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    Smile First Christmastime Trip Questions

    Howdy all!

    My wife and I are planning our first Christmastime trip, and we're starting to worry we don't have enough nights for all the things we want to do and see! So I had a few questions I was hoping someone could answer.

    1: Does the Magic, Memories and You show go on during the Very Merry Christmas Party? We're planning on going to the party on the 6th, but we weren't sure whether we'd need to also go a different night just to see that show. TouringPlans is showing heavy traffic in Magic Kingdom on all the non-party days during our stay.

    2: Is the Fantasmic dinner package a good idea? If we can probably walk right into a Fantasmic showing without needing the package tickets, we might skip it.

    3: When's the best time of day to see the Osborne Family lights? When does it start and end each day?

    4: When will they announce the speakers for the Candlelight Processional? (My wife is hoping Neil Patrick Harris comes back again!)

    5: Are there any other Christmas-specific things that are really can't-miss? We want to take some time away from the parks to go see some of the decorations at the resorts, so if there's something that you think we have to see, please let me know!

    Thanks so much! I'll post more questions if I remember them.
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    Re: First Christmastime Trip Questions

    Hi Adam.

    I know you will enjoy your first visit to the "World" during the holidays. The Osborne Lights are nighty from 6-8pm and a must see. They dance to the music every 15 minutes and it is fantastic!

    Probably by July they will announce the celebrity narrators, but Disney does revised the schedule throughout the Summer/early Fall. Each one usually performs three shows a night for a three day period starting after Thanksgiving.

    A popular resort to visit is the Grand Floridian to see the Ginger Bread House and tree in the main lobby.

    The Magic, Memories and You did play during the party last year so I assume it would again this year, unless they discontinue it for some reason.

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    Re: First Christmastime Trip Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Charming View Post
    I know you will enjoy your first visit to the "World" during the holidays. The Osborne Lights are nighty from 6-8pm and a must see. They dance to the music every 15 minutes and it is fantastic!
    I thought they were pretty much on until park close. I remember being there until late in the evening and the lights weren't off, and they kept dancing as well. In the winter, the park is only open until 9pm so they can get in two Fantasmic shows. They need to have the lights up for the guests who aren't seeing the 8pm show.
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    Re: First Christmastime Trip Questions

    mike, the last times i was there they were on till closing... i do not understand why they would change it... i would think it would stay that way...
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    Re: First Christmastime Trip Questions

    Yes the lights to due remain on until closing, but typically that park does close by 8pm in the winter months (excludes the Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks). There was a reference to the 6th in the question so I assumed around the first week of December when answering, which usually has a closing time of 8pm. Always good to clarify, though! Thanks.

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    Re: First Christmastime Trip Questions

    I'm really hoping that we get to see the Osborne Lights when we're there in November. We're literally there for the first three days of the Christmas season (have just about squeezed in MVMCP before we come home), but would love to see the lights if at all possible. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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