Disneyland Resort Reveals Holiday Offerings for 2018; Pixar Play Parade, Paint the Night to End Runs

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“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland

From “A Christmas Fantasy” to “Believe in Holiday Magic” to “¡Viva Navidad!, some beloved favorites are returning to the Disneyland Resort for this holiday season. But to make room for the upcoming festivities, both the Pixar Play Parade and Paint the Night will be ending their runs in early November. From the Disney Parks Blog:

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland: “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade is a Disneyland holiday tradition! Whether it’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse offering yuletide greetings, Santa Claus with his prancing reindeer or Disney Princesses dancing at the Candlelight Ball, everyone has a favorite part of this classic parade. As we get ready to welcome back “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, the last day to experience “Pixar Play Parade” will be Nov. 4.

Festive Food Marketplaces at Disney California Adventure: As part of the Festival of Holidays, the delicious mix of holiday dishes and beverages found at the Festive Food Marketplaces celebrate diverse cuisines, cultures and traditions. Come hungry! To make way for Festival of Holidays, “Paint the Night” parade will conclude its limited run on Nov. 7.

“Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks at Disneyland: In the evening, spirits will soar during the awe-inspiring “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. This returning favorite culminates with a magical snowfall finale—a truly special wintry treat!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party at Disney California Adventure

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party at Disney California Adventure: As part of the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! holiday celebration, a colorful street party comes to life with musicians, dancers and giant mojiganga puppets. The Three Caballeros—Donald Duck, Panchito and José Carioca—lead a jolly, joyous celebration!

Seasonal Decor at the Disneyland Resort: Where ever you look, the sights, sounds and tastes of holidays will put you right into the spirit! The halls will certainly be decked—from the glistening Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle at Disneyland to the gussied up sparkle along Route 66 in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

As previously reported, “World of Color: Season of Light” will not run this holiday season, as the lengthy refurbishment of the show elements continues. The holiday offerings run at the Disneyland Resort from November 9th, 2018, to January 6th, 2019.

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  • With “Paint the Night” ending its run in November, has there been any rumblings of it possibly moving to MK next year? I know they want to do whatever they can to drive people to DCA once SWGE opens, but I thought the parade was more based on Pixar Fest and they work they did for Pixar Pier.
    Can MK even support this parade? I wasn’t sure if there were any weight or size limitations for the parade route, although I know they had to redo the bridge into Liberty Square a few years ago. I think it would be a great addition to MK and maybe MSEP would return or be refreshed for DCA as a new offering?

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