Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re stopping by Disney’s Hollywood Studios, checking out some sweet treats at the Contempo Cafe, and taking another detailed look at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I can’t wait – so let’s get going! 🙂
Now, you might be asking yourself why I’m not covering the new Polynesian lobby or the Comedy Warehouse returning to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While I pride myself on bringing you guys the latest news from the parks every week, I’m home enjoying some time with my family for the holidays. Rather than leave you without any Disney goodness at all, I decided to pull some extra fun from the past couple of weeks to share with you. I’ll be back next week to share the latest news and to get ready for the craziness that is New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! How are you celebrating? I’d love to hear in the comment below!
We started celebrating a couple weeks ago in the Disney parks. As you can see to the left, we wanted to build a snowman! While it was only about six inches tall, it was the best these Floridians have done in a while. 😉 Want to see what else we did? Click to read more.
We’ve visited the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post before but it wasn’t until I visited with my sisters that I realized that Olaf’s flower from the movie preview is outside in the “snow”. I’d completely forgotten. I love all the little details that are sprinkled throughout this area. Though, fair warning, that snow area is really slippery! I nearly fell more than once before we decided it was time to quit while we were ahead.
A few weeks back I met Santa Goofy in Storybook Circus and I was surprised how short the wait was. It makes sense now, check out the meet and greet space below at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This looks a heck of a lot better than The Barnstormer in the background of your Christmas photo. While the wait can be more like 40 minutes to meet Santa Goofy in this area, you can’t beat this setting. Extra bonus, you can see the Obsorne Family Lights while you wait!
Next, I’m sharing one of my most closely guarded secrets, Contempo Cafe in Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the cupcake capitol of Walt Disney World! They change often and are always some of the best flavors anywhere. On the left is a Frozen cupcake with chocolate cake and peppermint frosting. I had my doubts, it looks like toothpaste! But the flavor was divine and I’m ready to go get another. 🙂 On the right was a Mickey Christmas cupcake with vanilla cake and marshmallow frosting! It was yummy, but our table agreed that Frozen was the winner.
Contempo Cafe also has really good food. Pictured left is the Caprese Flatbread featuring Basil Pesto, Diced Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese, and Balsamic Glaze. At $8.49 it was a nice snack for the table to share. Pictured right is the Tuna Pita with house made chips for $9.49. If you’re thinking of trying Contempo Cafe you can find the menu here. It’s an easy monorail ride (or walk) away from the Magic Kingdom!
After an evening snack it was time to head to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This was the second time this year I was lucky enough to attend the party and it was once again sold out. It’s been such a busy year! Something I didn’t take a photo of last time was the cookies and cocoa. I realized after I got home and was bummed I didn’t have it to share. So here you have it: snickerdoodles and cocoa. It looks like the design on the cups is more of the new “swell” Mickey design that just came out this year. They were already handing refreshments out to party guests by 6pm, which was a nice surprise!
Club Tinsel over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café features a super fun dance party with Phineas and Ferb. I could have spent more time here dancing with the characters but I got outvoted! If your kids are into this show then they’ll love this fun detour. Not to mention there’s a cookie station outside, so you can grab a snack on your way in or out. (or both!)
Another cookie stop is over at The Crystal Palace. Since this is a table service restaurant, it’s a rare opportunity to go inside and see the decorations without dining. They even pipe in the stage show music inside. While it isn’t a very good view it’s certainly a nice escape from the crowds with comfy seats. The character topiaries are even dressed up for the holidays!
I couldn’t include Piglet and Eeyore without Pooh and Tigger! It was great to be able to get photos of these during the party since they are normally mobbed during normal restaurant hours. I’ve talked about poinsettias around the parks and resorts, but there are gobs of them in here! It just looks magical for the holidays!
