We’ve got one whopper of an update for you today. The headlining news obviously is that the Disney Holidays are officially here. That means a special magic in the air (scented largely of peppermint and pumpkin pie) with entertainment, attractions, and more to help you live the spirit of the season.
In this update we’ll take a look at all the new goings on including new holiday adventures in Cars Land, Festival of Holidays return with Viva Navidad, Santa’s Holiday Visit and more in tow. Plus decorations everywhere along with merch and dining options abound.
Plus, we’ll have some non-holiday updates on the construction for the Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars Land, and TWO merch runs… holiday and regular!
Phew! All of this and more in our latest pictorial. ENJOY!
Expanding Holidays in Cars Land
The Disney Holidays are here once more and the residents of Radiator Springs once again wish everyone Season’s Speedings with their assortment of holiday decorations through-out their town. New this year are two attraction layovers bringing holiday themed music to the smaller attractions in the land which means you can now enjoy Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl.
More Info: WATCH: Holiday-themed attractions debut in CARS LAND for the 2017 Disney Holidays
Festival of Holidays
The popular FESTIVAL OF HOLIDAYS has returned once again as part of the 2017 Disney Holidays season and brings with it a celebration of four global holidays celebrated around this time of year: Christmas (and Navidad / Three Kings Day), Hanukkah, Diwali, and Kwanza.
More Info: PICTORIAL: A celebration of global sights, sounds, and flavors for the 2017 FESTIVAL OF HOLIDAYS
Festive Food Marketplaces
The Disney Holidays are officially here and that means the Festival of Holidays is back once more at Disney California Adventure. This year’s menu offers up a slew of bites, sips, and tastes to please every palate. We tried just a small sampling of the menu offerings so far this year but have a complete look at everything that you’ll want to try! BON APPÉTIT!
More Info: REVIEW: A quick taste of the 2017 FESTIVAL OF HOLIDAYS Festive Foods Marketplace
There’s a few treats in store for Annual Passholders who visit Disney California Adventure over the next few weeks. The Disney Holidays officially began yesterday and as part of the celebration, the Disneyland Resort kicked off the second-annual Festival of Holidays which brings with it food, entertainment shopping… and a few special perks for those with an Annual Pass!
More Info: AP CORNER at Festival of Holidays brings a few perks for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders
Santa’s Holiday Visit
After making its impressive debut last year, we were happy to see the 2017 return of Santa’s Holiday Visit to the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney’s California Adventure park. Aside from being the official spot to meet the man in the big red suit, you can also partake in Elf Games, decorate cookies, take a scavenger hunt and more! It’s a really wonderful way to experience the holidays in a natural woodsy setting. With all the decorations it’s like a whole new land that arises just for the holidays.
More Info: PICTORIAL: You have to visit Santa in this magical forest setting for the #DisneyHolidays!
It’s back again and just as wonderful as ever. ¡Viva Navidad! made its return this weekend for the 2017 Disney Holidays season and brings with it a familiar assortment of entertainment, dining, activities and more. Princess Elena of Avalor has also returned once more this year with her Musical Grand Arrival. All of this and more are back once more to add some spice and life to the season!
More Info: PICTORIAL: 2017 ¡Viva Navidad! brings familiar sights, sounds, and tastes for the #DisneyHolidays
Haunted Mansion Holiday
Although the layover debuted ahead of Halloween Time, the layover is a popular addition that will remain through the end of the Disney Holidays.
More Info: Haunted Mansion Holiday 2017 Gingerbread House is buggy this year
“it’s a small world” holiday
The attraction is equipped with FastPass this year.
World of Color – Season of Light
The popular evening night time spectacular dazzles each night!
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
No visit to Disneyland during the holidays is complete without experiencing this magical parade.
Souvenir popcorn buckets.
Pluto popcorn bucket has proven quite popular, get him while you can! #DisneyHolidays❄https://t.co/FNYI5Rjdet pic.twitter.com/1RrZWfotaZ
— MouseInfo (@MouseInfo) November 11, 2017
At DCA, cotton candy this year is Apple Pie and Candy Cane flavored.
At Plaza Inn you can get Chicken and Waffles. This isn’t exactly new, they do this from time to time.
Holiday desserts were sold out by dinner time.
Adorable ornament steins are available for $12.99.
Holidays at DCA
Although not advertised, the Country Bears are back!
Nick and Judy are on the prowl, too.
Holidays at DL
New garlands this year.
The evenings are the most magical time during the holidays, unfortunately we had to cut our visit short. More next week!
We’ve been covering the holiday merchandise over the past few weeks, here’s more!
Ornament customization is available all around both parks.
Around Downtown Disney
We covered the beautiful holiday decorations last week. But there’s more going on at Downtown Disney too.
Splitsville speeding along.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire coming soon…
Starbucks is always packed.
Are you excited for Disney-Pixar’s Coco?
A lot going on at the new Star Wars land….
The busy holiday season is here, bring your patience when the crowds start building!
You know it’s busy when they have to make extended switchbacks for the ticket booths.
A bunch of new mermaid merch…
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