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Old 01-20-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Christmas at the most magical place on Earth - Dec '12 TR - Upd 3/28 x3

Once upon a Christmas Time...

This is the story of our little family and our amazing trip to WDW which took place December 18-28, 2012.

First, a little introduction shall we?

Me, Debra -- mommy to 4 amazing kids, wife to a wonderful man. Stay at home mom. This was my 3rd trip to WDW. I have just recently started running. I signed up for the ToT 10 miler in October, and my goal is to do the Princess 1/2 marathon in 2014! Run Disney!!

DH, Bo -- my other half. He is becoming just as obsessed with Disney as I am. This was his second trip to WDW. He works at a University teaching and as a volunteer volleyball coach (he retired from coaching about a year ago). He is working on his Doctorate degree.

DS11, Hunter -- my oldest and definately my adventure child. He will try and ride once. Before this trip his favorite ride was Expedition Everest. Will that still hold true? This was his second trip to WDW. He loves playing soccer, goalie particularly.

DD9, Harper -- my only daughter. Definately not "as" adventurous as Hunter. She was brave for this trip though and did a few new rides. This was her second trip to WDW. She loves to dance. She also declared on this trip that she "would like to get married at WDW". Awww, she has made me proud! Loves Disney princesses.

DS4, Jaxon -- he was 42" for this trip and was pretty brave. This was his first trip to WDW. Donald Duck is his favorite character. How would he react to the characters whom he loves more than anything at home?

DS3, Evan -- he was still a wee bit short at 37", so his ride options were a bit more limited. This was his first trip to WDW as well. Goofy is his favorite character.



So, thats us. The happy family at the happiest place on Earth. Did we survive the crazy holiday crowds? Did the little boys enjoy meeting all the characters? What did we eat? What did we do with all that park time?

Go ahead and grab some Mickey popcorn and sit back and enjoy my ramblings of this trip report.

And most of all, welcome!!
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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Chapter Index

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PTR Dear Santa, I'd like a double-deluxe Christmas

Day 1, Part 1 Travel Day Dec 18
Day 1, Part 2 Magical Express to BW
Day 1, Part 3 Our room at BW
Day 1, Part 4 Our Christmas tree
Day 1, Part 5 MVMCP
Day 1, Part 6 MVMCP Holiday Wishes
Day 1, Part 7 MVMCP Once Upon A Christmastime Parade
Day 1, Part 8 MVMCP Finish
Day 1, Part 9 MVMCP bonus pics & final thoughts
Day 2, Part 1 Epcot
Day 2, Part 2 Epcot lunch at Chefs de France
Day 2, Part 3 Epcot fun
Day 2, Part 4 Dinner at Coral Reef
Day 2, Part 5 Candlelight Processional/Holiday IllumiNations
Day 2, Part 6 Holiday IllumiNations continued
Day 3, Part 1 HS H&V bkfst
Day 3, Part 2 HS morning fun
Day 3, Part 3 More HS morning fun
Day 3, Part 4 Jedi Training Academy
Bonus post with Photopass pics from Dec 18, 19
Day 3, Part 5 Afternoon at HS
Day 3, Part 6 Finishing up at HS
Day 3, Part 7 Dinner at Via Napoli
Day 4, Part 1 Breakfast at Crystal Palace
Day 4, Part 2 Having Fun at MK
Day 4, Part 3 Lunch at LTT
Day 4, Part 4 Castle Show & Tomorrowland
Day 4, Part 5 Giggle Gang & Storybook Circus
Day 4, Part 6 Finishing up at MK
Day 4, Part 7 Contemporary Resort & Chef Mickey
Day 4, Part 8 Dinner at Chef Mickey
Day 4, Part 9 Quick trip to Epcot & resort pics
Day 5, Part 1 Kona breakfast
Day 5, Part 2 Poly & Downtown Disney
Day 5, Part 3 Lunch at T-Rex
Day 5, Part 4 Downtown Disney
Day 5, Part 5 Dinner at Yachtsman
Day 5, Part 6 Yacht Club & Illuminations
Day 6, Part 1 Animal Kingdom & breakfast at Tusker House
Day 6, Part 2 Time to see some animals!!
Day 6, Part 3 More animals, music & dinos

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Count me in, too! Not sure if I'll ever get a trip report of our December trip done, so I think I'll join in on reading yours. Really looking forward to it.
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I can't resist subscribing. Disney at christmas time is so great! Looking forward to hearing all your adventures!
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Day 1, Part 5 MVMCP

Day 1, Part 5 MVMCP

After relaxing in the room for a little bit, and enjoying that beautiful view a little longer, we got everyone freshened up and were on our way to MK for MVMCP -- but just about the time we were heading out, our luggage was delivered by the Bell Man.

So, about 530pm we headed down to the bus stop.

I took this picture while we were walking down to the bus stop.



And these while waiting...





Just a few minutes of waiting and our MK bus arrived. BW was the 1st pick up, so the bus was empty We stopped at the Swan & Dolphin, then were on our way. Within a few minutes we were arriving at MK.

We took this picture upon arriving



We got our wristbands and headed into MK. Our first stop was picking up "ears" for the boys. The boys decided fairly quickly and Jaxon picked Mickey ears, while Evan picked Goofy ears.

The most beautiful site known to man awaited us when we stepped back on Main Street...Cinderella's castle





If you have never seen the Cinderella's castle during the holidays, let me say...it...is...GORGEOUS!! I mean, simply breathtaking! We admired the castle for a few minutes.

Our first stop was Space Mountain. Hunter was dying to ride this since it was broke down the last time we were at MK.

We stopped to get this pic before heading to SM.



By now it was almost 7pm and Hunter, Harper & I headed to the standby line...wait time, 10 min -- most of which was walking up to the ride. Before we know it, we are zipping through space. I love SM!! So much fun! Hunter & Harper loved the ride too and couldnt wait to ride it later with Bo.

While we were riding, they had started activities for the kids in Tomorrowland. Bo took some pics of the boys - one playing the activity, the other, sporting their new "ears".





We then wanted to head to a ride for the little boys to enjoy, so we stopped and had a Mad Tea Party -- twice!

The first time riding, I had Harper & Jaxon in the tea cup with me. Jaxon loved this ride!



We got off and got back in line for Tea Party #2 -- this time I had Hunter & Evan with me.





Now we are on our way to Dumbo Walked right up and got on the next cycle -- no waiting. We turned down the opportunity to go in the play area as we figured we would have time for that later in the week. I rode with Jaxon. Evan rode with Bo. Hunter & Harper were both in their own private elephants.

The boys LOVED...LOVED...LOVED...LOVED Dumbo! To this day if you ask them their favorite ride...Dumbo!



Flying high over Storybook circus



Since we were in Fantasyland, we decided to go on Barnstormer to see if Jaxon liked it enough to try Big Thunder Mountain later in the week -- I will save you the suspense, NO HE DID NOT!! Back up a bit, Evan was tall enough to ride this, so we all walked right up to the loading area. Hopped in our "planes" and away we went. Evan was FREAKING out!! He did not like this at all! I couldnt tell what Jaxon thought since he was in the plane behind me with Bo. We got off and Bo told me that Jaxon was freaking out too and did not want to ride it again.

After Barnstormer, Hunter wanted to go on Haunted Mansion. So we headed there and grabbed some cookies along the way. Haunted Mansion -- I love HM!! Did I mention I love HM??!! OH, I dont think I mentioned I love HM!!

The line was moving very quickly, so I only took 1 picture.



The boys liked HM for the most part. Evan is a bit skiddish about the dark, but he didnt do too bad. I held him close and just reassured him. Now, the stretching room...thats a different story! That boy screamed and started crying!

Now we wanted to head over to Woody's Dance Party -- but first, we needed some more cookies and hot chocolate. Did I mention it was chilly tonight!??!! It WAS!!!



Along the way we encountered our first characters for the night, Peter Pan & Wendy. There were just a few people in line, so we waited a few minuted to see them. The character interaction was awesome! Jaxon was a bit nervous about meeting them, so I stayed with him.





We stumbled across the last half of Once Upon A Christmastime parade. I wasnt terribly worried we missed it because we knew we were planning on seeing the 2nd parade of the evening. Since we were on the "wrong" side of where we needed to be, we had to wait until the parade ended to cross over to get to Diamond Horseshoe for the dance party.

Up next -- Woody's dance party!!


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