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5 Exciting Things Planned for Universal Orlando Resort in 2020

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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The last few years have brought a lot of growth and change to Universal Orlando Resort. From new ground-breaking attractions and entertainment to new restaurants that are elevating theme-park dining, the parks keep getting bigger and better. Not to mention the opening of new hotels and big game-changers to the theme park industry like Universal’s Volcano Bay and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And, best of all, there’s still so much to look forward to at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

The Bourne Stuntacular – New!

Opening Spring 2020

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It’s all there in the name, folks. STUNTS. And I’m not just talking your typical flying-through-a-glass-door stunt. This live-action show is putting you right smack dab in the middle of the action you’ve seen from Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne films. I recently got a download on the details and from what I’ve heard and seen glances of, this show is going to make you say things like, “Wait! How’d they do that?” Read more here and stay tuned for more details.

Running Universal – New!

5K & 10K – Feb. 1 & 2, 2020

Does your ultimate exercise routine involve running alongside a Minion? Then get ready for Universal’s first-ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K. You’ll run through the parks with your favorite characters and finish with a really cool medal and bragging rights. Bananas are encouraged. Register now!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites – New!

Opening March 17, 2020

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No need to fret about where to stay for your upcoming Orlando vacay. I’ve got the perfect place for you and your family. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites is bringing a relaxing shore vibe to Universal Orlando this spring, complete with 2-Bedroom suites at a value that fits your family budget. Book your stay today.

Universal’s Mardi Gras – 25 Years of Partying

Every Night Feb. 1 – April 2, 2020

Twenty-five years of Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida makes for one heck of a bead collection. We’re celebrating with live performances by chart-topping artists, a nightly parade themed to Treasures of the Deep, new Cajun dishes, live entertainment in the French Quarter Courtyard, and — of course — BEADS!

Halloween Horror Nights – 30 Years of Horror

Select Nights Sept. 10 – Nov. 1, 2020

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Ah, Halloween Horror Nights. Just when we think you can’t get any better, you prove us wrong.The horror, scares, and fear you inflict on both your diehard fans and unsuspecting first-time victims grows on a more grand scale with every passing year. 2020 marks the 30 years of the world’s premier Halloween event, and I can’t wait to see what — or who’s — lurking in the shadows.

What’s Ahead…

Wow! Let’s all take a minute and absorb those celebrations and new experiences to check out at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020. It’s going to be a busy year. BUT I’m not stopping there and neither is Universal Orlando! There’s even more in store for you like:

We’ll see you at Universal Orlando Resort in 2020!

2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates Spring with Garden Rocks Concerts, Topiaries and More

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Epcot’s longest-running annual festival – the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – is revving up to be a show stopper, with a Garden RocksConcert Series talent lineup like never before. New to the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the America Gardens Theatre stage this year are Daughtry, Don McLean and other luminaries of various musical genres – so mark your calendars now!

  • March 4-5 – Peabo Bryson NEW
  • March 13-16 – Simple Plan
  • March 17-19 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • March 20-23 – Mark Wills NEW to Garden Rocks
  • March 24-26 – The Spinners
  • March 27-28 – Sister Hazel
  • March 29-30 – The Pointer Sisters
  • March 31-April 2 – Former Journey Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
  • April 3-4 – Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • April 5-6 – Exposé
  • April 7-9 – Berlin
  • April 19-20 – Rick Springfield
  • April 24-27 – Plain White T’s
  • April 28-30 – Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 1-2 – Don McLean NEW
  • May 5-7 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett NEW
  • May 8-9 – Thelma Houston NEW
  • May 10-11 – The Allman Betts Band NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 15-18 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • May 19-21 – Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot NEW to Garden Rocks
  • May 24-25 – Daughtry NEW
  • May 26-28 – Marshall Tucker Band
  • May 31-June 1 – Survivor

See a favorite band or a new one you don’t want to miss? One of the best ways to join the concert fun is to book a Garden Rocks Concert Series Dining Package for one of the shows at 5:30, 6:45 or 8 p.m. Each package includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants and guaranteed concert seating. Reservations are available now.

The music is surely gonna get you, and that’s not all. The festival presents a kaleidoscope of colorful blooms, topiaries and gardens designed to inspire wonder and whispers of “how’d they do that?!” The brand-new Remy topiary will be unveiled as the centerpiece of a Ratatouille Garden at the France pavilion, where the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction will open in summer 2020. The floral Remy will be surrounded by a colorful garden of veggies that comprise ingredients of a ratatouille recipe.

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It wouldn’t be a festival without fabulous food, and the event’s 17 Outdoor Kitchens plus other food-and-beverage stops will tickle your taste buds. Florida fans will delight in some of the state’s namesake flavors at three different kitchens: honey-laced treats at The Honey Bee-stro, citrus-based marvels at The Citrus Blossom, and sweet and savory delights at Florida Fresh

Elsewhere across the park, lush swaths of bright blossoms, floating gardens, flower towers and more whimsical topiaries will brighten the landscape. Watch for stunning topiary depictions of celebrated heroines like Anna and Elsa, rough-and-ready Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyear, beloved Muppets Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, and fairy-tale wonders like Tinker BellSnow White and Bambi. At the Goodness Garden Butterfly House, hundreds of winged beauties will take flight. Nearby at the Play Full Garden, families can celebrate spring at a unique playground experience.  

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Fans of behind-the-scenes tours won’t want to miss booking a Gardens of the World Tour – Spring Edition; an English Tea Garden Tour at the United Kingdom pavilion; or a Behind the Seeds! guided walk through The Land pavilion’s fish farm and four greenhouses. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival began in 1994 as a 38-day celebration of Disney-style gardens and topiaries. The event now flourishes as a 90-day celebration of spring with something for everyone in the family. Follow the Disney Parks Blog for updates and more details. The 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, including Garden Rocks concerts and all gardens and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. Visit FreshEpcot.com or call (407) W-DISNEY for more information.

Heading to Epcot before the spring? Be sure to check out the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in January and February!

An All-New Magic Happens Parade to Debut at Disneyland Park on February 28, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Exciting news! The all-new Magic Happens parade will make its debut at Disneyland park, beginning Feb. 28, 2020.

“Magic Happens” celebrates awe-inspiring moments of magic that are at the heart of so many Disney stories. Mickey Mouse leads this new daytime spectacular down Main Street, U.S.A., revealing a parade of stunning floats, beautiful costumes and beloved Disney characters. “Magic Happens” will also feature an energetic musical score and a new song, co-composed by singer-songwriter Todrick Hall.

Here are some highlights of the new Magic Happens parade, including a few more sneak peeks:

From Walt Disney Animation Studios’ record-breaking hit “Frozen 2,” Anna and Elsa explore the mysteries of an enchanted forest protected by Nokk, the mystical water spirit, as their friends Kristoff, Sven and Olaf tag along.

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On her voyager canoe, Moana journeys forth on the crest of a towering wave, inspired by beautiful koa wood carvings and inset with dazzling, animated glimpses into the magic the ocean holds.

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Joining Moana on her journey is legendary demigod, Maui, making his Disneyland Resort debut on his own magical island, along with Moana’s adorable pet pig, Pua.

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Miguel appears in person for the first time, celebrating the magic that happens when he strums the guitar of Ernesto de la Cruz in the Disney and Pixar film, “Coco.” This spectacular float bridges the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead with vibrant marigolds, and fantastical alebrije spirit animals join the procession, along with Miguel’s dog Danté.

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The regal grand finale of the Magic Happens parade celebrates magical moments from several classic Disney stories, including the happily-ever-after scene from “Sleeping Beauty” with a trio of fairies and Princess Aurora’s gown shimmering between hues of pink and blue.

“Magic Happens” will remind us we don’t need wings to fly, that shooting stars were made to wish upon, and that magic doesn’t stop at midnight.

Heading to Disneyland in early 2020? Don’t miss one of the uniquely themed Disneyland After Dark events!

Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Guided Tour is a Must Do for any Disney Fan

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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There are many who have entered the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy inside Disneyland park, but have you taken the time to look closer at Walt’s original Magic Kingdom in detail? How did Disneyland come to be? Well, to those interested in learning more about this happy place, welcome! Let’s take a closer look at the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour and see how your next visit to the Disneyland Resort could be transformed with this extra magical experience.

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The “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour is a special tour that explores Walt’s crafting of The Happiest Place on Earth—from his early years during park conception to his final visit.

