My December Walt Disney World Vacation
My wife and I took a vacation to Universal Studios and Walt Disney World from December 4th to the 12th.
I thought Iâ€™d share my top 5 favorite things from the trip. Why top 5? Because there were so many great experiences, I needed a way to focus, and figured grouping them would be helpful.
These are in no particular order.
1. The Christmas Decorations.
We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge Villas, and in my humble opinion, the Wilderness Lodge (lobby pictured above) is the best resort to stay at during the holidays.
My wife, Barbie, and I in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge Villas:
We also visited other deluxe resorts, such as the Grand Floridian:
And of course thereâ€™s the parks. Each has itâ€™s own tree, such as this one at Disneyâ€™s Hollywood Studios:
Cinderella Castle is transformed into an ice palace.
Hollywood Studios has the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, which is the perfect segue into…
2. Frozen Holiday Premium Package
Yes, it was a bit expensive at $89, but we feel it was worth it, if just for the experience.
It included special seating at “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” as well as a dessert party with special viewing for the Osborne Lights, and pin and a lithograph set.
The sing along is a really wonderful experience.
The dessert party, while not offering a huge selection was still very nice, and I probably got my moneyâ€™s worth in alcoholic beverages alone.
Plus we were in a prime location for the Lights.
3. Cast Members
We had breakfast one morning at Whispering Canyon at the Wilderness Lodge and had a wonderful server named Jeff, who I couldnâ€™t recommend more. Here he is with our friend Jill:
On another day at the Magic Kingdom, we met Barbara. If you use Disneyâ€™s Magical Express, you may recognize her as one ofÂ the Cast Members in a video from the Disney Parks Blog. She is a delight.
On the same day we got to experience this awesome Cast Member working up the crowd before the Festival of Fantasy parade. I didnâ€™t get his name, but he was a hoot!
Then, on our last evening we had dinner at the 50s Prime Time Cafe at Disneyâ€™s Hollywood Studios. Our server was Nick, and we hope to get him again in the future, he had the perfect attitude without going over the top for this establishment.
4. The World Showcase Storytellers and Candlelight Processional at Epcot
If it hasnâ€™t come across, I love Christmas, and love to learn how other cultures celebrate, so, as you can imagine, the storytellers at Epcot are a favorite.
Below with Father Christmas in the UK pavilion is Barbie, me, Jill, Nicole, and Josh.
Barbie and me with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Then of course there is the Candlelight Processional. It is a wonderful experience, and we were fortunate enough to be at the World while LeVar Burton was narrating.
5. Memory Maker
As we were going with another couple, we decided to split the cost and try out this service. I think the holidays are the perfect time for this feature, as there are so many wonderful photo opportunities, and we feel we really got our moneyâ€™s worth.
A shot on Main Street, we are celebrating our friend Josieâ€™s birthday! Left to right is Barbie, me, Josie, Jill and Josh.
As an added bonus, you can add different frames and stickers to your photos!
Barbie and me with Santa Goofy:
Honorable mention: Universal Studios. There, I said it! The theming and rides, particularly in the Harry Potter areas are absolutely phenomenal and immersive. I could go on and on, but as this is a Disney Blog for a Disney Podcast, Iâ€™ll stop.
Please stop by the Disney Musings blog where Iâ€™ll be sharing a more complete trip report and focus on some of the highlights mentioned above.