Christmas at Walt Disney World part 5
While there are certainly a number of festive sights around town, Baltimore would most likely not be called “Holiday Central.” However, the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL might just be. Christmas time is one of the most magical times to visit the Magic Kingdom.
All throughout the Magic Kingdom, Christmas decorations can be found. Decorations include giant toy soldiers and candy canes, Christmas trees, and over 25,000 poinsettias. Wreaths and holly are hung across Main Steet. But the best decoration of all has to be Cinderella’s Castle. During the Christmas season, Cinderella’s Castle is transformed into an ice castle with over 200,000 lights cover the castle. The effect makes it look like the castle is covered in icicles. To decorate the castle, 60 people work over three weeks and in the end the image of the lit castle is both elegant and organic. Don’t worry, the strings of lights are nearly invisible during the day.
The main event at the Magic Kingdom is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This is a special, separate ticketed event held after hours on select nights. The evening starts out with snow falling on Main Street, USA. To help complete the winter atmosphere, complementary Christmas cookies and hot cocoa are served. There are also several special events that take place during the party. They include the lighting of the Dream Lights on the castle, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, Celebrate the Season Castle Stage Show, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show, meet and greet opportunities with Disney Characters, character dance parties, and many of the attractions remain open.
During the Dream Lights, guest learn that Cinderella asks her Fairy Godmother to decorate her castle with magical ice. Celebrate the Season Castle Stage Show features the latest in character animation, complete with moving eyes and mouths. The show features your favorite Disney characters in a variety of festive costumes including Mickey as a Toy Soldier and Goofy as a Russian dancer. The show concludes with a holiday sing-a-long. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade featuring many Disney characters in holiday outfits, ice skaters, elves, gingerbread men, wooden soldiers, and Santa himself. A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show is the latest stage show has Stitch finding the meaning of Christmas. Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season is a spectacular firework display performed to remixes of classic Christmas songs climaxing with snow falling over the Magic Kingdom.
It is important to note that during the weeks before and after Christmas, all these shows and parades happen during the regular operating hours.
Christmas time is arguably one of the best times to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. Between all the decorations, parades, Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and fireworks it is easy to see why. So next time you are planning your holiday getaway, why not spend the happiest time of the year at the happiest place on Earth?