Holiday festivities arrive at Walt Disney World for 2020

Christmas is starting now at Walt Disney World, as the resort has transformed into a festive wonderland for the holiday season.

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All four parks and Disney Springs are getting in on the holiday fun, with a variety of offerings for everyone.

Watch our full report from the Magic Kingdom and all its holiday offerings in the video below:

Report from Magic Kingdom Christmas Celebrations

Magic Kingdom

All your favorite Disney characters are donning their holiday best to celebrate the season with a series of cavalcades, complete with decorated floats and Christmas music. Guests can see Mickey and friends trimming the tree, the Disney Princesses in their winterwear, Goofy and his pals decorating a delicious gingerbread house, and even Santa Claus in his sleigh. You can check out our videos of each cavalcade below:

On Main Street, U.S.A., you can see the Holiday Trolley bring festive harmonies from the Dapper Dans, or even the Toy Soldiers and Main Street Philharmonic marching through Magic Kingdom.

Even though the Dream Lights aren’t sparkling on Cinderella Castle this year, the icon still comes to life with festive projection effects that make a perfect backdrop for holiday photos.

Cinderella Castle Christmas Transformations at The Magic Kingdom

The Muppets are even making surprise appearances for the holidays in Liberty Square:

Muppets Christmas Surprise at the Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can enjoy seasonal décor and festive flotillas featuring Disney characters sailing down the Discovery River to holiday songs, including Donald and his pals, Chip ‘n’ Dale, and the Discovery Island Drummers. Even Santa Claus will make his way to the park with surprise appearances.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get their own chance to see Santa when he brings a fabulous motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard, led by an entourage of elves and riding in his red convertible packed with presents. And just in time for the holidays, “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” will add a festive finale featuring Olaf.

After the sun sets, the Hollywood Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard will transform into the Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel, with projection effects turning it into a Muppets gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, a snowy glimpse of Arendelle, and a Dickensian village inspired by “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”

Disney Springs

At Disney Springs, guests can enjoy an array of sparkling lights, holiday décor and plenty of gift ideas for everyone on your list. New for this year is the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll, which has elaborately-decorated, Disney-themed trees spread throughout the destination. Be sure to pick up a free Tree Stroll map, as it has special deals from a variety of Disney Springs retailers. Once completed, you can show the filled-out map for a souvenir.

There are also DJs spinning tunes during the day, and stilt-walking toy soldiers, skating snowflakes, and magical snowfalls at night.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make the trip to Disney Springs later in November, where guests can find them cruising Lake Buena Vista in a pair of decorated pontoon boats.

festival of the holidays

Epcot will also get into the spirit later this month when the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays kicks off on Nov. 27. You can check out the full menus for this year’s Holiday Kitchens here.


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