2012 Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!! I know….really…..it’s only August, but the Holiday season is actually just around the corner.  What better place to get into or enjoy the Holiday Season then at Walt Disney World. This article will give you some information on all the Holiday events that are taking part at WDW. Lets’ us start at EPCOT, where alot is going on:

 

The Holidays Around the World:

From November 23-Decemer 3oth all throughout World Showcase, storytellers from each country will be sharing their customs and lore from their heritage.  Here is a list of storytellers for each country. The list of storytellers could change as this is from a previous year.

A Christmas Journey           Canada

Father Christmas                  United Kingdom

Pere Noel                                France

Taarji                                      Morocco

Daruma Vendor                     Japan

Santa & Mrs. Claus               The American Adventure

Hanukkah                              The American Adventure

Kwanzaa                                The American Adventure

La Befana                               Italy

A Christmas Wish                 Germany

The Monkey King                  China

Merry Mischief                      Norway

Los Tres Reyes Magos          Mexico

 

Next is my FAVORITE…..

The Candlelight Processional

All I can say about this incredible telling story of Christmas is it is a MUST!!! You have a celebrity narrator, a mass choir choir, and a 50-piece orchestra all set facing Spaceship Earth. And alittle more information is that in the choir are actual castmembers that go thru auditions to be able to perform for this show. The shows are at 5pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:15 pm nightly from November 23rd-December 30th. Seating is limited and lines are long, but you can purchase a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package and that will assist you in getting a seat in the American Gardens Pavillion. Reservations are currently open for a dinner package and I can assist you with that, so contact me for more information.  Here are the CURRENT list of narrators, which is subject to change:

11/23-11/25        Geena Davis

11/26-11/29        Neil Patrick Harris

11/30-12/1           Whoopi Goldberg

12/2-12/4            Andy Garcia

12/5-12/7             TBD

12/8-12/9            James Denton

12/10-12/13         Jodi Benson

12/14-12/16         Olivia Newton-John

12/17-12/19          TBD

12/20-12/22         Trace Adkins

12/23-12/25          Gary Sinse

12/26-12/28          Amy Grant

12/29-12/30          Marlee Matlin

What an impressive line-up and there is 2 more spots still to be filled.  I will keep you posted on who fills those spots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s move over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios now…….

Probably one of the most popular events….

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

This Christmas light tradition started in 1986 by businessman Jennings Osborne in Arkansas. He started with just 1000 lights as a Christmas gift to his daughter, with each year him adding more lights. In 1995, he transported his display to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it entertains and mesmerizes thousands of guest each year. Unfortunately, Mr. Jennings passed away on July of 2011, but Disney keeps his tradition going and will continue to keep it going and growing yearly.  The light display is from November 9th- January 4th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now to see how the animals plan to spend the holidays….

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom the holiday season is celebrated with tons of decorations and Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade. The parade gets a holiday make-over and holiday music. You can also visit Santa Goofy daily for photos at Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village.

 

Now over to the park that started it all…..

The Magic Kingdom

Not only is Main Street decorated like crazy, but select nights throughout the holiday season Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is presented. Another event that was just added recently is the Castle Dream Lights. The Castle Dream Lights happen nightly throughout the holiday season. Each night Cinderella Castle is magically transformed into an ice palace with over 200,000 white lights. Cinderella and some of your favorite Disney characters, all decked out in holiday gear, sing and dance as the magically transform the castle over.

What time is the 3 o’clock parade. Well, the 3 o’clock parade gets a holiday make-over and becomes Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.  The parade is festive and very colorful with all the music being original music just for the parade.  And everyone’s favorite….the Wooden Soldiers march down Main Street.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

This is a special ticket event that EVERYONE must do at least once! The magic starts when you enter under the train station and walk onto Main Street. As you look towards the castle, the holiday music fills your ears and you realize that ……is it really snowing? Yes it is. Along with most of your favorite Magic Kingdom rides being opened, you can catch two showings of the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, a special holiday edition of “Wishes”, free holiday sugar cookies and cocoa, character dance parties, a totally Tomorrowland Christmas show, celebrate the season show, and meet and greets with your favorite Disney characters dressed up in holiday attire.  The party runs from 7 pm until 12 am.

 

The dates and prices are as follows:

November               Pre-Purchase                 Day of the Party

9,12,15,27,29           $62.90 adult              $70.90  adult

$57.60 child(3-9)
$65.30 child(3-9)

December 2,4,9,11,13,16,18

$62.90 adult
$70.90  adult

$57.60 child(3-9)
$65.30 child(3-9)

November 16,30

$70.90  adult
$65.30 child(3-9)

December 7,14,20

$70.90  adult
$65.30 child(3-9)

December 21

$71.47 adult
$65.68 child(3-9)

And at all the Disney Resorts….

Each resort has a Christmas Tree that is decorated with ornaments that represent the theme of the hotel. Each tree is unique and a delight to find and tree to identify all the ornaments.  Also, over at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the famous, yummy sugar shack of a life-size gingerbread house is open and on display. My wife and I enjoy visiting all the resorts to see all the different holiday decorations. We LOVE the carousel at the Yacht and Beach club and the gingerbread “village” that is typically on display outside of Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

So as you start planning your holiday happenings, you can see a trip to Walt Disney World makes the holiday very Magical. Allow us at Love the Mouse Travel assist you in making your Holidays MAGICAL and unforgettable.

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