Magical holiday experiences and beloved traditions await Walt Disney World Resort guests during the most wonderful time of the year. Starting Nov. 8, theme parks, resort hotels and Disney Springs come to life with holiday charm and excitement as dazzling dcor and a flurry of fun immerse guests in a festive fantasy.


Check out these holiday fun facts and discover how Walt Disney World Resort becomes a winter wonderland!


Walt Disney World Resort



  • The Walt Disney World Holiday Services team provides dcor for 780locations within 41different properties, including Disney theme parks, resorts, Disney Springs and recreation and shopping areas. The team also decorates Disney Cruise Line ships and Disney Vacation Club resorts in Florida and South Carolina.

  • 41cast members work year-round to make the holiday transformation a reality, with an additional119cast members added during the installation period.

  • Dcor installation begins Halloween night and is finished by Thanksgiving.


Magic Kingdom Park



  • During the holidays, Magic Kingdom is home to40 trees, 147 wreaths and 590 garlands that measure a total of 5,188feet.

  • Guests can celebrate the season atMickeys Very Merry Christmas Party on23 select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 22. This years celebration welcomes the dazzling new nighttime spectacular, Minnies Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.

  • Tomorrowland Speedwayjoins in the merriment of Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time this year with a new holiday overlay that glimmers with thousands of lights and stylized dcor. Its one of 4Magic Kingdom attractions to feature holiday overlays.


Disneys Animal Kingdom



  • Disneys Animal Kingdom will celebrate the holidays in full for the first time in its history, with enchanting entertainment and dcor in 3new locations.

  • 148animal-inspired luminaries will cast a warm and festive glow throughout Discovery Island as a merry menagerie of 10 artisan-sculpted puppets resembling winter animals roam and interact with guests throughout the land.

  • 2,600lightbulbs will adorn the DinoLand U.S.A. water tower, giving the land a festive new look for the holidays.


Disneys Hollywood Studios



  • The Christmas tree on Echo Lake is 65feet tall, with a 25-foot-wide base.

  • Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disneys Hollywood Studios includes 12high-definition projectors used to visually transform the faade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel with holiday scenes.

  • 21palm trees along Sunset Boulevard illuminate with programmable, color-changing LED fixtures.

  • Dinosaur Gertieis dressed in her finest holiday attire. Her hat is so big,four people could stand inside it!


Epcot



  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays takes place Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 and celebrates holiday traditions from around the world through storytelling and music presented throughout World Showcase.

  • Holiday treats are also part of the festival, which includes 13Holiday Kitchens serving more than 50 bites from around the world and 60-plus specialty

  • The Candlelight Processional will be performed 96times at Epcot this holiday season with a 50-piece orchestra, mass choir and 12different celebrity narrators.

  • The Candlelight Processional stage at America Gardens Theatre features 2 Christmas trees that are each 18 feet tall.


Resorts



  • Guests will find a life-size holiday gingerbread house in the lobby of Disneys Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This elaborate 10-foot-wide,15-foot-long and 14-foot-tall structure is covered with more than 10,000pieces of gingerbread and is the perfect place to pick up holiday sweets and treats.

  • Disneys Contemporary Resort is celebrating the 10thanniversary of its iconic gingerbread Cinderella Castle. This 18-foot-tall display is crafted from more than 5,000gingerbread shingles, 47pounds of rolled fondant, 38 pounds of modeling chocolate and much more!

  • This year also marks the 20thanniversary of the Holiday Carousel gingerbread display at Disneys Beach Club Resort. This life-size spinning carousel features 20 Hidden Mickeys, 5Peter Pan-themed horses and handcrafted gingerbread shingles.

  • Disneys Contemporary Resort is home to the tallest Christmas tree at Walt Disney World. This 70-foot-tall tree is adorned with 16,000 lights and more than 200 custom ornaments.

  • Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to a 45-foot-tall tree featuring authentic African dcor and reproductions of traditional African masks.


Disney Springs



  • Disney Springs is the epicenter of holiday shopping at Walt Disney World. Its also the largest of all of the decorated Disney locations, with more than 2,000pieces of individual dcor, including a 45-foot-tall tree.

  • Each piece of dcor was custom designed to fit the classic Florida town theme that carries throughout the entirety of Disney Springs.

  • Disney Springs is also home to the Christmas Tree Trail, a walkthrough wonderland featuring 27unique Disney-themed trees.


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