Disney has started to announce some cancellations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort ahead of Hurricane Irma. The storm is expected to hit the Orlando area sometime Saturday night.
The Night of Joy event on Saturday, September 9 has been cancelled. Saturday concert tickets will not be honored on Friday night. Refunds can be requested by calling 407-939-7818 by January 31, 2018 or email Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom has been cancelled for Sunday, September 10. Guests with tickets to this event have the following options:
- Tickets to attend another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
- Tickets to attend an upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
- 1 Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next two years.
- Receive a full refund for event tickets.
- Guests can call (407) 939-7818 or email Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com to process an exchange
All performances of Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream for September 8-10 have been postponed until May 2018.
Previously announced closures include Disney Blizzard Beach water park for September 8 and 9.
We’ll keep you posted with any further updates.
A brand-new holiday experience is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year called “Sunset Seasons Greetings”. This nighttime offering will feature Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Blvd. twinkles with lights and holidays decorations. The scene becomes magical as billboards are brought to life and the Hollywood Terror Hotel transforms into a giant pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house, and a frozen winter wonderland. This experience will run continuously each night and feature the following Disney characters:
- Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town—starting in black and white before slowly changing into color.
- The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper.
- The Swedish Chef from The Muppets babbling as only he can while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses.
- And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as iconic music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland—complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow.
Also, coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the holiday season:
Enhanced Decor around Echo Lake
Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-Santa hat.
Additions to ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.’
For a limited time all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be added to the show, with appearances from Olaf himself.
Sunset Seasons Greetings will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 9 – December 31, 2017.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights debuted last year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and was so popular with park guests that Disney has announced the family-friendly event would return in 2017. The fun-filled night will take place on December 16 from 7pm – midnight and feature many Star Wars themed festivities including: Star Wars entertainment, character encounters, photo ops, park-wide scavenger hunt, a panel discussion about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, themed food and beverages, special merchandise, park attractions and more.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights will take place on December 16, 2017, from 7:00 PM to midnight. Tickets cost $124 per child and $129 per adult (plus tax). Tickets are available now by calling 407-W-DISNEY.
For more information and costume guidelines, visit Disney’s website.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park at Walt Disney World Resort will be closed Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 due to poor weather predicted from Hurricane Irma.
Currently, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will operate as normal.
We’ll keep you updated with any changes!
For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments/closures at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.
This year, the tradition known as Holidays Around the World at Epcot will transform into Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. This event takes place November 19 through December 30, 2017 and will feature live musical productions, seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens, and costumed performers bringing time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase.
New for 2017 is Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree. Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree—and they need your help! To get started, simply purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway.
As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale!
Maps are $6.99 plus tax, and are available at Epcot while supplies last.
Returning this year will be the Holiday Kitchens featuring the following marketplace booths:
- American Holiday Table
From the tender roast turkey to the tasty pork tenderloin, memories of grandma’s kitchen will come flooding back when you visit this salute to the great flavors of America.
- Feast of the Three Kings
Dine like royalty as you enjoy scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the Caribbean at this holiday kiosk inspired by the story of the Magi. While you nibble, learn about the celebration of Three Kings’ Day, El Día De Los Reyes Magos!
- Holiday Sweets and Treats
From decadent desserts to savory snacks and merry libations, you’ll be in full swing of the season at this festively-appointed holiday kiosk. Enjoy the view here at Showcase Plaza, meet up with friends or just take a moment to unwind.
Watch mariachi dancers celebrating a Feliz Navidad, while imbibing on the zippy spices of Mexican cuisine. The carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas will have you singing, “olé!”
Also returning this year, Candlelight Processional which tells the story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir and JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season that blend inspiring gospel with jazz, R&B and more.
Stay tuned for more details coming soon!