By far one of the happiest holiday sights I enjoy here at Walt Disney World Resort each year is “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” which steps off during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This year, Disney photographer Charlie Champagne went out and captured dozens of new photos of the parade that you just can’t miss. Be sure to check out the gallery above for dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers, our friends from “Frozen,” Santa Claus and much more.
This week, we’re wrapping up our look at how Disney Parks around the world are celebrating this holiday season with a look inside the fun at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Tokyo Disneyland is hosting its “Christmas Fantasy” celebration through December 25. During this time, guests can visit Disney’s Santa Village, watch the seasonal “Disney’s Santa Village Parade” that features Disney characters and Santa’s elves getting ready for the holiday. After the sun goes down, guests can enjoy “Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights,” a sparkling nighttime parade that features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and many more Disney characters dressed up for the holidays, and end the night with “Starbright Christmas” fireworks.
Over at Tokyo DisneySea, guests can enjoy the “Christmas Wishes” celebration, which features lush holiday decor and Christmas trees that light up Mediterranean Harbor. The harbor also sets the scene for “Colors of Christmas,” a show in which Mickey Mouse asks everyone to send their holiday wishes out to the Christmas tree floating on the water. Minnie Mouse and friends also star in the “Holiday Greeting from Seven Ports” stage show.
For more about the holiday Celebration at Disney Parks, visit the posts below:
As a special holiday offering, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park will have the opportunity to see the actual coach featured in the upcoming live-action Disney film, “Cinderella.” A team of white horses will pull the dreamlike carriage in special pre-parade appearances through the park and down Main Street, U.S.A.
Inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation. The stunning, golden coach from the film will be gracing the parade route at Magic Kingdom Park through the holidays, and can also be seen as part of the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration,” airing Christmas Day on ABC.
“Cinderella” opens in theaters March 13, 2015.
Now that I’ve shared recipes for two of our guest-favorite holiday cocktails, our Poinse-tini and Christmas Cookie, I want to give you a taste of the specialty coffees we are serving during our Very Merrytime Cruises. Whether you’re hosting breakfast, dinner or a gathering anytime in between, these coffees are sure to be a hit at your holiday party. Once you’ve tasted them all, let me know your favorite in the comments.
Caramel Pecan Chai
Oregon Chai, caramel pecan syrup and steamed milk.
Paddy Mint Mocha
Espresso, peppermint, chocolate sauce and steamed milk.
Egg Nog Mocha
Espresso, egg nog syrup, chocolate sauce and steamed milk.
Christmas Day is still a week away, but today you’re going behind the scenes with some of the stars taking part in “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” as they share their holiday wishes and talk about what it means to be a part of this Disney holiday tradition. This year our star-studded annual Christmas Day telecast on ABC originates from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in Southern California and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii.
The “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration” airs December 25, 2014 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. in most other time zones. Be sure to check your local listings and join the conversation online using the hashtag #DisneyParade.
Comedian Ana Gasteyer will take the stage at Epcot tonight in her debut appearance as the narrator for the Candlelight Processional.
In case you haven’t seen the show, the processional is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator plus seasonal songs performed by a live orchestra and choir. Shows take place daily at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.
Remaining narrators this season are:
- Marlee Matlin – December 21 – 23, 2014
- Isabella Rossellini – December 24 – 25, 2014
- Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
- Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014
As a reminder, all entertainment is subject to change without notice.
The “Disney Sparkling Christmas” celebration is now underway at Hong Kong Disneyland – with special entertainment, decor, Disney characters dressed in holiday finery and much more taking place.
This year, guests at the park will be able to enjoy the “Disney Paint The Night” nighttime spectacular, watch special puppet shows starring Olaf and Sven from “Frozen” and even meet the royal sisters from the same film. Duffy and his friend, ShellieMay are also meeting guests at the park and special seasonal merchandise is ready and waiting for holiday shoppers.
The park is also celebrating by offering unique menu items inspired by the holiday season.
Hong Kong Disneyland will host their holiday fun through January 4, 2015.
Fans growing up watching the Disney Afternoon would have been in for a real treat had this foursome shown up at their doorstep caroling in 1990. Below Chip, Dale, Scrooge McDuck, and Zummi Gummi are captured warming up their vocal chords. I wonder if they’re any good at four-part harmony?
Today we’re celebrating another December holiday on the Disney Parks Blog – Hanukkah!
Our latest holiday wallpaper was designed by Disney Artist Jason Ratner.
I’m sure by now, many of you have a Christmas tree sparkling somewhere in your home. Here at Walt Disney World Resort we have several “icon” trees that tower several stories tall and boast thousands of lights and hundreds of decorations.
One of those trees can be found at Magic Kingdom Park, measuring 65 feet tall. Our Holiday Services department installed the massive tree overnight – and our cameras were there to catch every moment. Check out the time-lapse video below to see how they did it.