About Walt Disney World's Magic of Christmas
Disney World prides itself on creating magical vacations
. At no time is this clearer than during the holiday season, when the entire Disney World resort
is transformed into a truly magnificent kingdom.
When To Go
The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is extremely crowded. The best holiday season travel time is after Thanksgiving until mid-December.
One of the chefs' creations at Disney's Polynesian resort, Christmas 2008. Image by Adi Ferrara.
Each park and resort hotel has a different decoration theme. Decorations go beyond the traditional, richly done trees, garlands and lights. Ingenious creations add special touches to each resort and park, such as the chefs' chocolate creations of famous Hawaiian buildings at the Polynesian resort.
Holidays Around The World
At EPCOT's World Showcase, each country features traditional characters and regional holiday treats. Guests get to listen to holiday stories from around the world.
Several holiday events are now the staples of the Disney World holiday season. Among them are the stunningly rich production known as the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, the amazing lights display at Disney's Hollywood Studios (The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights) and the fun-filled and treats-laden Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. The latter requires a separate admission ticket.
Fireworks -- The Holiday Editions
The beloved Wishes and IllumiNations fireworks shows are expanded and augmented for the holidays, resulting in a truly amazing display that moves some people to tears.
Merchandise is an inevitable part of a Disney World vacation, but the holiday editions of plush toys and character ears are delightful and well worth the expense.
Adi Ferrara is a freelance writer specializing in medicine and science. She is also a CPR and first aid instructor for the American Heart Association. She lives in Bellevue, Washington but enjoys spending as much time as possible at Walt Disney World in Florida. She is the proud scribe of the blog Anatomy of A Disneyholic on Blogger.