Though 2018 has seen the opening of Toy Story Land as well as several other changes, on the whole this has been a bit of an uneven year so far for Walt Disney World. However, even though we're still in the middle of summer, Disney is looking ahead to the busy fall season and have announced some interesting changes to its annual holiday programming for 2018. If you are planning to visit the resort during the most wonderful time of the year, here are some things you should definitely know first! 

1. Toy Story Land is getting a holiday overlay

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It might not be the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, but Disney has confirmed that the brand new Toy Story Land will be getting "seasonal enhancements" as part of a new overlay this winter, which will include a new soundtrack on Alien Swirling Saucers that will feature holiday favorites. 

In addition, it has been confirmed that the Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show in the Sunset Boulevard area of the park will return in 2018 with impressive new laser effects and “snow". The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! nighttime spectacular will also be coming back for its third year to Disney's Hollywood Studios as well. 

2. Festival of the Holidays kicks off early in 2018

The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will kick off earlier than ever in 2018 on November 18th and run all the way through to December 30th. In addition, the Candlelight Processional will open early this year for Thanksgiving on November 22nd and will also run through December 30th. Here is the narrator schedule thus far for this expanded offering: 

  • 11/22 – 11/23 – Chita Rivera
  • 11/24 – 12/2 – TBD
  • 12/3 – 12/6 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/7 – 12/9 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/10 – 12/12 – TBD
  • 12/13 – 12/14 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/15 – 12/17 – Gary Sinise
  • 12/18 – 12/20 – Pat Sajak
  • 12/21 – 12/23 – TBD
  • 12/24 – 12/25 – Edward James Olmos
  • 12/26 – 12/27 – Jodi Benson
  • 12/28 – 12/30 – TBD
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages will be available for booking later this week.

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