Walt Disney World Resort at Holidaytime Unwraps Festive Traditions, Glistening Ice Castle and Seasonal Spectacles

Joy to the ‘Kingdom


Minnie Mouse, Santa Goofy and Mickey Mouse celebrate the holiday season at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. During the holidays, guests can pose with these jolly characters and their pals for photo opportunities throughout the theme park or spot them during the festive musical cavalcade, “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.”

Jolly Safari


Mickey Mouse, donning his festive expedition gear, waves to guests during “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Featuring whimsical floats, larger-than-life puppetry, Disney characters and a joyous world-beat soundtrack, the parade takes place daily at the theme park during the holiday season. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


Special Party!

A Very Merry Christmas


Mickey Mouse welcomes guests to celebrate the holiday season during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This special after-hours party features a sleigh full of merriment, including an enchanting Cinderella Castle shimmering with Castle Dream Lights.

Ice Castle


Shimmering lights illuminate Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom during the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Magic Kingdom icon is bathed in more than 200,000 tiny white lights that add a special sparkle to the season.


Walt Disney World Resort Gives Holiday Gift to Local Groups that Help the Homeless     

During a special performance of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort shared the holiday spirit by donating $100,000 to two local organizations that provide services for people who are homeless in Central Florida.


Shall We Dance?


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights sparkle with yuletide cheer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the holiday season. What began as a father’s Christmas gift to his daughter has grown into a holiday tradition for many Walt Disney World guests with a dazzling display of millions of colorful lights and animated displays. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as early as November 8. 



Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8-December 20. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World Resort guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit. Dates for 2013:

Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22

Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests can enjoy new experiences and attractions at New Fantasyland. For more information, visit www.Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.

NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees.  The fun includes the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.




Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of The Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra nightly November 29 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theater stage on select nights. (Show times on December 8 are 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. only) Whoopi Goldberg and Ashley Judd highlight the list of narrators this season:

     Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 – Gary Sinise

    Dec. 2-3 – Neil Patrick Harris

    Dec. 4-5 – Ashley Judd

    Dec. 6-7 – Whoopi Goldberg

    Dec. 8-10 – Sigourney Weaver

    Dec. 11-13 – Dennis Haysbert

    Dec. 14-16 – James Denton

    Dec. 17-19 – Edward James Olmos

    Dec. 20-22 – Trace Adkins

    Dec. 23-25 – TBA

    Dec. 26-28 – Blair Underwood

    Dec. 29-30 – Amy Grant

Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.  For more information and reservations: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/candlelight-dinners/

Holidays Around the World

Guests become immersed in the festivities, as they experience a celebration of the holidays from the various countries throughout World Showcase.  The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall.  The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 8, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.


Downtown Disney

Get all your holiday shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.


Walt Disney World Resort Hotels


The resorts are dressed up for the holidays with festive décor, gingerbread houses and more. And guests can experience even more magic this season with great pricing.  For as little as $74 per person, per day, guests can enjoy a 6-night, 7-day vacation package with room and tickets valid at all four theme parks. Visit Disneyworld.com, for booking information. Rates are based on availability. Total package price $2,051.

*Sample package quoted is for a family of four – two adults, one junior and one child — in a standard room at a Disney All-Star Resort for stays most nights Nov. 8 – Dec. 12 (excludes Nov. 23-29, 2013).  Tickets are valid for one theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use.