You know that feeling you get on Christmas morning when you discover your stocking filled with goodies? What if you could give that gift to someone AND make a difference for the children of Anaheim?
I stopped by The Stocking Project chalet in the Downtown Disney Winter Village and had that same feeling when I saw their handcrafted stockings, filled to the brim with gifts from Downtown Disney District businesses! As John mentioned last week, Working to Give is selling these one-of-a-kind gifts, stitched by local artisans. The best part is that all net proceeds from your $99 stocking purchase will benefit ACT Anaheim, which supports much-needed youth programs in our community.
The Downtown Disney Winter Village is open Monday–Thursday, 3–6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 2–11 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m.
Don’t miss this opportunity to create some holiday magic … and give a gift that gives back to our community!
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.
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!
The event Feliz Navidad is returning this year to the Mexico pavilion at Epcot where guests are welcome to celebrate the holidays a la Mexicana, by sharing their culture and traditions in a very musical way.
The Mariachi, which will perform six times per day starring on November 27th, will sing such known hits as “Feliz Navidad,” “Noche de Paz (Silent Night)”, and more during their presentation.
“Folklórico” dancers, adorned in the traditional, beautiful and colorful costumes, will dance the stories of love, peace and celebration.
Children are invited to play a role in the show, as we tell the story of Mary and Joseph set to the music of the “Posadas”.
Enjoyment of Feliz Navidad is included with the regular admission to Epcot.
With this year’s Disney ¡Viva Navidad! now underway, be on the lookout for special commemorative merchandise, including a zip fleece hoodie, tee and dimensional ornament! These items are available at Seaside Souvenirs in Disney California Adventure park.
If it’s Disney ¡Viva Navidad! pins you seek, they are also available! This limited release logo pin features The Three Caballeros along with a limited edition Jumbo Pin featuring Donald Duck atop an ornament.
Will you be joining us for the celebration?
‘Tis the season of sweets at Epcot, with World Showcase countries showing off their sugary best starting November 30 for Holidays Around the World. While each country celebrates through special music, storytelling and dance, you’ll also find extraordinary holiday treats—most sweet, but a few savories. These goodies only last through the holidays!
Clockwise around World Showcase:
- Mexico – Sweet tamales.
- Norway – Frozen Peppermint Trifle; Traditional Rice Cream.
- China – Kaikouxiao (Happy Face Fried Cake).
- Germany – Stollen, the classic holiday fruit bread; Glühwein, a hot spiced wine; Werther’s Original specialty drinks and treats, and a German artisanal cheese plate.
- Italy – Prosecco sparkling wine and Panettone (Italian Christmas bread).
- American Adventure – Start with a peek at the edible United States Capitol Building and Washington Monument (starting December 1) made out of 50 pounds of gingerbread.
- On the promenade at American Adventure, The Sugar and Spice shop (open November 27) is the place for treats for the Candlelight Processional. You’ll find peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies, chocolate chunk cookies, holiday tree sugar cookies, hot chocolate, eggnog, hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps, and eggnog with Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon.
- Japan – A savory grilled Kurobuto pork sausage with pineapple and onions and Hitachino Ginger Beer.
- Morocco – honey chocolate baklava.
- France – A classic Buche de Noel au Chocolat (chocolate Christmas log) and a special glace à la cannelle et noix de pecan caramélisées (cinnamon ice cream and caramelized pecans).
- United Kingdom – Hot applejack cider.
- Canada – Pecan maple bark.
- Promenade Refreshments – A little savory, a little sweet: a warm turkey sandwich on cranberry bread with mashed potatoes and gravy; peppermint sundae, chocolate grasshopper, hot chocolate, hot chocolate with Godiva Coffee Liqueur and Red Hook Winterhook Ale.
- Fountainview in Future World — Mickey Santa Hat Cupcake.
Guests using the free Shop Disney Parks mobile app this week through Monday, November 30, 2015 will find magical deals on merchandise. If you are unfamiliar with this new mobile app, check out this video article which shows you how easy it is to find and purchase merchandise from Disney Parks.
During Thanksgiving week, Shop Disney Parks will have deals each day on items such as stocking stuffers, home décor, accessories, toys, plush and more. Deals may change each day so you’ll want to check back often.
We are also extending our “Free Shipping” offer I previously discussed through January 2, 2016.
To download the app, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Shop.
Imagine yourself seated at the Thanksgiving table. Friends and family around. Waiting patiently for the Thanksgiving feast to begin. What better way to fill that time than to spend it with our pals, Chip and Dale?
We thought of a special way to say thanks to our awesome Blog fans with a unique set of printable Chip and Dale placemats – one with an intricate design for you to color and another with fun games to play.
So get those crayons out and create some memories this Thanksgiving!
Three weeks before Holidays at the Disneyland Resort officially kicked off, we continuously documented the talented elves of Disneyland Resort Entertainment as they decked the walls of “it’s a small world” Holiday.
Here’s some fun facts about what it took to give “it’s a small world” Holiday its festive look:
- Eleven Technical Services cast members worked five nights a week for eight weeks to do decorate the attraction’s façade, topiaries, trees and more.
- The attraction’s façade has 50,000 C7 size lights in seven different colors: red, blue, green, amber, fuchsia, purple, and white. This adds up to almost five miles of light strings on the façade.
- There are an additional 10,000 C7 lights on the “it’s a small world” Toy Shoppe and the three towers along the “it’s a small world” Mall.
- The same crane that installs the Disneyland park Christmas tree is used to install the Santa hat on the clock.
Not sure what to do with your leftovers from Thanksgiving? In our final turkey-day tip, Lenny DeGeorge, Executive Chef, Concept Development for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shows us how to make the perfect holiday panini. Watch below!
We had a blast meeting many of you during our Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Meet-Up. And many more of you joined us during our live stream – what did you think?
I especially enjoyed Jenn Fickley-Baker’s chat with Show Director John Phelan, who provided fun anecdotes about special Disney touches weaved into the show.
While you may not have several million lights handy to enjoy at home, you can keep the holiday spirit going wherever you are with the playlist. Remember: this is the finale season to enjoy the lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through January 3, 2016.