December 04, 2014

Day 1 WDW Recap, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

Without a doubt, our Walt Disney World vacation was the best one we've been on. (And this beats out our Honeymoon!). Okay, so maybe its TIED with our honeymoon, but it was just so fabulous! I have SO SO many pictures that I really need to break down these recaps into 3 or 4 posts. I'm sorry, I hope you aren't sick of me and Disney World after spending four days reading them! Moving on....

I have been dreaming of going to Walt Disney World since Michael and I started dating. I thought, this would be such a fun vacation for the two of us to do! But then I quickly managed to explore the idea of an All-Inclusive vacation and how affordable they are in the Caribbean and Disney was history from there. Time went by and we kept finding good Carribbean deals and Disney just kept slipping from our radar of vacation spots.  Fast forward to this year, when I've been asked to be a Maid of Honor, and a Bridesmaid in the next two years. AKA $$$$$. Also throw in a child (MAYBE) and where does that leave Disneyworld for me and Michael while we are still just "us" ?? So yes I sound like a brat when I tell you this is our third vacation this year. But there is no time like the present. YOLO people! So I started looking up prices for Disney and honestly, it was still really expensive but I knew I so badly wanted to go (and ASAP). My best friend's Aunt (who I've known since I've been a baby) works for WDW (corporate) and can get discounts on tickets and hotels.  For some reason, the weekend we chose she could not get a discount on the hotel (wahhh) but the tickets, yes! She totally helped us out. It wasn't a HUGE savings but it was something! (15% off the price).  And that 15% savings gave me my budget money for Disney shirts! SCORE.

Our flight had us arriving in Orlando around 2pm. I was toying with the idea of a 4-day park hopper but Sunday was practically wasted since we really wouldn't be able to get to the park until about 3pm or so. I saw an ad for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party and thought it looked good, but the reviews weren't all that stellar. I talked with Aunt Cathy and decided it would be our best option There were so many positives about going this route (getting a ticket to the MVMCP and a 3day hopper). A) it was cheaper for 3-day hopper. B) the ticket for the xmas party lets you in starting at FOUR PM and the park was open till MIDNIGHT!! This was so totally a win and PERFECT for our plans.  I'd get to see the Castle lit up with the most amazing lights (you'll see too very shortly) and see the Disney Christmas parade!   I'm so excited I wish I was still there!

The Magical Express that took us to our Disney Hotel!

Us in our Mickey shirt's "Aww!" Really though, could I be cheesing any harder??
Day One: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, highlight of the day, seeing Cinderella's castle lit up and the amazing fireworks show (which by the way I own the CD that they use for when they show the firework and it just is amazing). (P.S, just deal with the word "amazing" as I'll be using it SO MANY times throughout this post). Also, what was really nice about the MVMCP was the fact that they were making non-ticket holders leave promptly at 7pm. They had cast members in various parts of the parks just double checking bands and anyone who didn't have one was escorted out. Disney, you rock! The lines were NON-EXISTENT. If you EVER have a chance to attend a special ticketed event (Xmas party, Not So Scary Party for Halloween), I highly recommend this. We got on every single ride and that made our last day (in the Magic Kingdom) stress free because we had already gone on the rides and were just repeating ourselves the last day. Let's move onto the pictures:

magic kingdom

cinderella castle

We're here!!! OR this is at our hotel, I can't remember! 
Big Thunder, amazing shot!
One of my FAVORITE rides! We went on about 5 times!

Floating Lanterns in Rapunzel's village!

Fun ride, but a little overrated in my opinion!!! 

So sad this Minnie and Mickey photo is blurry! I do NOT know how to take pictures at night.
And of course, saving the most magical and BEST photo for LAST:
 holiday wishes fireworks



  1. So glad your first day was a successful one!! That last picture is pretty amazing!! I think I took Disney for granted when I was in Florida because we went every year, but I haven't been in almost 10 so it's still fun to think about!!

  2. Ahh this just makes me want to go there so badly!!!!! I may have to talk Dan in to going soon!!!

  3. Aww this makes me so happy! I love how happy you are in the first picture, cheese away! yes the last picture is seriously so magical I just love it. I want to go back!
    I want to go to the Christmas party next time, the Halloween party was fun but soooo busy and kinda hard to ride rids in costumes. I think the next time we go will be in February 2016 (sobs) because I want to kill a few birds with one stone (half marathon).

  4. I'm dying... I almost didn't click on your post because I knew my fingers would be flying to Disney's website so fast after this ;) I'm actually surprised to hear that there were no lines!! Christmas is supposed to be one of the busiest times of the year!! Maybe up until 7 its more crowded?! LOVING your Disney shirts- my husband and I tried to wear Disney stuff almost every day on our trip hehe!

  5. I'm still so jealous! I want to go at Christmas time SO bad!

  6. I'm SO incredibly jealous! I haven't been in YEARS! Splash Mountain was one of my faves as a kid!

  7. Um, yes, that actually IS the most magical thing I've ever laid my eyes on. I want to go!

  8. That is magical. I am so jealous of your trip! Disney World vacations should be mandatory. Every year!

  9. So cute! I love all the pics! Disney is defo on my list!