Disney's Epcot Flower and Garden Festival will have a few new topiaries and two new Outdoor Kitchens when it opens on March 1st, 2017. I'm looking forward to the Figment topiary and the new Belle topiary that should be much more lifelike. This is our 11th year covering the Festival, it really is my favorite time of year at Walt Disney World! Here is the full press release, and I added a video preview from last year and a photo to show the "new look" Snow White that was added a few years back, that is the type of detail we should be seeing with Belle. Also, Garden Rocks! concerts will now expand to four days instead of three.
Farmer Mickey and Minnie from 2015, photo by Denise Preskitt, Mousesteps
Disney's Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel Celebrates 17th Year With Disney Character Inspired Horses!
Disney's Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel is celebrating its 17th year, and Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Bakery team really outdid itself this year in probably my favorite theme ever for the carousel - the horses are inspired by Disney characters! There is a high level of detail to be found. During the last two or three years, the display was scaled back some so it was nice to see a ton of creativity brought into it again. The horses always have different names, but this year they are all Disney character names and designs.
Honestly, sometimes you hear the words "surprise and delight" associated with different aspects of the Disney parks experience, and that is how I felt walking in and seeing this year's carousel.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Limited Release Shirt Available at Disney Parks Online Through December 11th, 2016
Disney Parks online has released adult and child size versions of a Prep and Landing Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! t-shirt (not sure why it mentions the holiday party, since I see nothing of that on the shirts). The shirts can be ordered through December 11th, but they can take 3-5 weeks to arrive. They may not arrive for Christmas. They are also buy 1, get 1 40% off! Any purchase made through Mousesteps does help support us, thank you! The adult version is dated 2016 on the front, and you can see not only the Prep and Landing characters, but Oogie Boogie appears in the moon.
Here is information on the adult shirt:
- Prep and Landing screen art
- Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! 2016 and Disney's Hollywood Studios logos
- Jersey knit
- Ribbed crew neck
- 100% cotton
Last week, we attended the second Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! Holiday Party. When we booked it, we thought it was just a dessert party - but we were pleasantly suprised that there were other offerings as well. I was hoping to post this review earlier, but we've been on the go every day and I'm finally getting to catch up on my writing.
So....before going any further, this might be the first time I'm not really recommending a Disney dessert/food event. I enjoy Disney special events, but we've become pretty choosy about which ones we book and review as far as our budget allows. However, the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! Holiday Party sounded interesting and having a reserved spot for a show can be a bonus - especially when the show doesn't have a lot of good sightlines. From November 14 through December 17, 2016, tickets are $69 per adult and $39 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). From December 18 through December 31, 2016, tickets can be purchased for $79 per adult and $45 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). Here is our review, though we personally recommend Minnie's Holiday Dine instead and I'll post about that at the end.
Disney's Grand Floridian Gingerbread House Opens for 2016 Season with Ribbon Cutting, Victorian Mickey & Minnie
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort celebrated 18 years of the popular Grand Floridian Gingerbread House yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included Victorian Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek did the honors as always, swiftly cutting the ribbon that was set up. His pastry team was also part of the ceremony, they have spent months readying the over 5000 gingerbread shingles that adorn the house - and the ones they will sell in the next six weeks. The gingerbread is created from Herbitschek's own European recipe, a little firmer than other recipes I've tried - I always purchase a shingle or two during the season here, it's a favorite treat of mine. Here is a look at the ceremony from yesterday, as well as the house itself and some treats for sale!
We were at the first two Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights at the Magic Kingdom, and there are quite a few changes this year! Here are 14 tips for enjoying Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2016, along with photos and some of our videos (check out our full Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2016 playlist!) I plan to post an article with 100+ photos soon as well. And next Tuesday, we should have our Mousesteps Weekly #206 up, all about the Party.
"A Frozen Holiday Wish" Kicks off First Cinderella Castle Lighting for 2016: Photos & Video of 10th Year of Lighting
"A Frozen Holiday Wish" kicked off the 10th year of Cinderella Castle holiday lighting - I'm not sure if Disney still refers to the display as "Castle Dreamlights" anymore, but that is what it was called for years. We've been photographing the lights since the debut year in 2007, when the Fairy Godmother convinced Cinderella that she should wish for twinkling lights on the castle. A new tradition was born! This is the third year of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff doing the honors.
- Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground Guests Celebrate Halloween with Annual Golf Cart Parade; Headless Horseman Makes Surprise Appearance
- Muppet Mobile Lab Returns to Epcot After Almost 10 Years with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker (Photos, Video)
- New Disney Sketchbook Ornaments Include Stitch, Scrooge McDuck, Star Wars, Princesses & More, About 75 in All!
- Planet Hollywood Observatory Name Takes Shape; Paddlefish & The Edison Construction Update at Disney Springs (Updated August 15th, 2016)
- Review: Chef Art Smith's Homecoming: Florida Kitchen Brings Delicious Southern Cooking to Disney Springs
- Review: Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza: A Delicious Addition to Disney Springs
- AbracadaBar Opens on the Walt Disney World BoardWalk: Photos & Video of Newest Themed Bar at WDW
- Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Being Refurbished; Food Court Moved to Former Bonfamille's Cafe' (Photos)
- Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs Opens: Store Offers Merchandise & Rooftop Beverage Bar (Including Beverly Ice Cream Float!)
- Review: Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar at Disney Springs Overhauls Food Menu
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