Disney Parks Holidays

New Walt Disney World Holiday Celebrations In 2019

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It’s time to get ready for the most wonderful time of the year at Walt Disney World. There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays at the magical place on earth. Of course, there are returning favorites, like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and all of the festivities at Hollywood Studios. But, there are also new Walt Disney World holiday celebrations this year across the parks.

Before diving right into all of the new events, allow me to make yet another special announcement. Like with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, I’m attending MVMCP for the first time in early December! I cannot wait to experience Walt Disney World during the holidays — and share my adventures with you. It’s going to be a truly magical time.

Now, let’s to get to this year’s new holiday celebrations.

Animal Kingdom

For the first time starting on Nov. 8, visitors can experience holiday joy throughout every land in Animal Kingdom. Here’s what to can expect:

Discovery Island:

*There will be daytime and nighttime experiences.

*The village will be filled with sparkling white holiday decorations, colorful, animal-inspired luminaries on the rooftops, and wireframe lanterns in the shape of birds perched throughout.

*Life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets of winter animals, including reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins, and more will interact with guests. Musicians will also be present creating an even more festive atmosphere. Check out a video of the puppets here.

*The rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns will glow at night. Of course, the Tree of Life will awaken, but this time with a series of wintry tales and a holiday-inspired musical score. Between the awakenings, the Tree of Life will also shine all night with the magic of nature and exude a holiday spirit.

Photo of the concept art for Animal Kingdom's 2019 holiday celebration

DinoLand, U.S.A.:

*Enjoy another dance party called the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party featuring Donald’s Dino-Bash! characters, including Chip ‘n Dale. The dance party takes place in the evenings around Truck-O-Saurus and will also have interactive fun and games.

*The land will even be decked out with colorful holiday decorations “in the style of Donald Duck and each of his pals.”

Pandora — The World of Avatar:

*Pongo Pongu will have “kitschy” holiday decorations, combining vintage décor from Earth with other handcrafted items from materials indigenous to Pandora.

Photo of Animal Kingdom's holiday celebrations 2019

Asia:

*The theatre district in Anandapur will be decorated for Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. There will be glowing flowers, lanterns, and so much more lighting up the square between the Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage.

Africa:

*Those visiting Harambe will be welcomed with a holiday presentation combining the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations. Harambe’s many performers will introduce holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music.

*Tusker House Restaurant will also have holiday-themed character dining with Mickey and friends spreading holiday cheer.

And, yes, a Christmas tree will be at the park entrance decorated with traditional ornaments and hidden animals.

New Year’s Eve:

Oh! And for the first time, you can celebrate New Year’s Eve inside Animal Kingdom. On Dec. 31, 2019, the park will remain open until midnight and have special events for guests to ring in 2020.

Of course, there will be themed-food and drinks. Want to dance? Great! There will be DJs in Asia, Discovery Island, and DinoLand U.S.A. Better yet, you can enjoy a midnight countdown on the Tree of Life! If that isn’t enough, there will also be special pin trading opportunities and a limited-edition New Year’s Eve pin available at the start of the evening.

Photo of concept art for New Year's Eve 2019 at Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

There will be a few changes a this year’s MVMCP (Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2019), including:

*A new fireworks show called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks hosted by Minnie Mouse. This show will celebrate Christmas magic with help from favorite holiday songs, including “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “Up on the House Top,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The new fireworks show will also have accompanying dessert parties.

Photo of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show at MVMCP

The dessert parties are:

1. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace

Desserts and beverages include:

  • Holiday-themed cupcakes and desserts
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • Ice cream
  • A selection of cheeses
  • Fresh, seasonal fruits
  • Beverages: specialty Christmas drinks, sparkling cider, signature lemonades, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea

This dessert party is available on the following dates:

  • November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, and 24
  • December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 22

Price: $84/adult and $50/child (ages 3 to 9); tax not included

Note: Guests are advised to check in one hour prior to the fireworks at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.

You can book reservations online.

2. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing

Desserts and beverages include:

  • Holiday-themed cupcakes and desserts
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • Ice cream
  • A selection of cheeses
  • Fresh, seasonal fruits
  • Beverages: specialty Christmas drinks, sparkling cider, signature lemonades, hot chocolate, coffee and tea

Prior to the fireworks, you’ll be escorted from Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant to a prime standing area in the Plaza Garden.

This dessert party is available on the following dates:

  • November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, and 24
  • December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 22

Price: $69/adult and $41/child (ages 3 to 9); tax not included

Note: Check in 90 minutes prior to the fireworks at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant.

You can book reservations online.

Photo of Tomorrowland Speed Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

Holiday Overlays

Certain attractions will have special holiday overlays this year, including:

  • Tomorrowland Speedway: The speedway will have thousands of festive lights and decorations.
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor: A new holiday-inspired show.
  • Space Mountain: The roller coaster will have dazzling lights and holiday tunes.
  • Mad Tea Party: The teacups will spin to four new holiday combinations of music and lights.

Hollywood Studios

This year’s Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party will take place at a new location — along Echo Lake with views of the Christmas Tree.

The dessert party features holiday-themed snacks, desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There are also fun dishes, including a Yule log and cheese fondue with pretzel bread. The event even gives guests the chance to “mingle with a VIP Disney character.” The character’s identity isn’t listed on the official Walt Disney World website.

Following the party, guests will be escorted to a reserved viewing area for two projection shows at the Chinese Theatre. The first is the Wonderful World of Animation, which celebrates more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation. The second show is, of course, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, a holiday spectacular hosted by elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC’s animated special Prep & Landing and featuring moments from beloved Disney films, including Bambi, Cinderella, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Price varies depending on the date:

  • Nov. 8-Dec. 21: $89/adult; $53/child ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included)
  • Dec. 22-Jan. 1, 2020: $99/adult; $59/child ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included)
  • Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, 2020: $89/adult; $53/child ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included)

To make reservations, call (407) 939-3463 or book online.

ALSO: Annual Passholders will receive a 20 percent discount on the dessert party only from Nov. 8-23. There are also special deals for APs at select unofficial Disney resorts, along with the chance to save up to $15 per ticket for MVMCP.

Photo of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Hollywood Studios

Epcot

The Candlelight Processional isn’t new to Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (Nov. 29-Dec. 30), but there is a new lineup of narrators. They include:

  • Ming-Na Wen: Nov. 29-Dec. 1
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Dec. 2-5
  • Whoopi Goldberg: Dec. 6 and 7
  • Isabella Rossellini: Dec. 8-10
  • Chita Rivera: Dec. 11-12
  • Gary Sinise: Dec. 13-15
  • Pat Sajak: Dec. 16-18
  • Warwick Davis: Dec. 19-21
  • Steven Curtis Chapman: Dec. 22-24
  • Edward James Olmos: Dec. 25 and 26
  • Marlee Matlin: Dec. 27 and 28
  • Lisa Ling: Dec. 29 and 30

There are three performances each night at the America Gardens Theatre. Times are as follows:  5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. You can also book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package that includes breakfast, lunch, or dinner at select Epcot restaurants and reserved viewing for the show.

Photo of Neil Patrick Harris at the Candlelight Processional at Epcot

As for the kitchens during Festival of the Holidays, there aren’t any new booths this year, but there are plenty of new menu items. You can check out the menus here.

Are you excited to celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World? Me too!

*This post will be updated if or when new holiday details are announced.

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