Countdown to Christmas – A Very Disney Christmas

Day #2

Tara and I lived in Orlando from 2003-2009, and hands down my favorite time of year in the parks was Christmas.  Disney had something great for every season, but for me it was most magical at Christmas.

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EPCOT CHRISTMAS TREE

We would attend Very Merry Christmas Parties, and visit Christmas around the world in EPCOT.  MGM (now Disney Hollywood Studios) had the Osbourne Spectacle of Lights. Downtown Disney and all of the resorts were decked out in their holiday finest.

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Spectacle of Lights – Disney Hollywood Studios

We started our real Christmas celebration at Disney the day after Thanksgiving, when my sister, Linda and friend Bobbie would visit Disney on their annual girl’s week vacation. It made it extra special to have family and friends to visit the parks. We would always try to attend a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party one night at Magic Kingdom, and another night we would plan a meal a 50’s Prime Time Cafe, and take in the Spectacle of Lights. One year we even met a family from the UK that we I had met on line. We had dinner and attended the MVMCP with them.

Most times we stayed out of the parks the week of Christmas because of the crazy crowds. In 2006, Mom had suffered a broken femur and traveled to stay with us for a few weeks. She arrived Christmas Eve and On Christmas morning we went to Magic Kingdom for breakfast, we left before it got too very crowded, as Mom had to be in a wheelchair and it was a bit tough navigating.

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Tara with MIckey and MInnie at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party


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Mom arrived on Christmas Eve this particular year and we had breakfast in Magic Kindgom on Christmas Morning.


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Chocolate and Gingerbread Carousel at The Beach Club Resort


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Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian

We may not have had snow or cold weather for Christmas, but those six years were probably the years I had the most Christmas spirit ever. Looking back it was such a special time in our lives that I am thankful for the memories.

Hopefully some year soon we will be able to make a trip back to Orlando, I would love for it to be during the holidays!

Do you travel at Christmas? What is your favorite destination?

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3 Comments

  1. IntenseGuy

    Too cool! My family used to travel for Thanksgiving – Down to Cape Hatteras North Carolina – one year we had Chinese for Thanksgiving dinner – it was the only place open!

    • When I lived in VA, after my dad passed Mom would come to VA and spend Christmas with me. We made it a tradition to get Chinese for dinner on Christmas! Once I moved back we had trouble at that time finding a Chinese restaurant open on Christmas so the tradition faded!

  2. what great pictures and memories! it must have been amazing to live in Orlando. I used to travel to FL over the christmas holidays – but haven’t in years.

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