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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Rare Okapi Birth Celebrated and More

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we continued looking ahead to the holidays and shared a special Disney Parks Blog guide to everything you need to know about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

Holiday Lights on Cinderella Castle

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights: November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30; and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21. Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight.

Check out our original Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party story to learn all about this after-hours spectacular. And to purchase tickets, visit

Baby Okapi Born at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Also, we celebrated World Okapi Day this week with the announcement of the birth of a rare okapi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Weighing in at 54 pounds, the calf was up and mobile within the first hour of his birth on Oct. 1. He has been nursing and bonding with his mom. The pair will remain in a backstage habitat for the next few months before joining the animals on the savanna.

The calf’s parents – mom Zelda and dad Mandazi – were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and ensures responsible breeding of threatened and endangered species. Check our original Okapi story for more images and information.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.


  • How exciting about the Okapi! If your not a hotel guest at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge could u go and see the baby okapi?

  • Are there seriously only 5 attractions open for this years Christmas party? I attended last year and there were over 20 rides open!! And , oh my goodness, is the baby Okapi ever cute….the most adorable fuzzy ears. He makes my heart happy!

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