Disney Parks has updated its ‘Limited Time Magic’ schedule to include events that begin today, February 1 and run through February 11, 2013.
At the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort is the ‘Countdown to Super Sunday,’ running from February 1 through February 9. There will be a daily pre-parade including an MVP appearance on February 4. Just before the Celebrate a Dream Come True parade, Disney football ‘star’ Goofy will hit the streets of the park for a lively pigskin celebration.
Also from February 1 to February 9, 2013, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland will be dishing up Super Sunday menu items, including ‘Soup-er Bowls’ of lobster bisque and tomato basil bisque.
Meanwhile at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure, it’s all about the Lunar New Year, from February 8 through February 11. Guests are invited to celebrate the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures for the most magical Lunar New Year Party under the moon. Festivities include Mulan’s Chinese New Year Procession, cultural performances and fun-filled activities — as well as Disney Character greetings with Mulan, Mushu, Mickey and Minnie dressed in traditional Chinese outfits. A limited-edition pin will be available while supplies last.
Walt Disney World has published its guide to annual passholder discounts online at WDWHolidayGiftGuide.com which gives interactive access to its 28 page guide of savings during the holiday season.
One of the actual items featured in the publication is a gorgeous Epcot ‘Holidays Around the World’ ornament (pictured, left) which will be available in Santa’s Village at the American Adventure pavilion.
Arguably much the rest of the publication is fluff and the bulk of the savings appear to be with shops at the Downtown Disney District where 10% – 20% off merchandise seems to be the norm, but it also appears that there are some real bargains to be had.
One example is at the Richard Petty Driving Experience where annual passholders are able receive an additional two laps during an exotic car driving session for free (for a total of 8 laps), which is estimated to be a savings of $130.
As a hint, if reading the publication online appears to be difficult, you can right-click on any of the pages and view them individually as an image. The online viewer does allow you to left-click and zoom in/out, but the right-click is a more direct method.
Ten-time American Music Award winner Taylor Swift will headline “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,” performing live in front of a crowd of an estimated 1 million people in Times Square just before the ball drops on MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 on the ABC Television Network. She headlines the biggest party of the year, fresh from the record-breaking success of her blockbuster new album, “RED.”
Lauded by The New York Times as “one of the most important pop artists of the last decade” and by Rolling Stone as “one of the few genuine rock stars we’ve got these days,” Taylor Swift is a six-time Grammy winner and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. With the 2012 release of her album “RED,” she is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure. She holds the record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and for the second-largest song sales week overall, as well as the worldwide iTunes record for highest ever first-week album sales.
“I remember meeting and listening to Taylor Swift perform before she even had her first single. I was blown away by her talent and just knew that she would be a huge success,” said Ryan Seacrest. “Taylor is truly this year’s global star and is the perfect artist to ring in the New Year for us at the crossroads of the world.”
The New Year’s festivities kick off at 8:00 p.m., ET with a two-hour live special featuring a tribute to Dick Clark, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark.” The special celebrates, through clips and reminiscences, the legendary television personality and producer who rang in the New Year for four decades and launched and nurtured the careers of countless artists. Ryan Seacrest makes a special appearance.
Beginning at 10:00 p.m., ET, Ryan Seacrest will host “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013″ from New York, with Jenny McCarthy returning to interview the revelers in Times Square. Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas will return to host the Los Angeles-based portions of the specials. In addition to Taylor Swift, some of America’s hottest artists and groups will perform throughout the night. The bi-coastal celebration will include over 5 1/2 hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe, and Ryan Seacrest will lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City.
The complete lineup Monday night, December 31 on ABC is:
8:00-10:00 p.m., ET — “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark”
10:00-11:00 p.m., ET — “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013″
11:30 p.m.-1:08 a.m., ET — “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013, Part 1″
1:08-2:12 a.m., ET — “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013, Part 2″
Disney Store ‘Magical Friday’ 2012 Event Kicks Off November 19; Many Stores to Open Midnight on Friday
Disney Store has announced that for the first time ever, it will kick off its ‘Magical Friday’ (Black Friday) celebration online, starting November 19, 2012, with new deals every day leading up to Black Friday on November 23. Additional deals will launch in stores and online on November 23 and throughout Thanksgiving weekend and on Cyber Monday, allowing shoppers to find great discounts on the season’s hottest Disney toys and gifts for all ages.
The extended shopping opportunity also offers an excellent chance to take advantage of the recently revamped DisneyStore.com and its brand new ‘Magical Message Video’ option. Guests can now record and customize a special ‘Disney Magical Message’ video to send along with their DisneyStore.com gift purchases for friends and family. Gift recipients will receive an email notifying them of a special delivery, then once the gift arrives at their door, a card will provide them a site URL and a personal ID where they can view their personalized video, making gift giving even more special.
