Cheers to Disney Memories New and Old – Holiday Traditions

Melissa M. (7 Posts)

I fell in love with the magic of Disney when I was little girl growing up in Mass, on my first trip to WDW when I saw Chip stroke a little girl's face at a character breakfast at the Polynesian. I was hooked. Every other year we went as a family and in college I applied for the College Program and was hired at Typhoon Lagoon. At the end I auditioned for the entertainment/character dept. and the next summer I went back and worked VERY closely with Mickey 🙂 And characters 5'2 and under for that matter! 🙂 Years later my husband and I were married in a small wedding at the Poly and honeymooned at WDW. We now have 2 princesses of our own and TV news has brought us to California so we visit Disneyland at least twice a year, sometimes four times. I love to help people plan their trips, find myself saying "Have a Disney Day" and taking pictures to help people capture family memories. I delight in sprinkling Disney magic at home, work or play. Speciality: Character magic and helping overcome "PDVD" (Post Disney Vacation Depression, you know how you feel sick when it is time to leave) by sprinkling in Disney into everyday-chocolates on the pillow, postcards when you get home, picture books, news articles about what's new, calendars to countdown etc


 

Traditions – they are what make your holidays and events special. Adding Disney to those traditions can make your holidays even more magical. Even if you have a tradition that has been passed down for generations, it’s never too late to add a few new fun ones! This month, we will highlight some of our personal family traditions that show off our Disney side. Want to share yours as well? Read December – Holiday Traditions or email NDM130 for more information today!


 

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My husband and I were married at the Polynesian at Walt Disney World in December 1996, the same year of the park’s 25th Anniversary, hence the cake style decor on the Castle! We still have our Mickey and Minnie cake topper (a bit worse for the wear after I dropped it by accident!!) and the cherished Mickey and Minnie wine glasses. They were given as a gift and remind us of the Disney magic in our story. We use them at every anniversary (this year we had orange juice with breakfast), special occasions and to ring in the New Year. It’s part of our holiday season and a way of connecting to our story and the Disney chapters in it. We were there that year for our wedding and since then we have spent several Christmas holidays at the Magic Kingdom after being married. When we can’t be there in person we like watching the parade, Disney movies and looking at our own Disney photo books for the holidays and year round.

We got married the year Walt Disney World celebrated its 25th Anniversary

We got married the year Walt Disney World celebrated its 25th Anniversary

I think spending the holidays there is a great tradition and in past visits, we also brought some of our traditions from home, like stockings to the hotel. We also went to the parades and church service, including a trip on Easter.  My parents planned well to include touches of home. Also make dining reservations sooner than later for the holidays! Chef Mickey is a favorite at the Contemporary with something for all and of course, characters 🙂 Be sure and try the special holiday food on the menu, then see if you can make it at home!

For gifts for some friends that recently got married, we gave them Disney dishes to use for special occasions. Maybe a good Christmas gift for someone you know?

We  also love looking at Christmas lights and not so long ago loved strolling through the Osborne Family of Lights as a new family tradition. Later as newlyweds we enjoyed Paris at EPCOT. Ahh!! The same year we were married, on Christmas with our extended family we showed our Disney wedding video and shared memories with those who couldn’t be at the ceremony.

At Disneyland the holiday decor now is just as festive and you don’t want to miss the special holiday World of Color.

No matter where you spend them, holidays are a cherished time to make memories with those you love and savor magical memories from the past. For us there is a double blessing in December that includes our wedding anniversary, the same month as Christmas.