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Mickey’s Very Merry, Castle Dream Lights & Osborne Dancing Lights Return to Walt Disney World Resort Tonight

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The holiday season is here again!

Mickey's Very Merry, Castle Dream Lights & Osborne Dancing Lights Return to Walt Disney World Resort Tonight

Our 2012 holiday entertainment will kick off tonight with the seasonal debut of Castle Dream Lights at Magic Kingdom Park, which makes Cinderella Castle shimmer with 200,000 white lights. Check it out nightly throughout the holiday season.

Tonight also marks the first of this season’s 20 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties. Beginning at 7 p.m. at Magic Kingdom Park (after regular park hours), guests with party tickets can enjoy holiday stage shows, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, holiday fireworks and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Be sure to catch the special holiday parade – who doesn’t love watching the life-sized toy soldier band march by?

Mickey's Very Merry, Castle Dream Lights & Osborne Dancing Lights Return to Walt Disney World Resort Tonight

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests can enjoy the nighttime holiday offering, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, beginning tonight. This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes and a light snowfall. This Disney holiday tradition can be seen on the Streets of America in the Backlot area of the park through January 6, 2013.

Which holiday sight is your favorite?

Read more about holiday celebrations at Walt Disney World Resort in the posts below:


  • So just to confirm they light the castle lights every night, not just during MVMCP?

  • We will be there in 28 days 🙂 We have never been and have tickets to MVMCP. We are really excited!! Can’t Wait!!

    • You will have a blast! If you can, grab a spot early to watch the parade on Main Street – it’s amazing from that point of view!

  • We’ll be there in only 8 days!!! Bummed that we will miss the MVMCP, but I’m still so excited!! Can’t wait to see the Osborne Family SODL!!

    • That is a great holiday offering. Don’t forget you can meet Santa Goofy at DHS now, too!

  • Yay! We love all the holiday festivities. It sounds like the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is on every night — I remember when it was only certain nights.

  • Saw Osbourne Dancing lights last night and they were, as usual, AMAZING!!!! Will be seeing Castle Dream light early next week. Waiting to hear when the new castle projection light show, “Celebrate the Magic” premiers. Last I saw it was posted as November….

    • We’ll have an update on this VERY SOON!

  • Hi there, i’m Karin from Rotterdam The Netherlands and in 3 weeks i will be there to celebrate the holidays in Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios. Looking forward to it. Can’t wait, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Going there in 4 weekes can;t wait! Was there for Xmas last year and it was the best!

  • 31 more days and I will be there with the biggest smile on my face. It will be my 2 1/2 year old son’s 2nd time in the parks but a first for us to be there during the Magical Time of Christmas. I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait!!!

    • He will love it!

  • Hi Christopher 🙂
    I just accessed the WDW website and I noticed that there will be a MVMCP at the 16th … and this date wasn’t there before!so close, can you believe it? Maybe I’ll go again next year :)))
    Thanks for your help!!
    Best Regards,

  • Yay! Can’t wait. My family will be there next weekend. We have gone to Disney World every year around Thanksgiving for the past six years. Some of our favorite family photos are of us in Disney World during this time of year.

  • Marcella, according to the WDW website, the last date they do MVMCP before Thanksgiving is November 15th and it is on hiatus until November 25, so it looks like you will miss it.

  • Hello!! I’m going to visit Disney from November 17th until the 23rd (during the thanksgiving holiday), and I couldn’t find any tickets for the Very Merry Christmas Party for these days! Will it happen at this time? Thanks a lot!!

  • Can’t wait!!! Plus this year we have the grand opening of the new Fantasyland. Best early Christmas ever (I say that every year) Only two and half weeks to go!

    • Wow, sounds like a great trip, Corrie.

  • I’ll be there in 3 weeks! I’m so excited! This will be my first time coming to Disney during the Holidays!

  • We will attend the MVMCP on 12/2 and can’t wait. This will be our 3rd MVMCP and it’s an absolute blast every time! Wish I could go tonight!

    • The party is a blast, isn’t it? I can’t wait to take my son this year.

  • I am going to see Disney World at the holidays for the first time ever and these articles just get me more and more excited! I wish I could stay for two weeks to make sure I don’t miss anything I really want to see!

    • You will love it!

  • There are nice, but I still miss Lights of Winter.

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