With the demise of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, Disney brought out a new Christmas light show from 2016 but it is not a direct replacement.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is a state-of-the-art projection show featuring scenes from several Disney films projected onto the exterior of the Chinese Theater and surrounding buildings, accompanied by laser beams, music, lights, fireworks and even snow.
The shows runs nightly from November 9 to December 31, 2017 and it is included in the standard park admission ticket. Show times vary depending upon when the park closes.
The story is that Santa has gone missing on Christmas Eve and the elves, Wayne and Lanny, from ABC’s “Prep and Landing” holiday special go off in search of Kris Kringle to return him to the North Pole in time for Christmas.
You listen to a musical soundtrack accompanied by well loved Disney animated classic scenes taken from films like “101 Dalmations”, “Bambi”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cinderella”, “Donald Duck”, “Lady and the Tramp”, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, “Pluto’s Christmas Tree”, “Pocahontas”, “Sleeping Beauty”, Up” and culminates in a special sequence from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
The whole show runs a little under 15 minutes. Best viewing spots are front and centre of the Chinese Theater but you can also access special reserved seating if you buy a ticket to the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party
Disney has introduced a special dessert party to accompany the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! laser and fireworks show which starts about an hour and fifteen minutes before the show. Available on select nights between November 9 and December 31, 2017.
The dessert party takes place in the courtyard of the Great Movie Ride and features multiple food stations serving festive treats including holiday inspired snacks and desserts including the Santa Mickey chocolate cupcake with peppermint bark.
Expect a visit from a very special guest during the course of the party!
If you are over 21 you can get beers, wines and speciality alcoholic cocktails and there are also non-alcoholic beverages and hot cocoa.
When the show starts you have access to a reserved viewing area and you can use special 3D HoloSpex glasses to turn bright lights into holiday holographic images like gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and tree ornaments.
Admission to the dessert party is by a separate ticket which is priced at between $79 and $89 for adults and between $45 and $49 for children (aged 3 to 9) and includes taxes and gratuities.
Reservations are required and you also need a regular park admission ticket.
Read about other Disney dessert parties.