Festival of the Seasons Returns to Downtown Disney at Disney World

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Who is up for a little Disney holiday shopping? Everyone I am sure. Well Disney’s Festival of the Seasons returns to Downtown Disney at Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Festival of the Seasons brings holiday cheer to our shopping, dining and entertainment area. Now through December 30, the area will be filled with seasonal decor and holiday trees, as well as live entertainment, including carolers, stilt walkers, street performers, a dance party and more.

Santa Claus will also return to his wintery chalet at 5 p.m. tonight. He’ll greet guests daily throughout the holiday season.

Keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog for more Christmas updates.

List of 2013 Holiday Events at Disneyland & California Adventure

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are filled with an abundance of merriment, tradition and new experiences this year, including the debut of “World of Color − Winter Dreams.” The all-new version of “World of Color” in Disney California Adventure Park brings the spirit of the holidays to life with music, humor and the joy of the season.

Hosted by Olaf the snowman, from the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated feature “Frozen,” the “World of Color − Winter Dreams” show combines new animation with classic winter scenes from beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films, such as “Bambi,” “Fantasia” and “Toy Story.” The show includes new music and special effects, including new methods for utilizing the massive “stage” of water, color and light that comes to life with the power of nearly 1,200 fountains.

Also new in Disney California Adventure, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” takes over Paradise Gardens with a daily celebration inspired by the warmth and joyous spirit of Latino culture and holiday traditions. From Nov. 15 through Jan. 6, 2014, “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” offers special activities such as live Latino music, dance lessons, crafts and face painting for children and a “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party.” The festivities also include traditional holiday foods and appearances by some popular Disney characters. The grand finale of “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” will be the special celebration of Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) Jan. 3 through 6, 2014 in Paradise Garden.

These new experiences join a merry lineup of Disneyland Resort holiday traditions that begin Nov. 12, including “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks and snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park, plus special seasonal décor on Buena Vista Street, along with whimsical décor in Cars Land and a bug’s land in Disney California Adventure. Characters also make holiday appearances and the skippers of Jingle Cruise add some new holiday fun.

At Disney California Adventure Park:

In addition to all the holiday cheer in “World of Color – Winter Dreams” and “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” Disney California Adventure gets a spectacular seasonal makeover:

  • A whimsical “snowcar” (the Radiator Springs version of a snowman) stands at the entrance to Cars Land, and each address along Route 66 – Flo’s V-8 Café, Fillmore’s, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires and more – features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there.
  • A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, are decorated with vintage-style ornaments.
  • Children of all ages may visit a classic department store Santa at Elias & Co., the main department store along Buena Vista Street.
  • Wintertime fun rocks the night at “Mad T Party” as Alice and the Mad Hatter add their own brand of off-kilter holiday spirit to the nighttime celebration in Hollywood Land.
  • “A bug’s land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
  • A Holiday edition of the street show, “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party,” includes festive décor, costumes and holiday tunes. The show invites guests of all ages to “seize the day,” dancing and singing on Paradise Pier with the Disney Channel’s inventive animated boy geniuses.

At Disneyland Park:

Two new experiences come to life in Disneyland this November, revealing the worlds of exciting new films, the comedy adventure “Frozen” and the epic adventure “Thor: The Dark World.” In Tomorrowland, Thor: Treasures of Asgard invites guests into a column of light and color which magically transports them from Disneyland to the home world of Thor, the Mighty Avenger. In Fantasyland, guests meet the enchanting sisters from “Frozen” – the fearless and optimistic Anna, and Elsa, who has the power to control snow and ice.

Also new, the popular Jungle Cruise attraction dashes through the holiday season as Jingle Cruise. The adventurous skippers in Adventureland celebrate the holidays by decorating their dock and boathouse with ornaments sent from home, augmented with their own plants, flowers, rope and items from their jungle surroundings. Passengers aboard the Jingle Cruise are treated to a stocking full of new Yuletide patter as they sail past familiar jungle scenes: “All those baby elephants want is their two trunk teeth.”

Many long-standing holiday traditions delight Disneyland guests throughout the season, including:

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle – A sensational holiday lighting and special-effects show carries the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the 60-foot tall Disneyland Christmas tree in Town Square. The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, ending with a touching rendition of “White Christmas,” along with a climactic snowfall swirling upon Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square.
  • “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade – On Main Street, U.S.A., Disney characters celebrate the magic of the season, wrapping gifts, baking holiday treats and preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus, who shouts a jolly greeting to spectators along the parade route. New for 2013, winter skiers (on roller skis) glide around a frost-covered pine tree, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog” join the Candlelight Costume Ball, and a corps of Finale Dancers in gorgeous Dickens-era costumes lead the way for Santa and his reindeer.
  • “It’s a small world” Holiday becomes a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its façade and, inside, the children of many nations in their holiday attire. New for 2013, the smiling clock at the front of “it’s a small world” reveals a sparkling, new projection show. After dark, on every quarter hour, the façade of the attraction is transformed into an enormous clockwork mechanism with advanced 3D-projection technology. The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from the film “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.
  • Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus greet Disneyland guests at Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Big Thunder Ranch, in Frontierland. Children and families can chat with St. Nick, meet Disney characters, and enjoy games, music, crafts and seasonal entertainment

Guests may book the seasonal favorite “Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort” guided tour which provides entry into “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday along with reserved seating and a holiday treat while enjoying “A Christmas Fantasy” parade. The tour also includes a view of the holiday décor in Disney California Adventure, a keepsake remembrance and entertaining information about Disneyland holiday traditions.

Holiday Magic throughout Disneyland Resort:

Guests in the Downtown Disney district get into the holiday spirit at the Downtown Disney Winter Village, visiting the quaint cottages, browsing for gifts in the “shopping chalets” and enjoying a 30-foot Christmas tree. Guests also lace up their skates to make spirits bright along the newly themed Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. The rink hours are scheduled for 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Disneyland Resort hotels join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks extend the family fun and offer more time for guests to enjoy all there is to see and do at the Disneyland Resort.

Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

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Don’t miss these Holiday Events at Disney World

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Heading to Disney World this Holiday Season? Be sure to check out some of these fun events to help you get in the Holiday Spirit.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade

  • 3:45pm daily from November 7 2013 to January 2 2014

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

  • Nightly at dusk to park closing from November 8 2013 to January 5 2014

New Years Eve

Fantasmic 6:30pm, 8pm Lights! Camera! Happy New Year! Fireworks at midnight

Epcot

Candlelight Processional

  • Nightly at 5pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm from November 29 2013 to December 30 2013

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth with Peace on Earth Finale

  • -Nightly at 9:30pm from November 29 2013 to December 30 2013

Holiday Storytellers

Daily from November 29 to December 30 2013

Mexico

  • Celebrate with LosTres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, as they tell of their journey to the Posada and traditions today.

Norway

  • Meet the storyteller Sigrid who will tell you of the mischievous Christmas Gnome, Julenissen.

China

  • Watch the agile Monkey King weave his tall tale with twists and turns celebrating Chinese New Year!

Germany

  • Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker.

Italy

  • Visit with Italy’s good Christmas witch, La Befana, as she remembers the Epiphany and her first Christmas 2,000 years ago!

American Adventure: Christmas: Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. Even Mrs. Claus will be there!

  • Kwanzaa: Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, creativity and community.
  • Hanukkah: Discover the connection of today’s Hanukkah tradition and the story of the brave Maccabees and the lamp that burned miraculously for eight days

Japan

  • Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the NewYear!

France

  • Find Père Noël as he shares a letter from a little girl that recreates the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child.

Morocco

  • Drum with Taarji, as he celebrates the customs of Ramadan and Ashura.

United Kingdom

  • Spend a moment with jolly Father Christmas, as he makes traditions from Christmas past just as fun today!

Canada

  • See Nowell, a Canadian lumberjack, as he tells of his journey to find Santa at Christmastime.

‘Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season’

  •  November 23 to December 30 2012. Showtimes are daily at 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm

New Years Eve

IllumiNations Peace on Earth edition 6:30pm/ IllumiNations New Years Eve edition 11:40pm
Magic Kingdom

Celebrate the Season

  • Part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on event nights from November 5 to December 20 2013
  • Available to park day guests from December 21 2013 to December 31 2013

Cinderella’s Holiday Wish

  • Nightly from November 5 2013 to December 31 2013 at 6:15pm

Holiday Wishes

  • Part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party from November 8 to December 20 2013
  • Available to park day guests from December 21 2013 to December 30 2013 (without perimeter fireworks)

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

  • Part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on event nights from November 8 to December 20 2013
  •  Available to park day guests from December 21 2013 to December 31 2013, at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

  • On select days from November 8 to December 31 2013

New Years Eve

  • Wishes at 8:30pm Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks Dec 30 and Dec 31 at 11:50pm

Downtown Disney

Festival of the Seasons

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You can meet Santa at his chalet in the Marketplace, near to World of Disney from November 15 to November 29 2013, 5pm to 10pm, then November 29 to December 24 midday to 10pm. Santa Goofy takes over from December 25 to December 29, 3pm to 10pm.

West Side

  • Daily musical groups

Disney World Resorts

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

  • Gingerbread House
  • New Year’s Eve Dining

Disney World Food!

At Epcot World Showcase:

  • Biergarten Restaurant in Germany is offering both lunch and dinner celebrations.
  • La Hacienda de San Angel in Mexico is offering a New Year’s Eve dinner.
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada has three seatings.
  • Monsieur Paul in France starts celebrating at noon with seatings throughout the day and evening.

Magic Kingdom:

The Magic Kingdom at Tomorrowland Terrace they will have a New Year’s Eve fireworks dinner and dessert party.

