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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.

Ringing in the New Year at Walt Disney World Resort

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We’re coming to the end of December, and we once again find ourselves on the cusp of another incredible new year. For anyone planning to welcome 2017 at Walt Disney World Resort, we have quite a party in store. Here’s a rundown of some of the entertainment planned for this year’s celebration.

  • Epcot – It’s a party throughout Epcot from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., with unique entertainment including a DJ at the Future World Fountain Stage, dancing to a DJ under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China, a blast to the past with British Invasion in the United Kingdom, a Euro-pop DJ and lasers in Italy, a Latin band and DJ on the America Gardens Stage and a “Silent Groove” party in Japan. Cap it all off with one of two showings of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The 6:00 p.m. show will include our holiday finale, while the 11:40 p.m. performance will be followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the New Year.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Ring in the New Year beginning at 7 p.m. with a high energy DJ dance party at Center Stage, leading up to a countdown to midnight and fireworks celebration. You can also enjoy two incredible nighttime spectaculars, with “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” at 9 p.m. and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” just after midnight.
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Get a head start on the festivities, with a special New Year’s Eve eve presentation of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks at 11:50 p.m. on Friday, December 30. The same show will be repeated on December 31. For families looking to wrap things up a little earlier, both nights will also feature the Holiday Wishes New Year’s Celebration at 7:30 p.m., complete with expanded fireworks and a New Year’s Eve countdown.

So tell us … What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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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Experience Holidays Around the World at Epcot Starting November 27

Returning to Epcot next month is perennial favorite Holidays Around the World, where time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase. Whether it’s learning about the customs of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa or listening to the tales of characters like Père Noël in France and the kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy, this event is a must-do every year.

For the 2015 holiday season, new live musical performances by American Music Machine are being added to the mix. Introduced to rave reviews last summer, this five-member a cappella group brings to Holidays Around the World a contemporary take on the classic Christmas TV special. With unique vocal arrangements by Tim Davis (“Glee”), American Music Machine will be rocking around the Fountain Stage, performing both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Performed in the China pavilion at Epcot, the Chinese Lion Dance honors holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. Throughout the theme park's World Showcase, countries celebrate their own unique holiday traditions with storytellers and entertainment during Holidays Around the World. Epcot is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Charlie Champagne, photographer)

Holidays Around the World has something for everyone! “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” enlivens the Fountain Stage throughout the day, while the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs take us on a musical exploration of holiday traditions from across the Great White North in the Canada Pavilion. In Mexico, “Feliz Navidad” features colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance, and the China Pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

Holidays Around the World — Mexico PavilionOf course, a day at Epcot during Holidays Around the World would not be complete without taking in a performance of the gorgeous and moving Candlelight Processional or catching the stunning, holiday fireworks finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

Holidays Around the World begins Friday, November 27, at Epcot and continues through December 30, 2015. You won’t want to miss it!


Book The Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Now that the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing (running through November 16), why not make it an extra-special event with the Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?

An exclusive VIP tour that lasts all day long, it’s your chance to enjoy an exclusive beverage demonstration, special seating for What’s Cookin’ With … a delicious plated brunch with a celebrity chef, an introduction to the NEW Sustainable Chew Marketplace hosted by Disney chefs, expedited access to some of Epcot’s favorite attractions, VIP seating for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series, a select viewing location for the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks extravaganza and so much more.

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The Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the … well … ultimate way to experience this annual favorite of tastes, grapes, brews and good times.

Offered Fridays and Sundays throughout the festival, the price is $399 per person (21 and up only), plus tax. Discounts are available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Disney Rewards Visa® Cardholders. Epcot admission is required.

For reservations or more information, please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner.


Postcard From Illuminations Reflections Of Earth

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At the end of the day, Epcot has one last piece of magic just for you to enjoy.  Illuminations, Reflections of Earth is an amazing nighttime spectacular with fireworks, dancing water, lights, and lasers that can be seen anywhere around World Showcase Lagoon.  It’s an event not to be missed the next time you visit Walt Disney World Resort!


Celebrate New Years Eve at Walt Disney World Resort

Pop the cork on an all-new year as you welcome 2014 with festive music, spectacular fireworks and delectable culinary delicacies throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Epcot

New Year's Eve at Epcot

All across World Showcase, an exciting assortment of unique celebrations are taking place, each one just waiting to be discovered. Explore the cultures at participating pavilions—including China, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom and America—as you soak up the sounds of their featured bands or DJs.

But the party doesn’t stop there! Long before the clock strikes midnight, gather with Guests of all ages around World Showcase Lagoon for a special rendition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Marvel at the spirited message this showcase of humanity has to offer, complete with a holiday grand finale featuring a seasonal message of peace and goodwill.

Finally, indulge 2013 with a lasting “bon voyage” courtesy of the New Year’s Countdown Fireworks—an exhilarating cherry topping off the extravaganza and lighting up the skies above Epcot!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New Year's Eve at Hollywood Studios

Pay tribute to the last remaining minutes of 2013 with colorful sights, classic sounds and cinematic tidings for all. You won’t want to miss the New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring Mulch, Sweat and Shears at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Come December 31, 2013, experience the magic when “rake and roll” cover band Mulch, Sweat and Sheers takes the stage for a set of iconic songs—some you might love and others you could be hearing for the first time!

Then, as midnight makes its approach, gaze upward in anticipation as the evening ignites into an amazing shower of shimmering light. Watch in wonder as these majestic fireworks unfold above you and cascade into a glimmering scene sure to inspire awe in one and all!

Bear witness to the magic of the New Year as you christen 2014 in the grandest of fashions—it’s the New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring Mulch, Sweat and Shears, only at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Magic Kingdom

New Year's Eve at Magic Kingdom

Blast off into a fantastic new year as the evening blooms and ignites into a frenzy of color and light. Prepare yourself for the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks, an extraordinary holiday display at Magic Kingdom Park!

From Main Street, U.S.A. to Liberty Square to the forests of New Fantasyland, get ready to gaze in amazement as the evening sky illuminates into an unforgettable New Year’s Eve spectacle! No matter which iconic land you might find yourself in, see the park in an all-new light as you’re surrounded by a thunderous shower of celebratory sparkles.

Rest assured, this is one midnight countdown set to usher in 2014 in the most memorable way possible. Immerse yourself in the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks—taking place December 31, 2013, only at Magic Kingdom park!

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