12 Must-Dos at Walt Disney World for Christmas

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It’s November and we can finally start talking about Christmas! I’ve got so many good Christmas things planned for the blog. It’s my favorite time of year, especially in the Disney Parks. Today I wanted to share the must do things when visiting the Disney Parks during the holidays! 

1. Castle Lights Frozen Holiday Wish 

While it’s changed from Cinderella to Elsa the last few years seeing the castle get lit up in all its shimmery glory is probably one of my favorite things of the entire Christmas season at Walt Disney World. 

2. Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hollywood and Dine 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when we did this last year. It was a lot of fun to dine with the characters in their festive clothes, while feasting on holiday food. I will say the food wasn’t my favorite but my daughter and husband were fans. I loved all the desserts, I have a major sweet tooth. 

You get your picture with Santa Goofy upon arrival by a photo pass photographer. Then Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy come around to your table just like at other character meals. There is Christmas decor and music playing, and just really gets you in the spirit. You can now experience  this at both lunch and dinner. 

3. Disney’s Grand Floridian Gingerbread House 

This is another one of my favorites, and I even love stopping by the resort and watching the building process. This is a life size gingerbread house, and they actually open a little shop inside where you can purchase different items. They seriously pipe the smell of gingerbread through the resort. 

4. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

It’s the Spirit of the Season you can feel it in the air. From Snow on Main Street USA, hot cocoa and cookies, special character meet in greets in their holiday best, a night time parade, fireworks and snow on Main street it’s one of my favorite events of the holiday season. 

Last year it got a bit of an upgrade with different types of cookies, and snow cones at different stations instead of just hot cocoa and snickerdoodles like it’s been for years. It was a much appreciated upgrade. I loved the peppermint bark cookie! 

 

5. Meet Santa 

Nothing is more special than meeting Santa at Walt Disney World. One of my favorites was about 5 years ago when he was meeting right in the front middle of the park. We got pictures with Santa at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the castle in the background and it’s one of my favorite pictures and memories. He doesn’t do that anymore sadly but you can still meet him at the party, Disney Springs, Hollywood Studios, and with Mrs. Claus in the World Showcase at Epcot. 

6. Christmas through the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts

All the resorts get decked out for Christmas as well. The Disney’s Boardwalk, Yacht and Beach, Club and Contemporary Resort all have different Gingerbread structures as well. 

 

 

I love the trees at both Disney’s  Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as well with their huge open lobby’s the trees are just spectacular. Honestly the decor everywhere is just perfect. 

All the Parks have trees, decor, and music of course. With all of them having their own special things for the season!

7. Holidays around the World at Disney’s Epcot 

Last year they added various food booths to Holidays Around World at Epcot which was a fun addition. My favorite of this celebration however is what I like to all Santa’s around the World. While it’s not Santa in every country there are Story Tellers in each country. In France is Pierre Noel they tell the story of Pierre Noel and Christmas in France. I’m Mexico it’s the Three Kings. I love going place to place to learn more about their cultures and Christmas. 

Father Christmas in the United Kingdom
Pierre Noel in France
Pierre Noel
Morocco
Japan

8. Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot 

Celebrate the Reason for the Season. This one is amazing. With a Cast choir and celebrity narrators it’s a do not miss! The story of Christmas is told. I love that the true reason for the season is celebrated. The choir is amazing and there are some great narrators lined up. The seats fill up fast, so get there early. You can actually make dining reservations with seating for Candlelight and that’s a really nice perk to have. 

9. Pick out Special Holiday Merchandise 

Some of the best merchandise Disney comes out with each year is their holiday merchandise. From ornaments, to festive ears and hats, mugs and more. We always love to get an ornament each and every trip for our Disney tree. 

Not going to the parks for Christmas and still want in on some of the fun? Check out some of the items below and you can shop them over at Shop Disney! 

10. Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail and Decor at Disney Springs 

New just last year Disney added a trial of themed trees to see at Disney Springs. Sadly it started the day after we left but I can tell you it’s still a must see. From Minnie, to The Little Mermaid and more new ones coming this season make sure to add this to part of your Disney Christmas Itinerary. 

Snow people at Disney Springs

11. Take a ride on the Jingle Cruise at Disney’s Magic Kingdom 

Starting November 2nd this year Guest can enjoy a Christmas themed ride on the Jungle Cruise which has been transformed to the Jingle Cruise. 

The Jungle Cruise is decked out with Christmas cheer, even the script changes a bit. As always there were Boats and Jokes, and fun to be had by all!

 

12. Eat All the Festive Treats 

Ok but really calories don’t count at Disney right? There are so many fun festive treats through the parks. Cake Pops, Cup Cakes, Rice Krispy Treats, Peppermint Mochas on Main Street, Peppermint bark samples at Ghirardelli. My absolute favorite the Holiday Sandwich at Earl of Sandwich in Disney Springs. ( ya I know it’s now available year around) There is something for everyone and you should enjoy it. 

Holiday Sandwich

 

Special Treats at MVMCP at the Cone Shop

 

Christmas Treats in the Confectionary at Magic Kingdom
Cranberry Mojito Shop Ears here

Disney really makes the Christmas Season extra magical. There is so much to see and do. While I still miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights I’m excited to see the new entertainment coming to Hollywood Studios this holiday season. What are your favorite things to do around the Disney Parks and Resorts during the holidays? 

 

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

I’ll be honest I’ve never been that crazy about  Halloween. I do love making, creating, dreaming up costumes. Of course I love the candy, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown. But I’ve never been into the scary movies, haunted houses kinda thing. 

When I worked at Disney it definitely changed my feelings for Halloween and so did becoming a Mom. I fell in love with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Boo to You parade, the music, the special events, the more fun side of Halloween again! There are so many great Disney Halloween costumes out there and I want to share my top 10 favorites of 2017from some of my Disney friends with you! 

  1. I’ll start with a few throwing it back to the 90’s. I couldn’t love these Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers costumes from Magic Kingdom Mamas more! This was one of my favorite shows as a kid and it just brings back all the good feels from Disney Afternoons. Magic Kingdom Mamas are Disneyland bloggers who know all there is to know about Disneyland make sure to check them out here and on Instagram @magic_kingdom_mamas.

2. Next is this Zenon Girl of the future costume from Claire over at @cvdoss. Zetus Leptus, another Disney Channel Classic. I just love seeing people throwing it back this year and getting creative. One of the things I love most about Halloween. 

3. Amuck Amuck Amuck! Ok what’s not to love about these costumes of my 3 favorite witches. You can’t go wrong with Hocus Pocus! 

4. I do have to say Disney Channel does still have it with some their original movies. Even I have enjoyed the Descendants movies and these costumes from Descendants 2 are just fantastic! 

5. When you have 2 to dress up it’s so fun to pair them together. I just love this WallE and Eve brother sister pair. 

6. With sweet friends expecting twins soon I just loved @twinthusastics Cruella and Dalmatians costumes. I mean how adorable are they! 

7. Star Wars is ever so popular, and I love this mother son duo of Princess Leia and Kylo Ren. Hilary has even shared her DIY of her no sew costume here over on the Anaheim Moms blog. 

8. You can’t beat this Mermaid family, it’s a classic but I just love it!  The Little Mermaid is my absolute favorite and I can definitely seeing my family doing this in the future as I have another Ariel fan in my house these days. 

9. This is probably one of my favorite costumes I’ve seen this season from Raven over at the Disney Dorm. The Live action Beauty in the Beast was a huge success and I think I might love it more than the original animated version. Raven made a fantastic Provincial Belle. You can find this costume over at Fun Costumes, the purse at Hot Topic, and the shoes at Forever 21. Make sure to also check out Raven’s instagram page @thedisneydorm.

10. I’ve saved the BEST for last because this costume is just so creative and amazing and you will only understand if you have been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party before. This may be one of the best I’ve seen. Mel did a fantastic job creating these costumes. They are the wristbands, and wristband distribution for the party. I always love seeing people get extra creative just like this! 

What is your favorite Disney Halloween Costume? We are being pretty simple this year with Minnie Mouse because that’s what my Minnie obsessed daughter has requested. 

Dairy Free Dole Whip Inspired Popsicles

Dairy Free Dole Whip Inspired Popsicles

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So here I am again with another popsicle recipe! Popsicles have been a saving grace through toddler teething and these already hot summer days. They seriously make my child so happy. When we are at Disney I love to a Dole Whip or Dole Whip float is my absolute FAVORITE treat, and my favorite part is they are dairy free. With a daughter that has a dairy allergy when I decided on these Dole Whip inspired popsicles, they had to be dairy free too. We had tried some homemade dole whip recipes so those helped create this inspiration a bit.

So here is what you need:

1 bag of Frozen Pineapple

1 can of coconut cream

12 oz of pineapple juice ( I used 2 of the small size cans like these)

1 – 2 TBS of Honey or Agave Nectar to taste

Popsicle Molds


 

Use a blender and add in frozen pineapple, pineapple juice and the coconut cream. You could also use a large  can of pineapple with the juice if you wanted I just don’t love canned pineapple. Once it is mostly blended add in honey or agave nectar ( I used agave and did 2tbs, I tasted until it was just right).

After all ingredients are blended together and consistency is to your liking pour mixture into your popsicle molds. Let the popsicles freeze for at least 24 hours. I had to run under warm water over them get them out. I have a small skinny freezer so it was easier to wrap in wax paper and store in a  freezer bag. My husband and I even used them in our own version of Dole Whip floats on our Magic Kingdom Inspired Date Night which you can find here.These made 4 of the bigger popsicles and 8 smaller ones, and left enough for my daughter to drink like it was a smoothie. If you are limited on popsicles molds you might want to cut the recipe in half.

These don’t taste just like my beloved Disney Dole Whip however they do hit the spot. Any recipe I have found for Dole Whip just isn’t the same but at least they can fill the void in between trips. You will get a bit of a coconut flavor but I honestly couldn’t tell all that much. These went fast, and yet again I can’t seem to keep any popsicles we have been making stocked in the freezer. I’m thinking about trying these subbed with other fruits, maybe some strawberries. What do you think?