Having A Very Merry Christmas At Disney World
For some Christmas fun, my family took a trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park. My mom (Melody), dad (Eddie), sister (Peyton), boyfriend (Blake), and I piled into the car and drove the hour and a half north from Vero Beach to Orlando. Blake had never been to Walt Disney World before so I decided that we would go all out. We had a very Merry Christmas at Disney indeed!
Prior to our visit, I created everyone a Disney account. I really wanted us to have breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle, but there were no available times. We did, however, manage to secure a spot for lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant.
I then mapped out a schedule based on attraction locations and character meeting times. We pre-purchased our tickets online so that we could make our three FastPass reservations.
Beginning Our Christmas At Disney
We arrived at Magic Kingdom when it opened, at 8 AM. But by the time the tram picked us up from the parking lot, took the monorail, and got to the park, it was 8:45. My mom, Blake, and I hurried over to Princess Fairytale Hall where we got in line to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen. We were sure this character opportunity would only get busier as the day went on.
After 45-minutes, we were escorted into a room with three other park guests where the Frozen sisters were. I was taken back that the characters talk to you as if they are actually that character and you are a child. It was odd that they asked me “what kingdom I was from” and that “Olaf would really like the weather here.” You can tell in our pictures that we were caught off guard. LOL
Melody, Blake, and I got in the second line at Princess Fairytale Hall to meet Cinderella (Blake’s favorite) and Rapunzel. We were much more prepared for the strange conversation this time around. We were now masters of character meets, ready to take on the rest of Magic Kingdom!
Continuing To Meet Characters
Next, we walked to a hidden corner, Fairytale Garden, where we waited in line to meet Merida from Brave. The line was not very long plus there was a show going on in front of the castle. While waiting in line, kids could shoot arrows and play games. There was also music playing that was similar to the movie. Merida was incredibly sweet and let visitors take their time taking pictures. She was our favorite character of the day!
We tried to meet Ariel in her Grotto, but got in the wrong line and ended up on the Under The Sea ride instead. Although it was not what we had planned, we really enjoyed this attraction. It was really cute and played music from the movie.
Story Time with Belle was a complete bust. You could only get pictures with Belle if you were picked to be in the story. However, since we were over the age of ten, we were not picked for the story. Blake and I were two out of five adults there without children so we definitely felt out-of-place. Looking back at it, I’m sure it was quite comical.
Lunch At Tony’s
It was then time for us to head back down Main Street USA to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant for lunch. The servers come out and announce your name to seat your party. It was, interesting, to hear all of the different last names of the park’s visitors. We enjoyed flatbreads, salads, and meatball sandwiches for lunch, all of which were delicious. While not my first pick for dining in the park, it was great! I would definitely recommend eating here while at Magic Kingdom.
Using Our FastPasses And Seeing The Parade
Finally, it was time to use our FastPasses! Our first ride was Space Mountain, a rollercoaster that is almost entirely in the dark. Although I had ridden it before, the whole concept freaked me out. It’s a Small World has recently been redone so the decorations were very nice. By the second room, however, I was tired of hearing the song. The Haunted Mansion was our favorite ride of the day. Our FastPasses allowed us to completely jump the line. We only spent about five minutes waiting for each ride.
The Fantasyland parade was really cute and fun for everybody. Pretty much all Disney characters, old and new, made their way down the park towards Main Street USA and the music was really enjoyable. I highly suggest making it to this parade!
Ending Our Christmas At Disney
In order to complete Blake’s first trip to Disney, Peyton, Blake, and I went to meet Mickey. We spent an hour in line, but it was definitely worth it. Mickey did a funny magic trick and we ended up spending around five minutes talking to the staff.
We were exhausted after spending nine hours running around the park. We opted to head out instead of staying for the evening festivities since we still had to drive home. This Christmas at Disney was definitely one for the books!
Spend Your Christmas At Disney!
Walt Disney World is the perfect place to spend Christmas! Magic Kingdom is beautifully decorated and the vibe is indescribable. Make Christmas at Disney your new family tradition!
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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