Stephanie M. (NDM#544) (7 Posts)

Stephanie was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. She still lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and 2 young daughters who are 6 and 9. She first visited Walt Disney World with her parents in 1978 when Magic Kingdom was the only park! She reconnected with Walt Disney World in 2007 when she and her husband planned a trip with their first daughter, who was 15 months old at the time. Visiting with her young daughter showed a different side to a WDW vacation and she fell in love with the Disney magic all over again. Stephanie and her family have been back to Walt Disney World every year since and even became Disney Vacation Club members. Stephanie’s second daughter had her first trip when she was 9 months old, so she loves giving vacation planning tips to families with young children. Stephanie also loves dining at Walt Disney World and she is the person in the restaurants taking food pictures! Stephanie is so excited to be contributing to the Disney Driven Life and can’t wait to start sharing tips and experiences!


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! 

MIckey Advent Wreath - Holiday Traditions

It is hard to believe it is December and the Holiday season is upon us already!

For the past few years we have been fortunate enough to travel to Walt Disney World in the late fall and for us that is the beginning of our Holiday season. Activities from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights to the Candlelight Processional all put us in a festive Holiday mood!

Now that we are home and have settled back into our schedule, we still like to add Disney touches to our Christmas celebrations.

A number of years ago we bought a Mickey advent wreath at Epcot. Every day in December, my girls take turns fastening the decorations to the wreath. We add other Disney touches to our decorating by using the many Christmas tree ornaments we have collected over the years.

We also watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Prep and Landing, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Disney’s Sing Along Songs – Very Merry Christmas Songs many times throughout the Holiday season.

For us the Christmas season culminates in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. It is so much fun to see all of the characters and performers from both coasts enjoying the festivities. We are so excited this year to see what is in store for the parade as it adds my daughter’s favorite characters and becomes the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration.

Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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