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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.

Don’t Miss a Minute of the Holiday Fun at Walt Disney World or on Disney Cruise Line, Contact Kingdom Magic Vacations to Book Your Holiday Trip Today!

Disney Cruise Line Announces More Magic Coming to the Disney Magic

Disney Cruise Line shared some exciting news …there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! The first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

Disney is adding brand-new experiences like AquaDunk, a really cool thrill slide that starts with a near-vertical launch and then sends guests in a translucent tube 20 feet over the side of the ship…

Disney Cruise Line shared some exciting news …there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

 

Disney Cruise Line shared some exciting news …there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

…and a chance for young “recruits” to unleash their inner super heroes at Marvel’s Avengers Academy! This is the first time Super Heroes from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Disney Cruise Line shared some exciting news …there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

Plus, Disney is re-imagining spaces, starting with a beautifully redesigned grand atrium lobby…

Disney Cruise Line shared some exciting news …there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

…bringing more splashtacular fun up on deck with the AquaLab water playground, Twist n’ Spout slide and Nephews’ Splash Zone for toddlers…

Disney Cruise Line shared some exciting news …there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

….giving families a vibrant new dining room, Carioca’s, inspired by Rio de Janeiro…

Disney Cruise Line shared some exciting news …there’s an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

 

Disney Cruise Line has an extra dose of magic coming aboard the Disney Magic! Our first ship in the fleet is getting a “reimagineering” transformation during dry dock from Sept. 7 through Oct. 10, 2013.

….and sprinkling the pixie dust on our adult-only Palo restaurant and Senses Spa & Salon.

With an all-new lineup of clubs in the After Hours nighttime district, and with new lands of adventure in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, Disney’s Oceaneer Lab and It’s A Small World Nursery, both adults and kids have entirely new areas just for them.  Kingdom Magic will be taking a closer look inside these spaces in the weeks to come.

Over the next several months we’ll be sharing tons of videos so you can have all the details on the ship’s transformation. We’ll also sharing the Disney Magic Re-Imagined video series with global architecture expert Danny Forster.   Check out the first installment!

Disney Announces Transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort will soon break ground on a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney, representing the largest expansion in its history. Downtown Disney will be transformed into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment offerings amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm.

Walt Disney World® Resort will soon break ground on a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney, representing the largest expansion in its history. Downtown Disney will be transformed into Disney Springs
Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix of offerings from Disney and other noteworthy brands. From boutique shops to unique flagship anchor stores, guests will be able to explore a variety of shopping and dining experiences and discover offerings unlike any other currently available in Central Florida.

Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150 establishments.

Walt Disney World® Resort will soon break ground on a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney, representing the largest expansion in its history. Downtown Disney will be transformed into Disney Springs

Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four outdoor districts interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. In addition to a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry, the destination features:

  • The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.
  • A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.
  • West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.
  • The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.

Construction is slated to begin next month with completion expected in 2016.

Universal Orlando Resort “Rolls Out” TRANSFORMERS Characters and Official Merchandise Store

Universal Orlando Resort introduces two new experiences to get guests ready for the battle they’ll experience when TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D opens this summer.  You can now meet Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and purchase exclusive TRANSFORMERS merchandise at the Supply Vault, the official store for the upcoming mega-attraction.

Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, and Bumblebee are now making in-park appearances at Universal Studios Florida.

Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, and Bumblebee are now making in-park appearances at Universal Studios Florida.  Towering at more than nine-feet-tall, the characters will be in-park daily to meet, interact and take larger-than-life photos with guests.  Optimus Prime will speak directly to guests as he encourages them to join the Autobots in the fight to save mankind from the Decepticons.

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are looking for new recruits daily outside of the new "Supply Vault" where you can also pick up exclusive TRANSFORMERS gear
You can also stock up on battle gear at the new Supply Vault – the official merchandise store for TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D.   The store features an assortment of TRANSFORMERS merchandise, including action figures, apparel, Bumblebee car decals, military NEST cadet hats and more.

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are looking for new recruits daily outside of the new "Supply Vault" where you can also pick up exclusive TRANSFORMERS gear

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are looking for new recruits daily outside of the new "Supply Vault" where you can also pick up exclusive TRANSFORMERS gear

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D opens in Summer of 2013… so will be an Autobot or a Decepticon?

The Disney Parks Experience is Always Evolving Just Like Walt Disney Wanted

Magic Bands at Walt Disney Parks

(Kent Phillips, photographer)

If you have visited any of the amazing Disney Theme Parks over the last few years, you would have noticed that they always seem to be in a state of change.  Here is just a partial list of recent changes to the Disney Parks:

And the list could easily go on.

For some, all this change brings anxiety and to others it brings excitement.  Many people don’t ever want the parks to change while at the same time, many want the parks to always be bringing new experiences to Disney Guests.

But if we go back to the beginning with Walt and Disneyland, he always wanted the parks to be adding new experiences.  He felt that the parks HAD to use new technologies to create even more magic.

Walt Disney said Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

Disney Fans can always debate the pros and cons of the loss of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Walt Disney World (a loss that I still feel to this day) but in light of Walt’s desire for the parks to always change, fans have to understand the need to keep moving forward.

That change has brought us amazing experiences like Space Mountain, The Tower of Terror, and Disney’s California Adventure Park.  The theme park experience is constantly evolving.  Disney is always looking to make the Park Guest experience even better by adding Magic Bands at Walt Disney World or the My Disney Mobile App at Disneyland, Imagineers are always looking to leverage technology to help create even more magic for all of us!

And that’s what makes the Disney Park Experience so special; it’s never the same way twice!   DisneyMagic must change and can never be the same way twice.  As much as we all love the attractions and experiences from the past, we must continue to follow Uncle Walt and keep moving to that “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow!”

The My Disney Experience mobile app delivers pertinent parks information, maps and simple navigation to guests on the fly - via their smart phone or other portable device.

(Kent Phillips, photographer)

I would love to know what you think.  Leave me a comment and let us know how you feel about all the changes happening at the Disney Parks.

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