The magic of the holidays has arrived at Walt Disney World Resort
Visitors will be able to enjoy an unforgettable celebration with many surprises
This holiday season marks the return of Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and a new Christmas-themed event at Magic Kingdom after the park's regular hours of operation, "Disney Very Merriest After Hours." With the 2021 holiday festivities officially kicking off on November 12 at Walt Disney World Resort, guests will discover a sleigh filled with festive entertainment, fanciful décor, seasonal food and drinks, specialty merchandise and more. Here's a look at what can be found this year during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration:
• Main Street, USA is decked out for the holidays with cheerful seasonal décor and holiday-inspired food and drink in select locations.
• During select nights, special Christmas screenings will be seen at Cinderella's Castle, alternating periodically throughout the night with the castle's transformation into a Symbol of Magic as part of "The World's Most Magical Celebration."
• "Disney Very Merriest After Hours," a new event requiring a special ticket, began on November 8 and continues on select nights through December 21, 2021. The four-hour experience will feature "Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks" , Disney characters throughout the park, Christmas music and decorations, complimentary treats, "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade," and a new show, "Mickey & Minnie's Very Merry Memories," inspired by classic Disney Christmas shows. The event will be open to a limited number of visitors after the park's regular hours of operation, with shorter wait times at more than 20 available attractions.
• Guests will have the opportunity to greet Jolly Old St. Nick during special interventions until December 24 of this year.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
• The Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel will shine again at the end of Sunset Boulevard during Sunset Seasons Greetings. Projection effects will magically transform the park icon into a snowy Arendelle, a Muppet gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, and a "Mickey's Christmas Carol" -inspired Dickensian town. This Christmas show will also alternate with the night transformation of the tower into a Symbol of Magic.
• "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" will feature a festive ending starring Olaf.
• Santa Claus will bring joy to the North Pole through a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard until December 24 of this year.
• Minnie Mouse will be hosting a fine meal at Hollywood & Vine, accompanied by her friends in their Christmas best clothes, and Santa, too!
• The cheery Christmas decorations at Disney's Hollywood Studios pay tribute to the spirit of the season.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
• Discovery Island comes to life with a joyous collection of winter animals in the form of playful, hand-sculpted, life-size puppets that interact with guests.
• The centerpiece of the park, the Tree of Life, becomes another Symbol of Magic most nights during the 50th anniversary celebration. During the holiday season there will be even more nature-inspired magic, as the Christmas edition of Tree of Life Awakenings also takes place on most nights.
• Accompanied by upbeat songs of the season, Disney characters will sail the Discovery River, including limited-time trips with Santa Claus through December 24 of this year.
• The Walt Disney World shopping, dining and entertainment district will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with bright lights, charming décor and holiday surprises, offering a wide range of Disney holiday merchandise, including ornaments, family pajamas matching t-shirts and more.
• The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll, presented by AdventHealth, will feature elaborately decorated themed trees, including some inspired by "The World's Most Magical Celebration."
• At night, visitors to Town Center will experience a magical snowfall, bringing the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida.
• Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar will become Jock Lindsey's Holiday Bar with charming décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with holiday favorites.
• Santa Claus will visit Disney Springs, where guests will have the opportunity to say hello and pose for a photo until December 24 of this year.
Disney Resort Hotels
• Iconic trees and other seasonal touches will turn Disney Resort hotels into holiday havens.
• Select resorts will feature intricate gingerbread displays perfect for holiday photography and inspiration for holiday treats.
• Some resorts will offer Christmas menus in restaurants, as well as special food and drinks.
• The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, presented by AdventHealth, will return from November 26 to December 30 with special live entertainment, Holiday Kitchens around the World Showcase, a Holiday Cookie Stroll and more.
• Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, a spoiled Christmas performance and Disney Parks tradition dating back to 1958 at Disneyland Park, returns with a lineup of famous storytellers telling the Christmas story, a choir of Disney cast members and an orchestra live.
• Visitors of all ages can participate in Olaf's Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt to search for holiday traditions that Olaf has gathered from around the world, and got lost along the way!
• A moving and uplifting performance of music in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa, "JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season" returns to the Showcase Plaza Stage.
• The world's Christmas traditions come to life once again around the World Showcase with unique performances such as Las Posadas in the Mexico pavilion, the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs in the Canada pavilion, a Chinese Lion Dance celebrating the new year in the Mexico pavilion. China, a Hanukkah Storyteller along the waterfront, and charming Christmas storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the UK.
• Santa Claus will be performing at EPCOT until December 24 of this year, giving guests the opportunity to say hello and pose for a photo.