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This week, my daughter Ashley and I have been thinking a lot about our trip to Walt Disney World this November. While the intent of the trip is to celebrate her 21st birthday, we’ll also be able to participate in some of the Disney Christmas events. We took a family trip to Disney last December – thinking it would be a once-in-a-lifetime Disney Christmas Vacation. Now, here are we, going back for more! Please stop back over the weeks to come, as I’ll be featuring a “14 Weeks to 21” countdown each Wednesday – I’ll be sharing 14 of the things that Ashley, my friend Suzanne, and I are looking forward to on our Girls’ Only Trip.
#1 – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
When we participated in this fun event last year, I really never expected to be doing it again less than a year later. But, when Disney released the dates for this year’s Christmas Party and we realized that we could do it again, we presented the idea to our friends and they said “Yes, let’s!” I’m actually glad to be attending a second time because there was no way to possibly see and do everything that is offered in just one night’s time. Last year, we spent a lot of time meeting some of the less-popular characters.
This year, since we’ll be 3 adults and no kids, I think we’ll spend more time taking in the shows, watching the parade, and riding rides. We’ll see.
Though there is an extra cost involved in the party, in addition to your park admission, I find it to be well worth it.
#2 – Candlelight Processional at Epcot
It’s rare that you find a Christian celebration at a theme park of any kind, so it makes me happy that Disney hosts the Candlelight Processional each Christmas at Epcot. We really enjoyed this show last year. First of all, we love music; so we were thrilled with the orchestra and choir. It’s fun that Disney gets celebrity narrators involved. I would have loved to see Steven Curtis Chapman, Gary Sinese, or Amy Grant. We saw James Denton and I really didn’t know who he was, but he did a great job! The way the show all works together – voices, music, narration, etc. – it’s just a spectacular event. If you’re visiting Disney in December, DO NOT miss this!
#3 – Visiting the Resorts
I’m a huge proponent for building a “day of rest” into your Disney vacation. We always plan a “resort-hopping” day. As much fun as it is to visit the resorts on a “normal” vacation, it’s that much more special during the Christmas holidays. Each resort is decorated to the nines for the holidays, and each one features its own unique theming. Sure, the decorations in the parks are spectacular, but I promise you’ll want to check out at least a few of the resorts as well.
#4 – The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights
I have to admit, before I saw this I really wondered why everyone was bragging it up so much. Many people list it as their FAVORITE Disney Christmas experience. To me, the pictures made it look pretty chaotic. And, truth be told, it is. If you just go to look at the lights, it’s gaudy and annoying. BUT, when they add the music and the lights move in sync with the music, THAT is pretty darn amazing! While I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to see them, if you’re at Hollywood Studios and you don’t go over to the Streets of America to take this in, you’re just silly.
#5 – Take Advantage of the PhotoPass Photographers
I know, this tip applies to any time of the year – not just Christmas! But, if it weren’t for these photographers, we’d never get any family pictures! At Christmastime, it’s even more special – get your picture taken with your favorite characters, decked out in their holiday finery; get your picture taken in front of the Christmas tree at your favorite resort; get your picture taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot. The opportunities are endless, really!
Talk to me about Disney at Christmas!
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