Holidays at Orlando’s Theme Parks

Walt Disney World Resort's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is one of the most beloved holiday traditions. (Photo credit: Ryan Wendler)
Walt Disney World Resort’s Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is one of the most beloved holiday traditions. (Photo credit: Ryan Wendler)

There’s no place like Orlando’s theme parks for holidays.

A Very Mickey Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort
Through December, Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate the holidays with iconic events such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, and Holidays Around The World along with the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. To sweeten your clients’ stay, book one the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels for stays through Dec. 22, 2016 to receive special holiday rates. In addition to being conveniently located in the Walt Disney World Resort, the hotel’s are within walking distance to the significantly expanded Disney Springs area and provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World theme parks, two water parks, and in the evenings to the Disney Springs area. As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the 2016 Disney Springs Passport booklet, featuring exclusive discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Holiday rates include 30 percent off the best available rate at B Resort & Spa and the third night free at Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel with rates starting at $89 per room per night. For more information, visit disneyspringshotels.com.

Universal Orlando Resor holiday festivities include the 15th annual Macy’s Holiday Parade.
Universal Orlando Resort’s holiday festivities include the 15th annual Macy’s Holiday Parade.

A Green Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort
From Dec. 3 through Jan. 1, 2017, Universal Orlando Resort will delight adults and children alike with holiday festivities, including the 15th annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, where larger-than-life balloons, as seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, will fill the streets; Mannheim Steamroller concerts, performed by the masters of modern Christmas music on select nights; and Grinchmas, when the Grinch comes to Islands of Adventure’s Seuss Landing to bring his story to life for the live Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, and meet with guests during a holiday breakfast buffet on select dates. Festivities are included in regular admission tickets to the theme parks.

Meanwhile the festivities continue at Universal Orlando’s five on-site hotels, including the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which will feature holiday decor, tree-lighting ceremonies, and Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s holiday buffets, plus special family-friendly events to ring in 2017. In addition, your clients can ring in the New Year at Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring a dance floor, live entertainment and all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine. For more information, visit universaltravelagents.com.

From Nov. 25-Dec. 31., guests of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay can meet and take pictures with Santa. 
From Nov. 25-Dec. 31, guests of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay can meet and take pictures with Santa.

Unwrap Tradition at Busch Gardens Tampa
In Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens is offering its own Christmas tradition, as well as the chance to experience it all for free with the purchase of a 2017 Fun Card. The 2017 Fun Card, which is now available for purchase, allows guests to pay for one day and get all of 2017 free. Plus, guests who purchase their 2017 Fun Card now can visit Busch Gardens for the remainder of 2016 at no additional cost, including the annual Christmas Town holiday event held Nov. 25-Dec. 31. During the event, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay transforms into a Christmas wonderland with holiday shopping, festive treats and more than two million twinkling lights. New this year, the celebrations will begin with the all-new Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland where guests can meet Rudolph, Bumble, Yukon Cornelius and other characters from the classic family Christmas television special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” In addition, Santa himself will meet and take photos with families in his private study at Santa’s House, as well as experience some of Busch Gardens’ most popular rides, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury and the newest family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse. For more information, visit buschgardens.com.