We were fortunate to meet all 7 of the dwarfs from Snow White during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2010. We stood in line for almost 45 minutes to meet these guys. They were in Fantasyland across from Peter Pan where the old Skyway to Tomorrowland was located. One thing I didn’t like was how rushed we were, but we were able to get several photos. The only bad thing was that the Wishes fireworks were going on while we were meeting the dwarfs, so both of the boys were wanting to watch the fireworks over our heads rather than look at the camera! We did not have a chance to get any autographs- just the picture. I liked seeing them in their Christmas attire- hats and scarves!
I love this picture! We met Abu and Genie at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in December 2010. They were in Adventureland near the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. We spent time “talking” with them, got our photo and autograph. The cast member who was assisting these guys was a student at Alabama A&M (which is in Huntsville, AL- 30 minutes from our home) so we spent more time talking to her than the characters! What I love about this picture is that the characters are in their Holiday scarves!
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 this week’s blog hop with Babes in Disneyland! If this is your first time stopping by, welcome! If you are regular reader, welcome back! Our theme for this week is “Disney Firsts.” If you have a Disney related blog and want to join us, visit Lisa’s awesome web site and link up! I promise we’ll all show you some Disney love!! 🙂
I could go on an on with Disney Firsts. Each trip I intentionally find something new to do. Disney does a fantastic job of keeping things fresh so there is always something new to do, try, see or eat. Today I’ll be sharing some of the “firsts” we plan to experience during our September trip!!
1. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party We ordered our tickets the first day they were available! We are so excited about this party. I have been to the Pirate and Princess party and MVMCP, but MNSSHP will be a first! The next decision will be what to dress as… stay tuned for a future post to help decide this.
2. Tusker House We have reservations for breakfast with the characters at Tusker House this year! None of us have eaten at Tusker House, so we are very excited. I hope they have my favorite Mickey waffles! 🙂
3. Trails End This is another restaurant that will be new to all of us. On our first night, we will spend our time at Fort Wilderness. We have reservations at Trails End and plan on doing the Chip and Dale’s Campfire Singalong and staying for the movie if it will interest a 2 year old!
4. Tri Circle D Ranch While we are at Fort Wilderness, if time allows, we plan to visit the Tri Circle D Ranch petting zoo. C-man would LOVE this!
5. The Plaza Restaurant Another restaurant none of us have visited. I did eat there at Disneyland, but have never been to the WDW location. I hope it is as good as the DL version!
6. Characters in Flight at DTD (if the weather cooperates) This will be a solo flight for me! Mom is scared of heights, so she will stay on safe ground with C-man! That way I’ll be able to take pictures instead of wrestle a toddler.
7. Flag Retreat ceremony at MK I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but it never worked out that we were at Main Street at the right time. This year, I’m making a point to see this ceremony.
8. The Boneyard at AK This will be a stop for the toddler. JAG was always “too cool” to play on a playground at Walt Disney World, but I think it will be perfect for C!
9. No Way Jose at Beaches and Cream On our last trip, I enjoyed a delicious hamburger and fries but was too full for ice cream. This trip, I’ll start with ice cream and if I’m still hungry, I’ll order food!
10. Cman’s first trip on the WDW Railroad Somehow on our December trip, we failed to ride the railroad at the Magic Kingdom and the train to Conservation Station at Animal Kingdom. We did ride the Monorail, so I guess that counts as his first train ride… but I do think he’ll love the trains!!
What are your thoughts? Should I change some of my firsts? Are some of these things overrated and not worth our time? Is there something I should add that may be “off the beaten path?”
Thanks to Heidi at Reviews & Reflections for hosting the Destination Disney topic this week! I have linked up a few times using old posts with Heidi’s blog hop, but I haven’t written a post specifically for it until today. How exciting!
Today’s topic is your “Favorite Time to Visit.” Since I’m primarily a Walt Disney World blog, I will share my thoughts on my favorite times to visit WDW.
Here are my top five times to visit the world:1. Any time school is in session! This means I stay away from holidays, summer and spring break! The crowds are always high at these times so we do our best to visit when school is in.
2. Early December. This falls right between Thanksgiving and Christmas so all the decorations are up… but school is in session so crowds are down! Score! Don’t forget to make plans for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
3. February- with the exception of President’s Day Weekend (remember that school being out brings the masses). February is a great time to visit. The temperatures are nice and rain hasn’t been an issue for us in February. There aren’t any big events at this time to bring in lots of people. The only down side is many attractions are closed for refurbishment, since the crowds are low.
4. September/ October- with the exception of holiday weekends! 🙂 Are you starting to see a trend here?! The weather is still great. It can be warm during the day, but the evenings are nice. The water parks are great at this time of year. You can also participate in Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!
5. New Year’s Eve. I know, this totally contradicts what I said above! The crowds are INSANE for this night, but it’s absolutely amazing! I’ve been at WDW to ring in 2 New Years and both were so much fun. If you go, don’t have high expectations for getting a lot done. Plan your meals and enjoy the day. Don’t stress if you can’t ride everything and take full advantage of Fast Pass. You also have to arrive EARLY to make sure you get in the park of your choice before they reach capacity.
There ya have it. While I LOVE summer and I LOVE holidays, I try to stay away from Walt Disney World at those times!
Thanks for reading and if you have time, visit Heidi’s blog and join in on the Destination Disney FUN!