Welcome to those of you joining me from A World View and those of you who have just hopped aboard. I am the 6th stop on our Magical Blogorail. Thanks to all my Blogorail friends and the Blogorail followers for bearing with me as we got through the storms in Alabama last week!
If you haven't been to Walt Disney World during the Christmas season, you need to add it to your bucket list! For me, each trip to Disney is magical, but it's extra magical during the Christmas season. All of the resorts are decked out in amazing decorations. The parks are littered with lights, wreaths, trees, bows, ornaments, flowers and seasonal music. If you arrive in WDW during the weeks leading up to Christmas and aren't in the Holiday Spirit, you most definitely will be by the end of your trip!
Each of the 4 parks add their own special Christmas twist to the season.
At Disney's Hollywood Studios you will find The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. The "Streets of America" are covered in millions of Christmas lights that are synchronized to music and become the spectacle of dancing lights! You can read about the Osborne family and the story behind all their lights here!
Epcot does a fabulous job with the Christmas season. Each night you can enjoy the Candlelight Processional at the America Gardens Theatre as part of the Holidays Around the World. Each night, a different celebrity narrator will retell the story of Christmas accompanied by a 50 piece orchestra and a mass choir made up of cast members and choirs from around Florida.
In addition to the Candlelight Processional, you can enjoy the Holidays Around the World, throughout World Showcase. Each country tells how they celebrate the Holidays in December. Most countries have their own version of “Santa” sharing their stories. You can also end your evening with a nightly viewing of Illuminations with a Christmas twist.
At Animal Kingdom you can see Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. While I have never seen this show myself, I have read great reviews of this music filled holiday parade where Mickey and his safari friends meet the Savannah during the holidays!
The Magic Kingdom is my favorite place to celebrate the Christmas season at Walt Disney World. Besides the amazing decorations that line Main Street, USA and the main entrance, you can see a special Holiday Wishes Stage Show each night. Following the show, you can see Cinderella’s castle come to life with millions of lights! You can also visit Santa Clause on Main Street by Guest Relations.
My very favorite part of Christmas at WDW is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP). This is a special event held on select nights at the Magic Kingdom. You will need to purchase a ticket to attend this party. The park will close early to regular park guests on nights the party is held. Ticket holders will be able to enter the park around 4:00pm and the party will begin at 7:00pm. At 7:00, you have to have a special MVMCP wristband on to enjoy any of the attractions and restaurants. If you don't have the armband, you will be asked to leave the park. At the party, you will be able to celebrate the Christmas season with live entertainment, a special viewing of Holiday Wishes fireworks and Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. You will be able to see the Castle Dream Lights and snow falling on Main Street, USA! Between visiting with your favorite Disney Characters and riding your favorite Magic Kingdom attractions you can get all the complimentary cookies and hot cocoa you can eat!
Our family participated in the MVMCP in December of 2010 and had a fabulous time! It was unusually cold that night so the hot cocoa was much needed! We were able to ride all the rides in Fantasyland, see the parade, eat too many cookies, meet characters and ride the thrill rides!
The brochure we received as we entered the party. You can see the parade routes, where cookies and cocoa were served, where to meet characters, where the dance parties and stage shows were held and which attractions were open.
These are a few shots from Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. I didn't get a good photo of the gingerbread men, but the wooden soldiers were awesome! Goofy's float smelled like candy and Santa ended the parade. Too bad Cman slept through the whole thing and didn't see any of it!
You could get cookies and hot cocoa at the restaurants and locations that had the light on the left. Because it was so cold the night we were there we were very excited when we found the cookie balloon lit up and could get another cup of cocoa! I think we drank enough hot cocoa to pay for our tickets to the party!
Thank you for joining us on this special edition Magical Blogorail. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way to the Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their Disney blogs, as well as all our previous blogorail loops.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
2nd Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
3rd Stop ~ Your Highway in the Sky
4th Stop ~ Cooking with Mickey
5th Stop ~ A World View
Final Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts