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Though there’s magic to be found all over the place during the holiday season, nowhere compares to Walt Disney World. For decades Walt Disney World has been raising the bar in terms of decor, themed shows, experiences, and all around holiday awe. It’s every child and adults dream-come-true, and you should absolutely plan a trip during the holiday season to experience it!


Disney World for the Holidays

Walt Disney World is large and it can be challenging to keep track of everything available to enjoy during the holidays. If you find this to be the case, worry not! We’ve got you covered with this quick guide. Here’s what’s happening in Walt Disney World this holiday season:

Jingle Cruise

Magic Kingdom


What is normally the Jungle Cruise ride, transforms into the Jingle Cruise ride, instead. Enjoy the classic ride but with a special holiday twist. This is one of the only rides to be themed for the holidays, at the park.

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Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

A Frozen Holiday Wish Show

Magic Kingdom


Every single evening, Queen Elsa uses her powers to gift the entire kingdom the beautiful sight of Cinderella Castle transformed into a glittering ice palace. She’s assisted by her sister Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff. It’s such a sight it may leave you with chills of excitement.

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Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas Parade

Magic Kingdom November


Affectionately known as one of the best parades at WDW, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas Parade is one of the most classic holiday offerings to enjoy. Merry music, dancing characters dressed in winter attire, a trimmed tree with Mickey and Minnie alongside it, and float to enjoy.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

Holiday Wishes Firework Show

Magic Kingdom


Fireworks as you’ve never seen them before. Everyday year-round there are fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, but once the holidays roll around the Holiday Wishes show takes over and believe us when we say it doesn’t look real. It’s so utterly spectacular, you’ll feel as though it’s Christmas every moment of the show.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Hollywood Studios

November 6 – January 6

Some may refer to this show as a fireworks spectacle, but it’s actually a mixed media show, still spectacular, though! It happens each night as a projection on Grauman’s Chinese Theater. You can expect lasers, lights, fireworks, special effects, all coordinated with an incredible soundtrack.

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Candlelight Processional at EPCOT

November 22 – December 30


Treat your ears to the sounds of a 50-piece orchestra and a massive choir. Over the course of the experience, you’ll hear the Christmas story told by an array of celebrity narrators.

Free Holiday Attractions at Disney Springs

Everything listed above can only be enjoyed within the Walt Disney World Parks, meaning a ticket is required. There are some complimentary sights and experiences to enjoy at Disney Springs, though, including:

-Christmas Tree Trail – A trail of 25 trees, each themed and decorated differently.
-Holiday Carolers
-Nightly Toy Dance Party
-Great Holiday Shopping – As you might expect, Disney during the holidays means even more shopping! Disney Springs is free to visit, but be sure to budget for all the wonderful things to buy.

Alright holiday enthusiasts, does it sound as though Walt Disney World has enough to satiate your desire for holiday magic?! There’s so much to enjoy and take in during this time of year, we know you’ll have an incredible trip. Stay within close proximity to the parks, while also having a peaceful and less-crowded resort to relax in, in between adventures. Find such a place right here at The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando! Rejuvenate at our pool and water park, spread out in our spacious suites, and utilize our knowledgeable staff to plan your Disney strategy further.

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