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Disney News Round Up

Magic Kingdom Park

The holiday season is here! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for 2019 recently debuted at Magic Kingdom. A new nighttime spectacular called “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” wowed the crowds! Returning favorites include the parade “Once Upon a Christmas Time”, the Cinderella Castle stage show “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” plus special character meets and holiday themed treats.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates are:

• November: 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24

• December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomes guests this holiday season with brand new experiences and decorations!

On Discovery Island you will find life-sized animal puppets during the day. As the sun sets, the Tree of Life Awakenings show has a new series of wintry tales accompanied by a holiday musical score. 

Over in DinoLand, U.S.A., Donald Duck’s friends are gathering for Donald’s Dino-Bash!

The Asia section of the park is celebrating Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights in India. Here, guests can see glowing lanterns and more illuminating the main square that leads to the waterfront stage – home to authentic and colorful cultural performances.

The Africa section of the park is welcoming guests with a unique holiday presentation that fuses Western traditions with the colors and texture of authentic African celebrations.

Guests can also find out-of-this-world holiday fun at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora have rolled out holiday cheer with a display of whimsical holiday décor, pairing vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from Pandora.

Disneyland Resort

You can surprise your loved ones this holiday season with an unforgettable present. Valid for most stays Sunday through Thursday nights from January 5 through April 16, 2020, Guests can save up to 25% on select stays at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. 


Launched on November 12th, Disney+ is the ultimate streaming destination for content, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. From “Moana” to “Toy Story,” “Captain Marvel” to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney+ offers some of the best stories in the world, all in one place. If you love Disney, you will love this service!

Disney Cruise Line

For the seventh year in a row, Disney Cruise Line has earned number one spots in the Best Cruise Lines for Families and Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean categories of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line rankings.


EPCOT International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World® Resort will kick-off its annual global celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts Jan. 17, 2020 and continue for 39 days through Feb. 24, 2020. The event features visiting artists, an array of foodie delights and opportunities for your Clients to embrace their own inner artists.

Disney on Broadway Concert Series returns to America Gardens Theatre with three daily performances headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award-winning shows. This year’s lineup includes Kissy Simmons, who starred as Nala in “The Lion King,” and Kevin Massey of “Tarzan.” The show-stopping schedule currently features:  

• Jan. 17, 20, 21, 24 and 25 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”) 

• Jan. 18, 19, 22, 23 and 25 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”; “Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)

• Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee 

• Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5, 6 and 9 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”) 

• Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”; “Beauty and the Beast”) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)

• Additional January and February performances still to be announced. 

All shows are included with theme park admission. The best way to experience a performance is by reserving a Disney on Broadway Dining Package, which guarantees seating for one show on the day of the dining experience. 

Premium festival experiences that include Paint with a Disney Artist and the World Showcase: Destinations Discovered guided tour are also available to Guests for a fee. 

General reservations for dining packages and workshops start Nov. 14, 2019. 


Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Why not give the gift of ‘ohana to your loved ones this holiday season? A trip to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaiʻi is what everyone wants!

And now, the longer you stay, the more you save. Guests can save up to 30% on 5+ consecutive-night stays or save 25% on 4-night stays from March 1–June 13, 2020. Book through May 8, 2020.

Guests can receive a $250 Resort credit for 5+ night stays or a $150 Resort credit for 4-night stays when they book by January 8, 2020. 

Walt Disney World

In celebration of the new Disney Skyliner transporation system, a Funko Pop! figure will be available beginning November 16, 2019.

This collectible Funko Pop! figure will be available across Walt Disney World Resort at these locations:

• World Traveler at Epcot® 

• Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

• Disney’s Pop Century Resort 

• Disney’s Art of Animation Resort 

• Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

• Disney’s BoardWalk

• Merchandise will also be available at the new Disney’s Riviera Resort when it opens later this year!


Eric Crowe is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters & Castles Travel.

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