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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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Last Weekend to Enjoy 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


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Temperatures are cooling a bit for the final six days of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – so we’ll have great weather for one final lap around World Showcase with a side trip to the new marketplaces in Future World (where the Liquid Nitro Chocolate Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel in the Chew Lab is getting raves).

On that final lap, enjoy your favorites one last time and then hope the chefs will decide to bring them back for 2016. Ours include Pescado con Coco (seared grouper, pigeon peas with rice and coconut sauce) at the Dominican Republic marketplace, Loaded Pepper Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese at Farm Fresh, vegan moussaka in Greece, escargot croissant with garlic and parsley in France, chilaquiles de pollo in Mexico, cheese puffs in Brazil, beef sliders with pimento cheese at Hops & Barley, a grilled lamb chop with mint pesto and potato chip “crunchies” in Australia . . . the list goes on and on, with perfectly paired wine, beer and cocktails.

One of our favorite chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli (of “Chopped” fame), will be around this weekend, hosting the What’s Cookin’ With… Sunday brunch at 10 a.m., and a cooking demo at 3 p.m. Sunday – both at the Festival Center. She connects with her audience and has lots of stories to share.

Also in the Festival Center, take a moment to watch “The Making of the Food & Wine Festival,” a fascinating, short film that takes you behind the scenes to really appreciate what goes into making the 53-day festival.

If you need a little pick-me-up, end your evenings at the three final Eat to the Beat concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily at America Gardens Theatre: Hanson (“I Will Come to You”) performs tonight and tomorrow; Maxi Priest (“Close to You”) Nov. 13-14, and Chaka Khan (“I Feel for You”) Nov. 15-16. They’ll have you on your feet.

As you bid the festival farewell, you can always take home a festival cookbook to re-create a memory, or grab a bottle or two of the wines made just for the 20th celebration of the festival – the Napa Valley Festival Chardonnay and the Paso Robles Festival Cabernet Sauvignon are both for sale in the Festival Center (and by the pour at the Chew Lab marketplace).

Hope to see you this weekend at the festival. What’s been your favorite dish or drink this year?

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Meet David Foster and Charles Perry from ‘We Love Disney’ on November 12 at Disney Springs Marketplace

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m excited to announce a special appearance by award-winning producer David Foster, and singer and musician Charles Perry on Thursday, November 12 in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace.

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David and Charles will be signing the recently released album “We Love Disney” from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This album is a unique collaboration between Verve Records and Walt Disney Records that features interpretations of classic Disney songs by some of the hottest artists from the worlds of pop, rock, R&B and country.

Please note that wristbands will be required to meet David and Charles. A limited number of wristbands will be distributed at Marketplace Co-Op with the purchase of the “We Love Disney” CD on a first come, first serve basis. Once wristbands have been distributed, the line to meet David and Charles will close.

Merchandise available while supplies last. We ask that only two (2) items be signed per guest, per time in line. We ask that you bring no personal items to be signed. Valid Walt Disney World Resort receipt may be required. Artist signing is subject to space and time availability and is not guaranteed. Event information subject to change without notice.

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Commemorative Merchandise For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2015 at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 10th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


With the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, I wanted to give you a preview of some commemorative merchandise created for this year’s event.

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One of the most popular items from last year was the retail MagicBand. I’m happy to report a new limited edition MagicBand will be released this year starting November 8. This MagicBand will have a retail of $29.95 and an edition size of 4,000.

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Other items will include t-shirts for adults and kids, and a decorative holiday ornament.

At the new D-Tech on Demand location in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co., guests will be able to create and personalize a case for select mobile phones. We currently offer cases for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6.

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Finally, we will release several Disney pins created especially for the event. There is a limited release logo pin and a jumbo sized pin featuring Mickey Mouse and Pluto. The latter has an edition size of 750.

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The limited edition pins will include artwork of characters like Dumbo and Timothy; Captain Hook and Smee; and, my favorite, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion. Annual Passholders should look for a limited edition pin with Huey, Dewey and Louie (this pin has an edition size of 3,000).

Here are the best places to find these items at Magic Kingdom Park during the party. Please note that all items will be available while supplies last.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 8 – December 18, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now on DisneyWorld.com. See my fellow author Shawn Slater’s article for more details about the event this year.

