Back from a vacation to Walt Disney World where Christmas celebrations merge traditions, technologies and stories to weave holiday magic.
During the months of November and December, Walt Disney World produces Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom on several evenings. It is a special ticketed event which features limited attendance, holiday shows with Disney characters and fireworks, Christmas cookies and drinks, character meet and greets and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. The parade cumulates with the big guy himself, Santa Claus.
Epcot presents their annual Candlelight Processional which recounts the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song by a mix of professional singers, Disney employee choir and high school chorus groups from all over the United States. Each evening a guest narrator tells the story of Christmas in between the music of the season. The night I attended the CP (as Disney fans like to call it), Neil Patrick Harris who starred in such television series as Doogie Howser, M.D. and How I Met Your Mother, was the narrator.
Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney Imagineers mixed fireworks, lasers and projections to create the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Holiday Show each evening using The Great Movie Ride for its screen. The story features Pixar’s Prep and Landing crew who need to find Santa Claus and brings in clips from Disney’s extensive film library of Christmas and holiday movies and shorts.
I was able to enjoy all these events with my family which was the best part of the whole trip.