11 July 2018
The holidays will kick off on November 8 at the Walt Disney World Resort this year, as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party returns to the Magic Kingdom. The annual after-hours Christmas party leads several other returning events at the resort, which Disney detailed today.
Tickets went on sale for the Magic Kingdom party earlier this year, and reservations open on Wednesday for this year's Candlelight Processional dinner packages at Epcot. This year's celebrity narrators will include Chita Rivera, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Blair Underwood, Gary Sinise, Pat Sajak, Edward James Olmos, and Jodi Benson. The Processional runs three times nightly, starting on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, and running through Dec. 30, 2018.
Also at Epcot, the International Festival of the Holidays returns on Nov. 18, featuring the park's food stands and a holiday finale for the IllumiNations show. Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Sunset Seasons Greetings returns on Nov. 8, along with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks and projection show on the Chinese Theater. New this year will be holiday decorations in Toy Story Land, which will include holiday tunes playing at Alien Swirling Saucers.
Finally, Disney's Animal Kingdom gets into the holiday spirit with addition of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new UP! A Great Bird Adventure show. That also starts Nov. 8 and runs through Jan. 6, which concludes the holiday season at the resort.
Up the road at Universal Orlando, the holiday celebrations there kick off Nov. 17, and also run through Jan. 6, 2019. Universal's line-up includes the return of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle projection show at Islands of Adventure and the Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's at Universal Studios Florida, which both premiered last year. Grinchmas also returns at IOA, as does Mannheim Steamroller on select nights at USF.