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Christmas 2015 at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

OVERVIEW: CHRISTMAS 2015 AT DISNEY WORLD

Christmas 2014 at Walt Disney World form yourfirstvisit.netThe Christmas season at Walt Disney World includes both the best and the worst times to visit, with both prices and crowds at both lower and very high levels over the period.

Decorations, special Christmas shows, programs, and events, and Christmas trees are everywhere, making Disney World as special a place to celebrate the holidays as you can find.

THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

December crowds at Walt Disney World begin at lower levels. They will begin to build on 12/19, and by 12/23 will hit their highest levels of the year, where they will stay until about January 2, 2016

AK-Christmas Mickey and Minnie at Disney's Animal Kingdom from yourfirstvisit.net

Walt Disney World resort hotel December prices at the beginning of the month are at one of the lower levels of the year.

On 12/11 they go up a lot at the moderates and values, to 33-45% higher than the lowest of the year, and on December 18, 2015, they increase to 55-85% higher than the lowest levels of the year.

Deluxe prices go up some the 11th, more the 18th, and even more the 25th.

December weather is cooler and variable. While the average daily high is 73, this masks tremendous variability.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The Christmas Osborne Lights from yourfirstvisit.net

Each of the parks has wonderful Christmas decorations, and most have special Christmas events, which begin in early November or right around Thanksgiving.

  • At the Magic KingdomMickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party—a special event that requires its own ticket—runs on many nights through the first two-thirds of the month. Later in the month, its signature events—a special Christmas parade, and special Christmas fireworks—are available to all guests. Christmas decor is in place by the night of the first party–in 2015, November 8
  • At Epcot, the evening fireworks show Illuminations has special Christmas additions. In addition, most nights Christmas carols are sung by massed choirs in the Candlelight Processional. Many of the countries in Epcot’s World Showcase have special Christmas events as part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World program. Epcot’s special events usually begin the Friday after Thanksgiving–November 27 in 2015
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Christmas celebration is the Osborne holiday lights in the Streets of America area. The evening opening ceremony is 6p. These typically begin in early November. There’s rumors that there’s some possibility these will be canceled in 2015 for construction

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2015/2016 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

New Year’s Eve festivities will occur December 31, 2015 at Disney World’s Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios theme parks, and also at the Magic Kingdom on December 30. The Animal Kingdom in the past has had no special New Years events.

Nothing is official yet, but based on the past, the schedule will look like this:

  • Epcot likely will be open until 1a on New Year’s Eve; Disney’s Hollywood Studios until midnight for the general public, and 2a for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests; and the Magic Kingdom until 1a or later
  • The Magic Kingdom likely will have Wishes at 7.30p and special New Year’s Eve fireworks at 11.50p
  • Epcot likely will have its Illuminations fireworks show at 6p and 11.40p, plus DJs in various pavilions.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios likely will have fireworks at midnightand several sets over the evening from “Mulch, Sweat and Shears,” a live band
  • Note that alcohol is not available at the Magic Kingdom, but is available at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Magic Kingdom likely will have the same fireworks at the same times on 12/30. This date will likely be a little less crowded than 12/31.

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6 comments

1 Tina { 04.09.15 at 6:54 am }

We are planning on going Nov. 8th thru Nov. 15th. That usally in the past that most of the lights and decorations are up . If they do have construction at HS wonder if it will be every night it will be closed. Sure hope not. We all are in wonder over the Osburne LIghts. Young and older alike. Thanks for all your info I always come to your page before planning our next Magical vacation.

2 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 04.09.15 at 9:30 am }

Disney is always magical, but Christmas time at Disney is an extra dose of Pixie Dust!!!

3 Scott { 04.09.15 at 5:55 pm }

Cancelled Osborne lights would not be good. Lets hope it is only a rumor. Well perhaps if they do not have them this year they will need to have some good offers to entice people to come.

4 Dave { 04.10.15 at 8:35 am }

Tina, fingers crossed that this is just a rumor!!

5 kelly { 04.13.15 at 7:56 pm }

does disney usally run any promotions during the fall or early winter

thank you

6 Dave { 04.14.15 at 7:47 am }

Kelly, there’s commonly a room rate deal, and recently for some weeks free dining as well.

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