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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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Celebrate the Season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Delight in the lights shimmering like ice on Cinderella Castle! And hum along with the holiday music that fills the air. It’s a time for wishes to come true at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort!

Celebrate the Season at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Start planning for a magical gathering in late 2013 with family, friends and familiar Disney faces. Held select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party offers cheer and enchantment for all ages and interests.

Revel in these festivities that are crafted just for this joyful season and fill the air with yuletide magic!

Celebrate the Season at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
As a gift to Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother waves her wand, and with a bibbidi-bobbidi-boo enchants the castle with sparkling white lights. Magnificent icicles seem to form instantly over the parapets and towers of the royal palace, as the lights wink and shimmer to a medley of heartwarming Disney tunes.

Celebrate the Season at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

Wave to your Disney friends in this holiday parade brimming with cheer! Gingerbread men, elves and others dance down Main Street, U.S.A. with such Disney Characters as:

  • Jiminy Cricket
  • Goofy
  • Pooh
  • Tigger
  • Scrooge McDuck

And many more—not to mention Santa, wishing you a “Merry Christmas!” from his colorful sleigh!

Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Brilliant white lights explode in the air above Cinderella Castle in this breathtaking music and fireworks show. Watch for Tinker Bell as she soars into the sky over the crowds! And cheer as Jiminy Cricket reminds you that home is where the heart is—especially during the holidays.

Celebrate the Season at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas

Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch fight holiday doldrums across the galaxy in this jolly musical revue chock full of the coolest dance numbers. Stitch is on a special mission to track down Santa. But will this adorable alien be naughty or nice to Saint Nick? Find out what happens at the rockin’ grand finale!

Celebrate the Season at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Celebrate the Season Show
‘Tis the season to give gifts, and Mickey’s present to Minnie is not to be missed! Goofy, Donald and others get into the holiday spirit with their own version of The Nutcracker in this jubilant musical spectacle.

Celebrate the Season at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

Other Highlights

  • Meet-and-greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom park with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Here is a video from last year’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

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Even More Spooktacular Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Boys and Ghouls of all ages are invited to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a spooktacular time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event returns to Magic Kingdom Park this fall with exciting new entertainment, character greetings and more!

For the first time ever, your Clients will have the chance to meet Jack Skellington and Sally, from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Main Street, U.S.A.

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Over in Tomorrowland, Mike and Sulley, from “Monsters University,” scare up a good time at the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party on Rockettower Plaza Stage.

Your Clients will also enjoy enhanced trick-or-treating along two treat trails – including one or two surprise treat locations along the way.

And, Phineas and Ferb will be on hand on Main Street U.S.A. to help get the audience warmed up for fun while they await the arrival of the Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. This party favorite is back, complete with the Headless Horseman, Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes and the ghostly inhabitants of The Haunted Mansion.

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Finally, Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular invites your Clients to “drop in” as Disney Villains tear up the night with glittering color and light.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7 p.m. – midnight on Sept. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29; Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1, 2013. Prices vary based on event night.

Don’t miss a moment of all the ghoulish fun and festivities!  Let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know you want to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on your Walt Disney World vacation!

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Celebrate the Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

This year, Disney Cruise Line is celebrating the Halloween season at sea with festive themed sailings.

Celebrate the Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

Halloween on the High Seas Cruises
For Halloween, guests will have a scream aboard the Disney Dream. From Sept. 22 – Oct. 31, you can enjoy spooky special events and trick-or-treating throughout the ship.

Celebrate the Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

You can experience:

  • Special Halloween décor – including a massive pumpkin tree in the atrium that sprouts overnight!
  • Kids will love trick or treating with their favorite Disney characters and marching in the Costume parade
  • Adults can enter a costume contest and dance the night away with a villainous take over in Evolution Night Club
  • The whole family can enjoy a Mousequerade deck party and scream along with Jack and Sally at the Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream show!

Don’t miss out on these “not-so-scary” Halloween cruises on the Disney Dream!!

