NEWS: Disney World Unveils New Nighttime Show

In 2015 we lamented at the closing of Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights, something our family enjoyed very much. With the loss of a holiday themed event at Hollywood Studios, we’ve been wondering what Disney would come up with for Hollywood Studios. Today we have that answer. Disney announced an all new holiday nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” coming to Hollywood studios this holiday season. Read all the details below:


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Victoria Lim:

Great garland – Santa Claus is missing!

And the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun in the all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 14. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

And did I mention there will be snow?

A sweet way to enjoy this new holiday spectacular is with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more. Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use while watching the show. The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.

Memorable, heartwarming, and enchanting for the entire family these one-of-a-kind holiday experiences will dazzle Disney’s Hollywood Studio guests through December 31.

Photo Credit: Disney

No official word on if or how this will impact the current nighttime show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” in the long term. However, when we checked the online Disney World Times Guide the show was shown as not available past November 6 and through December. We suspect the Star Wars show will only take a short hiatus during the holiday season and return in January.


RELATED ARTICLE: 10 Most Beautiful Places at Night in The Parks at Disney World

by Ryan Miller

During the day, the parks at Walt Disney World shine brightly as your eyes are drawn to the vibrant colors of the attractions and the lush greens of the landscapes. But when the sun goes down, the parks take on a whole new feel visually. No longer lit by sunlight, the parks rely on the atmospheric lighting and the ambient light of the moon to draw the attention of your eyes.

Disney Imagineers have carefully designed the parks to not only make sure that guests can see all of the attractions, but to enhance them, giving each a very different feel in the evening. Some attractions can look completely different in the dark, making for a uniquely different experience as you explore the parks. To celebrate the hard work of the Imagineers, we have put together a list of the 10 most beautiful places at night in the parks.


10 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

When the sun hits the rocky tree-covered mountain of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, you can really see all of the detail in the meticulously kept landscape, but at night, the ride takes on a different personality. With only the lanterns to light the track ahead, there’s a little more mystery involved in the ride over and through the mountain. As the warm yellow light from the lanterns covers the ground below, the rock formations above are cast in a blue glow, looking like moonlight to make a beautiful contrast of color.

Mine Train at Night

9 – Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise at night provides guests with a much darker tour through the rivers around the world. With the only light source coming from your boat, you’re unlikely to see anything until it’s right alongside you, where you will get a whole new perspective on the sights as large shadows are cast along the scenes and animals. Don’t worry though, you’ll still get as many puns as you would during the daytime.

8 – Tomorrowland

In keeping with the theme of “the future that never was”, Tomorrowland carries on the sci-fi atmosphere by circling each attraction and building in the land with bright red, blue and green light. The bright combination of colors not only makes it seem futuristic, but also out of this world and there’s no better vantage point than aboard the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover where your tour through Tomorrowland takes on a different feel as you take in the sights at night.

7 – World Showcase Lagoon

Each of the 11 countries around the World Showcase Lagoon takes on a different personality once the sun goes down. With lights either surrounding the buildings in the pavilions or ambient lights guiding you through the architecture, it’s hard to truly appreciate how beautiful it all is until you look out across the lagoon and see the countries side-by-side. In anticipation of IllumiNations, the torches in the water are lit and the fires burn brightly to mark each pavilion surrounding the lagoon. The entire scene makes for a great backdrop should you wish to find a prime viewing location for the nighttime spectacular.


6 – Splash Mountain

During the day, the sun beats down on the rock formations around the mountain and the radiant heat keeps riders warm as they travel on their journey with Br’er Rabbit. At night, the mountain cools off and only the light from the lanterns reveals the path of the water outdoors. Climbing through caves, the dark outline of the rock can be seen against the night sky, adding to the atmosphere. The most well-lit part of the attraction is the final plunge, where guests who are watching see only a moment of the log before it drops into the Briar Patch below.

5 – Fantasmic

It’s hard to imagine visiting Hollywood Studios without seeing Fantasmic at night. At the North end of the park, the Fantasmic amphitheater surrounds a large moat and the mountain where guests take a look inside the dreams of Mickey Mouse. There are incredible lighting displays, lasers, pyrotechnics and the fantastic water screens used throughout the performance and the mountain comes to life through many different scenes.


4 – Tower of Terror

Sticking with Hollywood Studios, it’s hard to beat the view down Sunset Boulevard with a perfectly paved roadway with quaint shops on either side heading down to the menacing looking Hollywood Tower Hotel in the distance. With the green and white lights illuminating the Tower sign looking like they could burn out at any moment (with some already burnt out), an ominous feeling wells up inside you as you walk towards it hearing the screams of guests coming from the windows. At night, there is a deep blue hue to the lights cast onto the tower, giving it a dark glow that sets the stage perfectly for the story about to unfold.

3 – Spaceship Earth

The iconic Spaceship Earth at Epcot is a bright reflective geosphere during the day, but at night, relies entirely on artificial light to bring it to life. A solid color would be too bold, so a combination of colors shine onto the enormous attraction. Yellows and reds transition into beautiful blues as the icon fits in perfectly with its surroundings, never being too jarring, but adding the right amount of ambient light, while also making for the perfect backdrop for pictures.

Spaceship Earth at Night

2 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Over in Frontierland, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a bright, dry and hot locale during the day, taking guests on a runaway Mine Train through the ghost town of Tumbleweed. At night, the ride takes on a totally different persona, with some parts of the ride only visible at night. The shadows in the caves, skeletons and rock formations add a sense of danger as you don’t know where the train will take you next. But in the town of Tumbleweed, the lights are on inside the buildings, giving you a look into the goings on while rushing by. For any Disney Fan, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a must-do both during the day and especially at night to get the full effect of the ride.

1 – Cinderella Castle

It would be difficult to end this list with something other than the most iconic sight in Walt Disney World. Cinderella Castle is cast in several different colors at night, transitioning between them without guests noticing the changes. The glow on the castle makes for a really beautiful view in the heart of the Magic Kingdom. Once Wishes Nighttime Spectacular starts, it becomes the focal point for thousands of guests, making for the perfect setting for fireworks. Add to that the projections shown on the castle during Celebrate The Magic and it truly is the most beautiful place at night in Walt Disney World

As a side note, with Animal Kingdom debuting Rivers of Light and the Tree of Life bringing some nighttime magic to the park, this list is sure to grow with a whole new parks worth of nighttime experiences to explore.


Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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