It’s time for Christmas in July! Although it may be a bit too warm out for sweaters and Santa hats, it’s the perfect excuse to give you the gift of exciting new Disney Parks news. For the first time ever during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, select Magic Kingdom® attractions are receiving special enhancements just for the holidays!
When you get behind the wheel on the Tomorrowland Speedway, you will find yourself cruising a festive freeway filled with thousands of lights and stylized décor. The crew at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is putting some “Ha Ha Ha” in their “Ho Ho Ho,” with a new show for everyone visiting the Monster World during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Space Mountain launches you on a trippy jaunt through the cosmos, filled with dazzling lighting and high-energy holiday tunes, and Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland becomes a wild and wacky Christmas party, as Guests spin their teacups to one of four new holiday combos of lights and music.
All this is in addition to the brand new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” show, debuting this year. And there are plenty of returning favorites like “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration,” “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas,” Club Tinsel, the Disney Junior Jingle Jam and “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade”, not to mention sparkling décor, complimentary treats and a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
And don’t forget about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The party starts at Magic Kingdom Park on Nov. 8 and is offered select nights through Dec. 22, 2019.
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You can celebrate the magic of the holidays at The Most Magical Place on Earth with the Ultimate Disney Christmas Package at Walt Disney World® Resort. You will check-in on Dec. 21, 2019 and check out on Dec. 26, 2019, and enjoy an itinerary full festive fun in between!
Check out the included Yuletide offerings:
Dec. 21, 2019– EXCLUSIVE nighttime access to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and Expedition Everest®. Plus catch an exclusive showing of the park’s new Rivers of Light: We Are One show.
Dec. 22, 2019– Celebrate the season with tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park.
Dec. 23 or Dec. 24, 2019 (one night per reservation)– EXCLUSIVE reserved viewing area at World View Plaza to watch Epcot® Forever, an all-new nighttime spectacular. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and up) will receive a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating Epcot locations.
Dec. 25, 2019– An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your room.
Dec. 26, 2019– Bid a fond farewell
This package includes a 5-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotel and 4-day theme park tickets with Park Hopper Option. For example, for just $199 per person, per night (total package price of $3,980), a family of four can stay in a standard room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Book now through Oct. 26, 2019 to take advantage of this unique offer!
Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (ages 10–17) and 1 child (ages 3–9). The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. The number of packages available for purchase is limited. Deposit due at time of booking. Valid Theme Park admission is required to attend Theme Park events included in this package. Theme Park ticket is valid for admission beginning on 12/21/19 and must be used by 12/27/19. Special event ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is valid only on 12/22/19. Exclusive fireworks viewing area at Epcot® is one night per reservation; viewing night to be chosen at time of reservation and is reserved in order booked. Capacity for each night is limited. Epcot® Theme Park Dine Promo Card will be sent on 12/23/19 to email provided at check-in. One Ultimate Disney Christmas gift per room. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
The Epcot® Theme Park Dine Promo Card (“Promo Card”) is not valid for use until purchased, activated and monetary value added. Card will be active 12/23/19 through 12/26/19. After 12/26/19, any unused funds will be forfeited. The Promo Card can only be used at select participating locations at Walt Disney World Resort, at select food locations at Epcot®, select third-party lessees and select Operating Participants for food and beverage. Check with individual locations for program participation before redemption. For participating locations and additional terms and conditions visit disneyterms.com/epcotdinepromo. Except as required by applicable law: The Promo Card is not redeemable for cash; cannot be replaced if lost, damaged or stolen without required proof of purchase and complete dine card number; may not be resold in any manner whatsoever; and may not be used toward the purchase of any Disney Dollars or gift certificates/cards or toward the purchase of a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club® Resort. The Promo Card is issued by Disney Gift Card Services, Inc., which reserves the right to modify, alter, amend or change the terms and conditions of program upon notice at disneyterms.com/epcotdinepromo.
It’s a great summer to visit Disneyland® Resort, with incredible new experiences from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at Disneyland Park, to Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind and the limited time “Tale of the Lion King” show at Disney California Adventure® Park. And right now through Aug. 1, you can catch “Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade” twice daily on the parade route at Disneyland Park.
Mickey Mouse and his friends are joining the world-famous Disneyland Band for this delightful procession, featuring live music and a host of favorite Disney characters. The march steps off in grand style, complete with colorfully-adorned Main Street, U.S.A. vehicles, and continues through the park with stops for special show moments where Guests can dance and clap along with their fantastic friends.
In “Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade,” Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are joined by Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and a parade of seldom seen Disney characters. Guests never know who they might see when they visit. It could be Peter Pan and Captain Hook, Genie and Aladdin, King Louie, Terk, Marie and more!
Catch a glimpse of the cavalcade below:
“Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade” only runs through Aug. 1, so come join the fun while they have the chance. And be sure to mark your calendars for Aug. 2 for the limited-time encore engagement of the one-and-only “Main Street Electrical Parade”!
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Fall will be here before you know it, and that means it’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the year – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! And this year will be particularly exciting with several returning favorites and some all-new experiences, highlighted by the debut of the incredible new “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular.”
Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” serves as the host of this all-new nighttime extravaganza, with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks filling the sky above Magic Kingdom® Park. Jack has come to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. Jack’s ghost dog, Zero, then flies off carrying everyone along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. Their journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains. “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular” promises to be the perfect Halloween treat!
The fireworks are just part of the Halloween fun. Several attractions across the park receive special enhancements just for the Halloween party! New this year, when you follow the treat trail into the Monster World at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, you will interact in all-new ways with the comic cast of monsters, as you learn about the curious Human World holiday we call Halloween.
Embarking upon the high seas with the Pirates of the Caribbean, you will discover a crew of live pirates on your journey, engaged in a whole new adventure in search of treasure. Space Mountain goes completely dark again this year, hurtling you through the blackness of deep space to the riffs and chords of a new hard-rockin’ soundtrack, and at the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland, each spin of the teacups takes you into madder and madder territory, as special lighting and music give the attraction experience an extra energy after dark.
There’s also the amazing “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” the ride of the Headless Horseman, “Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade,” Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball and “Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam,” where this year Nancy Clancy from the hit Disney Junior series “Fancy Nancy” joins other Disney Junior pals like Vampirina and Doc McStuffins.
You won’t want to miss the all-new “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular” or any of the other delightful treats in store at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, select nights Aug. 16 – Nov. 1, 2019.
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On September 29, Disney Skyliner gondolas will take flight and officially begin transporting guests around Walt Disney World Resort.
This state-of-the-art transportation system offers a new way to experience the resort with amazing views only available from the sky. Disney Skyliner connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort scheduled to open in December 2019.
Some Disney Skyliner cabins feature graphics based on Disney films, attractions and characters. Disney stories taking flight with guests include:
Chip & Dale
Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
Pirates of the Caribbean
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For those of us who were around to enjoy Disney when we were given little paper tickets for rides in categorizes of “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D” going back to Disney may be better than it was the first time! This time around, we don’t care if a child who is with us eats 2 ice cream bars or eats nothing but corn muffins at the buffet that just cost us $30 for his meal. This time we might have just a little more time to enjoy our surroundings without the constraints of school, work and all the craziness that raising a family entail.
Having more time lets you savor the moments. Screaming is still allowed and encouraged on “Big Thunder Mountain” and laughing at Big Al in “Country Bear Jamboree” is still as much fun as it was when you were sitting next to your 5-year-old in the ‘80’s. Everything is still the same, but still a little different. Here are some tips to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons:
1-If you are tired or hot-STOP! You aren’t running a marathon. Take the time to have a drink and people watch. Going to the ER on your vacation is never fun. BTW, always carry your Insurance card in case it is ever needed and make sure you have someone to call in an emergency.
2- I’ll admit it. I take Blood Pressure meds. If you forget to bring yours, all is not lost. Contact the front desk. They can give you the names of local pharmacies that can help you get a few days worth so that you aren’t going to miss your dose. There are pharmacies that will even deliver to your resort. Also, if you have medication that needs to be refrigerated, there is a mini fridge (or larger in some cases) in EVERY Disney Resort room.
3-If you are traveling with multiple generations, you may not want to go on it’s a small world 4 times in one day, it’s possible to plan fastpasses to please the whole party.
4-If you are on a special diet – Disney is super accommodating to ensure that your food is safe for you. Disney Culinary staff is very sensitive to the dietary needs of their guests.
5-If you get a blister walking (and that’s easy to do) there are first aid stations in each park. Sometimes there are band aids available at Disney shopping areas. It never hurts to ask.
6-If you need a room with handicapped accommodations, please tell me. I can arrange for you to have a room that will make you as comfortable as possible.
7-Read the precautions on the rides. Disney posts them to assure that everyone is safe and has a great time. If you don’t think a ride is for you, DON’T RIDE IT!!!
8-If you are driving and use a handicapped designation at home, bring proof so that you can park in the handicapped areas of the parking lot.
9-Disney and outside companies rent ECVs as well as wheelchairs. If you use an assistive device at home, you will probably need it on your vacation. I can arrange for you to have a rental waiting for you if you don’t want to bring yours from home. Most Disney transportation has the capability to let you board in, or with a wheelchair or ECV.
10-Fast passes are your best friend. No one wants to stand for an hour or more in the sun to ride. We can arrange for you to have your day scheduled so that you see and do what you want.
11-Don’t be a hero! If you need a hotel break, take one. No one will think less of you if you decide to go hop in the pool or read a book.