending on when you go, you may hear Whoopie Goldberg or Neil Patrick Harris doing the narration of the biblical story of when Jesus was born.
2. Short lines, great weather in the parks: OK, throw Christmas week, New Year’s and Thanksgiving Week out of the equation here. Besides those very busy days that I wouldn’t recommend, the park is pretty empty the rest of the time between November and December. Not only are the lines shorter, but the weather is pleasant. It’s typically in the 70s during the day and drops down into the 50s at night.
1.Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Kind of a no-brainer, right? It’s snow on Main Street, it’s shorter lines in the park, it’s the Christmas parade, it’s free hot cocoa and cookies. It’s hard-ticket event, meaning you have to pay a little extra, but it’s so worth it. The park takes on a whole new feel with Christmas music playing and special shows taking center stage. The Christmas parade is a special treat, and did I mention free hot cocoa and cookies. If you go to a MVMCP and you DON’T get into the spirit, head over to Universal Studios the next day and hang out with your brother The Grinch. LOL
So, what are your favorite things about the holidays at Disney World? Perhaps the holiday storytellers at Epcot? Maybe it’s the castle being transformed into an icicle palace?
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