The second week of November continues the excitement of the Holiday premieres. (Click here for all the new things that happened last week.) Disney has had lots of surprises in store for us lately, with the gorgeous new projection show at Magic Kingdom, Once Upon a Time, an exciting new drone show taking place at Disney Springs soon, and rumors of other new projects waiting in the wings. Lately it seems they are announcing things right before they are due to begin. I am thinking with the Rivers of Light debacle this is a good strategy right now. Just wait until you know there are no delays or issues so no one is disappointed by delays.The latest of their new shows started this Monday, called Jingle Bell Jingle BAM.
As we all know, the Osborne Lights finished their long run last year leaving quite a big hole in the holiday season for many people. Hollywood Studios in particular has had a rough year. With so much in construction the park isn’t at its best right now. I like to think of it like a cocoon stage, remaking itself to emerge bigger and more beautiful than ever with the addition of Toy Story and Star Wars lands. But it certainly needed something to offer for the holidays, particularly since Osborne is gone. This new show will be taking the place of the Star Wars projection/fireworks show until the first of the year.
What is it?
Jingle Bell Jingle BAM is primarily a projection show taking place on the Chinese Theater. It has lasers, spotlights, fireworks, twinkling lights as well as lots of Snoap. (the fake snow made with soap). This new show will be taking the place of the Star Wars projection/fireworks show until the first of the year. It’s a projection show. It’s actually similar to Once Upon a Time actually, in terms of the tech used, or the overall look. The story is that these elves can’t find Santa and go looking thru several other lands to find him. You see several montages of characters from Disney movies, as well as a long visit to the Nightmare Before Christmas movie where you see Oogie Boogie who ends up having kidnapped Santa (spoiler alert haha) and they get him back. Be sure to watch the video below for highlights of the show.
What the Critics are Saying
“This is a terrible fireworks show there were hardly any fireworks.” Well, that’s because this is NOT a fireworks show. Yes, it does have some fireworks, but it’s more of a highlight to what’s happening in the projections, it’s not the focus. Sometimes people get things in their heads and come out disappointed. That’s why I want you guys to have the right expectation going into this.
“The story line is too juvenile.” Sigh. Frankly, I think you guys need to realize something. I’ve actually been wanting to address this for a while now. Many (not all, but most) of the Disney news sources we all check to see reviews and information are run by people (**cough** men **cough**) who either, A: do not have any children, or B: had children so long ago they don’t even remember what it was like bringing them to the parks (if they even did). Here’s a fact many of these people forget: much of Disney is designed for children in mind. Gasp! I know. Shocking. It sounds super silly to even say, but honestly, they forget. So when Disney does something more geared to kids they are critical of it. But I know that many of you have children that you are bringing to Disney. If you have kids under the age of 10 this show will be a home run for them. It’s playful, silly, not the least bit scary or dark, super colorful and eye-catching, with lots of well-known songs and did I mention the snoap people. There’s a lot of it. Your kids will love it. Older kids and adults will definitely enjoy the show but not quite as much. Personally, I’m a huge Star Wars fan so I liked the fireworks better. But I’ve brought people who weren’t big fans who thought they were just ok. Fantasmic is a similar thing in that its great for kids (all though it can be a little dark and scary for some young children) but some adult feel like it’s more of Plan B option. It’s really personal preference. There are a few shows that are just so good, and so classic Disney, that it’s universally appealing to all ages. Once Upon a Time is one of those, so make sure you make that show at Magic Kingdom a must do.
Should Jingle Bell Jingle BAM be in your Touring plans?
That depends. Do you have young kids with you? How many nights do you have on your trip? When I make trip plans it’s always the evenings that fill up the fastest. There’s usually not enough nights to do everything. At this point your primary night-time options at Disney World are:
MK-Castle Lighting with Elsa (Frozen Holiday Wish)
MK-Once Upon a Time Projection Show
Epcot-Illumination (soon to be the Holiday version)
HS- Jingle Bell Jingle BAM
AK- The projections on the Tree (Tree of Life Awakenings)
Springs- The Drone Lights Show (starting 11-16-16)
You will get many different opinions on this, but I rank all of Magic Kingdom’s options pretty high. If you have young children next on my list would be this new show, Jingle Bell Jingle BAM (so tired of typing that name by now lol) and if you don’t then I’d rank Illuminations higher in priority. I haven’t seen the drone show yet, but I’m thinking that the park options will still be more “Disney” than that one. And that’s why you’re here, really. But I’ll review that one soon.
If you decide to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party then that’s an additional night. They will have the lighting with Elsa and Wishes (holiday version) but if you want to see Once Upon a Time and regular Wishes then you’ll need a non-party night at Magic Kingdom. The way they time things you usually can’t see Fantasmic and Jingle Bell Jingle BAM the same night, so you’ll need two or have to choose. So you can see that unless you’re coming for two weeks you probably won’t catch it all. Repeat after me: That’s okay. It really is. Sit down with the people you’re coming to Disney with, look at the various videos that show what things look like and then pick your must-dos. Stick to those and make a plan to fit them in. Everything else beyond that is bonus. See? Don’t you feel more relaxed now? 🙂 Side note: I recommend my videos to check out what’s new for holidays. Of course, I would recommend mine, haha…. but the reason I like them is that you won’t see an entire show, but just some highlights. Enough to tell if you want to see it, but not like you feel as though it’s all been spoiled and there’s no point going. Know what I mean? Plus I show you lots of other stuff, tips and new stuff you might miss otherwise. So definitely check them out.
Speaking of that, here’s my latest video for this week. I’ll show you guys this new show (I refuse to type that name again you should know it by now for Pete’s sake.) I’ll show where to find the new Doctor Strange meet and greet and how it works, highlights from Dapper Day (pics will be posted here soon too) and I’ll show all the decor they’ve put up at Hollywood Studios. They did some new stuff this year and it’s really beautiful. Watch it here: