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New Holiday Dessert Party Comes to Universal Orlando

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO INTRODUCES FIRST-EVER “EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY VIEWING AREA AND DESSERT PARTY” – JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Guests Will Enjoy Dedicated Viewing Areas for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration – Plus Specialty Food and Beverages

Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2018) – Universal Orlando Resort will offer an all-new “Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party” experience from December 24 to December 30 – giving guests an even more special and exclusive way to experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration.

The experience starts at 7 p.m. with access to an exclusive viewing area for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s in the Hollywood area of the park. Guests can enjoy an assortment of beverages, including coffee and hot chocolate, and prime viewing of the incredible floats, larger-than-life balloons and favorite characters that take to the streets of Universal Studios during the parade.

Then starting at 8:45 p.m., guests will get access to a special viewing area for Universal’s Cinematic Celebration. They can enjoy a variety of specialty and seasonal desserts, sparkling wine, sparkling cider and more before the show, and then watch as a colossal celebration of beloved characters and some of the world’s biggest films come to life in the Universal Studios lagoon.

The “Exclusive Holiday Viewing Area & Dessert Party” is available daily from December 24 through December 30 and tickets are on sale now. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3 – 9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.

Top 5 Favorite Christmas Decorations at Walt Disney World!

 

Christmas is just around the corner! I can’t believe how fast this season has flown by! I am feeling so fortunate to have experienced the magic of the holidays at the most magical place on Earth this year, Walt Disney World! During my visit to Disney last month I made sure to check out all of my favorite Christmas displays and festivities across Disney property! What I love about the holidays in Walt Disney world is that there is SO MUCH to discover! Every inch of the park is decked out and in such a unique and creative way! Disney doesn’t just put up a generic tree and garland in a gift shop. Oh no! Quite the contrary they theme every decoration specifically to the restaurant, shop or resort that it is in! For example, the ice cream shop on Main Street has garland and trees featuring ice cream cone ornaments! Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa all their decorations have a Victorian style to them to perfectly compliment the theme of resort itself!

 

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There truly is so much to see when it comes to the decorations around Walt Disney World! I recommend truly taking your time going through the parks this time of year. Be sure to stop and truly appreciate the details of the holiday decorations. There is so much to discover! Today I would like to share with you my top 5 favorite Disney World Christmas displays that are more hidden gem displays! I am leaving out the well-known park icon trees and big centerpiece decorations and going to countdown my favorite decorations that are a bit more obscure! These displays both big and small are something that I look forward to seeing year after year!

 

#5 Mickey Wreaths

 

Christmas wreaths in the shape of Mickey Mouse adorned every lamppost down main Street USA! This decoration is a Disney classic! I love it for its simplicity. It is very traditional and from a distance you may not even notice it is a Mickey, but as you begin to stroll down Main Street towards the castle you can’t miss this little touch of magic!

 

#4 Poinsettia Trees

 

I have always loved poinsettias! I think they are so beautiful and I always know the Christmas season has begun once I start seeing those festive flowers! Disney uses gorgeous poinsettias in many of their holiday displays. By far my favorite creation Disney produces using poinsettias is their poinsettia trees! Using a towering framework in a rounded tree shape Disney florists will cover every inch of the framework with poinsettias! These poinsettia trees are spectacular and make an amazing backdrop for a family Christmas photo! Poinsettia trees can be seen in multiple places across Walt Disney World property! There are always some lining the walkway between Future World and World Showcase in Epcot as well as poinsettia trees in the entrance hub of Magic Kingdom. Pictured here you will see a poinsettia tree on the grounds of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

 

#3 Rockette-Style Christmas Ornaments

 

A display that I get so excited to see every year can be found in a storefront in Hollywood Studios! Disney is known for creating incredible window displays in many of their shopfronts and this particular display at Hollywood Studios can’t be missed! Larger than life Minnie Mouse Christmas ornaments are forming a Rockette kick-line! This display is so adorable and fun! It definitely fits into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood Studios!

