Holiday Happenings

:santa: “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Nighttime Spectacular Is Returning For 2017 (DHS)
On select nights in November and December 2017, delight in the sights ‘n’ sounds of this Santa-sized spectacular, jam-packed with special effects, holiday music, fireworks—even snow. With more characters and fireworks this year.

Dates: November 9 – December 31, 2017

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party
Indulge in a jolly spread of specialty sweets and sips before settling in to watch a Santa-sized spectacular from a reserved viewing area. Relish holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages—and mingle with a VIP Disney Character. Then, wrap up your merry evening in a reserved viewing area for 2 shows—the all-new Disney Movie Magic & Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!.

Dates: November 9 – December 31, 2017

November 9 to December 15, 2017: $79 per adult; $45 per child ages 3 to 9 (tax & gratuity included)
December 17 to December 31, 2017: $89 per adult; $49 per child ages 3 to 9 (tax & gratuity included)

:santa: Minnie’s Holiday & Dine Dinner (DHS)
Minnie’s Holiday Dine is a Christmas-themed character meal at Hollywood and Vine @ Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Join Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy for a dinner celebration centered on seasonal ‘deliciousness’ with menu items commemorating winter holidays. Guests can pose for pics with Disney Characters, meet others as they stop by, and participate in table activities geared to the theme. Plus, the party gifts make great souvenirs! Fantasmic! Dining Packages Available.

Dates: November 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018

:santa: Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional is the re-telling of the birth of Jesus Christ with a live orchestra, mass choir and celebrity narrator that is presented multiple times nightly during the Epcot Holiday’s Around the World Festival.

Candlelight Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and include a 3-course meal or full buffet (depending on the location). Reservations require a candlelight guarantee. Guests will receive Candlelight Seating badges at the restaurant after their meal. The badge will be for the specific date and show time they have reserved. Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.

Dates: November 24 – December 30, 2017

Times: 5:00pm, 6:45pm & 8:15pm

NEW! Laurie Hernandez – November 24 to 26, 2017
NEW! Matt Bomer – November 27 to 28, 2017
Ana Gastayer – November 29 to 30, 2017
Whoopi Goldberg – December 1 to 3, 2017
NEW! Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
Jodi Benson – December 6 to 8, 2017
NEW! Kurt Russell – December 9 to 11, 2017
NEW! Warwick Davis – December 12 to 14, 2017
Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
NEW! CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
Chandra Wilson – December 28 to 30, 2017

:santa: Joyful! A Gospel Celebration (Epcot)
Part of Epcot’s winter holiday offerings, Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season is a Christmas musical act put on a few times per day by a Central Florida group called D’Vine Voices. Live instruments and powerful voices put a unique spin on holiday favorites.

:santa: Jingle Cruise (Jungle Cruise)
This popular attraction will return to Disney World starting November 2017! You will be able to enjoy this Christmastime overlay of the Jungle Cruise through January 2018.

Opens November 2nd for the 2017 Christmas Season at the Magic Kingdom.

Each year the Jungle Cruise at Disney’s Magic kingdom is magically transformed into the Jingle Cruise as the boat ride’s skippers set out on a holly jolly journey across the rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. And just like last year, the Jungle Cruise Skippers are homesick for the holidays so they have decided to add some holiday cheer to the job site! Guests taking the cruise will come across a queue and boathouse decked out with homemade decorations, gifts and items from back home. Each Jungle Cruise boat has also been temporarily renamed with a holiday moniker and the always funny Skippers are ready to entertain with their seasonal jokes.

:santa: Sunset Seasons Greetings – NEW! (November 9th-December 31st)
As 2017 draws to a close, and night falls on Disney Hollywood Studios, an unforgettable scene starts to unfold for Guests of all ages. Billboards suddenly begin to move into motion and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. All the while, the Hollywood Tower Hotel—a.k.a. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

Times: 6:30-9:00pm

:santa: EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays (Previously known as Holidays Around the World)
November 19 – December 31, 2017

Guests will be able to experience the holiday traditions at all 11 World Showcase nations. The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will include live musical productions, seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens, and costumed performers bringing time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase. The best part is that all of this holiday fun is included in your park admission.

