Walt Disney World and Disneyland are inviting guests to get in touch with the Holiday Season during the newest round of Limited Time Magic offerings.
Starting at Walt Disney World, from now until January 4, guests can enjoy two delightful “presents” that are happening at the Magic Kingdom. First, you are invited to take in a showing of the Holly Jolly Trolley Show where the Citizens of Main Street perform great Holiday classics. That evening, enjoy the Celebrate the Magic Castle Projection show, which includes a special holiday finale and a brand new sequence inspired by the upcoming movie, Frozen.
At Disneyland, guests can get into the festive spirit by “Glowing With The Show” during the new World of Color – Winter Dreams show that’s showing at Disney California Adventure. Guests who wear their Glow With The Show ears can experience the dazzling new show from a special viewing area available to Guests with valid World of Color FASTPASS tickets! The viewing area is on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is very limited.
Oh, what fun there is to have at the Disney Parks this Holiday Season!
Guy here with another Observations post, and jeez do I have a lot to show you. This update includes almost 40 pictures! Why? Because Christmas has been unleashed upon Disneyland, and there are a ton of decorations to go over. Here you can see Sleeping Beauty Castle with its Christmas gear. The only things that haven’t been added yet are the icicles. The icicles look good at night all lit up, but during the day they kind of look like plastic wrap.
The Christmas tree was added to Town Square on Sunday night!
Tickets went on sale yesterday (November 11, 2013) for this year’s Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Gingerbread House Workshops at Disneyland’sDowntown Disney, and seats are already almost completely sold out. Spots for the December 15 and 21 worshops are gone, but you can still purchase tickets for the first session on December 14.
Here’s how Ralph Brennan’s describes this popular seasonal activity:
The workshop kicks off with the induction of all participants as ‘chefs for the day’ with artfully self-designed chef’s hats. Next, Chef Darrin Finkel leads an interactive demonstration on the proper assembly of gingerbread houses. Next, the good stuff…Decorating your gingerbread house with several handfuls of Holiday candy personally procured by Santa’s elves. Finally, in the spirit of the season and in recognition of the participants’ hard work, Santa will pay a surprise visit and hand out commemorative gifts to all attendees.
The Billys’ usual home has been The Golden Horseshoe, but they will conclude their Disneyland run at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, where they will relocate to for their final holiday season starting tomorrow (Friday 11/8/13). Their last in-park performances will occur on January 6, and there is no official word on what may replace it beyond a vague statement about “a variety of entertainment offerings during our many seasonal and special celebrations.”
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Disney Legend and long time Imagineer Tony Baxter received another honor in the form of a window on Disneyland’s Main Street USA. Here is video of the full window dedication ceremony.
One of the more unique Limited Time Magic events happened last week. The Cadaver Dans (a ghoulish version of the Dapper Dans) performed Halloween-themed songs on the balcony of the Haunted Mansion. Here is video of one of their performances.
Disneyland is in that weird time of year where it is transitioning from one holiday to the next. Snow has been added to Sleeping Beauty Castle, but fall colors still are found up and down Main Street, U.S.A.
A closer look at the castle snow. They still have to add the rest of the holiday decorations such as snow flakes, lights, etc. Those should be in place soon.
Looks like it’s time for more Limited Time Magic tours, as both coasts will have exclusive experiences available next week.
At Walt Disney World, guests will get to take a backstage tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While here, they will get to experience the grounds through either a zookeeper or veterinarian’s eyes. The tour will get to visit the Animal Programs area to see where the animals actually live. They will also get to see the Animal Health area, where they will visit the fantastic medical center.
Tours start at 1 p.m., with one tour each day. Twenty five guests will be able to participate. Guests will have until 2:59 p.m Eastern Time today to sign up and may do so via the Disney Parks Blog.
Over at Disneyland, guests are invited to take a tour of the Disneyland Dream Suite. Here, you will be invited to explore the suite found directly above Pirates of the Caribbean. This area was originally planned for Walt Disney, himself, until his untimely passing in 1966. It was finally brought to life in 2008.
Update: One tour will take place daily with 25 participants chosen. Guests may sign up at the Disney Parks Blog. Entries for this tour must be received by 2:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Thor: Treasures of Asgard opens at Disneyland this Friday, but we now have video of the full experience. The attraction is basically a meet and greet culminating in an encounter with Thor himself. The queue features actual props from the two Thor movies, and trust me when I say that you will have plenty of time to look at these items. Thor: Treasures of Asgard has to be the slowest moving queue in all of Disneyland Resort. During the preview I attended there were fewer than 100 people ahead of me in line, but it still managed to take about an hour and a half.
On this episode, Jim Hill and Len Testa answer a viewer question about Disney and social media. Does Disney listen to its fans? If so, to what extent? Also, another viewer asks if a large scale DCA-style expansion is possible in Walt Disney World.
If you missed last week’s episode you can see it here: