It’s officially December, and that means we’re about to have one of the busiest months of the year at Disney World!
We’ve already seen crowds in late November for the Thanksgiving holidays, but the holiday season is just beginning. And with many guests coming to Walt Disney World, There are some interesting deals and important things you need to know if you are visiting in December!
EPCOT International Festival Festival
The last EPCOT festival of the calendar year is the International Festival Festival. This year’s party began late last month and will continue until December 30, 2021. During this time, there will be plenty of time-limited deals to check out!
There are more than a dozen holiday kitchens spread throughout the park, as well as some unique entertainment. like the holiday storytellers and the candlelight procession every night. In addition to these things, you can enjoy activities such as the expedition of the festive tradition of Olaf and the holiday cookie walk, as well as buy some exclusive merchandise in gift shops. There is so much to do!
Click here for full details of this year’s festival!
The holiday season is in full swing
If you are coming to Disney World in the coming weeks, you should know that the holiday season is in full swing! The four theme parks are decorated with decorations, as are Disney Springs and tourist hotels.
In addition to the decorations, You will find limited-time snacks throughout Disney World and holiday merchandise. There are so many things to do and see during the holidays; you will have no problem filling your entire agenda!
Disney Very Merriest After Hours continues
The new After Hours holiday event started last month, but there are several dates you can attend in December, and some still have tickets available. It runs from 9:00 pm to 1:00 pm on certain nights after Magic Kingdom closes the day, and you can enjoy low traffic, short waiting times, and a variety of entertainment and event-specific activities.
During the Very Merriest, you can watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Mickey & Minnie’s Very Merry Memories and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. You can also enjoy free snacks (including cookies and hot chocolate!) And a variety of exclusive character sightings. If you’re a night owl or a Christmas fan, this is the event for you!
Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about very cheerful after hours!
Some club-level options are coming back
When Disney World Resort hotels reopened, some offers were not available, including club rooms. We’ve started to see some of these showrooms come back in the last few months, but not all of them have worked again.
In December, two more club-level lounges reopen on the 16th: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. If you are looking for a little more luxury in your stay at the resort, this may be an option to consider for your trip!
Tickets may not be available on selected dates
At the end of November, Disney has released an update on theme park tickets for the holiday season, noting that some dates may not be available. probably due to park capacity restrictions. (The dates when tickets were not available correlated with the dates that were fully booked in the Disney Park Pass system.)
A few days later, some of these previously unavailable dates were reopened, but it is important to check the calendar before purchasing and finalizing any plans. And if you haven’t booked your Disney Park Pass yet, do so as soon as possible!
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Some exclusive events will be offered closer to Christmas
Currently, the only way to see most of the festive entertainment of Very Merriest After Hours is to attend the party. However, this has been shared some of these deals will be available during the day closest to Christmas Day!
Starting December 22nd, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will tour Main Street, USA in the afternoon daily until December 31st. This often happens during the holiday season, but this year is very special: this is the first time Disney World has had a daytime parade since the parks closed in March 2020!
A popular show is back
Since the parks reopened, we’ve had entertainment options that are slowly returning one by one. On December 19, the favorite of Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular fans will return to Hollywood Studios after being away for 21 months!
Other entertainment options that have returned so far have been modified to allow for social distancing, so we’re interested to see how this one works when he returns … since the nature of the show requires the performers to be close to each other. We will be there on the day of the reopening to give you all the details!
Click here to see Indiana Jones schedules!
The 50th anniversary celebrations are still going on
With all the holiday festivities underway, it can be easy to forget that it’s still the 50th anniversary celebration at Disney World! The 18-month-long event began on October 1 and is still going strong, with a variety of things to see in the parks.
Throughout December, be sure to check out the new fireworks, restaurants, decorations and walks that came for the anniversary. They also have unique snacks and food offerings, as well as various collections of merchandise to honor the great milestone.
Kali River Rapids is partially being remodeled
If you’ve been to Disney World in the winter before, you’ve probably seen water attractions closed for refurbishment in those colder months. Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom closed on November 1st and will remain closed until December.
The trip will reopen on January 4th.
Get the details of the current renovations here!
There are some new / modified attractions to check out!
In recent months, several attractions have undergone modifications to the parks, whether permanent or temporary. For beginners, Mickey’s PhilharMagic reopened a few weeks ago with an added Pixar scene Coco and seriously updated 3D technology.
What else came back in November? Well, Character encounters and greetings returned in a modified way, now called “character sightings.” Many characters have returned to their former meeting places, where you can spend individual time with them. Despite this, hugs and autographs are not available at this time.
And for a short-term change, the beloved Jungle Cruise Holiday Overlay is back, the Jingle Cruise! Over the next few weeks you’ll be ho-hoing it all the way, as the Jungle Cruise Skippers give a holiday twist to their classic puns.
We look forward to the next few months, and 2022 is just around the corner! Whatever happens, stay tuned to DFB for all Disney World news and updates, and thank you for trusting us with your Disney content in 2021!
Click here for more information on the Disney World holiday season!
Are you going to visit Disney World in December? Tell us in the comments!