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Of course, seasonal overlays for The Haunted Mansion, The Jungle Cruise, and It’s a Small World aren’t the only seasonal changes coming to Disneyland over the next few months. Via The Disney Blog, here’s what guests can expect if they visit the park between November 10, 2016 and January 8, 2017:

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle returns for the first time since 2014, with magical nighttime snowfall moments that conclude with “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks and its stirring snowfall finale.

Guests will be enchanted by the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. It’s 60 feet tall and filled with nearly 1,800 ornaments. This festive backdrop is a popular location for holiday photos.

Disney characters celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music, marching “tin soldiers” and holiday cheer. Santa, who makes a jolly appearance in the parade, also will be found welcoming guests at his special location in Critter Country.

The neighboring California Adventure Park will also see its fair share of new holiday entertainment, including a new World of Color nighttime show:

The all-new nighttime spectacular, “World of Color – Season of Light” celebrates the warm and heartfelt spirit of the holidays, with powerful water fountains telling the story. “World of Color – Season of Light” will take guests through a sparkling winter fantasy, combining classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films to create an experience filled with magic.

The new “Festival of Holidays” celebrates time-honored traditions and heartwarming experiences inspired by holiday festivals around the world. Guests at the “Festival of Holidays” will enjoy delicious internationally inspired food and beverages at 14 themed festival marketplaces, and participate in diverse cultural holiday celebrations, including the popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad! The global sounds of special guest musical groups will ring throughout the festival, and the young and young-at-heart will celebrate with some of their favorite Disney characters.

Additional seasonal updates and shows are described at the link above.

Yes, the end is truly nigh for the West Coast version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Start planning your final visits now. Between this and the signage actually coming down from the attraction exterior itself, those hoping for a last-minute reprieve need to stop hoping. This will be a Guardians of the Galaxy ride by next May.

Naturally, Disney is capitalizing on your desire to battle the upcoming Tower of Terror-shaped hole in your life with a few food specials at Award Wieners in the California Adventure theme park. There’s the Tower Drop Dog, an “all-beef frank dipped in red pepper ketchup, topped with grilled onions, peppers and an onion crunch on a black noir potato bun”; and The Drop, a cocktail made with Midori, Irish cream, and grenadine. As you can see from the images above, both of them look disgusting. But as tributes to a horror-themed thrill ride set in a crumbling hotel, that may be appropriate.

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Concept Art

While the West Coast Guardians of the Galaxy ride is 100% happening and there is nothing anyone can do about, rumors of an East Coast ride based on the hit movie continue to swirl. We’ve heard stories that the Universe of Energy attraction at Epcot is set to close so it can become a Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster, but nothing has been confirmed. We do know that there are some potential legal loopholes to jump through as Universal Studios still owns the Marvel theme park rights east of the Mississippi, but WDW News Today claims that Universe of Energy will close in January 2017 for the update. Take this with as much salt as you can muster for the time being.

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For news on updates that can actually be seen with your own two eyes, you need only look to this post from Walt Disney World Today, which has photos from the latest additions to the Pandora section currently under construction at the Animal Kingdom theme park. These new images show off the floating islands (which don’t actually float but still look awfully impressive) and an “alien lamppost.” The latter may not be too exciting to the ordinary person, but to the theme park obsessives out there, this is a good look at how certain necessities will be carefully re-themed to blend in with their surrounding environment.

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