Surprise! WDW Brings Back Holiday Projections to More Parks

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Animal Kingdom Holiday Projections

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Nighttime holiday projections are continuing to appear across Walt Disney World Resort! We have confirmation that the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is once again coming to life with holiday magic as the Tree of Life Holiday Awakenings projection show makes a triumphant return.

But unlike the holiday projections on Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom or the Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Tree of Life projections are only happening on certain nights.

Tree of Life Holiday Awakenings
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The return of this projection show comes as a surprise to Disney World Guests since it was left out of the original modified plans announced by Disney Parks.

Disney World confirmed that Tree of Life Holiday Awakenings will be shown as a goodnight kiss around the time Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is scheduled to close, but only if the park remains open after sundown.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is currently operating on shorter hours that feature a closing time on some nights as early as 5:00 pm. According to, sunset begins at around 5:30 pm with the sun not going completely down until between 6:50 and 7 pm. Plan accordingly if you would like to enjoy this holiday special on your next Disney World visit.

Tree of Life Holiday awakenings is a holiday rendition of Animal Kingdom’s nightly projection show, Tree of Life Awakenings, which Walt Disney World describes on its website as the following:

Flickering fireflies magically appear and stir to life the animal spirits in the tree’s towering trunk—bringing to light a dazzling visual display swarming with color and animated imagery.

Gaze upon a young doe embarking upon a thrilling journey. Behold love blossoming between a pair of hummingbirds. Spy a sly fox spreading gifts of love among the denizens of a wintry forest.

A feast for the eyes, each revelation celebrates the eternal balance and harmony that exists in all living things, big or small, and is sure to inspire and delight your whole family tree.

Tree of Life Awakenings
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