Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration at Disneyland Hotel

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$180 per adult.

Won the lottery lately???

If so, then we have a feast for you and your family to enjoy!

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Cheese and fruit course.

Savor an amazing Thanksgiving feast with a dash of Disney magic – with 11:00am and 4:00pm seatings on Thursday, November 28, 2019!

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Gobble, gobble!

Food, Fun and Gobbles Galore!

Celebrate with exceptional cuisine and some of Disney’s best-loved Characters.

Let the world-class chefs of the Disneyland Hotel do the cooking while you and your family gather, give thanks and relax over a heartwarming holiday meal. Sit down to a sumptuous Thanksgiving buffet featuring traditional fare, gourmet specialties and delish kid-friendly dishes perfect for hungry little pilgrims.

dlr3Guests of all ages will be delighted by the Grand Ballroom’s immersive atmosphere, replete with glorious autumn décor that adds a festive touch to the occasion.

Be sure to stop by the special photo location for a commemorative pic with some pretty popular Disney pals! Guests will receive one complimentary Disney PhotoPass family photo per reservation. With 3 hours of holiday dining excitement, you’re sure to create family memories that will last a lifetime.

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The cost of this dining event is $180 per adult and $70 per child (ages 3 through 9)—prices include tax and gratuity. There is no charge for children under 3 years of age.

What’s included in this dining package:

  • All-you-care-to-enjoy Thanksgiving buffet
  • One specialty cocktail or nonalcoholic specialty drink
  • Photo locations featuring some popular Disney Characters and Disney PhotoPass Service photographers
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass photo per reservation (taken at a designated location)
  • A special holiday keepsake to remember your experience
  • Complimentary 5-hour self-parking
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$70 per child.

A Mouthwatering Menu

Savory Thanksgiving favorites and delectable delicacies are highlights of our all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. Each seating (11am, 4pm) features the same menu offerings—highlights include:

  • Enticing starters and salads, including chilled poached jumbo shrimp and crab legs
  • Succulent, carved-to-order roast turkey and prime rib of beef
  • Favorite holiday fixings and sides
  • Decadent desserts and pastries
  • Children’s buffet with a variety kid-approved options
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverage selections
  • One specialty cocktail or nonalcoholic specialty drink is provided with the buffet. In addition, a full bar selection is available for purchase, including wine by the bottle.
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Yes, Mickey will be there too!

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After dinner, go and see the Dream Lights on the Sleeping Beauty Castle.  Beautiful!

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Happy Holidays!

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Queen Elsa and Her Friend Bruni in Frozen 2

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Bruni, a forest Fire Spirit.

Queen Elsa has a new, adorable salamander friend in Frozen 2 named Bruni.

He may be little, but he’s full of spunk. This little blue animal is a forest Fire Spirit, who lights fires in the enchanted forest in the north.

When loose, he sets the entire forest ablaze which Elsa has to ice to put out. He burns Elsa’s hand, but she manages to calm him down. When he calms down, so do the forest fires.

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The Bruni merchandise is being released November 30, 2019.

He can hear the same mysterious voice that Elsa hears and always looks to the north, guiding Elsa’s way to her adventure.

♪♫♪Ah ah ah ah….♪♫♪

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The Frozen 2 cast.

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The two queens of the north.

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Queen Elsa’s new salamander friend, Bruni.

Ready for something delicious???

There’s a new cupcake available this week at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe bakery in Epcot Norway: The Bruni Cupcake.

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The Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe bakery.

It’s a dark chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate shavings. Sitting on top is a white chocolate Bruni for decoration.

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The Bruni Cupcake, $6

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We really want that water horse, but he hasn’t been released yet.

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Look who we got today at McDonalds!!!

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We’ve been collecting the Frozen 2 toys at McDonalds this week, but haven’t seen the salamander yet.

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Look who we got today!!!

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Still working on my McDonalds Frozen 2 collection.

