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The Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events

by Mommy Frog on September 13, 2018 79 Orlando

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Is it beginning to a look a lot like Christmas in your neck of the Frog Pond? Even if it's not, it's never too early to get a jump on planning your Disney World holiday trip! Holidays at Disney World typically happen from early November to the first of January. If you're planning on experiencing Disney World holiday events in 2018, you'll want to take note of all the special holiday hoppenings inside the parks. Lucky for you, we've rounded them all up in one post! Make sure to share this post with friends and family — the more, the merrier.

Disney World Holiday Events 2018 - Magic Kingdom Christmas tree

Best Time to Visit Disney World Holiday Events for 2018 & Tips for Managing Crowds

Before we dive into the merriment, let's start with perhaps the most important topic: The best time to visit and managing crowds during the Disney World holiday events.

Now, we think any time you can visit Disney World is a good time to visit Disney World. We're always excited when we've got our bags packed and are headed to the hoppiest place on Earth. There are better times to visit than others, though, during the holiday season. The busiest days of the year happen during Disney World holiday events. In terms of crowds, here are the busiest days of the holiday season:

  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Christmas Day
  • The week of Christmas
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The week of Thanksgiving

If you can experience Disney World holiday events on dates other than these, you'll be in better shape. If you can't, fear not! You'll definitely still have fun. Make sure you're better prepared to handle these crowds, though. Here is more required reading if you're headed to the parks during these times:

You can read more about the best (and worst times) to visit Disney World for the whole year here. You can also see daily crowd levels, recommended parks and events on our Crowd Calendar.

Disney World Holiday Happenings for 2018

Decorations at the Parks & Resorts During Disney World Holiday Events

Disney World Holiday Events 2018 - Magic Kingdom tree

Decorating is a big-time affair during Disney World holiday events. The decorations start going up the first couple of weeks in November, and each of the parks has its own iconic tree. It takes the elves several weeks to get all the decorations in place, so keep that in mind if you're visiting very early in the month. Most of Magic Kingdom's decorations are in place by the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the season. This year the party starts Nov. 9, 2018. The other theme parks' decorations are usually in place by the Friday after Thanksgiving. The decorations start coming down after the first week in January (though you may still hear Christmas songs and see some decorations after that).

The resorts, especially the deluxe resorts, get really decorated for Christmas. Disney's Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Boardwalk Inn and Beach and Yacht Club all have spectacular, oversized gingerbread displays! Each of the trees is also decorated in theme with the resorts. In case you're wondering, 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 600 pounds of confectioner’s sugar, 35 pounds of spices, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze were used to make the grand dame of gingerbread houses last year at Disney's Grand Floridian. While there are no gingerbread displays at Disney's Wilderness and Animal Kingdom Lodges, their trees are massive and absolutely spectacular.

Disney World Holiday Events 2018 - Disney's Contemporary Resort Gingerbread House

No matter where you're staying, it's worth a visit to the deluxe resorts during Disney World holiday events.This is easiest to do by car, but you can also use Disney transportation to get there. And be sure to book a Disney resort hotel for the holidays before it's too late!

By car: Head to Disney's Polynesian Resort (you can park for free for up to two hours). From there, take the monorail or walk to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Hop to Magic Kingdom, then catch a boat to Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Then, hop back to Magic Kingdom, where you can walk or take the monorail to Disney's Contemporary Resort. From there, hop on the monorail back to the Poly, then drive to Disney's Beach and Yacht Club Resorts. From there, walk to Disney's Boardwalk Inn, then back to your car and over to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Using free Disney transportation: Start at Ticket and Transportation Center, and take the monorail to the Poly. From there, walk or take the monorail to Disney's Grand Floridian. Take the monorail to Disney's Contemporary Resort, and then walk to Magic Kingdom. From there, hop on a boat to Disney's Wilderness Lodge, then take it back to Magic Kingdom. From there, take a bus to the Beach and Yacht Clubs, then walk to the Boardwalk. From there, you can walk or take a boat to Disney's Hollywood Studios and then catch a bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Take the bus back to Magic Kingdom and then hop back to Ticket and Transportation Center.

