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Come October, Walt Disney World Resort will be celebrating the big 50—a celebration that will span 18 months and include the 2021 holiday season festivities. Too early to be thinking of the holidays? Not with all the pent-up demand there is for travel, especially during the resort’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

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Holiday decor at Disney Springs. (Photo credit: Walt Disney World Resort / Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Beginning Nov. 12, there will be festive entertainment, whimsical decor, seasonal food and drinks, special merchandise and more as part of the 2021 holiday season across Walt Disney World Resort. Must-knows:

  • At Magic Kingdom, “Disney Very Merriest After Hours,” a new specially ticketed event, begins Nov. 8 and continues on select nights through the Walt Disney World Resort holiday season. The 4-hour experience will feature “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks,” Disney characters throughout the park, holiday music and decor, treats included and much more. The event will be open to a limited number of guests after regular park operating hours, with lower wait times on more than 20 available attractions. Tickets will go on sale in August, with an early purchase window available to guests of select Disney Resort hotels.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Holiday Tower will twinkle anew at the end of Sunset Boulevard during Sunset Seasons Greetings. Projection effects will magically transform the park icon into snowy Arendelle, a Muppets gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, and a Dickensian village inspired by “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” This holiday show will also alternate with the tower’s nightly transformation into a Beacon of Magic.
  • The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort will return Nov. 26-Dec. 30 and will feature Holiday Kitchens around World Showcase, performances by Voices of Liberty, a Cookie Stroll and more.
  • Disney Springs, meanwhile, will transform into a winter wonderland, full of sparkling lights, enchanting decor and holiday surprises. The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll at Walt Disney World Resort will feature elaborately decorated, Disney-themed trees, including some inspired by “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” and a magical snowfall will add a touch of wonder for holiday shoppers at surprise locations.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s centerpiece–The Tree of Life–will become another Beacon of Magic most nights during the 50th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World Resort. During the holiday season, there will be even more magic inspired by nature as the holiday edition of Tree of Life Awakenings also takes place most nights.
  • Select Disney Resort Hotels at Walt Disney World Resort will offer holiday menus at restaurants as well as other specialty food and drinks.
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Holiday Tree of Life Awakenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Photo credit: Walt Disney World Resort/ David Roark, photographer)

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