Category Archives: Holiday Happenings

OLD KEY WEST RESORT CHRISTMAS CHARACTER SANTA GOOFY AND CHRISTMAS DECOR

When we arrived at the Old Key West Resort to see what character(s) might be out for guests, we found Goofy staring at the floor.  The cast member pointed out that the Christmas tree lights were shining upon the freshly cleaned floor.Walt Disney World Old Key West Resort Christmas Characters Santa Goofy

Goofy rubbed his eyes a couple of times and tried to see the lights. Continue reading OLD KEY WEST RESORT CHRISTMAS CHARACTER SANTA GOOFY AND CHRISTMAS DECOR

Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House CHRISTMAS CHARACTERS MICKEY AND MINNIE

We left the Grand Floridian and had a decision to make.  Would we go to the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House?  Last year we met Mickey and Minnie at Wilderness, so we thought we would try AKL instead.  Guess what!  We found Mickey and Minnie in exactly the same costumes that we had seen them in last year at Wilderness Lodge.  What’s the chances of that?  We later learned that Santa Goofy was with Pluto at Wilderness Lodge.  My daughter would have enjoyed meeting Pluto.  Oops on my part.

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Grand Floridian Resort Christmas Characters Mickey and Minnie and Christmas Decor

In 2012 we were unable to get a photo with Mickey and Minnie at the Grand Floridian due to my daughter’s schedule, so these great throw back costumes were at the top of our list for the year.  This meet seems to always have the longest lines of any of the Christmas week meets, but it makes a nice photo.Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Christmas decor Christmas Characters Mickey and Minnie (41) Continue reading Grand Floridian Resort Christmas Characters Mickey and Minnie and Christmas Decor

Polynesian Resort Christmas Characters and Christmas Decor

The Polynesian Resort Christmas decor is much more subdued than many of the other resorts.  There are many red and green flowers and some nice wreaths and a few swags, but it’s not as in-your-face as some can be.  The resort only offers one set of characters this year.  You can find Lilo and Stitch at the large Christmas tree downstairs in the rear of the lobby area.

We had just visited Stitch at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani and we were about to pull into the Polynesian when I noticed a Magical Express bus.  I told my youngest that Stitch was probably on that bus.  She asked why he would be on that bus.  I said he needed to hop over.  She said, “Dad, he has a space ship.  He doesn’t need a bus!”  Why are little kids so smart?  She repeated this conversation with Stitch and he said I’m crazy for thinking he rides a bus.

They appear at the Polynesian Resort December 19, 21, 23 from 4:45-8:30 pm.   We saw NO LINE at 6:00 pm.  Here’s the remainder of the Christmas resort character schedule.

Polynesian Resort Christmas Characters, Lilo and Stitch Continue reading Polynesian Resort Christmas Characters and Christmas Decor

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Christmas Characters Santa Goofy and Santa Stitch and Decor

Santa Goofy appears first at Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani and stays out for 30 minutes then rotates with Santa Stitch.  We went the first day and there was NO line to speak of.  I think we waited like 3 minutes while the family in front took a few shots.  I just used the time to play with my camera.

These characters are available December 19-23, 2013 from 4:45 to 8:30 with breaks for rotations.  You can find the full Christmas resort character schedule here.
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2013 Walt Disney World Christmas Resort Character Schedules and Touring Strategy

Santa will also appear at every resort on Christmas Eve if you are interested in visiting him there.

