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The Magic Kingdom comes alive during the Christmas Holiday

The Magical Halloween to Christmas Transition

Two of the the most popular and, no doubt, most decorated, events at The Walt Disney World Resort are Halloween and Christmas.  Not only because of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but because the entire over-40-square-mile resort is decked out in its finest seasonal décor for both holidays.

Main Street during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Party – Photo by Express Monorail

Decorating something of that size doesn’t just happen over night!  Wait….in a way, it sort of does!

Once the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Party is over and the last trick or treater has walked through the exit, the Christmas decorating crew will be loading up the trucks and working right behind the Mickey’s Not So Scary take-down crew. Of course, the parks have first priority over the resort hotels since the first Christmas Party is only a week away from the last Halloween Party.

Halloween, Magic Kingdom, Jack-o-lantern

Photo by Tom Bricker

So you can be in the parks that last party night and if you go again the next day, you will see a holiday wonderland. The colors go from Fall oranges and yellows to holiday reds and greens; the music you hear on Main Street USA will be holiday inspired with a touch of ragtime nostalgia. Beautifully decorated garland will drape across Main Street and you realize you’re in a whole new world than just 24 hours before. The pumpkin scarecrows have magically changed in to toy soldiers that look like they came straight out of Toyland.

No holiday is complete without sweet treats that you can only find at Walt Disney World.  Halloween themed cupcakes, that once filled the cases in the bakery and confectionary are now iced in their finest red and green as well as candied and caramel apples that were once pumpkins and ghosts are now donning Santa hats and Snowman faces of icing.

The Magic Kingdom comes alive during the Christmas Holiday

There’s even snow in the Magic Kingdom during Christmas – Photo by Don Sullivan

Of course, this is just the beginning of a magical transformation at the Walt Disney World Resort. The hotels have taken down their themed pumpkins and harvest decorations and replaced them with life-sized and deliciously  fragrant gingerbread houses, elaborate train displays and the largest and most themed decorated trees you will ever see!

If you’d like to see this all for yourself, you want to time your vacation for the last day of October in to that first week of November.  You can even attend both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the same week! What better way to celebrate the seasons!



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  1. We are bringing our family out and would like to know the dates of 24 hour transformation halloween to christmas please let me know

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