Finding Santa During Disney World Holiday Events

Be on the lookout for Santa during Disney World holiday events! He or his stand-in, Santa Goofy, will be in the parks starting at the end of November through the end of December. You can catch Santa both at Magic Kingdom (in the courtyard in Town Square where Snow White typically meets) and on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Disney World Holiday Events for 2018 at the Parks

Magic Kingdom Holiday Events for 2018

JINGLE CRUISE

For the past few years, the homesick skippers of the Jungle Cruise have decorated for Disney World holiday events! You'll find plenty of yuletide cheers and punny jokes as you board your boat. You can cruise through the jungle aboard the Jingle Cruise starting early November 2018!

ABC HOLIDAY SPECIALS TAPING

Each year, ABC tapes performances for upcoming Holiday shows throughout Disney World. Dates have yet to be announced, but we'll keep you posted! Last year, the tapings took place in all four parks. Filming does tie up a big portion of the day, keeping many guests off the rides. Expect wait times to go up after filming. Additionally, there is a bit of congestion during this time. Unless it's a priority to be part of the taping, we recommend avoiding them.

MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY

Disney World Holiday Events 2018 - Magic Kingdom Toy Soldiers

It doesn't get any merrier than the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. These Christmas parties have gotten much busier over the last few years. Still, it shouldn't stop you from missing this major holiday event. You can fill your belly with as much cocoa and cookies as you can manage, and see the characters all dressed up in their Christmas finest! Make sure not to miss Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, the Holiday Wishes fireworks show and the Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration castle stage show. Except for the week between Christmas and New Year's, this is the only time you can catch this Christmas entertainment at Magic Kingdom during Disney World holiday events. We've got a whole separate guide just for the party. You'll find tips and the best dates to attend the party. It is a must-read if you're thinking of going!

SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS THROUGH NEW YEAR'S DAY

After the last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the year, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is usually shown daily at Magic Kingdom for general guests. This merry parade is expected to run daily Dec. 23 through 31 at 3:30 p.m. It's just that extra present for everyone celebrating their holiday at the most magical place on Earth!

Epcot Holiday Events for 2018

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS

Those of you wanting to learn more about the different ways that countries around the world celebrate Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanza should visit Epcot International Festival of the Holidays beginning Nov. 18. The holiday traditions of the world's many countries come alive through music and story. You'll find different storytellers performing several times daily and can hear about Pere Noel in France, Julenissen in Norway, La Befana in Italy, Los Tres Reyes in Mexico and Father Christmas in the U.K. Of course, you can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the American Adventure Pavillion. We've got a full guide to Epcot Festival of the Holidays for your planning pleasure.

HOLIDAY KITCHENS AT THE EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS

Food is one of the best things about Disney World holiday events! Snack and sample holiday cuisine from around the world at global marketplaces. Enjoy roast turkey and tender pork loin at American Holiday Table, food and drinks from the Caribbean at Three Kings Feast Marketplace, carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas in Mexico and so much more.

Disney World Holiday Events 2018 - Epcot Candlelight Processional

EPCOT CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL

One of the most joyful Disney World holiday events is the Epcot Candlelight Processional. This annual event pairs celebrity narrators with a full choir and 50-piece orchestra in a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas. It begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 30. The show takes place three times each evening, and it does fill up. If you want guaranteed seating, purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. This includes lunch and/or dinner and a three-course meal or full buffet, depending on the dining location.

HOLIDAY UPDATE TO ILLUMINATIONS

"IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" gets a musical finale, with "Let There Be Peace On Earth" ending the fireworks finale.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Events for 2018

SUNSET SEASON'S GREETINGS

Disney World Holiday Events - Sunset Season's Greetings

Sunset Season's Greetings returns to light up Tinseltown! As snow falls, Sunset Boulevard twinkles and favorite faces come to life. Look above as the billboards begin to move into motion and tell a tale — brought to you by iconic characters sharing their love for the season. Look down to see the Hollywood Tower Hotel come to "light" as it tells the stories of these characters.

"JINGLE BELL, JINGLE BAM!"

Disney World Holiday Events 2018 - Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam

Elves, Wayne and Lanny from ABC's animated special "Prep & Landing," are looking for a missing Santa! A Larger-Than-Life Nighttime Spectacular features scenes from Disney films on the buildings and rooftops of the Chinese Theater. Some of the Disney films included are "Mickey's Christmas Carol," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pluto's Christmas Tree," "Bambi," "Cinderella," Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and more.

