Christmas time is the most magical time of the year. And Walt Disney World is the most magical place on Earth. Put the two together and you truly have the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! There is a multitude of seasonal activities to partake in around the Disney property. These range from giant Christmas Trees at the parks and the resorts to magical experiences such as making it snow in Florida or thousands of lights performing a ballet for the senses. I’m going to look at some of the major attractions that you can see in both the parks and some of the resorts.
Upon entering through the tunnel onto Main Street, one is engulfed by the sights, sounds, and smells of the park. It is quite apparent that the park has received a Yule tide makeover. All of the street lamps have Mickey shaped Christmas wreathes and crossing over the street is garland that is lit up. At the end of the street is Cinderella’s Castle which is now covered by 200,000 LED lights which shimmer in the night. The remainder of the park is decorated likewise. Not a penny was spared in making the Magic Kingdom look festive. But look are not where the holiday revamp stops.
Similar to the Magic Kingdom, the entire park is decked out in Christmas decorations. The world showcase presents Holidays Around The World. Each country represented puts on a small show about how Christmas is celebrated by their citizens. At the America Pavilion, the Candlelight Processional is performed nightly. A full orchestra and choir backs a guest narrator who reads the story of Christ’s birth. The music helps to enhance the story and brings about a yuletide feeling.
Disney Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios lives up to its tinsel town name during the holidays. The streets are decorated in 50′s style glitter and lights. And there is a special feeling in the air. But something changes as the evening comes along. One can feel the electricity in the air, especially when traveling back to the Streets of America. Then you go around the corner to see what appears to be a million lights dancing and flickering to festive music. It is called The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and it is nothing short of magical.
By far, one of the most overlooked holiday transformations occur at the resorts. Each resort decorates their lobby and puts up a tree that reflects the characteristics of the resort. My favorite is the tree in the lobby of The Animal Kingdom Lodge. But trees are just a start for some of the resorts. The Grand Floridian has a life size ginger bread house that guests can walk into and purchase goodies. And other resorts have their own variation of ginger bread edifices. And that’s not the end of the yuletide spirit. Over at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort they offer Holiday Sleigh Rides.
Basically, there is a plethora of activities to allow oneself to enjoy the holidays at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. Enjoy yourself.
Have a Disney Day