If you are planning to celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World then I urge you to spend at least day at the Magic Kingdom, even if you are not going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Christmas activities at the Magic Kingdom include special performances, Elsa’s lighting of the castle, and a special ride on the Jungle Cruise.
All the activities I am sharing are available during regular park hours, with the exception of the Frozen Holiday Wish which is not available for all guests on nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Christmas at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
One of the best things about Christmas at the Magic is the Main Street U.S.A. it is the most dressed-up part of the park. It is so beautiful! You feel as if you have stepped back in time at Christmastime. Holiday tunes play out on Main Street and the holiday smells waft through the air.
Here are all the Christmas things to do at the Magic Kingdom even if you are not planning to do Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Meet Santa Claus
Santa meets guests daily at the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street U.S.A. starting after Thanksgiving. A Photopass Photographer is available. No Fastpass+ is available and the line does tend to get a bit long, especially the closer it gets to Christmas. The area is transformed into a Candy Cane Garden and there is a countdown to Christmas sign.
There are a couple of Christmas themed family portrait areas in the Magic Kingdom. These pictures are included in the price of Memory Maker.
- Christmas Tree. Get a Family Picture in front of the massive Christmas tree near the flagpole. It makes such a beautiful photo! A lot of people use that photo to make their Christmas Cards. There is a Photopass Photographer available.
- Sleigh in front of The Christmas Shoppe. Though the sleigh is out all year long, during the holidays it gets dressed up with pretty garland. I have sometimes seen a Photopass Photographer at this location. If not, a Christmas Shoppe Cast Member would be happy to take your photo for you.
- Nighttime Castle Picture. Get a picture in front of the Castle after Elsa has covered it with beautiful icy lights!
The Dapper Dans are a 4 man quartet that entertains with comedy, dancing, and singing. During the Christmas season, they put on a Holiday show singing classic Christmas songs.
Main Street Trolley Show
The Main Street Trolley and its’ singers are all dressed up for the holiday season. If you have never seen the show, take a moment to watch it. During the busyness of the Christmas season, this is one of my must-dos.
Mickey and the gang are dressed up in their holiday best in the castle show Mickey’s Friendship Faire.
Disney World has only a couple rides that get a holiday overlay and the Jungle Cruise is one of them. The Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise. It is decorated throughout and you get to hear some puny Christmas jokes along the way.
Frozen Holiday Wish
This castle show should be the highlight of your day at the Magic Kingdom. Elsa uses her icy powers to light up the castle. It is gorgeous and I could spend all day staring at Cinderella Castle after it is lit up.
Special Disney Christmas Treats
All over the park, you will find special treats just for Christmas. From Christmas candied apples, Holiday Cupcakes, and more.
One of my favorites so far that I have personally tasted is the Gingerbread Sundae from Storybook Treats. The first thing you notice is the smell of gingerbread as soon as they hand it to you. It is s delicious Gingerbread soft-serve with whipped cream with a caramel drizzle and gingerbread cookie crumbles. It comes topped with a waffle cookie with Minnie Mouse on it. It is so good! It is big enough to share.
Disney Christmas Merchandise
At the Emporium, you will find a huge selection of Disney Parks exclusive Holiday merchandise. Ear headbands, spirit jerseys, blankets, t-shirts, socks, coffee mugs, and more!
Tips for Touring Magic Kingdom at Christmastime
Go on Party Days. If you are looking to ride a lot of rides then go on a Party Day. Crowds are much lower. This is one time where I suggest getting a Park Hopper ticket. Spend the day at the Magic Kingdom and then the evening at another park. On the days where the Magic Kingdom does not have a party spend the day at another park and then come back for Elsa’s Frozen Holiday Wish and Happily Ever After Fireworks.
Get Fastpasses ASAP. This is one time of year you have to plan out your day. Going in without a plan during the holiday season will leave you frustrated and disappointed at the end of the day since you weren’t able to do everything you wanted.
Use Mobile Ordering. If you are eating quick service meals, take advantage of mobile ordering so you can save some time. Use that time to find a table.
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