#87: 12 Days of Christmas #12: Disneyland Small World Holiday

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #12 – Disneyland’s Small World Holiday.  Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

SamsDisneyDiary 87: Small World Holiday

SamsDisneyDiary 87: Small World Holiday

If Walt Disney World is your “Home Park”, Disneyland’s Small World Holiday also is enough reason to make the trip to California for the holidays.  As you approach the outdoor facade, you can’t help but realize something is different; it’s the huge outdoor facade, it’s the music, it’s that holiday tune, it’s the decorations even as you approach. Yes, it’s the original It’s a Small World.  This is the attraction that was rebuilt in Disneyland in 1966 after being moved from The New York World Fair.  That’s a story for another SamsDisneyDiary.

SamsDisneyDiary 87: Small World Holiday

SamsDisneyDiary 87: Small World Holiday

Disneyland’s It’s a Small World has a charm all its own all the time, not just for the holidays.  It’s something you just don’t get in Florida; in fact, Disneyland’s It’s a Small World includes Disney characters!  Yes, Disney characters all with that familiar Mary Blair whimsical style that perfectly matches the original theme, increasing re-rideability all year long.  For the holidays, WOW!!!  I mentioned the outdoor queue at night during the holiday, the clock chime turns into a project show all its own.  I found myself wishing the queue was longer.  Inside the attraction, where do I start? An absolutely perfect holiday overlay to a Disney classic.  I can’t even begin to describe it; and as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  So, I did my best to capture the spirit of the attraction in both audio and video format.

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#86: 12 Days of Christmas #11: Epcot Holidays Around the World Musical Tour

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #11 – Epcot Holidays around the World – Musical Tour.  Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

SamsDisneyDiary #86 - Epcot Holidays Around the World Musical Tour

SamsDisneyDiary #86 – Epcot Holidays Around the World Musical Tour

On the last episode of SamsDisneyDiary, we focused on the holiday story tellers around World Showcase.  This time, let’s take a musical tour around World Showcase.   Music is such an important piece of any Walt Disney World experience, and the Holidays around World Showcase are no exception.  Let’s start with an Epcot original, the Mariachi Cobre, then a quick look into the famous Candlelight Processional, followed by the Voices of Liberty, the American Music Machine and a full set from one of my favorites, the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

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#85: 12 Days of Christmas #10: Epcot Holidays Around the World – A Norwegian Tale

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #10 – Epcot Holidays around the World – A Norwegian Tale.  Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

SamsDisneyDiary 85: Epcot Holidays around the World

SamsDisneyDiary 85: Epcot Holidays around the World

Epcot Holidays around the World is an annual holiday celebration, and Epcot’s 3rd annual “festival” – not only around World Showcase, but all of Epcot.

Similar to the Flower and Garden and Food and Wine Festivals, grab your “Holiday Passport” and start enjoying all of the unique destinations and entertainment offerings.

Of course the always popular Candlelight Processional is the centerpiece of the evening entertainment, but there is so much more.  The Guide Book is your map to everything that’s happening.  A great addition to the Guide Book for 2016 are photo references of treats available around World Showcase in the holiday kiosks.  In addition, the Guide Book showcases the “entertainment”.   With so many options, Epcot alone could have been the entire

SamsDisneyDiary 85: Epcot Holidays around the World - A Norwegian Tale

SamsDisneyDiary 85: Epcot Holidays around the World – A Norwegian Tale

SamsDisneyDiary 12 days of Christmas.    From the Chinese Lion Dancers, Helga in Germany, La Befana in Italy, Pier Noel in France, the Daruma Vendor in Japan or Father Christmas in the United Kingdom, they all capture the essence of how the holidays are celebrated in each country.  For 2016, my favorite?  Not only because of the brand new location in front of the recently opened “Frozen Ever After” in Norway is Sigrid and Julenissen.   Our story teller is surprised by a mischievous Christmas gnome as she attempts to tell the tale of a Norwegian Christmas.  The comedic value keeps the kids entertained and adults alike.

Let’s check in on a few of the Christmas tales and catch the full show in Norway.

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#84: 12 Days of Christmas #9: Epcot Fountain of Nations Holiday Edition

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #9 – Epcot Fountain of Nations Holiday Edition.  Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

SamsDisneyDiary 84 - Fountain of Nations Holiday Edition

Fountain of Nations Holiday Edition

Epcot’s Fountain of Nations is located directly behind Spaceship Earth, so you can’t miss it; in fact, you walked past it more than once on your last trip.  The 180 x 120 foot oval fountain is an Epcot opening day original.  The dancing fountain projects water as high as 150 feet all choreographed to music.  I consider the fountain the most over looked attraction in all of Walt Disney World.  It’s right there, in plain sight!!  And 95% of people just walk right by it not realizing the significance.  The fountain contains water from 22 nations creating a global body of water.