Throughout Disneyland park, the tour stops to reveal special moments from Disneyland’s beginnings, including information about classic attractions. Guests are also able to hear historical fun facts thanks to a special tour headset, which plays archived recordings, including Walt’s opening day speech.

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On the tour, you will encounter magic at historically significant locations throughout the park. For example, when you walk down Main Street, U.S.A., your guide will explain how Walt’s childhood town inspired the design process for his old-fashioned Main Street. Your guide might even share the significance of the names on the windows above. Each person played an important role in the development of Disneyland, including Disney family members, cast members and Imagineers! You will then hop aboard the Disneyland Railroad, where you’ll learn about Walt’s love for locomotives and how it’s seen throughout the parks today. You’ll also stop by the five-ton petrified tree in Frontierland, where you’ll learn why Walt gave this tree to his wife Lillian!

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You’ll also hear inspirational stories from Walt’s upbringing in Marceline, Missouri. For example, you will learn about Walt’s early inspirations for Fantasyland. Walt saw the play “Peter Pan” as a young boy and was inspired by the performance. He was so influenced by the story that he created a flight harness so that he could become Peter Pan, always turning his dreams into reality. Later, in a school performance, Walt took the lead role as Peter Pan and used a hoist and tackle to fly! On the tour, you’ll also learn about his 1958 attraction dedicated to Alice in Wonderland, as well as the opening day attraction King Arthur Carrousel with the famous horse “Jingles.”

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Further along your journey retracing Walt’s footsteps, your guide will whisk you through historic details found inside the plans for the park and will explain how Walt’s persistence towards his goals was made in strides. You will see where Walt experienced many successes, as well as setbacks, leading to the grand opening of Disneyland in 1955. For example, at Central Plaza next to the Partners Statue, you will learn why Walt artistically designed this location to be the central location to the theme park. You’ll also learn how, on opening day – later referred to by some who were there as “Black Sunday” – was just as exciting as it was logistically challenging.

If you’ve ever wondered the significance of the Main Street Opera House, then you are in luck! You will browse through the amazing galleries of photos and artwork on the walls, while your guide explains their significance to Walt’s vision for the resort. After a showing of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, you will be able to better understand the true meaning of liberty in the eyes of Walt himself.

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The tour is filled with wonderful surprises along the way, too, including the chance to experience classic attractions that connect with Walt’s very personal vision for the park. For even more magic, you will also take home an impressive collectible pin, alongside your own personalized button! Opening like a small book, the pin includes an inspirational quote from Walt Disney.

Here are some things you should know about the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” Guided Tour:

  • The tour is approximately three-hours long.
  • Depending on the time of day, you will end the tour with a delicious lunch or dinner on Main Street U.S.A., provided for all tour participants by the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.
  • Theme park admission for Disneyland park is required to attend the tour.
  • Tour or tour elements are also subject to cancellation without notice due to, and without limitation to, attraction availability, inclement weather or other conditions.

For pricing and booking information, call 714-781-TOUR (8687). Also, be sure to check out the other Disneyland Resort Guided Tours at Disneyland.com.

Looking for more unique Disneyland fun? Don’t miss Disneyland After Dark!

*Attractions and entertainment are subject to availability and may change without notice.

Top 10 Frozen Experiences at Disneyland Resort in California

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The heart-warming tale of the unstoppable sisters Anna and Elsa continues in the recently released “Frozen 2” film. This holiday season, see “Frozen 2” now in theaters and come experience the magic of “Frozen” and “Frozen 2” with these ten Frozen experiences at Disneyland Resort:

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At Disney California Adventure Park

1. Travel to Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome at the Disney Animation building and meet the loving sisters who are now appearing in their new looks inspired by the recently released “Frozen 2” film.

2. Catch the sensational theatrical production of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” giving you a chance to relive the story of the first movie. For a limited time, a special look at moments from “Frozen 2” will be presented prior to the production.

3. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Learn to “build” Olaf in a unique class taught by a Disney artist at the Animation Academy. The finished piece of art makes for a unique holiday season souvenir. And, beginning in December, guests can come nose-to-carrot with this lovable character and get a warm hug.

