You’ll find more than just the typical array of souvenirs and tourist items as you shop the retail establishments of Universal CityWalk. Browse through the entertainment complex’s fun stores and gift shops and you’ll discover stuff you never new existed, and things you didn’t realize (until now) that you just can’t live without.

Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company®, the world’s most famous tattoo company, has set up shop at CityWalk. Browse the incredible collection of flash art, pick up authentic Hart & Huntington clothing and accessories, and even take home a permanent souvenir from your trip.

The Hard Rock Cafe carries everything from t-shirts, jackets, pins and even a Hard Rock Cafe Barbie!

The Island Clothing Store, featuring Tommy Bahama sportswear, Lilly Pulitzer, LaCoste, fine footwear, jewelry, apparel and accessories.

At NASCAR Sports Grille you can purchase photos of your favorite drivers in a frame which includes a genuine chunk of sheet metal from their car or NASCAR driver photos framed within the side wall of an actual racing tire!

The Endangered Species Store® has just about every critter you can think of crafted into an amazingly lifelike menagerie of statues, lamps, clocks, tables, vases, picture frames and just plain knick knacks.

The Quiet Flight® Surf Shop not only has all the coolest gear to wear while surfing or skateboarding … you’ll also find a selection of surf boards and skateboards as well.

The Mini-Mart at Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville® has assorted Parrothead paraphernalia.

These are just some of the stores and only a few of the unique items you’ll find at CityWalk. The Universal CityWalk entertainment complex is located at Universal Orlando® Resort, just between the entrances to both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme parks.

Information courtesy of Orlando CVB

January 2009

A look at what’s going on in Orlando during January. The holidays are over and we are starting a new year. Cool, comfortable temperatures of January make for wonderful weekends outdoors including the popular Manatee Festival at Blue Springs.


Through – January 4, 2009: ICE!
A holiday extravaganza held annually at the Gaylord Palm. Bundle up and preview beautiful ice sculptures.
More info: 407-896-4231 x 254
Admission charge

January 03, 2009: Jazzed in Sanford
Monthly Jazz Concert series held the first Saturday of the month in Magnolia Square, downtown Sanford from 4 – 7pm.
More info: 407-688-5004
Free admission

January 08, 2009: Popcorn Flicks in the Park
Each month the Enzian Theater features free movies on the second Thursday of the month at Central Park.
More info: 407-629-1088
Free admission

January 08, 2009: Movie in the Park
Enjoy a family movie on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall in Lake Mary.
More info: 407-585-1400
Free admission

January 8, 2009: Alive After Five
The second Thursday of each month, enjoy themed entertainment and activities.
More info: 407-302-2586
Admission charge

January 09, 2009: Music in the Galleries
In addition to free admission to the Morse Museum of American Art every Friday evening from 4 – 8pm from the beginning of November till the end of April, each month the museum will also feature live music in the galleries.
More info: 407-645-5311
Free admission

January 09, 2009: Friday Night Live Unplugged
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

January 15, 2009: Streetmosphere
Enjoy the Russian born members ov CirqueMosphere as they perform feats of Mime, magic, juggling and balancing at Uptown Altamonte. Two shows start at 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

January 15 – 19, 2009: Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey
The circus is coming to town at the Amway Arena. Ninety minute show includes Asian elephants, double-decker trapeze and more.
More info: 407-849-2000
Admission charge

January 16, 2009: Friday Night Live Unplugged
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

January 16, 2009: Cinema in the Park
Family movies on the third Friday of each month at Centennial Park in Sanford. Bring the family and a blanket or chairs for the 7:00pm showing of this month’s movie.
More info: 407-688-5004
Free admission

• January 16 – 18, 2009: Extravaganza at Renninger’s
Three times a year during the 3rd weekends of November, January and February, thousands of antiques will be on display at Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets in Mount Dora. Purchase a daily or 3 day pass.
More info: 352-383-8393 or 1-800-522-3555
Admission charge

• January 16 – 18, 2009: Suburban Orlando Home Show
American Consumer Shows presents their annual expo at Osceola Heritage Park.
Admission charge

• January 16 – 20, 2009: Otronicon
Hands on gaming festival held annually at the Orlando Science Center. This 10 day event is sponsored by Full Sail University. Check the schedule for classes & workshops, competition and complete schedule.
Admission charge

• January 17, 2009: Kissimmee Sunshine Regional Chili Cook-Off
International Chili Society sanctioned chili cook-off. Sample some of the best chili in the area or enjoy the beer garden while listening to live music.
Free admission

• January 17 – 18, 2009: Camellia Show
Enjoy a free weekend to peruse Leu Gardens while learning about the beautiful camellias that are in bloom. Camellia Plant sale from 9am – 5pm each day.
Free admission

• Celebrate Martin Luther King Day – events Jan. 15 – 19
Orlando – Jan. 17, 2009 – Martin Luther King Parade begins at 10 am. Battle of the Bands & Concert begins at 2pm at Lake Eola.
Sanford – Jan. 17, 2009 – Martin Luther King Rally-in-the-Park. Community function with live entertainment, food and games starting at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford starts at noon. Shady Park at Hannibal Square from 10 am till 5:30 pm.
Sanford – Jan. 19, 2009 – Martin Luther King Parade begins at 10 am on 13th Street to Holly Ave, to 9th Street then to Coastline Park.
Winter Park – Jan. 19, 2009 – Shady Park at Hannibal Square from 10 am till 5:30 pm.
Bok Tower Gardens – Jan. 15, 2009 – Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Concerts. Music of hope, inspiration and peace to honor Dr. King.

Through January 20, 2009: Otronicon
Hands on gaming festival held annually at the Orlando Science Center. This 10 day event is sponsored by Full Sail University. Check the schedule for classes & workshops, competition and complete schedule.
Admission charge

January 19, 2009: Storytelling at Leu Gardens
Stories at 3 times for different aged children on the third Monday of the month.
More info: 407-246-2620
Free admission

• January 20 – 25, 2009: ZORA! Festival
A street festival with folk arts, music, dance, visual arts, ethnic cuisine celebrating the famed author Zora Neale Hurston from Eatonville, FL. This year the event spans 2 weeks with jazz performances, educational topics and motivational speakers.
More info: 407-647-3307
Many events offer free admission

• January 22 – 25, 2009: Yeehaw Junction Bluegrass Festival and Fiddle Championship
One of the largest gatherings of bluegrass bands and performers. The festival will also offer food, workshops and fiddle contests.
Admission charge

• January 23, 2009: Friday Night Live Unplugged
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

• January 24 – 29, 2009: Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Celebrate the West Indian Manatee with food, games, arts & crafts. Learn more about the Manatee at Blue Springs104.
More info: 386-775-9224
Admission charge

• January 30, 2009: Friday Night Live Unplugged
Friday nights at Uptown Altamonte, from 7 – 9 pm enjoy outdoor entertainment in a beautiful setting. Local artists perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music weekly.
More info: 407-571-8180
Free admission

• January 31, 2009: Bok Towers 80th Anniversary Dedication Day Celebration123
Celebrate the anniversary of the 1929 dedication of the singing tower and Olmsted gardens. Events throughout the day.
Free admission

Information courtesy of

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes the New Year with entertainment and fireworks on Wednesday, and builds up to the celebration with parties tonight through Tuesday. The festivities are included in park admission: $67.95 for adults and $57.95 for children.

SeaWorld Orlando is throwing a big party on Wednesday complete with Michael Andrew & The Atomic Big Band performing at Bayside Stadium, followed by fireworks. Visitors may dance to the beat of a DJ as the countdown to 2009 begins at The Waterfront section of the park. At midnight, fireworks will light up the skies. The party is included in daily admission: $69.95 for adults; $59.95 for children.

