Cinderella castle at christmas

by Misty

We are going to be visiting from Oct 30-nov 7. I know the first Christmas show isn’t until Dec 9th, but we really wanted to do the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party so we booked it instead. The only Christmas part my daughter cares to see is the lights on Cinderella’s Castle. Do you think they will be up by our last day there on Nov 7th? Or do they turn everything on at a certain day/time? Thanks!

Fabulous, Dreamy Lights

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The turnover from Halloween decorations to Christmas decorations at Walt Disney World is really something incredible to witness, especially in the Magic Kingdom! In a matter of days, all of the Halloween props are removed and the park is decked with Christmas cheer! Of course, the decorations don’t go up overnight – in fact they take about a month to install – but the Castle Dream Lights are one of the first to go “on stage” so it’s very possible you’ll get to see them!

Since 2007, the folks at Disney have taken to decorating Cinderella Castle with 200,000 Castle Dream Lights each year in time for Christmas. The castle glitters and glows just like its covered in ice – pure magic. This is just one of those special touches that makes Christmastime the best time of the year to visit Walt Disney World, and why it’s Dad’s favorite time of year!

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Each night from early November right through New Year’s Eve, Cinderella Castle is lit up in a special ceremony called Cinderella’s Holiday Wish, performed right in front of the Castle. Cinderella (along with Prince Charming and of course Mickey, Minne, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald) gets some help from her Fairy Godmother to light up the castle to celebrate the season – it’s a lovely moment.

Dad, this all sounds great, but WHEN does all this magic start? Well, it’s hard to say. The Castle Dream Lights will definitely be installed by the time of your trip, and they will absolutely be used for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on November 9. Usually they begin lighting the castle up a few days before the first party (in 2011 the first day was November 4) but the date hasn’t been officially announced yet.

My best guess is that you will be able to see the Castle Dream Lights during your visit, but you’ll want to watch the park times guide during your trip (last year, the November 4 first lighting was only announced on November 2) for any updates to the show schedule.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Misty, I’m not a betting man, but if I were I’d be willing to put my money on the Castle Dream Lights being lit for the first time between November 2-5, 2012. That would be a dream scenario – but I think it’s likely! Make sure you check your times guide daily so you don’t miss out! Have a very merry trip!

Christmas Lighting Is Completely Up at Cinderella Castle

The Christmas transformations continue at Walt Disney World. Our MickeyBlogger is on the scene at the Magic Kingdom this evening where exciting changes to Cinderella’s Castle are definitely noticeable as you near.

As you can see from many of the photos we’re about to share, the strings of lights used to magically transform Cinderella Castle each holiday season are all fixed into place, though they won’t be lit until next month.

During our visit, Cast Members confirmed that all of the lights are officially in place and that the entire transformation takes two weeks to complete.

However, Cast Members were quick to point out that this exciting seasonal transformation won’t be unveiled to theme park guests until the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

During these festive seasonal soirees, Cinderella Castle is lit several times nightly as part of ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish.’

During this exclusive party event, Queen Elsa is joined by her sister Anna and some of her other favorite Frozen friends as she uses her magical ice powers to bring the castle to life!

You can check the splendor for yourself when the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off on November 8th. Until then we’ll leave you with one final photo of what the castle will look like all lit up!

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There’s nothing quite like the holiday season, and there are some telltale signs that it’s coming. You can just smell the holly and clove. You start breaking out the wool in bundles, and trees nationwide are illuminated to life. But at Walt Disney World, there’s another key component: the lighting of the Cinderella Castle (it’s the Rockefeller Center tree lighting of the Magic Kingdom).

The castle will be lit on November 9, opening night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which lasts through December 22 on select dates. Called “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” lucky ticket holders will witness Queen Elsa — accompanied by Anna, Olaf and our beloved Kristoff — transform Cinderella Castle into an “ice palace!”

Disney’s “A Frozen Holiday Wish” debuted in 2014, and just like the past three years, this one will be spectacular.

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Unfortunately, the showing this year is sold out. But don’t fret! You can experience all the whimsy “Frozen” fun online.

will be live-streaming the kickoff event at 8:10 p.m. ET Thursday, November 9.

The cold never bothered you anyway, but watching from the comfort of your home will be extra sweet. You, your kids, any Disney fan ever won’t be able to “Let It Go.”

(h/t PEOPLE)

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WATCH: Disney Holiday Castle Lighting From Magic Kingdom

ORLANDO, Fla. – Christmas has arrived at Disney World.

  • Disney live-streamed holiday lighting of Cinderella Castle
  • “A Frozen Holiday Wish” features Anna, Elsa and their friends
  • Other holiday elements already added to Magic Kingdom

Disney officially kicked off its holiday season Sunday night with the return of Magic Kingdom’s “A Frozen Holiday Wish” show.

The nightly show features Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and their friends Olaf and Kristoff. During the show, Elsa uses her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a glowing ice palace.

If you can’t be at the theme park to witness the magic up-close, no worries: Disney live-streamed the show.

Magic Kingdom made the transition from Halloween to Christmas seemingly overnight. Other holiday elements have already arrived, including Jingle Cruise, the holiday version of the park’s Jungle Cruise attraction.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off later this week. The separately-ticketed event will also feature a new nighttime show called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.