October 27 – November 3: Disney News of the Week

The holiday season has begun! Here’s the latest Disney park news for Disney World and Disneyland announced this past week…


The First Showing of “A Frozen Holiday Wish” and Cinderella Castle Dream Lights

The annual holiday dream lights decorations on Cinderella Castle where lit for the first time this season on November 3, 2019. Every year in November and December, Elsa lights up the castle during the nightly showing of “A Frozen Holiday Wish” as she and her sister Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf celebrate the holiday season with all of the Magic Kingdom guests.

We had the opportunity to see this show in person during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party last year and it was especially magical and beautiful in person!


New After Hours 2020 Dates Announced for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom

More dates have been announced for After Hours events at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for early 2020! For Magic Kingdom, so far After Hours dates added for 2020 include three days in January, four days in February, five days in March, four days in April, and four days in May. Added dates for Animal Kingdom include four days in April and five days in May.

After Hours are hard ticket events that take place after park closing and start at $129 per person. They usually last for around three hours, but guests are usually allowed in early at a specified time before park closing (usually an hour or two before the After Hours event officially starts for the night).

You can learn more about After Hours and find the link to view all of available dates for 2020 in Disney Parks Blog’s article.


Villains After Hours Events Will Return in 2020

Alongside the regular, non-themed After Hours events already scheduled to take place in 2020, the new Villains themed After Hours event will be returning in 2020 as well for what will be its second year. This event is actually more of a cross between a regular After Hours event and a mini Halloween party of sorts as it offers specially themed shows and entertainment in a similar fashion to that of Mickey’s Not So Scary (a stage show, a dance party, and additional elements added to a couple of rides), which is not normally offered at a regular After Hours event.

Villains After Hours do cost more than the average non-themed After Hours, with tickets starting at $145 per person. To learn more about what you can expect from this unique event as well as the newly announced 2020 schedule dates, visit Disney Parks Blog.


New Meet & Greet Location for Mickey Mouse in Epcot

Beginning sometime in 2020, Mickey Mouse will have a new meet and greet location in the Imagination pavilion near the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival and Journey Into Imagination With Figment ride. It’s nice to see that guests will still be able to meet Mickey in 2020 even with all the fast growing construction at Epcot overtaking Future World.


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Regal Eagle Smokehouse Restaurant Headed to Epcot

The American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase will get a brand new smokehouse restaurant sometime this winter season, and Disney Parks Blog has announced some of the details for what we can expect to find on the menu. You can read all about the new restaurant and tasty food options in their article.


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Wine and Dine Half Marathon Takes Place In Walt Disney World

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend as participants ran through the parks in the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon races. This popular race always draws a large crowd and is already scheduled to return next year.

Read more about the annual Wine and Dine Half Marathon on rundisney.com.


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runDisney Dates Announced for 2020-2021 Season

While the runDisney 2019-2020 season is already currently underway, dates for the 2020-2021 season were also announced this past week. The 2020-2021 season will once again include Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend (November 5 – 8, 2021), Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (January 6 – 10, 2021), Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (February 18 – 21, 2021), and Star Wars Rival Run Weekend (April 15 – 18, 2021), along with a handful of virtual and international events that were also announced.

To see the full schedule for the 2020-2021 season, visit Disney Parks Blog.


Two Disneyland Festivals Announced to Return In 2020

Disney has announced that the Lunar New Year Celebration will take place in Disney California Adventure again this coming year for a total of 24 days. This event will be held from January 17 to February 9, 2020 and will once again feature lesser seen characters such as Mulan and Mushu, as well as special performances, activities, and decorations.

Also taking place again in the Disney California Adventure park from February 28 to April 21 is their version of the Food and Wine Festival. As always, this festival will feature specialty food booths, events, and entertainment.


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