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Spaceship Earth to Become Star Wars Death Star Special December 5th Live BroadcastSpaceship Earth to Become Star Wars Death Star Special December 5th Live Broadcast
December 03, 2016
In celebration for the upcoming release of Rogue One - A Star Wars Story, Walt Disney World is hosting a special (now sold out) event during which Spaceship Earth will magically transform into the iconic super-weapon the Death Star.

 

Rivers of Light Preview Held for Cast MembersRivers of Light Preview Held for Cast Members
November 30, 2016
Rivers of Light, the long-anticipated nighttime show coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom, held a preview for cast members several nights ago. No official start date for the show has been announced as yet.

 

Holiday Themed Magic Shots Available Through PhotoPassHoliday Themed Magic Shots Available Through PhotoPass
November 29, 2016
Disney PhotoPass is offering a number of special Magic Shots and Animated Magic Shots throughout the holiday season. You can get a special shot with Sven, the reindeer from "Frozen," when you visit the PhotoPass photographer at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Christmas tree. Over near Tailors to the Stars on Hollywood Boulevard, you can get an Animated Magic Shot starring members of the Prep and Landing unit. A shot with the Trolls from "Frozen" is available at the entrance and in front of the Christmas tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom, while Olaf the snowman can be included in an Animated Magic Shot taken at Epcot near the Fountain of Nations and Showcase Plaza topiaries. Don't forget to ask a Disney PhotoPass photographer about available Magic Shots when you use the service around Walt Disney World.

 

2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Details Released2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Details Released
November 29, 2016
The 24th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which runs March 1 through May 29, 2017, will welcome spring with two new Outdoor Kitchens, several new topiaries and additional entertainment.

 

Princess Elena Now Greeting in Fairytale HallPrincess Elena Now Greeting in Fairytale Hall
November 28, 2016
Beginning November 24, Princess Elena of Avalor will greet guests alongside Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park.

 

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced
November 25, 2016
2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

 

Cabana Rentals Available in TomorrowlandCabana Rentals Available in Tomorrowland
November 25, 2016
Walt Disney World is now renting cabanas in the Tomorrowland section of Magic Kingdom. The cabanas accommodate up to eight people and cost $691 plus tax for the entire day. They are outfitted with lockable storage, charging stations, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and soft drinks, and food.

 

Princess Tiana's Riverboat Party and Parade ViewingPrincess Tiana's Riverboat Party and Parade Viewing
November 23, 2016
Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen are throwing an afternoon bash in Magic Kingdom Park.

"Tiana's Riverboat Party Ice Cream Social and Parade Viewing" will make its debut launch on the Liberty Belle Riverboat at Magic Kingdom Park on November 29. The fun starts at the boat dock, where guests can enjoy hand-dipped ice cream and soft drinks while they visit with Princess Tiana and Naveen.

 

Events Fill Holiday WeekEvents Fill Holiday Week
November 22, 2016
THANKSGIVING at Walt Disney World, November 24. Check our Tips Database for our readers' ideas on things to do during the holiday.

Disney Springs will open two hours earlier than usual on "Black Friday", November 25, and Saturday, November 26, to mark the start of the holiday shopping season. More than 60 Disney Springs shops will open at 8 a.m. on those days and will feature a variety of special deals, promotions and bargains.

The new Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! holiday spectacular is being performed at Disney's Hollywood Studios through December 31. The facade of the Chinese Theater is the focal point for the show, which features state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and even snow, on, above and around the theater. The show's storyline follows a search-and-rescue mission for Santa Claus led by Wayne and Lanny from Disney's "Prep and Landing" holiday special, while holiday moments from Disney films will be included. A pre-show dessert party in the theater courtyard, with holiday-inspired snacks, desserts and specialty beverages, is also available. Cost is $69 for adults and $39 for children, including tax and gratuity. Book by calling (407) WDW-DINE or at disneyworld.com

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Launches Jan. 13 - Feb 20, 2017!Epcot International Festival of the Arts Launches Jan. 13 - Feb 20, 2017!
November 21, 2016
Combining visual, culinary and performing arts from around the world, the first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts will create a global masterpiece for six inspired weekends. Held Fridays through Mondays starting Jan. 13 through Feb. 20, 2017, the Festival will feature new art each week, making each weekend original.

 

New Artwork: Star Wars Land at NightNew Artwork: Star Wars Land at Night
November 19, 2016
Today, at the D23 Destination D event, Walt Disney World unveiled a new image from Walt Disney Imagineering that shows how the Star Wars-themed land at Disney's Hollywood Studios will look once the sun goes down. As you can see, the land will take on a whole new dimension after dark and feature adventures and surprises around each corner. If you look close, the image reveals a peek at what you'll discover in this all-new land located in the southwest corner of Disney's Hollywood Studios, including one of the signature attractions that lets you take the controls of the Millennium Falcon. Work is already underway at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park in Anaheim, to bring the stories from a galaxy, far, far away to life in the parks.

