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Posted 28 September 2009 - 10:59 PM

Advise needed. I've never been to Disney for Christmas. My son and I will be traveling before Christmas, so hopefully it will be before the school vacation crowds. Anyway, does anything special happen on Christmas Day? What are your suggestions. I'm excited that we will be there, but at the same time it will be weird to have Christmas away from home and family (other then me and my son).

And I can't imagine Christmas without Turkey. Where can I make reservations? We will be going home the day after Christmas (passing all the people who will be arriving).
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 10:49 AM

At the Magic Kingdom on Christmas day, you can see the same fireworks you'd ordinarily see during MVMCP. There also ought to be some special menus across a number of restaurants.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 07:46 PM

We'll miss you by a day Maureen. Our family comes in on the 27th.

If I'm not mistaken not only are the fireworks the same as MVMCP, but the parade will also be the same as MVMCP. You may also be able to check out "Twas the Night Before Christmas".

Be sure to tour the deluxe resorts and see the holiday decorations.

By the way, Ohana serves grilled turkey on the skewers. :)

Have a great time!!! You'll love Disney during the holidays. It's a very different experience in my opinion.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 11:04 PM

We are really looking forward to it. When Lowell was 5 years old (13 years ago), we went the day after Christmas. The memory of everything being decorated for Christmas has always stayed with me and I've been wanting to go for Christmas. But since my husband is not a Disney fan (we try not to speak of it), we would have to go without him which really wouldn't be very nice during the holidays. Since he is on active duty, my son and I will be celebrating the holiday alone. So we thought, what better way to do it.

Originally we booked the Animal Kingdom, but last night I notice a Contemporary resort deal for the same price. We've been to the Animal Kingdom a number of times and the Contemporary only once, so this is our opportunity to do it again. Plus we loved that you can walk to the Magic Kingdom and look forward to doing that again (no standing around waiting for the bus or launch).

I'm excited about the fireworks and the turkey skewers sound good. Can you get a tree for your room?
If anyone else has been there during the holidays and has some suggestions; I'm all ears.
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 08:42 PM

If you want to have a sit down meal on Christmas day you need to call NOW. It may already be to late to get something in the park but some of the resorts might be available.

I'm not sure about a tree in the room but I bet you could. Call the hotel and ask. Wouldn't hurt to let them know your husband is in the military and you are celebrating without him. They tend to like to go above and beyond for our service men and women and their families.

Be prepared to wait. It will be crowded. Christmas is the busiest time. I would get tickets to a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Definately make a plan to spend some quality time in the world showcase in Epcot- all the countries are decorated and have special entertainment for the holidays. Don't miss Illuminations as they add an incredible ending for the holidays and Make sure you see the Osbourne lights at the Studios.
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 03:27 PM

I LOVE the Christmas decorations at the Grand Floridian!!! That multi story tree in the rotunda is amazing as is the HUGE gingerbread house!
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 12:53 AM

What is the best park to be at for Christmas Day?
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 07:42 AM

View Postqueenofthehouse, on Oct 25 2009, 01:53 AM, said:

What is the best park to be at for Christmas Day?



It depends on what you are looking for. Not to crowded? Most holiday spirit? What's most important?
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:42 AM

View PostIHeartTheStudios, on Oct 25 2009, 07:42 AM, said:

It depends on what you are looking for. Not to crowded? Most holiday spirit? What's most important?

Those are all good questions and ones I've been asking myself. Christmas day will be our last full day at the parks, so it has to be a good way to end the trip. It's really between Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios is really our favorite because of the Citizens of Hollywood. I'm thinking that they will be running on skeleton crew, due to people wanting the day with their families. So that's leaning me towards Magic Kingdom, which will probably be to crowded, which might not be the best way to end a trip. This is a tough one because we always end our trip with Hollywood Studios. I'll put a message out to the yahoo Streetmosphere group and see if any CM can give me info on COH for that day.

Most Important = COH at Hollywood Studios
So which has the most holiday spirit and which is not crowded?
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Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:27 AM

View Postqueenofthehouse, on Oct 25 2009, 09:42 AM, said:

Those are all good questions and ones I've been asking myself. Christmas day will be our last full day at the parks, so it has to be a good way to end the trip. It's really between Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios is really our favorite because of the Citizens of Hollywood. I'm thinking that they will be running on skeleton crew, due to people wanting the day with their families. So that's leaning me towards Magic Kingdom, which will probably be to crowded, which might not be the best way to end a trip. This is a tough one because we always end our trip with Hollywood Studios. I'll put a message out to the yahoo Streetmosphere group and see if any CM can give me info on COH for that day.

Most Important = COH at Hollywood Studios
So which has the most holiday spirit and which is not crowded?

Holiday Spirit is def. Magic Kingdom, but it is crazy crowded. I went to AK last year and it wasn't bad at all with people, but besides Jingle Jungle parade, it was just another day there. I suggest the Studios for Christmas day.
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 12:03 AM

I tried to get tickets for Very Merry Christmas, but it ends on the 18th. What a drag.
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 11:41 AM

View Postqueenofthehouse, on Nov 2 2009, 12:03 AM, said:

I tried to get tickets for Very Merry Christmas, but it ends on the 18th. What a drag.

During Christmas week, you can see the Christmas fireworks display for free at the Magic Kingdom (same fireworks from MVMCP)
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 07:02 PM

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I'm excited about the fireworks and the turkey skewers sound good. Can you get a tree for your room?
If anyone else has been there during the holidays and has some suggestions; I'm all ears.


Tree in the room: If I remember correctly, when I was planning our wedding in Dec of 2006, I think I saw holiday room decorations on the Disney Floral web page. As with anything at Disney if you can pay for it, they can make it happen. Oh, if all else fails, late at night, you can try to cram the tree from the lobby into your room. It would be an interesting memory :)
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