Happy Holidays from all of us at Theme Park Professor! I don’t think there’s been a year in recent memory that could use the cheer and joy that the holidays bring, more than 2020. This week begins the Christmas break for most students and it’s also the last stretch before Christmas day is finally here. As most of you are, we are hunkering down in our homes and preparing for the big day, wrapping those last-minute gifts, prepping the holiday meal, and enjoying many holiday specials and movies. Last year we shared a list of five of our favorite holiday movies from Disney+ so this year we are going to add to your holiday watch list five new titles to help add to your level of cheer!
LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special
Many of us older Star Wars fans remember the strange and perplexing Star Wars Holiday Special that aired once in the late ’70s and was then denounced by George Lucas and tossed away. Well, fans of the Wookie holiday Life Day can rejoice in a new Star Wars holiday special featuring the beloved LEGO versions of characters throughout the films and television shows. The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is a new animated program that follows Rey and BB-8 as they search for a hidden Jedi temple that only reveals itself on Life Day. Things go a bit haywire and the hero is transported through time making stops at many iconic moments in Star Wars history with some special appearances. The special retains the humor and fourth wall breaking that fans have come to love from the LEGO adaptations and is a great view for both old and new Star Wars fans.
Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
There’s nothing like being in a Disney resort during the holidays. Almost every inch of the parks and hotels is decorated with colorful and fanciful seasonal decor. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to bring this extreme level of holiday cheer to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, then you’ll want to check out the Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic special. This special was originally released in 2017 and gives viewers an unprecedented look behind the scenes as Imagineers and Cast Members work year-round to prepare both resorts for the holidays. Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Sofia Carson, and Jordan Fisher, Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic goes from the arduous preparation involved to light up Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to the talented chefs who construct massive gingerbread houses in some of the hotels. It’s a great way to bring some of the Disney Parks’ holiday magic into your Christmas celebrations.
Disney Holiday Magic Quest
This next title will be a big hit with any Disney Channel fans in your house. Disney Holiday Magic Quest is a filmed scavenger hunt game inside of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and featuring some of the stars of the Disney Channel “ZOMBIES” movies. Raven-Symoné virtually hosts the special, which features “ZOMBIES 2” stars Milo Manheim, Kylee Russell, Ariel Martin, and Pearce Joza competing in holiday-themed challenges inside of an empty Magic Kingdom. Disney villains Maleficent and Evil Queen have stolen the park’s holiday magic, and it’s up to the Disney Channel stars to complete their missions and help Mickey set things right. Each challenge takes place at an iconic Disney attraction like Haunted Mansion and Cinderella Castle and the winning team receives a grand prize that benefits Toys for Tots.
Prep and Landing
One of my family’s favorite specials to watch during the holidays is Prep and Landing. This half-hour special from 2009 features Lanny, an elf who works for the special team that gets houses ready for Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve. After being passed up for a promotion, Lanny loses his Christmas spirit, and a few mistakes made with his new rookie partner cause the holiday to be in jeopardy! Lanny must regain his lost love of the holiday and fix things before it’s too late and Santa must skip a kid. The short film was followed by a sequel, Prep and Landing Naughty vs. Nice where Lanny has to join forces with his annoying brother to take recover data stolen from Santa’s list. Both specials are available on Disney+ for the first time this year and are a great view for the whole family.
The Disney Holiday Singalong
If your family are fans of the rich history of great Disney songs, then you’ll want to gather everyone around the TV for a holiday special that will have everyone singing. The Disney Holiday Singalong is becoming a holiday tradition with three specials having been released over the last few years. Disney+ now has the latest offering that aired earlier this season hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The special runs around 40 minutes and features classic holiday and Disney songs sung by artists like BTS, Andrea Bocelli, Ciara, Chloe x Halle, Katy Perry, and more. Each song is accompanied by clips from Disney animation as well as lyrics and a bouncing Mickey so that everyone can sing along.
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