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Disney’s California Adventure Park

“Festival of Holidays” debuts at DCA to kick off the festive season. The event is a cultural and heartwarming celebration of holiday traditions from around the world. There will be authentic entertainment, food, and drinks available in celebration of Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas/Navidad and Three Kings Day. Also be sure to check out the holiday-themed “World of Color – Season of Light.” This updated show combines classic holiday songs with our favorite Disney characters and heartfelt moments from Disney and Pixar animation to create a brilliant winter fantasy filled with magic! You can catch all the holiday festivities from November 10, 2016, through January 8, 2017.

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Now that the 2016 Food and Wine Festival has officially come to an end Epcot we’ll jump right into a similar concept starting November 25th with Holidays Around the World Showcase. A tasty sampling of Holiday treats and drinks will be offered at each pavillion through December 30. Here is a glance at just a few of the new offerings for the 2016 holiday season.

  • Prost! in Germany {artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle}
  • American Holiday Table in American Adventure Pavilion {slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce}
  • Alpine Haus between France and Morocco {cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables}
  • Seasonal Southern Delights near World Showcase Plaza {blackened catfish with white cheddar grits with okra}
  • Feast of Three Kings Feast near World Showcase Plaza {Three Kings Bread}

Make sure to plan a full day at Epcot during the holiday season to be sure to catch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Holiday Edition. The show runs November 25-December 30, 2016.

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Hollywood Studios

Sadly, this will be the first holiday season at Hollywood Studios without the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights which retired after twenty years in 2015. Don’t fret; Hollywood Studios has introduced a new holiday-themed show—”Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!” The all-new nighttime spectacular debuted this week and was met with positive reviews. The show will be available for park guests to enjoy from November 14 through December 30, 2016. Below is a video detailing the making of “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!”

Magic Kingdom

The Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is in full swing at the Magic Kingdom and will be running on select nights through December 22, 2016. The party is a fantastic special event worth the ticket price same as the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. With this hard ticket, you can enter the park starting at 4 pm. The party starts at 7 pm, and you can only stay if you have the special ticket. The crowds are low and completely manageable during these particular events. There is a lot of additional holiday-themed entertainment offered to the guests during the party. Except for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride almost every other attraction is a walk-on from 7 pm – 12 am. You will encounter long waits for the character meet-and-greets with characters all decked out in their holiday attire. Here’s a list of events offered during the party and video of some of the festivities as well.

  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration {New for 2016}
  • Disney character Meet and Greets with characters dressed in their holiday attire
  • Holiday Wishes Fireworks
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show
  • VoicePlay
  • Character Dance Parties
  • Snow on Main Street

The Frozen Holiday Wish stage show starts each night during the holiday season at dusk regardless if there is a Christmas Party; this show is for all park guests.



Disney Springs

On Black Friday and also Saturday Disney Springs will open at 8 AM for shoppers. Each retailer will have special promotions offered for the two-day shopping experience.

The 2016 holiday season is the first year that the new Disney Springs has been able to participate in since undergoing its major expansions of the former Downtown Disney area. Even when I visited last November, the majority of the area had construction walls up. Not anymore, the reimagined Disney Springs is beautiful and now that it is all decked out for the holiday’s it should be on every visitor’s list to check out during your upcoming holiday vacation. You can partake in the holiday festivities from November 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017.

Last week Disney received approval from the FAA to use drones in their theme parks. They have been seeking this approval for well over a year. Earlier this week they debuted their first show using the drone technology in Disney Springs. Here is a sneak peek of the new 5-minute show “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration” that will feature 300 show drones lighting up the sky over Disney Springs.

The Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail opened last week in the Marketplace district and included 15 holiday-themed trees inspired by Disney characters. Also in the Marketplace area is The Festival of Toys at the Once Upon a Toy Fountain. Here each night the toys magically come alive for an interactive holiday dance party with guests.
There will also be a nightly tree lighting ceremony, pin trading and more.

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If you are thinking about visiting Disney for the holiday season or interested in booking a future vacation as a Christmas present contact me for a quote. Stay tuned holiday resort information coming soon. I hope you have a great weekend!

“See you real soon!”