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Walt Disney World details new holiday festivities for 2017

September 14, 2017, 7:46 PM · Walt Disney World is showing some love to Disney's Hollywood Studios this holiday season, expanding the festivities at the construction-hobbled theme park.

In addition to bringing back the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam show that debuted last year, Disney's Hollywood Studios will welcome a new "Sunset Seasons Greetings" experience on the park's Sunset Boulevard. The nighttime experience will feature projection mapping throughout the area, bringing billboards to life, transforming the Hollywood Tower Hotel into a gingerbread house or a pile of presents, and showing Mickey and Minnie and other Disney characters telling holiday stories.

Over at Epcot, the park has rebranded its Holidays Around the World as the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which mirrors the name of the Disney California Adventure holiday festival. The park is expanding to 15 "holiday kitchens" offering seasonal treats, keeping the spirit of ever-present food festivals alive at the park.

Epcot also is expanding holiday-themed entertainment around World Showcase and offering a holiday-themed fireworks finale to IllumiNations. The holiday festivities at Walt Disney World start November 9 and run through Dec. 31.

Over at the Magic Kingdom, the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will run daily from December 23-31, in addition to running during the after-hours, hard-ticket Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. (That runs on the evenings of November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28, and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22.)

At Disney Springs, the resort is expanding the Christmas Tree Trail, adding 10 new trees inspired by Disney classics, including Dumbo, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. But Disney's announcement today includes no mention of the Starbright Holidays drone show that debuted at the shopping and dining district last November.

Watch last year's Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam debut:

Replies (3)

September 15, 2017 at 4:55 AM · Well, the Tower of Terror is still there so, thats...goood.....
September 15, 2017 at 10:22 AM · Nuts, had forgot we lose the Osborne lights, loved that.
September 15, 2017 at 10:22 AM · Nuts, had forgot we lose the Osborne lights, loved that.

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