 

#2 Echo Lake Decorations

 

A few years ago, Hollywood Studios icon tree moved from out-front of the park to inside the park to the center of Echo Lake. I know I said in this countdown, main centerpieces such as icon trees don’t count and that is still true. The decorations I am referring to in echo lake are the smaller accent pieces that compliment the area around the icon tree’s new location! The park’s tree sits on an island in the middle of the lake. In the water surrounding the island you will find one of my favorite Christmas decorations across all of Walt Disney World… floating Christmas ornaments! These floating baubles are beautiful all day long but at night they become a real showstopper and actually light up! These lighted baubles illuminate the water around them and create such a cool effect! I think this was the area of the park I spent the most time in just admiring the decorations and taking tons of photos!

 

#1 Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

 

My top spot on my list goes to a hidden gem that I enjoy seeing year after year, the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House!  This is not your normal gingerbread house! This pastry masterpiece is life-size! The inside of the gingerbread house is an actual working store where you can purchase gingerbread treats and other festive snacks and goodies! This year the Grand Floridian Gingerbread house is celebrating its 20th annual year! I highly recommend making the trip over to Disney’s Grand Floridian resort and spa to see this one of a kind creation. From the Magic Kingdom park you can easily commute to Disney’s Grand Floridian via a boat or monorail! Definitely make sure to take the time to check it out! You will be glad you did!

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Christmas Decorations in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Walt Disney World Video!

 

This past summer on June 30th 2018, Toy Story Land officially opened at Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort! The new land’s opening had been long awaited for by fans and since the grand opening many visitors have been having a blast in Andy’s backyard! Here you can play interactive carnival games in Toy Story Mania, take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, race through the backyard on Slinky Dog Dash coaster, meet your favorite Toy Story characters and more! It is safe to say that this new land has become an instant hit with park goers! With this year being Toy Story Land’s first Christmas, many guests were curious what Disney was going to do regarding Christmas decorations in the land! With all the impressive design elements and details that can be seen throughout Toy Story Land year-round, everyone knew Disney was going to pull out all the stops when it came to Christmas decorations, and they did!

 

 

The Holiday displays that can be seen throughout Toy Story Land are so fun and truly tell a story! There is everything from large displays such as the giant sugar cookie shaped like Ham to little details like reindeer antlers on Rex! Here are a few of my favorite Christmas decorations from Toy Story Land!

 

Decorations on the Character Figurines!

Disney really did think of every detail when it came to decorating Toy Story Land for Christmas! Many of the giant figures of the Toy Story characters that can be seen throughout the land have been adorned with festive attire. As soon as you enter the land you will notice that Woody is wearing a Christmas scarf! My favorite character addition is the reindeer antlers on Rex! What I love about this is the reindeer antlers give the impression they are cut out of cardboard and colored in with a crayon! Like so many things in Toy Story Land there are tons of references to everything being created by Andy himself as he was playing with his Toys! It is the things like this that remind us all of our own childhood and the games we loved to play and create!

 

 

Characters Outfits!

Not only do the figures get holiday touches but the real meet and greet characters that roam through Toy Story Land also get festive touches to their outfits! Woody and Jessie have Christmas vests, Buzz has a Santa hat on top his head and the Green Army Men are all wearing holiday scarfs!

 

 

 

Green Alien Baubles

Out front of the Alien Swirling Saucer attraction you will find a stacked display of three massive Christmas ornaments! 2 of which are decorated to look like the Little Green Aliens! There is an additional bauble like this that can be spotted near the rides exit!

 

 

 

Ham Sugar Cookie!

This display is my favorite of all the Toy Story Land decorations! The thing to remember with Toy Story Land is that we ourselves are shrunken down to the size of a toy, so everything is scaled to how toys would see! With that in mind this sugar cookie is gigantic! It is decorated with frosting to look like Ham wearing a Santa hat! What I think is so fun about this decoration and the reason it is my favorite is actually the detail behind the display. If you peak behind the cookie you will see that the Ham cookie is being held up by a Green Army Man! This is one of the many ways that the holiday pieces in Toy Story Land are not just decorative, but they also tell a story that ties into the land itself!

 

 

 

Ride Overlays

What is incredible about the Holiday enhancements in Toy Story Land is that Disney is not just adding decorations they are bringing additions to your entire experience in the land! This includes Christmas overlays on the attractions! On Alien Swirling Saucers, new Christmas soundtracks have been added as onboard ride songs and will play at random in the rotation of music that guest can experience during their ride! When I rode the attraction with my family we did not get one of the holiday songs. However, we did get to see one of the holiday sets as we were waiting in line. It is very adorable! The lighting effects during these sequences are also red and green to go along with the holiday music! The Slinky Dog Dash Coaster also has some Holiday themed audio bits that can be heard as you ride the attraction!

