Holidays in Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Christmas is Out of This World During Holidays in Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Annual Holiday event takes place December 14 – 30 adding an extra five days of holiday sparkle

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

The annual “Holidays in Space” celebration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex returns with a new kinetic light show and breathtaking holiday décor.

This year’s new show begins on December 14 and happens every night through December 30 (with the exception of Christmas Day). Which means that the event will take place a full five days longer than in previous years.

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The reimagined show, appropriately wrapped like a present, will feature a fanciful kinetic light presentation on the Atlantis North Lawn.

Beginning at 5 p.m. each evening, the inspired production will feature jaw-dropping surprises and a rainbow of colors and special effects second only to the planets, comets and stars in the galaxy.

“Our Holidays in Space celebration gets better and better each year and 2018 is no exception,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “It’s an exciting time for space exploration with the recent 60th anniversary of NASA, and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and our holiday season here is designed to share our pride and excitement.”

Holidays in Space Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Also new this year will be a holiday-themed kids activity area in the Atlantis West Pavilion. Families can look forward to hours of fun, with special kids’ activities offered from December 26 – 30.

If you are looking for a uniquely ‘Florida’ holiday event, you will want to look no further than Holidays in Space at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! The event is a great way to cap off you visit to the mesmerizing attraction,

For more information or to book a visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, click here.

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Holidays at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

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Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Holiday festivities and Santa return to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Santa and Mrs. Claus return for their annual vacation, bringing holiday décor and festivities throughout the season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, Kandy Kane, return for their annual holiday vacation to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Santa’s favorite resort, as part of the resort’s 2018 holiday season celebration.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

In addition to the meet and greets with the North Pole visitors in their vacation attire, other holiday favorites including bedtime elf tuck-ins, a dancing lights show and 2,000-pound life-size holiday scene made entirely from chocolate all return to create a festive atmosphere for guests.

Guest who make reservations at www.santasfavoriteresort.com can receive holiday season room rates up to 10 percent off at the Epcot Resort Area resort.

The full slate of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort holiday activities include:

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greets

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus on the balcony
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane, decked out in their favorite Florida vacation attire, will meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut on select nights starting Nov. 23. This unique holiday photo opportunity is filled with Florida flair featuring reindeer, palm trees, flamingos and holiday cheer.

A Florida Snowfall and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s holiday tree, showcasing continuously changing lights, returns to brighten up the holidays. Throughout December, guests can experience the transformation of the lobby into a festive holiday scene featuring the state-of-the-art 24-foot-tall Christmas tree. Regularly timed indoor snowfalls complete the holiday scene. On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby for the lighting of the Christmas tree starting at 6 p.m. The ceremony is followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins

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Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Santa’s elves are making their return to bring holiday joy to children staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. On select nights starting Nov. 30, elves will deliver milk in a souvenir cup, cookies and a storybook to resort rooms. Elves, dressed in full costume, will also read a bedtime story and tuck children on Santa’s nice list into bed. Price varies by date and a service charge of 24 percent is added, in addition to tax. Reservations are required, and space is limited. To book, call 407-934-4206.

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene

 

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Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-size sculpture weighs approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by two-time world pastry champion and the resort’s executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair; a 7-foot-tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker; chocolate fireplace; chocolate Christmas tree; and chocolate toy train.

The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the resort throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet should consider that it is 4 million calories! (And unfortunately, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)

Dancing Lights Show

A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes. The performances occur regularly from sunset through 10 p.m.

Magic Keys for Santa on Christmas Eve

How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key of course! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available on Dec. 24 at the concierge desk.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call           1-800-227-1500.

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Top 10 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tips

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a really fun way to ring in the holiday season, and since attending the party is a splurge for most families here are some of my best tips for making the most of your time at the celebration:

Top 10 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tips

Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party vary by date, so make sure you pick the best date for your schedule and wallet. Also, on select nights there are discounts for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. Also remember that while the party officially starts at 7 pm, you can enter the park with your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket starting at 4 pm.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Ticket Prices

When you are entering the Magic Kingdom, make sure to grab a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event map…in fact grab more than one since you will be referencing it often during the celebration.

A lot of the entertainment happens around the hub in front of Cinderella Castle, so if catching as many of those as you can is a priority consider grabbing a spot that allows you to see several of the offerings at once.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

Little ones getting restless? Head over to Club Tinsel, inside of Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, where they can dance with holiday friends and get out some energy.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

There are several attractions opens throughout the park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but if rides aren’t your priority I still recommend taking a spin on the Jingle Cruise.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

There are several party exclusive treats this year that are only available after the party begins at 7pm, however if you use the My Disney Experience app to mobile order you’ll find them before the party starts. (I 10 out of 10 recommend the Feliz Navidad Nachos at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe!)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018
I **promise** there are nachos under all these toppings!!!

If you see merchandise you really want to purchase or a party exclusive photopass picture you want to take…do it right away! As the night goes on, lines can get longer and/or you may find yourself on the other side of the park.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Don’t forget to pick up your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card from the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

After the fireworks, a sizable portion of the attendees at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will leave the park, so it is always a good idea to watch the second parade. BUT keep in mind that A Frozen Holiday Wish and Holiday Wishes fireworks only happen once during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Wordless Wednesday Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Skipping the first parade also means shorter wait times for treats and attractions during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Yes, you are seeing at 5 minute wait for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018 Also, don’t forget to check out my Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guide before you go to help plan your night!

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Know Before You Go: Now Snowing in Celebration, Florida

Celebration Now Snowing Logo

Celebration, Florida’s Now Snowing event celebrates 20 years of snow

Now Snowing, Central Florida’s original and premier “Snowing” event, offers one of the area’s only synthetic ice rinks, special community performances by some of the area’s top young talent, and special concert events throughout the season.

Now Snowing is a month-long Winter Wonderland Spectacular featuring strolling Charles Dickens style Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, train rides, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. It’s a true throwback to the traditional family style holiday.

In addition to the everyday fun at Now Snowing Nightly, you can catch A Countdown to Christmas on December 15th – an evening filled with young talent from across the United States and featuring talent seen on national television and radio, and more. These free concerts are in addition to the everyday fun already a part of Now Snowing.

A special Radio Disney Holiday concert filled with surprise performances will take place on December 8th. Past performances have included All-Star Weekend, Drew Seeley, Ryan Beatty, Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer and more.

