December 28, 2010

Christmas in Disney

As some of you know, en route to Ft. Bliss, we took a couple of detours. The first was to Disney World. There were a couple of reasons for this. First of all, we hadn't made our annual pilgrimage yet this year. Secondly, it seemed such a waste to live less than a day's drive from Disney for 6 whole months and then leave without ever making the trip down.

Thursday morning, after we had packed up the apartment and left nothing but the air mattress and our laptops, SoldierMan calls me and says he cleared and signed out earlier than we had expected, he's coming home and we're leaving! Surprise! So, a few short hours later, we were on the road and headed south.

We've always talked about going to Disney during Christmas time. And it was pretty cool. But if you're looking for a bunch of pictures detailing fabulous Christmas decorations Disney-style, I don't really have any. Partly because there weren't really as many as I had expected. Mostly, though, because I didn't want to be a slave to my camera while we were there. I just wanted to relax and enjoy this short time we were going to have together in our special place, since - thanks to the Army - you never know when the next time will be.

But I did get a few, so here they are, just from Magic Kingdom, to give you an idea. Click on them to enlarge them if you really want to.

One of the very coolest things we did there, though, was the Candelight Processional at Epcot. See, throughout the month of December, they had a special evening program in which a choir sings Christmas music as a celebrity guest speaker reads the Christmas story. (Sadly, we just missed Steven Curtis Chapman, but Randy Travis did an excellent job.) We went on the Monday night of Christmas week. It was beautiful. The music was amazing, and juxtaposed with the Christmas story straight out of Matthew, it was very moving. We weren't able to go to church for "Christmas Sunday" (the Sunday before Christmas) so our Christmas Service was singing along and worshiping God through Christmas hymns at Disney World. That, my friends, is real magic!

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics of it. We were in the standing room way in the back behind the trees, so I didn't have a good shot of anything anyway. But I highly recommend, if you do decide to travel to Disney during December, not to miss this.

And of course, we rode rides, ate lots of yummy food, drank several cups of hot chocolate (for the first time, never really needed them in September) and generally relaxed and let the rest of the world disappear for a while, which we both really needed. The nice 5 day break between training, PCSing and holidays were sooooo nice!

And some random couple pics:
We searched high and low our first day there for 2010 shirts. We always get a shirt for every year we visit. And we finally found some - in the kids section! Apparently Disney starts phasing out their 2010/Christmas stuff around early December. Everything there was for 2011. Well, we weren't there in 2011 - we wanted 2010 shirts! I know, it's dorky, but it's a tradition, dangit! So we finally found these. SoldierMan took the last adult shirt they had - a small - and I took a child's large. It worked out okay.

I never thought I'd wear a sweatshirt at Disney World, but it was that cold! In the morning and evening, especially.

Random couple pics:

This is us on our last night, waiting for the Holiday Wishes fireworks in Magic Kingdom to begin. This was Tuesday night the week of Christmas, and we had to stake out our spot an hour and a half early to get it, but it was SO worth it! We were able to sit and have a completely unobstructed view of the fireworks (In the photospot in front of Crystal Palace, in case any of you are wondering.) It was freezing, we bought a fleece throw blanket and some hot chocolate to keep us cozy as we waited. It was fantastic.

The best holiday fireworks, though, were at Epcot. The program was basically the same as the regular one, they just added a special "holiday" finale that was AMAZING! It lit the sky as bright as noonday!

I just have to say a word about the whole "holiday" thing. I understand, there are a lot of holidays between November 23rd and January 2nd. So most of the time, the "Happy Holidays" thing doesn't bother me too much. But there are some things that are actually holiday specific. I mean, you don't just call a Menorah a "Holiday Candelabra."Nor should you. And you have Christmas trees, not holiday trees. Decorating trees has nothing to do with other holidays. Anyway, the first week we were there, the employees all said "Happy Holidays." And, you know, it was okay in that context - there are a lot of holidays this time of year. But the week of Christmas, they actually said "Merry Christmas." Knowing Disney, that was intentional. After all, Christmas is the only holiday that week! Just say Merry Christmas! Anyway, that's all I have to say about that. :)

Yes, those are basically all the pictures. I put some more up on facebook, but this gives you the basic idea. My advice is, if you want to go to Disney during the holiday time, go during the beginning of December, when you get the full holiday experience without the crowds. I don't think we'll be coming back for Christmas any time soon. :)


  1. That DID sound magical! Love the shirts...they look great and that's great you didn't have to break tradition! A Merry Christmas indeed :)

  2. I LOVE Disneyworld and I love going no matter what time of year. I'm so glad that you had a good time! Cute pictures!

  3. Yay!! Glad you had such a great time at Disney! I've never been there at Christmas time. How fun!

  4. Nice!
    And I was getting pretty tired of the ubiquitous 'happy holidays' greeting. Just accept it's Christmas, people - it only happens once a year...

  5. That is my kind of detour! Looks like y'all had a lot of fun!

  6. Cute pictures! I've always wanted to go to Disney during the Christmas season!

  7. Great pictures! Looks like you had a blast!

  8. Lucky you! I wish I could have been in short sleeves! We went the weekend before Christmas, it rained the whole time! I had galoshes and an umbrella...the one thing I learned, never, ever ride a roller coaster in the rain!


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