2012 Holiday Magic at Walt Disney World

A Walt Disney World Vacation is a great thing no matter what time of year it is, but when the holidays come around it's even more magical. This year the holiday season begins on November 9th with decorations and activities starting all across the property. Disney's released a few details about just a few of the wondrous treats they have in store for guests traveling at this time.

Cinderella Castle Transforms with Winter MagicCinderella Castle Transforms with Winter Magic
The Magic Kingdom will be decked out in it's holiday finery, with your favorite Disney characters dressed up in their winter costumes. Holiday Wishes nighttime spectacular will transformation Cinderella's Castle into a glimmering ice palace perfectly suited for the holidays crowned by a dazzling display of fireworks.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is slated to spread some holiday cheer for 20 nights from November 9 to December 21. This special hard ticket event offers guests the chance to experience a bit of winter fun right on Main Street with fireworks, a holiday parade, live stage shows and even snow flurries. To learn more, visit DisneyWorld.com/Christmasparty.

A Very Merry Christmas ParadeA Very Merry Christmas Parade
At Epcot, guests can explore Holidays Around the World with it's costumed story tellers sharing traditions and folklore from all corners of the globe. With it's special meet and greets you can have your picture taken with at least a half a dozen different cultures version of Santa Clause.

The Candlelight Processional is back combining seasonal music with a celebrity narrator reading the Christmas story. 12 narrators will host this holiday fan favorite this year, taking turns nightly to delight their audience in Christmas splendor. Dates for the Candlelight Processional run November 23 to December 30. In addition, the ever popular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will get a spectacular seasonal finale.

Nowell the Canadian lumberjackNowell the Canadian lumberjack
Over at Disney Hollywood Studios, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights are back featuring millions of dancing lights and animated displays. 3D effects that are synchronized to various holiday tunes to create a cacophony of light and sound on the Streets of America November 9 to January 4.

The Osbourne Lights Create Holiday MagicThe Osbourne Lights Create Holiday Magic
These are just a few of the holiday treats in store for guests heading to the Walt Disney World during the 2012 Holiday Season. We can't wait to find out all the details as they continue to become available. Do you think the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year? What's your favorite part of a WDW Holiday? Leave a comment and let us know!


MrHub wrote on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 19:07:

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We are excited to be going for the Christmas season this year!
Alot of first time stuff for us this trip.

mteam94 wrote on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 19:12:

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This is something that every Disney fan should try and do once. Very cool experience! We loved our Christmas trip last year.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 18:15:

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It's been quite a while since I've gotten down there are Christmas time, I would really love to make another winter trip, though it's not in the cards this year.

Elaine wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 19:11:

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I've been to WDW 6 times but this December will be my first time during the holiday season and I am so excited about being able to experience everything it has to offer. I will be there for 8 full days so hopefully I can get everything in. Already have tickets to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and a dinner package for the Candlelight Procession. Love all the helpful tips that I've been getting from WDWFG. Keep them coming!

JoAnn C wrote on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 22:09:

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I love Christmas at Disney. I can't wait until November.

Tammy H wrote on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 02:03:

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My husband, our 2 girls and I have been to Disney a lot, but this will be our 1st time being there for Christmas. We are so excited and can 't wait!!!!

Toni wrote on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:00:

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I've been to Disney 6 times but this December will be my first time during the holiday season and I am so excited only wish it was for longer than 5 days.

salejune wrote on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:49:

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This December will be our 3rd time going to WDW during Christmas. It's always so beautiful and of course so magical. You'll enjoy the Candlelight Procession. The music is beautiful.

Melanie wrote on Sun, 07/29/2012 - 19:29:

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If the Holiday season startsNovember 9th, does this mean we can look forward to Be Our Guest Restaurant opening soon after?? Disney keeps saying I. Time for the holiday season. Thanks!

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 12:28:

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Melanie - I haven't heard anything confirming that at this point, but it would seem that could be a possibility.

claudine wrote on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 13:49:

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Just an idea for those coming down for the first time. Take a day and visit some of the resorts, it doesn't cost anything and the resorts are decorated beautifully. We go and take the monorail and stop at the Grand, Poly, they are beautiful. If you have a car, park at the Boardwalk and see the decorations then take the boat to the Yacht and Beach. Disney goes all out with decorations and we make a day of it just sightseeing and your pictures will be great.

Hilary wrote on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 23:42:

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My husband and I took our honeymoon there on November 6 last year and were able to witness the very first Christmas lighting of the castle of the year and attend the Christmas party. My heart sinks thinking about not being able to be there this year, but we have already started to save up for our next trip :) Best trip ever!

Mary wrote on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 01:00:

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I am a new resident of Orlando and have seen only the Osborne lights and some of the resorts decorated for Christmas last year. Since this will be my second Christmas in Orlando, I was wondering whether I should skip the Osborn lights this year in the interest of time and check out Holiday Wishes instead since working and all of that stuff means that I sure can't see everything. Are the Osborne lights the same every year?

Sara wrote on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 02:29:

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We are attending for Christmas with the help of a wish foundation. What are some of the top favorite must do/see?

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