This merry parade, seen only on party nights, features Disney characters in their holiday finery, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men – and even a finale by Santa Claus himself.
posted on November 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
posted on November 10th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager
One of the most popular items from last year was the retail MagicBand. I’m happy to report a new limited edition MagicBand will be released this year starting November 8. This MagicBand will have a retail of $29.95 and an edition size of 4,000.
Other items will include t-shirts for adults and kids, and a decorative holiday ornament.
At the new D-Tech on Demand location in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co., guests will be able to create and personalize a case for select mobile phones. We currently offer cases for iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6/6+ as well as Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung Galaxy 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6.
Finally, we will release several Disney pins created especially for the event. There is a limited release logo pin and a jumbo sized pin featuring Mickey Mouse and Pluto. The latter has an edition size of 750.
The limited edition pins will include artwork of characters like Dumbo and Timothy; Captain Hook and Smee; and, my favorite, the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion. Annual Passholders should look for a limited edition pin with Huey, Dewey and Louie (this pin has an edition size of 3,000).
Here are the best places to find these items at Magic Kingdom Park during the party. Please note that all items will be available while supplies last.
- Emporium – Main Street, U.S.A. (apparel, MagicBand, ornament)
- Frontier Trading Post – Frontierland (pins)
- Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe – Liberty Square (apparel)
- Mickey’s Star Traders – Tomorrowland (apparel)
- Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. – (D-Tech on Demand case)
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 8 – December 18, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now on DisneyWorld.com. See my fellow author Shawn Slater’s article for more details about the event this year.
This Week In Disney Parks Photos: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Starts Tomorrow at Walt Disney World Resort
posted on November 7th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations
Earlier this week, we shared these photos of what you’ll be able to enjoy during your visit – a nod to The Nutcracker on parade with a Walt Disney World twist, St. Nick, and of course, it’s just not a wintery holiday without our friends from Frozen, transforming Cinderella Castle into a dazzling ice palace.
And don’t forget, as Jenn Fickley-Baker shared on Thursday, you’ll get to see the the castle transformation for the first time this season during our live stream.
Enjoy the show!
posted on November 5th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
The holiday season has returned to the Walt Disney World Resort. To celebrate, we’ll live stream a performance of one of our most popular holiday offerings, the “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stage show and castle lighting, right here on the Disney Parks Blog on November 8, at 6:15 p.m. EST.
In this stage show, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf gather to watch Queen Elsa use her magical powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a glittering ice palace for the holidays.
To join us for the live stream, visit the Disney Parks Blog main page on Sunday, November 8 at 6:15 p.m. EST. The live stream will appear in a fresh blog post at the very top of our site.
Don’t forget to join the conversation during the live stream on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.
posted on November 4th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Just in case you’re not familiar, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an in-park interactive game that enables guests to join Merlin in defeating Disney Villains who are scheming to take over Magic Kingdom Park. Guests search for villain hideouts throughout the park, visit magic portals and use special spell cards to defeat villains. The fun begins at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A., where you can pick up complimentary key cards, spell cards and maps (additional cards can be purchased at select merchandise locations).
This year’s event-exclusive card features Olaf and his “snowgies.”
The “Olaf’s Snowgies” card will be distributed in addition to the regular Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card packs. Guests can pick it up at either the Magic Kingdom Firehouse or the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom location behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. Guests must register to play with their party ticket and event wristband in order to get one.
posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment
Anyone else having visions of sugarplums? It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Mickey, Santa and all your Disney friends are preparing for the return of our annual celebration, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! The special holiday festivities start Sunday, November 8, at Magic Kingdom Park with live entertainment, dazzling fireworks, a cheery parade and more!
The party begins with a visit from Arendelle royalty for “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” presented on the Castle Forecourt Stage and featuring Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. As a gift to the kingdom, Elsa lets it go and uses her icy powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a sparkling palace of ice.
Later, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride down Main Street, U.S.A. for “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and other friends from the North Pole join Mickey and his pals for the happiest of holiday parades.
New this year, the acclaimed contemporary a cappella group VoicePlay bring their amazing talents to the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. VoicePlay, who appeared on the TV show “The Sing-Off,” combine incredible vocal harmonies and an inventive “music without music” sound to create an unforgettable holiday concert experience. Give them a listen between performances of “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.”
Elsewhere in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes Club Tinsel for the evening when Phineas and Ferb show up, and that’s not all! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party also includes the “Celebrate the Season” show, cookies and hot cocoa, visits with Santa Claus in Town Square, a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. and favorite Disney characters on hand throughout the park to spread holiday cheer. To cap things off, “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” lights up the skies above Cinderella Castle with breathtaking fireworks and beloved music.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights, November 8 – December 18, and is separate from regular Magic Kingdom Park admission. Tickets are available now. Get yours before dates start selling out.
posted on September 11th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and experiencing this season at Walt Disney World Resort is simply amazing.
Here are just a handful of reasons you should consider planning a fall visit this year.
- Magic Kingdom Park Gets Dressed for Fall – Main Street, U.S.A. is already alive with fall colors and new decor.