4. Experience the return of “World of Color – Season of Light” featuring favorite “Frozen” characters. Watch as young Anna and Elsa play in the snow with Olaf trailing along, and feel the love as Anna and Kristoff kiss at the end of a scene that features the holiday classic, “Baby, it’s Cold Outside.”

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At Disneyland Park

5. Enjoy “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, which includes appearances by Anna, Elsa and Olaf bidding you a warm winter welcome from their magical “Frozen” float.

6. Head to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where young royalty-in-training can transform into Anna and Elsa with hairstyles, outfits, makeup, nail polish and accessories inspired by both films. To reserve this package, visit Disneyland.com or call 714 -781-STYLE (714-781-7895). Separate theme park admission is required.

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At the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

7. Guests staying at one of the three on-property hotels can give the gift of a “Frozen”-themed in-room celebration from Disney Floral and Gifts. To add to your magical stay, this package includes a “Frozen” door banner, snowflake confetti, pillow blanket, tote, light-up lanyards, autograph book and more. 

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Around the Disneyland Resort

8. Dance around the park or at home as you enjoy the sounds from the new movie with the Frozen 2 Official Playlist, a specially-curated Apple Music® playlist within the Play Disney Parks app.

9. Celebrate your love for “Frozen” with something to take home as a souvenir! Items include Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven plush; ornaments, apparel, drinkware and pins ­– plus new roleplay inspired by Anna and Elsa. You can also show off your “Frozen” fandom with the latest Arendelle Aqua collection inspired by the films with headwear, accessories and men’s and women’s apparel.

10. Add to the “Frozen” magic with specialty eats and treats! An Arendelle Aqua Mickey-shaped macaron with buttercream, blueberries and cream filling can be found at Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure park, and at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland park. Additionally, a fun Sven sipper can now be found at Red Rose Taverne and Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland park, and at the Hyperion cart at Disney California Adventure park.

Check out the video below to see the “Frozen” fun at the Disneyland Resort: 

Ready to book your Disneyland vacation so your family can enjoy these Frozen experiences at Disneyland? Head on over to the Disneyland Resort to warm your hearts with these magical “Frozen” experiences!

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2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns January 17 – February 24, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort will kick-off its annual global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts on January 17 and continue for 39 days through February 24, 2020. The event features visiting artists, an array of foodie delights and opportunities for guests to embrace their own inner artists.  

The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. This year’s talent-rich lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:  

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”) 
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee 
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) 
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
  • Additional January and February performances still to be announced. 

All shows are included with theme park admission. The best way to experience a performance is by reserving a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, which guarantees seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. 

Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are also available to guests for a fee. 

Dining packages and workshops are now available to book by visiting ArtfulEpcot.com or calling (407) WDW-Fest for more information.

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More to See, Do and Eat During the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

  • Indulge in new culinary fun at the Le Cellier Brunch in the Canada pavilion, a leisurely prix fixe bounty each Saturday and Sunday in the relaxing Canadian chateau. Reservations required. 
  • Explore the Green Landing Family Play Zone where Wall-E and Eve invite the entire family to enjoy a lush, green environment built for exploring. 
  • Jump into photo-ops located throughout Epcot, such as the Peter Pan Storybook installation by the United Kingdom pavilion where guests can flap their fins in Mermaid Lagoon or get their pirate on at Skull Rock.
  • Grab a paintbrush and add color to a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza. 
  • Join Figment’s Brush with the Masters, a scavenger hunt where the friendly dragon has painted himself into famous pieces of art in each World Showcase pavilion.  
  • Marvel at and purchase works by Disney’s iconic artists in displays throughout World Showcase.  
  • Watch visiting artists as they create new pieces, from Disney-inspired works to creative art across diverse mediums.
  • Create festival-inspired T-shirts and candles.

Are you heading to the 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts? It’s not too late to book your trip today!

Treats for 2019 Holidays at Hollywood Studios Available Through January 5, 2020

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The 2019 holidays at Hollywood Studios are in full swing this year with tons of decorations, special shows, and of course, the FOOD! I’m in full holiday mode and ready for sweets and treats galore! Each year, the goodies that Disney’s chefs come up with just keep getting better and better, and this year’s array is no exception. 

