Monday, July 25, 2011

Disney Christmas in July Blog Hop: Must-Do's at Walt Disney World

Welcome to the Disney Christmas in July Blog Hop! A HUGE thanks to Ashley at Mama of All Trades for hosting! If you're joining me from Babes in Disneyland, welcome!

I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this blog hop because Christmas is such an amazing time at Walt Disney World! Some of my fondest Disney memories come from vacationing there during the Christmas season. There are so many new and interesting things to do and see and in all honesty, it can be overwhelming for a first timer! That's why I've decided to share my Disney Christmas "Must-Do" list with you all.

1. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: This is a special event on select nights at Magic Kingdom that requires a separate ticket to attend. You can enjoy Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade (complete with a special appearance by good ol' Saint Nick), see snow falling on Main Street, nosh on complimentary cookies and hot cocoa and dance with some of your favorite characters. Last year, we did the Thriller dance with Chip and Dale at Cosmic Ray's Jingle Dance and Play party! The party also includes special character meet and greets throughout the park with several hard to find characters. An unforgettable night!

Photo courtesy of WDWInfo

2. Decorations: With well over 1,000 Christmas trees and 11 miles of garland, Walt Disney World does Christmas right! The resorts and theme parks are elaborately decorated for Christmas. Each theme park will have an enormous decorated Christmas tree and so will the Deluxe resort lobbies. One of my favorite things to do is to visit the different resorts and see the different decorations in each lobby. My favorite? The Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridan Resort and Spa. It's made with over 800 pounds of flour, 600 pounds of sugar and 1,050 pounds of honey! Plus, it's actually a shop where you can buy sweet holiday treats!

Photo courtesy of Disney

3. Cinderella's Holiday Wish and the Castle Dream Lights:  Cinderella's Holiday Wish takes place in front of Cinderella Castle and involved Mickey and friends trying to decide how to make the Castle more festive for the holidays. After several ideas are tossed around, Fairy Godmother appears and says that Cinderella should be the one to decide what to do with the Castle... I don't want to give it all away here if you haven't seen it, so that's where I'll stop!  Immediately following the show,  the Castle Dream Lights are lit by Fairy Godmother and the castle is adorned and lit in over 200,000 twinkling lights. One of my favorite parts of the show is when the first turret is lit and there's an audible gasp from the crowd. Beautiful and breathtaking.

4. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This event takes place at Hollywood Studios and includes over 5 MILLION Christmas lights!!! The lights "dance" to music and then remain steady for several minutes before "dancing" to another song. All of this takes place as snow flutters to the ground and Christmas music fills the air. With many surprises within the lights, this event is not to be missed.

I hope this provides you with a good overview of a few of the Christmas events that take place at Walt Disney World. There are so many special things to do and see and it was tough to narrow it down to four that are some of my favorites! Thanks for visiting the Disney Christmas in July Blog Hop! Hop on over to see what Jackie at Mom Jovi has in store for you next! A Merry Christmas in July to you all!


  1. I love the Osborne lights. The first time we saw them it was still in the backlot tour. It was the first night they had them on after Thanksgiving and they gave you special glasses that made the "snow" have angels. I think with them moving them it is easier to see but I miss the "hominess" the backlot houses gave it.

    I also love the rice krispy treats shaped like snowmen and snowflakes.

  2. I love Disney at Christmas! I am a new follower!