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Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (previously known as “Holidays Around the World”) will return to Epcot from November 19 through December 30. What can you expect this season? The return of the guest-favorite Candlelight Processional, new Holiday Kitchens, entertainment additions and more.

First up, the Candlelight Processional, a highlight of a holiday visit for many guests, features a retelling of the traditional Christmas story by a celebrity narrator and music from a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. This year the show will welcome a few new narrators to the season’s lineup, including Matt Bomer, CCH Pounder and Pat Sajak. Returning favorites Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg and Jaci Velasquez are also scheduled to appear. The Candlelight Processional is performed three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at America Gardens Theatre from Nov. 24-Dec. 30. Candlelight dinner packages can be reserved now by contacting your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

Guests can also enjoy entertainment throughout World Showcase, with each pavilion’s holiday traditions coming to life for guests through the sharing of joyful music and time-honored traditions. New this year is the group Mostly Kosher, who will perform holiday classics celebrating Hanukkah in the America Pavilion. Returning favorites also include JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

In addition to more entertainment, the park will also feature a total of 15 Holiday Kitchens this year, serving up more holiday cookies and other sweet seasonal treats than ever before. Stop into the Odyssey for snowflake sugar cookies and warm apple fritters with cinnamon ice cream, or head to the Canada pavilion for Maple Buche de Noel. (Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for a closer look at this year’s offerings in the coming weeks).

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Offerings Begin November 19

Guests can also finish their holiday visit at Epcot by watching “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks, which will feature a special holiday finale.

What are you looking forward to experiencing most this holiday season at Epcot? Tell us in the comments section below.

Periscope Walk Through Of The Osborne Family Spectacle Of Dancing Lights

This week on Travel With Rick, we take a Periscope walk-through of one of the final days of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Holidays By the Numbers at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney has put together some numbers on the holiday cheer at Disneyland park, and today I’m back with some festive figures for Disney California Adventure park!

9 – Height in feet of Sally’s traffic-cone Christmas tree in Cars Land

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

50 – Performers in “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” at Paradise Garden

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2,000 – Square feet of snow play area at Olaf’s Snow Fest in Hollywood Land

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3,000 – Multi-colored LED lights on the Buena Vista Street Christmas tree

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Enjoy The Frozen Holiday Wish Castle Lighting and Holiday Wishes Fireworks

It’s a very merry Christmas and the best time to be at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World! First this week on Travel With Rick, our friends Else, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf join us for a Frozen Holiday Wish Castle Lighting and then we watch the amazing Holiday Wishes Fireworks show!

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Watch The Osborne Family Spectacle Of Dancing Lights

Let’s enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights from Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week on Travel With Rick. This year marks the last time The Lights will be seen on the Streets of America.

 

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Enjoy Illuminations: Reflections of Earth Featuring A Holiday Tag

The best way to cap off a day at Epcot in Walt Disney World is to enjoy Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, and for the holidays, they include a seasonally inspired addition.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

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Candlelight Processional with Neil Patrick Harris On Travel With Rick

On this week’s Travel With Rick show, we kick off the 2015 Holiday season with a beautiful performance of the Candlelight Processional from Epcot featuring celebrity narrator Neil Patrick Harris. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

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Enjoy Christmas Day Dinner at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

If you are visiting Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa for the holidays, you may choose to celebrate with an Aulani Christmas Day Dinner.

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Guests can indulge in a traditional holiday feast in Paradise, complete with island flair and a dash of Disney magic. Featuring live local entertainment and visits from Disney Characters, who’ll drop by for photo opportunities, this festive Christmas dinner offers you food, fun and family memories to cherish forever.

Served in the Kaiona Ballroom, the first seating is from 4-6 p.m. and the second seating is from6:30-8:30 p.m.  The cost is $87.50 for Guests ages 10 and up; $43.75 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity included). Complimentary self-parking for 4 hours for non-Resort Guests is included. Casual attire is recommended. (The following are not permitted: baseball caps, board shorts, swimsuits and ripped or torn jeans and—for men—tank tops and sleeveless shirts.)

