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News Holidays 2020 at Walt Disney World

Disone

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Daytime it runs through the whole park, but after dark remains on Main Street as far as I know.
hummmm.... No doubt this rainy version with the onmi bus did that, but that said That was not my experience on Tuesday with the 5:30ish Welcome Santa Cavalcade. It went trough the park. Unrelated, it would be okay to add some garland to the rails of the omni bus.
 

wdwmagic

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hummmm.... No doubt this rainy version with the onmi bus did that, but that said That was not my experience on Tuesday with the 5:30ish Welcome Santa Cavalcade. It went trough the park. Unrelated, it would be okay to add some garland to the rails of the omni bus.
The opening day of the season was not rainy and did Main Street U.S.A only after dark. Studios is doing the same, running up and down Hollywood Blvd only after dark. Not sure what the cutoff time is though. 5:30pm may still be the full route with darkness coming in around 6pm.
 

Disone

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The opening day of the season was not rainy and did Main Street U.S.A only after dark. Studios is doing the same, running up and down Hollywood Blvd only after dark. Not sure what the cutoff time is though. 5:30pm may still be the full route with darkness coming in around 6pm.
Maybe, but the Castle came on at 6:02pm. So I assume it was the last Cavalcade, but I did leave immediately after taking a few pictures of the castle. Perhaps they run after the castle comes on? Perhaps Tuesday's going through the park at 5:30ish was just an experiment? <shuggs> I don't really know. Sorry.
 

wdwmagic

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Maybe, but the Castle came on at 6:02pm. So I assume it was the last Cavalcade, but I did leave immediately after taking a few pictures of the castle. Perhaps they run after the castle comes on? Perhaps Tuesday's going through the park at 5:30ish was just an experiment? <shuggs> I don't really know. Sorry.
It could very well be variable depending on varying factors. Maybe others can report what they see over the next few days.
 

DCBaker

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"One of the things I find so special about Disney Cast Members is their passion for giving back to families and neighbors in their local communities. One of their favorite places to do that is Give Kids The World Village – an 84-acre non-profit resort that provides wish-granting, no-cost stays to children and their families who are battling critical illness and want to experience the magic of a Central Florida vacation.

Walt Disney World Resort has supported Give Kids The World for nearly 35 years and has long been making magic as the top-requested wish-granting destination among those this wonderful organization helps. The Village is also the most popular place where our Cast Members volunteer, and we recently had the incredible opportunity to show our love and support once again for this special place.

Due to the pandemic, 4000 wishes have been postponed, so Walt Disney World is helping Give Kids The World create the resort’s first Night of a Million Lights to raise funds and help ensure granting wishes for critically ill children can resume as soon as the Village reopens. We donated over 3 million glittering lights that deck the Village’s halls as part of a fully immersive, walk-through holiday light spectacular sure to bring the spirit of the season to all who visit.

Starting tonight, these holiday lights create a whimsical wonderland at the Village for local families to enjoy throughout the 54-night event. In addition to the lights, teams at Walt Disney World also found a way to bring magical Disney touches to one of the Village’s villas, such as festive garlands and big, bright bows reminiscent of decorations found on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park during the holidays, as well as enchanting décor from classic Disney stories.

Give Kids The World brings so much light and joy to the Central Florida community – and the lives of so many deserving children and families – each and every day, and we hope by helping decorate the Village we convey the important message of hope that merry and bright days are ahead.

The event runs tonight through Jan. 3, 2021, and is the perfect way for families to celebrate the splendor of the season together, all while benefitting children facing critical illness and their families. For more information about Night of a Million Lights, click here."



 

Nunu

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With no Gingerbread displays at the resorts this year, I wonder if the Holiday treats sold along them, are. Anyone knows? Thanks. :)
 

TrainChasers

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They are selling some at the Contemporary.
Not sure if you’ve seen it in person... is it from the Disney Resort bakeries like in years past? Or is it generic?

I loved buying the gingerbread shingles from the Grand and the 5 legged goat cookies at contemporary.
 

Rteetz

Premium Member
Not sure if you’ve seen it in person... is it from the Disney Resort bakeries like in years past? Or is it generic?

I loved buying the gingerbread shingles from the Grand and the 5 legged goat cookies at contemporary.
I didn’t get a chance to see it in person just from some posts by other sites.
 

DCBaker

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greets
Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane, decked out in their favorite Florida vacation attire, will meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut on select nights starting Nov. 23. This unique holiday photo opportunity is filled with Florida flair featuring reindeer, palm trees, flamingos and holiday cheer.

