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Learn to Draw Scrooge McDuck from ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, our Learn to Draw animation series continues with a lesson on how to draw a character from a classic Disney holiday film, Scrooge McDuck from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Get ready for step-by-step instructions from Heather Worley of the Animation Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


For previous animation tutorials on some of your favorite Disney friends, check out the list below:

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Isabella Rossellini To Narrate ‘The Candlelight Processional’ Dec. 24-25

posted on December 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Actress Isabella Rossellini will take the stage to narrate the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day performances of “Candlelight Processional” (December 24-25).

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The show is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with seasonal songs performed by a live choir and orchestra. Shows take place daily at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre.

In addition to Rossellini, remaining narrators in this year’s line-up include:

  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

Have you seen the Candlelight Processional at Epcot this year?Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Final Week to Experience the Candlelight Processional at Epcot

posted on December 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Attention music lovers: The 2014 season of the Candlelight Processional is now in its final week at Epcot.

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In case you haven’t seen the show, it’s a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, plus music supplied by an orchestra and choir. Performances take place at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.

Remaining narrators this season are:

  • 12/21 – 12/23: Marlee Matlin
  • 12/24 – 12/25: Isabella Rossellini
  • 12/26 – 12/27: Blair Underwood
  • 12/28 – 12/30: Steven Curtis Chapman

Narrators are subject to change without notice.

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Tips On Visiting Walt Disney World During The Holiday Week

posted on December 23rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Will you visit the Walt Disney World Resort this week? A lot of families will head to our parks to ring in the new year, so we thought we’d share some tips on how to make the most of your trip during this busy time.

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Traveling Around The Walt Disney World Resort

  • Using on-property resort buses, boats or Monorails can help you avoid traffic and arrive at parks sooner. Busses begin departing from Disney resort hotels 45 minutes prior to the park opening and run two hours after park closing.
  • If driving a personal car, please plan for additional travel time.
  • If staying at an on-property Disney resort, don’t forget about Extra Magic Hours.
  • Different theme parks offer Extra Magic Hours on different days, so check the calendar here for more.

Theme Park Tips

  • Grab a Times Guide on your way into the park for the day’s showtimes, character greeting locations and more.
  • Download the My Disney Experience app for your smartphone to access the latest attraction wait times, schedule FastPass+ options, check dining offerings and more.
  • Magic Kingdom Park will offer an Extra Magic Hour from 7-8 a.m., daily, from Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2015. Visiting the park early will help you get a headstart on your day.
  • New Year’s fireworks spectaculars will be displayed at Magic Kingdom Park on both December 30 and 31. (Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will join the celebration with displays on December 31 only).

Walt Disney World Dining

  • Use the My Disney Experience app, visit Guest Relations or call 407-WDW-CNCL to modify dining reservations.
  • Consider choosing a dining time prior to 6 p.m. or after 8 p.m. to avoid the dinner rush.
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Caption This: A Toy Soldier Enjoys Holidays at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of my favorite parts of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the marching toy soldiers who appear in “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” – but it looks like this guy lost his way.

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What’s he looking at? Is Cinderella Castle just too enchanting this time of year? Has a holiday treat caught his attention? You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This” image.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The Merriest Parade Pics From Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 20th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


By far one of the happiest holiday sights I enjoy here at Walt Disney World Resort each year is “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” which steps off during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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This year, Disney photographer Charlie Champagne went out and captured dozens of new photos of the parade that you just can’t miss. Be sure to check out the gallery above for dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, our friends from “Frozen,” Santa Claus and much more.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Holidays at Tokyo Disney Resort

posted on December 19th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we’re wrapping up our look at how Disney Parks around the world are celebrating this holiday season with a look inside the fun at Tokyo Disney Resort.

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Tokyo Disneyland is hosting its “Christmas Fantasy” celebration through December 25. During this time, guests can visit Disney’s Santa Village, watch the seasonal “Disney’s Santa Village Parade” that features Disney characters and Santa’s elves getting ready for the holiday. After the sun goes down, guests can enjoy “Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights,” a sparkling nighttime parade that features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and many more Disney characters dressed up for the holidays, and end the night with “Starbright Christmas” fireworks.

Over at Tokyo DisneySea, guests can enjoy the “Christmas Wishes” celebration, which features lush holiday decor and Christmas trees that light up Mediterranean Harbor. The harbor also sets the scene for “Colors of Christmas,” a show in which Mickey Mouse asks everyone to send their holiday wishes out to the Christmas tree floating on the water. Minnie Mouse and friends also star in the “Holiday Greeting from Seven Ports” stage show.


For more about the holiday Celebration at Disney Parks, visit the posts below:

Ana Gasteyer Narrates the Candlelight Processional December 18-20

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Comedian Ana Gasteyer will take the stage at Epcot tonight in her debut appearance as the narrator for the Candlelight Processional.

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In case you haven’t seen the show, the processional is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator plus seasonal songs performed by a live orchestra and choir. Shows take place daily at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

Remaining narrators this season are:

  • Marlee Matlin – December 21 – 23, 2014
  • Isabella Rossellini – December 24 – 25, 2014
  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

As a reminder, all entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates ‘Disney Sparkling Christmas’

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The “Disney Sparkling Christmas” celebration is now underway at Hong Kong Disneyland – with special entertainment, decor, Disney characters dressed in holiday finery and much more taking place.

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This year, guests at the park will be able to enjoy the “Disney Paint The Night” nighttime spectacular, watch special puppet shows starring Olaf and Sven from “Frozen” and even meet the royal sisters from the same film. Duffy and his friend, ShellieMay are also meeting guests at the park and special seasonal merchandise is ready and waiting for holiday shoppers.

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The park is also celebrating by offering unique menu items inspired by the holiday season.

Hong Kong Disneyland will host their holiday fun through January 4, 2015.

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‘Frozen’ Voice Actor Jonathan Groff Shares What He Loves About Disney Parks

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Jonathan Groff is one cool guy.

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The actor who voiced Kristoff in “Frozen” – one of the most successful Disney feature films to date – is actually a huge fan of Disney Parks and films. And the 29-year-old isn’t afraid to geek out over how cool Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is, laugh over recollections of dressing up as his favorite Disney characters for Halloween as a kid, or admit that his head is still spinning over the frenzy that surrounds anything “Frozen.”

Check out our full interview above to hear his thoughts on all of this and much more.

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