A Very Merry Jolly Holiday : DAY 4

On the last day of our Disney Christmas adventure we went [drum roll please] park hopping!

As a disclaimer, my whole family and I are really not advocates for park hopping.  I know that some people love it, and view it as a way to do all or just the things that they want to in a day. From our experiences however, we don’t enjoy paying the higher ticket prices just to feel like we have spent half our day in transportation from one park to another.  We like to just go to a park and spend the whole day there, enjoying everything there is to do and see.

On this trip though, we didn’t have the luxury of time on our side. We had just one day left and three parks that we had never seen at Christmas. So, we put on our happy faces, our walking shoes, and packed the diaper bag to the brim. We also mapped and timed out our whole day beforehand, so that we would be sure to squeeze it all in.

Number one on the agenda: Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All we really wanted to do was see the décor, so that is what we did! We rushed the gates at the opening of the park…

The tree at the entrance to the park.

A closer view of the ornaments.

Oh, I just LOVED how different these decorations looked. I love the earth-toned Christmas!

Tree of Life

Of course we made time to see some animals! I loved this huge Tigger, I mean tiger.

AND we had to get our favorite Disney snack only found at Animal Kingdom! Jalapeno cheese stuffed pretzel! Look, Jack wants a bite!

…and by 10:30ish a.m. we were headed to EPCOT.

EPCOT is Tim’s favorite park, and being that we were both interested in seeing and learning about Christmas in all of the different countries, we knew that we would want to spend most of our time there.

The first thing we did when we got to EPCOT was meet Mickey Mouse again! (This time I didn’t have a dopey hat on because the weather was a wonderful 70 degrees!) EPCOT is my favorite place to meet Mickey and the gang! They make it so easy! Just stand in line and get ushered through to your own personal time with each one of them; Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald! Plus, it’s air conditioned…just sayin’.

Lunch for Jack at the Baby Care Center. You KNOW I love my Baby Care Centers!

Lunch for Mom and Dad at the NEW restaurant in Mexico! Tim was so excited. We took lots of pictures.

View from our table. It would be a PERFECT place to watch Illuminations, the nighttime fireworks display.

Mexico

In Norway.

Norway

China

Germany

Pickle tree! I loved the story of the pickle ornament. I want one.

Outside of the NEW restaurant in Italy. It's on our "must eat at" list for our trip this September!

United States of America

France

Meeting Tigger and Pooh in the UK.

Papa Noel in Canada.

We missed the show, but there was a gospel choir that performed on this stage.

By about 3:00 p.m. we were ready to move on to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Hollywood Studios tree outside of the entrance.

We ran into Andy's Army man outside of Toy Story Mania. We didn't ride it b/c the line was over 2 hrs long! Yikes-o-rama!

We wanted to finish our day out at Hollywood Studios because in big bold letters on our agenda was The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights! It was just amazing!! The lights literally flash and “dance” along to music about every ten minutes starting at dusk, while snow flurries all around you. It’s Disney Magic at it’s finest.

We intended to just stay to see it snow on the Streets of America, see the lights “dance”, and then head back to the town home to get Jack in bed and rested for the long drive home the next morning. Well, that didn’t happen. We were so enthralled by the whole experience that we just stood there, mouths gaping, and watched the lights for several different songs.

Check out this video! It just doesn’t do it justice…

What a perfect way to end our Disney Christmas! Thank you to the wonderful Hudson family for letting us stay in their home, and to our Disney VISA for funding most of our trip with rewards points. 🙂

We kept saying all throughout our trip, “We HAVE to come back again next year!”. I guess time will tell…

2 thoughts on “A Very Merry Jolly Holiday : DAY 4

  1. I really wish I had a windfall of money so that I could take us all to Disneyland this coming December…. I know that you and Tim would just LOVE it…… I know I did! Thanks for sharing your Christmas 2010 adventure with us all! Loved the pictures! Love, Mom

  2. Pingback: Christmas in July: A Jolly Holiday in the Parks | Elrods Go Disney

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