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News and Views

Ringing in the New Year at the World - Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will run twice on New Year's Eve (7:30pm and 11:40pm). The later show will have a "massive fireworks finale with an international salute, to welcome the New Year."

Disney-MGM Studios will run Sorcery in the Sky at 11:50pm.

The Magic Kingdom will run holiday fireworks at 8:30pm and midnight.

Pleasure Island will have the B-52s, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Chris
Botti, and other live entertainment. This a hard ticketed event will also
include dessert, champaign, and a fireworks spectacular.

Two parks will host Extra Magic Hour on the following four days:

December 30: Epcot and AK
December 31: AK and Studios
January 1: MK and Epcot
January 2: Studios and MK

Last chance to see... – If you are visiting the World this week, don't miss these holiday treats, big and little, that make this season so magical:

  • Gingerbread Village at the Grand Floridan Resort
  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights - and don't forget the 3-D glasses. (Through January 5)
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade (Through December 31)
  • Epcot Lights of Winter - this synchronized music and light display is one of the under-publicized gems of the season.
  • Candlelight Processional (Through December 30)

  • Gorgeous Christmas decorations throughout the resort
  • Shopping in Downtown Disney Marketplace - whether you need to fill a Christmas stocking, or buy one, this is the place to start.

Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Blizzard Beach is currently closed for refurbishment.

The Shipwreck Slide located at Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort will be closed for refurbishment January 3rd through April 4, 2003, The pool areas at Stormalong Bay will remain open while the pool slide undergoes enhancement.


Park Events

Epcot World Showcase: Holidays Around the World – through December 30. Nightly tree-lighting ceremony; nightly Candlelight Processional performances, and international holiday celebrations. Included in park admission. [Read the details of the 2001 event, by Sheila Hagen.]

Disney-MGM Studios: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights – through January 5, 2003. The Studios' Residential Street is decorated with 5 million twinkling Christmas lights. Included in park admission. [Read the details of the 2001 event, with photos, by Sheila Hagen.]

Pleasure Island: Pleasure Island New Year's Eve – December 31. Featuring B-52s, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Chris Botti. $79 per person, ages 21 and over only.

Epcot World Showcase: Rock & Roll New Year's Eve Buffet - MouseSavers.com has details about a special New Year's Eve event at Epcot. The event will be held at the Epcot World ShowPlace pavillion, and features a buffet dinner, D.J., live classic rock & roll band, and more. Adults are $25.99, children 3-11 are $13.99. Make reservations by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Disney's Animal Kingdom: Mickey's Parti Gras Pin Event - Saturday, February 1, 2003. $115.00 per person, register online at the Disney Event Services website.


Current Discounts & Promotions

Florida residents can take advantage of New Year's discounts at Walt Disney World resort hotels. Value resorts start at $49.00 per night, Moderate resorts from $79.00, and Deluxe resorts from $109.00. These special rates are available most nights, 1/2/03-2/13/03. Book through your travel agent or directly through Walt Disney World Travel at 407/W-DISNEY. Proof of Florida residency is required.

Disney’s Winter Dream Maker package can be booked now through December 23, 2002 for travel January 2 to February 13, 2003. The packages include resort accommodations, theme park tickets, souvenir pins, and additional perks. Book through your travel agent or directly through Walt Disney World Travel at 407/W-DISNEY or Disneyworld.com. This package is especially useful if you want to catch the 100 Years of Magic celebration before it ends this February.


Park Hours

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
  • MK = Magic Kingdom
  • EF = Epcot, Future World
  • EW = Epcot, World Showcase
  • MGM = Disney-MGM Studios
  • AK = Animal Kingdom
  • BB = Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • TL = Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
12/27
12/28
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
12/29
12/30
12/31
1/1/03
1/2
1/3
1/4
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 8a–1a
EF 8a–1a
EW 10a–1a
MGM 8a–1a
AK 8a–6p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–Midnite
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–6p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–Midnite
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–6p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–11p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–6p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–11p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–6p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
1/5
1/6
1/7
1/8
1/9
1/10
1/11
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–6:30p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p

Entertainment Schedule

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Friday 12/27

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25p

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 6:30p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Saturday 12/28

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25p

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 6:30p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Sunday 12/29

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25p

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 6:30p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Monday 12/30

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25p

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 6:30p, 8:30p, 10p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Tuesday 12/31

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2p

SpectroMagic 7p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 8:30p, 11:59p

Tapestry of Dreams 3:30p, 5:10p

IllumiNations! 7:30p, 11:40p

 

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic! 6:30p, 8:30p, 10p

Sorcery in the Sky 11:50p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Wednesday 1/1

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

IllumiNations! 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

FANTASMIC! 6:30p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Thursday 1/2

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

IllumiNations! 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

FANTASMIC! 6:30p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Friday 1/3
Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9:00p
Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

IllumiNations! 9p
Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

FANTASMIC! 6:30p
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Saturday 1/4
Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9:00p
Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

IllumiNations! 9p
Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

FANTASMIC! 6:30p
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Sunday 1/5
Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

IllumiNations! 9p
Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

FANTASMIC! 6p
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p


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Mark (@MPMark) is a veteran of dozens of trips to Walt Disney World starting in 1972, with a few Disneyland trips thrown in for good measure. As a Disney stockholder and a Disney Vacation Club member, Mark is always in touch with what's going on with The Mouse. Mark serves as MousePlanet's Walt Disney World content coordinator. Mark is a senior information technology manager working for the State of New York. He lives in the suburbs outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son.