 

 

I was so impressed with all the enhancements that Disney made in Toy Story Land during this Christmas season! I filmed my experience getting to see all of the holiday decorations and overlays for the first time! You can watch my experience in our new YouTube video!

 

 

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2018 Jingle Cruise at Magic Kingdom! Jungle Cruise Christmas Overlay! Walt Disney World

 

If you have ever visited the Magic Kingdom then I’m sure you have visited the Jungle Cruise! Everyone loves this classic Disney Parks attraction! After all it is called the “World Famous Jungle Cruise” for a reason! In this original attraction guest board a boat and embark on a voyage through the jungle. The tour is being guided by your own boat skipper who tells some very cheesy jokes! It’s these goofy lines such as “If you don’t believe me you’re in de-Nile” and “The backside of water” that make the attraction so iconic and beloved by millions of park visitors!

 

 

Did you know that during the holiday season the Jungle Cruise is transformed with a fun holiday overlay?! That’s right! During the most magical time of the year, the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World becomes the Jingle Cruise! The Jingle Cruise receives holiday decorations in both the queue line and inside the attraction itself. One of the most notable differences that makes the attraction a whole new experience is that the script also changes! Now your Jingle Cruise skipper tells jokes and punch lines themed to the holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as you enter the attraction’s queue line you will find holiday decorations everywhere you turn! I love the Christmas tree made out of bamboo when you first enter the standby line! Your time waiting in line feels like it flies by because there are so many details to look at! Be sure to look around and appreciate the references and jokes in the skipper’s holiday decorations! One of my favorite details was a chalk board where the skippers wrote their New Year’s resolutions. One skipper’s resolution was to ‘achieve a 75% passenger return rate!’  Another funny holiday detail to look for is the names of each of the Jingle Cruise boats. The boats themselves get holiday overlays to their names. A few of my favorite included the Brrrrr Bertha, Mistletoe Millie, Yulelog Lolly, and the Icicle Irma!

 

 

 

 

Once onboard your festive boat you will continue to notice more holiday decorations throughout the ride such as packages floating in the water, Santa hats on the gorillas, elf hats on the monkeys and more! Your boat’s skipper will narrate your cruise with holiday themed jokes! This is my favorite part of the attraction overlay! Even if you have been on the Jungle Cruise hundreds of times, the ride will feel brand new to you with the new script and storyline that the Jingle Cruise brings!

 

 

Some of my favorite jokes include the reference of the big bugs in the rainforest scene being referred to as “bah humbugs!” I also love the group of natives getting ready to attack your boat being referred to as a group of holiday carolers! If you have been on the Jungle Cruise before then you know at the very end of the attraction you will find Trader Sam, the ‘head’ salesman of the jungle. Well during the Jingle Cruise, he is deck out in his holiday best like Santa Claus and referred to as Trader Sam-ta! He is also offering special holiday promotions but take warning they don’t sound too appealing!

 

 

Watch this year’s 2018 Jingle Cruise now in our new YouTube video!

 

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FESTIVE FUN FACTS About Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

This past week we celebrated Thanksgiving! I am still enjoying the leftovers now! I don’t know about you but for me and my family a holiday tradition for us is to always watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade! This is a tradition for so many families that look forward to seeing those dazzling musical performances and towering character balloons each year! If you have ever dreamt about going to watch the parade live but don’t want to fight through the New York City crowds or deal with the frigid winter conditions then I have great news for you! You can experience a version of the Macy’s holiday parade all season long at the Universal Orlando Resort in sunny Orlando Florida!

 

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s guests can look forward to experiencing light snowfall, twinkling lights, joyful music and a mix of both merry and mayhem! This parade made it’s debut last year in 2017 and was an instant hit with park-goers! The festive parade will return as part of Universal’s resort-wide Holidays celebration, running Nov. 17 – Jan. 6. The parade’s theme is inspired by beloved childhood memories and brought to life by many popular Universal characters!

 

Despicable Me, Shrek, Madagascar and Holiday Favorites Spread the Cheer in the New Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

 

Here are a few festive fun facts about Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s:

 

  • The parade will travel a grand total of more than 26 miles as it makes its way down the Universal Studios Florida streets each night!

