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Move over, Thanksgiving, Christmas has arrived at Disney

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 11:09 am

 

 

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

You just finished eating that turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, what’s next on the agenda?

You’re going to Walt Disney World!

The holiday season is already underway at the Disney resort with lots of new attractions as well as some returning favorites at all four theme parks as well as Disney Springs.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a great place to start with an all-new light-up spectacular,  Sunset Seasons Greetings.

The Hollywood Tower Hotel is the center of attention for this nightly show that transforms the attraction into a projection show (think Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom) that features Mickey, Minnie and more in Christmas stories. The hotel is splashed with color and excitement as scenes of the season (Christmas gifts, gingerbread house, Frozen) are depicted on the hotel. The show runs continuously throughout the night.

There’s more to the evening’s “Flurry of Fun,” as the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Show returns.

The show features animated characters set across the backdrop of the Chinese theater in a non-stop spectacular that features state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music. You can make the event even more special by getting tickets for the holiday dessert, which includes a reserved viewing area.  Dessert party pricing: Now through Dec. 15: $79 per adult; $45 per child ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). Dec. 17-31: $89 per adult; $49 per child ages 3 to 9. For more information tickets go to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/jingle-bell-jingle-bam-holiday-party/ .

Also new at the studios is more holiday décor around the park’s Echo Lake featuring a giant Christmas tree and Dinosaur Gertie dressed up with a Santa hat.

Elsewhere at the resort, Epcot has doubled the number of holiday kitchens found throughout the park.

There are 15 kitchens for the season, including cookies and desserts at the Cookie Nook located inside the Odyssey complex. Sweet treats include snowflake sugar cookies and a warm apple fritter with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce.

Returning again to Epcot is the Candlelight Processional, the Christmas story, with a celebrity narrator, choir and orchestra. This year’s new celebrity narrators include Kurt Russell and Pat Sajek. Returning narrators include Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg. The show takes placed three times nightly, Nov. 24-Dec. 30. Dining options at select restaurants with reserved seating at the show are available.

The Magic Kingdom hosts the return of A Frozen Holiday Wish, a show at Cinderella’s Castle featuring the royal sisters Anna and Elsa, as well as snowman Olaf and more. But the castle is really the star, of course , as it is transformed into a glimmering holiday showcase.

Finally, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns in the limited-attendance, separate ticket event featuring an exclusive performance of Holiday Wishes fireworks show, a special party with cookies, cocoa and snow flurries and more. It begins at 7 p.m. on select nights in November and December.

Disney Springs is always all dressed up for the holidays and the free admission/free parking attraction always features daily holiday happenings.  From now through Dec. 30, marketplace guests can stroll among custom decorated Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree Trail has been expanded for 2017 includes ten new trees inspired by Disney Classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White and Dumbo.

If you want to make the holiday really special, indulge in a Ultimate Disney Christmas Package.  The package includes:

Tickets to Mickey’s Very Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom park on Dec. 21.

•Exclusive nighttime access to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park on Dec. 22.

•An exclusive holiday Character experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Dec. 23.

•An exclusive Christmas Eve dinner celebration at Epcot on Dec. 24,.

•A special holiday gift delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room on Dec. 25.

This offer also includes a 5-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotel, plus 4-day theme park tickets with a Park Hopper Option. Starting at $139 per person, per night, a family of four can stay in a standard room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for a total package price of $2,775.

Go to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/ultimate-christmas/ for more information.