Even the most detailed plans can leave a person lacking. I left a couple of empty days in our plans so we could squeeze something in if anything came up. I’m glad we did, because the new Star Wars Launch Bay opens today at Hollywood Studios. We’ll be at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tonight, but I had left tomorrow open so there’s time for us to check it out and see the Osborne Lights again.
We started yesterday letting our daughter sleep in. We had stopped by a Publix this past Saturday to grab some muffins so we could eat in our room (a nice perk of having our own car), so we weren’t rushed to get out to eat. After seeing how much fun she had at the splash pool at Pop Century, we thought she would love the pirate splash pool at Caribbean Beach. It took her some time to warm up to it, but in the end it was difficult to drag her away. We had to get to Epcot for our lunch reservation at Biergarten!
Once at Epcot, we quickly rushed over to use our FastPass for the characters. Kenzie still hadn’t sent Mickey, and she had been saying his name. We were surprised that she also showed a lot of love to Goofy, since his size can be somewhat intimidating for littles. But, of course, she was all about Minnie.
Now it was time for Mommy and Daddy to trade of riding Test Track while Kenzie took a stroller nap in a back corner of the Chevrolet sales floor. By now, it was starting to drizzle a little, so it became a bit of a water ride.
We had to book it over to the American Adventure pavilion to get our seats for the Candlelight Processional. It was Neil Patrick Harris’s first show, probably the most popular narrator. Sure enough, all the covered seating was gone, so we were stuck out in the drizzle that kept coming and going. But we were fine. A little water never hurt anyone!
The Candlelight Processional is definitely something I can see turning into a family tradition for us. I loved hearing the story of the birth of Jesus accompanied by The Voices of Liberty and a massive choir. It was all very breathtaking. I highly recommend working this into your plans if you will at Disney while it is taking place. It is free with your admission, however you are able to book dining packages that will get you tickets so you won’t have to wait in the standby line. As we were going through security on our way in, we saw a girl coming in with a blanket so she could camp out in the standby line, so dining packages are highly recommended if you want to see one of the more popular narrators.
We grabbed quick service dinners for everyone in America, China, and Mexico before seeing the Christmas stories in Germany and Norway. These stories are incredibly cute, and don’t take a lot of time, so definitely stop for those, if you can.
Because this is our first holiday trip, there is so much we wanted to see and do. We are leaving Animal Kingdom out of this time, mostly because there isn’t a whole lot our daughter can do there, but I would love to see the decorations there. We are here for 9 days and there is still so much to do. I hope we can fit it all in!