 

  • There is no question that the highlight of the parade is its 15 intricately hand-crafted floats featuring characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar, Shrek and more. And these floats are MASSIVE. You can’t miss them!

 

  • The float featuring Shrek, Fiona and Dragon rivals the size of two large African elephants. This float Weighs in at about 30,000 pounds and measures 35 feet long! Also thanks to Dragon’s 16-foot wingspan, it’s also one of the widest floats!

 

  • It’s not a holiday parade without those classic Macy’s star balloons! The star balloons in the parade measure 24 feet wide! That’s the same size as the width of five taxi cars!

 

  • Piloting floats and balloons of this size requires a lot of practice! Training begins each summer for Universal’s team of nearly 300 people, including float operators, balloon handlers and parade escorts!

 

  • Guests will see more than 100 dancers and characters during the parade! They are all dressed to impress in their holiday best!

 

  • Last year, over 220 gallons of snow machine fluid were used to create a special Florida snow flurry during the parade’s finale!

 

Watch our videos from last year’s Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s:

 

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is a dazzling experience that you have to see for yourself! There is still time to plan a last-minute getaway to the Universal Orlando resort this holiday season! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today!

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 20th Year Dedication – Disney World Christmas 2018

Disney World flagship resort, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is home to one very special holiday tradition! The Grand Floridian Gingerbread house has been an annual Christmas tradition at the resort. Guests come back year after year to marvel at the life-sized gingerbread house that sits in the resort’s grand lobby! This year the Gingerbread house celebrated an exciting milestone! 2018 marks the 20th anniversary for the house at the Grand Floridian!

I personally always make a special trip over to the Grand Floridian when I visit Disney World during the Christmas season just to see the house! This year my family and I happened to be visiting the resort during a very special time, we got to see the dedication ceremony of the house! The ceremony was very special, all of the chefs who helped bring this massive and beautiful creation were all in attendance along with the resort managers and cast members. A cast member sang “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and everyone watching joined in! The moment was filled with so much cheer. As a big fan of the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House it was incredible to be here for this special occasion. You could feel in the air the passion that all the chefs and cast members have for this Grand Floridian tradition, as well as how beloved the tradition is for all the guests who were in attendance.

To top the celebration off, Mickey and Minnie arrived wearing their holiday best and one lucky family joined them to help cut the ribbon and officially open the Gingerbread House for the 2018 season! The inside of the gingerbread house actually serves as a retail location where guests can purchase gingerbread and seasonal treats! The most popular item sold here would have to be the gingerbread shingles. They are identical to the shingles that are on the gingerbread house!

This year they have moved the gingerbread house to the center of the lobby just beneath the orchestra. In years past the gingerbread house’s location was always off center in the corner of the lobby. I love the new location! It definitely makes the house a main focal point of the grand lobby, a position that this piece of art truly deserves! Also, the new location has helped free up space around the house this year making it easier to view the house and give the line to purchase your holiday treats a much nicer flow! This open space around the house now includes a pathway lined with poinsettias!

I felt so honored to be in attendance for the opening of this year’s Grand Floridian gingerbread house and so happy to get to celebrate the 20th year for this special tradition! I filmed the entire ceremony and I am excited to share the festivities with you in our new YouTube video!

The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House is one of the many holidays attractions and experiences that you can enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season! There is truly extra magic in the air throughout the Disney parks and resorts at Christmas time! There is still time to plan a holiday vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Enjoy the Holidays at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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If you’re spending the holidays in Hawai’i this year, the halls of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are decked for the season! From festive entertainment to beautiful holiday decor, here are a few things to get your ‘ohana into the spirit:

Disney Friends: Mickey Mouse and the gang dressed in their “holiday best” are ready for greetings and photos. Say “Mele Kalikimaka!”

Holiday Movies: Later this month during ‘Ohana Movie Nights, the resort will screen holiday flicks. Head to the Halawai Lawn and enjoy movies on the big screen, including one of my personal holiday favorites, “The Santa Clause.”

Carolers: The sounds of the season come alive with carolers! On December 16, 18, 21 and 24, look out for carolers spreading the aloha spirit with holiday music.

Santa Claus: On Christmas Eve, Santa will be stopping by Aunty’s Beach House to visit with keiki!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Starting November 14, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is presenting an all-new holiday nighttime spectacular called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Santa Claus is missing, and there’s a search and rescue mission to bring him back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve! The show includes state-of-the-art projections, special effects, snow, fireworks, and an exciting musical score.

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The show is led by two elves, Wayne and Lanny, the duo from the animated special, “Prep and Landing.” This Christmastime adventure features holiday moments from your favorite films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Bambi,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” to name a few.

A special way to enjoy this new holiday spectacular is with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party. Included is reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages, a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses and more.

This one-of-a-kind holiday experience for your entire family will be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from November 14 through December 31. Don’t miss out on these magical memories.

Reservations Now Open for Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club

Ring in 2016 in style! The convention center at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort will play host to a progressive 3-in-1 New Year’s extravaganza. With something for everyone, Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 is the perfect finale to the holiday season.

Enjoy an interactive comedy reunion at Adventurer’s Club, then head over to Club Live to rock out with a 9-piece dance band. At Club Vinyl, a 7-piece band is remixing today’s hits with steamy jazz. Don’t forget to grab your New Year’s hats and tiaras for the countdown to midnight—complete with a balloon drop and confetti cannons—to toast to the New Year in a keepsake champagne glass.

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Of course, no party is complete without delicious bites, and Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 has something to suit every taste. Sample a variety of appetizers including antipasto and charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and more. Enjoy big flavor in small bites at the gourmet slider bar or indulge with coriander-crusted pan-seared scallops with horseradish cream corn and caviar. Be sure to visit the Mac-n-Noodles action station, where you’ll find mac-n-cheese pasta shells with assorted toppings including smoked bacon, fried onions, toasted breadcrumbs, poached lobster meat and more. For a sweet ending, look for chocolate and coconut cake with salted caramel ganache, assorted French macaroons, and warm chocolate chip cookies. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks are also included for guests over 21.

Reservations are now open to Walt Disney World Resort guests, for more information, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Agent!


Celebrate Holiday Joy At Universal Orlando Resorts

With all the holiday festivities in store at Universal Orlando Resort this year, it’s no secret that Universal Orlando Resort is the place to be to get into the holiday spirit. Throughout the parks there are several options to put the joy into the season. But the jubilee doesn’t end there! You can’t miss all the glitz and glamour at our four on-site hotels.

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With the hotels fabulously decked and fantastic events lined up, you know there’s never a dull moment when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year around these parts.

So if you’re like me, you’ve already got your calendars out, ready to get to planning. Whether you’re local or from out-of-town, pencil in these must-do’s. Because when it comes to the holidays, it’s never too early to start planning!

Dining

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Aside from gathering with loved ones and the warm-and-fuzzy feelings, who can forget about all the food! And when you’re celebrating the season at our on-site resorts, the word, “satisfied,” does not even begin to cover the post-meal glow.

At Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, you’re in for a treat, as each hotel kicks off the season with extravagant Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s buffets, complete with carving stations, specialty dishes, chilled seafood, salads, pastries, cakes and more. For example, our Gather Together Thanksgiving Celebration at Portofino Bay, includes turkey and all the trimmings, live entertainment and activities for the kids. Imagine that, a Thanksgiving meal with no cooking or clean-up!

And it wouldn’t be Universal Orlando without a bit of fun – kids can enjoy activities like arts and crafts, face painting and even a visit at the table from their favorite Universal Orlando character!

Décor

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Whether it’s your neighbor down the street putting up his lights or the Christmas palm trees that are so common here in Florida, the magic of the holidays just isn’t complete without all the trimmings and decorations. And when it comes to decking the halls, our four hotels have holiday style to fit every taste.

If you’re into the retro look, check out the glistening silver trees that dot Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Hard Rock Hotel’s adorned with music-inspired ornaments for everyone’s inner rocker, and for those with a sweet tooth, Loews Royal Pacific’s gingerbread house village is a must-see treat. Traditional real-tree advocates, have no fear – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel even puts up a huge, live spruce tree up every year in the Harbor Piazza.

Events & Activities

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With delicious food and dazzling décor, there’s only one thing missing from this equation–the festivities! With activities like cookie and ornament decorating in the lobby, Hanukkah menorah lightings and even special visits from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando really come alive during this time of year.

You won’t want to miss kicking off the holidays at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s Holiday Harbor Nights on November 27, a wine, food, music and tree lighting celebration out on the beautiful Harbor Piazza. If you’re looking for a unique twist to the holidays this year, get your hula on at a special New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. What could be better than a Polynesian buffet and toasting Mai Tais to the New Year?

So, make sure to include the holidays at Universal’s on-site hotels in your plans this season. And, remember … you can also save by staying at one of the on-site hotel this holiday season, where you can enjoy more of the holiday festivities!


New Year’s Eve Celebrations At Walt Disney World Resort

Are you are ringing in the New Year at the Walt Disney World Resort? Here’s a reminder of some of the magical ways you can welcome in 2015!

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Countdown at Magic Kingdom Park

The new year kicks off with fireworks galore at Magic Kingdom Park. Along with “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” you can enjoy “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, capped off with a breathtaking musical show. This special fireworks display will be presented on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

New Year’s Around the Globe at Epcot

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All across World Showcase at Epcot, guests can explore each countries’ traditions at participating pavilions – including Morocco, Italy, China, France, the United Kingdom and the USA – as they soak up the sounds of favorite bands and DJs.

Plus, World Showcase promenade is the place to be as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth lights up the sky with a message of peace and goodwill. Two showings of this nighttime spectacular will take place on New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m. and 11:40 p.m.

Celebrate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Guests of all ages will enjoy the fabulous family-style fun and entertainment that New Year’s Eve unreels at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Come nightfall on Dec. 31, 2014, the “rake and roll” cover band Mulch, Sweat and Shears takes the stage for a set of iconic songs.

And, as midnight approaches, the evening ignites into an amazing shower of shimmering light. Guests can watch in wonder as majestic fireworks glitter, glisten and inspire awe in one and all.

Dining and Entertainment at Downtown Disney

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If you wish to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Downtown Disney, please remember, as in previous years, there are no fireworks displays.

However, there are a variety of exciting offerings to enjoy this year at Downtown Disney, including special New Year’s Eve food and beverage tents, merchandise stands and entertainment. Guests can also enjoy dining experiences, movies, bowling, Cirque du Soleil, shopping and more. Or, they can explore some of the newest offerings including the Food Trucks at Exposition Park and the flagship Starbucks location at Downtown Disney West Side, as well as the Marketplace Co-Op at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

If you are arriving in your own vehicles, please follow signs to available parking, which may be located adjacent to the Downtown Disney area. It is recommended that guests arrive at least 60 minutes in advance of all reservations and planned activities. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, it is recommended that you use complimentary transportation, as parking may be limited.


Go Behind-The-Scenes With The Grinch at Universal Orlando

Enjoy this behind the scenes look at Universal Orlando‘s holidays commercial… Starring the green, mean one himself, The Grinch!

 

Fill your holidays with cheer this year as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. You can enjoy the heartwarming live show “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular” and meet The Grinch and the Whos daily.

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Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Castle Dream Lights’ at Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Holiday Wish and the Castle Dream Lights are a nightly holiday show and spectacle that lights up Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park with thousands of lights.

Earlier this month, Disney Parks Blog went behind-the-scenes with Creative Director Reed Jones to learn just what it takes to bring this show to life and shared this video.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade Brings Cheer to Magic Kingdom

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The procession features Disney characters dressed in their holiday finery, dancing gingerbread men, a fleet of marching toy soldiers, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach pulled by miniature ponies, and last but not least, the arrival of Santa Claus in his sleigh. This year, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse appear in the parade sporting new holiday costumes, while Donald Duck has made his way onto a different float.

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Share The Holiday Spirit with Disney Cruise Line

This year, Disney is giving even more guests the chance to celebrate the holidays on a Disney cruise. Very Merrytime Cruises set sail on November 9 and 10 with beautiful decor throughout the ship and holiday-themed fun for the whole family.

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Here are some of the family-fun activities you can take part in:

  • Meeting Santa Claus and his elves and greeting Disney friends in their holiday attire
  • A young cruiser helping Disney characters light the atrium lobby tree during King Triton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Families and Disney friends hula hooping, playing limbo under oversized candy canes, dancing to the “Yuletide Slide” and doing a conga line around the pool at the Deck the Deck Holiday Party
  • Family photos in front of the three-deck atrium lobby tree, oversized gingerbread house and other themed decor throughout the ship
  • Festive decorations on Disney private island, Castaway Cay

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