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

MAGIC KINGDOM PARK
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 décor 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. Witness as the skies above Magic Kingdom Park sparkle to life as visions of fireworks dance in the air during an all-new nighttime show, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. Hosted by Minnie Mouse, the holiday extravaganza invites guests to come together in a celebration of heartfelt moments and the magic of Christmas. 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.

EPCOT
The spirit of the holidays come 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. Narrators this year include Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Sajak, Steven Curtis Chapman and Edward James Olmos. Chip & Dale are gathering ornaments for their Christmas tree and guests can join in the fun. Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah 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.

DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
A flurry of fun greet guests visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios this holiday season. Festivities 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 décor around Echo Lake. The nighttime spectacular "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" treat holiday-goers to iconic music, fireworks, special effects and state-of-the-art projections to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience at the iconic Chinese Theatre. While guests are merry-making through the park, they will want to stop at the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge where they can live their own Star Wars adventures and find the perfect holiday gift from a galaxy far, far away.

DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM
During the holiday season, guests can encounter the wonders of nature with rare animals both day and night. As the sun sets, the Tree of Life awakens with a series of wintry tales emerging from within. Animal-inspired luminaries cast a warm and festive glow throughout Discovery Island while 2,600 light bulbs adorn the DinoLand U.S.A. water tower. Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights in India, has inspired the residents of Anandapur in Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the main square. The village of Harambe in Africa welcomes guests with a unique holiday presentation, fusing Western traditions with the colors and texture of authentic African celebrations.

DISNEY SPRINGS
Perfect for this special time of year, the Disney Springs retail, dining and entertainment district is where guests can make a holiday list and check it twice as they breeze among dozens of trendy brand-name stores and a large and varied collection of Disney merchandise. They can also indulge the holiday hungries at great dining spots that will also serve up seasonal cheer. Live entertainment will include the spectacle of toy soldier stilt walkers and carolers in holiday attire. 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-three custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring favorite Disney characters.

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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