If there is one thing I wish that people could see more of, it is the behind the scenes juggernaut that is the well-oiled machine that puts together everything you see at Walt Disney World. Thanks to several of the Adventures by Disney backstage tours that are offered around the WDW resort, you can get to see some of these things, and trust me, they are AMAZING! We were recently invited out to check out some of the highlights of the upcoming holiday tours along with a preview of what is up and coming this holiday season.
During the holiday period Adventures by Disney offers two backstage tours that will WOW you! The "Holiday D-Lights" is a six hour tour that will take you behind the scenes of how the parks are decorated for Christmas and a look at some of other holiday offerings around the resort. This includes getting to see how the lights are put on Cinderella Castle, a walk through the enormous warehouse that contains all the holiday props used at Walt Disney World (It's amazing!), an inside look at the fireworks used in Holiday Illuminations (literally you get to look inside the fireworks!), and get to see how the Candlelight Processional show is put together and listen into the stage techs working as the show unfolds live in front of you.
The "Yuletide Fantasy" tour is a three and half hour tour where you'll get an inside look at how many of the floral arrangements you see around the resort are put together, and you'll even get to make your own holiday treat!
Both tours will give you exclusive keepsakes to take home with you!
More information on these limited tours are available here:
Holiday D-Lights Tour: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/holiday-d-lights/
Yuletide Fantasy Tour: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/yuletide-fantasy/
Since most of the tour takes place backstage, we were unable to take many photos, but we do have a few to share with you...
Here's where you get to see how the castle Christmas lights are done! And the warehouse you can get a glimpse of behind me is just full of thousands of interesting props and familiar scenes that you will see all over the parks! This is only one small "snapshot" of what this section of the tour includes.
If holiday decorations are your thing, seriously you will be amazing by everything you will see in this warehouse!
Inside this building is where you'll get to see floral arrangements being made that are used throughout the parks. Not only did the building smell wonderful, it was so interesting to see how all this creativity comes together.
As part of the Yuletide Fantasy tour, you will head over to Disney Springs for some festive decorating at Amorette's!
Hey look! I made something!
As you can see this takes a LOT of concentration!
Even me, who has ZERO artistic talent at all, made something fun and cool! When this tour takes place in December, you'll get to decorate a Gingerbread Man!
Here's a look at the exclusive pin you get for doing the tour!
We were also given some other fun little keepsakes throughout the tour!But what about the rest of Holidays around the Walt Disney World Resort?
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will be back at Hollywood Studios!
During the presentation, we were told that the Tower of Terror projection show will be adding new this year... get ready for it... LASERS!!!! (Thanks Laser Dave!)
Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration (one of my all-time favorite shows at the resort) will be back at Magic Kingdom during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
We got to check out some new merchandise! Check out how awesome Chip n Dale look hanging out in that new Dooney and Bourke holiday bag!
That hat is FABULOUS!!!
Love the Ugly Sweater pin collection! Especially the Baymax pin!
And don't forget that sleigh rides will be back in 2018 at Fort Wilderness campground!
It was a great day getting to experience these tours along with learning about what we can look forward to this holiday season at Walt Disney World! Hope to see some of you at the parks this December!