Disneyland Resort Welcomes Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ to ‘A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade for the Holidays

The Happiest Place on Earth Just Gets Merrier as Anna and Elsa from Walt Disney Pictures’ animated hit “Frozen” join the annual holiday celebration at the Disneyland Resort. The Holidays bring themed entertainment, sparkling decorations, delicious treats, festive traditions and holiday shopping to locations throughout the Resort. Among the highlights of the season, Nov. 13 through Jan. 6, 2015, is the return of the breathtaking “World of Color – Winter Dreams” holiday spectacular – with new songs added from the “Frozen” soundtrack. Also returning to Disney California Adventure Park is the festive “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” holiday celebration and the grand finale of the season, a five-day celebration of Three Kings Day.

DISNEY HOLIDAY MAGIC - The holiday season finds "Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle" at Disneyland covered in freshly fallen snow, now through Jan. 6, 2015. With its shimmering colors, the Castle serves as an exciting centerpiece for a daytime holiday celebration.  As evening arrives, the Castle undergoes a transformation as special lighting effects and a musical score take guests on a journey that dramatizes a young child's dream for snow!  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) (PRNewsFoto/Disneyland Resort)

DISNEY HOLIDAY MAGIC – The holiday season finds “Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle” at Disneyland covered in freshly fallen snow, now through Jan. 6, 2015. With its shimmering colors, the Castle serves as an exciting centerpiece for a daytime holiday celebration. As evening arrives, the Castle undergoes a transformation as special lighting effects and a musical score take guests on a journey that dramatizes a young child’s dream for snow! (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) (PRNewsFoto/Disneyland Resort)

Holiday time at Disneyland Resort has become an annual tradition for many guests, filled with an abundance of merriment, tradition and magical memories. This year Disney Parks invites guests to “Show Your Disney Side” as they explore all there is to see and do. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks extend the family fun time, while the Downtown Disney Winter Village offers a chance to play and skate at “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink.”

At Disneyland Park, holiday traditions include the popular “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by welcoming Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” into the cast. They are among the 100-plus parade performers, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, other Disney characters and Santa Claus, making a special appearance from the North Pole.

When Santa isn’t appearing in “A Christmas Fantasy,” he and Mrs. Claus are greeting guests and listening to holiday wishes at the

Disneyland Resort Holidays - (Nov. 13, 2014) When it comes to making magical memories, there's no place like the Disneyland Resort during the Holidays. From Nov. 13,  2014 - Jan 6, 2015, the season shines more brightly than ever with "Disney Viva Navidad!" plus sparkling decor and Christmas trees at Paradise Pier and Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) (PRNewsFoto/Disneyland Resort)

Disneyland Resort Holidays – (Nov. 13, 2014) When it comes to making magical memories, there’s no place like the Disneyland Resort during the Holidays. From Nov. 13, 2014 – Jan 6, 2015, the season shines more brightly than ever with “Disney Viva Navidad!” plus sparkling decor and Christmas trees at Paradise Pier and Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) (PRNewsFoto/Disneyland Resort)

Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland. Jingle Jangle Jamboree comes to life with Disney characters, music, games, cookie decorating, crafts and seasonal entertainment. New this year on the Jamboree stage is a comedy and music show that invites guests to laugh and sing along in a wacky tale of Christmas in the West.

After its successful 2013 debut, “World of Color – Winter Dreams” returns to Disney California Adventure with several “Frozen” songs in the show, including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Love is an Open Door.” Also returning to the nighttime spectacular is Olaf the snowman from “Frozen.” The holiday version of the popular “World of Color” show features classic winter scenes from such beloved Disney and Disney-Pixar films as “Bambi,” “Toy Story” and, of course, “Frozen.”

Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure is a daily celebration inspired by the warmth and joyous spirit of Latino culture and holiday traditions, with festive music and dancing, vibrant colors, delicious food, Disney character appearances and the lively “Disney Viva Navidad! Street Party.” “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” will conclude with a five-day celebration of the traditional Three Kings Day, Friday through Tuesday, Jan. 2 through 6, 2015.