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018
Parking is Free in Open Lots. The town will enforce parking laws, and tow vehicles illegally parked or parked in unauthorized areas at owner’s expense. Please pay close attention to parking and street signs.

** Additional Parking available at the Celebration K-8 School- $5.00 donation **

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018Free Nightly Snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM

everyday November 24th-December 31st *

*weather permitting. Inoperable during heavy rain or temperatures below 32 degree (F)

ICE SKATING

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018

Cost to Skate*: $10.00 (ice skates included) for 30 minutes of skating

Hours:  4:00 pm-10:00 pm Nightly November 24th-December 31st.

For more Information: 407-566-2526

*Synthetic ice rink

CELEBRATION EXPRESS TRAIN

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018

Cost: $5.00

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 24th-December 31st.

For more Information: 407-566-1500

HORSE AND CARRIAGE RIDES

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018

Cost:

Cinderella Carriage $65.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Christmas Sleigh: $55.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Vis a Vis (Small Carriage): $45.00 for up to four riders, $10 each additional

Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person

(infants under 1 year of age-no charge)

Hours:  5:00 pm-close Nightly November 24th-December 31st.

For more Information: 321-624-6380

SANTA PHOTOS

Now Snowing Celebration Florida 2018Cost: Depends on Package Purchased

Hours:  5:30-9:00 PM Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th and 6:00-9:00 PM Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 24th

For more Information: 407-512-0662 or visit towncenterphotos.com

Wednesdays November 28th, December 5th, December 12th, and December 19th.

The event is brought to you by Lexin Capital, and sponsored in part by the Celebration Town Tavern, and Experience Kissimmee.

Now Snowing Nightly parking and admission are free. Celebration is conveniently located between Highway 192 and interstate 4 near Walt Disney World.

For more information on Celebration Town Center and Special Events visit us on the web at www.celebrationtowncenter.com or call (407) 566-4007.

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Light Up UCF Brings Holiday Fun to the CFE Arena

Light Up UCF 2018 Details

Light Up UCF returns for its eleventh annual season at the CFE Arena

Residents and visitors of Central Florida can expect snowy nights and sparkling lights with a spectacular light show, outdoor skating rink, exciting holiday attractions and more during Light Up UCF!

ORLANDO, Fla.

They’re spreading holiday cheer at CFE Arena and the University of Central Florida with the annual holiday festival, Light Up UCF, from Friday, November 16 through Tuesday, January 1.

This year’s festival offers 47 nights of ice skating, a world- class choreographed light show with new music, free holiday movies, live entertainment, rides like the Ferris Wheel and Light Up Express kids train, and much more.

At Light Up UCF, there is complimentary fun for all ages to enjoy!

The Holiday Light Show features more than 200,000 lights pulsing and strobing throughout the night in perfect synchronization to holiday songs under snowfall.

On select Friday and Saturday nights, the Holiday Film Festival encourages families to gather under the stars and view their favorite holiday films on a 2-story high screen, including titles like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Santa Clause”, “Elf”, “Home Alone”, and more.

You can also walk through Light Up Lane for a beautifully lit Christmas tree forest with the sounds and smells of the holidays.

Then on select nights, Santa will be on location to hear all your Christmas wishes, with photos available for purchase.

Light Up UCF 2018
Photo: Light Up UCF

The Light Up UCF Ice Rink, an ultimate fan favorite, returns yet again as a staple of the festivities. The ice rink invites guests to glide along to their favorite Top 40 hits and holiday tunes, played by a live DJ.

Light Up UCF boasts a range of exciting rides for everyone.

The Ferris Wheel treats guests to panoramic views overlooking the entire event and UCF’s beautiful campus.

Light Up UCF 2018
Photo: Light Up UCF

Other family-friendly thrills include the Light Up Express Train, taking children for a holiday-themed train ride; the Arctic Glide Ice Slide where guests can slide down a 100-foot ice hill; and the Winter Whirl, taking guests on an exciting swing.

The entertainment continues on the Community Stage where local talents are invited to showcase their skills.

Keep the holiday cheer going on Saturday, December 15 and Friday, December 21 when Light Up UCF welcomes back its Holiday Market ‘Under The Stars’ for two special nights!

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Photo: Light Up UCF Facebook Page

Guests are encouraged to take a stroll through the market where they can marvel at the crafts of talented local artisans, all while finalizing their holiday gift shopping.

Tickets for ice skating, rides, and photos with Santa can be purchased at the CFE Arena Box Office. Select tickets are also available for purchase through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

More information for all Light Up UCF events can be found at www.LightUpUCF.com.

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Island H2O Live! Water Park At Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Announces Island H2O Live! Water Park

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Announces Island H2O Live! Water Park Details

Island H2O Live! water park set to bring chills and thrills to Central Florida in Spring 2019

I don’t know about you, but I am STOKED for the opening of the Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Spring 2019!

And as I’ve been driving by the site, I can’t help but notice the HUGE water park area that is taking shape next to 192 in Kissimmee.

Today I was excited to learn that Central Florida’s newest and most immersive water park will be called Island H2O Live!, and will be opening with the Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Spring 2019.

Island H2O Live! will unleash the power of pure play and enthusiasm with nine different thrill rides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a kids’ area, and a river raft ride for the whole family. Designed to enable guests to customize their experience and share it with the world, the park uses a new RFID wristband system that will enable guests to personalize the music and lighting they experience on select rides, making every time very unique.

The park, owned by Horizon Waterpark, LLC and developed in collaboration with Encore Capital Management and Innovative Attraction Management, will change the way people think about water parks.

Island H2O Live Park Map Rendering
Margaritaville Resort Orlando

“Water parks are known for exhilarating rides and attractions, but Island H2O Live! will let guests be playful in interactive ways that have never been seen before,” said Albo Antenucci Jr., Executive in Charge, Horizon Waterpark, LLC. “These incredible opportunities for engagement will be what Island H2O Live! is all about.”

BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY

The wristband system at Island H2O Live! is called Vantage and is the latest offering from water slide manufacturer WhiteWater West.

The Vantage system works through an app that guests download either before or when they arrive. Once they arrive at the park, guests sync the app to their wristbands and the fun begins, as a scanner on certain slides will read their wristband and automatically play songs and lighting effects from the previously established selections.

