The holiday season begins at Walt Disney World

While it is only the beginning of November, Walt Disney World is kicking off the holiday season with new shows and returning favorites across the resort!

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At the Magic Kingdom, the Christmas Tree and wreaths are up as they prepare for the influx of holiday visitors.

Each night Cinderella Castle turns into a beautiful ice palace thanks to the help from Elsa, Anna, and some of their Frozen friends during ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ castle lighting.

‘Once Upon A Time’, debuting on November 4th, is new nightly projection show inspired by the Tokyo Disneyland Park uses projection mapping to transform Cinderella Castle with familiar scenes from Disney movies. During the show, Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast shares bedtime stories with young Chip, taking a journey through the most adventurous scenes from Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and other favorites along the way.

Select nights from November 7th until December 22nd, the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey‘s Very Merry Christmas Party. This after-hours party gives guests a chance to experience exclusive entertainment, character meet and greets, fireworks, and a parade full of holiday cheer and fun while sipping on hot cocoa and snacking on cookies under the gentle falling of Florida ‘snow’.

As Disney Springs continues to grow, so does their holiday offerings!

Beginning November 11th in the Disney Springs Marketplace, 15 Christmas Trees inspired by Disney characters and movies will create a winter wonderland walk-through experience complete with a gentle snow fall, toy soldiers, singers, and plenty of unique photo opportunities! I can’t wait to see the Disney Villains and Mary Poppins Christmas Trees!

The Disney Parks Blog also announced an upcoming holiday light show at Disney Springs that will utilize drones and new technology. Check out the sneak peek below:

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a new restaurant and nighttime holiday show join the park’s line-up of fun!

A new projection and fireworks show called ‘Jingle Bell Jingle Bam’ lights up, on, above, and around the Chinese Theater area of the park with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score starting November 4th.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special Prep & Landing, the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, along with many other holiday favorites with a festive finale that’s “So tinsel”.

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Fans of the The Muppets will get a chance to dine with Pizzerizzo set to open on November 18th! The quick service restaurant will offer a variety of personal-sized pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts surrounded by décor inspired by Rizzo, as well as his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years. Upstairs you will find Rizzo’s Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall, where there’s a wedding reception already in progress complete with a disco ball dance party playing the world’s greatest party playlist!

And finally at Epcot, beginning November 25th you can celebrate the ‘Holidays Around the World’.

During the day, you can discover how the 11 countries making up the World Showcase celebrate the holiday season with costumed storytellers, decorations, music, and seasonal food favorites. Then in the evenings hear a celebrity guest narrator tell the biblical story of Christmas alongside of a 50 piece orchestra and variety of choirs. The story, the music, the twinkling trees and decor fills you with the spirit of this wonderful season. And you can catch the performances at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the American Gardens Theatre.

These are all just a part of the holiday offerings you will find this season at Walt Disney World, and I can’t to share more details and tips for making the most of your visits during this joyous season

Disney World cancels tonight’s Not So Scary Halloween

Walt Disney World has canceled tonight’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

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There was still no word from Disney or Universal Orlando about general park closures, and Universal has not canceled tonight’s Halloween Horror Nights. “Universal Orlando Resort is closely monitoring the weather and at this time there are no changes to our operating hours,” its website says this morning.

However, Disney is evacuating its Fort Wilderness campground this morning. The resort has also offered to make alternative lodging arrangements for people staying in its Polynesian Village Resort bungalows and its Saratoga Springs Treetop Villas.

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SeaWorld Orlando will close at 2 p.m. today. Its Discovery Cove park will also shut down early. SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park will be closed all day today. All three parks will remain shuttered Friday.

Legoland will close early today and remain shut down Friday. A number of other smaller Florida attractions have announced reduced operating hours as the storm approaches.

Also, Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando have once again offered discounts for Floridians looking for shelter. The special distress rates, ranging nightly from $55 to $105, are for hurricane evacuees and any other state resident displaced by the storm.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts this week at Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the popular separately ticketed seasonal event, returns to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park on 29 select nights starting September 2 through October 31.

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Magic Kingdom Park will host the slightly spooky after-hours party from 7 p.m. – midnight on select nights between this Friday and Halloween night. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party features Disney characters donning Halloween costumes, while partygoers navigate treat trails collecting candy throughout a Magic Kingdom themed out for the season. Partygoers can dress up in Halloween costumes and ride their favorite Magic Kingdom attractions.
Entertainment features the twice-nightly “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” and “HalloWishes,” a green and orange fireworks spectacle complete with Disney villains, caps the evening festivities. Returning for a second year, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show brings together Disney Villains and the mischievous Sanderson sisters three times each party night.

Party dates for 2016 are: September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29 & 30 and October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 & 31. Guests may visit Disneyworld.com/Halloween for party dates and prices, or call 407-W-DISNEY.

