Friday, November 11, 2016

resort hopping and mickey's very merry christmas party

ready for fun
We started the day with a big breakfast at the hotel before heading to Walt Disney World.

resort hopping
We parked at the Polynesian and then took the monorail to the Grand Floridian to check out their awesome gingerbread house-- the kids were very impressed!  We continued around the loop and got back off at the Polynesian for a quick lunch at Capt. Cooks.

monorail fun
We LOVE the monorail!  After lunch, it was back to the monorail for a quick ride to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

flag retreat
The Magic Kingdom does a flag retreat ceremony every day around 5p and even though we've been MANY times, we'd never seen the ceremony.  Since it was Veteran's Day, we joined hundreds of active duty troops, veterans and patriots in a very moving ceremony.

God Bless America

parade waiting
Since there was taping going on for the Disney holiday specials during the day, the afternoon parade was pushed to 5pm which meant we could see it!  After flag retreat, we staked out spots for the Festival of Fantasy parade.

Dusk in the Magic Kingdom

is it coming?
Is it coming yet??  Look, princesses!!!!

peter pan
A lost boy, Tinkerbell, and that crazy crocodile.

prince phillip
Prince Philip

The Maleficent float was one of the favorites!

festival of fantasy
Festival of Fantasy

fun on the peoplemover
After the parade, it was time for rides-- and we started with Ellie's favorite, the Peoplemover!

cookie breaks
The cookie breaks are one of the kids' favorite parts about the Christmas Party.  This year, each cookie and cocoa station had a different kind of cookie!  The overwhelming favorites were the peppermint cookies in Tomorrowland and the blue snowcones in Fantasyland.

Riding Dumbo in the dark

dream lights
💕Cinderella Castle-- especially with the dream lights.

Since we attended two MVMCP's on this trip, we decided to use the first one to see the parades and fireworks and the second to do rides.  It was fun taking the time to soak up the ambiance of the party and just enjoy being there without rushing from ride to ride.

sweet girls
Sweet girls.

a girl and her castle
Ellie is convinced that this is HER castle and she's going to live in it when she grows up.

hub grass and chill
We spent some time lounging on the hub grass while we waited for the fireworks to start.

such fun
The kids had a ball dancing while we waited since no one else was in the reserved FP+ section (they don't offer FP+ during the party).

holiday wishes one
Holiday Wishes

holiday wishes two
"Christmas really is all around us, And the best part is the spirit of the season never has to end, As long as you keep your loved ones near and the holiday wish in your heart."

After the fireworks we headed to Main Street to catch Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime parade.  The kids LOVED the snow falling on Main Street!

snow on main street
Snow falling on Main Street

The kids thought it was hilarious that the snow (also known as "snoap" since it's made from soap bubbles) would stick in their hair.

dinner from casey's
Jacob and Christopher ran over to Casey's to get hotdogs for everyone for dinner while we waited for the parade.

Waiting for the parade.

and it begins!
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

mickey and minnie
It's Mickey and Minnie!!

frozen excitement
She was so excited to see the characters from Frozen and waved and yelled "hi" to each one.

parade fun
Once Upon a Christmastime

Cinderella and Prince Charming

Belle!!  Ellie was SOOOO excited to see her!

parade fun
Once Upon a Christmastime

toy soldiers
The toy soldiers-- the absolute BEST part of the parade!

The reindeer and Santa wrap up what I think is the best parade at Walt Disney World!

pictures with Mickey
After the parade we decided to get our picture taken with the talking Mickey on Main Street-- the kids thought it was hilarious that he talked to them!

leaving the magic kingdom
By the time we said goodbye to Mickey, the park was closed so we headed to the car.  Such a fun day at the Magic Kingdom!!

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