On some slides, the technology will enable cameras to snap pictures and video and share the content directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social media sites. Guests can also use their creativity and personal style to produce their own slide experience by choosing music playlists, lighting preferences and tagging their social media handles for easy sharing.

Another high-tech feature: “Be Live” invites guests to sing karaoke or star in other audio/visual experiences with clips from these sessions shared through the app.
The gamified app also allows guests to earn loyalty points with every ride. Guests can win prizes such as free food and beverage items, skip-the-line passes, and more.

“These features speak to the ‘Live’ part of our name,” Albo Antenucci Jr. “Customization offers guests the creative space to develop their own adventures, to be in the moment, but then capture those moments and share them in real-time.”

Margaritaville Resort Orlando The Island Rendering Island H2O Live
Margaritaville Resort Orlando

PERSONALIZED PARADISE

The experience at Island H2O Live! will be all about creating your own, unique, customized experience. For those looking to soak in the island vibe, listen to music, and have some chill with their thrill, tropically-inspired havens will abound with hammocks, cabanas and soft sand beaches around every turn and adult-only areas will offer cocktails only steps from your beach chair.

To keep the fun going. Island H20 Live! is within walking distance or a short trolley ride to Margaritaville Orlando Resort hotel and cottages, and Sunset Walk, the resort’s retail, dining and entertainment district featuring everything from Studio Movie Grill, to Rock & Brews, BurgerFi, Capone’s, Ford’s Garage, GameTime, Sketchers and more.

AFFORDABLE FUN

Island H20 Live! admission will offer the most fun you can have in the water at a great value. Please visit IslandH2OLive.com for specific ticket pricing or to book tickets call 407-910-1401.

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Check Out the Winter Issue of Disney Twenty-Three

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Check Out What’s Inside the Winter Issue of Disney Twenty-Three

A Practically Perfect Issue of Disney Twenty-Three Celebrates Mary Poppins Returns

Director Rob Marshall and Stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Take Us Inside The Next Chapter of the Beloved Nanny’s Story

Plus, the Stars of Ralph Breaks The Internet, New Details on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Coming Next Year to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and All the Enchantment of Kingdom Hearts Iii

The world’s most beloved nanny will fly back into our lives when Mary Poppins Returns lands in theaters this December, and D23: The Official Disney Fan Club gives readers an early look at the next chapter in the lives of Mary and the Banks family.Disney twenty-three was on the London set of the Rob Marshall-helmed movie musical and spoke exclusively with the director as well as the film’s stars, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Plus, readers will get a look at Practically Poppins in Every Way, a stunning new book that chronicles the character on the page, in song, on the big screen, and on Broadway.

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And before Poppins returns, another Disney favorite is returning, when Ralph Breaks the Internet hits screens this Thanksgiving. Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and Vanellope herself, Sarah Silverman, guide us through the excitement Wreck-It Ralph will face in the wacky and wild World Wide Web. And the back cover of the new issue features an exclusive image created for D23 of the duo (lovingly) wrecking the Disney twenty-three logo.

The first Mickey Mouse-themed ride-through attraction is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year, and the Imagineers behind Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway offer up exciting new details about the exhilarating exploits that will await guests (and the beloved pair) when they climb aboard this thrilling attraction. Plus, the creative minds behind the video game Kingdom Hearts III reveal what’s to come from the latest installment of the epic adventure, which opens up the worlds of Pixar and Frozen in spectacular ways.

And this December, D23.com will once again kick off D23 Days of Christmas, a celebration of the holidays with original stories, videos, crafts, recipes, and downloadables. The theme of this year’s seasonal celebration is the cartoon featurette Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which has its 35th anniversary this year, and to kick off the fun, D23 sat down with animator Mark Henn and Disney Legend Burny Mattinson to talk about the making of the heartwarming classic. Plus, the issue offers a look at how guests can enjoy holiday magic—including unique Christmas trees delivered right to their doors at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts—as well as a photographic journey through the annual Disney Parks Christmas Parade, which has been bringing cheer to fans on ABC for three decades.

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Also included in the Winter issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • Every bit of magic (or just about) coming from Disney in 2019—from theme parks and movies to television and beyond
  • The rededication of Stage A to Sherman Brothers Stage A, as Disney Legend Richard Sherman reflects on the honor
  • A reflection on Tinker Bell’s timeless charm and enduring legacy
  • A close look at Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw’s background artwork for 1964’s Mary Poppins, which makes an appearance in the new film
  • From the Desk of: El Capitan Theatre organist Rob Richards
  • Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, D Society, and Ask Dave

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold and Gold Family Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving in mid-November.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guide 2018

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guide 2018

Everything you need to know to plan a festive evening at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than a evening at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a special hard ticketed event not included with regular theme park admission, takes place on November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30; and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21 from 7pm until midnight.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party gives guests the opportunity to meet with some of their favorite Disney friends in their holiday finest, enjoy holiday entertainment, exclusive fireworks, a high-energy parade, complimentary treats throughout the park, and more topped off with a ‘snowfall’ on Main Street U.S.A.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Treats

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Let’s talk about those complimentary treats you can find during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, because it is more than just hot cocoa and sugar cookies!

Throughout the Magic Kingdom there are seven locations, marked with a giant inflatable candy stick, offering a wide variety of holiday treats until midnight.

Here is a list of where you can find the treats throughout the Magic Kingdom:

  • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland): Snowman Soft Pretzel and Blue Sno-Cone
  • Liberty Square Ticket Office (Liberty Square): Ginger Molasses Cookie and Eggnog
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow (Storybook Circus): Peppermint Crunch Cookie and Nesquik Chocolate Milk
  • Pinocchio Village Haus (Fantasyland): A variety of Holiday Favorite cookies and Hot Chocolate & Apple Cider
  • The Friar’s Nook (Fantasyland): Variety of DOVE Chocolate and Chilled Sparkling Apple Cider
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland): Snickerdoodle Cookie and Hot Chocolate
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (Tomorrowland): Santa Claus Cookie and Blue Sno-Cone

If you have dietary concerns, there are allergy-friendly and alternative healthy options available upon request at each location.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Entertainment

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Another huge part of the celebration is the event exclusive holiday entertainment, and this year the returning favorites are fantastic! 

