In my humble opinion Walt Disney Word is the best place to be at Christmas. There are numerous activities and there is a whole sense of celebration everywhere you turn. If you go at Christmas, you need to stay at one of the resorts so you and your family will get the whole effect of the season. As soon as you arrive, you will feel the festive spirit. Everyone is smiling and happy. It is just such a happy place all year round, but Christmas is even more special.
There are several reasons to go to Walt Disney World at Christmas and stay at one of the resorts.
The Christmas Lights
There are Christmas lights everywhere. At the theme parks, the resorts and at Disney Springs. Every theme park is decorated and there are lights everywhere. The lights are spectacular at night when you walk around the parks or the resorts. There are colored lights in some places and white lights in others. The Disney staff always pick the right lights to hang each year. The décor is amazing all year long but Christmas even more beautiful. There are traditional lights as well as lights that have various shapes and colors, including shapes of characters. Each resort has a theme every day, but each is specially decorated at Christmas.
The Christmas Music
Christmas music is playing everywhere you go at Disney and it just happens to be my favorite music and season. I love Christmas music. The music really helps to get you and your family in a festive mood. It is not hard to be in a good mood at Disney because it is such a happy place and a great vacation spot with your family but there is just something about being there at Christmas and hearing the music. The music is festive and light, and happy. It just makes you want to dance.
One of the highlights of our past Christmases at Disney World was to go to Hollywood Studios to watch the “dancing lights.” The lights were just so spectacular and it was so cool to see all the lights sycranized to the music….Christmas music!!
So if you didn’t know, Disney discontinued the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights” a few years ago but I have videos and I borrowed this one below to share with you. This video happens to be the last night of the lights, so enjoy!
The Shows and Parades
You can catch amazing shows throughout the year but there is just something so much more special when you see Santa and his reindeer, or matching soldiers, or other Christmas characters dancing to the Christmas music.
One of our favorite shows to go to while we are at Disney at Christmas is Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional (see the 2019 schedule). The processional is made up of hundreds of people walking into the amphitheater with candles as they form a huge choir on the stage, musicians ranging from winds and horns to a piano and sometimes a harp. A different celebrity reads the Christmas story and the choir performs some of the most beautiful Christmas songs. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
If you go to Epcot at Christmas, make it a point to do the dinner package. You’ll have a very nice dinner and get priority seating at the candlelight processional. It is worth the time and money to take part in this one-of-a-kind experience.
Christmas trees, poinsettias, wreaths, and garland adorn the parks and the resorts. Each resort has multiple trees with different themes. There are Christmas trees and all the trimmings at all the theme parks. In the past couple of years there has been a “Holiday Tree Walk” at Disney Springs. Each tree has a different theme. The Disney staff really go over the top with the decorations. The themed trees are very creative and will sometimes replicate the newest Disney movie and some classics too. The “Holiday Tree Walk” at Disney Springs is a must do at Disney at Christmas and it is free.
One of our favorite things to do is to go resort hopping. We get on the bus at our resort and simply go to Disney Springs. We decide from there which resort we want to go to. At each resort you will see different decorations, lights and enjoy free snacks. Each resort has a table with cookies and hot chocolate set up for guests. It is always a lot of fun to see the decorations. One of our favorites is the Grand Floridian where they have a life-size gingerbread house that is fully decorated, and you can purchase fresh baked gingerbread cookies and other goodies.
The Holiday Cheer
From the time you arrive at Disney World you will feel the excitement and the spirit of holiday cheer. The festive mood just grabs you. It is hard not to be in a a festive mood when surrounded by the decorations and the music.
At the Magic Kingdom each year they have Mickey’s Christmas celebration. You must purchase separate tickets for this event, but it is worth it when the masses are reduced inside the park and you are able to walk onto the rides and be included in a special celebration.
Each park has their parades everyday but they are specially decorated at Christmas too. There is just so much excitement in the air, it is hard not to be excited and joyous. It is a must do!
Words to the Wise
Be warned. If you decide to go to Walt Disney World at Christmas, you will be there with thousands of your neighbors. That is the only draw-back to going at that time of year but not one that many people consider when they plan to go. There are large crowds, long lines and many places are full. Make sure to plan well in advance. Make your dining reservations ahead of time. Choose your Fastpasses before you arrive, because there will be little if any available when you get there. If you do these things, you will be set and enjoy a wonderful time at Disney at Christmas. It’s the best place to be!
Hope you enjoy your Christmas vacation when you go to Disney.