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There’s something extra magical about Disney’s Magic Kingdom during the holiday season. Take a look at our favorites…
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Main Street U.S.A. evokes feelings of a bygone era. During the holidays, it’s reminiscent of a small town turn-of-the-century Christmas. First, look for the huge, decorated tree near the flagpole. At times, you’ll find Disney PhotoPass photographers snapping shots with the presents and tree in the background.
Not only that, but stores and the buildings are decked out too. Look for life-size toys, like the Toy Soldier shown above. One of my favorite details are the wreaths adorning Main Street U.S.A. and the castle hub. Take a look at pictures of this year’s Magic Kingdom holiday decorations HERE.
There are plenty of new delights this year, like the adorable Mickey Mousse Ornament Treat at the Main Street Bakery, the sweet and savory Holiday Dinner Dog at Casey’s Corner, and the Polar Bear Claw at Cool Ship. Check out the complete list of holiday treats and sips HERE.
Be on the lookout for this year’s holiday popcorn bucket. They’re always so much fun! There are also festive treats exclusive served at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Here, guests receive free cocoa and cookies, too.
In place of a castle lighting, special projection effects will give a festive look to Cinderella Castle this year, providing a colorful backdrop for photos in the evenings.
During the day, Cinderella Castle is beautiful too. If you look at the front of the castle shown above, you’ll notice that the actual castle itself is void of Christmas. However, there is a beautiful greenery and gold garland bordering the stage area.
The back of the castle, however, is a different story. There, you’ll see ornate ribbon and greenery scattered throughout. The royal blue is fitting for a princess.
If you attend the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’ll get to enjoy a variety of entertainment. First, in Tomorrowland, check out Club Tinsel to dance the night away with holiday friends including reindeer, polar bears, and elves.
Also, in Tomorrowland, don’t miss A Totally Christmas Party on the Tomorrowland Stage. Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch join host Haley Comet for an intergalactic musical revue on the Rockettower Plaza Stage. The show is full of modern twists on classic holiday songs and the coolest dance numbers in town!
If you prefer Disney Junior characters, then you’ll enjoy the Disney Junior Jingle Jam. In Storybook Circus, the Disney Junior Jingle Jam gives young partygoers the chance to get their groove on with favorite characters from popular Disney Junior shows Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and The Lion Guard.
Last but not least is the holiday castle show, Mickey’s Merriest Celebration. This show features Mickey and all his pals in holiday attire dancing and singing to their favorite seasonal tunes.
The entertainment described above is only available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, except for dates closest to Christmas. To take a look at exactly when all guests can see special entertainment, check out Monica’s post HERE.
For the holiday season, the beloved attraction Jungle Cruise receives a fun holiday overlay. This overlay transforms the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise for guests.
Guests are invited to, ”join the homesick Jungle Cruise skippers as they set out on a holly, jolly journey packed with silly shenanigans. The boathouse and beyond are decked out with merry décor that’s been mailed to the skippers or that they’ve created themselves. They’re even unwrapping a few holiday jokes to help everyone get in the spirit.”
Not only that, but if you’re attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can experience holiday overlays on the following attractions: Space Mountain, Pirate of the Caribbean, and the Mad Tea Party.
I (Susan) must admit I love Disney merchandise, especially trip souvenirs. My favorites are all the adorable Christmas lines that come out each season. Not only are there multiple merchandise lines, but each year they are totally new! If you celebrate Hanukkah, Disney carries merchandise for that, too.
For the best selection of holiday merchandise visit the Emporium and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom, and the World of Disney and Disney’s Days of Christmas at Disney Springs. I (Susan) love that Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe and Disney’s Days of Christmas are packed with holiday merchandise all year round!
During the holiday season it snow in Florida! Well, sort of…during the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Disney runs “snoap” machines on Main Street U.S.A. It’s so fun to watch and be a part of.
Get in the Christmas spirit as your host, Minnie Mouse, invites you to take in a sparkling, yuletide fireworks display. Watch as the sky becomes alight with festive colors to the tune of some of your favorite carols like Deck the Halls and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show will be presented as part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights November 8 through December 22, 2022. Then, Enchantment will be replaced with Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Fireworks show from December 23 through December 29 with the New Years Eve fireworks taking place on December 30 and 31.
There are a couple of ways to see Santa this season at Magic Kingdom. First, either attend one of the Christmas parties or visit the week before or after Christmas to see him in the parade.
Last year, Santa Claus met guests from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Liberty Square Gazebo behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. He began meeting guests on November 30 and will most likely have a similar meet this year.
Liberty Tree Tavern serves traditional holiday meals all year round. Be Our Guest is extra special with its Christmas trees and snow backdrop. On Christmas day, there will be several traditional Christmas meals served as well as buffet enhancements. Be sure to book them early because they’re quite popular.
I hope you enjoy Christmas at Magic Kingdom as much as I do. There is so much to do and see! It’s exciting that the Christmas party has returned too! For more information, check out Monica’s festive guide to the Magic Kingdom HERE.
Are you visiting Disney’s Magic Kingdom this holiday season? What is your favorite thing about going to Disney during the holidays? Please let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.