Try spending it in what has been called the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida! What greater gift can you offer your loved ones than a vacation package full of Disney holidays magic – and fun for the whole family? For every holiday, Disney offers a special event for you to enjoy.
Making Reservations During the Holiday Season
Because the holidays are a peak time for Walt Disney World Vacations, it is very important that tickets & packages be purchased as far ahead of time as possible. This is to ensure that you get the best deal, the best selection, and to ensure that you are able to book your vacation at all. It’s hard to reserve a room at one of Disney’s world famous luxury resort hotels if there is no vacancy. No vacancy, no vacation. This also applies to dining reservations and reservations for popular shows like Ciruqe du Soleil La Nuba. Popular spots book up far in advance during the Christmas and New Years times.
In addition to the Walt Disney World Holiday Events, there are other advantages to vacationing to Disney World around the holidays. Better than a eating a home cooked holiday meal that you have to slave over for hours, then clean up afterwards, try having your pick of one of hundreds of the finest in fancy restaurants offering every variety of dish and delicacy you could want, with no work and no mess.
Pair that with a stay in a cozy and comfortable Disney resort hotel, whether deluxe, value-priced, or in between. Being able to pop down down for a visit to the theme park in the back yard doesn’t hurt either. Rephrase that, make it the 4 theme parks in your back yard – Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park, Disney’s Epcot Theme Park, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – offering a special events to supplement their usual attractions, rides, and entertainment. Plan to arrive early and stay late, perhaps taking a break in the middle of the day. And be prepared – there will be big crowds during the peak vacation times around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
Walt Disney World Resort updates their discounts and special offers every week, and the holidays are no exception. Discounts are available to reduce the cost of your lodging, your meals, your tickets and even some of the Disney events to honor holidays around the world. The usual vacation packages, ticket packages, and usual discounts apply – the armed forces discounts, the Florida resident discounts, and the discounts that being a member of the Disney Vacation Club or a holder of the Disney Annual Pass makes you eligible for.
Disney World Holiday Events
Walt Disney World Resort hosts some truly unique and amazing events to celebrate all sorts of holidays. Each park, except Animal Kingdom, holds these holidazzled parades, parties and promenades.
Magic Kingdom Theme Park
The Magic Kingdom Theme park, home to the iconic Cinderella’s Castle, covers the castle in thousands of shimmering lights at Christmastime – making it look as if it were covered in glowing ice. It is truly a beautiful sight to behold. The park also hosts several noteworthy holiday events, the most prominent of which are Mickey’s Halloween and Christmas Parties.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Don your favorite costume, pull the pillowcase off the pillow at you resort hotel, and get ready to enjoy an evening of tricking and treating as only Disney can do it! The evening starts with a parade of your favorite Disney characters in special Halloween costumes, led by who else but the headless horseman himself – riding a horse down Main Street USA carrying a flaming pumpkin! The night progresses into trick or treating and a spooky fireworks show! As its name implies, Mickey’s Halloween party theme is “Not-so-scary” and therefore is family friendly for kids of all ages!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Comparable to Mickey’s Halloween party in spectacle, his Very Merry Christmas Party begins with a parade featuring the jolly man himself, Santa Claus! The night progresses into live entertainment, all-you-can-eat complementary cookies and hot cocoa, fireworks and even a magical snowfall on Main Street USA! Chances are good that it will be the only place in Orlando, Florida that is snowing!
Epcot Theme Park
Epcot also boasts a few super special holiday events. This includes traditional storytelling and special foods from many different countries along World Showcase. Check with your travel agent or Disney’s website to see what’s in store for you.
Holidays Around the World Candlelight Processional
This beautiful and culturally aware processional happens nightly. You can book a package for a ticket and dinner to this moving event, honoring holiday traditions from around the world. The event features live music performed by a choir and the story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator. The evening ends as all the best nights at Walt Disney World Resort end – with a spectacular fireworks show!
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, held in the fall, is a food and wine sampling event centered around upscale parties, live music and unique shopping opportunities – shopportunities, one might say. There is even a half marathon you can run under the stars to to gain entrance to an exclusive party and work of some of those fine wining and dining calories! This festival is a perfect romantic getaway for you and your significant other.
Hollywood Studios Theme Park
Hollywood Studios, perhaps one of the lesser known Disney Theme Parks, boasts a most charming holiday event, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. This technologically spectacular and breathtaking event is held between November and January each year. Every ten minutes, literally millions of lights covering most every surface in visual range will glitter, twinkle, flash and dance in sync with your favorite Christmas music. Some nights, the show is bookended by flurries of magical snow. There are few better ways to get into the holiday spirit than to take in this stunning light show that you have to see to believe.
So Many Holiday Options
Remember that tickets for special holiday events should be purchased at least 24 hours in advance – preferably more. Tickets to these magical holiday treats go fast! Share the holiday fun and magic with the people you love most in the world in the place that is sure to become a fast holiday tradition – Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Spend that magical holiday time in a magical place – the most magical place on earth.