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Holiday Events Begin at the Magic Kingdom

by on November 2, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

Wasn’t it just Halloween and now BAM! it’s Christmas. It is the most glorious time of the year at the Magic Kingdom and the park is getting ready to celebrate with you!

First, it’s time to get your Jingle on – that is the Jingle Cruise. This holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland sees the Skippers who are homesick during the holiday season, so they decided to create their own festive fun with homemade decorations, gifts, and more. The boat dock area has been decorated and the boats have been renamed with fun holiday themes. In addition, many of the show scenes have been decorated too, like the gorilla camp, the temple, and even Ginger and Smiley. The jokes take on a fun holiday spin too, with holiday-inspired laughs. The Jingle Cruise overlay will last through the holiday season.

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Zootopia Characters Meet & Greet at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by on October 28, 2016

Nick and Judy from Zootopia during the Move It, Shake It, Dance and Play It! Street Party ©Rikki Niblett

Nick and Judy during the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party ©Rikki Niblett

Ever since the hit Disney film Zootopia was released in theaters, Guests have been wanting the opportunity to meet Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps at one of the Walt Disney World theme parks. Sure, they could see them in the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party, but they’ve never had the opportunity to meet the pair. That is until now.

Guests who attend this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will finally have the chance to meet both Nick and Judy in person in Tomorrowland.

One thing to keep in mind, for those who would like to meet Nick and Judy. Since this is the first time Guests will be able to meet these characters, they will likely have an extremely long line. If you want to meet this duo, make sure to get in line early.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is scheduled to take place on the following dates:

  • November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
  • December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

Tickets are on sale and currently no party dates are sold out.

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Enjoy Seasonal Tastes with New Holidays Around the World Marketplaces at Epcot

by on October 28, 2016

Holidays Around the World Marketplaces

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Epcot around the holiday season. There really is nothing like it. Honestly, there’s something so special about experiencing the way other countries celebrate the holidays, but, this year, they’ve added in a new element that makes it even better.

Guests will have the opportunity to experience the official debut of the new Holidays Around the World Marketplaces. Much like the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, there will be different marketplaces that Guests can choose from. Five different marketplaces, to be exact. They include:

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Details on the New Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

by on October 28, 2016

Disney Springs

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Earlier this week, I shared with you all some of the festive events that will be taking place at Disney Springs this holiday season. Some fun activities include meeting Santa, special entertainment offerings, and a mention of something new, called the Festival of Holiday Trees. (Or what appears to now be called the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail.)

Today, Disney released additional information about what Guests can expect to experience.

The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail will take place in the Marketplace section and will include fifteen trees themed to a different Disney character or story. During this walk-through experience, you’ll wind through a winter wonderland, where you’ll see toy soldiers, singers, snowfall, and lots of photo opportunities. Curious about what custom trees you’ll get to experience? Here’s the list:

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Get a Sneak Peek of Moana at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on October 28, 2016

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Are you excited about the upcoming animated film, Moana? I certainly am, so I cannot wait to catch the newest sneak preview that’s all about Moana that will be presented at the end of One Man’s Dream in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. During the preview, which begins on November 5, Guests will be able to see an advance look of scenes from the film that shares the story of an adventurous teenager who goes out on a mission to save her people, encountering the demigod, Maui, along the way.

The preview is also currently taking place at Disney California Adventure in the Bug’s Life Theater. That preview is being show in 3D and features special in-theater effects.

Moana sails into theaters on November 23.

 

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PizzeRizzo to Open in November at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on October 28, 2016

PizzeRizzo

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Are you looking forward to enjoying your pizza with Rizzo the Rat? If so, the classic family restaurant that’s owned by Rizzo called PizzeRizzo will be opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Muppet Courtyard on November 18.

The menu for PizzeRizzo will be similar to what it was when it the restaurant was known as Pizza Planet. Guests will still be able to enjoy personal-sized pizzas in four varieties – cheese, pepperoni, meat lovers, and vegetable; Caesar salads; an antipasto salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella, Kalamata olives, ham, pepperoni, salami, and a balsamic vinaigrette; and a meatball sub. Dessert choices will include a cannoli and tiramisu. Beverages available will include a non-alcoholic peach Bellini, a wildberry-basil lemonade limoncello, and beer and wine.

Guests who visit PizzeRizzo will be able to grab their meal in this two-story quick-service location which will feature both indoor and outdoor seating. Guests will be able to dine in a “cheesy” banquet room or enjoy a special booth designed just for Rizzo’s celebrity friends. Those who visit will need to be on the lookout as Guests will be able to see hints of Rizzo, his extended family, and friends who’ve visited his family pizzeria over the years stashed around the restaurant.

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The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Have Been Renamed

by on October 27, 2016

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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With all the changes occurring at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge have officially been renamed. The Villas are now called Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This was done to more accurately reflect that infamous railroad theming that Guests can experience when visiting. (Like the Carolwood Pacific Room, where you can see two railroad cars that once ran around Walt Disney’s backyard.)

Establishing the Boulder Ridge Villas name is part of a project to expand the Disney Vacation Club presence at the resort, with the upcoming Copper Creek Villas and Cabins expected to open in 2017.

Stay tuned for more info about the changes occurring at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

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Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show to Debut at the Magic Kingdom

by on October 26, 2016

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show

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A brand new Cinderella Castle nighttime projection show is set to debut at the Magic Kingdom on Novmeber 4!

Called “Once Upon a Time,” this heartwarming new show will features Beauty and the Beast’s Mrs. Potts sharing bedtime stories with Chip. Here Guests will go on a magical adventure through favorite Disney movies, including flying over London to Never Land with Peter Pan, watching Winnie the Pooh fly towards the top of the Castle with a colorful balloon, enjoying a whimsical tea party with the Mad Hatter, and more. The show will culminate with classic scenes from Beauty and the Beast, including Belle waltzing with Beast, Beast’s duel with Gaston, and him turning back into a Prince. The conclusion will include a grand finale of additional appearances by beloved Disney characters.

“Once Upon a Time” will take its inspiration from a projection show from the Tokyo Disney Resort. Much like the current show, “Celebrate the Magic,” “Once Upon a Time” will utilize projection mapping technology to cover every nook and cranny of Cinderella Castle in vibrant images that appear almost three-dimensional.

Celebrate the Magic” will end its four year run on November 3.

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Festive Events Occurring at Disney Springs This Holiday Season

by on October 25, 2016

Are you ready to celebrate the holiday season at Disney Springs? The shopping and dining district will delight Guests with a festive atmosphere and family fun. Guests will be able to experience a multitude of special offerings from November 14 through January 8.

This year, Guests will be able to take part in a nightly tree lighting ceremony in front of the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area, as well as enjoy a holiday-themed DJ dance party, games and activities.

 

Holiday Events at Disney Springs

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For those looking to meet Santa Claus, they may do so at Santa’s Chalet. This charming cottage can be found across from Ghiradelli. Here Guests will be able to meet Santa Claus from November 14 through December 24. Then, because Santa has to fly back to the North Pole, Santa Goofy will be around to meet Guests from December 25 until December 30. 

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Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced for 2016

by on October 25, 2016

Candlelight Processional

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Is the Candlelight Processional one of your favorite things that takes place at Walt Disney World around the holidays? I know it is one of mine. There’s something so incredible about experiencing a mass choir, an orchestra, and a celebrity narrator performing a re-telling of the Christmas Story. This year, the Candlelight Processional will take place from November 25 through December 30 at the America Gardens Theatre found World Showcase at the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot.

But who will the celebrity narrators be for this year’s event? I have your answer, as almost the full list of narrators has been officially announced.

This year’s narrators include:

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