USTravel‘s Melinda Spires (Our go-to-gal for all things Disney) sez: Spend Christmas at Walt Disney World!
“Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade is a MUST SEE for anyone traveling to Disney during the holidays.
“There are decorations and lights everywhere, cafes serve favorites like pumpkin pie and hot chocolate and overall, there is just this energy in the park that adds that extra one-two punch of Disney magic.,” she writes.
“The Grand Floridian resort builds one of the world’s largest gingerbread houses, right in the lobby, every year! They also sell freshly baked gingerbread and other Christmas goodies near the
house. (And by freshly baked, I mean, a team works round the clock during
the Holidays to keep up with demand. One of my mom’s friends was a baker
there.),” said Melinda.
“The hotel also does a very special Christmas
dinner with the characters. It’s buffet style, but they offer the holiday
food (turkey, ham) and all the trimmings (dressing, cranberries, pumpkin
everything). Mickey and Minnie (I think Pluto, Goofy and Donald attend,
too) put on their very best Christmas outfits and circulate. Let me tell
you, for a kid, there is nothing more exciting than Christmas with MICKEY MOUSE at your dinner table!” she writes.
Visit Epcot for the ultimate Disney Christmas experience, because then you
get to see “Holidays Around the World”. That is Epcot’s annual celebration,
and each country (World Showcase) decorates for the celebrations, including
customary dress, and food and drink, (sometimes performances, too!)
Melinda shares some more inside tips: “A little tidbit, too, for the Grinches (or for those who’ve already seen
the parade once during the day!) . At Magic Kingdom, during Mickey’s Very
Merry Christmas Parade, that is the BEST time to ride all the rides that
have loooooong lines (Splash/Space/Big Thunder Mountains, Pirates, etc).
Anything you could possibly spend 2+ hours in line for during the Christmas
rush can be a 30 min or less wait during the parade. Plus, if you have a Fast Pass for around those times, it might be possible to ride the ride TWICE in a very short time! (Well worth it if you have favorites.)”
HOT DEAL! If you’re going to Disney World after Christmas, Enjoy 3 additional nights with tickets â€” FREE
When you purchase this 4-night/4-day “Magic Your Way” package at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, you get 3 more nights with tickets, free. For just $59 per person per day for a family of four in a standard room, that’s a total package price of $1,628 for a family of 4 at a select Disney Moderate Resort for stays most nights 01/03/10 – 01/10/10 and 01/18/10 – 02/11/10.
Enjoy 2 additional nights with tickets â€” FREE
When you purchase this 5-night/5-day Magic Your Way package at select Disney Value Resorts, you get 2 more nights with tickets, free. For just $52 per person per day for a family of four in a standard room, that’s a total package price of $1,441 for a family of 4 for stays most nights 01/03/10 – 02/11/10.
Check with Melinda for all things Disney! Let her wave that magic wand of hers and put together the perfect package–just in time for Christmas! Call her today at (907)561-2434. Toll-free: (800)544-2217.
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