Disney to unveil Walt Disney World's Holiday events and new surprises during 'Halfway to the Holidays' announcement next week

Jun 08, 2023 in "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party"

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party overview
Posted: Thursday June 8, 2023 10:12am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney is set to announce its holiday offerings for Walt Disney World next week as part of its annual "Halfway to the Holidays" celebration online.


In a post on the official Disney Parks Blog, the company said, "From June 13 through 15, celebrate #HalfwaytotheHolidays with us on the Disney Parks Blog as we give you a taste of the season with announcements, sneak peeks, special treats, and of course holiday fun."

We expect to hear Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party dates, plans for Holidays Around the World at EPCOT, and details of a couple of surprise additions for this year.

If you are looking to celebrate the holidays this June, head to Gasparilla Island Grill at Grand Floridan Resort June 13 through 15 for some holiday treats.

  • Brownie Tree Pop: Returning from the annual Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House, a chocolate brownie dipped in white chocolate with rainbow sprinkles
  • Gingersnap Cookie: Returning from the annual Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread House, a traditional gingersnap cookie topped with candied ginger
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Brian21 days ago

I would also like to see snowcapped turrets and a little garland worked in. But I'll certainly take the OG Dreamlights back. It's really so stunning in person.

yensidtlaw196921 days ago

Oh I agree that projections are insufficient. I just think the Dreamlights weren't quite all that, even at their best. I would also be plenty thrilled with a winter overlay that's closer in line with what Disneyland does. Of course their castle is much smaller and easier to decorate in this way, but the snow-capped roofs make such a tremendous positive difference in both the daytime and nighttime look (their icicles could use some work though, they don't look so hot during the day)

wdwmagic21 days ago

They did get pretty quick at the install in later years, and it was a true wow moment for guests when lit. Projections don't come close.

MisterPenguin22 days ago

Everything's an LED!! Everything's an LED!!

bmr159122 days ago

Putting a ton of LEDs in the walls of the castle would make perfect dreamlights, not be an eyesore during the day, and let them be used for other shows.

aladdin200722 days ago

Just me but I would rather them restore the castle back to its original colors instead of covering it in lights.....granted the lights are seasonal...but just saying in terms of money being spent...........I guess though it will be eons before we ever see it happen. :rolleyes:

mattpeto22 days ago

They need to do something to bolster their Christmas offerings. And Halloween. Really surprised Villains didn’t make it back, they went with Enchantment for an AH draw instead.

yensidtlaw196922 days ago

This may be an unpopular opinion, but the Dreamlights never quite earned their keep for me. They take forever to install, muck up the face of the castle during the day, and look kind of cool at night but not as sophisticated as I think they should. I wish they'd just find a way to run Fiber Optics all over the castle, take a season to install them properly, and then keep them permanently to be used mainly just at Christmas Time. Maybe an occasional punctuating moment of magic in a Fireworks show or the Kiss Goodnight. Something that you wouldn't know was there unless you really looked for it, but could still make the castle sparkle on command.

CntrlFlPete22 days ago

I assume they would just projection map the castle these days. about six weeks of people complaining that a crane ruined their once in a lifetime trip ;)

wdwmagic22 days ago

200,000 LEDs

mattpeto22 days ago


mattpeto22 days ago

That doesn't feel low enough to get the Dreamlights back, but I guess we'll see.

pigglewiggle22 days ago

What are Dreamlights?

jrhwdw22 days ago

Frozen Holiday Surprise with Castle Dreamlights? Also, is POE Tag too much to Ask????????