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Elly decorated her cubicle at work today:

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At the Frozen 2 premiere on Friday night.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Seeing the Frozen 2 Movie Premiere

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November 22, 2019:  Frozen 2 opened today and we got tickets to see it!!!

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November 22, 2019:  At the Frozen 2 premiere.

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Christian is home from school on Thanksgiving break this week.

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Elly’s Frozen nails!

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AMC has the best reclining seats!  We saw it in 3D.

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We loved seeing all the action scenes in 3D!  The water horse is cool.

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Ah ah ah ah…the North calling to Elsa.

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“What do you need?” is the best line in the whole movie.

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BREAKING NEWS! November 22nd:

The Frozen princesses – now both queens – are greeting guests today at Epcot Norway in their brand new Frozen 2 costumes!  ❤

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The two queens of the north.

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Queen Elsa…..the Snow Queen.

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Queen Elsa in her white gown.

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Queen Anna in her green gown.

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Queen Anna’s ring looks like it’s made of amber.

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November 16, 2019:  Anna and Elsa are wearing their new “travel” costumes today at their meet and greet area at Epcot Norway.

These are rumored to be temporary costumes ahead of Frozen 2’s opening weekend.

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Queen Elsa’s brand new costume.

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Princess Anna

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These are their “traveling” costumes for their new adventure!

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Opens November 22, 2019 with 7 new songs!!!

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We love their new outfits!!!  Been looking for them online.

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She looked like a superhero in her wet suit.

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Frozen 2

Frozen 2 Plot:  Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They are setting out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom.

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We love their new outfits!

Watch extended trailer here:  Frozen 2 Extended Trailer

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The gang’s all back.

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell are reprising their roles in the highly anticipated sequel as Arendelle royalty, while Josh Gad returns as the lovable snowman Olaf.

Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown join the voice cast. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, the filmmakers behind “Frozen,” are once again directing a script written by “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder.

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Olaf is very good in this movie too!

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The four seasons of Frozen (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring).  We love the new Frozen 2 costumes!

The original Frozen animated film was a massive sensation generating nearly $1.3 billion worldwide and winning a slew of awards, including two Oscars.

It now ranks as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, as well as the 13th biggest movie ever. In 2018, it was adapted as a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote the songs for the movie.

Frozen 2 opened November 22, 2019.

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♫♪♪♫♪ These two women can SING! ♫♪♪♫♪

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They got matching side-by-side stars today on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame!!! ❤

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Friends 🙂

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Queen Elsa lighting the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.

The 2019 Cinderella Castle Dream Lights were turned on for the holiday season November 3, 2019.

Queen Elsa uses her magical powers every night during “A Frozen Holiday Wish” to present a holiday gift to everyone by transforming the Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace.

Watch Video Link: Lighting the Dream Lights

November 3, 2019, 6pm:  First Lighting

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6pm: “A Frozen Holiday Wish” begins on the castle stage.

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Queen Elsa

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Elsa and Anna. Everyone was wondering if they would be in their Frozen 2 costumes.

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Olaf and Sven

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Pleading with Elsa to light the lights.

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Ice, ice, ice..

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Elsa in action!

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Wow!!! ❤

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The Dream Lights are lit for the holidays!

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Beautiful!

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In our Frozen costumes.

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Wearing our Frozen shirts at Disney World.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Look who we got today at McDonalds!!!

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WOW! What a castle!!  We saw this at Walmart this weekend.

Mickey’s 91st Birthday Celebration at the Magic Kingdom

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Mickey and Minnie wearing their celebration outfits for Mickey’s 91st birthday celebration.

Monday, November 18, 2019: Mickey’s 91st birthday!  🙂

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2019 Birthday celebration button. Free for all Disney World guests that day!

We were lucky to catch them wearing their new outfits on our last visit.

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Waiting in line to see Mickey and Minnie.

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We love their new outfits!

