Disney World is magical all year round but it especially magical during the holidays. It is one of my favorite times to visit because of all the extra special things you can do during this time. But it can also be one of the busiest so doing extra planning is necessary. So I created an itinerary for a weekend trip to Disney World or you can use it for the first three days of a longer trip to make the most of your time. Remember these are just some of my favorite things to do during the holiday time so feel free to adjust your plans to your family’s schedule.
The following itinerary requires tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and a 1 or 2 Day Base Ticket depending on if you have a full day on Day 3 for you and your family. I highly recommend staying on property especially for short trips and not getting the Dining Plan unless you will be staying longer than 3 days.
Day One-Resorts and Magic Kingdom- I recommend starting your first day on a day that has Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party scheduled. This is a separate ticket event so I recommend not going to any other park so you can conserve your energy for a very late night at Magic Kingdom. If you plan on arriving in the morning, this would be a great time to take a tour of the Christmas decorations at the Magic Kingdom resorts.(That includes The Contemporary, The Polynesian and The Grand Floridian.) Every Disney resort decorates for Christmas but the deluxe resorts have the grandest decorations! Feel free to wander to as many you can go and have lunch at one of resorts. Even though Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins at 7pm, a great tip is that you can enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm with your special event ticket. It’s great to arrive early and grab some dinner before the party begins because there will only be a few restaurants that will stay open during MVMCP. Then stay and enjoy all the festive fun, cocoa, cookies and attractions with limited lines until midnight! For specific tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, you can visit my post here.
Day Two-Epcot- Magic Kingdom looks great during the holidays but Epcot has the most holiday entertainment for Christmas. Start your day off by heading over to the World Showcase for International Yuletide Extravaganza. Each of the 11 countries show what they do to celebrate their holidays. There are storytellers, musical entertainment and kiosks with holiday samplings. During the evening begins the very popular Candlelight Processional. Each weekend after mid-November, a celebrity narrator reads the biblical story of Christmas while a full orchestra and a choir sing Christmas songs. This amazing show usually has 3 different showtimes so you can pick a time that works best for your family. But remember that the seats are first come first serve, so you will have to line up early to get a good view. You can also pay for a Candlelight Dining Package and get priority seating if that works best for your family. Then don’t forget to stay late in the evening for the holiday version of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.
Day Three-Disney Springs/Hollywood Studios- What is the holiday season without shopping for gifts, right? Well Disney Springs have nearly every possible store you can think of to knock out the bulk of your holiday shopping. You can also have pictures taken with Santa there as well and it just puts you in the holiday mood to walk around and see the stores decorated. If you do have the whole day, I recommend heading on over to Hollywood Studios in the evening to catch their new holiday show, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! This show has projections, fireworks and lots of holiday music.
Hope these recommendations help with planning a Holiday Weekend trip!
Have you ever been to Disney World during the holidays? If so, what are your favorite holiday things to do there?
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