Disney’s Best Christmas Programming

One part of the holiday season that I looked forward to the most as a child and I still treasure today are watching “Christmas Specials”.  My father used to record Christmas themed programs onto VHS tapes (sometimes he even tried to edit the commercials out).   We would enjoy those tapes throughout the month of December into January.  DVDs, BlueRays, DVRs, and streaming content to our mobile devices, have made these programs more readily available today.

Although not all of my favorites are by Disney, here are the DWDads – Top 5 Disney Christmas movies:

1) Mickey’s Christmas Carol – (1983) as part of Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse – Currently steaming on Netflix; Airing December 18 @ 7:30PM on ABC Family

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2) A Muppet Chrismas Carol – Airing Friday December 6 @ 6:30PM on ABC Family

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3) The Santa Clause Series – Parts 1, 2 & 3  – Airing multiple times in December on ABC Family including all three starting @ 6:00PM on December 21st;

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4) A Christmas Carol (2009) Available on DVD @ Amazon for under $10

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5) Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999) – Currently Steaming on Netflix

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ABC family each year puts out a schedule of 25 Days of Christmas.  Be sure to DVR your favorites on this this.

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Christmas in July: Hallmark Keepsake Disney Ornaments 2013

Christmas in July is a fun diversion from the sweltering heat of the dog days of summer; but for Christmas fanatics, it truly is the official beginning of the most wonderful time of the year.  Lists start formulating and holiday plans start percolating; perhaps you begin putting the finishing touches on your planned Disney World Holiday Vacation. One store in particular makes the coming of the Christmas Season official: Hallmark.  It seems every year that their Ornament Premiere Weekend is earlier and earlier (this year it was on July 13-14).  “That’s okay by us!” exclaim Christmas crazies nationwide.  And judging by the Hallmark Keepsake Dreambook (read: ornament catalog), there is a vast intersection between two major fandoms: Christmas and Disney. Here are the new Disney Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for 2013. Keep in mind that while these are most of the Disney (and Star Wars and Marvel) ornaments available this season, there will be some new ones that become available in the fall.

O, Hunny Tree ($29.95)

Baby’s First Christmas ($14.95)

Baby's First Christmas

Baby’s First Christmas

The Band Concert ($34.95)

Mickey’s Gumball Machine ($17.95)

Mickey's Gumball Machine

Mickey’s Gumball Machine

Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim ($17.95; 5th and final in the Mickey’s Christmas Carol series)
Brave Little Tailor ($12.95; 2nd in the Mickey’s Movie Mousterpieces series)

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Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim
Brave Little Tailor

Two to a Chair ($17.95; pull string to see Mickey and Minnie cuddle)

Two to a Chair

Two to a Chair

A Hunny of a Holiday! ($14.95)
A Bounci-ful Christmas! ($12.95)

A Hunny of a Holiday! A Bounci-ful Christmas!

A Hunny of a Holiday!
A Bounci-ful Christmas!

Various Princess/Minnie Mouse Ornaments ($12.95-$19.95)

Various Princess/Minnie Mouse Ornaments

Various Princess/Minnie Mouse Ornaments

Cinderella’s Castle ($24.95)

Boo and Mike ($24.95)

Boo and Mike

Boo and Mike

Crush and Squirt ($17.95; 3rd in the Disney/Pixar Legends series)

Crush and Squirt

Crush and Squirt

Dusty ($14.95)

Dusty

Dusty

Buzz is on a Mission! ($17.95; push the button to hear Buzz talk)
Astro-saurus Rex ($14.95)

Buzz is on a Mission! Astro-saurus Rex

Buzz is on a Mission!
Astro-saurus Rex

The Rainbow Connection ($19.95)

Agent P Saves the Day! ($14.95)

Agent P Saves the Day!

Agent P Saves the Day!

Pirates of the Caribbean ($17.95)

Jango Fett ($14.95)

Jango Fett

Jango Fett

AT-ST ($29.95; press the button to hear sounds)

AT-ST

AT-ST

Yoda ($14.95)

Yoda

Yoda

Wicket and Teebo ($17.95; set of 2; 17th in the Star Wars series)

Wicket and Teebo

Wicket and Teebo

At Jabba’s Mercy ($32.95)

Iron Patriot ($14.95)
Here Comes the Spider-Man! ($17.95; press the button to hear the song)

Iron Patriot Here Comes the Spider-Man!

Iron Patriot
Here Comes the Spider-Man!

Don’t forget that there will be some new Disney ornaments available in the fall. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to us here on the blog to keep up to date with all of our newest articles!

Spending the Holiday Season in the Disney World Parks

Spending the Holiday Season in the Disney World Parks

As you might have already guessed the DW Dads really love the Christmas Season.  Although Disney gives you a taste of the holiday season all year long, starting in early November, Disney World starts to celebrate the holidays as only Disney does.  So if you are looking to book your trip anytime from early November through early January, you can enjoy some of the festivities.  Although there are so many ways to spend the holidays in Disney World, below are a few of our favorite suggestions.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

  • Location: Magic Kingdom (special event)
  • Dates: Select Nights – Early November–Late December
  • Times: 7:00 PM-Midnight (entry starting at 4:00 PM)
  • Cost: Tickets $62-71–ages 10+; $57-66-ages 3-9

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special ticketed Christmas themed event.  This event includes Special Character Meet & Greets including Santa, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes Fireworks Display, Special Holiday themed stage shows, snowfall on Main Street and all the hot chocolate, cider and cookies you care to enjoy.   The event festivities begin at 7PM, but the ticket grants you admission starting at 4PM on the day of the party.  Since there are so many special attractions, setting a plan for the night is important.

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Tip:  Special Meet & Greets are one of the major attractions at these private parties.  All Seven Dwarfs only appear together during this event in Frontierland so the line can become VERY long.  If you want to meet these guys, we suggest you line up before the party starts about 6pm, this way you won’t miss other scheduled events.

Holidays Around the World Candlelight Procession

  • Location: Epcot – America Gardens Theatre
  • Dates: Every Night – Late November–Late December
  • Times: 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM & 8:15 PM
  • Cost: FREE with park admission – First come first seated

The Candlelight procession is held three times every night starting in late November at the America Gardens Threatre in Epcot.  A large ensemble choir joins a celebrity narrator to tell the story of Christmas with words and music in a very special way.  Some of the celebrity narrators for 2013 are: Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver, Ashley Judd, Trace Adkins & Blair Underwood.

Tip:  To guarantee seating at the Candlelight Procession, reserve a Candlelight Dining Package available starting in July at many table service restaurants in Epcot.   This reservation not only provides you one three course meal or buffet, it also guarantees you a seat for the Candlelight Procession, and reserved viewing for IllumiNations. 

 

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

  • Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Streets of America
  • Dates: Most Nights – Early November to Early January
  • Times: Dusk until about 1 hour after close
  • Cost: Free with park admission

Close your eyes and imagine Clark Griswold’s house in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  Now imagine that Clark’s whole neighborhood joined in and decorated their homes.   If you can picture that in your head, you are just scratching the surface of the display that is put together on the Streets of America in Disney’s Hollywood Studios every year.  This tradition began in 1995 in Disney World after a real life Griswold family from Arkansas – the Osbornes – were no longer permitted to display their light display by court order.  Each year since then, Disney has proudly displayed this collection at Hollywood Studios.  The lights are turned on as dusk and are displayed on most nights when there is not a special event at the park until an hour or so after closing.  Although aptly named as a “Spectacle of Dancing Lights,”  words truly do not do this display justice.

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Tip:  On your way over to the Streets of America, stop and grab some treats (Mickey Ice Cream Bar or PB&J Milkshake from 50s Prime Time) and casually walk through the display just before park closing.  The lights stay on for about an hour after the park is closed, so you can enjoy a couple more attractions before ending your night with the show.

 

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade Animal Kingdom

  • Location: Animal Kingdom
  • Dates: Every Afternoon – Early November – Early January
  • Times: 3:45PM
  • Cost: Free with park admission

This popular music-filled street celebration is a variation on Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle parade and is full of holiday spirit.  The daily parade has festive music and Mickey and all his friends get you into the holiday spirit as they parade through the park.

 Tip:  There are stone “benches” that are between Pizzafari and the restrooms on the same side as the restaurant.  These natural seats are right on the parade line and nicely elevated to give you a good view of the parade.  They are close by the bathrooms and typically there is an ice cream cart nearby.  Since the parade line runs right by you, your party can sit at these benches while enjoying an ice cream or beverage and wait for the parade without fear that someone will stand in front of you.