Friday, 27 May 2016

Florida November 2015 Recap - Day 11 at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

I'll be doing a recap for each and every glorious day of our last Disney vacation (14 days worth so in the words of Scar, be prepared)...

We knew we were going to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party that night in the Magic Kingdom and that it would be on until midnight, so we decided to pace ourselves with a wee lazy morning eating American candies and watching trash TV in bed - I'm looking at you Say Yes to The Dress.

When we finally set off, we were wearing our matching Anna and Elsa tops, necklaces, and had our hair in co-coordinating plaits as we'd planned to meet them later that day. We couldn't contain our excitement the whole way there! Carly's got that Elsa pout nailed...

I'm not sure the exact order we done things that day, we were just buzzing about like little bees, happy to be spending the day in the Magic Kingdom. I do remember however, that there was a lot of hullaballoo that day as there were cameras filming the parade and other Christmassy things, so that added another layer of excitement to the day. We spent a lot of the day just taking our time enjoying our favourite rides, and exploring areas and things we hadn't had a chance to properly see. And our matching tops were a great excuse for more photos!

At some point in the afternoon we decided to grab a frappucino from the Main Street Starbucks and chill out in front of the castle to preserve some energy for the Christmas fun filled night ahead. I'm always nervous about big chain companies invading the Disney parks but I can't help but love the cuteness of these Disney Starbucks cups..

We were also lucky enough to meet some more characters that day - first up, the buff but not so charming Gaston! He was rude and obnoxious and everything you'd expect from the Beauty and the Beast villain, but we couldn't help but love him, I mean just look at those guns!

We weren't his only fans - when we were queuing to meet him, there was the cutest little girl in front of us who was wearing a Gaston themed dress, little shoes with pictures of him on them, and a badge that said "Don't marry Belle marry me". Adorable! She even came armed with gifts for him - two dozen eggs (from his legendary song) and a little knitted Gaston doll. He was absolutely over the moon and shunned everyone else to take a stroll with the girl - they were both in their element and it was so fun to watch.

The other characters we met were Frozen's Anna and Elsa. They loved our tops and were so cheery and fun to interact with. However. When you've been walking around in the Florida sun for hours you tend to turn into a sweaty red mess and it's hard to feel attractive. Now imagine meeting beautiful, elegant and pristine Disney princesses and posing for photos with them. They were horrific! We looked like mere peasants in their presence. So much so in fact, that I can only find one photo of us with Elsa, meaning that we must have instantly deleted any photos with Anna because of how gross we looked! Rest assured, it was for everyone's benefit. 

Finally it was time for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party to begin! We grabbed our snazzy wristbands and I bought a very exciting Christmas lights necklace as we set off to begin the fun. 

Part of the fun of the Christmas Party is the extra magical Christmas shows and parades. First up we watched Elsa light up the castle in a Frozen Holiday Wish. As if Cinderella's castle wasn't pretty enough, it was soon lit up with thousands of bright LED lights giving the effect of a glittering ice palace. We sang along with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf and our cheery spirit was rewarded by Elsa making it snow on Main Street! It was amazing!

There was also a super cute Christmas show in front of the castle featuring Mickey and the gang, along with some other special Christmas guests, as well as an incredible Christmas Parade. We watched the parade with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and I didn't think it was possible to feel so warm and Christmassy in November but it turns out that anything is possible at Walt Disney World. The parade was full of classic characters - too many to mention - but it also featured some toy soldiers, reindeer, and Santa Clause himself! It was straight out of a Disney Christmas sing-a-long video I used to have when I was little so it was very nostalgic and magical to watch. 

Hopped up on sugar and Christmas joy, we ran around taking photos with random characters and decor, before making use of the shorter ride lines while everyone else was queuing up to meet the super rare characters that come out on events like this. As much as I'd love to meet the Princes, or the 7 dwarfs, I can't pass up an opportunity to go on Splash Mountain with a 5 minute queue time!

Overall, it was an extra magical night and I had lots of fun - although I'm still not 100% sure it was worth the additional cost - but as someone who's two main loves in life are Disney and Christmas I was never going to pass it up!

                      ¡Por favour manténgase alejado de las puertas!

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