Last week, we started our weekly countdown series to our trip to Walt Disney World on Thanksgiving. Since last week was nine weeks until Disney, this week is eight weeks! As a result, here are eight things that we want to experience when we get there!
Eight Weeks until Disney: Eight Things to Experience
Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays
This special event used to be known as the “Holidays Around the World” but Disney has transformed it into a festival similar to what we are used to seeing for the Flower & Garden Festival and the Food & Wine Festival. This added feature to Epcot is not a special ticket event, so you can experience the yuletide traditions of all of the World Showcase pavilions at your own pace. The festival runs from November 19 – December 30 this year, and it is something that I am extremely interested in experiencing!
The World of Avatar
The World of Avatar opened up over the summer at Animal Kingdom, and with it comes two big attractions — Avatar – Flight of Passage, and the Na’vi River Journey. When Avatar was announced for Animal Kingdom, so many people, myself included, thought it was a ridiculous notion to put the land there instead of Hollywood Studios. Well, it seems that the Disney Imagineers have outdone themselves again and created a world that will literally take you away. Cue the Calgon commercial, please. While I’m not certain I want to try Flight of Passage (I think I’ll like Na’vi River Journey better), I can’t wait to experience the drastic change in Animal Kingdom.
Rivers of Light
The Rivers of Light is another thing at Walt Disney World I want to experience. Based on the World of Color attraction over at Disney’s California Adventure, this show features water, lights, and music to paint a picture and draw a scene you will not soon forget. This is another experience I want to see in eight weeks!
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
While the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse is not a prime ticket attraction, to me it’s still one of my favorites, but what I really think would be cool would be to see how the Christmas decorations could be seen — if they could be seen at all — would look from there, or if they would add anything to the attraction for the season.
It’s a Small World and Peter Pan’s Flight
I know I touched on different attractions before in last weeks post, but I really want to see if attractions like it’s a small world and Peter Pan’s Flight will be modified to include decorations in some of the scenes. For example, will we see stockings hung in Wendy’s room, or will we see a Christmas tree in one of the scenes of it’s a small world? Those are things I want to be on the lookout for.
During the Christmas season, IllumiNations has a special ending that includes special holiday greetings from each of the World Showcase pavilions and other details to add a festive take on the traditional fireworks show.
Sunset Seasons Greetings
This special event is included with your theme park admission to Hollywood Studios, and from reading about it, this may be one of my favorite things to experience this year. Picture Sunset Boulevard snowing in a Norman Rockwell backdrop, and it just might become your favorite experience of the season.
Over at Disney Springs, you can have your picture taken with the man himself while he takes a break from toy building to get some much needed R&R. Since we will be at Disney Springs for some of our meals, this might be a good time to stop by and say hi!
This wraps up our eight weeks countdown of eight things to do. What is on your list to try out? Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!