Christmas

Festive Fun Facts About Walt Disney World

No place does Christmas quite like Walt Disney World, and this year the resort has plenty of festive fun in store for resort guests. I am eagerly counting the days until my visits in anticipation of all of the seasonal experiences and decorations. Here’s a brief run down of some festive fun facts to get you in the holiday spirit, courtesy of Disney:

Magical holiday experiences and beloved traditions await Walt Disney World Resort guests during the most wonderful time of the year. Starting today, theme parks, resort hotels and Disney Springs come to life with holiday charm and excitement as dazzling décor and a flurry of fun immerse guests in a festive fantasy.

Check out these holiday fun facts and discover how Walt Disney World Resort becomes a winter wonderland!

Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV SpecialWalt Disney World Resort

  • The Walt Disney World Holiday Services team provides décor for 780 locations within 41 different properties, including Disney theme parks, resorts, Disney Springs and recreation and shopping areas. The team also decorates Disney Cruise Line ships and Disney Vacation Club resorts in Florida and South Carolina.
  • 41 cast members work year-round to make the holiday transformation a reality, with an additional 119 cast members added during the installation period.
  • Décor installation begins Halloween night and is finished by Thanksgiving.

Magic Kingdom Park           

  • During the holidays, Magic Kingdom is home to 40 trees, 147 wreaths and 590 garlands that measure a total of 5,188 feet.
  • Guests can celebrate the season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on 23 select nights from November 8 to December 22. This year’s celebration welcomes the dazzling new nighttime spectacular, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.”
  • Tomorrowland Speedway joins in the merriment of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time this year with a new holiday overlay that glimmers with thousands of lights and stylized décor. It’s one of Magic Kingdom attractions to feature holiday overlays.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate the holidays in full for the first time in its history, with enchanting entertainment and décor in new locations.
  • 148 animal-inspired luminaries will cast a warm and festive glow throughout Discovery Island as a merry menagerie of 10 artisan-sculpted puppets resembling winter animals roam and interact with guests throughout the land.
  • 2,600 light bulbs will adorn the DinoLand U.S.A. water tower, giving the land a festive new look for the holidays.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Christmas tree on Echo Lake is 65 feet tall, with a 25-foot-wide base.
  • Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes 12 high-definition projectors used to visually transform the façade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel with holiday scenes.
  • 21 palm trees along Sunset Boulevard illuminate with programmable, color-changing LED fixtures.
  • Dinosaur Gertie is dressed in her finest holiday attire. Her hat is so big, four people could stand inside it!

Epcot

  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays takes place November 29 through December 30 and celebrates holiday traditions from around the world through storytelling and music presented throughout World Showcase.
  • Holiday treats are also part of the festival, which includes 13 Holiday Kitchens serving more than 50 bites from around the world and 60-plus specialty
  • The Candlelight Processional will be performed 96 times at Epcot this holiday season with a 50-piece orchestra, mass choir and 12 different celebrity narrators.
  • The Candlelight Processional stage at America Gardens Theatre features Christmas trees that are each 18 feet tall.

Resorts

  • Guests will find a life-size holiday gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This elaborate 10-foot-wide,15-foot-long and 14-foot-tall structure is covered with more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread and is the perfect place to pick up holiday sweets and treats.
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its iconic gingerbread Cinderella Castle. This 18-foot-tall display is crafted from more than 5,000 gingerbread shingles, 47 pounds of rolled fondant, 38 pounds of modeling chocolate and much more!
  • This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Holiday Carousel gingerbread display at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This life-size spinning carousel features 20 “Hidden Mickeys,” Peter Pan-themed horses and handcrafted gingerbread shingles.
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to the tallest Christmas tree at Walt Disney World. This 70-foot-tall tree is adorned with 16,000 lights and more than 200 custom ornaments.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to a 45-foot-tall tree featuring authentic African décor and reproductions of traditional African masks.

Disney Springs

  • Disney Springs is the epicenter of holiday shopping at Walt Disney World. It’s also the largest of all of the decorated Disney locations, with more than 2,000 pieces of individual décor, including a 45-foot-tall tree.
  • Each piece of décor was custom designed to fit the classic Florida town theme that carries throughout the entirety of Disney Springs.
  • Disney Springs is also home to the Christmas Tree Trail, a walk through wonderland featuring 23 unique Disney-themed trees.

Merry Christmas, and I hope to see you there!

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Gingerbread Decorations Around Disney World

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It’s that wonderful time of year again when Disney goes all out decorating every square inch of the resort for the holidays. We aren’t just talking about the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Frozen transformed Cinderella Castle friends, every resort hotel is also included in the festivities. If you are visiting during the holidays this year and plan to do some resort hopping, here are a few of the Gingerbread decoration highlights you won’t want to miss!

Gingerbread 2Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Train fanatics will love this one! Watch a miniature vintage train chug through a meticulously detailed candy-coated holiday village nestled against a sugar rock candy mountain range from now through January 3, 2016.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Returning this year is the incredible Gingerbread Carousel. This masterpiece is made with 36 pounds of honey, 96 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of spices, 100 pounds of icing, and 50 pounds of dark chocolate. Available for purchase nearby are mini gingerbread houses, gingerbread cupcakes and shingles, sugar cookies, and gingerbread kits to make your own house.

Frozen Gingerbread CastleDisney’s Contemporary Resort

Returning for its second year, the 17-foot-tall Gingerbread Ice Castle complete with Frozen characters is on display now through January 6, 2016. The Ice Castle is adorned with sugar snowflakes and is made with 423 pounds of chocolate, 514 pounds of flour, 212 eggs, 35 pounds of sugar syrup, 311 pounds of honey, 222 pounds of icing, and 1,500 gingerbread shingles. Be sure to look for the 15 Hidden Olafs in the display and purchase a build-your-own snowman marshmallow kit, snowflake cookie, or other treat to take home.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

New this year, step inside Ginger’s Bread & Cookie Shoppe from now through January 4, 2016. The sweet shoppe is made with over 800 gingerbread shingles, 63 pounds of honey, and over 350 pounds of gingerbread. Be sure to look for the over 100 Mickeys included in the display and pick up some gingerbread sweets, peppermint bark, sugar cookies or candy cane gelato to enjoy. Also available are take home gingerbread kits.

Gingerbread 1Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Returning for a 17th year, visit the life-size Gingerbread House now through January 1, 2016. This holiday classic is made with 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, and takes the team more than 400 hours to bake the fresh gingerbread used in the construction. Bonus – You can watch free gingerbread house decorating demos every day except Sundays in front of the house!

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Happy Holidays!