A Very Merry Disney Christmas!

Couple selfie holding paper fastpasses at Magic Kingdom

I have been so lucky as to go to Walt Disney World for two years in a row! I went back in 2012 with my boyfriend's family in September but my family had also been planning a trip of their own. When we returned from our holiday I begged them to book their own and suggested going at Christmas as we had never been at that time of year before and as we're all older now it isn't so important to us to have a family christmas at home. I'm so glad we did because it was amazing! Disney really go all out for Christmas with a tree in every park and every resort, a special Christmas parade and Christmas Wishes (fireworks) and fairy lights covering Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom and the awesome Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios. The weather was also a lot more mild which was preferable (and a bit of a novelty as we have only been there in the sweltering Summer heat before) as I don't cope well with being hot. The only downside was that the place was the busiest I have ever seen it so we had to plan well, getting up early and using fast passes as much as possible. 

Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

One of my highlights was eating Christmas dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day. The food was delicious, it was a set menu served 'family style' which means they serve everything in dishes on your table and you help yourself - just like we would with our Christmas roast dinner at home! We had salad with bread rolls to start followed by a selection of turkey, beef and pork, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, macaroni cheese and more veg all of which was eat as much as you like! The dessert with cranberry apple cake with vanilla ice cream and it was so good! It was completely surreal to be able to have such an amazing meal while being in the middle of a theme park. 

Liberty Tree Tavern Restaurant and Sign

Another highlight was getting to stay at the Coronardo Springs resort. Both our families usually stay in a villa not on the Disney site so as a special treat we booked a night in one of the disney hotels to have a bit of time by ourselves away from my family and see what it is like to stay onsite for a change. We loved it! The beds were amazing comfortable (which was much appreciated as our bed in the villa wasn't so nice!) we loved being able to watch the Disney channels on the TV (we're such kids!) and we had a delicious meal at the Maya Springs restaurant. Following our meal we walked back to our room and decided to cozy up in a hammock on the beach and listen to Fantasmic playing in the distance, it really was perfect. To top it off we got to have Mickey Mouse waffles for breakfast in the morning! 

Coronado Springs Resort Lake

During our time onsite we also chose to do a bit of 'resort hopping'. This means literally popping into the different resorts on Disney property using the Disney transportation (buses, boats and monorail) to have a bit of a nose! We got to see some amazing gingerbread architecture in the Contemporary and Grand Floridian which also smelled delicious, I bought a tile to sample too. The Grand Floridian hotel is stunning, it is definitely on my wish list to stay there at some point! 

Lifesize Tin Soldiers at Disney's Contemporary Resort

One of my other favourite restaurant experiences was eating at the Sci-Fi Dine In at the Hollywood Studios. The restaurant is themed after a traditional drive in movie, with a huge screen playing terrible black and white sci-fi and horror films while you sit in a 'car' facing the screen. The ceiling is also styled to be a starry sky. We both had burgers which were yummy and I had a seasonal Peppermint milkshake which I loved! 

Couple Meeting Mickey Mouse at his Theater

We were also lucky enough (in fact I made us get a fast pass to make sure!) to meet the TALKING Mickey Mouse! I was a bit nervous because I wasn't sure what it would be like but it left me almost speechless! Mickey made us feel at ease telling us a hilarious story about the hitchhiking ghosts (from the Haunted Mansion), I couldn't stop talking about it afterwards it was so surreal but wonderful. 

couple wearing minnie mouse ears

Finally my last mention is for the (not at Disney) Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I've seen it before when we went in 2012 but it really is incredible and left my craving Butterbeer for pretty much the whole holiday! It really is a must do! 

couple standing in front of Christmas tree at Animal Kingdom

Well, I'm sure I've probably missed absolutely tons out, but I had the most amazing time at my favourite place in the world with my family and I am absolutely already planning my next trip! 


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