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What Disney Park Is the Best For the Holidays?

The holidays are quickly approaching at Walt Disney World. As we get ready for Santa, snoap, and a lot of extra magic in the Parks, we start to think about which of the four Disney Parks is the best for the holiday season.

We will quickly look at the offerings at each of the four Disney Parks during the holiday season to determine which of the four Parks we think is the best to visit for the holiday celebration.

Our final decision might surprise you, so make sure you stick around.

Christmas Party
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Magic Kingdom

We will start with the most iconic Disney Park- Magic Kingdom. Most Guests visit Magic Kingdom during their Disney vacation, no matter what time of year they visit. Is it the best Park during the holiday season, though?

When we look at the decorations, it is mostly just Main Street, U.S.A., with holiday decorations. The giant Christmas tree welcomes Guests as they enter the Park, and the street and shops are decorated with holiday wreaths and more. Once you leave the front of the Park, the holiday feel seems to get lost.

The main holiday celebration at Magic Kingdom comes on select nights from November to December with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This special ticketed event is where the holiday parade, fireworks, Santa, and delicious treats can be found.

This holiday experience is fantastic, but making it available only for those who pay to attend the party does make it hard.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are unique holiday decorations. We love exploring the different lands and seeing how Disney has decorated the specific land.

One of the most adorable holiday experiences found during the holiday season is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We love visiting the lovely Merry Menagerie and traveling throughout the Park visiting Guests. These are fantastic puppets, such as penguins, wolves, polar bears, and many more. Not only are they so cute, but the puppeteers are excellent as they bring them to life.

We also enjoy seeing the holiday flotillas. From visiting Santa as he travels by to the holiday-themed floats with Mickey and other favorite characters, these put us in the holiday spirit.

Finally, there is a great holiday tree out front of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This tree has unique ornaments that relate to the Park itself. We find it stunning and indeed a sight to see.

Candlelight Processional
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EPCOT has a variety of holiday experiences for Guests to explore. The downside of EPCOT’s holiday celebration is that it doesn’t officially kick off until late November. This year the holiday season will kick off on November 25th and run through December 30th.

When the holiday festivities start at EPCOT, there is so much for Guests to enjoy. Beginning with Candlelight Processional. This breathtaking show tells the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator, an orchestra, and a fantastic choir. This moving experience is done throughout the holiday season multiple times a day.

If you want to ensure you have a seat, consider booking a dining package. These are available at select EPCOT restaurants. By securing these packages, Guests are provided with a meal and ensure a spot at the show. This can be an excellent option for enjoying the show and a fantastic meal.

We also love enjoying the Holiday Kitchens. These are unique booths located throughout EPCOT that offer great food and drinks that are holiday themed. There are always attractive options that give Guests a great taste of different cuisine.

Also found throughout the World Showcase are the holiday storytellers. Located in different countries, Guests will discover storytellers sharing their country’s holiday traditions. This is a great way to learn more about other countries worldwide.

These are just some of the big holiday celebrations found at EPCOT. Make sure to also look at participating in the cookie stroll and Olaf scavenger hunt while visiting. A fun way to keep kids entertained while adults enjoy the festival.

Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will find throwback holiday decorations. We love seeing the 1950s decorations and all the holiday lights in Toy Story Land. On Sunset Boulevard, Guests can enjoy special holiday projections on the Tower of Terror.

Enjoy a great meal at Hollywood and Vine. For lunch and dinner, Guests will enjoy Minnie’s Seasonal Dining. See, Minnie and her friends dressed up in their best holiday outfits. There is something truly magical about seeing our beloved friends dressed up for the holiday season.

Santa also makes his way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Catch Santa cruising in the red convertible as he says hello to all the boys and girls, both young and old.

Make sure to stop by the Frozen Sing-along to see the holiday ending with Olaf. Learn about other traditions that take place during the holiday season.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is beautiful during the holiday season.

So looking at all four Disney Parks, which one do we think is the best for visiting during the holiday season? Looking at all the options, we believe EPCOT is the best Disney Park during the holiday season.

EPCOT offers many different experiences, including our regular Disney Park ticket. We love that we can enjoy world cultures, cuisine, entertainment, and much more.

If we can only visit one Disney Park during the holiday season, we would choose to visit EPCOT. Remember that our visit would have to fall between November 25th and December 30th, 2022.

Which Disney Park would you want to visit this 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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