The holiday season at Disney’s theme parks and resorts is filled with delights for food fans!
And when you pre-order the 2015 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays right now, you’ll receive the 2014 edition immediately, for free. We’ve compiled many years of Disney holiday experience so that you don’t miss a single treat, holiday meal, event, or activity. It will include NEW events and holiday happenings for 2015, over 200 photos, an events calendar, and an informative FAQ section!
As the resorts turn visions of gingerbread houses into life-size creations, guests walking into the hotels are greeted first by the memorable aroma that conjures up memories of long-ago Christmas mornings. Then there’s chocolate and icing decor to be admired too!
The Disney shops tempt us with seasonal merchandise and treats previously only seen in our candied dreams. When the Main Street Confectionery begins to offer Peppermint Fudge, it’s time to linger even longer — to watch and to indulge!
For another Disney Food Blog Christmas, we strive to capture the spirit of the holiday:
Walt Disney World Dining Planning for the Holidays
There are plenty of Disney holiday events and details for the food lover in Disney World. For Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, guests can expect specialty menus and holiday meals at many Disney restaurants. For restaurants serving Holiday Meals, see our Holiday Menu Page.
Here’s what you can expect for Christmas Options in Disney World:
- Restaurants that are often closed will be open during this busy season. For example, look for Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom to be serving.
- Buffets such as the Biergarten in Epcot will have holiday menu options.
- Many restaurants will have holiday meals on the menu. For example, at the Grand Floridian, the Grand Floridian Cafe will add a special entree to the regular menu.
For information on every single Disney World restaurant holiday option, treat yourself to the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2015!
For more ideas, check out our reader-suggested restaurants for Christmas in Disney World! Plus our readers have chimed in on their favorite spots for Thanksgiving meals in WDW! And see our Holiday Menu Page!!
Holiday Treats at Walt Disney Word
Watch here for our first look at some holiday-themed treats popping up on Disney Property.
2015 Seasonal Treats in Epcot:
Check out new and returning treats at Holidays Around the World!
2014 Treats included:
Holiday Waffle: This year’s Turkey Waffle will feature a sweet potato waffle filled with roast turkey and green bean casserole.
Hot Holiday Twinings Teas: Chai; Pumpkin Spice Chai; Christmas; Pure Mint Tea with Chocolate (Specialty Beverage)
Flavored Hot Chocolates: Toasted Marshmallow; Salted Caramel; Peanut Butter;Traditional
Flavored Hot Ciders: Toasted Marshmallow; Hazelnut; Traditional; Spiced Cider with Frangelico Liqueur
Popcorn cart – Pecan Maple Bark
Beer Cart – Hot Applejack Cider (a hot mulled cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices)
Kabuki Cafe – Teriyaki Chicken Karaage (Bite-sized Boneless Pieces with Teriyaki Sauce)
Sugar and Spice Bake Shop – Fresh baked: Gingerbread Men; Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Sugar Cookies; Hot Chocolate; Apple Cider and Peppermint Bark; Sparkling Wines, Cocoa Candy Cane (Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps topped with Whipped Cream)
Bueno Festa – Hot Chocolate with Caffé Espresso Liqueur; Limoncello Spritzer; Rosa Regale; Prosecco; San Angelo Pinot Grigio; Brunello di Montalcino; Limoncello; and Sambuca
Gelato Stand – Panettone (a sweet bread loaf); sweet moscato wine; hot chocolate.
While shopping at the Christmas Market, sip Gluhwein by the glass for some warm holiday cheer!
Delicious spots that are likely to return this year:
Nuts About the Holidays: Get cinnamon-glazed pecans and almonds at park kiosks and on the Boardwalk.
BoardWalk Bakery: Keep an eye out for holiday treats.
Contempo Cafe: Look for holiday-themed cupcakes in the bakery case.
Shopping for specialty holiday items is part of the seasonal fun. Take a look at some great merchandise for your Disney World holiday shopping lists!
Disney World Gingerbread Displays and Activities
There are wonderfully aromatic and gorgeous gingerbread displays under construction this year at the Contemporary Resort, BoardWalk Resort, Beach Club Resort, Grand Floridian, Epcot, and more!
Don’t forget that you can actually purchase pre-made gingerbread houses and other gingerbread and holiday treats at many of the gingerbread displays!
Collectible Gingerbread House Pins: Every year, Disney releases trading pins commemorating their Gingerbread House displays. You can see a limited edition gingerbread house pin from last year here!
Events and Experiences
There are lots of incredible events for food lovers that take place in Disney parks during the festive season. Be sure to check out our DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2015!
Here are a few of the magical experiences you can expect while in Disney during the holidays:
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This exciting event is absolutely memorable! Join Mickey and all his friends for a magical evening in the Magic Kingdom! Indulge in sugar cookies and hot chocolate to your heart’s content, then watch as Santa parades down Main Street in his beautiful sleigh while the snow (yes, SNOW!) comes down all around you. Take a look at 2014’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party treats!
