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  • On Nov 12, 2010
    Cheryl from FL Asked

    When is WDW decorated for Christmas. I believe it used to be Thanksgivning night after the parks closed but now it is earlier. What is the earliest date in November one can go to Disney and still see all the lights? What is the "Holiday Season"

    Hi Cheryl,

    There is no specific one date that occurs each year for the holiday decorations, but there is a time frame you can usually count on.

    Magic Kingdom is often the first park completely decorated as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party begins approximately a week to week and half after Halloween. This means around November 10th the party nights start so the Christmas decorations are up and ready to go. The other parks are usually not to far behind. Typically by mid November most of the holiday decorations are up and lit. The resorts are also decorating at this same time and the slowest feature to be added is the wonderful gingerbread creations at the Deluxe properties. We have visited a number of times the week before Thanksgiving and been able to enjoy the gorgeous decorations. A few features you would miss prior to Thanksgiving weekend is the Candlelight Processional and the Christmas Around the World features at Epcot. If you are able to wait until after Thanksgiving, these special touches at Epcot are well worth the wait. If you need to travel earlier in November, you should be able to enjoy most of the holiday decorations by the second and third week of November.

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I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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