Love is in the air:  Mickey + Minnie  ❤

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“Mickey, kiss her!”

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We told Minnie that she was beautiful!

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Close-up of Minnie

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Happy birthday Mickey!!!!

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Special birthday cupcake

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Mickey plush in his new celebration outfit.

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We got these Mickey & Minnie birthday celebration pins! ❤

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Happy birthday, Mickey!

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We love their fun, new outfits!

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Mickey & Minnie in their fun celebration outfits.

Costume Details:  Mickey Mouse’s crisp white suit features a shower of colorful confetti, while fashion icon Minnie Mouse’s outfit is a puff-sleeve dress adorned with pompoms and a buoyant bubble skirt.

Their outfits reflect the party spirit of the anniversary celebration.  The looks that Mickey and Minnie are wearing represent all of the colorful exuberance of a party and birthday party decorations, complete with confetti, balloons, pompoms, streamers and more! These playful bursts of color and texture are set against crisp white, meant to evoke the nostalgic feeling of frosting, crisp linens and tissue paper.

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Looking pretty good for 91!

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Celebrating with a very dapper Mickey and Minnie

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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President Trump’s Visit to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Cancelled!

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Not gonna happen now!

Two weeks ago, the Florida Republican Party and Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Donald Trump would be visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for a Republican fundraising event. The event was scheduled to take place the evening of December 7th.  It would have been Trump’s first visit to a Disney location.

The fundraiser was originally supposed to be held in early November 2019, but was pushed back to the December 7th date. A cached page on the Florida GOP website shows the November event was scheduled to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

Tellingly, Disney Parks did not made ANY official announcements about the presidential visit or the potential operational impacts due to the presidential visit, but you can bet it would have been noticeable for guests staying at the Grand Floridian or anywhere on property, or visiting Disney World theme parks December 6 – 7, 2019.

We’re guessing that the shit literally hit the fan over this surprise announcement and Disney Parks was clearly not consulted!  Complete radio silence from them.

The revised December 7th dinner was set to be held along the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian.

But, the venue now seems to have changed once again.

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Being held in Miami now.

According to the Republican Party of Florida’s website, the 2019 Statesman’s Dinner with Gov. Ron DeSantis will now be held in Miami on Dec. 7th.

After the dinner, Trump plans on spending the night at his Mar-a-Lago resort after giving a speech and holding a photo op for big Republican donors, and those plans haven’t changed.  He doesn’t like to sleep in hotels that aren’t his and never planned on spending the night at the Grand Floridian.

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Trump has filed paperwork making Mar-a-Lago his official residence now.

Nearly every president since Harry Truman – with the sole exception of Lyndon B. Johnson – has visited a Disney park at some point in their life, and every single sitting modern president since Nixon has made a visit to WDW while in office.

Trump will be the exception to that.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort last hosted a political event in 2017 where Vice President Mike Pence was the keynote speaker.

Disney Security is still present at the Hall of Presidents, and is inside the theater for every performance due to rowdy guests.

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His animatronic in the Hall of Presidents is really something!

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#Truth

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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The Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand. ❤

The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020:

First two weeks (weekdays only) in January 2020

Weekdays in February (minus the days around President’s Day, Monday, Feb 17th )

The first two weeks in March

Weekdays the second half of April after Easter (Sunday, April 12th)

Weekdays in May before Memorial Day weekend (Monday, May 25th)

Weekdays the first week of June (for California Adventure only)

The first half of September after Labor Day (Monday, Sept 7th)

Weekdays for the remainder of September and October, avoid Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 12th)

Weekdays in early and mid-November (minus the week of Thanksgiving, Nov 26th)

Weekdays during the first two weeks of December

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Princess Aurora at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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To check on the daily park crowd forecast at Disneyland, click here:   Is It Packed??? 

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Phase 2: Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance opens at Disneyland on January 17, 2020!

The Worst Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020:  Listen Up People!!!

