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Old 07-19-2009, 08:13 PM   #31
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We just decided to go, now which would be better Dec. 4 through the 6, or Dec. 9 to the 13. Is either week better than the other? I am so excited! thanks for all your help.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:57 PM   #32
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Go to Port Orleans and take a carriage ride just $35 per carriage! The carriage and horse had a few Christmas decks.It goes around Port orleans Riverside and French Quarters and to see the lights and decorations was beautiful! We took the last carriage ride of the night. To our delight we watched fireworks from Epcot from the carriage.....

Then take the boat from POFQ to Downtown Disney for some Christmas shopping or just to listen to Carolers or musicians. The atmosphere is so very Christmas! Santa Claus is there too!

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Update -- the carriage ride is now $45.00. We did it in April and it was very nice. I would definitely want to do it during the Christmas season. You'd have the feel of an old-fashioned Christmas. Great idea, Charelyann.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:12 PM   #33
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Definately keeping an eye on this one...1st trip during the xmas season....Dec 3rd - 7th
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:19 PM   #34
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I hate to talk about Christmas in July. But that's just me.

Time does fly as it is........Gosh, it just seems like it was January 1, 2009! The year is more than half over....
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:30 PM   #35
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great tips...enjoying this thead...keep them coming
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:41 PM   #36
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great thread! keep the advice coming.

My husband and I are both teachers and therefore doomed to the busy time--20th to the 27th.... Absolutely any advice would be helpful! We've never been at Christmas!

What should a family do on Christmas since the parks will be a madhouse?? We thought downtown disney...what else?
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:43 PM   #37
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Oh yea, and what are the best bets for the best crowd if we DO decide to go on Christmas day or the day after...Animal Kingdom?? Is that one really bad too or is it just MK and Epcot that are unmanageable?
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:52 PM   #38
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Ok here is another tip I found out about. In Germany Pavilion (I think), you can watch Glass blowers making Christmas ornaments. You can have ornaments custom-colored and engraved. Apparently at the time, they were even 50% off and reasonably price originally. And even if you don't want to purchase one, it is just fun to watch them being made.
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:00 AM   #39
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So lets hear some more tips, secrets, and must sees for WDW at the Holidays!
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:51 AM   #40
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Is the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian? I read it was somewhere but then another place said epcot....

where can I meet Santa?

Will the Christmas parade continue after the Mickeys party ends???
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:29 PM   #41
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You must see The Osbourne Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios. Click on the link below to see the video I took last year. The lights dance about every 10 minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34pkkg7k85E
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:34 PM   #42
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AHHHHHHH - this is THE BEST time to be at WDW. DH and I have not missed it for years.

Everyone has such good ideas.

Our one MUST DO as often as possible is to enjoy Illuminations with the hoilday post script each night. After the show we stroll slowly around World Showcase...enjoying the music and watching the dancing lights.

We stay at EPCOT resorts and we are strolling into the room about 11:30.

It's a wonderful, romantic way to end every day.


With a little research here, I even found some of the World Showcase Christmas music on CD. You have to buy it used.....but we now get into the holiday mood listening to it.

Last year, in my scooter because of an ankle injury, I would scoot to the music. It was easy. World Showcase empties quickly.
DH said it looked like I was ice skating.


Don't forget your Santa Mickey Hats!

Have fun - it's the BEST TIME to be a big kid at WDW!!!
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:47 PM   #43
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I went to MNSSHP and loved the party and the fireworks but one of our friends said that the fireworks cannot be beat MVMCP. What does everyone think?

Is it worth the extra trip to come down. Last Christmas I saw a show hosted by Raven showing all the gingerbread houses around the deluxe resorts. I have to admit that the Grand Floridian's gingerbread house is the tops!
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Is the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian? I read it was somewhere but then another place said epcot....

where can I meet Santa?

Will the Christmas parade continue after the Mickeys party ends???


The Grand Floridian has a huge gingerbread house in its gigantic lobby. In Epcot the American Pavilion has an outside/inside gingerbread house at the restuarant. At both houses you can purchase XMAS cookies and rice krispie treats.

Santa will be in Epcot at the American Pavilion along with Mrs Claus. Watch the schedules for when Santa is at Downtown Disney. Also you will find Papa Noel, Father Christmas and other holiday figures telling stories at their countrys' pavilions. Check the parks' daily scheules for times.

If you are staying onsite and you are there Christmas Eve, your resort should have a meet & greet with Santa. Pretty certain he is at all the Disney resorts that one evening. If I am in error, someone here will correct that info.
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I went to MNSSHP and loved the party and the fireworks but one of our friends said that the fireworks cannot be beat MVMCP. What does everyone think?
This year will be my first visit for MVMCP - but MNSSHP and the Hallowishes is amazing.



(This is a photo my DH took when we were at the MNSSHP two years ago...I think it pretty much captures what we thought of the fireworks )
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