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See you at Mousefest 2004: Mega Mouse Meet December 11

Are you attending Mousefest 2004 (link)? Make sure to visit the Mega Mouse Meet on Saturday, December 11, and meet MousePlanet writers Brian Bennett, Mark Goldhaber, Sheila Hagen, Mike Scopa, Lani Teshima, and Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Stop by the MousePlanet table at the Mega Mouse Meet just to say “hi,” and get your very own MousePlanet button. The first 150 people who try their hand at our Mini MouseAdventure (page 14 on the official Mousefest Pocket Guide) get a special edition Mini MouseAdventure button!

If you want to let us know you're coming, send an e-mail or post a message to the Mousefest thread on our discussion boards (link) . If you choose to send e-mail, please put “Mousefest” in the subject to allow for better sorting of e-mail.

“Opportunity City” open at Innoventions

Disney Online and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation have teamed up to open a new area at Innoventions based on their Hot Shot Business Internet simulation game (link), which teaches 9- to-12-year-olds about entrepreneurship. Opportunity City features five learning stations:

  • Nine kiosks featuring a special edition of the Internet game.
  • “Family Business Rally” – a race to see how much product a three-person team can sell in an allotted time. The three assume roles of buyer, seller and advertiser.
  • "Opportunity Challenge" – a fast-paced game that teaches the concepts of market opportunity recognition, and supply and demand.
  • "Creating the Buzz" highlights key marketing skills by allowing visitors to film a commercial for their new business and e-mail the video home.
  • "Everyday Entrepreneurs" mixes animated segments, stories and images inspired by real-life child entrepreneurs, and business information to validate entrepreneurship as a career goal, while remaining entertaining and fun for young guests.

Disney's PhotoPass launches

It has been several months since we reported that Disney had applied for a trademark for something called “PhotoPass” (July 6 WDW update), and over the Thanksgiving Weekend, Disney reportedly launched its PhotoPass service to provide guests with the ability to view, share and order the photos that Disney photographers take of them by going to an online site.

When you have your photos taken, you get a Disney's PhotoPass, a card that has a Web address and a unique 16-digit number printed on it. Go to the Web site and type in the number(s) from your card(s) to see your photos. You may get more than one pass while on vacation, and each pass can “hold” an unlimited amount of photos. Note: As of Sunday morning, the Web site still had a “coming soon” placeholder graphic.

You can use your PhotoPass every time you get your picture taken by a Disney photographer so that you can see all of your vacation photos from all four theme parks at the same time.

If you wish, you can still buy your photos on site for $16.95 for one 5x7 print and four wallet-size prints at:

  • Magic Kingdom – Town Square Exposition Hall on Main Street USA
  • Epcot – The Camera Center near Spaceship Earth
  • Disney-MGM Studios – Cover Story on Hollywood Boulevard
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom – Garden Gate Gifts in the Oasis

Current pricing for purchase of photos on DisneyPhotoPass.com is:

  • $12.95 for 5x7 print
  • $16.95 for 8x10 print
  • $12.95 for 4 wallet-sized prints

Starting in early February 2005, these additional products are available online:

  • Disney's PhotoMovie – a one-of-a-kind DVD that combines your favorite Disney vacation photos with video clips of Walt Disney World, the Disney characters and exclusive Disney music.
  • Disney's PhotoBook – a completely customized coffee-table book that preserves your favorite Disney photos in a unique Disney keepsake.

Disney's PhotoPass photographers are available in the following locations (subject to change):

  • Magic Kingdom – along Main Street U.S.A., Ariel's Grotto and Mickey's Toontown Fair
  • Epcot – near Spaceship Earth, near the Living Seas entrance and throughout World Showcase, and accompanying various characters at designated meet-and-greet locations in the Park
  • Disney-MGM Studios – along Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Al's Toy Barn, and Mickey Meet and Greet on Mickey Avenue
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom – outside the main entrance, the Oasis, Camp Minnie Mickey and the Character Landing

Disney Cruise Line readies for the holidays

The Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are all decked out for the holidays. December cruises feature:

  • Décor including 25 Christmas trees, 25,000 Christmas tree lights, 1,260 feet of garland and 3,600 yards of ribbon
  • A nearly three-deck-tall tree in a tree-lighting ceremony in the atrium lobby, complete with falling “snow”
  • A Christmas Day visit from Santa Goofy
  • A special family gingerbread house designing and decorating activity
  • A Disney Cruise Line rendition of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a reading by Mrs. Claus and caroling by the main stage performers
  • Traditional holiday feasts in all three dining rooms
  • Multiple faith and inter-denominational holiday services
  • A ship-wide New Year's Eve party and a New Year's Day “tailgate” party
  • A holiday-themed overlay at Castaway Cay, including greetings from Mr. and Mrs. Snowman (complete with shell noses and tropical shirts), a 40-foot-tall tropical Christmas tree, carolers and a sleigh full of presents, as well as retheming the island tram to resemble a reindeer.

The themed overlay is in place for all cruises departing in December, including five three-night cruises and four four-night cruises on the Wonder and the three seven-night cruises and one 10-night cruise on the Magic.

Security guards' turn to say no to contract

On the heels of the Service Trades Council finally voting in favor of a contract proposal from Disney, you might think that its labor woes are over. Well, not quite yet.

Last Wednesday, members of the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 603 shot down a contract proposal 296 to 26 despite a recommendation from union leaders to accept the contract. The major issues are the same as the previous contract negotiations. Too-low wage increases and too-high insurance premium increases are the main sticking points.

Negotiations were to continue this week.

Braves spring training season tickets on sale

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves team has announced its schedule of games for spring training at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex, and season tickets are now available through Disney (link). Groups of 10 or more can also purchase tickets now. The traditional opener against Georgia Tech University is on March 2, and the finale is on March 31 against the Houston Astros. Ticket prices range from $13 for general admission lawn seating to $21 for lower level reserved seats. Individual game tickets go on sale to the public on January 7.

In addition to the game against Georgia Tech, the 16-game schedule includes two games each against the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros, as well as single games against the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Philadedelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals (formerly the Montreal Expos).

Delicious holiday displays at the resorts

Here's a quick rundown of the holiday décor that Disney's pastry chefs have created to deck out the resorts this year:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge: Boma has an entirely edible miniature African village made of chocolate, gingerbread and sugar. The houses and buildings will be inspired by architecture styles throughout Africa.
  • Beach Club: A life-size, completely edible carousel—made with gingerbread, chocolate and sugar paste—is located in the lobby. Small gingerbread houses and Christmas stollen are sold in the merchandise stores. Chefs are giving demonstrations throughout the day, giving tips to guests on how to decorate their own gingerbread creations.
  • BoardWalk: A 15-by-20-foot display depicting a boardwalk area with a five-foot-tall Ferris wheel, carousel, water slide, buildings and a beach area. Everything is made with chocolate, sugar and gingerbread.
  • Contemporary Resort: A gingerbread holiday village is on display in the main building of the hotel, on the fourth floor.
  • Grand Floridian: Inside a life-size holiday gingerbread house, guests can purchase Santa lollipops, gingerbread cookie people, gingerbread ornaments, gingerbread cookies, stollen bread, and Grand Floridian chocolate logo boxes filled with truffles, peppermint bark, and small gingerbread houses.
  • Polynesian: On the second floor of the Ceremonial House, pastry chefs create an exotic gingerbread village with volcanoes and edible palm trees. Christmas cookies, biscotti and other confectionary treats are sold at the Kona Island coffee bar.
  • Yacht Club: In the resort's lobby a miniature train travels around a sugary mountain and village. Small gingerbread houses, Christmas stollen and pannettone (traditional Italian bread) are sold in the merchandise stores.

On the off-site Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resorts front, Disney's Vero Beach Resort showcases a holiday fireplace scene with Mickey and Minnie in rocking chairs, complete with presents and a Christmas tree.

Cypress Gardens finally soft-opens

Last Friday, Cypress Gardens Adventure Park finally reopened after 19 and a half months of closure. The soft opening, designed to give the park a final shakedown before its December 9 official daily opening, was timed to the first planned concert at the park. Kenny Rogers played an opening night gig to inaugurate the “new” park.

Cypress Gardens closed in April 2003 for financial reasons. After a much wheeling and dealing, a deal to save the park was structured, and Georgian Kent Buescher finally bought the park earlier this year. Buescher, who also owns Wild Adventures theme park in Valdosta, Georgia, spent a great deal of money to preserve much of Cypress Gardens' unique entertainment, including the strolling Southern belles, the waterski show and the historic gardens. In return, he was allowed to build a ride-themed section of the park. This section features three roller coasters and much more.

Over 25,000 annual passes have been sold at a price of $64.95. A one-day ticket currently costs $29.95 and includes a free second visit within 6 days of the first. That price will go up to $34.95 on February 28. Prices for children under 10 and seniors will still pay $29.95.

The park is currenly open Friday through Sunday, but goes to a daily schedule after the official opening on December 9.

Ears to the ground

…Jungle Cruise skippers are once again armed with guns to fend off those charging hippos.

…Thanks to the hordes descending for MouseFest, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on December 10 has sold out (don't forget to visit us at the Mega Mouse Meet!).

…Keep your eyes out for a large purple dragon at Epcot, as a walk-around Figment character debuts within the next week.

…Sonny Eclipse has finally returned to Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.

…Disney is rumored to be working on a plan to automate the load gates at monorail stations at the Transportation and Ticket Center, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. There are currently no plans to install them at the monorail resorts.

…Reportedly, the Disney at Home store at Downtown Disney Marketplace is closing on January 3 for “refurbishment,” returning much smaller than its current size. Moving into the rest of the space is a new, expanded Goofy's Candy Company, including an “interactive show kitchen.” The candy shop's current location closes about a week before the new location opens, with its old location scheduled for a refurbishment to make room for another, unnamed store.

…The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute (link) is scheduled at Walt Disney World on December 8-12. Invitees include 400 of the most seriously wounded and disabled veterans and their immediate families. The conference offers seminars featuring motivational speakers, workshops on educational and employment opportunities, group discussions and ways to take advantage of a wide variety of support services offered by numerous organizations.

…The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has promoted Anthony “Tony” Porcellini from assistant food and beverage director to the director position. Porcellini has been with the Hotel for over 13 years, and has also served as a restaurant manager there.


Have any interesting news or rumors? Let us know.


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • it's a small world” – closed through March 18, 2005 for rehab (info).
  • 20,000 League Under the Sea lagoon – walled off to “clear the land as well as add landscape for future use.” Reopens soon.
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress – expected to remain open for the holiday season, then will go down for major rehab.
  • Timekeeper – opens seasonally. It will likely be open for the last two weeks of December, but that is not confirmed yet.
  • Adventureland – opens with the rest of the park daily with the exception of the Jungle Cruise and the Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management, which open at 10 a.m.
  • The Hall of Presidents and the Country Bear Jamboree – open at 10 a.m. every day.
  • The Hub area in front of the castle – undergoes more refurbishing in January 2005 in preparation for the Cinderellabration show coming later in the year.
  • Cinderella's Royal Table – closed for rehab January 17–27, 2005. Lunch and dinner resume on January 28; character breakfasts returns on January 29.
  • Astro Orbiter – closed January 2 – February 16, 2005.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – closed January 10 – February 12, 2005.
  • Cinderella's Surprise Celebration – last performance on February 26, 2005. Expected to return after the 18-month “Happiest Homecoming on Earth” celebration ends.
  • Cinderellabration – begins preview performances in March 2005. Expected to run until the end of the 18-month “Happiest Homecoming on Earth” celebration.

Epcot

  • Soarin' – is officially scheduled to open in May 2005, but may have an earlier soft opening.
  • The Behind the Seeds Walking Tour of the greenhouses at The Land – discontinued construction of the queue area for Soarin'. Expected to resume upon completion of the construction.
  • The Land pavilion – closed January 2 – March 31, 2005 for completion of the Soarin' attraction.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – open seasonally. The Pure and Simple eatery and the Well and Goods Limited shop have been removed, while the Body Wars, Cranium Command, and The Making of Me attractions now open when the pavilion is open. The pavilion opens December 18–31, and it is rumored but not confirmed that it opens next January – March during the closure of The Land pavilion.
  • El Rio del Tiempo – closed December 6–8.

Disney-MGM Studios

  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, an American version of the popular Moteurs… Action! stunt show from the Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris – is officially scheduled to debut in May 2005.
  • Streets of America Backlot – undergoing construction to change facades to represent Chicago and San Francisco. Formerly known as New York Street.
  • The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights – returns this year on the Streets of America backlot, November 24 – January 2.
  • Fantasmic – not performed January 24-26.

Animal Kingdom

  • Lucky the Dinosaur – is scheduled to debut in Spring 2005.
  • Expedition Everest – is scheduled to open in Spring 2006.

Resorts

  • Port Orleans Resort – Ongoing two-year extensive rehab of its rooms. Phase I's French Quarter has reopened. Phase II is underway, and involves Riverside going through a phased rehab. The Magnolia Bend mansions will first be worked on one by one, and will be followed by Alligator Bayou closing in sections.
  • Polynesian Resort – nearing completion of the refurbishment of longhouses. Each longhouse under rehab is walled off and isolated during its rehab. Room refurbishments are resuming. Scheduled: Rapa Nui January 3 – April 1, 2005, Tahiti April 24 – August 17, 2005. Tokelau, not yet refurbished, is not yet scheduled.
  • Old Key West Resort – The main pool is closed through mid-December to construct a new themed water slide.
  • BoardWalk Resort – portions of the resort will see work on the piping system take place in corridors outside guest rooms daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. through summer 2005. No work is scheduled inside guest rooms.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – Construction continues on the rest of the resort; the other three buildings of Phase I are due by the end of the year, the eight units of Phase II are due in 2005, and the six units of the newly-announced Phase III are due in 2007. Phase III will involve the razing of the old Fairway Villas.
  • Yacht and Beach Club Resorts – An overall refurbishment of the Stormalong Bay pool area at the Beach Club is running through early 2005. Certain sections of the pool will be unavailable at various times during the project. Those parts of the main pool not immediately being worked on will remain available for use. The first portion of the work should be completed by December 23. The main Shipwreck Slide will be closed only from January 3 to February 25, 2005, due to a painting project in that area. During the work on the slide, Yacht and Beach Club guests may use the Keister Coaster slide and Luna Park pool at the BoardWalk Resort.
  • Coronado Springs Resort – Construction continues on the 86,000 square foot exhibit hall that is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2005. Construction noises may be audible throughout the Casitas section of the resort during the daytime construction.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – undergoes its annual refurbishment from October 24 – December 11.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed for annual refurbishment December 12, 2004 – March 12, 2005. Reopens with a new water coaster, called the Crush 'N' Gusher.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays, but closes December 5–13.
  • The All Star Cafe at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex – now closed Monday–Wednesday. Open Thursday–Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Park Events

November 2004

  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (link). Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, & 17.
  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights (link). Nov. 24 – Jan. 2.
  • Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney (link). Nov. 26 – December 24.
  • Holidays Around the World (link). Nov. 26 – Dec. 30.

December 2004

  • Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer and Dance Championships (link). Dec. 5-11.
  • Join MousePlanet at MouseFest (link). Dec. 9–13.
  • Disney's Soccer Showcase (link). Dec. 27 – Jan. 2, 2005.
  • New Year's Eve celebrations at Pleasure Island (link) and Atlantic Dance (link). Dec. 31.

January 2005

  • Disney's Health and Fitness Expo (link). Jan. 7 & 8.
  • FamilyFun Magazine Family Fun Run (link). Jan. 8.
  • Disney Marathon (link) and Half-Marathon (link). Jan. 9.

February 2005

  • Twirl Mania - The Twirler's Championships (link). Feb. 18–21.
  • Atlanta Braves Training Camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex (link). Dates in Feb. – April TBA.

April 2005

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (link). April 15 – June 5.
  • Walt Disney World Inline Marathon (link). April 30 – May 1.

May 2005

  • Star Wars Weekends (link). Weekends in May – June TBA.

June 2005

  • Gay and Lesbian Day at Walt Disney World (link1)(link2). June 2–5.

September 2005

  • Night of Joy (link). Dates TBA.
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (link). Sept. 30 – November 13.

October 2005

  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (link). Dates TBA.
  • Funai Classic at Walt Disney World (link). October 20–23.

November 2005

  • Super Soap Weekend (link). Dates TBA.
  • Festival of the Masters (link). Nov. 12–13.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Discounts for early 2005 are out

Resort discounts for the first part of 2005 have been announced. Annual Passholder & Florida Resident discounts are valid for January 2 through February 16, while general & Canada Resident discounts are good for January 2 through April 16. Room-only and Dream Maker packages are available. See the Walt Disney World web site (link) or MouseSavers (link) for more information.

Radisson Resort Parkway announces rates through 2005

Radisson Resort Parkway, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced their rates through the end of 2005, and has reduced their rates for much of the rest of this year. Guests can receive a complimentary upgrade to deluxe pool view accommodations for the remainder of 2004 simply by typing in the code of “UPGR” in the promotional field of the reservation.

Courtyard
View
Deluxe Pool View
Bed & Breakfast Pkg - Courtyard View
2004
     Through Dec 21
$69.95
$79.95
$87.95
     Dec 22 – Jan 1, '05
$109.95
$119.95
$127.95
2005
     Jan 2 – Feb 3
$79.95
$89.95
$97.95
     Feb 4–16
$109.95
$119.95
$127.95
     Feb 17–20
$119.95
$129.95
$137.95
     Feb 21 – March 17
$109.95
$119.95
$127.95
     March 18 – Apr 9
$119.95
$129.95
$137.95
     Apr 10 – 16
$109.95
$119.95
$127.95
     Apr 17 – June 29
$89.95
$99.95
$107.95
     June 30 – July 4
$99.95
$109.95
$117.95
     July 5 – Aug 13
$89.95
$99.95
$107.95
     Aug 14 – Sept 29
$79.95
$89.95
$97.95
     Sept 30 – Oct 22
$89.95
$99.95
$107.95
     Oct 23 – Dec 22
$79.95
$89.95
$97.95
     Dec 23 – 31
$109.95
$119.95
$127.95

Click here for more information, or here to make reservations now.

Plan ahead and save a few bucks

The Walt Disney World Resort is encouraging visitors to buy their theme park tickets before they even leave home, by offering a slight discount on advance purchases. You can save as much as $26 per adult, per ticket with the “Advance Purchase Savings” program. These prices are before the 6.5 percent Orange County sales tax.

You can also receive these Advance Purchase Savings with packages purchased through AAA.

Multi-Day Tickets
Gate Prices
Advance Purchase Price
Savings
4-Day Park Hopper: Adults
$219
$202
$17
     Children ages 3 - 9
$176
$162
$14
5-Day Park Hopper: Adults
$249
$230
$19
     Children ages 3 - 9
$200
$184
$16
5-Day Park Hopper Plus: Adults
$282
$259
$23
     Children ages 3 - 9
$226
$208
$18
6-Day Park Hopper Plus: Adults
$312
$288
$24
     Children ages 3 - 9
$250
$231
$21
7-Day Park Hopper Plus: Adults
$342
$316
$26
     Children ages 3 - 9
$274
$253
$21

Annual Passholders

Receive 10 percent off the price of their lunch meal at selected Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants, and the discount is good for up to three guests. The offer is valid Mondays through Fridays. Call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) for locations and reservations.


Park Hours

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through January 2005.

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
 
11/29
11/30
12/1
12/2
12/3
12/4
 

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-7p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

12/5
12/6
  • 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

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-8p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p


Entertainment Schedule

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through January 2005.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 11/29

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Heather Headley 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 3:45p

Tuesday 11/30

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Heather Headley 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Wednesday 12/1

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 6p

Wishes Fireworks 7p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Heather Headley 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3p

Fantasmic 6:30p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Thursday 12/2

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Kirk Franklin 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Friday 12/3

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Kirk Franklin 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Saturday 12/4

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Kirk Franklin 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Sunday 12/5

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Jim Caviezel 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3p

Fantasmic 6:30p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Monday 12/6

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Jim Caviezel 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Illuminations! 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Jazz Club
West End Stage
Rock & Roll Beach Club
House of Blues
Monday 11/29

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon

 

Fifth Year Crush

 

Tuesday 11/30

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon

 

Kabang

Scissor Sisters with VHS or Beta (main room), $15 advance/$17.50 day of show; 8pm

Wednesday 12/1

Elliot Dyson

 

Kabang

 

Thursday 12/2

Scott Jeffrey's Band

 

Stormbringer

Muse (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 7:30pm

Sonny Rhodes (Blues Kitchen), free; 11pm

Friday 12/3

Scott Jeffrey's Band

 

Stormbringer

Real Rock 101.1's Mistle Toe Jam Featuring Sevendust with Magna Fi and Bobba Flex (main room), $22.50 advance/$25 day of show; 8:30pm

Sonny Rhodes (Blues Kitchen), free; 11pm

Saturday 12/4

Scott Jeffrey's Band

 

Stormbringer

Sonny Rhodes (Blues Kitchen), free; 11pm

Sunday 12/5

Elliot Dyson

 

Stormbringer

Apostle JL Cash and Praise (gospel brunch), $30 adult, $15 child (3-9); 10:30am, 1pm

Peter White's Christmas Show with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun (main room), $19.50 and up; 8:30pm

Monday 12/6

Elliot Dyson

 

Kabang

 



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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.