Walt Disney World has been presenting incredible yearlong events the last couple of years and 2013 will be no exception. The celebration for 2013 has been dubbed “Limited Time Magic.”
Every week throughout the year, the Disney Theme Parks will present something special to add to the magic of a day at the park.
Here are some of the events you can look forward to beginning in January:
True Love: Celebrate romance and enchantment throughout Valentine’s Week with special moments and entertainment geared to lovebirds. Disney Princes join their Princesses to meet park guests in special settings, prix fixe menus turn up at select restaurants and Valentine’s collectibles will be offered for the week.
Independence Week: It’s red, white and blue as Disney Parks salutes America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party — for an entire week, with patriotic lighting bathing the Disney castles on both coasts. Mickey Mouse appears in his patriotic finest and guests will find special USA shirts, Ear Hats and other limited-edition souvenirs.
Long Lost Friends Week: Lesser-known Disney characters will move from the shadows to the spotlight meet-and-greets on both coasts. Photo opps with characters that could include Flik, Clarabelle Cow, Remy, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum will surprise and delight guests. And Disney guests even have the chance to vote online for which characters they want to see.
Pirate Week: Why talk like a pirate one day when you could celebrate these scalawags all week long? The adventures of Jack Sparrow come to life like never before during a bicoastal buccaneer bash in which Walt Disney World become pirate-palooza: pirate bands, pirate meet-and-greets and more.
Dapper Dans Sing Boy Bands: The Dapper Dans, the iconic quartet from Main Street, U.S.A., will add a special finale to their show, claiming the title of the “Original Boy Band” and delivering a medley of hits from One Direction, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.
Unleash the Villains: Friday the 13th in September 2013 is a special day, so Disney’s Hollywood Studios are staying open until the 13th hour (1 a.m.). Maleficent, Captain Hook, Jafar and other Disney Villains host a dance party, complete with limited-edition collectibles and other nighttime mischief.
Along with these limited time events, Disney World Orlandowill have the new Fantasyland expansion open for 2013. Purchase tickets today to experience Disney World theme parks.
Holiday celebrations at Disney World are a magical experience. During the holidays, Epcotis transformed into an international holiday wonderland filled with festive decorations and celebrations from around the world. One of the most popular holiday events at Epcot is their Candlelight Processional, scheduled from November 23 – December 30, 2012.
Candlelight Processional is a special holiday event held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot theme park as part of Holidays Around The World. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. Candlelight Processional is performed three times nightly, at 5:00pm and 6:45pm and 8:00pm. Plus, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot is included with the purchase of a Disney ticket.
The schedule of narrators for 2012 includes:
November 23 to November 25, 2012 — Geena Davis
November 26 to November 29, 2012 — Neil Patrick Harris
November 30 to December 1, 2012 — Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 to December 4, 2012 — Andy Garcia
December 5 to December 7, 2012 — Blair Underwood
December 8 to December 9, 2012 — James Denton
December 10 to December 13, 2012 — Jodi Benson
December 14 to December 16, 2012 — Lea Salonga
December 17 to December 19, 2012 — Alfre Woodard
December 20 to December 22, 2012 — Trace Adkins
December 23 to December 25, 2012 — Gary Sinise
December 26 to December 28, 2012 — Amy Grant
December 29 to December 30, 2012 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason
You can add a dinner package to your Epcot ticket to ensure a seat at the Candlelight Processional. Dinner packages ranges from $49.99 – $69.99 for adults, and from $14.50-$26.99 for children 3-9. The dinner packages includes a guaranteed seat at the processional and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. Candlelight Processional, although included with the purchase of Disney tickets, is a popular event so this is a nice option to look into if you will be visiting on a busy travel day.
Be a part of LEGOLAND Florida’s second annual Christmas Bricktacular this holiday season. Scheduled for weekends in December, the event features festive fun with a LEGO twist.
Holiday decorations and seasonal music can be found at The Beginning and Fun Town, with a special Kids’ New Year’s Eve on December 31. You can also do plenty of Christmas shopping at LEGOLAND, where every child’s favorite toys – LEGOS – can be bought.
During the Christmas Bricktacular, The Beginning will be home to a more than 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made with 270,000 forest green Legos and Duplo bricks.
The Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration lets kids be kids, with a special fireworks show at 7pm scheduled just for them. No need to stay up until midnight, because when with the purchase discount LEGOLAND Florida tickets, you can celebrate New Year’s Eve kid-style and at a kid-appropriate time.
There is also a Countdown to Kid’s New Year’s Eve planned for the nights of December 26-30, 2012. Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve features nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise. Watch the spectacular fireworks explode into millions of tiny LEGO bricks with special 3D viewing glasses.
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND Florida with two days for the price of one tickets.
