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All-New Holiday Nighttime Spectacular Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

14 Oct

An all-new nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!,” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Nov. 14, sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.

The façade of the Chinese Theater comes alive with the merriment, music and sparkle of the Walt Disney World Resort 2016 holiday season. On, above and around the theater are state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and even snow. Adding to the immersive experience is a new musical score featuring familiar holiday tunes with an original twist. It’s a holiday show that couldn’t be more merry and bright.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The 2016 holidays season brings a all-new nighttime spectacular to Disney’s Hollywood Studios with “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!.” The facade of the Chinese Theater comes alive with state-of-the-art projections, and guests will experience special effects, fireworks and even snow on, above and around the theater. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will run Nov. 14 to Dec. 31, 2016. (David Roark, photographer)

 

It’s also a cranberry-red situation for elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” as the duo leads a top-notch team on a search-and-rescue mission for Santa.

Snowy fun and holiday cheer set to the twinkling tunes of the season bring together holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” – even a journey into Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” – all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

A special message from Santa Claus will cap off this unforgettable spectacular for the whole family.

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will run from Nov. 14 to Dec. 31, adding a sparkling finale to any holiday visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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The 32nd Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

8 Dec

ANAHEIM, Calif. and LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., (Dec. 8, 2015) — This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates not only the joy of the holiday season, but the unforgettable family moments it has helped guests create over the past sixty years. “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” airs Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 (10:00 am.-12:00 p.m ET; airtimes vary; check local listings) on the ABC Television Network.

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Robin Roberts Returns to Host the “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration”

Now in its 32nd year, the unforgettable Christmas special welcomes back Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA) as lead host. Reporting from the Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, Roberts is accompanied by Jesse Palmer, who joins the event for the first time as a correspondent. New to the GMA team as a special contributor, Palmer shares key parade updates in the midst of the action on Main Street, U.S.A. Janel Parrish, star of the ABC Family hit show “Pretty Little Liars” – which will debut under the new network name, Freeform for its winter premiere on Jan. 12, 2016 – serves as music correspondent alongside Stitch from Cinderella Castle.

The holidays have long been cherished for their ability to bring family and friends together from near and far to create heartfelt memories to last a lifetime. In the spirit of “Unforgettable Happens Here,” throughout the celebration Disney Parks will tell the inspiring real-life stories of three families whose personal connection to Disney Parks will make their Christmas dreams come true. It all culminates with an unforgettable Christmas Day surprise that is sure to warm the hearts of television audiences across the country, providing the perfect toast to the most festive time of the year.

For a dose of nostalgia, viewers are also treated to magical memories from the Disney Christmas shows of yesteryear, along with beloved Disney Park moments shared by actors and actresses from both classic and current Disney films.

Featuring floats and characters from movie favorites including “Toy Story,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Inside Out,” and the wildly-popular “Frozen,” along with the all-new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and upcoming “Finding Dory” movie, slated for release next summer, this year’s Disney Christmas Parade is expected to be the most spectacular of all. Viewers can also look forward to watching other Disney parade stars take the spotlight, such as beloved Disney princesses, characters from Disney Junior, a special performance from the stars of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants,” and of course, the iconic Disney Toy Soldiers and Santa Claus.

(Nov. 10, 2015) The cast of Disney Channel Original Movie 'Descendants' (On float: Cameron Boyce who plays Carlos (top left), Booboo Stewart who plays Jay (top right), Sofia Carson who plays Evie (bottom left) and Dove Cameron who plays Mal (bottom right)) perform Nov. 10, 2015 during the taping of the ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ TV special in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 32nd annual holiday telecast airs nationwide Dec. 25 on ABC-TV. (Mariah Wild, photographer)

(Nov. 10, 2015) The cast of Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Descendants’ (On float: Cameron Boyce who plays Carlos (top left), Booboo Stewart who plays Jay (top right), Sofia Carson who plays Evie (bottom left) and Dove Cameron who plays Mal (bottom right)) perform Nov. 10, 2015 during the taping of the ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’ TV special in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 32nd annual holiday telecast airs nationwide Dec. 25 on ABC-TV. (Mariah Wild, photographer)

The 32nd annual Christmas celebration airs nationwide on December 25 at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on ABC-TV. The show will also air in Canada on CBC Network and across the globe on the American Forces Network.

For more information, visit Disney.com/DisneyParksChristmas to learn about the special telecast, including local broadcast times and a full list of parade talent. Guests can also join in fun online by using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

– See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2015/12/08/the-32nd-annual-disney-parks-christmas-day-parade-promises-to-be-the-most-unforgettable-special-yet-tune-in-for-the-magic-december-25-on-abc/#sthash.2QuE92fZ.dpuf

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. 

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