August 18, 2017

Inside Disney: Must-Do Holiday Events at Walt Disney World

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade

If any place knows how to get into the holiday spirit, it’s Walt Disney World. There are countless ways that you and your family can embrace the holidays while vacationing at Walt Disney World. Here are my top picks for holiday fun:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Held on select dates through December 21, you can watch snow fall on Main Street at Magic Kingdom, meet and greet characters dressed in their holiday best, take in a special holiday parade and enjoy a festive fireworks show. As a special bonus, complimentary cookies and cocoa are available for everyone. Quick note that this event does require a separate ticket.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This attraction can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through January 6. It was started by Jennings Osborne and his family in Arkansas. The light display on his home was so elaborate it drew visitors from all over the country, and eventually it got so big that it moved to Walt Disney World. It begins once dusk has fallen and is an incredible display of thousands of lights everywhere you look. The colors, the music, the twinkling lights at every turn will amaze every member of your family. The attraction is free once inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Holidays Around the World-Candlelight Processional: The candlelight processional takes place through December 30 at Epcot in the American Gardens Theatre. No matter your faith your family will be in awe of the celebrity narrator telling the story of Christmas while accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. The event is a great way to introduce children to the beauty of watching and hearing an orchestra and a choir work together to bring alive a classic story. While the event is included with Epcot admission, the theatre has limited seating and you may want to consider a Candlelight Dining Package.

Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: If you’ve ever wanted to see a life-size gingerbread house, you have your chance at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Amazingly, it’s made from 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar and 140 pints of egg whites. The chimney even releases cinnamon smoke every few minutes. For fun, ask your kids to guess how much honey, powdered sugar and egg whites are used to make the gingerbread house to see how close they come.

Going to Disney World is a magical experience for a family at any time of the year, but being there during the holidays makes it extra special. Everywhere you go you will feel and see the magic of the holidays!

Beth Barbara is a contributing writer who shares tips and tricks that make it easy to plan a trip to Walt Disney World on her blog, Disney with Children.

Photo Credit: PeterPanFan 

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