From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Michele
One thing I keep hearing from readers, and from some friends too, is that it’s too early for Christmas festivities and such. As you know, last week Disney World went into full blown Christmas mode, and everywhere you look, you’ll find some holiday cheer. Hollywood Studios turns into a Christmas wonderland, with some added holiday extras and decor, it’s beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, the Magic Kingdom has their decorations all over Main Street. The front of the park is donned with toy soldiers, wreaths and of course their amazing Christmas tree! So what’s the problem in this? Nothing if you ask me! Here’s why…..
Down here in the land of Mickey Mouse and palm trees, aka Central Florida, we’ve been looking at pumpkins and Halloween decorations since August. Yes, August. While the rest of the world isn’t in as big of a rush for the seasons to come about, the Disney area sure is. The Halloween parties started in August, so everything was early. That being said, by the time Halloween was ACTUALLY here, I was about done with the whole thing. Only because we went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in September, and did our celebrating early. We were all ready for change. Last week within hours of Halloween being done, Disney went into decoration mode and had those Mickey Pumpkins down FAST. Now, it’s a winter wonderland all over Disney property, and it really is gorgeous. The first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is getting underway too!
Before I actually moved to Orlando 5 1/2 years ago, I too thought Disney rushed the seasons. Gasp, why so early? Now that I’m here full time, I get it. There are SO many people who travel to the Walt Disney World Resort each day. Not everyone can come during the actual holidays, but they still want to partake in the festivities for the season. The best way to accommodate this, is to celebrate the seasons longer, and that’s what they do. Sure, they might start Christmas right after Halloween ends, but to the family who booked their vacation in November instead of December, that’s exciting for them. So, I fully understand why Disney does this. The only hitch for me? Now I want to decorate my house too and jump on the Disney holiday bandwagon. I do have my Christmas tree in my living room, but it’s not decorated yet. I’m not as fast as Disney. But I do love the Christmas season, and I’m ready to get in the spirit. Will I be tired of Christmas by the week it finally hits? Maybe. For now, I’ll just go with the flow and get in the spirit. No, I haven’t forgotten about Thanksgiving, which I love. Ours will just be celebrated with Christmas tree lights in the background. Happy decorating everyone! ~M
Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.