Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Friday Adventures take 2

Having just gone to the Not so Scary Halloween Party a few weeks prior, I could not wait to see the Disney magic visit Christmas and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party truly did not disappoint.  

We got to Magic Kingdom a little later than anticipated because I went expo shopping crazy, but we still got there prior to the 7p start.  I was excited because I had managed to not only sync up my Annual Pass to my Magic Band, but I was able to add my Christmas Party ticket also.  So I'm learning to like the Magic Bands.  

We walked in and the first thing we found out was that they were getting ready to light the castle for the night. I was like a giddy little girl all over again.  Cinderella's Castle was a huge part of my beginning runDisney obsession.  So to be able to see it lit up for Christmas for the first time was so special. We found a really great spot to watch and just waited. As I mentioned in my Expo post, I'm a bit touchy about my personal space, so this was a big deal to me that I actually stayed and watched.  I was so so glad I did.  To see the castle lit bit by bit was indescribable.  I think all of us were a bit awestruck.  

We met up with DisBroad Tania, DisBroad Julie and DisBroad's BRF Bonnie and hit Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, one of my family favorites and still enjoy even minus my little people.  

Afterwards we proceeded to track down food.  We ended up at Cosmic Ray's and ended up visiting Club Tinsel while we ate.  This turned out to be one of my highlights.  As I mentioned in my I Found My Supersuit post when we got back from the family trip that Disney is my place to be a little silly, a little more relaxed.  I thought maybe that part of it was due to me being with my family.  But I can say now that even without being with the people who know me and love me the best, that I can still be silly.  We got out and danced and just had a lot of fun.  

After Club Tinsel, Lisa and Marla took off to explore Stitch's Great Escape and It's a Small World.  While they were doing that Julie, Kristen, Tania, Bonnie and I finally met up with DisBroad's April and Amy and friend Wendy.  It was so nice to see Wendy again and it was great to be finally meet April and Amy also.  After spending a few minutes at the Rapunzel rest area and charging center we went off in search of the Jingle Cruise.

 From the Jingle Cruise we hit Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain.  Or rather I didn't ride, I waited and texted and made phone calls.  It was kind of nice to have a moment to just soak up being there and to appreciate it.  

From that point we watched the parade which was so fun.  Again, not much of a parade person due to the crowds, but I learned a little trick that might make the parades a little bit more fun for me.  It's all about location, location, location.  

The silly Disney side returned with a brief caroling stop at Pinocchio's...err, I mean cookie and cocoa stop.  It's never too early to start singing The Twelve Days of Christmas, or in this case we only made it through ten because it was so fabulous we didn't need the final two days. 

Soon it was time for  the fireworks and we decided to head off and get coffee and watch the fireworks from there.  We made our way through the crowds thanks to Julie's awesome tour guide leadership.  She led the way with her #winedinehalfstein.  I was able to get some much needed caffeine and some warmth.  I was freezing.  Yes, I'm a wimp.  I would prefer to be hot than cold. 

We hit the stores for a bit after and Wendy and I went off and tried to go visit the new "talking Mickey" who still had quite a bit of a line.  As it was close to park closing we decided to not wait but at that point we couldn't find any of the other broads so we thought they might have went back to the hotel.  Both my phone and Wendy's phone were dead so we couldn't track anyone down.  So we just hopped on the bus and went back to the rooms.  

I had so much fun and it was so worth going.  I cannot wait to go with my family.  I have already started working on the husband.  We have three birthdays from November 6th through December 6th, so it would be the perfect time for a family trip right?  

Have you been to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?  What was your favorite part?