Happy Holidays from Walt Disney World 2010!
I love Christmas time. I especially love Christmas time at the theme parks. It’s my favorite time to visit because each park always goes all out with decorations, shows, and various Holiday festivities.
Yesterday morning I was able to experience the Holiday Cheer at both Sea World (during the reindeer 5k) and at one of the happiest places on earth – Disney World!
Derek and I had earned a free one day Disney park pass when we had volunteered at the Princess Half last March and have been holding onto them for a visit during the Holidays (I’m such a pass hoarder!). In the two years we have been dating we have had the opportunities to visit Epcot and Magic Kingdom, so it seemed logical to take in Hollywood Studios (aka MGM) this time around.
We arrived just around lunch time yesterday and basically sought out the first place we saw with food for lunch. We had made the mistake of leaving the house with little thought to food for the rest of the day – big mistake on our part – and it ended up nipping us in the butt all day. Learned my lesson on that one.
$10 worth of Turkey later we had lunch.
The sandwich was actually a very tasty one with a pesto aioli and fresh mozzarella.
I was pleasantly surprised and gobbled it all up.
I especially enjoyed the option of fresh fruit on side – a nice cold apple that was sweet, crisp, and fresh.
My favorite parts of Hollywood Studios are the live performances of my favorite Disney Classics.
Fun fact: When I was little I begged my Mom to tell the school my name was Belle. She never did though.
The rides are pretty sweet too.
And the beer – can’t forget the beer.
My friends Jessica and Ryan joined us in the evening for lights, dinner, and gingerbread hunting.
Jessica and Ryan were recently engaged (congrats again you two!) and were sporting these spiffy ‘Just Engaged!’ buttons!
Man, as soon as Derek decides to put a ‘ring on it’ we are so coming to Disney and wearing those buttons. Jessica and Ryan were offered congrats all day and kept getting offered free stuff. Heck, I think next time I’m going to wear the button, ring or not.
I had a mini Luna Bar just as it was getting dark.
Our time at Hollywood Studios concluded with the Osborne Family Lights Display near the back of the park. Thousands of light synced with Holiday music? I’d say there’s no better way to get in the spirit.
Dinner was a little… complicated. We were all starving, but had no clue where to go. After a few wrong turns and a couple of rides on the Monorail we were determined to eat at a restaurant called the Wave in the Contemporary.
The menu was pretty $$, so I stuck with a couple of appetizers.
The Harvest Salad.
And Rock Shrimp Flatbread.
It was all good, but nothing memorable.
After dinner we decided to check out the famous Disney World Hotel Displays.
The Gingerbread Christmas Tree at the Contemporary. (see video here)
And the life size Gingerbread House at the Floridian. (see video here)
I’ve always wanted to see this display, but have never had the chance to make it out to the hotel. The GIngerbread House is massive and every detail that goes into it is beyond impressive.
There’s even a real shop inside selling Christmas goodies.
Derek and I split a GIngerbread Shingle.
Covered in Chocolate
It was soft, sweet, and delicious. I can’t wait to make my own gingerbread cookies this season.
We had plans for other hotel visits, but it was getting late and we were tired.
It was a great day to celebrate the holidays with friends.