Toy Story Land Holiday Fun

As though we weren't already in love with Toy Story Land, now we get to look forward to Christmas-y fun there too! With more info sure to be announced, so far we can expect galactic holiday tunes on Alien Swirling Saucers. Yay!

ECHO LAKE HOLIDAY DECOR

Be on the lookout for the extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water at Echo Lake. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat. SO CUTE.

Be sure to make your way to the back of the park for your Christmas shopping at "It's a Wonderful Shop." The shop offers Christmas and other holiday keepsakes year round.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Holiday Events for 2018

Disney's Animal Kingdom is welcoming new Diwali touches to its Up! A Great Bird Adventure show that we can't wait to check out. As usual, you'll find a beautiful animal-themed tree at its entrance. Mickey and Minnie don their holiday duds at Adventurer's Outpost. You can also find Santa Goofy, Baloo, King Louie, Donald, Chip and Dale around the park in their holidays finest. Stop by Tusker House Restaurant to see the African marketplace made out of gingerbread.

Disney Springs Holiday Events for 2018

HOLIDAYS AT DISNEY SPRINGS

Holidays at Disney Springs will return for its third year. The entertainment, shopping and dining area will be filled with festive decor, fun photo ops and the chance to meet Santa. You'll also find holiday carolers, Toy Soldier stilt walkers and other performers, plus a holiday dance party with a DJ!

Make sure to take a stroll down the Disney Springs Christmas Trail. In the past, the trail showcased 15 decadently decorated, Disney-themed trees. Right outside Once Upon a Toy, you can catch an interactive holiday dance party, partake in some pin trading and watch as a beautiful tree is lit nightly. The event is free to attend.

Are you excited about spending the holidays at Disney World? There are so many Disney World holiday events that you may find it's hard to pack them all in! Still, it's so wonderful to try. Let us know what you are most looking forward to and any questions you have in the comments below!

Related: Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Related: Guide to Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 25, 2018 at 2:53 p.m. Tia Says...

I'm taken my daughter 12/08/2018-12/11/2018 for her birthday and its a surprise! I hope all the Christmas decorations will be up. I haven't been since I was kid and this is my daughter and I first vacation.

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Oct 25, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tia!

No worries, all of the Christmas decor and fun will be in full swing! We recommend checking out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party while you're visiting :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2018 at 1:37 a.m. Tasha Says...

Hi! We are going to Disney from dec. 9-15th. 2018. Do you think this is a good week for crowds? I saw that the calendar suggests going to the parks without extra magic hours, but we already have dining reservations, and I planned for us to visit parks with the extra magic hours. I’m pretty worried it will be so packed now! Do you think since we won’t be there during the busiest week that the crowds won’t be too bad at the park that isn’t recommended? Thank you so much!

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Oct 23, 2018 at 5:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tasha!

As long as you are staying on-site and taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours, that sounds like a great plan to us! Our Crowd Calendar predicts it won't be too busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 19, 2018 at 5:52 a.m. Andrea Says...

Hi there. We will be in Hollywood Studios on November 10th and wondering if it will be possible to catch both Fantasmic and Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam? If not, which would you recommend?

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Oct 26, 2018 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

Since Fantasmic is at 8 p.m. and Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam is at 8:30 p.m., you have to choose to just see one unless visiting for multiple nights. These shows totally just depend on your style, but we do recommend checking out the Christmas entertainment to celebrate the season!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2018 at 4:09 p.m. Kim Says...

Will the first day of decorations at EPCOT

November 18th be more crowded? Trying to beat the Thanksgiving Week crowds.

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Oct 12, 2018 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

Since it is the first day of Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays, it is likely to be a bit busier.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 3, 2018 at 3:05 p.m. Mona Says...

Planning on a 1/1/19-1/6/19 visit. Will all the decorations be up at all the parks and deluxe resorts? There is conflicting information on when stuff comes down. I am happy to read anything official but can't seem to get concrete answers. I'n not as worried about the special Christmas parades or rides, but the sole purpose of the trip is the decorations at Christmas.

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona!

Great question. The park decorations definitely stay up through mid-January, and we would predict the resort decorations to stay up at least through the first week.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2018 at 11 p.m. Jonna Eggl Says...

