After two weeks from today, I will have gone to Disney during the Christmas Holiday’s two years back to back and I can honestly say it is probably the best time of the year to go.
This year is the first time I am spending the extra $60 to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. My travel party and I are staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort and thanks to the crowd calendars out there, we should be going during a time when the park attendance will be on the lower end of the spectrum. Christmas decorations at Disney usually go up during the first week in November in time for the first Christmas Party. Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Disney Hollywood Studios each have events and displays that can really complement the Christmas season.
The decorations at Magic Kingdom are incredible. Main Street takes on the aura of a Christmas wonderland with evergreen strung up from gate to Castle. Candy canes and nutcrackers surround a towering tree in the middle of the town square. The Main event at the end of select days is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party where guest are welcome to complementary cocoa and cookies in addition to a Christmas parade and of course fireworks.
Epcot has more great displays, and a special event during the Holiday Season. An enormous tree awaits park goers at the entrance of the World Showcase and there are a number of areas before that where you can take pictures with Donald, Pluto, and more surrounded by Christmas trees. The special event at Epcot is the Candlelight processional where a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas while an orchestra and choir perform Christmas favorites. During each day in the start of November, cast members from World Showcase tell the stories of their home’s Christmas festivities. You can also walk by the candlelight processional which is held in the open aired auditorium near America in the World Showcase. The music will definitely put anyone in the mood for the Holiday Season.
Disney Hollywood Studios, by far has the best Christmas Display and the best thing about it is that it is free. The walkthrough is called The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights. As soon as sunset the Streets of America becomes one of the best Christmas light displays out there. Each building is covered with Christmas lights and trees and Ferris wheels adorn the tops of each building. Artificial snow puts a great touch on the walkthrough. There is also a very realistic nativity scene.
Everyone should go to Walt Disney World during the Christmas season at least once. The decorations are well worth going for. It can also put the whole family in the mood for the Holidays. My visit this year will include a pass to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to which I hope to have live coverage as soon as it happens.