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Epcot During the Holiday Season

November 30, 2009

Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort is extra magical this time of year! Both Future World and World Showcase (which are the two sections of Epcot) are decorated for the Holidays.  The Future World is decorated with lots of greenery, lights and futuristic decorations.  Moving into World Showcase, each country is decorated for the Holidays Around the World.  The decorations are based on the typical decorations from that country.  It is a great way to learn about other countries and cultures.  Many of these countries even have entertainment based on their celebrations of the seasons including storytellers and Disney Characters.

The most popular entertainment at Epcot for the season is the Candlelight Processional in the American Adventure.  This amazing show is included with your paid admission into Epcot.  This show starts off with hundreds of singers with candles walking into the theater.  It is just beautiful.  There is even a 50 piece orchestra.  During the show, there is a celebrity that reads the story of Christmas.  The celebrities and dates of this show is:

John O’Hurley 11/28/08 – 11/30/08
To Be Announced 12/01/08 – 12/03/08
Brian Stokes Mitchell 12/04/08 – 12/06/08
Virginia Madsen 12/07/08 – 12/09/08
Marlee Matlin/Jack Jason 12/10/08 – 12/12/08
Monique Coleman 12/13/08 – 12/15/08
Chita Rivera 12/16/08 – 12/18/08
Abigail Breslin 12/19/08 – 12/21/08
Steven Curtis Chapman 12/22/08 – 12/24/08
Edward James Olmos 12/25/08 – 12/27/08
Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance 12/28/08 – 12/30/08

During the show, there are lots of beautiful songs.  It is one of the most popular shows during the Holiday Season.  Since it is so popular, seating fills up quickly.  Plan on arriving to the designated line in the American Adventure at least 1 hour prior to showtime.  You do not have to sit in the theater to get a great view.  Most locals and Annual Passholders, find a spot to sit outside of the theater along the white gate.  This way, you can grab a quick dinner and then just sit and wait for the show instead of standing in an hour line to maybe or maybe not get a seat.  Another popular way to be guaranteed a seat for the Candlelight Processional is by booking the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package.  You can enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the popular Epcot Restaurants with this package and you will guaranteed a seat for one of the shows.  The seating for the Candlelight Processional is free, but you do have to pay for your sit down meal with this package.

For the Holiday Season, be sure to enjoy the beauty of the Candlelight Processional and the Holidays Around The World at Epcot. To purchase your Disney World Theme Park tickets including tickets into Epcot, visit Destinations in Florida Travel. They just released new discounts on their Disney World Tickets. Click here for details.

Lights, Camera, Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

November 24, 2009

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Discover all of the Christmas magic of old Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is decorated for the Christmas Season in the typical Hollywood style. Each section of the park is decorated with greenery, lights, and festive ornaments. The highlight for the Holidays at this Theme Park is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. This is the most amazing light display you will ever see!

This attraction is named after the Osborne Family that created this original light display in their home town of Little Rock, Arkansas.  They kept adding lights and decorations to their home until they reached over 3 millions lights. Their display got so large that the government told them they had to shut down the light display. Disney stepped in and offered to display their lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This light display is now available for all guests to see and enjoy.

Originally the lights did not flash, but they recently improved the light display to actually dance to music. This is the most incredible light display live to music. This is a walking display that covers several blocks at the Streets of America, near Muppet Vision 3-D and Lights, Motors, Action! This area does get very very crowded, so be prepared for the crowds. The lights turn on around dusk and stay on until about 1 hour after Disney’s Hollywood Studios close. My favorite part is walking down the street with snowflakes falling on my face with the lights dancing all around me.

