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I have been a very bad blogger! I really admire those that find the time to sit down and write something interesting on a daily basis. I can’t seem to find the time and when I do, I struggle to write something interesting. Like most of you, I’m busy with life.  As a wife & mother I get caught up with everything else going on in the house.  The kids have sports & school events; I have my company which is growing (YAY!) and then there’s everything else.  I’ll try to be better and sit down to write more often.

Disney Events:
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is still going on through Nov 12th. Still time to take a quick trip to enjoy some delicious foods & beverages.

My favorite time of year to visit Disney is coming up soon. For me, there’s nothing better than the special events & decorations for the holidays. Instead of Raindrops on Roses and whiskers on kittens, it’s Snowflakes on Main St and Gingerbread houses. Those are a few of my favorite things. Of course those are just the tip of the iceberg! The Candlelight Processional takes my breath away just thinking about it and I can’t help but smile when I think of the finding the purple cat in the Osborne Lights.

I’ll dedicate a post to each of the parks and their special holiday events.   Until then, thanks for reading! If you have any questions or would like to hear about anything specific, please post a comment here or drop me an email at michelle@secondstartravels.com with “blog question” as the subject line.

Have a Magical Day!


This is a small sample of what you will see and hear around Disney World during the Holiday Season.   I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do! 

 Here are some pictures from my previous Disney Holiday Vacations with some of my favorite events & decorations including the gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club, the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, Osborne Family Lights, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and the Candlelight Processional with celebrity narrator Neil Patrick Harris.

Party Time

One of the “problems” with the Disney Dining Plan is that by the time you eat an appetizer, entree and dessert, you’ve spent a lot of time eating. We caught our bus to Magic Kingdom, I grabbed our party tickets from Will Call and then we went for a ride on the Monorail. I had planned to check out the decorations at all of the monorail resorts, but after that long meal, we didn’t have time. Off to the Grand Floridian to see the famous (infamous?) gingerbread house. The first thing you see though is the tree, wow that’s big! and beautiful! We went downstairs to see the house and it was as impressive as always, but I wanted to get to the party! Back on the monorail and to MK.

It’s almost 6pm when we walk in (an hour later than I had planned on) it’s very crowded up front, day people will be leaving soon but the party is sold out.   We make our way up Main St, trying to not lose anyone. I’m more worried about losing Dad than my kids, lol!  We stop in front of The Plaza as Wishes starts. My kids & DH take off to ride Space Mtn, while Dad, Jackie and I watch the fireworks. That was pretty neat, Wishes isn’t my favorite, but I really enjoyed it this time. Maybe it was because of the wide eye awe of Dad & Jackies faces… We head to Tomorrowland to find the rest of my family and find out that they rode Buzz Lightyear instead because Space Mountain had a 40 minute wait. So we promise DS –who swears that he wants to ride all of the roller coasters on this trip. We’ve heard this before, and then he ends up “not in the mood” so we’ll see this time.   Anyways, we promise that we will ride Space Mountain later when the line goes down. So we walk, and Indy Cars have a 10minute wait?!? DS usually wants to ride in June in the 100+ heat with an hour wait, so 10 minutes, go ride!  Off they go while DH & I enjoy a few minutes alone.  Next we make our way to Fantasy Land. The park was crowded, but we found most of the lines to be 10 minutes or less. Jackie & I watched while the rest rode Cindy’s Carousel, then since they had loved Muppet Vision we were headed to Mickey’s Philharmagic. We told them how the technology improvements puts Muppet Vision to shame, we walk in, stand in line for a few minutes and then see the people at the front of the line leave. Huh? What’s going on? I have to say this was the worst managed thing all trip. Word spread through the guests that something broke and they weren’t sure when it would be fixed. There was a Cast Memeber at the front of the line, but they never “announced” to the rest of us and it took another 5 minutes or so before they put a Cast Memeber at the door to let people know what was happening.  Bummer, no Philharmagic.  So we moved on to Snow Whites Scary Adventure, 5 min wait, then Small World,  where we walked right on.  Everything was nice & clean and bright, good job on the refurb. Dad & Jackie thought it was really neat.  Skipped Pooh Bear & Peter Pan for now because the lines were longer and made our way towards the back of the park. It’s been awhile since we’ve eaten, so it’s time to get cookies & cocoa. We sat outside Columbia Harbor House, ate our cookies and listened to carolers. I love the Christmas Party!   The weather was good, I was wearing jeans, t-shirt and had a sweatshirt tied around my waist and I was perfectly comfortable. We finished our snack and went to Haunted Mansion.  We walked right in, I was actually a little bummed because I didn’t get to see everything outside and this was our 1st time back since it went thru refurb. WOW!!! They did a Fantastic job on the refurb!   And seeing Dad & Jackies faces when the hitchhiker joined them was priceless!

