There’s No Place Like Walt Disney World for the Holidays!
It was once suggested that while there’s no place like home for the holidays, the next best place on the planet may be Walt Disney World Resort. The good news is that guests don’t have to choose: They can experience the sparkling decorations and joyous seasonal entertainment throughout the Vacation Kingdom and still be home for Christmas, because the festivities begin weeks before December 25. Here’s a sampling of what’s in store:
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights — As “snow” falls overhead, the Streets of America backlot cityscape at Disney’s Hollywood Studios comes alive November 28-January 4, 2009, with millions of holiday lights that dance to music, animating sparkling displays to create twirling carousels, marching toy soldiers and even Santa and his reindeer taking flight. The synchronized music and light show is presented in collaboration with famed Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne, who developed the dazzling display for his daughter more than a decade ago at his Little Rock, Ark., home. The spectacle is included with Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission.
Holidays Around the World / Candlelight Processional — An Epcot tradition continues November 28-December 30 with holiday customs from around the globe, international storytellers, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony featuring Disney characters, a stunning display of snow-white and colored lights, and Candlelight Processional. A beloved Disney tradition that began long before Epcot, Candlelight Processional features celebrity guest narrators accompanied by a mass choir and 50-piece orchestra for a retelling of the Christmas story at America Gardens Theatre at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 pm. All of the Epcot holiday fun is included with regular theme park admission.
Castle Dreamlights — A dazzling lighting spectacle transforms the iconic Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom into a glimmering, shimmering ice palace at holiday time. Bathed in more than 200,000 tiny white lights, the castle glows and glistens nightly beginning November 10. It’s all a fulfillment of Cinderella’s holiday wish, as guests learn during a special show that climaxes with the transformation of the famous Magic Kingdom icon.
Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade — A Disney’s Animal Kingdom tradition, the procession results from Mickey Mouse’s invitation to a special group of friends to join him on a holiday adventure. The parade is filled with gaiety — the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings of the season. Mickey and his friends are no exception. They’ve added holiday accessories to their safari costumes. Add in some special music and you have a combination that celebrates the holidays in a Disney’s Animal Kingdom way November 28-January 4, 2009.
Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney – Guests can finish their holiday shopping at this one-stop mecca featuring something for everyone on their list and enjoy the dazzling light display and holiday décor that adorns the Downtown Disney streets November 28-December 24, 2008. Youngsters can bring their Christmas list and visit Santa Claus from noon-10 pm daily.
Information courtesy of Mousesavers Newsletter