Candlelight Processional is a terrific way to get in the Christmas spirit and to share the magic of the season with your family and friends. The event has become an essential family tradition for many Guests — once you experience it, you will be inspired to share it every year with the ones you love.”
Archives for December 2011
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WOW! Have you been to this event? It’s fabulous. I wrote about it here for a Magical Blogorail Christmas at WDW post, so I won’t write about it again. But I will share some pictures from our experience!
Welcome to those of you joining me from Adventures of a Disney Princess and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.
According to Wikipedia, a “New Year resolution” is a commitment that an individual makes to one or more lasting personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. So, in thinking about a New Year Resolution: Disney Style, I’ve come up with several things. Maybe they are more along the lines of “to do” rather than resolutions, but oh well! Or are “to dos” resolutions?!
1) Revamp Blog
I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but didn’t know where to start. I’ve slowly taught myself how to make some of the changes I want to make- thanks to several of my blogorail friends, youtube videos and google searches! Hopefully in 2012 I’ll have my blog looking the way I want it to- without having to hire someone to do the changes for me!
2) Learn to use my DSLR camera before my trip(s) to WDW
I’m learning. I have several books on my Christmas list that will help me learn how to shoot in manual mode rather than auto all the time. Again, I’ve learned from my blogorail buddies who are photographers, found some pretty detailed blogs and web sites with tutorials and found some youtube videos to help with shooting in manual mode. I’ve also found some accessories I
need want that will help perfect my skills- a new tripod, a wireless shutter remote, and lens filters. Once I get the “stuff” I need want, and read my books, and search the internet, I’ll be all ready to take the perfect shots while I’m in WDW next year. Then, those pictures will be used to help me with Resolution #1!!
3) Have a Magical Experience with my husband at WDW
My husband and I are taking our first vacation together, sans kids, in almost five years! Guess where we are going?! 😉 Yes, Walt Disney World. We will be going for a week this year and we have a rough plan and dining reservations made. All of our table service restaurants will be new experiences for each of us. My goal, or resolution, for this trip is to slow down and enjoy! I want to have a magical experience with my husband at WDW, not necessarily with Walt Disney World. I hope that makes sense!
4) Continue to make Disney Magic with my son
I try to bring the Disney Magic home as often as I can. My son will be three in January and he is so much fun to be around! This past year we have had a celebration at home for a new princess, a birthday party for Mickey Mouse, we made Hunny Bee cookies to celebrate the new Winnie the Pooh movie, we’ve watched more Disney movies and cartoons than I can even count, we’ve searched for hidden Mickey’s and we have played with “my guys.” My last Disney Resolution is to continue this fun with my son and make new Disney memories with him- without having to go to the parks!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Walt Disney World: Not Just For Kids.
1st Stop ~ Pursuing the Magic
Did you see this video on the Disney Parks Blog today? I’ve watched it several times now and I cry each time I see it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
|Tree at the Polynesian Resort|
|Building decorations at Germany in Epcot|
|Town Square, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom|
|Magic Kingdom Train Station Entrance|
|Light Posts on Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom|
|Wooden Soldier, Main Street USA, Magic Kingdom|
|Outside Disney’s Hollywood Studios|
|Decorated Rosemary “tree” on Living with the Land at Epcot|
|Cinderella’s Castle with lights in the Magic Kingdom|
|Even a menorah at the Contemporary Resort for Chanukah|
There are two things you need to be on the lookout for that I didn’t mention in the post above:
- The Hidden Mickey’s- The imagineers who help create this amazing display always hide some Mickey’s in the lights. While I was there in 2010, I did not see any. Honestly, there were so many people and I was trying so hard not to run over people’s heels with the stroller, I forgot to even look. 🙁
- The Hidden Cat– Rumor has it that in 1995, when Disney was unpacking the Christmas lights, a cat made of lights from the previous Halloween made it’s way into the light box. The imagineers decided to keep it in the display and move it around each year for guests to look for. My friend Melissa has a picture from the cat in 2009.
Another reason I love this display is that I know some of the Osborne’s relatives! They have shared with me some stories about being at WDW following Christmas with Jennings’ family. Every year from Dec. 26- New Year’s Day, the Osborne family (and extended family) are The Guests of Honor at Walt Disney World. Disney puts them up in the Grand Floridian and drives them where they want to go as their special guests. I would always look forward to hearing what the family had to share about their trip each year. I hope that this year Disney still honors the Osborne family since Jennings’ passing in July.