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Disney at Christmas –

You will need to remember that at this time of the year the evenings can turn a little chilly so if you are spending most of the day at the Parks be sure to take a coat or cardigan with you. I have even been grateful one Christmas to find a trader selling gloves and earmuffs! However such extreme temperatures do not tend to be the norm.

Get to Epcot in time to see The Lights of Winter, a daily Tree Lighting ceremony with Mickey at 6:00 p.m. at the World Showcase Plaza Tree Stage. This is so traditional and there are also great storytellers.

You can meet Santa Claus in the American Adventure showcase. In France you can hear storytellers detail the adventures of Pre Nol and Italy will tell you about La Befana.

I find the Candlelight Procession very emotional, especially as all the cast come out carrying candles. Here you will find a celebrity narrator accompanied by a huge live choir and a 50-piece orchestra.

Stay for the finale, The Illuminations, Reflections of Earth, where you will see fireworks, water and lasers and also a bit of holiday magic at the end.

Magic Kingdom is magical but never more so than at Christmas. All children as well as adults will love Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This takes place on selected evenings usually starting about 7.pm and finishing at midnight. You buy a special ticket for this event although you will not use a separate ticket to enter MK.

There is a special holiday parade, flurries of snow and be sure not to miss the hot chocolate and cookies.

You will see Santa Goofy in Main Street as well as a special edition of “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks. The Park is usually quieter at the end of the evening as some of the younger children are taken home to bed, then you can just dash from ride to ride and get straight on them.

If you go to Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day be sure to get there early as the park will close is gates when it reaches capacity.

MGM Do not miss the Osborne Family of Lights They are usually switched on about 6pm so you can go to these before going to see Fantasmic that takes place just before the park closes.

The lights started in Arkansas as a business man starting putting Christmas lights up for his little daughter. Over time he bought two houses side by side and kept adding to the lights until he had 3 Million! After complaints by his neighbours he was taken to court and fined, then Disney bought them to show at MGM.

You walk through the snowstorms looking at the lights (there are now 5 Million) keep an eye out for the 43 hidden Mickey’s. Last Christmas MGM introduced a series of dancing lights accompanied by music every 15 minutes.

Whichever Park you go to have a Happy Christmas.



By Jane Sansom

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