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Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort Returns November 9; New Experience ‘Sunset Seasons Greeting’, Enhanced Decor, More Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

The holiday season returns to the Walt Disney World Resort on November 9 – and this year, it’ll be more magical than ever before at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the addition of a new nighttime experience, new stunning decorations, the return of “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” and more.

Our newest holiday nighttime experience – Sunset Seasons Greetings – will feature spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with holiday decorations. Billboards will come to life and the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel will transform into a pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house and a frozen winter wonderland throughout the night. A summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance.

This season, you’ll also notice enhanced holiday decor around Echo Lake at the park. Colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even its famous Dinosaur will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-Santa hat.

And the hit holiday show, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is also returning and sending Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. As many of you know, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests – capped by a special message from Santa himself.

Santa Claus will return to the Once Upon a Time shop on November 9 through December 24 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well. Santa Goofy will step in after Old Saint Nick he returns to the North Pole December 25 – 31.

We’ll be sharing more holiday stories here on the Disney Parks Blog in upcoming weeks but to learn more right now, visit our special holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort page.


  • In regards to Melissa’s question… For Hollywood Studios Christmas all you need is your regular park ticket (nothing extra). We always get the Park Hopper added to our tickets (we like the freedom to bounce around wherever our heart desires throughout our trip, especially when one park closes early we can head over to another that’s still open). …as far as the Dessert Party, I’ve never done it and never will -the outrageous price does not entice us one bit. …I would say, even though I’ve done neither so what do I know, but i’ll just add my 2 cents anyway, that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at MK might get you more bang for your buck over the dessert party. Even though Mickey’s christmas party cost more, there’s also so much more that comes with it. For us, there’s so much to see anyway at all the theme parks (especially around the holidays), that we don’t find it necessary to purchase extra tickets for special events.
    Enjoy your first DisneyWorld vacation! Our family’s upcoming trips Nov 16-24 and Dec 30 – Jan 6. Yay!

  • This is the first time traveling to Disney and I was wondering if I would need a separate ticket for this event? Or just a regular park ticket, will suffice? If so can I purchase a park hopper for that day?

    I am also thinking about doing the desert party, is this worth doing?

  • Sounds nice!!! Making up for the Osborne Lights we all miss!!

  • Glad that Hollywood studios is getting more Christmas love…… sad that Osborne lights are gone

  • I can not wait to see Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! as well as all the other decorations and seasonal offerings coming to the park! 45 days to go until we arrive and I am too excited already!

  • Looking forward to a new holiday season both here and at Epcot thanks for all the great info

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