If you’re searching for a last-minute holiday gift or a little something special to add to your own holiday wish list, TouringPlans is here to help! I compiled a list of what I think are some of the best gifts for those planning to visit the parks soon. And while holidays present the perfect gifting opportunity, most of these will work year-round for other celebrations like birthdays or anniversaries too.
Accessories for a Minion fan
Wearable Gifts – For a truly impressive gift, put your knowledge of their favorite character, attraction, or movie to good use. From custom t-shirts and mouse ears to lanyards and pins, there is an endless supply of fun things they can wear to the parks. Even better, there is an endless supply of online or local stores that sell these too, so finding something perfect while staying on budget shouldn’t be too hard.
Disney themed day-bags
Gear – There are certain items that almost every theme park vacationer likes to pack: poncho, day bag for the park, refillable water bottle, portable phone charger, hand sanitizer, and so on. Other items, like a toiletries bag, suitcase, or travel friendly snacks, are great ideas for travelers in general. Depending on the budget, you could pick just one item or put them together into a gift basket that will please any theme park vacationer.
Photo Package – Both Disney and Universal offer photo packages to capture those special vacation memories. Plenty of vacationers on tight budgets question whether the package is worth it, but receiving it as a gift can alleviate those worries. The price is discounted when purchased in advance, and they receive photo memories to cherish for years to come. It’s a definite win-win.
Hello Friends! First, let me start by wishing the very happiest Thanksgiving to those that celebrate. Personally, I’ll be enjoying more than my fair share of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie today! Due to the crowds I’ll be steering clear of the parks this holiday weekend. But that didn’t stop me from getting some amazing shots to share with you over the last few weeks. For starters, check out this glorious sunset at Epcot!
Please click below to read more. This week we’ve got holiday decorations, Dr. Strange, PizzeRizzo, and more!
The most merriest of seasons has started to arrive at Walt Disney World. Like hanging ornaments on a tree, it takes a little time for the vacation kingdom to become full dressed in holiday regalia. The first shiny ornament that Walt Disney World unwraps each year is the Magic Kingdom. For well over a week, Christmas decorations, music, and a few festive shows have ushered in the holiday season at the most attended theme park in the country.
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas Children laughing, people passing Meeting smile after smile And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmastime in the Disney
I awoke one weekend morning with as much zeal and excitement as my younger self did on Christmas. It is rare that I head to the theme parks in the morning. When I was a kid I couldn’t have any fun until my chores and homework were done; as an adult I still often impose such rules on myself.
Arriving around 9:30 AM on a weekend resulted in a little bit of a back up at the parking toll and throughout the parking lot, but seeing the wreaths on the parking plaza kept my impatience at bay. Once on board the tram I quickly became covered in goosebumps because the t-shirt and shorts I was wearing did not combat the slightly chilling morning air. I’m a Florida girl so anything below 72 degrees Fahrenheit is chilly to me.
The holiday spirit continues at the Ticket and Transportation Center with decorations, festive music, and red scarves adorning the Mickey and Minnie topiaries. Apparently not having learned my lesson from the chilly parking tram ride, I headed for the ferry boat. The views along the Seven Seas Lagoon made it worth it, though.
That was quick! Less than a week after getting approval by the FAA for a nighttime drone show, Disney has teased that an all new nighttime holiday spectacular that’s slated to take place at Disney Springs this year.
While details are still very minimal, the idea of “wishing upon a star” will take on an even more magical meaning with this new nighttime experience.
Take a look at the preview of what Guests will be able to expect:
Disney has been awaiting clearance by the FAA to allow for a drone show for a while now, so I suspect that whatever this ends up being will be just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come in the future.
I expect we’ll learn much more information about this new spectacular very soon, as the holiday events start officially at Disney Springs beginning next week. I would suspect that as long as all goes well, we’ll see this new show debut by mid to late November. Stay tuned to the blog for more details!
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.
Lights, window clings, and paper mickey decorations for Halloween
Whether you’re planning a vacation to celebrate a holiday, birthday, anniversary, first trip, or some other special occasion, sometimes it is fun to prepare a little extra magic. There are plenty of ways to add that extra touch, but one of my own favorites is decorating the resort room. Coming back from the parks at night to a room decked out in lights and other little embellishments is such a wonderful feeling. Decorations can help you find your room at night and really make you feel at home.
Before we get to the good stuff, let’s set some ground rules. First and foremost, safety is the number one priority at any resort. Don’t do anything that puts you or anyone else at risk. And speaking of other people, be mindful of those around you. While that motion activated ghost yelling “Boo!” might be funny the first time or two, your neighbors probably won’t be feeling too neighborly after they hear it for the thirtieth time. Stay away from anything permanent or that leaves damage, and please don’t leave a big mess and expect housekeeping to deal with it. Follow the rules of the resort you’re visiting as well. For example, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has strict rules about hanging things outside your room since animal safety is a priority.
Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about some decoration ideas.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.