Reservations are now open for Resort Guests, and will open to non-resort Guests (subject to availability) on Dec.15, 2015. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner to book your dining!

Please note the Thanksgiving feast at Kaiona Ballroom is sold out. Below are the hours for other food and beverage offerings throughout the holiday season:

Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

‘AMA’AMA 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Makahiki 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve

‘AMA’AMA 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

‘AMA’AMA 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


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Festive Holiday Events At Universal Orlando Resort

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort and we wanted to share some of the festive happenings this Holiday season at Universal Orlando’s resort hotels.

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort
This will be Universal Orlando’s newest on-site resort’s very first holiday season and continuing in the retro-inspired spirit so many guests have come to love, the entire property is decked-out in glamorous retro Christmas trees and festive décor.

In addition to holiday music and happenings, one of the food-related events is The Hideaway Bar & Grill’s New Year’s Eve Rooftop Dessert Party. Guests will be ringing in the new year with specially prepared desserts, live music, an open bar, and sparkling wine toast at midnight!

But if the outdoor scene just isn’t your thing, there are also other options to eat your way through the holidays and the new year.

Hard Rock Hotel
For those who really aren’t into doing Christmas the traditional way, enjoy delicious food with lots of entertainment including Santa at the Hard Rock Hotel!

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Here’s the set list of everything food-related going down at Hard Rock Hotel:

Holidays in The Kitchen | Select nights Now – December 26

  • Fridays – Dinner with entertainment including a magician, visits from Santa and holiday movie screenings.
  • Saturdays – Character dining featuring some of your favorite theme park characters.’
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – Kids Can Cook Too!

Hanukkah Celebration | December 16 – 24, 6:30 pm

Christmas Eve Dinner in The Kitchen | December 24, 8:30 pm – 12:00 am
Featuring a holiday menu, character dining, holiday movies and more.

Christmas Day in The Kitchen | December 25
Breakfast, brunch and dinner available.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
If you are looking for something a little more romantic this Holiday Season, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will be stocked with delectable events like Holiday in the Harbor, strolling musicians, and exquisite decorations.

But if food is what you’re in the mood for, swing through Mama Della’s Ristorante, particularly on Christmas day if you’re still undecided on a place to eat and enjoy not having to cook or do the dishes after!

For those seeking a more adult-friendly holiday offering, The Thirsty Fish currently has a handful of seasonal cocktails crafted carefully to warm the soul:

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TIP: Try out the Italian Poinsettia for some bubbly goodness. Made with Stellina Di Notte Prosecco, Cranberry Juice, and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort
if you are looking for an interactive family friendly activity, there will also be holiday cookie decorating activities at Royal Pacific Resort—this year on the 23rd and 24th!

With so much going on at the onsite resorts at Universal Orlando, you are sure to be filled with spirit of season and enjoy an amazing resort at the same time!


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns

You may be just starting to carve up pumpkins, but we’ve got some important holiday news to share with you today! Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is returning November 13 and will continue through January 6, 2015.

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Disney California Adventure Park

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Disneyland Park

  • “A Christmas Fantasy” parade
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
  • “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular

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Downtown Disney District

  • Downtown Disney Winter Village
  • Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink

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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Take A Journey On The Jingle Cruise At The Magic Kingdom

Have you taken a trip aboard the Jingle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park yet?

Jingle Cruise at Magic Kingdom

The Jungle Cruise attraction is currently enjoying its first ever holiday transformation, in which the skippers spread holiday cheer throughout the cruise with handmade decorations and holiday jokes.

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Jingle Cruise decorations

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Even the beloved cruise boats received new holiday names.

Jingle Cruise Boat from the Magic Kingdom

Jingle Cruise Boat from the Magic Kingdom

Jingle Cruise Boat from the Magic Kingdom

For more on Jingle Cruise, be sure to check out this video from Disney Parks Blog, in which former Jungle Cruise skipper Kevin Lively (a consultant on the project) and Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise skipper Wyatt Winter share what they loved about transforming the attraction for the holidays.

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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.

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

Share The Holiday Spirit with Disney Cruise Line

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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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