Its no secret that Hollywood Studios has been a lower attendance park at Walt Disney World for years. Even with the addition of the Star Wars entertainment this park just hasn’t been drawing a lot of people or sparking interest. While this may change with the arrival of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, we like that the lower crowds give us reason to be there more! Add in new treats, the adorable seasonal popcorn bucket reveal that happens every year, ride overlays and fake snow, and we love we don’t have to pay extra for the holiday experience at Hollywood Studios. Here’s all the Christmas cheer you can look forward to.
Hollywood Studios Christmas Decorations
So why should you visit Hollywood Studios this holiday season? Lets take a minute to admire the throwback vintage-y retro-y Christmas decorations that will take you back to the memories of being at Grandma’s for Christmas, shall we?
Add in some holiday music to match the vibe and its enough to get even the biggest Scrooge to convert to a Christmas fan. These postcard perfect decorations are just what you need for your family Christmas photo or a swoon worthy Instagram picture to bring some holiday cheer to your social media feed.
I know you didn’t come all the way from (fill in the blank- wherever you came from) just for Christmas decorations, and kudos to you if you did, because I definitely would. But if you’re not as Christmas obsessed as we are, then you’re going to need more than holiday music and Christmas photo ops to get you into Hollywood Studios.
Hollywood Studios Christmas Snacks
So what did you come here for? The food? That’s usually my second reason for coming to Walt Disney World, so its possible that it also tops your list. Well, you’re in luck because Hollywood Studios has lots of goodies and treats throughout the Park that are just as festive as they are delicious.
And the best part is, if you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, many of these snacks are available to be used as a snack credit. Just look for the DDP notation next to the item on the menu. Some of them are not widely publicized, however you can look for signs at the counters to see what each location is offering.
Hollywood Studios Holiday Dining
And if you’re really looking for full out holiday meal fun, be sure to check out Hollywood and Vine for Minnie’s holiday dine. Not only can you meet some of your favorite characters during this character meal, you get to meet them in their HOLIDAY OUTFITS. Did someone say Santa Goofy?? You bet.
If character meals aren’t your thing, never fear, the holiday décor carries throughout other dining settings too. Love 1950s Prime Time Café? Yep its decked out, complete with vintage Christmas tree and holiday family fun.
Hollywood Studios Seasonal Popcorn Bucket
Brand new every year, we await the news of which cute character is arriving in Holiday Gear. These cute holiday popcorn buckets are an extra budget-friendly souvenir that gets you popcorn refills throughout your stay for an extra 2 bucks- unlimited! We also love how they can double as a purse to add some flair to your holiday outfit.
Hollywood Studios Holiday Entertainment
Sunset Greetings is one of our new favorites! Essentially a projection show on the Hollywood Tower of Terror (ToT) the show features stories, music and more. It uses billboards too to show full scenes from your favorite holiday flicks. Add lights to spread holiday cheer throughout Sunset Blvd and we may never leave! And guys, there’s snow! Ok, its actually soap, but still fun! And you don’t have to pay for it like you do in Magic Kingdom ( since it only falls during Mickey’s Very Merry Chrismtas Party). At Hollywood Studios, it falls all evening long. No charge!
And then there’s Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! This is another projection show set to music, pyrotechnics and fireworks set on the Chinese theater. Get there 15 minutes or so before the show starts to get a good viewing spot.
Olafs special Holiday Finale is center stage in the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along as part of the show overlay for the holidays.
The Toy Story Land Christmas Overlay. The overlay features holiday tunes streaming on Alien Swirling Saucers, jingle bell sounds on Slinky Dog Dash and Woody, Buzz and Jesse in some spruced up holiday wear. Be on the lookout! Toy Story Land will also get decorated with popcorn strung around the place in classic Christmas fashion.
Plus for the littles you can check out the new Meet and Greet with Vampirina in animation courtyard and the new Disney Junior Dance Party.
Hollywood Studios at Christmas
There is so much to do at Hollywood Studios for Christmas that we can’t get enough if the lights, snacks, music, snow and fun. What do you love at Walt Disney World during the holidays?