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WDW Radio Newswire: Holiday Events Around Walt Disney World Resort- Part 1

by Don Myers

When it comes to Holiday fun, nothing beats visiting the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party began on Tuesday November 8th, and continues on select nights through Sunday December 18th. The Party begins at 7pm and concludes at midnight. Most of the Magic Kingdom’s attractions and dining locations remain open for the Party, and highlights include Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade (8:15pm and 10pm) as well as a Holiday performance of Wishes (9:30pm). In addition, you’ll also be treated to free cookies and hot chocolate, special Holiday stage shows, “snowfall” on Main Street, and more. Another big highlight is the Character meet and greets that are set up around the Park. The meet and greets allow for some unique interactions with several rarely seen characters (such as Abu from Alladin and Bullseye from Toy Story) amongst colorful Holiday backdrops. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a “hard ticket” Event, which means a separate admission ticket is required. Tickets purchased the day of the Event are priced at $62.95 (plus tax) for Adults and $57.95 (plus tax) for Children. If you buy your tickets ahead of time, you can save a little money, as advanced purchase tickets are $56.95 (plus tax) for Adults and $51.95 (plus tax) for children. There are however six blackout dates where the advanced purchase ticket price is not available. Those dates are Nov 18th, Nov 27th, Dec 2, Dec 9th, Dec 16th, and the Party’s finale night: Dec 18th. Tickets for those nights are $62.95 (plus tax) for Adults and $57.95 (plus tax) for children regardless of when they are purchased. Also, be sure to inquire about discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC Members on select nights if applicable. Here is a complete list of the nights Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be going on at the Magic Kingdom:

November:  29th (Tue), and 30th (Wed)

December: 2nd (Fri), 4th (Sun), 6th (Tue), 7th (Wed), 9th (Fri), 11th (Sun), 13th (Tue), 14th (Wed), 16th (Fri), and 18th (Sun)

To purchase tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or for more info, visit: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/special-events/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/

The Castle Dreamlights, which play the starring role in Cinderella’s Holiday Wish, have been in place for quite a while now. Installation of the Castle Dreamlights began back on September 19th, with the crane onsite at Cinderella Castle for about two weeks. Cinderella’s Holiday Wish will run nightly throughout the Holiday Season at 6:15 pm, with the final performance taking place Friday December 30th.

The Holiday Edition of The Magic, The Memories, and You! projector show at Cinderella Castle is a wonderful new feature not be be missed. The regular version of The Magic, The Memories, and You! made its debut at Magic Kingdom back on January 19th 2011, so this will be the inaugural year for the Holiday Edition. It’s expected that the Holiday Edition will include a new segment that is incorporated into the middle of the current version of the show. This Holiday segment will be comprised of classic carols, and of course, images of Resort guests enjoying the Spirit of the Season. The complete details have yet to be divulged, but let’s just say at one point we just might see Cinderella Castle transform into a 189-foot tall snow globe! The regular show usually begins about 20 minutes prior to the start of Wishes, so this should be the norm for the Holiday Edition as well.

But Magic Kingdom isn’t the only Park getting in on the fun, as Holiday preparations are also underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Installation of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights began along the Streets of America over a month ago. The Osborne Lights will run nightly throughout (and slightly beyond) the Holiday Season, with the final performance scheduled for Tuesday January 3rd. This will be the 17th year at the Studios for the Osborne Lights, as they made their debut back in 1995. In years past, the Times Guide has listed the Osborne Lights run time as “Dusk – Park Closing”, so this should be the expected showtime for this season’s run as well. On a side note, with the passing of Lights patriarch Jennings Osborne this past July, one would assume some form of tribute may be incorporated in this year. We’ll have to wait until November 10th to find out……….

Now let’s move over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade has made its Holiday return. The Parade was introduced at Animal Kingdom back in 2004, so this will mark the 8th year of its existence. Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade will run daily at 3:45pm all the way up through Tuesday January 3rd.

That’s all for Part One of our look at the Holiday Events around WDW. Part Two will feature all the goings on at EPCOT, including the updated narrator list for the Candlelight Processional……….

What is YOUR favorite part of the holidays in Walt Disney World?

Don Myers covers news and recent events in Walt Disney World.  He has been enamored with the World of Disney since his first trip to WDW in 1986. As they say, the rest is history!  Don also has been a contributing writer for Celebrations magazine since 2009.