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Finding Disney: Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Each November 1, the bug hits. Just like in the opener of High School Musical 2 when all the kiddies countdown “Summer… summer… summer…” I feel the need to countdown “Christmas… Christmas… Christmas…” There’s always that odd limbo period after Halloween when I don’t know quite whether to bust everything out or not. But inevitably, no matter when it is specifically, the moment arrives. It’s time.


The Disney fan has an advantage in preparing for the holidays. There is that inherent quality of knowing how to anticipate, embrace, and count down the days until an exciting occasion (namely a Disney vacation), and this mindset translates well into various Christmastime festivities. My family’s movie calendar is always something I look forward to making, this year adding some new fun by syncing it up with a long-distance friend to watch on the same night.

2014 in particular holds several new ways to commemorate that special combination of Disney magic and Christmas magic, both in the parks and at home. At Walt Disney World®, Elsa’s icy powers will add to the backstory of the light adorning Cinderella Castle® with a new stage show, A Frozen Holiday Wish®, Frozen Holiday Wishwhich will also see the debut of (are you ready?!) Olaf. Just announced, additions to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party® include a new Frozen segment to the parade, the Holiday Hootenanny! dance party featuring the Country Bears, Club Tinsel with Phineas and Ferb, and a meet & greet opportunity with “Sandy Claws,” a.k.a. Jack Skellington in his holiday finest.

At home, Toy Story That Time Forgot premieres December 2 on ABC as an all-new TV special from Pixar (!!!!). Lastly, of course, there’s the annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade®. If it’s anything like last year (that opener!), we’re in for a real treat.

Whether you’re already in holiday mode or you’re waiting a little while longer, the time is upon us. It’s here. Are you ready?


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Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.