WDW UPdate 11

The Holidays at Disney World Parks

Here is Disney Elite's weekly UPdate to ensure your trip to Walt Disney World is that Magical vacation you've been dreaming of! We have provided the most up-to-date information for events at all the Parks, as well as any closures or refurbishments to be aware of during your visit.  

​Epcot has some great dining options for you this holiday season during the International Festival of the Holidays. Delight in some French cuisine at Alsace Holiday Kitchen in the French Pavilion. They're serving Napoléon de Saumon Fumé, Brioche á l'aneth--a smoked salmon Napoleon in a dill Brioche. They offer wine and speciality cocktails, such as a Holiday Kir--made with sparkling wine and Monin® Cranberry Syrup. And, there's nothing like grandma's home cooking! Find your way to the American Adventure Pavilion to enjoy seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole and roasted sweet potatoes. Grandpa's spiked Firenog matches perfectly to chocolate pecan tart--made with TG Lee® Eggnog and Fireball® Cinnamon Whisky. 

If you're looking for some warmer weather, head to the Caribbean to celebrate El Dia De Los Reyes Magos--Three Kings Day. Dine on some shredded beef tamales with avocado crema and cilantro rice, complete with Three Kings Bread. And, you definitely have to try Coquito with a Bacardi® rum floater--a coconut based Caribbean egg nog (also served without rum). Want to spice things up? Head to the Mexican Pavilion for Tamal de Chilorio--a slow-roasted pork shoulder, marinated in ancho paste and stuffed in a corn masa; served with salsa tres chile and garnished with crema Mexicana and queso fresco. Wash that down with a Horchata Margarita! Get ready to travel around the world and savor all of these special holiday treats and many more. They are available until December 30th.

If you want additional help planning your vacation, visit the My Disney Experience website to create your dream vacation with a day-to-day planning guide. Don't forget to download the free mobile app to use on the go while at the parks. Use this Magical app to check the wait-times for all the attractions, make dining reservations, get your Fast Passes, and more! There is an interactive map to help guide you through the Parks. Please remember to visit Walt Disney World's website for the latest updates as your vacation approaches. Share your vacation plans with us or ask questions you may have on our discussion boards here at Disney Elite!

Featured Events

Magic Kingdom
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 22
Disney After Hours: Jan 19, 26, 30; Feb 8, 15; Mar 1, 8, 2018

Candlelight Processional: Nov. 24 - Dec. 30

Laurie Hernandez: Nov 24-26
Matt Bomer: Nov 27-28
Ana Gastayer: Nov 29-30
Whoopi Goldberg: Dec 1-3
Pat Sajak: Dec 4-5
Jodi Benson: Dec 6-8
Kurt Russell: Dec 9-11
Warwick Davis: Dec 12-14
Trace Adkins: Dec 15-17
Neil Patrick Harris: Dec 18-21
CCH Pounder: Dec 22-24
Jaci Velasquez: Dec 25-27
Chandra Wilson: Dec 28-30

Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend: Feb 23-25, 2018
International Flower & Garden Festival: Feb 28 - May 28, 2018
International Festival of the Holidays: Nov 19 - Dec 30, 2017
International Festival of the Arts-The Visual Arts: Jan 19 - Feb 19, 2018
Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package: Jan 12 - Feb 19, 2018 (Reservations available now.)

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - Norway
Biergarten Restaurant - Germany
Coral Reef Restaurant - The Living Seas Pavilion
The Garden Grill Restaurant - The Land Pavilion
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room - United Kingdom

Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side: April 19 - 22, 2018 (Star Wars Dark Side 10k Sold Out)

Hollywood Studios
Flurry of Fun - Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017
Sunset Seasons Greetings: Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017
Star Wars: Galactic Nights: Dec 16, 2017

Disney Springs
Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba - Final show on December 31, 2017
Holidays at Disney Springs - Nov-Dec 2017
Mother's Day Weekend - Late-April 2018 to Mid-May 2018
Father's Day Weekend - June 2018

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Spring Training 2018 for the Atlanta Braves! The dates to watch the Braves will be announced soon, so check back for more information regarding their schedule. 

Closures and Refurbishments

Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids - Jan 7 - Feb 4, 2018
Finding Nemo: The Musical - Feb 8 - 18, 2018

Disney's Blizzard Beach
Entire park - Oct 22, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018

Disney Springs
DisneyQuest – Now Permanently Closed

Magic Kingdom
Hall of Presidents - through late 2017
Liberty Square Riverboat - Jan 8 - Jun 28, 2018
Splash Mountain - January - February, 2018
Stitch's Great Escape - Closed until Dec 22, 2017
Cinderella's Royal Table - Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2018

Typhoon Lagoon
Entire park - Jan 7 - Mar 18, 2018

Resort Hotels
Art of Animation – Ongoing day-time construction of Disney Skyliner
Caribbean Beach – Old Port Royale Redesign through Fall 2018; Disney Skyliner day-time construction
Coronado Springs – Room Refurbishments through early 2018
Grand Floridian - Beach Pool and Beaches Pool Bar closed for refurbishment Nov 20, 2017 to February 2, 2018
Old Key West – Resort-wide Refreshment through 2019; Room refurbishments through Summer 2018
Pop Century – Room Refurbishments through Summer 2018; Disney Skyliner day-time construction.
Swan & Dolphin – Multi-Phase Overhaul through late 2017
Wilderness Lodge - Cub's Den Children's Activity Center permanently closed.
Yacht Club – Room Refurbishments & Captain's Grille Overhaul through late 2017

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