Universal CityWalk: This 30-acre entertainment complex by Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure hosts a party with the Doobie Brothers, a buffet, champagne toast and live entertainment at its nightclubs. Advance tickets are $119.99; $124.99 after Tuesday.

Walt Disney World: The parks bid farewell to 2008 with a variety of events. Epcot features DJs and evening dance parties throughout World Showcase as well as a special presentation of the “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” lights, lasers and fireworks display. Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers multiple presentations of the show Fantasmic! and also a special “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks spectacle. The Magic Kingdom features special presentations of the “SpectroMagic” parade and multiple nighttime fireworks displays, including “Holiday Wishes” and “Fantasy in the Sky” at midnight. The events are included in regular park admission: $75 for adults, $63 for children.

Information courtesy of South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Starry-eyed singers who dream of being discovered — like Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson or Clay Aiken — will have a chance when a new “American Idol” attraction opens in February at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Or, if singing on stage doesn’t appeal, visitors to the theme park’s new attraction can make like Simon Cowell or Paula Abdul by taking on the role of judge in the live, interactive competition.
The attraction, scheduled to open Feb. 12 at a time when attendance and revenues are down at the Orlando theme park, was announced December 18 in a joint statement by Disney Parks and Resorts and producers/creators of the phenomenally popular “American Idol” TV show, Fremantle Media Licensing and 19 Entertainment.
Like the TV show, Disney’s “American Idol Experience” attraction will include a nerve-racking audition process in which eligible park-goers will perform in front of a Disney producer for a chance to be cast in a show at the theme park — and a possible shot at eventually competing in the real TV show.
“One of the most remarkable elements about ‘American Idol’ is that for a brief moment each week, we can provide TV viewers the opportunity to imagine life as America’s next superstar,” said Simon Fuller, CEO of 19 Entertainment. “Disney’s new attraction perfectly captures what we at ‘American Idol’ feel is the heart and soul of this brand, real people getting a shot to make their dream a reality.”
The attraction will be located in the Hollywood Studios section of Disney World. Parkgoers who are deemed to have “star quality” during a screening process — and after working with a vocal coach, hair stylist and make-up artist backstage — will perform on Disney’s “American Idol Experience” stage set before a live audience and a panel of judges.
Those with the highest votes will compete in an end-of-day grand finale show at Disney World; the winner of the grand finale show will receive a guaranteed reservation for a future regional stadium audition for the “American Idol” TV show.
“Millions of people have imagined themselves standing on the ‘American Idol’ stage,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts. “We’re excited that we will be bringing this dream to life every day at Walt Disney World.”
Information courtesy of The Detroit News

Though Disney World is known for pulling out all the stops at Christmas, those looking for an edgier coaster scene might want to check out Universal Studios’ sister park, Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla. The park has been cultivating an alternative audience in recent years with holiday ticket packages, relatively quick lines and the popular Grinchmas — a stage show with a score arranged by Mannheim Steamroller. “When they first opened Seuss Landing in 1999, I fell in love,” said Chris Kraftchick, an Orlando native who represents the Florida Region of American Coaster Enthusiasts. “The icing on the cake was Grinchmas — to have these characters walking around talking to people and telling the stories. They hit a grand slam.” The year they opened the festival, he read the book to his children, Joshua, 8, and Madeline, 12, before they went. When they got to the park, Joshua gasped: “There’s the guy who stole Christmas.” (Guests-in-the-know can even have breakfast with the book’s characters; $19.95 and $13.95 for ages 3 to 9; call 407-224-4012 for reservations.) Adrenaline freaks can also take advantage of the warm weather to hit the park’s impressive coaster lineup. Next door at Universal Studios, floats from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade have been shipped in for a daily parade, which also includes marching bands and a high-kick line. Guests can volunteer to be balloon handlers by signing up between the Jimmy Neutron ride and the Universal Studios Store.

Information courtesy of New York Times

December in Orlando offers plenty of fun for everyone, including events at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort & SeaWorld.


Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade
November 28, 2008 – January 04, 2009: Join Mickey and friends as they celebrate the holidays, safari style with decorations, live entertainment and photo opportunities.


Holidays Around the World
November 28 – December 30, 2008: International holiday traditions unfold throughout World Showcase when storytellers portraying cultural icons of the season.

Candlelight Processional
November 28 – December 30, 2008: A heartfelt holiday tradition led by a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra showcases the reason for the season.


Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights
November 28, 2008 – January 4, 2009: Partake in the wondrous light show at MGM Studio’s Streets of America backlot.


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
November 10 – December 19, 2008: Experience the enchantment of “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the excitement of a holiday-themed fireworks during a special after-hours party inside the Magic Kingdom theme park. Nov. 10, 11, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30; Dec. 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19.


Festival of the Seasons
November 28 – December 24, 2008: Downtown Disney rings in the magical shopping season with more than 50 unique stores and merchandise locations across the shopping, dining and entertainment district. The holiday celebration includes festive holiday décor, carolers, nightly tree lighting and photo opportunities with Santa.


Polar Express
November 14, 2008 – January 4, 2009: SeaWorld transforms the Wild Arctic into the fables Santa Town where guests are taken on a magical trip to the North Pole.

Wheel of Fortune
December 11, 12, 14, 15, 2008: Watch the taping of 4 episodes of Wheel of Fortune featuring host Pat Sajack and Vanna White.


Annual Festival of Lights
December 05 – 06, 12 -23, 26 – 27, 2008: Featuring more than a million twinkle lights and dozens of neon displays each evening from dusk till 8:30om. Enjoy strolling carolers, alighted boat parade and Santa Clause. Included in the admission cost.

Traveling Vietnam Wall
December 05 – 07, 2008: AVTT travels the U.S.A. remembering and honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. Included in the admission cost.


Celebrate Grinchmas
December 7, 2008 – January 1, 2009: Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando as the resort’s two theme parks, on-site hotels and CityWalk transform into a seasonal spectacular featuring special holiday-themed entertainment, decorations, food and more. Meet the Grinch at Islands of Adventure and join in on the excitement of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade transported from New York.


New Year’s Eve at Universal CityWalk
December 31, 2008: The evening features live performances by national acts, an expansive gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and live entertainment.


Breakfast with Santa
December 13,, 2008: Annual holiday breakfast at the zoo. Call 407-323-4450 for more info.


Leu Holiday House
November 27, 2008 through January 1, 2009: The house is open each day from 10:00 – 10:30. The historic house is decorated with festive trees, ribbons and bows. Dioramas from Ron’s Miniature Shop and Museum along with beautiful ornaments that garnish every room. Admission to the house is included with garden admission.


The Quest of Beauty – Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Life and Art
Through January 25, 2009: Louis Comfort Tiffany’s lifelong “quest for beauty” is reflected in his work across various media.

A Brilliant Setting – American Cut and Pressed Glass Tableware 1876-1917
Through September 15, 2009: Includes more than five dozen examples of American-made glass tableware from the late-19th and early 20th centuries.


Beakman’s World Tour
Through January 2009: Based on the children’s hit television show Beakman’s World, this hands-on version will explore four very different worlds in exciting and innovative ways. Children and the young at heart can satisfy their curiosity for the worlds of the human body, space, dinosaurs, and rainforests.

Titanic – The Experience
Through December 2008: The world-famous exhibition, features full-scale recreations of the ship’s most famous locales along with historians in period costume interacting with guests as you explore the history and science behind the “ship of dreams.”

Information courtesy of

Universal Orlando is planning to open a Moe’s Southwest Grill and a Panda Express in the newly emerging quick-service food area of CityWalk, officials said last week.

The two restaurants bring burritos and other Tex-Mex dishes, and orange chicken and other Asian dishes, to a dining and entertainment district that until now has featured big table-service restaurants but only a very limited offering of quick-service foods.

