It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

One of my all time favorite Walt Disney World memories is the year we took the whole family to WDW. My mother and father-in-law had never been before. For years she had grumped at us about how we always went to Disney World and she didn’t understand why. It didn’t matter what we told her she didn’t understand. But finally she we wore her down and got her to join us on a trip.

Christmas at WDW 2013 – FREE

Our first stop was in the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We got to the Magic Kingdom around 4 in the afternoon. My mother-in-law, I’ll call her Shirley (that was her name) was pretty amazed by the setting. We rode in the cab of the monorail (back when you could ride in the cab) on our way to the entrance.

As we walked in to the Magic Kingdom, I’ll never forget the song that was playing in the background. It was Andy Williams singing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” It was so appropriate.

We stepped on to Main Street, at that place where the PhotoPass photographers all gather now and Shirley stopped right in the middle of the street. She had just gotten her first look at Cinderella Castle down Main Street. Her knees buckled. Tears were streaming down her cheek. She said “I understand now why you come back.” That was the start of one of the best Disney World trips of all time.

I love Christmas at Walt Disney World. I truly think it’s the best time of year to visit. So this month we’re going to look at “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” This issue is all Christmas all the time.

We’ll start out with a look at Christmas in the Parks, the Hotels and then around the rest of the World. We’ll also take a peak at what’s new this year.

The First Timers Corner is going to look at the things you have to see during your stay and talks about Christmas week and the big crowds that gather. Speaking of crowds, what are crowds like for each of the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party’s? We know. Finally we look at how to deal with cooler weather that can happen in December in Orlando.

This month’s Best of WDW we’re doing things a bit differently. We’re going to showcase where you can find Christmas every day. First will look at WinterSummerland, which is a really cool mini-golf course. Next comes the Christmas stores and finally we’ll celebrate the holidays every day at Liberty Tree Tavern.

I’m really excited this month to introduce a whole new section. It’s called Bring the Magic Home. This month we’re going to see how to bring a bit of Christmas at Walt Disney World to our living rooms.

Finally, in the Around the World section we will look at one of the “Little Things” that get missed by most guests. This month it’s the decorations at Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds. We have a couple of new features this month in Around the World. First, we’ll look at Disney Christmas outside WDW in The Wonderful World of Disney. Then we’ll have some Disney Christmas Trivia in our new Did You Know section.

Thank you for your support of WDW Magazine. I hope you enjoy our Christmas issue. Be sure to fill out the survey at the end and tell us how to make things better around here.

I’m going to stop talking now and let you dive in and enjoy.