Holidays at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Holidays at the Walt Disney World® Resort with Allison King.

 

My First Christmas at Disney

I know Christmas isn’t officially here until the 25th of December, but at Disney, it arrives pretty much as soon as they can put the Halloween decorations away.  And for me, that’s just fine.  I recently made a visit to Walt Disney World the beginning of November.  It was so exciting to see many of the holiday decorations already up in place.  On my short visit there, I was going to get a chance to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and watch the famous Osborn Light Spectacle at Hollywood Studio’s.

 

To attend Mickey’s Christmas Party, we had to have special wristbands to attend the festivities that night.  It was pretty exciting to know we were going to experience all the holiday celebration with a lot less crowd that night.  Many of the rides were open late for those that wanted to enjoy them as well.

One of the first things we witnessed was the Fairy Godmother lighting up the castle for the holidays, which was an amazing color show in itself.  Then, we watched one of the most gorgeous parades I have yet to see at Magic Kingdom.  The holiday parade was amazing.  I think every Disney character was  decked out in their holiday best to join in and welcome all the guests that night.

 

After the parade, there was a short break, which gave us plenty of time to sneak in some free cookies and hot chocolate before the next surprise.  Hot chocolate in Orlando?  Well, it was a little cool that night, but with hot chocolate that tasted that good, I think I might even drink it during the day.  And fresh, warm, homemade cookies.  Definitely a special addition to the night’s affair.

Everyone was gathering down Main Street to get ready for the fireworks display, while snow fell upon them from the roof tops.  This was quite the site to see as well.

Fireworks – WOW!, and then some.  Seriously, if you think you’ve seen the best that Disney has to offer, you’ve not seen anything like this.  The colors absolutely lit up the sky while choreographed to beautiful music for almost 20-25 minutes straight.  The castle would change colors, the sky was a glow.  It was simply amazing.

So, now I can say I have had the great pleasure of enjoying Christmas at Disney, though it was a little early.  I’d definitely do it again without hesitation.  If you would like to as well, be sure to get your tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as soon as they go on sale, as this event does sell out quickly.  And dress in your favorite Christmas shirt or sweater and join in with everyone else in all the holiday fun.  You are guaranteed to have memories of this for a very long time.

Contact me for a free quote and help with all your ticket, show and dining reservations as well.  Happy Holidays everyone.   Cindy@travelwiththemagic.com

Christmas in July

Cinderella’s Castle at Christmas

 

Yes, it is July and I am already excited about Christmas.  It is time for those of you visiting Disney World this holiday season to start thinking about whether or not to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Disney World goes all out for the holiday season, and the Christmas party is no exception.  It truly is a Magical experience.

 

For those of you not familiar with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, let me fill you in on the excitement.   It is a special night of holiday entertainment with Christmas shows, parades, fireworks, and more.  The Party requires purchase of a separate admission ticket.  Although the official holiday celebration is 7pm to midnight, guests are often permitted to enter the park as early as 4pm.

Toy Soldier’s marching in the Christmas Parade

The spirit of the season can be captured throughout the park with all of the Christmas lights, decorations, towering Christmas trees, and Christmas music.  You will be in awe of Cinderella’s castle as it is magically transformed to an ice palace with thousands of beautiful twinkling lights. There are also wonderful holiday shows where some of your favorite Disney friends come to life.  Don’t miss “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” in Tomorrowland featuring Buzz Lightyear and the mischievous Stitch.  “Celebrate the Season” is performed at the castle stage starring Mickey and his pals.  Grab your complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and apple slices and watch reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, Santa, and your favorite Disney characters as they make an appearance in the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade.“  I can’t stress enough just how magical this parade is.  The party also has a spectacular display of fireworks, Holiday Wishes, narrated by Jiminy Cricket and accompanied by Christmas music.  The party would not be complete without snow in the forecast.  If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, do not miss the magical snowfall on Main Street.

 

Santa wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

If you are looking for an unforgettable way to spend time with your family and friends this Christmas season, I highly recommend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  I cannot think of a better way to celebrate “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”!

 

2012 Dates

November 9, 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30

December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21

 

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A Candlelit Celebration

A Candlelit Celebration

Anyone who has celebrated the holidays in Walt Disney World knows that they do it right.  The Magic Kingdom is strung from one end of the park to the other with festive greenery and more ornaments that you can possibly imagine.  Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – something truly amazing for a family to behold.  Even Animal Kingdom joins in the festive fun with beautiful decorations and a holiday-themed midday parade.  One of the best events during the holiday season, in my opinion, takes place at Epcot – the Candlelight Processional.

Candlelight Processional is a big part of Holidays Around The World, Epcot’s multi-cultural celebration of holiday traditions from across the globe.  During this evening spectacle, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

My family had the opportunity to attend a showing of the Candlelight Processional back in December of 2010.  Whoopi Goldberg was the celebrity narrator that evening, and we were very excited to finally see what we had been hearing such wonderful things about.  We were not disappointed!  You can always depend on Disney to do entertainment on a large scale, but what pleasantly surprised me was how moving the show was.  I am a sucker for a nice choir, so I guess I may be an easy target, but even so, this is really one of the most memorable holiday experiences of my adult life.

My family booked an event dining package for the Candlelight Processional.  Anyone who has stood in line to get a decent seat (or any seat) for the big Fantasmic! show at Hollywood Studios knows that these event dining packages are amazing and can really keep your wait time to a minimum.  There are many nights (as with Fantasmic!) when having this package will be the only way you get to get a seat for the Candlelight Processional.  We ate at Rose & Crown (which was delicious, as usual) in the England Pavilion and received our preferred seating voucher for the show.  Cast Members allow those who have these vouchers in first, and we were able to get pretty good seats.  Whoopi was great, the choir was great, everything was amazing!  Interspersed throughout the beautiful story of Christmas are wonderful carols, traditional and contemporary, and each member of the choir holds a lit candle.  It makes for a very touching experience.

This unforgettable show is held on select nights during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot’s World Showcase, and, because it is so beloved and popular, it will fill up quickly. To ensure you have a seat, I do recommend that you book Candlelight Processional Dining Package – another plus, in addition to the awesome meal and the guaranteed seating, is that you also get a special viewing spot for that other amazing spectacle at Epcot – IllumiNations.

The 2012 dates for the Candlelight Processional are November 23 – December 30, 2012 with showtimes at 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:15 pm each evening.  Some celebrity narrators have been booked, and they include Isabella Rossellini (11/23-11/25), Neil Patrick Harris (11/26-11/29), Whoopi Goldberg (11/30-12/01), Jodi Benson (yes, folks, that’s Ariel!) (12/11-12/13), Olivia Newton John (12/14-12/16), Trace Adkins (12/20-12/22), Gary Sinise (12/23-12/25), and Marlee Matlin (12/29-12/30).  Theme park admission is required.

Jennifer Lassiter

Contact me at Jennifer@travelwiththemagic.com if you have any questions.

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