Buddy the Elf & Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Holidays Around the World Mexico Pavilion

It’s December and that means it is time for Estelle from This Happy Place Blog and I to share our annual Buddy the Elf post! I am so glad I have a friend who loves elf culture, Christmas, and Disney as much as I do. I decided to write about what Buddy would love about the Holidays Around the World at Epcot. After visiting Walt Disney World a few times during the Holidays I’ve decided it’s my favorite part of the celebration.

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Holiday Background Loops at the Disney Parks

Holiday Background Loops at the Disney Parks

Welcome to those of you joining me from Home is Where the Mouse Is and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today we are discussing some of our favorite pluses at the Disney Parks during the Holiday season. One of my favorites is the music.

I love the background music all the time but there is just something special when the parks and resorts start playing holiday music. Here are some of my favorites that you can listen to at home.

There are a few that you can find on YouTube.

Christmas Time at Animal Kingdom Lodge



We’ve stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge twice during the holidays. It is a beautiful resort but this time of year it is gorgeous. I listen to this loop almost everyday. Thanks Disney Hipsters!

Disney Christmas Songs – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Christmas Illuminations, Country Bear Christmas



This loop is over three hours long so it’s perfect for an afternoon of decorating, wrapping, or baking.

Epcot Entrance Area Christmas Loop

Holidays Around the World

I can’t embed it but you can find it here from Epcot2000.

Disneyland’s Main Street Holiday Loop



I haven’t been to Disneyland during the holidays but I love this loop.

You can also put together a playlist based on the songs in certain loops. I am so glad some Disney Fans have taken the time to put together a list of songs for these Christmas loops.

Cinderella Castle Holiday Dream Lights

Holiday Time at Disneyland from Disney Chris
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Epcot Christmas Music
Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights 2014
Yacht Club Resort Holiday Area Music
Grand Floridian Resort Holiday

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is DISTherapy.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
2nd Stop ~ Rolling with the Magic – Holiday Background Loops at the Disney Parks
3rd Stop ~ DISTherapy – Carsmas at Disneyland
Final Stop ~ Ashley Aspires – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Magical Blogorail Blue

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Chic Disney Geek

I had so much fun putting this holiday gift guide together last year I thought I would do it again. I love finding gifts that are not only unapologetically Disney but also gifts that are Disney inspired and remind me of my favorite attractions, movies, or resorts. There are even a few items that you can pack to take with you on your next Disney trip.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Chic Disney Geek

Gifts for the . . .

1. Star Wars Fan – Darth Vader Mod Ring
2. iPhone Photographer – iPhone 5/5S Case
3. Walt Disney World Railroad Fan – Mini Train Coin Purse
4. Pineapple Princess – Gleaming Isla Candle
5. Norway Pavilion Sweater Fan – Fair Isle Glassware
6. Kilimanjaro Safari Fan – Elephant Ring Holder
7. The “I eat dessert for breakfast at Disney” Guest – Eat Cake for Breakfast Mug
8. Universe of Energy Fan – Dinosaur Tee
9. Girl Who Can Never Find the Perfect Bag for the Parks – Small Ikat Satchel
10. Carousel of Progress Fan – Desk Phone
11. Geodesic Sphere Fan – Bormioli Rocco Cassiopeia Glassware
12. Haunted Mansion Fan – Damask Delight Dress
13. Mickey’s Biggest Fan – Mickey Sweater
14. Minnie’s Biggest Fan – Minnie Sweater
15. Belle and the Beast Fan – Storybook Journal
16. Carl + Ellie Fan – Makeup Bag

I’d love to hear what your favorites are! And I am always looking for suggestions. :)

A Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Night

A Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Night

Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today we are sharing our ideas for Disney holiday parties and we are putting together a Muppet Christmas Carol movie night!

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Give Thanks & Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Thanks & Giving Campaign

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has kicked off their annual Thanks and Giving campaign. It is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and more than 60 of the nation’s leading brands and companies that ask consumers to donate while they shop this holiday season to help St. Jude provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The national television commercials and movie theatre trailers, which debut Thanksgiving week and run through the end of the year, will feature Jennifer Aniston and other celebrity friends alongside St. Jude patients.

St. Jude Thanks & Giving Campaign

St. Jude celebrity friends Keith Urban, Sabrina Soto, Daisy Fuentes and Olivia Holt are also supporting the campaign by designing special products that will be for sale during the holiday season online at the St. Jude Gift Shop with 100 percent of profits, after all related expenses, benefitting St. Jude.

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Week in Review – November 16, 2014

Wishes in New Fantasyland

What We’re Reading

Dawn from I Am a Mommy Nerd had the chance to step into a recording booth to find out what it’s like to voice a Disney character. How awesome is that! Check out her post on voicing Baymax.

Mary at Capturing Magical Memories shares some of the cute, Wilderness Lodge branded merchandise you can find in the resort’s gift shop the Mercantile. We are staying here for the first time in January and I can’t wait!

Ryan from Main Street Gazette posted a photo that really makes me miss the Living Seas.

Lisa with Babes in Disneyland shares why she doesn’t hate Frozen and why you shouldn’t either. I have to admit I’ve been getting a little tired for the Frozen mania even though I loved the movie. But my niece loves it and I can’t wait to see her face when she visits the Walt Disney World for the first time in December.

Sarah at Eating WDW tries the BoardWalk Bakery’s fall specialty cupcake.

And Nicole from Sparkly Ever After shares all the fun you can find at this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The snow on Main Street is always my favorite. :)

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Holidays Around the World – Germany Pavilion

Holidays Around the World at Epcot - Germany Pavilion

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we discuss Holidays Around the World at Epcot. The Christmas season is my favorite time to visit the Disney Parks and visiting Epcot this time of year is extra special. I love all of the decorations, music, and special treats available. One of our favorite pavilions to visit is Germany. Here’s a look at the Christmas fun you can find there.

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Our Home Away from Home on the Disney Dream

Accessible Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom on the Disney Dream

Our second cruise on the Disney Dream was even better than the first. Our fun started with our stateroom. On our last cruise we had an oceanview stateroom on deck 6 in the back of the ship. It was large and nice but an odd shape. We knew for our next cruise that we wanted to try out a different state room with a verandah.

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