Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!
For those of you who love Christmas as much as you love theme parks (like me!), this is the best time of year for a vacation. But I have to confess, a few years ago when I was a young tadpole I got a little worried when Mommy Frog told me we’d be spending our holidays in Orlando, because I had no idea how I would meet Santa. After all, I had already made my list … my first camera for theme park YouTube videos
I would hate to see any of your little ones worry the least bit about when they will get to meet Santa at the theme parks, so I’ve put the list together for you! Check your times guides for the exact times of for where you will meet Santa at Disney World, and expect lines to be long — Santa is a very popular man after all! We recommend getting in line ahead of time for shortest waits.
Walt Disney World Resort
Magic Kingdom Park
Santa is meeting guests daily at Candy Cane Garden in Town Square through Dec. 24. Parade-goers can also catch him atop his sleigh in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, which runs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and nightly Dec. 21-Jan. 4.
Through Dec. 30, guests can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in the America Pavilion during Holidays Around the World. If that’s not enough, guests can travel around the world and learn about Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa traditions both near and afar. Your little ones just might run into Father Christmas in the U.K., Père Noël in France and Los Tres Reyes Magos in Mexico, just to name a few.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
You won’t find Santa, but you will find his almost-as-famous stand-in Santa Goofy, who appears on the Streets of America through Jan. 5. Santa Goofy gets quite popular at night during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, so try to catch him during the day if you can.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
And if you want an extra special treat, we recommend swinging by Adventurer’s Outpost, where you can have your picture made with Mickey and Minnie decked out in their Christmas sweaters.
You’ll find Santa at his chalet in the Marketplace from 12-9:30 p.m. through Dec. 24. After that, Santa Goofy takes his place from Dec. 25-29.
Take note, that lines to meet Santa can get very, very long, particularly as you get closer to Christmas, on nights and weekends. For the shortest waits, get in line to meet Santa BEFORE he starts greeting guests.
Islands of Adventure
Well, it’s not Santa, but it is the Grinch! You’ll find him in the Seuss Landing bookstore greeting guests, signing autographs and taking pictures at select times daily from Dec. 7 to Jan. 4. Additionally, if you want more time with the Grinch, you can make a reservation at The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast in Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous Dec. 7-31.
You won’t be able to give Santa your Christmas list at Universal Studios, but you can catch him atop a float during the Macy’s Holiday Parade on Dec. 7-Jan. 4.
Hard Rock Hotel
Santa will also be stopping by The Kitchen restaurant inside the hotel every Friday in December through Dec. 20.
At SeaWorld Orlando, guests can find Santa in TWO locations on select days in December during the Christmas Celebration. The first is at the Polar Express Experience (in front of the train). Additionally, guests who make reservations for Santa’s Fireside Feast at the Seafire Inn will enjoy a delicious buffet and get to meet Santa AND Mrs. Claus. A free family portrait — always Mommy Frog’s top priority — is included with the meal.
Guests can have their pictures made with Santa between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on select days in December. Additionally, guests can make reservations for a traditional holiday buffet at Mrs. Claus’ Family Feast, which will include the missus along with some comedic elves.
A very special LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier will greet guests during Christmas Bricktacular weekends in December. What’s more, guests can get their photos taken with a life-sized Santa built out of LEGOS.
Now that you know where to find Santa, tell us you favorite place to meet the Big Man. Share in comments below!
Stay cool this holiday season!