What better way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than to immerse yourself in a wonderland full of holiday joy: this wonderland is Disney Springs, of course! Today is the official start of the holiday celebration and there is nothing like shopping and dining with friends and family when you are surrounded by bright decor. This year I find it a little more special as we celebrate the most magical celebration in the world with a touch of EARidescent magic wherever you go (have you seen the amazing celebration candy program ?!) and the 50’sth Collections of birthday merchandise that are sure to be someone’s ultimate gift. Whatever you are looking for, we invite you to be cheerful, enjoy and find “happily whatever you want” these holidays. Ready to plan your visit? I have all the details for your final Disney Springs day:
Guide to holiday shopping and virtual gifts
Our virtual gift guide is back and on Instagram’s handling of @DisneySprings just in time to help you with some inspiration for making gifts. Check out lots of gifts for everyone on your list (including you guys!) During the holiday season using our featured Instagram history buttons. And there’s more to where it comes from: this guide is just a small taste of what you’ll find at Disney Springs. With more than 100 commercial destinations included Disney World, The LEGO store, Disney Christmas Days, Coach and more, you are sure to find the perfect gift.
As you buy the ones on your list, you can also make someone else’s vacation even more special by making a donation during the Disney Ultimate Toy Drive. For more than 70 years, The Walt Disney Company has supported the Marine Corps Toys for All Foundation. This year, Disney has launched the Disney Ultimate Toy Drive with a $ 500,000 donation to Toys for All to help provide toys for children and inspire hope where these holidays are most needed. You can donate a new toy without wrapping it to our designated delivery points at World of Disney, Marketplace Co-Op, Star Wars Galactic advance, and the Disney Springs Reception center now until December 14th. (Learn more at Disney.com/toydrive.)
Walk through the Disney Springs Christmas tree presented by AdventHealth
Your favorite holiday tradition is back and better than ever! The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Ride presented by AdventHealth is now available through Dec. 30 with 20 themed trees spread across Disney Springs (mostly with beloved Disney characters and stories). “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas,” “The Black Panther,” “Stripe and the Last Dragon,” and more. As a special tribute to the 50 at Walt Disney World Resortth Birthday, our Disney park tree will also have some bright touches of magic.
Ready to see them all? Grab a map of Disney Springs Christmas Tree Walk and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays as you pass through a country of winter wonders. This free activity can be picked up at participating Disney Springs locations, such as: City Works Eatery & Pour House, Planet Hollywood, UNDER ARMOR BRAND HOUSE, Amorette’s Patisserie, The BOATHOUSE, i Basin.
As you explore, be sure to take advantage of the special discounts and offers available on the back of your map at select shops and restaurants. Once you have completed your activity, take it to an exchange site for a special surprise.
Holiday meals and sweets
It’s time to take off these ugly Christmas sweaters and join in the festive fun at Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar now full of cheerful decor and a limited-time menu until December 30th. Those of us who go there every year will find our favorites Venison Sliders and Holiday Deviled Eggs, but we won’t overlook some new ones, such as fried Brussels sprouts and a ham and Brie Flatbread (both delicious options to add to your holiday)! Do you feel naughty or this year? Enjoy either way with the classic cookies and milk (Coquito) or the new Lump of Coal desserts with cookies and pieces of cream coal “charcoal”. Both can be shared, so I recommend you bring friends and family to try a little of everything.
Other sweets you can’t miss this year include:
- Snacks Marketplace – Mint bark nachos (November 5 to December 30)
- The educated pig – Pumpkin Mudslide Cocktail and The Polite Pig Pie (November 5 to December 31)
- Splashes – Pumpkin Cupcakes (now-November 28), Nutella French Toast Cupcakes (November 8-14) and Cannoli Cupcakes (November 15-21)
- Yes Sake – Pumpkin Spice Boba Tea (now-November 15)
- Fly the ice cream – Red Velvet Cannoli and Red Velvet Peppermint cheesecake cookie sandwich (November 8 to December 31)
For a full list of other delicious treats, check out Disney Springs and Parks at Walt Disney World Resort’s gastronomic holiday guide from blog author Karen McClintok. As a friendly reminder, I recommend that you make a reservation for dinner if you plan to dine at any of our world-class restaurants, as seating is limited during the holidays. Make your reservation here.
Santa and holiday entertainment
I am thrilled to share that Santa will be back at Disney Springs this year for a physical distance photography opportunity at Once Upon a Toy. As in past years, you will be able to queue easily using our virtual queue and shop while you wait. Disney PhotoPass photographers will also be available to capture digital portraits, available for purchase. Santa Claus will begin greeting guests from November 12 to December. 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.. (Please note that masks are required).
After your visit with Santa, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the holidays throughout Disney Springs. DJs will play your favorite songs on the AdventHealth Waterside Stage overnight and in the evening you’ll see lively performers like our toy soldiers stilts and snowflake skaters. Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without some snow, and we know it’s planned! Watch a magical snowfall every evening until Dec. 30 around Town Center in Disney Springs.
There is no better way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year than by enjoying all that Disney Springs has to offer this season! Visit DisneySprings.com for more information on Holly Jolly events and be sure to continue following us on social media via @DisneySprings as we share more news on arrivals of goods, food and beverages for a limited time and any offers and special Thanksgiving week promotion. As always, I encourage you to tag your photos with #DisneySprings to have a chance to be featured on our Instagram channel. Happy holiday!