A new character has arrived at Disney Springs for the 2023 holiday season. Douglas Fir is a talking and moving tree that can be seen roaming Disney Springs, visiting his distant relatives at the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll.
Douglas Fir Talking Tree Character
Douglas is a relatively small tree with just some green lights and no other decorations. He’s in a brown box base that rolls along, so he can navigate the crowds and interact with guests — a literal strolling Christmas tree.
We caught up to him outside Once Upon a Toy, where Santa Claus meets guests.
Though he doesn’t have a face or mouth, he can hold a conversation. The technology is similar to that once used for Push the Talking Trash Can and similar interactive roaming characters.
Last month, Disneyland Resort tested the more complex BD-1 style roaming droids in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Douglas Fir should be available from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.
Watch a video of Douglas Fir the talking tree at Disney Springs below:
The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll features a new “Wish” tree and Disney Vacation Club tree this year. There is also a Disney Treasure-inspired topiary and the Annual Passholder tree has been completely reimagined.
More Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party began on November 9 and runs through December 22. During the after-hours party, guests can enjoy Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, character meet and greets, and holiday attraction overlays. There are also complimentary treats, special menu items, and exclusive merchandise.
The new “Frozen Holiday Surprise” Cinderella Castle show is performed at Magic Kingdom once during regular park hours and once during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Disney Jollywood Nights is a new separately ticketed, adults-centric party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It takes place on select nights from November 11 through December 20.
Entertainment includes the variety show “Disney Holidays in Hollywood,” “What’s This? Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along,” and the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nighttime spectacular. Character meet and greets include Mickey & Friends in new outfits and retro characters like Max in his Powerline garb, Chip ‘n’ Dale as the Rescue Rangers, Phineas and Ferb, and Edna Mode.
A Tip-Top Club-inspired soiree is held in the courtyard of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction. Several party-exclusive food and beverage options are also available, read our full guide to them here.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will be from November 24 to December 30, 2023. This all-day festival will feature Holiday Kitchens, Storytellers, the Candlelight Processional, and more.
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