Sunset Seasons Greetings is the name of the holiday projection show that takes place on Sunset Boulevard nightly during the Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Currently scheduled to continue through January 5th, 2020, Disney does not list the time that the show begins, but it’s typically right around 6pm.
The four vignettes that make up the show run continuously with about 90 seconds in between each.
According to Disney,
These spirited holiday scenes include:
- Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town—starting in black and white before slowly changing into color.
- The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper.
- The Swedish Chef from The Muppets babbling as only he can while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses.
- And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as iconic music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland—complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow.
In between each scene, you’ll see snow projected on the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
Sunset Seasons Greetings typically continues for about 45 minutes after official Park close.
Experiencing the show is not typically a hassle. You’ll have an opportunity to file into Sunset Boulevard at some point during the evening.
Seeing the four vignettes, each of which is about two minutes long, takes about 15 minutes, with the interludes in between each.
There are two screens that display the short animated introductions to each scene.
It’s not imperative that you’re able to see these screens, but it does help explain a little bit about what’s happening during the projections that follow it.
The “lasers” are a fun addition that make the “snow” look even neater as it “falls” from the sky.
My personal preference is to see the show from a little further back, where you’ll be able to take in the laser show more effectively, in addition to enjoying all of the color-changing effects on the stars, palm trees, and decorations that line Sunset Boulevard.
You might start by watching the first couple of vignettes from further back and then make your way up Sunset Boulevard with each passing scene.
As a bonus, try to schedule FastPass+ at either Tower of Terror or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster around the time you’re planning on watching Sunset Seasons Greetings. You can enjoy moseying down the sweet and then ride one of Walt Disney World’s best attractions.
Here’s a video of the projections to give you a better idea about what to expect.
Overall, seeing the Sunset Seasons Greetings requires such little effort or planning that it’s worth stopping by to see.
The projection mapping is neat and the laser and snow effects create a particularly festive atmosphere along with the music.
It may not be the most memorable part of your holiday visit to Walt Disney World, but it’s a fun little extra.
As a bonus, you might also take a look in the distance at the Hollywood Tower Hotel from Slinky Dog Dash during a nighttime run.