Christmas Scenes at Walt Disney World

Christmas Scenes at Walt Disney World

The majesty and wonder that is Walt Disney World knows no end when it comes to the Christmas season at the Orlando resort. Everywhere you turn around, you are snapping a photo of this scene or that scene, and the settings that you know from other times of the year are wonderfully transformed into a spirited holiday setting for your enjoyment and amazement. My family has been fortunate enough to visit two years in a row for Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World, and I hope we are able to make it back there again in the future.

In addition to the “usual” Walt Disney World pursuits — FastPass selections for Expedition Everest, 7 Dwarfs Mine Train, and others — to dining reservations at Olivia’s at the Old Key West resort and Tokyo Dining in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot — we also experienced a lot of the sites, sounds, and wonders that Disney offers up during this magical time of year.

For this post, I wanted to share with you some of the photos I took of the beautiful Christmas Scenes that we saw during our trip over November 21st – 25th. Unfortunately, I didn’t get near enough photos, but the ones I’ve gotten, I do like. I guess it just means I need to plan a trip next year and just plan on taking a million photos!

If I can help you plan that Christmas trip, please let me know. You can email me at mike@pixievacations.com, you can call me at 919-606-6725, or you can submit a free, no-obligation quote request right here.

Christmas Scenes

The tree inside the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.


Christmas Scenes

Voices of Liberty singing wonderful Christmas songs for our enjoyment!


Christmas Scenes

The Gingerbread House Store at the Grand Floridian!


Christmas Scenes

Snowmen from the Living with the Land boat ride at Epcot!


Christmas Scenes

The Christmas tree located in the lobby of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.


Christmas Scenes

A unique snowman located over at the Animal Kingdom in Dinoland, U.S.A.

Christmas Scenes
A wreath made from cotton, seen from the Living with the Land boat ride.
Christmas Scenes
One of the decorations along Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom.

As you can see from my meager pictures, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all of the wonder that Walt Disney World has for us during the holiday season. Tell me, what is your favorite part of Disney during this time, and do you have a season you like to visit more than this one? Let us know in the comments in our Facebook comment system, or in a regular comment here on the site. Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

God's Got This

Prayers for the Week – God’s Got This

God's Got This

7for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us in our weekly prayers for the week post.  Last week I spent the week in Orlando at a training session for my travel agent business, and returned home last night.  I was supposed to return home on Friday evening, but a security incident at the airport caused me to miss my connecting flight and as a result my flight was rescheduled. Briefly what happened was a battery exploded at the airport, and it caused a panic because people thought it was a gunshot. That caused an evacuation of the terminal, and then everyone had to go back through security again.

Throughout all of that, though, the terminal was calm, people did what had to be done, and really no one that I encountered seemed angry or let their temper get the best of them. In honesty, it surprised me that more people didn’t get angry at the mass chaos that was going on but I commended one mom who was telling her child that they had to walk back to the terminal to be rechecked.  She was calm and was explaining to her child that we needed to do that for safety reasons.  Many people could have been angry at this time, but like she said to me, getting angry over the circumstances wouldn’t help — it’s not like getting angry would cause them to change their minds about going through security again.

