Disney Studio Christmas card

A Tradition of Disney Studio Christmas Cards

By Steven Vagnini As part of a holiday tradition that began in the early 1930s, Disney studio employees, business partners, and friends could look forward to the yuletide charm of the annual Disney company Christmas card. Originally simple, yet elegant, the holiday cards grew more elaborate over time, thanks to the artistry of such staff …

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Parading Through the Holidays at Disney Parks

By Courtney Potter The holiday season is in full, festive swing at Disney Parks and Resorts around the world… Mickey and Minnie appearing in their yuletide best; all manner of holiday-related treats tickling the taste buds of young and young-at-heart; and merrily memorable entertainment you can find only at this special time of year. Case …

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Alex Maher Disney holiday art

Celebrate the Holidays with Original Disney Artwork

By D23 Team To celebrate D23 Days of Christmas, four different artists from throughout The Walt Disney Company have created original artwork, just for D23 Members! Click the links below to download this exclusive art for a little merry magic on your device. Happy Holidays! How To Install Wallpapers On a PC: Click on a …

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Walt Disney Studio lot Christmas

Christmas on the Walt Disney Studios Lot

By Courtney Potter Walt Disney had a knack for celebrating the holidays… surprising the Inking and Painting Department in December 1939 (during the making of Pinocchio) with a pushcart of festively wrapped presents and lots of Christmas cheer, helping create all manner of holiday tunes through Walt Disney Records, and even premiering the very first …

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Lilo & Stitch holiday art

A Behind-the-Sketch Look: Art from Favorite Disney Holiday Moments

By Nicole Nalty Whether it’s Mickey and Minnie exchanging gifts in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, or Lady popping up out of a hatbox on Christmas in Lady and the Tramp, there’s something about holiday moments in Disney films that have just an extra sprinkling of pixie dust. Our friends at the Animation Research Library …

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Disney’s Days of Christmas store

Step Inside the Merriest Shop on Earth, Disney’s Days of Christmas

By Beth Deitchman According to our calendar, we’re just shy of two weeks out from Christmas Day. But tucked away at Disney Springs, in the warm and sunny state of Florida, there’s a magical place where it’s Christmas every day of the year, Disney’s Days of Christmas. Whether you enter the store on a sweltering …

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Chip and Dale

Unwrapping the Holidays on Disney Cruise Line

By Jeffrey Epstein Guests who have sailed on one of Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises know that these voyages have an extra sprinkling of pixie dust (or perhaps it’s snow!) that take an already incredible vacation experience and make it even more, well, merry. The ships offer a tree-lighting event with Mickey Mouse, Dickens-inspired …

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Mickey and Minnie santa candy apples

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort

By Nicole Nalty While the holiday season may be all about giving, we think it’s important to treat yourself, too! We’ve rounded up some of the most tempting eats from Walt Disney World and Disneyland, should you care to indulge in something sweet. Happy Snacking! Candy Apples and Cupcakes Two iconic Disney parks treats get …

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

9 Reasons We Love The Muppet Christmas Carol

By Courtney Potter Now that it’s only a handful of sleeps ‘til Christmas, we decided to take a look at one of our yuletide favorites! Charles Dickens published his now-legendary novella, A Christmas Carol, on December 19, 1843. And on December 11, 1992—Disney released the fourth Muppets movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol. The first feature …

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Disney book list

23 Books Every Disney Fan Needs to Read

By D23 Team Chilly weather makes for the perfect excuse for cozying up by the fireplace with a book, or two—or in this case…23! We’ve rounded up 23 recent releases that are perfect for any Disney fan––you could even start your own Disney book club! Can we come? Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia …

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Disney merchandise

Holiday Gifts for the Disney Fans in Your Life

By Nicole Nalty The holidays are filled with festive cheer, but figuring out what to get everyone on your gift list can be overwhelming. We’ve searched to find something for everyone on your list––and for gifts found at Disney Store, D23 Gold Members get a sweet discount! For the Star Wars Fan It’s an exciting …

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Phineas and Ferb

Unique Holiday Hijinks from Some of our Favorite Disney TV Shows

By Jocelyn Buhlman Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Winter Solstice, there are a lot of reasons to make merry this time of year. To help celebrate the season, we’ve taken a fond look back at how some of our favorite Disney TV shows make the holidays merry and bright. Phineas and Ferb …

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Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

The Magic Behind Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

By Jeffrey Epstein Tom Vazzana wanted to create a new Disney holiday tradition—something that was, in his words “pop and fun and heartwarming and funny.” And with that, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios came to be. The new nighttime spectacular, which runs through December 31, brings to life the classic and contemporary …

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Holiday TV Roundup

D23’s Ultimate Guide to Your Holiday Viewing—2016 Edition

By Beth Deitchman Are your halls decked? Is your tree trimmed? Forget about stringing the popcorn, and start making plans to curl up on your sofa with a big bowl for snacking while you watch the sometimes heartwarming, sometimes hilarious holiday programming airing on ABC, Disney Channel, and Freeform this month. From cable’s biggest programming …

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Disney Details: Perfect Holiday Surprise

Discover a suitable-for-holiday-card scene of a gorgeous Christmas tree embroidered with ornaments and powdered with snow. Passersby seem genuinely amused by the appearance of all this white stuff—which is only natural. After all, it’s rare that a snowfall of this magnitude occurs at Disneyland Paris, where the picture was taken in December 2010. More than …

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Mickey's Christmas Carol through Windows of Main Street

Mickey’s Christmas Carol, as told on Main Street, U.S.A.

For decades, families have enjoyed the Emporium’s whimsical window displays on Main Street, U.S.A., both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. One of the most memorable of these is a series of vignettes telling the story of Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), the Academy Award®-nominated featurette based on the classic tale by Charles Dickens. Here, we …

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Watch Eric Goldberg Create Unique Holiday Artwork—Just for You!

Watch animator Eric Goldberg—whose hand is behind some truly “animated” stars from the Genie (Aladdin) to Louis the alligator (The Princess and the Frog)—draw favorite Disney characters in an exclusive piece of artwork! After watching, don’t forget to download your own copy of this piece—created by Eric especially for D23 Days of Christmas.

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Candlelight Processional

Disney’s Candlelight Processional Through the Years

Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline shares the history of the holiday tradition at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. The Candlelight Procession and Ceremony is one of the oldest and most beloved traditions in the 65-year history of Disney theme parks. When Disneyland celebrated its first Holiday Festival in 1955, a group of 12 …

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toy soldiers

Holiday Tips from Parks and Resorts

Is there any place like a Disney park for the holidays? Not to a Disney fan! From the food to the lights to the décor, a day at the parks during the holidays always leaves us trying to figure out how to re-create that holiday magic at home. We went right to the source—our friends …

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Disney T-Rex Dinosaur Santa Claus from The Bulletin

Happy T-REXmas

The holidays, of course, were no exception for such a chronicle. The excerpt in the image above comes from the December 23, 1939 issue of The Bulletin, and highlights just how outrageous holiday humor can be.

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