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First Look: Robin Roberts, Ariana Grande, Tim Tebow, Lexi Walker, Prince Royce and More at the Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC

posted on December 12th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this week, the stars came out at the Walt Disney World Resort as production continued on Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration on ABC.

“Good Morning America” Anchor Robin Roberts Hosts the 2014 Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts was joined by Anna and Elsa while hosting from Magic Kingdom Park.

Ariana Grande Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

Singing superstar Ariana Grande caught up with Mickey Mouse after her performance of “Last Christmas” and her newest holiday hit, “Santa Tell Me.”

Prince Royce Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

Singer-songwriter Prince Royce took to the stage to sing “Feliz Navidad.”

Tim Tebow Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

ESPN and SEC Network personality Tim Tebow met up with Louis the alligator from “The Princess and the Frog” during the taping.

YouTube Sensation Lexi Walker Tapes Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration TV Special

YouTube sensation Lexi Walker delighted the audience with her performance of “Let it Go.”

Don’t forget to tune in to ABC on Thursday, Dec. 25:

  • Eastern Time Zone: 10 a.m.
  • Central Time Zone: 9 a.m.
  • Mountain Time Zone: 9 a.m.
  • Pacific Time Zone: 9 a.m.

You can also join the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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Gingerbread House Wows at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Last month, Rachel Brent gave us a sneak peek at the new, enormous gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort. Today, I’ve got photos to share with you from this 7 ½ feet-tall and 12 feet-wide wonder.

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The house is made of more than 500 pounds of gingerbread and took a team of 25 artists, engineers and bakers to create. But it’s not just there for looks! Guests can purchase gingerbread shingles, assorted holiday cookies, holiday cookie-decorating and gingerbread house kits, and specialty hot chocolate and cider at this gingerbread house.

Check it out before Holidays at the Disneyland Resort ends January 6!

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Disney Cruise Line Recipe: Poinse-tini

posted on December 12th, 2014 by Salah Chetbi, Dining and Beverage Standards and Consistency Manager, Disney Cruise Line


If you’re looking for a festive signature cocktail to serve at your holiday party, our Poinse-tini is the perfect choice! Offered during our Very Merrytime Cruises, along with the Christmas Cookie cocktail I shared last week, the sweetness of this easy-to-make concoction makes it a favorite among many. Give it a taste this weekend, and let me know in the comments what you think!

Poinse-tini

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz cinnamon syrup
  • Black cherry syrup
  • Bitters
  • Sugar
  1. Shake and strain gin, Chambord, fresh lemon juice and cinnamon syrup.
  2. Moisten the rim of a martini glass and dip it in sugar.
  3. Layer bottom of martini glass with black cherry syrup.
  4. Pour drink into martini glass and top with a dash of bitters.
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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Holiday Wishes’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “After Dark” image clearly shows that the holiday season is shining bright at Magic Kingdom Park. This depicts “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” the special fireworks show you can only see during a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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During this show, the castle is covered with snowflakes, wrapped like a present – and even Santa makes a special appearance. What’s your favorite part? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

Thanks to photographer Tom Bricker for the terrific image.

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Disney Cruisers Celebrate Santa’s Arrival with Frozen Flurries

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


In the video I shared this week, you got a first look at our brand-new Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball. Today, I want to share even more details about this spectacular event during our Very Merrytime Cruises.

Created especially for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus to the ship, Disney cruisers are invited for a celebration in the atrium lobby hosted by the Cruise Director. From time-to-time, special guests like the captain of the ship, or two royal sisters from a far away frozen land, join the winter wonderland fun!

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The festivities begin with a performance by our holiday dancers, the Snowbelles, dressed in their holiday finest and kicking up their heels to your favorite holiday tunes. Next to show up to the party are Mickey and the gang, who raise the energy in the room even more, just in time for the guests of honor to magically appear. As you can imagine, once jolly old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus are in the room, our littlest cruisers can hardly contain their excitement!

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And right when you think the celebration can’t get any better, a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium. That’s right, a flurry of frozen fractals will make you feel like you’ve been transported from the Caribbean right to Arendelle!

If you’ve been on one of our Very Merrytime Cruises this year, tell us, what was your favorite part of the celebration?

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Five Amazing Sights You’ll See at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Now in its second year at Disney California Adventure park, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is a huge hit with our guests. What is it about this festive celebration that is so captivating? Here are my top five favorite sights at Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

1. The Three Caballeros

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At Disney ¡Viva Navidad! you can meet Donald, Jose and Panchito – the Three Caballeros!

