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The Magic of the Holidays at Walt Disney World® Resort

There are very few who can ‘deck the halls’ like Walt Disney World® Resort does! Bringing together the traditions, excitement and yuletide fun of the holidays, Walt Disney World® Resort creates quite the backdrop to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Here’s a look at what’s to come this holiday season!

Magic Kingdom® Park

One of the grandest ways to dive into the magic of the season is to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not only will you get to experience a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.® and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa; you will enjoy live holiday entertainment like no other! From Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular to Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, you will be rocking around the Christmas tree all through the night!

Fans of Frozen will also be excited to know that Magic Kingdom® Park has allowed Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf to bring a little magic to the park with A Frozen Holiday Wish where they turn Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice Palace!

Epcot®

If you enjoy the rich traditions of Christmas then you do not want to miss visiting Epcot® where their former Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 to December 30, 2017. Throughout World Showcase, costumed performers will share the holiday heritage of the nations represented. If you ever wanted to experience Christmas around the world, here is your chance! New this year, you’ll also find Holiday kitchens offering seasonal food & beverage.

Also new in 2017 is Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree, a fun scavenger hunt throughout World Showcase that ends with a special prize. Maps will be sold at select merchandise locations.

To keep in tune with the true meaning of the season, Epcot® is also home to Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and the amazing Candlelight Processional where the biblical account of Jesus’ birth is retold by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is getting back into the Christmas spirit with a new offering this year – Sunset Seasons Greetings! The park’s Sunset Boulevard will be turned into an enchanted winter wonderland from November 9 – December 31, 2017. As the sun sets, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ attraction magically transforms to tell several different holiday character stories.

Also, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! returns for 2017 providing a Santa-sized nighttime spectacular to guests. The show will run nightly from November 9 – December 31, 2017.

Disney Springs™, Resort Hotels and more…

Even the Walt Disney World® Resort hotels join in with the holiday magic, bringing larger than life gingerbread creations and decorations to select resort hotels. And with the chance to meet Santa Claus, feast on festive flavors and enjoy seasonal shopping, there’s no doubt that Disney Springs™ is the place to be this holiday season!

The best news is, there is still time to experience the beauty of the season at Walt Disney World® Resort! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your last-minute celebration!

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

A favorite holiday nighttime spectacular is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

Led by Wayne and Lanny from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! features state-of-the-art projections, special effects and fireworks on and around the Chinese Theater.

The show will take place Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017!

Guests may take advantage of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party which provides:

  • Reserved viewing of evening’s Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
  • Special Dessert party featuring specialty beverages and more
  • A pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use during the show (creates holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light)

Pricing is $79 per adult or $45 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included) for parties Nov. 9 – Dec. 15 and $89 per adult or $49 for children ages 3 to 9 for parties Dec. 17 – Dec. 31. Please contact your Magic Maker® to check availability or for further details!

 

2017 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets Available

Magic Kingdom® Park has announced dates for this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! While full details of the specially-ticketed party have not been released, we do know that “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” “Holiday Wishes,” “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration are scheduled to return!

2017 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Event Dates

  • Nov. 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, and 28
  • Dec. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 22

Pricing varies by date, but adult tickets run $89-$109 plus tax and tickets for children (ages 3-9) run $84-$104 plus tax.

Contact your Magic Maker® today to secure your tickets as some dates will sell out!

‘Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season’

Each year, the Walt Disney World® Resort adds seasonal entertainment to their lineup to entertain and spread the holiday cheer.

Since 2009, Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season has performed on Epcot’s® Future World Fountain Stage. Their performance blends the soul of Gospel and Inspirational Music with Jazz, R&B, and Urban Music. Their songs and voices are as just as unique as they are beautiful. Their performances will continue through Dec. 29.

Enjoy this mash-up of “What Child Is This?” and “Carol of the Bells.”

Have a great Christmas Eve with those you love.

VIDEO: Magic Kingdom® Park Trimmed for the Season

Over this Thanksgiving weekend, many of you have likely started the transformation of your homes to make them “merry and bright” for the holiday season. While decorating can seem like quite the undertaking, it is nothing compared to the conversion Walt Disney World® Resort Cast Members complete on the Magic Kingdom® Park. After months of planning, an autumn Main Street, U.S.A.® turns into a Christmas wonderland in just hours!

Enjoy this time-lapse video of this year’s changeover:

Candlelight Processional Begins Tonight at Epcot®

While the day after Thanksgiving is a day of shopping to many in the United States, at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida it is the official kickoff to the Holiday Season! Today was the beginning of Epcot’s® Holidays Around the World and tonight they will hold their first Candlelight Processional.

During Holidays Around the World, special storytellers from the respective World Showcase pavilions share traditions and lore from their homeland along with other live entertainment. But no Yuletide tradition would be complete without a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Guests will end their night with a special seasonal finale to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Epcot’s® Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering that pairs the reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with seasonal music performed by a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra. Performed three times daily (5p, 6:45p, and 8:15p), the show is a guest favorite that is difficult to get seats for. Guests wanting to attend can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package which includes lunch or dinner at a select Epcot® restaurant, guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional, and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

This year’s list of celebrity narrators include:

11/23-11/25 — Geena Davis
11/26-11/29 — Neil Patrick Harris
11/30-12/1 — Whoopi Goldberg
12/2-12/4 — Andy Garcia
12/5-12/7 — Blair Underwood
12/8-12/9 — James Denton
12/10-12/13 — Jodi Benson
12/14-12/16 — Lea Salonga
12/17-12/19 — Alfre Woodard
12/20-12/22 — Trace Adkins
12/23-12/25 — Gary Sinise
12/26-12/28 — Amy Grant
12/29-12/30 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason

Narrators are subject to change without notice.