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To start off, if you’re planning on watching the incredible Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! holiday spectacular fireworks, then you’ll definitely want to try the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party to heighten your festive experience. This party lets you indulge in a variety of delectable desserts before watching the evening spectacular from a reserved viewing area.

Now, onto my list of eats and treats available throughout the park. These items will all be available through January 5, 2020. So be sure to come on out and try them for yourself! 

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Holiday Blondie (Available at Backlot Express) – Blondie made with orange peel, dried cranberries, and slivered almonds topped with white chocolate ganache

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Elsa’s Magical Macarons (Available at Market and BaseLine Tap House) – White and blue macaron shells with white chocolate and gingerbread ganaches

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Chestnut Pinecone (Available at Backlot Express and Trolley Car Café) – Chestnut mousse on top of a milk chocolate sweetened crepes with powdered sugar snow

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Mickey’s Santa Hat Chocolate Mousse (Available at ABC Commissary) – Vanilla shortbread topped with chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, dark chocolate ears, and a large white crispy pearl

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Festive Holiday Wreath (Available at ABC Commissary) – Cookie with mint marshmallow topped with white and green icing and a chocolate candy cane

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Cinnamon-Apple Lunch Box Tart (Available at Woody’s Lunch Box) – Lunch Box Tart with cinnamon apple pie filling topped with red cinnamon fondant

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Gingerbread Cookies (Available at BaseLine Tap House, Market, and Dockside Diner) – Soft gingerbread dough topped with maple fondant and chocolate crispy pearls 

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Gingerbread Cupcake (Available at Trolley Car Café) – Gingerbread cupcake with maple Bavarian filling, cream cheese buttercream, red and green sprinkles, and a white chocolate Wayne and Lanny

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Olaf’s Chocolate Marshmallow Verrine (Available at Fairfax Fare) – Layers of chocolate cake, cream, chocolate fudge, mini marshmallows, and white chocolate crispy pearls topped with a white chocolate topper featuring Olaf

Goofy’s Hot, Not Hot, Chocolate Verrine (Available at Backlot Express and Rosie’s All-American Café) – Layers of chocolate cake, cinnamon chocolate cream, vanilla cream, cinnamon marshmallow, and milk chocolate crispy pearls topped with a chocolate topper featuring Goofy

Strawberry Mint Verrine (Available at PizzeRizzo and ABC Commissary) – Layers of vanilla sponge cake, strawberry compote, mint cream, vanilla cream, and strawberry and white chocolate crispy pearls 

Caramel Apple Verrine (Available at Catalina Eddies’s) – Layers of chocolate panna cotta, caramel apples, caramel cream, dark chocolate and salted caramel crispy pearls, apple cream, caramel sauce, and dark chocolate shavings topped with a chocolate topper featuring Mickey and Minnie

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Mickey Light-Up Tree Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at various popcorn carts throughout the park)

Pajama Alien Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at various popcorn carts throughout the park)

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Santa Alien Premium Popcorn Bucket (Available at Neighborhood Bakery)

Holiday Festive Popcorn (Available at various outdoor vending carts throughout the park) – Sweet and salty mix of caramel popcorn, red and green candy-coated chocolates, white chocolate drizzle, and crushed candy canes

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Northern Lights Slushy (Available at The Market) – Blue raspberry frozen slushy with cotton candy

Olaf’s Snow Flurry Slushy (Available at The Market) – Vanilla orange frozen slushy with whipped cream 

Holiday Mule (Available at Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, and Animation Bar) – Vodka, limoncello, cranberry juice, and ginger beer

Frostbite Cocktail (Available at Oasis Canteen, Sunshine Day Bar, and Animation Bar) – Vodka, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, and sweet-and-sour

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Winterberry Margarita (Available at Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, ABC Commissary, and Rosie’s All-American Café) – Silver tequila, triple sec, sweet-and-sour, cranberry juice, and wildberry syrup

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Hot Cocoa Flight (Available at Fairfax Fare, Dockside Diner, and Woody’s Lunchbox) – Flight of three hot chocolates with vanilla vodka, black cherry bourbon, and Irish cream liqueur

If you’re spending the 2019 holidays at Hollywood Studios, be sure to also make time to stop by the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and check out the incredible gingerbread displays throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

9 Unique Celebrations Planned for New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Get ready to ring in 2020 with one of these fabulous events for New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World Resort. From rooftop celebrations, Champagne toasts, and exquisite meals to fun dance parties and character greetings, there are many ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World in true Disney fashion! To help plan your festivities, I’ve put together this list of New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World events happening throughout our resort hotels. And remember, these popular events fill up fast, so be sure to book your reservations now by visiting the links below. More details and pricing can be found by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website or by calling the numbers listed below. 

