• On Nov 23, 2019
    Braunda from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hello Moms! We are planning to be in Disney the week of Christmas with our 4 kids. We are staying at Saratoga. I was hoping to get some tips on how to make that week super memorable as it will probably be our last full family vacation.

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Braunda!

    Your question touched my heart. My husband and I also have four kids, and we took what we thought was likely our last Walt Disney World vacation as a full family a couple of years ago during the week of Christmas.

    Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season is extra magical, and the perfect place to make some great family memories. My family chose to focus on the magic of the holiday season, and built our trip around all the holiday entertainment. Our must-do's included Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and A Frozen Holiday Wish at Magic Kingdom Park.

    Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, we enjoyed the kitschy retro holiday decorations, along with Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and Sunset Season's Greetings.

    One of our favorite things to do was sample holiday goodies at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, while listening to the holiday storytellers relate the customs and traditions of their cultures. My absolute favorite holiday event is the Candlelight Processional. Listening to the story of the first Christmas, along with the incredible music of the orchestra and choir, and having my family all there to celebrate together was an emotional moment for me and the highlight of our trip. I suggest planning a Candlelight Processional Dining Package to have a wonderful family meal together, with guaranteed seating for the show.

    On a lighter note, we are snackers and made a list of all the holiday snacks we wanted to try during our visit. You'll find special holiday treats pretty much everywhere, from hot chocolate flights to the Holiday Cookie Stroll. Check out this foodie guide that showcases some fun holiday treats. We loved sharing all that holiday yumminess!

    No matter how your family decides to spend your vacation, it will be super memorable! I definitely recommend taking advantage of Disney PhotoPass service and stopping often to capture family photos with the amazing holiday decorations as your backdrop. Be sure to purchase Memory Maker in advance to take advantage of the discounted price. You will treasure those photo memories for years to come!

    Braunda, I could go on and on. Just remember, the most important aspect of your vacation is that you will be spending it together. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to write back. We are always happy to help.

    Anne Marie

    P.S. - after taking that "last trip", we'll be taking another trip with the full family in a few months. You never know what magic lies in store for your family!
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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