Christmas Memories from Disney World – See some of our favorite memories and moments from our past trips to Walt Disney World during the holiday season!
There’s nothing quite like Christmas time at the Disney parks. Characters dressed in their holiday best, hot cocoa, and snow on Main Street USA are just a few of the things that make this time of year so special at Walt Disney World.
Even though the annual Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party had to be cancelled this year and all of the parks might look a little different this holiday season, we’re here to share some of our favorite memories and moments from Christmas past…
What better way to start a Christmas party than with a very special Christmas cookie? All around the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can find some tasty holiday treats at any location with giant candy cane towers. Some of the delicious desserts and drinks we’ve had in the past include snickerdoodle cookies, hot chocolate, egg nog, and snowman pretzels.
And when we entered the park for the night, we were even given a complimentary Santa Mickey sugar cookie that was extra yummy!
Disney certainly knows how to decorate! The gigantic Christmas tree near the entrance to Main Street USA features a classic style with vintage ornaments and popcorn garland, and at night it glows brightly with Christmas lights and candles. You’ll also find garland adorning the stores, Mickey Mouse shaped wreaths hanging from the lamp posts, and even a few special projections and decorations at a few of Magic Kingdom’s attractions.
One of the highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the special holiday entertainment that you’ll find around the park throughout the night. Each night Elsa lights the castle during the Frozen Holiday Wish show, and royal centerpiece of the park appears to be covered in ice thanks to the beautiful Castle Dreamlights.
After the Frozen show, you’ll see Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration show take the stage featuring fun projections and a cast of classic characters singing and dancing to some well-known Christmas songs. You might also catch a presentation over in Tomorrowland featuring more classic tunes sung by a group of talented singers or even a futuristic-themed holiday show with a few out-of-this-world friends like Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Stitch.
Near the end of the night, Disney puts on a holiday firework spectacular that is an absolute must-see. While a new show debuted last December, we had the chance to see the long-running Holiday Wishes firework spectacular one more time before it was replaced. Watch the video below to see the full show!
Every part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is fantastic, but perhaps our very favorite is Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade that takes place twice each night. Even though you can sometimes catch this parade during the daytime Christmas week, it’s even better to see it at night with the glowing castle in the background and the falling “snoap” (snow made out of snow!) on Main Street USA. We love it, and you can watch the entire parade for yourself here in this video:
Christmas is everywhere in Walt Disney World, and Hollywood Studios has some of the best decorations of the four parks! With its unique vintage Hollywood style, the decorations in the main section of this park will make you feel like you stepped back in time to a Christmas long ago. We even found a few characters dressed like Santa in window displays, and Santa Goofy himself greeting guests!
We then headed over to Toy Story Land, stopping by For the First Time In Forever Frozen Sing-Along to see a special holiday tag to the end of the show featuring Olaf wearing his Christmas bowtie. Toy Story Land was full of fun decorations highlighting some of our favorite Pixar characters.
At the end of the night, we headed over to Sunset Boulevard to watch the holiday projection shows on the Tower of Terror, and then we found a great viewing spot for one of our favorite Disney park holiday firework spectacular – Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! – complete with projections of well known stories and characters on the Chinese Theater. You can watch the whole show below!
That wraps up our post featuring some of our favorite Christmas memories from past trips to Walt Disney World! We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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