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We are headed off for our first land and sea adventure. Starting off at Walt Disney World for three days and then heading off to Port Canaveral for a three night cruise on the Disney Dream.
Three days in Disney, during the most magical time of the year? How on earth are we going to do everything? Simple. We aren’t. Lucky as we are to be able to visit Walt Disney World frequently, we are picking and choosing our top holiday items for our quick holiday trip to the happiest place on earth.
So, what better time than now to share with you, our can’t be missed list for holidays at Walt Disney World.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP)
We cannot go to Walt Disney World without a trip to MVMCP. It is our favorite extra ticketed event and we look forward to it all year long. We love MVMCP more than we love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. From the character meet and greets, the parade, fireworks and magic shots and of course the snow on Main Street and the amazing decorations, you can’t go wrong with this Christmas spectacular.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, this is an extra ticketed event and it is not cheap. To save a little money, plan your MVMCP day as a day at your resort, maybe go resort hopping and check out the amazing resort decorations and experience the resorts during the holidays, or plan a day in Disney Springs.
You can get into the party at 4 pm and the party goes until midnight. That can equate to a full day (or night) in the park. You can book fast passes until 7 pm but once the party officially starts at 7 pm, fast passes end. There are amazing meet and greets, a fantastic parade, a special Holiday fireworks show and once again, do not forget about the snow on Main Street.
If you have to choose one thing and one thing only to partake in on your trip to Walt Disney World as an adult especially, and you enjoy the story of Christmas, and appreciate the beauty of Christmas songs and beautiful choirs and orchestras this event is for you.
When people ask us what they have to do in Disney during the Holidays we always say, without hesitation, Candlelight Processional. We recommend the dining package so that you aren’t stuck wasting your Epcot day or vacation time waiting in the standby line. Be sure to check out our recent post highlighting the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays for more on Candlelight Processional including narrators, dining locations for the dining package and much more.
Toy Story Land
I’ve said it before but we LOVE Toy Story Land. We are so excited to go back, it gives me reason to go to Hollywood Studios and I absolutely love it, we both do. It is on our must do list for this trip and we are so excited to experience it and get one, or two or three pop tarts and get a picture with the giant Ham cookie.
Don’t forget to make a stop at Woody’s Lunch Box. Yes, get the pop tarts (of course) but there is a whole menu of deliciousness for breakfast, lunch and dinner to take a look at. Check out our post, Upping the Lunch Box Game With Woody’s Lunch Box.
Christmas at Walt Disney resorts is beyond magical. Each resort sets their decorations to match the theme of the resort itself. It is, by far, one of the most magical experiences at Walt Disney World during the holidays. From the life size gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, with the amazing holiday scents of fresh baked gingerbread wafting through the lobby, to the rustic mountain decor at Wilderness Lodge and of course the beach themed holiday spirit over at the Beach Club, there is something for every taste and a lot of fun to be had by experiencing these resorts during this festive season.
Planning a Quick Holiday Trip
No matter how long you are staying in Walt Disney World, be sure to stay on top of your dining reservations and your fast pass reservations. If you are staying on property, dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance and fast passes can be made 60 days in advance. Have your top choices for fast passes planned out and go for those first then plan in your other must do’s around that.
If you are wanting to attend MVMCP, be sure to book those tickets in advance. Although not every party sells out, many do and you don’t want to be planning and planning for this magical event and then show up day of to a sign that says that the party is sold out.
Make a list of your top can’t miss items. If your family isn’t big on Toy Story Land and you only have three days for your visit, don’t make that a priority. If Candlelight Processional is something you have to see, plan for that and book that dining package so that you aren’t spending your precious time waiting in that stand by line.
Have an idea what you are and aren’t willing to wait in line for and stick to it. It is easy to see an 80 minute Flight of Passage line and start to question your resolve to not wait in that line. If you aren’t coming back to Walt Disney World for some time and this happens to you, maybe this is worth your 80 minutes; that is something only you can decide. Maybe something on your list can get bumped so that you can make this ride happen. Be flexible but also have a general idea of your plan so that you aren’t spending time making a plan last minute when you could be enjoying a character meal or a ride or resort hopping.
Plans change, Monorails go down, rain happens and maybe you just aren’t feeling what you had originally planned to do. You can make changes to your plans and have a magical time. While we always recommend planning out your parks, your restaurants and your Fast Passes so that you aren’t stuck spending your vacation in line or not getting to ride the rides you want to ride or eat at the places that you want to eat but that doesn’t mean you can’t adjust things when you get to Disney.
That’s it for this post. We hope that you got some great tips on planning a short trip to Disney or any trip to Disney. What are some of your top tips for planning a Disney vacation? Are you going to use any of the tips we have suggested here? We’d love to hear from you!
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