Disney Store also extends the experience to Twitter, where its Fairy Godmother Twitter concierge can make finding the perfect gift even easier. The Fairy Godmother personal shopping services will be available via Twitter to help guests find the perfect gift on ‘Magical Friday.’ Chat live with Disney Store’s guest services team on Twitter with hash tag #FairyGodmother. Updates and deals will be posted on Disney Store’s Facebook as well. Guests can shop with at DisneyStore.com anytime, anywhere with from their laptops/desktops, tablets or mobile phones.
On Black Friday, more than 150 Disney Store locations will open at midnight or have extended hours (detailed list to follow). With more stores opening at midnight than ever before, Disney Store will cater to night owls and early birds looking to get the best deals.
Disney Theatrical’s ‘Newsies’ has announced that it will be taping a performance on the morning of Friday, November 2 as part of the CBS Thanksgiving Parade special. The cast will perform ‘King of New York’ to a very lucky, intimate crowd of just 75 ‘fansies’ at the Nederlander Theatre located at 208 W 41st Street in Manhattan, between 7th and 8th Avenues.
According to the event page from their official Facebook page, the taping will occur between 10 am and 11:30 am and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis only, with lines forming at 9 am. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information on the performance, visit the official event page.
Walt Disney World has finally completed its scheduled of narrators for its for its annual holiday event, the Candlelight Processional, held at the America Gardens Theatre, beginng November 23 of this year.
As we previously noted on Twitter early this month, Olivia Newton John is no longer performing from December 14-16. Instead, the time slot will be filled by Lea Salonga. In addition, Alfre Woodward fills the final open slot from December 17-19. The full narration schedule as it currently stands is as follows:
Schedule & Narrators
American Gardens Theatre (5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.)
November 23 to November 25, 2012 — Geena Davis
November 26 to November 29, 2012 — Neil Patrick Harris
November 30 to December 1, 2012 — Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 to December 4, 2012 — Andy Garcia
December 5 to December 7, 2012 — Blair Underwood
December 8 to December 9, 2012 — James Denton
December 10 to December 13, 2012 — Jodi Benson
December 14 to December 16, 2012 — Lea Salonga
December 17 to December 19, 2012 — Alfre Woodard
December 20 to December 22, 2012 — Trace Adkins
December 23 to December 25, 2012 — Gary Sinise
December 26 to December 28, 2012 — Amy Grant
December 29 to December 30, 2012 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason
Although the event is free (with park admission), lunch and dinner packages are available in which diners will also receive reserved seating (with remaining seats to be filled in via standby line) as well as access to a reserved viewing area for Illuminations.
Lunch Packages range from $32.99–$55.99 for Guests 10+, and $12.50–$17.99 for Guests 3–9 at restaurants including: Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli.
Dinner Packages range from $49.99–$66.99 for Guests 10+, and $14.50–$26.99 for Guests 3–9 at restaurants including: Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, The Garden Grill Restaurant, La Hacienda de San Angel, Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli.
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New DisneyStore.com arrivals and sales for October 17, 2012
Below is a list of new items and sales now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.
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|Mickey Mouse & Friends Musical Snowglobe- $79.50There’s a party going on and you’re all invited. Come join the fun with this Mickey Mouse & Friends Musical Snowglobe. Mickey dances atop the piano while Minnie, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy liven things up on their instruments.
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|Minnie and Mickey Mouse PJ Pal for Baby – Holiday- $16.50Minnie and Mickey celebrate your little one’s first Christmas. This festive PJ Pal will put everyone in the holiday mood, and be a colorful reminder of a very special year.
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|Lilo & Stitch Snowglobe- $59.50It’s adoption day for Stitch. A nervous little turtle looks on as Lilo emerges from the pound with her new ”dog” in this amusing snowglobe inspired by the memorable scene in Lilo & Stitch.
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|Nemo & School Gang Snowglobe- $69.50Nemo and his friends are a class act. Mr. Ray takes his students Nemo, Sheldon, Tad and Pearl for a ride while Squirt looks on and Dory and proud father Marlin keep a watchful eye from the coral reef.
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|Lady and the Tramp Snowglobe- $59.50Things are looking fishy when Aunt Sarah’s pet Siamese cats come to visit. Lady and the Tramp are on duty for double trouble as nothing is safe from their greedy claws in this snowglobe that includes a blower and plays music.
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|The Jungle Book Musical Snowglobe- $119.50You’ll want to stay in the jungle as Baloo teaches his ”Little Britches” all about The Bare Necessities in this swingin’ musical snowglobe salute to Walt Disney’s animated classic The Jungle Book.
