It’s Christmas in July as today Walt Disney World released plans and dates for the many festive events that will make up their Christmas time entertainment for 2010.
The holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort begins Nov. 8, 2010, just one week after the last Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Many of the decorations will remain up through Jan. 3, 2011.
Disney’s stocking full of cheer this year includes:
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year takes place on 19 nights between Nov. 8 and Dec. 19. Guests can enjoy hot cocoa and plenty of entertainment that includes live shows, fireworks, carolers and special character meet and greets. And, of course, there’s unlimited admission to favorite attractions.
This after-hours family-friendly outing takes place Nov. 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 28, 30 and Dec. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17 and 19. The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. and continues until midnight. Day-of-party ticket pricing is $59.95 ($53.95 for ages 3-9). Advance tickets are available with $6 savings for most dates. Guests can visit Disneyworld.com/christmasparty or call 407/W-DISNEY.
Castle Dream Lights
Each evening Nov. 8, 2010, through Jan. 3, 2011, Cinderella and favorite characters decked out in holiday garb help to magically transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace aglow with 200,000 white lights.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Spectacle of Dancing Lights The popular display of millions of brilliant bulbs return once again this year to the backlot with dancing lights and animated displays synchronized to high-energy holiday tunes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Nov. 8, 2010, through Jan. 3, 2011.
Holidays Around the World – Throughout World Showcase, storytellers share customs and lore from their heritage from Nov. 26 – Dec. 30. Characters include the good-hearted witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children’s shoes with treats, or the jolly gift-bearer Father Christmas in the United Kingdom. There are also meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus in The American Adventure, plus other legendary icons who share messages of goodwill. The celebrations of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are showcased as well.
The nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks, laser and water show adds a spirited holiday finale.
Candlelight Processional – This annual event features celebrity narrators, a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra at America Gardens Theatre. Narrators currently scheduled to appear this year begin with Isabella Rossellini on Nov. 26 followed by Whoopi Goldberg and Jodi Benson on later dates (lineup of narrators is subject to change without notice).
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade – This parade presents Mickey and pals with seasonal melodies and parade runs daily from Nov. 26, 2010, through Jan. 3, 2011. Also in the park, Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village is adorned with festive décor and perfectly trimmed Christmas trees and crooning carolers. And Santa Goofy and spirited friends greet guests for photo opportunities.
Festival of the Seasons – Santa Claus will meet kids, listen to wishes and pose for pictures daily from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24 at Santa’s Chalet.