Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Are you lucky enough to have a Bass Pro Shops nearby? We are, right in Festival Bay Mall in Orlando! Now through Christmas Eve, Santa has set up his Wonderland right in the middle of Bass Pro!!

                     Santa’s Wonderland
They have several game & activity stations set up in the store. Most of them are right in the immediate area of Santa, but the ornament decorating is in front of the big fish tank (at least it is in the Orlando location).
The first thing we saw walking into our Bass Pro was the AMAZING Christmas tree! I loved the rustic simplicity of it!!!
                         The big tree!
Then you smell popcorn, fudge, and cinnamon nuts! The first activity you come upon is Little Man’s favorite, the carousel! Lots of outdoorsy animals – bears, deer, polar bear, reindeer, moose!  We rode it twice, and he wanted to go again! (We went again for week two and he went crazy when he saw the carousel! Of course we had to ride it on this trip too!)
                      The carousel!
There was a slot car race track set up, along with RC trucks, a laser shooting arcade, a duck shooting gallery & a model train! There are even tables to color holiday pictures and write letters to Santa! These are all available store open to close.
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Other fun things include free weekly crafts (while supplies last)!! They do them by the big fish tank Monday-Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday-Sunday noon -5 pm, and Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve from 3-5 pm. We’ve done the first two, a wooden ornament & a felt penguin ornament. Other crafts are Popsicle stick reindeer ornament (November 25-December 1), stuffed Santa ornament (December 2-8), candy cane owl ornament (December 9-15), reindeer gift bag (December 16-22) & cookie decorating (December 23-24).
                                      Making ornaments
After you finish your craft, head over to Santa’s Wonderland, where you can get a free backpack clip (while supplies last) for the first 125 kids to visit each weekday, 5-7 pm. The first two were a Christmas tree & a candy cane, then comes a gingerbread man (November 25-29), Santa’s sleigh (December 2-6), a stocking (December 9-13), a snowman (December 16-20) & Santa in a chimney (December 23-24, 24th is 3-5 pm). They are MUCH bigger than I thought they’d be, I was pleasantly surprised! Little Man likes playing with them too!
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The highlight of Santa’s Wonderland is, of course, the big man himself Santa! He’s got a nice set up with reindeer this year! Santa’s times are different than the crafts so be sure to check before you go. You get a free 4×6 picture, with the option of a photo package. Packages start at just $15. Both times we’ve gone, there hasn’t been a wait; but later in the season Santa should get very popular! If Santa’a line gets longer than a 30 min wait, the Bass Pass will allow you to go check out the rest of Santa’s Wonderland and Bass Pro and when your time is up, come back to see Santa!
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                                   Santa and Little Man
Have you visited Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops? Let us know what you think!
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Pick Six – Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments

This holiday season has been a great one for those of us who are totally into Walt Disney World Merchandise, and this year’s Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments definitely do not disappoint!

With some great new additions, returning favorites, and expanding offerings you are sure to find a Christmas ornament that speaks to you or is a perfect gift for a friend!

In today’s Pick Six, I am taking a look at a few of my favorite Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments!

1. Princess and Villains Shoes

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments

What I wouldn’t give to have REAL shoes just like this series!!!!

Designed to resemble the costumes and stories of each Princess and Female Villain, these high heel shoe ornaments don’t miss a detail.

This pair of Ariel pumps are to die for!

2. Occupation Christmas Ornaments

 Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments

If you love what you do, are looking for a great gift for a co-worker, or a special gift for a service provider you might want to consider the Occupation Christmas Ornaments.

Mickey and Minnie not only depict everyday jobs, but they also are all dressed up for some of the most iconic Walt Disney World Cast Member roles.

This Minnie Mouse Tour Guide stole my heart!!!

3. Attraction Based Ornaments

 Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments

Being far away from Walt Disney World for the holidays is always tough, but one way to make it a little easier and to show your family & friends your favorite attraction is by displaying Attraction Based Ornaments.

The Haunted Mansion has an ever expanding merchandise line, thank goodness, and this new ornament is absolutely adorable and fun!

4. Characters

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments

We all have our favorite Disney Characters, mine in Minnie Mouse, and you can find some really great character Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments.

They have a HUGE variety of character ornaments, and you will be surprised to see some of your favorite characters that don’t always have a ton of merchandise have their own ornament.

This WALL-E and Eve ornament is one of my favorites, because it captures the spirit of the movie and their characters!

5. Mickey Ear Hat Ornaments

Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments

This year the Mickey Ear Hat Ornament line has expanded greatly with new character designs, limited edition sets, and even attraction designs now available.

I love how this Big Thunder Mountain Mickey Ear Hat Ornament has trains running on both sides and great details from the ride!

6. Traditional Christmas Ornaments

 Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments

If you are more of a traditionalist when it comes to choosing your Christmas Ornaments, you will love the line of glass ornaments that were created exclusively for Walt Disney World.

Glass ornaments with this level are generally expensive, but for the size and craftsmanship of these ornaments you can’t go wrong!