Mrs. Claus Holiday
Show On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby at 6 p.m. Mrs. Claus will then invite everyone out to the causeway to help her find Santa Claus.

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins
Santa’s elves are making their return to bring holiday joy to children staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. On select nights starting Nov. 30, elves will deliver milk in a souvenir cup, cookies and a storybook to resort rooms. Elves, dressed in full costume, will also read a bedtime story and tuck children on Santa’s nice list into bed. Price varies by date and a service charge of 24 percent is added, in addition to tax. Reservations are required, and space is limited. To book, call 407-934-4206.

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene
Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-size sculpture weighs approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by two-time world pastry champion and the resort’s executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair; a 7-foot-tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker; chocolate fireplace; chocolate Christmas tree; and chocolate toy train. The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the resort throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet should consider that it is 4 million calories! (And unfortunately, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)

Dancing Lights Show
A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes. The performances occur regularly from sunset through 10pm.

Magic Keys for Santa on Christmas Eve
How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key of course! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available on Dec. 24 at the concierge desk.

 

larryz

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The merriest time of year begins today with new entertainment experiences, festive treats, special merchandise and more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2020) – Wreaths are hung, lights are strung and trees are trimmed with care as holiday celebrations begin today at three Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, with Disney Springs, EPCOT and Disney resort hotels joining the festive fun soon. Through Dec. 30, guests will discover enchanting décor, special merchandise, delectable treats and new entertainment experiences all across The Most Magical Place on Earth that celebrate the spirit of the season.

This year, Santa Claus is checking his list twice as he makes his way around Walt Disney World for special appearances:

  • At Magic Kingdom Park, he glides down Main Street, U.S.A., in his sleigh, led by prancing reindeer.
  • He makes the trek to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park to spread the joyous spirit of the season from his very own flotilla as he sails down Discovery River.
  • Led by an entourage of elves and riding in his red convertible packed with presents, he brings glitz and glamour to a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Beginning later this month, he’ll be joined by Mrs. Claus at Disney Springs as the merry couple soaks up their last bit of Florida sunshine before their big night. They’ll cruise Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs in colorfully decorated pontoon boats.
  • And starting Nov. 27 at EPCOT, he will take a grand, horse-drawn tour around World Showcase.
Other highlights for the upcoming holiday season at Walt Disney World include:

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Several times daily, favorite characters don their holiday best and celebrate the season in a series of special cavalcades, complete with Christmastime floats and music:
    • “Mickey’s Holiday Cavalcade” is a holiday celebration with Mickey Mouse and his friends.
    • “Goofy’s Scrumptious Cavalcade” features Goofy cooking up some holiday fun from his gingerbread house and bake shop floats, joined by dancing gingerbread men.
    • “A Royal Christmas Processional” heralds the arrival of Disney princesses on a crystal castle float.
  • Main Street, U.S.A., is the place to catch the Holiday Trolley, delivering festive harmonies from the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet, while toy soldiers march with the Main Street Philharmonic as they bring musical cheer for all to hear.
  • Holiday treats include Chip ‘n’ Dale Christmas Churros, a Pistachio Chai Tea Float and An Orange Bird Christmas – an orange-scented white chocolate mousse.
  • When night falls at Magic Kingdom, projection effects transform Cinderella Castle with a kaleidoscope of designs, including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation. The iconic castle provides the perfect colorful background for guests seeking a magical holiday portrait.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • “Donald’s Dino Bash” takes its seasonal celebration to the waters of Discovery River, with Donald Duck and pals waving to everyone as they pass.
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale jingle through the jungle, bringing their own style of holiday flair to the river on their own flotilla.
  • The Discovery Island Drummers cruise along, entertaining guests on the shore with an energetic holiday beat.
  • Beginning Dec. 1, the park will feature special holiday-themed food, such as White-Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Mousse and a Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwich.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” adds a festive finale featuring Olaf and celebratory songs of the season.
  • Minnie Mouse hosts a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood & Vine, inviting some of her best pals – including Santa Goofy – to join the fun.
  • Festive foodie items include Mickey’s Holiday Cookie, Holiday Whoopie Pie and Olaf’s Snow Flurry – a yellow cupcake with vanilla buttercream and snow-flurry sugar.
  • After dark, the Hollywood Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard twinkles with projection effects as it becomes the Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel. The icon magically transforming into a Muppets gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story hotel, a snowy corner of Arendelle and a Dickensian village inspired by “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”
Disney Springs (Beginning Nov. 7, 2020)

