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Anna and Elsa Help Kick Off the Holidays at Walt Disney World

November 8, 2014, 10:33 AM · The Frozen sisters, Anna and Elsa, have kicked off Christmas holiday celebrations at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, with the festivities ready to start at the Disneyland Resort next Thursday.

Elsa and the castle

Disney World this year is presenting "A Frozen Holiday Wish" with the starts of Frozen appearing in a castle-lighting show, nightly through New Year's Eve. Here's a video, if you'd like to see if from the comfort of wherever you read Theme Park Insider, as opposed waiting with the hordes in the Magic Kingdom hub construction zone. The show starts at 19:00:

The annual Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party also has started at the Magic Kingdom, with the upcharge holiday event running selected evenings through December 19 (mostly Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights - with no parties during the busy Thanksgiving week).

On the west coast, at Disneyland, the annual holiday celebrations start Thursday. It's the same line-up as last year, with World of Color - Winter Dreams and Viva Navidad at Disney California Adventure, and the steadfast It's a Small World Holiday, Christmas Fantasy parade, and the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks at Disneyland. Anna and Elsa will be in the Christmas parade this year, too. The Jingle Cruise is back on both coasts this year, as well, plussed with some additional decorations, perhaps to make up for the inconsistency of the skippers actually using any of the newly-written holiday jokes.

Are you visiting Disney for the holidays this year?

Replies (4)

November 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM · I'd love to see a really good light show Anna couple of good character performances. They better do a good job with it! Or Elsa!
November 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM · I saw the Frozen float at Disneyland's Halloween Party. I think it should be the same float in the Christmas parade. It came early at around 15 minutes before the parade. I felt like a test run. Funny, I later learned Kris Jenner was at the park when TMZ reported it a week later.
November 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM · I'm not going to visit Disney this year (nor the next). What I've seen of it on video it was very much like the one I've seen 6 years ago but with different characters and some confusing, unlogically prolonged projection sequences. The lack of Cinderella is breaking the story behind the castle. It feels the producers of the show didn't know it was Cinderella's castle or didn't care. With the lack of mayor new rides opening it are the small things Disney do that need to be perfect and they aren't.
November 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Greetings Robert Niles,
recently a dear friend emailed me an attachment regarding Roller Coaster history.
I have a few questions and needed to reveal what I have discovered.
Who invented the first Electric Roller Coaster and what year.
Where was it displayed at.
According to my research:
Granville T. Woods invented the Amusement " Figure 8 " Apparatus on December 19, 1899.
It was first displayed at Steeple Chase Park in 1909.
For more information you can contact me:
dlhfoundation@nyc.rr.com or 917. 517-1770.
Yours truly,
David L. Head
Curator/Researcher of the Granville T. Woods Project

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