It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Once you receive your MagicBands, you know the trip is close!

Hi all!!  As we come up on Thanksgiving, my excitement is growing for what will be my favorite part of 2017.  No, not Christmas, although that does play a part.  The impending arrival of December means that my Disney World vacation is almost here! I have not been to Disney for their holiday season since 2013, so I’m excited to be heading back for this magical time of year.

Anyone’s that been to WDW during their holiday season can appreciate how much Disney does to truly make the holiday season special.  Since it’s been a while for me, I decided to take a look at 5 things I’m most looking forward to experiencing this time around.

5 – Sadly, the Osborne Lights were retired in 2015, but I know Disney has cooked up something new for Sunset Blvd this year.  While I’m not getting my hopes up too high (can anything compare to the Osborne Lights?), I am excited for a new holiday experience and being optimistic this will be the start of a new holiday spectacle at Hollywood Studios.

Tough competition, but here’s hoping!

4 – The Cinderella Castle Lights.  For me, a Disney vacation isn’t a Disney vacation until I’ve had the chance to just stare at Cinderella Castle for a few minutes.  Light up the castle with sparkling icicle lights, add in a Starbucks gingerbread latte on Main Street and it’s a recipe for perfection.

These never get old…

3 – Gingerbread, gingerbread and more gingerbread!  Because we will be in the World for almost a week, I made sure our schedule allotted plenty of time to see all the different gingerbread displays at the Disney resorts.  I cannot wait for the sight (or smell) that will greet me when I enter the Beach Club for check in!

Looking forward to purchasing my edible gingerbread shingles at the Grand Floridian!

2 – Everything at Epcot.  Disney has slowly been expanding the Holidays around the World to now become a full festival showcasing holiday cultures, music and food from around the globe.  We have one full day (plus extra afternoons) planned for exploring Epcot and, of course, that day is ending with the Candlelight Processional.  This is one of my favorite Epcot events, and, as a bonus, Warwick Davis will be narrating.  My inner Harry Potter fangirl is geeking out to see Professor Flitwick/Griphook in Disney!

From my Epcot Festival cookbook from a few years ago

1 – The most exciting this about this trip is that it will be the second Disney vacation for my son.  Theo’s first trip was September 2016 at 15 months old.  This time around, he’ll be just shy of 2.5 years old and he ( and I) could not be more excited!  Getting to see Disney, especially at Christmas time, through a toddler’s eyes is such an amazing experience and I am so grateful we will be getting this family time together.

I can’t wait to report back to you all on everything after this trip.  Until then, I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

We cannot leave the little man out on the Disney Christmas shirt fun!

 

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