Christmas at Magic Kingdom 2018

Halloween is behind us, and that means Christmas decorations will be popping up around Walt Disney World for the next few weeks, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off November 8! Things got started overnight from October 31 to November 1 at Magic Kingdom. Let’s start with decorations!

Magic Kingdom Christmas Decorations

Even before you walk under the railroad, you’ll start to see Christmas decorations.

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Update: The Christmas tree is now up at Magic Kingdom:

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And up close…

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Protected by toy soldiers:

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Smaller trees adorn the railroad ticket booth:

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Christmas is most alive on Main Street, U.S.A….

And back toward the tree:

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Mickey wreaths adorn most every pole down Main Street, U.S.A.

There are a few “ordinary” wreaths around as well.

Even the trolley is decked out! (This picture is from before the tree was up, obviously.)

Candy Cane Garden is set up…

Complete with its Christmas countdown:

This is also where you’ll find the best wreath in Magic Kingdom:

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And at night, Magic Kingdom really sparkles. I’m an awful night photographer (a skill I promise I’m working on). But here are some nighttime shots:

Magic Kingdom Christmas - Hidden Gem

Before we get to Jingle Cruise, which is the flagship holiday ride of Magic Kingdom, I wanted to remind you of something I forgot—we’ve already got a Christmas ride at Magic Kingdom! Well, a Christmas scene, at least. I’m talking, of course, about Walt Disney’s Carrousel of Progress! The last scene of this classic features the Progress family gathering for Christmas,

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Magic Kingdom Christmas - Jingle Cruise

While the maps haven’t rolled over and won’t show Jingle Cruise until later this week, the annual overlay is already in place at Jungle Cruise.

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I don’t much enjoy the Jingle Cruise jokes—certainly not compared to Jungle Cruise—but it is nice to hear something different, and the decorations are great. Update: Emily rode Jingle Cruise the other day and reported significantly better jokes than what I heard. Jingle Cruise may just be more “your experience may vary” than Jungle Cruise. Update 2: I’m now 0-for-2 on Jingle Cruise.

Unfortunately, I had a bad seat, so my best pictures are of the queue. I’ll do my best to grab some better ones later on.

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The office is thoroughly decorated, but the netting gets in the way of detailed photos.

Fingers crossed!

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The unidentified hut at the start is well done.

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Even the tarantula is in the spirit!

Trader Sam has politely been asked not to bring food to the holiday pot luck.

But he’ll probably be busy with his Sam-ta duties anyways!

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The skippers have some great resolutions!

Magic Kingdom Holiday Merchandise

There is so much merchandise, I’m just going to put it all in a gallery rather than sequentially. I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of items, too, but I did my best to grab some quick shots this morning.

Some of the merchandise actually rolled out the past few weeks, but we wanted to make sure to include it in this post (sorry if you’ve seen it already).

Okay, but first, ears:

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And now the rest of it:

That’s all for now! Remember, we’ll be updating this post with everything Christmas Magic Kingdom has to offer this year!