Walt Disney World Resort will have a new fireworks show
during its ticketed event Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party later this year,
and Animal Kingdom will introduce new holiday entertainment and decor for the
first time in its history.
The new fireworks show, Minnie's Wonderful Chrismastime
Fireworks, will be hosted by its namesake, Minnie Mouse. It will feature a
number of holiday song medleys and can be viewed from around the Magic Kingdom park.
The show will be featured at the Christmas Party, a separate
ticketed event held on select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 22. In addition to the
fireworks show, the party features a parade, shows, select rides and
attractions, and complimentary treats. Depending on the date, tickets range in
price from $99 to $139 and $94 to $134 for kids ages 3 to 9.
At Disney's Animal Kingdom, starting Nov. 8 visitors will
find its Discovery Island area themed as if in the middle of a celebration of
winter. The area will feature life-sized animal puppets, rooftop luminaries in
animal shapes and bird lanterns. The park's icon, the Tree of Life, will
feature a series of winter-themed awakenings, or projection shows, backed by a
holiday music score.
A number of other new holiday decorations will make their
way to the park. In the Dinoland, U.S.A. area, guests will find colorful
decorations and a Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip 'n Dale at night. Asia
will be decked out for Diwali, and the village of Harambe in Africa will
feature new music, performances and a holiday presentation drawing inspiration
from African celebrations.
Pandora -- The World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom's newest
land, will feature Christmas fun, as well. As Pandora is set on an otherworldly
moon, its decorations will be themed around the idea that the expats living and
working there are bringing a bit of Earth to their new home.
This year marks the first time Animal Kingdom has introduced
new holiday decor since its 1998 opening.