November and early December is a great time to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando. Holiday decorations are up and celebrations are underway, but the parks are usually less crowded during these weeks than right before Christmas. Here’s your guide to the seasonal events at Walt Disney World and some other great Orlando attractions you won’t want to miss.
Villas of Grand Cypress
The Villas of Grand Cypress is close to all of Orlando’s exciting theme parks, yet secluded in natural beauty. You’ll love returning to the serene 1,500-acre resort after a full day of fun at Walt Disney World. The resort features bikes and bike trails, catch-and-release fishing, a fitness center, driving ranges and putting greens, and daily rides to theme parks. It’s also home to the Grand Cypress Golf Club, which has impressively landscaped 27-hole and 18-hole golf courses. Book the Fall Family Fun Package and your family will be welcomed with a fun amenity, receive a $25 credit in the pro shop for souvenirs, and be transported to and from the theme park of your choice in a town car.
Visit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, which transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season starting in early November. Throughout the park, you’ll see rides decorated for the holidays, characters wearing seasonal costumes, and the Cinderella Castle glowing with lights. Purchase a separate ticket to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a huge celebration on select days between November 7th and December 22nd. The event includes fireworks, a holiday parade, and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, a show featuring multiple Disney characters dancing and singing carols.
Epcot also has a number of exciting holiday events, which run from November 25th to December 30th. In Holidays Around the World, countries of the World Showcase share their holiday customs as well as seasonal foods and music. Hear the story of Christmas as told by celebrity narrators accompanied by an orchestra and choir in The Candlelight Processional. IllumiNations, a year-round show that tells the story of Earth, has a special holiday finale with seasonal greetings in the native languages of the World Showcase countries and an inspiring theme of peace on Earth.
It can be hard to find fresh and affordable food on vacation, especially inside amusement parks. Visit Hot Krust, a panini kitchen with reasonable prices that uses only fresh, gourmet ingredients to create delicious sandwiches. Our favorite is the Florentine Chicken, made with roasted chicken, sundried tomatoes, Muenster cheese, spinach, mayo, and pesto. Be sure to grab a homemade cookie or brownie for dessert.
Orlando’s Morse Museum has an extensive collection of American art, including pottery, paintings, graphics, and décor. Its claim to fame, however, is a collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The son of Tiffany & Co.’s founder, Louis Comfort Tiffany was a glassmaker and designer in the late 1800s with clients like Mark Twain and President Chester Arthur. His works include stained glass windows, lamps, vases, and jewelry, all inspired by nature and crafted in a timeless style. The Louis Comfort Tiffany collection at the Morse Museum has been called the most comprehensive in the world.