The 12 Days of a Theme Park Christmas

by on December 24, 2015 4 Comments

Filed under: Adults, Animal Kingdom, Beyond the Parks, D23 Expo, Dining, Disney Springs, Downtown Disney, Drinking, Epcot, Halloween, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Merchandise, Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World (FL)

Everyone has their favorite Christmas traditions. For some it’s a dramatic reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, while for others it is the 24 hour marathon of A Christmas Story. Many of us enjoy reading the famous poem 12 Days of Christmas, even going so far as to figuring out how much all those items would cost (imagine if they were bought at a theme park!) This year we are starting a new tradition on the blog with a look at the 12 Days of a Theme Park Christmas. Get close to your loved ones, slip on an ugly sweater, drink a big sip of egg nog, and let’s begin with…

TWELVE CLOSED ATTRACTIONS

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This is a busy time for the Disney Dump as many attractions have been added to the pile. A great time to invest in construction walls though!

ELEVEN BANISHED BUBBLE GUNS

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Guns have been completely banned from Walt Disney World, even the bubble guns.

TEN MONORAIL PROBLEMS

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Despite having more scheduled downtime than ever before, the Walt Disney World monorails have had some high profile evacuations and even an accident with a tow vehicle.

NINE SOUVENIR CUPS

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Whether you are at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, or The BOATHOUSE, souvenir cups and mugs are now an expected part of the dining experience. (photos by Brandon Glover and “The Skipper” Scott Sanders)

EIGHT eBay SCAMMERS

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From D23 Expo to the recent opening of Disney Parks blog meets to the opening of the Skipper Canteen and everywhere in-between, Disney fans have been ripping off other Disney fans at an exploding rate.

SEVEN STAR WARS MOVIES

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Will Star Wars: The Force Awakens overtake Avatar as the biggest movie of all time? Right now it is projected to (although to be fair, my beloved San Diego Chargers were projected to go 16-0 back in September).

SIX SCAREACTORS SUCKERPUNCHED

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There were several reports of guest violence against Universal Scareactors during Halloween Horror Nights 25. (photo by Brandon Glover and Matt Cleary)

FIVE SECURITY MEASURES

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New security measures are now in place including metal detectors and wand style detectors at Walt Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld. (photo by Matt Cleary)

FOUR OUNCE BEER POURS

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While the prices (and crowds) at EPCOT’s popular Food and Wine Festival are only going up, the sizes of beer pours are only going down. (photo by Matt Cleary)

THREE POOP SNACKS

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The Match The Species snacks at Animal Kingdom were a big surprise, and after going viral, lasted for less than two weeks inside the park. (photo by Brian Carey)

TWO MOVIES BOMBING

For the first time ever, Disney went over $5 Billion in one year, and more impressively did so with Tomorrowland flopping, and The Good Dinosaur becoming Pixar’s first ever “failure” (box office wise).

AND A POP TART SANDWICH IN A PEAR TREE

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Featuring the Pop-Tart Sandwich from Disney’s Pop Century Resort, a culinary masterpiece. (photo by Matt Cleary)

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, master photo manipulator Matt Cleary, the salty skipper Scott Sanders, #blocked and reported for spam Michael Sheehy, Disneyland fanboy Brian Carey, and Fred Weasley’s widow Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.

You can always find Your Humble Author each week on the SATURDAY SIX, each month with the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report, and on Twitter (@derekburgan) producing original pieces of Burgan Fine Art

Posted on December 24, 2015

4 Responses to “The 12 Days of a Theme Park Christmas”

  • Both hilarious and sad at the same time

  • Have to say I’m not shocked “The Good Dinosaur” is flopping (by Pixar standards, anyway). I found myself dozing in the theater while watching it, and that doesn’t happen to me in most Disney films! The best redeeming quality of the film: Sam Elliot in a Disney pic. Had he been cast throughout, Pixar may have had a complete movie.

  • Merry Christmas, Derek!
    In the dictionary next to “prolific” is your photo.
    Seriously, I hope they’re paying you OT. (You’ll just waste it at the outlets. Sheesh.)
    This is my favorite month–all the holiday joy AND about 30 blog posts from you.
    Merry Christmas to all the kind folks at touringplans.com!
    Thank you one and all.