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MGM Resorts Restaurants Offer Festive Holiday Menus

Bellagio - Jean Philippe Patisserie - Chocolate Santa displayThe holiday spirit will come alive as the culinary masters at MGM Resorts International celebrate the season with festive fare. Participating restaurants at Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, The Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur and Circus Circus will offer unforgettable holiday menus to make spirits bright. Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to sit back, relax and enjoy seasonal creations as expert chefs provide indulgent offerings for the holiday season.

For full menus from participating MGM Resorts International restaurants, please click here.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Lights LEGOLAND California’s Christmas Tree

legoland-california-christmas-1Emmy award winner Sarah Michelle Gellar and her family came to play at LEGOLAND California Resort’s Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights and then helped Santa pull the switch to light the 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree during the 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Carlsbad, California.

Gellar, a mother of two and married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr., is most known for her popular role as Buffy Summers in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and as Daphne in the movie “Scooby-Doo and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.” In honor of both Gellar and Prinze who are big Star Wars fans, plus Prinze stars as the voice of Kanan Jarrus in the Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels, LEGOLAND California Resort’s Master Model Builders created 15 LEGO Star Wars Death Star ornaments to help decorate this year’s tree. The ornaments also represent the Resort’s recent announcement of its new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star opening March 5, 2015. Each LEGO Star Wars Death Star ornament is made up of more than 1,000 LEGO bricks.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

walt-disney-world-very-merry-christmas-1Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and dozens of their other Disney pals help ring in the festive spirit of the holiday season during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

On select nights from Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, guests with tickets to this special, after-hours event can enjoy an evening filled with all the magic and wintry wonderment of the season, complete with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, snow flurries falling on Main Street, U.S.A., as well as a jolly parade and breathtaking fireworks show.

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Disneyland Holiday Decorations by the Numbers

night, Sleeping Beauty Castle, lights, Holiday, DisneyHolidays, holidays, icicles, snow, ice, Sleeping Beauty's Winter CastleThousands of twinkling lights, miles of ribbon and garland plus ornaments galore transform the Disneyland Resort into a winter wonderland that “Just Gets Merrier” during the holiday season.  Here’s a sample of what holiday decorations await guests throughout the Merriest Place on Earth this season:

At Disneyland Park:

On Main Street, U.S.A., nearly 79,000 ornaments, more than 2,000 feet of garland and nearly 10,000 lights deck the thoroughfare with holiday cheer. In addition, more than 7,400 feet of ribbon decorate Main Street, U.S.A. That’s more than 1.4 miles of ribbon to make more than 800 bows!

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Free Resort Hopper Offer – LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

legoland-florida-hotel-1Guests who book a stay at LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Resort by Christmas day will get more brick for their buck.

Just in time for the holidays, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is offering a package deal which includes a free second day plus Resort Hopper upgrade with a pre-booked room at LEGOLAND Hotel.

The five story LEGO themed Hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, thousands of LEGO models and interactive play areas! The addition of the Hotel gives guests the opportunity to extend their stay and explore LEGOLAND Florida Resort for more than one day giving them the ultimate family experience.

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Industry Night at FIVE50 Pizza Bar at Aria

Industry Night offerings at FIVE50 Pizza Bar in Las VegasFIVE50 Pizza Bar at ARIA Resort & Casino will save Las Vegas hospitality industry professionals a whole lot of dough with the unveiling of #PizzaPros Industry Night. Starting Thursday, Dec. 4, industry members can enjoy 50 percent off all pizza and draft beer selections every Thursday from 9 p.m. – midnight by showing a business card or employee identification.

FIVE50 Pizza Bar’s iconic pizza offerings include signature crusts complemented by deep, rich and well-developed sauces that are finished with premium cheese and toppings. Furthermore, the restaurant’s beer program is designed to impress connoisseurs and entice novices to explore uncharted territory.

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Walt Disney World Gingerbread Houses on Display

"Frozen" Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle Graces Disney's Contemporary ResortPastry chefs throughout Walt Disney World Resort are making things a little sweeter with deliciously decorative holiday displays and sugar shacks made of edible ingredients. These candy-decked dwellings adorn the lobbies at various Walt Disney World Resort hotels. On the menu this holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort:

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” guests can enjoy an all-new Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle on the 4th floor Grand Canyon Concourse. This culinary concoction is adorned with sugar, snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees. Plus, favorite characters from the film including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff will be showcased on this 17-foot-tall ice castle. “Frozen” ice desserts, build-your-own snowman marshmallow kits, plus classic gingerbread treats are available for purchase.

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Paint the Town Gold 2014 at Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay Exterior with Delano - Night (large file size)Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino invites guests to “Paint the Town Gold” for the second consecutive year at the one-of-a-kind holiday celebration. The mega party, which is open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 when the resort transforms into a golden wonderland, complete with elaborate gold-themed accents, fun party favors, lavish culinary selections and more. Unforgettable experiences at restaurants, bars, lounges and Spa Mandalay will provide an exhilarating evening. Throughout the resort, themed models will enhance the masquerade-style atmosphere, encouraging guests to welcome 2015 in an exuberant environment. The complimentary event will offer guests an unparalleled experience on one of the most exciting nights of the year.

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Sea Lion High Show Coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2015

SeaLionHigh_Logo_460x345The comedic sea lion duo, Clyde and Seamore, star in SeaWorld Orlando’s newest show, “Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High,” opening spring 2015.

It’s a hilarious tale, filled with amazing animal behaviors and splashy audience fun. Clyde and Seamore find themselves in slippery pursuit of their high school diplomas and judging from the slapstick, high-energy pranks and hijinks, there’s no doubt Clyde and Seamore will emerge as heads of their class.

When joined by mischievous otters, a 2,300-pound walrus and a cast of goofy human characters swimming along in the fun, it certainly won’t be a normal class.

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Winter Wonderland 2014 at Fairytale Town

Winter Wonderland at Fairytale Town 3Celebrate the holiday season at Fairytale Town with holiday lights, festive décor, snow, Santa, reindeer and more at Fairytale Town’s Winter Wonderland event. The fun-filled family celebration is set for eight days: Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 11-14 and 18-21. Fairytale Town will be open special hours for the event from 1 to 7 p.m.

The storybook park will be trimmed with festive décor and, starting at dusk each day, lit up with a dazzling display of lights. A flurry of snow will fall on the Mother Goose Stage every night at 7 p.m. On weekends, guests will also enjoy arts and crafts activities and vendors selling holiday wares and treats.

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