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Old 11-27-2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Tips for the week before Christmas

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!

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Must-dos for us in the holiday season at Disney are:
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Osborne Lights
  • Candlelight Processional
  • some of the World Showcase storytellers
  • the decorations at the resorts, especially the Grand Floridian, Beach Club, Yacht Club and BoardWalk
  • the tree lighting ceremonies at the parks
It sounds to me like you're pretty set with your plans - you know what to expect in terms of crowds, which gives you a jump on a lot of people and I'm sure you'll have a great time.
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Do you know where I could find information on the tree lighting ceremonies at the parks? I am looking and so far cannot find any info.

Also, do you know if you can get into the Candlelight Processional without doing the dinner/lunch package?

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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!
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Don't forget about the Gingerbread House in the Grand Floridian, it's a sight to behold!
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The one thing I would not want to miss would be the Osborne Lights. They start every night at 6 p.m.
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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.
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Also, do you know if you can get into the Candlelight Processional without doing the dinner/lunch package?

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You can, but you'll probably have to get in line at least an hour before show time.
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Smile Mickey Very Merry Christmas Party 2010 review

There is a very informative and funny podcast about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on Mouse Chat. You can listen to it here or subscribe to it on iTunes here.

This is a fun Disney show


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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.

Have a great time and enjoy it!!!!
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