It was almost time for the 1st parade so we scooted through Frontier Land and headed to Splash Mtn. This was not Dad & Jackies thing, so they went to shop & watch the parade.  Splash had a 10 minute wait posted, but it was actually only as long as it took to walk thru the queue to the boats.  1st Mtn of the night.  DH & DS (who’s awfully brave all of a sudden) get the 1st row, DD & I 2nd row. Y’all know “the big drop”, well next to that is where the boats go first, to go up. Timing is everything as they say, and as we went up, a boat came down and I caught their splash full on! Yep, my entire right side was soaked!   I’ve still got the rest of the ride to get through and then there it is, the big drop. DS is loving this and at the bottom, he ducks.   Did I mention he’s right in front of me?  Yeah, what wasn’t wet already, has now been taken care of and DS, he’s laughing hysterically!  He’s not the biggest 10 year old, his head doesn’t even come to the top of the seat on the boat, so he really wouldn’t have blocked much of the water but it was the principle of it.  DD complains about being wet until we get to the ladies room and she sees just how wet I am.  Thankfully she’s smart enough to stop complaining. Well, the parade is still going and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad says 20 minutes. I say no thanks, I’m too wet, you all go ahead.  So DH, DD & DS walk in and the wait sign switches to 10 min. That’s 2 Mountains in one night now for DS and he’s happy and excited.   Is my baby growing up? 

The parade is finally over so we try to find Dad & Jackie. Cell phones are wonderful things, when people answer them!  I’m learning that Dad has his in a holster on his hip, and he doesn’t hear it, ever! Somehow the kids see them in the crowd and we catch up.  Time is really flying, not too long till Holiday Wishes.  We head towards Pirates to see how long the wait is, yay! 5 minutes. I love walking on to rides! Love the Davey Jones things, and Capt Jack Sparrow is so life like, my DS still doesn’t believe me that it’s not a real person.  Wow, we’ve gotten through just about everything that we thought Dad & Jackie would be interested in. We walk up towards Crystal Palace, get a spot to watch the fireworks and DD gets us more cookies & cocoa. I was really liking the warm cocoa, I wasn’t dripping anymore, but I certainly wasn’t anywhere near dry. Thank goodness that it was so nice that night, not like Sun/Mon nights!  Wishes was good, Holiday Wishes was really good. Dad was just amazed, he’s never seen anything like this before. After the fireworks Dad & Jackie are ready to call it a night. We walk towards Main St with them and say good night.  Back to Tomorrowland! First we decide to check out the shops and look at sweatshirts. The party sweatshirt was ok, but not as nice as the one from 2001 that was tied around my waist. Now DD is getting hungry, really? I’m still full from lunch.  Since it’s almost time for the 2nd parade we head to Pecos Bill’s, she get’s Counter Service and we watch the parade from the benches on the porch. Maybe not the best view, but we were sitting. We got some extra fries & a coke to share and everyone started to perk back up. Back through Fantasy Land and I finally get to ride Pooh Bear.  Don’t ask me why, but I love this ride.   I usually skip it because it always has long lines, but now it’s 5 minutes!  Then we catch Peter Pan, it say’s 20 minutes, but was closer to 10.  Allright, back to Tomorrow Land.  DS still wants to go on Space Mountain.  10 minutes, all right let’s go. There he is in the 1st row again, in the past he would get off a ride, we’d ask “did u like it?” he’d say “ya, but I don’t want to go again” now he’s in the 1st row on Space Mountain?! I haven’t been on this in years, I forgot how much fun it is! DS wants to go again!   Wait, I didn’t get to go on Buzz yet and it’s 11:30. So we go ride Buzz, DD & I lose to the boys yet again and then back to Space Mountain. It’s almost midnight, but here we go again. I can’t believe we’re still riding rides and everyone is happy at the end of the party!  We make our way out of the park, sad that we never made it to Main St during the party. We missed the snow! Wow, what a magical party. The castle lights were amazing, everyone had fun and was happy and DS hit all 3 mountains in one night .  Triple Mountain Whammy accomplished!  There really is a Santa Claus!

