9 MASSIVE Things That Just Happened in Disney World

Well, November was a very busy month in Disney World!

Holidays in Magic Kingdom

Not only did the Walt Disney Company have some big news about a change in leadership in November, but we also saw the return of a beloved nighttime show and the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. So let’s go over all the big things that happened in Disney World last month.

The Holiday Season Arrives in Disney World

It’s Ho-Ho-Ho season in Disney World — the parks are now wearing their most festive decor, Santa has arrived, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has returned for the first time since 2019

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

It really is the most wonderful time of the year in Disney World.

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EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays is officially underway. You can now visit all the food booths (here are some of our favorite eats), see the storytellers and learn about holiday traditions around the world, and enjoy the Candlelight Processional.

Sigrid and the Barn Santa

Also, if you’re good at spotting Olafs all around World Showcase, you could win a prize.

Ultimate Guide to the 2022 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Fantasmic! Returns

Fantasmic! has officially returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with a few updates.

Fantasmic! is back

Some new scenes have been added to the show with Tiana, Hercules, Mirabel, and Mulan. There are even some new action scenes, too.

Fantasmic! Has Reopened in Disney World

Disney World Begins Installing Amazon Alexa Devices in Hotel Rooms

We finally got an update on Hey Disney! — the Amazon Alexa service coming to Disney World hotels. Disney is installing the new devices in select rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.


The service will bring the same features as Alexa, but they’ll have a Disney upgrade, so you’ll hear characters like Olaf, Mickey, C-3PO, and more.

Disney World to Begin Installing Amazon Alexa Service in Some Hotel Rooms

Price Changes and Policy Updates

Disney World announced that it would roll out park-specific pricing for 1-day 1-park tickets beginning on December 8th. This means that ticket prices will have surge pricing, similar to that of Genie+

Cinderella Castle

There’s also been a change to the Disney World dining policy. Previously, Disney required advance dining reservations to be canceled at least 24 hours in advance to avoid paying a cancellation fee. Now, guests can cancel dining reservations within two hours of the reservation to avoid fees.

How You Cancel Dining Reservations Has CHANGED on My Disney Experience App

Tropical Storm Nicole

Tropical Storm Nicole came through Disney World and resulted in some early closures on November 9th, including at Disney Springs.

Delayed opening after Tropical Storm Nicole in Magic Kingdom

However, the parks opened later in the day on November 10th, and things returned to business as usual.

Park CLOSURES Announced As Tropical Storm Nicole Approaches Disney World

Bob Iger Replaces Bob Chapek as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Perhaps the biggest news of the month was when Disney announced that Bob Chapek would be stepping down as CEO and that former CEO Bob Iger would be replacing him.

Bob Iger ©Reuters

Although we haven’t seen how this might affect what’s going on in Disney World just yet, Iger did have a town hall meeting with Disney Cast employees to answer some of their questions.

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Blizzard Beach Reopens

Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon has closed for refurbishment, while Blizzard Beach has reopened — with a few Frozen updates. The Frozen updates are at Tike’s Peak, which is the kid-oriented part of Blizzard Beach.


Some new snacks also got added to the menus at Blizzard Beach, including the Watta-Melon Passion Lemonade and the Orange Slope Dole Whip Swirl.

See the CHANGES at Disney World’s Reopened Blizzard Beach!

Restaurant Reopenings

Three more restaurants have reopened in EPCOT. In France, Monsieur Paul reopened its doors with an updated prix fixe menu for $195 per person.

Scallops at Monsieur Paul

One of Disney World’s fanciest restaurants, Takumi-Tei — located in the Japan Pavilion — has also reopened. It also has a new menu that features two omakase multi-course meals, priced at $250 for omnivorous dishes and $150 for a plant-based meal.


In the Norway Pavilion, the princess dining experience at Akershus Royal Banquet has reopened. The restaurant is also now available for the Candlelight Processional dining package.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Has Reopened in Disney World

So those are the biggest things that happened at Disney World in November. The holiday season will continue until the end of the year, and we’ll continue to cover any new happenings at the resort, so stay tuned to AllEars for more.

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