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Walt Disney World Event Snapshot – November 2015

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


This November, check out the Disney Theme Park Merchandise artist appearances and signings taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort. Mark your calendars!

Nov. 12 – 16: Look for the latest releases from artist Larry Dotson, who will appear throughout the day, each day Nov. 12 – 16 and 27 – 29 at Art of Disney in Epcot. Learn more.

Nov. 13 – 14: Meet artist Jeff Granito who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 13 – 15: ACME Artist Guy Vasilovich will appear Nov. 13 – 15 from 2 – 5p.m., each day at Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Not able to make it? Guy will appear later in the day, each day from 7 – 9p.m. at D-Street in Disney Springs West Side. Learn more.

Nov. 14 – 15: Now’s the time to order one of artist Dave Avanzino’s Custom Letter Plaques or Custom Ticket Book Plaques. Dave will be appearing Nov. 14 from 5 – 9p.m. and Nov. 15 from 11a.m. – 7 p.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 17 – 18: Meet Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, who will be on hand to sign his newest book, One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering. Signings will take place on the following days, times and locations. Learn more.

  • Nov. 17 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Nov. 18 from 10 – 11:30a.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Tip: Wristbands for the signing will be distributed with each purchase of the book. Purchasing and signing limits apply. A wristband from the appearance location is required to meet Marty Sklar. A limited number of wristbands will be available.

Nov. 19 – Jan. 4: Representatives from Precious Moments dolls will be on hand for the release of some of their newest dolls, among other fan favorites, throughout the day, each day, at Marketplace Fun Finds in Disney Springs Marketplace. Tip: Artist & Doll Designer Linda Rick will be on hand for a special appearance and signing Nov. 20 – 22.

Nov. 21: Meet artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith in WonderGround Gallery at Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace from 4 – 7 p.m. Learn more.

Nov. 26 – 28: David E. Doss will appear from 1 – 9p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace. Learn more.

Nov. 27 – 28: Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe will be on hand for a special appearance and signing, Nov. 27 from 2 – 4 p.m. and Nov. 28 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Watto’s Grotto at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Nov. 28 – 29: Look for new releases from Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore, who will appear Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Heritage Manor in Epcot and Nov. 29 from 10a.m. – 1p.m. at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace.

Just a few more things…

  • Throughout the month look for other additional appearances and signings at select World Showcase pavilion locations in Epcot. Learn more.
  • Look for special artist appearances, demonstrations and signings throughout the course of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2015 with Pam Brandon, Chef Gregg Hannon, Tim Rogerson and Michelle St.Laurent. Learn more.
  • Are you joining us for Holidays Around the World at Epcot? Keep an eye out for special commemorative holiday merchandise and special appearances by Reinhard Herzog, Linda Rick, and Jim Shore, among others.

Which events will you check out?

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This Week In Disney Parks Photos: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Starts Tomorrow at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 7th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


It’s been a steamy start to November here in Florida. But tomorrow will truly feel festive when Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off the holiday season here at Walt Disney World Resort.

Earlier this week, we shared these photos of what you’ll be able to enjoy during your visit – a nod to The Nutcracker on parade with a Walt Disney World twist, St. Nick, and of course, it’s just not a wintery holiday without our friends from Frozen, transforming Cinderella Castle into a dazzling ice palace.

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And don’t forget, as Jenn Fickley-Baker shared on Thursday, you’ll get to see the the castle transformation for the first time this season during our live stream.

Enjoy the show!

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Watch ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Live Stream on November 8 at 6:15 p.m. EST

posted on November 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


The holiday season has returned to the Walt Disney World Resort. To celebrate, we’ll live stream a performance of one of our most popular holiday offerings, the “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show and castle lighting, right here on the Disney Parks Blog on November 8, at 6:15 p.m. EST.

Queen Elsa from “Frozen” Transforms Cinderella Castle in "A Frozen Holiday Wish"

In this stage show, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf gather to watch Queen Elsa use her magical powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace for the holidays.

To join us for the live stream, visit the Disney Parks Blog main page on Sunday, November 8 at 6:15 p.m. EST. The live stream will appear in a fresh blog post at the very top of our site.

Don’t forget to join the conversation during the live stream on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

Happy holidays!

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