Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, November 14, 2016

There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!  Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Mouse.”  This week’s Walt Disney World news update features: new treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, narrators announced for Candlelight Processional, new seasonal tastes for Holidays Around the World, Minnie’s Holiday Dine now at Hollywood & Vine, and so much more!

What’s New This Week?

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Magic Kingdom Park

New! New Treats at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Joining the hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies guests have enjoyed in years past, new complimentary treats are available this year.

  • Hot Chocolate and Snickerdoodle cookie, Tortuga Tavern, Adventureland
  • Eggnog and Gingersnap Molasses Cookie, Heritage House in Liberty Square
  • Snow Cone and Snowman Sugar Cookie, Friar’s Nook in Fantasyland
  • Spiced Apple Cider and Snowman Sugar Cookie, Pete’s Silly Sideshow Storybook Circus in Fantasyland
  • Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Bark Cookie, The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland

Other snacks are available for purchase including Peppermint and Holiday Wish cupcakes, Pumpkin Spice Waffle with ice cream, Very Merry Strawberry Lemonade Slush, a holiday-inspired red and green slushy complete with Mickey straw and Holiday Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place select dates in November and December at Magic Kingdom Park, and requires separate admission ticket. Complimentary offerings and locations are subject to change.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Duffy wave to Magic Kingdom guests as snow falls on Main Street, U.S.A., during ” Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” at the Magic Kingdom, photo by Ryan Wendler, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

Epcot

New! Narrators Announced for Candlelight Processional: Two new narrators join the lineup this year for one of the most beloved and heart-warming holiday traditions at Walt Disney World Resort. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., and long-time member of the Disney family Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan, currently starring in ABC-TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) take to the stage for Candlelight Processional. The annual event is a part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration, which features a celebrity narrator sharing the story of Christmas, joined by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Here’s the line-up of performers for 2016:

  • Steven Curtis Chapman 11/25-27
  • Neil Patrick Harris 11/28-12/1
  • Whoopi Goldberg 12/2 -12/3
  • Edward James Olmos 12/4-12/6*
  • TBD 12/7-12/9  Robby Benson 12/10 -12/12
  • Meredith Vieira 12/13-12/15
  • Jim Caviezel 12/16-12/18
  • Joe Morton 12/19-12/21
  • Ming-Na Wen 12/22-12/24 New!
  • Jodi Benson 12/25-12/27
  • Cal Ripken jr.. 12/28-12/30 New!

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The story, the music, the twinkling trees and decor fills you with the spirit of this wonderful season. And you can catch the performances at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the American Gardens Theatre.

New! Seasonal Tastes Expand for Epcot Holidays Around the World: Holidays Around the World is adding more food and drink for the winter celebration November 25-December 30. Visit Prost! in Germany for an artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle and a variety of hot ciders (including alcoholic ones).

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The American Pavilion is serving slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and a seared pork tenderloin dish along with a variety of drinks.

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The Alpine House will have duck confit, cheese fondue, a chocolate cake and alcoholic (and non) spiced hot chocolate along with wines.

Seasonal Southern Delights include hoppin’ john (black-eyed peas, ham hocks and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles); blackened catfish and more.

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Feast of the Three Kings Feast near World Showcase Plaza pays homage to Three Kings Day, widely celebrated in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. Look for a shredded beef tamale with avocado crema; roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas, and Three Kings Bread. These are just a small sample of the many items available during this festive holiday celebration!

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Reminder! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Wraps Up: The 21st Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has been a huge success! Epcot has been your global tasting table – with the longest festival yet with 62 days to taste, sip and shop culinary creations from around the world. The last day of the Festival is Nov 14th!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! Minnie’s Holiday Dine Now at Hollywood & Vine: Minnie Mouse is inviting all of her friends to join her for a holiday celebration at Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine. This character dining experience features Minnie Mouse and her friends dressed in their holiday best as they host a dazzling party to celebrate the season. Reservations are now open, and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407- WDW-DINE.

New! Meet Santa at the Once Upon a Time: This year, you can meet Santa at the Once Upon a Time shop along Sunset Boulevard and share your wish list with him starting November 14.

