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Suggestions for visiting Disney World at Christmas: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together and past

Whenever you add the magic of the vacation season to what’s already the Most Magical Place on Earth, you get one thing that’s really particular — and a complete lot of enjoyable.

In the course of the Christmas season, Disney World goes all-in with round 29 massive customized bushes (as much as 70 ft tall), 596 smaller bushes, lots of of wreaths and extra. In reality, there’s a lot Christmas and vacation decor that there are groups and warehouses devoted simply to vacation adorning.

Disney World is a world-class household vacation spot 12 months a 12 months, nevertheless it will get additional particular on the holidays — particularly for the 23 nights out of the 12 months when the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together. However even past the occasion, there are the adorned resorts, the life-size gingerbread home, particular treats and extra.

In the event you additionally want just a little Disney Christmas, proper this very minute, listed here are suggestions for visiting Disney World throughout the entire winter vacation enjoyable.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together

On 23 totally different nights from Nov. 8-Dec. 22, the Magic Kingdom closes to day visitors at 6 p.m. and transforms into a spot of vacation celebration for these with occasion tickets.

Simply having common park admission tickets to the Magic Kingdom gained’t get you into the particular night occasion, as it’s important to depart the park earlier than the occasion begins in case you don’t have a ticket to the shindig. So on that observe, make your occasion night time a day once you chill on the resort or discover Disney Springs earlier than heading to the Magic Kingdom — you’ll want your relaxation for the night’s actions.

Tickets to the after-hours Christmas occasion get you into the Magic Kingdom starting at 4 p.m. The occasion formally begins at 7 p.m, providing you with a few hours to take pleasure in rides with out lacking any of the themed occasion enjoyable.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together contains treats (snickerdoodle cookies, scorching chocolate, sugar cookies and extra) handed out at designated spots across the Magic Kingdom.

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There are additionally particular stage reveals 4 occasions an evening, 10 p.m. fireworks, two rounds of the As soon as Upon a Christmastime parade, Membership TInsel dance events and extra — primarily it’s the holidays on Mickey steroids.

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Purchase Very Merry tickets upfront

The Christmas occasion tickets promote out yearly, so don’t drag your ft if you already know you need to go.

In reality, for this 12 months, many of the events are already offered out with just some nights remaining. If you’re planning for subsequent 12 months, let this be your reminder to hit “Add to cart” as quickly because the occasion dates are introduced. As you’re looking on the calendar, now is an efficient time to warn you that Christmas at Disney World may be very, very fashionable. In case you have the flexibility to keep away from weekends and peak vacation weeks, do it.

In reality, the week of Christmas and New Yr’s is the one week of the 12 months we hope to by no means go to Disney World.

Additionally, know that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together tickets are costly. Costs for the remaining nights are about $180 per individual, which is greater than a daytime ticket to the park. You may make an informed guess as to which occasion nights are the most well-liked by checking the costs on-line. Pricier usually means busier, so go on a weekday night time early within the season to take pleasure in barely smaller crowds and decrease costs.

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You need to use factors to buy tickets to Disney World by way of playing cards or pay with a bank card that awards a bonus on leisure purchases, resembling 4% money again on the Capital One Savor Money Rewards Credit score Card.

If you are going to buy your occasion tickets from Undercover Vacationer, they need to code as a journey expense, incomes you 3 factors per greenback on a Chase Sapphire Reserve or 2 factors per greenback on the Chase Sapphire Most popular. Alternatively, you should buy discounted Disney present playing cards and pay with these instantly from Disney.

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Christmas treats included

Throughout Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together, they hand out a number of totally different included treats at numerous factors within the Magic Kingdom.

These are goodies resembling cookies and scorching chocolate — totally different from the ice cream, soda and popcorn treats that have been additionally included through the after-hours model of this occasion that occurred through the coronary heart of the pandemic.

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It’s concerning the reveals, not rides, however …

The parades, fort present and treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together are the highlights. You’ll be able to dance at Membership Tinsel, pattern all of the treats, try the vacation decorations with out numerous crowds and let a number of the rides wait for an additional day.

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That mentioned, there are just a few rides you could not need to miss — resembling Jingle Cruise, one of many few rides to rework right into a holiday-themed expertise. (Talking of festive rides, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will function “seasonal jams” over at Epcot.)

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Moreover, you may make Genie+ reservations till the official park closing time, if you want.

This 12 months, I began stacking Genie+ Lightning Lanes to make use of from 4-6 p.m. since this was the one Magic Kingdom day of this journey for the household. By beginning to reserve these round 8 a.m. within the morning, I had Peter Pan’s Flight, Jingle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, Area Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean all able to go for the household, so we knocked out quite a lot of rides in these first two hours. Spending the cash to try this could or might not be price it in your group.

