Kingdom Magic Vacations

Call Toll-Free
866-972-6244

Tag Archives: Walt Disney World Resort

2017 Disney Food & Wine Cookbook Shares Recipes Coast to Coast

2017 Disney Food & Wine Cookbook Shares Recipes Coast to Coast

For the first time ever, the 2017 “Disney Food & Wine Festival Coast-to-Coast Cookbook” takes you coast to coast to both Disney festivals – the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival that happens in the spring at the Disneyland Resort, and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, happening now through Nov. 13 at Walt Disney World Resort.

And since the Epcot festival is just under way, we’re sharing a new recipe from the Africa Marketplace, one of 35 Global Marketplaces at the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

2017 Disney Food & Wine Cookbook Shares Recipes Coast to Coast

Generously seasoned, this flavorful, vegetarian version of a hearty African stew gets even more protein from quinoa and yogurt toppings. You can toast the naan for chips, but the pillowy flatbread is just as delicious simply served warm on the side for sopping up the stew.

The Disney wine experts recommend pairing this dish with a Pinotage; a medium-bodied red wine with red fruit aromas and a touch of smokiness. Bon appétit!

2017 Disney Food & Wine Cookbook Shares Recipes Coast to Coast

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

While the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival just kicked off yesterday, Adventures by Disney is already prepping for its 2018 Food & Wine sailings along the Rhine River. The timing is fitting, as these 8-day, 7-night adult-exclusive epicurean sailings, departing in fall of 2018, expand on the theme of international eats by taking guests to the heart of Europe to indulge in the authentic foods from 4 different countries!

The sailings are hosted by renowned chefs and sommeliers, serving up extraordinary food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship. On the Sept. 24, 2018 sailing, Scott Hunnel, Executive Chef at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, including the AAA Five Diamond award-winning Victoria and Albert’s, will be hosting culinary presentations and demonstrations. Joining him onboard the river cruise ship will be George Miliotes, one of only 236 Master Sommeliers in the world, who is also behind Wine Bar George at Disney Springs which will open in early 2018.

Chefs & Master Sommeliers Announced for 2018 Adventures by Disney Rhine Food & Wine Sailings

On the second sailing, departing on Oct. 8, 2018, guests will be joined by Chef Rudolf “Rudy” Muller, Executive Chef and Culinary Director at Hong Kong Disneyland along with Brian Koziol, Master Sommelier and Concept & Development Director, Food and Beverage at Walt Disney World Resort.

While cruising along Europe’s Rhine River, you’ll also make visits to world-famous breweries and award-winning wineries, partake in gourmet demonstrations and workshops, sip your way through local beer and wine pairings on culinary walking tours, and much more. These activities will allow you to discover the unique culinary history and culture of four countries—Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Bookings for these special sailings are now open! And, don’t miss the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place now through Nov. 13.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Recently, Walt Disney Imagineering and the project teams responsible for bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life at Disneyland park celebrated a major milestone — the topping out of the tallest peak in the 14-acre land.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Rising to 130 feet, the steel that makes up the highest point in the new land was put in place as the design and construction teams celebrated the tradition.

 

Another part of this longtime construction tradition is when signatures are placed on the steel beam, and for this topping out every Disneyland Resort cast member was invited to take part! This isn’t the only way our cast members are getting involved.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

Soon, a selected team of cast members will lend their expertise to the process of bringing the land’s two signature attractions to life. They will offer their unique knowledge of our parks, attractions and operations to inform and influence how the immersive attractions allow guests to experience Star Wars in their own way.

As you can see in the photo below, progress continues on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort where the remote trading port continues to take shape at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

As announced recently at D23 Expo, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open in 2019, first at the Disneyland Resort and later that year at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone Celebrated at Disneyland Park

New VOID Experience Centers Coming to Downtown Disney and Disney Springs This Holiday Season

New VOID Experience Centers Coming to Downtown Disney and Disney Springs This Holiday Season

Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID recently announced the new Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire hyper-reality experience. This ground-breaking experience will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season, giving Star Wars fans the opportunity to step beyond reality and into a galaxy far, far away.

“At The VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at The VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of The VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.”

ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s Immersive Entertainment division, created this first of its kind experience, in collaboration with The VOID. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will plunge guests directly into the iconic Star Wars galaxy. Guests will move freely throughout the untethered, social, and multi sensory experience as they interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters.

