There is always something exciting going on at Walt Disney World but when the holidays come around those creative minds go into overtime! If you will be visiting Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season, you are in for a treat! Here’s some of what will be happening:
Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail Will Debut This Holiday Season
Fifteen Christmas Trees – each one inspired by a different Disney character or story. During this walk-through experience, you’ll wind through a lovely winter wonderland complete with a gentle snow fall, toy soldiers, singers and plenty of opportunities for photos! The Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail will debut on November 11th and will run through January 8, 2017. Which tree are you looking forward to the most?
Below is a list of the planned tree themes:
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse
- Disney Villains
- “Beauty and the Beast“
- “The Little Mermaid“
- “The Princess and the Frog“
- “Alice in Wonderland“
- “The Jungle Book“
- “101 Dalmatians“
- “Mary Poppins“
- The Muppets
Seasonal Tastes Expand for Epcot Holidays Around the World Nov. 25-Dec. 30 at Walt Disney World Resort
Holidays Around the World is adding more food and drink for the winter celebration November 25-December 30.
Stop at Prost! in Germany for an artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle. Drinks include alcoholic ciders, Williams Punch (hot), Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel and glüwein (house-made hot spiced wine).
American Holiday Table in the American Adventure Pavilion is serving Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. And seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges and a Champagne demi-glace. Drinks include Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon, Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky), Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay, hot chocolate, eggnog and Cocoa Candy Cane (hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps).
Head to the Alpine Haus between Morocco and France for duck confit, dumplings and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction; cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables, and sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze.. Drinks include Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic and non-alcoholic version available) Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend.
Seasonal Southern Delights near World Showcase Plaza is offering hoppin’ john (black-eyed peas, ham hocks and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles); blackened catfish with white cheddar grits with okra, tomato and onion stew, and chocolate pecan tart. Drinks include Frozen S’Mores and Central 28 beers.
Feast of the Three Kings Feast near World Showcase Plaza pays homage to Three Kings Day, widely celebrated in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. Look for a shredded beef tamale with avocado crema; roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas, and Three Kings Bread. Drinks will include a Coquito (coconut milk) and Coquito with rum floater.
Hot and cold drinks will be offered all around World Showcase, as well as holidays sweets such as the Mickey Santa Hat cupcake at Fountain View restaurant, chocolate honey baklava in Morocco, panettone (Italian Christmas cake) in Italy, gingerbread ice cream and buche de Noel au chocolat(Christmas cake shaped like a log) in France, pai cha (Beijing-style fried dough twist with sesame) in China and guava tamales in Mexico.
‘Once Upon A Time’ Projection Show Begins Nov.4
A new nighttime projection show, “Once Upon a Time,” will debut at Magic Kingdom Park on November 4. In this new show, Mrs. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast” shares bedtime stories with Chip, taking them (and all of us) on a magical trip through the most adventurous scenes from favorite Disney films like “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.”
Scenes will include a flight with Peter Pan from London to Never Land and a daring duel between Gaston and Beast. Mrs. Potts and Chip end their bedtime story with a grand finale that includes appearances by characters from even more Disney films. The show, which was inspired by one of a similar name at Tokyo Disneyland Park, uses projection mapping technology to cover every nook and cranny of Cinderella Castle in vibrant images that appear almost three-dimensional.
“Once Upon A Time” will replace the current “Celebrate the Magic” projection show, which will end its run on November 3.
Muppets-Themed Eatery, PizzeRizzo to Open November 18 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
PizzeRizzo – the classic family pizzeria owned by Rizzo – will open in Muppets Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 18. While enjoying personal-sized pies, guests will find décor inspired by Rizzo, as well as his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years throughout the two-story eatery. Be sure to head upstairs to Rizzo’s Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall, where there’s a wedding reception already in progress; join the party and show off your best moves under the disco ball to the world’s greatest party playlist!
Entrees are served with a side Caesar salad, and include personal-sized Pizza Pies, available in four varieties—vegetable, pepperoni, meat lovers and cheese, as well as a Meatball Sub. If you’re looking for a lighter option, the Antipasto Salad features a bed of Romaine lettuce piled high with tomatoes, Mozzarella, Kalamata olives, ham, pepperoni, salami and Balsamic Vinaigrette.
For dessert, indulge in traditional Italian sweets like Cannoli and Tiramisu. Specialty drinks will also be available, including a non-alcoholic Peach Bellini, and a Wildberry-Basil Lemonade Limoncello in addition to beer and wine for adults.
Sneak Peek of Disney’s ‘Moana’ Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 5
For a limited time starting November 5, a sneak peek of Disney’s next big comedy adventure, the sweeping animated feature “Moana,” will be presented as part of the One Man’s Dream attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, offering guests an advance look at scenes from the film.
“Moana” is the story of an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought – her own identity.
Upcoming Closings and Refurbishments
|Big Thunder Mountain Railroad||8/8/16||11/19/16|
|Stitch’s Great Escape!||10/2/16||11/19/16|
|Stitch’s Great Escape!||11/27/16||12/17/16|
|The Haunted Mansion||11/28/16||12/2/16|
|Liberty Square Riverboat||1/3/17||1/13/17|
|Stitch’s Great Escape!||1/3/17||Unknown|
|Walt Disney World Railroad Fantasyland Station||1/9/17||2/17/17|
|Walt Disney World Railroad Frontierland Station||1/9/17||2/17/17|
|Walt Disney World Railroad Main Street U.S.A. Station||1/9/17||2/17/17|
|The Hall of Presidents||1/17/17||6/30/17|
|No current or upcoming closures for Epcot|
|Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster FASTPASS Booth||10/27/16||11/10/16|
|Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith||10/27/16||11/10/16|
|Kali River Rapids||1/3/17||1/30/17|
- November 24, 2016 ~ Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom)
- November 24, 2016 ~ Meet Rapunzel and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom)
- November 4, 2016 ~ Celebrate the Magic (Magic Kingdom)
- December 31, 2016 ~ Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
- November 14, 2016 ~ Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)