Will there be any in-depth articles on the holiday doings at Disneyland Resorts?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonna!

It sounds like you might find interest in our Top Five Disney World Resorts at Christmas :) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. Kristen Kocher Says...

Will Anna and Elsa still light up the castle on non party nights? And how different are the fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom in Dec from normal one to MVMCP one?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

Yes, A Frozen Holiday Wish usually takes place nightly on non-party nights as well. The usually nightly fireworks (Happily Ever After) are MUCH different from the Holiday Wishes. Both amazing shows!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. Wendy Says...

I know the parade will be during the day but what time is the Christmas stage show on the week between Christmas and New Years?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

We have heard about the Christmas parade and fireworks sticking around the week between Christmas and New Years, but aren't sure about the stage show. We invite the Frog Pond to chime in if they have answers! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 3:37 p.m. Carrie Says...

In looking at the park hours calendar, it appears that Holiday Wishes is the fireworks show nightly for the week between Christmas and New Year this year (excepting Dec 30-31). Has that been true in other years? We purchased tickets for the last MVMCP of the season to see the parade/show/fireworks (though I knew the parade happened during regular operating hours during Christmas week), and we also had booked the dessert party to see--what I thought would be--Happily Ever After on Dec. 27. Am I correct in assuming that Happily Ever After won't start up again until Jan. 1? Thank you so much!

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

We haven't heard official confirmation, but the Happily Ever After operating calendar implies that you are correct -- it will not be taking place the last week of the year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:02 p.m. Debbie Tubbs Says...

My son is participating in the Disney Boys Soccer Showcase in Orlando, so we will be there 12/24-12/31, and his HS band was invited to march in the Rose Bowl Parade, so we'll be in CA from 12/31-1/4. Are there combo tickets that cover both Disney World and Disneyland since we'll be traveling coast to coast?

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Nov 12, 2018 at 1:06 a.m. Cat Says...

With all those dates you will be there at both parks coast to coast, you may want to buy an annual pass. That would cover all the parks

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Sep 17, 2018 at 11:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

Unfortunately, Disney does not offer any combo ticket options for both Disney World and Disneyland. The good news is, we sell discounted tickets to both!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 2:26 p.m. Scott Mills Says...

We are trying to decide between the week before Thanksgiving and one of the first two weeks of December for our 201 9 trip. Other than the risk of hitting the Star Wars land opening, I am curious about Epcot holiday decorations. Will they all be up the week before Thanksgiving or is it safer to wait until the December weeks? Thanks!

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Sep 17, 2018 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

We imagine all of Epcot's holiday decor will be on display in time for the first day of Festival of the Holidays on November 18. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 11:04 a.m. mike Says...

I arrive in Florida on the 1 of January. Will any of the decorations still be up or any of the events on?

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Yes, many of the decorations will still be up!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. Steve Says...

We arrive in Florida on 2nd January. Will any of the decorations still be up or any of the events on?

Many thanks

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Sep 7, 2018 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

The seasonal special events will no longer be taking place, but you're likely to see a good amount of holiday decor!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. STEPHANIE J SUMMERS Says...

im looking for info on rides during the special mickeys very merry xmas event. I see lots of info on shows and parades, are there any rides open?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

You can check out our Very Merry Guide for info on what rides were open last year. We'll update once they're confirmed for this year as well!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2018 at 11:28 p.m. Ted Jennings Says...

No questions, just a comment. We have been to WDW 50 times and have planned trip #51 for 1/5/19 to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. But, this time we will stay a couple of nights in the Polynesian Bungalows (and not do any parks, using all of our VC points - hehe), then cruising to Nassau on RCL.. But, my comment for your readers is this: we have purchased tickets from you (and other vendors) in the past; and, I just want to say that you have done the best job of any company that we have contacted. Thanks.

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Aug 25, 2018 at 2:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ted!

Your positive feedback made our day! We're so hoppy we can help you make magical memories and appreciate you taking the time to reach out. Enjoy your next adventure, and happy anniversary :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:41 p.m. Patricia Says...

Is there regular parade and fireworks on dec. 19, 2018? There is no very merry Christmas party on that day

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patricia!

The entertainment schedule has not been confirmed yet for December, but we don't see any reason why there wouldn't be usual fireworks and entertainment on this date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2018 at 2:57 a.m. Manda Says...

