Happy Thanksgiving from the Frog Family!
The theme parks are especially busy over Thanksgiving weekend; it’s one of those times when having a plan is a MUST. So from choosing which park to finding the perfect photo opportunity, we’ve got you covered with helpful tips and information if you’re spending Turkey Day at Disney. Read A Thanksgiving Day Planning Guide (blog) before you go.
Partly cloudy skies and daytime temperatures in the mid 70s are expected Thursday through Saturday. Nights will cool down to the low 60s. For an up-to-the-minute Orlando weather forecast, click here.
What’s Happening This Weekend…
Holidays Around The World – Candlelight Processional @ Epcot®
Epcot® transforms into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions this Friday, November 25 for the season-long special event, Holidays Around The World. Enjoy La Befana, Father Christmas and other holiday folk sharing traditions and tales from around the globe during Holidays Around The World. Candlelight Processional is held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. Mira Sorvino is the celebrity narrator from November 25 – 27; Michael W. Smith takes over on November 28. Show times are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Holidays Around The World – Candlelight Processional at Epcot® continues until December 30 and is included with regular theme park admission; buy discounted tickets here.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights @ Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
What do you get when you combine millions of twinkling lights, holiday music and the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®? The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights! This breathtaking display takes place nightly beginning at 6 p.m. Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights dim then dramatically spring to life perfectly synchronized to music. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights continues until Jan. 8, 2012 and is included with regular theme park admission.
See pictures from the Frog Family’s trip to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights here. Watch the Video here.
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Mickey helps Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park get in the holiday spirit with a festive version of his afternoon parade, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade. This energy-filled processional is even more exciting with the Disney Characters decked out in their holiday attire, the rickshaws covered with garland, and Santa Goofy! Speaking of Santa Goofy, don’t forget to stop by his Holiday Village in Camp Minnie-Mickey where you’ll be able to meet your favorite Disney Characters dressed in their finest holiday outfits. Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. each afternoon and is included with regular theme park admission.
See the Frog Family’s pictures from Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade and Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village here. Watch the video here.
Festival of the Seasons @ Downtown Disney
Festival of the Seasons continues this weekend at Downtown Disney. Enjoy Latin, jazz and pop performances of cherished holiday songs throughout the day, but the real fun begins when the sun goes down. There’s costumed stilt walker and street performers, holiday carolers, a lively holiday dance party with a deejay and SANTA CLAUS! (And don’t forget all the wonderful shopping at Downtown Disney.) Festival of the Seasons continues until Jan. 8, 2012 and admission is free.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration kicks off Friday, November 25 and is packed with special holiday shows including Shamu Christmas – Miracles, A Sesame Street Christmas, Winter Wonderland on Ice, and the spectacular fireworks show Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale. Another highlight of the event is THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience when the beloved holiday classic comes to life as you and your family are immersed in the heart-warming story of a young boy’s thrilling ride into an enchanted world. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 11; every night from December 16 to 30. The special event is included with regular theme park admission.
Holidays at Busch Gardens
Holidays at Busch Gardens continues this weekend. Highlights of this special event include Christmas on Ice, a limited engagement ice show with a cast of professional skaters, Christmas from the Heart, an inspiring holiday gospel performance, and Christmas Celebration, a musical extravaganza featuring seasonal songs, tap-dancing toy soldiers and fun for the whole family. Holidays at Busch Gardens is included with regular theme park admission and continues until Jan. 1, 2012; buy discounted tickets here.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party @ Magic Kingdom® Park
Magic Kingdom® Park hosts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this Sunday, November 27. The festive celebration is filled with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks, your favorite Disney Characters and much more. Highlights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party include:
- Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade (watch the video)
- Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, an exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza (watch the video)
- Celebrate the Season, a Castle Stage show featuring your favorite Disney Characters (watch the video)
- A magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.®. (watch the video)
- Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is from 7 p.m. until midnight and is not included with regular theme park admission.
Get helpful tips and information from the Frog Family’s night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (blog) here. See pictures of the event here.
Old Spice Classic NCAA Basketball Tournament @ ESPN Wide World of Sports
ESPN Wide World of Sports will host the sixth edition of the Old Spice Classic during Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 24, 25 and 27. This Division I Men’s Holiday Tournament will feature eight teams and 12 exhilarating games; participating teams include Indiana State, Arizona State, Dayton, DePaul, Fairfield, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Wake Forest. Games will be televised live on the ESPN family of networks, and NCAA Division I teams will compete in a bracketed-tournament format. For more event information, schedules and to purchase tickets, please visit oldspiceclassic.com.
*Don’t forget you can now find Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme park hours and current ride wait times on UndercoverTourist.com!