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Old 11-15-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Magic & Merriment

Anyone going to this year's event? We are Disney vets (5 trips this year...usually 2 or 3 every year), but have never experienced this event. Im certainly eagerly waiting for the itinerary! Does anyone who has been in the past have any advice about this event?
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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GO!!! I went last year and it was *WOW*!!!

No real advice.....if seat selection is important to you, get there a bit early, but really there aren't any bad seats.

You will LOVE it!!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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I am going to the Sunday/Monday version. I had originally booked for the Friday/Saturday but could not get a decent discounted hotel room. The only thing available at Yacht/Beach/Boardwalk was a garden suite at about $800 per night because Thursday was the three openings and nothing was available. I was able to get the Beach Club for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at a much lower price and they were able to switch me over.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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GO!!! I went last year and it was *WOW*!!!

No real advice.....if seat selection is important to you, get there a bit early, but really there aren't any bad seats.

You will LOVE it!!!
Thanks. We are signed up. Just curious if others from here are going also. It looks like the event has been "downgraded" a bit (no Cinderella Suite tours this year, no MVMCP tickets, etc.) and the tickets are a little more expensive than past years. It seems like it's one of those things where they loaded up the first event and, now, they are slowing stripping away things to see where the "sweet spot" is as far as price vs. value. However, I am still really looking forward to the event! (Maybe we will see itineraries soon since the first one is 3 weeks away!!!)
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:52 AM   #5
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I'm lost... What is this event?!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
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It is a spec ial event for D23 members.
http://d23.disney.go.com/events/2012...gic-merriment/
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:59 AM   #7
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I'm lost... What is this event?!
D23 event

http://d23.disney.go.com/events/2011...isney-world-2/

Kinda neat looking.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:35 AM   #8
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Thanks. We are signed up. Just curious if others from here are going also. It looks like the event has been "downgraded" a bit (no Cinderella Suite tours this year, no MVMCP tickets, etc.) and the tickets are a little more expensive than past years. It seems like it's one of those things where they loaded up the first event and, now, they are slowing stripping away things to see where the "sweet spot" is as far as price vs. value. However, I am still really looking forward to the event! (Maybe we will see itineraries soon since the first one is 3 weeks away!!!)
I am not going this year. I (only) went last year as a guest of another Disney fan. I WOULD like to go, but it is just out of my reach financially. I agree that the perks have been cut back since last year.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:46 PM   #9
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For anyone who is interested, here's the itinerary:

Magic & Merriment Agenda

Day 1

Epcot opens at 9:00

9:30am-10:00am Check in at East Hall World Showplace
Hot drinks will be available

10:00am-12:30pm Holiday Presentations in World Showplace

1:00pm-5:00pm Hospitality Suite available in America Pavilion

7:30pm Line begins at the American Gardens Theatre for our reserved seating

8:15pm-9:00pm Candlelight Processional  (seats are under the stars so come prepared for weather)

9:00pm-10:00pm Dessert and Fireworks


Day 2

Guests enter Magic Kingdom at 7:45am  watch for the guides at the main turnstiles

8:00am-9:00am Hot Breakfast at Columbia Harbor House in Magic Kingdom

9:00am-1:00pm Holiday Scavenger Hunt

1:00pm-7:00pm Free time at the park and to make your way to Disney Hollywood Studios

7:00pm-8:30pm Premiere Theatre for holiday shorts and shows

8:30pm-10:00pm Dinner at Lights, Motor, Action!

10:15pm-11:00pm Private viewing of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

11:00pm Guests will make their way back to cars or buses will be available at the entrance of the park to take you back to your hotel on property

11:15pm Buses depart
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:43 PM   #10
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I'm going to the Sunday/Monday event. I also went last year.

I agree that this year's event does seem a little bit stripped down (although the private viewing of the Osbourne lights is going to be awesome). I'm hoping for some good gifts and "secret" stuff.
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As predicted, D23 seems to be dying out. Last year M&M (both sets) were sold out almost immediately; this year both still have availability. Also other than M&M and the touring "update", there is nothing at WDW listed through December of next year but lots of stuff in Burbank or Glendale.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:36 PM   #12
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As predicted, D23 seems to be dying out. Last year M&M (both sets) were sold out almost immediately; this year both still have availability. Also other than M&M and the touring "update", there is nothing at WDW listed through December of next year but lots of stuff in Burbank or Glendale.
They actually released two whole events for WDW last night...Sip and Stroll and D23's Holiday Splendor (new event to replace Magic & Merriment).
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:45 PM   #13
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I am going this year as a guest of SwiperFox and I'm pretty excited. I didn't go last year. It does seem they stripped it down this year, but I'm sure it will be fun. I've never been to Disney during the holidays so I'm anxious to see Candlelight Processional and the Osborne Lights.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:58 PM   #14
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I will be there for the Sunday/Monday event. First event for me. Hope I love it!
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Ill be there for the Friday/Saturday. super excited!
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