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Gingerbread and Holiday Displays Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

One of the fantastic things guests look forward to during the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort are the beautifully decorated displays at the theme parks and hotels including the gingerbread displays.  Here’s the line-up from Disney of what you’ll find this year.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Tusker House Restaurant will have a 3-foot long African-inspired gingerbread marketplace on display from Dec. 10 to Jan. 2, created by Pastry Chef Amber Vega. Over at Epcot, Pastry Chefs Noah French, Jason Stricker, and Crystal Saunders will be putting together two gingerbread displays at The American Adventure featuring the United States Capitol Building as well as the Lincoln Memorial. These will be on display starting Nov. 19 and will contain over 50 pounds of gingerbread! On Black Friday, Nov. 24, Pastry Chefs Yoly Lazo and Joseph Lodato from Disney Springs will have a set of gingerbread icons that celebrate the story behind Town Center; look for a display in the window of Amorette’s Patisserie where you can enjoy a sweet treat in between shopping stops.

If you plan on touring the resorts, Disney deluxe resorts will be featuring gingerbread displays that you won’t want to miss. Starting Nov. 9 on the 3rd floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll find the beautiful Cinderella Castle, designed by Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes and his talented pastry team. This display recreates the castle in the style of legendary artist Mary Blair on a backdrop inspired by “it’s a small world.” With oversized gingerbread cookies depicting Cinderella and Prince Charming greeting guests from the castle forecourt, this 18-foot tall display is crafted from thousands of gingerbread blocks, rolled fondant, and a mouth-watering amount of modeling chocolate!

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This year also marks the 18th anniversary of the Holiday Carousel – a life-size, edible spinning carousel that’s become a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. This year’s carousel is designed by Pastry Chefs Thomas Huebner, Jennifer Ladisky and Cindy Roman. The Lilo and Stitch-themed carousel will feature horses with hand-painted holiday characters and hand-crafted gingerbread snow flakes. There are 18 hidden Mickeys on this display! There will also be a limited-edition pin featuring Lilo and Stitch available for purchase starting 11/17 at the Beach Club Marketplace. And right next door at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, you’ll also find the annual Holiday Miniature Train! These beautiful holiday displays will be in the lobbies of each resort starting Nov. 17.

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And for the “Grand” finale, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is celebrating the 19th anniversary of its famous life-size gingerbread house, which will be located in the main lobby of the resort Nov. 15-Jan. 1. Each year, the Grand Floridian pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, spend over 400 hours baking the gingerbread and over 160 hours constructing and decorating the house, which also contains The Bake Shop. There you can find gingerbread ornaments, cookies, and gingerbread house kits, all made using a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria. On Nov. 18, there will be a pin trading event with a special limited-edition pin featuring the penguins from “Mary Poppins.” What’s more, decorating aficionados will be excited to attend gingerbread house decorating demos conducted daily in the lobby in front of the display starting Dec. 1.

Note: Parking at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels is for the exclusive use of guests with confirmed rooms, dining and recreation reservations. However, bus transportation is available from each of the four parks and Disney Springs. Guests may also park at the Ticket and Transportation Center and visit Epcot, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Contemporary Resort via the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail.


Dates Announced for 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Today Disney announced the dates for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival which will span 90 days at Walt Disney World Resort.

The event will take place from February 28 – May 28, 2018 and feature fan favorites like exhibits, events and tastings including:

  • Disney Character Topiaries
  • 15 Outdoor Kitchens serving creative, flavor-rich cuisine that highlights spring garden offerings
  • Garden Rocks music series – with its classic rock ‘n’ roll stars from the ‘60s, ‘70s ‘80s and ‘90s. Garden Rocks Dining packages will be available for certain Epcot restaurants – pairing a fabulous meal with reserved seating for your favorite concert
  • Garden Tours – Including Gardens of the World Tour (spring edition); the English Tea Garden Tour; and Royal Tea Garden Tour (extra fee required)
  • New interactive kids play areas
  • And – of course – the millions of extra plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and themed gardens that decorate Epcot in spring.
  • Also returning will be our Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt and hand-crafted and Festival merchandise to extend an already-packed day of adventure at Epcot.