Also a really fun way to plus your Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments is to have them personalized! For $3.00 per word at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Days of Christmas at Downtown Disney Marketplace, Cast Members with better handwriting than you and I could ever dream of having can add dates and names to a lot of fun Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments!

I’d love to hear and even see what some of your favorite Walt Disney World Christmas Ornaments are hanging on your trees and displays!

Please leave a comment below, tweet your pics to @onthegoinmco, or post them to our Facebook wall!

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!!!

 

 

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Holiday Activities

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Creates Holiday Memories

With A Lineup Of Family Activities

 Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Guests visiting Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek over the holidays can spend time with the family without the fuss associated with being home for the holidays! The resort has an entire schedule of special activities and festive meals, punctuated by glittering décor and the tinge of tinsel. Holiday rates start at $109 per night through December 24, 2013.

In Orlando, there are memorable experiences for families around every corner, including holiday decoration in most of the theme parks, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom®. If shopping is on your agenda, the resort is only a few miles from Mall at Millennia, featuring Orlando’s largest collection of upscale shops and department stores.

 

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

The Harvest Classic (Thursday, November 28) – This annual golf classic at Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club is a great way to work up an appetite and spend the Thanksgiving holiday before joining the family for a feast. Guest can enjoy 18-holes for $75. Nike® Rental clubs included. For tee times, please call the Golf Club at 407.597.3780. (Weather permitting.)

Thanksgiving Family Golf Clinic (Saturday, November 30, 10 to 11 a.m.) – The holiday family clinic is a great place to improve your strokes. Tee off with the family, participate in a putting contest and participate in the small group golf instruction from the Waldorf Astoria Golf

Club PGA golf staff. Nike® golf clubs provided if needed. Beginner to moderate-based instruction –$25 per person. To reserve a spot, please call the Golf Club at 407.597.3780. (Weather permitting.)

Thanksgiving Weekend Fireworks Show (Saturday, November 30, 9:30 p.m.) – Bonnet Creek Resort continues the celebration with a private fireworks show for resort guests. (Weather permitting.)

 

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES

Starting December 6 through December 29

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek 

A Holiday Family Experience with Santa (December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 22-24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) – Set against a one-of-a-kind backdrop, families can capture a holiday moment with the “Big Guy” surrounded by snow in his sleigh filled with toys and a progressive gingerbread wall. Guests will have the opportunity to help Santa and his elves decorate gingerbread bricks to help build the wall. Donation of $5 per gingerbread brick will benefit Give Kids the World.

A Warm Holiday Welcome with Hot Cocoa (December 6-25, Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 9 p.m.) – After check-in, a warm treat is a great way to welcome guests to their home away from home during the holidays.

Dive-In Movies (Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.) – Guests of all ages will pull up a chair around the pool and watch a “holiday-themed” movie on the resorts giant inflatable screen. (Weather permitting.)

Celebrating Christmas, Florida-Style! (Daily, 12:30 – 7 p.m.) – The resort’s recreation staff has a number of cool holiday fun activities for the entire family, poolside! (Weather permitting.)

Seasonal Cocktails (Daily)’Tis the season for some adult fun with holiday cocktails at the resort’s many lounges and bars.

Twilight Golf (Daily, after 2 p.m.) –Guests can take advantage of the Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club Twilight Package and enjoy 18-holes after 2 p.m. at a special rate. Nike® Rental clubs included. (Weather permitting.)

A New You For the Holidays (Daily) – The Waldorf Astoria® Spa is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays. Guests looking for a special hairstyle before a big night out, a manicure with some added sparkle, or just a moment of Zen to reflect on auld acquaintances will find the resorts spa a haven for pampering.

Sweet Treats at MUSE (Daily, available 24 hours) – MUSE lobby sweet shop is the perfect and most delicious way to curb a holiday sweet tooth with, fresh-baked seasonal pastries, creamy ice cream and delightful treats.

Family Golf Clinic (Thursday, December 26, 10 -11 a.m.) – The holiday family clinic is a great place to improve your strokes. Tee off with the family, participate in a putting contest and participate in the small group golf enthusiasts will enjoy small group golf instruction from the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club PGA golf staff. Nike® golf clubs provided if needed. Beginner to moderate-based instruction. There will even be a putting contest, $25 per person. To reserve a spot, please call the Golf Club at407.597.3780. (Weather permitting.)

Lobby Delights (Daily, December 26-January 1, 6 to 7p.m.) – After check-in, guests can enjoy a sampling of holiday spirits for both adults and kids.

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR A Prelude to the Countdown Fireworks Show (Saturday, December 28, 9:30 p.m.) – Bonnet Creek Resort begins the celebration a few nights early – a prelude to the countdown – with a private fireworks show for resort guests. (Weather permitting.) Zeta

Bar “Bubble Lounge” (Tuesday, December 31, 5 p.m. to close) – For New Year’s Eve, Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge will be transformed into the “Bubble Lounge,” featuring a DJ until 1 a.m., a selection of champagnes and a live screening of the ball drop on 10 large-screen televisions. No charge; no reservations required.

