Two years ago, I spent a day in the Magic Kingdom very close to Christmas. Of course, it was incredibly busy (which I expected); the parks were packed with people wanting to spend the most magical time of year at the most magical place on earth! If you’re visiting MK during this special week leading up to Christmas, here’s a look at how my day went to help you plan yours. Expecting to take in more sights and performances than riding rides and visiting the top ticket attractions is key to lead to happiness, rather than disappointment.
Twas the night before Christmas at MK…
…and we visited Downtown Disney. It was relatively busy but nothing unmanageable. With all of the live entertainment to rock out to and the very present Christmas cheer in the air, everyone was in happy spirits.
The Morning of Magic
Being greeted with a massive Christmas tree right at the head of Main Street USA really started our day off in the most magical way! Donning gingerbread cookies, colorful ornaments, and strings of popcorn garland, this tree was exactly what you’d expect from the most classic land of all.
Besides the tree were toy soldiers, which were perfectly adorable additions to the whimsical feeling the park already has. The old-fashioned look made me so happy. I felt like Walt’s vision for the parks is heightened during the holidays.
Thanking the Cast
Donning their finest winter wear, we said hello to these adorable Pirates of the Caribbean cast members. They were getting ready to open the attraction (we were there really early for morning EMH). Instead of spending the holidays with loved ones, many of them were preparing to spend them right here, helping to create magical moments for families from all across the world. Be sure to thank them for all they do if you’re visiting around this time of the year!
Festive Attraction Overlays
I simply love when attractions get themed overlays for holidays (Halloween and Christmas!). Jingle Cruise is the festive version of the World Famous Jungle Cruise. The jokes incorporated are so hilarious and while my favorite is the original version, this is a pretty wonderful Christmas addition to the parks.
When we got hungry, we decided to dine in the Beast’s castle at Be Our Guest restaurant. The French-American cuisine on the chilly day at the park was the perfect fare for us. The castle is decorated so beautifully for Christmas-this is a must-do dining experience.
Dreaming Along, Holiday Style
Dream Along With Mickey is a typical stage show that happens up to 5 times per day usually. Although there wasn’t any type of holiday overlay with the actual show, the decorations surrounding the castle made this performance really beautiful! It was a great way to end the afternoon at the Magic Kingdom.
Have you ever spent a Christmas day in a Disney Park or are you planning on it this year? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @pixiedustedprin! Merry Christmas!