You are out Disney World this holiday season and it will soon start getting very crowded and you’ve made all of your FastPasses for for the rides you want to go on. But, what else should you do for the holiday season?
Disney goes all out, creating special shows and experiences. Here are the top six things you should really do:
1. Sunset Seasons Greetings at Hollywood Studios:. Guests can enjoy all-new spectacular holiday projections displayed on the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel. This is the first time Disney has introduced this experience and they hit a home run. There are four stories told in a look throughout the night that feature Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, the Muppets, Toy Story characters and Olaf from “Frozen.” This is a lot of and is easy to see from Sunset Boulevard. While you are at Hollywood Studios, head over to Echo Lake and see the giant Christmas Tree and all of the decorations.
2. Candlelight Processional at Epcot. One of the most beloved Epcot traditions returns with new celebrity narrators. Disney legend Kurt Russell is among the newcomers, along with Pat Sajak, Matt Bomer and CCH Pounder who will join returning favorites Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Jaci Velasquez and others. The Candlelight Processional is a retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. The show takes place at the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Nov. 24-Dec. 30. It’s a lot of fun and worth it.
3. Holiday Christmas Trail at Disney Springs: Every trip comes with a visit to the shopping/entertainment mecca. Disney Springs has upped its game this year with its Christmas Tree Trail. This is the second year of the trail and they added a number of trees and included a stop with Santa Claus. This is will worth the walk through, last year, we did not think much of it, but it is worth the time. Use the trail as a bypass from one end of the complex to the other side of Disney Springs.
4. S’mores, Hot Cocoa and Christmas Carols at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: Immerse yourself in the yuletide grandeur of the Pacific Northwest at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge where a majestic Christmas tree towers over the resort lobby. Cozy up to the fire and relax with a cup of hot cider or cocoa and holiday treats. For more frontier-style holiday happenings head over to Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground where carolers arrive by hay wagon spreading the sounds of the season.
5. Gingerbread Houses: Take a tour of the Disney World Resort and see the life-size holiday gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. A giant edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, while a holiday village with a miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. New this year, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to an 18-foot-tall Cinderella Castle, crafted with thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant and modeling chocolate. It’s a lot of fun and you will magically feel the need to eat gingerbread.
6. Meet Santa Claus: Is there not a more magical moment than meeting Santa at Disney. Santa Claus will park hop to greet guests at Disney Springs and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He’ll even make an appearance during Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom Park.