Hi, 3 quick questions - what time does Sunset Seasons Greetings usually start? Is MVMCP merchandise only available for purchase during the party? Are the Christmas trees at Disney Springs in one area or spread out all over?

Thanks!! Can't wait for Christmas at Disney!!!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Sunset Seasons Greetings takes place throughout the night after the sun goes down. While general Christmas merchandise is available at all times, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise is available exclusively during the party. The Disney Springs Christmas trees are located all together in a trail!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2018 at 7:01 p.m. Lauren Brown Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip in November with two Magic Kingdom days. We plan to do MVMCP one of those days. We selected 11/25 as well for our second MK day, but that is also a party day so the hours are only 9-6pm. Is it worth it to go that day for the lower crowd level, or should we select another day with longer hours? Thank you for the help!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

We recommend going on another day without a party so that you can catch the regular nightly fireworks. Happily Ever After is our favorite!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2018 at 12:59 a.m. Melissa Says...

What park is the best to go to on Christmas Day? Does Christmas Day have special events etc?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

The least-crowded park is usually Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom offers special holiday entertainment (usually including Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade!) but can reach capacity early in the day, so be sure to arrive ahead of park open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2018 at 11:06 p.m. Maria G. Says...

Will there be a fireworks show during Christmas week?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Of course! Unless something out of the ordinary comes up, Disney typically has fireworks shows every night at each of its four parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 18, 2018 at 2:35 a.m. Miranda Says...

Hi! How early do the special events start happening at Hollywood studios? Does the mickeys very merry Christmas party always start around the 9th. We are planning a trip in 2020 (eek! Forever away!) from October 29-November 7/8th. Just wonder what the chances will be for attending the party as well as seeing the special stuff at Hollywood studios.

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miranda!

We can't be sure about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. The past few years, it has started on or around November 8. To help you remain optimistic, Disney does love adding additional party dates each year, so perhaps it'll start sooner once 2020 rolls around. Don't lose hope! Just keep an eye on our posts for date announcements as soon as they come up. :)

The festivities at Hollywood Studios have started in mid- to late-November the past couple of years, so chances are slim you'll catch those. However, you may be able to spot some decorations!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 28, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. Suzanne Says...

Is the Christmasparade after mickeys christmas party only at day time?

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Jun 28, 2018 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzanne,

The parade is shown exclusively during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party up until about a week before Christmas. During that time, it is usually shown during the daytime!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Cinthia Says...

Hello, I have a question, to attend the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, is it necessary to buy an admission ticket and admission to the activity?

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Jun 15, 2018 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cinthia!

No - your Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ticket gets you into the park AND the event, so it's all you need!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 4, 2018 at 4:03 p.m. Lisa Says...

We finally made our plans for Christmas at Disney... We are only planning on doing Magic kingdom and Epcot (week between Christmas and New Years). Which are the best days to visit those 2 parks.

and should we do either on New Years Eve?

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Jun 4, 2018 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

You can read all about how Disney rang in the New Year last year to help with your planning, and check out our Crowd Calendar for a good idea of how busy it will be this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2018 at 10:23 a.m. Robin Says...

When will the 2018 holiday schedule be posted? We will be there the week of Dec 2nd and are eager to start planning around parades, special events, shows, etc. We also want to make restaurants reservations (any must see/eat for the holidays?). Thank you for this helpful post!

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May 23, 2018 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

Beginning almost immediately after Halloween, all of the Disney World parks and hotels are decorated for Christmas. We recommend visiting the Grand Floridian Hotel to see the life-size gingerbread house and eat gingerbread! If you'll be here the first week of December, you'll be able to experience all of the holiday magic such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Epcot's Festival of the Holidays with Candlelight Processional.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2018 at 5:58 p.m. Sara Says...

Hi! I'm curious if all dates for the Very Merry Christmas party sold out in the past. We are looking into going a couple weeks before Christmas but haven't firmed our plans yet. I didn't know if there's a warning that tickets on certain days are almost gone...

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May 17, 2018 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara,

Tickets definitely do tend to sell out quickly, so we recommend buying when you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 14, 2018 at 2:13 a.m. Jillian Says...

What date does Elsa usually start lighting the castle at night?