Disney World Resort Christmas Character Schedules
Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House
Mickey and Minnie in the Lobby
Dec 20, 22, 24 4:30-8:15
Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village
Santa Goofy and Santa Stitch rotate every 30 minutes in the Lobby
Dec 19, 20, 21, 23 4:45-8:30
Boardwalk Resort
in the Lobby
Dec 20, 21, 22 5:00-8:45 PM
Caribbean Beach Resort
at Old Port Royale
 Deceember 23 5:00-8:45
Contemporary Resort
Chip n Dale 4th Floor North End
Dec 19, 21, 23 5:15-9:00 PM
Coronado Springs Resort
in the Lobby
Dec 22 5:00-8:45 PM
Fort Wilderness
at Crockett’s Tavern
Dec 24 4:45-8:00 PM
Grand Floridian Resort
Mickey and Minnie in the Lobby
Dec 20, 22, 24 5:00-8:45 PM
Old Key West Resort
in the Lobby
Dec 21, 23 8:30-10:15 AM
Polynesian Resort
Hawaiian Lilo and Stitch in the Lobby
Dec 19, 21, 23 4:45-8:30 PM
Port Orleans – French Quarter
in the Lobby
Dec 24 10:30-11:45 AM
Port Orleans –  Riverside
in the Lobby
Dec 24 8:00-9:15 AM
Saratoga Springs
in the Lobby
Dec 22, 24 9:00-10:45 AM
Wilderness Lodge
in the Lobby
Dec 20, 21, 22 4:30-8:15 PM
Yacht & Beach Club
in the Lobby
Dec 20, 21, 22 7:00-7:30 PM 8:00-8:15 PM

The resorts that I would choose on a given day are in yellow

Disney World Resort Christmas Character Touring Strategy
December 19
Polynesian 4:45-8:30 PM
Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani 4:45-8:30
December 20
Wilderness Lodge 4:30-8:15 PM
Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo 4:30-8:15
Boardwalk 5:00-8:45 PM
Grand Floridian 5:00-8:45 PM
Yacht & Beach Club 7:00-7:30 PM & 8:00-8:15 PM
December 21
Old Key West 8:30-10:15 AM
Wilderness Lodge 4:30-8:15 PM
Polynesian 4:45-8:30 PM
Boardwalk 5:00-8:45 PM
Contemporary 5:15-9:00 PM
Yacht & Beach Club 7:00-7:30 PM & 8:00-8:15 PM
December 22
Saratoga Springs 9:00-10:45 AM
Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo 4:30-8:15
Wilderness Lodge 4:30-8:15 PM
Boardwalk 5:00-8:45 PM
Coronado Springs 5:00-8:45 PM
Grand Floridian 5:00-8:45 PM
Yacht & Beach Club 7:00-7:30 PM & 8:00-8:15 PM
December 23
Old Key West 8:30-10:15 AM
Polynesian 4:45-8:30 PM
Caribbean Beach 5:00-8:45 PM
Contemporary 5:15-9:00 PM
December 24
Port Orleans – Riverside 8:00-9:15 AM
Saratoga Springs 9:00-10:45 AM
Port Orleans – French Quarter 10:30-11:45 AM
Fort Wilderness 4:45-8:00 PM
Grand Floridian 5:00-8:45 PM

Limited Time Magic: Duffy’s Secret Santa Celebration at the Magic Kingdom

Location:  Magic Kingdom

Dates:  December 9 to December 13, 2013

Times:  9:00am-1:00pm, 1:40pm-3:00pm & 3:30pm-4:30pm

 Celebrate Secret Santa Week at Magic Kingdom park, where Duffy the Disney Bear and a few of your favorite Disney friends are getting into the holiday spirit! As part of Limited Time Magic, stop by the Town Square Christmas Tree on Main Street, U.S.A. where you can receive a warm winter hug from Duffy, dressed up in his Christmas finest. Plus, when you visit other Disney friends throughout the park, they’ll each have a specially decorated keepsake card just for you—visit each Disney pal to collect them all! It’s yet another magical holiday offering, only from Limited Time Magic.

KennythePirate’s Guide to Holiday happenings at Walt Disney World

Updated 11/16/2013

I’ve created this outline to assist you in planning your time in Walt Disney  World during the busy holiday season.  I’ll add more details as thing are released in coming days and weeks.  You’ll be able to find this on the LEFT hand bar of the site whenever you need it or bookmark the info.

Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

Hollywood Studios

Epcot

  • Holiday décor installed – Nov 13-14
  • Santa Duffy – begins November 12
  • Holiday Storytellers – November 29 through December 30
  • Illuminations Reflections of Earth with Holiday finale – November 29 through December 30
  • Meet Santa and Mrs. Clause in America Pavilion – November 29 through December 30
  • Candlelight Processional: November 29 – December 30

Gary Sinise:  November 29-December 1
Neil Patrick Harris:  December 2-3
Ashley Judd:  December 4-5
Whoopi Goldberg:  December 6-7
Sigourney Weaver:  December 8-10
Dennis Haysbert:  December 11-13
James Denton:  December 14-16
Edward James Olmos:  December 17-19
Trace Adkins:  December 20-22
Steven Curtis Chapman:  December 23-25
Blair Underwood:  December 26-28
Amy Grant:  December 29-30

Downtown Disney

  • Festival of the Seasons November 15-December 29

Santa Claus: November 15–December 24

Santa Goofy: December 25–29

Located at Santa’s Chalet at the Marketplace from 12:00pm to 2:15pm, 2:30pm to 4:45pm, 5:15pm to 7:30pm & 7:45pm to 9:30pm.

Enjoy live entertainment, holiday carolers and festive décor

Meeting Christmas characters at Walt Disney World resorts.

A great way to meet characters in unique costumes during the holidays is to meet them at resorts.   I had to travel to every resort on Sunday, December 16th in order to get each resort’s schedule for the week.  Saratoga Springs Coronado Springs and Old Key West didn’t have their schedules, even after multiple days trying.  Evidently, they were released later in the week.  My daughter and I tried to meet as many as we could before we left.  We missed Santa Mickey by 5 minutes at Old Key West because we didn’t have that schedule.  The resorts don’t check id for meet and greets, so anyone is welcome to meet the characters.  We just told the security person at each gate that we were “visiting the resort.”  Only one asked further information.  He didn’t even know the resort had characters for Christmas week.  The characters appeared December 17th-December 24th at the resorts on varying schedules that I previously posted here.  My daughter’s Orchestra commitments kept us from meeting resort characters until the 19th.

We started off at the Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary, Polynesian,  Yacht Club and Boardwalk resorts on December 19th.

At the Wilderness Lodge, we were first in line to meet Mickey and Minnie.   (Later in the week Pluto and Goofy visited)

Mickey and Minnie at Wilderness Lodge Christmas 2012

Mickey and Minnie at Wilderness Lodge Christmas 2012

Mickey and Minnie at Wilderness Lodge Christmas 2012

We traveled from the Wilderness Lodge to the Contemporary to find Chip n Dale in these awesome nutcracker/toy solder costumes:

Chip n Dale Contemporary Resort Christmas 2012 Toy Soldiers
Salute!

Chip n Dale Contemporary Resort Christmas 2012

We moved on to the Polynesian via monorail thinking we’d see Mickey and Minnie, but found a great surprise:

Lilo and Stitch Polynesian Resort Christmas 2012

Lilo and Stitch Polynesian Resort Christmas 2012

We moved on to the Yacht Club to see which characters were appearing.  We had about an hour before the characters would appear, so we took in some dinner and ice cream at Beaches and Cream.  We had NO WAIT!  How cool was that?  After dinner, we found Snowflake Donald and Daisy meeting by the tree.

Donald and Daisy Yacht Club Resort Christmas 2012
Forgot to turn on the flash, sorry 😦

Donald and Daisy Yacht Club Resort Christmas 2012

We ventured on from the Yacht Club to the Boardwalk resort to finish off our evening to find Mickey meeting alone.  We waited a few minutes and just before we were to meet him, the CM said it was time for some cheesecake, so Mickey disappeared briefly, only to bring Minnie back with him!

Mickey and Minnie Boardwalk Resort Christmas 2012

That concluded our busy evening resort meet and greets for December 19th. It took us about 4 hours to meet all the characters, most of it was travel time.