SamsDisneyDiary 84 - Fountain of Nations Holiday Edition

Fountain of Nations Holiday Edition

Every fifteen minutes, the fountain springs into life with a water ballet choreographed to music.  While the fountain operates daily, during the holidays it becomes part of the Epcot holiday tradition.   But you won’t find it on the map, or Times Guide.  It’s an Epcot secret.  Today I have a special treat, a 30 minute continuous recording from the 2016 holiday edition of Fountain of Nations.  My camera was positioned behind the fountain looking toward the front of the park.  Relax and enjoy, Epcot Fountain of Nations Holiday Edition.

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#83: 12 Days of Christmas #8: Disney Springs Starbright Holiday

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #8 – Star Bright Holiday at Disney Springs.  Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

SamsDisneyDiary #83: Disney Springs Starbright Hoiday

SamsDisneyDiary #83: Disney Springs Starbright Hoiday

It’s a first not just for Disney Parks, but in the United States: A new holiday experience at Disney Springs featuring 300 show drones illuminating the night sky. In “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration,” guests will get a chance to watch Disney and Intel explore remarkable new technology.

The new holiday experience “Star Bright Holiday” features 300 drones or flixels, flying pixels, illuminating the night sky.   The show takes place over Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs, and is best viewed from the

SamsDisneyDiary #83: Disney Springs Starbright Hoiday

SamsDisneyDiary #83: Disney Springs Starbright Hoiday

West Side (Anywhere from the West Side boat dock, near House of Blues, all the way to Starbucks along the lake front).   My video and audio is from the exit area of “Characters in Flight”, which you see on the ground in the video – it was closed for the show, but opened immediately following.  Why was I there?  Mostly because I arrived late, after recording Jingle Bell Jingle Bam over at Studios, proving that there is time to do both on the same night.

The show isn’t long, but it does set the stage for adding drone technology to other Disney night time offerings.

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#82: 12 Days of Christmas #7: Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #7 – Disneyland’s Christmas Fantasy Parade.  Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

SamsDisneyDiary 82: Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade

SamsDisneyDiary 82: Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade

It’s time to ring in the season, and there is no better way than with a Disneyland Christmas parade.  A long list of Disney characters join Santa for a merry musical celebration that’s headed straight down the middle of Main Street USA.  Complete with prancing reindeer, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Disneyland Park.

SamsDisneyDiary 82: Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade - Reindeer and Santa

SamsDisneyDiary 82: Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade – Reindeer and Santa

If you’re a Walt Disney World regular and new to Disneyland, there is one big difference with the parades in general.  During Disneyland’s parades, there is a rather large break between parade segments.  Believe it or not, it has to do with allowing people to “cross” the parade route at the front of Main Street.  There isn’t much room between the entrance gate and the start of the parade; that makes for some waiting between parade segments.

The parade segments include:

  • Anna, Elsa and Olaf bid you a warm winter welcome from their fantastic Frozen 
  • Mickey and Minnie work with Chip ‘n Dale to organize an avalanche of letters to Santa.
  • Woody and Buzz give a playful wave from atop giant wooden building blocks.
  • The Disney Princesses dance and curtsy at the Candlelight Ball.
  • And, of course, Santa Claus rides high in his sleigh filled with presents and good cheer.

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#81: 12 Days of Christmas #6: Jingle Bell Jingle Bam

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #6 – Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

Sams Disney Diary Episode #81: Hollywood Studios Jingle Bell Jingle BAM

Sams Disney Diary Episode #81: Hollywood Studios Jingle Bell Jingle BAM

Christmas Day is almost here, but Jolly Old Saint Nick is nowhere to be found. Luckily, Wayne and Lanny, the stars of ABCs Prep & Landing, are on the job, and they won’t rest until the Big Guy’s back at the North Pole.    Tracking down Santa leads them to Halloween Town from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas for a holiday rescue.  Can they save the day?

Sams Disney Diary Episode #81: Hollywood Studios Jingle Bell Jingle BAM

Sams Disney Diary Episode #81: Hollywood Studios Jingle Bell Jingle BAM

Featuring traditional holiday tunes, state-of-the-art projections from Disney animation classics, special effects, fireworks and even a little snow, it’s a spectacular evening celebration you won’t soon forget!

Jingle Bell Jingle Bam, new for 2016, takes place at Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios Center Stage – right in front of the Chinese Theater.  In reality, it’s a spin on the Star Wars Galactic

Sams Disney Diary Episode #81: Hollywood Studios Jingle Bell Jingle BAM

Hollywood Studios Times Guide

Celebration Fireworks.  Meaning – the infrastructure investment for the Star Wars Galactic Celebration can be adopted to just about anything.  With some software changes, (video and lasers) along with re-packaging fireworks, the possibilities for this technology are endless.  Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! Represented the first “Holiday” example of changing the show, but… consider the possibilities.  Star Wars is obvious, but what about a “Pixar or Toy Story version to tie into the opening of Toy Story Land, or a Muppets version, or a version that ties all of the properties at Hollywood studios together.