“At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” explained Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of the division. “Through our collaboration with The VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.”

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire marks an important milestone in the continued expansion of The VOID, which also joined the 2017 Disney Accelerator earlier this year.

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Nothing beats a fall visit to Walt Disney World Resort. In just a few weeks, the season will return early, giving guests more time than ever to experience favorite festivals, parties and more.

Here’s what’s on tap this fall at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties Begin Aug. 25 – This guest-favorite fall event will return to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights, beginning Aug. 25. This hard-ticket event features Halloween decor, special entertainment, Disney characters in costumes, trick-or-treating (for all ages!), Disney attractions, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, and so much more. This year’s event dates are: Aug. 25 and 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; Oct.1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1, 2017. Guests are also welcome to dress up for the event (be sure to double-check the park’s costume guidelines before you go).

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Returns Aug. 31 – This year’s festival will offer 75 days of culinary fun that will include: 35 global marketplaces (including five new ones!), a selection of 39 new marketplace dishes, 65 new cocktail selections, 225 Eat to the Beat concerts and much more. ABC’s “The Chew,” will also return to broadcast five episodes from the festival this year. For a full look at what to expect at this year’s festival, click here.

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25The Great Irish Hooley Returns Sept. 1-4 – The 6th Great Irish Hooley music festival will return to Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs in just a few weeks. Celebrating Irish song, dance, food and drink, the Great Irish Hooley kicks off performances beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and continues each day and night through late Monday and into the wee hours. This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include: Elevation, Lisa Canny Band, Gary O’Meara Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Jake Richardson, Over the Bar, Rollickin’ Rua and Aaron O’Sullivan. The Raglan Road Irish Dancers, as well as champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, will also share their talents on stage.

Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Disney Night of Joy Returns Sept. 8-9 – The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will again host Disney Night of Joy, two evenings filled with joyous gospel, hip-hop, pop, rock, praise and adult contemporary music. This year’s lineup includes performances by artists like TobyMac, MercyMe, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and many others. Browse the full lineup here and grab tickets now.

Which fall offering are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments section below.

Disney’s Night of Joy 2017: Tickets Now On Sale

 

Disney’s Night of Joy 2017: Tickets Now On Sale

Walt Disney World Resort has a new ticketing structure for this event being held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and we wanted to share it with you.

This year, Disney has really tried to create a ticketing structure that meets the needs of a variety of different types of guests including Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

Event guests will be able to buy a concert only OR a concert plus theme park combination ticket for either evening – or even a two-night concert ticket.

  • Single-night concert only tickets will be $45 plus tax in advance
  • Two-night concert only tickets will be $69 plus tax in advance
  • Add-on a (1) day Walt Disney World theme park ticket for only $62 plus tax*.

There also will be premium seating packages available for an extra charge; and groups of 10 or more will be able to get discounted tickets, as with past events.

Tickets will go on sale in early June.

A little reminder about this year’s talent: (Entertainment subject to change.)

  • Friday, Sept. 8 – MercyMe, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett.

For for information, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner!

* Add-on Theme Park Ticket Option is good for use any one day September 8-30, 2017 at any one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks
**2-Night Concert plus 1-day add-on Theme Park Advanced ticket will also include (1) admission to your choice of Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon for one use September 8-30, 2017. Individuals must purchase by August 8, 2017 to receive water park ticket. Groups must purchase by August 25, 2017 to receive water park ticket.

Flying Fish

At Flying Fish, you’re welcomed with a stylish and sophisticated ambiance that makes you feel like you’re dining on a classic Atlantic boardwalk. From all over the restaurant, you have a view of the open kitchen where chefs use the freshest and premium sustainable seafood.

Dinner is the only meal served at Flying Fish – taking reservations from 5:00pm – 9:30pm

The chefs at Flying Fish create specialties nightly that you’ll be sure to enjoy. Blue crab bisque, plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops, and wagyu filet mignon are just a few options you’ll have a tough time choosing between. Peruse the handpicked wine and cocktail list designed to complement every meal. Be sure to save room for dessert to end your meal with a seasonal sweet treat!

Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner
A flavorful and exciting 5-course prix fixe menu is available with this dining option. Sit right at the chef’s counter with a front row view of the open kitchen. Your dishes are prepared in front of you with a perfectly paired wine to complement each course. While enjoying your dinner, you have an exclusive chance to talk to – and learn from – the chef!

Flying Fish is located on Disney’s BoardWalk and you can get there by bus or boat. After your dinner, head to Atlantic Dance Hall where you can dance the night away at this nightclub that plays songs from the ’80s, ’90s, and today. If dancing all night isn’t your thing, maybe a dueling piano bar is! Head to Jellyrolls to enjoy sing-alongs and give the two piano maestros your requests! To enjoy Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls, guests have to be 21 and older.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Experience the charm and whimsy of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City at this waterfront Resort hotel. Make a splash at Luna Park Pool and delight in a massage at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Discover carnival games, unique dining and exciting nightlife on the Coney Island-style boardwalk. Strung like saltwater taffy along the shimmering Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation: 
At Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, there are three pools just waiting for you to enjoy. The Luna Park Pool is a carnival themed pool with a 200-foot-long waterslide that invites you back to the 1920s. There is a whirlpool spa for adults, a kiddie pool for little ones, and a lounge and bar serving refreshments and snacks. Two leisure pools are also available offering a tranquil swimming experience.

You and your family canenjoy an afternoon of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf located near the hotel or one of the many outdoor activities such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, or a motorized boat rental.

If family friendly activities such as bike rentals, movies under the stars, fishing, and tennis don’t peak your interest, you can surely enjoy a walk along the BoardWalk. A quarter-mile promenade of dining, shops, and nightlife, you can spend your whole night here enjoying all it has to offer.

Muscles & Bustles Health Club:
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn provides a full-service workout facility, home to fitness equipment and a sauna ensuring you’ll stay fit even while on vacation!

Dining:
There are great dining options along the BoardWalk. At Flying Fish, you’ll experience fine dining and premium sustainable seafood. Brews and bites are available at the family friendly microbrewery Big River Grille & Brewing Works. There you can watch the onsite brewmaster craft six specialty beers through floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re looking for quick service options then BoardWalk Bakery and Pizza Window are the best options.

Transportation: 
Staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

This lively and charming waterfront resort hotel is a Walt Disney World favorite for good reason. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Ultra-Modern Retreat at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

contemp1
Retreat to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and discover award-winning dining, spectacular views, and dazzling pools. Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame Contemporary tower or the nearby Garden Wing, you can walk to Magic Kingdom main gate or catch the Resort Monorail as it breezes through the tower. Inside, a 90-foot-tall mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair—responsible for the distinct look and feel of the “it’s a small world” attraction—celebrates the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest.

Recreation:
Start your day in the best way possible with a complimentary 30-minute yoga class under the Skyway Bridge. You’ll walk away feeling centered, focused, and ready to own the big day ahead! Also at this resort are two pools – the main “Feature Pool” and the “Bay Lake Pool.”  At the Feature Pool you can splash around and slide down their 17-foot-high curving waterslide or rent a poolside cabana for a private retreat. The Bay Lake Pool is a more tranquil pool with a nearby hot tub for parents to relax by.

There are plenty of outdoor activities that are fun for the whole family, such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, motorized boat rentals, movies under the stars, and more!

contemp2

Dining:
Easily the most family-friendly restaurant at Walt Disney World is located right in the heart of Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Chef Mickey’s. Enjoy a fun-filled buffet-style feast where Mickey,Minnie, and the whole gang mingle around for photos and autographs.

There are four lounges where adults can unwind before or after dinner as well as three quick-services dining options that offer poolside snacks and grab and go goods before hitting the parks.

contemp3

Transportation:
The monorail stops directly in the center of the Contemporary Resort, making it a quick ride to Magic Kingdom park and Epcot. A water taxi is also available for a cruise over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. And as always, Disney’s bus transportation can take you and your family most everywhere throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is an ultra-modern retreat that stands out at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this tropical oasis of coconut palms, lush vegetation, koi ponds, and white-sand beaches. Village longhouses flank the Great Ceremonial House, where torch-lighting, drums, and a traditional fire-knife dance welcome the night. On the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort invites you to savor “Ho’Onanea”—the passing of time in languid tranquility.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Recreation:
You certainly can’t miss the Lava Pool at this resort. It has a towering volcano, a waterfall, and an exciting 142 foot-long waterslide that everyone will enjoy. The Oasis Pool is nestled amid a lush garden and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Also at the Polynesian Resort is Lilo’s Playhouse: a kid’s club for ages 3-12 where they’ll be visited by some of their Disney friends, be entertained with endless activities, and even enjoy dinner and late-night snacks.

Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Dining:
Your family will enjoy a breakfast to remember with Lilo, Stitch, and their friends at ‘Ohana. At this feast-style breakfast, characters will sign autographs and pose for photos while you and your family start your day with hearty foods and plenty of laughs.

If you’re looking for dinner and a show, you’ll have to experience Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Hula dancing, fire dancing, and a show-stopping fire-knife performer will delight you with traditions from Polynesia as you enjoy an authentic meal.

Casual quick-service dining is available at 5 different locations on Polynesian property as well as two lounges and three other sit-down restaurants.

Monorail at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Transportation:
Board the monorail for an easy ride-in-the-sky to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The resort’s complimentary water taxi will also take you to Magic Kingdom park, and Disney’s Bus Transportation is always available to take you to most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a wonderful escape to the South Pacific and fun for the whole family. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Experience the Great Northwest at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Escape to the rustic majesty of America’s Great Northwest. Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness. Soak in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek. Inside, discover towering totem poles, headdresses and more, and sink into a plush leather armchair in front of the roaring fireplace.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Recreation:
There is endless fun with all the activities Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has to offer. From bike and boat rentals to fishing and movies under the stars, there is something for everyone. There are two pools at this resort: Copper Creek Springs Pool is a heated pool surrounded by nature where you can zip down a 67-foot waterslide and relax in the whirlpool spas. Nearby is the Geyser Point Bar & Grill that offers refreshments and snacks to savor poolside. The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool is much more laid-back and offers first come, first served shaded seating areas.

Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Dining:
If you’re looking for an exceptional savory menu while enjoying a waterfront view, then Artist Point is right up your alley. Their farm-to-fork menu is ever-changing and you can be sure you will be enjoying the freshest and most innovative dishes.

Located inside the resort’s lobby is the Whispering Canyon Cafe. Fun for the whole family, games and good eating is served with a little attitude. Don’t miss the Lincoln logs, and certainly don’t ask for the ketchup unless you’re ready for all eyes to be on you!

Casual quick-service dining is available at Geyser Point Bar & Grill, Roaring Fork, and Trout Pass Pool Bar.

Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Transportation:
One of the best ways to get from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom is via the complimentary water taxi that cruises across Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Always reliable is the Disney Bus Transportation. The bus stop is located a short walk from the lobby and can take take you to most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is truly one of a kind and fun for the whole family. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

“Rivers of Light” Opens February 17 at Animal Kingdom

For more than a year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort has continued its evolution to a day-to-night park by introducing a rich variety of new nighttime experiences – from Kilimanjaro Safaris after sunset and fine dining at Tiffins, to the vibrant entertainment at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and Discovery Island Carnivale. And when the Tree of Life awakens after dark, it is truly a sight to behold!

Disney announced one of the park’s newest nighttime experiences, “Rivers of Light,” will make its official debut on Feb 17, 2017.

riversoflight

Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.

Dining and FastPass+ reservations for this new show are now available.

And don’t forget that the next step in the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the grand debut of Pandora – The World of Avatar – will take place on May 27, 2017.

Keep your eye on the Disney Travel News, as we share more details on what’s new and what’s next for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Ringing in the New Year at Walt Disney World Resort

ihdj57589

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?

Disney Parks Prepares for Most ‘Magical Christmas Celebration’ Airing Dec. 25

Following a festive kick-off to the holidays that began Thanksgiving Day with two new broadcast specials, Disney Parks will close out 2016 with its most cherished seasonal tradition of all – the annual Christmas Day spectacular. “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” airs Sunday, December 25, 2016, on the ABC Television Network (10a.m. – 12 p.m. ET; airtimes vary; check local listings) and on the ABC and the Disney Channel apps.