Last 2 weeks of January 2020: Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020!

MLK weekend: Jan. 18 – 20, 2020

President’s Day weekend: Feb. 15 – Feb. 17, 2020

Spring Break : March 7 – March 30, 2020

Easter Weeks:  April 4 – April 19, 2020

Memorial Day weekend:  May 23 – 25, 2020

4th of July week:  June 27 – July 6, 2020

Labor Day weekend: Sept. 5 – Sept. 7, 2020

Columbus Day weekend: Oct. 10 – Oct. 12, 2020

Halloween weekend: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2020

Veteran’s Day:  Nov. 11, 2020

Thanksgiving week: Nov. 21 – 29, 2020

Christmas week through the first week of the New Year: Dec. 19, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

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Adventureland in front of Pirates, Christmas Week, December 27th.  NO THANK YOU!!!  Wall-to-Wall guests.

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Christmas Week:  45 minute wait just to get to the baggage check!  😦

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The Matterhorn ride at Disneyland, February. Beautiful!

Link to view updated calendars:  Disneyland Block-out Dates 

January 2020 – April 2020: 2020 Blockout Days for Disneyland

Disneyland Park:  

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Disneyland is almost totally blocked out this winter because Rise of the Resistance opens January 17, 2020.

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Self admission is just blocked on Rise of the Resistance opening weekend.

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Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!

Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge is now open to rave guest reviews!!!  Phase 2 opens January 17, 2020.  Expect big crowds at Disneyland, especially opening week!

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Disney’s California Adventure Park

Disney’s California Adventure Park: 

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CAL has a lot of upcoming blocked out days this winter for using your guest passes. But, not as many as Disneyland! Always check before you go!

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No upcoming blockout days are currently scheduled for using your self admission pass at California Adventure Park.

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The weather at Disneyland is beautiful in the springtime! Our #1 recommended time to visit.

During blockout days, you can’t use your Disney Guest Passes to swipe friends and family into the park for free.  Also, Disney limits the number of rooms available for CMs to use their cast member hotel discount.

New CMs can expect to get their guest passes after working 150 hours (about 5 weeks into their program), after completing Traditions class on around Day 3.

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Disneyland even has its own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood!  Go see it!

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We always go left and start with Adventureland first!  It’s our favorite land.

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Welcome to Disneyland!

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dlr2We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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We ❤ Disneyland

2020 Disneyland Blockout Dates for Cast Members

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BREAKING NEWS:  Disneyland is now closed “until further notice”.

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March 27, 2020: Disneyland will stayed closed now “until further notice”.

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BREAKING NEWS!  DISNEYLAND IS CLOSING FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH!

Disneyland To Close Saturday Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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March 12, 2020:  Closing announcement

Read more here:  Disneyland is Closed March 2020

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The Matterhorn ride at Disneyland in the Spring. Beautiful!

Link to view updated calendars:  Disneyland Block-out Dates 

March 2020 – May 2020: 

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Currently, there are no blockout days for self admission at Disneyland or California Adventure this spring.

Disneyland Park: 

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Disneyland is almost totally blocked out this spring for using your Guest Passes because of Star Wars Land crowds.  😦

Disney’s California Adventure Park: 

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Disney’s California Adventure Park

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CAL has a lot of upcoming blocked out days this spring for using your Guest Passes. But, not as many as Disneyland! Always check before you go!

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Look at these Park exclusive Pandora beads! So pretty!

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February 11, 2020:  Disneyland raised their ticket prices today:

PARK TICKETS

One-day tickets are now sold at five different pricing levels depending on Disney’s anticipated demand for the day of your visit. This replaces the three-tier Value, Regular and Peak system previously in place.

