Christmas at Walt Disney World - Our Family Holiday 2019

We're back!

I can't believe our holiday is over already, and I'm refusing to accept it, so I thought I'd write a post all about celebrating Christmas at Walt Disney World, and our biggest family holiday yet!






Going to Disney so close to Christmas

Are we crazy? Probably, but oh well! 

We had such a beautiful time. The weather was fantastic (for the most part), and it felt so alien to have such hot weather in November/December. Especially when the parks were filled with no less than 1500 Christmas trees - what?!

It was incredible to see all of the beautiful decorations and just soaking up all of the holiday spirit. 

Going to Walt Disney World with my own child was one of my biggest dreams, and actually seeing it fulfilled was just overwhelming. I did have a few moments where my eyes teared up, just from wanting to burst - cheesy huh?

Getting there - flying

Obviously, our main mode of transport to get to WDW is, of course, a plane. I recently wrote a post about some of my top tips for flying with a toddler long-haul, so do check that out! 

Anyway, I was so nervous at the thought of the flight, for two reasons; 1. because I was a bad flyer anyway. I get so nervous. And 2. I wasn't keen on the idea of making Edith sit on one of our laps for 8.5 hours. 

We started our Disney adventure by travelling down the night before to the airport, and staying over in a budget hotel. I always think this is the easiest thing to do before a big travel because it just meant we were already there. We didn't have to get up super early (I still did - I was too excited!), and would take the morning a bit slower than perhaps we would have done if we had driven the 3 hours on that morning to the airport!



Anyway, we arrived at the airport, and headed to the V-Room, which we had already booked. We have never been to an airport lounge before, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I did book it with the expectation that they had a small soft play area, unlimited food and drinks, and just a calmer atmosphere. The V-room was all of those things! I honestly couldn't imagine not using an airport lounge, at least certainly before doing a long-haul flight.

Arrival

We were in Florida!

I don't think the realisation had really hit until we finally saw the Magical Express! We had never been on the Magical Express before, and let's be honest, it's just a couch that takes you to your airport, but it's a Disney Coach, and therefore, magical. 

We were all so tired. By the time we had arrived at our hotel, after a short 30 minute Magical Express journey, it was approximately 6:30pm Florida time. So for us, it felt like 11:30pm. Edith had been such a trooper and had only had one nap at around 1pm UK time. So, she had gone all of that time without falling asleep! 

Once at the hotel, we checked in and were presented with our Magic Bands (basically the key to everything at WDW - hotel key, park tickets, dining plan, photos, etc) and that's the moment when I thought 'I'm actually in Disney!'.



Planned holiday

We all know that I'm a planner. I actually wrote a post before we went away about planning a Walt Disney World holiday with a toddler, and I'm so glad that we did plan as much as we did. 

Whilst we were away, our 4th wedding anniversary was actually the same day as Thanksgiving. The parks were busy over that weekend. In fact, I don't think I've been to Disney when it's been so busy, and generally we go in the middle of summer!

Although it was busy, it didn't really make any difference to our time away because I'd planned our meals, so we always had a table, and I'd planned all of our rides that we knew that we wanted and needed to do! 

The parks

Oh wow, I can't tell you how gorgeous all of the decorations were! We've never been to WDW over the Christmas period, and now I can't imagine not going there at Christmas because it is just so magical


The Grand Floridian's Gingerbread house!
We had planned our days here, there and everywhere including some water park days and Universal Studios days. 

Before we went, and I was still in the midst of planning, I knew that I absolutely had to spend my birthday in Magic Kingdom. It was a must. So, I was treated by my family to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets, and celebrated my day in style and celebrating all things Christmas at Disney. It was perfect.

The Rides

But how did we go on the rides with Edith? Rider Switch. This was an absolute life saver when it came to getting on the bigger rides that Edith would obviously not be tall enough for. 


So pleased that I got the Pilot role on Smugglers Run!
We managed to do all of the new rides and all of the big rides. It was so easy to use the Rider Switch too. You simply go up to the Cast Member that is working at the front of that attraction, you tell them that you'd like to do rider switch, they scan your band and voila! One of you then wait with your child whilst the first parent rides, and then you swap once the first rider gets off. The second rider then gets to use the FastPass queue so that your party doesn't have to wait too long!

Germs

Obviously, we all got poorly whilst we were away - I blame being confined in the plane!

The illness did hinder our ability to be too fast-paced, especially as Edith had a couple of days of just wanting to sleep it off. Max was also hit by it at the same time as Edith, whereas I didn't get it until those two were better - typical, eh?

If I can suggest anything is to make sure that you take painkillers for both you and your child/ren if you're going on holiday. It certainly made a difference when I had them on hand to make both Max and Edith feel better (naturally the paracetamol had run out by the time I'd gotten ill, but Disney kept me going!).

Favourite parts

Just being in Disney with Edith and Max was the biggest highlight.

MVMCP was brilliant, and was so festive. I also enjoyed so many of the new rides too but my top 5 were:
  • Hagrid's Magical Motorcycle - Islands of Adventure
  • Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance - Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Avatar's Flight of Passage - Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Slinky Dog Dash - Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Consuming way too many Dole Whip Floats, and food in general was a big highlight! 

The whole trip was just magical, brilliant and wonderful. It's hard to pin point just which part was the best. 

Have you been to Disneyworld? What was your favourite part?

Thanks, lovelies.


2 comments

  1. Wow, it looks like you had such a fun time! We're planning a trip there this year and I'm so excited :)

    Kayleigh x
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  2. It definitely sounds like much fun was had :)

    Last time I went was in December 2014. Litterally the week prior to Christmas. We spend our first day in Florida shopping for warmer clothes because we packed the same as a previous trip. The day we went to magick kingdom, we had jeans, sneakers and vests on and we could have done with even warmer gear. It was pretty cold. We got to see fake snow fall in front of the castle for 30 minutes before the parade. And the fireworks were amazing. That day was the site's Christmas party but we didn't know and hadn't paid to enjoy that so by the time we left, people were coming in with Fall/Winter jackets. We arrived at our hotel room and boosted warmth. It was a crazy week.

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