Instagram Link Party: Christmastime at the Magic Kingdom

Warning.  This might be a mushy post.

Even after all these years, my husband is so sweet to me.  I am a lucky girl.  He told me earlier last week in the midst of some super-intense brand new video game release anticipation (Anyone else here a Skyrim widow?) that Saturday was all mine to choose for the two of us to do whatever I wanted.  We had been in need of spending some quality time together, and I decided I wanted to spend Saturday night getting into the holiday spirit a bit.

So we spent a very romantic evening at the Magic Kingdom, checking out the decorations on Main Street and watching the special nighttime shows that celebrate the holidays; Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (with Castle Dreamlights), and the brand new holiday version of The Magic, The Memories, and You.

This is one of the things I love about being a Walt Disney World passholder and being able to go back as many times as we want…We didn’t even leave Main Street at all!  We took the ferry over from the Transportation & Ticket Center, and arrived at the park sometime between 4:30 and 5pm.  We wandered around Town Square, just taking in all of the holiday decorations and enjoying the sights, then we walked up the left side of Main Street, looking at all of the beautiful display windows.

We stopped at the Main Street Bakery and got ourselves a brownie and some coffee and then found a cafe table on the railing across from the entrance to the Plaza Restaurant, with a perfect, unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle.  As darkness fell, there was a bit of a chill in the air, so we put on some sweatshirts I brought, and settled in to enjoy the evening.  We sat at that table and talked literally for hours about all kinds of things, both important and unimportant.  We talked about heavy stuff and stuff that made us giggle.  It was the kind of night that reaffirmed for me that I indeed picked the right man as my husband.  We enjoyed the sights, the sounds, the beautiful cool weather, and we just really enjoyed spending time with each other.

And in between our conversations, we were entertained in a spectacular fashion as only Disney can do.  Magic Kingdom is always at its best during the holidays, and a few years ago they started an amazing new tradition, blanketing the castle with thousands of white icicle lights, called Castle Dreamlights.  It’s one of those things that is so simple in theory and design, but the visual payoff is stunning.  Each night, just after it gets dark, there is a cute little show at the Castle Forecourt Stage to kick off lighting the Castle Dreamlights, with Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto.  Tadd took some video of the show, but of course the video doesn’t really do it much justice.

I was particularly excited about seeing the holiday version of The Magic, The Memories, and You.  This is another case of a show that defies description or video…You just have to see it in person to get the full effect.  The show is based on projecting images and photos and video onto the castle itself.  These projections are very rich and complex, and almost look real.  The projections can make the castle look two dimensional, like it has been hand-sketched on a sheet of paper, or it can make it look like bricks are exploding off of the castle, or it can change the roof colors of each of the spires (and not just using colored light…it actually looks like the roof has been PAINTED different colors for a few seconds).  It’s incredible to see!  This was my fourth time seeing it and it still gives me goosebumps.  We didn’t take video of this one, just because I really wanted us to be able to just enjoy it.  But I’m sure you can find other YouTube videos of the show if you want to see what I’m talking about.  The holiday version starts and ends the same as the regular show, but halfway through there is a little Christmas-themed section where, among other things, they turn the castle into a giant gingerbread house, a candy-cane castle, and one very effective scene where it looks like the whole castle has been strung with regular residential blinking Christmas lights (which made me think of Osborne Lights over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which we will be seeing in just a few weeks!).

Also, all of the other times we had seen this show, we saw it from the hub, very close to the castle itself.  We found that being a bit further away from the castle offered a very different view of the show.  There were things I noticed this time that I hadn’t ever noticed before, which I found really cool!  I don’t know if it’s necessarily better to be close or further away, I just think if you have seen it one way, then see it again the other way for a totally different experience.

Anyways, we had a lovely evening together and I am now in the holiday spirit more than ever.  I am so ready to enjoy my favorite time of year!

Linking up this post with the weekly Instagram link party over at a {little} dash of ash!


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