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Christmas and the spirit of the season has always been celebrated in the Disney Parks, beginning in Disneyland in 1955, and continuing to Walt Disney World just two months after the park opened in 1971. Through the years, a variety of celebrations, shows, and spectacles have been featured in the parks, hotels, and throughout the resort. This week, we will look back at the History of Christmas in Walt Disney World, from the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processionals, to bears, Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Santa, the glory and pageantry, lights, celebrities, music, characters, and everything else that make up the Jolly Holidays at Walt Disney World. I’ll then ask you to share your memories with me for the show!

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3 thoughts on “WDW Radio # 467 – History of Christmas at Walt Disney World”

  1. Chuck Zitta says:

    So glad to see you had “Jolly” Jimmy Korkis back on the show! I love when Jim said, “appreciate what’s there now”, and you throwing in, “see it with your own eyes”. To me, those are two things to live by when visiting WDW. Create real memories. So important in life. I must say, whenever I listen to a new show that includes Jim, I always have to listen to it twice before commenting. Simply because there is so much interesting information to process, like Santa’s rubber pants. LOL! But seriously, tidbits like the Charlton Heston and John Wayne stories and how they relate to “Walt weather” are priceless.

    I have two favorite WDW Holiday memories. 1: Sitting with an older gentleman on the porch of the Crystal Palace during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and listening to him explain to me how he and his wife had been coming to the Party for many years as a family tradition. And I thought to myself, that some day, I would like to be the older gentleman telling the same story to another young father who was there with is family. 2: Introducing my mom to the Osborn Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and watching her bounce up and down to the music like a little girl, as she stared around with wide open eyes and a big smile. AND that, was also one of the favorite Christmas gifts I have ever given. Will never forget either one of these WDW Holiday memories.

    Thank you very much, once again, for a very spirited and amazing show, Lou and Jim!!!

  2. William Bragg says:

    The return of Jim Korkis…it’s like a dear Uncle visiting and spinning tales about Disney at the dinner table. You two knocked this one out of the park!

  3. Andy Hudson says:

    Jim Korkis and Lou Mongello talking about Christmas at Disney? It’s a Festivus miracle! You are, by far, two of my favorite podcast hosts. I could listen to you two talk about Disney history all day long.
    Thanks for the interesting discussion, the laughs, and most importantly, for the inspiration to practice more random acts of kindness.
    Thank you so much for all that you both do. Have a happy Christmas!