To make room for the previously announced “UP” show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Flights of Wonder will close on December 31, 2017.
This 25-minute show, performed several times a day, features more than 20 species of free-flying exotic birds, including Harris hawks, Barbary falcons, macaws, ibis and yellow-naped Amazon parrots.
Whether you live here or you’re vacationing here during Christmas week, it can be overwhelming trying to decide from among all of the holiday offerings happening in the Orlando area.
Here are our picks for the best Holiday events for celebrating Christmas 2017 in Orlando:
Walt Disney World has announced an all-new show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Spring 2018 featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “UP.”
Beginning just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom next year, this new experience will offer guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur village.
At this summer’s D23 Expo, it was announced a new transportation system at Walt Disney World called the Disney Skyliner would be coming to the resort, and this week we learned more about it.
The gondola-style system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot via stops at Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, plus other locations yet to be announced.
Select Disney Skyliner cabins will feature Disney characters on their exterior design, including favorites from films, Disney attractions, and of course, the “Fab Five.”
As part of their on-going series of event streaming, Walt Disney World has announced they will live broadcast “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” from Disney’s Hollywood Studios Dec 4, 2017
The show, which takes place nightly throughout the holiday season, stars elves Wayne and Lanny from “Prep & Landing.” In it, Christmas Day is almost here, but Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny are on the job, and they won’t rest until the big guy is back at the North Pole.
The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is a highlight of the holidays in Orlando, and this is the full list of the narrators for the 2017 shows, which start November 24 and run through December 30.
A part of Disney’s Holidays Around the World celebration, the Candlelight Processional is a nightly dramatic re-telling of the Christmas story with celebrity narrators, and a mass choir singing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs with the symphonic strains of the Walt Disney World orchestra.
Here are the 2017 narrators. Many are returning favorites (Neil Patrick Harris tends to be very popular), but there are also a few new names (Matt Bomer and Kurt Russell are among those):
Disney has released the first details of a new area in their upcoming Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called Woody’s Lunch Box.
This eatery is fashioned from Andy’s lunch box and thermos, and will feature a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats.
Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 – February 19, 2018.
Running seven days a week, the festival will feature seminars and workshops from top Disney, local and nationally-renowned artists including classes on drawing animation, photography, the art of making topiaries, and more.
In advance of Hurricane Irma, Central Florida theme parks aren’t taking any chances. Here is the list of closures for the major area theme parks:
Foodies get ready…the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts August 31 at Walt Disney World, celebrating its 22nd year.
With 39 new dishes and 65 new cocktails and beverages, the annual festival features 35 marketplaces featuring food and beverage samples representing countries around the world.
This weekend the annual Taste! Central Florida took place, and it was an evening of great food and drink which raised funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the Coalition for the Homeless.
The numbers have yet to come in, but it’s safe to say the event raised a lot of money that will stay in Central Florida to help those in need.
Since I can’t report on the numbers, I’m going to list my choices for favorites at the event. Keep in mind I have food allergies so I couldn’t try everything. But of the dishes I tried, here’s my most memorable:
It’s almost time for the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and we have the full listing of food and beverage that will be available at the marketplaces.
Each marketplaces centers on a specific country, featuring dishes native to that country. There are also a couple of marketplaces that group food to a concept, allowing more latitude in the menu.
We don’t have prices to share, but based on recent years, most samples will cost between $3-$8 per item.
To help you plan your visit(s) to the fest, here are all the food and beverage marketplaces to enjoy:
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World is one of the best holiday celebrations in Orlando, and we have the 2017 dates for the event.
This family-friendly celebration has several returning favorites, including “Holiday Wishes,” and “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” along with the centerpiece of the party, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Mark your calendars Disney fans, dates have been announced for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.
This family-friendly Halloween features trick-or-treating, Disney characters dressed up in their spooky finest, and several fan favorite shows.
Walt Disney World has announced Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present “The Music of Pixar Live! – A Symphony of Characters” starting May 26, 2017.
This limited-time event will showcase music from Pixar Animation Studios films, like Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, and Cars, complete with a live orchestra.