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Christmas special events

Hello all!!

We are essentially visiting for the Christmas holidays for the first time to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Our first and only Christmas trip was our honeymoon and we had no idea what we were doing, so we missed all of the holiday extras except the decorations. We'll be at WDW for 11 days and we are doing MVMCP, Osbourne lights, and Candlelight Processional. We also plan to spend time exploring Holidays around the world and visiting the other resorts to see their decorations.

*Do you have a favorite holiday WDW tradition?

*Is there a "best time" as far as crowd distribution to plan to go to Candlelight Processional? We're not doing the dining combo deal because we are doing almost all counter service on this trip. I'm thinking that the last seating would be the most crowded since it's right before IllumiNations? How early would you estimate needing to arrive at Candlelight (1st week of December) to get a seat? Do they close admission at a certain point or is there unlimited standing room? We're still debating about who to see. The choices that appeal to us are Gary Sinise, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ashley Judd. Thoughts?

Thanks!

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We go to Disney World every year in December for Christmas and to celebrate our wedding anniversary(it's our present to each other muchlove )

1. Candlelight processional~ We saw Neil Patrick Harris in 2011. We were in Epcot all day and there was a LONG line at 4 hours before the processional started. We decided not to wait. We came back about an hour before and the line was hundreds of people! We stood behind all the seats because they were all gone. There were about 5 rows of people standing in front of us. My husband is almost 6'5 so he could see pretty well. I am 5'3 and I could see "alright" I took the photo below so it wasn't too bad a view. If you really want seats, especially to see someone as popular as NPH, you probably either need a dining deal or get in line 4 hours before hand.

2.Osborne Lights~ This is an absolute must for us but we have learned to go about an hour before the park closes. If you are at all claustrophobic, don't go when they first light them! We went once when they first lit them and I couldn't even turn around. It is wall to wall people!

3.Cinderella's Holiday wish stage show~ If you don't already know about this, each night around dusk(check the specific times for your days)there is a short stage show in front of Cinderella's castle. It features several of the main characters and ends with Fairy Godmother lighting the Castle. It's about 7 or 8 minutes and really cute.

Also this year we are looking forward to the Glow with the Show ears at Osborne Lights yay

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I don't have any advice because I haven't been to the parks for Christmas before, but I'm just going to throw out there that I would be totally jealous if you went to see NPH! LOVE him!

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The Osborne lights are a must-see for us, and fortunately they start early so we'll be able to see them in two weeks.

At Animal Kingdom, the daily parade takes on a holiday theme that makes it lots of fun.

I can't pass on any advice for the Candlelight Processional because we've never done it. The lines were too darn long the only time we were at WDW in December.

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People stand in a line a few hours before the show depending on the narrator. I will bet NPH will be the longest wait for sure. I sang in the show 4 years and the later show before illuminations was always packed and they closed seating. You cannot really stand behind the theater and watch unless you get really far back. Security keeps it open for guests walking to/from....I would make plans to get there early....

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We are going to see Ashley clapping
but such this is a must do for Amy,
we are doing the dinner package biggrin

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Neil Patrick Harris is a very popular narrator. I saw him last year and boy was he amazing! Unfortunately I couldn't see him because there was a pole in my way. Sad That was my first and only Candle Light event. I would love to see him again if at all possible.

Osborne lights are amazing and can't wait to see them tomorrow!! I'll keep the cats location secret for those of you who want to find him on your own. I have also spotted like 12 hidden Mickey's already.

I can't wait to attend MVMCP for the first time. clapping clapping

Resorts are definitely worth seeing especially the deluxe resorts because a few of them get gingerbread houses.

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We go to Disney World every year in December for Christmas and to celebrate our wedding anniversary(it's our present to each other

How cool! What's your date? Ours is Dec. 27, but I promised my husband that I would never take him to WDW during "that" week again!! LOL

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Cinderella's Holiday wish stage show~ If you don't already know about this, each night around dusk(check the specific times for your days)there is a short stage show in front of Cinderella's castle. It features several of the main characters and ends with Fairy Godmother lighting the Castle. It's about 7 or 8 minutes and really cute.

I do vaguely recall hearing about this and it sounds like a great idea!

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At Animal Kingdom, the daily parade takes on a holiday theme that makes it lots of fun.

Thanks, Jan--we will surely check that out!

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Trip Reports:
December 2013: 10th Anniversary, 1st DVC Stay | April 2014: Birthday on the Boardwalk | May 2014: Star Wars Weekend, Navigating WDW with a wheelchair | August 2014: Villains Unleashed | September/October 2014: MNSSHP, F&W, Tower of Terror 10-miler | March/April 2015: Disneyland and California Coastal Cruise | November 2015: Wine & Dine Half, Food & Wine, 1st Disney Cruise | February 2016: Presidential Classic Gymnastics Meet | March 2016: "Work" Trip, Tours, F&G Festival | April 2016: Conference at Disneyland | Fall 2016: Festive Fall Fun | January 2017: Festival of the Arts | May 2017: AbD Backstage Magic | July 2017: AbD San Francisco | Sorry I had to give up doing trip reports. Too many time commitments right now.

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Make sure you spend a little time resort hopping too! Each of the hotels is decorated differently and it's fun to see what they all offer.

Our readers at one point voted that the Wilderness Lodge was the best resort for a Christmas Trip
http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/walt-disney-worlds-best-holiday-resort-facebook-fans

And the Grand Floridian has an amazing Gingerbread House
http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/articles/grand-floridian-resort-spas-magnificent-gingerbread-house