Monday, December 16, 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Welcome to those of you joining me from DISNEY LIVING and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I am so happy to join in the conversation about the extras at Disney Parks during the Christmas holiday. For Mary Ann and I, visiting Walt Disney World during the end of year season is clearly the most wonderful time of the year! We have had several occasions to do just that, and every visit holds new and special "extras" not part of any of our other Disney Park visits.
One of the Holiday "extras" - Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
And since Christmas begins at Disney before Thanksgiving, we also get to choose the best time to be there. In our case, normally the first week of December. Using crowd calendar websites like Dave Shute's Your First Visit (http://yourfirstvisit.net/), it isn't hard to enjoy the Parks when crowds are rated lowest. Now, if you plan on visiting around the actual holiday dates, all you have is heavy crowds and that's not for us, although many people celebrate in that way. However, the "extra" for me is no crowds and warmer Florida weather (We are from the Northeast.)


Themed decorations on Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas Tree
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
The next extra for us, while visiting during the Christmas season and at low crowd times, are the savings we receive during Fall Season pricing. This allows us to spend a little more on "extras" like additional days, special meals and lower priced car rentals (I'll talk about that in a moment.) There always seems to be a Disney promotion at this time, but also savings in renting DVC points - small crowds means available space and lower costs. Thus, another "extra" are the economies we can take advantage of.

We nearly always rent a car for our Disney visits, even if for only part of our trip by using Magical Express to arrive and depart, and then renting a car on site for some middle days. During the Holidays, having your own transporation adds a lot more "extras" to our visit. 



Mary Ann sizing up the Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
For example, we can easily travel to the amazingly decorated Disney resorts such as Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, the Animal Kingdom resorts, and the many hotels surrounding Crescent Lake. There is so much to see, experience and enjoy such as the giant themed trees, gingerbread creations, holiday events, entertainment and much much more. It's not unusual to combine all of these visits into one, with special meals at the resorts and a whole day all visiting the non-Park Disney properties.


Epcot's Candlelight Processional
Photo by Bruce A. Brodsky
Then of course there is everything about Disney Parks that regularly draws us to Florida (and this past year to California). It's everything contributing to the magic of Disney; which becomes even better during the Christmas holidays. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom (and parades with Santa)... Epcot's Holiday's Around the World (I just love listening to all the International Holiday traditions)... The Candlelight Processional (a grand motivational and musical experience)... and Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (simply, WOW!) to only name a few "extras" during the Holiday season.


Plus, it snows on Main Street.
Photo by Garth Vaughan/Disney. Walt DisneyWorld News.
From Mary Ann and I, our children and grandchildren, please enjoy and be safe during the coming holiday season. Honor your friends and family, those still with us and others who have passed. Remember also, that we get to love and experience the most Magical Place on Earth; so please consider contributing as much as you can to those not as fortunate are we are. Have a very happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year.

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15 comments:

  1. Great post, as always, Bruce! One year I'll make it to Disney for Christmas! I can't wait until that trip!

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  2. Great post! I enjoy that first week in December as well. It's my son's birthday week which makes it extra special for us. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Birthday's are always a great reason to visit WDW; and during Christmas season even better.

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    1. Simply the most wonderful time of the year!

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  4. Great extras. You are right that there is something special about the Animal Kingdom lodge tree. I loved just staring at it.

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    1. It is really so much different than the others; as wonderful as Wilderness Lodge and Grand Floridian are, I agree the tree in AKL is the most interesting.

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  5. The first week in December is great! I did notice they had the wreaths down on Main Street though for the Disney Parks Christmas Parade taping. That's what I didn't like about that week!

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    1. I tried to participate in the taping one year. Got up at 5:00 am, travelled to the Magic Kingdom. Stood in the rain and cold for about 2 hours with 10,000 other people - before it was cancelled for that day.

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  6. Great post - spending a day going from resort to resort to enjoy the displays sounds like a wonderful way to start a Disney holiday!

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    1. Often that's the plan, depending on when we arrive in Orlando. But truth be told, we'll be back several times to the resorts since we find getting ADR's easier than in-Park during the holidays.

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  7. The Candlelight Processional is so moving and so heartwarming I am continually thankful that my entire family got to see it together. I'm hoping it's not the last time!

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    1. I'll play the music from CP several times at home and the office leading up to the Christmas holidays; although nothing is better than being there in person.

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  8. It's such a special time to visit the Disney parks. Everything is so beautiful that it's hard to pick a favorite!

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