It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year at the Most Magical Place on Earth

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Create new holiday traditions and share the joy of the season at four parks: Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Epcot® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. 

Celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida for fun and frivolity your entire family will never forget! Make 2018 the year you escape the work of cooking and cleaning for the holidays at home and escape to magical parks that bring the spirit of the season to life. Starting November 8, through the first week of January there will be enchanting parties, festive holiday décor, delectable treats and exciting entertainment sure to bring cheer to the young and young at heart.

Join your family, friends Mickey and Santa for a jolly celebration! Magic Kingdom Park gets a makeover to become a holiday wonderland, that includes the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event. From glittering holiday lights to snow on Main Street, U.S.A., don’t miss this party!

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A Frozen Holiday Wish starts the party at dusk. Royal sisters Anna and Elsa lead a celebration with their friends on the Castle Stage that concludes with Queen Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace for the holidays. Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show stars Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, and many other favorite Disney characters all dressed in their Christmas best, ringing in the season jubilantly singing carols. The Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade holiday procession features marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, Disney characters and Santa Claus. Woody and Jessie from the Toy Story films perform alongside Santa’s reindeer at Magic Kingdom park. Get hugs, autographs and photos taken with beloved Disney Characters as they spread holiday cheer around Magic Kingdom Park.

You’ll have the chance to meet The Nightmare After Christmas star, Jack Skellington, sip on complimentary hot cocoa, munch on complimentary cookies and enjoy exclusive character meetings– with familiar faces like Sandy Claws and Scrooge McDuck. You can even purchase event-exclusive merchandise to remember the festive event or for presents and unique holiday treats, that are only available during the season.

The highlight, the Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season lights up the night sky with a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that will have everyone cheering and clapping their hands.

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For a spectacular show, complete with sparkling fireworks, music and high-tech projections and special effects, don’t miss Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Gaze with wonder as buildings become animated, immersing you in legendary scenes from Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and more. The finale showcases special effects, fireworks and snow!

Watch Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios transform into a winter wonderland with new laser effects during Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Sunset Seasons Greetings, complete with laser effects and “snow,” while holiday magic also comes to the Hollywood Tower Hotel with projections of Disney Characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf sharing their favorite seasonal stories.

The new Toy Story Land also gets special seasonal fun, including holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers. Come and play in Andy’s backyard to see all the whimsical holiday touches.

Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays offers a joyful, global celebration filled with global cuisine, music and a variety of cultural holiday traditions from 11 nations around the world. Savor international treats and take a global tour, as costumed performers bring their customs to life. You can experience it November 18 to December 30, 2018. Epcot will also host the traditional Candlelight Processional. Hear the stirring story of Christmas, told by a celebrity narrator, of a savior born in Bethlehem, while angelic voices sing choral songs backed by an impressive orchestra sure to inspire both hope and joy. At IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth music, lights, lasers—and a holiday finale at the World Showcase promenade brings excitement and amazement nightly.

New this year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, you can witness, Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure. You can also enjoy Donald Duck Pandora-The World of Avatar and the Characters Happily Ever After fireworks spectacular.

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Even More Merriment

Savor a scrumptious holiday meal and indulge in guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, snack on sweets before the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks spectacular from the comfort of a reserved terrace seating area at the Fireworks Dessert Party, or choose the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, with indulgent desserts before the evening’s firework’s spectacular from a reserved viewing area, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

You can even ring in 2019 surrounded by Disney Magic. Welcome the new year with tasty beverages, festive fireworks and a Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration. The pool area at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be illuminated at night with a view of the fireworks Disney Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration.

If your kids are ready for some Mickey and Minnie and the guy in the big red suit, make this year the one for more merriment and magic at Disney World. Your travel agent can work with you to create the perfect room and ticket package for your family—and add on extras like admission to seasonal special events.