 

Pandora - The World of Avatar to Open in Summer 2017Pandora - The World of Avatar to Open in Summer 2017
November 19, 2016
Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks and Resorts, gave a look into the future of the newest addition to the Walt Disney World Resort today, unveiling some exciting new updates coming soon to Disney's Animal Kingdom expansion -- Pandora -The World of Avatar.

 

Holiday Season at Walt Disney World!Holiday Season at Walt Disney World!
November 19, 2016
The 2016 holiday season is in full swing all around Walt Disney World Resort!

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MagicBand 2 Debuts at D23 Destination D Event; Coming to Walt Disney World SoonMagicBand 2 Debuts at D23 Destination D Event; Coming to Walt Disney World Soon
November 19, 2016
During a special Destination D event for D23 members, Walt Disney World released details about the next generation of the MagicBand -- MagicBand 2. MagicBand 2 features a new design, making it even more customizable and versatile, while maintaining the same convenience of the original MagicBand. The MagicBand has evolved from a band to a versatile accessory: the "gem" (center piece) of the band can be popped out and put in an assortment of accessories so that it can be worn or carried in other ways than on the wrist. MagicBand 2 will make its resort-wide debut soon.

 

Special Ticket Offer Lets Guests Discover Endless Magic Starting this Holiday Season
November 16, 2016
With so many new attractions and experiences to discover at each of the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, there has never been a better time to plan a visit to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, and a new special ticket offer, the 4 Park Magic Ticket, gives guests the chance to experience the distinctive magic in each park for only $70 per day plus tax.

Guests will be able to purchase the new 4 Park Magic Ticket, which provides one admission to each of the four theme parks on four separate days. Only available for a limited time, this special ticket offer may be used Nov. 15, 2016 through May 26, 2017, with block out dates including Dec. 17, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017 and April 10 - 21, 2017.

 

PHOTOS: Once Upon a Time Castle Projection ShowPHOTOS: Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show
November 10, 2016
The new Cinderella Castle nighttime projection show "Once Upon a Time" began regular performances on November 4, 2016.

The new show uses projection-mapping technology to produce a dazzling three-dimensional effect that fits every nook and contour of the Castle, from its base to the tips of its towers and turrets. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the animated classic Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the new projection show is narrated by Mrs. Potts, who shares "once upon a time" bedtime stories with Chip. The awe-inspiring show culminates with classic scenes from Beauty and the Beast and a grand finale featuring characters from some of Disney's most beloved animated tales and fireworks bursting above the Castle. "Once Upon a Time" takes its inspiration from a projection show at Tokyo Disney Resort.

 

Chicago Cubs Victory Celebrated in Magic Kingdom ParadeChicago Cubs Victory Celebrated in Magic Kingdom Parade
November 09, 2016
Baseball's world champion Chicago Cubs were represented at the Magic Kingdom last Saturday afternoon by Cubs' MVP Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Javier Baez, who rode along with Mickey Mouse in a celebratory parade down Main Street, U.S.A. The parade was in Disney Parks' long tradition of sports champions celebrating their victories by "Going to Disney World'' which dates back to 1987.

 

Three Holiday Musical Specials to be Broadcast from ParksThree Holiday Musical Specials to be Broadcast from Parks
November 08, 2016
Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms. Julianne Hough and Derek Hough, both fan favorites from "Dancing with the Stars," are set to host two specials: "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" on Thanksgiving night, and "The Disney Parks' Magical Christmas Celebration" on Christmas morning. Stars of "Descendants 2," the sequel to "Descendants," will host and perform holiday songs in "Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration" on Disney Channel on Friday, Nov. 25. Grammy Award-winning artists Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and Kelly Clarkson will perform on all three holiday specials. Each show will feature the granting of wishes to families throughout the Disney theme parks, as part of Disney's "Share the Joy" campaign, designed to inspire families to spread goodwill this holiday season by giving back and volunteering to help others.

 

Celebrity Performances for Disney Christmas Specials This Week!Celebrity Performances for Disney Christmas Specials This Week!
November 08, 2016
This year, The Walt Disney Co. is giving fans two extra holiday television specials in November in addition to its traditional Christmas morning show - and taping begins this week at Walt Disney World.

Filming will take place beginning tomorrow (Nov. 9) through Sunday (Nov. 13) at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, according to multiple media outlets. The Christmas parade will be taped only at Disneyland in California, which means only musical performances and other segments will be recorded in Orlando. No dates for taping on the West Coast have been announced so far.

 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!
November 07, 2016
Add some very to your merry at the veriest, merriest Christmas party of the season. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom hosts 21 nights of yuletide cheer from Nov. 7 - Dec. 22, 2016. From 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. during select nights at Magic Kingdom park, this annual ticket event will bring Christmas joy to guests of all ages with festive decorations, towering Christmas trees, and wintry wonderful entertainment.

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         -- Rate MVMCP After You Attend!