On the 20th, in the evening, we moved on to the Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani to see who we could find and it was Santa Stitch.

Santa Stitch Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Christmas 2012

Santa Stitch Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Christmas 2012

Santa Stitch Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Christmas 2012

We waited around for 30 minutes to meet Donald.  The CM wasn’t sure what costume he’d be wearing that evening.  It was the same costume as the Yacht Club, but there was no line, so we went ahead with the meet.

Donald Duck Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Christmas 2012

Donald Duck Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Christmas 2012

We headed over to Anaimal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House to find Mickey and Minnie in the same costumes that we saw at the Wilderness Lodge AND a long line, so we chose to just move on.  The only other resort meet that we attempted was at the Grand Floridian.  By the time we had arrived, the line was already cut for the night and there was a LONG line.  So arrive early!

Here’s a picture I snapped of Mickey and Minnie’s costumes at the Grand Floridian.

Mickey and Minnie Grand Floridian Resort Christmas 2012

Our only regret was not getting to meet Santa Mickey at Old Key West.  It sure would be a LOT easier, if WDW would have made the resort character meets public in some way other than travelling to each resort to gather the information, but we enjoyed meeting characters in unique costumes as our schedule allowed.  If you’re going to be in Walt Disney World the week before Christmas, I encourage you to schedule some time with the characters at the resorts!

Walt Disney World Christmas resort character and resort Santa Claus meet and greets

Updated 12/19/2012

One of the nice things about coming to Walt Disney World during the week of Christmas is the bonus character meet and greets that are offered at many of the resorts.  Last year a variety of characters were offered including Daisy, Mickey, Minnie, Lilo, Stitch, Goofy, Pluto, Chip n Dale, Donald and Scrooge (rumors point to Scrooge not meeting at Contemporary this year).

I’ve traveled to every resort to gather each resort Christmas Activities Guide and found the following information:  (Boardwalk, Coronado Springs, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs didn’t have one printed yet.)  I will update this information if it changes in any way.

Disney World Resort Christmas Character Schedules

Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House
Daisy and Donald in the Lobby
Dec 18, 20, 22, 24 4:30-8:15pm
Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village
Stitch or Goofy in the Lobby
Dec 19, 20, 21, 23 4:45-8:30
Beach Club Resort
Daisy & Donald in the Lobby
Dec 19-22 4:30-5:00 5:30-5:45
Boardwalk Resort
Mickey & Minnie in the Lobby
Dec 19-22 5:00-9:00pm
Caribbean Beach Resort
at Old Port Royale
23-Dec 5:00-8:45pm
Contemporary Resort
Chip n Dale: 4th Floor North End
Dec 17, 19, 21, 23 5:15-9:00pm
Fort Wilderness
at Crockett’s Tavern
24-Dec 4:45-8:30pm
Grand Floridian Resort
in the Lobby
Dec 18, 20, 22, 24 5:00-8:45pm
Polynesian Resort
Lilo & Stitch in the Lobby
Dec 17, 19, 21, 23 4:45-8:30pm
Port Orleans – French Quarter
in the Lobby
24-Dec 10:30-11:45am
Port Orleans –  Riverside
in the Lobby
24-Dec 8:00-9:15am
Wilderness Lodge
 Mickey & Minnie in the Lobby
Dec 19-22 4:30-8:15pm
Yacht Club
Daisy & Donald in the Lobby
Dec 19-22 7:00-7:30 8:00-8:15

Santa Claus will definitely meet at the following resorts:  (I will confirm  Coronado Springs, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs later)

Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House
Art of Animation Resort
All Star Resorts
Beach Club Resort
Boardwalk Resort
Caribbean Beach Resort
Contemporary Resort
Fort Wilderness
Grand Floridian Resort
Polynesian Resort
Pop Century Resort
Port Orleans –  Riverside
Wilderness Lodge