For years my Christmas list has been filled with Disney related wishes, and most of my friends & family know it is a pretty safe bet for me if they choose something Disney. But this year I am dreaming big! There are some Disney items that are not only on my Christmas list, but also on my bucket list. And the more years that go by the more I appreciate the gifts that become shared experiences rather than the toys and gadgets that go unplayed with after January 2. So, Santa, if you are reading this here are 10 things I would love to get for Christmas this year (PS I’ve been really, really good).
10. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets
There is just something special about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party and no matter how many times I go I always want to go back the next year. There are so many activities and special things to see and do, it really is a good value for the ticket price. But the best part about the party is the holiday spirit that truly fills the air (even if it is warm 75 degrees in Florida). Everyone wearing holiday shirts (& sometimes PJs), the carols, the cookies, and the snow!! My favorite parts are the parade (which I try to watch both times) and the fireworks. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party is truly magical.
9. The Holiday Dooney & Bourke
Dooney & Bourke have a lot of great Disney patterns and styles, but this years’ holiday bag with the black background and the Christmas decorated park attractions is at the top of my list. I love the pattern and the styles of bags they have available. The colors are cheerful and the touch of plaid inside is the perfect finishing touch. I’m really hoping I can talk Santa into leaving one under my tree.
8. Backstage Magic Tour
The day long Backstage Magic Tour has been on my Disney bucket list for years. I would really love it if this wish was granted this year with a reservation to spend the day going behind the scenes at Walt Disney World. All of Disney’s guided tours are fantastic, but this one takes the cake. The part I would like to see the most is behind the scenes at the American Adventure attraction . . . but this tour shows you so much more of how Walt Disney World operates too. If you like to pull back the curtain and see a little of how the magic works, this is a great addition to your wish list.
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7. Illuminations Fireworks Cruise on December 31 (or anytime during the International Festival of the Holidays)
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is a great fireworks show year ‘round, but during the holiday season it is extra special with a very moving holiday ending. The music is touching and the firework that accompany it literally take your breath away. It can’t be missed. And since Illuminations is ending in 2019, this is the last holiday run—I don’t know what the new show will have for the holidays. But . . . for New Year’s there is even more fireworks counting down to the New Year. And I can’t think of a better vantage point than on a private fireworks cruise. You tie up just between the United Kingdom and France, a perfect view, and no fighting the crowds—your boat pulls up just before the fireworks start (after cruising Crescent Lake for a bit). You have snacks and drinks onboard. This would be a perfect ending to a holiday season.
6. A Minnie Van
I just love the Minnie vans, they make transportation easy and convenient if you are trying to get to places that are not direct on Disney’s usual transportation methods. The Minnie Vans are also completely adorable. So this Christmas I want a Minnie Van. To Keep. Just picture it, parked in my driveway with a red & white polka dot bow tied on top like a commercial.
5. Premier Accommodations on December 31
Epcot is not the only place with a great fireworks show to ring in the New Year. Magic Kingdom’s Fantasy in the Sky on December 30 and 31 light up the sky with amazing pyrotechnics. I do not enjoy fighting a crowd though, so it would be much more my style to have a prime spot to view the fireworks with just my family. Here’s what I’m thinking. Either a Club Level Theme Park View room at the Contemporary (so I can enjoy all of those yummy club level snacks), or a Bungalow at the Polynesian Village Resort & Villas. I think I am leaning toward the latter. Both would offer an amazing view, albeit from different angles. But, at the Polynesian Bungalow I could order the ‘Ohana Feast from room service for dinner and then sit out on the deck over the water to watch the show. I really hope this one shows up in my stocking!
4. World of Disney Shopping Spree
While I do favor experiences over stuff, who can pass up shopping at the humongous (and recently remodeled) World of Disney shop? I’m not asking for an unlimited allowance, but something like $500 should do nicely to give me a chance to browse and pick a few items that I just can’t live without. I’m thinking Santa could enclose a certificate for the shopping spree inside the Dooney & Bourke Christmas bag he left under the tree.
3. VIP Tour Day
Having recently experienced a day in the parks with a VIP Guide during LBAC Travel’s annual conference, I have to say this is one nice way to experience Walt Disney World. It ranks pretty high on my Disney Christmas Wish List to get to have this chance again. The guide personalizes your day based on which parks you would like to visit and you are able to enter all attractions you want to ride through the FastPass line. This makes it super convenient, makes touring a breeze, and no one has to worry about all of that planning ahead of time (which is a real luxury for those who usually have that responsibility). Not to mention the amazing VIP Guides. They are all so nice, over the top accommodating, and so knowledgeable about Disney that they can answer any questions you have and offer you some trivia as you walk around the parks.
2. Disney Vacation Club
Ah, to be a member of Disney Vacation Club. There is something about it that gives you a sense of security that you will always find your way back to Walt Disney World for vacation, not to mention the incredible accommodations available to you as a Disney Vacation Club member. Remember that Bungalow I want for New Years’ Eve—that’s Disney Vacation Club (but you can make a reservation even if you are not a member). There are Studios along with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas that give you all of the conveniences of home while you travel. I love our stays in the 1 and 2 bedroom villas (haven’t tried 3 bedrooms yet). It is so nice to have the full kitchen and the washer/dryer (no more dirty clothes to wash at home).
1. Annual Pass
The ultimate gift that keeps on giving, a Walt Disney World Annual Pass. It would pair nicely with the Disney Vacation Club membership. Annual Passholders get entry into Walt Disney World for a full year from their purchase date (noting that some types of passes of restrictions). It also allows unlimited park hopping. There are several other perks that come with being a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder like Memory Maker, merchandise discounts, select dining discounts, occasional room discounts, recreation discounts, special event discounts, special merchandise and more! If you are a Disney fanatic an Annual Pass should be at the top of your Christmas list.
What is at the top of your Disney Christmas list?