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Disney Tips You NEED To Know This Holiday Season

Walt Disney World is one of the most magical experiences during the holiday season. From the beautiful decorations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Property to the unique experiences, so much magic happens during this time.

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World this holiday season, there are a few essential tips you will need to know. These will help you be better prepared for a fantastic time.

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Traveling to Walt Disney World during the holiday season, the first tip you need to be aware of revolves around reservations. Make sure that you have your Park Pass Reservations made ahead of time. We see Parks book up quickly, and you won’t want to miss out on a Park day. Head to the My Disney Experience on your computer to make those as soon as possible.

If you want to enjoy some holiday meals, make those reservations at the 60-day mark. Reservations at popular dining locations such as Liberty Tree Tavern, Ohana, and California Grill book up quickly. Set that alarm, so you don’t miss out.

Before making any other plans, you will want to ensure that you have your Park Passes made and are prepared for dining.

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Special Events

One of the best parts of the holidays at Walt Disney World is all the available special events. At Magic Kingdom, Guests can experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This event occurs on select evenings from November 8th to December 22nd, 2022.

During this event, Guests can experience Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring the adorable reindeer and even Santa himself. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show will light up the night sky, cookies, hot chocolate, and snow on Main Street, U.S.A. is all part of the magic.

Candlelight Processional
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Over at EPCOT, Guests can enjoy the moving experience of the Candlelight Processional. This show brings the Christmas story to Guests with a celebrity narrator combined with a fantastic orchestra and a large choir. This show is top-rated so consider booking one of the dining packages. This gives you a great meal at select restaurants and reserved seating for the concert.

EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays will also be back this year in EPCOT. This event brings holiday cheer with sights and flavors for the holiday season. The highlight of the event is the holiday kitchens. These bring flavors from cultures near and far with creative dishes and drinks.

If you have little ones with you, check out the cookie stroll that is returning as well. Guests can try five different cookies throughout World Showcase and receive one additional free if they complete the trek. This is fun for little ones and delicious as well.

Sven Olaf


November and December months in Walt Disney World can bring a variety of weather. With this in mind, you will want to be prepared as you begin to pack.

You will want to bring various clothing options to prepare for all weather conditions.

You will want to have mittens, hats, and coats because it can get cold during these months, and even if you are from the northern states, Florida’s cold feels different.

As always with Disney World, you want to be prepared for rain. Bring a raincoat or umbrella, so you aren’t wet and cold.

Grand Floridian Resort Christmas Disney

Visit the Magic at the Disney Resorts

If you are heading down to Walt Disney World for the holidays, you will want to take time to experience the magic of Disney Resorts. It isn’t just the Disney Parks that is transformed during the holidays, but the Disney Resorts are also changed.

Your first top must be at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This beautiful Disney Resort is where you will find the famous gingerbread house. Each year Guests can see this beautiful creation that takes over the lobby of the Resort. We can’t wait to see what the color and theme will be this year.

Over at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Guests will want to take in the fantastic Christmas tree that overtakes the Resort lobby. Guests can enjoy a warm fire while experiencing the holiday magic of this Resort.

The Beach Club typically has a carousel that can be found in the lobby. This is another amazing work that Guests won’t miss out on during their holiday vacation. The talent and detail that brings it to life are one of a kind.

Don’t forget about Disney Resorts during the holiday season. They, like Disney Parks, are transformed.

Main Street Christmas
Main Street Christmas

Be Flexible

Our final tip for visiting during the holiday season is to be flexible. Go into the experience with a general plan, but be willing to adjust as needed. Parks will be busy, and lines will build, have a plan for how you will deal with those situations before you go. Is Genie+ an option? Do you want to take breaks during the busier times?

By having an overall plan, you will be better prepared to adjust and be flexible with your plans. This is important during most Walt Disney World vacations but even more important during the busier holiday season.

Before heading to Walt Disney World this holiday season, you need to know these tips. It is a magical time during the holidays, and you want to be ready for it with these tips.







Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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