Ahhhhh, the Christmas Season! Hot cocoa, carols, decorations, lights... and cold weather. Lots of it here in the ‘Burgh! This year more than ever, many Pittsburgh families are choosing to spend the holidays away from the cold, opting for warmer climates. The two most popular destinations I have been seeing are cruises and… Disney. Since I specialize in planning Disney travel, that is what I will focus on for this month’s blog.
Can you imagine a more magical time to visit the most Magical Place on Earth than Christmas? As you know, the Disney Parks know how to do celebrations right. And during the holiday season there is absolutely no exception. My husband and I have had the privilege of visiting Walt Disney World® Resort during the holidays a couple of different times, and we absolutely love it each and every time. Everywhere you look, from the parks to the resorts, there is Christmas magic spread generously throughout.
The Magic Kingdom is full of garland and twinkling lights. In the evening, even Cinderella Castle is transformed by millions of lights! The lighting ceremony, led by Anna & Elsa, is amazing. The Magic Kingdom also transforms some classic rides; the Jungle Cruise becomes the “Jingle” Cruise, and over in Frontierland, you may notice some Santa hats on some of your favorite characters from the Country Bear Jamboree.
As you can tell, there is no shortage of Christmas Spirit! And to make our stay even more festive, families can purchase tickets to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom. This special event is wonderful should you ever have the opportunity to go. Think it isn't Christmas without snow? Disney's got that covered! Feel like hot cocoa and cookies? Check! Wanna ride your favorite rides? Yup, they're open! Special parades and fireworks? You bet! This event truly puts me in the Christmas Spirit.
But there is more to Disney than just the Magic Kingdom. There are 3 other Theme Parks, and 2 in particular that also boast amazing transformations. In Epcot, guests can experience Christmas Around the World in World Showcase. There is also the famous Candlelight Processional, which features a choir of cast members along with a celebrity host. I would love to see Neil Patrick Harris host this one day… he is there many years! There are great dining packages that give you access to reserved seating for this event.
Hollywood Studios for the past 20 years has hosted the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. This amazing show syncs literally millions upon millions of twinkle lights with music. I am so glad that I had an opportunity to experience it. Although this is its last year, I am sure that something equally beautiful will take its place. There is also a special dining experience, Minnie’s Holiday Dine. This character meal is sure to put you in the Christmas Spirit.
The Resort hotels are a sight to be seen too! From ginormous Christmas trees, a life-size gingerbread house, train displays, and fabulous Christmas Eve/Christmas Day dining, these venues are all sure to please.
As you can see, the holidays are a wonderful time to visit WDW. Have you ever been? What did you think?