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First up, Walt Disney World Resort now features three amazing rooftop New Year’s Eve celebrations – at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and at Disney’s Riviera Resort (scheduled to open later this year).

Rooftop Celebrations

Bienvenidos 2020! New Year’s Eve at Toledo’s

Celebrate the New Year with an elegant party at Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, the new rooftop restaurant at the top of Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This special celebration features a savory menu inspired by Spanish cuisine. Entertainment includes an electric flamenco guitarist who will delight you during your meal with exciting melodies alongside a DJ in Dalhia Lounge who will lead the New Year countdown! And from the windows of the restaurant and the Dalhia Lounge balcony, you’ll take in spectacular views of Walt Disney World Resort with glimpses of incredible Disney fireworks displays in the distance.

Make your reservations online today!

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Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Wear your most luxurious red finery as you step into this elegant rooftop restaurant and don custom colorful masks at this special New Year’s Eve party. This Italian masquerade ball comes alive with an exciting DJ, Champagne toasts, and traditional musicians and vocalists from the Italian Riviera, all while featuring buffet displays, á la carte tapas-style dishes, and action stations where our Disney chefs create your dish right in front of you! You’ll also enjoy spectacular sights as neighboring Disney fireworks displays light up the night.

Make you reservations online today!

Elegant Evening Under the Stars at California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Ring in the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort with An Elegant Evening Under the Stars at the California Grill. Take in a bubbling Champagne toast in a setting inspired by the twinkling lights and lush greenery of California wine country. Be mesmerized by a sleight-of-hand magician, or have your portrait drawn by an artist on hand. Indulge in decadent delicacies as you mingle with a host of eccentric personalities, and marvel at the dazzling view of fireworks from one of the most sought-after lookouts in Central Florida. You might even catch a glimpse of a few familiar pals as they make a special appearance to celebrate the New Year!

Make your reservations online today!

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations Throughout The Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This extraordinary soiree will be filled with sensational cuisine, live music, dancing and unique photo opportunities. The Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort becomes the setting for a sensational evening where you can wander through tempting tasting stations and indulge in an assortment of libations for party-goers of all ages before partying it up on the dance floor. Delight in a stunning display of culinary sorcery and personal interactions with the Disney Chefs as they build sensational bites right before your eyes inspired by Disney signature restaurants from across Walt Disney World Resort. With a live band providing the backdrop, you’ll be able to dance and dine all the way to the New Year. At midnight, celebrate with a toast at a special ground-level viewing area near the porte cochére while you take in the spectacular sights of the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Magic Kingdom Park

Make your reservations online today!

Ink & Paint Club at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

You can book a pre-party add-on for the Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration. This special reception is inspired by the iconic Walt Disney Animation Studios Ink and Paint Department. You’ll also enjoy a private area throughout the evening and, after 11 p.m., an exclusive outdoor private viewing of the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks complete with desserts and a Champagne toast. You might even see some familiar friends hanging out for fun photo opportunities!

NOTE: This experience is only available as a combined event ticket with Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration. For further details and to make reservations, visit the Disney Ink & Paint Club page.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Celebration

Take a trip down memory lane to your own playful beginnings with the Pixar friends. From toys and monsters to supers and adventurers, ignite your childhood memories at this exciting event filled with family fun and delicious food!

Located on the second level of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll find two ballrooms have been transformed to immerse you in the imaginative world of Pixar.

