Experiences Await Guests Celebrating the Holidays in 2018 at Walt
Disney World Resort
|LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – For
families around the globe, a trip to Walt Disney World Resort is a
holiday tradition. Whether guests are returning during their
favorite time of year or spending their first holiday season with
Mickey Mouse and all his friends, there is plenty of excitement and
enchantment around every corner of the 40-square-mile resort.
At this special time of year, Walt Disney World transforms into a
wonderland of holiday sights, sounds and tastes. Whether meeting a
favorite character or gazing at the twinkling lights of a Christmas
tree, indulging in a scrumptious morsel or discovering the perfect
gift for family and friends, this is the place where holiday dreams
come true. Here’s a look at 18 different ways Walt Disney World will
be new to guests during the most wonderful time of 2018.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Toy Story Land Holiday Decor and
More – Holiday fun comes to this brand-new land, including an
oversized cranberry-and-popcorn garland and a 10-foot-tall Hamm
sugar cookie. Guests will hear sleigh bells ringing on Slinky
Dog Dash, while Alien Swirling Saucers will offer two holiday
tunes with themed lighting. Toy Story characters will also don
new looks for the season, as Woody and Jessie will sport special
holiday vests and sprigs of holly on their hats, while Buzz
Lightyear will wear a snazzy Santa hat.
- Disney Junior Dance Party!
Debuts Dec. 22 – Like a great big present tucked under the tree,
the new Disney Junior Dance Party! will hit the stage at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios just before Christmas. This
high-energy live show will feature beloved Disney Junior pals
including Vampirina and Doc McStuffins.
- Sunset Seasons Greetings Adds
Laser Effects – New laser effects complement this popular
holiday experience that transforms the Hollywood Tower Hotel
into scenes of the season. Stroll along Sunset Boulevard as snow
twinkles in the twilight and Disney characters share their
favorite seasonal stories.
- Meet Vampirina at Animation
Courtyard – The star of hit Disney Junior television show
“Vampirina” now greets guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Vampirina welcomes visitors in the park’s Animation Courtyard.
- Indulge in the Holiday Cookie
Stroll – Guests can stroll World Showcase and purchase delicious
cookies at various locations, collecting cookie stamps along the
way. Those who acquire five or more stamps will be rewarded with
a complimentary “completer” cookie and a cold glass of milk!
- First-Time Candlelight
Processional Narrators Take to the Stage – Each year at the
America Gardens Theatre, celebrity narrators tell the story of
Christmas accompanied by a full choir and a 50-piece orchestra.
New narrators this year include Helen Hunt (Nov. 24-25), Alfonso
Ribeiro (Nov. 26-27), Bart Millard (Dec. 10-12) and Auli’i
- 21-23). And for the first time,
this holiday tradition will be presented on Thanksgiving
evening, Nov. 22.
Enjoy Fresh New Bites at Holiday Kitchens – During the Epcot
International Festival of the Holidays, guests will savor some
of the most delectable holiday dishes from across the globe at
12 specialty kitchens set around World Showcase. New items this
year include black forest roulade with cherry whipped cream at
the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen in the Germany pavilion and sofrito-marinated
beef with sweet plantains and olives at the Feast of the Three
Kings Holiday Kitchen. A brand-new kitchen this year, L’Chaim!,
will feature traditional Hebrew dishes such as pastrami on rye,
chicken and matzo ball soup, egg cream and more.
- Bid a Fond Farewell to
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – This nighttime spectacular
of fireworks, special effects, flame torches and more includes a
special holiday finale from Nov. 18 to Dec. 30. This will be the
final holiday season for IllumiNations, as the show is scheduled
to conclude at the end of summer 2019, with new thrills on World
Showcase Lagoon set to debut immediately afterward.
|Magic Kingdom Park
- Discover New Merchandise and
Collectibles at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – The
specially ticketed event will feature a wide range of new items
to make everyone’s holiday extra special. Gift ideas will
include new short- and long-sleeve shirts, pins, a merry Magic
Band and more.
- Very Merry Morsels Await –
Guests will find festive new treats at Mickey’s Very Merry
Christmas Party, such as the Sugar Rush Jumbo Red Velvet Cupcake
or the Vanellope Éclair with rainbow cereal topping.
- Holiday Music Happening in
Tomorrowland – A new a cappella group will sing holiday
favorites in Tomorrowland during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas
Party. Look for them in between performances of “A Totally
- New Sweet-and-Savory Party
Debuts on Town Square – Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party
will debut this year as part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas
Party. In this special experience, guests will discover a mix of
sweet and savory treats including Tony’s famous meatballs, red
velvet cupcakes and much more. The $99/person ticket also
includes beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as
special reserved viewing for Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime
|Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Celebrate Diwali with Friends
from “Up” – New this year, a Diwali celebration lights up the
new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Diwali is India’s
annual Festival of Lights, and this year it adds a holiday touch
to the magic of nature. Guests will join fun-loving pals Russell
and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up” in hearing about the story of
Diwali from a Wilderness Explorer and discovering some of the
world’s most exotic birds.
|Play Disney Parks Mobile App
- Holiday Cheer Adds to Fun on the
Play Disney Parks Mobile App – New this year, guests will
discover several holiday-themed offerings in the Play Disney
Parks mobile app. This fun new app debuted earlier this year and
brings to life unique interactive experiences at Walt Disney
World Resort and Disneyland Resort, including themed games,
digital achievements, Disney trivia, music and more. More
details about holiday offerings on the Play Disney Parks app
will be announced soon.
- Experience the Reimagined World
of Disney – One of the best and most exciting places to shop for
holiday gifts is the reimagined World of Disney store at Disney
Springs. This retail destination features new decor, displays
and magical flourishes that turn shopping into a truly Disney
- Discover Holiday Merchandise at
Disney Springs – Guests stepping inside the reimagined World of
Disney or the festive Disney’s Days of Christmas shop will
discover a bountiful array of seasonal delights, including the
Nordic-inspired Disney Parks Holiday Collection 2018.
- Skip Down the Christmas Tree
Trail at Disney Springs – Guests will enjoy a walk-through
wonderland of Christmas trees decorated with Disney imagery and
characters. This year’s trail features 27 unique holiday trees
with new additions inspired by Toy Story, The Haunted Mansion,
vintage Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Star Wars.
- Look Festive and Fabulous with
Character Couture – Character Couture packages offer
sophisticated hairstyles, as well as detailed makeup and nail
designs inspired by Disney characters. During the holidays,
guests will be able to look their best for the season with
wintry and festive makeovers. Services are available at salons
at select resort hotels; appointments are strongly recommended.
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