Additional beloved holiday traditions at Disneyland include:
—  Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle – A sensational holiday lighting and special-effects show carries the magic of the holidays from the castle all the way to the 60-foot tall Disneyland Christmas tree in Town  Square. The finale of the show includes the legendary “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, ending with a touching rendition of “White Christmas” and a climactic snowfall swirling upon Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world” Mall and New Orleans Square.
—  “it’s a small world” Holiday becomes  a worldwide celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its facade and, inside, the children of many nations in their holiday attire. After dark, the smiling clock at the front of “it’s a small world” reveals a sparkling projection show. On every quarter hour, the facade of the attraction is transformed into an enormous clockwork mechanism with advanced 3D-projection technology. The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock.
—  Haunted Mansion Holiday presents a madcap celebration as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide.  The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays, including the newest version of the Haunted Mansion gingerbread house.
—  The skippers of “Jingle Cruise” bring holiday fun to a seasonal version of the celebrated Adventureland attraction – and it’s newly enhanced this year.
—  Special holiday food items include Walt’s favorite gingerbread cookies at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Cafe and holiday tamale plates at Rancho del  Zocalo Restaurante. Elf Mickey premium popcorn buckets and drink steins are available in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
—  Guests may book the seasonal favorite “Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort” guided tour which provides entry (subject to availability) into “it’s a small world” Holiday, Haunted Mansion Holiday and Jingle Cruise along with reserved seating and a holiday treat while enjoying “A Christmas Fantasy” parade. The tour also includes viewing of the holiday decor in Disney California Adventure, a keepsake remembrance and entertaining information about Disneyland holiday traditions.  For information and reservations guests may visit any Disneyland Resorts Guest Relations location or call (714) 781-TOUR (781-8687). Continue reading

ACADEMY’S DECEMBER PROGRAMS CONNECT DESIGNERS AND DIRECTORS, HOLLYWOOD AND BERLIN

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rounds out the year with new screenings in the series The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations, in conjunction with the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition now on view, and introduces A New Career in a New Town: Weimar Directors in Berlin and Hollywood, a screening series of early German cinema paired with equally classic Hollywood films.

The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations

The Academy spotlights three partnerships from Hollywood’s Golden Age in The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume Collaborations during the month of December.  Beginning with Clare West, one of the earliest Hollywood costume designers, and her collaborations with director Cecil B. DeMille on “The Golden Bed” and “Male and Female,” the series goes on to examine the work of Milo Anderson and Michael Curtiz on “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and “Mildred Pierce,” and two of the many collaborations between eight-time Oscar®-winner Edith Head and Alfred Hitchcock, “Notorious” and “Vertigo.”

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A New Career in a New Town: Weimar Directors in Berlin and Hollywood

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s, a partnership between the Academy and LACMA, this new screening series focuses on the early films of German filmmakers F.W. Murnau, Max Ophüls and Ernst Lubitsch.  The double-feature presentations juxtapose the directors’ films from the 1920s and ’30s with those they made after they emigrated to America.

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Memorable Arias and Duets from Today’s Operatic Superstars Topline Encores! Great Performances at the Met Airing in December on PBS

From Natalie Dessay and Anna Netrebko to Juan Diego Flórez and Jonas Kaufmann, show-stopping excerpts from “Carmen,” “Rigoletto,” “La Bohème,” and more, hosted by Deborah Voigt

Encores! Great Performances at the Met – featuring 19 unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past eight seasons of broadcasts, performed by today’s greatest opera stars and talents – will air on Great Performances in December. (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the program on Thursday, December 11 at 8:30 p.m.)

Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, from the Grand Staircase of the Met, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from

"Great Performances" logo, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media (PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New York)

“Great Performances” logo, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media (PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New York)

heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, along with Voigt herself.  These extraordinary moments, selected from more than 75 productions, were initially seen as part of the Met’s global Live in HD movie-theater transmissions, and later shared with PBS audiences as presentations of Great Performances at the Met. The musical excerpts are interspersed with commentary by Voigt and some backstage interviews with the singers.

Excerpts Listing:

“Chacun le sait, chacun le dit”
La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti)
Natalie Dessay

“Ah, mes amis”
La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti)
Juan Diego Flórez

“Figlia impura di Bolena”
Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)
Joyce DiDonato, Elza van den Heever

“Pourquoi me réveiller”
Werther (Massenet)
Jonas Kaufmann

Final Scene, Carmen (Bizet)
El?na Garan?a, Roberto Alagna

“So anch’io la virtù magica”
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Anna Netrebko

“How soft and sweet your magic tone”
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Matthew Polenzani

“En proie à la tristesse”
Le Comte Ory (Rossini)
Diana Damrau

“Plebe! Patrizi!”
Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)
Plácido Domingo
with Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, James Morris

Final Scene, Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

“Largo al factotum”
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Peter Mattei

“Fin ch’han dal vino”
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Mariusz Kwiecien

“D’amor sull’ali rosee”
Il Trovatore (Verdi)
Sondra Radvanovsky

“Mild und leise wie er lächelt”
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)
Deborah Voigt

“Questa o quella”
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Piotr Beczala

“Un bel dì vedremo”
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Patricia Racette

Death Scene, Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
René Pape

“O soave fanciulla”
La Bohème (Puccini)
Kristine Opolais, Vittorio Grigolo

“Loge, hör!”
Die Walküre (Wagner)
Bryn Terfel

Encores! Great Performances at the Met is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.  For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer. Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, with additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Rosalind P. Walter, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, and PBS. Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Brings A Winter Wonderland To Biloxi

MGM Resorts International‘s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino celebrates the holiday season in grand fashion from Thanksgiving to New Year’s with a host of entertainment and special events including a spectacular holiday show, free activities for the children and a glittering display that will conjure up days of Christmases past. One of Gulf Coast’s most anticipated holiday displays returns this year with something for all ages. Beau Rivage captivates the imagination with spectacular holiday decor rich in nostalgia and tradition, making it the premier holiday destination. Reminisce as larger-than-life Nutcrackers and classic Christmas ornaments remind you of holiday traditions.  Listen to the joyous sounds of Christmas carols as you stroll through more than 5,000 red and white poinsettias to your ultimate shopping destination.

Let your senses come alive as you take in the scent of fresh evergreens and delight your eyes with sparkling icicles and shimmering snow.  One of Mississippi Gulf Coast’s most anticipated holiday displays returns this year with something for all ages. Beau Rivage’s horticulture team captivates the imagination with spectacular holiday displays rich in nostalgia and tradition, making Beau Rivage the premier holiday destination. Sip warm cocoa as you enjoy the magnificent Christmas trees and gingerbread houses. Reminisce as larger-than-life Nutcrackers and classic Christmas ornaments remind you of holiday traditions.  Listen to the joyous sounds of Christmas carols as you stroll through more than 5,000 red and white poinsettias to your ultimate shopping destination.

MGM Resorts International's Beau Rivage Brings A Winter Wonderland To Biloxi (PRNewsFoto/Beau Rivage Resort & Casino)

MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage Brings A Winter Wonderland To Biloxi (PRNewsFoto/Beau Rivage Resort & Casino)

Experience Santa & Friends on Ice, a fun-filled journey into the Christmas holidays. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpers transform the Beau Rivage theatre into a glittering frozen winter pond made of real ice. World-class figure skaters, vocalists and performers present an endearing holiday storyline, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Santa & Friends on Ice comes to Beau Rivage Dec. 2-28. Shows are nightly at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 3 p.m. The show is dark on Mondays.

