If you are a parent with kids in school, the holidays may be one of the only times that you can actually get away to travel. Luckily, the Walt Disney World resort offers a number of fun holiday events that are perfect for families. Whether you are traveling near Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, you’ll find a variety of fun events and other special touches that will make your vacation extra memorable.
Holiday Events at Walt Disney World
If you are traveling anytime in the fall before Halloween, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a lot of fun. Featuring a special parade, trick or treating, characters in Halloween costumes, and a Halloween-themed fireworks show, MNSSHP is definitely worth doing at least once. It’s a separate ticketed event, and traditionally, the parks are less crowded than during the days. So, you’ll also get the chance to ride some of the more popular attractions with less of a wait.
Keep in mind, however, that this is an evening event. If your children are young and go to bed early, it’s probably not worth spending the extra money. We waited until our kids were a little older before decided to take them to the evening events.
You can find information about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party here.
This is actually the first year in a while that we aren’t traveling to Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving. There aren’t any separate Thanksgiving events, but many of the restaurants on property do offer a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.
Depending on when you end your Thanksgiving vacation, you may also get to experience some of the Christmas decor and events.
Christmas is such a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) is a separate ticketed evening event that includes a special holiday parade, a fireworks show, and snow falling down on Main Street. Like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Magic Kingdom does tend to be less crowded, so you can usually experience the attractions with shorter lines. However, it is an evening event, so it’s probably not a good idea to pay extra if your kids are little and go to bed early.
You can also enjoy gorgeous holiday decor throughout the parks and resorts. At the Beach Club, a large merry-go-round is built right in the hotel lobby! Other decor highlights include the display at the Contemporary and the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian.
Another fun event for the holidays is the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. This is a very popular event, and I recommend booking one of the special dining experiences that includes priority entrance to the show. Otherwise, you’ll have to line up early, wasting precious time in the park. It’s a beautiful show featuring a celebrity narrator, an orchestra, and a choir of singers. Younger children may not fully appreciate it, but my kids loved it when they were 9 and 11.
Have you been to Walt Disney World during the holidays? What was your favorite event?