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The Top 5 Christmas Season Traditions At Walt Disney World

The Vacation Kingdom of the World offers several reasons to visit during the holidays.

Chris Queen


November 21, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Walt Disney World possesses its own brand of magic 365 days a year, but from early November to shortly after the New Year, the World becomes something much more magical as the whole resort takes on the air of Christmas.

The holidays really are a special time to visit Walt Disney World. Sure, prices go up during this “peak” season and at times the crowds go up just as much, but it’s worth the extra saving to be able to experience the parks and resorts in their full Christmas regalia.

At night, Cinderella Castle transforms into a wintry ice castle. Each park and resort boasts its own unique tree, and the decorations match the theme of each land and attraction. World of Disney in Downtown Disney is the perfect place for gift shopping, while at World Showcase in Epcot, each nation features storytellers who share that country’s holiday traditions.

Above everything else, five events and experiences stand out. These traditions make a November or December vacation to Walt Disney World one the whole family will remember forever.

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I'd definitely cough up the cash to see the Candlelight Processional... if I could spare it.

Maybe once I've saved my pennies....
1 year ago
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Oh, the irony.

An article about Christmas traditions at a place founded by an ardent atheist.

(Yes, I know he was long gone by the time that particular manifestation of his dream was actually built.)
1 year ago
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Huh? That's news to me... from what I read in his 1963 essay, "Deeds Rather Than Words," Walt was a Congregationalist, and believed deeply in prayer and protecting the freedom to do so.

An excerpt:

"Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God's guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. My own concept of prayer is not as a plea for special favors nor as a quick palliation for wrongs knowingly committed. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God."

Link to essay here:
1 year ago
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Many thanks for sharing this essay!
52 weeks ago
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Walt Disney was an "ardent atheist"? Source please.
1 year ago
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As lucky Central Florida residents, over the years we've been able to enjoy all of the events you've mentioned above.
There is one tradition that I sure wish Disney would bring back: probably 15 - 20 years ago, they used to have a living Nativity Scene at DownTown Disney. They'd start with an empty stage, and then each character would be introduced: various laborers and farmers in authentic looking garb, the Magi, people tending animals, etc. Jesus. Mary and Joseph would be in the center, as the cast filled in around them, while reverent music was piped in. Yes, it was free when you were there. Not sure if that event has been moved or discontinued.
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