  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration: Mickey and his pals invite some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage! The celebration features medleys of delightful holiday songs both classic and contemporary, along with special effects, magical projections and beloved Disney characters including Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White.
  • A Frozen Holiday Wish: Arendelle royalty and their lovable snowman visit Magic Kingdom Park to help everyone feel the wintry chill in the air and love in their hearts. “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” presented on the Castle Forecourt Stage, features Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff. As a gift to the kingdom, Elsa lets it go and uses her icy powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a sparkling palace of ice. (Keep in mind that this only happens once a night during the party, but will happen before the party officially begins if you arrive early)
  • “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas”: Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch join host Haley Comet for an intergalactic musical revue on the Rockettower Plaza Stage. The show is full of modern twists on classic holiday songs and the coolest dance numbers in town!
  • Club Tinsel: located inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland, becomes the coolest place to get down with a DJ and some North Pole pals in the cheeriest dance party this side of Santa’s Workshop!
  • The Edge Effect: Experience the incredible vocal harmonies in an unforgettable, a cappella holiday concert live on the the Rockettower Plaza Stage.
  • Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jingle Jam: Young partygoers can get their groove on with their favorite Disney Junior Characters.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Once Upon A Christmas Time

Stepping off in Frontierland, the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade fills the streets of the Magic Kingdom with holiday fun and cheer featuring some of your favorite Disney characters, iconic marching soldiers & prancing reindeer, and ending with the big guy himself.

The Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade happens twice during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and typically the second parade is less crowded. 

Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

Wordless Wednesday Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season is the holiday nighttime fireworks and pyrotechnic spectacular that lights up the skies above Cinderella Castle that is set to some familiar and favorite holiday songs with touches of Disney magic.

PLEASE keep in mind that this only happens once during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so if this is a priority make sure you keep track of the time. The best viewing areas are in front of Cinderella Castle, and while getting there early is still a good idea it isn’t a necessity.

Special Disney Character Appearances during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Throughout the Magic Kingdom you can find characters, their locations are marked on the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party maps with a Mickey Mouse silhouette and in the My Disney Experience app, during the party that are exclusive to the event.

Here are the character locations from 2017’s Mickey Very Merry Christmas Party:

  • Main Street U.S.A.: Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse
  • Adventureland: Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and Abu, Captain Jack Sparrow, Moana, and Peter Pan
  • Frontierland: The Country Bears
  • Liberty Square: Sandy Claws aka Jack Skellington
  • Fantasyland: Ariel & Prince Eric, Rapunzel & Flynn, Cinderella & Prince Charming, Belle, Pooh & Friends, Seven Dwarfs, Snow White & Prince, Aurora & Prince Phillip, Elena of Avalor, Minnie Mouse, Scrooge McDuck, Donald & Daisy, Santa Goofy, Mary Poppins & Bert, and Tiana & Naveen.
  • Tomorrowland: Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps

It’s important to know that these appearances can change at any time, so make sure you talk to the Cast Members around the entrances to the lines to make sure you are in the correct place.

November 2016 at Walt Disney World Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Photo: Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Event Merchandise

It wouldn’t be a special event at Walt Disney World without exclusive event merchandise that includes everything from ornaments to MagicBand, and this year the merchandise has a really fun retro vibe. 

Here is where you can find this year’s merchandise:

  • Full Event Collection: Emporium (Main Street U.S.A.), Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe (Liberty Square), Big Top Souvenirs (Storybook Circus), & Mickey’s Star Traders (Tomorrowland) 
  • Trading Pins: Emporium (Main Street U.S.A.), Frontier Trading Post (Frontierland), & Mickey’s Star Traders (Tomorrowland)  
  • MagicBand: Frontier Trading Post (Frontierland)  & Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. (Tomorrowland)
  • Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Merchandise: Emporium (Main Street U.S.A.) & Mickey’s Star Traders (Tomorrowland) 

To purchase Walt Disney World Annual Passholder exclusive merchandise, you will need your Walt Disney World Annual Pass and photo id.

Exclusive Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party PhotoPass Pictures

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 This year the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ‘Magic Shots’ from their PhotoPass photographers are AWESOME!!!

They range from the addition to some of your favorite Disney characters to fun holiday themed videos.

The Disney Parks Blog has examples of all the shots you will find at this year’s party!

New this year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

This year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, guests will be able to experience these new offerings during the festivities:

  • Very Merry Morsels Await – Guests will find festive new treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, such as the Sugar Rush Jumbo Red Velvet Cupcake or the Vanellope Éclair with rainbow cereal topping.
  • Holiday Music Happening in Tomorrowland – A new a cappella group will sing holiday favorites in Tomorrowland during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Look for them in between performances of “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas”!
  • New Sweet-and-Savory Party Debuts on Town Square – Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party will debut this year as part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. In this special experience, guests will discover a mix of sweet and savory treats including Tony’s famous meatballs, red velvet cupcakes and much more. The $99/person ticket also includes beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as special reserved viewing for Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Purchasing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets

November 2016 at Walt Disney World Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Photo: Walt Disney World – Ryan Wendler, photographer

Ticket pricing for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party varies by date and range in price from $95 to $125 plus tax for adults (ages 10 and up), $90 to $120 plus tax for children (ages 3-9), and children under 2 are free.

You will save some by purchasing your tickets in advance, and there are select dates that have discounts for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club owners.

As with any & every purchase, I only suggest buying tickets directly from Walt Disney World by using their website or by calling (407) 939-5277. Don’t take the chance that what you purchase is a lump of coal!

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Kidz Bop Weekend at LEGOLAND Florida

 

Kidz Bop Weekend at LEGOLAND Florida

KIDZ BOP Kids Bringing Live Concert Tour Back to LEGOLANDFlorida Resort November 10-12

Exciting LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park Kidz Bop Weekend to Feature High-Energy Stage Shows and Meet-and-Greets — All Included with Admission!

For the second year in a row, The KIDZ BOP Kids will bring their national concert tour to the place #BuiltForKids during KIDZ BOP Weekend, a music-filled event set for November 10-12 at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Following the success of last year’s “Best Time Ever” tour, which sold out multiple shows across the country, The KIDZ BOP Kids are hitting the road again in 2018. KIDZ BOP announced the launch of the all-new North American Tour, “KIDZ BOP Live 2018,” kicking off June 1 in Toronto, with dates in more than 30 cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Boston.

LEGOLAND Florida Kidz Bop Weekend 2018

During the three-day KIDZ BOP Weekend, The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform two live concerts each day at LEGOLAND Florida’s KIDZ BOP Stadium, an outdoor venue on the picturesque shore of Lake Eloise, followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet with the performers. All activities during KIDZ BOP Weekend, including the concerts and meet-and-greets*, are included with all forms of theme park admission. No extra ticket required!

