If there’s one thing that Disney does right it’s holiday celebrations. From New Years to Christmas and every holiday in between there is always some type of event or celebration in honor of that holiday. And while some holidays mean there will be a potential for higher crowds, the experience of the parks for the holidays is something everyone should experience.
The Christmas season is probably the most well-known Disney celebration there is. Disney normally decorates for the Christmas season the first weekend after Halloween. It is started in the middle of the night and done in phases. Because Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party there is a need to get that park ready first. From that point, all parks and resorts decorate as well.
From park entrance to rides to shops to restaurants the decorations are fantastic. There are wreaths, trees, lights, garlands, bows, candles, Christmas songs, Christmas smells, and even Christmas costumes for the characters. And that’s even without attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
And if you are there for Christmas make time to visit the Contemporary, the Grand Floridian, and the Wilderness Lodge. The decorations at these resorts are intricate and the details are amazing. And you HAVE to see the full size gingerbread house in the lobby of the Grand Floridian that serves as a small shop that sells cookies and other treats.
Fourth of July
My husband and I visited Disney during Fourth of July weekend a few years ago and I was very impressed by the patriotic displays both with decorations and fireworks. Disney celebrates America’s independence with honor, dignity, and amazing flair with their shows, parades, and fireworks. We stayed at Magic Kingdom for their fireworks show our first night (July 3rd) because we also wanted to see the Disney Studios celebration the next night (July 4th). While initially a thunderstorm caused the fireworks celebration to be delayed, sticking it out through the storm was completely worth it. The music and fireworks were breathtaking. From our view in the hub I could spin around and see all 360 degrees of fireworks, and even enjoy the fireworks that were shot of from the front of the park in conjunction with the main show. I’ll admit that when the show was over I was wiping tears from my eyes.
The show at Disney Studios was more contemporary and involved fireworks synchronized with music from all different time periods, from the 40s through present day. The atmosphere for the show was both patriotic and fun and we were definitely glad to have made both shows
Easter is a busy time at the parks with many families visiting as part of spring break vacations. But Easter celebrations also fall in line with the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival so you get not only Easter decorations but also the spring setting brought with the beautiful topiaries and displays throughout Epcot. The hotels around Magic Kingdom have displays of intricate Easter eggs made of chocolate or other foods and the Easter Bunny makes an appearance at Magic Kingdom. And, if you forget to pack your own, you can order an Easter basket to be delivered to your room!
Disney is a celebration no matter when you visit, but if your trip happens to fall during a holiday period, you can bet that you will find your trip has a little extra magic.