Meet some of your favorite characters, dance with an interactive DJ, go to Boot Camp with Sarge and enjoy other fun-filled activities. You can also chow down on a Pixar-inspired buffet featuring dishes like Ratatouille, white cheddar baked mac and cheese, slow roasted beef tenderloin, crème brûlée tarts and much more. At the end of the night, step outside to a special ground-level viewing area near the porte cochére to enjoy the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Magic Kingdom Park

This event occurs on Dec. 30 (reservations still available) and Dec. 31 (SOLD OUT). Make your reservations online today

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Disney’s BoardWalk Countdown to 2020 at Atlantic Dance Hall

Tons of fun and a late-night party will be on tap at the Atlantic Dance Hall this New Year’s Eve! Kick off the brand-new year with rockin’ music, tasty treats, and a dash of Disney magic as you count down to midnight. This festive holiday celebration includes views of the Epcot Fireworks a live DJ, party hats and horns, a confetti drop, a mouthwatering light-bite menu with savory and sweet eats, and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. 

Make your reservations online today!

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New Year’s Eve at Flying Fish

Celebrate the arrival of the New Year with family and friends surrounded in an atmosphere of elegance as you dine on a multi-course, prix fixe menu created by award-winning Chef Tim Majoras. Seatings are available from 5-6:30pm and 8:30-10pm on Dec. 31, with a sustainable seafood tower and intermezzo included in the second seating. 

Make your reservations online today!

A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Be sure to check out this incredible opportunity to revel in the festivities while tantalizing your taste buds with a special New Year’s Eve dinner waterside at Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Reserve an earlier dinner time for a relaxed, casually elegant experience. Later dinner times amp up the fun with an upbeat three-piece band and a dance floor. 

Make your reservations to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 at Disney World by calling 407-824-1391.

Top 10 Activities for Kids at 2019 Holidays at Disneyland Resort

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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The holiday season has arrived at the Disneyland Resort. To help you plan, here are some “winter-ful” holiday experiences and treats for kids at 2019 Holidays at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks.

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Disneyland Park

1. Celebrate Peace on Earth and board “it’s a small world” Holiday together

Your little ones will be in awe as they experience this classic attraction’s transformation into a festive yuletide winter wonderland with delight at every turn. New this year, you and your little ones will experience three immersive scents, including cherry blossom in Asia, holiday cinnamon in South America and coconut in the South Seas.

2. Take a gander at the festively funny garland around Mickey’s Toontown

Mickey will be home for the holidays and all are welcome to his wacky wonderland town complete with “toon” trees and decorations that celebrate Mickey and his pals’ seasonal styles. While you’re in town, take a tour of Mickey’s house and Minnie’s house for a greeting of a lifetime! 

3. Indulge in sweet holiday treats with your little sweeties

Children will enjoy the smells and tastes of the holidays with delicious holiday sweet treats! Take them to taste treats like the Mickey gingerbread man, Sugar Cookie Churro and Mickey & Minnie Crispy Treats at select locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

4. Bond together as a family and experience “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade

This classic parade has returned for the holiday season with magical floats and joyous characters. Enjoy seeing your children light up like a Christmas tree when they see the reindeer prance and the toy soldiers dance! Dazzling floats include Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” Woody and Buzz from “Toy Story,” the Disney Princesses and more!

5. Behold the awe-inspiring “Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular

Gaze at gorgeous Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle as it sparkles before you during this nighttime pyrotechnical spectacle – perfect for all ages! Your little ones will be amazed by the shimmering lights above and the “snow” that falls after the celebration!

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Disney California Adventure Park

1. Dance along to the beat during “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” character celebration

Come cheer, the party’s here! As part of Disney Festival of Holidays, kids will love seeing their favorite characters from Disney and Pixar dance down the street to holiday rhythms beat by the Holiday Toy Drummers. 

2. Taste delicious food and enjoy kid-friendly crafts during Disney Festival of Holidays

Walk along and stop at the various Festival Foods Marketplace locations to experience belly-loving bites sure to please any little one. Some offerings include the holiday stuffing mac & cheese and hot cocoa marshmallow macaron. In between bites, take some time to make multicultural crafts — which are complimentary for kids!

3. Have yourselves a “haul-y” jolly season while exploring Cars Land

The residents of Radiator Springs have transformed the town with holiday décor for all to see! Two attractions have embraced the holiday spirit: Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. Your little ones will love singing along to “car-tunes,” such as “We Wish You Season’s Speedings” and “Carol of the Horns.” 

4. Visit with Santa at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Make your list and check it twice before heading to see Santa’s Holiday Visit at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Make sure to utilize Disney PhotoPass to capture memories of this holly jolly encounter.

