There and Back Again: A Land and Sea Disney Christmas Tale! *LIVE UPDATES!*

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  1. NancyLuvsMickey

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    Happy Magical Birthday!!!! pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust:
     
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  2. dolewhipdreams

    dolewhipdreams Counting days until my next Dole Whip

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! So excited that you get to celebrate a special day in the special-est of places :D Hope it's a great one!

    Hmmmm wonder why ;)
     
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  4. wnwardii

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    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a very magical day!
     
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  5. LeiaIsAPrincess2

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    Have a wonderful birthday!
     
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  6. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Thank you!!! I have had a magical day so far! :)

    Thank you!!!

    Only a few of you know what is going on so...keep it a secret. :)

    Thank you!!! :)

    Thank you!!! :)
     
  7. AMusicLifeForMe

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    My Birthday definitely started magical this morning in the Magic Kingdom!

    I would get a free hot chocokate from “Mickey Mouse” this morning at Starbucks!

    I then started my day by riding several classic attractions like the Jingle Cruise and Haunted Mansion.

    I would then head to some mountains, take a tour of Tomorrowland, and take a grand circle around the park. :)

    I had lunch at Be Our Guest and it was a great way to have lunch on my Birthday!

    I would then leave then leave the Magic Kingdom and head to another theme park! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure!
     
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  8. dolewhipdreams

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  9. disneyAndi14

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    Happy Birthday, how fun to be at WDW on your birthday!
     
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  10. AMusicLifeForMe

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    :D :D :D

    Thank you!!! It really is! I have had a phenomenal day!
     
  11. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Another update from my Birthday:

    I would travel to EPCOT and head straight to the American Adventure Pavilion where I would listen to 6 Voices of Liberty performances.

    The Voices of Liberty made my day! That is because after one of their sets, they “surprised” me and sang “Happy Birthday” to me! Definitely the highlight of my Birthday so far!

    After a nice afternoon listening to the Voices of Liberty, I would make my way to the Boardwalk Resort. I had dinner reservations at one of my favorite Walt Disney World restaurants. That is the Flying Fish! I had a phenomenal meal! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
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    Happy Birthday!:cake:pixiedust:
     
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  13. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Thank you!!! :)
     
  14. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Final update from my Birthday:

    I would have a great evening in the Magic Kingdom. Definitely crowded, but I finally got to see all of the Christmas decorations with the lights on! :)

    I would go on a couple attractions before finding a spot for Happily Ever After. Seeing Happily Ever After was definitely a great way to cap off a great Birthday at Walt Disney World.

    Since the night was still young, I would leave the Magic Kingdom at that point and head to Disney Springs. I would do a little Birthday shopping for myself at World of Disney. This was my first time seeing the new store. I definitely have opinions about it, but I will leave the opinions for my official report. :D

    Overall, today was a fantastic day. Thank you to all of you who wished me a happy Birthday! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
  15. DLo

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    Happy belated birthday ! Sounds like a magical day .
     
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  16. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Thank you!!! It definitely was! :)
     
  17. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Hello everyone. Sorry for the lack of live updates today.

    Day 3 of my vacation was really nice.

    I would start my day in Disney's Animal Kingdom where I would get quite a bit done. It was Extra Magic Hours this morning.

    I would rope drop Flight of Passage, and I would go on one of the best safaris I have ever been on during EMH.

    I would then encounter the Yeti and travel back in time to see some Dinosaurs before doing some shopping (for some Christmas ornaments :D)!

    Afterwards, I would leave Disney's Animal Kingdom and pick-up a rental car from the Disney Car Center. I was meeting a College friend off-site today since I found out a friend recently moved to the area.

    After traveling around Orlando for a little bit, I would make my way to EPCOT to hear 2 performances of the Voices of Liberty. I would also have dinner at the pizza quick service location in Italy. I had never tried that location before.

    A friend that I have met at the Voices of Liberty on several occasions would then go on a spontaneous trip around Walt Disney World. We were heading to the Grand Floridian when I had the thought of stopping into the Magic Kingdom to see the Castle Light up. We would enter the MK right when Elsa began to freeze the Castle with a lot of ice. :) We would also take a grand circle trip on the Railroad.

    At this point, we would take the boat across to the Grand Floridian. This is where my day would end since we would spend a couple hours listening to the Grand Floridian Jazz Band, as well as, the pianist in the lobby.

    This was definitely a low-key day, but it was a wonderful day. I'm looking forward to tomorrow! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
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  18. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Day 4 Update:

    Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of updates again today. It was a very busy day for me going around Orlando that made it rather difficult for me to get some live updates posted. I should be going back to a regular live update format tomorrow.

    My day started by going to Disney's Hollywood Studios. I wanted to drive the new driving entrance to the park since they just opened their new entrance this morning. Definitely easy to get in and out of.

    I would rope drop Slinky Dog Dash where I waited about 40 minutes. I would also use a fastness for Toy Story Mania before I would leave Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    I would then go on an adventure around Orlando before making my way back to Walt Disney World.

    I would end up going to EPCOT for a little bit to listen to the Voices of Liberty (of course I did! :D ).

    I would then travel to the Boardwalk and Beach Club Resorts to go on a shopping spree for another DISer.

    What was difficult is I would then have to walk back through EPCOT to get my car and head to the Contemporary. I had a dinner reservation at California Grill this evening. The issue I ran into here was I was scheduled to arrive on time, but would end up being 40 minutes late. That is due to traffic from the bridge right by the Magic Kingdom parking plaza to the first stop light. It literally took me half an hour to go that far. So, I made a call to Disney Dining asking what the policy was due to traffic. They said I should be fine with my reservation so I still made my way to the Contemporary.

    I would eventually arrive at California Grill where I would have a really good dinner.

    It was then time for me to kill some time. So, I went to the Grand Floridian to listen to the pianist like I did last night. It is really nice sitting in the Grand Floridian lobby with the Gingerbread House finished and a pianist playing in the background. :)

    It was then time to head back to California Grill. It was the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tonight which means it was the first night for Holiday Wishes. I will say that California Grill is a great place to watch the 180-degree fireworks finales of any of the Magic Kingdom Holiday Parties fireworks shows! Absolutely incredible!!!

    I would then drive back to my resort for the evening to get some rest. I am really excited for tomorrow!

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
  19. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Good morning from Disney’s Animal Kingdom where it is 83 degrees and sunny unlike my hometown which is currently 33 degrees and it snowed yesterday. I’m happy to be in Florida right now!

    My day started really early since I couldn’t sleep last night.

    I would return my rental car this morning and they drove me to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

    I got to the park at 7:30 a.m. and the park opened at 9 a.m. I was 4th in the line I chose to stand in.

    They opened the park at about 8:15 a.m. and opened Pandora at about 8:30 a.m.

    I was within the first 40 people in the Pandora queue and was off the ride at 9 a.m.when the park officially opened.

    I would then encounter the yeti twice before seeing my favorite show at Walt Disney World, the Festival of the Lion King!!!

    I am now waiting to attend the brand new animal tour, Up Close With Rhinos! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
  20. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Another update from Day 5:

    The Rhino tour this morning was short, but it was really cool! I got to pet a white rhino!!! :)

    After the tour, I would head out of Animal Kingdom and head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    I would pick up a merchandise item for a friend, as well as, have lunch at Woody’s Lunchbox. That was it before I left.

    I would then walk to EPCOT and listen to a few performances by the Voices of Liberty.

    It is now time for me to attend my first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!!! :)

    Stay tuned for more live updates from my Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     
  21. AMusicLifeForMe

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    Update from last night:

    Sorry about the delayed update from last night. I quickly fell asleep when I got back to the room, and I have been moving for the majority of the day today.

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was a lot of fun.

    The first thing I would do is secure some of the pins for the event. I’m a big pin collector.

    I would then travel on a train in the wilderness and plunge down on a log flume!

    It was then time for the “dead hour” of Disney trying to get normal day guests out of the park. I would use up some of this time by eating dinner at Columbia Harbor House.

    It was then time for some character meet and greets! I would meet Mary Poppins and Bert, Mickey, and I saw the “roaming” Peter Pan.

    At this point, it was time for the Castle Lighting. I made my way to the Hub where I would see the show.

    At this point, I quickly realized how crowded it was! The party was sold out, but wow!

    Due to crowds, I found myself settling down on the PeopleMover before seeing Edge Effect. A member of the Voices of Liberty is in that group.

    Next, time for some snacks! I really didn’t find anything special at this party.

    Fireworks time! I definitely prefer Holiday Wishes over HalloWishes now! An awesome firework show!

    I would then find a spot for the 2nd parade on Main Street. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is now my favorite parade at Walt Disney World.

    After the parade, I would adventure to get one more ride on Big Thunder Railroad before the party was over.

    I would then make my way slowly out of the park and enjoy the decorations.

    Overall, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a lot of fun! However, be prepared for crowds and make sure you prioritize what you want to see.

    Stay tuned for more live updates from this Walt Disney World adventure! :)
     

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