Santa & Friends on Ice tickets start at $12.95 plus taxes and fees. A family four pack for $40 (promo code ICE) and an offer of two tickets for $20 (promo code SANTA), plus taxes and fees, are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These special offers are based on availability and must be booked through the Beau Rivage Theatre Box Office. General price tickets are also available by calling 1.888.566.7469 or ordering online at www.beaurivage.com.  Santa & Friends on Ice room and show packages (promo code HOLIDAY) start at $79 and include two tickets and accommodations for one night.

Keep the fun holiday times rolling with free photos with Santa Claus, Dec. 13 and Dec. 18-23 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Families can stop in The Buffet where children 12 and under eat free Dec. 13-23. Guests can also receive 25 percent off their meals at Stalla and Coast or receive a free appetizer in Jia with the purchase of an entree.

Put ShelterBox on Your Holiday Gift List Give Help and Hope to Families in Need

ShelterBox, the international disaster relief organization, urges holiday shoppers to think globally this season and give a gift that will provide help and hope to those in crisis. While a mosquito net and a filter to access clean water are not likely on most gift lists, these emergency essentials, along with much-needed supplies packaged in a green box, a ShelterBox, are lifesavers for disaster survivors.

ShelterBox is an international humanitarian relief charity that delivers emergency shelter and supplies to people who lose their homes after a disaster such as a flood, hurricane, volcano, tsunami, cyclone or earthquake. ShelterBox also provides assistance in war-torn countries and other areas faced with conflict.  In addition to providing ShelterBoxes, the organization also responds to specific relief needs depending on the type and scale of a disaster—by providing large quantities of tents or water filters for example — whatever the crisis situation requires.

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Oklahoma Tornadoes -Afton-and-Colton

 

We started with a simple concept,” explained Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. “What would your family need if you lost everything after a disaster or crisis?

We provide families with not only the basic essentials to survive and rebuild during their time of greatest need, but we also give them a new home, as well as hope and dignity,” added Sperling.

The answer is the ShelterBox which is filled with critical supplies, including a durable, custom-designed tent for shelter, thermal blankets, groundsheets, mosquito nets and a water storage and purification system to protect families from disease, solar lamps, a tool kit to repair their home, cooking and eating utensils, gloves and hats for warmth and a children’s activity packet.

Following a massive volcano eruption in Indonesia, a ShelterBox response team arrived to distribute ShelterBoxes and help set up tents for survivors.  Response team member, Alan Monroe, observed  families moving into the tents with their few remaining possessions. “I noticed the prayer mats were laid out, kitchen sets were already in use, and children were playing with their toys,” said Monroe.  “I had one gentleman step out and grab me by the arm and exclaim “merkasi merkasi,” which is Indonesian for ‘thank you.’  It hit me that we don’t just deliver supplies. This isn’t just a box of stuff. It had become their new home instantly.”

Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to over 240 disasters in more than 90 countries and provided emergency aid for well over one million people. During the Haiti earthquake in 2010, ShelterBox mobilized quickly to bring nearly 30,000 ShelterBoxes to survivors, aiding one-third of a million people.

ShelterBox is made possible through donations from generous people and organizations.  Reports indicate as many as 3,000 people die every day from malaria around the world.  A $35 donation to ShelterBox can provide mosquito netting to help protect families from this life-threatening disease. A $100 gift can provide families with access to clean water. www.shelterboxusa.org

“The holiday season is a time to count our blessings and make a difference,” said Sperling. “You can make a donation in honor of a friend or loved one and send a personalized card about the gift made  on his or her behalf.”  The gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law and ShelterBox USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

To choose a gift to help a family in need this season, visit www.shelterboxusa.org/globalgifts. Donations can also be made at www.shelterboxusa.org/donate, by calling (941) 907-6036, or by texting “SHELTER” to 20222 to make a one-time $10 gift.