December 18, 2005

Mickey's (and Kate's) Very Merry Christmas

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At the start of December we took Kate to Disney for the second time. This time, though, we went specifically for two things: 1) Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and 2) The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. And needless to say, since it is Disney after all, we weren't disappointed. Quite the contrary. We had a blast!

It was a brisk night (brisk for Florida) on the evening we attended Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and the chilly weather made it all the more excited. Disney went all out on the details. A holiday themed parade. Characters all decked out in holiday gear. Lights everywhere. Snow on Main Street. It felt so Christmas-y! Ken and I really enjoyed the complimentary cocoa, while Kate loved the cookies. We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves any more. It's definitely on the list of things to do in 2006.

On the second day of our vacation we headed back to the Magic Kingdom. We went on all of Kate's favorite rides, as well as some new favorites. We also visited with all of Kate's favorite characters: Mickey, Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger. This time she enjoyed taking her picture alone with each of them. It was hard to get her to look at the camera sometimes, since she was so in awe of them.

That same evening we went to MGM to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights...and what a spectacle it was. It was just amazing. We had never seen so many lights. Kate enjoyed trying to catch the snow, as well as more picture with 2 more of her favorite characters: Goofy and Pluto. See what I mean about being in awe of the characters. Kate was much more interested in checking out Pluto's doggy whiskers than posing for a picture with him.

On day 3 we took Kate to Animal Kingdom for the first time. She loved it even more than I thought she would. Here favorites were: The Festival of the Lion King show, The TriceraTop Spin, The Wildlife Express Train and The Kilimanjaro Safari. Ken, Kate and I also spent quite a bit of time at The Boneyard. Any place with slides is a big hit with our family. Kate was also excited to see one of her favorite Playhouse Disney characters, Stanley, and his goldfish Dennis.

That evening we went to Downtown Disney to wear Kate out just a little bit more before bed. :-) We strolled around and she posed for pictures with inanimate characters, like The Princesses (with Daddy too), Mickey, Minnie, Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Potato Head. That was definitely enough excitement for Day 3.

On our 4th and final day at Disney we went to Epcot for brunch with the characters, as well as for a few rides and attractions. Besides the characters of course, Kate's favorite part of her brunch was dessert. She got to meticulously decorate and eat her own little cupcake. Yum! And I guess Bruce the Shark felt a little jealous and left out on the cupcake action, so he had Ken, Kate and I for dessert instead. :-)

By mid afternoon that was all of the excitement our little Kate could handle, so we got in our car and headed back home. This is what we found in the backseat just minutes after leaving the park. No doubt she had visions of Mickey Mouse dancing in her head.
Posted by Jean-Marie at December 18, 2005 10:20 PM
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