 

Christmas events are available to all guests of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando. Fees may apply to select activities. Event schedule subject to change without notice. Holiday rates start at $109 per night through December 24, 2013. For reservations, call 407-597-3600, or visitwww.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/holiday. For those wanting to give a special and flexible holiday gift, the hotel offers Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Gift Cards. Visit www.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/giftcard.

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About Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek offers the best of both worlds: a convenient “insider” location surrounded by Walt Disney World® Resort and the peaceful serenity of the surrounding 482-acre nature preserve. Resort amenities include elegantly appointed rooms and suites with family-friendly amenities, a three-acre lazy-river pool, a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course, a luxe spa, full fitness center, and nearly a dozen dining and lounge options, including the award-winning La Luce by Donna Scala.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 1919 as the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of savvy global travelers at more than 550 hotels across six continents. Hilton is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader in hospitality with Team Members shaping experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Access the latest news at news.hilton.com and begin your journey atwww.hilton.com or www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials. View a list of official social channels at www.hilton.com/social. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market leading brands.

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Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art

The 27th Annual Festival of Trees has started and I’m pretty sure that means the holidays are upon us!

Last week I got a chance to take a sneak peek at 2013’s “All That Glitters” trees and decorations. And oh my goodness, there is LOTS of glitter around the the Orlando Museum of Art!

Festival of Trees runs until November 24th, 2013 and features all different styles of trees…

There are trees for EVERYONE’s taste!

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I thought this Cinderella inspired tree was very well thought out – she’s ready for the ball on one side of the tree and dirtied with soot on the other.

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Deck the Halls, where you can view and purchase various handmade wreathes…

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Gingerbread Village…

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The Sweet Shoppe (in the PERFECT location – with all the gingerbread houses)…

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toy shop…

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boutique shop…

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tabletop designs…

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and so much more!

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And I heard a rumor that a certain jolly man will be there in his cozy corner!

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There are various galas and events happening throughout the Festival of Trees as well a scavenger hunt for the little ones!

You can purchase tickets here.

For more information on this and other events, check out the Orlando Museum of Art website!

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A first timer’s look into Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Castle

Friday was the kick off night for the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! I had always read about this night, and always wanted to go but each year put it off thinking it was maybe just for kids. Well last month we were lucky enough to go to the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and you really didnt need kids to enjoy that one, you just may need to BE a big kid! Which was perfect for me! So we figured now was the best time to go to the Christmas Party and see what that one was all about!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Snow on Main Street

As soon as you get your wristband and enter the park, it strikes you how they go all out for Christmas, the decor was just incredible. It might only be November on the calander but in my heart it was already late December! The lights, the wreathes, the music, the smells, everything screams holidays as soon as you enter into the park! I was very excited to see that on Main Street it was even snowing, in Florida, snowing! it was perfect and really got me into the Christmas Spirit!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party hotchoc

The first place we headed was to the free Hot Chocolate and Cookies, you can look these up on the park map and also look out for the giant inflatable candy cane that shows you where they are being served. The hot chocolate place we first went to was by the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride, and was extremely hot. Luckily this made me remove the lid and I noticed marshmallows on the top, which I wish they had stated on the signs as being a vegetarian I cannot eat these. Fortunately everyone else in our party could, so after that I just made sure I requested mine without.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party jingle

Next we headed over to the Jungle Cruise, which, for the first time ever, had been converted into the Jingle Cruise featuring a holiday overlay. The ride was all Christmas themed from the names on the boats to the decorations on the props and the jokes told by the skippers. During the ride there are not many changes to the actual scenes, so guests who have not ridden the Jungle Cruise before would still be able to enjoy this classic ride with only a few Christmas themed jokes thrown in.

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By this time we thought we should try get a space for Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, as it was a sold out night so we knew it was going to be busy. We ended up not really finding a great place to stand, but luckily we could still see over people enough to enjoy all the floats. It was really fun seeing all the characters in holiday attire, but my favorite part in the whole parade was without a doubt the toy soldiers…

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party toysoldiers

I just loved their little routines, their attire and they seemed to have so much personality and flair! Plus you knew once you saw them that Santa was going to be next as he is featured on the last float.

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Once the parade ended we walked over to the Hub to get in place for the Celebrate The Magic show on Cinderella’s Castle, which I had seen some of this before but I had never stood in the middle for it with such a fantastic view before!

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The show was everything it promised to be..magical! I loved every moment of it, from Tinkerbell flying out, to Walt’s face right there on the castle, the effects were just so beautiful!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party gingercastle

The Christmas part at the end was really cool to see, my favorite part was this photo above, where they made the castle look like a giant gingerbread castle! It looked so real!

After the show we decided to stay in the same spot as it would be a great place for the fireworks! I am lucky enough to see the fireworks every day from home, but I rarely get to see them from right on front of the castle like this, its truly a wonderful experience.

