Welcome to the Year of Living Disney Christmas 2013 trip report! I’m going to be doing the trip report 1 day at a time, so stay tuned for the next part coming soon!
Isabella’s birthday happens to be two days before Christmas, so what better excuse to make a trip to Disney World? We rented points through David’s Vacation Club Rentals to stay in a 1 bedroom villa at Bay Lake Towers at Disney’s Contemporary Resort from December 21 through December 27. Although this was our first time renting points, the process was very smooth. We are actually renting points again for our next trip!
We left home after eating breakfast on December 21st, staying overnight in Lake City, FL.
We got up the next morning around 6 or 7, ate breakfast, and drove the rest of the way to Disney World, which was about 2 or 3 hours. We stopped at Target for last minute groceries and lunch, and we arrived at Bay Lake Towers via the back way through WDW around noon. We checked in and were told our villa wasn’t ready yet, so we let the bellhop store our bags and went out to the bamboo courtyard to eat lunch. While we were eating, I got a text saying our villa was ready, so we went to the villa and called for our bags.
Bay Lake Tower was amazing! The room was huge and I loved the decor of the whole resort. Read my review of Bay Lake Tower here.
After our bags arrived, we packed a few snacks and headed over to the Contemporary to catch a bus for Hollywood Studios. We had to stop at a few other resorts on the way, but we arrived at DHS still with plenty of time to do what we wanted. We stopped for a few quick pictures by the huge Christmas tree at the entrance.
(Twinkle lights courtesy of Google)
When we got inside, Isabella seemed overwhelmed by the crowds, but she just stayed quiet and took it all in. She wasn’t fussy at all. We stopped near Star Tours where the Jedi Academy was going on. She got a little scared of Darth Vader, but seemed okay when I told her he wasn’t real.
We walked down the Streets of America. We could tell where the Osborne Lights would be later in the night. We saw Santa Goofy, and there wasn’t much of a line, so we hopped right in! I wasn’t sure how Isabella would react to him, but she liked him! She wanted me to hold her while we saw him though.
We then went over to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area, figuring Isabella would want to run around a little bit. It looked like it would be a lot of fun, but it was so crowded that it was hard to explore. She had fun poking into corners and going down a slide. We didn’t stay too long, and wandered over into the courtyard by Toy Story Mania, where a Green Army Man came over to give Isabella a high five! We used child swap and went to go ride Star Tours with a Fastpass+. I was the Rebel Spy on our first time riding it! We all met back up in the gift shop where Isabella wanted to collect all of the stuffed Ewoks.
After Star Tours we had a Fastpass+ for the Disney Junior show. It was a puppet show with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. We didn’t need a FP+ for it, as everyone seems to get in and the FP+ doesn’t get you any better seating. Everyone sits on the floor. Isabella knows about all the shows, but she doesn’t like any of them except Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so it was only mildly entertaining compared to everything else. She liked the bubbles and “coins” they released from the ceiling. She kept trying to roll around in the aisle, and a cast member kept telling us to stay in the seating area. Ha!
As it started getting dark out, we headed over to Rockin Roller Coaster to ride with our last Fastpass+. It was amazing! One of my favorite rides. I had expected Isabella to fall asleep at some point, but she never did, and when we came out she was running in circles around the courtyard of RnR.
We then went to see the Osborne Lights. Wow! They are amazing! I especially love the songs that the lights are timed to. There was fake snow, which was cool (literally).
After a lot of pictures, we finally decided Isabella was not going to fall asleep at Hollywood Studios. We took the bus back to BLT. We ate dinner and when it was time for Holiday Wishes at 10PM, we headed up to the Skybridge to watch. It was a great place because there were not many people there plus they pipe in the music. Isabella finally fell asleep on my shoulder, right in the middle of the fireworks.
When we got back to the room, the Electrical Water Pageant played outside. We watched it from the balcony and talked about how happy we were to be back in Disney World!