  • The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth invites guests to gaze with wonder at elaborately decorated, Disney-trimmed trees as they explore the shopping, dining and entertainment district.
  • Seasonal treats will be available throughout Disney Springs, such as Holiday Mickey Mousse at Amorette’s Patisserie and a Mickey Santa Pinata at The Ganachery.
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar transforms into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with delightful décor and a limited-time menu of festive favorites.
  • Outdoor DJs play holiday music during the day to get guests in the spirt of the season.
  • In the evening, stilt-walking toy soldiers, skating snowflakes and a snowfall add a touch of magic for holiday shoppers.
Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by Advent Health (Beginning Nov. 27, 2020)

  • Holiday Kitchens located throughout World Showcase will offer tasty treats of the season, such as Duck Confit and Dumplings at Festival Favorites or the Gingerbread Milkshake from the Holiday Hearth.
  • Characters dressed in their holiday best will travel around World Showcase, including Queen Anna and Elsa in the “Frozen Holiday Promenade” and Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy making merry on the “Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour.”
  • Special music will fill the air throughout the park:
    • Inside World Showplace at EPCOT, JOYFUL! will take guests on a magical journey of holiday music.
    • Also inside World Showplace, an EPCOT pianist will perform holiday music from around the world.
    • Voices of Liberty will use their harmonies to share songs of the season at America Gardens Theatre.
    • Also at America Gardens Theatre, Mariachi Cobre will bring to life Las Posadas, a celebration of Mexican holiday customs through music and dance.
    • At the Canada pavilion, the JAMMitors will grace the Mill Stage with playful percussion full of merriment.
  • The Holiday Cookie Stroll will offer a complimentary cookie as reward for completing the confectionary collection – a delicious array of sweet treats from half a dozen locations across the park.
  • “Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition” scavenger hunt will invite children of all ages to join a festive adventure around World Showcase, where they will round up holiday traditions the lovable snowman has misplaced.
Disney Resort Hotels

  • Disney resort hotels will deck their halls with festive flourishes for the holidays.
  • The magic of the season will greet guests as soon as they arrive, with front entrances dressed in their holiday finest.
  • Christmas trees will light up every lobby.
  • All suite resort rooms will have their own Christmas trees.
  • Gingerbread treats will be available at select resorts, along with other sweet treats of the season.
Disney Parks Holiday Merchandise Makes for a Magical Gift from Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort or shopDisney.com

Guests can bring the Disney Parks magic of the season home with them with new holiday-themed merchandise available throughout Walt Disney World Resort, as well as the Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street (opening Nov. 19) at Disneyland Resort in California and online at shopDisney.com. From apparel to accessories to homeware and more, these very merry collections feature the latest Minnie Mouse ear headbands, spirit jerseys for adults and children, plush, mini-backpacks by Loungefly, cloth face coverings and more.

Other highlights include:

  • The first Disney Parks holiday snow blower
  • Matching onesies for the whole family
  • Fuzzy clogs by Crocs
  • A new holiday collection from BaubleBar
For more information, photos and video of the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort, visit WDWNews.com; for more information on Disneyland Resort, visit DisneylandNews.com. The Disney Parks Blog is also celebrating #DisneyMagicMoments of the season with a special new “Everything Holidays” section at DisneyParksBlog.com, featuring live events, DIY activities and more festive content through the end of 2020.
Is there a Reader's Digest version of this post available?
 

castlecake2.0

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Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greets
Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane, decked out in their favorite Florida vacation attire, will meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut on select nights starting Nov. 23. This unique holiday photo opportunity is filled with Florida flair featuring reindeer, palm trees, flamingos and holiday cheer.

Mrs. Claus Holiday
Show On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby at 6 p.m. Mrs. Claus will then invite everyone out to the causeway to help her find Santa Claus.

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins
Santa’s elves are making their return to bring holiday joy to children staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. On select nights starting Nov. 30, elves will deliver milk in a souvenir cup, cookies and a storybook to resort rooms. Elves, dressed in full costume, will also read a bedtime story and tuck children on Santa’s nice list into bed. Price varies by date and a service charge of 24 percent is added, in addition to tax. Reservations are required, and space is limited. To book, call 407-934-4206.

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene
Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-size sculpture weighs approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by two-time world pastry champion and the resort’s executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair; a 7-foot-tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker; chocolate fireplace; chocolate Christmas tree; and chocolate toy train. The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the resort throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet should consider that it is 4 million calories! (And unfortunately, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)

Dancing Lights Show
A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes. The performances occur regularly from sunset through 10pm.

Magic Keys for Santa on Christmas Eve
How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key of course! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available on Dec. 24 at the concierge desk.

The elf tuck in sounds horrifying
 

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