Surprise Holiday Event Rumored To Take Over Magic Kingdom

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Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A.

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You never know what you’re going to see happen when visiting Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

From the fairy tale wonder of Fantasyland to the adventurous spirit of Adventureland, every corner of Magic Kingdom offers an experience filled with magic, nostalgia, and excitement. Cinderella Castle stands as an iconic symbol of the park, welcoming visitors into a realm of fantasy where they can meet beloved Disney characters, enjoy thrilling rides, and watch enchanting parades and fireworks shows.

Magic Kingdom entrance at Walt Disney World Resort
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Visiting Disney World during the Christmas season is an extraordinary experience that adds an extra layer of enchantment to this already magical destination. From early November through the beginning of January, the entire resort transforms into a winter wonderland with dazzling lights, festive decorations, and an abundance of holiday cheer.

Throughout the park, you can enjoy seasonal entertainment, especially if you take in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party— which is on select nights from November 9 through December 22. Some of the offerings include the heartwarming Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks show. Jungle Cruise is transformed into the “Jingle Cruise,” complete with holiday-themed jokes and decor, and even Tomorrowland Speedway receives a festive makeover. Main Street, U.S.A. is adorned with sparkling decorations, and the scent of gingerbread and hot cocoa fills the air. You can meet Santa Claus at various locations, and holiday treats are also available.

If you’re visiting Disney World in November, you’re getting a chance to experience a little bit of it all. Disney will take down the Halloween decorations overnight following October 31, and Magic Kingdom will be transformed into its Holiday theming. From there, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the beloved offerings, but typically without the massive crowding that will come in December, especially as we get closer to Christmas.

Very Merriest After Hours
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Now, we have new updates to share about potential Holiday events that will be coming to Magic Kingdom, this time in November.

Every year in November, Walt Disney World Resort has a couple of days in November where filming is conducted for ABC’s holiday broadcasts. If you’ve ever tuned in to ABC on Thanksgiving or Christmas, you’ve likely noticed performances taking place in front of Cinderella Castle. There are other aspects of the Disney parks that are on display, as well, such as the Christmas parade that is shown each year.

These filmings do not happen live and, in actuality, are shot a few weeks in advance. While Disney typically does not announce very far ahead of time when the filming is going to take place, it’s typically something that is done in early to mid-November. This year, we have an idea of when that might be.

Christmas at Magic Kingdom
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Disney is only running the Festival of Fantasy Parade one time on Saturday, November 11, and it’s at an obscure 2:00 p.m. That’s followed by Sunday, November 12, which will not have a performance of the parade at all. The parade typically takes place at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. every day.

With this kind of change, as well as fewer entertainment options on those two days, it points to something big happening at the Disney park. Most likely, this will be the timeframe that the filming will take place.

If you’re planning to visit Disney on those days, you should be aware that you could be on television. You should also be aware that certain areas could be closed off from time to time depending on what filming is taking place. This is also a great option, though, for people who want to see the performances up close and get a taste of the Holidays and what is to come a little early.

What’s your favorite part about spending the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments!

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