Those two restaurants and a previously announced Burger King Holdings “high energy” concept restaurant called the Whopper Bar all are being built in the area next to the NASCAR Sports Grill and should be open before spring-break season, Universal Senior Vice President Ric Florell said.

Information courtesy of Orlando Sentinel

An elaborate “Cinderellabration” topiary and an environmentally friendly Green Garden will bring fresh springtime flair to the 16th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 18-May 31, 2009. Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World guests of all ages can explore a variety of exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun. Weekend Flower Power concerts will pump up the volume and spread a groovy vibe at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase.

Each year, Disney gardeners channel their creative energy into presenting an intricate topiary display against the backdrop of Spaceship Earth. This year, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip, and Belle and Beast from “Beauty and the Beast” will debut in all their “blooming finery” as the grand front-entrance topiary during the 75-day festival.
New gardens, events and children’s play areas offer more reasons to visit the 16th annual festival:
• Green Garden– Anyone can create an environmentally friendly garden; here’s where guests will learn about low-water-use gardens, incorporating native plants into their garden and recycling.
• Pixie Hollow – Colorful topiaries of Tinker Bell and her friends from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Tinker Bell” will sprinkle pixie dust over this playful garden designed just for kids.
• Pirates Adventure Zone – Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Croc topiaries will lure young swashbucklers to this interactive space designed for exploration and adventure.
• Special Environmentality Celebration (April 24-26) – This special event will showcase how to keep the planet green through solutions like reducing waste and using friendly bugs.
Throughout the festival, more than 70 topiaries will decorate the park landscape and showcase the extraordinary craftsmanship of Disney gardeners. Sweeping floral beds and exhibits will feature 30 million blooms. A Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion will tell the “love story” of plants and perfume, and the English Tea Garden at the United Kingdom pavilion will explore the art and history of blending tea plants. The art of bonsai will “wow” guests at the Japan showcase.
Popular bands will rock the open-air America Gardens Theatre every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 pm. The concert lineup is slated to include new acts like Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, plus pop favorites like Davy Jones, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats, Tony Orlando, Jose Feliciano, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and other top acts.
Information courtesy of MouseSavers Newsletter

Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves return to Champion Stadium for their 12th edition of Spring Training at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in March 2009. The Atlanta Braves will host several marquee opponents in 2009, including visits from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, during the Major League Baseball Spring Training season at Champion Stadium at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

After two weeks of workouts, the Braves play an 18-game home schedule that includes a number of premier opportunities for fans in 2009, such as World Baseball Classic Exhibition games featuring Panama (March 3) and Venezuela (March 5), and a pair of contests against the Yankees and Mets at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, the leading venue for amateur and professional sports in the country.
Each game has fun for the whole family, including entertainment in a way that only Disney can do, with appearances by Disney characters, live music, an all-new On-Field Spectator Experience and the opportunity for kids to run the bases after every game.
Last spring, the Braves finished 10-5-1 at Champion Stadium, with three of the top all-time home crowds at Disney, on the way to ranking second only to the New York Yankees in Grapefruit League attendance.
Multi-game ticket packages for the Braves’ home spring training season can be purchased now at

Individual game tickets go on sale Saturday, January 10, at 10 am through

Information courtesy of MouseSavers Newsletter

Walt Disney World Resort blings in the holidays with sparkling, jewel-like crystals adorning the iconic Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom and a city streetscape alive with millions of multi-color lights glowing and dancing to music at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and a breathtaking bridge of twinkling lights that welcome guests to World Showcase at Epcot.

And to go with all the sweet treats for the eyes: seasonal festivities that blanket the Vacation Kingdom by late November as first Magic Kingdom and then Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney take the wrappings off their own Santa sleighfuls of yuletide gaiety.

Guests began to get in the spirit the beginning of November by beholding the 200,000 twinkling lights of Disney’s newest holiday tradition – Castle Dreamlights – in Magic Kingdom. Donning their holiday finest, Cinderella and friends take to the Cinderella Castle stage daily for a dream-come-true, light-the-night moment.

