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Villains Lair lounge

This week at Walt Disney World, a popular lounge gets a villainous makeover, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is set to return, a new attraction is confirmed to be getting a holiday makeover, plus Mirabel from Encanto makes her big Magic Kingdom debut! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resorts sets a new series of Passholder appreciation days kicking off later this summer, Halloween Horror Nights gets another confirmed house, plus SeaWorld announces a new summer concert series kicking off in just a few days! 

1. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party set to return in November

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Just a few weeks after confirming that Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party would be coming back to the Magic Kingdom this fall, Disney has confirmed that Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will be returning to the park on 24 select nights between November 8 - December 22. Here are the official dates: 

  • November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22

Tickets for this after hours event will go on sale for guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels on June 30 and to the general public on July 7 and range in price from $149 - $199 per person. More information on this year's event, including new and returning entertainment options, is available here

2. Mirabel joins the Adventure Friends Cavalcade at the Magic Kingdom

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This week the Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade officially gained a new character: Mirabel from Encanto! This character will be a part of the daily lineup for this character experience from now on, and guests will be able to smile and take photos with this character from a distance during this experience. 

3. Disney Enchantment at the Magic Kingdom adds extra performances to summer schedule

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With the busy summer travel season in full effect Disney has added an additional showing of nighttime spectacular Disney Enchantment to their nightly entertainment at the Magic Kingdom. The fireworks show will be performed at 9:20pm and 11pm from July 14 through at least July 24, with possibly more shows added to the lineup later this summer as well, depending on crowd trends and forecasts. 

4. Top of the World Lounge reopening as Villains Lair next month with special Disney villains event 

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Disney has announced that the Top of the World Lounge atop Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort will reopen as the Villains Lair on July 11 following a special kickoff "Bound to be Bad" Fireworks Party for Disney Vacation Club members, which will be held prior to the opening on July 8-10. More information, including ticket price, will be sent to eligible DVC Members emails. After this date, the Villains Lair is open from 6:00 PM to midnight daily, subject to capacity restrictions and operating hours and check-in time will start at 5:45 PM. Inside the lounge, guests can find a villains-inspired menu including cocktails like “The Other Side,” “The Underworld” and “Mirror Mirror Moonshine” as well as the following:

  • “Cherna-Board” of meats and cheeses
  • Herb-roasted Unfortunate Souls Shrimp
  • Lair-Made Hummus
  • Who’s Afraid of Pork Belly Sliders
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