Holiday Shows and Frozen Magic at Disney Parks
November 20, 2015
A Frozen Holiday Wish
Watch Cinderella Castle transform into a wintery wonder in “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” at Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort. “Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf have journeyed to a magical kingdom to see how everyone there celebrates the holidays,” explains James Silson, Show Director, Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. “They realize something is missing—ice and snow—so Elsa uses her icy magic to transform Cinderella Castle.”
As the music swells, Elsa sings out “Let It Go,” raises her arms and Guests see magic actually flowing from her fingers and circling around the Castle to transform it into a glittering vision of brilliant icy lights. “It’s truly a magical experience,” James says. “You can’t help but get a goosebumpy feeling watching it!”
The show is performed twice nightly during the holiday season. Is there a “best place” to view it? We asked James. “Personally I like to see the magic transform the entire Castle, so I prefer to stand back a ways,” he says. “But of course, the closer you are to the stage, the closer you are to the Characters and some Guests really love that. Either way, it’s magical, and the recently-expanded Castle hub offers great viewing wherever you are.”
You can make wishes come true after the show too with your Cardmember savings of 10% off select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at select locations at Magic Kingdom® Park, to bring home costumes, apparel and accessories featuring your Frozen friends that will keep the magic shining long after the show is over.1,2
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas
A totally different take on the holidays is wrapped up like a gift for Guests with “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas,” a 17-minute variety-style show performed live at the Rocket Tower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. The show, which opened November 8, is presented exclusively on party nights through December 18. After that, you can catch it daily throughout the rest of the holiday season.
Hosted by a lovely, vivacious singer named Haley Comet, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and Stitch herald the holidays with the sound of laughter. Haley gives Stitch, who appears in animation on an enormous screen, an assignment to track down Santa Claus and bring him to the show. But apparently Stitch has no clue who Santa is. With the help of the audience, and rollicking musical numbers performed by Buzz and Mike, Stitch eventually understands the meaning of Santa and the season. But since he can’t locate the jolly old elf, in the grand finale, the little alien appears on stage dressed as Santa.
“It’s rare to see these particular Characters performing,” says Denise Case, Show Director, Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. “It’s also unique in that we don’t have a lot of shows where we can show the Characters on screen, and it is a lot of fun to see Stitch interacting with Haley. We created new animation for Stitch that Guests won’t see anywhere else. His interactions with Haley and the audience are super cute. I love that Stitch eventually understands the meaning of Santa and the season. It’s about friends, traditions and O’hana—family. And that’s at the heart of everything we do.”
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