New! Holiday Cupcake Now Available: A new chocolate cupcake with peppermint bark is now available for a limited time at ABC Commissary

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New! PizzeRizzo Opens Nov 18: PizzeRizzo – the classic family pizzeria owned by Rizzo – will open in Muppets Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 18. While enjoying personal-sized pies, guests will find décor inspired by Rizzo, as well as his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years throughout the two-story eatery. Be sure to head upstairs to Rizzo’s Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall, where there’s a wedding reception already in progress; join the party and show off your best moves under the disco ball to the world’s greatest party playlist!

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New! Characters are Now in Holiday Costumes: Guests can meet some of the characters dressed in their seasonal best! Characters in special holiday attire include Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy in DinoLand U.S.A, Baloo and King Louie in Asia, Mickey and Minnie Mouse on Discovery Island, and Chip and Dale at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Private Water Taxi Service at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort: Walt Disney World Resort will pilot a private water taxi service between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and any destination around Seven Seas Lagoon. This service may accommodate up to 10 passengers on each boat and costs $20 each way. The private experience is available throughout the day, based on availability. Reservations can be made by calling the Recreation team at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa between 8:00am and 6:00pm at 321-318-8212.

New! Reservations at Oasis Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Resort: Guests staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can now reserve the Oasis Pool patio shade structures for a half or full day beginning Nov. 13. Currently, they will be able to be reserved for $25 for a half day and $40 for a full day. The rental simply includes a place for Guests to reserve next to the pool. No additional amenities are included.

Walt Disney World Resort- General

New! Holiday Offerings at Disney Springs: The “Holidays at Disney Springs,” seasonal celebration starts November 11 and runs through January 8, 2017. Here are some of the holiday festivities:

Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail – Fifteen distinctly decorated trees, each themed to a beloved Disney character or story are on Display in the Marketplace.

Nightly Tree Lighting Ceremony – Every evening at 6 p.m., experience a festive tree lighting ceremony where a family of the day will be chosen to illuminate the Marketplace signature tree. Nearby, look for lifesized toys, toy soldier stilt walkers, and Christmas-inspired treats.

Santa’s Chalet – Share your wish list with Santa and be sure to pose for a photo or two as Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand to capture the moment. Like last year, you can pick up a pager upon arrival, allowing you to shop, dine or play while you wait for your turn in the queue line.

MAC Cosmetics’ Nutcracker Sweet Collection – To celebrate the launch of the new MAC Cosmetics holiday boxed sets, an eccentric ballet starring a handsome prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy, rosy-cheeked soldiers and other whimsical surprises will take place with multiple performances daily from November 16 through November 19, 2016.

Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt – Starting the day after Thanksgiving, a fun-for-the-whole-family scavenger hunt-style activity will send you through all four neighborhoods of Disney Springs. Once complete, visit participating locations for a limited-edition completer button.

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Many festive favorites will return to Disney Springs this year including themed holiday décor for each neighborhood, toy solider and snowflake stilt walkers, holiday carolers, unique entertainment celebrating Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and more.

New! Reserve Your Seat at AMC Disney Springs: Moviegoers now have the opportunity to pick their seat when buying tickets for any film playing at AMC Disney Springs 24. Similar to Dine-in theaters, Guests can reserve their seat in advance online, via the mobile app, at an automated box office machine, or at the theatre box office. Seat numbers will be clearly marked on tickets and in the theater to assist Guests with finding their seat.

Merchandise Events

November 17-21 – Artist Greg McCullough returns to The Art of Disney in August. He will be meeting with guests and signing artwork from 1:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

November 18 – Once Upon a Toy will host “Game Night” with Disney Design Group artist Quynh Kimball. He will be meeting with guests from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Quynh helped design several board games for Disney Parks including Disney Theme Park Edition III Monopoly and Pirates of the Caribbean Battleship.

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November 18-19 – An Artist Showcase featuring David Buckley, Will Gay, Joe Kaminski, and Darren Wilson will be held at The Art of Disney. Guests can meet the artists from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. each day.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

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