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Holiday Secrets In Disney Everyone Should Know

Everyone knows that Walt Disney World is full of magic. This magic is taken up a notch during the holiday season. The holiday decorations, special events, and extra pixie dust show up at the Disney Parks and Disney Resorts.

Although most of us are aware of the big holiday celebrations that take place at Walt Disney World, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, the Candlelight Processional and Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT, and of course, the gingerbread house at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, there are so many other holiday secrets that you might be missing out on.

We will share some of the Disney holiday secrets with you so you can make sure you can enjoy all the holiday magic, big and small.

Germany World Showcase

Holiday Village in EPCOT

When visiting EPCOT during the holiday season, it is easy to see the giant decorations that bring the holiday to the World Showcase. What you might miss is the small detail found in Germany. You will have to slow down and look closely to see these holiday decorations, but we promise it is worth it.

In the German Pavilion, Guests can enjoy the miniature town where many trains travel around the village. This small village also celebrates the Festival of the Holidays during the holiday season. Looking closely, you can see small banners celebrating the festival. You will also see decor that represents the holiday season.

This is an excellent example of how Disney truly takes time to celebrate the details. Even the tiny village gets to be involved in the holiday season.

Next time you are in EPCOT for the holiday season, take time to see the details in the German pavilion.


Santa is Everywhere

One of the fun parts of the holiday season is visiting Santa himself. Seeing him during your Walt Disney World vacation makes it even more special. Luckily for Guests, Santa can be found throughout the Walt Disney World Property.

Santa is found in all four Disney Parks and in Disney Springs. If you want a real meet and greet, these experiences occur at both Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs. You can even use a virtual queue to do holiday shopping while waiting at Disney’s Springs.

If you hope to give Santa a wave, you can do so at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He makes his way around the Parks on a holiday flotilla and motorcade.

For a unique experience, in EPCOT, Guests can see a variety of storytellers that help bring the holiday story from around the world to the Park.

Have those Christmas lists ready so that you can share your wish list with Santa during your Walt Disney World vacation.

gingerbread house

Gingerbread Treats To Go

If you aren’t aware, make sure that you schedule some time to visit some of the Walt Disney World Resorts during your holiday vacation. There are many unique decorations throughout the Resorts, including the gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and the carousel at Disney’s Beach Club.

You might not know that you enjoy some great treats while you admire the outstanding gingerbread displays. You can purchase gingerbread cookies and even shingles like the ones on the house.

There is a whole store within the gingerbread house with various delicious treats. From classic rice crispy treats to gingerbread shingles, there is something fun to try at each location.

Next time you are visiting, take time to enjoy some of the available treats.

Jock Lindsey Holiday Bar
Jock Lindsey Holiday Bar

Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar

You might be well aware that Disney has special holiday treats and menu items, but did you know that at Disney Springs, there is a restaurant with a whole secret holiday menu with a holiday theme?

Next time you visit Disney Springs during the holiday season, visit Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar. This Indiana Jone’s inspired bar gets a holiday makeover with a special holiday menu, fun holiday theme drinks, and an overall holiday theme.

Disney Holiday
Disney Holiday

All the Holiday Details

Seeing the giant holiday decorations as you visit the Disney Parks is accessible. The giant Christmas trees that welcome Guests to each of the Disney Parks and Disney Resorts are beautiful, but the true magic is in the details.

Take time as you see the holiday decorations to look at the details. All the holiday decor is themed to the area of the Park you are in, whether a themed land or a Disney Resort.

When visiting during the holiday season, make sure you slow down to enjoy the details Disney has put into the holiday magic.

While visiting Walt Disney World for the holiday season, take the time to take in these secrets. They bring a little extra magic and pixie dust to the holiday season.





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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