I. Love. Christmas.
Probably more than Karsten loves Halloween. #shade
But with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights gone this year *cries,* what is there even to do in Orlando for Christmas?!?
Don’t worry, after extensive research and 10+ years of experience, I’ve gotchu.
This will be a three-part blog piece covering Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and miscellaneous Orlando holiday attractions.
Let’s begin with Disney, shall we?
First of all, they kind of throw this big party every year at Magic Kingdom. It’s disgustingly jingle-bell and santa’s elves christmas-y. Not for the faint of heart.
What I’m referring to is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Tickets range from $91-$99 for ages 10+ to $86-$94 for ages 3-9. Children younger than 3 are ~free~ of course.
These are the dates:
- November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
- December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22
I literally can’t remember the last time I went to this event. I was that young. But I’ve heard that there are free cookies & other goodies, which is a plus in my book.
There’s also a new castle projection show called Once Upon A Time and the videos of it look MAGICAL. Don’t trust me? Check out Theme Park Review’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA0bFQUBkd0
Another fav of mine is Holidays Around the World at Epcot. Basically Christmas in every country for daysssssssss.
The Candlelight Processional is a classic attraction to check out. Celebrity narrators team up with an amazing choir to sing your favorite Christmas carols leaving you with chills. People wait in line for hours to get a seat for this.
Here are the dates and guests:
- November 25 to 27 — Steven Curtis Chapman
- November 28 to December 1 — Neil Patrick Harris
- December 2 to 3 — Whoopi Goldberg
- December 4 to 6 — Edward James Olmos
- December 7 to 9 — Anthony Mackie
- December 10 to 12 — Robby Benson
- December 13 to 15 — Meredith Vieira
- December 16 to 18 — Jim Caviezel
- December 19 to 21 — Joe Morton
- December 22 to 24 –Ming-Na Wen
- December 25 to 27 — Jodi Benson
- December 28 to 30 — Cal Ripken, Jr.
Another one of my most favorite-est things to do at Disney during the holidays that most people don’t even know about is go to the resorts (particularly the Grand Floridian and the Beach Club) and check out LIFE SIZED GINGER BREAD HOUSES AND CAROUSELS AND WHAT EVEN. Yes, shouty capitals were necessary.
This is also ~free~ (I love that word, don’t you?)
Inside the Magic is an amazing blog that covers this really well. Check it: http://www.insidethemagic.net/2015/11/construction-of-life-size-gingerbread-house-at-disneys-grand-floridian-resort-spa-completed/
Last, but not least, I’ll be curious to see what Disney Springs brings to the Christmas table this year. Apparently there is a trail of custom Christmas trees you can check out, AND you can get your picture taken with Santa. I’m sold.
Those are the best things to do at Disney for Christmas this year imo…check back next time where I’ll report on Grinchmas and other festivities at Universal Orlando!
Over and out,
xoxo Tay (lots of love in this post because let me emphasize again that this is my favorite time of the year and I’m so excited okay for reals bye this time)