Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Each week, World traveling club Travel pits rival cities against each other to
determine once and for all which destination is the best.
This week, we"re
having a Disney winter standoff: Florida"s Walt Disney World vs.
California"s
Disneyland.
Which park do you need to visit right now?Walt Disney WorldEvery
winter, Walt Disney World transforms into a Christmas wonderland.
Main Street
U.S.A.
is decked out in wreaths, Christmas lights adorn every building, and
all of the characters are dressed in their best holiday duds.
This winter,
guests will enjoy the traditional holiday celebrations and some new
restaurants that are definitely worth traveling for."Main Attraction —
Cinderella CastleThis castle belongs to Cinderella, but during the holidays,
Elsa takes over every night.
(Photo: Brittany Jones-Cooper)We"ve got one word
for you: Frozen.
Every night during the holiday season, Cinderella"s castle in
the Magic Kingdom is turned into an ice palace during a spectacular show
filled with music and magic.
The "Frozen Holiday Wish Show" includes Elsa, who
uses her magic (and some lighting effects and snowflake projections) to
transform the castle into a twinkling thing of beauty.
Anna, Kristoff, and
Olaf are also there to join in on the fun.Winter CelebrationsOn select nights
from now until Dec.18, "Mickey"s Very Merry Christmas Party" will rock the
streets of the Magic Kingdom from 7 p.m.
to midnight.
Not only can you watch
Elsa transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace, but you can also watch a
parade of your favorite characters down Main Street U.S.A.
while sipping on
hot cocoa.
Oh, and did we mention that Santa Claus will be there
too?DecorationsThis street is so bright, you might need to wear your
sunglasses at night.
(Photo: Disney/Facebook)From Christmas trees at different
parks, to candy canes and wreaths, there are little festive touches everywhere
you look at Walt Disney World.
With that said, the showstopper has to be the
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
Located in Disney"s Hollywood
Studios, the show is made up of more than 10 miles of lights and uses about
800,000 watts of electricity.
Even more impressive, the lights are
synchronized to music! This light show has been a tradition in the park for 20
years, but in September, Disney announced that this will be the spectacle"s
last season — so see it now or miss out on it forever."FoodInside the
Pan-Asian paradise of Morimoto Asia.
(Photo: Walt Disney World)With two new
restaurants in the recently named Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney),
there is even more good food to eat at Walt Disney World this season."Morimoto
Asia opened in September and features Pan-Asian cuisine from the famous chef
Masaharu Morimoto.
Sip on Morimoto"s signature sake while you dine on sushi,
pork bao, and edamame."Related:"Smackdown: Walt Disney World
vs.
DisneylandJock Lindsey"s Hangar Bar also opened in September, and is named
after Indiana Jones"s sidekick and pilot.
The restaurant serves up tasty
American favorites like bratwurst, spiced meatballs, and burgers."Hotels
The
epic gingerbread house at Disney"s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
(Photo:
Jared/Flickr)During the holiday season, the Walt Disney luxe resorts all
display large gingerbread creations in their lobby.
The Contemporary always
puts on an impressive show, the Beach Club usually features a large
gingerbread carousel, and"Disney"s Grand Floridian"stuns with a 16-foot-high
Victorian gingerbread house.What You Can Only See HereCelebrate Christmas
around the world at Epcot.
(Photo: Disney)Epcot is unlike any other place in
the world.
Where else can you experience a dozen different countries and
cultures in just one day? Christmas is celebrated differently around the
world, and Epcot takes the time to share the traditions that makes every
country unique.
At American Adventure, introduce your little one to the
celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Then, head over to China,
where you can watch the Lion Dance and celebrate the Lunar New Year and
Lantern Festival.
Oh, and you can"t forget a visit to Norway, where you learn
about Julenissen, the Christmas Gnome.
While you"re at Epcot, take a few
moments to listen to the inspiring showcase""Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of
the Season." And if you really want to get in the holiday mood, hear the story
of Christmas narrated by a celebrity (think Neil Patrick Harris), with the
help of a 50-piece orchestra and choir.CostA one-day ticket to Mickey"s Very
Merry Christmas Party starts at $74 for children 10 and older.
The cost is $69
for children ages 3 to 9.
"
See pricing chart for info on park
tickets."Disneyland Disneyland turned 60, and the diamond celebration has been
going on all year long.
This winter, guests will enjoy the sparkling lights
and holiday decor, but that"s not all.
Brand-new Star Wars attractions will
transform the park into a Jedi training ground filled with more magic and
excitement than ever before."Main Attraction — It"s a Small WorldIt"s a
small, and very bright, world.
(Photo: Anna Fox/Flickr)It might be a small
world, but the Christmas celebration is mighty big at Disneyland.
Starting on
Nov.
6, this classic attraction lights up with special Christmas
decorations.
The ride plays an "It"s a Small World"/"Jingle Bells" musical
mix, as riders glide through scenes decorated with snowmen, candy canes, and
toy soldiers.
It"s a thrilling (yet slowly paced) ride through an animatronic
winter wonderland.Holiday CelebrationsA party ain"t a party without a
parade.
Luckily Disneyland never disappoints.
While there is no organized
Christmas party like the one at Walt Disney World, the Christmas Fantasy
Parade at Disneyland features your favorite princesses along with Santa and
his reindeer! It"s almost too much awesomeness in one place.DecorationsThe
60-foot tree at Disneyland.
