Friday, December 10, 2010

Holidays in the Parks!

Welcome back for the 2nd installment of the Magical Blogorail Loop!  A special welcome to those who have followed the blogorail over from The CanaDisney Blog!  For everyone starting here, I hope you enjoy my take on the holidays and continue along with the other blogs.  Thanks for reading along with us!

Something that most of you probably don't know about me is that, unlike my fellow Blogorail folks, I'm Jewish.  Why does this matter?  Because I have a drastically different perspective on spending the holidays at Disney World.

I remember growing up driving around with my parents looking at everyone's Christmas decorations.  I loved the pretty lights and I'll love showing them off to my son in a few years.  As far as I know, I never asked why we didn't have them - I don't think I was ever jealous.  I just knew that it wasn't something we would do, and never thought twice about driving around.  I think that is how I feel about visiting the Disney Parks for the holidays.  I totally get that some people find it the absolute best time of year to visit, but it's never been on my list of "must sees".  Maybe I'm alone, but the Osborne Family Light's at Disney's Hollywood Studios actually look a wee bit overwhelming (have you seen them? Good grief!).  I have been more than once in between Thanksgiving and New Years, so I've seen all of the extraordinary decorations and I will admit they do "wow" me.

December '05 - with college friends

And, I have to admit - I've seen David Bromstad's behind the scenes special more than once.

But, with all that said, I've never really thought "we should celebrate Chanuka this year at Disney."   The holiday is a much smaller holiday on the grand scheme of things, even though it is in the same month as Christmas.  We do light the candles on our menorah every night, exchange gifts (mostly, we give our son gifts daily), and when he's older, we'll happily share our childhood traditions of playing dreidel, but it has never been a vacation holiday for us.  

For Chanuka, there is a celebration at the American Adventure Pavillion in EPCOT where the Voices of Liberty sing a few Chanuka songs along with having a Story Teller.  I also stumbled upon a video of an African group playing and singing some Chanuka songs as well, but it's a very small portion of celebration compared to the millions of Christmas lights and celebrations everywhere!

My co-blogger, Melissa, would have an extremely different take on this - she has been to WDW for Christmas Day.  Check back in the coming weeks to see a post about her holiday experience!

Please continue on to the next stop in the Magical Blogorail Loop -Cooking with Mickey

Or you can check out all of the stops on the Magical Blogorail Loop starting at the top:

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  1. Though I love Disney and I love Christmas, I am with you, I have never considered spending the holiday in WDW, though I am really looking forward to at least witnessing the decorations one of these years. We'll be heading down next year in December to celebrate my daughter's birthday and I can't wait!

  2. I love the blogorail idea! I did want to let you all know that the MousekeFoodie link isn't working on any of your blogs...

    Have a great night!

  3. Beth - I thought I had fixed that! Thanks for checking in. Did another fix and it actually works this time. Thank you!

  4. I have been for the holidays and love the decorations. The crowds can be tough to manage, depending on what day you go. I have never been to DHS at Christmastime, but I thought the Osbourne celebration had a menorah as well??