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Old 12-29-2010, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default 12 Days of Disney Christmas; Dec. 17-28 TR completed

We are back from our Treehouse Christmas and look forward to sharing our adventures with you. ETA: Actual Trip report with pictures begins on post#25 (see link below) - Like my smart friend, OttawaWendy, I'll add a link to each section of the report
In the meantime, Iíve compiled a list of:
Random thoughts and lessons learned from the 12 Days of Disney Christmas (these are in no particular order, more of a stream of consciousness really, and will be expanded on in my eventual trip report)

The World truly is a magical place at Christmas; as hokey as that may be, you canít help getting caught up in the spirit of the season (to quote ĎHoliday WishesĒ). I loved being surrounded by it.

I loved my SSR Treehouse and when I retire I want to live in one.

If you want to watch Monday Night Football at the ESPN club, get there well before 7pm.

It can be colder in Florida in December than it is in Ontario!

I will never again plan a family vacation involving seniors returning from a 7 day cruise, teenagers, a spouse and a pre-teen.

If you want good service at Le Cellier, wear a Montreal Canadiens hockey sweater.

Justin Bieber (with whom DS16 played soccer) needs to be added to the end of the O Canada movie when it features famous Canadians.

Although I love it, I must admit that the Great Movie Ride is in serious need of a re-do.

I loved meeting Mouseowners and look forward to more meets in the future!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, while kind of cool, is perfectly themed but badly designed to handle large crowds.

Publix makes a great prepared Turkey dinner (complete with stuffing, potatoes, green bean casserole and dessert).

Swimming and lying in the sun on Christmas day has to be one of the most unique things this Canadian girl has ever done.

The older I get, the rides get less and less important and just wandering around the parks admiring the beauty in the details is much more fun.

The lobby of the Yacht Club (never been there before) is really lovely.

I can still tear up watching Illuminations for the one hundredth time.

It is very difficult to get hockey news in the South.

If you want breakfast at Artistís Palette, donít you dare arrive a minute past 11am or you risk facing the Rope Nazi.

There is a noticeable change in crowd levels the week before Christmas versus the week following Christmas.

I am already planning next yearís trip!

Thatís all I can think of for now. After DH gets the photos uploaded (I know that sounds so girly and lame, but I am really not tech savvy) I will start a TR.

Departures and Arrivals
Mom and Son at the MK
pics from above report
Dec. 17 - dinner at Ohana
Dec. 18- A soggy day at Epcot
Dec. 18-Le Cellier
Dec. 18 - Candlelight Processional
Dec. 19 - a day at US/IOA
Dec. 20 - Good Morning MK show and breakfast at CP
Dec. 20 - Afternoon Parade at the MK
Dec. 21 - morning at DTD
Dec. 21 - Prime Time and Osborne Lights
Dec. 21 - MO Meet and the GF lobby
THV all decked out for Christmas
Dec. 22 - spa day at the GF and Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Lounge
Dec. 22 - Wilderness Lodge

Dec. 23 - Animal Kingdom Lodge

Dec 23 - AK and Boma
Dec. 24 - part 1
Dec. 24 - part 2
Dec. 24&25 - turkey dinner and Christmas morning
Dec. 25 dinner at the Cali Grill
Dec 26 and beyond

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Old 12-29-2010, 06:33 PM   #2
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Excellent summary, and agree completely that WDW is truly a magical place during holidaytime. Looking forward to your report and pictures...
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:33 PM   #3
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Looking forward to hearing & seeing more. I'm especially interested in your impressions of the crowds. I'm debating early Dec. or over Christmas for next year.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the starting thoughts.

I'm looking forward to the day when I finally book a treehouse stay -- I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:42 PM   #5
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Old 12-29-2010, 08:06 PM   #6
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Looking forward to your trip report and pictures. Nice job on the summary.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:25 PM   #7
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Interesting thoughts and I can relate to a lot of them! Looking forward to your report.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:02 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by suejen View Post
It is very difficult to get hockey news in the South.
Yes! Is it too much to ask that ESPN even just include the basic score on the ticker running across the bottom of the screen.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:53 PM   #9
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Thanks for sharing.........looking forward to hearing more.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:58 PM   #10
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I love random thoughts! Thanks for those. I totally agree with your wizardy world statement! Which is more crowded , the week before or the week after? We have only been the first week of December.
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