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Happy New Year!

1 Jan

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2014 bring you happiness, good health, and plenty of magical memories.

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Christmas by the Numbers at Walt Disney World

8 Nov

Although we are just one full week in to November, the Christmas spirit has hit me and I cannot deny its warmth. That being said, enjoy these fun facts from the Walt Disney World Resort. 🙂

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Miles of garland, glitter, twinkling lights and ribbon transform Walt Disney World Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Here’s a sample of what guests will experience throughout the Vacation Kingdom:

  • 1,300 decorated trees throughout property
  • A wreath 25 feet in diameter adorning the Cirque du Soleil building at Downtown Disney West Side
  • 10 miles of twinkling rope lights in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • 150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations for 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other locations
  • 15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the Vacation Kingdom
  • 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows draping over Christmas trees across property
  • 8.5 million lights strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort
  • 98 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED, 2 percent is compact florescent
  • 11 countries dressed for Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase
  • More than 800 performers each night during Candlelight Processional at Epcot
  • More than 200 guest choirs during the entire run of Candlelight Processional
  • A Christmas tree in Magic Kingdom with a base 26 feet wide
  • One 70-foot-tall tree takes center stage in Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby featuring nearly 35,800 white LED lights
  • 6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:
    • One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating
    • One life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of famous Disney characters
  • 100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom
  • 365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney’s Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace

See more at: http://wdwnews.com/fact-sheets/2012/10/22/christmas-by-the-numbers-at-walt-disney-world/

A Look at What’s Coming to Disney Parks this Holiday Season

30 Jul

The following post originally appeared on The Disney Gals blog.

This month, I’ve shared some fun photos of Vintage Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort and taken a peek at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort. One of my most favorite things about Disney Parks is how they magically transform the parks into a season of sparkle during the holidays.

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The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is transformed into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes nighttime spectacular: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks, live entertainment with Disney characters dressed up for the holidays, and much more! To learn more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, visit www.disneyworld.com/christmasparty.

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Did you know?
There are 8.5 million lights strung throughout Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season.

Disney Characters in festive apparel, “it’s a small world” Holiday, and of course hundreds of thousands of lights transform the entire Disneyland Resort into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. Even Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park goes all-out for the holidays. To learn more about Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com/holidays.

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If you and your family love the holiday season, I would encourage you to think about spending Christmas with Disney Parks. This is just a taste of what is in store this year and whether you visit Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California, your holiday season is sure to be full of magic and merriment.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for celebrating Christmas in July with me this year!

 

 

 

Vintage Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

18 Jul

After receiving such positive feedback from the vintage photos I shared yesterday for Disneyland’s 58th Anniversary, I decided to dig through the Disney Parks Blog Archives for a look at Walt Disney World. And since we are celebrating Christmas in July, these vintage Walt Disney World photos give us a nostalgic look back at past holiday seasons.

Magic Kingdom Park has celebrated the holidays with a Christmas Parade since opening in 1971. Here's a look at the parade back in 1976 traveling down Main Street, U.S.A.

Magic Kingdom Park has celebrated the holidays with a Christmas Parade since opening in 1971. Here’s a look at the parade back in 1976 traveling down Main Street, U.S.A.

While the parade’s name has varied through the years, one thing has always remained the same – the holiday cheer it brings to guests every holiday season.

While the parade’s name has varied through the years, one thing has always remained the same – the holiday cheer it brings to guests every holiday season.

Chip 'n Dale decking the halls at Epcot in the 1980s

Chip ‘n Dale decking the halls at Epcot in the 1980s.

Mickey and Minnie trimming the tree at Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s

Mickey and Minnie trimming the tree at Walt Disney World Resort in the 1980s.

Pluto powering up the tree at Disney-MGM Studios in the 1980s.

Pluto powering up the tree at Disney-MGM Studios in the 1980s.

In December 1983, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Scrooge McDuck made appearances at Magic Kingdom Park dressed as Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, Nephew Fred and Ebenezer Scrooge.

In December 1983, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Scrooge McDuck made appearances at Magic Kingdom Park dressed as Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, Nephew Fred and Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Earffel Tower at Disney-MGM Studios in 1989.

The Earffel Tower at Disney-MGM Studios in 1989.

These wonderful images were taken from posts found on the Disney Parks Blog by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center. All photos used in this post are ©Disney. 

Sweet Holiday Fun at Magic Kingdom Park

15 Jul

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Christmas in July post, on select evenings in November and December, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party gives Magic Kingdom guests the chance to experience exclusive special holiday entertainment, including “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

This enchanting special after-hours party takes place inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8-December 20.

Dates for 2013:
November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

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