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I loved how they mixed the fireworks together with the Celebrate The Magic projections too, especially when it made it look like the fireworks were being set off right in front of the castle, when really it was behind!

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A great tip if you want to feel part of the show, is if you purchase the new Glow With The Show ears, the ears actually light up in synch with the fireworks and castle show, as can be seen in this photo above! You simply turn them on and they all coordinate, so it really adds another element to the show to enjoy as you get to participate with it.

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Once we had enjoyed the fireworks we were all pretty tired so we decided on a loop around on the TTA and another stop for hot chocolate and cookies. I came home pretty exhausted but it was very worth it, this was my first time doing this party and it sure won’t be my last!

Tickets are on sale now and do require separate admission to get in. It is running already on select nights up until December 20th, but start looking now as they do tend to sell out some nights.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party popcorn

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Walt Disney World Decorations & Holiday Celebrations

Holiday cheer has begun to hit the Walt Disney World Resort, and we are so excited!!!

Here is quick rundown of some of the great Holiday parties, decorations, events, and more that you will be able to find at the Walt Disney World Resort!!!

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Select Nights November 8 – December 20, 2013

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In case you aren’t familiar, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separate ticket event that takes place on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park throughout November and December.

 

Parties give you an opportunity to celebrate with snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A., Disney characters in holiday attire, and very special entertainment offerings, including Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade and Cinderella Castle Dream Lights. For the first time this year, the Celebrate the Magic! castle projection show and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks will be enhanced with “Glow With The Show” ears – what an amazing sight this will be!

 

Also new for this year, attendees can experience Jingle Cruise, the first-ever holiday transformation of the Jungle Cruise attraction, which will feature seasonal decor, new holiday jokes and more. Party goers can also pick up a complimentary, event exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card that features Donald’s nephews. And when it comes to character greeting opportunities, look for Merida’s Fairytale Garden to stay open for parties this year.

 

This year’s parties will take place from 7 p.m.-midnight on November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21 and 22, and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets (which are separate from a regular park ticket) are already on sale now and purchasing ahead of time can actually save you money. Click here to learn more!

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

November 8, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Marvel at millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music.  Share in an awe-inspiring seasonal treat for the entire family. Brilliant multi-colored bulbs wrap the buildings, changing hues and brightness throughout the show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.   As joyful music surrounds you, a sea of twinkling lights form twirling carousels of heavenly angels, toy soldiers, a spinning Earth, and even Santa and his trusty reindeer. It’s something you have to see to believe!

Holidays Around the World 

November 29 –December 30, 2013

Walt Disney World

Share in the sights and sounds of some of the world’s greatest holiday festivities during Holidays Around the World at Epcot. Amid joyful music and seasonal food favorites, time-honored traditions come alive as costumed performers share their country’s holiday heritage throughout World Showcase.

 

Although subject to change, holiday festivities may include:

  • American Adventure
    Meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, celebrate the traditions of Hanukkah and discover the spirit of Kwanzaa.
  • Canada
    Follow the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs on a musical tour as you explore seasonal customs of the Great White North.
  • China
    Watch the agile Monkey King weave his tall tale with twists and turns celebrating Chinese New Year.
  • France
    Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child.
  • Germany
    Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker.
  • Italy
    Meet the kind-hearted witch La Befana who arrives on the eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children.
  • Japan
    Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year.
  • Mexico
    Celebrate with Los Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, as they tell of their journey to the Posada and traditions today.
  • Morocco
    Join Taarji, a Moroccan drummer, as he reflects on family traditions commemorating the holiday of Ramadan.
  • Norway
    Spend time with Sigrid and learn about Julenissen, the Christmas Gnome.
  • United Kingdom
    Share in the vivid stories of Father Christmas, dating back to 15th-century England.

Be sure to check the Times Guide for a complete list of appearances and performance times.

Candlelight Processional

November 29 – December 30, 2013

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. All the while, gorgeous choral pieces are woven into the narration as an orchestra and choir provide an inspirational backdrop with songs of hope and joy.

 

For the hearing impaired, an American Sign Language interpreter translates the legendary account, allowing Guests of all kinds the opportunity to enjoy the event.

 

This year, an exciting line-up of narrators—including a few all-new additions to the Candlelight Processional—are set to lend their voices to the storytelling, including:

  • Gary Sinise
    November 29 to December 1, 2013
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    December 2 to December 3, 2013
  • Ashley Judd – NEW! 
    December 4 to December 5
  • Whoopi Goldberg 
    December 6 to December 7, 2013
  • Sigourney Weaver – NEW!
    December 8 to December 10, 2013
  • Dennis Haysbert – NEW!
    December 11 to December 13, 2013
  • James Denton 
    December 14 to December 16, 2013
  • Edward James Olmos
    December 17 to December 19, 2013
  • Trace Adkins
    December 20 to December 22, 2013
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    December 23 to December 25, 2013
  • Blair Underwood 
    December 26 to December 28, 2013
  • Amy Grant 
    December 29 to December 30, 2013

Show times take place 3 times during each day of the event at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM, except on December 8, 2013, when show times take place at 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM only. Celebrity narrators, dates and other entertainment are subject to change without notice.

Festival of the Seasons

November 15 – December 29, 2013

Celebrate the holidays with live entertainment, photo opportunity and so much more!

 

The Downtown Disney area invites you to embrace the spirit of the season as you enjoy the twinkling lights, a grandiose tree and yuletide touches at every turn. Be sure to bring your little ones to see Santa Claus and then shop for unique gifts at the specialty shops.

Discover a variety of delightful diversions with plentiful holiday sights and sounds.

 

Joyous live entertainment includes:

  • Holiday carolers
  • Latin, jazz and pop performances of cherished holiday songs
  • Costumed stilt walkers and street performers
  • A lively holiday dance party with deejay

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You can even visit with Santa, share holiday wish lists and enjoy a unique photo opportunity!

Jingle Jammin’ Jungle Parade

November 7, 2013 – January 2, 2014

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Ring in the season with some familiar faces in a wild, yet whimsical setting!

 

This music-filled celebration offers a seasonal twist to the popular Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade. Enjoy a harmonious mix of holiday wonderment, colorful creatures and festive music as Mickey and his friends parade through the park.

Disney’s Contemporary Gingerbread House

November 14, 2013

While the Gingerbread house is always up, you are able to purchase gingerbread goodies of your own from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Gingerbread House

November 16, 2013

 Walt Disney World

Construction of the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is well under way, and once it its open you will be able to purchase gingerbread goodies from the house of your own from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm!

Walt Disney World Resorts

have these great decorations to come soon:

  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Gingerbread House
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort Gingerbread Carousel
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Holiday Train and Village
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Christmas Tree
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Christmas Tree
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas Tree

If you are looking for a really unique gift, you may want to kick off your holiday shopping at this weekend’s Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney November 8-10, 2013!

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We will be bringing you great information and photos of these great Holiday Celebrations at Walt Disney World! So make sure you follow our holiday adventures on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Looking Up At Castle Dream Lights

Wordless Wednesday:

Cinderella Castle Castle Dream Lights 2013

Wordless Wednesday Dream Lights

This week’s Wordless Wednesday takes us to last night’s first lighting of the Cinderella Castle Castle Dream Lights! I get goosebumps every night I see the Castle Dream Lights, but the first night is always extra special!!! I can’t wait to share more pictures as more holiday cheer arrives at the place Where Dreams Come True!

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Gaylord Palms Gets Frosty for Ice! This Winter

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Do you hear what I hear? Jingle bells and caroling choirs, belly laughter and clinking mugs of hot cocoa can mean only one thing: Christmas is coming! Gaylord Palms Resort brings the icy North Pole to Central Florida starting Nov. 23. Celebrate the traditional values of Christmas with fun for the entire family.

This year, everyone’s favorite snowman comes to ICE! Frosty the Snowman, the jolly, happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal, will be featured in a colorfully frozen retelling of the original Christmas classic. More than 2 million pounds of hand-carved vibrant ice sculptures bring your favorite scenes to life in a 9-degree frosty palace, so you’ll want to bundle up (oversize parkas provided). Besides, a little extra padding will come in handy when sliding down the four, two-story ice slides in the slide room!

New in 2013, a bonus area – the Frostbite Factory featuring Artisans in Action – a live ice-carving zone – allows you to get up close to watch a masterful ice carver from Harbin, China, home of the International Ice and Snow Festival, as he creates amazing sculptures before your eyes! He is part of a team of 40 talented artisans who travel from Harbin to work meticulously for more than a month to slice and shave 6,000 blocks of colored and clear ice, each weighing approximately 400 pounds, to carve this incredible experience.

This awe-inspiring journey concludes with the wonder and grandeur of the traditional nativity scene in ice. After all that, what better way to warm up than to sip on some hot cocoa.

Guests can also purchase Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating experience. Hosted by Gingy from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, this traditional encounter offers several different design options. After you’ve decorated to your heart’s content, make your way to meet Gingy for a heartwarming hug that you can capture with your own camera.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is a place where the happy get happier and the giddy get even giddier. Picture-perfect with poinsettias, more than 2 million twinkling lights and lavish holiday displays, the resort features the famous 54-foot-tall majestic Christmas tree in a magnificent tree-lighting ceremony; DreamWorks Animation characters; and spectacular live entertainment that crowds have grown to love: the spirited Luminescence show in Emerald Bay Plaza and carolers guaranteed to generate the spirit of Christmas.

Gaylord Palms Christmas Tree

The best way to benefit from all that Gaylord Palms has to offer is to book a room and become immersed in the splendor of Christmas. Guests have two Christmas packages to choose from: Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, which includesunlimited entry to ICE! with priority access, and Christmas at Gaylord Palms, which includes unlimited entry to ICE!