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May 14, 2018 at 6:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jillian!

It's usually for the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the year -- this year, it falls on Nov. 8.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 25, 2018 at 4:55 p.m. Lyndsay Says...

We will be at Magic Kingdom on Dec 21. Buying tickets for the day AND tickets to Mickey's Merry Christmas part isn't in the budget. If we just go for the day will there by any fireworks before the park closes? Or will the fireworks only be during the Christmas party?

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Apr 26, 2018 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lyndsay,

In order to see the fireworks on party days, you'll have to purchase a party ticket and stay for the party. Otherwise, you won't see any fireworks before the park closes for the party!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 20, 2018 at 11:57 p.m. alecia Says...

Hi, we are going to Disney the week before Thanksgiving. Would Thursday or Friday be best to go to the Very Merry Christmas Party or does it matter that week?

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alecia,

A Thursday will most likely be less crowded than a Friday would be! We would recommend going on Thursday, but according to our Crowd Calendar, there doesn't seem to be too much of a difference, so go when is best for you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 25, 2018 at 3:49 p.m. Lesley Says...

When will you have a list of events for Disneyworld Christmas 2018? We just made our reservations and would love to start planning!

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Jan 25, 2018 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesley,

Dates and details for the holiday events at Disney World are usually announced in the spring sometime. We'll update our post as soon as details are released!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 25, 2017 at 3:37 p.m. Barb Says...

When is the taping of the 2018 Disney Christmas parade?

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Dec 28, 2017 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barb,

The taping changes each year, but it is typically held in late November or early December.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Dec 16, 2017 at 1:53 p.m. Michelle Smith Says...

If not staying at Disney resort can you use Disney transportation to go see resorts Christmas decor?

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Dec 19, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, you can still use the Disney transportation to hop around the resorts and see the decor! This post will help you out with some tips.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2017 at 9:48 p.m. venetia varelli Says...

do you know until which day the disney magic kingdom will have the Christmas decoration and lights?Is it going to be including 6 January

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Dec 6, 2017 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The Christmas decorations stay up until around mid-January, usually!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 27, 2017 at 3:39 p.m. Jamie Burkett Says...

Hi do you know which date in January the decorations in Disney Springs will come down?

Thanks

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Nov 29, 2017 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

The last day of Holidays at Disney Springs is on January 7, 2018. The decorations will be coming down after that.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 10, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. Victoria Berry Says...

Hello! Do you know if the gingerbread houses are likely to be up next week? Or do they go up later?

Thanks!

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Nov 14, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Victoria,

Many of the Disney resorts' holiday displays are up. The gigantic gingerbread house at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be up starting November 15!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 8, 2017 at midnight Laura Says...

Hi, I'm already planning for Christmas & NY 2018-2019. Do the regular shows like Fantasmic run during the holiday season too? And how would you rate the special dining options- dessert parties etc. Are they worth the money for a once in a lifetime trip?

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Nov 15, 2017 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Yes, you'll be able to see Fantasmic during the holiday season. And as for the special dining options, it all depends on what your priorities and budget are! If you don't mind spending the extra cash to get the dessert premium package and shows are a huge priority, then it would be a good option to consider. If not, then save the money and spend it elsewhere.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2017 at 8:02 p.m. Emily Says...

Last year when we visited in November, they were taping many Christmas concerts and there was a stage set up in front of the Castle. Do you know if that is happening again this year?

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Oct 14, 2017 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

We have not heard if that's happening this year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2017 at 2:18 a.m. Laura Smiley Says...

Does Santa visit some Disney resorts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? I thought I saw some pictures of this last year. We may be staying on property in a deluxe resort for Christmas. But before I decide on that, I am wondering what special Christmas activities are available at the resorts, specifically Wilderness Lodge. Thank you!

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Sep 25, 2017 at 7:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

We're not aware of Santa visiting the resorts. All the resorts will have decorations and displays, but nothing in the way of special activities. This year's holiday information is not out yet so there could be new additions.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 22, 2015 at 4:03 p.m. Heather Smith-Queler Says...

It would really mean a lot if I could get an address to mail a special letter and a couple pictures to regarding the theme park/Christmas/ special family...... Thanks Heather

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Nov 24, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Looks like you are missing a word or two here. Could you clarify?

Keep hopping!

Leap

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