Home Disney World KennythePirate’s Guide to Holiday happenings at Walt Disney World

KennythePirate’s Guide to Holiday happenings at Walt Disney World

Disney World, Holiday Events, Orlando
Duffy at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2012

Updated 11/16/2013

I’ve created this outline to assist you in planning your time in Walt Disney  World during the busy holiday season.  I’ll add more details as thing are released in coming days and weeks.  You’ll be able to find this on the LEFT hand bar of the site whenever you need it or bookmark the info.

Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

Hollywood Studios


  • Holiday décor installed – Nov 13-14
  • Santa Duffy – begins November 12
  • Holiday Storytellers – November 29 through December 30
  • Illuminations Reflections of Earth with Holiday finale – November 29 through December 30
  • Meet Santa and Mrs. Clause in America Pavilion – November 29 through December 30
  • Candlelight Processional: November 29 – December 30

Gary Sinise:  November 29-December 1
Neil Patrick Harris:  December 2-3
Ashley Judd:  December 4-5
Whoopi Goldberg:  December 6-7
Sigourney Weaver:  December 8-10
Dennis Haysbert:  December 11-13
James Denton:  December 14-16
Edward James Olmos:  December 17-19
Trace Adkins:  December 20-22
Steven Curtis Chapman:  December 23-25
Blair Underwood:  December 26-28
Amy Grant:  December 29-30

Downtown Disney

  • Festival of the Seasons November 15-December 29

Santa Claus: November 15–December 24

Santa Goofy: December 25–29

Located at Santa’s Chalet at the Marketplace from 12:00pm to 2:15pm, 2:30pm to 4:45pm, 5:15pm to 7:30pm & 7:45pm to 9:30pm.

Enjoy live entertainment, holiday carolers and festive décor


  1. Do you have more info on the parade taping Dec 6-7 or know where I could find it? Btw, I had a dream last night that I met you at MK and thanked you for your awesome site. Since that most likely won’t happen…thank you! Your info and planning to see characters helps SO much!

  2. When is the last showing of Holiday Wishes. We will be arriving December 27 or 28. Are they the same as the MVMCP holiday fireworks?

  3. Kenny, we might be heading there on Jan. 2 to 5. I know we won’t miss Osborne, the MK Christmas Parade, or Jingle Jungle. Appears everything at Epcot will already be done but what about Holiday Wishes? Thanks!

  4. Is The totally Tomorrowland Christmas really for all MK guest after Dec. 21th? I haven’t seen that anywhere else. I only heard it was only for MVMCP.

  5. We’re visiting Epcot on November 16. It looks like the holiday décor will be installed by then, but do you think that Duffy will have his holiday outfit on, or will we be a week early?

    • Rope drop. It’s the best way to ride a lot. Use FP+ for Enchanted Tales and 2 other things. Use paper FP. Take mid-day break. Don’t bother with Christmas Party unless you’re going for characters. You’ll get to see all the shows, parade and fireworks for free.

What do you think?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.