Let’s not forget this is Florida, folks! After all the shivering and shimmying inside with Frosty and friends, hotel guests can head outside to delight in the light of the sun! Slide into more fun at Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park and participate in a Crack-A-Lackin’ Pool Party with your friends from DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar, and then catch a Splash ‘N’ Screen movie poolside. Get together with your favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation films for hugs, photos and fun with Character Meet & Greets throughout the resort.

Can’t get enough of the character carnival? The ever-popular ShrekFeast Interactive Character Breakfast at Villa de Flora is sure to please. Kids will love becoming an honorary Ogre and joining Shrek and friends for a fairytale feast fit for a king (additional charges apply).

Gaylord Palms is chock-full of top-notch entertainment, events and attractions. Don your magic hat and treat your family to a traditional Christmas at Gaylord Palms.

ICE! is open daily from Nov. 23, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014, including holidays. Ticket prices start at $16.99. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.

Gaylord Palms Christmas

Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

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Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel Edition Is A Must Have For Your Holiday Movie Collection!

Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel
Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel Edition…is Totally Tinsel!!!

It’s a week until Christmas, and what better way to get in the holiday spirit than by taking a look at the Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel Edition, which is by far one of my most favorite holiday Blu-Ray movies!

The Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel Edition is a great way to own both features, Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice, along with 45 minutes of hilarious extras and shorts, including the Emmy award winning Short Operation Secret Santa!

From the moment I first watch the original Prep & Landing, which was released in 2009, I was hooked! I fell in love with Wayne, Lanny, Magee, and the gang!

On Christmas Eve, a high-tech team of elves from an elite unit known as ‘Prep & Landing’ ensures homes around the world  are prepared for Santa’s visit.  But when two hilarious little elves face unexpected challenges and are pushed to their limits, it’ll take a great big effort to save the season

Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel
Prep & Landing

And in Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice, released in 2011, Wayne and the gang are back for more holiday high jinks!

The outrageous yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue in this totally tinsel adventure that reminds us there’s room for everyone on the ‘nice’ list.  Santa’s stealthiest little elves must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking naughty kid, in an effort to stop Christmas from descending into chaos.

Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

The extras on the Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel Edition are so much fun! Loading with tons of North Pole commercials, Kringle Academy, North Pole News, Behind the Scenes with Grace Potterand, and more! Also included is my absolute favorite short Tiny’s Big Adventure!

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If you are a big Prep & Landing fan or if you are just looking for a fun Holiday Blu-Ray for the family, I hope that you check out the Prep and Landing Totally Tinsel Edition!!!

And if you want to have even more Prep & Landing fun, make sure you check out the Prep & Landing site with Winterpedia and fun movie activities here!

 

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Bush Gardens Christmas Town Extends Celebration With An Extra Date And Hours!

Bush Gardens Christmas Town Extends Celebration With An Extra Date And Hours!

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bush Gardens Christmas Town

Christmas Town Will Now Be Open Thursday, December 20 and until Midnight Select Nights
This Christmas season, Busch Gardens set out to create the newest tradition for Tampa families. Now, the park is adding even more joy to its calendar.
 
To respond to enthusiastic consumer demand, Busch Gardens Christmas Town has added an extra night and will now be open on Thursday, December 20 from 6 to 11 p.m.  In addition to the extra night, Christmas Town will remain open until midnight on December 15, 22 and 23.
Bush Gardens Christmas Town
Enchanted Flamingo Valley 
Christmas Town has transformed the park into a nighttime holiday wonderland of wintry surprises. Since its opening on November 30, families have caroled across the Serengeti on the Christmas Town Express, marveled at penguins’ underwater antics and played in the snow at SnowWorld® Presented by Coca-Cola®.
Bush Gardens Christmas Town
 
All of these new experiences and more are available every night of Busch Gardens Christmas Town, now through December 23. Christmas Town opens at 6 p.m. on every event night; however, guests with Christmas Town tickets can enter the park early at 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from Christmas Town will benefit All Children’s Hospital.
Bush Gardens Christmas Town
Candy Cane Lane to Train Station
Busch Gardens Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event, and regular daytime admission is not required or included. General admission for Christmas Town is $39.99 plus tax. Busch Gardens annual pass members will receive the deepest discounts with advance online priced at $24.99 for adults and $9.99 for children, and special offers are available for guests wishing to upgrade their paid daily admission to Busch Gardens. Gift cards are available at Bay area Publix locations and additional discounts are offered through promotional codes from Chick Fil-A, Coca-Cola at Wal-Mart and Fantastic Sam’s. Families with children ages 3 to 9 can still enjoy a special advance-purchase price of $9.99 for their youngest members.
 
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Merchandise – 2012

With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party well under way, I thought it was a perfect time to take a look at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive merchandise!

As they did with Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party Merchandise, Walt Disney World has released a series of pins for the party that you can buy individually or in a set. This year the ‘completer pin’ to the set, which features Duffy, is only available in the box and framed sets.

