Santa Claus is a busy guy this time of year, but we have good news! He’s carving time out of his schedule to pay a visit to Disney Parks, where you can meet him and fill him in on your fondest wish for this holiday season. Between now and Christmas Day, Santa will be making stops throughout Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Here are some of the places you’re bound to find him:
Be sure to consult the in-park Times Guide or ask a cast member to find out just when you can see Santa on the day of your visit, and have a wonderful ho-ho-holiday!
There’s a lot of shouting for joy over at the America Gardens Theater at Epcot now that the Candlelight Processional has started for the holiday season. The Candlelight Processional has been a holiday tradition at Disney Parks dating back to 1958 at Disneyland park.
Before moving to Epcot in 1994, the Candlelight Processional was performed at Magic Kingdom Park. Below is a look at the Processional being performed in front of Cinderella Castle in 1980 and in front of the Main Street Train Station in 1983.
Candlelight Processional is presented at Epcot three times nightly through December 30th.
There are so many magical moments to experience at the Disneyland Resort this time of year. To give a glimpse of all things merry and bright, I thought it would be fun to produce a video using a map of Disneyland park. Happy Holidays!
As you all know, I’m an avid fan of ALEX AND ANI! So, when I see new bangles on the horizon that are what I consider ‘must-haves’ for the holidays, I want to share them with all of you. Here’s your first look at some of the new styles headed to Disney Parks.
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! It All Started With A Mouse and Hakuna Matata are the first pieces in a new collection, Words Are Powerful, inspired by Disney sayings. These bangles will be available in Shiny Silver and Yellow Gold finishes beginning December 15. Also debuting is the 2015 Dated bangle featuring Mickey Mouse, a perfect way to commemorate your visit to the parks next year! This bangle will be available beginning December 15 in Rafaelian Gold and Rafaelian Silver finishes.
Look for these new bangles at locations throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
Walt Disney World Resort
Charmed? I know I am! Which bangle will you add to your collection this holiday season?
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are well underway, and for many visitors the first stop in their holiday visit is Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. The street is covered with holiday cheer and what seems like thousands of ornaments, ribbons and lights. But do you ever find yourself asking exactly how many thousands there are? I did, so I wanted to share my findings with you!
Throughout Main Street, U.S.A. …
79,000 – Total number of ornaments
10,000 – Total number of lights
7,400 – Length in feet of ribbon (that’s more than 1.4 miles) used to make more than 800 bows
2,000 – Length in feet of garland
And on the Main Street Christmas tree …
6,000 – Total number of decorative lights
1,800 – Total number of ornaments
1,200 - Total number of branches
60 – Height in feet of the tree
For those of you who have seen the Disney animated film, “Big Hero 6,” I think you will agree with me that we all need more Baymax in our lives. Our Disneyland Resort Candy Makers felt the same way, so you can imagine my excitement and surprise when I was introduced to the newest hand-crafted apple inspired by the loveable healthcare companion.
Baymax has ‘sweet’ ninja skills, and I can tell you, this apple is even sweeter! Made with caramel, white chocolate, black licorice and candy-coated chocolates, I guarantee you will want to take this version of Baymax home with you.
Look for this special addition to our candy kitchens at Candy Palace on Main Street, U.S.A., as well as Hunny Spot in Critter Country in Disneyland park; Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park and Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.
Baymax, I’m pretty sure the famous ‘fist bump’ … Bada-lada-la … would apply here.
Some people shop, others finish off those leftovers; my day-after-Thanksgiving tradition is to decorate my Christmas tree. So, while I’m untangling strings of lights, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Christmas trees here at the Disneyland Resort.
We’ve got to start with the big one – Main Street, U.S.A. Towering 60 feet tall and covered with more than 1,800 ornaments, this iconic tree is the focal point of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.
This may be as close to a Christmas tree as you’re going to get in the heart of darkness. You’ll get the point in the end on the Jingle Cruise.
Over at Disney California Adventure park, Buena Vista Street boasts its own impressive Christmas tree, featuring vintage-style ornaments inspired by the 1920s and ‘30s.
Even Stanley gets in the holiday spirit with this hubcap-adorned tree in Cars Land.
And finally, the hotels of the Disneyland Resort each feature their own beautiful holiday decorations, like the enormous tree in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
Which Christmas tree at the Disneyland Resort is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort may have started November 13, but our autumn colors are in full force right alongside the Christmas trees and tinsel. I wanted to show you this lovely photo taken by Disneyland Chief Photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer, showing golden autumn leaves against the icy slopes of the Matterhorn. All of us here at the Disneyland Resort wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving.
Main Street Station and its iconic floral depiction of Mickey Mouse have become one of the most photographed locations in the world, as millions of guests over six decades have captured their first Disney Parks memory entering Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom.
But less than a week before opening day, the floral in “floral Mickey” had yet to materialize. Horticulturalist Jack Evans received a memo dated July 11, 1955, from Joe Fowler which read, “When are you going to plant Mickey Mouse in the entrance? Looks to me like the time is getting pretty late.”
As you probably know, “Mickey” was planted in time for the big day and he’s been in full bloom every day since.
Check back for more “construction updates” soon.
Previously in the “Building the Dream” series:
I’m happy to announce that Made With Magic items are now available at Disney Parks. You may recall my recent Disney Parks Blog article about Made With Magic, the new name for products that light up and interact with select Disney experiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. I recently visited Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get a first hand look at these new products.
As the sun set on another beautiful Florida day, I saw these items in action at the top of the Hollywood Hills Theater just before seating opened for the first Fantasmic! show. We currently offer a Disney ear hat, a Minnie Mouse headband and a Sorcerer Mickey wand. A light-up Mickey Mouse glove will be coming to Disney Parks in spring 2015. Each Made With Magic item has a retail of $25.00 (that retail includes tax).
My favorite item is the Sorcerer Mickey wand as it has the ability to change other Made With Magic items. It’s pretty easy to use. To change the color patterns on the wand, press the artist pallet button. Once you find a color pattern you like, you can press the wand button to change other Made With Magic items. I changed an entire display of Disney ear hats with just one wand (I wonder if I can use this wand to clean up my apartment as that would be amazing).
Look for these items in select merchandise locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Guests in California can find these items in various merchandise locations in Disneyland park and in Disney’s California Adventure park.