Have you ever thought of giving the gift of TRAVEL? Pete and I have just returned from the most magnificent trip to Disney World and I have some exciting news to share. You can give the gift of Disney World Magic during the holidays and Disney has made it even easier to wrap something to put underneath the tree. BONUS: I have an exciting GIVEAWAY for one lucky winner to add to the Disney excitement!
A huge thank you to Disney World for bringing Pete and me to Orlando, Florida for the press trip so that we could experience the holidays and share the good news. I’ve never seen Disney World decorated for the holidays so this was an extra special treat for me. Y’all, there are Christmas Tree’s, decorations, celebrations and more at each of the 4 theme parks, Disney Hotel properties and Disney Springs. In many cases, they flip all of the decor in one night transitioning from fall/Halloween to holiday/winter. Magical!
Have you ever thought of giving a Disney World trip as a Christmas gift? But what would you wrap and put underneath the tree to be opened on Christmas Day? Well, I have the answer for you. The fine folks at Disney have just launched Give the Gift of Disney World Magic and have a site dedicated to helping you, which will give you something you can put underneath the Christmas tree. They have Disney Gift Cards, Theme Park Tickets, Annual Passes, Disney Resort Packages, the Enchanted Extras Collection (there are over 100 special experiences that you can add to your Disney vacation package) and Disney merchandise. Everything is one place so it makes it easy for you to shop online.
I wrote this blog post about 10 NEW Things to know about Disney World but I’m adding some information to help you with the holidays. Disney World is a great trip for families, adults (Pete and I are kids at heart), a girls trip, extended families and really anyone looking to experience the most magical place on earth. A Walt Disney World vacation is the perfect holiday gift for loved ones to create memories that last a lifetime. For a limited time, you can and save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1 through April 27, 2019 when they book through Jan. 2, 2019. Visit the special offer page on disneyworld.com for more details.
If you haven’t been to Disney World in a while, you will experience Magic Bands – waterproof wrist bands and electronic device (I have the pink one on in the top picture) to enter your Disney World Resort, swipe in to all theme parks, schedule fast passes, charge all purchases and link with your app for dining reservations. In 2019, Disney World will be celebrating the opening of the Star Wars experiences and resort (near Hollywood Studios), a special anniversary for Hollywood Studios and the addition of the Skyliner Gondola as transportation. That’s the great thing about a Disney World vacation – no 2 trips are the same!
On this trip Pete and I stayed at the Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, explored all 4 Disney theme parks, learned about the Give the Gift of Disney World Magic from Disney insiders, attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, watched the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian Resort, attended the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios and toured some of the other Disney resorts to see what’s new. WHEW! I’m detailing more below underneath the pictures.
I’m also linking what I wore on our November trip. It was unseasonably warm but got really chilly on our last day there. As you probably know, Orlando is humid so be prepared for anything. We always check the weather before we depart Dallas and continue to check it while there. HINT: Have a light weight rain poncho with you on the trip.
GIVEAWAY: One lucky person will WIN the entire Give Disney World Magic gift bundle (over $250 value) pictured at the very bottom of this blog post! What’s in the package? Everything you need to surprise your little ones, family, friends with Disney for the holidays! To enter: Leave a comment on this blog post and tell me WHY you think Disney World is a great gift idea. WINNER will be announced on the blog in one week. All items will be shipped to you exactly as you see them below! You have until midnight on December 5 to enter.
Good Luck! xoxo – Tanya
Give Disney World Magic
Festive holiday decorations at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom and everywhere throughout the parks November through the first week of January. It even snows at night on Main Street USA!
The Christmas Tree at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Our favorite Disney theme park is EPCOT because there is so much to do! TIP: Enjoy margarita’s and Mexican food at San Angel Inn Restaurant in the Mexican Pavilion. Don’t do the orange line of MISSION:SPACE afterwards. Not a good combo…
Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort always makes your experience better. Enjoy extra park time with Magic Hours, use of all the Disney transportation systems and your Magic Bands for your resort room entrance as well as all the amazing amenities that each resort has to offer!
Have you experienced the new Pandora – The World of Avatar ride in the Animal Kingdom? OMG! It quickly became our favorite ride and we highly recommend it! WOW, just WOW! By the way, these rose gold Minnie Mouse ears are a perfect way to keep your hair in place!
This is the lobby at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. It’s getting a complete refurbishment and adding a tower to the property that will be open in 2019. All the years that Taylor’s drill team competed at Disney World, this is the property we stayed in.
Of course I had a Dole Whip! TIP: Get the ones that are served near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom. They’re the BEST!
One of the many things I love about Disney – it’s always updating and reinventing itself. Look at Cinderella’s castle during the holidays. They start the process of stringing all of these Christmas lights in July! Talk about planning ahead. Simply stunning!
Pete and I are really kids at heart. Take an adult trip to Disney World. I promise you will have fun!
Funny story about this pic: I was going to ask the balloon sales person if I could hold all the balloons for the “shot”. The wind started to blow and Pete told me to turn around. He snapped it and it’s perfect!
This entire GIVE DISNEY WORLD MAGIC package is going to ONE lucky winner! It includes: Mickey Mouse Ear Hat, Cinderella Castle Play Set, WDW Resort Monorail Play Set, Disney Theme Park Edition III Monopoly game, Minnie Mouse Holiday Ears for adults and the Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Pouch. Package is valued over $250.
photo: Pete Foster