Wordless Wednesday – December Calendar Shot

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Hello my friends, and welcome to our Wordless Wednesday post for this week!  The theme this week from my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic is your December Calendar Shot, and I am pleased as punch to be able to share some incredible photos from Wilderness Lodge courtesy of my friend Andy from WDW Shutterbug.  His photography skills are incredible, and believe me, I am the benefactor of his good will in sharing his photos.  If you haven’t seen any of his photos, take a look at these posts — one was showcasing some of the Christmas beauty of the Magic Kingdom, and another was taking a look at all the incredible lights of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!

Now, sit back, relax, and picture in your minds eye exactly what your stay would be like if you were able to spend time at Wilderness Lodge during the Christmas season.  I think it would be absolutely incredible, and I can’t wait until the time that I am able to do just that one year!

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Wilderness Lodge images courtesy and ©WDW Shutterbug

Now, my friends, please take a few minutes to check out the rest of the Wordless Wednesday entries.  To do so, just click on the button below and enjoy!  After that, don’t forget to go check out WDW Shutterbug on Facebook and throw a like his way!  Tell him Mike from My Dreams of Disney sent you, and that you saw his incredible photos on my site.  Thanks, and make it a Disney Day everyone!

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Hollywood Studios Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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Hello everyone, and welcome to our special series where we focus on the beauty of Walt Disney World during the Christmas season.  Thanks to my friend Andy from WDW Shutterbug, we are able to share with you some of the incredible beauty that you will experience the day you are able to visit Walt Disney World during the Christmas season — or, if you aren’t able to be there, you can get an idea of what it will be like when you are there!  You may remember that last week we brought you a Magic Kingdom Virtual Christmas Tour, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this look at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Millions of Lights!

Millions of Lights…all synchronized to music…that is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!  What started at the home of Jennings Osborne, in Arkansas, grew and grew and grew until there was too many lights to handle.  That’s when the Osborne Family donated the lights and music to Walt Disney World — in 1995 — and Disney’s Hollywood Studios became the home to this treasure.  The best thing of all, perhaps?  It’s built into the cost of your admission when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy our photographic tour, thanks to Andy from WDW Shutterbug!

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So, what do you think?  For those that have been to Walt Disney World during the Christmas season, which park do you like better?  Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  If you haven’t been before, which park do you think you will get more enjoyment out of — and keep the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party out of the equation for the moment.  Think it over, and let me know in the comments!  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

Tomorrow is the birthday of the man who would change the world for millions – maybe even billions – of children across the globe!  Walt Disney would have been 111 years old!  For many of us, especially those of us like me, who have started Disney blogs due to the creative nature of the man that started it all, life would not be at all the same if Mr. Disney hadn’t been born into this world.

I like to think that all of us that have been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland owe a special thank you to the creative mind that had the vision, passion, leadership, and persuasive skills to be able to pull off such an incredible undertaking.  For those of us with Disney blogs, most of us would tell our readers that our blog isn’t about riding on the coattails of one of the biggest and wealthiest corporations out there.  Our blogs, at the heart of it all, are a way for those of us that have been fortunate enough to go to these great destinations, to pay it forward to the next generation of families that want to experience all that Walt Disney World and Disneyland have to offer.

At the root of it all, the one thing that the Disney parks offer to me that is greater then anything else is the ability for all of us, regardless of stature, place in life, financial situation, whatever, the opportunity for us to be able to leave the worries of the world behind for a while, to be able to focus on what is important to so many of us — spending time with our families, carefree, and to remember what it is like to feel like a kid again.

With so many worries in this world — especially in today’s day and age — it is a welcome relief to be able to take time away from it all and just relive our childhood, even if it’s just for a day or two.

So, I give thanks for Walt Disney, the visionary man who was born on December 5, 1901.

This post is being brought to you as part of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop that my friend Deb hosts on Focused on the Magic! To see the rest of the great entries for this week, go ahead and click on the button below to head on over to Focused on the Magic, and thanks for stopping by!

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The Merriest Place on Earth – Disney at Christmastime

This tree was in the lobby of the Grand Floridian

 

I don’t know about you but I love Christmas! In fact the only thing that makes me happier than Christmas is a Disney Christmas! But beware; you need to carefully consider your plans when planning a yuletide visit to Walt Disney World or what begins as magic will turn into a nightmare!

 

Disney begins getting ready for the holiday beginning in early November. Personally I find that a little too early to enjoy Christmas decorations. However, I have found that hitting up the “World” the week after Thanksgiving is a perfect time. The weather is comfortable and the crowds are much smaller than Christmas week (my biggest advice is that if you actually head to Walt Disney World the week of Christmas/New Year’s Eve expect VERY crowded parks with long lines and waits). In fact, going the week after Thanksgiving, the longest wait I had for a ride was at Splash Mountain and I waited 15 minutes!

One of my favorite activities during this time is to visit the Disney hotels. Each hotel’s decorations are themed to the hotel. Don’t miss the gingerbread house selling gingerbread houses in the Grand Floridian lobby (the entire lobby smells like gingerbread!); there are also unique displays at the Boardwalk and the Yacht and Beach Club. Don’t forget to look for the hidden Mickey’s (what, you don’t know about hidden Mickey’s? I promise to fill you in real soon!)

This is the gingerbread house in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. There are people and a counter there where you can actually purchase gingerbread houses!

 

This gazebo was in the Board Walk Hotel’s lobby in 2011.

Downtown Disney gets in on the act. In previous visits I have seen a skating rink (yes, people were ice skating in shorts) and a Disney trip is never complete without a visit to the “12 Days of Christmas”. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a Christmas shop that’s certainly Disney inspired!

This snow family was found at Downtown Disney

Last year, my daughter and I visited the Magic Kingdom the second Friday after Thanksgiving (so not “black” Friday but the Friday immediately after that) and were pleasantly surprised to find that they were recording the musical performances for the Christmas parade that aired Christmas morning on ABC. We saw Scotty McCreery and Jennifer Hudson record their songs.

Jennifer Hudson looked like she was ready to attend a “princess” ball in her dress for the Christmas parade special that aired on ABC Christmas morning.

Of course each park gets in on the Christmas magic and each park has its own special touches. The Magic Kingdom has Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Epcot offers the Candlelight Processional and Disney’s Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights! I haven’t experienced any of them yet but all of these are on my to-do list. You can find plenty of information on the Walt Disney World site if you would like further details.

Merry Christmas! I hope I have given you something to think about or to look forward to if you are planning a Disney World trip for the Christmas holidays!

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At My Dreams of Disney, we have been to Walt Disney World many times, and have seen many things — but there are certainly a lot of things that we haven’t seen!  For example, we have never been to the Epcot Flower & Garden Show, and we have never experienced a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

We have never seen Cinderella Castle decorated in Christmas lights, or had snow fall on Main Street U.S.A.  Likewise, we have never witnessed the beauty of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, or seen the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Have you experienced these incredible special events?  Are there things that you have seen that you would like to tell the world all about?  If so, My Dreams of Disney is looking for you!  We are looking to expand our repertoire of things that we can share with our readers!  If you are interested in telling your Disney stories to us, please send me an email to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com or contact us using the Contact Us page on our menu bar!

If you are curious to look over the things that we have written about, please feel free to check out our Disney Planning Resources page to get an idea, and thanks, as always, for stopping by to make My Dreams of Disney one of your stops to get your Daily Disney Fix!