This is a hard-ticket event, which means Disney sells a limited amount of tickets per party. In 2015, it’s offered on select dates November 8 – December 18. Tickets range from $74 to $82 plus tax for adults; $69-$77 plus tax for kids 3-9. Buy your tickets in advance for the best savings!
Holidays Around the World Entertainment
Epcot celebrates the holidays season from November 27 – December 30, 2015. Visit the countries around World Showcase to learn traditions and customs from around the globe. Learn about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa customs, hear the tale of Italy’s kind witch La Befana, see the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A returning favorite is “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.
Stop by Mexico for the musical performance — Fiesta de Navidad — featuring dancers, mariachis, and traditional songs. In Morocco, a storyteller takes guests on a journey celebrating the festivals and traditions that create a “spice of life”. At the China pavilion, the vibrancy of a Chinese Lion Dance honors the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.
Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional Dining Packages
This is one of the most incredible events of the year, and the Dining Packages make it easy for you to get reserved seating!
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
With a cup of hot cocoa or spiked egg nog, stroll slowly through this impressive display of holiday lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Set to music, the lights appear to dance while snow magically falls!
Look for specialty treats — cupcakes, cookies, and more!
Frozen Holiday Premium Package
In 2014, this VIP Frozen Holiday package included reserved viewing in the Premiere Theater for the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and a reserved location (at the end of Streets of America) for the magical Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Plus, specialty alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic beverages, and Frozen-themed desserts. We hope it returns this year.
Cookie Decorating and Crafts
Many of the resorts offer cookie decorating to small guests. After all, just because you’re on vacation, why should you miss one of the seasons most beloved traditions? Guests of Disney’s Beach Club Resort can enjoy decorating cookies with a big dose of icing during the weekends. Just be sure to confirm time and location with the concierge.
Likewise, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels offer cookie decorating frequently throughout the holidays, with a schedule that alternates between the Swan and Dolphin lobbies
Special Holiday Music Performances
Holiday music is always a great way to set the mood for a festive celebration. And at Disney World during the winter holidays, you’re bound to find lots of talented musicians sharing joyful cheer!
Many of the Deluxe resorts will feature carolers throughout the season. You’re likely to see them at the Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club.
In addition, the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra often provides jazz renditions of holiday favorites.
You will also find carolers strolling the “streets” of Downtown Disney throughout the season. And On the Marketplace Dock Stage, watch for school choir groups singing festive songs.
Visits with Characters and Santa Claus
But it would hardly be Christmas for the little ones without a visit from Santa Claus. While you can spy him at various places throughout the parks and at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, he’s also available to hear your Christmas wishes at other spots. Downtown Disney hosts both Santa and Santa Goofy!
Holiday times are so busy that Disney pulls out all the stops to entertain the large number of guests. It’s quite common throughout Christmas week to find character meet and greets at Deluxe Resorts! Really — can you imagine anything more enchanting than Christmas Minnie and Mickey? Be sure to check with the concierge for more information on appearance times.
And you’ll also spy the big guy in front of his Tiki Hut at the Swan and Dolphin — perfect for a Florida Santa photo op. This year, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be hanging out by their Florida tiki hut on the following dates:
November 27 and 28
December 3, 4, 5, and 6
December 10, 11, 12, and 13
December 17, 18, 19, and 20
New Year’s Eve Dining Options
Epcot’s World ShowPlace Pavilion: A dining event geared toward the whole family returns in 2015. Once again, the event will feature buffet dining set to classic Disney music.
Monsieur Paul in Epcot’s France Pavilion: Three dining events will be offered on New Year’s Eve.
Nochevieja at La Hacienda de San Angel: Live Mariachi music, premium tequilas, and terrific indoor views of Illuminations are all hallmarks of the New Year’s Eve celebration dinner at Epcot’s La Hacienda de San Angel.
Le Cellier: Toast the evening with a souvenir champagne flute with the Le Cellier logo. Three holiday seatings will be offered.
California Grill: Once again, California Grill will host an 8PM dine-around style dinner along with Disney characters and a spectacular fireworks view atop the Contemporary Hotel. $625 per person, tax and gratuity included.
Narcoossee’s: This waterside restaurant at the Grand Floridian will host two dinner seatings on New Year’s Eve.
Il Mulino: A prix-fixe Italian dinner will be served at Il Mulino New York Trattoria in Disney World’s Swan Hotel throughout New Year’s Eve with seatings from 7:15-11:00PM.
Holiday Options at On-Property Hotels
Disney and non-Disney owned hotels on Walt Disney World property have an assortment of holiday options.
Featuring an entire calendar filled with holiday activities, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel celebrates the season with two special guest hosts – Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Holiday happenings are also taking place at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Or stop by the new Four Seasons Resort to see how the hotel decorates for their second Christmas season.
Tables in Wonderland
Keep an eye out for holiday events for Tables in Wonderland members!
Disney Foodie Gift Ideas:
Just like last year, we’ll be bringing you inspiring gift ideas for the Disney foodies on your list! For example, Disney Holiday Mugs will warm up your holiday drinks! Stay tuned for more suggestions every week until the Christmas Holiday!