For more information on the Festival, check out epcotinspring.com.

REMINDER: #DisneyParksLive to Stream ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ Tonight

#DisneyParksLIVE  will live stream “A Frozen Holiday Wish” castle lighting from Magic Kingdom park tonight, November 9, 2017.

In case you aren’t familiar, “A Frozen Holiday Wish” stars the royal sisters Anna and Elsa, and their friends Olaf and Kristoff. In this show, Queen Elsa uses her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom by transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace, perfect for the holiday season.

You can catch all the action on the Disney Parks Blog at 8:10 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 9.  Just look for the new blog post.

As always, you can also follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

Choza de Margarita Opening November 10 at Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

UPDATED 11/10/2017: Choza de Margarita deleted the announcement on their Facebook page and the bar did not open today.

A new outdoor bar named Choza de Margarita opens tomorrow outside Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.   Choza made the announcement on their Facebook page today. The walk-up window will feature authentic Mexican beverages and street fare.

The menu offers three hand-crafted margaritas, three frozen margaritas, three Mexican beers and a non-alcoholic Mexican fruit punch with orange, pineapple and grapefruit juices and a splash of grenadine.  You can check out the full menu line-up with pictures here.

First Look at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off tonight, November 9 at Magic Kingdom park and offers guests a magical way to celebrate the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort.  This special ticketed event is held on select nights at Magic Kingdom and allows guests to enjoy festive decorations, photo opportunities, holiday entertainment, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., festive Christmas-themed treats, and merchandise exclusive to the event.  Let’s take a look!

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Drawing inspiration from the whimsical spirit of the party, this year’s collection features festive elements guests may see during the event. Apparel and products range from T-shirts for adults and kids to a holiday ornament.

“We enjoy creating items that remind guests of their holiday event experiences because we know they love mementos that celebrate this special time of year,” says Cathy Dawson, merchandise product developer for special events at Disney Parks.

Designed in a style reminiscent of holiday cards and graphics from the 1960s, the event artwork mixes images of wrapped gifts and Disney characters to evoke warm, nostalgic feelings of holidays past.
“Shades of reds and greens serve as a nice canvas for fun images of Mickey and Minnie Mouse decked out in their holiday best,” says Dawson.

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Check out the hooded sweatshirt with a dancing reindeer, a playful character seen in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” that guests’ have adored for years.

New this year, Goofy and Clarabelle Cow take center stage on holiday sweater-style shirts and a decorative mug inspired by “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration,” a live show in which Mickey and his pals hold an unforgettable holiday gathering celebrating friendship and music.

Disney pin collectors can decorate their pin lanyards for the holidays with limited edition pins and pin sets; while exclusive apparel and a limited release pin set give Annual Passholders more ways to celebrate the season during the party.

Rounding out the event exclusive assortment, guests will find a MagicBand (shown at top) presented in a scented decorative box. It contains the MagicBand 2 design introduced earlier this year, which is even more versatile and customizable than the original. Guests can use this MagicBand to unlock the magic of a Disney vacation, from going directly to their resort room after their arrival to effortless theme-park entry, FastPass+ redemption, Disney PhotoPass association and more.

Find these products and more in Magic Kingdom Park during the party at the shops listed below. Please note all items will be available while supplies last.

  • Main Street, U.S.A. – Emporium (apparel, retail MagicBand, pins, ornament)
  • Storybook Circus – Big Top Souvenirs (apparel, retail MagicBand, pins, ornament)
  • Tomorrowland – Mickey’s Star Traders (apparel, logo pin, ornaments)
  • Liberty Square – Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe (apparel, logo pin, ornaments)
  • Fantasyland – Fantasy Faire (apparel, logo pin, ornaments)
  • Frontierland – Frontier Trading Post (pins and retail MagicBand)

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights Nov. 9-Dec. 22 at Magic Kingdom Park.   For more information and to purchase tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, visit Disneyworld.com/ChristmasParty.