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|Monstro the Whale Snowglobe- $79.50]Share an adventure beyond belief with our Monstro the Whale Snowglobe. Will the great beast swallow Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro and Cleo before they can escape to shore? The chase is on in this beautifully detailed collectible.
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|Santa Clause 2 – Blu-ray- $20.00Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Santa Clause 2. The hilarious sequel to Disney’s original hit comedy is now available on Blu-ray for the first time with an all-new digital restoration.
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|The Santa Clause: 3-Movie Blu-ray Collection- $49.99Have three times the fun as you celebrate the holiday season with the complete The Santa Clause trilogy, now available for the first time on Blu-ray in one spectacular box set!
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|Pete’s Dragon Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack – 35th Anniversary Edition- $29.99For the first time ever on Blu-ray, you and your family can rediscover Disney’s musical adventure with this 35th Anniversary Edition of Pete’s Dragon in dazzling Blu-ray High Definition with an all-new digital restoration!
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This summer, the eagerly anticipated additions of Buena Vista Street and Cars Land opened to excited Guests as part of a major expansion at Disney California Adventure Park. Now, those popular areas will undergo a spectacular holiday makeover, meaning that The Happiest Place on Earth Just Got Merrier.
Bustling and busy Buena Vista Street, which now welcomes you when you enter Disney California Adventure Park, is themed to a Los Angeles business main street from the 1930s. It re-creates the era when Walt Disney was establishing his world-famous animation studio.
A community Christmas
“For this first holiday celebration, we imagined that all the businesses on Buena Vista Street got together like a chamber of commerce to bring the community together,” explained David Caranci, Manager of Resort Enhancement. “It becomes a matter of civic pride to decorate the street and stores and to erect a huge, 50-foot-tall Christmas tree in the heart of the city as a spot for everyone to join in singing carols.
“Even Mickey and his friends will sport a retro look — how they appeared in the 1930s — to match the rest of the theming on Buena Vista Street. We’ll also have wonderful vintage toys for display under the huge Christmas tree. From a tin robot to a blimp — all sorts of hidden surprises from that time period.”
The bell motif on the garlands and street decorations is continued on the oversize ornaments on the massive Yuletide tree as well. The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers will perform as they wander up and down the street and participate in the evening tree lighting.
Re-creating magical holiday moments
“On the episode entitled ‘Holiday Time at Disneyland’ on ‘Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color’ TV series in 1962, Walt was seen in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle ringing bells and standing beside a group of carolers,” said Carla Carlile, Show Director, Walt Disney Entertainment. “We are very excited to re-create that concept with our own bell ringers in a ring-along, sing-along encouraging our Guests to join in by singing familiar carols and ringing in the season.”
“One of the things that I love about the creative people at The Walt Disney Company is their attention to detail,” said Alan Bruun, Creative Director, Walt Disney Entertainment.
“The amazing people in Resort Enhancement studied what type of trees might have been used during that time period in Los Angeles. The Buena Vista Street tree is completely different from any others in Disney Parks. All the decorations are large-scale replicas of actual decorations that would’ve been on a Los Angeles Christmas tree in the 1930s.”
Underneath the airy tree will be a custom-made 1/16th-size train chugging along with sound and lights through the specially designed gifts, evoking Walt Disney’s love of model trains.
The Citizens of Buena Vista Street, the improvisational performers at the Park, will share in the holiday cheer with Disney California Adventure Park Guests, treating them as if they were residents of the town. Molly the Messenger will have forms for children to fill out to send their letter to Santa.
Speaking of the jolly old elf himself, Mr. Claus will be found in the lavish Elias & Co., a sprawling shop that evokes the grandeur of classic department stores. Just like those fondly remembered stores of yore, Santa will be at his special seat surrounded by his many helpers so that children can share their secret wishes with him.
Getting all revved up for the holidays
Cars Land is celebrating its first Christmas season as well, in an enchanted creative partnership between Resort Enhancement, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. “We all came up with some very imaginative answers to the question, ‘How would cars celebrate the holiday season?’” said David.
Look for Snowy the Snow Car, a brand-new automotive holiday friend. He’s the Cars Land version of a snowman. “We have all fallen in love with him already because he is just so endearing,” said David. A nice photo next to this whimsical, seven-foot fellow might be just the thing to include with your holiday cards this year!
Every resident of Cars Land has incorporated their own personality into their holiday decorations. Mater has a nine-foot-tall tree with an arching sparkplug on top as the star. Luigi and Guido added holiday flair to the red, white and green color scheme of their shop—the colors of the Italian flag. Sarge sports a six-foot-tall, red, white and blue tree with a military star on top. And Flo’s nine-foot-tall tree is made out of oil cans!