Because the occasion will get going and the night time will get later, many rides could have waits within the 0-15-minute vary, however when you’ve got youthful children or do not need to keep up late, use these first few hours correctly.

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Go to the first parade in case you aren’t certain you possibly can keep up late

The 2 parades are at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and a superb technique is to go to the late parade through the Christmas occasion, however after all, not everybody needs to remain up late.

So in that case, I like to recommend lining up earlier than 8 p.m. for the primary parade if that is your precedence. Personally, I feel watching this parade on Most important Avenue U.S.A. is fairly particular, although getting a curbside seat does require getting there early.

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Don’t miss the fireworks present

The Minnie’s Fantastic Christmastime Fireworks show for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas is unbelievable.

In reality, it’s certainly one of my favourite fireworks reveals of all time. Even in case you aren’t going to remain awake for the entire occasion, don’t depart earlier than this present at 10 p.m. I’d say in case you can’t keep up that late to benefit from the holiday-themed show, I’d skip the occasion this 12 months, as this was one of many largest highlights of the night time.

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The present is nearly assured to place you in a festive temper with vacation music, projections, fireworks and one of the best darn show that cash should buy.

Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together price it?

At round $180 per ticket, the night occasion can simply value over $700 for a household of 4. Is that actually price it for some treats, parades and fireworks? Your funds would be the largest driver of this reply, however if you’re already dealing in Disney pricing in your journey, it’s price it in some circumstances.

First, you may have to have the ability to keep up just a little late or it actually isn’t price it. In case your group can’t be within the park from no less than 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the earliest, then skip it.

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Second, it’s extra price it if it might function your theme park ticket for the day. For instance, a single-day ticket to the parks is mostly $130-$150 per day, relying on dates, so if you’re paying for this ticket as a substitute of that you then’re “solely” including on $30 or so to your each day complete – and that distinction could be price it if you’re into all issues vacation and nice with a late night time.

Lastly, it’s important to need to see the parades and fireworks and do all of the particular occasion issues.

If all you need are rides, then undoubtedly skip this pricier ticket. Whereas it’s true the crowds are smaller and you’ll take pleasure in shorter traces for the rides, there are higher methods to keep away from traces at Disney if you’re on a funds than ponying up for this ticket. All that mentioned, I 100% love this occasion 12 months after 12 months and am at all times so glad to be soaking in all of the elements of the celebration.

The place to see Christmas decorations at Disney World

When the ultimate Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Get together ended Nov. 1, Disney remodeled the Magic Kingdom nearly in a single day into a vacation wonderland. It takes just a little longer for the decorations to make their manner across the complete Disney World property, however by mid-November, there’s normally vacation decor at each flip.

Some Disney World Christmas decor highlights embody Most important Avenue, U.S.A., which is completely to not be missed. The Magic Kingdom alone has 590 garlands (measuring a complete of 5,188 ft), 40 Christmas bushes and 147 wreaths.

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Different vacation must-visits are the life-size gingerbread home on the Grand Floridian, the large Christmas bushes within the foyer of the Wilderness Lodge (take the boat from Magic Kingdom) and Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Christmas tree and decorations in and round Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Whenever you make a cease on the Grand Floridian to see these spectacular decorations, you possibly can even purchase some gingerbread of your personal to munch on as you’re taking all of it in — simply be prepared for a wait to take a look at, because it’s fairly the favored spot.

In the event you simply need to admire the view, then not surprisingly, one of the best views of the gingerbread show could be had early within the morning or late within the night when the store that sells the items of gingerbread is closed.

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You too can head to Disney Springs to benefit from the Christmas Tree Stroll with 20 totally different themed bushes. In reality, you are able to do a quest to seek out all 20 that comes with a particular shock on the finish.

The thermometer could usually say 85 levels in Central Florida through the vacation months, nevertheless it nonetheless snows through the holidays due to Disney magic. Whereas celebrating Christmas at Disney World, make time to play within the snow on Most important Avenue, U.S.A. and Sundown Boulevard in Hollywood Studios. Sundown Seasons Greetings is fairly spectacular, because the Tower of Terror has been remodeled with festive lights and projections.

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For additional enjoyable within the snow, try the Frozen Sing-Alongside at Hollywood Studios, the place it even snows indoors. And, through the holidays, there’s an extra-festive finale that includes Olaf.

