In this post, we cover everything you need to know about Christmas season at Magic Kingdom. If you’re looking for information on the Christmas party, check out our guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Below, you’ll find information on rides, decorations, merchandise, and entertainment for all of Christmas season. We also cover Magic Kingdom during Christmas week, which comes with different offerings than the rest of the season!
Magic Kingdom Christmas Decorations
One common question is When does Disney put its Christmas decorations up? Well, in 2018, the first decorations went up overnight from October 31 to November 1 at Magic Kingdom. Then the next few days, more touches are rolled out.
For the most part, only Main Street U.S.A. and the area around the castle are decorated. This is a constant source of disappointment to guests. You’ll find scattered decorations in other areas, but not a ton. Onto the decorations…
Even before you walk under the railroad, you’ll start to see Christmas decorations.
Update: The Christmas tree is now up at Magic Kingdom:
And up close…
Protected by toy soldiers:
Smaller trees adorn the railroad ticket booth:
Christmas is most alive on Main Street, U.S.A….
And back toward the tree:
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:
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:
Holiday Snacks at Magic Kingdom
We don’t really cover food, so here’s Disney Food Blog covering the holiday snacks at Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom “A Frozen Holiday Wish”
During the holiday season, Magic Kingdom has a nightly showing of “A Frozen Holiday Wish.” This is short show that features Anna and Elsa lighting up Cinderella Castle in all its icy holiday greatness. It’s a good show and worth a watch while at the park.
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,
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.
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.
The office is thoroughly decorated, but the netting gets in the way of detailed photos.
The unidentified hut at the start is well done.
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!
The skippers have some great resolutions!
Magic Kingdom Holiday Merchandise
Lets start with ears:
And now the rest of it:
Christmas Week at Magic Kingdom
Christmas week at Magic Kingdom is different from the rest of the season. In 2018, this week was December 23 to December 29. During that week, the standard shows were replaced with the shows from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Not shown on that schedule is that A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas was else shown on the Tomorrowland stage multiple times each day. Moreover, snow was regularly sprayed onto Main Street, U.S.A. We didn’t catch the exact schedule, but I’m pretty sure it is after each Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration show, and it is definitely after Holiday Wishes.
Learn More About The Holidays at Walt Disney World
Want to learn more about Christmastime at Walt Disney World? For starters, we've got a Guide to Christmas at Walt Disney World, which introduces you to everything you need to know.
Need more specifics? You'll want to read about the park that gets the most Magical decorations in our post on Christmas at Magic Kingdom. You'll also want to read about Flurry of Fun—the Christmas celebration at Hollywood Studios—and the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
But the flaghsip event of the season is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party—and our guide has you covered with everything you need to know. Or check out the quick version in our 12 Tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Last but not least, let's not forget that the celebrations don't stop at the parks! You can visit our post on Christmas decorations at the Disney World hotels to see how even the hotels get into the spirit!
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