There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Walt Disney World and this year, guests will be able to look forward to all-new experiences as the resort expands its many holiday offerings. But most excitingly, Pandora – The World of Avatar will be seeing holiday celebrations for the first time ever!
Take a look at these new celebrations premiering at Pandora – The World of Avatar and Magic Kingdom, in addition to the many others around the rest of the Walt Disney World Parks below.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has always offered guests some holiday fun. However, this year the park is taking it to the next level with all-new entertainment and holiday decor in every land!
NEW – Discovery Island
Located in the heart of the park, guests will be able to discover a magical scene that changes throughout the day. By day, guests can take in stylized, life-sized animal puppets will mingle with villagers who make the island at home. At night, rooftop luminaries in animal shapes and bird lanterns appear throughout the themed land.
NEW – Tree of Life
As the sun begins to set on the Tree of Life, the magical tree will awaken with a series of wintry tales emerging from within, backed by a familiar and heartwarming holiday musical score. Occurring between awakening moments, the Tree of Life will sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.
NEW – Dinoland U.S.A.
At Dinoland U.S.A, guests will be able to rock out with the DJ-led “Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale” and plenty of interactive fun and games. Throughout the land, characters in Donald’s Dino-Bash! will help guests celebrate the holidays with colorful costumes.
NEW – Pandora – The World of Avatar
Here is where guests will find out-of-this-world holiday fun! Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora will roll out seasonal cheer with a display of whimsical holiday decor at Pongu Pongu, pairing vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.
Like many years’ prior, Magic Kingdom will transform into an enchanting wonderland with dazzling decorations, holiday treats, a shimmering ice castle and much more.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also returns this year with more magic than ever before! This specially ticketed event will take place on select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 22.
This all-new nighttime holiday extravaganza, hosted by Minnie Mouse, invites guests to come together in a celebration of heartfelt moments and the magic of Christmas. The show will be presented during the specially ticketed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
As we reported earlier, during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select Magic Kingdom attractions will be extra jolly with special holiday enhancements perfectly fit for a Christmastime celebration. Mad Tea Party, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Space Mountain all join in on the festive fun!
Other favorites returning to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year include A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show where Queen Elsa magically transforms Cinderella Castle with glistening ice, Holiday Fireworks Dessert Parties, and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will be returning to the park, beginning November 29. The festival invites guests to experience live musical productions, spirited storytellers, seasonal lights and decor, delicious holiday treats and more!
The beloved holiday tradition featuring the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator backed by a 50- piece orchestra and massed choir is also returning to Epcot. Returning narrators include Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg and Pat Sajak.
At the park’s Holiday Kitchens, guests will delight in delectable dishes inspired by treasured holiday recipes from around the globe. This will take place at twelve specialty kitchens set around World Showcase.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sunset Season’s Greetings
This returning nighttime show will once-again transform Sunset Boulevard into a winter wonderland as the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel comes to life with festive scenes of the season. This experience is one to remember, with its laser effects, enchanting snow, joyful songs and stories of holiday cheer courtesy of favorite Disney friends.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
At this wild nighttime extravaganza, guests can embark on a wondrous yuletide adventure to the North Pole along with beloved Disney animated characters in this fantastic nighttime spectacular. For those not familiar, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests.
During the holiday season, Disney Springs will also transform with the rest of the parks into a winter wonderland with sparkling lights, enchanting decor and a whimsical walk-through Christmas Tree Trail lined with dozens of custom-decorated Christmas trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme.
Ultimate Christmas Package
As we reported earlier, the Ultimate Christmas Package will allow guests to experience the wonder of Christmas at Walt Disney World resort in an affordable and inclusive opportunity. The package offers a 5-night stay at a select Disney resort hotel (arrival Dec. 21, departure Dec. 26), 4-day Park Hopper tickets for each member of the party, exclusive events and an itinerary full of festive fun!
If you are looking to plan your holidays at the Walt Disney World resort to experience this endless amount of entertainment, we suggest you contact our preferred travel agent partner Academy Travel! They can not only book you a reservation for all of these experiences but they can also offer you expert advice and a no-obligation quote on a dream vacation. Academy Travel provides their services at no extra cost to you and you can click here to get a no-obligation quote and discuss your vacation with a Vacation Planners at Academy Travel.