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I believe Day Two of our mini Florida vacation started out as just Magic Kingdom (mainly to see the Christmas decorations) and Epcot, because it’s our favorite and you can’t see it in California.

But then I realized that it was necessary to go back to Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom (the place I spent my College Program days, for anyone who happened to forget, or is new) since we were going back to Florida. And Jen wanted to ride Expedition Everest if we were going to go there too…

And we totally forgot that Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Christmas time! We hadn’t seen those before either, and there are literally millions of Christmas lights there. MILLIONS.

Yet, we also wanted to see the Holiday Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom…

So in the end our day ended up like this:

First, Animal Kingdom (at 8 AM! Rise and Shine!)

We got a Fastpass for Everest, rode Safaris, and…got a little turned around somewhere near the monkeys for a few minutes (it’s been two years! that’s a long time).


The baby giraffes are my favorites.


Then, we headed to Ticket & Transportation Center (or TTC, for those familiar with the ever-present Disney shorthand) where our car would live for the day while we park-hopped to our little hearts content.


This was where we picked up the monorail to go to Magic Kingdom, to make sure we saw all the decorations in the daytime (and got a Fastpass for Space Mountain!)


Next, it was back on the monorail to get to Epcot in time for lunch in France at Les Chefs de France – yummy!


Remy stopped by our table, and everything!


And I found out my CP friend Tyler was working at the Canada restaurant Le Cellier that day (très chic!) so I stopped by to say hello.


Seeing old friends always makes me smile 🙂

After a quick tour around the world:



Germany, all decked out for Christmas

…and a ride on Spaceship Earth and Journey in to Imagination, it was time to ferry it over to Hollywood Studios.

Here, we enjoyed all the lights; somehow forgot to take a picture with my friends Ryan & Alex, who came over to the park to say hi and see the lights; and took a quick pass in the Art of Animation store, which is one of my favorite stores in all the parks (yes, I have favorite stores.)


Then, we took a bus to the Contemporary Resort next to the Magic Kingdom, and walked over to the park (this is a semi-secret trick to avoid the insanely long lines to get a bus back to the TTC).


Holiday Wishes


The grand finale

After fireworks, we rode Winnie the Pooh, Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority ‘PeopleMover’ (an old favorite from my CP days, which is oft-ignored by guests when so many other big name rides are in the park and demand doing.)


Finally, at about 11:30 or so that night, it was time to head back to the car and collapse in a heap of exhaustion at the hotel before driving home the next afternoon (we stopped at Downtown Disney again on our way out for a quick pass through the ginourmous World of Disney store, and lunch at Earl of Sandwich)

Here’s hoping it’s not another two years before I can make it back!

[For those keeping count,

Total Parks Visited: 5 (MK, twice)

Modes of Transportation Used:  5 (Car, Tram, Monorail, Ferry, Bus)]


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Christmas Favorites: TV

Tis the season…for holiday themed episodes of your favorite shows! Just another thing I love about the Christmas season is the chance to add a new Christmas favorite to the stock stable of movies/TV episodes I routinely try and squish in every year starting December 1st.

On to a quick hits of some of my personal favorites!

* Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip “The Christmas Show” — this show only lasted one season, but this is a seriously great Christmas episode. I’ve actually even been able to show it to people not familiar with the show as a pretty decent stand-alone as well. It’s one of their funnier episodes, and devotes a part of the episode to New Orleans jazz musicians — a great timely reference, that is still moving years later. Also, good holiday romance plots.

* I did a whole post on it when the episode aired last week, but the Glee Christmas Episode was a very good one.

* Also briefly mentioned last week, was Community’s Christmas episode this year “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.” The entire episode was in traditional stop-motion style — an homage/parody of all those Rudolph and Santa stop-motion classics. Some funny current references (LOST creator Damon Lindelof apparently sent the Community writers a boxed set of LOST after the shout out), some really sweet earnest character moments and a hilarious new Christmas classic “the Christmas pterodactyl”. I personally don’t watch Community all that often, but still REALLY enjoyed this episode.

* As anyone who knows me is aware, I am a huge Disney kid. That said, I have loved many a Nickelodeon shows’ holiday episodes. Nickelodeon Episodes I Recommend:

As Told By Ginger “An Even Steven Holiday Special”

Hey Arnold “Arnold’s Christmas” (surprisingly sentimental for a kid’s show…definitely one of the most memorable though)

Rugrats “The Santa Experience” and “Chanukah”. Rugrats has actually had 4 or 5 holiday episodes, and have covered Christmas, Chanukah AND Kwanzaa. Thanks for being so informative and well-rounded, Rugrats!

Also thanks iTunes, for conveniently compiling so many Nick Holiday Specials into playlists here here and here.

* The TGIF shows of yore also produced some of my favorite Christmas episodes, including Full House’s “Our Very First Christmas Show” (they get stranded at an airport! On Christmas!), Boy Meets World’s “Santa’s Little Helpers” (Little Morgan freaks out when mall Santa has a heart attack) and “A Very Topanga Christmas” and Growing Pains “A Christmas Story”. Sadly these episodes are a little harder to track down…though Full House and Growing Pains are more readily available on DVD.

* iTunes also consideres A Charlie Brown Christmas a TV special, so in that case, yes yes a thousand times yes I love that one, too. Even if it just had the awesome music and the silly bobble-headed dancing, it is so worth it every year. Same goes to the original Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

So, anyone have any favorites to add to this list? I have a feeling I’m forgetting even some of my own favorites, as there are just so many! These definitely top the list though!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I LOVE the holidays. As I mentioned before I start in earnest on Thanksgiving, and chug along all through Christmas and straight into New Years.

There are numerous things I love about the holiday season — the sights, the smells, the snow, music, movies etc…and I thought this would be a good place to share my favorites this month.

First up: The Disney Christmas Parade. A longtime Christmas morning staple while opening presents and eating breakfast with the family, being so close means now I can go see the parade in person. Minus the extra characters and the fabulous celebrities and the sometimes-hokey commentary from lovely morning news anchors and/or Ryan Seacrest. But still. I LOVE this parade.

Here’s my “short” version of the parade, through pictures!


It starts off with a Clara-esque music box and giant teddy bear welcoming everyone, who are followed by…


The tin soldiers!

I love these guys…and Pluto behind them!



Mrs. Claus, reading all the letters to Santa

A very cheery elf, one of many along the parade route:



Dancing snowflakes!

Of course snowflakes lead to snow on the ground, and that leads to…


Adorable baby snowmen!

It’s not Christmas without Goofy and Max building a ginormous gingerbread house.


And then the princesses arrive! I’m a big fan of the stepsisters, who kick things off — I love their flouncy dresses.


Gepetto puts his toy-making skills to work:


The 7 dwarves are a little out of place, but they bring a really pretty gem-stone tree with them!



I love her swish-y dress.

They save the best for last though…


Santa's Reindeer!


SO cute.

And finally, the big guy himself:




Have any of you seen the parade in person? Do you watch it on Christmas morning like me?

Coming up tomorrow, in Christmas-y and TV related awesomeness — GLEE does Christmas tonight! Yay!

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