As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.
So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.
Thank you to each of you who were a part of this community. You made it possible.
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There are other changes as well.
Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:
We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.
It's time to move on and move forward.
PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.
But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.
So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.
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So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!
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This is my first trip at Christmas. We have been planning this trip for 2 years, but I have really just started the detailed plans. We are DVC members so we go often and I honestly have Disney down and can do it with little preparation. I am realizing that I should be putting a bit more thought into this trip because of the crowds and general holiday season. So I am really needing tips around this time of the year.
A couple of things that you should know that I do know and have planned for...
I know there will be crowds, and heavy crowds, particularly on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I bought tickets to MVMCP for December 19 this summer when we were there so I am set for MVMCP. I have 1 child that still believes in Santa... we told him that we asked Santa to bring large gifts to our house and to only bring 2 small gifts to Disney. I have packed a small tree with lights and ornaments for the resort so it would feel like Christmas at the resort. We are not planning to eat at any of the restaurants, I pack a crock pot and we plan to eat from our Villa.
What else should I know and prepare for? Are there things that we should do because of the time of the year that we may not have done in previous trips, like touring the resorts? Any thoughts and ideas are welcomed!
Last edited by Belle*; 11-29-2010 at 09:58 AM..
go to the christmas party at the magic kingdome it is so much fun. and go and see the lights at mgm.
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The Osborne Family Lights start at dark, when we were there a week ago it was around 6:45 or so. And they go off every few minutes on the streets of America. It is AMAZING. No photos can capture the experience and no photos can describe them!
Check the park shows/etc for the Magic Kingdom information, they light the castle and it's gorgeous. The stage show that goes with it is weather permitting, so I wish you nice dry weather!
The cookies at MVMCP this year are out of this world, not those terrible one's from years past. They are the honest to goodness Disney sugar cookies and are very tasty. They are everywhere, consider yourself warned!
Cast members are normally very helpful with specific times of lighting ceremonies, etc so you can always ask them when you get there.
DO NOT MISS THE MVMCP FIREWORKS!!! They are worth the price of the ticket!
Definitely plan for the Osbourne lights, they are so much fun! We spent almost 2 hours there just enjoying. The crowds will be heavy but they are tolerable until around Christmas Eve, then they get really heavy. I would stay away from MK on those days, it is just way too crowded. We went to Epcot on Christmas Eve and it was not bad, we went to AK on Christmas day and it was wonderful. There were no crowds until about 11am and even after that is was not bad at all. See the resorts decorated, really cool! The Christmas parade is a must do as well but you should see that at MVMCP. Just relax and enjoy! Have a great trip.
We absolutely loved the Osborne Lights! Like someone else said we spent over two hours just taking in the sites and enjoying the atmosphere! It was absolutely magical. We loved the trees and decorations at each park and hotel. The Grand Floridian was so beautiful and the Gingerbread House is a site to behold.
We also had a blast at MVMCP! The girls loved the christmas shows, the parade, and all the characters in christmas costumes. Very cool! The second parade of the night was much better and fewer crowds to deal with.