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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

Christmas Dopey

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.

Woody and Jessie at the Magic Kingdom

Toy Soldiers Play Down Main Street USA

Rocking Horse Parade Float

Cinderella Coach for Christmas

The Seven Dwarfs decked our for Christmas

Chip and Dale throw snowballs

Santa makes and appearance

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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.

Share The Holiday Spirit with Disney Cruise Line

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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‘Holidays Around the World’ Returning to Epcot

The holiday season is one of the absolute best times of the entire year at Walt Disney World Resort. Much of the fun is already in full swing, from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And starting November 29, Holidays Around the World returns for another festive season at Epcot.

'Holidays Around the World' Returning to Epcot

Throughout the day, World Showcase comes alive with holiday traditions from around the globe. Visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at The American Adventure, and wish them a “Merry Christmas!” Enjoy tales from kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy Pavilion, the agile Monkey King in China Pavilion, and Los Tres Reyes Magos in Mexico Pavilion. From celebrations of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to Japanese customs of the new year, you’ll be immersed in the cultural heritage of each nation.

'Holidays Around the World' Returning to Epcot

New to Holidays Around the World this year are the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs. This group, featuring members of the popular Celtic rock band Off Kilter, will take you on a musical journey across the Great White North, exploring unique holiday traditions from the various regions of Canada. It promises to be a rousing, tune-filled good time!

'Holidays Around the World' Returning to Epcot

Of course, there’s even more to enjoy at Holidays Around the World. You won’t want to miss the uplifting “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” and the inspiring, nightly Candlelight Processional. And cap off your day with a spectacular grand finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” bringing a holiday message of peace and goodwill – along with a ton of impressive fireworks!

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‘Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Each year, the elaborate gingerbread creations get bigger and better at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. From a 3-foot-tall replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom Park to the life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, it takes a multitude of dedicated pastry chefs to build each design.

'Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Check out the video that showcases this year’s new creation at Disney’s BoardWalk, a sweet replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand. By the numbers, it’s 674 gingerbread shingles, 420 marshmallows for marquee lights and 90 pounds of saltwater taffy for the wreaths.

The handiwork starts with a concept and scale drawing, then it takes some serious teamwork to construct the gingerbread designs on stage in front of guests.

'Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Most of the displays have delicious sweets for sale, and activities like gingerbread decorating. Here’s where you’ll find other fab holiday treats through January 2, 2014:

    • A 17-foot gingerbread holiday tree in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, made with 136 pounds of honey, 211 pounds of flour, 101 eggs and 151 pounds of chocolate!
    • A life-size, spinning carousel in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort has ponies made of chocolate fondant and hand-painted chocolate Disney characters – made with 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 100 pounds of confectioners’ sugar and 10 quarts of simple syrup. The lobby at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a holiday village with a miniature train surrounded with a sugar rock mountains.
    • At Epcot, the promenade at The American Adventure is home to Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop with freshly baked gingerbread, sugar and chocolate cookies, peppermint bark, hot cocoa and ciders.
    • Also at Epcot, The Land Pavilion showcases gingerbread creations representing icons from Disney parks and resorts around the world.

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Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort‘s Holidays celebration is where families create holiday memories to last a lifetime. With one-of-a-kind holiday traditions that all ages can enjoy, it’s the only place where guests can come face-to-face with The Grinch at Grinchmas!

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

This year, experience the only holiday celebrations where your whole family can be themselves—naughty, nice and everything in-between. December 7, 2013 – January 4, 2014, you can see breathtaking balloons and floats, sing along with everyone’s favorite green meanie, and top it all off with live music by one of the world’s most beloved holiday artists.

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort
At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade takes to the streets with colorful balloons and floats coming to us straight from the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. There are also marching bands, clowns, and an appearance by the one and only Santa Claus!

