Tagged: Holidays

Toy StoryLooks like Pixar’s only entry in 2014 will be a holiday special – “Toy Story That Time Forgot”.

“Toy Story That Time Forgot,” Disney•Pixar’s new Christmas special featuring your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films, will air during the holidays this year on ABC. The special comes on the heels of the success of “Toy Story OF TERROR!,” which premiered to stellar ratings this past October.

During a post-Christmas play date, the “Toy Story” gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room in this “Toy Story That Time Forgot.”

ABC’s October 2013 premiere of “Toy Story OF TERROR!” ranked No. 1 in its time period among Total Viewers (10.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.1/10), giving the Net its best performance in the half-hour in nearly 2 years – since 11/09/11. In addition, it was the night’s dominant No. 1 show with Kids 2-11 posting the Net’s highest rating in the half-hour in almost 6 years – 11/28/07.

The cast of “Toy Story That Time Forgot” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Kristen Schaal as Trixie, Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Reptillus Maximus, Wallace Shawn as Rex, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Joan Cusack as Jessie.

“Toy Story That Time Forgot” is produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Steve Purcell. The special is from Disney•Pixar.

Returning to Disney California Adventure is the arrival of the Year of the Horse during the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, January 31 – February 2! Each day, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Paradise Garden comes to life with this joyous tribute to the traditions and family celebrations of the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures.

Throughout the celebration, a Chinese dragon dance troupe, lion dancers and Vietnamese and Korean dance groups will join Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mulan and Mushu in Paradise Garden for the celebration. Guests will also have the chance to make their own paper lanterns, discover their Zodiac animals and more. And new this year will be the opportunity to take part in the tradition of writing wishes of good fortune and happiness to friends and family.

Disneyland Lunar New Year

Also, available this year is a new, commemorative Happy Lunar New Year Celebration t-shirt, featuring the artwork above. Guests may also purchase red envelopes featuring this artwork, that can be used for the Lunar New Year gift-giving tradition.

Three Kings Day celebration moves to Disney California Adventure park this weekend. Friday, Jan. 3, through Monday, Jan. 6, guests can enjoy even more festive fun in Paradise Garden.

Three Kings Day Celebration

Three Kings Day, also known as Dia de los Reyes Magos, is celebrated in many Latin American countries as part of the Christmas story. It commemorates the day the three kings (the magi or “wise men”) followed the star to Bethlehem and presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Now part of Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, our Three Kings Day celebration will offer even more delicious food, Latin-inspired entertainment and interactive elements than ever before.

As John McClintock recently reported, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has transformed into a winter wonderland with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. Although it was a warm, sunny day in November when we shot the video below, it felt like we were in a snowy village as guests of all ages made their way, some faster than others, around the Christmas tree in the center of the ice.

Starting at 6 a.m./ET (3 a.m./PT) on Wednesday, Dec. 25, The Hub will pre-empt regular programming to run its take on the yule log. For four hours, an animated fireplace — as seen at My Little Pony character Pinkie Pie’s house — will showcase a fire as Christmas music plays and characters from various Hub Network shows make cameo appearances.

It may be a Christmas tradition that proves irresistible to My Little Pony superfans: the group that calls itself “bronies.” Stockings will hang over the fireplace for the show’s stars, including Princess Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie.

As for The Hub, the network says it hopes pre-empting its regular programming for the yule log might “encourage family togetherness during the holiday morning.”

Christmas Holiday DisneylandIn celebration of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, Passholders can attend a special presentation with David Caranci (Manager, Resort Enhancement) as he gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the Resort Enhancement team turns the Disneyland Resort into a Holiday Wonderland.

Come and enjoy another Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic event!

Dates and Times

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Each presentation is approximately 60 minutes.

