Orlando Parks Sparkle for the Holidays!

There is no better way to celebrate the holidays then a trip to Orlando Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando. This year's festive celebration rings in new entertainment offerings as well as seasonal favorites. Pack up the family and make the trip south to the ultimate winter wonderland.

Walt Disney World Resort

No place celebrates the season better as guests are welcomed to a gigantic Christmas tree as they enter Main Street, U.S.A. and festive decor sparkles throughout the Magic Kingdom Park. "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" is back on select nights this holiday season with a spectacular show, 'Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration', including medleys of delightful holiday songs both classic and contemporary, along with special effects and magical projections. Guests with tickets to this special, after regular park hours event can enjoy an evening filled with all the magic and wintry wonderment of the season, complete with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, snow flurries falling on Main Street, U.S.A., a jolly parade, a breathtaking fireworks show and much more. Twice during party nights, guests can enjoy "Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade" and watch as more than 160 performers, 12 floats and catchy Christmas music fill the streets of Magic Kingdom. Finally, an exclusive performance of Holiday Wishes fireworks lights up the skies above Cinderella Castle with breathtaking fireworks and beloved music.

The spirit of the holidays comes to life around World Showcase with new "Holidays Around the World" marketplaces offering tasty bites and beverages, the Candlelight Processional with celebrity narrators sharing the Christmas story, and larger-than-life holiday decorations throughout the park. The number of holiday kitchens doubles in size this year to a total of 15, each bringing the flavors of the season to life. New this year, guests can indulge in cookies and desserts at the Cookie Nook located inside the Odyssey complex. Disney legend Kurt Russell is among the newcomers along with Pat Sajak as well as returning favorites Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris in the Candlelight Processional. Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah in a new location along World Showcase promenade, where a fun and interactive band interweaves the music of Hanukkah with jazz, Latin, rock and even hip-hop influences. The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature a special holiday ending.

Pandora - The World of Avatar transports guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests and floating mountains. Inspired by the epic film AVATAR from director James Cameron, the all-new land at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park invites guests to soar in simulated flight on the wings of banshees and sail a sacred river leading to an unforgettable encounter with the Shaman of Songs. Guests can now encounter the wonders of nature with rare animals both day and night. From the Tree of Life 'awakening' as the sun goes down, to taking an after-dark ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris, to soaking in the fun aboard Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest both day and night, there's more to experience than ever before.

A flurry of fun will greet guests visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios this holiday season. Festivities will include an immersive new nighttime experience that wraps all of Sunset Boulevard in holiday magic with jolly decorations, merry treats and beloved characters sharing their love for the holidays. Included in the transformation is the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel and enhanced holiday decor around Echo Lake. It's all part of the holiday happenings that will take place through Dec. 31. Guests will also enjoy returning seasonal fun throughout the park, including the popular "Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!" nighttime projection and fireworks show and special holiday meals and dessert parties. Of course, Santa will be there too!

The "bah-humbug" hassle of holiday shopping becomes a joyful family celebration at Disney Springs. Like nowhere else, the holidays come to life at this one-of-a-kind retail, dining and entertainment complex complete with sparkling holiday d├ęcor, unique gift-giving (and gift-getting) ideas, tantalizing treats, special entertainment and more. Only at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort can the entire family join together in the holiday shopping experience while also creating new family traditions and memories. There are more than 150 locations to explore. To capture the spirit of the season, guests can stroll among an even bigger Christmas Tree Trail. Twenty-five custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme, will be on display.

With so many new attractions and experiences to discover, there has never been a better time to plan a visit Walt Disney World Resort. For more information, visit Disneyworld.com or the MyDisneyExperience mobile app.



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