Christmas at Disney

If you’re heading to Disney World this Christmas break, there’s a world of excitement waiting for you. Disney World likes to go bigger and better than anything you’ve ever seen, and you’ll see this principle applied to lights, gingerbread, tales and treats.

Here are some amazing ways Disney gets in the Christmas spirit:


Disney World has 7 different gingerbread houses and displays out this year. You’ll find a gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club, a gazebo at the Boardwalk Inn,  smaller-scale displays at the Polynesian, a gingerbread and candy village at the Liberty Tree Tavern, and a life-sized house in Epcot’s American Adventure. You also can’t miss the showcase pieces in the Contemporary Resort or the Grand Floridian.
Gingerbread Tree at the Contemporary Resort Tower
The Contemporary Resort: Think of 800 lbs of flour and you’ll just begin to get an idea of the massive scale of this display. The gingerbread holiday tree here is inspired by a mural at the hotel.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 2010
The Grand Floridian: This display is 16 feet high and has over 10,000 pieces of actual gingerbread in it. See a time-lapse of the construction:


Disney - Partners With Castle Dream Lights - 7X HDR (Explored)
In Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s castle takes on a new look in the holiday season. The castle becomes draped in over 200,000 lights as part of its Castle Dream Lights. Tip: Watch Cinderella’s Holiday Wish Stage Show for a perfect lead-in to the castle lighting.

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios you’ll find lights beyond the typical “Lights, Camera, Action!” The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is a choreographed light show performed every 10 minutes. The show here is named for Jennings Osborne, after his Christmas shows he designed for his daughter that grew so popular that he was barred from producing them at his home.
Osborne Lights
While the photo is gorgeous, check out this video to see the full impact:

The Spirit of Christmas

WDW Dec 2009 - Candlelight Processional
While at Epcot, you can experience the gorgeous and celebrity-filled Candlelight Processional. The show includes narration of the Christmas story, theatrics and songs to accompany the show. The show includes a 50-piece orchestra, celebrity narrators,  and an auditioned choir (that includes one of my college student advisors). Tip: Booking a Candlelight Dinner Package guarantees viewing for this popular event.

Thanks to The Disney Food Blog (1, 2), DisneyParks Blog (1), Dis (1, 2), Suite101 (1) for background info. Check out their pages for further details on Disney at Christmas.

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