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December 4, 2012

Holidays at Disney Parks Around the World

By Christi Erwin Donnan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

The holidays are in full swing at our parks around the world, with themed decorations, fun surprises, new experiences and long-time traditions ready to greet our guests. Cast members have been planning for months as we continue to create memorable experiences in creative — and festive — ways.

With Disney destinations all over the world, the holidays have truly become a global celebration.

At Disneyland Paris, the Town Square Christmas tree is quite a sight with 850 decorations, but this year’s highlight is a new Christmas Cavalcade parade that features toys from Santa’s workshop that dance down Main Street, U.S.A.

Hong Kong Disneyland welcomes guests this year to Disney’s Sparkling Christmas featuring themed food and festive holiday décor throughout the park and at the resort’s two hotels. At Santa Mickey’s Toy-riffic Street Party, classic toys come to life and invite guests to join in the fun along Main Street, U.S.A. – Christmas Town.

At Tokyo Disneyland park, parade floats are decked out for Disney’s Santa Village Parade and the plaza in front of Cinderella Castle is filled with decorations and fun holiday photo spots. Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea park offers a new show, “Colors of Christmas,” where floating Christmas trees and colorful fireworks light up the harbor.

Meanwhile, here in the US, a combination of new and classic traditions can be found throughout Disney destinations – from our theme parks to Disney Cruise Line and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i.

At Disneyland park, favorite traditions are back, and at the newly expanded Disney California Adventure, there is a 50-foot Christmas tree with vintage-style ornaments reminiscent of the 1920s theming on Buena Vista Street. And over at Radiator Springs in Cars Land, Christmas trees are made of traffic cones and there’s even a “snowcar,” – Radiator Springs’ version of a snowman.

A true winter wonderland comes to life at Walt Disney World Resort, with its 1,300 decorated trees, 8.5 million lights and 15 miles of garland. Magic Kingdom park is at the heart of it all where Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place, and at Epcot, 13 storytellers from different countries share their homeland’s stories and seasonal celebrations throughout World Showcase.

Guests at Disney Cruise Line celebrate the holidays at sea and on land. The holidays take on a tropical flair at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas with special decor, character meet-and-greets and "snow flurries." On the ships, storytellers share tales of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and families enjoy traditional holiday feasts.

Finally, at Aulani, the resort’s own Aunty and Uncle are hosting holiday festivities for guests to enjoy. Disney friends dress for the holidays at Aunty’s Character Breakfast celebration, and during Mo'olelo Fire Pit Storytelling, Uncle shares some of his Hawaiian holiday stories that celebrate the Makahiki season, the annual Hawaiian harvest honoring the season of bounty and peace.

Tell us about your holiday memories and traditions at Disney Parks and Resorts in the comments section.

Christmas Cavalcade at Disneyland Paris - Santa Claus finds himself on board his sleigh surrounded by dolls, toy soldiers and many other toys that have magically come to life on Main Street, U.S.A. during the Christmas Cavalcade parade.
Holiday Food and Beverage at Hong Kong Disneyland - Special Christmas menus are available at restaurants in the park and at the resort’s two themed hotels so guests can enjoy festive meals with family and friends. the resort’s two hotels.
Colors of Christmas Show - A new show, “Colors of Christmas,” at Mediterranean Harbor in Tokyo DisneySea Park.  When Mickey Mouse and the guests make a wish, floating Christmas trees light up on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor, creating a fantastic and romantic atmosphere.
The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Merrier - The new Buena Vista Street and Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park have received magical holiday overlays during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.
Holiday nights light up at Epcot with "Holidays Around the World" - The giant Christmas tree at Epcot, seen here glistening in front of the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction, is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration at the theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)
Magical Wonderland at Castaway Cay - This holiday season, Castaway Cay is transformed into a Magical Wonderland where "snow" flurries fall like magic, Christmas trees glow and carolers croon.
Holiday Decorations at Aulani - The holiday season arrives at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i, with appropriate island holiday enhancements throughout the resort.