- The Magic Kingdom Christmas Day Parade taping is this Friday and Saturday. To accommodate taping on Friday November 30th, there will be no performances of Dream Along with Mickey, the Trolley Show or Main Street Vehicles, The Move It Shake It Celebrate It Parade, or the Flag Retreat Ceremony. The Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade will begin in Frontierland at 5pm rather than its usual 3pm start on Main Street. On Saturday December 1st, there will be no performances of the Trolley Show or Main Street Vehicles, The Move It Shake It Celebrate It Parade, or the Flag Retreat Ceremony. Dream Along with Mickey is scheduled at 5:35pm, 7pm, and 8pm. The Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade will begin in Frontierland at 5pm rather than its usual 3pm start on Main Street. The Castle Dream Lights should be turned on at 6:15pm as usual. At the moment, the weather looks clear on Friday and Saturday, so additional taping on Sunday shouldn’t be necessary.
- If you’re thinking that attending the Christmas Parade would be fun, everyone thinks that exactly one time. Here’s what it looked like last year: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/magic-kingdom-christmas-day-parade-taping-swiss-family-treehouse-greek-salad-extended-queue-saturday-and-the-survey-says/.
- The Agent P World Showcase Adventure is expanding into Mexico, the UK, and Japan Pavilions over the next few weeks.
- Check the official press release for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Of interest: “Epcot chefs will cook up first-time festival food and beverage fun, with special cooking stations offering exclusive-to-the-festival bites along the park’s World Showcase promenade.”
During last year’s look at the Festival, I mentioned that the Flower and Garden Festival would probably look more and more like the Food and Wine and Flower and Garden Festival each year. Guest spending is staggering during the Food and Wine Festival, so it only makes sense to add these elements. I would guess things won’t be quite as cray-cray as the Food and Wine Festival as the Flower and Garden Festival has historically been a low key affair. The press release linked above also includes the Flower Power Concert acts, other new things, and etc. if you’d like to know what’s going on.
- Also riding the coattails of the success of Food and Wine, two booths have appeared in Downtown Disney outside Fulton’s and Portobello offering Festival favorites including the Hawaiian Pork Slider with Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise ($3.25) Argentinian Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce ($5), the Florida Local Shrimp Ceviche ($4.25), the Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread ($3.25), Trio of Artisan Cheeses ($4.50), and Dessert Trio ($3.75). In addition, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Bud Light, Stella Artois, and Angry Orchard Apple Cider will be offered along with wine and champagne.
- Bistro de Paris in the France Pavilion will reopen at “Monsieur Paul” next month – an homage to Paul Bocuse, one of the world’s most renowned chefs. His son Jerome runs Les Chefs de France downstairs. While I appreciate naming a restaurant after your father, Monsieur Paul sounds about as French as Le Arby’s. But I don’t judge. Mr. Bocuse was the “first German-speaking and the third non-French-speaking chef to receive three Michelin stars.” Perhaps Le Biergarten would have been more appropriate. On the plus side, ordering Le Hamburger a la Monsieur Paul will sound tres sexier than a la Electric Umbrella.
- Disney re-added the morning Extra Magic Hour at Magic Kingdom on December 6th. It had originally been removed after Disney announced that would be the official opening of New Fantasyland. Magic Kingdom remains not recommended.
- Hollywood Studios is going to be offering “A Taste of Hollywood Studios to Go” as officially described by Disney Parks Blog here. It will be available from December 22nd – January 5th. You can view my review of last year’s Taste of Hollywood here, which includes a cold meal, dessert, and bottled beverage along with reserved seating for Fantasmic. With the incredibly heavy crowds during those two weeks, you may want to consider the meal. At $16/adult and $5.49/Kids, it’s much less expensive than the table service Fantasmic Dining Package and the seats should be in the same area. Hopefully Disney has figured out a better way to admit Package users into the dedicated seating area. As far as I know, Disney hasn’t actually begun taking reservations. If you’ve already called, chances are you were told that they were unavailable. I’m not sure of the date that they will begin taking reservations.