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The 2022 Holiday Tips You NEED For Your Disney Vacation

The holidays have arrived at Walt Disney World as the decorations quickly changed from fall to Christmas overnight. We have seen the Christmas trees go up and the gingerbread house start to be constructed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. 

The holidays are just a little extra magical at Walt Disney World. If you have a vacation planned for this holiday season, we have a few tips you need to know so you can experience all the magic.

Use these tips and tricks to prepare you for a fantastic time at Walt Disney World this holiday season.

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First and most important, if you are traveling to Walt Disney World during the holiday season, you will want to ensure that you have reservations made ahead of time.

First, to visit the Walt Disney World parks, you need to make Park Reservations. After purchasing your Park tickets, you must head to the My Disney Experience website and choose your Park reservations. This is where you select one of the four Disney Parks.

These reservations do book up, so it is essential to get these made as soon as possible so you can visit the Park of your choice each day.

Another area you will want to make sure you have reservations for is dining. Guests can book dining 60 days before their check-in date. Making these reservations for the holiday season is critical for getting those top-rated dining locations. 

Already popular dining locations such as Minnie’s Hollywood and Dine become even more popular as they take on the holiday spirit. If you want to enjoy those holiday meals, you must be ready to make reservations starting at your 60-day mark.

Finally, book those reservations as soon as possible if you want to experience special events during the holiday season. Tickets for the beloved Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are already on sale and selling out quickly. 

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For many, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the highlight of the holiday season at Walt Disney World. It is a special ticketed event that allows Guests to attend a holiday party at the Magic Kingdom. A memorable holiday parade, castle show, and spectacular fireworks occur during the party.

Also, if you are interested in the fireworks dessert party or the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, make sure you book those reservations soon, as these incredibly magical experiences book up quickly.

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Experience the Extra Magic

When visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday season, it is essential to slow down and enjoy the extra magic throughout the Parks.

In Magic Kingdom, Jungle Cruise is transformed into the Jingle Cruise during this time. It is fun to see the new holiday additions to the different scenes throughout the ride, and who doesn’t love some holiday dad jokes as well?

In all four Disney Parks, you will want to enjoy the holiday overlays that project onto the Park icons throughout the night. This is truly stunning to see these icons be transformed.

New this year will be the holiday overlay coming to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. A new soundtrack will be coming to this trendy ride, and we can’t wait to hear what songs are included.

The beloved sing-along at Disney’s Hollywood Studios also receives a holiday overlay. Olaf joins the For the First Time In Forever-: A Frozen Sing-Along as he talks about all the different holiday traditions he found.

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you will want to make sure you stop by and see the adorable puppets that come to life during the holiday season.

These smaller experiences add a lot of extra magic during the holiday season. Take time to add them to your plans.

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EPCOT Festival

A significant tip that comes during the holiday season is to take time to visit EPCOT. The Festival of the Holidays is a magical festival that brings traditions, cuisine, and so much more from around the world to EPCOT.

Guests can experience great food and drinks at the holiday kitchens, learn from the storytellers around the World Showcase, and enjoy various entertainment.

As mentioned before, Candlelight Processional is a breathtaking experience that movingly shares the Christmas story using a celebrity narrator and an orchestra and choir. Together they work to create a moving masterpiece.

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Visit the Resorts

Although the Parks transform during the holiday season, so do the Walt Disney World Resorts. Take time to Walt Disney World during your holiday vacation to visit some fantastic displays throughout the Disney Resorts.

One of the most popular Resorts to visit during the holiday season is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Here Guests can see the beautiful gingerbread house. This full-size house takes up most of the lobby and has a fantastic display that shouldn’t be missed.

Over at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Guests can see a working gingerbread carousel. This year it has some of our favorite Disney princesses. It is incredible to see the details and works of art.

There are numerous trees throughout the Walt Disney World Resorts that are stunning. We love the trees at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. These impressive lobbies, combined with a fantastic tree, are breathtaking.

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Disney Springs

Don’t skip out on Disney Springs when traveling during the holiday season. Here you can enjoy the fun Christmas Tree Stroll. Find all the different themed Christmas trees throughout Disney Springs.

Also, don’t skip Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar at Disney Springs. Special holiday items join the menu, and the whole area decorates for the holiday season. It is a perfect place to grab a drink and enjoy the holiday spirit.

The holiday season is a fantastic time to head to Walt Disney World. If you are blessed with a planned trip this holiday season, consider these tips as you prepare. Don’t miss out on any of the holiday magic while visiting.

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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