• On Oct 30, 2019
    Joe from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Staying @ Saratoga Springs 11/5-10. Which night does the parks change to Christmas? My fiancé and boys are DVC members I currently am not yet, is this a problem @ any special events? Lastly which special events should we not miss? Thanks

    Hi Joe!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I hope you are getting packed because your trip is THIS WEEK! Grab your Mickey Ears and your MagicBands and get ready for a merry and magical good time at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Holiday transformation of the resorts and theme parks has started! On Saturday morning, November 2, Guests to the Magic Kingdom were greeted with holiday greenery and decor on Main Street, U.S.A. With the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the end of this week, you can anticipate that most of the holiday decorations in the Magic Kingdom to be up by then. You’ll also find many decorations going up in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
    for November 8, 2019, is currently sold out. If you already have tickets and will be attending with your fiancé and their sons, know that Disney Vacation Club Members may enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 2 pm with their party ticket and blue Membership Card. If you are with them, you too may enter at 2 pm!

    The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is still in full swing, but holiday decor should be in place by the end of November for the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. If you are looking for do not miss events, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of my top recommendations! Stroll World Showcase Lagoon while you dine on small plates and tastes from around the world. Attend one of the Eat to the Beat Concerts. For the kids, check out Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt!

    For Disney Vacation Club events, guest admission can vary. I recommend checking the Disney Vacation Club Member Website in advance of your visit. As a general rule of thumb, most of the time (but not always guaranteed), guests of the Member, who are staying with them on their resort reservation, are welcome to participate in events, visit the Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge in Epcot, or Top of the World Lounge at Disney's Bay Lake Tower!

    I hope some of these ideas inspire you, Joe! And I hope you have a truly wonderful vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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