DISNEY NEWS ROUNDUP: New Discount for Passholders & DVC Members; 10 Cookie Recipes; Watch Candlelight Processional; Holiday Offerings at Resorts; New runDisney Merch & More

The holiday season is in full swing at Walt Disney World and the spirit extends way beyond just the parks. This week Disney announced a special discount available to passholders and DVC members that will make celebrating tastier than ever. Speaking of tasty, don’t miss the awesome recipes Disney shared this week. We also got a look at all the festive decorations and activities around the resort hotels. Our #1 favorite WDW holiday event is now available to enjoy online! New runDisney merch is on the way, and we love the new Wishables (and the awesome charity they are supporting). All this and more in this week’s news round up.


1 – Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and DVC Members Eligible for Special Discount at Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members can now take advantage of a special discount at the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for details on the discounts at the Holiday Kitchens at this year’s Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

2 – Watch ‘Candlelight Processional’ at Home, Video Released by Disney

One of our favorite Walt Disney World holiday traditions is enjoying the Candlelight Processional at the Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT. Since we can’t enjoy a live performance this year, we’re so excited that Disney has released an encore performance of the processional recorded in 2019. Learn more below.

Click here for the virtual viewing of the Candlelight Processional featuring Neil Patrick Harris.

3 – Disney Shares Ten Amazing Cookie Recipes from Disney Parks for National Cookie Day

Enjoying a delicious cookie at Disney Parks is something we love to do. In honor of National Cookie Day that was celebrated this week, Disney has released a whopping ten different Disney Parks cookie recipes to enjoy at home! We can’t wait to get baking! Learn more below.

Click here for the collection of ten Disney Parks cookie recipes!


4 – 2020 Holiday Offerings at Disney World Resorts

The holiday season is in full swing at Walt Disney World and the holiday spirit extends to the resorts. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for information on holiday celebrations at Walt Disney World resorts.

5 – Latest Disney Wishable Collection Benefits Make-A-Wish

The latest Disney Wishable collection is here, and they are adorable. What’s even more amazing is that 100% of the sales will benefit Make-A-Wish. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for details on the latest Disney Parks Wishable Collection benefiting Make-A-Wish.

6 – Window Displays Bring Holiday Magic to Walt Disney World

Disney has shared details on the magic behind those fantastic window displays throughout Walt Disney World. Disney Cast Member Sarah Domenech shares more below:

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort is gazing at the elaborate store window displays, especially along Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom Park and World of Disney at Disney Springs.

For our merchandise presentation team, the holiday season is the culmination of almost a year of work – they start planning for the holidays in January! They start with the concept phase, talking with the product and merchandise development team that gives them a glimpse of what the next season will bring. Then in summertime, they start working on the details of the design from ornaments, ribbons and everything that will be used to create their magic. Talk about Christmas in July, right?

As soon as Halloween ends, the teams start to work on the actual install of the window displays. At that point, they can finally share with our guests what they have worked on for the whole year.

Credit: Disney

Installing these window displays is no small task. There are around 30 windows on Main Street, U.S.A., and each one receives unique décor and theming. At the Emporium, for example, the team retells the story of the shop’s original proprietor, Osium Osh Popham, by re-creating how the windows would have looked at the turn of the 20th century.

At Disney Springs, the team ensures all of the displays continue the story of World of Disney, which is an artists’ loft. They “merried” the product and décor to the theming of the store, as well.

Check out this video to see how cast members bring these windows to life!


Next time you are on Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park or at World of Disney at Disney Springs, make sure to look inside the windows to see the holiday season come to life!


7 – New runDisney Merchandise Coming Soon

runDisney fans can soon get unique runDisney merchandise at shopDisney.com. Disney Cast Member Sarah Harris has the details below:

Trade your glass slippers for running shoes and get ready to move with magic with all-new runDisney merchandise coming soon to shopDisney.com! Whether you’re participating in an upcoming at-home runDisney event or just want to add a little extra magic to your workout gear, take a look at some of our favorites from the new collection:

This magical collection, coming soon to shopDisney.com, features both runDisney logo performance apparel with art highlighting the classic Disney characters. From athletic tank tops for training to long-sleeve shirts and sweatshirts perfect for those winter miles, there’s something for everyone to don their runDisney style.


Need a little motivation for your workouts? Check out our cross-training workouts paired with some of your favorite Disney animated films that you can now stream on Disney+:


8 – Enjoy the Disney Holiday Playlist

Do you love listening to holiday music? If yes, you won’t want to miss this Disney Holiday Playlist. Disney Cast Member Jon Price shares more below:

Happy merry, holly jolly season’s greetings here! One of my favorite traditions is decorating the house while holiday music fills the air.  Music adds that extra touch of magic and now you can stream a specially selected playlist of Disney holiday songs from home too!

Credit: Disney

The playlist includes celebratory songs from “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” and the festive finale for “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios like “Ring in the Season,” “That Time of Year,” and “When We’re Together.” Other favorites include music from Disney Parks, the Muppets, and DCappella.