This Year’s ‘Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights’ A Little ‘Goofy’

This Friday, the holiday season will officially start at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® when The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is lit for the first time this season! Included with standard admission to the park, the show has become a holiday tradition since 1995. The simply breathtaking seasonal display is made up of more than 5 million glittering LED Christmas lights that Disney Imagineers have perfectly synchronized to holiday music.

The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced that this year, Santa Goofy will join the fun inside his very own Winter Wonderland. This area will serve as a meet and greet area during The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Also added this year is an eighth song for the lights to sync to, a special arrangement of “Winter Wonderland” by Creative Entertainment Music Director Dan Stamper.

If you’ve never seen The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, it is something that you must do! Pictures are not able to truly capture just how amazing it is. It will run Nov. 9 through Jan. 6.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime ParadeOnly Mickey Mouse can throw this kind of a holiday party! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a magical night inside the Magic Kingdom® that will give your family access to many exclusive holiday activities. And you won’t believe your eyes when Cinderella Castle is transformed into a glorious, wintry confection at the Magic Kingdom® Park during Castle Dream Lights!

Special Holiday Entertainment Highlights: (subject to change without notice)

  • Castle Dreamlights!
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring Santa Claus
  • Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Fireworks
  • Live Disney Character stage shows
  • Character greetings throughout the Park
  • “Snow” on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • Use of some of the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions

 

2012 Event Dates

November 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, and 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 21

Times
7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Prices

Ticket prices start at $53.95 for kids 3-9 and at $58.95 for ages 10 and up.  Tickets prices vary by party date and the date of purchase (tickets cost more if you purchase them the same day as the party).  Contact your Magic Maker® for more information and to request a quote.

*This is a special event which requires a separately priced event Theme Park ticket.  Ticket prices are subject to change at any time without notice and are subject to availability.

Delicious Scents during the Holidays

The Walt Disney World® Resort is beautifully decorated during the holidays, but some favorite sights during the holiday season are the amazing edible holiday displays that truly look like something out of a fairy tale.  From the life-sized gingerbread houses, chocolate carrousel horses, to candy villages, they are truly a delight for all of your senses.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Gingerbread HouseThe lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is where you can find the resort’s 16-foot-tall gingerbread house. This Victorian-style structure takes 400 hours to bake, and lists 1,050 pounds of honey and 600 pounds of powdered sugar among its ingredients. The house, which is topped off with Santas, poinsettias and powdered-sugar snow, also has a chimney that periodically puffs with the scent of cinnamon.  Don’t forget to head to the back to pick up some samples.  Among the items for sale are gingerbread houses, gingerbread shingles slathered in chocolate, solid milk chocolate boxes, gingerbread cookies, and more!

At Disney’s Beach Club Resort, a gingerbread carousel serves as the platform for horses made of chocolate and fondant, each beautifully decorated with candy and icing. The carousel also has 11 hidden Mickeys incorporated into its design.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s Grand Concourse (fourth floor) is where you can spot a 17-foot-tall gingerbread Christmas tree decorated with chocolate ornaments and candy canes. The tree’s playful design was inspired by the work of Disney Legend Mary Blair, whose artistic style can be seen on the adjacent Grand Canyon Concourse mural.

The lobby of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn showcases a gazebo made of gingerbread and chocolate — and one Donald Duck in quite a predicament!Disney's Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread Gazebo

A couple of the pavilions in the World Showcase of Epcot® have delicious displays.  The Italy Pavilion has its own intricate gingerbread display.  Though it is smaller than the others, its attention to detail is just as grand.  Santa’s Bake Shop at Liberty Inn at the American Adventure pavilion is another life-sized gingerbread house made entirely of gingerbread, cookies, and icing. Stop by to purchase drinks and goodies here, too!

Start planning your vacation to the Walt Disney World® Resort for the holidays now!  Contact your Magic Maker® for more information or click here to request a quote.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

It’s a magical night of special holiday entertainment including Castle Dreamlights!, an enchanting holiday Cinderella Castle Dream Lightsparade, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” featuring Santa Claus, a festive nighttime fireworks spectacular, Disney Character greetings, live stage shows and tasty treats on Main Street, U.S.A.®, plus the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions!

Castle Dreamlights!
Cinderella Castle is transformed every night at the Magic Kingdom® Park duringCastle Dreamlights! When Mickey and friends realize the castle isn’t decorated for the holidays, they enlist the help of Cinderella, the Prince, and even the Fairy Godmother! With all of their help, Cinderella Castle transforms into a glorious, wintry confection, twinkling in the sky!

2010 Dates

November 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 28, and 30;
December 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, and 19

2010 Prices (all prices listed include tax):
Advance Purchase: $57.46 for adults 10 and older / $51.07 for ages 3-9 (Not available December 7, 10, 12, 17 or 19)

Day of Event (if still available): $63.85 /$57.46

Entertainment Highlights(subject to change without notice)

  • Castle Dreamlights!
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  • Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Fireworks
  • Live Disney Character stage shows
  • Character greetings throughout the Park
  • “Snow” on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • Use of some of the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions

Click here to learn more about the holiday season at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

Walt Disney World Resort is even more magical during the holiday season!
What is your favorite holiday memory?  Please tell us in the comment section.

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