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Disney's Hollywood Studios will be offering a new ticketed event in 2016 - 'Club Villain.'
Beginning on January 16 2016, the event takes place in the new Sunset Showcase, with tickets priced at $99 per person including tax and gratuity. Entry to Disney's Hollywood Studios is not included with the ticket. Club Villain will be open on most Saturdays.

Here is the full description:

Dancin’ and Chillin’ with Disney Villains
Sunset Showcase loudly presents Club Villain, a frightfully fun dance-and-dine event—debuting January 16, 2016!
This spellbinding evening features decadent New Orleans delicacies like tender beef striploin rubbed with herbes de Provence, Voodoo sticky “pig wings” with citrus gremolata and spicy shrimp sautéed with Andouille sausage, tomato, okra and onions over creamy polenta.
Trick or treat yourself to fiendish cocktail concoctions—specialty alcoholic drinks plus beer and wine—hilarious stage-show numbers and up-close encounters with Disney’s most dastardly doomsday divas. Mix and mingle with mysterious Maleficent, hilarious Queen of Hearts, the delirious Evil Queen and the always fur-fetched Cruella De Vil—and wicked jams from our house DJ!
Tickets to Club Villain can be purchased for $99 per person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 90 days in advance, either by booking online here or by calling (407) 939-3463.

Meer seconds after Halloween ended, Christmas was in full swing at Walt Disney World.

This will be the 20th and final year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios and there have been a few additions to the play list.
There is an all-new dancing sequence this year, with a custom arrangement of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Check it out in the video below. All of the favorites from previous years are back.




The Osborne Family is honored with a window display on the Streets of America.
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Inside the display you'll see highlights of the lights from the last 20 years, showing their story and progression from the Osborne family house to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the lights, Tink joins the show in the form of a new animated light high above the streets. There will also be merchandise available celebrating the lights final year.

Santa Goofy is now appearing for meet and greets on the Streets of America.
The meet and greet is making use of the former Backlot Tour queue area, which was most recently used as the Mickey Mouse meet and greet location.
You can meet Goofy dressed in his Santa outfit daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, then 6:30 PM to park close.

'A Frozen Holiday Wish' returned at the Magic Kingdom on November 4 2015.
The hugely popular 10 minute show at Cinderella Castle features Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, along with 200,000 LEDs that make up the castle dream lights.
Check the times guide for specifics, but show times on regular park days will typically be 6:15 PM and a second later show. On Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights, show times are 6:15 PM and 8:00 PM.

Image courtesy WDWmagic.com
The Jingle Cruise, the holiday overlay edition of the Jungle Cruise is also currently up and running.

And to round out the holiday news, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will once again offer event-only exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom playing card.
This year's card is "Olaf's Snowgies," and can be picked up on Magic Kingdom party nights at either the firehouse in Town Square or the second location in Liberty Square.




Disney has also revealed some more information about the Na'vi River Journey attraction coming to Pandora - The World of AVATAR.
From Disney's announcement:

Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring a variety of new experiences to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including a family-friendly attraction called Na’vi River Journey. The adventure begins as guests set out in canoes and venture down a mysterious, sacred river hidden within the bioluminescent rainforest. The full beauty of Pandora reveals itself as the canoes pass by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures. The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na’vi shaman, who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music. Na’vi River Journey will open with Pandora – The World of AVATAR in 2017.

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