Holiday Update: Walt Disney World News

New fireworks show joins the fun of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as Walt Disney World transforms into a winter wonderland beginning Nov. 8

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 3, 2019) – Starting Nov. 8, Walt Disney World Resort will unwrap the 2019 holiday season with very merry festivities across its theme parks, resorts and Disney Springs. This year marks the debut of a new holiday celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a spectacular new holiday-themed fireworks show at Magic Kingdom Park.

It all adds up the most fun this side of the North Pole, with special live entertainment, characters in festive garb, seasonal décor, holiday treats, specialty eats, miles of garlands and decorations, and a shimmering castle to lift holiday spirits.

While Santa and his elves are busy preparing for the holidays, savvy guests are already planning their holiday vacations at Walt Disney World. To help with all that planning, here is an advance look at holiday happenings across the resort:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Joins in the Holiday Fun for the First Time

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will introduce the biggest holiday season in its two-decade history, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land. Daytime and nighttime, guests will experience the majesty of nature and holiday magic. Here is some of what’s in store:

  • In the heart of the park, on Discovery Island, guests will find themselves immersed in a magical scene. By day, stylized, life-sized animal puppets mingle with villagers who make the island their home. As day becomes night, rooftop luminaries in animal shapes and bird lanterns throughout Discovery Island will bring a warm glow to the village.
  • As the sun sets, the Tree of Life will awaken with a series of wintry tales emerging from within, backed by a familiar and heartwarming holiday musical score. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life will shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.
  • Dinoland, U.S.A. will rock out with the DJ-led “Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale” and plenty of interactive fun and games. Throughout the land, characters gathered for “Donald’s Dino-Bash!” will get in the holiday spirit with colorful costumes.
  • Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights in India, has inspired the residents of Anandapur in Glowing flowers, lanterns and more will illuminate the main square leading to the waterfront stage, home to authentic and colorful cultural performances.
  • The village of Harambe in Africa will welcome guests with a unique holiday presentation, fusing Western traditions with the colors and texture of authentic African celebrations; colorful costuming and new music flavors each performance.
  • Tusker House diners get their merry on as Safari Donald Duck and his pals spread holiday cheer.
  • Guests will find out-of-this-world holiday fun at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora roll out seasonal cheer with a display at Pongu Pongu of whimsical holiday décor, pairing vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.
  • A Christmas tree will tower over the park entrance. Decorated with traditional ornaments and hidden animals, the tree is a prelude to the holiday magic that awaits inside the park.

Magic Kingdom Park to Unveil New Holiday Fireworks Show

The skies above Magic Kingdom Park will sparkle to life this holiday season as visions of fireworks dance in the air during an all-new nighttime show – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. Hosted by Minnie Mouse, the holiday extravaganza invites guests to come together in a celebration of heartfelt moments and the magic of Christmas. The show will be presented during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which takes place select dates Nov. 8-Dec. 22, and nightly Dec. 23-29.

This holiday season will also see Magic Kingdom transformed into an enchanting wonderland with dazzling decorations, holiday treats, a shimmering ice castle and more. Returning holiday favorites include:

  • With glittery Cinderella Castle as its centerpiece, Magic Kingdom shines its brightest during the holidays. Guests will be swept into a magical scene of seasonal music, characters in their festive finery and fireworks bursting above. During A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show, Queen Elsa magically transforms Cinderella Castle with glistening ice.
  • Holiday Fireworks Dessert Parties are a sweet way to enjoy the new holiday fireworks. Offered nightly, each festive party includes seasonal treats and dazzling views of the new fireworks spectacular. Dessert parties are not included with theme park admission. For schedules, pricing information and reservations, guests can visit DisneyWorld.com or call (407) WDW-DINE.
  • Each of the 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will feature performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. Guests will also experience select rides and attractions (including the “Jingle Cruise”), savor complimentary treats, discover event-exclusive merchandise and delight to a magical “snowfall” on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates: Nov. 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24; Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22. For more information and ticketing, guests can call (407) 939-1872 or visit Disneyworld.com.

Beloved Epcot Candlelight Processional Begins Nov. 29 as Highlight of Holiday Festival

Joyous Yuletide traditions from across the globe are at the heart of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. From Nov. 29, 2019, through Dec. 30, 2019, merry-makers will be immersed in a vast world of holiday decorations and entertainment, themed merchandise, festive cuisine and costumed storytellers in many of the 11 World Showcase nations.

  • Epcot’s grandest holiday tradition – the Candlelight Processional – features the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator backed by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir. Performances will run three times nightly during the festival. Narrators already announced for this year include Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Sajak, Steven Curtis Chapman and Edward James Olmos. More narrators will be announced in the coming months. Dining packages include guaranteed seating for the holiday event and can be booked starting July 3 by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
  • Special Holiday Kitchens sprinkled throughout World Showcase will serve up tasty treats inspired by treasured holiday recipes from across the globe.
  • World Showcase pavilions will come alive with the sights and sounds of special entertainment celebrating each country’s holiday heritage.
  • Chip & Dale are gathering ornaments for their Christmas tree and guests can join in the fun! To be part of Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt, guests will purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise outlets and scout World Showcase locations looking for the famous chipmunks and their ornaments. Completed maps are returned for a special festive surprise, courtesy of the chipmunk duo.
  • With its premiere scheduled for Oct. 1, 2019, holiday guests will be among the first to view “Epcot Forever,” a new nighttime spectacular bursting above World Showcase Lagoon.
  • Epcot guests can quite literally do their holiday shopping around the world. The World Showcase pavilions are filled with favorite fragrances, jewelry, toys, stocking stuffers and more.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet guests at The American Adventure pavilion.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Glitters with Special Holiday Entertainment

Holiday adventures begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as new attractions and lands turn this theme park into one big holiday gift. Add seasonal shows, enchanting “snowfalls,” décor and more, and it’s easy to see how holidays here become extraordinary:

  • Park guests will be mesmerized by the Sunset Seasons Greetings show projected onto the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Boasting amazing laser effects and “snow,” the experience also includes stories, songs and cheer courtesy of favorite Disney friends.
  • The nighttime spectacular “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will treat holiday-goers to iconic music, fireworks, special effects and state-of-the-art projections to create a one-of-a-kind holiday experience at the iconic Chinese Theatre. To add a sweet touch, guests will be able to make reservations for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party. This event is not included with theme park admission, and pricing and reservation information will be available later this year.
  • Holiday touches and festive décor throughout the park will include seasonal fun inside Toy Story Land, as well as joyous greetings from Santa or Santa Goofy.
  • As a curtain-closer, Olaf delivers a special holiday finale in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along.

While guests are merry-making through the park, they will want to stop at the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge where they can live their own Star Wars adventures and find the perfect holiday gift from a galaxy far, far away. (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity.)

Disney Springs Delivers Season’s Greetings

Perfect for this special time of year, the Disney Springs retail, dining and entertainment district is where guests can make a holiday list and check it twice as they breeze among dozens of trendy brand-name stores and a large and varied collection of Disney merchandise. They can also indulge the holiday hungries at great dining spots that will also serve up seasonal cheer. Live entertainment will include the spectacle of toy soldier stilt walkers, carolers and Living Statues in holiday attire. Holiday decorations set the colorful stage for Disney Springs festivities, which run Nov. 8, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020:

  • Guests strolling the Christmas Tree Trail will be treated to custom-decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme featuring favorite Disney characters.
  • Guests will be invited to join in Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt and discover where the mischievous Experiment 626 is hiding.

Disney Resorts Deck the Halls

Resort hotels across Walt Disney World will be decked out for the holidays. Seasonal décor and massive Christmas trees usher in the festive spirit:

  • A life-size holiday gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the place to pick up Christmas treats, including (of course!) tasty gingerbread. Disney’s Beach Club Resort boasts a life-size, edible carousel as a holiday tradition, while a holiday village with a miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
  • A special dining experience always ties a big red ribbon around the holidays. Holiday menus that celebrate the season will be found at restaurants throughout Disney resort hotels. For holiday dining information and reservations, guests can call (407) WDW-DINE.

 

Baby it’s Cold Inside!

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I am talking about ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort! IMG_6794It is a chilling 9 degree’s of ICY Christmas Magic.  Two million pounds of ice have been hand carved and are on display in this majestic Winter Wonderland (just a few miles from Walt Disney World.)  Step right into the middle of some of your favorite scenes from the holiday classic A Christmas Story.  Don’t forget to check out the ice slide and tubing area for some added fun.  Other activities also include:  photos with Santa, Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast, Build A Bear Workshop, and the Christmas Tree Trail.

IMG_6751Make sure to dress warm…jeans, gloves, a sweater, and closed toe shoes.  Parka is provided with ticket.  This will allow you to enjoy your icy adventure  to the fullest.

And PLEASE remember to be courteous to the ice by keeping your hands to yourself.  If you are visiting ICE! with youngin’s keep in mind there is a height requirement for the slide. (see photo to the left) Safety is a top priority in the village.  Ice! runs through January 6th.

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Deck the Halls with Disney Christmas Tee’s

Deck the Halls with the cutest Disney Christmas tee’s this season!  Mouse Apparel is home to the merriest Christmas designs you have ever seen on cotton.  With shirts available for the entire family you just can’t go wrong.  The style and fit of the raglan tee’s are loose fitting providing an extreme amount of comfort. joyful Pair Mouse Apparel with jeans, shorts, skirts, jammie bottoms, leggings…or whatever your pleasure!  You will be glad you did!

It is the happiest time of the year, so spread words of cheer in and outside the parks while looking super festive in the colors of Christmas!

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Customize your tee with red or green sleeves!  Can’t decide get one of each!!!  You really can’t go wrong.  Using bold colors, festive fonts, and HIDDEN MICKEY’s these tee’s will make the season the merriest, happiest, jolliest Christmas ever!

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Celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World

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Happy HOLLYdays!!!!  Christmas is here!  I just love all things Christmas and I truly cannot get enough of all the beautiful lights, smells, and sounds of CHRISTMAS that flood the streets of Disney World.  Christmas is the best time of the year!!!  I am so excited that I can’t stop saying Christmas!

Here are just a few of my favorite Disney Christmas Traditions that you must experience this season.  Make sure to bring your family to share all the Christmas magic with!

EPCOT:

Candlelight Processional:

“A spectacular and wondrous pageantry that unites people from around the globe.

Spellbound audiences will experience pure holiday magic as special guest stars recount the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song that’s nothing short of heaven sent. An American Sign Language interpreter will translate on stage so hearing-impaired.” (Disney, 2016)

Candlelight Processional, November 26, 2016; Narrated by Steven Curtis Chapman

Holidays Around the World:

“Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Holidays Around the World surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.” (Disney, 2016)

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian:

Gingerbread House:

The most delectable house is viewable in the lobby of the Grand Floridian.  It takes about 2 months to build and it smells so sweet!

 

Magic Kingdom:

Jingle Cruise:

Ride the world famous Jingle Cruise with new jokes that will make your yuletide gay!

 

The fun doesn’t stop there!  Check out Jingle Bell Jingle Bam at Hollywood Studios and Cinderella’s Castle all decked out in lights!  There is so much Christmas fun to make your season bright!

Wishing your and your family a Blessed Christmas season!

Storybook Aprons

Bonjour, good day!  With fall in the air mornings are definitely not the same here in the Spoonley household.  I am finding myself baking away in the kitchen making yummy tummy treats for my lil humans.  Have you tried the grey stuff?  Oh my Disney, it is delicious!  If you haven’t, then keeping reading I will share the recipe.

My kids call me the clean baker, I tend to wipe up my lil messes and spills as I mix.  My motto is, “clean as you live.”  What can I say, my OCD gets the best of me.  I also like to wear an apron as I sway back and forth in song watching as my sweets rise in the oven.  But who says an apron should only be worn in the kitchen?!

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Amanda of Crafting Envy designs beautiful storybook aprons inspired by your favorite Disney princesses that are just perfect for adult dressup this Halloween!  I absolutely adore this Belle inspired apron.  It is made of a soft cotton with a lined bodice and extra long straps for easy tying.

