USA trip : Day 15 – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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After a late night and disturbed nights sleep (with me eventually getting up at 4.30am) we ended up having a slow morning. I wasn’t really too good (had a headache and some fibro pain) but we left about 10.30 to go to World of Disney (at Disney Springs) to do our last personal and Christmas shopping. We didn’t get many photos as (1) Athena had the camera and (2) we were too busy shopping.

We then headed to Bahama Breeze for lunch. Most of the YouTubers I watch who visit WDW rave about this place.

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We opted to sit inside since the theming was so cute and we had an awesome, fun server…

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who recommended the lettuce tacos to me and they were delicious.

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Christy had mac n cheese, Athena had baked chicken with mashed sweet potatoes and Kevin had empanadas.

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Everyone enjoyed their meals and lunch was declared a big success. Such a relief after the Sweet Tomatoes failure.

After lunch we went back home and everyone rested up. Kevin and Athena had a sleep, I tried to have a sleep and Christy just watched Netflix.

Then around 5.30pm we set off for the Magic Kingdom.

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for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The kids didn’t know as it was a surprise from Nan & Pop.

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Unfortunately this ended up being quite the ordeal. When we got to the ticket and transport center the monorail wasn’t working so we had to catch the ferry, which obviously had a rather long line/wait. Then there was some emergency on the unloading ferry which meant everything came to a stop. Luckily we were able to sit leaning against a wall, as we were there close to an hour, then once we finally boarded the ferry had to wait to dock and get off.

By the time we got the ticket booths it was about 7.30pm and after the official start of the party. We had hoped to be here by 6pm. The good thing was that it was indeed a surprise for the kids, who were puzzled when their magic bands didn’t work.

I love the Magic Kingdom at any time, esp at Christmas but night-time at Christmas is in a league of it’s own. Hence the number of photos you are about to see.

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First up we had to get a family photo in front of the tree.

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We then headed down Main Street.

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And went to ride on Pirates of the Caribbean. Just a 5min wait.

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We then got hot cocoas and snowmen cookies – they were pretty and blue but you can’t see that cause it’s so dark.

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We took full advantage of the photographers tonight and were able to get a few family photos.

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Next we rode the Haunted Mansion. I always see new things on this ride that I don’t remember from before.

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We then walked around to Pinnochios Village Haus for dinner.

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I couldn’t work out why it was so empty until I realized it was almost 9pm. We got a great table overlooking the It’s a Small World ride boarding area. We had tomato soup – which had been recommended – and was delicious.

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And shared a caprese flat bread.

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Then it was time to grab a spot for the fireworks. We managed to get a spot with seats, only to realize when the fireworks started was that it wasn’t a good spot and most of the show was blocked by trees :-(. It was however a good position to see Tinkerbell fly.

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Luckily Athena moved off and found us a better, and less crowded spot, to watch them.

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Then we went to the Winnie The Pooh ride, which we had missed out on the other day. All the characters were there and it would have been great to meet them but it was a 30min wait.

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Even the ride had about a 10min wait.

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Cute ride but so very short.

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We were heading over to Tommowland when we spotted Club Tinsel.

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Thee went and danced with the polar bears.

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Another candy cane was spotted…

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which meant….

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The people mover was up next. Kevin started this weird way of riding the escalator.

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Always good to have a nice sit down as you ride around Tomorrowland.

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We then headed back up Main Street to find a spot to watch the parade.

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We found a good spot by the entrance, but it meant the parade didn’t reach us until about 11.30pm.

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Smiled the whole way through it. Disney sure do know how to do parades.

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With having lost that 90mins at the start of the evening and having to wait so long for the parade we didn’t get to do everything we had wanted/planned. So at 11.45pm (with the park closing at 12am) we raced back down Main Street and over to Peter Pan. This ended up being a mistake as Athena ended up being in a lot of pain (due to us not getting them a wheelchair for the line) and Christy was upset to have missed a show. Again, cute ride but very short.

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We did manage to catch the second half the 12am show. I don’t think it was that good anyway (certainly not as good as the last one we saw). But it was a nice way to end the night.

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Heading back up Main Street for the last time we were all rather sad.

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We did visit a few shops and I bought a print (something I had wanted to get this trip).

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And we finally left the park about 12.30am. By the time we caught the ferry back and then walked to our car and drove home, it was about 1.30am. Definitely the latest night I’d ever had a Disney. And surprisingly I wasn’t even too tired (yet).

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  1. Lana says:

    I’ve heard great things about Bahama Breeze, sorry you had a disappointing meal at Sweet Tomatoes earlier. It was so kind of your parents to get MVMCP tickets as a surprise. The special event parties are so much fun. I love seeing MK at night all decorated for Christmas…just beautiful.

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