Many guests wonder about taking little kids (under 3) to Disney World. Our agents always tell guests that Disney World is perfect for kids of all ages. This light display is a perfect example of why Disney is great, even for kids under 3. Our agency went to the opening of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with pur families including kids that were 1-3 years old. The kids were mezmerized by the lights. They did not want to leave. They wanted to walk around the lights over and over, again. We are all regulars to the Disney Theme Parks, but these kids were more excited about these light than any other attraction or ride at Disney World during the Christmas Season. These lights are a must see for everyone. This light display runs from November 28-January 4.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World

November 21, 2009

Magic Kingdom is one of the most popular parks for the holidays with sparkling decorations including colorful ornaments, greenery, and even snow.  Yes, is does snow in Florida (only at Magic Kingdom).   You can enjoy all of the beautiful decorations, but to really get into the Christmas Spirit, you have to attend the special event called Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  This party is held on select nights until December 19 from 7 PM-midnight.  During this party, you can enjoy all of the regular Magic Kingdom rides and attractions.   Plus, you will have some other special activities including a special fireworks show, Christmas parade, Disney Characters in their holiday best attire, cocoa and cookies, Mickey’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” show, a special story telling with Belle, and much more.  You can even purchase special souvenirs from this special event.

Our agents and family members have been attending this event for years.  It is one of those special events that really gets your family in the Christmas spirit.  We highly recommend this special event for your family.  The decorations at Magic Kingdom are already up to enjoy.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights through December 19.

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Animals Celebrate Christmas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

November 10, 2009

Even the animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park get in the Christmas spirit this time of year! Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is decorated for Christmas with lots of greenery and animal themed decorations throughout the park. The kids tend to love these decorations, since they are all animal themed. The popular activity at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is Mickey’s Jammin Jungle Parade. This parade is held daily at 4 PM and is very a must see for kids of all ages. Since this parade is held during the day, the parade does not feature a lot of lights, but lots of Christmas decorations, Goofy in a Santa suit, and just fun decorations. This parade is included with your paid admission into Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Click here for more info on Disney World vacations or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

Christmas at Downtown Disney

November 3, 2009

The Downtown Disney Marketing and West Side also celebrated the Christmas Season with meet and greets with Santa, live entertainment and beautiful decorations.  From December 15-24, you can meet Santa from 12 PM-10 PM.  Besides Santa, there will be lots of live entertainment including choirs from local schools, Dj’s with dance parties, and much more.  The Downtown Disney Marketplace is free.  For pictures with Santa, you can either use your own camera or the Disney Photographer can take pictures for PhotoPass.  Besides Santa and live entertainment, you may want to hit the train for younger kids or the carousel for everyone else.  To pick up your favorite Christmas souvenirs, stop by the Disney Christmas store to get an ornament, stocking, or just fun Disney holiday souvenir.

Your Own Christmas Tree at a Disney Resort

October 29, 2009

christmas-treeIf you are visiting on Christmas Eve, you can surprise the kids with a Christmas tree from Disney Florist.  This tree to the left is called the Neverland Tree themed after Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, perfect for a Disney World vacation.

You can order the tree online and they will deliver it to your room ready for Christmas.  These trees are incredible and you can choose from lots of different styles for adults or kids.  After Christmas, Disney Florist will ship the tree home to your house for future Christmases to come.   For more information about the Christmas Trees from Disney Florist, visit this website.

Christmas Recreation at Disney World

October 22, 2009

Besides the amazing decorations, entertainment, and special events, there are even recreational activities just for the Holiday Season.  One of the most popular recreation activities is the Horse Drawn Carriage Rides.  Imagine a ride around Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort with bells a jingling.  This fun Carriage Ride is 30 minutes for a family of 4 people.

At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort you can enjoy a hayride while you sing Christmas carols.  This fun hayride is held nightly and is fun for kids of all ages.  You can enjoy a dinner at Hoop Dee Doo and then take a hayride.

Visiting Disney World During the Holidays

October 21, 2009

The Walt Disney World Resort is a magical place year round, but there is something extra magical about visiting Disney World during the Christmas Season.  Disney has beautiful decorations, special events, and entertainment at all of the Disney Theme Parks, Downtown Disney, and Disney Resorts.  As an Orlando local and travel agent with Destinations in Florida Travel, I thought I would have a blog all about the fun things to do at Disney World and Orlando for the Holiday Season.  Join me on my adventures of snow at Magic Kingdom, ICE at Gaylord Palms, and pet visits with Santa Claus!