 

There is nothing peculiar about this apron, it is made to match Belle’s Provincial dress worn in the beginning of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Pair this apron with a white polka dot petticoat for a vintage chic look, or slip it over a tee and tights for a simple and unique costume perfect for any party.  Amanda is the queen of customization, so if you have something else in mind make sure to send her a private message and she will whip up something extra special for you.

***New*** from Crafting Envy!  Amanda has been busy in her workshop crafting  princess dress ornaments adorned with lace and beautiful beading that are perfect for displaying on your Christmas tree this holiday season.  Here is your chance to win a Cinderella Dress Ornament inspired by Disney’s  live action Cinderella film.  The bodice is made from quality felt and the skirt is made from fashion fabrics. It is hand embroidered and beaded.  To enter this giveaway please click on the image below to be redirected to Instagram.

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The Grey Stuff Recipe

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Ingredients
  • 1 small pkg (3.4 oz) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 15 Oreos
  • 1 small tub Cool Whip (8 oz)
  • 2 TB Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk well and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Place Oreos in a food processor and blend until they become crumbs.
  3. Mix the crushed Oreos in with the pudding mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in Cool Whip and chocolate pudding mix until well combined and refrigerate for one hour before serving.
  5. When ready to serve, place “grey stuff” in a piping bag and add a dollop to the middle and then pipe a spiral around it. Top with sprinkles.
  6. ENJOY!

Recipe from the Disney Diner

“Ugly” Christmas Sweater- DIY

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Have you noticed a new Christmas fashion emerging in retail stores?  The Ugly Christmas Sweater is a new trend that can end up costing you a pretty penny.  My daughter found one online for $75!   I am going  to show you how you can make one for almost nothing by using what you already own.  Not only will it be unique and in a class of it’s own, but you will have a blast making it!

Materials:

Old sweater or a long sleeve shirt (take it from the closet)

Christmas odds and ends…garland, stockings, ornaments, candy canes, etc…(found em in our Christmas decor totes)

Hot glue gun

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What we did:

Jammed out to our favorite Christmas carols and giggled as we 3 dimensionally designed our sweater.  Our sweater is actually a long sleeve shirt with sweater like arms.  It has a pink cheerleader image on the front, which was easily covered with our Christmas Trim.  Using hot glue and E 6000 we secured the stocking, fake snow, and ornaments in place.

My daughter designed her “Ugly” Christmas Sweater for a contest at school.  She was feeling very confident and very proud of her creation.

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Please share your “Ugly” Christmas Sweater pics

and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas Eve in the kitchen

Happy Christmas Eve!  If you are still in the kitchen whipping up all your favorite family traditional goodies, you may try one of these recipes.  I spent my morning making Jam Thumbprint Cookies and Pretzel Hugs.  These are two of our family traditional baked goodies.

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies:

2/3cup butter/margarine (I like to use slightly softened unsalted butter)

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 slightly beaten egg whites

1 cup finely chopped walnuts if desired

1/3 cup of strawberry preserves

1. Grease a cookie sheet; set aside.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, for 30 seconds.  Add the sugar and beat till combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in eggs yolk and vanilla till combined.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in remaining flour.  Cover and chill dough for about an hour or till easy to handle.

2.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in egg whites, then in walnuts.  This recipe can be done without the walnuts.  Place 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.  Press your thumb into the center of each ball.  This is a good time to get the kids involved and allow them to press their thumbs into the center of the ball.  Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or till edges are lightly browned.  Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool. Once cool fill centers with jam.

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Pretzel Hugs:

Simply place pretzels on a lined cookie sheet (lined with wax paper.) Place a piece of chocolate on pretzel.  I like the Bliss white chocolate.  Place in oven on 350 degrees for 10 to 20 seconds.  Just long enough for the chocolate to glisten.  This is the start of the chocolate softening.  Take out of the oven and place a second pretzel on top of soft chocolate and push down.  Let cool and enjoy!

Share your family favorite Christmas recipe!