As luck would have it, I think I'll already be in Florida when this event takes place, so if I can get tickets, I'll be there! Who wants to join me? This really does look fun and I love all the little perks and extras. Very nice D23!
D23's Magic & Merriment at Walt Disney World - Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 15 at 10 a.m. PST
Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2009
If decked halls, dancing reindeer, sumptuous winter feasts, dazzling decorations and yuletide carols warm your heart and spark your imagination, you'll want to join us at Walt Disney World® as D23 celebrates its first holiday season with our exclusive weekend of festivities, "Magic & Merriment."
The holly jolly happenings begin Saturday morning, December 12, at the D23 Member Lounge in Epcot, where guests will be greeted by the D23 Team and some very merry surprises and special guests that will certainly add some ho-ho-holiday sparkle to your day. The magic-makers at Walt Disney World Holiday Services will then give you a special behind-the-ears glimpse at how they transform Walt Disney World into a sparkling holiday haven — from gigantic candy-coated gingerbread houses and glistening snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. to twinkling Christmas trees beaming with thousands of lights. You'll then be invited to spend the afternoon enjoying the holiday splendor of Epcot at your own pace before re-joining the group at the America Gardens Theatre as the sun begins to set.
As you nestle into your reserved seat, sit back, snuggle up and delight in the warm embrace of Walt Disney World's perennial Christmas favorite, Candlelight Processional. This time-honored tradition of classic carols and hymns sung by a choir of hundreds will be narrated by renowned singer and actress Vanessa Williams ("Colors of the Wind" from Pocahontas; Ugly Betty). Following this special performance, you will be transported to Disney's Hollywood Studios for a sumptuous holiday feast on one of the park's largest backlot sets – Lights! Motors! Action!™ After the park closes, enjoy "the last ride of the night" on one of the park's signature attractions, and then head over to New York Street for a private viewing of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights during a special presentation hosted by two of Walt Disney World's top creative minds.
On Sunday, you'll head to the Magic Kingdom for a day of Christmas fantasy and fun in this delightfully wintery wonderland. After a morning of enjoying the park's sparkling holiday majesty, everyone will gather inside Frontierland's iconic Diamond Horseshoe for a private holiday luncheon complete with special entertainment to keep the holiday spirit alive. After dessert, D23 members and their guests will get another "suite" treat… the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an exclusive tour of the magical Cinderella Castle Dream Suite, situated high above Fantasyland.
Come nightfall, celebrate together at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and relax at D23's private hospitality lounge (located at the Swan Boat Landing in front of Cinderella Castle) for holiday treats and cocoa. You'll also enjoy reserved viewing for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade. Holiday magic abounds, and, of course, it wouldn't be a D23 event without a very special holiday gift to commemorate the weekend! Happy holidays from your friends at D23!
Date: Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2009
Location: Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Odyssey Center located in Epcot's Future World (just past Test Track). First presentation begins at 10 a.m.
Tickets: Tickets will be available Thursday, October 15 at 10 a.m. PST. Members may bring up to three guests.
Cost: $195 per person
Included with the cost of your ticket:
- Park admission for two days at Walt Disney World
- Two tickets per guest to Disney Quest in Downtown Disney (Orlando)
- Access to the D23 Member Lounge Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Epcot and Sunday from 7 p.m. – midnight on Sunday at the Magic Kingdom
- Special morning "Holidays Around the World" presentation with surprises for all guests (Saturday)
- Guaranteed seating for Candlelight Processional at 5 p.m. (Saturday)
- Dinner and dessert on the set of Lights! Motors! Action!—includes wine and beer (Saturday)
- Private presentation of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (Saturday)
- Transportation to and from Epcot to dinner (Saturday)
- Private luncheon with entertainment inside the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon (Sunday)
- Reserved parade viewing (Sunday)
- Cinderella Suite tours (Sunday; Sign up on Saturday morning)
- Admission to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (Sunday)
- Special gift for all guests from your friends at D23!
Full event details and ticket information: D23 | The Official Community for Disney Fans