2. Live Music

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Yes, technically this is a sound – not a sight – but look at those outfits! The traditional Mariachi, Norteño and other regional music groups who perform at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! are as much fun to watch as they are to listen to.

3. “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party”

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The “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” takes over Paradise Garden several times a day, featuring the Three Caballeros, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Brazilian samba dancers and drummers and enormous mojiganga puppets.

4. Traditional Folklorico Dance

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Each weekend, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! features traditional Folklorico dance troupes from across the region. These amazingly talented dancers are even more impressive with their brightly colored costumes. This is definitely a must-see.

5. Delicious Food

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Okay, another one that’s more than a sight, but I can’t leave out the food. Paradise Garden Grill features a special menu this time of year exclusively for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! All of the dishes and desserts are incredible, but my favorite is the Torta al Pastor – fresh-made telera bread with al pastor pork, chorizo beans, lettuce, avocado mash and crema served with tortilla chips and salsa. See the complete menu in Rachel’s post here.

What is your favorite part of Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure park?

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Add Even More ‘Dancing Lights’ to Your Desktop

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, we shared a behind-the-scenes look at some of the special touches you can find hidden inside this year’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. So why not follow it up with another desktop/mobile wallpaper to help celebrate the return of this fan-favorite offering?

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

For more Disney Parks holiday designs, check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.


Read more posts about the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights:

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Holiday Greetings from Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Mrs. Claus must have needed some Florida sunshine back in 1994 when she stopped by Magic Kingdom Park. Looks like everyone was having the happiest of holidays. I wonder if this trip was Santa approved?

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Spread Holiday Cheer with Tasty Treats at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Rachel Brent, Food & Beverage Marketing Communications Coordinator


There’s no place like Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays. From Holidays Around the World at Epcot to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, there is so much to do and so many treats to try. Today, I’m spreading some holiday cheer by sharing some of my favorite holiday treats.

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At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests can decorate gingerbread cookies in the lobby of Jambo House. The suggested $5.00 donation goes to Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. While you’re there, stop by their holiday treat table, where you’ll find all kinds of scrumptious goodies including peppermint bark, chocolate and pistachio crackle cookies, gingerbread cookie animals, butternut crunch bark, coconut cream cupcakes and house-made chocolate hazelnut spread. The African hot chocolate is made from scratch using Ghanaian milk and Tanzanian dark chocolates, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles—perfect to sip by the resort’s fire pit on a cool evening.

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The gorgeous gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a Walt Disney World Resort holiday season staple, but just outside the main entrance of the resort’s lobby, you’ll find “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” from noon – 6 p.m. At the Garden View Tea Room, look for festive indulgences like holiday-inspired tea blends, gingerbread scones, apple butter and cranberry trifles. Gasparilla Island Grill is serving up a seasonal holiday turkey sandwich, piled high with traditional fixings like stuffing and cranberry.

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Still craving the sweet stuff? BoardWalk Bakery has a specialty chocolate-peppermint cheesecake cupcake decorated to look like a Christmas Tree.

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If you are looking for some festive in-park treats, be sure to stop by Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a specialty gingerbread cupcake. Adults can take in the beauty of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Yuletide cheer in the form of one of several specialty Christmas cocktails available throughout the park, such as the Gumdrop with Stoli Razberi vodka, Chambord, Sprite, pineapple and cranberry juices garnished with candy gumdrops. There’s also a Winter Berry and Torched Holiday Cider and my favorite, the Very Merry Cherry. At Pizza Planet Arcade, you’ll find The Claw—Sauza Gold Tequila, Disaronno, triple sec, and sweet-and-sour served with a souvenir glow cube. Catalina Eddie’s on Sunset Boulevard is the home of Very Berry Lemonade, and at ABC Commissary, you’ll find Holiday Delight—Bacardi Razz rum, blue curacao, orange juice and a splash of Sprite with a souvenir glow cube.

These holiday offerings are only around for a limited time, so be sure to check them out while you can!

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Find Hidden Surprises At This Year’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Talking a walk through the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has become a family tradition for many Disney Parks guests – including my own family.

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This year’s display of millions of twinkle lights may feature a spinning carousel of angels, bright toy soldiers, and Santa and his reindeer – but if you look closer, it also features plenty of hidden surprises, such as specific nods to Disney films and television shows, as well as 80 hidden Mickeys!

We recently stopped by Disney’s Hollywood Studios after hours for a behind-the-scenes tour with Show Director John Phelan, as he gave us some hints on what to look for. Check out the video below and get ready for your next trip!

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