A Frozen Holiday Wish

On my most recent vacation to Walt Disney World I had to chance to see the “Frozen Holiday Wish” in the Magic Kingdom.  It is the castle lighting ceremony hosted by Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf.  If you are going to Walt Disney World before the end of the year you HAVE to see it.  Here is a clip to give you a taste of what it is like!

Are you planning to trip to see Disney at Christmas time?

Candlelight Processional 2015- Narrators Added

Disney has just released additional names of narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot. From November 27 until December 30 you can catch a lovely retelling of the Christmas story with a full orchestra and choir at the American Gardens Theater in Epcot. Showtimes are at 5:00pm, 6:45pm, and 8:15pm nightly.

  • 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira
  • 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera
  • 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

Disney does have a disclaimer that they are subject to change without notice to be sure to check before you arrive.

And you can also purchase Candlelight Processional Dining Packages for lunch and dinner where there is availability.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing?

Disney News September 2015

Here is your September 2015 Disney news round up!

The biggest news this week is that this will be the final year for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. While it will be very sad to see them go the best part is that Disney is giving notice. So if you had wanted to see them one last time or for the first time this will be your last chance. The Osborne Lights start in early November and will conclude on January 3, 2016. This change is due to the upcoming Toy Story Land and Star Wars themed land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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If you are coming to see the lights there are two new seasonal offerings. The first is the Merry & Bright Dessert Party from November 6 to December 30. This will include holiday themed desserts. Next is the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception which is January 1-3, 2016. It will feature a selection of small bites like beef, shrimp, and turkey as well as beer, wine, and specialty beverages.  Reservations can be made starting September 16.

Let’s hop over to the west coast with news of a new Frozen inspired stage musical for Disney’s California Adventure Park. This show it due out in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater. Which means this show will be replacing the current Disney’s Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular” much to the sadness of many Disney fans. Aladdin will be finished on January 10, 2016.

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If you have ever been to Walt Disney World for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and enjoy cooking, I have the thing for you!  A cookbook for the last 20 years of Food and Wine Festival.  Disney has even posted some of the recipes on their blog if you would like to try out a few of them before buying!  http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/09/new-cookbook-celebrates-20-years-of-epcot-international-food-wine-festival/

Lastly, there is a new special event at Walt Disney World, Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise.  This cruise will take in the Wishes fireworks from a ferry on the Seven Seas Lagoon and feature plenty of sweat treats taken from resorts and the parks with the music piped into the ferry.  It finishes with a toast of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in a souvenir glow glass.  Prices are $99 for adults and $69 for children 3-9 and reservations are available.

FTWDC79731Photo via Disney Parks Blog.

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2015

The dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2015 have been released.  Tickets will go on sale in April.

November
8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29

December
1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a hard ticketed event  on select nights starting in November.  The party takes place in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  During the party there are special fireworks, parades, rare character meets and cookies and hot cocoa.  The number of tickets is limited so be sure to order early as the can and will sell out.

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2015

The dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have been released for 2015.  Tickets go on sale in April!

September
   15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27

October
1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31

November
 1

Be sure to get your tickets early since some of the parties can and will sell out!

If you are unfamiliar with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you should know it is a hard ticketed event that takes place in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on select dates in the fall.  There is a limited number of tickets sold and after 7pm the park is closed to only those with party tickets.  This is a really amazing event with fireworks, a special parade and rare character meets.

December Holidays in Walt Disney World!

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One of my favorite times of year is Christmas…Obviously, I am not alone in that emotion. I love it for many reasons – one is the giddy and happy that most people seem to have, celebrating with friends and family, and celebrating my birthday. I am one of the lucky ones born during the Christmas holidays (December 17 – plenty of shopping days left!)  If I am really lucky I get to celebrate this special time of year for a few days in Walt Disney World.

My husband and I went the first or second week in December for 4 years straight a few years back and it was hands down the best time of year for us to go! The weather was great (though we did have to buy sweatshirts the first year for the evening time chill), the crowds were low and the decorations were so beautiful. Unfortunately because of some major relocating several times over the past few years it has made our yearly trips harder because now we do travel to see family at Thanksgiving and Christmas so to throw a third trip in a short period of time – well it is not always easy.

So last year, we all compromised and spent Thanksgiving at Disney and lucky me the holiday decorations were in full swing! I toured all the resorts and saw all the beautiful carousels and chocolate houses. I ate a gingerbread cookie in a gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. I walked down Main Street USA and saw Christmas Trees and holiday decorations all around me and perhaps missed a little of the normal Thanksgiving cheer but got loads of yuletide cheer (and in my book yuletide cheer wins!)

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There are so many exciting things to do during the holidays and one of the main attractions for many people is the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It is similar in theory to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party but I think obviously it is themed for Christmas. There is fake snow on Main Street and special parades and Santa. They also serve cookies and hot chocolate…the year I first went it was raining…hard. So, we got to enjoy riding Buzz Lightyear 10 times without waiting but otherwise nothing else exciting happened.  Disney did us right though and as we left the park they gave us instructions on how to get a refund. So, made the decision whether to go the next year very easy and it was good times.

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One of the reasons I am picking now to write this post is once again the holidays are coming and yet, we still live far away and will be traveling Thanksgiving and Christmas so normally we would have to pass on Disney in December. Well, this year is different…this year my December birthday is a big one! I am turning 40 and when I turn 40 I want to be on Main Street USA with fake snow and Santa! So, look out to my Disney travelers I am checking my list of who has been naughty and nice! Here is to hoping it can work out! Stay tuned…