Join Mickey Mouse and friends for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World Orlando. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom and is filled with live entertainment, dazzling fireworks and a merry holiday parade.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special after-hours event that promises jolly fun for everyone. The event features an exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza – Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season and the enchanting Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle. Character greetings, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa and a magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A., are all part of the experience. Live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters is also planned. Note the Holiday Wishes fireworks show is scheduled for 9:30pm, while the Celebrate the Season show occurs at 7:45pm, 10:00pm and 11:20pm.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is a highlight of the event, as it features a special appearance by Santa Claus himself. It also showcases the various festive moods of the holiday season, showcasing themes such as Friends & Family, Winter Wonderland, Fairy Tale Christmastime, Christmastime Sweets and Mr. & Mrs. Claus. The parade is presented at 8:15pm and 10:30pm each night of the party. Cinderella’s Castle enchants visitors as it is covered in thousands of twinkling lights, covering the castle in a dazzling “blanket of ice” for a wintry effect.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be held November 9 through December 21, 2012, on these select nights, from 7pm-Midnight:
November: 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30
December: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21
Admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not included with the purchase of regular Disney Magic Kingdom tickets. Prices for advance tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party range from $58.95-$64.95 for adults and $53.95-$59.95 for children. Day of tickets range from $64.95-67.95 for adults and $59.95-$62.95 for children.
Celebrate the holiday season with festive events at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios at Universal Orlando Resort. Highlights of Holidays at Universal Orlando include Grinchmas, Macy’s Holiday Parade and a holiday concert series starring Mannheim Steamroller. The holiday cheer begins December 1, 2012, and lasts through January 1, 2013.
At Universal Studios Florida, guests can head to the streets of New York for the 11th Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade. This seasonal favorite features authentic floats and balloons direct from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. Festive street performers and talented marching bands from around the country create the parade, which includes Santa himself. Afterwards, there is a beautiful tree lighting ceremony with music and a dazzling display of lights. The parade begins at dusk.
The holiday concert series featuring Mannheim Steamroller is scheduled for December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. The Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling group will perform live at the Music Plaza Stage. Guests can also explore the nearby Holiday Village, which features unique ornaments, delicious treats to eat and drink, and crafts for kids.
Other holiday events at Universal Studios Orlando Floridainclude A Barney Holiday, a magical sing-a-long show at A Day in the Park with Barney; and The Blues Brothers Holiday Show with Jake and Elwood performing festive favorites like “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.”
At Islands of Adventure Universal Orlando Seuss Landing is transformed into the wintry wonderland of Grinchmas. It features the popular live musical performance of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” which stars The Grinch and includes music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests are encouraged to stroll through the Whoville Wonky Tree Lot and take in the zany Wholiday decorations.
Holiday Breakfast with The Grinch is also available to park goers. The breakfast event includes a delicious breakfast buffet and appearances by The Grinch, Whos and other memorable Dr. Seuss characters.
All festivities – except Holiday Breakfast with The Grinch – are included with the purchase of discount Universal Studios tickets and Islands of Adventure tickets.
Universal Orlando Vacation Packages are on sale now.
Dive into the holiday spirit at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. From November 17, 2012 – December 31, 2012, SeaWorld Orlando will feature spectacular festivities and unforgettable experiences that celebrate the holiday season. Festivities include a dramatic holiday simulator ride, special Shamu Christmas show, special activities on The Waterfront and a holiday fountain show.
Highlights of a visit to SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration include:
- O Wondrous Night: Hear the greatest story ever told with over 30 carols, life-size puppets and live animals. Special effects and marvelous singing add to this incredible production.
- Sea of Trees: Stroll through a wintery wonderland of holiday trees that sparkles to music and lights up the waterfront. The lights literally dance to music, creating a Christmas treat for all.
- Polar Express: Journey to the North Pole aboard SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic simulator. The exciting expedition takes guests to fabled Santa Town. Classic scenes from the movie and book of the same name, written by Chris Van Allsburg, are recreated for a multi-sensory experience that immerses passengers in special lighting, scent, and sound and motion effects.
- Shamu Christmas Miracles: Experience the holiday wonder of the 22-minute nighttime show – Shamu Christmas Miracles. Seasonal music, talented killer whales and a story of peace and friendship remind visitors of the everyday miracles all around us.
- A Sesame Street Christmas: Everybody’s favorite Sesame Street friends are at SeaWorld for the holiday season. Interactive sing-a-longs with Elmo, Telly Monster and other Sesame Street friends teach the meaning of Christmas to Abby Cadabby.
- Winter Wonderland on Ice: The stars of this show are the talented ice skaters who dazzle with their moves. A backdrop of towering fountains of water dancing on the lake complimented by the fireworks lighting the night sky is one of the best SeaWorld holiday experiences.
- Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas: Join Clyde and Seamore for a fun-filled holiday celebration featuring sea lions, mischievous otters, a comical elf and walruses.
- Holiday Reflections: A fireworks and fountain finale not to be missed, Holiday Reflections features soaring fountains, dazzling lights and festive fireworks choreographed to festive holiday songs.
Best of all, SeaWorld’s holiday celebrations are all included with the price of SeaWorld tickets. Purchase yours today to save $10 on adults and kids tickets.
Orlando features an ecclectic mix of places to grab a drink, hit the dance floor or simply mingle with friends. For the best places for Orlando Nightlife, check out our nightlife guide.
Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
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Universal Citywalk includes The Red Coconut Club, Bob Marley: A Tribute to Freedom, Pat O’Brien’s, City Jazz, The Groove and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.
International Drive Resort Area
Are you ready for the ride of a lifetime? At the Richard Petty Driving Experience you can discover the thrill of being a race car driver. They offer two different types of experience where guests can ride a long in the passenger’s seat or drive a real 600 horsepower race car. Read on for more information about racing at the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Orlando, Florida.
The Ride-Along Experience gives you the opportunity to ride shotgun in a two-seat stock car driven by one of the facilities professional instructors. The 3-lap NASCAR qualifying run reaches speeds of 145mph. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and, if under 18, will need a guardian’s signature.
If you’re look for an even more incredible thrill, choose one of the driving experiences.
The Rookie Experience includes eight laps over one session. This is the most popular driving experience.
The Experience of a Lifetime lets you get in the driver’s seat for an astounding 30 laps over 3 sessions. During this experience you can improve your driving line, increase your speed and live the dream of being a real NASCAR driver.
Whichever option you choose, a day spent at the Richard Petty Driving Experience is one you’ll never forget.
November 9-10: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Weekend events include the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5k, runDisney Kids’ Races, Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo, and the Finish Line Party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. Register online
November 9-11: Festival of the Masters
Downtown Disney hosts this special festival which features paintings, photography, sculptures, hands-on activities, live music, and unique shopping experiences.
November 9 – December 21: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This special festival
is filled with fireworks, a holiday parade, cookies and cocoa, snow fall on Main Street USA, and more. Held 7pm-midnight on select nights. Special ticket rates apply.
November 9 – January 6: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most amazing Christmas light shows in the country. The lights display is included with regular admission to the theme park.
November 16 – December 27: Festival of the Seasons
Downtown Disney will have live entertainment, festive decorations, and Santa Claus during the holiday season.
November 17 – December 31: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Experience SeaWorld’s winter wonderland with a Sea of Trees, carols, ice skaters, and a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience.
November 23 – December 30: Holidays Around the World – Candlelight Processional
is held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot. Special guests narrate the event, including Geena Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Garcia, and more.
November 30 – December 23: Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Fridays-Sundays guests can experience special entertainment, festive treats, holiday shopping, and beautiful Christmas decorations. A separate ticket is required.
Busch Gardens Tampa is bringing the spirit of Christmas to its safari-themed park this holiday season. Busch Gardens will transform into a nighttime holiday wonderland, complete with seasonal sights, sounds and delicious holiday treats. Christmas Town is scheduled for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, Nov. 30-Dec. 23.
The Christmas Town event will begin in Celebration Village (the park’s Moroccan Village). Ornaments, glowing lights, local choirs and shops filled with holiday gifts delight park goers. An all-new Christmas Town ice show will be featured during the event, as will a Jungle Jubilee at the Cheetah Hunt walkway and the Carol of the Bells light show. Highlighted by tens of thousands of Christmas lights set in motion to a choreographed presentation of seasonal songs, Carol of the Bells is a true holiday spectacular.
Other Christmas Town stops include Candy Cane Lane in Nairobi which includes Christmas Town Express and Santa’s House, where guests can take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Jimmy Osmond’s Christmas Jukebox will be performed in Stanleyville, during which Osmond and his family sing favorite Christmas tunes. A holy nativity and illuminated angles can also be found in Stanleyville. To see a little bit of the holidays Florida-style, head to the Enchanted Flamingo way. There you’ll find decorated palm trees and pink lights. At Christmas Town Park, guests will be able to enjoy real snowdrifts in the Show Wonderland snow play area, snap shots with strolling snowmen and enjoy an end-of-the-night concert by Jars of Clay.
Of course there are things for the little tykes to do too. Sesame Street’s Season of Fun will give families the changes to meet and greet Elmo and his friends in the Christmas attire. Picture will be taken so bring a smile! Jingle Bell Junction in Gwazi Plaza is operating rides especially for younger guests as well.
Christmas Town Village will be the place to pick up a unique holiday gift or indulge in a sweet holiday treat. Gingerbread cookies, egg nog, roasted nuts, hot chocolate and other seasonal items will be available.