Oh by gosh, by golly– it’s almost time for mistletoe and holly! Get ready because this year Disney is spreading holiday cheer throughout ALL FOUR of its theme parks! And things are going to be a little bit different… .
We’ve shown you glimpses of the holiday merch, new Holiday fireworks in the Magic Kingdom, and early details for Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays, but now we want to show you EVERYTHING happening this holiday season at Disney World! If you want to join in on the merrymaking, follow along as we break down all the wintery happenings park by park! Let’s go!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
The first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins November 8th and runs on select evenings until December 22nd. You’ll enjoy performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show.
Be sure to not miss the returning A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show where “Queen Elsa will magically transform Cinderella Castle with glistening ice!” It’s a super cute stage show and really is pretty to watch the castle explode with twinkling lights!
Don’t forget, there are also FREE (with price of admission, natch) nummy cookies, cocoa, apple cider, and other tasty treats available throughout the park to sample along your way. And don’t forget you can see it SNOW every night of the party on Main Street, U.S.A.! Yep, snow in Florida!
You can also take a ride on the Jingle Cruise, the Jungle Cruise’s holiday overlay, as well as a few NEW holiday-themed attraction overlays for Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain and Mad Tea Party.
NEW –> Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show
Debuting at the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a brand NEW fireworks spectacular! Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show will light up the skies above the Magic Kingdom, taking over holiday firework duties from now-retired Holiday Wishes.
Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party
And what better way to enjoy the Once Upon a Christmastime parade than with preferred viewing? You can snag that if you book Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party!
Returning for its second year, this all-you-can-eat event during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers Italian-inspired appetizers (like Tony’s famous meatballs!), festive desserts, and unlimited drinks including beer and wine! Once you stuff your tummy, you’ll get to enjoy the reserved parade viewing area exclusive to Tony’s guests!
Note that this event costs $99 per guest and is a separate cost on top of your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket, so weigh the options if this event is a good fit for your group before you go.
NEW –> Holiday Decor and Transformations
Animal Kingdom is hosting its very first-holiday celebration EVER! Starting November 8th, Africa, Asia, DinoLand, U.S.A., and Pandora: The World of Avatar will ALL undergo special holiday transformations and feature uniquely-themed seasonal trimmings!
Discovery Island will host “life-sized arctic animal puppeteers by day and rooftop luminaries and lanterns by night.” “Donald’s Dino-Bash will take on the spirit of the holidays,” while the Tree of Life Awakenings will help us get into the holiday spirit with all-new holiday-themed projections!
There’s also sure to be a BUNCH of new yummy holiday goodies– we’ll have full coverage as soon as menus are announced!
NEW –> Perhaps one of the biggest changes to this year’s holiday season for Hollywood Studios is that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open! And we can’t think of a more exhilarating way to spend the holidays than piloting the Millenium Falcon and swigging back a few cocktails at Oga’s Cantina!
Toy Story Land holiday decorations will also be returning…
…along with nightly performances of Sunset Seasons Greetings and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! These will take place from November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020.
And don’t forget to check out the kitschy, vintage-inspired Christmas decorations over at Echo Lake and wish Gertie in her Santa hat a “Merry Christmas!”
Many of the 2019 celebrity narrators for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional have been announced! Beginning November 29th, the 50-piece orchestra and accompanying massed choir will be hosted by such mainstays as Neil Patrick Harris and Gary Sinise along with a few new faces.
Performance dates include:
- Neil Patrick Harris – 12/2-12/5
- Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7
- Gary Sinise – 12/13-12/15
- Pat Sajak – 12/16-12/18
- Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/22-12/24
- Edward James Olmos – 12/25-12/26
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Over at Epcot’s World Showcase, The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will be underway celebrating the Christmas foods, music and traditions of countries from all over the world!
NEW –> Epcot Restaurants
While at the Japan pavilion, be sure and stop by the brand-new table service restaurant Takumi-Tei for a gorgeous high-end dining experience.
And don’t forget that we’re eagerly awaiting the opening of Space 220, the Space-themed restaurant opening this “Winter!” We’re hoping it’ll be ready to go in time for the holidays!
But Wait, There’s More!
Just when you thought this holiday bounty had reached its full capacity, there’s still MORE we need to tell you about!
NEW–> Disney World Skyliner
With the Skyliner Gondola System slated to open September 29th, you’ll have a new way of getting around the World! If you didn’t know that each Disney resort has elaborate Christmas decorations for their distinct theming, you do now! So hop a gondola car and take a ride to a resort you’ve never seen before for an extra dose of holiday cheer!
NEW –> Resorts and Restaurants
Speaking of other Disney resorts, you have to check out Disney’s Coronado Springs’ new culinary scene! Three Bridges Bar & Grill, Dahlia Lounge, and Toledo- Tapas, Steak & Seafood are getting the new locations at Disney’s new Gran Destino Tower.
NEW! –> Ringing in the New Year!
To cap off 2019 in grand fashion, you may want to check out the New Year’s Eve party happening over at Disney’s Riviera Resort which will open its doors for the first time later this year! Raise a glass of bubbly atop the newest Disney World resort during Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade!
The event will take place at Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera for $550 (plus tax) per person, the event is pretty spendy, but guests will be treated to views of both Epcot’s and Hollywood Studios’ New Years’ firework displays as well as dine like European royalty “with a menu to include artisanal cheeses, imported French and Italian charcuterie, house-made breads, chilled seafood, hand-crafted pastas, European desserts, and more.” We’ll be at Disney’s Riviera Resort when it opens December 16th with all the DETAILS!
We cannot wait to hang out around Walt Disney World this holiday season!
Which newest holiday experience coming to Disney World are you most excited about trying this year? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned as we bring you more updates for your holiday vacay planning!