Christmas at the Walt Disney World Resort

December 1, 2017

Central Florida is known for its amazing weather, beautiful beaches and magical theme parks, so people from all over the world dream of visiting Orlando and the Walt Disney World Resort. What guests may not know is that Orlando is even more magical during the holidays! Spending the most wonderful time of the year at Disney World should be on everyone’s bucket list – including guests who have previously visited the theme parks during a different season. The holidays are Beyond special around here! Festive decorations and mesmerizing lights are all over each of the Disney parks and make Christmas an extra special time to visit the most magical place on earth. And with the amazing rates offered by the Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make your Disney dream come true!


At Disney, the biggest Christmas celebration happens at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. To attend this event, guests will need a separate theme park admission. Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party start at $89+tax per adult and $84+tax per child depending on what day you decide to visit. Pro tip: The Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista offers complimentary shuttles to the Walt Disney World Resort, so you can save on transportation fees for the whole family!

Walt Disney World - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

The Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is dedicated to celebrating Christmas and it happens only at the Magic Kingdom for a few specific days at the end of the year. The remaining days for December of 2017 are 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22.


What to expect?

First of all, you will get to see the Cinderella Castle shimmering in the most elegant way. The silver lights flow down from the castle and have a mesmerizing flow that will leave you speechless! Take a professional picture in front of the castle at night to forever remember this magical experience!

The event also has a themed parade that you cannot miss! Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is everyone’s favorite, so make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance to ensure you’ll find a good spot to see the parade from.

The fireworks, Holiday Wishes, are also holiday-themed and something you will absolutely cannot miss! There are also a few presentations of Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration throughout the night, so you should try to hang out around the castle for at least one of their presentations. It’s a really cute show that kids LOVE to watch! Lastly, if you are a Frozen fanatic, then you will not want to miss Elsa freezing up the castle at A Frozen Holiday Wish.

And what’s Christmas without holiday tunes filling the air, right? Guests will get to enjoy holiday-themed music throughout the park and get to meet their favorite Disney characters dressed in their most festive attire. Plus, your favorite attractions also take on a holiday theme.

Here’s a sample of some the characters you get to see at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

  • Santa Claus, of course!
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Aladdin & Jasmine
  • Capitan Jack Sparrow
  • Moana
  •  Peter Pan
  • Ariel & Prince Eric
  • Cinderella and Prince Charming
  • Pooh and his friends
  • Snow White & Price Phillip
  • The Seven Dwarfs
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Daisy Duck
  • Goofy
  • Donald Duck


Most attractions in the Magic Kingdom are also open during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so that way you get to experience the holiday cheer while also having a blast at any of the attractions below:

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • Town Square Theater


  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Jingle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Liberty Square

  • Haunted Mansion


  • “it’s a small world”
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Princess Fairytale Hall


  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Space Mountain
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

We hope to be able to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with you at the Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista!