Yes, you have read the title correctly! Disney Springs will be hosting a special Christmas in July event with decorations, music, and Santa Claus himself. Starting on Saturday, July 15, 2017, and running through Sunday, July 30, 2017, shoppers strolling through Disney Springs may catch themselves humming a few Christmas carols. Disney has put a lot of thought into this and has certain things in store for this special experience.
According to Disney, “In July, The Art of Disney is featuring holiday inspired art with artist meet and greets, Dockside Margaritas is pouring the Snowflake Margarita, and Disney’s Days of Christmas is hosting a special meet and greet with Santa – dressed for the Florida heat. “Summer Santa” will be on hand for photographs 1:00pm to 10:00pm. For this limited-time Disney Springs celebration, a DJ will be spinning Christmas-beats and Enjoy Your Face will be celebrating with holiday face painting designs. Even the Disney Springs fountains will be decked for the season. Also, Starbucks in the Marketplace is offering their holiday themed drinks and you can stock up on sweets at Goofy’s Candy Company or Disney’s Candy Cauldron, featuring peppermint bark and gingerbread cookies. You’ll also find a few holiday-themed treats, including Santa Mickey and Minnie specialty apples and krispy treats, to delight children of all ages. Head over to AristoCrepes to indulge in a gingerbread crepe.”
So many other businesses start the Christmas season earlier and earlier; it’s not surprising to see Disney try to get its guests excited about the Christmas holiday during this summer. Still, this is an interesting move; if this catches on, might we see more theme parks doing an experience like this in the future? We would love to hear thoughts from our Coaster Addicts out there. We do know one of us here on our team has said he would go get that summer picture with Santa if he was in the area.
[Feature image courtesy of Walt Disney World.]