Find a complete list of ways to listen here.

Love and joy and peace on earth and tidings of good cheer!  What are your favorite traditions during “That Time of Year?”

9 – Countdown to Christmas with Disneyland Paris’s Advent Calendar

Looking for a new fun way to countdown to Christmas? Disneyland Paris has shared their Advent Calendar. Disney Cast Member Thomas Smith has the details below:

We’re excited to announce that our friends in Paris are heralding the holidays with the launch of a free digital Advent Calendar on the website “Disneyland Paris at home.

Each day through December 24, the calendar will unlock seasonsational content that helps bring the magic of the holidays home. Available in six languages, this festive fun is available to fans and guests around the globe! One day might offer up a sumptuous recipe, exclusive artwork, or a do-it-together activity that you can share with your friends and family.

Check out these dazzling discoveries on Disneyland Paris’s Advent Calendar; with a seasonal screensaver and a Christmas tree DIY decoration being just some of the fun to yuletide us over this week as we approach the holidays.

10 – Enjoy Holiday Programming All Month Long on Disney Networks

Disney holiday programming is here! Disney Cast Member Jessica Safran shares more below:

‘Tis the season for holiday specials, Christmas movies, and marathons from our network partners across The Walt Disney Company. Tune-in all month long as ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney+, ESPN, National Geographic, and Radio Disney spread holiday cheer and gift viewers with festive programming throughout the season, from beloved classics to new favorites.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family friendly fare including a brand-new “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration” from Walt Disney World Resort; new episodes of “The Great Christmas Light Fight”; and festive holiday episodes of your favorite ABC comedies. And if that’s not enough to make your sprits bright, ABC also has a bunch of additional movies, musicals and specials to cozy up to. Check out the full schedule here.

No one does the holidays like Freeform, and this December Freeform is celebrating the holidays with their very merry programming event ’25 Days of Christmas.’ From Dec. 1-25, viewers can get into the holiday spirit at home with movies, including “Home Alone” and Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story.” Check out the full schedule here.

Join us in DisneyNOW this holiday season! Check out “Disney Holiday Magic Quest” where popular “ZOMBIES 2” stars and Disney Villains race at Walt Disney World Resort during a special access visit premiering on Dec. 4. But, that’s not all! Celebrate the holidays all month long on Disney Channel with new specials, episodes, music, games and more. “Doc is IN” special on Disney Junior (Dec. 4), new “Fam Jam” holiday episode on Disney Channel (Dec. 4), “Epic Holiday Showdown” on Disney Channel (Dec. 6), “Holiday House Party” on Disney Channel (Dec. 11), new “Just Roll With It” holiday episode (Dec. 11), “Disney Holiday Magic Quest Live Play!” on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW (Dec. 13) and new “Raven’s Home” holiday episode (Dec. 18).

This year, it’s Season’s Streamings on Disney+ and they’re decking the halls and spreading the cheer with a heartwarming collection of some of the most festive family viewing of all time. The “Happy Holidays Collection” has something for everyone from adored classics like “The Santa Clause” to highly anticipated Disney+ Originals like “LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special,” “Godmothered” premiering Dec. 4, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special,” premiering Dec. 11, and “On Pointe,” premiering on Dec. 18. While the weather outside is frightful, the movies premiering on Disney+ this season are delightful, bringing families together with heartwarming new movies including “Black Beauty,” “Safety” on Dec. 11, and “Soul” on Dec. 25.

NBA Christmas is back and ESPN and ABC are gifting you some of the best matchups of the year! Tune in on Christmas Day to check out some of the highest flying action you will see on the hardwood all season. Stay tuned to ESPN as the matchups will be announced in the coming weeks!

It’s that time of the year again! The holiday season is upon us and that means two weeks of Dr. Pol all day, every day. Starting on Monday, Dec. 21 Nat Geo WILD will be filled with Pol-iday cheer with “The Incredible Tales” of Dr. Pol every night. The marathon continues through the new season, which premieres Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.

Need a gift idea for the biggest music lover in your life? Radio Disney’s Emily Nelson shows you how to create the perfect present for the biggest BTS, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez fan you know! Plus, Radio Disney is celebrating the 25 Days of Christmas by testing your Holiday Movie knowledge. Listen to Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country every day for a fun festive movie clip, and try to Guess the Holiday Movie!

National Geographic Channel will showcase our most popular content from the past year as we say goodbye to 2020. Catch up with your favorite characters from “Life Below Zero” as they share some of their holiday traditions with you on Christmas Eve, and join Gordon Ramsay for a holiday feast on Christmas Day with an all-day “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” marathon. One New Year’s Day, we celebrate the 150th episode of “Life Below Zero” with 21 hours of “Life Below Zero” marathon as we welcome the arrival of 2021. Don’t miss a special preview of the new season of “Port Protection Alaska” right after the 150thepisode of “Life Below Zero.”

With so much to enjoy, yule-be-tide up watching this fun content all season long!

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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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