Celebrate the Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as early as November 8.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8-December 20. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World Resort guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit.

Dates for 2013:
Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests can enjoy new experiences and attractions at New Fantasyland. NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.  Please let your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner know and they can add this to your trip!

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot

The Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra nightly November 29 – December 30, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theater stage on select nights.

Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. For more information and reservations, click here!

Holidays Around the World: Guests become immersed in the festivities, as they experience a celebration of the holidays from the various countries throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall. The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 8, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade” Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.

Downtown Disney

Get all your Christmas shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer, plus live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

The resorts are dressed up for the holidays with festive décor, gingerbread houses and more.  And guests can experience even more magic this season with great pricing. Contact Kingdom Magic to find out how you can experience all the magic and cheer of Walt Disney World during the holidays!

Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of Year at Walt Disney World Resort

Sail Away with Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line adds sparkle to each ship, beginning early November through the new year, with traditional “turkey day” fanfare, Christmas feasts, “snow flurries,” New Year’s Eve galas and Disney friends dressed for the occasion.

Special stem-to-stern holiday events include a nightly tree lighting in the atrium lobby, visits from Santa Claus and his elves, traditional holiday feasts, family holiday crafts, holiday storytellers and more. When the ships stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, during the holidays, the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and holiday island music.

Guests will enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day feast, with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire. On Christmas Eve, guests can leave milk and cookies for Santa when he visits the ship at midnight.

Christmas services will be held on Christmas Day with a midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and Hanukkah services will be held each day, Nov. 28 – Dec. 5.

To celebrate the new year, voyages include a special New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2014, complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown with balloon drops.

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Step Into the Magical New Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

Listen, all princes and princesses throughout the land – Fantasy Faire is now open at Disneyland park!  We’ve been telling you all about the Royal Hall (where Disney princesses will meet guests each day), the Royal Theatre (featuring the tales of “Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast”) and Maurice’s Treats (serving new delicious delights). Take a look at all the fun and magic waiting for you in the video below.

In this fascinating new world within Fantasyland, “once upon a time” begins the moment you arrive — and “happily ever after” happens every day.

A Brand New Experience

The boundaries of Fantasyland are expanding! Right next to Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Carnations Plaza Gardens Stage is being reimagined into an enchanting village where the stories of Disney’s fairy tale heroes and heroines are brought to life.

The Royal Hall

One of the main attractions in this quaint storybook village is the Royal Hall, where beloved Disney Characters eagerly await your visit. Meet them inside this truly special place, filled with rich layers of detail: a beautiful gothic interior with wondrous wallpaper, handsome wood finishes and breathtaking chandeliers.

The Royal Theatre with 2 New Shows

Other princesses are performing in our theatre, a beautiful gothic tent structure with a stunning new entrance, portals and beautiful gothic banners and shields. Enjoy 2 unique shows — one with Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and the other with Flynn and Rapunzel from Tangled.

Shops and Dining too!

Discover all kinds of princess dresses and gifts at the charming Fairytale Treasures. And stop by Maurice’s Treats, a little food invention wagon where Belle’s father offers a signature drink and savory and sweet twisted bread sticks.

What do you think of the New Fantasy Faire at Disneyland??

Scare Up Some Spooky Halloween Fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

During Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman. Parade run at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm
  • Happy HalloWishes – a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky. Fireworks are at 9:30 pm
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.

Dates and Times for 2013

September: 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29, 2013

October: 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 & 31, 2013

November: 1, 2013

Hours: 7:00 pm – midnight

What is your favorite Halloween memory from Walt Disney World?