TIER 1

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $104, Child (Ages 3-9): $98
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $159, Child (Ages 3-9): $153

TIER 2

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $114, Child (Ages 3-9): $108
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $169, Child (Ages 3-9): $163

TIER 3

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $124, Child (Ages 3-9): $117
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $179, Child (Ages 3-9): $172

TIER 4

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $139, Child (Ages 3-9): $132
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $194, Child (Ages 3-9): $187

TIER 5

  • 1 Day, 1 Park: Adults (Age 10+): $154, Child (Ages 3-9): $146
  • 1 Day, Parkhopper: Adults (Age 10+): $209, Child (Ages 3-9): $201

Prices for Multi-Day tickets also increased by $15-$25 depending on the length of ticket.

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Check out the color of this brand new Disneyland spirit jersey: Ariel’s Grotto. ❤

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opened January 17, 2020!  We LOVED it!!!

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Phase 1 Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge opened to rave reviews!  It’s rated #1!!!!!! 🙂

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Kingdom of Cutie

To check on the daily crowd forecast for Disneyland, click here:  Is it Packed? 

Wondering what are the best times to visit Disneyland…and when NOT to go???

Click here for tips:  The Best Times to Visit Disneyland in 2020

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At the Olaf meet & greet at California Adventure Park.  He’s at Disney World’s Blizzard Beach in the summertime too!

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Meeting Thor.  You can only meet Thor in California because of Universal Studios restrictions in Florida. You’ll never see him at Disney World.

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Disneyland Hotel Tip:  We always stay at the Del Sol Inn hotel across the street and just walk in.

We went to Disneyland again last summer.

When we were there, it was was mostly cloudy (the “marine layer”) until noon and barely 70 degrees on most days!  You needed a jacket at night and it even sprinkled several times – a rarity in June in southern California!

We went to see all the Disney stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame! So fun!

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Don’t forget to visit the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame…The Disney Company has a lot of stars on it….Walt, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Tinkerbell, Disneyland….it was fun!

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Walt’s well-earned star!

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Mickey Mouse

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Sleeping Beauty Castle with it’s new golden look.  We love it!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland.

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Who wore it better???  😉

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Princess Aurora looking over the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Christian at Disneyland.

Gingerbread Cabin Opens at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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The brand new Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Cabin.

It’s made of sugar and spice and everything nice!

A magical surprise has arrived at the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge with the building of an all-new gingerbread cabin.

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Mickey wreath on cabin.

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How cute is this!!!???

In keeping with the tradition that Disney World Resorts follow around the holidays, a tiny cabin was built last week out of wood and then covered with hand-laid gingerbread shingles and bricks, and a few Hidden Mickeys (5) too!

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Gingerbread Cabin details.

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Chip and Dale staying warm.

The grand opening for the new gingerbread display was on Wednesday, November 13th.  There’s a special LE 2019 gingerbread pin too.

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2019 Wilderness Lodge Gingerbread Pin.  $17.99

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Featuring the brand new Gingerbread Cabin!

There’s a Hot Cocoa and Treats station set up daily in the lobby next to the Gingerbread Cabin.

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Hot cocoa and gingerbread treats station.

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Hot cocoa is only $3.79 a mug.

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two disney sistersWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Happy Holidays!

  

The Best Christmas Trees at Disney World!

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The Christmas Tree at the Magic Kingdom is probably the most recognized one at WDW.

All the Christmas Trees are now up and fully decorated across the Disney World property!

Watch video of the best trees: The Best Christmas Trees at Disney World!

At last count, there were over 1,300 lavishly decorated trees throughout the property!

To prepare for the holidays, Disney Parks rolls out 150 semi-trailer truckloads full of decorations to cover 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, 1 water park, and Disney Springs.  And, we do mean cover!

  • 15 miles of decorated garland is draped
  • 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows placed
  • 1,500 wreaths are hung
  • 5 million lights are strung, with 99 percent of the lighting used being LED 
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    Christmas by the numbers at WDW

    We got to spend a day resort hopping last year, followed by some park hopping, seeing just a few of the Christmas Trees of Disney World.