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree
Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree—and they need your help! To get started, simply purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway. As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale!

Maps are $6.99 plus tax, and are available throughout Holidays Around the World at Epcot while supplies last.

Holiday Kitchens at the Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays
A Taste of the Holidays for Everyone!
Explore the tastes of the holidays around the world as each marketplace celebrates a different nation.

American Holiday Table
From the tender roast turkey to the tasty pork tenderloin, memories of grandma’s kitchen will come flooding back when you visit this salute to the great flavors of America.

Feast of the Three Kings
Dine like royalty as you enjoy scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the Caribbean at this holiday kiosk inspired by the story of the Magi. While you nibble, learn about the celebration of Three Kings’ Day, El Día De Los Reyes Magos!

Holiday Sweets and Treats
From decadent desserts to savory snacks and merry libations, you’ll be in full swing of the season at this festively-appointed holiday kiosk. Enjoy the view here at Showcase Plaza, meet up with friends or just take a moment to unwind.

Watch mariachi dancers celebrating a Feliz Navidad, while imbibing on the zippy spices of Mexican cuisine. The carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas will have you singing, “olé!”

:santa: Echo Lake Christmas Decorations (New for 2017)
This holiday season, the Echo Lake area of Hollywood Studios will also receive a Christmas inspired facelift which will include a colossal Christmas tree, giant ornaments and most importantly a special Santa hat for Gertie the Dinosaur.

:santa: Christmas Tree Trail (Disney Springs)
This delightful addition to the Disney Springs Christmas line-up will be back for its second year (Soft Opening on November 9th). The trail this year will feature an impressive 25 Christmas trees for visitors to view each with a fabulous Disney theme. Disney Springs is promising that the trees will be even bigger than last year’s offerings and will feature themes from such Disney classic films as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Peter Pan, and Dumbo. If you’re visiting Disney this holiday season you’ll definitely want to head over to Disney’s Downtown Shopping District to check it out. Reports state that Santa meets at the end of the trail this year.

:santa:Meet Santa at Disney Springs
While you’re out at Disney Springs buying Christmas pressies for your nearest and dearest, be sure to stop by Santa’s Chalet and find out whether you’ve made the naughty or nice list. PhotoPass photographers will be on hand to take your photo with Santa. Disney Springs has not announced an official start date to Santa’s residency but keep following along with Disney Addicts and we’ll keep you posted. Guests should also note that this Santa Meet and Greet is wildly popular and the wait can sometimes be several hours. With this in mind, this location offers a pager option, allowing you to continue doing your Christmas shopping around Disney Springs and return when you’re called!

:santa:Holidays @ Disney Springs
November 11 – January 8

Snowflake & Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers Roaming throughout Disney Springs:
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Holiday Carolers in the Marketplace: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Meet Santa @ his Chalet in the Marketplace across from Ghirardelli: 12:00pm -10:00pm (thru December 24)
Meet Santa Goofy @ the Santa Chalet in the Marketplace across from Ghirardelli: 12:00pm-10:00pm (December 25-30)
Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration: 7:00 & 8:30pm

:santa:Flurry Of Fun Snacks at Hollywood Studios

‘Tis the season to be hungry – this holiday season brings a merry array of goodies that are sure to have you smiling from ear to ear. To help you find everything on your wish list, I’ve put together a complete foodie guide to Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And while Flurry of Fun officially kicks off on Nov. 9, as a special surprise, these festive sweets and treats will actually be available throughout the park for you to enjoy starting on Nov. 5!
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Holiday Hot Cocoa Flight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

:santa: Holiday Displays of Gingerbread and Sweets Across Walt Disney World
Guests can experience the sights and sounds of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with gingerbread treats and other magical displays that come to life. Stunning gingerbread and chocolate displays are once again being created by the pastry teams at Walt Disney World Resort.
Date: Beginning November 9th

Life-sized Gingerbread House

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Hotel Lobby)

Gingerbread house decorating demos are conducted in front of the gingerbread house daily. This year, the gingerbread house pin will feature penguins from Mary Poppins and celebrates its 19th year.