Presentation Location

  • Opera House (home to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln) on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park

Event Registration and Wristband Distribution

  • Registration and wristband distribution for the event will begin at 12:00 PM on the day of the event at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House (home to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln) in Disneyland Park
  • Registration and distribution of event wristbands will continue while event wristband supplies last.
  • Each participating Annual Passholder must present their active Annual Passport to the event Cast Member to check event availability and to register and receive an event wristband. Photo ID may be required.
  • Registration must be completed in person at the Main Street, U.S.A. Opera House on the day of the event only; no phone reservations or other registration will be accepted.
  • This is an all-ages event. However, all participating Guests ages 3 and older must be valid Annual Passholders on the day of the event. Children under 3 may attend the presentation as long as there is space available and they receive an event wristband during the registration process.
  • It is recommended that all members of your party register together to help ensure that everyone receives an event wristband.
  • For assistance, you may contact the Annual Passport Member Services team at (714) 781-PASS (7277).


  • Once an Annual Passholder has presented a valid Annual Passport and event availability has been confirmed, the Annual Passholder will be registered for one (1) presentation time on the event day and will receive an event wristband for that designated presentation.
  • Event wristbands are required for admission to the designated presentation. Wristbands are only valid for the assigned presentation time on the event day.
  • Registration and distribution of event wristbands are based on availability and capacity. Space is limited.
  • Due to limited capacity in the theater, wristbands do not guarantee seating and seating will be based on availability.
  • Wristbands may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes and have no cash value.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new “it’s a small world” Holiday Clock Show in Disneyland park, now is the time. I spoke with co-designer and animator Lisa Bradley before the show debuted and she gave me a glimpse at just how intricate the details are for the virtual décor that can be seen every fifteen minutes after dark.

“it’s a small world” Holiday Clock Show Fun Facts:

  • There are 980 pieces of candy in the gingerbread scene.
  • The train in the toy section is placed in the same location the actual Disneyland Railroad trains cross as they pass by the attraction.
  • There are 232 gears in the clock section.
  • The blocks in the toy factory scene represent Disneyland Resort cast members who worked on the show.

Planning on staying late at Disneyland and braving the crowds on the most crowded night of the year. Here are a few things you can do.

Disneyland New Years Eve

Napa Rose Celebration – Seating 5:30 – 7 p.m. Four-course dinner of grilled hand-harvested sea scallops and 28-day-aged prime New York beef. Cost is $125 plus tax and gratuity.

The late seating commences with bubbly at 8:15 p.m. and a dinner dance party with live music – they’re adding a dance floor in the lounge area with hundreds of silver, gold, red and black balloons to create a magical party. Plus hats and party favors. The five-course tasting menu is $220 plus tax and gratuity (no children’s pricing), plus $65 for a flight of world-class wines for pairing.

Carnation Café on Main Street – surf and turf with shrimp and sirloin steak

French Market – roasted pork chop with Calvados applesauce, braised greens and sweet potato soufflé

Blue Bayou – a seafood pot pie

Cafe Orleans – flat iron steak with bone marrow demi-glace, garlic mashed potatoes and acorn squash

Flo’s V8 Cafe – meat loaf with Coca-Cola barbecue sauce and two sides

Steakhouse 55 – three-course menu for $65 that includes spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, filet and lobster and chocolate paté

Storyteller’s Cafe – two-course dinner with with porcini-rubbed rib-eye with scampi-style prawns, mashed potatoes and Cabernet demi-glace, and a duo of dark chocolate and Bailey’s crème brûlée with espresso cookies for $29.99

New Year’s Cupcake with dark chocolate cake, Nutella filling, Belgian white chocolate frosting with black and silver decorations, silver disco dust, a chocolate Mickey, chocolate truffle and bow tie. Look for it at Jolly Holiday Bakery, Fidler, Fifer & Practical Cafe and Pacific Wharf Café at Disney California Adventure park, and White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Elf Days

Are you ready for Christmas? Could you use a little more holiday know-how? Then come train to be one of Santa’s secret helpers during Elf Days! From December 9-15, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure park will become a training ground as Santa’s elves look for a few good guests to join their ranks! Master challenges (including the Jingle Bell Bridge, Stocking Stuffers and Present Tracking), get your official elf name, learn the secret Elf Handshake and take a photo flying in Santa’s sleigh!