Some resorts have some special dining for ringing in the New Year:

  • Disney’s BoardWalk – Flying Fish Cafe
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Citricos, Victoria & Albert’s and Narcoossee’s
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – California Grill and Chef Mickey’s (New Year’s Day brunch)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Boma – Flavors of Africa (New Year’s Day breakfast)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Whispering Canyon Cafe (Lunch and dinner)

Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust

Sunshine

 

Top Five Reasons Why Disney World During The Holiday Season RULES!

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Walt Disney World is always a great place to vacation, but it gets even better during the Holiday season! There is so much to see and experience at the Parks and Resorts during this time that it’s hard to describe it all! But I shall try – with this rundown of the top five BEST things about WDW During The Holidays:

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FOODDisney Food is by far some of the best food on the planet – and they manage to make it even better for the holidays! Pumpkin fudge at the Main Street Confectionary, Holiday themed cupcakes and candy apples and cookies (including gingerbread Mickeys!), candy canes, and everything is adorned in red and green sprinkles to get you in the holiday spirit. Many Disney restaurants also take part in the holiday cheer by offering special menus and dishes for the occasion, check out the list of participating restaurants here

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Decorations – Disney‘s motto when it comes to decorating at Christmastime should be “go big or go home” – because they CERTAINLY go big on the holiday décor! Every lamp post you see is adorned with a (Mickey shaped!) wreath, and garlands and wreaths adorn Main Street USA, and every Park and Resort have their own Christmas Tree (many of which are larger than life!) that is covered in lights and themed decorations. The piece de resistance though is Cinderella’s Castle – which is draped entirely in nets of lights that are turned on at dusk and twinkle so beautifully that they will bring out the Christmas lover in even the biggest Grinch out there!

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Gingerbread anyone? – Gingerbread is a very popular Christmas treat – and its everywhere at WDW! Head to these resorts and check out their displays:

Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – Check out the intricate Gingerbread scene here which includes Lilo, Stitch, and a mini Boardwalk Bakery

Contemporary Resort – A Giant Gingerbread Christmas Tree greets you here, it’s truly a sight to see

Grand Floridian Resort – The Resort Lobby houses a Life Size Gingerbread house, where you can even purchase gingerbread “shingles” to take home

Yacht And Beach Club – My personal favorite Gingerbread display is located here – the life size spinning Gingerbread Carousel – it’s hard to

believe it’s made out of cookies!

Not a gingerbread fan? Then head over to Epcot’s America pavilion – where Mrs. Claus has set up shop – baking delicious cookies and various other treats. Pair these with some hot cider or cocoa and you’ve got the perfect holiday snack

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Live Entertainment – Head over to Epcot for evening presentations of the Candlelight Processional which includes re-telling of the Christmas story by celebrity narrators, and includes an orchestra and choir accompaniment too. Festival of the Seasons in Downtown Disney includes daily appearances from Santa himself, as well as live entertainment (carolers, bands, and more!), and plenty of shopping options with something for everyone on your gift list. Head over to Animal Kingdom for Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade – which includes music, dancing, and your favorite characters all decked out in their holiday finery. End your night over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with their Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – a dazzling display of millions of lights that will awe and amaze

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Is held on select nights around Christmas time, and it includes a special parade and fireworks display, as well as character meet and greets. Oh, and there’s free cookies and cocoa – yum! The Magic Kingdom is shut down to the general public for this event, and only those with tickets to the party are allowed entry (click here for official date and ticket information). Oh, and the best part? They make it SNOW on Main Street during the parade!

I would have to say that Christmas Merchandise is a close “runner up” to the above items – there are some adorable stuffed animals, shirts, pins, hats, ornaments, and much more available at shops around the Parks

Disney + Christmas = the perfect combo! Oh, and we can’t forget about the Holiday Cheer – The Cast Members are all dressed up in holiday style, and they really go the extra mile to pass on that holiday spirit, plus there’s Christmas tunes playing everywhere, and it all combines to create the perfect holiday atmosphere!

Disney Christmas Movie Gift Pack Giveaway

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With less than a week away till Christmas I hope you have all of your shopping done! If not we have a little something you might be interested in winning!

Disney has given us 2 Disney Christmas Movie Gift Packs to giveaway which includes Santa Paws 2, The Muppets Christmas Carol 20th Edition, Prep and Landing: Totally Tinsel Edition and The Santa Clause 3-Movie collection.

To enter all you have to do is comment below what you want Santa to bring you for Christmas. You can comment as many times as you like just as long as you are not spamming the same word over and over. I know some people might have a longer wish list than others so let’s here what you want for Christmas this year!

Share this post using one of the buttons at the top or button for bonus entries. Same rules apply the more you share the more entries you receive.

Contest ends Friday December 21st at 11:59pm.  I will pick 2 lucky fans and notify them that they won. They have have 12 hrs to get back to me or I will pick another winner. Also be sure to use a valid way so I can contact you. Most times I will email, Facebook, or tweet the winner.

Good Luck Everyone and Merry Christmas!

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