While the World Showcase is on the receiving end of most of the limelight during the holidays, and perhaps deservedly so, it’s not worth Blitzen (do you get it, because it’s a reindeer? Blitzing? Nevermind) through Future World to get there. Future World hosts its own live entertainment, its own decorations, its own Christmas trees, and its own fun.
Just after you pass through the turnstiles, you’ll come upon this Goofy ice skating topiary scene. Whichever one of the nephews that is might want to take a step back should Goofy ever become unfrozen in time. I think I mentioned in a previous post that I love what Disney does with flowers for the holidays. I haven’t changed my mind.
And at night. A Photopass Photographer is nearby to snap photos with their camera or yours.
Turn the corner and you’ll see Thumper and Flower with a Christmas tree backdrop.
And on the other side, Bambi grazing in the grass.
It wouldn’t be Walt Disney World without an appearance by everyone’s favorite alien. Stitch has managed to catch himself in Christmas Lights and has also taken a bite out of that Christmas card.
And you can sort of tell that he lights up at night. Disney should replace that Christmas card though. You can really tell upkeep has taken a backseat to profiteering.
These festive flowers stand out for the season near the Stitch and Daisy Meet and Greets just inside the entrance on the right hand side.
I feel like they’re making the Hidden Mickeys easier to find. This is on the opposite side of Spaceship Earth.
Poinsettias planted all along the outdoor seating area for Electric Umbrella.
Just as a point of reference, here’s what it looked like prior to the holiday season. “People” seem to focus on the removal of the Lights of Winter as evidence that Disney is “cutting back” on holiday decorations, but I think the planting of all the festive flowers and plants is evidence that Disney continues to output a stellar product, particularly around the holidays. They certainly don’t “have” to do any of this, but it’s certainly appreciated.
As promised, Epcot is full of Christmas Chewbaccas.
Outside Mouse Gear, we have a festive mix of petunias (if I had to guess).
Over in Club Cool, Coca-Cola livens things up a bit for the holidays. Even the usual hanging decorations seem festive. Unfortunately, Beverly has been very popular recently and Disney seems to be running low more often than not.
Some festive wreaths adorn the walls.
A close up of the garlands – a little different than we’ve seen elsewhere.
On the way up into World Showcase, Mickey and Minnie topiaries meet guests in a sea of presents and poinsettias.
From the other side.
It’s not a cranberry bog….but on short notice what are you going to do? We’re coming up on Pluto’s house.
I hope they move him inside after close, although it has been a warm December. Highs are in the upper-70s and low-80s throughout the next week. It doesn’t look like we’ll see the travel delays in the east like we did last year either.
“Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” is Future World’s principal live entertainment. It’s a large ensemble of gospel singers and musicians that sing traditional gospel songs. It’s a little odd standing all the way in the back of the Japan Pavilion and hearing “Talkin’ bout Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeesusssssssssssssssssss” from across the Lagoon, but they are a talented group that perform at 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, and 4:15pm daily. While I think that we can agree that a return of the Lights of Winter would be awesome, it isn’t like hosting a 20-person gospel group for a month is cheap.
The stage is nicely lit in the evening, but their last performance is a few hours ago.
You’re not in any hurry to get a spot for the show. Crowds are sporadic at best.
More popular with those seated around the area.
And that’s Future World for the holidays. As we’ll see shortly, there isn’t as much going on as the World Showcase, but you won’t want to prance right through either.