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Celebrate the 2021 Holiday Season at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

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Disney recently shared the best places to eat, drink and be merry at the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and Disney Springs during the 2021 holiday season. Next, they are sharing where you can make spirits bright with delish savories, sweets, and sips during the 2021 holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Wait until you see (and taste!) all the creative offerings at the resorts – fa la la la la bulous!

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Disney’s All-Star Resorts

Intermission Food Court, World Premier Food Court, and Intermission Food Court

  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 25 and Dec. 25)
  • Thanksgiving Dinner – Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry relish with choice of apple or pumpkin tart (available Nov. 25)
  • Playful Penguin Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake, cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles, and a sugared playful penguin (available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)
  • Christmas Dinner – Ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry relish with choice of apple or pumpkin tart (available Dec. 25)

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Landscapes of Flavor and Everything POP Shopping & Dining

  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Apple Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Playful Penguin Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake, cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles, and a sugared playful penguin (available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)
  • Spiked Coffee Milkshake (available Nov. 1-30)
  • Cranberry Margarita (available Nov.1-30)
  • Spiked Frozen Peppermint Hot Chocolate (available Dec.1-31)
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa

  • Chocolate Peppermint Ornament – Ghanaian dark chocolate mousse and peppermint crunch chocolate biscuit with pomegranate and raspberries (available Dec. 19-25)
  • Roast Rib Eye – Roast rib eye with jus lie, Tunisian mashed potatoes, green beans with apricot-cranberry butter, and mushroom conserva (available Dec. 25)

The Mara

  • Gingeraffe – Gingerbread giraffe cookie (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Sandwich – Smoked chocolate and spice cookie with peppermint buttercream (available Dec. 1-31)
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Disney’s BoardWalk

BoardWalk Bakery

  • Peppermint Bark – Milk and white chocolate with peppermint candy (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Bread – Pumpkin, cream cheese, and holiday spice (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Mickey Mouse Gingerbread Cookie (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Minnie Sugar Cookie (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Mickey Sugar Cookie (available Dec. 1-26)
  • Gingerbread Boy Cupcake (available Dec. 1-25)
  • Christmas Cookie Box (available Dec. 1-25)
  • Root Beer Float Cupcake (available Dec. 26-Jan. 1)

Trattoria al Forno

  • Thanksgiving Sage & Thyme Oven-Roasted Turkey – Cornbread and sausage stuffing, sour cream-mashed Yukon gold potatoes, green beans and rainbow carrots with herb butter, cranberry citrus compote, pan gravy, and Parker House Rolls (available Nov. 25)
  • Apple Crostata – Vanilla bean gelato, candied pecans, and caramel sauce (available Nov. 25)
  • Mickey Eggs-in-a-Basket – Egg-filled butter brioche and classic pastrami hash with choice of ham, bacon, or sausage (available Dec. 19-31)
  • Oak-grilled Char-crusted Ribeye – Amarone butter, truffle gnocchi, and balsamic-pancetta Brussel sprouts (available Dec. 19-31)
  • Chocolate Cherry Bombe – Chocolate crunch mousse on a fudgy brownie base with cherry filling and amaretto panna cotta (available Dec. 19-31)
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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Centertown Market and Centertown Market Grab n’ Go

  • Apple Tart (available Nov. 25)
  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 7-25)
  • Christmas Brownie Bites (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Eggnog Cupcake (available Dec. 1-31)
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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contempo Cafe

  • Gingerbread Boy (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Pumpkin Pie Tart – Pumpkin pie tart with cinnamon chantilly cream (available Nov. 14-27)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cookie (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Linzer Cookie (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Gingerbread House Kit – Build-your-own Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread House (available Nov. 14-Jan. 1)
  • Yule Log – Chocolate peppermint yule log (available Nov.28-Jan. 1)
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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Barcelona Lounge

  • Iced S’mores Macchiato – Espresso, low-fat milk and toasted marshmallow beverage syrup topped with sweet cream and chocolate drizzle (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Cranberry Mimosa – Cranberry juice and blanc de blanc cava (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)

Barcelona Lounge and Dahlia Lounge

  • Hot Toddy for Two – Twinings Discovery Collection Caramel Rooibos tea, brandy, amaretto, and cinnamon beverage syrup (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)

Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Largo

  • Blood Orange Sangria – Our house-made white sangria topped with blood orange beverage syrup (available Nov. 25-Jan. 8)
  • Spiced Winter Sangria – Our house-made red sangria warmed with spices (available Nov. 25-Mar. 1)

Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Largo and Dahlia Lounge

  • Peanut Butter S’mores Old Fashioned – Peanut butter whiskey, crème de cacao, toasted marshmallow beverage syrup, and orange bitters (available Nov. 25-Jan. 8)
  • Mistletoe Sangria – Our house made white sangria with a melon liqueur twist (available (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Cruz de Galicia – Amaretto, spiced rum, lemonade, and a splash of soda (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Toasted Espresso Martini – Vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, freshly brewed espresso, and toasted marshmallow beverage syrup (available Dec. 12-Jan. 8)
  • Turkey “a la Plancha” – Plancha-seared turkey breast, aged sherry-sage gravy, cranberry-apple chutney, and scallion biscuit with a choice of two sides: pomme purée,  sweet potato gratin, elote, roasted cauliflower, magdelana dressing, or Brussel sprouts (available Nov. 25)

Toledo–Tapas, Steak, and Seafood

  • Turkey Roulade – Magdalena dressing, pomme purée, glazed carrots, Brussel sprouts,  cranberry relish, and turkey gravy (available Nov. 25)
  • Mulled Wine Pear Mousse – Orange chiffon, candied apples, almond-leaf tuille, and almond crunch (available Nov. 25)
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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Cítricos

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake resting on a spiced chiffon cake topped with cassis mousse and a pumpkin seed-ginger crumble with caramel sauce (available Nov. 27)

Gasparilla Island Grill

  • Pumpkin Pie Cake Pop – Pumpkin spice jumbo cake pop enrobed in white chocolate to resemble an autumn pumpkin (available Nov. 1-Dec. 1)
  • Fall Flavors Cupcake – Cinnamon-spiced cupcake with apple filling topped with a sugar pumpkin and maple buttercream in festive fall colors (available Nov. 1-Dec. 1)
  • Happy Holidays Cake Pop – Triple chocolate cake pop enrobed in white chocolate with festive winter décor (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
  • Very Merry Minnie Mouse Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake filled with cookies and cream mousse and topped with ganache-dipped buttercream with cookie ears and chocolate a holiday bow (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
  • Red Velvet Wreath Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake filled with cream cheese mousse and topped with a vanilla buttercream wreath and a chocolate bow (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)
  • S’more Cookie – Graham chocolate chip cookie piled with toasted marshmallows and M&M’S (available Dec. -Jan. 1)

Narcoossee’s

  • Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake – Pumpkin cake filled with white chocolate cream cheese mousse with brown sugar glaze and orange marmalade sauce (available Nov. 27)
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Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Good’s Food to Go

  • Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin Cheesecake, bourbon panna cotta, and spiced pecans (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Peppermint Bark – Dark and white chocolate with peppermint pieces (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Gingerbread Cupcake – Gingerbread cake, caramel mousse filling, and spiced buttercream (available Dec. 1-Jan. 1)

Olivia’s Café

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake with toasted meringue, cranberry compote, and cranberry macaron (available Nov. 27)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cake – Chocolate lava cake, peppermint snow, and raspberry sauce (available Dec. 24-Jan. 1)

Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (French Quarter) and Riverside Mill Food Court (Riverside)

  • Pumpkin Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Apple Tart (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Playful Penguin Cupcake – Red velvet cupcake, cream cheese buttercream, peppermint sprinkles, and a sugared playful penguin (available Dec. 19-Jan. 1)

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

The Artist’s Palette

  • Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin cheesecake, bourbon panna cotta, and spiced pecans (available Nov. 7-27)
  • Peppermint Bark – Dark and white chocolate with peppermint pieces (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Eggnog Cupcake –  Spiced cake, eggnog mousse filling, and caramel buttercream (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Gingerbread Cookies – Themed to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
  • Peppermint Mousse – Peppermint mousse, fudge center, and a chocolate cookie (available Dec.1-Jan. 1)
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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Barefoot Pool Bar

  • Frozen Martini with DOLE Whip Watermelon – Vodka blended with DOLE Whip Watermelon and a “green” sugared rim

Kona Café

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Yule Log – Chocolate sponge cake, hazelnut crémeux, chocolate ganache, rum hazelnut chocolate sauce, and royal icing décor (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Mocha Molten Lava Cake – Mocha molten lava cake, pistachio mascarpone cream, and bitter orange marmalade (available Dec. 20-Jan 1)

Kona Island and Capt. Cook’s

  • Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake with milk chocolate rocky road filling and buttercream (available Nov. 15-30)
  • Holiday “Elf” Dome – Vanilla cake with eggnog filling, white chocolate glaçage, and buttercream décor (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Holiday Moana Cupcake – Chocolate cupcake, Morello cherry, buttercream icing, and Moana chocolate décor (available Dec. 1-31)
  • Stroke of Midnight Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake with white chocolate Champagne filling, chocolate-covered pop rocks, and white chocolate clock (available Dec. 29-Jan3)
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Disney’s Riviera Resort

