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Monday, December 22, 2008

Disney Holiday

Have you ever been to Disney for the holidays? If not, it really is something you should consider doing at least once with your family! In typical Disney fashion, they put out all the stops! The park and all the hotels are decorated so beautifully! One morning we had brunch at the Grand Floridian Hotel,

During the holidays the Grand Floridian has a large life-sized gingerbread house in the lobby!
Being New Yorkers, we were entranced by the warm weather and the fauna we saw everywhere!
We watched a cute show in front of Cinderella's castle...

Somewhere along the way I got the idea to take pictures in front of every Christmas tree we saw in the park. In total, I have over 38 pics or so! You know my kids were crazy with this but, in the spirit of vacation and the holiday, they obliged their Mom! The trees are so beautifully decorated by theme depending on where you are in the park.

This one was in Epcot...

Our hotel had a southwestern theme as did the tree...

MGM's was probably the largest of all!

On Christmas morning there is a parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. We grabbed a couple of bagels and coffee for breakfast and took a spot alongside the route...

The floats are so lively!
My little one enjoyed the characters dancing along!
The morning was so warm and festive...
Nothing beats Cinderella in her carriage!
My personal favorite, Donald Duck!

And, of course, Santa at the end!
We ventured into the park one night...Cinderella's castle was dripping with icicles...

During the holiday season, there are activities for little ones all over the park. The hotels host Cookies with Santa and each park hosts other activities..here is my youngest daughter in Epcot...
The finished result! We had a wonderful family time together doing something very different for us! This year we are back home snuggled in 30 degree weather but I am so glad we did this together!













16 comments:

Adrienne said...

This West Coast girl has always wanted to go to Disneyland at Christmastime. It's still a dream I hope to someday pursue. What fun it will be! ~Adrienne~

Cori G. said...

.Wow! They have better architecture in Florida. It looks like you had a wonderful time Tara. I've never been to Disney World, but have always wanted to go.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

xo Cori

Kathleen Grace said...

True confession, I have never been to Disney World at all. Maybe someday with grandkids. This looks like a you had a wonderful time:>)

M.Kate said...

Hi Tara, the kids and I want to go there..one day hopefully. So beautiful :)
Here's wishing everyone at home a Merry and Blessed Christmas, big hugs and much love, M

Mary said...

When I first met my husband and found out that he spent his summers as a ride operator at Disneyland ... there was NO turning back. Our family has a well worn path in their hearts for Disney. I can't believe we have never gone there at Christmas, but you have convinced me that we have to change that ... pronto!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Fun! Wishing you a wonderful Holiday.

annechovie said...

Hi Tara! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

bj said...

I've not been to Disney but some of the grandkids have and, oh, how they love to talk about it!
Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos with us..
I've thought of you often thru this joyful holiday...and know how much your brother is missed. I miss mine, too...
Oh, but I do hope you and yours have a blessed and fun Christmas.

CIELO said...

Dear Tara: Merry Christmas and warm wishes from our house to yours.

cielo

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

That looks like so much fun! I sure wouldn't mind a nice warm Christmas! I am so enchanted by that life size gingerbread house.

I was also catching up on previous posts. You have a very pretty tree! I love the idea of the Christmas french toast! I have a breakfast casserole that has become a tradition at my house.

Kady

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

This was a treat! The Grand Floridian is one of our favorite places to stay and it has been a while since we've been there! Such a lovely hotel. It was fun to see it during the holiday season.

I send you wishes for a most Happy Christmas! Edward does, too!

GMG said...

Hi Tara! Sorry for the absence, but these last weeks were a nightmare. Just dropped by to wish you a great season! Hope to be back before 2009... ;)
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is starting its new adventure in India. Enjoy and have a great week!

laura said...

Christmas wishes to you and yours. I love checking in here to see what you are up to. Here's to a peaceful and promising New Year.

Kelly said...

We have never been! Oh this looks magical!! Hope you had a wonderul Christmas!!!

Love,
kelly

dlyn said...

I am not a huge of theme parks, but this looks like great fun! Merry Christmas!

Brook said...

I am a native Califorian, but I love New York, so much. I am new in blogland,4 months, have enjoyed your blog, I watched the Disney parade on tv. and wished I was there. What fun for the family.Please visit my blog and I would appreciate being on your blog list. Happy New Years Blessings Brook ps. yummy scones.