Often times when we are planning a trip to Disney, we keep it on the DL. Not because we’re not super excited, but because we know that not everyone is able to go to Disney World as often as we do – and maybe not ever. I never take for granted how blessed our family is to be able to go on a few vacations a year to get away and spend time together, especially when it’s in the Disney bubble.
Today on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the countless things God has given us. Going to Disney World has provided so many amazing memories that we’ll share as a family forever.
Here are some of the things I’m most thankful for – be sure to vote below on what YOU are most thankful for!
Being an annual passholder
Getting to go to Disney World and Disneyland in the same year
Air conditioning in August
San Angel Inn margaritas
Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table with my daughter dressed as Cinderella
Beauty and the Beast show at Hollywood Studios
The Magical Express
Perfume in Norway Pavilion
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Everything about Epcot
Thankful at Disney World
Hopefully we’ll be at Disney again soon, but until then I’ll just stay thankful for all the memories.
One of the best things about Disney vacations is that something unexpected and magical seems to happen on every trip. Last November, my husband and I went to Disney World to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we definitely experienced some unexpected magic!
Christmas Mickey and Minnie
We planned our trip the week following Thanksgiving, knowing that we would beat the holiday crowds that grow as Christmas break approaches. Upon arriving at Magic Kingdom, we saw some commotion and a stage set up in the Main Street square, not to mention people lined up along Main Street wearing Santa hats and Christmas-themed attire. It didn’t take too long to realize something was going on and we soon found out they were setting up to tape the Christmas Day parade that airs on TV Christmas morning — and we were going to be there to witness it!
The timing of the parade happened shortly after the news of Disney taking over Lucasfilm, so there were tons of storm troopers lined up to march in the parade, lead by Darth Vader.
Star Wars Christmas Parade on Main Street
It was so cool to see the behind-the-scenes instructions given to Vader by the director and it only took a few takes to get the scene right.
Darth Vader in the Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom
Storm Trooper Parade at Magic Kingdom
After the parade was over, we made our way up Main Street towards Cinderella Castle. Once we got there, it was obvious there was going to be a show. Continue reading →