Also underway in during the Holiday Season: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select evenings in Magic Kingdom. During this popular special ticket event, guests are treated to “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks spectacular plus special holiday-themed shows featuring Disney characters decked out in their seasonal finest, carolers, festive tree lightings and more.

The “Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” celebrates the festive moods of the season with dancing snowflakes, marching toy soldiers, horse-drawn sleighs, enchanting floats and spirited characters all proceeding through the streets of the theme park in a merry and melodic cavalcade.

During “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” the radiant castle beams brightly as the evening is magically capped with festive fireworks orchestrated to classic holiday tunes.

Favorite attractions are open throughout the evening, and while forecasters predict the first snowfall of the season will swirl a winter-like effect down Main Street, U.S.A., guests can take heart: there’s hot cocoa and cookies to add a warm spirit for a not-to-miss outing for the whole family.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates in 2008: Nov. 10, 11, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30; Dec. 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, from 7 p.m.-midnight.
Walt Disney World Resort unwraps more wintertime wonderment throughout property beginning Nov. 28. Here’s the lineup:

* Epcot Presents Holidays Around the World – International holiday traditions unfold throughout World Showcase Nov. 28-Dec. 30 when storytellers portraying cultural icons of the season – such as France’s Pere Noel, Italy’s LaBefana and America’s Santa Claus – spread messages of goodwill. Nighttime sparkles with a luminous light bridge adorning the breezeway to World Showcase Plaza, where guests can see a magnificent holiday tree. And to cap off the day, Epcot’s kaleidoscope of lasers, lights, fireworks and music – “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” – takes on a spirited holiday finale.

* Candlelight Processional at Epcot – A heartfelt holiday tradition led by a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra showcases the reason for the season Nov. 28-Dec. 30. Staged at America Gardens Theatre at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m., Candlelight Processional features a celebrity narrator who retells the joyous Christmas story. The narration is interspersed with memorable music. Performances are included with Epcot admission.

Scheduled celebrity narrators include (subject to change):


John O’Hurley


Neil Patrick Harris


Brian Stokes Mitchell


Virginia Madsen


Marlee Matlin


Monique Coleman


Chita Rivera


Abigail Breslin


Steven Curtis Chapman


Edward James Olmos


Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance

* The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Bathed in bulbs of brilliance, New York Street glows with millions of dancing lights and animated displays in a revered Disney holiday tradition Nov. 28 through Jan. 4, 2009. Amidst gently falling snow, guests will bask in the glow as twirling carousels, melodic angels, colorful wreaths, marching toy soldiers and Santa and his reindeer move to high-energy music and 3-D effects, creating a dazzling symphony for the senses. This enchanting spectacle results from a crew of 18 electricians working some 14 weeks using six miles of rope lights, 84 angels and 66 snow machines.

* Disney’s Animal Kingdom – “Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade” gets a holiday makeover Nov. 28 through Jan. 4, 2009, when it is magically transformed into “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.” This rompin’ spectacle is a theatrical showcase of characters with whimsical floats and puppetry with a holiday world-beat twist. Guests also can meet Disney characters decked out in their holiday best at Camp Minnie-Mickey which also features live seasonal entertainment, holiday photo opportunities and decorative Christmas trees.

* Festival of the Seasons at Downtown Disney – There are enough toys to fill up Santa’s sleigh at stores such as Once Upon a Toy, Team Mickey’s Athletic Club, LEGO Imagination Center and the World of Disney store. Guests can finish their holiday shopping at this one-stop mecca featuring something for everyone on their list – Basin bath and body shop, Arribas Brothers, Disney’s Days of Christmas holiday shop, Fuego by Sosa Cigars and more – and enjoy the dazzling light display and holiday décor that adorns the Downtown Disney streets Nov. 28-Dec. 24, 2008. Youngsters can bring their Christmas list and visit Santa Claus from noon-10 p.m. daily.

Information courtesy of Magical Mountain