Le Petit Café

  • Mickey Gingerbread Cookies – Gingerbread cookie duo baked in chocolate and glazed with sugar (available Nov. 21-Jan. 1)
  • Peppermint Mousse – Dark chocolate and peppermint white chocolate mousse (available Nov. 28-Jan. 1)

Primo Piatto

  • Eggnog Cheesecake – Eggnog cheesecake with cherry compote and vanilla whipped panna cotta (available Nov. 28-Jan. 1)
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl (available through Nov. 27)

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera

  • Pumpkin Mousse – Pumpkin cheesecake, hazelnut chocolate sponge, pistachio crumble and cherry compote (available through Nov. 27)
  • Black Heritage Turkey – Sous vide turkey breast, turkey leg roulade, sourdough stuffing torchon, sweet potato casserole with spiced marshmallows, potato purée, roasted gravy, cranberry marmalade, haricot vert amandine, and roasted rainbow carrots (available Nov. 25)
  • Caramel Milk Chocolate Mousse – Chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake, chocolate crumble, and chantilly cream (available Nov. 28-Jan. 1)
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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Lobby

  • Gingerbread Pine Tree (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
  • Reindeer Food – Cubes of gingerbread, chocolate stripped pretzels, holiday granola, and candies (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
  • Spiced Moose Cookie (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
  • Peppermint Bark (available Nov.14-Jan. 1)
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Geyser Point Bar & Grill

  • Martinis Around the World Flight (available Dec. 5-Jan. 8; also available as separate drinks)
  • Key Lime Pie – Lime juice, simple syrup, and rum with green sugar rim
  • Poinsettia – Brut Champagne and cranberry
  • Italian Manhattan – Bourbon, vermouth, bitters, grenadine, and cranberry with maraschino cherries
  • Caribbean Cream – Rum, cinnamon cream liqueur, and cream with nutmeg and green sugar rim
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Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort

Ale & Compass Restaurant

  • Pumpkin Tart – Pumpkin tart with chantilly cream with a cherry cranberry sauce (available Nov. 25)

The Market at Ale & Compass and Beach Club Marketplace

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake – Pumpkin-flavored New York-style cheesecake with caramel sauce, whipped cream, chocolate leaves, and cranberry-flavored sugar crystals (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Holiday Red and Green Creme-filled Sandwich Cookie Bonbons – Mousse-filled on a cookie base sprayed with colorful chocolate (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Holiday Mickey Cupcake – Vanilla cupcake filled with vanilla mousse topped with holiday décor and chocolate Mickey ears (available Dec.1-31)

The Market at Ale & Compass, Beach Club Marketplace, and Disney’s Beach Club Lobby

  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – A bag of three chocolate crinkle cookies with a dusting of sweet snow (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Trio of Fudge – White chocolate peppermint fudge, white chocolate-gingerbread fudge, and dark chocolate-hot cocoa fudge (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Plant-Based and Gluten-Friendly Brownie – Chocolate brownies with chocolate ganache (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Signature Stollen Bread – German bread created with nuts, spices, and fruit coated with a mountain of vanilla powdered sugar (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Mickey Gingerbread – Our traditional sugar-glazed Mickey gingerbread with chocolate backing (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Mickey and Minnie Crispy Rice Treats (Sold Separately) – Crispy rice treats decorated with red chocolate, sanding sugar, snowflakes, and chocolate garnishes (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Peppermint Bark – Dark and white chocolate with peppermint pieces (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Chocolate Snow Globe – Dark chocolate snow globe with the 50th Anniversary print (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Snowmen – Chocolate-covered marshmallows decorated to look like adorable snowmen on festive red and white straw (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Chocolate Creme-filled Sandwich Cookie Pops – White chocolate-covered creme-filled sandwich cookie pops themed to The Little Mermaid (available Nov. 1-Dec. 31)
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Cookie glazed in sugar (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
  • Gluten-Friendly Gingerbread Chocolate Cookie glazed in sugar (available Nov. 1- Dec. 31)
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In addition to all the sweet holiday treats, our Disney pastry chefs have been busy creating gingerbread masterpieces to get us all in the holiday spirit! Check out all the locations to see these edible marvels!

 Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Lobby

  • This stunning life-size storybook gingerbread house with “cinnamon clouds” puffing from the chimney is beautifully decorated with white chocolate candy canes, edible snowflakes, and sugar poinsettias. Treats for sale include house-made Gingerbread Houses and Gingerbread Ornaments. (Nov. 10-Jan. 1)

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • This life-size spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The Little Mermaid is the theme with hand-painted holiday characters, handcrafted gingerbread shingles, and fondant snowflakes. And don’t forget to pop over to the Yacht Club lobby and see the adorable holiday village with a miniature train. (Nov.1-Jan. 2)

EPCOT – The American Adventure Rotunda

  • The American Adventure Gingerbread Display – The EPCOT pastry chefs have recreated the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The American Adventure building in miniature edible versions. (Nov. 26-Dec. 30)

(Please Note: All offerings are subject to change.)

