We're getting set for the adventure of yet another Walt Disney World vacation. It's our third Christmas at Walt Disney World, but definitely, not our first time traveling during the winter holidays. Traveling at that time of year is something we have never regretted. . . it's all about anticipation and memories!
Often, I am asked about why we travel during the winter holidays. My first response is that we can. All three of us do not have school or work. The other reason is I want to avoid that "let down" feeling after the presents are opened, after days, even weeks of build up and we're looking a pile of wrapping paper and a kitchen full of dishes. Our first Christmas day spent at Magic Kingdom, I looked at the husband and said, "I haven't had that let down feeling yet." And, I didn't. . . the entire trip. We know our fun means that others may be missing time with family and friends and we make sure to thank them regularly.
Our 10-night stay at Pop Century this year allowed us to schedule some special tours and events: Up Close With Rhinos at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Yuletide Fantasy Tour which begins and ends at EPCOT, and UnDiscovered Future World which is also at EPCOT.
Last holiday season we took the Behind the Seeds Tour.
We're also trying four new restaurants: California Grill located on the top floor of The Contemporary Resort, Storybook Dining at Artist Point located in Disney's Wilderness Lodge, San Angel Inn which is inside the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT--you know the one that overlooks the volcano and is perpetually nighttime, and Enzo's Hideaway at Disney Springs. We had a reservation for Enzo's when we first started planning our trip, then cancelled it and have made another reservation, but on a different day than originally planned. While all of them are new and exciting to us, we are definitely looking forward to California Grill. Our reservation is for 6:00 pm on Dec. 30, which sounds like a regular reservation. Disney enthusiasts know that the Magic Kingdom has 4 sets of New Year's Eve fireworks. Two on Dec. 30 and two on Dec. 31. The first blasts are scheduled for 6:30 pm on December 30. We'll be watching the fireworks at California Grill! Have you ever seen fireworks that explode into the shape of a number? We have! And, it's the "countdown" fireworks at Magic Kingdom. . . 10, 9. 8, etc.
|Williams Families Dec. 2017|
Two Williams Families--are we related? No. Friends who enjoy Disney, who are parenting boys, and have Todds! Our December 2018 trip isn't the first time our visits at Disney have overlapped, but this time we're more purposeful.
With Fastpasses selected and dining reservations made all we have to do now is wait and enjoy the anticipation. Well, pack and wait!