Walt Disney World is extra magical at Christmastime and this year will be no exception! We are super excited for all the tried and true Christmas favorites returning to the parks. We will get some added magic this year at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom! Disney is adding fun new overlays, character experiences and more to spruce things up for the season. Check out the list of what’s new at Walt Disney World for Christmas!
What’s New at Disney for Christmas
New things at Hollywood Studios for Christmas
Hollywood Studios Flurry of Fun returns Nov 8- Jan 6 featuring all of our favorite staples for the holidays including Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime spectacular, Sunset Seasons Greetings, snowfall on Sunset Boulevard and amazing holiday themed treats! We love Hollywood Studios for Christmas !
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. Plus a 10 foot tall Hamm sugar cookie. Be on the lookout! Toy Story Land will also get decorated with popcorn strung around the place in classic Christmas fashion.
Sunset Greetings gets a face lift with new laser effects as part of the snowfall, moving billboard, show on Tower of Terror extravanganza.
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 ( starts Dec 22nd)
Christmas at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom: Dream Lights on Cinderellas Castle and decorations galore are included in admission. If you want to get even more merry, grab a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and watch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Almost everything new for Christmas this year happens at the Christmas Party. But be sure to check out all the new Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise as some items will be in the shops, even outside of party times.
You can also catch a new a capella group of singers taking over the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas stage during the Christmas Party.
And check out new treats at the Christmas Party including some Wreck it Ralph specialties.
If you’re looking for a special event to make it extra merry, grab a reservation at Tony’s. Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party comes complete with special viewing of the Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade. New foods and special seating comes to the tune of 99 dollars a ticket and only available during party nights.
New things at Animal Kingdom for Christmas
In honor of the 20th anniversary Animal Kingdom will reveal Diwali, India’s holiday Festival of Lights as part of the Up! A Great Bird Adventure show. The festival of lights overlay runs Nov 8, 2018- Jan 1 2019. This is a first for Animal Kingdom, so be sure to check it out. We’d love more Christmas in this park!
New things at Epcot for Christmas
Be sure to grab a Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree map if you’re bringing the kids. A new game and prizes await!
Guests can experience a brand new Holiday Cookie Stroll complete with cookie stamps you can collect along the way. Read all the details here. Those who finish the cookie stroll will get a special cookie and milk as a “prize”
New presenters at the Candlelight Processional arrive this year. The Candlelight Processional will be Nov 22- Dec 30. Be sure to check out the Disney site for all the celebrity presenters.
If you’re heading to the International Festival of Holidays be sure to grab all the new foods that will be popping up a the kitchens. Plus a new Holiday Kitchen, L’Chaim showcasing classic Hebrew dishes like matzo ball soup. International Festival of Holidays starts on Nov. 18- Dec. 30 with outdoor kitchens, and every country decorated.
Christmas at Disney Springs
Disney Springs has loads of holiday happenings you don’t need to step foot in the parks to experience. The Christmas Tree Trail has 27 themed trees, including new Christmas tree additions like Toy Story and Star Wars, plus Haunted Mansion and a vintage Mickey and Minnie tree. Plus if you’re there to shop, grab Stitches Holiday Gift Hunt four coupons, sales, and some extra play in your day. Plus be sure to check out the newly renovated World of Disney shop, and all the new holiday merchandise.
Christmas at the Walt Disney World Resorts
Be sure to check out all the happenings at Disney Resorts at Christmas. The Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian is a fan favorite.
What’s New at Walt Disney World for Christmas 2018?
So there you have it! Plan to see new holiday treats in all the parks. And if you want a look at the new Christmas Popcorn bucket, check out the reveal here!