We know ... you're all still mourning the departure of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, which was the main holiday event taking place at Disney's Hollywood Studios for so many years. We are, too! Luckily, Hollywood Studios has really stepped up its Christmas game recently to bring Christmas joy and fun throughout the entire park.
From now until Jan. 5, 2020, the special entertainment at Disney's Hollywood Studios will capture all of the magic of the holidays with a fun, modern twist, featuring some of your favorite characters. The holiday nighttime spectacular, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, ends a fun-filled day with a festive finale. We're here to share all of the hoppin' happiness available for your enjoyment during the holiday season at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Enjoying Disney's Hollywood Studios Holiday Lights and Festivities
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Hollywood Studios
In Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, Santa's gone missing from the North Pole! Elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC's animated special "Prep & Landing" are called in to help. The holiday spectacular features memorable moments from Disney films such as "Mickey's Christmas Carol," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pluto's Christmas Tree," "Bambi," "Cinderella," Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and more, which come alive on the buildings and rooftops. In addition to the projections, there are special laser effects, pyrotechnics, an original score and, yes, even snow! The fireworks spectacular takes place in the Chinese Theater courtyard.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party
While there is plenty of room to see the show from multiple locations, there is a reserved viewing area for guests of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party. Starting at $53 per child and $89 per adult, the party also includes holiday desserts and specialty alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks at Echo Lake. Dessert Party attendees also get to mingle with a VIP Disney character and a pair of 3D HoloSpex glasses — which create holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on the bright points of light — for the show. You can book online, but you might have better luck by calling 407-WDW-DINE for reservations. Let us know in the comments if you snag a reservation!
Best Places to Experience Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney's Hollywood Studios
As we've mentioned in our tips for viewing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, the areas around Hollywood Boulevard and Center Stage become crowded very quickly ahead of the show. To get a viewing spot in this area, you will need to arrive early! During the week of Christmas up until the last day of the show, we would recommend arriving at least 45 minutes early for one of these prime spots. If you don't mind not having the perfect view, you can arrive later for the locations further back on Hollywood Boulevard, or left or right of the stage. If you'll be coming from Fantasmic!, expect a traffic jam of sorts. We recommend following Sunset Boulevard up to Hollywood Boulevard, then the path over near Min & Bill's Dockside Diner.
Even if you're not planning to attend Fantasmic!, if you want to see Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, you should be in place for it at least a half hour before the Fantasmic! showing so you can find your spot before Fantasmic! lets out. There are some dates where Fantasmic! will be during or after the show, so that presents more tough decisions if you are torn between the two.
This year, we found a spot about a half hour early, but then it started to rain about 10 minutes before the show! However, it was a light rain, and we stuck it out — but other frog families didn't, so we were able to get closer to the Chinese Theater. As long as there isn't lightning or thunder in the area (and you don't mind getting a little wet from the sprinkling rain), the show goes on!
Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney's Hollywood Studios
You know it's the holiday season when the Tower of Terror turns into The Hollywood Toy Hotel. Sunset Seasons Greetings lights up Sunset Boulevard with dazzling projections and more falling "snow" on both the street's billboards and the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Holiday scenes featuring Mickey, Minnie, Olaf, Woody, Buzz and more come to life with lasers and tons of captivating color. This show takes place intermittently most nights, so it's perfect to catch in passing on your way to or from Rock 'n' Roller Coaster or visiting Santa Claus.
Meeting Santa at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Santa Claus can be found meeting at Once Upon a Time on Sunset Boulevard so your tadpoles can tell the big man himself what they want for Christmas. (But if they're already at Disney World, what more can they ask for?) While waiting in line, the tadpoles can write a letter to Santa and prepare their Christmas wish list! This is the perfect spot for a traditional Christmas photo and classic fun. Santa is available throughout the day, but he takes regularly scheduled breaks to check on his reindeer. You can find his appearance times through the My Disney Experience app by clicking on the map and selecting the "Characters" category at the top (the default is "Wait Times").
Minnie's Holiday Dine
Hollywood and Vine is home to a character dining buffet, and the best part is that the characters dress for the season! You can catch Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and more dressed in their adorable holiday finest as you chow down on some yummy food. (Characters are subject to change.)
Toy Story Land Holiday Fun
Andy's backyard is also decked out with all of the trimmings. Buzz typically wears a Santa hat for his meet and greet, while Woody, Jessie and Bo Peep swap their usual outfits for some red and green swag. Lily even spotted mistletoe on Woody's hat! The green army men also don cheerful holiday scarves, as they pick out people from the crowd and cast members to help them on missions around the land.
You can find a giant sugar cookie of Hamm (propped up by a green army man, of course), as well as giant popcorn garland on Woody's Lunch Box. Galactic holiday tunes play on Alien Swirling Saucers, and Slinky Dog Dash has some seasonal audio as well ... it's almost as if Slinky Dog is wearing sleigh bells! Who needs Rudolph? And Rex has antlers of his own ;)
Hollywood Studios holidays (formerly known as Hollywood Studios Flurry of Fun) is one of our favorite Christmas celebrations, especially since it tends to be a bit calmer on most days. This truly helps to warm your heart, even if the Florida heat has taken care of that already. Speaking of which, be sure to catch the "snowfall" on Hollywood Boulevard in the evenings!
Have question about Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney's Hollywood Studios or any of the Walt Disney World holiday events? Share them in comments below! Ready to visit this holiday season? Pick the best dates to visit using our Orlando Crowd Calendar. Check out our Orlando planning timeline for a stress-free family vacation.