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“Happiness Year” Begins as Tokyo Disneyland Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

 

In a spectacular ceremony at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, shared the stage with Toshio Kagami, Chairman and CEO of Oriental Land Company, Kyoichiro Uenishi, President and COO of Oriental Land Company, as well as Master of Ceremonies Ayaka Nagai, the 2013 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador to celebrate the major milestone. Afterward, Mickey and Minnie, along with 300 characters and cast, took the stage officially launching the anniversary celebration.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

“Since opening day, the Tokyo Disney Resort has inspired the imaginations of hundreds of millions of guests, becoming the most beloved leisure destination in Japan,” said Tom. “The special relationship and collaboration we have with our partner, Oriental Land Company, has continued to grow and flourish over the last three decades, and this can directly be seen in the many incredible attractions, entertainment and experiences we’ve added to the Resort throughout the years.”

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

The anniversary event also featured a one-of-a-kind fireworks show called “Happiness on High” that was accompanied by the Tokyo Disney Resort 30th Anniversary Theme Song.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

A new daytime parade called “Happiness is Here” also began during the celebration. The parade features 13 floats and includes Disney characters from throughout the years, including Goofy, Aladdin and Winnie the Pooh, along with characters from “Toy Story” and “Alice in Wonderland.” It’ll continue to run daily during “Happiness Year” at Tokyo Disneyland Park.

Today, it’s all smiles at Tokyo Disney Resort as we celebrate a 30th anniversary and kick off a special year of happiness at the resort’s parks.

Also, throughout the year, guests will be able to see themed decorations around the parks, including Happiness Balloons that’ll adorn Cinderella Castle. There will be special menus at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, “Happiness Sharing Spots” located at Tokyo Disneyland Park and other surprises.

Even Hawiian Residents Love an Aulani Vacation

If you lived in Hawaii, where would you go on vacation?

Many island residents choose the “staycation” route, leaving home to enjoy a few days at one of Hawai`i’s many luxurious resorts. And, according to readers of Honolulu Magazine, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, is the “Best Hotel for a Staycation.”

according to readers of Honolulu Magazine, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, is the “Best Hotel for a Staycation.”

It’s a tribute to the family fun and amenities of Aulani: restaurants, Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, Laniwai Spa and the many experiences that are included at no additional cost: the pools and slides of Waikolohe Valley, Aunty’s Beach House kids club, and a wide range of live entertainment, including island musical performers and storytellers, visits with Disney characters, and the popular nighttime Starlit Hui.

according to readers of Honolulu Magazine, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, is the “Best Hotel for a Staycation.”

The “Best” citation appears in the “Best of Honolulu” edition of Honolulu Magazine, designed “to help you live better in Honolulu.” An Aulani vacation – or “staycation” – combines the stories of Hawai`i with the magic of Disney for guests of all ages.

Disney Character ‘Egg’ Hunt Begins Next Week at Disney Parks for ‘Limited Time Magic’

If you have an eagle eye, next week’s “Limited Time Magic” surprise at Disney Parks is especially for you. Disney is launching a special “egg” hunt at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.

For one week only, from March 18-24, park guests will be able to search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters at Epcot and at Disney California Adventure park and then record your discoveries on specially themed Eggs-perience park maps.

‘Limited Time Magic’ Disney Character ‘Egg’ Hunt Begins Next Week at Disney Parks

At Epcot, maps can be purchased at the Heritage Manor in the American Adventure Pavilion, International Gateway, Pin Central and Port of Entry.

And at Disney California Adventure park, you can purchase the map at Elias & Co., Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios, Tower Hotel Gifts and Treasures in Paradise.

‘Limited Time Magic’ Disney Character ‘Egg’ Hunt Begins Next Week at Disney Parks

Each map and set of stickers will cost $4.95, plus tax at select locations. And whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a Port of Entry at Epcot or Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park for a surprise.

Maps will be available while supplies last and no discounts apply. You should also know that separate admission is required to enter Disney Theme Parks and the experience is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Limited Time Magic Continues This Summer at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Limited Time Magic was inspired by the reality that many of life’s most cherished memories are made during those special, but fleeting moments when families spend time together with shared experiences.

It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts,Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.