Get pleasure from a holiday-themed meal

A great way to take pleasure in Christmas at Disney World with out too lengthy of a line is to make a eating reservation at a restaurant that goes all-out for the vacations. That manner you get to sit down all the way down to eat whereas the characters come to you. One chance is Minnie’s Seasonal Eating at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios.

This usually isn’t thought-about one of many finest eating places at Disney World, however with the Fab 5 characters all wearing vacation apparel, it’s a enjoyable and festive alternative.

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In years previous, we did this meal and loved crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, shrimp macaroni and cheese and extra from the buffet, together with the characters of their vacation finest. And naturally, hugs are actually again at Disney World.

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Meet Santa at Disney

Given what number of girls and boys go to Disney every vacation season, it is sensible that Santa stops in infrequently. Nonetheless, numerous girls and boys need to meet Santa at Disney, so to keep away from the three-to-four-hour waits of years passed by, Disney has a brand new system.

Santa is now obtainable by way of a digital queue with openings obtainable at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for these at Disney Springs to come back and pose for a photograph and switch in a want listing.

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If you’re at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Get together you possibly can in all probability discover Santa’s outpost behind the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

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Santa also can typically be seen within the parks and can attend particular breakfasts on sure dates at Maria and Enzo’s.

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Epcot Candlelight Processional

From Nov. 25 to Dec. 30, a star narrator leads the telling of the Christmas nativity story, and a reside orchestra and choir make the vacations come alive throughout the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot at 5:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and eight:30 p.m.

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You’ll be able to assure seating by reserving a Candlelight Processional eating package deal for lunch or dinner. Based mostly on our experiences, you need to do that to ensure a seat until you’re OK with traces and playing with availability. Costs for the eating and seat packages vary from $64 to $100 per grownup and $28 to $51 for kids, relying on the meal and restaurant.

You’ll discover a few of our favourite eating places at Disney World on the listing, resembling Backyard Grill and Rose & Crown Eating Room. Though it isn’t my all-time favourite meals, the Biergarten Restaurant may also be an entertaining spot for a vacation meal. Some day-of packages can be found for much less at Regal Eagle Smokehouse and Spice Highway Desk.

The 2022 Epcot processional narrators are:

  • Simu Liu: Nov. 25 to Nov. 26.
  • Chita Rivera: Nov. 27 to Nov. 29.
  • Raul Esparza: Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.
  • Whoopi Goldberg: Dec. 2 to Dec. 3.
  • Isabella Rossellini: Dec. 4 to Dec. 6.
  • Daymond John: Dec. 7 to Dec. 9.
  • Josh Gad: Dec. 10 to Dec. 12.
  • Gloria Estefan: Dec. 13 to Dec. 14.
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Dec. 15 to Dec. 18.
  • Mariska Hargitay: Dec. 19 to Dec. 20.
  • Cal Ripken Jr: Dec. 21 to Dec. 23.
  • Marie Osmond: Dec. 24 to Dec. 26.
  • Courtney Vance: Dec. 27 to Dec. 28.
  • Angela Bassett: Dec. 29 to Dec. 30.

Needless to say the processional itself is free to Epcot visitors. Shopping for a eating package deal merely ensures a seat. You additionally want a theme park ticket and Epcot park move reservation (or park hop) for this one. Whereas it’s a pretty night, know that that is one thing that will not thrill some youthful youngsters.

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The most effective time to go to Disney World at Christmas

The dangerous information blended in with all this magic is that it will get painfully busy at Disney throughout parts of the vacations. Assume five-hour waits for rides in pre-pandemic occasions and parks hitting most capability.

Frequent sense will let you know when the parks are busiest through the holidays: over faculty breaks and on weekends. Additionally, keep in mind that there is a factor known as Jersey Week that occurs originally of the vacation season in early November when there is a weeklong faculty break in New Jersey. In the event you’re planning for the long run, know that less-busy occasions embody the week earlier than Thanksgiving and midweek through the first two weeks of December.

December is essentially the most festive time, with the Epcot Candlelight Processional up and operating by late November. You don’t have to attend that lengthy, nevertheless, as many of the Christmas decorations across the parks and resorts are up and the after-hours Christmas Get together is in full swing by mid-November.

Backside line

In the event you like Christmas, the winter holidays and all issues Mickey Mouse, you’ll doubtless love Christmas at Disney World.

Excluding 2020, we’ve gone through the vacation season yearly for the final a number of years, so I can attest that spending just a few days late within the 12 months at Disney World can actually jump-start the vacation cheer. There’s an excessive amount of to see and do to take all of it in on one go to, which is ok as a result of there’s at all times subsequent Christmas.

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