Another dance party was thumping over at the Golden Horseshoe, where The Country Bears had taken over. It was very easy to get your photos taken with these hard to find characters and the bear were hilarious and full of mischief. I could have spent quite a while just watching them. The Country Bears dancing to top 40 music, who would have thought we’d see the day? 😉
Back at Cinderella’s Castle, Celebrate The Season had taken over the stage. I swear this show hasn’t changed since I was a little girl. We thought we had decent viewing spots, but when they show started kids went up on shoulders everywhere through the crowd. I used to get upset about this, but I’ve realized I spent lots of years up on shoulders myself! I was still able to grab a few decent shots to share through all the tall toddlers.
Of course, Celebrate The Season wouldn’t be complete without Mickey and Minnie. One tip that we picked up by dumb luck, if you watch the first castle show you’re also in a good spot for the Frozen Holiday Wish and first parade of the night. While it was cramped on Main Street at least we were able to grab a spot and have entertainment available every 15 minutes or so. While it was a happy accident, I’d use this strategy again.
Who’s ready for some Olaf?? Well, I hope you’re a fan because he’s all I could see of the Frozen Holiday Wish! If I thought kids went up on shoulders for the Celebrate The Season show, it was easily double that number for the castle lighting. Personally, I’m a little tired of Frozen taking over everything. However, when I heard the collective squeal from all the kids I knew I was in the minority. The first few floats of the parade have also been taken over by characters from Frozen (pictured right).
Also, now featured prominently in the parade is Kristoff. If you could have heard all the little girls scream! I understand why the Frozen craze shows no sign of slowing down. I wonder how much longer before you can meet Kristoff in the parks and how long will that line be? Much like the meet and greet for Rapunzel, it was really Flynn all the girls wanted to meet! Speaking of, Flynn was at the party too meeting in Princess Fairytale Hall. Unfortunately, I never made it over that way.
Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the classic parts of the parade. Chip and Dale in their matching chef suits certainly qualify for that title. It’s funny to watch little kids respond to the characters they don’t know as well. I grew up with Rescue Rangers so I adore Chip and Dale, but that seems to be lacking in kids now. What do you guys think? Is there a gap or is it just in my head?
More and more, the latest characters are starting to show up in the parade to replace classic characters. While it isn’t new this year, Wreck it Ralph is featured. I kept hoping to see Hiro and Baymax but they were only there for the television parade taping. Maybe next year!
Goofy is still in his rightful place on the candy float! Of course, this is the same float that they use for the Halloween party with some slightly different decorations. 😉 I almost didn’t point that out because I know it sounds a little negative, but I’m honestly curious how many people noticed without me pointing it out. Did you know?
Classic princesses are also heavily featured. Outside of those pictured below you’ll see Jasmine, Aurora, and Tiana all aboard with their princes. Snow White and Prince Charming are also featured dancing on their own float. I can’t think of another parade where you can see such a concentration of Disney princesses in one place. It’s great for kids!
Of course, it ends with the classics! Santa and his dancing reindeer light up Main Street under a foam snow filled sky. You might have noticed that I’ve missed some of the best parts of the parade in this summary. If you check here, I purposely skipped things I’ve covered over the last few weeks. That link will take you to everything I’ve posted over the last few weeks so you can see the best of Christmas at Disney World. (It’s way too much to fit into just one blog!)
What would the party be without fireworks?? Here is a video of roughly the first half as seen from the Tomorrowland bridge. I wanted to give you an idea of what it looked like from this area and I was also hoping to get some photos of Santa Goofy in his sleigh. However, when it came time for his “flight”, Tinkerbell was the one that came down the line. I did a bit of searching online but can’t find any information. It’s been years since I watched the fireworks from in front of the castle. Was this just cut years ago? Did I make it up? 🙁
After the fireworks we decided to hop on rides with very short waits for the rest of the night. As the clock struck 12, we were perfectly timed to walk out of the park. While we had a great time at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party I do question if it’s still worth the price. It seems much more crowded than it has been in years past and the ticket prices are steep. What do you think? Is it worth it? I’d love your opinion.
That’s everything for this week. I want to wish each and every one of you an extra magical holiday! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