The 12 Things I LOVE about Christmas at Disney World
If you've read much of what I write, you'll know that Dad LOVES Christmas at Walt Disney World. I thought it would be fun to share my 12 things I love about Christmastime at my favorite place.
Love the Parade on Main Street during Christmas - Photo by Courtney Reynolds
There is nothing more festive than Main Street at the Magic Kingdom during Christmas. I just love all the decorations. It's the perfect place to people watch, to see, especially in the evening, Cinderella Castle all lit up, to walk through all the shops with all the Christmas gear for sale. It's just about my favorite place in the whole world.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
The Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Parade is AWESOME - Photo by Courtney Reynolds
I love how the Magic Kingdom celebrates Christmas with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. I like Main Street even more when there's "snow" falling. Yeah, I know it's soap, but it looks like snow. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
I love the parade, the fireworks and all the special Christmas shows around the park. Oh and the new drinks and snacks. Yummy. What could possibly be better than a night at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?
The Jingle Cruise is great - Photo by Brett Svenson
So the only attraction at Walt Disney World that gets a total makeover for Christmas is the Jungle Cruise. It becomes the Jingle Cruise. A few rides add some Christmas decorations, but the Jungle/Jingle Cruise goes all out. Everything gets Christmas decorations. The jokes the Skippers tell are Christmas jokes, it's a blast!
If you are a Christmas fan, you're going to love the Jingle Cruise!
Holidays Around the World Food Booths
This looks interesting... - Photo by Brett Svenson
This one is pretty new, and I haven't gotten to sample it yet, but the pictures look pretty awesome.
A couple of years ago, Disney replaced Holidays Around the World at Epcot with the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. I'm a big fan of the Epcot Festivals. Mrs. Mom and I are talking about a trip to the Food and Wine Festival next year, but that might have to change to the Festival of the Holidays (new and different, dear).
Any time you can get turkey and dressing you have my attention and the Buche de Noel au Chocolate at Le Halles looks like a heart attack waiting to happen (that's a good thing when it comes to desserts).
Come on Mrs. Mom, admit it. Festival of the Holidays is calling us.
What a story - Photo by Laurie Sapp
One of the things that makes Christmas at Epcot really special is the Holiday Storytellers. Hear the stories of the holiday seasons from countries all around the world. It's interesting to hear the different traditions and how they got started. Some are very different from ours.
The Candlelight Processional
It doesn't get any better than this. - Photo by Cliff Wang
My favorite show at Walt Disney World is the Candlelight Processional. It's not even close. Yes, I like the others, but I really love music, I love Christmas music and I love hearing the story of Jesus birth told in such a powerful way. If it were up to me we'd go to the Candlelight Processional every night we were at WDW during the holiday.
In fact, last week I wrote about the reasons I love the Candlelight Processional.
It's just not Christmas at Disney World without it.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Holiday Ending
I love the Holiday extra fireworks - Photo by Laurie Sapp
I have never really been a fan of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. It's just not my favorite holiday fireworks show. That being said, I really like the holiday version of Illuminations. That extra 5 minutes of fireworks makes me happy. What can I say, I'm a sucker for fireworks and the holiday add on to Illuminations has a bunch!
Toy Story Land Decorations
Even these guys get into the act - Photo by Brett Svenson
This year was the first year for Toy Story Land. I was really interested to see what they did with the decorations since year around there are Christmas lights strung through the land.
The Christmas decorations in Toy Story Land are just cute. The Green Army Men with a Christmas scarf, Rex with reindeer ears, the Aliens as Christmas Tree ornaments, it's all just so cute.
Christmas Tree Trail
I love Christmas Trees - Photo by Mike Billick
This is so cool. I love Christmas Trees and Disney themed Christmas Trees are the "best of the best of the best". This new addition to Disney Springs is just fun. Disney Springs has a lot of cool things during Christmas. The train, the carousel, Santa, but the Christmas Tree Trail may be the best of the bunch.
The Hotel Decorations
This is just the best - Photo by Cliff Wang
I sure don't want to leave out the hotels. One of my favorite things to do is to check out the decorations at the hotels. Even the Value Resorts. It was so much fun walking around the Pop Century last month the day the Christmas decorations went up and looking to see what they did.
One of these years, I'm going to take a day and go to every resort and check out the Christmas decorations. I might even follow my own Christmas Crawl...
The Christmas Music
Being a big music fan, I pay attention to the background music at Disney World. Yes, I'm kind of weird. Disney has the best background music anywhere, but at Christmas it takes on a whole new dimension.
I don't know how many times walking down Main Street I've heard, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". Everyone should hear that song the first time they walk down Main Street during the Christmas season. It really sets the mood.
The music is even themed a bit. I don't think they ever play "Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer" in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Animal Kingdom, but they do in Hollywood Studios. I heard it last month. It makes sense.
The Christmas music helps to set the mood, it "makes the season bright", it's really special.
The Whole Family Being There
The thing I love most about Christmas at Disney World is when the whole family is there together. Lately I've been making a lot of trips by myself which is good, but not the same. The best trips we've ever had are when the kids and even the in-laws were with us.
Yes, kids, Dad's saying a trip to Disney World at Christmas may be in the near future.
Dad's Bottom Line
If you haven't figured it out yet, I pretty much love everything about Christmas at WDW.