Thursday, June 21, 2012

Christmas at Walt Disney World

I know, I know...we are right in the middle of sticky, hot summertime, and no one is even remotely thinking about Christmas right now, but it just occurred to me that I never blogged about our Christmas trip to Disney World this past Christmas!  So enjoy, and think cool thoughts!

The first thing you need to know about going to WDW in December is that the weather is unpredictable.  The first day we were there, it was beautiful...sunny day, high temperatures near 80 degrees, perfection.  The next day was a completely different story.  It was cold, windy, and we were very uncomfortable.  Be sure to wear layers and pay attention to the weather forecast.  During December in Florida, you never know what you might get!

There are some incredible special events that happen in the parks at Christmas.  Of course, there's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios.  Those are the biggies, and they are spectacular.  But there are other events to look forward to when visiting the parks at Christmas that you won't see any other time of year.  Even if you don't have tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (You actually have to purchase tickets for this event, separate from your park admission.), you can still stick around until dusk to see the castle lighting ceremony.  At Epcot, you can enjoy Holidays Around the World at World Showcase, with each country sharing the Christmas story as it is told in their culture.  You can even get a picture with Santa right beside the American Adventure in World Showcase!  There is also a special holiday addition to Illuminations, the nightly fireworks show at Epcot.  If you're visiting Animal Kingdom, you won't want to miss Mickey's Jingle Jungle Jammin' Parade!

Everything at Disney World is decked out for Christmas.  Even the resorts are beautifully decorated with Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and much more.  Don't forget that you are welcome to tour all the resorts, not just the one you're staying in.  So take the time to enjoy the beautiful decorations at the resorts.  Grand Floridian has an incredible life-sized gingerbread house, and it is just a monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom!    The Wilderness Lodge offers sleigh rides, or you can just sit in the lobby by the fire and enjoy the decorations and Christmas music!  At the Yacht Club Resort, you can see a Christmas village with a train set, and the Beach Club Resort has a really cool gingerbread carousel! 

Besides all of that, absolutely everything in the parks is decorated at Christmas.  Every lamppost has greenery and ribbons.  Main Street USA is adorned with wreaths, candles and greenery overhead.  Oversized toy soldiers stand guard in various locations.  Even the parades and firework shows have a special Christmas theme!  

Any trip to Disney World is magical, but Christmas at Disney World is extra magical!  I highly recommend it!

Until next time...
Disney Diva

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