All I gotta say is WOW! All of the Christmas decorations in the parks and at the resorts, WOW! The Art of Animation Resort itself, just WOW! The crowds, WOW! The seasonal shows and entertainment, WOW! The weather, WOW!
First off I wanna say Thank You to the Cast Member at Art of Animation that created a Magic Moment for us at check-in! See we arrived at the Art of Animation resort a day earlier than expected, so to make a long story short. We were able to get a room for the night we arrived early and were able to check-in to OUR NEMO ROOM that next morning at 9:00 am! That my friends is unheard of!
Now let me talk about the weather situation. IT WAS HOT! Not like summer hot but like that real muggy humid hot. Which we are used to that kind of weather because we live in Mobile, AL so it’s pretty much like that all the time. But come on it’s December! And with all the Christmas decorations around us, it just felt weird wearing shorts and t-shirts! I really wish we would have packed out bathing suits!
Our Nemo room at the Art of Animation was amazing! This was our first time staying at this resort and in a family suite. It was really nice! It felt like a small apartment almost and we had so much more space than a regular hotel room. I would definitely recommend staying in a room like this if you are a family that has older children or a family of different age groups.
The overall crowds in the parks were really not that bad. Compared to the last time we went, which was during May of 2013, the crowds were about the same. The only time the crowds were just plain ridiculous were when we went to see the Osborne Lights and while watching Wishes on our last night in the parks. Which I can understand why the crowds were so big at those events so they really didn’t bother me because it was expected. And the longest wait that we had was 3o minutes. We had a FastPass for Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Soarin’ and Toy Story Mania so we didn’t have to wait for those rides. Also, we hit the other more popular rides at either park open or almost park close so we didn’t have to wait for those rides as well.
The thing that did bother me is how RUDE the people were in the parks. Not the cast members just the general park goers. Some people have just got to realize that everybody else is most likely trying to get to the same place that you are, see the same show and get that great spot that you are, ride the same rides as your are and see the same characters as you are. Why be rude? Why push people out of the way? Why WALK THROUGH A GROUP OF FAMILY? Why stand right in front of someone when they’ve been there waiting in their spot when you just walk up in front of them? Why stop in the MIDDLE of the walkway to check the map? Why make a mess in the restrooms? Why leave your blinky souvenir on while you ride a dark ride?
As you may know, we attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It was awesome! There was literally no one in the park during the party. I would highly recommend attending this if you are going to be in the parks while they are offering tickets to this event. The only downside to the party is that it rained that night, the whole night. If it wasn’t a light sprinkle it was a down pour. For Elsa’s lighting of the castle, non of the characters came out on stage due to the rain. They just turned the lights on with her music which was kind of disappointing. The Celebrate the Season show was awesome! I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it but it was really good! During the Once Upon a Christmas Parade it poured. Like you could hardly see the castle. We watched Celebrate the Magic from inside Starlight Cafe’ while we ate our dinner, which was pretty nice because we actually got to see the show. We watched Wishes from Fantasyland behind the castle. I had never done this before but I would definitely recommend watching Wished from that spot at least once during your trip! The fireworks feel as if they are going off right on top of you! It is amazing! We rode Peter Pan at a 30 min wait and it broke down on us. We rode Big Thunder Mountain while it was pouring!
Disney Bus Transportation is not reliable. If you are going to park hop or resort hop, be prepared to leave from wherever you are at least an hour before you need to be at your destination. Bus Transportation made us last for our dinner reservation by 45 min. We were lucky that they still held our reservation for us.
There are only a few things that I regret not doing that we just simply didn’t get to do because of time or the weather. We didn’t get to take a lap around the park on the Walt Disney World Railroad, it had closed for the night before we could get over to it. We didn’t get to meet talking Mickey at Town Square, he wait was always way too long. I really wanted to take the Resort Monorail loop around to see all of the Christmas decorations at the Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary. BUT I can always just watch YouTube videos.
Speaking of YouTube! I have uploaded some of my videos from our vacation! Do me a favor and check them out and tell me what ya think in the comments!
Thank you for your time!