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21
Dec 13

Dear Santa – I’ll Take a Dozen Christmas Krispy Kremes

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Christmas Holiday DonutsKrispy Kreme. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a dozen fresh off the line. If you don’t know what I’m talking about I weep for you.

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Krispy Kreme store near Walt Disney World to sample the holiday flavors available this Christmas. By the way…a box of these would make an amazing Christmas present.

When I arrived the donut elves were in full swing preparing hot and fresh doughnuts. Have you seen anything so sticky and glorious?

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts hot and fresh off the lineKrispy Kreme Doughnuts on the line fresh hotWhen presented with the case, we had a hard time deciding so I just asked the baker to put a batch of the best holiday flavors together for me.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Christmas Holiday Donuts flavorsThe wreaths, holiday sprinkles and snowmen were yeast-raised glazed with frosting. The pumpkin spice was a divine glazed cake doughnut perfect for dipping into a cold glass of milk or hot coffee.

See…the box is pretty enough to gift on its own.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts light up the holidays christmas donutsMy daughter loved the red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. I have to admit that I loved the footballs most of all. Chocolate frosted with a vanilla cream center. You can get these special football donuts until the Superbowl.  The rest of the holiday flavors are only available for a limited time.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Christmas Holiday DonutsIf you’re in the Walt Disney World area and you get a hankering for doughnuts or if you’re visiting and you’d like to pick up a great Christmas gift for your family that you won’t have to lug back home in your suitcase, consider stopping by Krispy Kreme for a fresh dozen.

Krispy Kreme is located at 5318 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746.  Hot Light Hours are 6-11 AM and 6-11 PM (or closing).

A big thanks to the Kissimmee Krispy Kreme for the complementary holiday dozen. I’ll be back for more! This is a regular stop for us on the way home after a long day at the Walt Disney World theme parks.


02
Dec 13

Gaylord Palms ICE! Featuring Frosty the Snowman – With a Giveaway!

2013 ICE gaylord palms resort orlandoThe 2013 ICE! Display at Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando has captured my heart even more than any previous year.  For a moment, I felt like I had stepped back in time and become part of one of the most nostalgic Christmas movie of my childhood. Each year as a child, I would tune in to watch “Frosty the Snowman” in front of the television and the tradition continued with my own child which makes this year’s display even more moving.

Follow along as this classic tale unfolds room by room inside ICE! at Gaylord Palms…

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul. With a corn cob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal.

2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the SnowmanFrosty the Snowman is a fairy tale they say. He was made of snow, but the children know, how he came to life one day.

2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the SnowmanThere must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found. For when they placed it on his head he began to dance around.

2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the SnowmanFrosty the snowman was alive as he could be. And the children say he could laugh and play just the same as you and me.

Thumpetty thump thump, thumpety thump thump. Look at Frosty go. Thumpetty thump thump, thumpety thump thump. Over the hills of snow.

2013 Gaylord palms ICE featuring frosty the snowmanFrosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day. So he said “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun now before I melt away.”

Down to the village with a broomstick in his hand.

2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the SnowmanRunning here and there all around the square saying catch me if you can.

2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the Snowman 2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the Snowman 2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the SnowmanHe led them down the streets of town.

2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the Snowman2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the Snowman 2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the Snowman 2013 ICE Gaylord Palms Frosty the SnowmanRight to the traffic cop. And he only paused a moment when he heard him holler “Stop!”

2013 Gaylord palms ICE featuring frosty the snowmanFor Frosty the snow man had to hurry on his way.

2013 Gaylord palms ICE featuring frosty the snowman2013 Gaylord palms ICE featuring frosty the snowmanBut he waved goodbye saying “Don’t you cry. I’ll be back again some day.”

2013 Gaylord palms ICE featuring frosty the snowmanThere are more amazing scenes from this classic film included in ICE! but you will have to visit to see them for yourself. I don’t want to give everything away after all.  Gaylord Palms has also added a bonus room called Frostbite Factory where you can witness Chinese artisans at work carving ice.

ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman will run through January 5th, 2014. At the box office, adult admission is $29.99. Seniors are $28.99. Kids (4-12) are $16.99. Children 3 and under are free.  There is a slight savings if purchased in advance online. Florida residents receive a further discount.

For more information visit GaylordPalms.com.

Special thanks goes out to the folks over at Gaylord Palms who provided my family and I with free admission and lodging. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.

ICE! Featuring Frosty the Snowman Prize Pack gaylord palmsNow for the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the following ICE! Featuring Frosty the Snowman Prize Pack which includes:

  • Insulated ICE! Featuring Frosty the Snowman Tote
  • ICE! Gloves
  • ICE! Scarf
  • ICE! Tumbler
  • Frosty the Snowman DVD

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30
Nov 13

Off Kilter Performs as the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs at Epcot this Christmas

Off Kilter Performs as the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs at Epcot this ChristmasHolidays Around the World returns for another festive season at Epcot November 29 – December 30, 2013 with a new addition in the Canada pavilion, the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs. The group, featuring members of the popular Celtic rock band Off Kilter, takes guests on a musical journey across the Great White North, exploring unique holiday traditions from the various regions of Canada. Daily performances include spirited renditions of holiday favorite “The Christmas Jig,” a traditional mummer’s carol, a medley in celebration of the feast of Le Reveillon, and more.