This spring, KIDZ BOP will debut an original musical collaboration with LEGOLAND, one that highlights all the awesomeness that awaits at the popular vacation destination. In 2016, LEGOLAND Florida Resort named KIDZ BOP its official music partner as part of a multi-year alliance that included the creation of a music video for The KIDZ BOP Kids’ performance of “The Weekend Whip,” the theme song of the long-running animated TV series, “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu.”

LEGOLAND Florida Kidz Bop Weekend 2018

“KIDZ BOP Live 2018” is the ultimate family concert experience, “sung by kids for kids.”  The KIDZ BOP Kids – Billboard Magazine’s No. 1 Kids’ Artist for eight consecutive years (2010-2017) – will headline the new show, performing some of today’s biggest hit songs. Just in time for the new tour, three new talented young performers – Olivia (12), Shane (13), and Indigo (11) – are joining the existing group of KIDZ BOP Kids: Ahnya (13), Cooper (14), Freddy (14), Isaiah (11) and Julianna (13). Four KIDZ BOP Kids will take the stage for each performance.

*Space is limited. First come, first served.

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Kick Off the Holiday Season with the Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees 2018

Celebrate the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Central Florida’s Festival of Trees

‘Tis the season to buy your tickets to the event that kicks off the holidays in Central Florida

Those in Central Florida might already have their minds on gift giving, decking the halls, and warm gatherings with friends and family – but it’s not really the holidays in Orlando without the annual tradition of the Festival of Trees.

Tickets are now on sale for Council of 101’s annual event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland with sparkling trees, glittering holiday vignettes and stunning décor. Now in its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees is celebrating the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with the Central Florida community. Visitors can admire designer Christmas trees of all sizes, custom wreaths, a gingerbread village and more, all created by Orlando’s finest designers. Each piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.

“The purpose of this event is two-fold,” said Susan Harris, president of the Council of 101. “The Festival of Trees brings joy and holiday spirit to our community, all while supporting the arts. Each handcrafted piece would make an excellent gift for your loved ones and will benefit your community.”

Over the years, the Festival of Trees in combination with other Council of 101 events have raised over $7 million for Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs and operational expenses.

Festival of Trees General Admission:

Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 18 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone by calling

407-896-4231 ext. 254, or online through Eventbrite.

Festival of Trees Ticket Costs:

  • $15 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 3-11
  • $10 for seniors (65 and over), OMA members, first responders, and military with official ID

Special events at this year’s Festival of Trees include:

Friday, November 9

  • Tree Lighting, Champagne Reception and Gala, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $200 per person
  • Opening Night Gala, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $175 per person, reserved table seating is available for purchase

Saturday, November 10

  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Havana Nights, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $45 for adults

Tuesday, November 13

  • Festival Salutes Seniors,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $10 for seniors

Wednesday, November 14

  • Rudolph’s VIP Pass, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Reindeer Romp Children’s Party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $20 for all ages

Friday, November 16

  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $30 for adults

Saturday, November 17

    • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • $30 for all ages

Admission to the Festival of Trees includes entry to the current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions. Parking is available on-site for a fee.

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Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

The EXTREMELY popular Broadway Musical Hamilton is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for 24 performances from January 22 – February 10, 2019.

I had the opportunity, as a partner of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to find out more about the ticket purchasing process.

Before we get into it let’s go ahead and get this out of the way…I DO NOT have an on-sale date or pricing for the upcoming run of Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. But I CAN tell you that the information is coming soon!

UPDATE:

Producer Jeffrey Seller and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announce today that single tickets for HAMILTON will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 16 at 9 a.m. (ET).

Guests are encouraged to purchase online at drphillipscenter.org. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Dr. Phillips Center.

Tickets will be available for performances January 22 – February 10, 2019.

There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per person for the engagement.

When tickets go on sale, prices will range from $76.50 to $199.50 with a select number of $429.50 premium seats available for all performances.

Online ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

I am just as anxious as you are for this information thanks to my twelve year old daughter who is asking almost every day!!!

However there are some important tidbits I CAN share about the Hamilton ticket buying process at the Dr. Phillips Center to **hopefully** make the endeavor more successful for you.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton
Hamilton
Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively.
Other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Ta’Rea Campbell as Angelica Schuyler; Marcus Choi as George Washington; Elijah Malcomb as John Laurens/Phillip Schuyler; Shoba Narayan as Eliza Hamilton; Fergie L. Philippe as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Kyle Scatliffe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Danielle Sostre as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jon Patrick Walker as King George.
The second national tour also includes Tia Altinay, Amber Ardolino, Conroe Brooks, Cameron Burke, Evan S. Cochran, Phil Colgan, Desmond Sean Eillington, Hope Endrenyi, Lili Froehlich, Daniel Gaymon, Camden Gonzales, Jennie Harney, Stephen Hernandez, Kristen Hoagland, Abby Jaros, Emily Jenda, Wonza Johnson, King David Jones, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Brandt Martinez, Taeko McCarroll, Tyler McKenzie, Justice Moore, Antuan Magic Raimone, Julian Ramos, Jen Sese, Willie Smith III, and Julius Thomas III.

Understanding the number of Hamilton tickets that will be available for the show’s run at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The tickets that will be going on sale for Hamilton are for the seats left over after subscribers have chosen their show, and unfortunately it is too late to become a subscriber for the season.

While we didn’t get any official number of seats available, we were told that the first week of the show’s run is subscriber heavy. So that’s something to definitely keep in mind (more on this in a few paragraphs).

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Where to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A vast majority (they’re aiming for as close to 100% as possible) of the ticket sales for Hamilton will be online.

Please take note that there will be NO ticket sales over the phone for this show.

You could also queue up outside of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but there are no tickets designated for sale at the venue. So if you choose this option, you’ll be waiting in line to walk up to the ticket window already behind everyone who is in the virtual purchasing waiting room. Not your best option.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has instituted a variety of technological checks and balances to help ensure that bots won’t get in & buy all the tickets.

Also, to take things a step further, the facility will be monitoring the process in real time flagging any suspicious sales.

