29 photos of Disney during the holidays that prove it's the most magical time to visit

Courtesy of Walt Disney World.NewsDisney around Christmas.

Disney around the holidays is even more amazing than it is year-round.

From the rides that get a spooky makeover during Halloween to “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,” Disney goes all out with its holiday celebrations.

Keep scrolling to see the magical makeovers Disney gets between Halloween and New Year’s Eve.


Disney gets a complete makeover for the holidays.

Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney WorldMickey and Minnie get dressed up for the holidays.

The first “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” didn’t take place until 1995.


They have incredible Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations.

Courtesy of DisneyFireworks during Christmas are part of the fun.

“Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” began in 1983, and was the first big holiday that Disney World celebrated.


During Halloween, the entire park is transformed at night.

David Roark/Walt Disney WorldThe park gets spook-ified for Halloween.

The whole park gets covered in pumpkins, spooky projections and festive lights.


Shows filled with scary Disney villains are part of “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.”

David Roark/Walt Disney WorldThe ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’ at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

There are certain Disney characters that you’ll only see at parks around Halloween, like Ursula, Jafar, and the Headless Horseman.


The rides get scary makeovers, like the Haunted Mansion.

Inside the Magic/YouTubeThe Haunted Mansion gets a festive twist during Halloween.

The Haunted Mansion gets filled with creepy Jack O’ Lanterns, Space Mountain gets a terrifying new soundtrack, and the Mad Tea Party gets new special effects.


Kids and adults can go trick-or-treating around the park.

Kent Phillips/Walt Disney WorldWho doesn’t want to go trick-or-treating at Disney World?

If you get a ticket, you can go trick-or-treating on nighttime trails around the park.


And everyone is encouraged to dress up.

Kent Phillips/Walt Disney WorldDonald and Daisy Duck have their costumes, do you?

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has a wide variety of shows and festivities to participate in.


The best part? The Halloween parades.

David Roark/Walt Disney WorldMickey’s ‘Boo To You!’ Halloween parade at Disney World in Orlando.

Your favourite Disney characters follow behind the cast of the Haunted Mansion in this spooky parade.


Right after Halloween, Disney sets up for Christmas.

Courtesy DisneyIt feels like Christmas starting in November at Disney parks.

Dinosaur Gertie in Echo Lake even gets into the holiday spirit.


No one is left out of the festivities.

Courtesy of DisneyToy Story Land gets dressed up, too.

Toy Story Land may be new, but they’re just as big a part of the Christmas celebration as everybody else.


Disney resorts are filled with holiday cheer.

Courtesy of DisneyThis giant gingerbread house sits in the Floridian Resort’s lobby.

Disney doesn’t take their holiday decorations lightly. This gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is 16 feet tall and entirely edible – all it takes is 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 140 pints of egg whites, and 180 pounds of apricot glaze.


Disney Springs, the hub for shopping at the Walt Disney World resort, turns into a winter wonderland.

Courtesy DisneyThe Christmas tree trail has decorations from all of your favourite Disney characters.

The Christmas Tree trail is one of the best parts of the Disney Springs holiday makeover. It has over 25 trees decorated with Disney-inspired themes, from “The Little Mermaid” to “Star Wars.”


Even Disney’s Hollywood Studios makes it feel like Christmastime.

Courtesy of DisneyChristmas overlays are placed on the sign for Hollywood Studios.

Hollywood Studios has tons of festivities to attend during Christmastime, including a holiday dessert party. And there are plenty of holiday-themed laser lights.


One of the most exciting parts about Christmas at Disney is “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.”

Courtesy Disney‘Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.’

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a night of activities and shows held in Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida.


The main event is the “Once Upon a Christmastime” parade.

Courtesy DisneyThe ‘Once Upon a Christmastime’ parade.

Elves and gingerbread men lead this parade alongside beloved Disney characters all decked out in their best holiday garb.


Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” even pops in for a visit to the party.

Courtesy of DisneyJack Skellington from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’

And there are lots of opportunities to see Saint Nick.

Courtesy DisneySanta shows up in the ‘Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.’

You can even meet Santa at the Disney Springs marketplace, which has a room decked out just for the occasion called Santa’s Chalet.


Hollywood Studios’ Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM, is a must-see.

Courtesy DisneyJingle Bell, Jingle BAM at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM is a nightly event that runs throughout the holiday season.


You can also experience what Christmas is like in different countries at Epcot.

Courtesy DisneyEpcot is the perfect place to experience Christmas across the globe.

Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays is a big part of the Christmas celebration at Disney World, showcasing the holiday traditions of 11 different countries.


Like the “Feliz Navidad” celebration at the Mexico Pavilion.

Courtesy DisneyFeliz Navidad at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.

Feliz Navidad is celebrated six times a day during the International Festival of the Holidays at Epcot.


Or the Chinese Lion Dance for the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival at the China Pavilion.

Courtesy DisneyThe Chinese Lion Dance is said to bring good luck.

You can also try seasonal foods and beverages from each country.


The “Joyful!” vocal ensemble celebrates Christmas and Kwanzaa with gospel and R&B.

Courtesy of Disney‘Joyful!’ at the Future World Fountain Stage in Epcot at Disney World.

And there’s a beautiful Candlelight Processional featuring a choir and orchestra to retell the story of Christmas.

Courtesy DisneyThe Candlelight Processional is held in Epcot at Disney World.

The processional is often narrated by celebrity guests.

Courtesy DisneyNeil Patrick Harris narrated the Candlelight Processional in 2015.

Holiday-themed projections on Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom bring extra holiday cheer.

Courtesy DisneyCinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom.

The projections keep alternating.


Once New Year’s rolls around, there are fireworks and light shows galore.

Courtesy DisneyFireworks above Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon.

Disney even has a New Year’s celebration dedicated solely to Pixar, called the “Pixar Party,” at the Contemporary Resort.


It’s quite the spectacle.

WDW Details/YouTubeThe New Year’s Eve ‘Fantasy In The Sky’ fireworks show at Disney World.

There are fireworks shows across the Disney parks during New Year’s, along with festivities and parties.


From the lights to the parades and other holiday events, seeing Disney during the holidays is a magical experience.

Courtesy DisneyNew Year’s Eve at Disney.

Every Disney parkcelebrates the holidays a little differently.


The castle all lit up is hard to beat.

Courtesy DisneyMagic Kingdom lit up for Christmas.

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