With the holiday season at Walt Disney World right around the corner, we’re all eagerly awaiting the return of the resort’s annual festivities. Disney World regulars who visit in November and December are accustomed to attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom and the Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT. This year, however, Disney is throwing a third event into the ring: Disney Jollywood Nights.
Taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando (home of the popular Star Wars land, Galaxy’s Edge), Disney Jollywood Nights will occur across 10 select evenings from November 11 through December 20. With three holiday events kicking off within a couple of weeks of one another, November is shaping up to be a busy month at Disney World. This newest event promises to be a unique holiday offering for Walt Disney World, embracing the traditions of different cultures along with an expansive list of party-exclusive food and drink items.
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Since Disney Jollywood Nights is an entirely brand-new after-hours event, let’s review what we know about the event and how you can get tickets.
Disney Jollywood Nights Entertainment
Disney Jollywood Nights embraces the spirit of Hollywood Studios by offering a wide array of live entertainment, much of which channels the golden age of Hollywood. You can enjoy a live band at the Twilight Soirée at the Tip Top Club, a legendary spot among Disney World fans. Or, sip on a cocktail while enjoying Jazzy Holidays at The Hollywood Brown Derby.
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The vibes totally change at Echo Lake, where a “throwback bash” will feature appearances by Powerline Max as well as Phineas and Ferb. A holiday street fair called Holiday Fiesta en la Calle will also take place during Jollywood Nights along Commissary Lane. Between these themed entertainment options, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to “dance the night away,” as Disney describes it.
During the event, Jollywood Nights attendees can catch a performance of the returning Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, and a brand-new musical variety show featuring none other than Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. With only four hours to take it all in, you will have to make some tough decisions regarding what shows to see and what specialty food items to eat.
Exclusive Food and Drink Offerings During Jollywood Nights
Disney has unveiled a sizable list of party-exclusive food and drink offerings at Jollywood Nights. Much of the live entertainment theming extends to the menus. Pop-up dining locations include Holiday Fiesta en la Calle at ABC Commissary, serving items like Yuca con Chicharrón, Birria Tacos, and an Oaxaca Old Fashioned. Other dining locations around Hollywood Studios that will feature unique food and drink items include PizzeRizzo, Baseline Taphouse, Fairfax Fare, and The Trolley Car Café. Epic Eats, known for its funnel cakes, will serve specialty funnel cakes at the event, including a Brisket Reuben Funnel Cake for dinner and a S’mores Funnel Cake for dessert.
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Speaking of dessert, of all the elaborate food items and cocktails available at Jollywood Nights, it was perhaps the simplest sugar cookie that caught the attention of Disney fans online. Over at Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction, you can purchase a Christmas Gertie Cookie, which is fashioned after the dinosaur structure found in Echo Lake.
How to Attend Disney Jollywood Nights
As the name implies, Jollywood Nights takes place in the evening, from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. If you buy a ticket to attend Jollywood Nights, you can begin to enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios as early as 7:00 p.m., giving you an hour to catch a ride or two before the event commences.
Tickets are available on Disney World’s website. As of this writing, tickets remain available for purchase for most Jollywood Nights events, except for the first two nights, November 11 and November 18, which are sold out. Tickets range in price from $159 to $179 per person (note that there is no difference between the cost of an adult ticket and a ticket for children ages three through nine). For comparison, tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom will run you $159 to $199 per adult and $149 to $189 per kid. Disney World’s Annual Passholders can take advantage of a $10 discount when checking out.
Once you have tickets in hand, Disney encourages you to put special thought into your outfits! Disney’s website notes that Jollywood Nights is “brimming with red-carpet moments, Hollywood vibes, glimmering décor and fantastic photo ops,” so do with that information as you will.