What’s New This Week?
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Magic Kingdom Park
Updated! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party News: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Friday, December 11 & 18, 2015 are officially Sold Out. There are remaining Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party events available on: December 10, 11, 13, 15, 17.
New! Made with Magic Products Now at Epcot: Made with Magic has arrived at World Showcase in Epcot. These accessories allow guests to become a part of a show by lighting up in time with or in the same color scheme at select nighttime spectaculars. This time, Made with Magic items will light up at key moments as you travel from country to country in World Showcase. Look for Made with Magic items in select merchandise locations around World Showcase or Mouse Gear at Epcot. You may also order items and have them shipped directly to your home using the free Shop Disney Parks Mobile app. Made with Magic accessories at $25 each.
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 week includes:
- 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
You can enjoy the Candlelight Processional three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8 p.m., from November 27 to December 30.
Reminder! Holidays Around the World in Progress: 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.”
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
New! Star Wars Offerings Now Open: New Star Wars entertainment offerings and attraction enhancements were officially unveiled at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last week.
Star Wars Launch Bay, located in Animation Courtyard, gives you the chance to interact with Star Wars characters by choosing to encounter the Dark Side with Darth Vader in a Star Destroyer themed area, or visit with the brave Rebels with Chewbacca in a makeshift Rebel Base.
Fans of the film franchise can also visit two different exhibits – Celebration Gallery and Celebration Hallway to view iconic ships from the Rebel Alliance and Imperial Navy fleet, as well as replica Star Warsprops and murals.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens can head to Preview Gallery to explore an area filled with costumes, artwork, models and more from the new film. And of course, shoppers can get their fix at Launch Bay Cargo, a unique shop that will offer a wide selection of Star Wars merchandise, including original artwork.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
This popular attraction Star Tours, which takes guests on a daring journey through the Star Wars galaxy, has been enhanced to feature new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Younglings can get in on the fun over at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. This popular offering, which allows young guests to step into the shoes of a Jedi in training, has been enhanced to feature new characters, including a new villain – the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels.
Star Wars: Path of The Jedi
Guests who wish to be introduced to (or relive) the adventure and excitement of the Star Wars film franchise can do so at Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. Here, they can view an abridged cinematic reel that reviews Star Wars episodes I-VII.
New Star Wars-inspired items have been added to menus at Food & Beverage locations throughout the park. Be on the lookout for Blue Milk Panna Cotta, Padawan Limeade, BB-8 Lemon and Butter Cream Cupcakes, and much more.
The “Symphony In The Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” nightly fireworks show will begin blasting off December 18.
New! Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hours Extended: Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close at 11:00pm instead of 9:00 or 10:00 pm on Dec 18-24, 2015. On these nights, the Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular will take place at 11:00pm. The park will close at midnight instead of 11:00 pm on Dec 25-30, 2015, and on these nights, fireworks will take place at midnight.
New! Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party Begins Jan 05: Starting January 5, 2016, and continuing nightly through March 19 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, tempt your sweet tooth with a special dessert party that’s out of this galaxy. Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party can be booked beginning December 3 by calling 407-939-3463 or visiting Disneyworld.com. With something for every Sith or Jedi, the party includes Star Wars-themed desserts (including the famous Darth Vader Cupcakes), a souvenir Chewbacca stein, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, all with an up-close view of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular!” This dessert party costs $69.00 for adults and $39.00 for children.
New! Specialty Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes: A new specialty cupcake is now offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the gingerbread cupcake! This special cupcake will be available at ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Fairfax Faire, Pizza Planet, Rosie’s All American Cae, Starring Rolls Cafe and Studio Catering Co. and Trolley Car Cafe. The cupcake is included in the Disney Dining plan and will be available through Jan. 4.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
New! African Painted Dogs on Kilimanjaro Safaris: A pack of six painted dogs are now on the savanna at Kilimanjaro Safaris. These rare animals are an endangered species. They have a unique appearance with large ears and multi-colored coat patterns. They are pack animals and operate as a family unit.
New! Tarzan Meet and Greet Relocated: Tarzan has moved to the area near Island Mercantile, in the former Disney Vacation Club location.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
New! Torch Lighting Returns to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: A night time torch lighting ceremony, complete with a fire twirler, occurs five times a week at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort –Tuesday through Saturday nights.
Reminder! 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.
Reminder! Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Now Offers Sunday Brunch: You can now enjoy Sunday brunch at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort at with panoramic views of Seven Seas Lagoon. Relax and relish sophisticated flavors at Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch, which will take place Sunday mornings, beginning November 22. The Disney Parks Blog describes the brunch as follows: Brunch begins with a specialty beverage—Champagne, Mimosa, or signature Bloody Mary for adults, a smoothie for children. A shared pastry basket is filled with house-made chocolate and traditional croissants, muffins, Danish, pecan sticky buns, Vermont cultured butter and seasonal jam. Enjoy your choice of appetizer: Onion Soup Graitnee, Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Charcuterie, Artisanal Cheese Selection or Romaine Salad. For entrees, look for traditional brunch favorites, with a refined twist: Brioche French Toast, Lobster Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Freshly Caught Seasonal Fish, Steak and Eggs and more. Complete your meal with a sweet ending—a trio of desserts. Cost is $69 for adults, $41 for children, age 3-9.
Reminder! 1900 Park Fare Brunch Added at Disney’s Grand Floridian: A unique dining experience will be added to 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort during Nov 22-28 and Dec 20-Jan 2, a brunch menu will be served with both breakfast and dinner items. The price for brunch is $23.99 per adults and $12.99 per child. This is not a character dining experience.
Walt Disney World Resort – General
New! Holidays at Disney Springs: In addition to the previously announced appearances from Santa and Santa Goofy, Disney Springs will have more festive entertainment for guests. Holiday entertainment includes Holiday stilt walkers roaming the West Side and Marketplace, Holiday carolers in the Marketplace and Klezmer Hanukkah Celebration at Waterview Park in The Landing (Dec 6-13, 7-10:45pm).
New! Menu Additions at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar: Jock Lindsey’s has two new menu items available now: Dr. Elsa’s Shrimp BLT Flatbread – Chermoula-spiced shrimp, Nueske’s bacon, arugula, roasted tomatoes and basil pesto; Squid! Why’d it have to be Squid – Fried Calamari with harissa aioli.
December 10 – 18: ‘Scent’sational news! Gier Ness and Patti Moreno return this month with special appearances at Puffin’s Roost in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.
December 11 – 12: Join us for special artist showcases at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace as we celebrate the release of new works by Will Gay, Joe Kaminski and Darren Wilson, December 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. and December 12 from 4 – 6 p.m.
December 11 – 13: Artist Whitney Pollett will take part in a special artist showcase December 11 and December 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. and December 13 from Noon – 3 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace.
December 12: A new hand-painted limited edition Ink & Paint cel, titled “A Jolly Afternoon” featuring Minnie Mouse dressed as Mary Poppins will be available at Stage 1 Company Store at Disney Hollywood Studios. Look for appearances by the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the day of release. Not able to make it? A special pre-purchase opportunity is available now through December 10, 2015.
December 13 – 23: Meet artist David E. Doss from 1 – 9 p.m., each day, at Art of Disney in Disney Springs Marketplace.
Closures and Refurbishments
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