19
Nov 13

Pictures from Our Trip to the 2013 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom

2013 mickeys very merry christmas party main street usaMy family and I attended the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Friday, November 8th.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night as far as the weather was concerned. Upper 60’s. Not cold enough for a jacket but just cool enough to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.

The party coincided with Veteran’s Day Weekend so it was sold out.

2013 mickeys very merry christmas party sold out sign

2013 mickeys very merry christmas party main street usa cinderella castleWe were hungry so we headed over to Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe to grab a bite to eat. The weather was perfect for dining out on the terrace. So I grabbed a platter of fries and plastic cheese and took in the music from the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

cosmic rays french fries plastic cheese disney magic kingdomNot a bad view eh?

Cinderella Castle Pin disney magic KingdomAnd then magically…Castle Dream Lights!

Cinderella Castle Pin disney magic Kingdom dream lights christmasSo nice of the Imagineers to put my initial in the castle lights! Can you spot the Hidden Mickey as well?

Cinderella Castle Pin disney magic Kingdom dream lights christmasWe finished up our dinner as we sat and waited for the start of Celebrate the Magic at 9:15pm.

Free cocoa and snickerdoodle cookies? Don’t mind if I do.

2013 mickey's very merry christmas party map cocoa cookiesAfter we had satisfied our sweet tooth, it was time to take our places center stage at Cinderella Castle.

disney magic kingdom cinderella castle dream lights christmasHey look ma…I’m glowing with the show!

amanda tinney glow with the show ears disneyThe “Frozen” overlay hadn’t been added into the show yet, but the Christmas tag had been added to the end.

Gratuitous Cheshire Cat shot.

disney magic kingdom cinderella castle celebrate the magic cheshire catAnd you know we just had to stay put for Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season. Only the second time of the year you’re graced with the awesomeness of perimeter fireworks.

holiday wishes disney 2013 mickey very merry christmas partyAfter the fireworks my mini me wanted to head over to ride the Jingle Cruise.

magic kingdom disney 2013 mickey very merry christmas party jingle jungle cruiseThe line was too long so we headed deeper into Adventureland to try and locate some pirates friends of ours.

magic kingdom disney 2013 mickey very merry christmas party pirates of the caribbeanLove all the special lighting and projections they have set up for Mickley’s Very Merry Christmas Party!  This one was on the ground outside of Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe near Splash Mountain.

magic kingdom disney 2013 mickey very merry christmas party amanda tinneyAfter a quick trip on the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness we made a trek over to Tomorrowland.

disney magic kingdom tomorrowland nightMore fantastic Christmas Party lighting.

disney magic kingdom tomorrowland night christmas mickeys very merry party snow flakes disney magic kingdom tomorrowland night christmas mickeys very merry party lightingSpace Mountain covered in snow.

disney magic kingdom tomorrowland night christmas mickeys very merry party lighting space mountainQuick jam session with Buzz Lightyear at A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show before we took a ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority to rest the puppies. We were starting to wind down by this point in the evening.

disney magic kingdom tomorrowland night christmas mickeys very merry party showI had to make one more stop for cookies and hot cocoa before we left. This time we stopped at the Tomorrowland Terrace, which was one of seven “Holiday Treat” stations located throughout the Magic Kingdom that evening.

disney magic kingdom christmas mickeys very merry party cookiesdisney magic kingdom christmas mickeys very merry party cookiesThe treat stations are clearly marked with these gigantic candy cane blow ups.

disney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party candy caneYou may be tempted to steal one for your yard. Don’t. Disney Security will make you put them back where you found them. Not that I would know that from a personal standpoint. And they are really hard to plug back in. Not that I would have any experience with that either. =)

Want a healthier option? Apple juice and apple slices are also available. And did I mention that all of these snacks were free? Unlike the candy cane blow up.

disney magic kingdom christmas mickeys very merry party cocoadisney magic kingdom christmas mickeys very merry partyOK honey. I get the hint. You’re tired. I’ll take me and my sad panda self back down to Main Street USA. But first…a peek inside Starbucks to see what holiday noms are available.

disney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party cupcakedisney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party cupcakeLet is snow…tiny bubbles…let it snow…

disney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party main street snowSo pretty (and terrifying) at the same time. #ihaveaballoonphobia #dontjudge

disney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party balloonsMain Street Confectionary window.

disney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party confectionary window daisy duckThis year’s event logo T-Shirt design.

disney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party shirtAnd don’t forget to pick up your Limited Edition Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card made especially for the 2013 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

mickey's very merry christmas party 2013 sorcerers of the magic kingdom cardBut I really don’t wanna go!…

disney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party snow flake lightingdisney magic kingdom mickey's very merry christmas party main street train stationMickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs through December 20th, 2013. Future Dates for 2013 are:

Nov. 21, 22
Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7 p.m. (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor we experienced. Hint: You can get in as early as 5:00pm with your ticket…

NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Disclosure: My family and I were provided with complementary admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.


14
Dec 12

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