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Cinderella’s Holiday Wish Returns to Magic Kingdom Park Nov. 4

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The holiday season will officially begin this Friday, Nov. 4, with the return of Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and Castle Dream Lights at Magic Kingdom Park.

Cinderella's Holiday Wish and Castle Dream Lights at Magic Kingdom Park

During the Cinderella’s Holiday Wish stage show, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and Cinderella appear to admire the lovely holiday decorations at the park. Then they share their ideas on how to decorate Cinderella Castle for the season. Fairy Godmother appears to help bring Cinderella’s suggestion to life – covering the castle in glittering ice, making it look just like her special glass slippers.

You can see the show nightly at Magic Kingdom Park throughout the holiday season.


  • We got to see this on November 4th. It was our last day for Magic Kingdom before returning home and we were thrilled. The kids loved it.

  • While visiting this week, the show time was 6:15p. I imagine that it will continue to be around this time every night of operations through the end of their holiday offerings.

  • we are going to Disney world in 12 days and we are taking my best friend she has never been and the hoildays is the best time to take her we are spending 2 full days to visit all 4 parks and having a special dinner with winnie the pooh i want it to be all christmas to jump start the season see yall soon 🙂

  • The lights are on the Castle every evening. The lighting usually happens around 5:30pm. The Magic Kingdom is decorated first to get ready for Mickey’s Christmas Party, then Epcot will get decorated in time for Candlelight Processional.

    The hotel will be finished right before Thanksgiving.

  • I have the same question as #9. Do they have the lights on each night at the castle? The we are there the 20-24 and there is no MVMCP while we are there. 🙁

  • Sometimes I wish I had a Fairy Godmother to help me get everything done during the Holidays! We have been to WDW twice for Halloween and our next trip will be for Christmas!

  • Finally coming to Disneyworld at Christmastime! Will miss Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party by 2 days, but will get to see Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and the Osborne Family Lights. Can’t wait!!!

  • I believe the lights come down on the 7th or 8th of Jan…we check in on the 8th. I know they usually stay up through New Year’s Week. We haven’t been for Xmas since 08 but will be there in Dec 2012!! Best time of year to go 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see it. I am due in on about 28 days. Can’t wait.

  • Lacee, Thanks for the info, that is very helpful!

  • Can’t wait . I’ll be there with the family NOV 26TH

  • The castle is beautiful. I hope they still decorate it with all the lights when I go again in 2014

  • I wish I could be there hopefully next year I will be a CP and will get to see them every night!

  • Andrea, no it is not an extra ticket. IF you want to see the Christmas parade and Christmas fireworks before Christmas week, however, you have to buy tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The holiday activities at the other parks are all included with admission, but many people buy the Candlelight Processional dinner package at Epcot so they can see the Candlelight Processional with reserved seating.

    I too would like to know what time they turn on the castle lights each night, I will have to research that!

  • The week between Christmas and New Years is the most crowded week of the year at Walt Disney World. Early December is a great time to go, all of the Christmas stuff is up and running but when most kids are in school crowds are always moderate. We will be there next month, can’t wait!!

  • I am missing the lights this year too. We were there last year and the Castle looks amazing. Disney lights the castle every night. Plan to be by the castle when it starts to get dark. I don’t remeber the exact time, maybe around 6ish. We missed the lighting the first night because we didn’t know.
    You will LOVE them!

  • Anyone know the forecast for the crowds at Christmas? I have heard good levels, and I have heard that they are at their worst. I need to make a decision. Thanks!

  • I have been to Disney World multiple times, but never at Christmas. My two boys and I are going this year and we are going to be there on Christmas day! I am so excited to see all of the Disney magic for the holidays! 46 days!!!!

  • Is this something you need to get tickets for ahead of time?

  • When do the lights come down? Will be visiting January 3rd-8th and would LOVE to see them!! 🙂

  • So does this mean ALL the Christmas decorations are up?–Or just the castle is done. And is it just the Magic Kingdom or has Epcot got their holiday decor up too?? This is totally my favorite time of year to visit the World but I want to make sure we get to see it all!!!

  • Can’t wait! It’s our first time going to MVMCP this year. We just surprised my parents via Skype with tickets. They are so excited!

  • My family and I will go to WDW the week of new year, will they still have Cinderella holiday wish show?

  • I cannot wait to go tonight! 🙂

  • What time does it start tonight, I cant find the time anywhere.

  • We will be there in 27 days! I can’t wait to see the park decorataed for Christmas! This is my 13th trip, but first time at Christmas.

  • How long will they stay on for? We’ll be there starting New Year’s eve.

  • can anyone tell me, are the lights on every night or just for the MVMCP?

  • Anyone know how long they leave it up? We will be there the 2nd week of january and would love to see this!!!

  • Anyone know what time this show is? I haven’t seen a time posted anywhere and it isn’t listed in the Disney Parks Mobile app.

  • I’ve been to Disney so many times I’ve lost count, but I’ve never been in the winter before, so I’ve never had the opportunity to see this. Luckily, I’m going to Disney the weekend of the 11th, so I’ll get to see it for the first time! (:

  • I am so excited that Cinderella’s Holiday Wishes will be starting tomorrow. I thought it was not going to be starting for another week. I can’t wait to see the show. My family loves it!

  • This November will be our first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and my daughters and I can’t wait to see the majesty of the ice lights adorning Cinderella’s Castle….11 more days.

    • It’s amazing!

  • Christmas time at Walt Disney World is the best already have my tickets for the christmas party 12 days and counting

  • So sad…have to miss it this year! 🙁
    Be back next year!!!

  • #1 – 2:31 pm PST – This was a real treat for us, when we last visited WDW. I was glad someone told us about it beforehand, since we’d never heard of it before. It’s definitely a fun thing to see, if you’re in the Magic Kingdom at night!

    • It’s one of my favorite holiday offerings, by far!

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