- Night of Joy Returns September 11-12 – Disney’s Night of Joy 2015 will return to Magic Kingdom Park in September. This year’s lineup includes performances by TobyMac, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, Colton Dixon and many more. We just shared that you can watch a live feed of the sold-out shows. Check out Charles’ post for more details.
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns September 15 – Halloween fun will return to Magic Kingdom Park on September 15, and will run select nights through November 1. The Halloween party is a blast and this year will feature a brand-new stage show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular!” Other party highlights include trick-or-treating, Mickey’s “Boo To You” Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Disney attractions and much more.
- Sweet Fall Treats – Our candy shops will soon be stocking fall-inspired treats that guests can only find this time of year, such as candy corn-shaped rice krispie treats, fall-themed candy apples, and more. (Although you can get it year-round, one of my all-time favorite fall treats is the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Ghirardelli’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Downtown Disney. It’s a must try!).
- The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins September 25 – This fan-favorite event will run September 25-November 16, 2015 at Epcot. In honor of it’s 20th year, the festival will expand into Future World area of the park for the very first time and include new offerings, such as booths inspired by the cast members of “The Chew,” and a brand-new Rockin’ Burger Block Party, and much more.
- Eat to the Beat Concerts – This year’s concert lineup features a bevy of new acts Tiffany, Chaka Khan, Everclear and Maxi Priest. Returning favorites include Rick Springfield, Sugar Ray and many more. Check out the full list here. (Concerts are included in Epcot admission).
- Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set to open at Downtown Disney this fall – Themed around Jock Lindsey, a the pilot from the “Indiana Jones” films, the aviation-themed lounge will feature unique drinks and small plates. Check out Pam Brandon’s sneak peek at the menu here.
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – This exciting race weekend will take place November 6-7. Guests are welcome to come out and cheer racers on – get more info on that here.
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins November 8 – Get an early dose of holiday cheer at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which returns in early November. Don’t miss this holiday offering, which includes special entertainment, fireworks, a parade, holiday decor and much more.
posted on September 8th, 2015 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
Cast your sights on the new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise—the perfect way to take in a breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom Park night time spectacular fireworks from an exclusive spot on Seven Seas Lagoon with dazzling desserts and drinks.
Imagine sailing off from the Ticket & Transportation Ferryboat Dock promptly one hour prior to “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular, offered select nights weekly, on the iconic, double-stack ferryboat. Set a course for decks laden with delectable sweets such as “The Grand” key lime tart; pineapple upside down cake from the chefs at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; spiced flourless chocolate cake from the pastry kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort; “Main Street” Mickey Balloon Tarts; mini “fireworks” cupcakes with a pop; Cinderella’s Sugar Slipper with Orange Financier; no-sugar-added Florida mango panna cotta; and a fabulous fruit and cheese spread. Toast the evening with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in souvenir glow glasses.
Enjoy this sweet ending to your day, before watching the dazzling “Wishes” overhead, the largest fireworks spectacular ever at Walt Disney World Resort. The medley of famous Disney songs and the voices of Disney characters are piped through the boat’s sound system for this magical viewing. And you can bet there will be some special “magical moments” Disney style.
With limited guests per sailing, this is a very special ticket. Cost is $99, $69 ages 3 to 9, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or call 407-WDW-DINE. Anchors Away!
Please note on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very-Merry-Christmas Party nights, the fireworks display will be Happy HalloWishes or Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, not “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular.
posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Magic Kingdom Park
The holidays will return to Magic Kingdom Park on November 8, with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This year the park will host 20 party nights: November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 29; and December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Parties begin at 7 p.m. and include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas! Dance Party, Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks and much more. Buy tickets now at Disneyworld.com/Christmasparty.
Epcot’s Holidays Around the World and Candlelight Processional will return to the park November 27-December 30. Holidays Around the World brings the international pavilions alive with holiday cheer, including a Christkindlmarkt in the Germany pavilion and performances by Joyful! gospel. The Candlelight Processional, a show that combines the reading of traditional scripture with live music, is performed three times nightly at 5, 6:45 and 8 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will return to the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016. This holiday offering transforms this part of the park with millions of glittering lights, mobile displays and holiday music. It’s also included in theme park admission.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
During the holiday season, guests will be able to take holiday photos with Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost at the park. Mickey and Minnie will be dressed in their holiday best, which makes for the perfect Christmas card image.
If you’re planning a visit during the holiday season, don’t forget to check out our latest offers. The Magic Together Fall Vacation Package is a 4-day/4-night room and theme park ticket package in a standard room at Disney’s All-Star Resorts for a family of four starting at $1,701. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers/fall-together.
Families can also save up to 25 percent on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels most nights October 4 through November 24, 2015 and November 28 through December 23, 2015. For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/special-offers.
posted on July 20th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager
Considering a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort this fall? The resort is filled with fun this time of year, with the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the return of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties, and of course, the early holiday celebration offerings like Epcot’s Candlelight Processional and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Guests booking stays at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels for trips taking place between October 4-November 24, and November 28-December 23, 2015, may save up to 25% thanks to our latest room offer. Check out all of the details here. NOTE: This offer must be booked by September 18, 2015.