But please be aware of scams!!! You will want to ONLY purchase tickets from drphillipscenter.org to ensure that they are legitimate tickets.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

The fine print on Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Here are a few things you’ll definitely want to keep in mind when you are planning your Hamilton ticket purchase:

  • Ticket transactions are limited to one per person,
  • The ticket limit per purchase is 4 per person, there are no exceptions for larger groups or families,
  • There will be no ticket discounts,
  • There will be no ticket presales,
  • There will be no Student Rush ticket sales,
  • Tickets will be mailed to your provided address or sent digitally to your phone with a text message, and
  • If you are using Will Call to pick up your tickets you will be required to show a photo ID (such as a Florida Drivers License).

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

How the process will work for purchasing Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

First things first please know that some of the process to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is random, so don’t feel like you have to wake up at 3am to log into the online system.

With that in mind, here is an overview of the how the process will go:

  • First you will log onto to drphillipscenter.org between 15-30 minutes in advance of the sale’s start time,
  • After logging on you will be placed in a Virtual Waiting room, and
  • Once the Virtual Waiting room has reached a certain capacity a select number of people will be randomly chosen to be placed into the purchase queue to complete the transaction.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Three things to best position yourself to get Hamilton tickets for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

  1. Create an account online (including storing payment information) on drphillipscenter.org
  2. Follow the Dr. Phillips Center on social (here are their links for Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) & sign up for their email newsletter
  3. Know the best dates that work for you before you go to buy tickets with back-up dates in mind just in case shows are sold out when you get into the purchase queue.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Didn’t score tickets? Don’t fret!

There will be a digital lottery through the show directly & last minute sales, but only for social media followers. More on this soon!!!

I hope that all of this helps make your adventure to purchase Hamilton tickets for its run at the Dr. Phillips Center more successful, and I’ll be sharing more information as it becomes available.

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Stranger Things Day at Universal Studios Florida

Stranger Things Day Universal Studios Florida

Hold your breath, mouth-breathers. You’re invited to join the search party for Will Byers on Stranger Things Day at Universal Studios Florida.

On November 6, the day that Will disappeared, from 11am – 7pm, all Universal Studios Florida guests will have the opportunity to walk through the Stranger Things haunted house from Halloween Horror Nights one last time in celebration of Stranger Things Day.

This marks the first time ever in the history of the Universal Orlando Resort that during the day, you can take on a fully fear-filled-house from Halloween Horror Nights, the World’s Premier Halloween Event, only at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando Resort Stranger Things Day November 6 2018

The full house experience, as well as select food and beverage options at Benny’s Burger Tent, San Fran Pastry, and Boulangerie will be open to guests with valid park admission for Universal Studios Florida and Annual and Seasonal Passholders. And as an added bonus, passholders will have access to the express queue line for the house.

Step into the shoes of Mike, Dustin, and Lucas as you venture into The Upside Down with the help of Eleven to rescue Will from the clutches of the Demogorgon.

But first, here’s a couple important details to know before you go to Stranger Things Day:

WHEN: Tuesday, November 6, 11am-7pm

WHERE: Universal Studios Florida

– Must have a valid theme park ticket for Universal Studios Florida or be a Universal Orlando Annual or Seasonal Passholder.

– House will be open only on Nov. 6 from 11am-7pm

– No other Halloween Horror Nights houses, scare zones or shows will be open during this date

– Dates, times and entertainment are subject to change and availability

– As always, no costumes or masks allowed

– Experience may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13

We can’t wait to be at the first Stranger Things Day…Will we see you there?

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LEGOLAND Florida Honors U.S. Veterans This November

LEGOLAND Florida Veterans Deal November 2018
LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Honors U.S. Veterans for Entire Month of November

U.S. veterans and active military personnel can take advantage of free admission, standard parking, and special discounts

During the month of November, the LEGOLAND Florida Resort will once again honor U.S. veterans and active military personnel with free theme park admission, free standard parking, 50 percent off tickets for up to six guests, and up to 25 percent off overnight stays.

It’s our way of saying thank you to the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

To receive free admission and parking, U.S. veterans must present valid military ID or proof of veteran status at the theme park ticket windows and parking toll plaza on the day of their visit. To book a discounted overnight stay, visit www.legoland.com/veteransThis offer is not available online or by phone.

On Veterans Day (Sunday, November 11th) only, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will further honor veterans with these exclusive offers:

  • A 10 percent discount on retail purchases and food and beverage items
  • Receive a second 6×8 photo free with purchase of the first photo
  • Receive two plays for the price of one on skill games (not including “prize every time” games)

Valid military ID or proof of veteran status is required to receive all offers. To receive free admission and purchase discounted tickets, please visit a LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket window on the day of visit.

For the purposes of this promotion, U.S. veterans are defined as retired or non-active duty members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and U.S. Coast Guard in possession of valid military ID or other proof of veteran status. The discounts described above are exclusive and cannot be combined with any other offers, including annual pass discounts.

In addition, active duty U.S. service members receive complimentary admission to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Water Park all year long! This offer is available only at the theme park ticket windows with valid military ID, and is not available online or by phone.

For additional details about discounts available to U.S. military personnel, please visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida/buy-tickets/military.

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November 2018 Theme Park Events, Celebrations, and More!

November 2018 Theme Park Events, Celebrations, and More!

November 2018 Theme Park Events, Celebrations, and More!

We are coming off of a super busy October in the parks, but things aren’t slowing down in November 2018 as we kick off the holiday season and have some new and returning events to talk about!

Walt Disney World – November 2018

The holidays are kicking into high gear at the Walt Disney World Resort, but there will also be a celebration for Mickey’s 90th Birthday in November 2018!

Mickey’s 90th

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Mickey Mouse 90th
Walt Disney Word Resort

It was all started by a mouse, and this year Mickey Mouse will be celebrating his 90th Birthday this November.

Walt Disney World will celebrate Mickey’s birthday from November 16-18 with special merchandise and food & beverage items as well as the chance for guests to celebrate at Magic Kingdom Park during the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party, sing “Happy Birthday” along with the Dapper Dans on Main Street, U.S.A., and join in a special birthday dance party at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland.

Then in 2019, the World’s Biggest Mouse Party, a limited-time celebration of Mickey and Minnie, comes to the Walt Disney World Resort. While we don’t have a lot of details yet, we do know that other Disney parks around their world will celebrate with new nighttime spectaculars, merchandise, specialized food and beverage offerings, and more.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Walt Disney Word Resort

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special hard ticketed event, meaning it’s not included with regular theme park admission, that takes place in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on 22 select nights in November & December beginning November 8th.

