Disney Special Events: Holidays at Walt Disney World!

If you’re ever feeling like you’re not in the “Christmas Spirit,” I have found a way to remedy that.  November and December at Walt Disney World are like Christmas/Holiday overload.  There are decorated trees everywhere, gingerbread creations, Holidays Around the World at Epcot, Holiday Wishes, Holiday Illuminations, and of course the Cinderella’s Castle is specially decorated.  Oh, and pretty much everywhere smells like gingerbread.

Cinderella’s Castle decorated for Christmas with bonus fireworks.

Really, there is more stuff.  Its too much for one post.  But you definitely wont feel any lack of Christmas spirit anywhere at Disney during the months of November and December.

Epcot getting in on the holiday action with topiary Mickey and a festive snowman.  Even Living with the Land is decorated!

I absolutely recommend resort hopping to look at all the holiday decorations, Holiday Illuminations at Epcot/Holidays Around the World, and Holiday Wishes at Magic Kingdom.  If you’re going to Magic Kingdom, keep in mind Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which happens on select nights during November and December.  This means that unless you have tickets to the Christmas party, you wont be able to visit Magic Kingdom on nights its occurring.  This also means that Magic Kingdom is pretty busy on non-Christmas party nights because everyone wants to see Main Street and the castle decorated, and Holiday Wishes.

Christmas Trees EVERYWHERE!  These are at Epcot, the Grand Floridian, and Disney Springs

One of the highlights of the Disney Holiday season is the huge amount of gingerbread creations at both the parks and hotels.  We started at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn.  While the Boardwalk does not have a gigantic gingerbread display, they have a bunch of small, intricate gingerbread houses.  They also offer a “Gingerbread Academy” for guests, where you can build a gingerbread house or decorate an ornament (cost varies, more information here).   Oh, and there is gingerbread for sale.

Gingerbread house display at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

At Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club (in the Beach Club lobby), there is the amazing gingerbread carousel.  Each of the horses is decorated in the spirit of a Disney Character.  And it actually works!!

Gingerbread Carousel at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort.  Goofy, Mickey, and Pluto themed horses shown.

And don’t forget to look in the parks.  The America Pavilion at Epcot has a Gingerbread US Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial.

Gingerbread Washington Monument, Capitol Building, and Lincoln Memorial at Epcot.

And, the pièce de résistance at the Grand Floridian resort.  A gigantic gingerbread house.  This thing is crazy.  If you go around to the back, there is actually a store in it.  Guess what they sell!?  If you guessed “gingerbread”, you’re correct.

Gingerbread house at the Grand Floridan.  Look at those shingles!  Look at that detail!!!

I recommend capping off your gingerbread extravaganza with some gingerbread ice cream (seasonally available) from L’Artisan des Glaces from France at Epcot.  Its the perfect ending!

Gingerbread ice cream from L’Artisan des Glaces in Epcot.  Delicious!  And there were huge chunks of gingerbread in it.

Of course, there is plenty more Christmas/Holiday spirit at Disney during the Holidays, and lots more to see. If you’re visiting during November and December, be sure to check out these special details across all of the Disney properties!