Life-size Holiday Carousel
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

This life-size, edible spinning carousel is holiday tradition at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort celebrating its 18th year. Lilo & Stitch-themed carousel horses with coordinating, hand-painted holiday characters join handcrafted gingerbread snowman and snowflakes and spin round and round. This year, 18 hidden Mickeys will be added to commemorate each year of this beloved tradition and the holiday pin will feature Lilo & Stitch.

Cinderella Castle
Disney’s Contemporary Resort (3rd Floor) –- NEW THIS YEAR

Cinderella Castle recreated in a Mary Blair-style set on an “It’s a Small World” backdrop, with oversized gingerbread cookies depicting Cinderella and Prince Charming greeting guests from the Castle forecourt. The 18’ tall display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and modeling chocolate.

Gingerbread African-Inspired Marketplace
Tusker House Restaurant, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

A 3-foot long Gingerbread African-inspired Market Place located at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This sweet display includes 25 lbs. of dark chocolate, 23 lbs. of bread flour, 10 lbs of confectioner’s sugar and plenty of holiday spirit!

United States Capitol Building

Epcot, The American Adventure Pavilion

This historic U.S. sites comes to life in a sweet way with over 50 lbs. of gingerbread, 20 lbs. of icing, handcrafted chocolate holiday trees, a pond made entirely of sugar and 6 hidden Mickeys. This year, the Lincoln Memorial will make its delectable debut to the display.

Gingerbread Disney Springs Icons
Amorette’s Patisserie, Disney Springs – NEW THIS YEAR

Represents the story behind the iconic Town Center at Disney Springs and includes 45 lbs. of bread flour, 15 lbs. of dark chocolate, 10 lbs. confectioners’ sugar, 15 lbs. eggs, 15 lbs. honey and one hidden heart.

:santa:Disney Previews New Holiday – Themed Merchandise for Winter 2017

Navidad All Year Long!

You can celebrate the holidays any day of the year at WDW. Disney has several stores around the resort where you can find ornaments, stockings, décor and even clothing, all themed to the holidays.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: It’s a Wonderful Shop
Here you can find art, collectibles and all sorts of gifts with a festive theme and a hint of Old Hollywood glamour.

Magic Kingdom: Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
In Liberty Square, where you can ‘shoppe’ for your favorite Disney ornament.

Epcot: Die Weihnachts Ecke
You can find unique hand-made crystal ornaments in the Germany pavilion. Literally “the Christmas corner,” this store is a great place to learn about the famous ‘pickle’ ornament and other German Christmas traditions.

Disney Springs Marketplace: Disney’s Days of Christmas

Other Happenings Around the World

:santa: The MK will close @ 4:30pm on November 30th for the CM Celebration.


Disney World’s Minnie Van Service
Minnie Vans were rolled out in July 2017. It operates via the Lyft app on smartphone and costs a flat rate of $20 for a one-way trip to any location on Disney property. The Minnie Vans will be driven by Disney Cast Members on park property only. Minnie Van holds up to six passengers and also has two versatile car seats available for use. The Minnie Van service will be available between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. As with everything, those hours are always subject to change.

(Now Available @ All Deluxe Resorts 10/2/17)

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Bay Lake Tower
Beach Club
Boardwalk Inn
Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge Contemporary Resort
Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Wilderness Lodge
Grand Floridian
Polynesian Village Resort
Wilderness Lodge
Yacht Club

:santa: Tiana’s Riverboat Party – Ice Cream Social & Viewing Party (Extended through December) – Magic Kingdom
Treat your senses to a Liberty Square Riverboat “sundae fun-day” and reserved viewing of one of our grandest processions.
Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen are throwing an unforgettable party… and you’re invited! The occasion begins on the dock as your royal hosts welcome you and your sweet tooth to an ice cream social, complete with ice cream and toppings, drinks, and sweet treats.

