3. Christmas/New Year’s
There is no shortage of holiday fun at the WDW resort during the months of December and January. If you don’t mind the crowds, and it is crowded, then this is the time to visit. We have been several times around Christmas, and my boys still agree, it’s the most magical place. At Magic Kingdom, you will find Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party that runs through December 22nd. These parties have special characters including Santa. You can also catch a snowflake or two on Main Street while you await the Holiday Wishes parade and fireworks show. In front of the castle, you can also see Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, which is a holiday show with all your favorite characters. Throughout the park you can find cookies and hot cocoa and special touches of Disney holiday magic. If you want to add a little more magic, get tickets to the Holiday Wishes Dessert Party. Here you will be in a special reserved seating area for the Holiday Wishes fireworks show then you will have tables decorated for the holidays where you can indulge in cupcakes and other sweet treats and specialty holiday drinks. Head over to Epcot for the Candlelight Processional, the story of Christmas narrated by celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopie Goldberg, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra. A full schedule including the list of stars is available along with special dining packages you can add to your night. Along with special holiday treats around the World Showcase, you can also find traditional Santa Clauses too. Each country offers holiday customs and beautiful themed decorations. While at Epcot you can buy a ticket to the holiday Illuminations Sparkling dessert party. Make time to visit some of the resorts around Disney. There you will find different Santa Clauses, amazing themed decorations and gingerbread houses and special treats and story times and even horse-drawn sleigh rides. All through Disney Springs you can see holiday concerts and shows along with carolers and delicious holiday treats. You can even catch a Santa sighting; just follow the smell of chocolate to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain. While Santa is taking a break, don’t miss Santa Goofy. If you are spending your New Year’s at WDW, make sure to check out all the special dining options at the signature restaurants. The parks also have different countdowns to welcome the New Year, depending on your bedtime. Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios also have special midnight firework shows.
If you want to take some of the holiday magic with you back to your resort, Disney offers in-room holiday decorations ranging from tabletop trees to grand lighted trees and stockings.
If you thought Disney magic couldn’t get any better, make sure to visit anytime during late September thru January. Nobody does the holidays like Disney.