    Here’s a few photos of the Disney World trees that we saw, both big and small:

    At the Disney theme parks:

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    Magic Kingdom’s Christmas tree

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    The huge popcorn strand on the Main Street Christmas tree at the Magic Kingdom.

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    MK’s Christmas Tree at night.

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    November 20, 2019:  The area on Main Street USA is so pretty at night!!

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    A small Christmas Tree inside Be Our Guest restaurant.

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    Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ tree.

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    December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree at sunset.

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    Epcot’s tree at night.

    At the Disney resorts:

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    The Grand Floridian Christmas Tree is up and fully decorated! Beautiful!

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    The Contemporary Resort’s tree. It probably is the most simply decorated of any of the Disney Resort Christmas trees, but it’s really pretty at night.

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    Boardwalk’s tree.

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    Fort Wilderness tree.

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    DAK Lodge’s tree.

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    DAK’s tree.

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    Each and every tree is themed to the location it’s at. (DAK = animals)

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    DAK’s tree at night.

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    Yacht Club Resort’s tree.

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    No surprise, but the Yacht Club Resort has huge boats decorating their tree.

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    Tiny life vests decorate the tree and garland at Beach Club Resort!

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    Home for the Holidays.

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    We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

    Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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    Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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    Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

    Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

    If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

    Have a magical day!

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    Happy Holidays!

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    We try to see all the trees every year.

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    Once upon a time…

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    Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

Disney World Decorates the Parks with more than 40,000 items overnight in only 5 hours!

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The Magic Kingdom is open extended for “Extra Extra Magic Hours” this fall. Extra time to play if you like to get up early on your vacation…like 6am!

♪♫♪ It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…♪♫♪♫♪♪♫♪

Every Disney World park, resort, and cruise ship in the world gets decorated overnight for the holidays in early November.  It’s a massive worldwide task transforming from Halloween to Christmas.

At Disney World, Disney Parks manager of Disney’s Holiday Services, Lisa Borotkanics, explains how it happens.

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November 2, 2019:  The park ‘All Clear’ signal wasn’t given until almost 2:30am causing a delay in getting all the holiday decor deployed overnight.  (November 1st was the last night of MNSSHP.) The Halloween bunting was still up at the train station at 8am! It was taken down after park closing that night.

“Yes! All Halloween goes away right after park close [on November 1st, last night of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party] and some Christmas goes up,” a “tired and excited” Lisa says just a few days after managing this year’s holiday overhaul.

By “some Christmas,” she means about 50 percent of what ultimately will comprise the Disney World holiday display.

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Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.

Holiday decorating continues to go on behind the scenes from November 2nd through Thanksgiving, but you’d never know it: “We want guests to feel that it is all done in one night! The reality is, what they see that first morning is done in less than seven hours. And it’s a very large decor package”

In just the Magic Kingdom alone, there are 40 trees to put up and decorate, 147 wreaths to hang and 590 fruit-ladened garlands to adorn the train station, the Cinderella Castle, cornerstone buildings, Main Street USA, and the lamp posts of Magic Kingdom by the time guests walk in the gates the next morning.

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November 2, 2019: All the fabulous holiday decor is  up on Main Street USA!

Additionally, each of Disney World’s three other theme parks, Blizzard Beach water park, Disney Springs, and all of the Disney World Resorts will have erected their own Christmas trees and wreaths, strung tens of thousands of LED lights and ornaments, and other holiday themed decorations by the morning of November 2nd.

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Lots of giant candy canes and toy soldiers.

There are about 160 cast members working on Borotkanics’s Holiday Services team and they are primarily responsible for implementing all these quick turnarounds.

Her job is to ensure that preliminary set-up is both subtle and flawless. For weeks ahead of that crucial November 2nd rollout at around 1am after park close, she oversees the “pre-wiring” of the parks and resorts: “In some cases, like [Disney Hollywood] Studios and [Disney] Springs, we’re putting up the overhead cables early to put up the garlands across the street.”

