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#DisneyFamilia: A Very Merry Christmas Video!

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


Navidad is the most important celebration for familias to be together. And what better place than Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy the holiday season with your favorite characters, music and more?

In this time-lapse video we show you the highlights of our popular Magic Kingdom Park event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Some of the event entertainment will be available to all guests from December 19 to the 31st include the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and the amazing Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.

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This Week in Disney Park Photos: ‘Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season’

posted on December 12th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


When I first saw the collection of pictures Jennifer Fickley-Baker shared of this fireworks display, I thought they were paintings. The burst of colors and festive images projected onto Cinderella Castle are so vivid. Here’s another look in case you missed it:

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is seeing light displays of all kinds. And this one – combining lights, projections and fireworks – is a pretty spectacular gift for our guests visiting during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

What’s your favorite holiday display at Disney Parks?

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LIVE STREAM: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Live Stream Starts at 8:25 P.M. EST

posted on December 6th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


UPDATE: This live event has concluded. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live stream events.

Happy holidays! We’re just moments away from sharing the latest in our “Unforgettable” series of live streams – this time focusing on the holiday parade, castle projection show and fireworks that guests can normally only see during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Here’s what you need to know: the parade will step off at the far end of the park at 8:25 p.m., and as soon as the parade enters our camera view, we’ll go live. After the parade concludes, stick around as our hosts offer a brief behind-the-scenes look at Disney Parks holiday entertainment.

Then at 9:15 p.m., we’ll live stream “Celebrate the Magic,” a show that brings Cinderella Castle to life in a whole new way. And finally at 9:30 p.m., we’ll finish our event by streaming “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks.

While we wait for the parade to begin, please tell us where you’re watching from and who you’re watching with tonight. Who knows, we may just give you a shout out during the stream!

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15 Photos of Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

posted on December 3rd, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


For many guests, a highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, a merry procession of Disney characters, gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers and much more.

In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be live streaming the parade one night only on Sunday, December 6, at 8:25 p.m. EST. In the meantime, check out these 15 photos of the parade that are guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Live Stream Set for December 6 at 8:25 P.M. EST

posted on December 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Our “Unforgettable” series of live streams will continue this Sunday, December 6, with a live stream of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” and “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks live from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Disney characters dressed in their holiday finest parade down Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom during "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade." The festive processional is one of the happy highlights of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, a night of holiday splendor with lively stage shows, a unique holiday parade, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. The special-ticket event takes place on select nights in November and December in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ryan Wendler, photographer)

Our live stream of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” will begin at 8:25 p.m. EST. It’s a joyous holiday-themed parade that features favorite Disney characters, dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, elves – and an appearance by Santa Claus himself!

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Then tune back in at 9:30 p.m. EST for “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks, which takes the celebration of the season to the skies high above Cinderella Castle.

To tune in, we’ll launch a fresh blog post on December 6 just before showtime. We hope you can make it!

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Candlelight Processional Returns Tonight to Epcot

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


The gorgeous sounds you’ll hear from the America Gardens Theatre tonight is the return of one of our most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot: the Candlelight Processional.

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Actor Gary Sinise will be our first narrator this evening – retelling the Christmas story while accompanied by a masterful orchestra and choir. The list of celebrity narrators for this season includes:

  • 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
  • 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
  • 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

You can enjoy the Candlelight Processional three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8 p.m., from November 27 to December 30. For more information and to make reservations for a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package, visit disneyworld.com/holiday.

Who are you most excited to see?

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Celebrate Holidays Around the World Arrives at Epcot

posted on November 27th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Now I know it’s REALLY the holiday season: Holidays Around the World has returned to Epcot.

Beautifully-costumed storytellers who share the traditions and cultures from their countries and entertainment themed to the holidays add to the sparkle of the gorgeous decor around the theme park.

Celebrate Holidays Around the World Arrives at Epcot

Hear from Helga, Father Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as performances from the Chinese Lion and the mariachi band and dancers in Mexico – these are just some of the special experiences available for the season.

How will you spend your holiday visit at Epcot?

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Holidays Around the World Returns To Epcot On November 27

posted on November 25th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Where can you visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dine on international cuisine, browse through an amazing selection of holiday gifts, and listen to joyful sounds of the season? You can do all of this and so much more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot, and the fun begins this Friday, November 27.

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During Holidays Around the World, each international pavilion throughout World Showcase has something to offer – whether it’s a dance or musical performance, or a storytelling opportunity for guests to enjoy. Guests also don’t want to miss two major musical opportunities offered at the park during this time – the Candlelight Processional and “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.”

Which “Holidays Around the World” offering is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Expands to 90 Days in 2016

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Allow me to plant the seed for the perfect holiday gift: a spring trip to Walt Disney World Resort for the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It bursts into Epcot on March 2 – May 30, 2016, expanding from 75 days to 90.

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As you take in the gorgeous creations we have planned for you, nosh on sweet and savory Outdoor Kitchen dishes and refreshing beverages. Even the kids will want to have a bite – or your whole portion.

Making their topiary debut at the park’s front entrance will be Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie along with Donald and Daisy. And to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial, Ranger Mickey Mouse will join for the first time in Future World.

I can’t wait to see how our horticulture artists create the new Floral Sun garden that will celebrate the brightest star in Earth’s orbit with yellow “sunbursts” that pop up across the Future World landscape.

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And I know my toddler, who couldn’t get enough of the “Cars“-themed play area last year – the Cactus Road Rally garden – will never want to leave the innovative new “Fab Five” play garden featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck topiaries. Musical instruments will be built into the children’s outdoor climbing systems.

And we can’t forget about the Garden Rocks concert series – music that spans four decades.

We’ll have more details to share in the coming months, but for now, mark your calendars!

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Making the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Christmas Tree Dazzle

posted on November 12th, 2015 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins November 13, and preparations have been underway since the beginning of the month to bring extra dazzle to this year’s celebration. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting the incredibly talented Resort Enhancement Team at our warehouse just a few miles down the road. For this team, Christmas is year-round and they don’t seem to get tired of it! Just like Santa’s elves, they work hard to make the holidays magical. So, follow me behind the scenes and watch as they put the finishing touches on our Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Christmas tree.

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