My Favorite Winter Destination – ORLANDO!

My boyfriend’s first Chanukah gift to me was tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  I know that sounds a little funny, but a few of my favorite things in life are sparkling lights, happy people, hot cocoa, and Disney.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party combines the best of all of these things.  My first view of the castle stopped me dead in my tracks.


I stood there, at the Ticket and Transportation Center, staring across the lagoon transfixed.  A few times that night Danny had to take my hand and pull me along.  It was magical.

Disney, in true Disney fashion, brings the world of dreams and hopes to life.  The Magic Kingdom is transformed right after Thanksgiving into a Winter Wonderland.  The castle is draped in over 200,000 led lights so that at night it seems to twinkle with glowing ice.  Holly and stockings and Christmas lights drape Main Street USA, where the only snow flakes fall throughout the night.  The special holiday Wishes fireworks display is breathtaking.  Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are separate from a regular daytime ticket, so make sure you have us reserve them in advance for you.

Disney Hollywood Studios

The Very Merry Christmas Party is just the beginning though.  Head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for another magical moment.  According to Disney “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights started modestly in Arkansas as a single home’s annual display. Every year, Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights and over the years, the collection of lights grew, and grew… and grew! In 1995, the Osborne family decided to share their magic with the world, and Walt Disney World Resort happily offered to become the new permanent home for this exceptional exhibition of holiday cheer. ”  I saw this amazing display for the first time last year.  Danny, Jenn and I (the self-proclaimed Three Mouseketeers because of our shared love for, and journeys to, the home of the Mouse)

The Third Mousekateer at the Osborne Family Lights!

were just stopping by to see what all the fuss was about after a long day of playing at Hollywood Studios.  Our 10 minute stop turned in to an hour and a half because every time we thought we saw everything, something new happened.  The music would change and the dancing lights would start again.  Incredible.




Don’t let me fool you in to thinking all I ever do in Orlando is Disney.  I could NEVER forget our amazing adventures at Universal Studios and Universal Island of Adventures during the holidays!  Sky high Christmas

Danny and me in Universal Studios

trees, the Macy’s Holiday Parade, and the Holiday Village all lead us to having a great time and really feeling the holiday cheer at Universal Studios.  Don’t forget about Grinchmas!  Second to Santa Claus, who is the most famous holiday figure?  Hasn’t the Grinch been stealing Christmas since the beginning of time?

Time in December for me and my friends is limited.  My usual holiday vacation starts with a Friday afternoon drive up to Orlando.  Friday night is to be spent dancing around the Magic Kingdom at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Saturday we play at Epcot Center enjoying Christmas around the World Showcase.  Saturday evening we take the ferry over to Disney Hollywood Studios.  Sunday we wake up early and go spend the whole day at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  It can certainly get hectic trying to fit in all the wonder of the holiday season!  If you and your family have more than one weekend, I recommend highly that you spread this out.  Especially if you have smaller children as they need down time and in an effort to keep them happy and calm…naps!  (Trust me, after a few hours hiking the parks… you’ll probably want a nap of your own!)

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