Holiday Happenings in Walt Disney World

The holiday season is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World and this year is no exception.  With more lights, fireworks & events than ever,even the biggest Grinch can get into the holiday spirit.

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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This part runs on select nights from 11/9/17 – 12/22/17 and does require a separate ticket purchase to attend.  You can find a full list of dates & prices HERE.

During the party you will enjoy special character meets, shorter attraction wait times, festive treats & goodies that include complimentary cookies of various flavors, hot cocoa & cider.  This year they are also offering a soft pretzel option which I am particularly fond of instead of all the sweets.  There will be a special Christmas Parade & fireworks show & Voice Play will be performing again in Tomorrowland.  You can also purchase limited edition merchandise and don’t forget to pick-up your Sorcerers of the magic Kingdom Party Card.

Epcot

International Festival of the Holidays

Although by a different name this year, this event still holds the same holiday magic.  Pick up your booklet & guide to all the fun when you enter the park & enjoy wonderful food from around the World Showcase and my personal favorite are the stories of each country’s unique holiday traditions.

Enjoy this video sample of the holiday traditions in Norway:

Candlelight Processional

This fantastic performance has become our holiday tradition.  Each night, the biblical Christmas Story is told by 1 of 13 celebrity narrators and accompanied by a live choir and orchestra.  Returning narrators include Whoopi Goldberg & Trace Adkins; they will be joined by several new narrators this year including Kurt Russel & Pat Sajak.  Find a full list of narrators HERE. This event runs from 11/24/17 – 12/30/17.

If you want the best seats, consider making a reservation for a dining package.  More details on the dining packages HERE

Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

This holiday scavenger hunt is fun for the young ones or the young at heart.  Chip & Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree & they need your help.  The cost for your scavenger hunt map is $6.99 +tax and when your are finished, you will get a special prize.

After enjoying a day in Epcot with festive food from around the world & stories from Santa, you can enjoy a special Illuminations with a special holiday themed ending.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has gone all out for this holiday season.  The Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! show has returned & the elves from Prep & Landing must help & find Santa because he has been kidnapped.

New in Hollywood Studios this year is Sunset Season’s Greetings.  Enjoy a light snowfall on Sunset blvd while the Tower of Terror exterior is brought to life by holiday projections.  You may even run into a friendly holiday face or two such as Olaf the snowman from Frozen.

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Minnie will once again be hosting her holiday dine part at Hollywood & Vine Restaurant and you can meet Santa himself at the Once Upon a Time shop through 12/24/17.  When Santa begins to deliver Christmas gifts for the children Santa Goofy will take his place through 12/31/17.

Disney Springs

Although I was personally a little disappointed to see that the holiday drone show will not be returning to Disney Springs this year, there are plenty of festive activities that will hold my family’s attention for an entire day after we watch the new Star Wars movie at the AMC theater right in the middle of the action.

The Christmas Tree Trail will be memorizing as always with 25 Disney themed trees beneath a gentle snow fall.
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Festive snacks & food can be found throughout the shopping district and joyful entertainment will welcome everyone.  From caroling to stilt walkers there will be something to watch all around.

Santa’s Chalet will be there where your family can visit & get photos with Santa.  If you have Disney’s Memory Maker, you can get your photos added to your account at no extra charge.  When you visit Santa’s Chalet, you will be given a special pager that will tell you when to return to the line for your visit with Santa.  You do not have to wait in a crazy long line & you can shop while you wait for your turn.

Also returning to Disney Springs this year is Stitch’s Gift hunt.  This is a fabulous activity to keep the kids & family entertained while you shop.  Stitch has misplaced his gift list and he needs your help finding it.  You can pick up your scavenger hunt map with corresponding stickers and hunt your way through 16 locations to match each sticker with the correct place.  Once you have completed the map, you can return it for a special prize.

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Resorts and More

The Gingerbread Houses in Walt Disney World remain the most fantastic displays of culinary art that I have seen in my travels.  Each display is a delicate work of art and can be found throughout the parks & resorts.

– Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom 12/20 – 1/2
– American Adventure in Epcot 11/19 (This location also offers a season menu for your consumption)
– Amorette’s Parisserie in Disney Springs 11/24
– Disney’s Contemporary Resort
– Disney’s Beach Club celebrates their 18th anniversary of this event with 18 hidden Mickey’s on their display
– Disney’s Grand Floridian celebrates their 19th gingerbread anniversary & a special pin trading event in the lobby each day

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In addition to larger-than-life gingerbread houses, you can tour each of the Disney resorts & take in all of their fabulous trees & Christmas decor.  Every resort will have a detailed miniature train display in the lobby.

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Visiting Walt Disney World ruing the holidays offers numerous holiday activities that will immerse your senses in holiday cheer.  On top of all of the fun actives, the weather here in Florida is amazingly comfortable for park touring this time of year.  If you have never visited Walt Disney World during the holidays, what are you waiting for?  You can book now for 2017 or 2018 and I have a special offer of my own waiting for my holiday guests when you book by 11/30/17.

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Star Wars Galactic Nights Returns to Walt Disney World

On December 16th, 2017 Star Wars Galactic nights will be offered for the second consecutive year and tickets are on sale today!  Last year the tickets sold out very, very quickly so if you are interested in this event, please make your arrangements early.  I’m always here to help you plan.  😉

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This special ticketed event is held in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park, after the parks closes at 7:00pm and ends at midnight.  You will be enthralled by a variety of Star Wars entertainment & experiences.

On top of the entertainment there are, special photo opportunities, event-exclusive merchandise and F&B, character greetings, a look at the ongoing Star Wars expansion coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and much more.

Here’s a look at other event offerings:

  • Star Wars Entertainment – Both Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will be enhanced with special saga elements.
  • Sneak Peeks at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – The Epic Theater will play host to a special one-night-only panel discussion about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the 14-acre Star Wars expansion that’s set to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Special Photo Ops – Throughout the park, your Clients can step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations, including new backdrops inspired by Star Wars Rebelsand other scenes from the saga.
  • Character Encounters – Guests can be on the lookout for Star Wars characters like Ewoks, AWR Troopers and roaming droids; Jedi Knights teaching younglings in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; rocketing to the stars aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and more.
  • Exclusive F&B and Merchandise – Even more specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage and merchandise will be available.
  • Enjoy park attractions – Select attractions will be open to all Guests. At embarkation points to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, your Clients may come face-to-face with Stormtroopers on the lookout for a Rebel spy.

Star Wars: Galactic Nights access and activities will be exclusive to event ticket holders. Last spring’s event sold out, so booking early is strongly suggested. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9 and go on sale Sept. 6, 2017.

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Disney reveals Models for Star Wars Lands

Will it be worth all the hype?  My answer is “YES”!  If Disney brings Star Wars to life in the same way that they have with Pandora, Star Wars fans everywhere are sure to swoon when they enter the park and I am not excluded.

On Thursday night Disney presented a model of the lands & attractions that are currently under construction in Disneyland & Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts stated, “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”

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It seems that a lot of focus is around the Millennium Falcon and it has been known that one of the unnamed attractions will put visitors at the controls of the ship.  The second attractions puts guests amid at battle of the First Order and the Resistance.

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“The setting will be a previously unseen planet, a trading outpost just before “Wild Space,” as quoted by the Orlando Sentinel.

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The Star Wars geek in me can hardly wait for new announcements about this highly anticipated land.  You can bet that I will be there personally for the first few opening days in 2019.

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Thank you for geeking out with me a little bit over these photos & this announcement!!!  What do you think?  Will you be visiting the new Star Wars land in 2019?  I would love to hear your opinion in the comments.

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The Music of Pixar LIVE! Will fill the air before Beauty and the Beast in Hollywood Studios

This summer at Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will present “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters.” This limited-time concert event will showcase memorable music from Pixar Animation Studios films, complete with a live orchestra and appearances by beloved Disney•Pixar characters.

Starting May 26, 2017, “The Music of Pixar LIVE!” will be presented three times nightly at Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (following the regular daily performances of “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage”). The show will also feature highlights from some of Pixar’s greatest scores, from films like “Toy Story” to “Cars 3.” Guests can also expect appearances by Woody, Jessie, Mike and Sulley, the Incredibles and more.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more information on this show.

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Holiday Cupcakes in Hollywood Studios

What to do while we sit & wait for the new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! show to begin…  We buy cupcakes of course.  There are 2 special holiday cupcakes in Hollywood Studios right now each at the price of $5.59 These came from the ABC Commissary quick service restaurant.

The first treat an autumn harvest cupcake made of pumpkin spice cake and topped with maple cream frosting and granola.  Sitting an the peak of this deliciousness is a white chocolate Mickey Mouse in perfect scarecrow attire.

The second cupcake is a dark chocolate Olaf cupcake filled & topped with marshmallow fluff.  The Olaf head is made of smooth white chocolate and he smiles & waits to melt in your mouth.

Even though I am not a chocolate fan, my favorite of the 2 cupcakes was the Olaf Chocolate cake.  My husband and son liked the pumpkin spice cake better so it’s obviously a matter of personal taste.  Be sure to pick one of these up on your next trip to Hollywood Studios, you can even pay with a snack credit if you are on the dining plan.  😉

Find my YouTube video of the new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! show HERE

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New Nighttime Show Coming to Hollywood Studios November 14th

Look out Star Wars, the holidays are arriving in the Disney Parks.  Disney’s new nighttime spectacular titled “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!” will be temporarily taking the place of the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular in Hollywood Studios and will be displayed on the Chinese Theater and includes a mission to rescue Santa.  Disney has released the following details for the show…

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The all-new  “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort on Nov. 14, 2016. Santa Claus is missing and the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

Of Course Disney has also released a special dessert party to go along with this show and it is available to being booking immediately.  The Holiday Dessert Party, includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more.  Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex glasses to use while watching the show.  The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.

This show will be available in Hollywood Studios though December 31st for all of the holiday excitement.

Watch a full video of the show below:

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Hollywood Studios: New Morning & Night Special Events

Weather you are an early bird or a night owl it seems that Hollywood Studios is offering up a special ticketed event suited perfectly for you.  It may or may not be within the limits of your pocketbook, but Disney is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience right?  It’s up to you to decide…

Early Morning Magic Begins August 1st in Hollywood Studios

Disney Early Morning Magic at Magic Kingdom® Park gives guests the opportunity to be among the first to experience theme park attractions and breakfast inside the park. Disney has anounced that not only has Disney Early Morning Magic been extended through Sept. 30, 2016 at Magic Kingdom Park, but it will soon be offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® as well.

Beginning Aug. 1, 2016, a select number of Walt Disney World® Guests can experience Disney Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Mania!, Pixar Place character greetings (with Woody and Buzz), and Mickey and Minnie on Commissary Lane and Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight – all with little to no wait before the park opens. And to get fueled up for the rest of the day, they can partake in a hearty all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast at ABC Commissary from 8-10 a.m. Disney Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45-10 a.m.

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Please note Disney Early Morning Magic will be offered on different days than Extra Magic Hours. Disney Early Morning Magic requires a separate ticket – $69 for adults and $59 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax), in addition to regular theme park admission.

The number of tickets available for each morning is limited, so be sure to book early if you are interested.

Valid Theme Park admission and separately priced special event tickets are required. Special event ticket are valid only during specific event dates and hours.  Attractions and offerings are subject to change without notice.

A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party in Hollywood Studios is perfect for Star Wars & Fireworks Fans of all ages

In a galaxy not so far, far away, a spectacular dessert party has gotten even better!

At the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, guests can experience out-of-this-world desserts and drinks inside Star Wars Launch Bay. Here, they can become immersed in the Star Wars universe with photo opportunities, exciting exhibits and thrilling character encounters.

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The new nightly Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” combines fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that turn the nearby Chinese Theater and other buildings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations. The show also features a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating massive lightsabers in the sky. (David Roark, photographer)

After enjoying an assortment of sweets — including themed cupcakes, cookies and brownies and a selection of savory snacks including cheese and flatbread and dip (as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) — guests will be escorted to a VIP viewing area for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show.

Dessert party check-in takes place in front of Star Wars Launch Bay, located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check in begins at 7:30 p.m., and Guests can enter the party at 8:15 p.m.

The cost is $69 for adults, $39 for children age 3-9.
Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required to attend, and is not included in the price of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.

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