Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's Christmas Time!

With Christmas just a week away, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ending on the 20th of this month, we are going to look at some of the great things to do around the Disney World Resort. I would like to note that I have not been to the Very Merry Christmas Party, but we did get to experince everything the Parks had to offer the week after Christmas. 

All parks have traditional Christmas decorations, including a massive Christmas tree that is decorated to reflect the park it is in. 

Magic Kingdom:
Starting December 21, the Very Merry Christmas Party becomes part of admission, just minus the exclusive merchandise, free cookies, and unique character greets. Because of this,the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be come the afternoon parade. The music for this parade is just amazing, and the amount of characters is great! The Toy Soldiers are my favorite!

Every night they will have probably the best part of the night in my opinion, the lighting of Cinderella's Castle lights. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy all want to decorate the castle for Christmas, but they cannot agree on how to decotrate it. With a little help from Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, they eventually decide to make it look like it has ice on it. Then with the magic of Fairy Godmother, the castle is instantly transformed. 

If you wait around for a few hours, you will see the Holiday Wishes firework show. This is a great way to end your evening at the kingdom. The streets will be crowded like usual, but it's a beautiful show. 

On the way out, make sure you take your time going down Main Street, as it starts to snow. 

Epcot's biggest Chrismtas tradition is the Candlelight Processional in the American Pavilion. This show consists of a mass choir, orchestra, and a special celebrity guest host. In between the host telling the Nativity Story, the choir and orchestra will perform some of the popular Christmas Carols of the past. There are 2 shows daily, so get there as soon as you can. 

Around the World Showcase, you can find the different versions of Santa Clause waiting to tell you the story of Christmas in their homeland. It's a real eye opener to see the differences in traditions around the world. 

Illuminations is the finale of the night, while it's pretty much the same show as normal, it adds a Christmas tag at the end. This show is always a wonder to watch. 

Animal Kingdom:
There is only one big thing at Animal Kingdom, and that is the Mickey's Jingle Jungle Christmas Parade. I have personally never seen this parade, but I do listen to the music of it in my car and can't wait to see it in a few months. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios:
If you go to Streets of America in the back of the park, you be in awe of what you see. The Osborne Family Specticale of Dancing Lights performed in 1995 and today has a few million lights synced to some of your favorite Christmas songs. You will also notice some snow flurries in this area also!

All the resorts have wonderful Christmas themes. Grand Floridian has the Massive Gingerbread house, the Contemporary has the Gingerbread tree, Beach Club has a candy shop, and so much more. Make sure to take some time and go and enjoy these wonderful decorations. 

Did I forget something? Let us know below!

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