This year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, they are also offering a special Annual Passholder pin. I really like the design of this pin, and appreciate that it is a little less expensive than the other pins available.

The short sleeved t-shirt, long sleeved t-shirt, and sweatshirt all feature the same design, and are available in green and red. I really feel like Disney missed an opportunity to make some really fun shirts that were a little more ornate like they did at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. But that being said, these are definitely made of a thicker t-shirt material and better suited for winter layering.

Shopping is always the first thing we do at the parties, and I still encourage you to do the same if buying party exclusive merch is your thing! The shirts and sweatshirts seem to always go first, but don’t hesitate if you see a pin that you have to own!!!

I hope that you enjoy this look at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive merchandise!

 

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

This was my second time attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World but my first as an Orlando local.  As with most special events, it was almost if not completely sold out, so be sure to arrive as soon as the party begins at 7 PM, though party goers can usually enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 PM.  I attended on Thursday November 15 and it was slightly chilly by Florida standards which only added to the festivity of the party.  Because there are so many “extras” reserved just for party nights, I did not ride any attractions.  There is exclusive merchandise available, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, character photo opportunities and dance parties, special Holiday shows, Holiday Wishes and the not-to-be-missed Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Chip and Dale during the Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Starting with merchandise, you will find party exclusive pins and apparel in the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. and at various shops throughout the park.  Pins are typically located at the registers and on the night I attended, these party exclusive items were not released until all the day guests had exited the park.  The shirts are very popular but I did see some still available in Tomorrowland at the end of the evening.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive pins.

In terms of dining during the party, quick service is the way to go.  Table service meals will take away from valuable party time.  Check the party guide map because only certain dining locations are open.  There’s always my favorite way to go which is to skip dinner and just enjoy the complimentary chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles and hot cocoa instead.  The party guide map lists all the Holiday Treat locations.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Cookies!!!

The entertainment is the big draw of the Christmas party.  The “Celebrate the Season” Show takes place at the Cinderella Castle Stage three times during the party while “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show” is presented five times nightly on the Tomorrowland Stage.  There’s a character dance party in Liberty Square and also in Tomorrowland.  Be sure to visit the Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A. for a great holiday photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie in their holiday best.  The Cast Members gave me plenty of time and allowed me to do Photo Pass and also use my personal camera.  Finally don’t miss Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade which debuts twice during the party.  As with all parades, the first one is typically the most crowded and prime viewing locations fill up quickly.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Celebrate the Season Show

As with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is about the ambiance in the park, the snow falling on Main Street, U.S.A., the Christmas music wafting through the park, the holiday treats, and all the magical holiday entertainment reserved especially for party goers.  As a now-local, I found the party to be a great way to strictly enjoy the magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World without feeling rushed and pressured to ride all my favorite attractions as I can do that at any other time.  My advice, even if you are visiting the party as part of your vacation, is to focus on the party specific events and special offerings.  It’s truly a magical time and is truly jam packed with holiday festivities.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held select nights in November and December and often times sell out.  Tickets went on sale on May 1, 2012 for this year’s parties.  There are advance purchase discounts as well as discounts for Passholders, DVC Members, and military personnel on select nights. So don your festive holiday attire, grab your family and friends and head to the Magic Kingdom for a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Don’t forget to grab your SotMK exclusive card at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!
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Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida

ENJOY A HOLLY JOLLY TIME AT LEGOLAND® FLORIDA

Christmas Bricktacular and Kid’s New Year’s Eve Brings Joy to Kids this Holiday Season

 Christmas Bricktacular

LEGOLAND® Florida is getting into the holiday spirit with brick-loads of family-friendly fun with its second annual Christmas Bricktacular and Kid’s New Year’s Eve. Sounds of the season and stunning holiday decorations fill The Beginning and Fun Town with festivities every Saturday and Sunday in December, 10am-5pm.

The Beginning is home to a truly Bricktacular sight – a more than 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000forest green LEGO and DUPLO® bricks. The official tree lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 29 at 5pm with a special master of ceremonies.

 

Christmas Bricktacular
USA Olympic hurdler David Oliver and general manager Adrian Jones help light a 270,000-brick tree to jump-start LEGOLAND Florida’s Inaugural Christmas Bricktacular

Holiday festivities on Saturdays and Sundays in December during Christmas Bricktacular will feature tons of family fun:

  • ·         LEGO® Christmas Tree: The more than 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO and DUPLO® bricks provides the perfect place for every holiday family photo. Through Dec. 25, a special family will be chosen to help light the Bricktacular tree each night.
  • ·         LEGO Model Build Activity: What LEGO lover doesn’t want a chance to build while at Central Florida’s newest theme park featuring massive creations of the world’s most beloved toy? Help LEGOLAND Florida build a LEGO Christmas Tree in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza that will stand over 20 foot tall when completed.
  • ·         LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt: It’s Christmas Eve in Miniland USA and Santa is busy delivering gifts to all the good girl and boy minilanders. Help find Santa in this fun-filled holiday scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy searching for Santa in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. One lucky hunter each day will receive a prize from the daily drawing.
  • ·         LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier: Guests will have meet and greet opportunities with LEGOLAND Florida’s special holiday friends, LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier.
  • Holiday Festivities and Entertainment: Festive decorations and sounds of the season will fill the entrance of the park and a variety of holiday entertainment will take place throughout the weekend to delight guests of all ages.
    • ·         Holiday Shopping: LEGOLAND Florida is the best place to celebrate the season and pick up the holiday gifts that are on every child’s wish list – LEGO! With six specialty stores, the park is proud to offer a unique and often hard to find selection of LEGO products and more.

Christmas Bricktacular

Along with LEGOLAND Florida’s Christmas Bricktacular, guests can still enjoy a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Holiday events are included with normal park admission. The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida for the best value is with the new LEGOLAND Florida Resident Pass. Pass members receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, as well as all other Merlin US attractions (LEGOLAND California & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madam Tussauds), free parking and 10% off food and merchandise with no black-out dates. A new monthly payment option of less than $10 per month is also available both at the front gate and online. The Monthly Payment Plan includes a down payment of $57.24 for and adult with monthly payment of $9.26 and $46.44 for child/senior with a monthly payment of only $7.51 (pre-tax).To purchase tickets, visit www.legoland.com.

Christmas Bricktacular

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Ice Featuring Merry Madagascar At The Gaylord Palms Resort Is Here!

Ice Featuring Merry Madagascar At The Gaylord Palms Resort Is Here!

Ice Featuring Merry Madagascar
Ice Featuring Merry Madagascar starts November 10th!

Two Million Pounds of Sculptured ICE await visitors to Gaylord Palms’
“Florida Freezer”

Brrr! Do you feel that chill in the air? It’s time to bundle up in those cozy winter coats, hats and scarves and slip on over to Central Florida’s coolest one-of-a-kind 9-degree Christmas attraction: ICE! featuring DreamWorks Animation  SKG Inc.’s “Merry Madagascar” at Gaylord Palms. Celebrating its 10th year, ICE! is more fun than ever, exhibiting more than 20,000 square feet of hand-carved ice sculptures made of 2 million pounds of ice — including four incredible two-story ice slides. The adventure begins Nov. 10 for people of all ages, and is open seven days a week.

Lions and Penguins and ICE! Oh, My!

Prepare to be mesmerized by the vibrant color blast as you wander through the icy wonderland at your own pace. Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar with this inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks Animation TV classic “Merry Madagascar.”

Eleven vignettes showcase different scenes from the TV classic. Capture the charm of the “Florida Freezer” with characters such as Melman the Giraffe, the tallest sculpture, standing at 10 feet. Dare to disregard the pizzazz of the penguins. Not to disappoint, we’ve also got something for those thrill-seekers searching for a way to make their indelible mark. Enter a room featuring the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, St. Basil and the sphinx and plummet down one of four massive ice slides!

A team of 40 talented artisans traveled from Harbin, China, to work meticulously for more than a month to slice and shave 6,000 blocks of colored and clear ice, each weighing approximately 400 pounds, to carve this incredible experience. To illuminate their craftsmanship, they froze more than 1,000 LED light tubes into the attraction.

IMPORTANT: ICE! is kept at a frigid 9 degrees Fahrenheit (-13 degrees Celsius). Be sure to dress appropriately: Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Hooded winter coats are provided for your warmth and comfort inside the attraction and are available in a variety of sizes, including sizes for children. Hats and gloves are strongly recommended and may be purchased on site at the ICE! house gift shop.

Ice Featuring Merry Madagascar at Gaylord Palms is a can’t-miss event for everyone this Christmas season. Whether you’re looking for something to do during the afternoon to ignite the holiday spirit or you’re a thrill-seeker in search of your next daring adventure, Ice Featuring Merry Madagascar  is for you. Additional activities offered around the resort free of charge include a massive 54-foot tall majestic Christmas tree lighting; live stage shows, including the spirited Luminescence – featuring The Edge Effect Christmas show; and the Polar Bear Pursuit Scavenger Hunt.

However, the best way to benefit from all that Gaylord Palms has to offer is to book a room and become immersed in the splendor of Christmas. Guests seeking a complete Christmas experience can purchase special “Christmassy DreamWorks Experience” packages starting at $189.99 per room, per night (for a three night stay)! Packages include unlimited visits to ICE! and a number of other activities, including a ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal, and more!

You may feel a chill in the air, but you’ll feel warmth in your heart as you create wonderful holiday memories that last a lifetime.

Ice Featuring Merry Madagascar  is open daily from Nov. 10, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013, including holidays. Ticket prices for children start at $9.99, and adult ticket prices start at $18.99. Florida Residents — Save an extra $4 per ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.christmasatgaylordpalms.com. ICE! is presented by Coca-Cola.

Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746. For more information, visit www.gaylordpalms.com or call 407-586-2000.

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