Fireworks or Rudolph? Right here’s what theme parks are doing!


Cinderella Fort appears to be like elegant in royal blue and periwinkle as night time falls over the Magic Kingdom, however Anna and Kristoff fret that it lacks snow and ice.

“There’s nothing as magical for the vacations as a kingdom that’s lined with ice and snow,” says Anna of “Frozen,” and pleads along with her sister, Queen Elsa, to make use of her icy powers. Elsa says it’s not her fort. She will’t do what Anna needs with out the permission of the townspeople.

Anna turns to the gang standing within the plaza in entrance of the fort. “Wouldn’t you all prefer to see Elsa cowl the fort in ice and snow,” she cries. The group responds with a loud “Sure!”

With that, Queen Elsa launches the theme park vacation season, turning the fort pink and purple and blue, snowflakes and footage flashing throughout its facade, till it settles right into a deep blue with ice glowing from its turrets and towers like ropes of diamonds. The group oohs.

The nightly icing of Cinderella Fort is a part of the present at Magic Kingdom, first of the parks to kick off its vacation celebrations earlier this month. It’s only a sampling of the parades, events, music, dances, sweets, character meet-and-greets, and shows that the parks will supply their visitors in a Central Florida competitors that will get extra elaborate yearly.

Right here’s a rundown:


▪ Magic Kingdom: With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Social gathering on choose days till Dec. 22, Magic Kingdom is the one park to shut within the late afternoon, then reopen at 7 p.m. with a separate admission cost for a celebration that runs late into the night time. Options: Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, with vacation music and vacation projections on the partitions of Cinderella Fort; Mickey’s As soon as Upon a Christmastime Parade; the “Frozen” transformation of Cinderella Fort into an ice palace; vacation fireworks.

▪ Epcot: Nov. 25-Dec. 30. Most occasions are included with common admission. Marketplaces world wide supply vacation meals and leisure; the Candlelight Processional includes a retelling of the Christmas story by movie star narrators (dinner packages out there at additional price); and the IllumiNations present provides a seasonal finale.

▪ Hollywood Studios: The brand new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nighttime present, which runs by way of Dec. 31, combines Disney animated characters with fireworks, projections and Christmas music. A dessert and beverage celebration to accompany the present is out there for an additional cost. The park additionally presents visitors the possibility to satisfy Santa.

▪ Animal Kingdom: The park has an animal-themed vacation tree and particular character meet-and-greets.

▪ Disney Springs: “Starbright Holidays,” a twice-nightly gentle present by 300 drones geared up with LED lights; Sew’s Vacation Reward Hunt; dance celebration; and tree-lighting ceremony.



SeaWorld’s Christmas festivities open Friday with a brand new addition: Rudolph’s Christmas City, the place visitors can meet Rudolph and the opposite characters from the TV story — Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius — and see life-size vignettes from the story. Additionally new is Santa’s Workshop, becoming a member of returning options that embody “Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas,” a (largely) sea lion present; “Shamu Christmas Miracles”; “O Wondrous Night time,” a stay nativity by which the Christmas story is advised by way of the eyes of animals; Sesame Avenue’s “Elmo’s Christmas Want”; an ice skating present; the Sea of Timber show and extra. Vacation occasions happen Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by way of Dec. 11 after which run day by day Dec. 16-31.



Christmas City returns to Busch Gardens on 23 dates between Friday and Dec. 31. New this 12 months, much like sister park SeaWorld, is Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, that includes meet-and-greets with Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius; vacation video games; and scenes from “Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Reindeer” that come to life. Different actions embody Santa’s Home and a number of other reveals: “Christmas on Ice,” “Carol of the Bells” gentle present and the Vacation Hills Brass Band.



▪ Common Studios: The Macy’s Vacation Parade, together with among the trademark big balloons that seem first within the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, will run nightly Dec. Three-Jan. 1.

▪ Islands of Journey: The Grinch returns to Seuss Touchdown in a stay present, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” the story of how the Grinch stole Christmas. For an additional payment, visitors can guide breakfast on choose dates with the Grinch and different Dr. Seuss characters. As well as, Mannheim Steamroller will carry out Christmas music on sure Saturdays and Sundays in December.



Christmas Bricktacular, Legoland’s annual vacation celebration, will run for 9 days: Dec. 17-18 and Dec. 24-30, though some premium actions will begin earlier. Bricktacular actions embody a fireworks present over Lake Eloise; meet-and-greet with Lego characters Santa and Toy Soldier; and a scavenger hunt. New additions are a stay stage present starring the Lego Mates; Storytime with Mrs. Claus; and Christmas music by the Lego Brickettes. Two premium experiences can be found for an additional payment: breakfast with Lego Santa and Lego Toy Soldier (Saturday-Sunday Nov. 26-Dec. 18, day by day Dec. 24-31); and Lego Santa’s Christmas Workshop (Saturday-Sunday Nov. 26-Dec. 24, day by day Dec. 26-31), the place visitors create a Lego Christmas mannequin below the steering of a Grasp Mannequin Builder.