The holiday season at Walt Disney World will feature new entertainment options at Epcot and new decor and projections at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and other changes.
• At Epcot, there’s a new name: The Epcot International Festival of Holidays, replacing the old Holidays Around the World designation, which didn’t quite line up with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival nomenclature.
For live entertainment, look for Mostly Kosher, a group that will perform Hanukkah classics in the America Pavilion. Returning with be Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.
Epcot will feature 15 Holiday Kitchens.
The festival runs from Nov. 19 through Dec. 30, including the traditional Candlelight Processional, which begins its three-show nights on Nov. 24. The events are included in regular Epcot admission.
• Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present “Sunset Seasons Greetings,” a projection show that will turn use surfaces along Sunset Boulevard — billboards, Hollywood Tower Hotel and — to display holiday imagery.
The park is upping its decor game around Echo Lake, where the big dinosaur is getting a Santa hat.
And the “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam” projection show will return for a second year.
Hollywood Studios’ holiday festivities, which are included in park admission, kick in Nov. 9.
• At Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins Nov. 9. The extra-ticket event will include a “Frozen”-themed lighting of Cinderella Castle, the “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” show, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the “Holiday Wishes” fireworks presentation.
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