This year, with moving house and with the fact that the Disney parks are ever more busy and ever more expensive, we didn’t renew our passes – so we’ve not been to Disney since November last year (our recent visit to Disney Springs doesn’t really count, as that doesn’t require a pass to get in!)
But we recently bought passes once again and for the first time this year returned to Disney Epcot to see the Christmas decorations – of which there was surprisingly little really, other than Mickey & Minnie at the entrance, and the huge tree at the start of World Showcase.
We did our traditional rides on Soaring, NEMO, and Living With The Land – which was quite nicely decorated and the first time we’ve ever traveled through the greenhouses at night! Here’s an assortment of photos …
Just like last year the Christmas Parade follows last nights tree lighting – but this year I walked from home, and also walked “in reverse” along the parade route which I think gives a better photo-story of downtown! Here’s pictures, and at the end is a video version too …
And here’s the video version:
Today Margaret and I visited Disney Springs (much is surprisingly much further from our new home) to take a walk through their annual Christmas Tree Trail; all the trees are themed on one of the Disney/Pixar movies / characters, and the details on many trees are very appropriate. Here’s a “forest” of photos:
After last nights Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown Winter Garden, this afternoon was the Christmas Parade – it’s a little strange to be risking sunburn while celebrating Christmas, but a fun parade anyway!
For downtown tree lighting this year, we parked where we will one day live, at Stanton Estates, and walked into town; good dinner at Tasting Room then joined the many other people for the countdown to tree lighting – and watched the City Hall video projection for a while too. A made a short Apple Memories video:
If you prefer photos, here’s a selection:
With many thanks to Pedro and Laura for their hospitality, we joined them and Gold Coast MINIs in Coconut Creek yesterday (nearly 200 miles south), to visit their dealership Vista MINI, and then drive through a Christmas lights display at Tradewinds Park.
Here’s a lot of pictures of the lights displays …
Thanks to Margaret, too, who took half the pictures.
Unlike last year, we headed to Winter Garden downtown early this year, got parked and had dinner before the tree lighting – smart move because it’s popular and busy! When we arrived, we were greeted with a big sign and lighted trees (but not the big one, yet):
There’s quite a few people already, with more than an hour to go; the tree is decorated, but not yet lit:
After dinner, and sunset, it’s tree lighting time!
Perhaps more impressive, Winter Garden City Hall had a projection system set up to give beautiful changing images:
It’s a nice town we live in 🙂