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6

Although the holiday festivities may look a little different this year, the 2020 holiday season at Disney World will return Friday, November 6, 2020.

From the Disney Parks Blog:

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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From November 6 through December 30, 2020, you will be able to enjoy festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal food & beverage offerings and entertainment all across Walt Disney World Resort. Holiday magic will be in full force at the four theme parks and Disney Springs, and Santa Claus will make time for special pop-up appearances at each location, waving and exclaiming holiday wishes to all. 

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Guests will be delighted by the sight of festive flotillas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, holiday promenades at EPCOT and merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Character cavalcades at Magic Kingdom Park will take on a special holiday twist, with Christmas friends on festive floats in their holiday finest. Gingerbread Men? Check! Elves and Reindeer? Check, check! And, we can’t forget the Toy Soldiers, who will join the Main Street Philharmonic as they march through Magic Kingdom Park, bringing musical holiday cheer for all to hear.  

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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When night falls, special projection effects will give a festive look to Cinderella Castle this year, providing a colorful backdrop for our guests’ photos. The appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation. This will be in place of the Castle Dream Lights. Other holiday experiences that draw big crowds will be on hiatus this year as well, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at EPCOT. 

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a meal among friends and family. Minnie Mouse will be hosting a yuletide gathering for all her friends at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting November 6. Santa Goofy will be there, along with Minnie and more in their holiday best.

Over at Disney Springs, guests will discover Christmas around every corner as they come across a collection of elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination. In the evening, guests visiting areas within Town Center, West Side and The Landing will encounter a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder to their holiday shopping. And to top it off, Jock Lindsey will once again be turning his hangar bar into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar complete with delightful holiday décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with festive favorites.

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Disney Resort hotels will also be decked out for the holidays, with their lobbies featuring iconic trees and other festive flourishes. However, guest favorite gingerbread displays will not return to any of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels this year due to physical distancing guidelines.

Starting a bit later in the 2020 holiday season at Disney World, highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will return on Friday, November 27. Holiday kitchens will be offered around World Showcase promenade with favorites like American Holiday Table featuring Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen with dishes like Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl.

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6
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Guests can step inside World ShowPlace to enjoy the returning group, JOYFUL!, who present a journey through R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music. Also, the Voices of Liberty will bring their incredible 8-part harmonies to the America Gardens Theatre stage for a special concert of favorite carols and songs of the season.

2020 Holiday Season at Disney World Kicks Off November 6

We can look forward to creating new holiday traditions as Disney introduces unique ways to enjoy the season together. So, make your list – and check it twice – because there’s a lot of holiday fun to see and do at Walt Disney World Resort!

Tips for Visiting Disney World During the Holidays

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Are you planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday week? The week between Christmas and New Years is one of the busiest times at Disney World so here are a few tips if you are visiting Disney World during the holidays.

Preparing For & Traveling To Walt Disney World Resort

  • Use the on-property resort buses, boats and Monorails to avoid traffic and parking fees.
  • Valet parking is now available at Downtown Disney near La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
  • When utilizing your own car, plan for additional travel time.
  • Limit your time at theme park bag check by traveling light. Bags can also be checked at Bell Services at resorts or at lockers within theme parks.
  • If staying at an on-property Disney resort, don’t forget about Extra Magic Hours. Different theme parks offer Extra Magic Hours on different days, so check the calendar here for more.
  • Want to stay longer or visit more than one park in a day? Visit Guest Relations or a ticketing window to modify your tickets.
  • Designate a spot inside the park for your party to meet, should someone get separated. Lost and Founds are located at park Guest Relations.
  • Grab a Times Guide on your way into the park to stay informed on showtimes, character greeting locations and more.

Attractions & Entertainment Tips

  • Download the My Disney Experience app for your smartphone. This vacation-planning tool can help you access current attraction wait times, find the nearest entertainment and more. Or visit the Tip Board at the center of each park to see which attractions have the shortest wait times.
  • Utilize the park’s FastPass options. Don’t forget that in addition to attractions, FastPasses also may be available for some character meet and greets, such as Town Square Theater and Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Catch a show in the middle of the day when attraction wait times are typically longer.
  • Some extra performances have been added to the calendar to accommodate our holiday guests. Pick up a Times Guide on your way into the park to see your options.

Dining Tips

  • Avoid crowded restaurants by grabbing a snack from quick service carts located throughout the parks.
  • Use the My Disney Experience app, visit Guest Relations or call 407-WDW-CNCL to modify dining reservations.

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for sharing tips for visiting Disney World during the holidays with us!

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