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Get Ready for Magical Holidays at Disney

It might be 100 degrees where you are right now, but Walt Disney World is getting ready for the fall and winter holiday season.  That’s right folks, Halloween will start in Disney at the end of August with Christmas quickly following up as we turn the calendar to November.

Holidays are one of the best times to be at Walt Disney World.  The magic and excitement go to another level.  Many Guests wait all year for the announcement about the holiday season and we are excited to share all the magic coming to Disney this holiday season.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party- Magic Kingdom

The fall decorations are already starting to show up in Magic Kingdom as the Park prepares for the return of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this fall.  Starting on August 12th (yes that is this week) and running on select nights until October 31st, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will take over Magic Kingdom once again.

All the Halloween fun will be back once again in Magic Kingdom for the party.  Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade featuring the headless horseman and the gravediggers will travel the streets of Magic Kingdom.

The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus will be back on center stage in their Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show that is both wicked and funny.  Along with lots of trick ‘o’ treating all night long, Guests can wrap up their evening with Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular.  This nighttime show will light up the night with fireworks and transform the castle like never before.

Tickets are still available for many nights, so if you are a Halloween fan, make sure you check out this holiday party.  Check out a great outline of how to take on all the fun HERE.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party– Magic Kingdom

After the ghost and ghouls leave Magic Kingdom, Santa and friends arrive.  On select nights from November to December, Magic Kingdom will transform into a winter wonderland.  This is also a special ticketed event where Guests will be able to have a magical holiday experience.

Like with the Halloween party, Guests that attend the Christmas party experience a variety of great entertainment options.  Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will take up the night sky while Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will bring reindeer and Santa himself to the streets of Magic Kingdom.

Don’t forget about cookies, character dance parties, and ride overlays at Jingle Cruise, Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, and even Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor throughout the evening as well.  There is so much magic to have during this party that you won’t want to miss out.

Grab those Santa hats and get ready for a wonderful time in Magic Kingdom celebrating the holiday together.

Merry Menagerie Returns to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Magic Kingdom isn’t the only Disney Park to get some holiday magic.  Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the beautiful and amazing Merry Menagerie will be back once again and we couldn’t be happier about it.

These puppets are artisan-sculpted and absolutely stunning to see as they gracefully move around the Park and interact with Guests.  Also in Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be the Discovery Island Drummers on the holiday flotilla.

Take time to slow down and enjoy these amazing puppets in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  They are truly awe-inspiring.

Epcot Beacons of Magic
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Holiday Decorations

At each of the four Disney Parks, the four main icons will be transformed as the sun sets on the day.  Cinderella Castle, Tower of Terror, Spaceship Earth, and Tree of Life will all have special holiday projections.

Although these might not seem like a big deal, it is truly fascinating to see how Disney is able to transform these icons using projections.  Again, slow down and take in the beauty of the lights.

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Festival of the Holidays- EPCOT

It wouldn’t be a holiday without a special festival at EPCOT.  Following EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival, the Festival of the Holidays will return.  We don’t know what booths will be returning, we do know that the beloved Candlelight Processional will be back during this holiday season.  This is the retelling of the Christmas story using a celebrity narrator, orchestra, and choir.  It is a moving experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Another great part of the Festival of the Holidays is different storytellers from around the world that come to the festival to join Santa Claus and tell Guests about their holiday traditions in their country.  This is a great learning experience that we are glad is coming back this year.

Finally, don’t forget the cookie stroll!  Guests can enjoy a variety of cookies around World Showcase as they work to receive a prize.

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Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll- Disney Springs

A unique experience that is super fun is the Christmas Tree Stroll at Disney Springs.  Guests can work together to hunt for the different themed trees around Disney Springs.  These trees are decorated so well and are fun to see.  You can also enjoy the live entertainment as you walk around Disney Springs.

The holiday season at Walt Disney World really is a magical experience.  There is so much to see and do during this time of year that you won’t want to miss out.  We hope that this helps you learn about all the holiday offerings around the Walt Disney World Resort Property.  This is just some of what we know and we can’t wait to see what else is coming.

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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