The first week of November, 2016 has been an eventful one around here, especially in the Magic Kingdom. Things are kicking into gear as all of Orlando begins prepping for he busiest time of the year- the Holiday season. There was so much to show you guys I didn’t know where to start. So instead of writing a long article and adding a bunch of pictures, I decided to make you a video of my week. So you can come along with me and see all of the highlights.
Frozen Holiday Wish
The first big event was Elsa’s lighting of the castle for the first time this season in “Frozen Holiday Wish”. If you saw the show last year, it’s basically the same. But still one of my favorites since I can’t seem to get enough of these icicle lights. It’s one of those things that pictures and video just don’t truly capture. Now that it’s begun you can see Elsa light up the castle every night at Magic Kingdom. Check times guide for exact times, as they vary from day to day. It’s worth noting that even on the Christmas party nights they will still do the show right before the park closes for regular guests which is at 7pm.
Once Upon a Time
The new projection show that replaces Celebrate the Magic began Friday, November 3rd. This show is fantastic! Seriously, you will not be disappointed. Check out my video below for all the highlights of the show. About 3 minutes before the show was to begin it began to downpour but thankfully it stopped a few minutes into the 14 minute long show so I was able get my camera out and film. It’s also being done nightly, at least officially. But, take note in your trip planning-any night that has Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party means that the Magic Kingdom will close at 7pm that night for all non-party guests. That means no Once Upon a Time show, and no Wishes. During November there are three party nights each week and during December that bumps up to 4 nights. So in a standard week you don’t have as many chances to enjoy the normal nighttime Magic Kingdom events. As noted above, the castle lighting is still done every night regardless.
Closing the Kingdom
My friends and I like to regularly do what we call “Closing the Kingdom”. That means we stay very late in the park, way past official closing time and get to enjoy a virtually empty Main Street. People ask me all the time, “how do you get to do that?” The fact is, anyone can. Providing it’s a regular park night and there’s no special event and no extra magic hours you can stay late. Even on nights with EMH you can still stay past closing you’ll just need to be a Disney Resort guest to do it. Check out the video to see how magical the park is late at night.
Please check out the video to see all of the above plus what Magic Kingdom looks like a decked out for the Holidays. I’d love to know what you think of it! You can leave a comment here, or on YouTube or wherever we have connected.
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