Christmas is Here at the Magic Kingdom!
Halloween was just a few days ago but in Walt Disney World, November 1st means Christmas time! After the park closes down to the last guest on October 31, the work begins! Over 160 Cast Members work all through the night to take down the Halloween pumpkins and decor to make way for the wreathes, miles of garland, and of course the 70 ft tall Christmas tree right in at the center of Town Square in Main Street, USA.
Where to Find Santa in WDW
It’s important to know where to find the big guy himself while you are at WDW at Christmas time, especially if you are with small children.
You can meet Santa and have a private moment at the Liberty Square Gazebo. Be sure to bring your good attitude and your Christmas list!
You can also wave to him during the daily parade through the months of November and December.
Meet the man in red at the American Adventure Pavilion near the large Christmas tree. Get the cameras ready! Children can sit with him and tell Santa their Christmas wishes
Santa is living the life of glamor over in Hollywood Studios. He can be seen in the motorcade in a shiny red Camaro. Look out, Rudolph!
Check out Santa on the holiday flotillas down Discovery River. You can wave to Santa and hear his jolly “Ho, ho, ho” from all over the park overlooking the Discovery River.
Santa Claus needs a vacation, too! You can see him riding in a motor boat in the harbor around Disney Springs. Get ready to hop up and yell, “Santa!!! I know him, I know him!”.
Special Experiences During the Christmas Season
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – A special after hours (extra paid ticket) event brimming with Christmas cheer.
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – Celebrate Holidays Around the World, a spirited seasonal event inspired by cultures near and far. Plus special holiday treats and beverages
The Candlelight Processional – a Special event held nights at EPCOT. Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir.
The Disney Parks and Resort Hotels are all decorated for the season.
Special Holiday Treats around the parks and resorts.
The Jingle Cruise – The Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise gets a Christmas makeover.
Did you know…?
More Disney Christmas Fun Facts!
- 41 Cast Members work 365 days a year on Christmas decorations for Walt Disney World
- There are over 1,300 decorated Christmas trees in Walt Disney World. (Think about the size of that warehouse needed just for the trees!)
- It takes 150 semi-truck loads to complete the Christmas transformation
- There are 15 miles of decorated garland in the Magic Kingdom
- 1,314 wreaths decorate the lamp posts through WDW
- If you were to unravel all of the bows you would have over 900,000 feet of ribbon
- Move over Clark Griswold, WDW has 8.5 million imported Italian twinkle lights… kidding, they switched over to LEDs
- The famous Christmas tree in Magic Kingdom is 70 feet tall with a 26 foot base and 38,500 lights
- This tree also features a 2 foot star and weighs a whopping 16.5 tons (That’s 33,000 lbs.!)
- Disney magic brings snow on Main Street every night at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Speaking of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there are 391 special character costumes made just for the event!
Planning a Visit During the Christmas Season?
Experience Christmas the Disney way with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
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This MDT Post By: Erin Schreiver
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