Guests will enjoy an extra dash of pixie dust each week in 2013 when they visit Walt Disney World whether it’s a meet and greet with rarely seen Disney characters, A Chalk Art Festival or a special salute to Father’s Day — the element of surprise enhances the experience.

Limited Time Magic was inspired by the reality that many of life’s most cherished memories are made during those special, but fleeting moments when families spend time together with shared experiences.

Disney dream makers are crafting more surprises and magical offers that will be rolled out weekly during the magical year. Make sure you check back here to see the latest updates for Disney’s Limited Time Magic!

A Visit to Northwest Mercantile in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot

A Visit to Northwest Mercantile in the Canada Pavilion at Epcot

 

I love Canada! I first visited this beautiful country when I was 10 years old. My family took a trip to Niagara Falls, where we stayed in a bed and breakfast for a few days. Since then, I’ve visited Toronto twice, and I recently took a trip to Montreal in spring 2011 (great food and great music!). The closest I get to Canada these days is World Showcase in Epcot. This week, winter has descended upon Canada Pavilion as part of Limited Time Magic. Guests can meet and take photos with some favorite Disney characters in the snow for this week only. I stopped by Canada Pavilion’s Northwest Mercantile this past weekend to see what the merchandise location had in store.

Canada Pavilion’s Northwest Mercantile

 

Northwest Mercantile houses a variety of Canadian-themed goods. Upon entry, I was greeted by the shop’s newest items – a selection of Canadian Native Handicrafts by Monague Native Crafts. I asked Sylvie Brumbaugh, merchandiser for World Showcase, about these new goods.

“I’m always looking for unique items for World Showcase,” said Sylvie. “When deciding on assortments that capture the essence of a particular country, we consider several things including popular marketplace trends. For the Canadian Native Handicrafts line, we have apparel, pottery and an expanded collection of dream catchers. Monague Native Crafts is a leading Canadian supplier of these items, so it’s great to carry them in the location.”

 unique items in the shop including Sasquatch Sweat soap and the ketchup-flavored potato chips

 

I liked some of the more unique items I found in the shop including Sasquatch Sweat soap and the ketchup-flavored potato chips. Sylvie told me some of the most popular items are the Hatley pajamas (perfect for a cold Canadian winter’s night!).

some items give a nod to the 360-degree film at the pavilion, “O Canada

 

My favorite things, however, give a nod to the 360-degree film at the pavilion, “O Canada.” Disney Design Group created the artwork which Sylvie applied to hats, shirts, tumblers, mugs and more. I like the simplicity of the red “Canada” shirt, while the plaid moose pattern is fun. I also saw the awesome World Showcase shirt we created for the 30th Anniversary of Epcot.

New Magic in the Making at Walt Disney World Resort

From flying over Never Land to taking a spin in a tea cup, Fantasyland has been home to some of our guests’ favorite experiences at Walt Disney World Resort since opening day. So when Disney set out to reinvent the most popular land at our most popular Disney destination, they knew that it had to be something truly spectacular – and it is true to say that New Fantasyland is exactly that.

Last Friday, Tom Staggs,  chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, toured the construction site as Disney completed the finishing touches for their official opening on December 6, and while the entire expansion is extraordinary, there are a few aspects in particular that should think will be huge hits with guests.

Enchanted Tales with Belle - New Magic in the Making at Walt Disney World Resort

Part of what makes Disney Parks so special is our ability to connect people with the Disney characters and stories they love. With Enchanted Tales with Belle, we’re doing that in a magical new way. Guests will enter Belle’s cottage, step through an enchanted mirror and be transported to the world of “Beauty and the Beast,”where they’ll help Lumiere, Belle and The Wardrobe recreate “the tale as old as time” by becoming part of the story themselves. Our Imagineers have brought these characters to life in ways that are sure to delight guests both young and old.

