Walt Disney World Sparkles With New Holiday Entertainment

Holidays in Orlando

See what Walt Disney World Resort has planned for the 2016 holiday season.

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.

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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

Cinderella Castle plays host to a gathering of all your favorite Disney characters who have come home for the holidays. Performed to a lineup 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.

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.

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. The drones — Intel's new Shooting Star quadcopters — 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 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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