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Plan Ahead for Holiday Vacations at Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Halloween is less than a week away, which means the holiday season is fast approaching. I can’t think of a better place to spend a holiday break than at a Disney theme park or resort – there’s simply so much to do and see at our parks this time of year.


That said, here are a few travel-planning tips and other things to keep in mind when you make Walt Disney World vacation plans for this season.

  • Buy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets Early & Save – The party of the season will return to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights starting November 8. Buying tickets in advance is recommended as the parties are popular, but doing so can actually save you money. Check out the schedule of party nights and prices here.
  • Consider an Epcot Candlelight Processional Package – The Candlelight Processional is an amazing holiday show that’s included in Epcot admission, however, purchasing a Candlelight Dinner Package can help save you a seat while you enjoy lunch or dinner at an Epcot restaurant. Learn more or book here.
  • Bring ‘Glow With The Show’ Ears – Beginning November 8, holiday entertainment will shine brighter than ever when ‘Glow With The Show’ Ears debut at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties (during the “Celebrate the Magic” show and “Holiday Wishes” fireworks), and at Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can buy glow ears at merchandise shops throughout Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Ears purchased at Disneyland Resort will work, as well.
  • Watch For The “Jingle Cruise” To Debut In Early November – As we announced earlier this week, for the first time in Magic Kingdom Park history Jungle Cruise will temporarily transform into “Jingle Cruise” this holiday season. Jingle Cruise is expected to debut in early November, so keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more.
  • Book Resort Rooms By November 3 – If you book your upcoming trip by November 3, you could save up to 30% at select Disney resort hotels for stays most nights between November 10-22, and November 30-December 23. Click here to learn more.

Do you have a Walt Disney World Resort holiday travel tip? If so, let us know in the “Comments” section below.


  • I am so excited about this holiday season. I around 40 days until my first christmas experience at WDW. I will only be there a couple of days and probably will not get to experience everything but I am so excited because I know I will see so many wonderful things.

    • Holidays here are amazing. Bring your camera!!!

  • What is the first day for Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights?

    • November 8.

  • Will be there early Dec and it’s “been a while” for a Holiday visit. MVMCP and Glow With the Show ears at Osborne Lights are the two things I am most looking forward to.

  • Went in December for the first time last year and loved it. Wish we were going again this December just for the Glow With the Show ears!

  • We’ve got our tickets to the Christmas Party, booked a Candlelight Processional Package, and our looking forward to the Jingle Cruise. We’ve also got our rooms booked at The Beach Club!

    It will be our first Christmas in Disney, and our honeymoon, we can’t wait!

    • Nice! Sounds like you have some terrific plans!

  • Hi Jennifer! I’m sooo excited just like all the other folks as this will be my first Disney holiday experience in WDW! We will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. We have dinner reservations at Be Our Guest, Epcot Candlelight Processional & tickets to MVMCP. Any other suggestions for my husband, James, and I to see & do?

    • Sounds like you already have a great trip planned! This year I’d strongly recommend Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. That holiday offering is amazing, but this year’s addition of Glow Ears should make if even more magical. Definitely make time for a photo in front of Cinderella Castle during Castle Dream Lights. It’s such a lovely site!

  • Will be there November 17 and this will be my second time attending the Christmas party. I’m so excited I can hardly wait.

    • Have a blast, Kimberly!

  • So the “Glow with the show” ears will be available at the Christmas Projection show and Wishes show? How about Illuminations? 🙂

  • Love the idea of the holiday overlay on the Jungle Cruise–looking forward to new jokes that make me laugh out loud, no matter how corny! Can’t wait for our Disneymoon over Xmas break!!

  • Our 3rd WDW visit in 3 years but our first Christmas themed one. Have tickets for MVMCP and Candlelight Processional really looking forward to getting all festive with Mickey and friends in less than a month

    • Holidays at Disney Parks are unbelievable. I hope you have a great time, Karoline!

  • Christmas is my favorite time to visits the Walt Disney World Resort. All of those wonderful events are “not to miss” but there is nothing like the Candlelight Processional to get you in the holiday spirit!

    • Candlelight Processional is one of my favorites, also. I actually sang in the cast choir (Christmas tree) section for seven years!

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