One of the hallmarks of a great Disney experience is the meticulous attention to detail that goes into the worlds we create, and the queue for Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid is another fantastic example of “the more you look, the more you see.” Before taking a voyage under the sea with Ariel and her friends, guests can explore the caves and grottos in and around Prince Eric’s castle, interacting playfully with Scuttle and a few of his friends along the way. The rockwork that’s been done is spectacular, and the paintings that adorn the vaults beneath the castle help draw visitors to New Fantasyland even further into the story of the beloved animated film.

One of the most gratifying aspects of this expansion is the way that our new attractions, entertainment, merchandise and food offerings all come together to create a singular experience that is a worthy addition to a park as iconic as Magic Kingdom Park. The result is only possible through the hard work and the collaboration from people across Disney Parks and Resorts, and I am extremely proud of what they have accomplished. We can’t wait to take guests beyond the walls of Cinderella Castle to discover the new stories, new adventures and new magic that will help them make shared memories that last a lifetime.

The Art of Pumpkin Sculpting at Disneyland Park

It takes great effort for me to cut out the eyes – or triangles – on a pumpkin, let alone a gaping mouth with a missing tooth or two. Even then, it’s usually a crooked face at best. I’m sure some of you reading this can relate. That’s probably why the pumpkins at the Halloween Carnival at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree fascinate me. They are works of art created by our pumpkin sculptors. Yes – they are pumpkin sculptors, not pumpkin carvers. This video shows their considerable talent as they transform pumpkins into popular Disney characters. Enjoy!

 

Discover More Excitement in New Fantasyland This December!

Deep in the depths of Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World lies a legendary world—New Fantasyland—that’s been long hidden from our view. As story has it, this is a place where mermaids sing, beauties tell tales, beasts roar and elephants fly.

Soon, these legends will become reality—when the wonders of New Fantasyland are revealed. Discover how you can become a part of the adventure!

The New Fantasyland Expansion
New Fantasyland is opening in phases for the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom park, offering more immersive enchantment and interactive experiences!

Upon completion, Fantasyland will nearly double in size—so you can look forward to extensive additions of fun for the entire family. The expansion provides more Disney characters and stories presented in rich detail in 2 new themed areas—Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus.

Enchanted Forest – Opening December 6, 2012!

Beginning in late 2012, you can meet some favorite Disney Characters in Enchanted Forest, where you’ll be immersed in the popular Disney films The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Here, you can venture through lush landscapes, discovering roaring waterfalls and royal castles along the way.

Enchanted Forest attractions and experiences include:

  • Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid: Enter Prince Eric’s castle, board a giant clamshell and rock out on this new musical attraction. During your journey, you’ll behold a world teeming with color and characters as you enjoy high-energy songs and incredible effects that take you inside scenes from the animated Disney film The Little Mermaid.


    Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant: Feast in one of 3 incredible dining rooms in the middle of Beast’s Castle. Savor the classic flavors of France coming soon to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park. Located at the base of the mountain below Beast castle, this themed venue transports diners to the magical world of the popular Disney film Beauty and the Beast. By day, Be Our Guest Restaurant serves up quick-service cuisine, so you can enjoy a short break from your park festivities. By night, it becomes a traditional table-service restaurant where you can reconnect with family and friends over satisfying fare.


    Be Our Guest Restaurant

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle:  Take a trip through the world of the popular Disney film Beauty and the Beast during this captivating storybook adventure in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park! Your journey begins in Maurice’s workshop, where an enchanted mirror becomes your doorway to an unforgettable experience. After stepping through the mirror, you’ll find that you’ve been transported to Beast’s magnificent library, where Belle and Lumière invite you to become part of a lively retelling of the “tale as old as time.”


    Enchanted Tales with Belle

  • Ariel’s Grotto: Take photos and get autographs with everyone’s favorite undersea princess. Now you can visit everyone’s favorite undersea princess at her new home in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park! Ariel’s Grotto is nestled in a picturesque cove along the rocky shoreline of the Under the Sea~Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction. Here, Ariel is excited to meet new friends, sign autographs and pose for photos.

    Ariel's Grotto

Enjoy all this—and so much more—beginning December 6, 2012.

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