During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party guests have the chance to meet with some of their favorite Disney friends in their holiday finest, enjoy holiday entertainment, exclusive fireworks, a high-energy parade, complimentary treats throughout the park, and more topped off with a ‘snowfall’ on Main Street U.S.A.

We’ll be talking more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party soon, but keep in mind that you will save money by purchasing your tickets in advance.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Walt Disney Word Resort

Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations from November 18th through December 30th.

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, included with admission to Epcot, surrounds guests in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season, as celebrated by cultures near and far.

During the festival guests can enjoy stirring live musical productions, savor seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens, and take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase.

Candlelight Processional

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Candlelight Processional
Walt Disney Word Resort

The highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is the moving Candlelight Processional.

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. While gorgeous choral pieces are woven into the production as a 50-piece live orchestra and choir provide an inspirational backdrop with songs of hope and joy.

This dazzling presentation happens each night with multiple shows from November 22nd through December 30th at the American Gardens Theater, and does not require an additional ticket to attend.

Here is a look at the narrators and dates:

  • Chita Rivera – November 22 to 23, 2018
  • NEW! Helen Hunt – November 24 to 25, 2018
  • NEW! Alfonso Ribeiro – November 26 to 27, 2018
  • TBD – November 28 to December 2, 2018

Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Disney's Hollywood Studios Flurry of Fun
Walt Disney Word Resort

It is a Flurry of Holiday Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as their holly, jolly celebration is brimming with magical merriment!

Delight in festive shows, enchanting “snows”, holiday décor, Toy Story Land cheer, and so much more from November 8, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

You definitely won’t want to miss the colorful projections on The Hollywood Tower Hotel during Sunset Seasons Greetings. This year the show has new laser effects and “snow,” plussing the returning favorite that includes stories, songs, and holiday cheer brought to you by friends like Mickey, Minnie and Olaf.

But starting a few days earlier on November 6th, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM will end each day with a Santa-sized spectacular that is jam-packed with holiday music, fireworks, special effects, and state-of-the-art projections.

Holidays at Disney Springs

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Holidays at Disney Springs
Walt Disney Word Resort

Disney Springs will once again be filled with Christmas cheer and fun in addition to their great shopping and dining experiences from November 8, 2018 until January 6, 2019.

I especially love the Holidays at Disney Springs, because parking and most of the activities are free!

During the celebration guests at Disney Springs will enjoy seasonal tasty treats and beverages, seasonal entertainment, a Christmas Tree trail featuring some of your favorite Disney character, a join Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt to help experiment 626 find his Ohana’s lost gifts, and even meet with the big guy himself at his Chalet.

Universal Orlando Resort– November 2018

Holidays are Universal as you celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit all the Whos down in Whoville with Grinchmas, and watch some of your favorite characters in the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s from November 17, 2018 until January 6, 2019.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Universal's Islands of Adventure Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade Magic of Christmas Hogwarts Castle
Universal Orlando Resort

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle is back in November 2018. Revel in a dazzling projection of holiday spirit nightly in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

While in Hogsmeade, take in the festive décor, listen to the Frog Choir sing holiday themed songs and grab a Hot Butterbeer.

Then head over to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida to see more stunning holiday decorations throughout London and Diagon Alley.

And you won’t want to miss the talented Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees singing their holiday hits.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Universal Studios Florida Universal Orlando Resort Universal's Macy's Holiday Parade Minion Despicable Me
Universal Orlando Resort

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is returning to the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This colorful parade fills the streets with music, confetti, and some of your favorite characters, including the Despicable Me Minions, Shrek and Fiona, King Julien, the Penguins of Madagascar, and more!

And, of course, there’s a visit from Santa as he rides high in the sky on a beautiful float, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

November 2018 Theme Park Events - Universal's Islands of Adventure Universal Orlando Resort Grinchmas Suess Landing
Universal Orlando Resort

Grinchmas is returning to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Hear the tale of the Grinch and help the Whos down in Whoville save Christmas during a wonderful live stage show. Sing along to all your favorite songs and get into the Grinchmas spirit.

You can even start your morning off with breakfast with the Grinch himself (reservations required). Then stroll through Seuss Landing, all decked out for Christmas by the bustling Whos as they get their final preparations in order for Christmas.

Mannheim Steamroller

November 2018 Theme Park Events -Universal Studios Florida Universal Orlando Resort Mannheim Steamroller
Universal Orlando Resort

Fan-favorite Mannheim Steamroller will also be returning to perform live on the Music Plaza Stage. Their performances will take place on select night during the months of November and December.

SeaWorld Orlando– November 2018

In November 2018, the event lineup at SeaWorld Orlando offers something for everybody with three unique opportunities to add value to a visit to the park and events taking place every Saturday and Sunday.

Jack Hanna Weekend

November 2018 Theme Park Events - SeaWorld Orlando Jack Hanna Weekend
SeaWorld Orlando

World-renowned animal expert “Jungle Jack” Hanna is back for another weekend of excitement and storytelling at SeaWorld Orlando on November 3rd and 4th. The internationally-known conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer will share animal facts and his travel tales during captivating and interactive presentations at 1pm & 3pm inside the Nautilus Theater.

In addition to shows included with park admission, SeaWorld will have several additional opportunities for guests to personally interact with Jack Hanna at the park including meet-and-greets, autograph signings and exclusive dining packages.

  • Jack Hanna Reserved Show Seating (Saturday and Sunday November 3 – 4) – Save time and enjoy one of the best seats in the house for Jack Hanna. Prepare for Jack to entertain with animal facts, stories and answers to questions from you. Pricing begins at $20 per person and Pass Members receive a special discount.
  • Up-Close Dining at Shamu Stadium Jack Hanna Dinner (Saturday, November  3rd) – Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Jack Hanna at Up-Close Dining at Shamu Stadium. The package includes a buffet dinner and a meet-and-greet with Jack Hanna. Dinner is at 5pm. Pricing begins at $49 per person. Pass Members receive a special discount on all dining package purchases.

Craft Beer Festival

November 2018 Theme Park Events - SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
SeaWorld Orlando

Calling all beer connoisseurs, SeaWorld Orlando has a brand-new festival worth raising your glass over. The SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival will feature 100+ brews on draft at 18 locations around the park on from breweries across the state of Florida, plus a few domestic and international craft favorites on November 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th.

