Cinderella’s Holiday Wish is Magic Kingdom’s seven-minute-stage-show-prelude to the Castle Dream Lights.
The show is scheduled nightly at 6:15pm through December 31st. Unofficially, the show is typically extended into the first week in January and I would expect to see it through January 5th. Holiday Wish is actually one of Disney’s least advertised holiday happenings, perhaps because they want you to assume it’s only scheduled on Christmas Party nights or only viewable by those who have paid the upcharge. Unfortunately, anyone trying to see the show during the Party will find out they’ve arrived too late.
The show happens on the Castle Forecourt Stage, which is the same one used for Dream Along with Mickey during the day. Crowds are generally thin in front of the stage up until 6:10pm. With little kids, you may want to hang back from the stage a bit so they have an opportunity to see over the heads of the taller people in front. You’ll also have a better view of the full Castle for the lighting ceremony. Closer isn’t necessarily better.
Disney’s Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party is usually scheduled at 5:40pm.
This is beneficial for a couple reasons. First, it cuts off a lot of traffic to the area in front of the stage, which means few people arriving before about 6:05pm. It also entertains guests as they wait for Holiday Wish. If you’re planning to see the Parade, consider viewing down in the Hub area. After the Parade marches back through Main Street, you can find a good spot in front of everyone headed over from other Lands.
Or view on YouTube. The show lasts seven minutes and features Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Cinderella, Prince Charming, and Fairy Godmother. If it’s raining or otherwise deemed to be inclement weather, there is an abridged show with just Fairy Godmother lighting the Castle.
While not necessarily a “must see,” it’s a fun way to get your group in the holiday spirit if you can swing the timing.
The Castle remains lit for the rest of the evening.
PhotoPass photographers are available from a few vantage points, including right in front of the Castle, on the Tomorrowland Bridge, and in front of the Rose Garden.
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