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We spent about 8 hours at Hollywood Studios at a leisurely pace and loved every minute of it. This had been a good first full day at the parks for us. Nothing was stressful about our vacation so far and the weather was fabulous – sunny and in the mid-70’s. We were quite comfortable in our jeans and t-shirts and I was even sporting a Christmas-y one that I had just bought at Target.
Any guesses how many other mommies I saw wearing the same shirt?
Just one, but it made me laugh. We looked at each other, pointed, smiled, and mouthed the store’s name with a little nod.
It’s a common language we mommies speak. Everyone loves a $5 seasonal tee.
So, it was getting late in the afternoon and we held tickets to the biggest party in Orlando that night so we needed to leave Hollywood and hop on a Disney transfer bus to Magic Kingdom. It was time for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
The bus was loading up as soon as we exited the park so we ran to catch it in time. It dropped us off at the Ticket center and we rode the monorail over to the MK entrance. Christmas was in the air and we were very excited!
Not many of my pictures turned out very well so we stood in a short line to have a professional Photopass photographer take the iconic shot of our family in front of the castle. It made a nice keepsake but you can’t download the images for free so you’ll just have to take my word for it 🙂
Incidentally, I did use the Photopass website to upload all my pics and we had a dozen or so taken by their photographers, too. Last night I stayed up late making a photo book and paid almost $100 for it. I figured I’d probably spend that much buying scrapbooking supplies if I went that route and it would NEVER get done. But still, a hundred bucks!
The party was a lot of fun. The first thing we did was stand in anticipation for the lighting of Cinderella’s Castle. I was giddy with excitement over the glitter effect. I made friends with another lady beside me because Mike and Max couldn’t relate to my feelings one bit.
We rode everything in Tomorrowland and had no wait for Space Mountain! That was one of my favorite rides. Max’s favorite attraction was this one, which he and Mike went on while I did some shopping.
I think he loved driving the cars even more because we had just seen the big stunt show at Hollywood Studios. He had warned us earlier that he shouldn’t watch that because it might give him ideas to drive like that when he gets older. He says the funniest things. Well, I do think it gave him ideas to go crazy but Disney World still gave him a keepsake driver’s license anyway. He’s very proud of that license.
While I moseyed around I saw all these people with cocoa and cookies so I followed my nose and found the spot where they were handing them out. Evidently, someone was giving me wrong ideas because I didn’t make it 5 minutes in a store before I spilled my cocoa all over the floor. I bought my first souvenir because of it though 🙂 It was a kitty in a purse for Mini. She loves it and, good news, its fur was nicely washable.
We made our way to Fantasy Land to ride the classic Dumbo ride and It’s A Small World, which Max liked a lot but I found kind of creepy. Mike got a nice nap.
Then we watched the fireworks and saw the parade, which were both amazing. We followed Santa all the way down Main Street where it was snowing and Christmas music continued to play. But yes, It’s a Small World was still stuck in our heads.
We rode the ferry back to the Ticket Center and eventually found our bus to the hotel. It was well past midnight and we were exhausted.
The next day we promised would be a little more relaxed.