Around almost every corner of Cars Land, you’ll discover new imaginative decorations and surprises — even the 20-foot-tall tree at the courthouse has a hubcap for every ornament. The courthouse statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, is adorned with a Santa hat and a big bag of rims, wheels, accessories and other goodies for all the good residents of Cars Land.
“We’ve never done a land like this before,” David added. “Our Guests won’t see these types of unique decorations anywhere else in any of the Disney Parks.”
Beyond Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, the spirit of the season will also glow throughout Disney California Adventure Park. The lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel on Paradise Pier will be specially programmed for the holidays. Not far away, good pals Flik, Princess Atta and Princess Dot have decorated “a bug’s land” so it’s crawling with goodwill to men, women — and cute bugs!
The rocking Mad T Party will offer its own holiday spin on its special entertainment repertoire — including a live band and dancers with an icy, cool look for this party in the streets. Don’t be surprised if, just as things start to really heat up, a surprise snowfall doesn’t cool things off for a bit before the fun begins again!
Of course, one of the most acclaimed wonders to appear in recent years is World of Color, the nighttime water spectacular. It’s the festive finale to any day — or several days — of Disney California Adventure fun, but during the holiday season, look for special surprises added especially for this delightful time of year.
“One of the most exciting things for all of us is creating new holiday traditions,” said Alan, echoing the enthusiasm of his fellow Cast Members on the makeover team. “Now there are holiday things to enjoy on our ‘two main streets’ to add to the existing memories traditions at Disneyland Resort.”
Walt Disney World has released a list of opportunities for ringing in the new year at the resort this year from the theme parks to opportunities at Downtown Disney and Disney hotels.
At Epcot, guests can dance away 2012 to the beat of the DJs stationed at select pavilions throughout the evening and watch ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ salute the new year at 7 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. A buffet dining experience inspired by Disney’s classic animated films Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will take place at World ShowPlace facility, with reservations available from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Priced at $68.67 for adults and $44.37 for children. Park admission is required.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios rock in the New Year with resident family of landscapers/rock and roll musicians, Mulch, Sweat, and Shears! ‘The Mulch, Sweat, and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular’ blasts off on a specially built stage in front of Disney’s Hollywood Studios signature Sorcerer Hat icon and includes contemporary rock, funk, and classic rock and roll favorites. The four concert sets will feature pyrotechnics and special effects and lead up to ringing in the New Year with Mulch, Sweat, and Shears playing live accompaniment to a full scale fireworks spectacular in order to welcome the start of 2013 properly!
At DisneyQuest, located at Downtown Disney, there is a family-friendly cyber celebration from 8 p.m. -1 a.m. Guests are entertained with a DJ Dance Party, character meet and greets, plus unlimited access to games and DisneyQuest attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Virtual Jungle Cruise and CyberSpace Mountain. There’s a confetti drop and festive party favors as the clock strikes midnight. Partygoers also get a coupon for a quick service entrée, side and drink. Tickets go on sale soon at 407-934-7639.
At Cirque du Soleil, located at Downtown Disney, all guests attending the Dec. 31 performances will receive a limited-edition Walt Disney World/Cirque trading pin. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For pricing contact 407-WDW-SEAT.
Disney Cruise Line offers a New Year’s Party complete with music, sparkling wine in commemorative flutes and a midnight countdown to guests sailing on select cruises departing in late December. For booking, call 888-325-2500.
Narcoosee’s restaurant (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) will offer a four-course dining experience for $161.85 for adults and $77.19 for children, plus DJ, balloon artist and special fireworks viewing.
Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort offers a special-ticket New Year’s Eve party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with a video DJ and limited viewing of Epcot’s Fireworks.
For specific information about other holiday dining offerings at Disney resort hotels on Dec. 31, call 407-WDW-DINE.
Walt Disney World has updated its official Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween event page to include a link to the official guide map / times guide for 2012. There really are no surprises this year, save for the ‘Not So Scary Street Jam!’ pre-parade on Main Street, USA which is mercifully left off of the map.
What is interesting however is the sponsors being listed which indicates a change of the candy offerings at the party’s various trick or treat stations. Listed are: Chiquita (sorry, Dole), whose potential offerings include Super Crunchy Fruit Chips; Kellogg’s, who offers ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ and ‘Avengers’ branded fruit snacks; Werther’s Original, which offers a host of caramel-based products as evidenced in their Karamell-Küche shop located in the Germany pavilion in Epcot; and Peeps, whose parent company, Just Born, offers up Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, Peanut Chews and Teenee Beanee jelly beans, in addition to the marshmallow treats.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween parties begin at the Magic Kingdom on September 11 and run many nights through November 2. While park admission is not required per se, the event does require a separately purchased ticket. For more information, visit the official MNSSH event page.