By David Sibila
The holiday season in Orlando lights up with holly jolly things to do and family entertainment. This Christmas, Walt Disney World Resort unwraps all-new stage shows with all your favorite Disney characters, special effect fireworks and laser shows, along with a first-time ever aerial ballet of 300 lighted drones.
Get ready to have your holiday stockings knocked off with these new performances that truly makes Walt Disney World sparkle this time of year.
Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park
Cinderella Castle plays host to a gathering of all your favorite Disney characters who have come home for the holidays. Performed to a line-up of famed holiday songs, along with several originals, this show is a medley of dance numbers featuring Mickey and Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto. A number of characters from hit movies like Toy Story and Peter Pan get in on the act too. New, full building projections on Cinderella Castle complete the holiday pageant. (Performing during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and during regular park hours, Dec. 23-31.)
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Santa goes missing during at multi-sensory, larger-than-life spectacle at Disney's Hollywood Studios and it's up to the elite unit of elves from Disney's animated television special, "Prep & Landing" to rescue him before the big day. The elf mission is set to the performance of classic holiday songs, colorful projections on the Chinese Theater, fireworks and lasers. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" runs through Dec. 31, 2016. Be sure to catch it before it dashes away.
Starbright Holidays Show at Disney Springs
The newly redesigned Disney Springs is the home to the next generation of nighttime entertainment as an army of 300 drones light up the sky in an aerial ballet of synchronized lights and shapes set to a soundtrack of holiday classics. Featuring Intel's new Shooting Star quadcopters, the drones fall into formation to create giant floating shapes from a rotating Christmas tree to a giant dove. The nightly show can be seen along the entire Disney Springs waterfront. The best viewing areas are along the West Side between Bongos Cuban Café and Wolfgang Puck.
There's even more holiday entertainment spread throughout the Disney Springs. This year is marks the first Christmas for the new shopping, dining and entertainment destination and they're going all out to mark the occasion. All new decorations and unique performances wrap the entire complex from one end to the other. Window shop or go crazy with gifts from exclusive brands, the holidays have now come home to Disney Springs.
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Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.