The merriest time of year has arrived at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai`i! With temperatures averaging 78 degrees, it’s no surprise that Aulani is a favorite destination for families this holiday season. Today, I’m going to share some of the entertainment programs and offerings taking place now through the end of December to help you plan your vacation in a Hawaiian winter wonderland.
- Holiday Entertainment on the Halawai Lawn: Your entire ‘ohana won’t want to miss the Holiday Starlit Hui taking place several times a week through the end of the year! This iconic entertainment offering at Aulani has added some seasonal touches that are sure to have everyone in the holiday spirit. Also taking place on the Halawai Lawn, the ‘Ohana Disney Movie Nights will screen holiday films under the twinkling stars every Tuesday and Friday. Check The Daily ‘Iwa for more information on both of these festive favorites.
- Seasonal Crafts at Aunty’s Beach House & Pau Hana Room: Children ages 3-12 will enjoy holiday-themed coloring sheets and crafting activities in Aunty’s Beach House. If you have tweens and teens in your ‘ohana, be sure they stop by the Pau Hana Room for special seasonal crafts as well!
- Aulani Christmas Day Dinner: In addition to wishing everyone a Mele Kalikimaka on Christmas Day, your ‘ohana can enjoy a savory buffet feast and live entertainment!
Learn more about the menu and book a reservation for the joyous meal here. Your ‘ohana can also enjoy a special 3-course prix fixe menu featuring fresh-caught seafood and prime rib at ‘AMA‘AMA! Update: The Aulani Christmas Day Dinner is now sold out.
And be sure to look out for some of your favorite Disney characters that have decided to don their best holiday Disney Side outfits for the occasion! Look for Mickey and the gang in the Waikolohe Valley or on the Halawai Lawn daily.
What are you most looking forward to this holiday season at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!
Are you puzzled about what to get your friends and family this holiday season? I stopped by some of our Disneyland Resort locations to see what’s in-store and to find out what’s made the top of the list from some of our resident experts.
What’s on your holiday list?
Who doesn’t love taking a walk through the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? It’s one of our favorite holiday offerings here at the Walt Disney World Resort – and it’s the subject of our latest Disney Parks Blog wallpaper that we have to share with you today. Enjoy!
And check out our complete gallery of wallpapers on our special page.
Just when you can’t possibly imagine Disneyland Resort Paris becoming any more beautiful than it usually is, the holidays arrive! The park’s celebration, Disney’s Enchanted Christmas, is well underway, with special holiday decor, festive entertainment and much more ready and waiting for guests.
The Disneyland Resort Paris Christmas Parade is delighting guests with appearances by Santa Claus, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale, Donald, Daisy (and even nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, among many others!).
This year’s Christmas tree measures more than 78 feet tall and boasts more than 1,000 glittering decorations. And of course, the tree just marks the start of a slew of festive decor that stretches down Main Street, U.S.A.
Check out the gallery of images above from photographer Tom Bricker that show just how merry the parks are during this time of year. Holiday fun will continue at Disneyland Resort Paris through January 7, 2015.
Sure, Thanksgiving was just last week, but already, the Downtown Disney Area at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is bustling with holiday excitement. The Festival of the Seasons is now underway and new holiday décor is lighting up the Marketplace.
Read on for some of my favorite festive fun:
- Meet Santa: Naughty or nice, you can share your wish list with Santa Claus through Christmas Eve (Santa Goofy Steps in December 25th – 29th)! New this year, guests can check in at the Santa Chalet podium to receive a pager that buzzes when their turn to meet Santa is near. It’s a great opportunity to snag a family photo, too, with Disney’s PhotoPass photographers on standby. (12pm – 9:30pm daily).
- Enjoy Holiday Entertainment: Pick up a times guide to discover the sounds of the season. From carolers to stilt walkers, live musicians to DJ dance parties, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. My favorite new spot to catch a performance is Exposition Park on the West Side – and while you’re there, you can indulge in fresh fare from the Disney Food Trucks!
- Shop the new Marketplace Co-Op: Of course, World of Disney will always be a ‘must-do’ for holiday shopping, but I’ve added this new venue to my shopping list as well. With six distinct boutiques, some featuring items that can’t be found anywhere else at Walt Disney World, this is the place to find unique gifts for loved ones. Want even more gift-giving inspiration? Follow us on Twitter at @WDWDowntown and look for hashtag “#25daysofDTD” to see some of our top picks.
- Indulge in Holiday Treats: Peppermint Mocha from STARBUCKS? Decadent hot chocolate from Ghirardelli? A homemade treat from Goofy’s Candy Company or Candy Cauldron? Whatever you fancy, you’ll find something sweet to tempt your taste buds! (Me? I’m partial to the Olaf-inspired specialty apples.)
With a portion of the West Garage now open to guests and boat transportation available for travel between the West Side, Pleasure Island and Marketplace (weather permitting), it’s easy to explore all of Downtown Disney.
For tips on visiting the property, click here.
Happy Holidays, and I hope to see you out and about at Downtown Disney enjoying the season soon!
Are you planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and counting down the days? Then check out our new #DaysTillDisney countdown craft. Simply print out your favorite themed numbers (here: Walt Disney World Vacation Countdown, or here: Disney Parks Holiday Vacation Countdown), then visit this pin to learn how to create the countdown craft! Each number is themed to a different Disney character.
We’ll be adding new numbers in the future, so make sure to follow our Pinterest account to collect them all. Once you’ve created your own countdown calendar, show us how you customized it by sharing on Instagram with #DaysTillDisney!
While towering Christmas trees and glittering holiday wreaths often catch a lot of attention from Disney Parks guests, there are many other (smaller-yet-charming) holiday touches that we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss.
For example, topiaries are putting on their Santa hats at Epcot.
In the park’s U.K. pavilion, instead of a Christmas Tree, you can spot this “Christmas Tea” among the gardens.
At the France pavilion, the area’s fountains are now overflowing with poinsettias and Christmas bulbs.
What clever holiday touches have you spotted at Epcot or at our other Disney Parks? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
This year’s Very Merrytime Cruises have been sailing for a month now, and from the #DCLHolidays photos you’ve been posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, it’s clear you’re having a magical time on these special holiday voyages!
Last week, we caught up with Cruise Director Clayton on the Disney Fantasy, so he could tell us all about what to expect when sailing with Disney during the holidays. Take a look at the video, and let us know in the comments your favorite part of celebrating the holiday season on a Disney cruise.
Recently, I shared a video highlighting the holidays at Disneyland park. For this video, a map was created to feature festivities at Disney California Adventure park.
What is your favorite highlight of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?
During a recent visit to World of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, I spotted a small assortment of Hanukkah-inspired merchandise. This year, the wondrous eight-day celebration begins in the evening on December 16 and ends in the evening on December 24. Here is a closer look at some gift items for welcoming the festival of lights during this holiday season.
This isn’t the first time Disney Theme Park Merchandise has developed Hanukkah-inspired items. My former teammate turned Disney Pins merchandiser Erin Catalano shared an update on the Disney Parks Blog back in 2011 as seen in this article.
This year’s assortment includes a decorative banner with bells, a wine goblet, a mug, and a small serving plate that is perfect for traditional treats.
The Disney pin team also created two different pins this year. The Chip and Dale pin is open edition (item number 400007900547), while the pin with Donald Duck’s nephews is limited edition (item number 400008890380). The latter pin features a dreidel that spins.
Finally, I’m delighted to share that the seasonal team is currently developing a new Hanukkah-inspired assortment that will debut next year.
I wish you a Happy Hanukkah filled with wonder and light!