Throughout the day at Epcot during Christmastime, the popular World Showcase offers a special holiday cultural experience! At each World Showcase pavilion, you will get the chance to hear how those countries celebrate the holidays either by a special story teller or individual, or that particular country's version of Santa Claus! It's really fun to hear about different culture's different holiday stories and traditions, and it's educational too! Check out this video below to see for yourself!
Here's a list below of the different storytellers at the World Showcase during Christmastime. Pick up a Times Guide when you enter the park to see what time they will appearing!
Mexico: The Three Kings
China: The Monkey King
Italy: La Befana
American Adventure: Story of Hanukkah, Santa Claus, Story of Kwanzaa
Japan: Daruma Vendor
France: Pere Noel
United Kingdom: Father Christmas
Canada: Papa Noel
Have you ever visited Epcot's World Showcase at Christmastime or do you want to? Share with us!
One of the highlights of Christmastime at Walt Disney World is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom! In our opinion, this is by far the best special event that Disney World offers.
This party begins in the evening and special admission is required. Cast Members are decked in special Christmas apparel and you will hear Christmas music being played on Main Street U.S.A. The Magic Kingdom even offers special maps during the party to show where special dance parties are taking place and where you can get free hot chocolate and sweets!
Special performances include a castle lighting ceremony featuring the Fab Five and the Fairy Godmother, a Christmas show at the castle, an amazing Christmas themed fireworks display, and Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas Parade featuring Santa Claus. We definitely recommend you watch this parade from Main Street so you can enjoy Disney's special "snow" that flutters down during the party.
During the party, you can find some special merchandise in the shops and lots of Disney characters dressed in Christmas and winter apparel all throughout the park. There are also special Christmas dance parties going on in special locations. Our family checked out a dance party at Cosmic Ray's Starlite Cafe and saw the Queen of Hearts and Goofy dressed like Santa Claus showing off some cool dance moves. Even some of the Cast Members working at the counters were dancing!
We found this pin prior to the start of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Not only was it rare and a great addition to our pin collection, but it's also a reminder of one of the best evenings we have ever spent at the Magic Kingdom!
Take a look at this video which gives an overview of all the happenings at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, including the dance parties, free hot chocolate, castle lighting ceremony, fireworks, and parade!
Have you ever experienced Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? Tell us about it!
Each year, Disney's flagship resort, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, builds a giant gingerbread house in their luxurious lobby. This gingerbread house is really made out of gingerbread and it is so big that a Cast Member actually works inside selling gingerbread treats!
This sweet is something you just have to see! Our family saw it in 2008 during its 10th year anniversary. We picked up this pamphlet (pictured left) that gave some details about the gingerbread house, as well as a menu of what sweet treats you can buy inside! It also made a great free souvenir, perfect for scrapbooking!
The gingerbread house is made from over a thousand pounds of honey, 800 lbs of flour, 35 lbs of spices, over 500 lbs of chocolate, and almost 200 lbs of apricot glaze! It also takes over 2 months for Disney to bake and build this sweet masterpiece!
Inside the house, you can purchase a gingerbread shingle to eat, just like what was used on the house! There are also other sugary snacks for sale here, such as cookies and Mickey inspired treats. We also saw that there were gingerbread ornaments and mini gingerbread houses to buy, along with special, limited edition Grand Floridian gingerbread house pins!
Pictured above is my Disney Bro's Grand Floridian Gingerbread House pin from 2008. He's a huge Disney pin trader/collector. Also, be sure to take a look at this video below to see the Grand Floridian's Gingerbread House for yourself; and comment below if you have seen this tasty creation in person or if it's on your Disney to-do list!
All this week, we will be celebrating A Disney Christmas in July! While it may sound like an odd time of year to be thinking about Christmas, many guests planning on visiting Disney World around Christmastime start thinking about it this time of year.
Plus, with temperatures rising all across the country, some cold, winter fun sounds good, doesn't it?
Today we are talking about Christmastime at Disney's Hollywood Studios. From November to January, it really does become a "tinsel town" offering some spectacular holiday experiences!
When you first reach the park, you will find a huge Christmas tree just outside the entrance. That's me at the base of the tree; and while I'm not exactly tall, you can still see how enormous the tree is!
When you enter the park, You will find garlands and ornaments, poinsetta landscaping, tinsel stars, and maybe even the Citzens of Hollywood street performers decked in Christmas costumes!
The biggest ode to the holiday season, courtesy of Hollywood Studios, is the famous Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights located on the Streets of America! Now I know the Magic Kingdom's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party gets all the attention, and it deserves it, but this display should be at the top of your list too!
Our family experienced this amazing display a few years ago and it became one of our favorite Disney memories. We had dinner at the Backlot Express around sundown, which is right next door to the Streets of America. After my brother and I had finished eating, we ventured onto the streets and it wasn't long before the lights died down and snow began to fall down on us. It was a truly magical moment! Soon the music began, the lights came on, and the Streets of America was completely transformed into a wonderland.
Pretty much every inch of the Streets of America is covered with lights all programmed to flash with the music; and there's other decorations on the roofs and hanging overhead. Be sure to notice the little details on the fire escapes, the windows, and the doors of the buildings as the fabled folks who live here have added their own personal Christmas twists!
It's a blast just to wander up and down these streets, listening to the music, watching the lights, and having snow fall down around you. However, it's always very crowded on the Streets of America so if you're traveling with kids, it's a good idea to keep them close; but don't worry about the crowds ruining the experience since the all the sights are around you and above you.
Be sure to check out this video below of the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. It really shows how amazing it really is!