Why You Must Visit WDW During the Holidays!

Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey

A Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey & Minnie

We’ve got a trip planned to WDW on Nov. 8 – Nov. 15, 2014 to see all the holiday decor and events.  We’ve also got tickets for MVMCP on Friday night, November 14th! 🙂

Here are some of the things on our WDW to-do list:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This is one of those “hard-ticket” events that are not included in your theme park admission. Held on select nights November 7th through December 19, 2014 at the Magic Kingdom, this phenomenal celebration includes special stage performances, seasonal treats, streaming holiday music, dance parties with Disney characters, a jolly parade and a breathtaking fireworks show! And to top all that off, as night settles into the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Castle will transform into a twinkling Dream Lights ice castle from Frozen before your very eyes.

At the Cinderella Castle In our Christmas holiday ears!

At the Cinderella Castle in our Christmas holiday Mickey ears!

Candlelight Processional

Epcot is downright brimming with beauty in the winter. The Candlelight Processional is a feast for your eyes and a glorious celebration for your ears combining a full orchestra and mass choir all taking the stage to create a Christmas tree-like display of singing carolers. There is always a celebrity guest narrator who brings to life the Christmas story from the Bible.  Held nightly through November 28th-December 30, 2014.

This year, an exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few all-new to the Candlelight Processional—are set to lend their voices, including:

Jodi Benson: November 28 and 29, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris: November 30 to December 2, 2014

Jonathan Groff (NEW!): December 3 and 4, 2014

Whoopi Goldberg: December 5 and 6, 2014

TBD December 7 to December 8, 2014

TBD December 9 to December 11, 2014

Joe Morton: December 12 to December 14, 2014

Chita Rivera: December 15 to December 17, 2014

Ana Gasteyer: (NEW!) December 18 to December 20, 2014

Marlee Matlin: December 21 to December 23, 2014

Isabella Rossellini: December 24 and 25, 2014

Blair Underwood: December 26 and 27, 2014

Steven Curtis Chapman: December 28 to December 30, 2014



The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Millions of glittering lights are perfectly synchronized to holiday-inspired tunes on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Grab yourself spiced eggnog at one of the carts or some cinnamon roasted nuts and take your time strolling along and enjoying the season with your friends and family!  Held nightly November 7, 2014 – January 04, 2015.

Gingerbread (2)Holiday Displays at the Parks and Resorts

Prepare yourself for delightful holiday decorations with huge decorated Christmas trees and gingerbread houses and displays at each and every Walt Disney World Resort during November, December, and into the first week of January 2015.

Days of Christmas at Downtown Disney

Days of Christmas at Downtown Disney

Seasonal Merchandise

The merchandise Disney offers in the months leading up to the holidays are wonderfully unique.  From holiday-themed sweaters to gorgeous snow globes to doormats, there is something for everyone at the gift shops!

Seasonal Foods and Drinks

The seasonal offerings of food and beverages alone are worth coming to Disney World in November and December!  Disney serves up some seriously yummy, traditional, seasonal grub at every theme park and resort. Epcot’s World Showcase features food and drink items such as pecan maple bark in Canada, hot applejack cider in the United Kingdom, and savory turkey or sweet potato casserole WAFFLES at the Promenade. You can sip delicious and various-flavored hot chocolates throughout the Disney property, as well as eggnogs in many flavors! You can also grab deliciously authentic gingerbread cookies at any resort or theme park as well.

Holidays around the World Showcase in Epcot

There’s no better way to experience and learn about the unique holiday traditions than to stroll along Epcot’s World Showcase in the months of November and December! Each country will have a storyteller that will captivate you with tales of lore from their heritage and traditional customs held during the Christmas season. Epcot’s Illuminations: Reflections on Earth gets an additional 4-minute extended holiday-themed finale, “With Peace on Earth.”


Unless you live for extreme heat and humidity, Florida weather in the late fall is just about perfect!  Daytime highs in the mid-70s, nighttime lows in the 50s, with much less of a chance of rain than in the summertime.  Pleasant, sunny days with low humidity abound in November and December!

Smaller Crowds

The first three weeks of November and the first three weeks of December are actually low, “off season” times with low crowd forecasts for the theme parks!  Imagine parking in-close, no ride wait times, the ability to get reservations at your favorite Disney restaurant or resort…all of this is possible in those 6 weeks!  Sounds wonderful to us!! 🙂

(adapted from Disney Fanatic)

We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. Published by Theme Park Press.

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