Planning Your Disney Itinerary: Holiday Fun

It’s November now, and that means that Walt Disney World is getting ready for the holidays! Walt Disney World really transforms for the holiday season, and there are so many special events that guests should definitely make room in their daily itinerary.

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights – At Hollywood Studios, the Streets of America are covered – yes, covered – with millions of beautiful lights and moving displays. This experience is included in park admission and the lights are lit at dusk each evening. Predictably, the area is pretty crowded after dark. You may experience fewer crowds if you visit closer to the park’s closing time.

Candlelight Processional – Beginning November 28, Epcot hosts this traditional telling of the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator accompanied by a full orchestra and choir. Showtimes are at 5:00pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm nightly (except December 7). This show takes place at the America Gardens Theater and is included with park admission. Arrive early for the best seating, or consider booking a Candlelight Processional Dining Package, which includes lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants and reserved seating for the Candlelight Processional.

Holidays Around the World – Also at Epcot, storytellers throughout World Showcase share tales with guests about holiday traditions from Christmas trees to Chinese New Year. The storytellers also begin appearing on November 28 – check a Times Guide at the park for specific show times.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – This special ticketed event takes place on select nights through November and December at the Magic Kingdom. Guests enjoy party-exclusive entertainment like the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Celebrate the Season stage show, Holiday Wishes firework show, and free cookies and hot cocoa. While the party officially starts at 7pm, guests can enter as early as 4pm. There is plenty to do during the party, so I recommend eating dinner before the festivities start at 7pm. For guests visiting during the week of Christmas, note that some of this entertainment is available as part of regular park admission at the Magic Kingdom.

A Frozen Holiday Wish – One of the most magical things about the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom is the Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle. This year, a new show featuring Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, and Sven will feature Elsa using her ice powers to drape the castle in ice. This show will happen twice nightly at 6:15pm and 7:30pm (the second show is at 8:00pm on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights). Guests do not have to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to see this show.

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Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful parents and sister. She enjoys long walks, happy thoughts, and Disney magic! Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong. After planning a second trip to Walt Disney World, Elizabeth is now her family’s go-to resource for Disney. She even has her own blog,, with advice on how to plan your next Disney trip. Someday, she even hopes to be an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Elizabeth’s Disney wish list is a mile long, so she’s always ready to plan her next Disney adventure.

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