What’s New This Week?
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
New! Princess Aurora Temporarily Relocated: While Santa is visiting from the North Pole (now through Dec. 24), he will be meeting Guests in Town Square Courtyard. During his visit, Princess Aurora will meet with Guests near the castle wall in Fantasyland.
New! Enchanted Tales with Belle Hours Change: Enchanted Tales with Belle will not longer be available during night time Extra Magic Hours. This attraction will continue to be available during normal operating hours and morning Extra Magic Hours.
New! Watch Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Live Online Dec. 6th: On Sunday, December 6, Magic Kingdom park will offer a live stream of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” and “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks live from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The live stream of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade” will begin at 8:15 p.m. EST. Then tune back in at 9:30 p.m. EST for “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks. To view these events, visit disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog.
Reminder! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party News: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Friday, December 18, 2015 is officially Sold Out. There are remaining Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party events available on: November 29 and December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17.
Reminder! Changes to Main Street U.S.A Show times: The show times for the Main Street Trolley Show and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will be adjusted Dec 2 & Dec 9. On these dates, The Main Street Trolley show will use the Main Street fire truck and Move it! Shake it! Dance and Play it! will occur at 12:30pm and 5:00pm.
Update: Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival to Open Dec 18: “Captain EO” will say its final farewell December 6. It’s closing to make room for a new attraction, “Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival.” Here, Epcot guests can experience beloved Disney and Pixar animated shorts in a new 4D experience located in Magic Eye Theater in the Imagination Pavilion. The opening date for the new attraction will be December 18th.
Reminder! Holidays Around the World Returns Nov 27: During Holidays Around the World, each international pavilion throughout World Showcase has something to offer – whether it’s a dance or musical performance, or a storytelling opportunity for guests to enjoy. Guests also don’t want to miss two major musical opportunities offered at the park during this time – the Candlelight Processional and “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.” As a reminder, For the 2015 holiday season, new live musical performances by American Music Machine are being added to the mix. American Music Machine will be rocking around the Fountain Stage, performing both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Reminder! Candlelight Processional Now at Epcot: America Gardens Theatre is once again filled with the beautiful sounds of the beloved Epcot holiday traditions – the Candlelight Processional. The show features the retelling the Christmas story while accompanied by a masterful orchestra and choir. The list of celebrity narrators for this season includes:
- 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
- 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
- 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
- 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
- 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
- 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
- 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
- 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
- 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
- 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
- 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
- 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant
You can enjoy the Candlelight Processional three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8 p.m., from November 27 to December 30.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Reminder! Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hours Extended: Disney’s Hollywood Studios close at 9:00pm instead of 8:30 pm on Dec 4, 2015. In addition, the park will close at 9:30pm instead of 8:30 pm on Dec 5, 2015.
Reminder! Star Wars-inspired Experiences Now Open: Starting Dec. 1, Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to enjoy more Star Wars experiences every day with Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, and Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure, but after that it will be random again. “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, also giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films. Last, but not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”
Reminder! Club Disney Opens Dec. 4th: An all-new special event venue, Sunset Showcase opens this week on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This entertainment showplace has been custom designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at the new Sunset Showcase will be Club Disney, the hottest spot in town for kids and characters alike! You can join Mickey and the gang and take to the dance floor in this electric club environment, where a DJ Club Host spins the perfect playlist mix of your favorite Radio Disney Top 40 songs as the floor and walls come alive with vivid images from classic Disney animation.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks to Open Dec 12: Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks will open in Asia on Dec. 12. The location will offer grad-and-go snacks as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to travelers visiting the Forbidden Mountain, Mt. Everest.
Reminder! Riverside Depot Debuts Dec 8th: Riverside Depot is a large merchandise location connected to Disney Outfitters. This retail location will be themed to animals found in and around rivers, and it will offer Disney character gifts and souvenirs. Riverside Depot is scheduled to open Dec 8.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Gingerbread Demonstrations at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: To help get everyone in the holiday spirit, the Cast at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will host a Gingerbread house demonstration every day Dec. 1-25 1-2pm in the lobby.
New! Grand Floridian Cafe Hours Change: The Grand Floridian Cafe will now close at 9pm each night instead of 9:30pm.
New! Cupcake of the Month at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: The latest of the Contempo Cafe Cupcakes is now available! The new holiday cupcake is a Gingerbread Cupcake with caramel fluff filling and tangerine frosting, garnished with white candy pearls, two chocolate Mickey ears and a mini marshmallow to top of the Mickey Santa hat. It’s available now through Jan 2.
New! Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Chandelier Signing: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has a large and unique chandelier in it’s lobby. Called The Storybook Chandelier, the fixture contains original images from the movies “Cars,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Finding Nemo,” and “The Lion King” portrayed on glass plates. Since the resort first opened, artists, actors and others who have worked on these movies have visited and signed some of these plates. Last week, a few more signatures were collected including those of Pete Docter – Director and Vice President at Pixar Animation Studios; Jerome Ranft – Sculptor at Pixar Animation Studios; and Jay Ward – Cars Creative Director and Legacy Guardian at Pixar Animation Studios. Jerome and Jay also worked on creative development of the guest rooms at the resort as well as the sculptures on the resort grounds.
New! Disney’s Pop Century Resort Tree Lighting: Front Desk area Cast Members at Disney’s Pop Century Resort invite guests to join them every evening Dec. 2 – 26 at 5pm in Classic Hall.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
December 1 – 10: Artist Greg McCullough will take part in special artist showcases December 1 – 10 and December 26 – January 3 at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace, from 1 – 8 p.m., each day.
December 3 – 6: Artist William Silvers will be on hand for special appearances December 3 – 6 at Art of Disneyin Epcot and December 10 – 13 at Main Street Cinema at Magic Kingdom Park, from 12 – 8 p.m., each day.
December 3 – 6: Meet artist Larry Dotson who will appear throughout the day, on each date at the following locations.
- December 3 – 6 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
- December 9 – 12 – Art of Disney, Epcot
- December 19 – 23 – Main Street Cinema, Magic Kingdom Park
- December 26 – 27 – The Puffin’s Roost, Norway Pavilion, Epcot (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
December 4 – 5: Meet artist Sydney Hanson who will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 8 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace.
December 4 – 5: Take part in Holidays Around the World and join us for a special appearance and signing with Dept. 56 artist, Jeff Junkins from 2 – 6 p.m., each day at Santa’s Village in the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot.
New! Disney and Vans Collection Now Available at Disney Springs: Disney and Vans Collection, a collection of popular footwear designs featuring designs “Alice in Wonderland,” Mickey Mouse, “The Little Mermaid,” Donald Duck, “101 Dalmatians,” “Jungle Book,” and Disney Princesses, is now available at Curl by Sammy Duvall at Disney Springs West Side. They carry shoes from the first two Disney Vans releases in slip-on, lace-up and high-top styles.
Closures and Refurbishments
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