A Very Merry Christmas from Walt Disney World

 

For today’s Very Merry Christmas Post I’ve decided to share just a few of my favorite photographs taken at Walt Disney World during the Christmas Holiday Season.

If you’ve never been to Walt Disney World during this special time of year, I can tell you that it is definitely worth saving your pennies to make the trip!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom is full of the sounds, smells, and even the tastes of the season, with hot chocolate and cookies served on Main Street, U.S.A., right along with snow!  Enjoy the parade and special fireworks, too!

The Toy Soldiers marching in Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Parade are one of my favorites!
The Toy Soldiers marching in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Parade are one of my favorites!

I love looking for my favorite Disney characters throughout the parks and in the parades.  Goofy has a special place in my heart, mainly because everyone in my family calls me “Goofy” and seems to think that he’s the Disney Character with whom I relate best.  Not quite sure I understand why…..

My pal, Goofy, jumping for joy to the Nutcracker Suite.  He's more coordinated that most people think!
My pal, Goofy, jumping for joy to the Nutcracker Suite. He’s more coordinated than most people think!

Chip & Dale are two of our favorite guys in the Disney Parks.  They are always having fun, especially during the holidays!  Do you know how to tell the difference between the two?  I have my own secret way of doing it…but I’ll never tell!  (I give the answer to which one this is in the caption below.)

Chip knows how to deck the halls in Walt Disney World!
Chip knows how to deck the halls in Walt Disney World!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party never really gets started without a visit from Mickey and Minnie themselves!  Don’t they look dashing in their Christmas finery?

Mickey and Minnie, making our Christmas merry and bright!
Mickey and Minnie, making our Christmas merry and bright!

And what Christmas Parade would be complete without a visit from Old St. Nick, himself?  He’s always got an extra twinkle in his eye when he visits the Disney Parks!

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Another favorite activity for my family during Christmas at Walt Disney World is visiting the various Disney Resort properties to see all of the beautiful decorations.  Check out some of the special things you’ll find!

Nautical-themed Christmas tree at Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Nautical-themed Christmas tree at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is also home to one of the most amazing toy train sets you’ll ever see!  My boys and I can watch it forever.

Disney's Yacht Club Resort  Christmas Toy Train
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Christmas Toy Train

The Gingerbread and Chocolate Carousel that is assembled at Disney’s Beach Club Resort each year is life size and amazing!  Warning:  Don’t go see it if you’re the least bit hungry!  One year we were there for the assembly, and had the opportunity to meat the Head Chef, Chef Stefan!

Disney's Beach Club Resort Gingerbread and Chocolate Carousel is life-size and edible!
Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread and Chocolate Carousel is life-size and edible!
The completed life-size, edible carousel at Disney's Beach Club Resort
The completed life-size, edible carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

 

Disney's Beach Club Resort Carousel
Disney’s Beach Club Resort Carousel

A couple years ago I stayed at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort with some of my Disney Parks Moms Panel friends (click the link to ask them a question about planning your very special Disney Parks Vacation!).  We loved the Stitch-themed confection there.  This year, I hear they’ve created something all new at Disney’s BoardWalk – check it out by visiting this link:  The Disney Parks Blog.

Lifesize & edible gingerbread confection at Disney's BoardWalk Resort with some of my Disney Parks Moms Panel pals!
Lifesize & edible gingerbread confection at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort with some of my Disney Parks Moms Panel pals!

More of the Stitch-themed confection:

Gingerbread display at Disney's BoardWalk Resort
Gingerbread display at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort

Another magical place to visit is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  You’ll be taken back to a “Victorian-themed Christmas,” just as my Disney Parks Moms Panel pals and I were!

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa showcases a Victorian theme at Christmas
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa showcases a Victorian theme at Christmas

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  Another fun place to visit in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Hollywood Studios with its spectacular Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.  Holiday music, crowded “city streets,” roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, and snow all lend to the magical atmosphere as the lights begin their choreographed “dance” to the music.  If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas Spirit, nothing will!

Disney's Hollywood Studios Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Enjoying the cheery spectacle with some of my very special Disney Parks Moms Panel pals!
Enjoying the cheery spectacle with some of my very special Disney Parks Moms Panel pals!

 

Dancing soldiers of light at the Disney Hollywood Studios Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Dancing soldiers of light at the Disney Hollywood Studios Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

One of my favorite things to do in Walt Disney World, no matter the time of year, is to listen to the beautiful musical stylings of the Voices of Liberty, who perform at the American Adventure in EPCOT.  Make sure you make the time to catch their performance whenever you go – check the Times Guide you pick up when you enter the park to find out when to hear them throughout the day.  Their performance during the holidays has an extra special Christmas-y touch that I find difficult to sit through without tears flowing.

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I have to share my all-time favorite thing about spending Christmas at Walt Disney World – the very moving EPCOT Candlelight Processional.  This is a beautiful performance by a special choir of the Voices of Liberty and a choir of Disney Cast Members, along with an emotional reading of the Christmas Story, usually by a well-known celebrity.  I was very blessed to hear a special reading by Whoopi Goldberg when I attended with my Disney Parks Moms Panel Family in 2010.  It is something I’ll never forget!

Whoopie Goldberg, reading the Christmas Story in the EPCOT Candlelight Processional, 2010.
Whoopie Goldberg, reading the Christmas Story in the EPCOT Candlelight Processional, 2010.

I hope this little trip to Walt Disney World during the holidays has brought you some peace and joy today!  Truly, it’s a dream come true to get to visit the Disney Parks anytime, but especially during this especially merry and beautiful season.  The things I’ve posted here only explore the tip of the iceberg of the many special things to see and do there!

Finally, I leave you with a very, merry “Kiss Goodnight” from Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, which is especially dreamy this time of year with its Christmas Dream Lights.  Happy Dreams & Merry Christmas from Walt Disney World!

Blessings & love,

Tron

Cinderella Castle Christmas Dream Lights
Cinderella Castle Christmas Dream Lights

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