Then board the Liberty Square Riverboat and relax while enjoying the
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade—all from the comfort of your special viewing location!
After the parade, Tiana and Naveen will join you to continue the party as you all cruise around the Rivers of America, circling Tom Sawyer Island.

November: Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays

December: Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays through December 21, 2017

Times: 1:30pm

Please check in at the Liberty Square Riverboat entrance 45 minutes before the parade begins.

Prices: $49 (ages 10 and up) & $29 for children ages 9 and under (tax included).
For reservations, you can book online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.
Separate MK admission is also required.

:santa:Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot World Showcase
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Frozen-inspired treats during a seated viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot. Then, enjoy a special opportunity to ride the Frozen Ever After attraction.
IllumiNations may be changed or canceled without prior notice. This is not a Character meet-and-greet experience. Characters of the movie Frozen will not appear.

Dates: The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party will be held select evenings beginning July 17, 2017 (Sundays, Wednesdays & Fridays).

Times: 8:00pm
Please meet the greeting Cast Member at World Showcase Plaza, located next to Port of Entry and adjacent to the Mexico Pavilion.

Prices: Admission is $79 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $47 per child (ages 3 to 9), including tax and gratuity. Separate Epcot admission is also required.

:santa: Introducing the Ultimate Disney Christmas Package
Celebrate the magic of the holidays in the most magical place on earth. Arrive on December 21, 2017 and depart on December 26, 2017, and enjoy an itinerary full of festive fun— including exclusive experiences just for Guests on this package!

Take a look at all the unique Yuletide offerings included in this offer:

  • Tickets to Mickey’s Very Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom park on December 21, 2017
  • Exclusive nighttime access to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park on December 22, 2017
  • An exclusive holiday Character experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 23, 2017
  • An exclusive Christmas Eve dinner celebration at Epcot on December 24, 2017
  • A special holiday gift delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room on December 25, 2017

Prices: This offer also includes a 5-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotel, plus 4-day theme park tickets with a Park Hopper Option. Starting at $139 per person, per night, a family of four can stay in a standard room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for a total package price of $2,775.

Important Details

  • Offer excludes 3-bedroom Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • One holiday gift per room.

:santa: Experience Holiday Magic Together with a Dashing Family Room and Ticket Package
Dates: For stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from October 9 through December 14, 2017. Book by October 7th.

Packages Include: With this offer, you can enjoy a package that includes a 4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort and 4-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $1,942. Sample package price is valid for a family of 4.

To book by phone, call (407) 827-7398 or online,

:santa: Free Dining 2017
Dates: Book through July 7th. Disney Visa Cardholders & Canadian travelers may be able to book dates as early as August 13th.
Travel Dates:

August 21 through September 30, 2017
November 14 through November 20, 2017
November 25 through November 27, 2017
December 8 through December 23, 2017

Packages Include: Room, Tickets & Dining Plan
If you stay at a
Value or Moderate Disney World-owned Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining Plan for FREE. (Note: You can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.)

If you reserve a Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort, you will receive the standard Dining Plan for FREE. (Note: You can upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan by paying the difference in cost per night).

Minimum/Maximum Days: You must book a minimum stay of 3 nights/maximum stay of 14 nights at a Disney-owned resort. Minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper AND/OR the Park Hopper Plus Option.

Please note that the offer excludes: Campsites, 3-Bedroom Villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Some sources are reporting more exclusions.

:santa: Disney Launches New Vacation Gifting Site :santa:

It’s a new way to gift someone something as little as a $25 gift card, all the way through to an Adventures by Disney vacation or membership with Disney Vacation Club. You can choose from Disney Gift Cards, Theme park tickets, and entire vacations with Adventures by Disney, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club and Walt Disney World Resort.

As a special introductory offer, available now through November 15 2017, you can purchase a special Walt Disney World Resort package for any time during the 2018 calendar year. The package consists of a 6-Night/7-Day room and ticket package at one of Disney’s All-Star Resorts for $96 per person, per night. The resort package will be delivered in a special holiday gift box, and delivery is guaranteed before December 15 2017.

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