I can’t help but think this is the longer term plan Disney had all along when they first announced that the “Sorcerers Hat” would be removed.  Congratulations Hollywood Studios, the new firework/laser/projection show is a must see and a huge win.   Here’s looking forward to the rest of Hollywood Studios re-imagination.

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#80: 12 Days of Christmas #5: World of Color Celebrate

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #5 – World of Color Season of Light! Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

SamsDisneyDiary Episode #80 - World of Color Season of Light

SamsDisneyDiary Episode #80 – World of Color Season of Light

I’ve covered Disney California Adventure’s World of Color before on samsdisneydiary, in fact, multiple times all the way back at the beginning during episode #8 and again for Disneylands 60th in episode #60.  Recently this year, I was able to experience World of Color during the holidays. World of Color – Season of Light.

According to Disneyland:

SamsDisneyDiary Episode #80 - World of Color Season of Light

SamsDisneyDiary Episode #80 – World of Color Season of Light

Fill your heart with the Spirit of the Season.  Beloved moments from favorite Disney and Pixar films illuminate a towering wall of mist. Hundreds of sky-high fountains dance to holiday music while glistening snow floats across the screen. It’s a mesmerizing display that stretches across more than 18,000 square feet!
Weaving classic films like Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia, with newer hits like Frozen, Toy Story, and Inside Out, World of Color – Season of Light tells the story of friendship, love and light. From the opening number to the breathtaking finale, this awe-inspiring show is an unforgettable Fill Your Heart with the Spirit of the Season.

From “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let it Snow” to “Feliz Navidad” and cherished movie tunes, the medley of music might just move you to sing out loud. And wait ‘til you experience Goofy’s over-the-top light display set to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards in Winter”. You have to see―and hear―it to believe it!

I hope you enjoy a quick look at World of Color Season of Light.

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#79: 12 Days of Christmas #4: Main Street Trolley Show

SamsDisneyDiary Episode 79: 12 Days of Christmas Day 4 - Main Street USA Holiday Trolley Show

SamsDisneyDiary Episode 79: 12 Days of Christmas Day 4 – Main Street USA Holiday Trolley Show

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #4 – Magic Kingdom’s Holiday Trolley Show. Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

Like Disneyland’s Main Street USA, there is something magical about a walk down Main Street USA in Walt Disney World.  While different than Disneyland, Walt Disney World’s Main Street has a charm all its own and it starts, or should I say “started”, with the Welcome Show.  The Welcome Show, which was featured in SamsDisneyDiary #19, is sadly no longer part of the morning routine at Walt Disney World.  However, the Main Street USA Trolley Show is still entertaining guests every day on Main Street USA.

SamsDisneyDiary Episode 79: 12 Days of Christmas Day 4 - Main Street USA Holiday Trolley Show

SamsDisneyDiary Episode 79: 12 Days of Christmas Day 4 – Main Street USA Holiday Trolley Show

Several times each morning, the citizens of Main Street perform a song and dance routine at various locations along Main Street USA.   While the shows take place daily, there are special seasonal performances including a holiday show.

Sometimes timing is everything, and there is nothing better than strolling down Main Street and hearing the Trolley Show music.  A perfect opportunity to take a few minutes and enjoy exactly where you are:  Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom right in the middle of Main Street USA.

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#78: 12 Days of Christmas #3: ¡Viva Navidad!

SamsDisneyDiary 12 Days of Christmas Day 3 - Viva Navidad

SamsDisneyDiary 12 Days of Christmas Day 3 – Viva Navidad

Welcome to Sams Disney Diary 12 Days of Christmas 2016!  Day #3 – “¡Viva Navidad!”   from Disney California Adventure. Get all the videos at www.youtube.com/Samsdisneydiary and be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas playlist

Discover the sights and sounds of a special celebration throughout the holiday season. Disney California Adventure celebrates “¡Viva Navidad!”    .

Several times each day, a high-energy street party takes over Disney California Adventure Paradise Garden.

SamsDisneyDiary 12 Days of Christmas Day 3 - Viva Navidad

SamsDisneyDiary 12 Days of Christmas Day 3 – Viva Navidad

Led by the “Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck, Panchito and Jose, the infectious mix of Mariachi and Samba musicians, Mexican folk music along with carnival dancers,12-foot-tall masquerade puppets and those ambassadors of holiday cheer, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The crowd is sure to get going along with the celebration “¡Viva Navidad!”   
Throughout ¡Viva Navidad!, an exciting lineup of guest artists—from bands to comics to storytellers—make spirits bright with captivating live performances.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! brings the Paradise Gardens area of the park to life with festive music, vibrant colors, jubilant dancing, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family.

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