Frozen Holiday Wish, the stage show featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf that precedes the Castle Dream Lights being turned on, returns to nightly performances for the holiday season.
Frozen Holiday Wish is currently scheduled to begin at 6:15pm nightly and any day guest is welcome to stay and watch the show. On Christmas Party dates, a second show is scheduled for 8:15pm, which is exclusive to Christmas Party ticket holders.
As in previous years, the show is popular and people begin filling in spots 45+ minutes early with the area closest to the stage being most popular.
My suggestion is to see the show from further back near where the Partners statue is in the middle of the Hub.
This area is raised up so you’re nearly at eye level with the stage.
Those standing closer will be lower to the ground and have a much tougher time seeing over the top of the shoulder kids and the various phones/iPads that are inevitably held up.
You can also find a decent, albeit off-center, view in the street off to the left or right of the Hub.
Those locations fill in later and there is usually more space which allows for a bit more maneuvering once the clock strikes shoulder kid time.
I otherwise like Frozen Holiday Wish a lot – it is mercifully short and blends live action, funny dialogue, projection mapping, and the spirit of the holiday to combine for an exciting, heartwarming experience.
Here’s Disney’s stream of the first official show of the year.
But it can be frustrating with the crowding and last minute changes in view quality.
Otherwise, after the show concludes, the Castle remains lit for most of the evening. If it’s a Party night and you’re not partaking, you’ll need to be on your way shortly after the show ends, so you’ll only have about 15 minutes to take those pictures before you’re whisked away. There are a lot more opportunities to visit with a later regular close.
Unfortunately(?), the Castle does not light up towards the end of Happily Ever After like it did with Wishes pictured above.
“Once Upon A Time” is the name of the Castle projection show, which is not scheduled on Mickey’s Christmas Party dates. You will see it scheduled 45 minutes after Happily Ever After on non-Party dates through the end of the year.
So what have we learned….
- Frozen Holiday Wish is scheduled at 6:15pm nightly and anyone is welcome to stay and watch the show, even on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates.
- The best view is going to be from further back near the Partners statue where the ground is elevated. There’s typically more room to make last minute adjustments in viewing angle on the street on the far left or right side of the Hub though the view is not straight-on.
- The show is probably worth the hassle of seeing, though the Castle stays lit after for easier pictures once the crowds dissipate a bit.
Good luck out there.