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DISNEY NEWS ROUNDUP: Full Festival of the Holidays Menus; Tons of Holiday Treats Around the World; First Look at New Nighttime Spectacular; More Holiday News; Tons of Food News & More

The holiday season has officially started at Disney World, and we love it! Disney has released full menus for the upcoming Festival of the Holidays as EPCOT, along with revealing a ton of special holiday treats available all over Walt Disney World parks, resorts, and Disney Springs. We have a review and some tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and the brand new seasonal offering, Jollywood Nights at Hollywood Studios, will debut this week. There is a lot of festive cheer to enjoy this year, and we have an overview of everything. We also got a first look at the new nighttime fireworks spectacular coming to EPCOT, a ton of other food news, Disney Cruise news, and more below in this week’s Disney news roundup.

1 – Disney Releases Menus for the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2023

The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays is just a few weeks away. This week Disney has announced the full menus for the festival’s Holiday Kitchens. Get out those planners and check out all of the amazing items coming to the festival at the link below.

Click here for menus for the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays.

2 – The Holiday Season Begins at Walt Disney World

The holiday season has begun at Walt Disney World. This week, the new projections show Frozen Holiday Surprise debuted, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party kicked off. The new special event, Disney Jollywood Nights, debuted on Saturday night. There is so much to see and do during the holiday season. There are offerings at each of the four theme parks, Disney Springs, and Disney Resort hotels. Learn more about all there is to do at the link below.

Click here for an overview of the holiday offerings at Walt Disney World.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. Credit: Disney/Harrison Cooney

We were there at the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and had a fantastic time. This popular special event at Magic Kingdom is one of the best ways to celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World. Read our review at the link below, including 16 tips and tricks for a fantastic night.

Click here for our review of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with 16 tips and tricks for a fantastic night!

Click here for the full lineup of special food and drink offerings for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

4 – Disney Reveals Tons of Holiday Treats Available for a Limited Time Around Walt Disney World

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the wide variety of food and beverage items available throughout the resort. Disney recently released the full listing of holiday treats available for a limited time. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for all the details on the many holiday treats available for a limited time around Walt Disney World.

5 – 2023 Gingerbread Displays and Treats Information Released

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to visit the Gingerbread Displays at select Disney Resort hotels. Every year, we are amazed at the complexity and work that goes into them. We also enjoy getting treats at the displays! Catch all the details on this year’s displays at the link below.

Click here for all the details on the 2023 Gingerbread Displays and Treats at select Disney Resorts.

6 – Disney Reveals First Look at ‘Luminious The Symphony of Us’ Coming Soon to EPCOT

The reimagination of EPCOT is almost complete with the final projects coming in December. One of those is the debut of a new nighttime spectacular, “Luminious The Symphony of Us.” The show is set to debut on December 5. Recently, Disney shared new details about the upcoming show. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for new details on ‘Luminous The Symphony of Us, ’ the new nighttime spectacular coming to EPCOT on December 5.

7 – runDisney Announces 2024-25 Race Season and New Disneyland Races

runDisney has announced its 2024-25 race season, including a new Disneyland race! Registration dates for races were also announced. Learn more below.

Click here for all the details on the 2024-25 runDisney race season!

8 – Pin Trading with Cast Members Returns to Disney Springs

Guests visiting select merchandise locations at Disney Springs can once again experience their favorite ways to trade Disney pins directly with cast members! Keep an eye out for cast with accessories such as lanyards and pin boards, and ask them how you can join in the Disney pin trading fun. Look for cast member trading to come back to even more merchandise locations across Walt Disney World in 2024.

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9 – Disney Cruise Line Wins Awards & How Disney Brings Award-Winning Cruises to the Whole Family

Disney Cruise Line has won more awards for its terrific cruises. Disney Cruise Line offers so much for the whole family while also offering different age groups their own options. There really is so much to do on a Disney Cruise. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for more about the awards and how Disney brings award-winning cruises to the whole family at the link below.

10 – New Details Released for Disney Cruise Line’s New Island Destination Lookout Cay

2024 is going to be a very exciting year for Disney Cruise Line. In addition to the sixth ship setting sail in December 2024, Lookout Cay, a new private island destination is coming in summer 2024. Recently, we learned more about what guests can expect! Learn more at the link below.

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  • Yokai – $19 – Morimoto Knob Creek Bourbon, Monin Caramel Apple Butter, Chambord, MSG, Prosecco
  • Kyuri and Spicy – $18 – Cucumber-Infused Espolon Blanco Tequila, Jalapeno, Ginger Liqueur, Ancho Reyes, Velvet Falernum, Lime, Monin Agave
  • Toji Moon – $16 – Absolut Mandarin Vodka, Sake, Monin Habanero-Lime, Lemongrass, Yuzu, Celery Bitters
  • After Midnight – $17 – Courvoisier vs Cognac, Legent Bourbon, Ginger, Orgeat, Grapefruit, Lemon, Cinnamon Syrup, Black Walnut Bitters
  • Forever Young – $18  Barrel Aged for 2 Weeks- Aviation Gin, Aperol, Carpano Antica, Blood Orange Liqueur, Mole Bitters
  • Maker Mark Flight – $36 – Makers Cask Strength, Makers 46, Morimoto Maker’s Mark Private Select – From Chef to Bar, Morimoto Maker’s Mark Private Select – A5 – Spring Staves
  • Sopa de lentejas – $14 – Stewed lentils with chorizo, butifarra and vegetables
  • Canelones de rabo de toro y foie – $24 – Pasta stuffed with oxtail with a foie gras and bechamel sauce
  • Carrilleras de cerdo con puré de patatas – $24 – Braised pork cheeks with wild mushrooms and potato puree
  • Pollo a la Catalana – $36 –Half roasted Catalan style chicken with prunes, raisins, pine nuts and Oloroso wine
  • Lubina al “Pil Pil” – $56 – Mediterranean Seabass with classical “Pil-Pil” sauce
  • Holiday Ham – Ham, cinnamon sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce & cheddar
  • Holiday Turkey – Turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce & mayonnaise
  • Frozen Peppermint Cocoa Shake – Vanilla soft serve, hot cocoa mix, peppermint and crushed candy cane pieces, topped with marshmallow whipped cream, mini marshmallows and a chocolate drizzle.
  • Holiday Cookie Shake-Vanilla soft serve, blended with sugar cookies, marshmallow whipped cream, mini m&m’s & holiday sprinkles, topped with a special holiday cookie.
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