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Christmas at the Parks

Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

It’s Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort!

Christmas week is finally here and I am soooo happy to be able to spend another year with my loved ones. In case you’re a visitor or a central Florida local, I wanted to give you all some alternative holiday options to celebrating this festive occasion. The on-site hotels of Universal Orlando Resort will be offering a variety of holiday happenings for the 2014 season.

NikkyJ

Frozen Gingerbread Castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

During this yuletide season Disney traditionally takes gingerbread house building to a new height, making Walt Disney World the premiere holiday must do for all things merry! Due to Frozen record breaking success, one would expect the Norwegian fairy tale to bring its artic chill across the parks.

Take a look at the amazing time-lapse video below of the all-new Gingerbread Holiday Ice Castle at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, inspired by the film. The 17-foot-tall masterpiece is visible from the monorail as guests head to and from Magic Kingdom Park. The Frozen gingerbread castle took months to bake and five days to build. It is adorn with sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and more amongst the sugary creation.

NikkyJ

2014 Theme Park Holiday Events

2014 Theme Park Holiday Events

Happy December Hipsters! It’s my second favorite month of the year (minus my birthday month of November 😉 ) which means the Christmas season is in full effect around the theme parks! Listed below are a few events going on until January to commemorate the joyful occasion.

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Thanksgiving at Universal Studios

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving at Universal Studios Orlando. If you don’t have any dinner plans, then we have a couple of suggestions going around the Universal Orlando Resort.

New! Spend Thanksgiving at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop: On November 27, 2014 from 12 pm until 9 pm guests will be able to enjoy a special Thanksgiving menu at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. Chef Ryan Vargas and team cook-up the following Thanksgiving specials (in addition to the regular menu):

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Walt Disney World News: Disney Christmas Decor Starts!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… well kind of. Walt Disney World Resort has started placing Disney Christmas decor all around the magical central Florida destination!

You can now see holiday displays throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. The Holiday Services team will be installing yuletide designs at Epcot after park hours on Nov. 13th-14th. The Holiday Services team will also be installing holiday decor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom after park hours on Nov. 17th-18th. This is definitely my favorite time of year at Disney.

NikkyJ

Walt Disney World News: Christmas at Disney World

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom 2013

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom 2013

Happy Wednesday Hipsters! It’s time for your Christmas at Disney World news courtesy of our friends over at Destinations in Florida.

New! Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Sold Out Nov 7: The very first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which took place on November 7th at Magic Kingdom, was quickly sold out. This event is one of Walt Disney World’s most popular events as we watch Cinderella’s castle transform into an icy palace. Mickey’s party will also have a Frozen touch with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf. Be sure to book your party adventure early.

Don’t forget that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas is a separate ticket item event.

NikkyJ

Candlelight Processional 2014 Returns to Epcot

Candlelight Processional 2014 Returns to Epcot: Candlelight Processional is one of my favorite ThemePark holiday traditions to do at Walt Disney World. Each guest at Epcot is entertained with the jubilant reciting of the divine Christmas story from November 28th until December 30th. The story is usually told by a celebrity narrator accompanied with a 50-piece orchestra and a magnificent mass choir.

NikkyJ
Christmas at Fort Wilderness Lodge Resort

ThemePark Christmas Florida Fun 2013!

The 2013 Christmas season has been so wonderful that I wanted to give you all a Photo Post instead of the normal blog post. This year I decided to take you on a journey around as much of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and many others to capture the amazing holiday happenings going on in the sunshine state.

Feel free to post any of your pictures or stories here.

Enjoy!

NikkyJ

It’s Friday the 13th, a True Nightmare Before Christmas!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Although it’s the season to be jolly, we have to pause and take a break to recognize the Yuletide spooks of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, a perfect mix of ghastly haunts and merry quirks of the special holiday. I’m sure that no one puts Halloween and Christmas in the same sentence, but it takes special people like Burton and Danny Elfman (the film’s composer) to combine the two opposite holidays and make a classic masterpiece.

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NikkyJ

Theme Park Therapy: Holiday Hope at Florida Amusement Parks

As I sit here prepping for the holiday season ahead, I realize that each year goes by faster and faster. Sometimes the earlier portions of the year feel so far in the distant, like a thick foggy Florida morning. A week may every now and then seem so long ago.

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