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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas, Buzz Lightyear Gave to Me::

Traveling for the Holidays

2019 would be a great year to visit Animal Kingdom during the holidays.  This year they will debut new decorations, shows, entertainment, and yuletide cheer.  The magic will begin as soon as you cross into Discovery Island and while the whole park is decorated, each land’s decorations are tailored to its theme. Here are some of the wonderful holiday festivities you can plan on experiencing:

  • Discovery Island decorated for a winter celebration
  • New Tree of Life Awakenings – themed to the spirit of the holidays
  • Festive musicians playing throughout Discovery Island
  • Catch some vintage Christmas Décor in Pandora – Humans remaining on Pandora bring décor from Earth to share with the natives
  • Various musicians and groups play music & dance throughout Harambe Village
  • Mickey & Friends Holiday Overlay for Character Meals at Tusker House
  • Celebrate Diwali in Asia – The Holiday Festival of Lights
  • Donald’s Dino-Bash Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Characters.  There will be interactive games for littles

If you are heading to Disney World during the Holidays, stop by Animal Kingdom.  This new Holiday Event is sure to be amazing – I am most excited for the Discovery Island section and the New Tree of Life Awakenings.  What are you most excited about?

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

Give the gift of Memories that Will Last a Lifetime plus make your Holiday Shopping super easy and give the gift of a Disney Destination.  Looking for a fun way to do that?  How about a scavenger hunt? One year, we left a note card on the kitchen table for when the littles woke up.  It told them they had to hunt for and collect clues.  Each clue they found would be a hint at the surprise. You can make a list of items in your home that will help them guess what the surprise is. Then decide how you will get them from one clue to the next.

For this trip, we were headed to Disney World and staying in Port Orleans Riverside plus we were going to experience Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  The first card basically just told them we had a surprise for them, but they had to hunt for it. 

“Find the next clue where little #2 keeps his reptile toys.”

In the reptile toy bin, the found the next clue attached to a rubber alligator hinting at where we were staying (the kids love the fold down bed with the image of Luis above it at Riverside) They grabbed the gator and read the card –

“The next clue is where our pups like to sun themselves.” 

They ran to the front porch to discover a card on a pumpkin gourd.  The next clue –

“Find the next clue where you get your favorite beverage.”

In the Fridge they found a toy plane.  It was then they figured we were going on a trip.  The next Clue –

“Find the next clue where mommy shows us where all our different family members live”

They ran to the playroom to find a card on the state of Florida on our State Map rug.  The final clue read –

“Run to up to where Daddy gets dressed.” 

When they opened the closet doors, they found a suitcase with a Stuffed Mickey & Minnie on top.  They needed a bit of help with the “alligator hint” but they figured out the rest all on their own.  It was a fun way to tell them about their trip and the excitement that built during the hunt made the trip itself even more exciting.   I am happy to help you plan any aspects of your trip, including how to gift it to your loved ones!

Trivia – Did You Know?

There were two “Marley’s” in “The Muppet Christmas Carol” but in other renditions of this movie or play, there is just Jacob Marley. They added a Robert Marley in this version so they could be played by Statler & Waldorf.

Contact Me

If you would like assistance reserving a trip to a Disney Destination for the 2019 Holidays or if you would like to beat ALL the Holiday Shopping crowds and book a Disney Destination to gift to your loved ones this year, contact me today! I would be delighted to help you find a great way to wrap up your gift to surprise your family! I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Holiday Magic soon!

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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas in July, Piglet Gave to Me::

Traveling for the Holidays

Disney goes above and beyond with their decorations everywhere they can. The Resorts are no exception! We take an entire day and go to several resorts when we are there during the Holidays. They have uniquely decorated Christmas Trees, Gingerbread Houses, lights, and more. Here is our Guide to Disney World Resorts during the Holidays. We like to start at the Monorails resorts, take a boat the Wilderness lodge, then head to the Boardwalk Resorts, and finally, end at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Each resort’s Tree will be decorated to the theme of the resort. It was fun to take the little’s pictures in front of all of them. The resorts will each have special holiday merchandise for purchase in their gift shops as well.

  • Grand Floridian – Beautiful tree & a Gingerbread House you can actually go in
  • Contemporary – Stunning Tree out at the entrance to the Resort plus a really pretty & fun Cinderella Gingerbread House
  • Polynesian – Very bright & fun Christmas Tree
  • Wilderness Lodge – Very Large and softly decorated Christmas Tree
  • Boardwalk Inn – Fun & tasty Gingerbread Version of the Boardwalk, an opportunity to build your own Gingerbread house with one of their chefs, and a very large tree in the yard outside
  • Beach Club – See an elegant Carousel made out of gingerbread along with a beautifully decorated tree and wreaths
  • Yacht Club – Beautiful Seaside-Themed Tree and an elaborate Holiday Train Display
  • Animal Kingdom – We like to finish up here and see some of the animals in the Savannah. See a large, warmly decorated tree

Hint:: There are Hidden Mickey’s throughout each Gingerbread Display!

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World during the Holidays, definitely plan on stopping at these Resorts. If not all of them, at least try to check out a few. They will truly enhance your holiday.

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

If you are not a fan of pinterest and prefer to let someone else come up with a way to “gift” a Disney Trip, let me simplify it for you! Just present them with our Minnie Box! It is full of pixi dust, magic, and surprises plus your very own personalized travel guide book. Each box is personalized and tailored to the travel party and they are so much fun to open. We can send you yours with your qualifying Disney Destination Trip that is booked through us. They are included with my services – which are free by the way.

Recipe – Mickey Christmas Bread

This starts with raw cinnamon rolls.

  • Purchase a roll of them from the store or craft your own
  • Take three rolls and place them together so they look like a Mickey Head
  • Bake
  • Once golden brown, remove from over and ice. You can use icing, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, caramel – whatever is your favorite
  • Decorate with holiday sprinkles, gummies, cherries – anything you would like.

We have these each year on Christmas Morning – it is a family tradition.

Contact Me

If you would like assistance reserving a trip to a Disney Destination for the 2019 Holidays or if you would like to beat ALL the Holiday Shopping crowds and book a Disney Destination to gift to your loved ones this year, contact me today! I would be delighted to help you find a great way to wrap up your gift to surprise your family! I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Holiday Magic soon!

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Galaxy’s Edge is on the Map!

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No, but really, it has officially been added to the Disneyland Guidemap! Here is your sneek peek!

This is said to be one of the most immersive lands to ever be added to a Disney Park. When it opens tomorrow, guests will have an experience of a lifetime and use all 5 senses to explore this 14 acre land.

The adventure that you will be able to have while in this land will be unforgettable and you will truly feel that you are in Batuu. In addition to the innovative attractions (Just Smuggler’s Run to start off, Rise of the Resistance to open later this year) guests will eat, drink, & interact as true explorers of the Galaxy.

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I can’t wait for guest’s photos of this land and their experiences to start rolling in. Please share any photos and/or experiences and opinions you may have about the land. I will not get to Disneyland’s until November unfortunately but I will be at the opening week of Disney World’s and I am super excited to report back. Enjoy!