5. Enjoy the nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light

Spread holiday magic by taking your little ones to experience this evening spectacular. Watch in awe as water, light, story and song are transformed into pure holiday magic.

We hope these experiences with your little ones will add to your family’s holiday traditions. What is your favorite holiday experiences for kids at 2019 Holidays at Disneyland Resort?

Four Unique Themes Planned for Early 2020 Disneyland After Dark Events

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Disneyland After Dark—the specially themed, after-hours park experience featuring unique entertainment, special food, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities, collectible merchandise and more—kicks off 2020 with four distinct events at the Disneyland Resort! Four unique themes are planned for the early 2020 Disneyland After Dark events.

These separately ticketed evening events grant you special access to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure park after closing. Select attractions will also remain open exclusively for event guests, usually with shorter wait times! In addition, you’ll receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the party to capture all of your Disneyland After Dark memories.

Here are the details:

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80s Nite

Jan. 29, Disneyland Park

Stroll down memory lane during this throwback bash packed with totally tubular fun! Dust off those leg warmers, shoulder pads and other vintage looks for 80s Nite to enjoy:

  • “Flashback To Videopolis!” takeover of the Fantasyland Theatre with a live VJ, music videos and dancers boogieing to the decade’s hottest hits. 
  • “Awesome After Dark – Fireworks To The Max!” fireworks show, high-energy musical entertainment and more.
  • “Throwback”-style encounters with Disney friends of yesteryear.
  • Immersive photo opportunities with a nostalgic twist.
  • Decade-inspired décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m.

Sweethearts’ Nite

Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, Disneyland Park

The Happiest Place on Earth will once again transform into the most romantic—with an extra pinch of pixie dust! If you missed last year’s Sweethearts’ Nite, now is your chance to experience the ultimate date night in style with: 

  • Love song-themed dance parties throughout the park, as well as a glitzy royal ball.
  • Encounters with darling Disney couples, including Cinderella and Prince Charming, Aladdin and Jasmine, and of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • Romantic photo opportunities featuring sweet scenes from iconic Disney films.
  • Lovely décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disneyland park starting at 6 p.m.

PIXAR Nite

Mar. 5, Disney California Adventure Park 

Spend an exciting night celebrating some of the world’s best-loved stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios! Proudly wear your Pixar-best and check out all that Pixar Nite has to offer, including: 

  • Interactive dance parties themed to favorite Pixar stories, including the retro-cool Incredibles family and scare-tastic gang from Monsters, Inc.
  • Encounters with crowd-pleasing Pixar pals, including Russel and Carl from “Up” and Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out.”
  • Playfully fun photo opportunities. 
  • Whimsical décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disney California Adventure park starting at 5 p.m.

Villains Nite

Apr. 30, Disney California Adventure Park 

Unleash your inner villain at a deliciously sinister soiree bursting with Disney’s most mischievous misfits! Villains Nite will summon you to come dressed in garb inspired by Disney Villains and experience:

  • Villains Cabaret with a cast of outlaws singing and dancing their way through a riff-raff-lovin’ revue.
  • Spellbinding DJ-hosted dance parties and sing-alongs throughout the park. 
  • Encounters with some of Disney’s famously nefarious fiends or their henchmen!  
  • Photo opportunities themed to popular villain lairs and thrones. 
  • Dastardly décor, food, beverages and merchandise offerings.
  • Access to Disney California Adventure park starting at 6 p.m.

Visit Disneyland.com for more details and pricing for these early 2020 Disneyland After Dark events. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price. A limited quantity of tickets for each event will be available beginning next week:

  • Dec. 3: Tickets on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders
  • Dec. 4: Tickets on sale for general public

Which early 2020 Disneyland After Dark events do you want to attend? Book your visit today!

*The number of tickets available are limited and valid only for the specific event date and hours. Parking fees are not included in the ticket price.  Tickets can be purchased online, at Disney Desk locations in participating Good Neighbor Hotels, or by calling (714) 781-4636 until the day before the event, or at any Disneyland® Resort Ticket Booth.  Limit eight (8) tickets per person, and no discounts apply. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Tickets are non-transferable, non-refundable and may not be resold. Costumes are subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive; please check special event costume guidelines at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/faq/parks/dress/ for restrictions.  Offer and event elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice.