Last week during our crazy IAAPA week, our intrepid reporters managed to get away for some well deserved holiday fun at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at The Magic Kingdom!
Enjoy this Merry look at this Very Merry Event!
Written by Renée Girard
Today it's off to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Elsa just lit Cinderella’s Castle for the holidays!
Special entrance into Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.
First cookie of the night!
More holiday treats!
Snickerdoodle cookies and hot cocoa at Cosmic Rays.
Sno-cones and Santa cookies at Auntie Gravities in Tomorrowland.
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas show.
Yo ho ho ho!
Snowman pretzel and sno-cone at Tortuga Tavern. Love the pretzel, nice variety from the cookies.
Going for a ride on the Jingle Cruise.
Ginger molasses cookies and eggnog. But we skipped the eggnog.
Holiday Wishes is magical!
Sparking cider and Dove chocolates and apple cider with a cookie variety both in Fantasyland.
Some more of the holiday treats that are available for purchase.
The Christmas Party exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card features the Carousel of Progress.
Once Upon a Christmastime parade at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
The toy soldiers welcome Santa Claus.
It’s snowing on Main Street!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
It's time for our first Holiday Update of the season as Renée headed out to Disney's Hollywood Studios last weekend to take in the all new holiday events at the park.
And they have a LOT to offer this year, let's check it out.
Written by Renée Girard
Happy Holidays from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Let’s see what’s new for Christmas this year.
But first, beer. At the new Baseline Taphouse, which is awesome and has a great selection of beer.
So it’s a little crowded tonight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Some of the Jingle Bell Jingle BAM merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The hot chocolate flight at Dockside Diner is heavenly.
Sunset Seasons Greetings transforms the Tower of Terror into a variety of holiday themed buildings.
Video Preview of Sunset Seasons courtesy of Walt Disney World
Due to the crowds, we didn’t get to experience everything DHS has to offer for the holidays, but we’ll definitely be back!
Earlier in the week it was announced that Disney was cancelling all RunDisney races on the west coast for the foreseeable future. This was kind of known since none of the races for 2018 had gone on sale yet, and the first one of the year was in January.
So as of today, the Super Hero Half Marathon in November may be the last race on the west coast for some time.
Written by Gregg Condon
The reasons for this are as extensive as the excuses flying around. Everything from Star Wars Land construction to Disney trying to "stick it" to the Anaheim City Council for them dragging their feet approving the Eastern Gateway and Harbor Bridge.
Never mind that Disney dragged their feet for more than a decade while they had a very favorable city council in Anaheim.
So what does this mean for you, the consumer? Because the ramifications of this go FAR beyond race weekends.
First off, if you think the Eastern Gateway and Harbor Bridge is going to be completed by the time Star Wars Land opens, I've got some bad news for you.
And it's going to make traffic around the resort during the 24 hour Disney parties look pale in comparison. There simply aren't enough roads, parking spaces, access points, freeway exits and ways to get people to the park. The Eastern Gateway wasn't going to fully address this problem, but it's better than them adding 400 parking spots in the Toy Story Lot.
And who is going to feel the brunt of all this? The Disneyland front-line Cast Members and park visitors. Disney is still going to get their money, the city of Anaheim is still going to get their tax revenue.
People are still going to descend on the parks to be "first" to visit Star Wars Land. They are still going to complain on Twitter on how big of a nightmare it is, how Star Wars doesn't fit at Disneyland and how everything is now ruined ... all while waiting 10 hours to get into the new land.
So with all of this, WHY did Disney cancel RunDisney races?
Is it because of Star Wars Land construction? Possibly. But as you can see, we got pretty close to it last year during the Super Hero Half.
It also can't be because it wouldn't allow enough distance running through the park, because during the Super Hero race in 2014 there was just over 2 miles of running through the parks and backstage ... during a 13.1 mile race.
It can't be because Anaheim doesn't like the revenue they get for the police, traffic officers, permits and other things.
This is about 2 sides wanting different things, one side (Disney) dragging their feet and one side (Anaheim) not wanting to bow down to the mighty mouse.
Sure, them cancelling these races may not impact you right now, in fact, many of you will probably enjoy not having runners descend on "your" park 3-4 times per year.
What makes you think the relationship between Disney and Anaheim will somehow improve by them doing this? If anything, it's going to make it worse. And the next time Disney wants to expand their parks or resort or build a hotel ... good luck.