1112zu_0446kp-640x420

Ushering in its 33rd year are the dynamic brother-sister duo from “Dancing with the Stars,” Julianne Hough and Derek Hough, who will present the two-hour ABC special from the Walt Disney World Resort. The season’s most eagerly awaited celebration culminates with the fan-favorite Christmas parade delivered by Disneyland correspondent, Good Morning America’s Jesse Palmer from the action-packed parade lines alongside other exciting celebrity guests.

Beyond offering an all-star performance lineup featuring the biggest names in music and entertainment, the joyous program will provide viewers with a necessary holiday reminder: the importance of family togetherness. Following the inspirational stories of the families introduced in the Thanksgiving Day special, the telecast will feature heartwarming moments between loved ones, reinforcing the notion that Christmas is all about friends and family coming together.

1109zu_1126ma-1024x674

Taking viewers on a magical ride down Main Street U.S.A. and beyond, the Christmas Day festivities will be bigger and brighter than ever before. A complete list of musical performances is included below.

  • Alessia Cara performs a “A Holly Jolly Christmas” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
    Mariah Carey performs one of the biggest selling holiday songs of all time, “All I Want for Christmas is You” from the Disneyland Resort
  • Sofia Carson delivers a new arrangement of “Silent Night” from her Disney Channel performance and also hosts from backstage at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Kelly Clarkson performs “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Gavin DeGraw sings “Merry Christmas Baby” in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • Jordan Fisher performs “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
  • OneRepublic performs “Kids” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks deliver in front of Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World Resort solo and duet performances from their new album, “Christmas Together,” out now

1113zu_0774ma-640x420

In keeping with the spirit of the season, Disney Parks around the world are festively cast with spectacular experiences and special castle lighting moments, making them the perfect destinations for families celebrating the holidays and for the beloved ABC special.

  • All four parks of the Walt Disney World Resort get in the holiday spirit with new shows, thrilling spectaculars and beloved characters to create lasting memories. At Magic Kingdom Park, in addition to exciting new entertainment for the special-ticket “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,” Cinderella Castle transforms into a shimmering ice palace as Queen Elsa leads “A Frozen Holiday Wish” nightly. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” sends beloved Disney characters on a mission to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. At Epcot, in addition to global entertainment, guests can explore what the holidays taste like around the world. For its first-ever full holiday celebration, Disney Springs is wrapped in festive décor and entertainment, while dozens of new stores have laid the welcome mat out for holiday shoppers. An all-new nightly spectacle, “Starbright Holidays,” fills the skies above Disney Springs with 300 show drones performing an amazing aerial ballet set to holiday music.
  • At Disney California Adventure Park in the Disneyland Resort, a new “Festival of Holidays” treats guests to music, dance, food and heartwarming holiday traditions. The popular World of Color nighttime water spectacular is also transformed into “World of Color – Season of Light” with holiday music and treasured Disney animation. Among a sleigh-full of holiday events and activities at Disneyland Park is “A Christmas Fantasy,” a daily parade of floats, music, tin soldiers and holiday cheer. In addition, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle creates magical snowfall moments along Main Street, U.S.A.

1113zu_1019kp-640x420

The 33rd annual Christmas celebration airs nationwide on December 25 at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on the ABC Television Network. The show will also be available on the ABC and the Disney Channel apps.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex To Become New Epicenter of Cheer and Dance

NWWSV5806996

In February Disney announced that Walt Disney World Resort plans to build a new sports venue at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Today, we’re excited to give you a first look at the design of the new state-of-the-art venue.

The new indoor sports venue, which will be adjacent to the Jostens Center, will feature a flexible design that can morph from one large competition space capable of seating more than 8,000 fans to as many as four separate competition areas. It will be so flexible that it can be configured to host a variety of other sports, such as basketball and volleyball, as well as concerts.

It will be the only venue of its size in America that is specifically designed with cheerleading and dance competitions in mind, offering special warm up and practice areas as well as spaces for judges and officials.

The facility, expected to be complete within the next 18 months, will perfectly complement the growing number of prestigious cheerleading and dance events at Disney. Currently, the sports complex plays host to nine cheerleading and dance competitions, such as the National High School Cheerleading Championships in February.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex was already a major player in the cheerleading and dance world, but the construction of this massive new indoor venue means that the sports complex is poised to become the epicenter of cheerleading and dance events in this nation. And that’s enough to make any cheerleader do backflips.

MENU