(Photo: Adam Crownoble/Flickr)Attending a tree
lighting is a universal holiday experience, so it"s only fitting that the good
folks at Disneyland light a Christmas tree — every night! From Nov.
13
through Dec.
24, a 60-foot tree lights up at 5 p.m.
on Buena Vista Street.
As
you look at the tree, enjoy a festive serenade from the Buena Vista Street
Community Bell Ringers.
Food
The famous Yule Log cake at Disneyland.
(Photo:
Loren Javier/Flickr)There are no new restaurants at Disneyland, but there is
still plenty of good food to discover."Winter is the only time of year when
you can buy the Yule Log dessert cake at the Plaza Inn.
This sweet treat is
usually made with chocolate and features frosting that will definitely give
you a sugar rush.
The cake costs about $5, but don"t worry: It"s big enough to
share!"Related:"30 Things You Didn"t Know About DisneylandWhat You Can Only
See HereGet ready to board the Starspeeder 1000! (Photo: Disney)The force is
about to get even stronger at Disneyland and Disney"s Hollywood
Studios.
"Season of the Force" begins on Nov.
16 when the parks will begin to
unveil some new Star Wars inspired features sure to knock your socks
off.Starting Dec.1, "Star Wars Launch Bay" will introduce guests to the
upcoming film"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"with special exhibits and
opportunities to meet iconic characters like Chewbacca and Darth Vader."The
already popular "Star Tours — The Adventure Continues" will introduce a
brand-new adventure inspired by the film."Additionally, "Star Wars: Path of
the Jedi" will feature scenes from the saga, and "Jedi Training: Trials of the
Temple" will take guests through a reimagined Jedi training
experience."Cost
See pricing chart for info on park tickets."
WATCH: 5 Ways
to Save Money at Disney WorldLet World traveling club Travel inspire you every
day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Check
out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
Each week, World traveling club Travel pits rival cities against each other to
determine once and for all which destination is the best.
This week, we're
having a Disney winter standoff: Florida's Walt Disney World
vs.
California's Disneyland.
Which park do you need to visit right
now?.CostA one-day ticket to Mickey"s Very Merry Christmas Party starts at $74
for children 10 and older.
The cost is $69 for children ages 3 to 9.
"
See
pricing chart for info on park tickets."Disneyland Disneyland turned 60, and
the diamond celebration has been going on all year long.
This winter, guests
will enjoy the sparkling lights and holiday decor, but that"s not
all.
Brand-new Star Wars attractions will transform the park into a Jedi
training ground filled with more magic and excitement than ever before."Main
Attraction — It"s a Small WorldIt"s a small, and very bright,
world.
(Photo: Anna Fox/Flickr)It might be a small world, but the Christmas
celebration is mighty big at Disneyland.
Starting on Nov.
6, this classic
attraction lights up with special Christmas decorations.
The ride plays an
"It"s a Small World"/"Jingle Bells" musical mix, as riders glide through
scenes decorated with snowmen, candy canes, and toy soldiers.
It"s a thrilling
(yet slowly paced) ride through an animatronic winter wonderland.Holiday
CelebrationsA party ain"t a party without a parade.
Luckily Disneyland never
disappoints.
While there is no organized Christmas party like the one at Walt
Disney World, the Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland features your
favorite princesses along with Santa and his reindeer! It"s almost too much
awesomeness in one place.DecorationsThe 60-foot tree at Disneyland.
(Photo:
Adam Crownoble/Flickr)Attending a tree lighting is a universal holiday
experience, so it"s only fitting that the good folks at Disneyland light a
Christmas tree — every night! From Nov.
13 through Dec.
24, a 60-foot
tree lights up at 5 p.m.
on Buena Vista Street.
As you look at the tree, enjoy
a festive serenade from the Buena Vista Street Community Bell
Ringers.
Food
The famous Yule Log cake at Disneyland.
(Photo: Loren
Javier/Flickr)There are no new restaurants at Disneyland, but there is still
plenty of good food to discover."Winter is the only time of year when you can
buy the Yule Log dessert cake at the Plaza Inn.
This sweet treat is usually
made with chocolate and features frosting that will definitely give you a
sugar rush.
The cake costs about $5, but don"t worry: It"s big enough to
share!"Related:"30 Things You Didn"t Know About DisneylandWhat You Can Only
See HereGet ready to board the Starspeeder 1000! (Photo: Disney)The force is
about to get even stronger at Disneyland and Disney"s Hollywood
Studios.
"Season of the Force" begins on Nov.
16 when the parks will begin to
unveil some new Star Wars inspired features sure to knock your socks
off.Starting Dec.1, "Star Wars Launch Bay" will introduce guests to the
upcoming film"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"with special exhibits and
opportunities to meet iconic characters like Chewbacca and Darth Vader."The
already popular "Star Tours — The Adventure Continues" will introduce a
brand-new adventure inspired by the film."Additionally, "Star Wars: Path of
the Jedi" will feature scenes from the saga, and "Jedi Training: Trials of the
Temple" will take guests through a reimagined Jedi training
experience."Cost
See pricing chart for info on park tickets."
WATCH: 5 Ways
to Save Money at Disney WorldLet World traveling club Travel inspire you every
day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Check
out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
Each week, World
traveling club Travel pits rival cities against each other to determine once
and for all which destination is the best.
This week, we're having a Disney
winter standoff: Florida's Walt Disney World vs.
California's
Disneyland.
Which park do you need to visit right now?

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