Wednesday, November 7, 2012

10 things to do at Walt Disney World this Holiday Season

As early as Friday, Disney holiday traditions return to the parks and resort. Take a look at this list of 10 things to do during the winter holidays.

1) Sleigh rides at Fort Wilderness. In December, sleigh rides will be offered nightly as a special treat through the secluded area around Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

2) The gingerbread house at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The scent of gingerbread will fill the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during the holidays. Pastry chefs will create the 16-foot-high Victorian house with 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze.

3) Downtown Disney's Festival of the Seasons. Live entertainment, holiday carolers, a street party and photo opportunities with Santa and Santa Goofy await guests to Downtown Disney. And don't forget about the shopping.

4) Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. At Disney's Animal Kingdom guests can celebrate the holidays safari style with Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. It features traditional holiday music but with a world beat twist.

5) The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The seasonal display showcases millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects synchronized to holiday music during a snowfall. The event begins Friday and runs through Jan. 6, 2013.

6) Holidays around the World returns to Epcot. Storytellers from around the world share traditions and lore from their homeland throughout the World Showcase.

7) Candlelight Processional at Epcot. The event combines season music with a reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator. The reading is accompanied by a mass choir and live orchestra preforming seasonal songs nightly between Nov. 23 and Dec. 30. Celebrities scheduled to appear are Neal Patrick Harris, Gary Sinise, Whoopi Goldberg and Trace Adkins to name a few.

8) Cinderella's Castle transforms into an ice palace for the holidays. Guests to the Magic Kingdom will be treated to a nightly castle celebration and stage show.

9) Winter Wonderland takes over the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom has been transformed into a festive holiday wonderland with wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees.  During Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party guests can visit with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

10) Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off this Friday. The party will run on 20 select nights through Dec. 21. With the purchase of a special ticket, guests can enjoy live stage shows, fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, as well as snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A.

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