Young Adults at EPCOT Festival of the Holidays
  • On Aug 27, 2023
    Sharlene from Dublin Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there any nice restaurants open for dinner on Christmas day itself in the resorts or Disney Springs? Does Hoop De Doo Revue run their dinner show on Christmas day? We are coming over for Christmas week from Ireland and want to eat somewhere special!

    Why hello there Sharlene and welcome to planDisney!

    You're definitely coming at a time of the year with a bit of extra "hustle and bustle", especially on the holidays so it's great that you've come here to planDisney in search of a good plan of action before you arrive. (In my personal experience, that week is so popular that you'll very much need to secure your reservations as early as possible!)
    At the current time, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue does not have any showtimes occurring on Mondays nor Tuesdays and since Christmas falls on Monday, December 25 this year there is no show currently scheduled for that date. (I did confirm with a Cast Member that the Christmas Eve performance tends to be exceptionally popular from years past, but it is subject to availability so your best bet is to keep an eye on the showtimes that may be made available during the week of your visit!)

    That said, there are still plenty of dining options that fellow holiday revelers may be clamoring for on Christmas Day and here are my top picks across the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and Disney Springs, depending on the vibe (and photo opportunities) that you're going for:

    • For a complete change of scenery, there's just something really extra atmospheric about trekking over to Disney's Wilderness Lodge to dine on the holiday offerings at Whispering Canyon Cafe and gaze up at the towering tree from a warm chair by the crackling fire in the lobby. Similarly, there's just something fun about being able to share photos with friends and family back home from a place like Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge where you can say you've spotted safari animals during Christmas dinner!
    • If the holidays have you missing home a bit, the special holiday Entertainment at Raglan Road during your meal might be boosted by a bit of authentic Irish company coming to celebrate if you choose to dine there over at Disney Springs!
    I hope this helped Sharlene, don't hesitate to come back for more tips & tricks before your trip!

    Here's to a happy and hearty holiday dinner for you this Christmas!
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