Throughout it all, the overwhelming thought I had time and time again was that we had nothing to fear; that God’s got this and that He would take care of His children. That was a great thought to have and I relied on it throughout. God’s got this — and He’s got all of our prayer requests taken care of as well, so please continue reading with me our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • We have an anonymous prayer request: Matt and I are pregnant, but things are not going as they should. I’ve been to the doctor all week for blood work to monitor my HcG levels, and when they should have doubled in numbers, they’ve only increased by 100 miU/mL.
    I’m scheduled to return tomorrow for more bloodwork, and we really need your prayers. I already feel God’s plan working out as He intends it. But there are challenges present in either outcome, and they’re hard to comprehend.
  • Mrs. Lucas has a praise for her friend Madge that we had been praying for: I have a praise! My friend Madge, who had heart surgery and was in ICU for a week. She is finally in Rehab and sounds great! She is getting stronger everyday! Madge and I appreciate your powerful prayers! God Bless!
  • We have an anonymous prayer request: So tomorrow we take our 5 month old to see a neurosurgeon…he has what has been diagnosed as craniosynostosis. This is where at least one of the sutures in the skull closes prematurely (they usually close around 2-3yrs of age to allow for the brain to grow). It seems to be common, happening about 1 in 2000 births, and is more common in males. We thank God that he currently does not seem to have and cognitive development issues from it, and it doesn’t seem to affect him in any way. It’s looking like surgery to reshape his skull followed by a helmet. We will know more tomorrow after our appointment. If surgery is our option we just pray that he is young enough for the endoscopic procedure. And we will pray that God guides the surgeons hands throughout his surgery. To my family in this group, we have not put this publicly on FaceBook yet.
    We just want our little boy to continue to be the happy baby he is and we want to get through this obstacle in his health so he can continue to grow.
    Thank you in advance for your prayers.
  • Lynn has a prayer request: Hi everyone.
    I have a prayer request for a friend of mine since high school. Her son was just hit by a car while driving his moped home from work. Lots of cuts, pain when breathing and head hurting.
  • Karen has praises and prayer requests: I have an amazing praise to share as well as an almost equally tragic prayer request. My praise is that my SIL, my brother, and myself have all received jobs at Amazon with amazing benefits! My prayer request is for my SILs hairdresser. She was just diagnosed with cancer, at 7 months pregnant, with only a week or so to live. They are trying to hold old for the baby as long as they can, but it’s such a tragedy. She is just the sweetest young woman, and I can’t even imagine what her family and husband are going through in these times.
    • Lord please be with that family and keep them close to You. If it is Your Will please heal her and keep the family whole. Also Lord we lift up praises to you for Karen and her family and their jobs. In His name we pray. Amen

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

We asked, you answered: Your Favorite Disney Snack!

Disney Snack

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When it comes to a favorite Disney snack the choices from our readers are wide and varying.  Everything from salty treats to sweet treats, cold treats to warm treats, the variations go on and on.  We asked our readers the following question:

All right #Disney #Foodies, here’s the question of the day for you: What is your favorite Disney Snack? I have a long list of them myself, but I want to hear from you — what do you absolutely have to have when you are at Walt Disney World or Disneyland?

And the response we received was incredible!  Here’s what you had to say!

Disney Snack: Mickey Mouse Pretzel

Disney Snack

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Didi had this to say:

Lately, it’s a Mickey Mouse Pretzel. (It’s all about the ears, you know.)

Carrot Cake Cookie

Disney Snack

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Jessica wrote this about her favorite Disney snack:

The carrot cake cookie at The Writer’s Stop in Hollywood Studios is one of the best snacks in all 4 parks IMO.  

Deanna adds:

Carrot Cake Cookie!!

Butterfinger Cupcake

Disney Snack

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Brenda’s a fan of the Butterfinger Cupcake, but she also had this to say about the Carrot Cake Cookie:

I missed my Carrot Cake Cookie during my last visit. I hear it’s back :)

Dole Whip Float

Disney Snack

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Julie’s got some snacking to do!

I haven’t had any of these! My husband is frugal and we usually pack snacks. However we usually treat ourselves to a sundae at Gibson Girl or a Dole Whip float.

Cronut or Churro?

Disney Snack

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Disney Snack

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Michaelyn has the right idea!  Why choose just one favorite Disney snack?

Okay, so I would always answer churro to this question, because Disneyland churros are the best. BUT, the cronut at Epcot is on almost equal footing…which is saying a lot! Both are too good to pass up when I’m in either park!

Sundae, anyone?

Disney Snack

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Amanda has evolved in her tastes, partly because of the portion size:

I used to buy cupcakes. But they got smaller as the prices increased. Now I favor the ice cream sundae from Typhoon Lagoon. Split it with a friend!

Who’s up for Popcorn?

Disney Snack

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Melissa and I have the right idea!

I have to get popcorn at least once every trip. 

For me, a box of popcorn and a Diet Coke is the perfect snack for a nighttime parade!

Rice Creme or Creme Brûlée? Why choose!

Disney Snack

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Disney Snack

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Tonya has a dilemma — she can’t choose just one!

I have a tie: Rice creme in Norway and Creme brûlée at Epcot France!!!

Nutella Waffle, anyone? Lisa’s buying!