Guests also can purchase tickets to a special dessert party taking place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party. Here, guests have access to a buffet of sweet treats and specialty non-alcoholic beverages, and will receive preferred viewing for the 8:30 p.m. performance of Mickey’s “Boo-too-You” Halloween Parade, as well as preferred viewing for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. For dates, prices and to make reservations for the dessert party, guests may call (407) 939-5262.

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Party guests can also make dining reservations at some table-service restaurants in the park, including Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace. To reserve a table during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests may call (407) WDW-DINE or visit DisneyWorld.com/Dining.

For a peek at the tricks and treats in store at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, watch our full video of last year’s Hocus Pocus show:

Olaf, Mickey, Minnie star in new meet-and-greet experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —Walt Disney World will begin offering two new character meet-and-greet experiences this week at Hollywood Studios.

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In the Echo Lake district, guests can meet Olaf from the animated file “Frozen.” The lovable snowman is living his dream “in summer” and chilling on the beach.

On Commissary Lane, guests can see “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams,” where the duo are living the dream as A-list stars. Guests can walk the red carpet and step into a scene with Minnie. Then, guests can join Mickey in a scene from “Fantasia.”

Both meet-and-greet experiences will debut on May 8.

Walt Disney World Offers a New Halloween Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World is taking reservations for yet another dessert party — this time at Mickey‘s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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The Happy Hallo Wishes Dessert Premium Package costs $69 for adults ($39 for children, ages 3-9) and includes reserved seating for Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” HalloweenParade in Town Square as well as for the HalloWishes fireworks show, at the Tomorrowland Terrace.

The package includes a dessert buffet at the Terrace, including cupcakes, brownies, fruits and cheeses, as well as the ever-popular worms-and-dirt. Drinks include sparkling cider, hot chocolate, coffee and tea, and the takeaway gift is candy-filled skull mug. The event replaces the $99 Villains’ Sinister Soiree event offered at Cinderella’s Royal Table during last year’s Magic Kingdom Halloween Costume party.

Of course, there are other options for a reserved seat to see the Halloween fireworks.

Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye visits Disney World

The Ohio State University Mascot Brutus Buckeye Celebrates the College Football Playoff National Championship at Disney World

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What do you do after your team wins the College Football Playoff National Championship? You go to Disney World of course.
The Ohio State University mascot Brutus Buckeye visited the Walt Disney World Resort Wednesday to celebrate his team’s 42-20 victory over the University of Oregon.
Brutus Buckeye spent the morning at the Magic Kingdom posing for photos with Disney cheerleaders in front of Cinderella’s Castle and experiencing Storybook Circus where he rode Dumbo The Flying Elephant and strolled through the park holding balloons.
The trip to Walt Disney World Resort was the magical ending to a fun series of Disney Parks TV spots featuring mascots from the four College Football Playoff semifinal teams vying for the chance to come to Walt Disney World Resort if their team won the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.

The Ohio State University Mascot Brutus Buckeye Celebrates the College Football Playoff National Championship at Disney World

“Frozen” ride announced for Walt Disney World in 2016 to replace Maelstrom at Epcot, “Frozen” Christmas also revealed

“Frozen” is returning to Epcot in a big way.

After much rumor and speculation, today Walt Disney World has announced and confirmed that a new “Frozen” ride is officially coming.

“I’m pleased to say that we’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new ‘Frozen’ attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot,” wrote Tom Staggs on the Disney Parks Blog. “The new attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take our guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film.”

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Also included will be a new meet-and-greet for Anna and Elsa in Norway.

The last day of operation for Maelstrom is Oct. 5, 2014. The new “Frozen” attraction is expected to be completed by early 2016. The Norway pavilion will remain open in the meantime.

In addition, starting November 5 for this holiday season, “Frozen” characters will also be part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as Queen Elsa will ice over Cinderella Castle every night. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will join “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

The parade is offered during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select nights Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 2014 and presented daily Dec. 20-31, 2014.

The “Frozen Summer Fun” event has also been extended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The “Frozen” sing-along show will continue and Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post will relocate closer to that show. A new play area with real snow will also be featured.

It certainly won’t be the first time “Frozen” characters have been prominently featured in a Disney park. Olaf currently sits atop a cottage at Disneyland in California as Anna and Elsa meet and greet inside:

Meet-and-greets for the “Frozen” sisters have been equally popular at Walt Disney World, first appearing in Epcot’s Norway pavilion, later moving to the Magic Kingdom to accommodate the high demand.

But none of that will compare to the excitement and hype that will surely surround the upcoming “Frozen” ride. This time Disney will prepare Epcot properly for “Frozen” fever.

The Maelstrom boat ride in Epcot’s Norway pavilion has been a long-standing favorite for many Disney fans, repeatedly going “back, back, over the falls.”

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But despite some Disney fans proclaiming that adding the hit animated film to Epcot’s World Showcase ruins its original intent and theme, “Frozen” fans will no doubt flock to the park as soon as it opens for a chance to sail through Arendelle for the first time in forever.