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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

35,000 Toys and Disney Cast Members Make Christmas Magical for Families in Need


05
Dec 12

Consider Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando for Your Disney Holiday Vacation {Here’s Why}

hilton bonnet creek christmasHave you heard of the Hilton Bonnet Creek at Walt Disney World?  It’s this amazing little slice of luxury attached to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando tucked away INSIDE the gates of Walt Disney World and they really “do it up right” when it comes to celebrating the holidays!

From holiday dining to Christmas activities for the entire family to enjoy, you’re sure to get into the holiday spirit at the Bonnet Creek Hilton.

This past weekend my family and I spent two nights at the resort eating, drinking and exploring all of the offerings for Christmas! Let’s take a look shall we?

The Christmas grandeur starts from the moment you arrive at the resort.  Check out the specialty lighting outside the porte-cochère! My picture really does not do it justice.

 

Disney Hilton Bonnet Creek Christmas Holiday

The lobby decorations are sleek and match perfectly with the elegance of this resort property.

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

Disney Hilton Bonnet Creek Christmas Holiday

Disney Hilton Bonnet Creek Christmas Holiday

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

Heading down the grand spiral staircase near the resort lobby will bring you to a magnificent two-story Christmas Tree!

orlando hilton bonnet creek disney christmas holiday

There’s even a tree at the mini water park pool.

orlando hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday pool

…and yes, we did enjoy an afternoon IN the pool IN December. It’s heated…and it was wonderful!

orlando hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday pool

Later on in the evening you and your family can enjoy S’Mores Christmas Fun where you roast s’mores at the poolside fire pits (nominal fee for s’mores kits). Weather permitting.   Or, you can head up to one of the many restaurants and lounges for a seasonal holiday cocktail!  Here’s the Wood -N- Apple (Woodford Reserve bourbon, maple syrup and house-made apple sauce) $14 from La Luce.

la luce wood n apple cocktail bonnet creek hilton holiday

One of my favorites there is not seasonal but is still pretty unique…well the garnish is. A dirty vodka martini with maytag blue cheese stuffed olives! Ask for Chris or Tony!

la luce dirty martini cocktail bonnet creek hilton holiday

But the biggest draw of all has to be the life-size gingerbread house in the main lobby!  From the moment you walk through the front doors, you’ll be greeted by a 7-foot tall gingerbread house that YOU can decorate. A small donation of $5 per shingle will go to Kids Beating Cancer and Make A Wish Foundation.

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

Here are some guest decorated gingerbread tiles awaiting their placement on the house.

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

hilton bonnet creek christmas holiday gingerbread house

My family and I truly LOVE this resort and we love it even more during the holidays! For a complete list of Christmas and New Years happenings at the hotel visit HiltonBonnetCreek.com. You can find rates as low as $129 a night for Florida Residents.  If you would like to book a room here please visit http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/ or phone 407-597-3600.

The resort is located at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane,  Orlando, FL 32821

I was provided with a discounted media rate at the resort for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.


03
Dec 12

Epic Mickey 2 – The Power of Two {Video Game Giveaway} with Oswald Ears

Epic Mickey 2 Oswald Giveaway

Disney Every Day and Disney Interactive want you to have the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!  That’s why we have teamed up as an awesome power of two to giveaway both Oswald Ears and “Epic Mickey 2 – The Power of Two” video games to five lucky readers!  That’s right! Five of you are going to be gifted with a prize pack consisting of an “Epic Mickey 2” video game in the platform of your choice and a set of Oswald ears to wear while playing!

Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Good Luck!

 
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29
Nov 12

Hilton Bonnet Creek Offers Up Christmas Dinner to Disney Guests

hilton bonnet creek disneyGuests of the Hilton Bonnet Creek at Walt Disney World Resort have a few options for their home-away-from-home Christmas Dinner next month.

My favorite Hilton will be dolling out holiday fare at both La Luce and Harvest Bistro.  A special a la carte holiday menu will be available at La Luce by Donna Scala. Harvest Bistro is featuring a special buffet complete with traditional holiday fixings and a delightful dessert buffet. Adults $39 Children 12 & Under $19. Reservations are required.

Here’s a preview of the Christmas Dinner menu at Harvest Bistro:

Soup

Spiced Butternut Squash
Leek & Potato Soup

Charcuterie, Cheese, Fruit & Salad

Fresh Fruit Tray
Mediterranean Cured Meat & Cheese Display
California Pasta Salad with Fresh Vegetables, Sweet Corn & Bell Pepper Salad
Variety of Mixed Garden Greens
Floridian Potato Salad
Sliced Tomatoes & Red Onions with Basil & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ice Bar

Shrimp Poached in Lemon, Fennel, White Wine Broth & Chilled

Carvery

Honey Baked Ham with Whole Grain Mustard
Roasted Turkey with Gravy & Cranberry Sauce
Onion & Sage Stuffing

Entrée & Sides

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Penne Pasta, Spinach Cashew Nut Pesto, Shaved Parmesan
Grilled Swordfish on Sautéed Bokchoy with Chive & Lime Butter
Orange & Honey Glazed Carrots
Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic & Lime Roasted New Potatoes
Sautéed Beans with Roasted Red Peppers
Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Fabulous Dessert

Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding,
Cookies, Bailey Irish Cream Pudding, Jello,
Carrot Cake, Eggnog Parfait, & Cheesecake

Kids Corner

Dino Nuggets, Garden Salad, Mac & Cheese

You don’t have to be staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek to indulge in Christmas Dinner there. For reservations at Harvest Bistro call 407-597-3670.  For La Luce Reservations call 407-597-3675.  The Hilton Bonnet Creek is located at 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane  Orlando, FL 32821 and is within the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort. For more info visit http://www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/ or phone 407-597-3600.