Is Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade a must-see for you and your family during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
The procession features Disney characters dressed in their holiday finery, dancing gingerbread men, a fleet of marching toy soldiers, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach pulled by miniature ponies, and last but not least, the arrival of Santa Claus in his sleigh. This year, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse appear in the parade sporting new holiday costumes, while Donald Duck has made his way onto a different float.
Earlier this season, Disney photographer Kent Phillips headed out to the party to snap some new shots of the parade – and the result was our largest parade photo gallery yet! Be sure to check out his great shots above.
For more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, visit the posts below:
This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we celebrated the return of one of our favorite parts of the season – holiday treats!
Michelle Harker shared photos of a handful of the sweets you can now find at the Disneyland Resort, including gourmet candy apples that are covered in dark chocolate and peppermint, snowman-inspired cake pops, Santa Mickey caramel apples and Mickey Mouse Ornament apples.
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is also now serving up holiday spirits like the Red-Nosed Zebra, Gorilla Nog and more. Be sure to check out Pam’s post for more details.
National Cake Day also took place this week, with Korri McFann of Disney Weddings serving up a look at some of her favorite Disney wedding cakes. Check out the full gallery below. Do you have a favorite?
Have you visited New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park yet?
That’s where tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was taken, specifically at Prince Eric’s castle, which serves as the exterior of the Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction.
Is this one of your favorite nighttime sights in New Fantasyland?
I’m sure many of you would agree that the holiday season is one of the absolute best times of the entire year at Walt Disney World Resort. Much of the fun is already in full swing, from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And starting November 29, Holidays Around the World returns for another festive season at Epcot.
Throughout the day, World Showcase comes alive with holiday traditions from around the globe. Visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at The American Adventure, and wish them a “Merry Christmas!” Enjoy tales from kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy Pavilion, the agile Monkey King in China Pavilion, and Los Tres Reyes Magos in Mexico Pavilion. From celebrations of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to Japanese customs of the new year, you’ll be immersed in the cultural heritage of each nation.
New to Holidays Around the World this year are the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs. This group, featuring members of the popular Celtic rock band Off Kilter
, will take you on a musical journey across the Great White North, exploring unique holiday traditions from the various regions of Canada. It promises to be a rousing, tune-filled good time!
Of course, there’s even more to enjoy at Holidays Around the World. You won’t want to miss the uplifting “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season
” and the inspiring, nightly Candlelight Processional
. And cap off your day with a spectacular grand finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
,” bringing a holiday message of peace and goodwill – along with a ton of impressive fireworks!
Happy National Cake Day! I’m a bit of a cake cheerleader – my theory has always been that it’s somebody’s wedding somewhere so it’s my duty to help them celebrate. I think my fondness for the sweet treat has grown because I’ve seen the behind the scenes love that goes into creating a cake and how the finished product brings people together. It’s really not about the dessert at all – it’s about celebrating a milestone, birthday, promotion or the blending of two families.
In honor of today’s “holiday”, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite masterpieces created by our talented bakery teams. They are truly masters of their craft and have created everything from cupcake towers to over-the-top elaborate statement pieces costing well over $10,000. In fact, the team at Walt Disney World Resort goes through about 19,000 pounds of buttercream frosting and 1,200 quarts of fruit puree every year!
Can’t get enough cake? Pop on over to Ever After (we feature a new cake every Wednesday) or check out our brand-new cake gallery.
A new gallery, Norsk Kultur, opened its doors in the Norway pavilion at Epcot over the weekend. The gallery showcases a collection of artifacts and objects that inspired the world of Disney’s “Frozen.”
Norsk Kultur, meaning “Norweigan Culture,” will feature items such as: an authentic hand-made bunad, the traditional costume of Norway; A hardanger fiddle and other handmade instruments; Hand-carved artisan furniture; Examples of rosemaling (traditional Norse decorative painting) and more. The collection will also feature a Southern Sami Man’s outfit – in the film, the character of Kristoff represents a blend of both Northern and Southern indigenous Sami culture. Some artifacts on display date back as early as the 1200s.
Don’t forget – Disney’s “Frozen” opens in theaters November 27.
(Loans courtesy of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, Iowa)
Read the posts below for more information on Disney’s “Frozen”
On November 18, 1978, Mickey Mouse celebrated a very special occasion – his 50th birthday – with a new parade at Magic Kingdom Park.
Mickey Mouse and the Main Street Philharmonic kicked off the birthday procession, surrounded by banners that read “Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse.” The parade that followed featured plenty of balloons, wrapped gift boxes, party hats, a larger-than-life birthday cards and a 50th birthday cake. And of course, all of Mickey’s friends were marching in line for his special occasion, including Winnie the Pooh and friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and many more. The parade also featured some new faces, including Orville the Albatross from the 1977 release, “The Rescuers.”
For more in the “Step In Time” series, click the links below:
While Disney’s “Frozen” doesn’t arrive in theaters until November 27, character greetings and other offerings inspired by this film have already made their way into Disneyland park, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and even Disneyland Park (Paris).
Guests can now greet two characters from the film, Anna and Elsa, in Fantasyland at Disneyland park and (when the sisters travel east to Walt Disney World Resort) they appear at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.
At Magic Kingdom Park, guests can enjoy a new “Frozen” segment in the nightly “Celebrate the Magic” castle projection show.
“World of Color – Winter Dreams” opened November 15 at Disney California Adventure park and runs through January 6. This all-new nighttime spectacular is hosted by lovable snowman Olaf, and features songs from Disney’s “Frozen,” including the show-stopping “Let it Go.”
At Disneyland Paris, “Frozen” has inspired a slew of new holiday offerings, including snowman Olaf leading the park’s nightly “Disney Dreams! of Christmas” show, and more.
Steven Miller also shared a sneak peek at some of the film-inspired merchandise you can now find at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Check out the new items below!
Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog next week for more on new “Frozen”-inspired guest offerings.
Even when you aren’t trying to find a hidden Mickey, he seems to appear when least expected. I’ve always liked Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park for its unique entrance, with mermaids, dolphins and King Triton greeting you as you enter. After taking this first photo and looking at the display on the back of my camera, I noticed that Mickey Mouse was looking back at me.
That prompted me to take this second, not-so-hidden Mickey photo.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like taking photos that make you smile – and this one does it for me.
Are you looking forward to the release of Disney’s “Frozen”? If so, you just may add a last-minute trip to Disneyland Paris on your list for Santa Claus after reading this post, because this year the resort is focusing their holiday celebration around the new characters from the film.
The holiday celebration, which runs through January 6, 2014, will feature “Frozen” heroines Elsa and Anna in the park’s “Disney Magic on Parade!” holiday procession. The film’s Olaf the snowman will also serve as the master of ceremonies for the park’s new nighttime “Disney Dreams! of Christmas” show, a new spectacular created for the holiday season. As a part of his role, Olaf will conduct the show’s orchestra, as well as its projections, fountains, special effects and fireworks. Other Disney characters will come to life in the form of projections on the castle, including the cast of “Toy Story,” which will perform their own take of “The Nutcracker” ballet.
Throughout the celebration, guests can also have their photos taken with Santa Claus, who will have his very own village at Disneyland Paris and will appear in a special musical parade called “Christmas Cavalcade.”
Also new for this year is the park’s new Christmas tree, which measures 78 feet tall and will be adorned with nearly a thousand decorations from around the world. The tree will be lit each night during a special ceremony called “Magical Christmas Wishes,” which is led by Pinocchio and his pal, Jiminy Cricket.