Disney’s Christmas Day parade taping will run a little differently at the theme parks this year. Instead of the actual parade down Main Street, there will be stage show performances that are filmed at Walt Disney World. The parade portion will all be filmed at Disneyland.
At Walt Disney World, filming of the performances will happen from November 9-13 and will take place at all four theme parks. Taping for these will take place during regular park hours and guests will not need tickets to be in the audience. They will air on ABC and Disney Channel through December.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - 11/7/16 - 12/22/16
What happens when you combine one 30,000 pound, 65 foot tree, one 40 foot star, 5500 twinkling lights, 430 feet of garland, 325 ornaments, 275 feet of strung popcorn, 400 flickering candles, 135 candy canes, 100 gingerbread cookies and the Disney Characters? Why you have the perfect recipe for Christmas at the Magic Kingdom!
The spectacular tree seems to touch the sky. With delightful oversized toys displayed at it's base, it's an amazing sight. What's that? Is there a hint of gingerbread and cinnamon in the air? No detail is too small when Disney magic is being made. More Info...
6:15 and 7:30pm (6:15 and 8:20pm on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights)
"A Frozen Holiday Wish" show will take place daily in front of the castle. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf can be seen in the show and Queen Elsa's ice powers will transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace. To create the effect, 200,000 twinkling lights draped on the towers and turrets.
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade features costumes and floats themed to Family and Friends: A Winter Wonderland, Christmas Sweets, A North Pole Christmastime with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and Fairytale Christmastime.
This parade runs twice nightly during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm. It is often easier to get a seat for the second parade.
Jingle Cruise returns to take over the Jungle Cruise
The attraction will receive a new storyline, just for the holidays. The Skippers are homesick, so they've handmade decorations for the queue and boathouse using things that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves). There will be new jokes, new holiday-themed names for the boats and even a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.
This will be open throughout the holiday season, as well as during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
You can also visit Santa during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until he's needed for his very important role in the parade.
November 25 - December 30, 2016 (Info below is from 2015 - 2016 details not yet announced)
One of the really special things about celebrating the holiday season in Epcot is learning about the holiday traditions of all the different countries. Each country has its own special theme that highlights its culture. Storytellers will delight you with tales of their heritage and how the holidays are celebrated in their homeland. It's a unique opportunity to learn more about the world in which we live. Check the times guide for storytellers' schedules.
Canada: Follow the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs on a musical tour to discover the country's holiday customs. 12:25, 1:20, 2:15, 3:10, 4:25, 6:00pm.
China: Enjoy the colorful Chinese Lion Dance, which brings good fortune and happiness. 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00pm.
France: Pere Noel. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm.
Germany: Helga reveals the story of the first Christmas tree and her first nutcracker. 1:00, 2:00, 2:55, 3:55, 5:30, 6:05, 6:40, 7:15pm.
Italy: (VIDEO) La Befana, Italy's good Christmas witch, celebrated her first Christmas 2,000 years ago. 1:40, 2:35, 3:30, 4:25, 6:00, 6:40, 7:15, 8:00pm.
Japan: Daruma doll and the Japanese New Year. 12:55, 1:45, 2:25, 4:00, 4:45, 6:30, 7:45pm.
Mexico: (VIDEO) Fiesta de Navidad - Mariachis and dancers bring to life the music, dances and traditions of a holiday fiesta. 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm.
Morocco: Experience the seasons of holidays, where celebrations are "the spice of life". 12:45, 2:05, 2:50, 4:25, 5:35, 6:10, 7:25pm
Norway: Sigrid will tell the story of Julenissen, the trouble-making Christmas Gnome. 2:15, 3:00, 3:40, 4:30, 5:45, 6:30, 7:05, 7:45pm.
United Kingdom: (VIDEO) Father Christmas. 1:05, 2:00, 2:55, 4:30, 5:40, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is enhanced for the Holidays with an additional special Peace on Earth holiday ending. 9:30pm (11/27-12/18) and 10:30pm (12/19-12/30).
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There's nothing that's more inspirational than the nightly Candlelight Processional. This beautiful show evokes the true meaning of the holidays and is not to be missed. The best way to get in to see this popular show is to take advantage of one of the dinner packages and get reserved seating.
Holiday Treats at World Showcase
Mickey and Minnie will be dressed in their holiday best at Adventurer's Outpost for a special holiday photo op.
Live entertainers complete the festive mood found at the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Holiday Nighttime Spectacular
11/14/16 - 12/31/16
The show will be presented on, above and around the Chinese Theater with the brand new projection technology used for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show, along with special effects, SNOW, fireworks, and a seasonal musical score.
The show will focus on Wayne and Lanny, who you may remember from the ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios holiday special Prep and Landing, as they search for the missing Santa Claus. The show will also feature “memorable holiday moments” from Disney films like Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more!
Like the Star Wars fireworks, there will be a dessert party, which will include reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more. You even get your own pair of 3D glasses that will transform the fireworks into gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments.
Minnie's Holiday Dine - Hollywood & Vine
November 7, 2016 - January 6, 2017
Minnie Mouse will be hosting a festive holiday dinner with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Santa Goofy! Hollywood & Vine will be all decked out with holiday decor, food, music and activities.
Make reservations here or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Cost is $46.99 for adults, $27.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity. Meal can also one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. This meal can also be part of the Fantasmic! dining packages for $52.99 for adults and $31.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.
DJ Character Dance Party - Center Stage
December 1, 2015-January 3, 2016 (2016 dates not yet announced)
A DJ character dance party will take place on the stage in front of The Great Movie Ride from 5pm-park closing time.
Club Disney - Sunset Showcase
begins December 4, 2015 (2016 dates not yet announced)
Mickey, Minnie and friends will join this dance party in an "electric club environment" with a DJ Club Host spinning Radio Disney Top 40 songs. The floor and walls will feature classic Disney animation images. There will also be a seating area, snack station and charging stations. Operating hours will be listed in the Daily Times Guide.
December 19, 2015 - January 1, 2016 (2016 dates not yet announced)
This improvisational comedy show will return to the Premier Theater for 6 shows a day for the holidays. Alumni from The Comedy Warehouse will be among the performers in the show, which will use suggestions from the audience to remake holiday classics. Performances are included in daily park admission. The 20-minute shows will take place six times daily between 11:30am and 5:30pm. On New Year's Eve, they will be at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00pm.
Catholic Mass: 8:00 am and 10:15 am
Protestant Service: 9:00 am
When: December 25, 2016
Where: Disney's Contemporary Resort's Fantasia Ballroom
Walt Disney World Guests are asked to use WDW transportation to the Contemporary. The Parking lot will be restricted during this time as well as the lots at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts.
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