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

No holiday party is complete without music! With over 27 million albums sold, Mannheim Steamroller, is the biggest selling Christmas artist of all time, and Universal Studios is proud to welcome them back. Catch them performing live on the Music Plaza stage December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2013.

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

Right next door  you can catch the music and festivities of Grinchmas, as Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure is transformed into a wintry wonderland. You won’t want to miss the heartwarming live show starring The Grinch, strolling Whos, and a chance to get your picture taken with the mean green one himself.

Celebrate The Season At Universal Orlando Resort

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is celebrating the season with the ever popular Holiday Happenings at the Swan and Dolphin. This magical month-long celebration in December will once again feature Santa — clad in cool Florida resort wear — accompanied by Mrs. Claus, as they jet off to Florida to escape the cold and spend their vacation at Santa’s favorite resort, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

Families can enjoy a unique holiday experience away from home at the Epcot Resort Area hotel, mingling with Santa, lighting the tree with Mrs. Claus and even getting tucked in by one of Santa’s elves.

Children and kids at heart can enjoy a magical holiday vacation experience with this year’s line-up:

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets
Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elf, Kandy Kane, decked out in their vacation attire, will meet with guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut select nights. The hut features reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, making it a photo opportunity like no other.

Dancing Lights Show
Each evening, the causeway transforms into a holiday spectacle, where illuminating palm trees become the performers of a dazzling musical light show featuring favorite holiday tunes.

Life-Size Chocolate Santa Scene
Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture of Santa weighs in at approximately 1,200 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), will be on display in the lobby of the Swan. This year, the display will feature a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker!

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins
Even after Santa’s elves have finished making presents, their work isn’t really finished! On Dec. 24, parents can hire a full-costumed elf to deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room; read a bedtime story and tuck the children into bed before Santa arrives. This is a premium service with an additional cost. Reservations are required.

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, or to make room reservations, please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

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Oktoberfest Celebration Comes to Disney California Adventure Park for ‘Limited Time Magic’

Oktoberfest Celebration Comes to Disney California Adventure Park for 'Limited Time Magic'

Limited Time Magic” is bringing special limited-time offerings to Bayside Brews at Disney California Adventure park to celebrate Oktoberfest! From October 14-31, guests can enjoy the following treats in addition to the regular menu:

  • Bratwurst sausage in a Boursin-garlic brioche with hickory-smoked bacon sauerkraut and potato chips or apple slices
  • Bavarian pretzel with choice of mustard
  • Gingerbread Bundt cake
  • Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer
  • Hofbrau Munchen Beer

Oktoberfest Celebration Comes to Disney California Adventure Park for 'Limited Time Magic'

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

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Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Celebration Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

It may still be Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, but Disney Parks Blog let us behind the scenes where the Creative Entertainment team is already hard at work getting ready to deck the halls for the holidays. And this year, they’re bringing something new to Disney California Adventure park that’s sure to be fantástico – Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Celebration Coming to Disney California Adventure Park

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will bring the Paradise Gardens area of the park to life with festive music, vibrant colors, jubilant dancing, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family.

Several times each day, a high-energy street party takes over Paradise Gardens, led by the “Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck and his life-long amigos Panchito Pistoles from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. The infectious mix of Mariachi and Samba musicians, folklórico and carnaval dancers, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets and those ambassadors of holiday cheer, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, will really get the crowd going, as Santa and Mrs. Claus join in to cheer and celebrate “¡Viva Navidad!

You won’t want to miss it! Disney ¡Viva Navidad! becomes part of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort on November 15 and continues through January 6, 2014, with additional Three Kings Day celebrations January 3-6.

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Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

All over Walt Disney World, Santa hats with Mickey Ears and Minnie Ears in green and red are popping up.  When asked where the hat wearers got the amazing hats, they replied, “We booked our Holiday vacation with Kingdom Magic Vacations!”

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

This Holiday Season enjoy a special gift from Kingdom Magic Vacations when you book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package! Book at least a 4-night Magic Your Way package plus Dining at a Disney World Moderate or Deluxe Resort any time between now and 10/31/2013 for travel dates 11/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 and receive a FREE Santa Hat*

Free Disney Santa Hats Are Popping Up All Over Walt Disney World

What could be better?  You get FREE Mickey Ear Santa hats for the whole family AND a great vacation to make lifetime memories!

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Monster’s University Back Returns to Theaters Just for Labor Day Weekend

Are you looking for something fun to do this labor Day Weekend? DISNEY•PIXAR’S MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is returning to theaters this Labor Day Weekend just in time for school to start back up!

Monster's University Back Returns to Theaters Just for Labor Day Weekend

Reunite with Mike, Sully, and the whole Monsters University student body and enjoy some Pixar fun this holiday weekend!

In Case You Missed It The First Time…

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Friday the 13th Mischief On Both Coasts During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Disney’s dastardly villains are ready to unleash some Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks on September 13 — Friday the 13th..

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

Both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will stay open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.).  To celebrate the momentous evening, notorious Disney villains like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades will host a wicked dance party, plus lots more spooky fun.

The hub of the villains’ festivities will be staged “dead” center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Hades’ Hangout – the hottest club north of the Underworld.

The “Lord of the dead,” Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire.  Hades’ 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades’ Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.

To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour “Villainy in the Sky” will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.

Friday the 13th Mischief Is Bi-Coastal at Disney Parks During Unleash the Villains Event Sept. 13, 2013

It’s all happening for a limited time only from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 as part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks.  Limited Time Magic features 52 weeks of magical experiences — big and small — ranging from park-wide events to special culinary treats to special moments of surprise and delight.

On this spooktacular evening, villains will take over Disneyland as well. Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine.  Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening.  Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.

Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky décor and lighting effects.  A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party — announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour.  Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.

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How To Experience The Holidays at Walt Disney World

Every Disney fan should visit the parks at least once during the holiday season. Between the stunning decorations, elaborate shows and one-of-a-kind special events, Walt Disney World is even more magical than usual in November and December.

How To Experience The Holidays at Walt Disney World

Look for life-sized houses made of gingerbread, towering Christmas trees topped with ornaments the size of basketballs, and meet the man of the season, Santa himself when you visit in December.

How To Experience The Holidays at Walt Disney World

Look for your favorite Disney characters dressed up their own festive holiday gear, and snag an autograph or holiday photo with Mickey, Minnie and all their friends. If you have the whole family together for Christmas in Walt Disney World, this is a great time to have a family portrait taken by a Photopass photographer.

Earlier in the December is better to enjoy the holiday decorations and festive atmosphere without the crowds. But the closer you get to Christmas, the more crowded the resorts and theme parks will be. If you do go during a peak time, use every option you have to reduce the time you spend waiting in line, including Fastpasses, Rider Switch passes, and single rider lines.

How To Experience The Holidays at Walt Disney World

Some Walt Disney World Holiday Tips

  • Take advantage of the longer holiday hours to see everything you want to when you visit the Disney theme parks.
  • If you are traveling with a baby or toddler, look for quiet spots for nap time on the go.
  • If restaurants are crowded at lunch or dinnertime, switch your meal times to more “off” hours, and grab one of Disney’s best snack offerings while you wait.
  • Disney resort pools are heated, but it may be too cold to swim in December.
  • Allow extra time to get from place to place if you are relying on the Disney transportation system during the busy holiday period.

Let your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner make dining reservations well in advance. The closer your vacation dates are to Christmas week, the harder it will be to secure a table at a restaurant without a reservation.  

We love Walt Disney World during the holidays, and we hope that these tips will help your vacation be filled with magic and the spirit of the season!

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Kingdom Magic Quick Tip – How to Pack for A Holiday Visit to Orlando

Laura from Kingdom Magic Vacations gives tips on how to properly pack for a Winter vacation to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and all the other great destinations!

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