Park guests can enjoy brews from local breweries such as Orlando Brewing Company, Crooked Can, and Dead Lizard Brewing. In addition, the event will also feature a variety of beverages from Florida based craft breweries in Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, and St. Petersburg.

The festival will also feature 20+ unique food items designed to perfectly pair with the event brew selection. Enjoy unique renditions of some bar food staples as well as a few new concepts designed to complement the festival’s draft beer selection. Some festival exclusive items include:

  • Infused Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese – Buttery Pretzel Bites Infused with Bacon and Smothered in Beer Cheese
  • BBQ Brisket Mac-n-Cheese – Jalapeño Cheddar Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce and BBQ Brisket Topped with Spiked BBQ Sauce and a Parmesan Garlic Crust
  • Bison Slider- Served with Lager Bacon Onion Jam and Minorcan Mustard
  • Jumbo Chicken Wings – Chicken Wings Tossed in a Pilsner Buffalo Sauce Served with Tangy Slaw
  • Fish and Chips- Traditional Fish and Chips with Beer Battered Haddock and Sea Salt Fries
  • Chorizo Potato Skins – Topped with Queso Fresco, Onions, Cilantro, and Avocado Crema
  • Candied Bacon Lollipops – Sweet and Savory Candied Bacon Served on a Wood Skewer
  • Buffalo Burger Quesadilla – Pepper Jack Cheddar Cheese Blend, Balsamic Onions, Baby Arugula, Crème Fraiche, and Roasted Tomato Salsa

Guests looking to taste their way around the Florida craft beer scene can take advantage of SeaWorld’s sampling packages designed for the most adventurous beer fans.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

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SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday traditions are made, with delicious food, stunning live shows, delightful holiday shopping and joyous entertainment.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration brings together family fun and holiday traditions on select nights from November 17 – December 31, 2018 and is included with park admission.

I am really excited for the official start of the holiday season in the parks, and can’t wait to share all the latest news and reviews of the celebrations with you.

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Celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse on November 4th

Mickey Mouse 90th Spectacular ABC November 4 2018
ABC

Celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse on November 4th with ABC

‘Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,’ A Dazzling Two-Hour Prime-Time Event Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

On Sunday, November 4th, you won’t want to miss the two-hour prime-time special airing on ABC stations across the country to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse at 8 pm EST.

You can also watch on the ABC app from your smartphone and tablet (iOS and Android), computer on ABC.com and connected devices (Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV).

From the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, the elegant affair will feature star-studded musical performances, moving tributes and never-before-seen short films. Superstars from music, film and television will join the festivities to celebrate the birthday of the internationally beloved character on “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular”.

One of the most acclaimed producers and directors of television and live events, Don Mischer has signed on to produce and direct the special prime-time event. “I’m delighted to be working on this magical event. Walt Disney was a major influence in my early life and actually inspired me to pursue my life’s work in television,” said Mischer.

Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey has been the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, Mickey’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world every day.

The two-hour television event paying tribute to the True Original will feature appearances by Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect” franchise, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini, actor Miles Brown (ABC’s “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”), Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect” franchise, the upcoming feature film “The Wedding Year”), Josh Gad (Disney’s “Frozen”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween,” “Bridesmaids”) and Sage Steele (host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter”), as well as special musical performances by Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly.

Previously announced stars include actress, activist and mom Kristen Bell (Disney’s Frozen), actress and Hollywood Records/Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants, Freeform’s upcoming Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist), two-time Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Hale (VeepArrested Development), and actress Sarah Hyland (ABC’s Modern Family), as well as special musical performances by Josh Groban, NCT 127, Leslie Odom Jr., Meghan Trainor and Zac Brown Band. Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger will make a special appearance during the evening’s festivities.

GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter and TV, film and Broadway actor Josh Groban will be singing his new hit song, “Granted,” from his recently released eighth studio album, Bridges. Groban has sold more than 30 million records over his illustrious music career and has entertained fans across the globe with his electrifying live performances, and comedic film and television appearances. In 2017, he concluded his Broadway run as Pierre in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which was described as “one of the best musicals of the decade.” He is currently starring on The Good Cop, opposite Tony Danza. Groban is an arts education advocate. Through his own foundation, Find Your Light, he raises millions to help enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.

Seoul-based global K-Pop powerhouse NCT 127 will perform their popular hit, “Regular.” With 3.3 million Instagram followers and a fanbase that won’t quit, NCT 127 has shaken up the K-Pop world since their 2016 arrival with their unique and conceptually progressive artistry. The breakout boy band of 10 (Taeyong, Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Mark, Haechan and newly added Jungwoo), has found a unique way to connect with their growing fanbase outside of their Seoul home. Known for mixing genres, NCT 127 combines sounds in pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin trap. Their first full-length studio album, NCT #127 Regular-Irregular, is out everywhere Oct. 12.

Tony® and GRAMMY Award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. will perform the classic “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the 1940 Disney adaptation of Pinocchio. Best known for his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the smash-hit Broadway musical Hamilton, Odom Jr. won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance. He also won a GRAMMY Award as a principal soloist on the original cast recording.

GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor will perform the Randy Newman hit and Toy Story franchise theme song, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single “All About That Bass” and has cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting seven multiplatinum singles, releasing two platinum albums, selling out three headline tours, writing multiplatinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations worldwide. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single “All About That Bass,” which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history. Trainor released her first single, “No Excuses,” from her highly anticipated third studio album, Treat Myself, in spring 2018.

Three-time GRAMMY-winning multiplatinum artists Zac Brown Band will perform “Bare Necessities” from the classic Disney film The Jungle Book. Zac Brown Band have had five consecutive albums reach the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. To date, the group has sold more than 25 million singles and eight million albums. They have achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and are the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats. They have developed a reputation with critics and fans alike for a live show marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.

Bob Burgess and Sharon Baird from the original Mickey Mouse Club will also be making a special appearance during the evening’s festivities, honoring 90 years of the internationally beloved character.

The 15-time Emmy Award winner and his Don Mischer Productions partners, Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, combine their extraordinary talents to help bring this once-in-a-lifetime celebration to life. “It’s remarkable how strongly Mickey Mouse connects with people around the world, and it’s an honor for us to help celebrate such a beloved global icon,” said Haykel and Hare.

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