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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > December 2006

December 2006 - Holiday Edition 

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<< Introduction >>

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight, walking in a Disney wonderland. Yep, it's that time of year again when the Walt Disney World resort transforms into a menagerie of tinsel, lights, and evergreens. This edition is jam packed with overviews and reviews of all the festive happenings at Disney World, plus a very cool Christmas promotion. So with out delay–-it’s Insider time

<< Merry Christmas from the Mouse  >>

Planning a trip for 2007? Book a Walt Disney World vacation package by December 23, and Mickey Mouse will call the family on Christmas day to deliver the big news. Your Magical Journeys Agent will send you the details on how to schedule after your deposit is applied. Anyone who books a vacation is eligible to schedule the call. Mickey will call the phone number provided between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, December 25, 2006. The call must be scheduled by 9:00 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, December 23, 2006.

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<< Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!  >>

On select nights during the Holiday season the Magic Kingdom transforms into Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The after-hours party features a magical night of holiday snow, an enchanting parade, Disney Character greetings, spectacular fireworks and tasty treats, plus the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions. The party is currently in full swing for the 2006 Holiday Season and will continue on select nights through December 21.

Let’s take a look at what INTERCOTees have recently had to say about this festive annual event:

“We went to MVMCP in 2004 and loved it! Definitely worth the price of admission! … We walked onto all of the "mountain" rides repeatedly, saw many characters and had a ball! The only crowds we encountered were for the free cookies and hot chocolate. My youngest was 5 at the time and was so excited with the festive mood of the evening that staying up late didn't bother her at all.”
-- wickersham

“This will be our 4th year in a row … We like the snow on main street which is crowded and Wishes and the rides and we usually watch the parade.” –MsMin

”Loved the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!!! Hot chocolate and cookies were quite tasty, and it was so much fun getting on rides with no lines! We did many rides in addition to catching the parade, fireworks, and Mickey's Twas the Night Before Christmas show. The snow on Main Street was awesome as well. I would definitely do it again”—PirateLover

“I went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party last year and I absolutely loved it!! The hot chocolate and cookies were great.”-- FLGator86

“Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party totally gets me ready for Christmas - the park is decorated beautifully (they even create snow on Main St.)! Seeing the different Christmas shows, and Santa at the end of the parade is always fun!”—Tynkerbelle

“I have done the Christmas Party twice. It is all about the atmosphere, the music, the decorations, and the fun of the special parades and fireworks.”—ChipnDaleGal

2006 Party Details & Schedule
Unofficial 2006 Character Listing & Discussion

<< Holiday Splendor 2006  >>

From mid-November through early January, the Walt Disney World presents a grandiose collection of events and exhibits aptly called “Holiday Splendor”. This year the “Holiday Splendor” kicked-off November 13, 2006 and will run through January 7, 2007.

-The Magic Kingdom-
The Kingdom of Magic and Dreams offers even more enchantment during the Holiday Season. From tree lightings, to shows, to decorations; the Magic Kingdom has even more to offer during this wonderful time of year.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring… well, actually there was a Mouse. On select days during the Holiday Season, the Galaxy Palace theater spreads Christmas Cheer with special presentations of the “Mickey's 'Twas The Night Before Christmas” show.

Toy Soldiers, Teddy Bears and Candy Canes…oh, my. On select days near Christmas, the Magic Kingdom makes special presentations of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade twice each day. The seasonal parade is a rare sight during regular park hours, so it is a definite not to miss.

As twilight approaches the Magic Kingdom really lights up during the Holiday Season. On most nights during the Holiday Season the Magic Kingdom features the “Magic Kingdom Tree Lighting Ceremony” on Main Street USA.

Once night has settled in, the Magic Kingdom lights up the sky with Christmas spirit. On select nights near Christmas, the Magic Kingdom offers special presentations of the Holiday Wishes fireworks show. Although this presentation is not quite as extravagant as the one shown during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, it is still a spectacular sight the spreads Christmas cheer across the sky.

Epcot’s World Showcase gives Guests a taste of Winter Holidays across the globe. With many traditional customs displayed in each country’s pavilions and special nighttime extravaganzas, the Spirit of the Season bursts with International flare.

On most days during the Holiday Season, Epcot’s World Showcase presents “Holidays Around the World”. Many of the pavilions come to life as Holiday Storytellers weave tales of Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and other Winter Holiday’s lore. With multiple performances a day, Guests have lots of opportunities to take in the international festivities.

As dusk descends upon World Showcase, Showcase Plaza lights up with dazzling lights on most nights during the Holiday Season. Join Mickey and Friends as they share international traditions during the “Mickey’s Tree Lighting Treat”. Nearby, a canopy of wonder sparks to life during the Seasonal presentation of “Lights of Winter”. The stretch between World Showcase and Future World sparkles with a dazzling display of music and lights.

On select nights during the Holiday Season, the American Garden Theater presents the “Candle Light Processional”. Special celebrity guest speakers and a choral cast re-tell the Nativity Story in a stunning and moving fashion.

Most nights during the Holiday Season come to life with the hope and joy as Epcot presents “Illuminations: Let There be Peace on Earth”. This special presentation of Illuminations is a variation of the “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” show that ends with a special “Peace on Earth” finale.

-Disney-MGM Studios-
Tinsel Town lives up to its name during the Holiday Season. With a Christmas cavalcade and a wonderland of lights, Disney-MGM Studios celebrates the Season Hollywood Style.

On most days during the Holiday Season, your favorite Stars cruise by in their Christmas best. The Hollywood Holly-Day Parade is a special Christmas version of the Stars and Motorcars Parade.

As night falls over the Studios, the Streets of America burst of Holiday Heritage. During most nights during the Holiday Season, the Streets of America transform into the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. This amazing array of lights and lighted sculptures immerse Guests in a Big City Christmas only found on the Silver Screen. New for 2006, the massive display of lights dances in choreographed patterns to Seasonal musical every 15 minutes.

-The Animal Kingdom-
The Wilds of the Animal Kingdom grow into a festive forest of fun during the Holiday Season. With a Christmas caravan, a festive breakfast, and an Evergreen clad camp, the Animal Kingdom celebrates the Season on the Wild Side.

On most days during the Holiday Season, the trails of Discovery Island are jamming with jingle bells and jolly with joy. Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade is a special Christmas version of Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade that features Characters and their vehicles in their Christmas best.

During most of the Holiday Season Camp Mickey-Minnie transforms into Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village. This special seasonal overlay features Santa Goofy and his friends in their Christmas Best amongst a forest of specially themed Christmas Trees. Campfire Carolers, a Sunrise tree lighting ceremony, and other live entertainment are sure to keep Guests’ Christmas Sprits high.

On most mornings during the Holiday Season, the Restaurantosaurs takes on a Christmas twist. “Deck the Halls with Donald” is a special Christmas version of Donald’s Breakfastosaurs that features Donald and Friends in their Christmas Best and Santa Goofy.

-Downtown Disney-
During most of the Holiday Season Downtown Disney presents a special series of events called “Christmas Time in the City”. The events include Meet & Greets with Santa at his Chalet and special Seasonal performances at the Dock Stage.

Seasonal Entertainment Guide
Christmas Photo Gallery

<< It’s a Wonderful Pavilion >>

The Wonders of Life Pavilion in Epcot's Future World has reopened for the 2006 Holiday Season. The pavilion re-opened November 26, 2006 will remain open through January 1, 2007. Body Wars, Cranium Command and the Making of Me will be operational during this period. The future of the building after the New Year is currently unknown.

“This is very good news! I will be visiting Disney during this timeframe so will make a point of going to Epcot to visit some of my sentimental favorites.”--MinnieMommie

“I am so happy, it has been so long since I have seen Body Wars or even been in Wonders of Life. Can't wait to see it.”-- chrisb26

“I was there yesterday...It was definitely like taking a trip to "old EPCOT".”--CandleontheWater

<< INTERCOTee Top 5: Christmas Resorts >>

The Theme Parks aren’t the only places at the Walt Disney World resort that get into the Christmas Spirit, so do the Resort Hotels. All of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels get decked-out for the Holidays, some more than others. The Insider has reviewed recent discussions and has put together the INTERCOTee Top 5 Most Christmas Decorated Resorts.

Coming in at number 5 … Disney's BoardWalk Inn

Ostentatiously ornate garlands and tastes of Americana Christmas are draped across Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Sculptures of Boardwalk icons and the first couple of Disney stand tall in the Boardwalk’s decked-out lobby. These marvelous sculptures are made entirely from chocolate, sugar and gingerbread.

Coming in at number 4 … Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

It’s a Country Christmas for Guests of the Wilderness Lodge. The lodge lobby is decked out with wreaths, garlands, and a sequoia sized Christmas Tree. Everywhere you look around this red wood resort you’ll find rustic charms of Christmas.

Coming in at number 3 … Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The Ships come sailing in on Christmas Day with a stay at Disney’s Yacht Club resort. Among the Nautical undertone wreaths and garlands, the lobby showcases sugary mountain and village. This mammoth sugar mountain is intricately detailed and completely made of confectionary construction.

Coming in at number 2 … Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Celebrating the Season Seaside, Disney’s Beach Club resort immerse Guests in all the Wonders of a Christmas confectionaries. Amidst glittering Christmas Trees, the Beach Club lobby showcases a A life-size, completely edible carousel -- made with gingerbread, chocolate and sugar paste.

And coming in at number 1 … Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Christmas is a Grand Ole Time when staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort. Guests encounter a Victorian Christmas in every nook and cranny of this resort from the grand decoration in the lobby, to the Seasonal sculptures subtlety placed about the sprawling grounds. The focal point of these dazzling decorations is the life-size gingerbread house in the resort’s lobby.

That’s it for the countdown, to set your sights on many of these dazzling decorations check out Piglett822's Disney Resorts at Christmas Photos.

<< Conclusion>>

The staff of INTERCOT would like to wish the best to you and yours this Christmas and Holiday Season. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and every one of you for the more than 10,000 subscriptions to INTERCOT Insider. We’ll be back with our monthly articles before the New Year, until then have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Don’t forget, we’d love to hear from you. Have a suggestion, comment, idea or trip tip? Send it in to newsletter@intercot.com and it might just end up in an upcoming issue of the Insider.

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