“Have you ever stood at the Magic Kingdom when it opens on the second day of November and seen the guests come in for the first time when it’s decorated for the holiday season?” asks Lisa. “Hearing children giggle and laugh and say to their parents ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Christmas now!’ That’s just an incredible feeling.”

Once the holiday’s are done on January 6th, 2020, she’s in charge of returning every single one of those 40,000-plus decor items back to Disney World’s 160,000 square feet holiday warehousing backstage, where all the trees, wreaths, garlands, lighting, and other miscellaneous Disney holiday items are put through a cycle of refurbishment and, in some cases, retirement. “Every six years,” she confirms, “there’s a complete change-out” of the decorations.

“We’re always going to decorate on the exterior with fruits and sticks and berries and bows and candles,” Borotkanics says. But the little annual swap-outs and décor updates are all the more reason to keep your eyes open next time you spend the holidays at Disney World.

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The Main Street Train Station all decorated for the holidays.

It’s Christmastime at Magic Kingdom!

Just a few hours after celebrating the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the year on November 1st, Main Street USA is now fully decked out for the holiday season.

It’s amazing how they can transform Main Street overnight from Halloween to Christmas.

Video link:  Christmas Decor Arrives at Magic Kingdom

It’s all so beautiful!

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November 3, 2019. The Magic Kingdom train is still parked at the Main Street Train Station because of Tron construction. All the Halloween bunting is now gone.

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It really is a feast for your eyes…so beautifully decorated!

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The new Mickey flower heads have much more elongated ears this year, like Oswald.

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City Hall

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The Emporium.

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Main Street USA decorated for the holidays.

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The gaslights are always lit.

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Christmas wreaths around the Cinderella Castle.

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It’s beautiful during the day, but just magical at night:

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So pretty at night! (Tip:  The best time to take park photos at night is when you’re leaving…no crowds!)

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The Cinderella Castle.

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So beautiful!

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The Main Street Christmas Tree.

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Main Street USA at night.

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Leaving the Magic Kingdom at midnight.

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.

Wow!

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Merry Christmas!!!

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Disney turns the castle Dream Lights on at 6pm.

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7am:  They are also turned back on in the early morning!

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Christmas by the Numbers

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Christmas at Disney World by the numbers.

150 semi-trailer truckloads of decorations are bought in for decorating 27 resorts, 4 theme parks, and Disney Springs.

8.5 million lights are strung throughout WDW property.

99% of the lighting used for holiday décor is now LED while 1 percent is compact fluorescent lighting.

Every building and lampost is decorated.

Every building and lamp post is decorated.

There are over 1,300 decorated trees across WDW property during the holidays.

300,000 yards of ribbon and bows are used to decorate the 1,300 Christmas trees.

Over 15 miles of garland is strung.

1,314 wreaths are hung.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party parade

There are 170 performers and 15 floats in Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom.

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The Candlelight Processional at Epcot

More than 800 performers participate the Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Watching the Dream Lights come on at 6:15pm.

Watching the Dream Lights turn on.

And, finally let’s not forget all these bright lights!

There are over 200,000 LED lights on Cinderella Castle – the fabulous Castle Dream Lights.

We could watch them change colors all night!

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The Frozen teal color. Fabulous!

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The huge Christmas tree on Main Street USA.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters enjoying the holidays at Disney World,

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Finally, every resort has their own huge decorated tree:

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom tree

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Disney Hollywood Studios tree

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Boardwalk Resort tree

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Wilderness Lodge (outside)

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Wilderness Lodge tree (inside)

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Yacht Club Resort tree. (We were trying to see all the decorated Christmas trees at the Disney Resorts in one day!)

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree at sunset when the lights came on.

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Epcot Christmas tree at night.

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Grand Floridian tree

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Welcome to Castaway Cay during the holidays!

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Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii!