The Return of Sunset Seasons Greetings

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The holidays are one of the most special times of year to visit Walt Disney World. Things were scaled back in 2020, but they have rebounded at least somewhat in 2021. Merry Menagerie is back at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Very Merriest After Hours runs on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, and the Candlelight Processional will soon run again at EPCOT.

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At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Sunset Seasons Greetings is a nighttime holiday show that takes place on Sunset Boulevard and The Hollywood Tower Hotel. Last year, there were only projections. The full show is now back, but there are some changes.

Instead of being continuous, Sunset Seasons Greetings takes place at the top and bottom of each hour after dark. The Beacons of Magic announcement will run, and then it switches to the holiday show. Sunset Seasons Greetings lasts about 11 minutes, the rest of the time it’s the Beacons of Magic projections.

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There are four themes for Sunset Seasons Greetings; ‘Frozen’, ‘Toy Story’, Muppets Gingerbread House, and ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’.  Wayne and Lanny from ‘Prep & Landing’ are on hand before each scene on one of two screens, and then there is a short introduction with the characters from the upcoming projections.

The ‘Frozen’ scene is new this year. Instead of being directly from the movies, it is taken from ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’.

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There is one other major change with the 2021 version of Sunset Seasons Greetings. There are no lasers as part of the show. In 2018 and 2019, colored lasers added to the effect, especially during the ‘snow’. This almost made it seem like The Hollywood ‘Toy’ Hotel was floating.

There is still ‘snow’ at the end of Sunset Seasons Greetings. It continues on Sunset Boulevard for several minutes after the show has ended.

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We’re disappointed that the lasers are gone, but we still are glad that Sunset Seasons Greetings is back. It’s a great way to help you get into the holiday spirit!

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.