Disney Snack

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Lisa writes:

Disney snacks are my thing and it’s hard to choose just one. But if I really had to choose it’d be the Nutella Waffle Sandwich. Big enough to share too!

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Disney Snack

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For Cindy, the choice is an easy one — give her a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar any day, and twice on Sunday!

Ice Cream Sandwich

Jennifer writes:

Probably an ice cream sandwich like this. I always get one right before going in to see Fantasmic.

Whoopi Pie

Disney Snack

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Sheila likes this treat that you can’t find at Disneyland:

Whoopi Pie which I can’t get at Disneyland  

So there you have it, folks, the selections for favorite snack from Disney as given by you, the reader!  Thanks for joining in, feel free to tell me in the comments any other ones that you have come upon!  As for me, eventually I’ll enjoy this desert that I haven’t had before:

Disney Snack

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Until then, though, happy eating!

Touch the Sky

The Power of a Disney Song: Touch the Sky

Touch the Sky

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When it comes to Disney, one of the things that strikes deep into the core of why I love all things Disney so much is the music. As I’ve written about before, often the Disney music is the strongest part of the Disney experience. Today, I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the song Touch the Sky from the Disney/Pixar film Brave.

For me, the song Touch the Sky is one of the most powerful of all the Disney songs of any movie.  Take a look at just some of the power in these lyrics:

I will ride, I will fly, Chase the wind and touch the sky

then, later on…

Take hold of my own dream, be as strong as the seas are stormy,

and proud as an Eagle’s scream!

Lastly, one last reminder for us all…

Chase the Wind,

Touch the Sky.

This song in my opinion transcends beyond just a movie, beyond Disney, for that matter.  This song can become a mantra for each and every one of us!  How, you might ask?  Well, let’s explore that a bit.

With the start of 2017, a new year often brings about a new sense of optimism, a new hope for what we can accomplish in our lives.  At this moment, we have this hope to remind us that we can be better in this year than perhaps we were in the last year.  The lyrics from Touch the Sky can empower us, and give us the passion, the drive, the energy to embrace who we are, what we do, and what we want to become, and, as the song says, take hold of our own dreams!

It won’t happen overnight, necessarily, but it may very well happen, if you remember these key components:

  1. Chase the wind, reach for and touch the sky.
  2. Take charge of your dream, but remember to stand strong against any adversity.
  3. Be proud of your accomplishments, and build off of them to even greater success!

Who’s with me?  Who’s ready to chase the wind and touch the sky of their dream for 2017? Let me know in the comments, and enjoy the incredible music from our friends at Disney/Pixar!

My Dreams

What do you want to see on My Dreams of Disney?

My Dreams

What do you want to see on My Dreams of Disney?

By Mike Ellis.

Every now and again, I query my readers to see what they are interested in reading about on My Dreams of Disney, and today is that day.  If you had a blank canvas, a clean slate, so to speak, what would you be interested in reading about right now?  Well, today, the best answers are going to get their blog post answered!

Let’s keep this whimsical, if we can, and let’s keep it focused on Disney.  Perhaps you want a post on what you want to see at the new Star Wars land when it opens, or perhaps you want to weigh in on what my buddy Andy from WDW Shutterbug asked about — “If you were given a free hotel stay on Walt Disney World property would you stay at the Grand Floridian or somewhere else?”

Or, perhaps you want to chime in on what your favorite attractions are, like I’ve been chiming in on Mike’s Favorites…

Or, if you are like me, and gearing up for some really cold nights and days (or are already experiencing them), perhaps you want to get out of the cold blahs and start thinking about warmer temperatures when you can ride Kali River Rapids to cool off, or enjoy Stormalong Bay at the Beach and Yacht Clubs…

Maybe you want to tell the story of your first trip to Walt Disney World, or your last trip?  Or maybe you want to share with us your most heartwarming story of Cast Member excellence, or the time your child met their Princess or favorite Character for the very first time…

I’ve got plenty of ideas here of my own, but I want to hear what you are interested in.  Take a moment, leave me a comment here, shoot me a Tweet on Twitter, write on my Facebook Page, or email me at mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com.  Somehow, reach out to me and let’s get working on YOUR story!

The sky is the limit here!  Let’s have some fun with this and see where it takes us!  Have fun dreaming about your Disney adventure!