Next up: AK & Boma

Tuesday is MVMCP day!

I had told Dad and Jackie to get 4 day passes. We got them tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party as a Christmas gift.   That took care of them for their 5 day trip.

The morning was spent fairly quiet and seperate. Everyone needed a little downtime and space. Dad & Jackie were going to Downtown Disney and maybe the pool at SSR.  DH & DS went to play golf at Disney’s Oak Trail. –It’s the family walking course, we played there last year. It’s nice, but not on the same level as the “real” courses on site. — DD surprised us and was up early.  Don’t see that often! I really just wanted to rest and relax, so I’d be ready for the party. She wanted to go ride Test Track  again.  So, I took a deep breath and let her go to Epcot by herself.   She’s gone in by herself and met us, but never went by herself for the whole time, so I was a little nervous, but she did fine. I kept getting text messages, “single rider line, no wait” “Here now….” She’s actually pretty good about keeping in touch, and she was having a blast!  I drank my coffee and then wandered thru the shops at the Boardwalk. Around 11ish, I met up with DD on her way back from Epcot. –Now, before our trip, I had been reading/posting on other trip reports & pre-trippies on the Disboards.   Apriateslife4evr was going to be at Boardwalk Villas some of the same dates, and going to some of the same places, so I had kept an eye out for her & her parents all week. –DD and I are walking down the boardwalk and I see a lime green tag on a bag. The girl has a “katie holmes/posh spice” haircut & 2 older people are sitting on a bench with her. Only in Disney World can this happen, but I walk up and ask “Are you Donna?” she says yes and I tell her who I am. I’m now getting a hug from a “friend” that I’ve only just now met in person.  We talk for a little bit, she’s actually getting ready to go home  but it was really neat to catch up. So here’s my shout out to the disboards, this place is so cool!  DH & DS are back now, so we meet up back in the room. They’re tired but had fun. Time to relax for a little while, then off to Saratoga Springs Resort to meet Dad & Jackie. We have a late lunch Advanced Dining Reservation at Turf Club (2:45pm) and then we’ll go check out the Grand Floridian before going to the Christmas Party.

Sometimes Disney transportation can drive you nuts. Give yourself lot’s of extra time, and you get where you’re going way to early; cut it a little close and the bus you need will have just pulled away  We caught a bus to DTD and thought we’d save our feet and catch a bus to SSR. As our DTD bus pulled in, we saw the SSR bus leave, so we walked quickly over to Dad & Jackies room. Met them outside and walked over to Turf Club for lunch just a little late.  No problem, we were seated within minutes and for the longest time I think we were the only people there. We had several good meals here in June, so we were looking forward to this one as well. We started by treating DS to the Pirate Punch w/Captain Hook clip on light so he could have something special   Jackie and I had the crab cakes, Dad had the onion rings, DH had the calamari and DD had the buffalo chicken strips. All of them were very good, and large! DD ended up sharing with DS who decided to try them. He liked them, but I’m guessing they were pretty “hot”, he was getting pretty sniffly. Sinuses were definitely clearing!  Really those appetizers could have been a meal, but now it was time to order our entrees. Dad had the angus chuck cheeseburger, DH had the ribeye steak sandwich, DD had the reuben and Jackie & I had the same thing again, the penne pasta with shrimp. All were very good, although DD said the reuben wasn’t as good as it had been this summer. It may have had something to do with the appetizer filling her up, but who knows  Everyone is full and I mention that we still get dessert. Gotta love the Disney Dining Plan!  While we wait, Dad & DS go shoot pool and have a little fun. Dad had the individual apple pie, DH decided that the mixed berries would be good after such a filling meal, DD got the cheesecake and gave her daddy the berries that came with (she doesn’t do veggies or fruit) Jackie & I finished ordering the same meal with the chocolate lava cake. Yummy Yummy Yummy! If you like chocolate, you have to try this!  Did I mention this was Yummy!

We rolled out of the Turf Club, and made our way to the bus stop. Next stop, Magic Kingdom.

Next up: Party Time

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